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Another Run to Foxwoods!


Derek and I are driving up to later tonight. Our plan is to get there around 11pm and play low limit until 7am. At that point, registration for the Sunday morning NO LIMIT tournament takes place… and we’ll be ready to play! Sunday’s No Limit event cost $65 ($50 to the pool, $15 entry fee) with no rebuys. On Tuesdays, the entry fee for the No Limit event is $80 with unlimited rebuys in the first two levels, plus add-ons! I don’t like the Tuesday torneys, that’s why I haven’t been playing them. Alas, Derek is ready for his first No Limit tournament (his previous two expereinces were limit events) and I’m all pumped up for myt first No Limit event of 2004. If I want to consider the oustide chance of winning a seat at the … then I have to at least make the final table at a Foxwoods weekly tournament. I decided that 50% of the money that I win in No Limit/Limit tourneys this year will go into a separate bankroll: my WSoP bankroll. Whatever I have rolled up in my sock drawer by the time the month of May saunters around… I’ll take it to Vegas to parlay that into a seat via a satellite. So far… I have: $0.

Positively Fifth Street

I’ve been reading: Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker written by James McManus. He is the author of four novels (Going to the Sun won the Carl Sandburg Award) and two books of poetry. This is one of the most interesting fiction books that I read in a long time.

Here’s a touching paragraph from Page 24: “I admit I’m juiced and flush when I win and that penis feels like an acorn when I lose, plus my bankroll is paper-cut thin for a spell, but I’m hardly addicted. And I’m not gonna stop playing poker any sooner than I stop writing poems, a habit that much more expensive. The most I have ever earned for a poem is $100, and that poem took eight months to write. Usually I earn much, much less…”

I’ve often wondered if I was a pure poker addict. To date, writing is my number one priority. But alas, writing is my mistress… writing is the crack that I put in my crackpipe… you get the idea. So as long as I am not putting off writing to play poker… I’m doing OK!

New Issue: Card Player Magazine

Here are a few articles that I read from the most recent issue. I’m slowly making my way through them all.

  1. Two Black Nines — Layne’s Style! is written by Layne Flack who sits in on Phil Hellmuth’s article this week.

Here’s a bit: “This is the first Hand of the Week that Mr. Hellmuth has allowed me to write 100 percent on my own. How fitting it is that it involves pocket nines, because we all know to whom this hand really belongs — right, Phil?”

  1. Change Your Game as Your Opponents Change is written by Andrew N.S. Glazer.

Here’s a bit: “Whether you choose to thank Steve Lipscomb and Chris Moneymaker, or the Travel Channel and ESPN (with shows like Bravo’s new Celebrity Poker Challenge helping to keep the momentum going), you have probably never faced so many inexperienced players, no matter what limits you chose to play. These television shows are, for the moment at least, changing poker, and you’ll find your results improving if you change along with it. Except for the localized phenomena that one sees when live poker moves into a town for the first time (ah, to have been living in Los Angeles when hold’em was legalized here…), poker has never experienced a time when so many new players were coming into games at the same time…”

  1. Tilt, Part I: Avoiding It is written by Alan Schoonmaker.

Here’s a bit: “Tilt means that someone is playing very differently and much more poorly than usual, and most people use the term only for playing too many hands too aggressively. If someone is always wildly aggressive, he’s not on tilt. He’s just playing in his usual, maniacal way. I’ll use a broader definition: Tilt means someone is making plays for emotional reasons that he would not normally make. Wild aggression is just its most visible form. Another form is to become so upset, frightened, or convinced you can’t win that you “play scared.” You might fold good draws with pot odds or not raise with pocket kings. Your play deteriorates so much that the “I can’t win” belief becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This form of tilt is less dramatic and noticeable than wild aggression, but it can be equally destructive…”