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Why you have to lose to be a good player

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

I’ve been playing unconcious poker the last month. When I lose I lose a few bucks. When I win I win big. Won the tournament and then when I played after that I posted modest wins. It seemed I couldn’t lose. And, after awhile, I started to believe I couldn’t lose. Oh, I might get…
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What have you done for me lately?

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

It would be nice to rest on my Grublog laurels for a bit longer, but the tables beckoned and I played a bit last night. Almost couldn’t play–my kitten (my wife would laugh at that, as she considers Izzy hers and hers alone) is in that biting-everything stage, and the little rascal chewed through the…
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The morning after

Monday, February 23rd, 2004

Ever wake up, and you’ve been having a fantastic dream, and for just a moment the dream is still real to you…and then you realize that it’s Monday morning, you aren’t a superhero with antigravity boots, and you gotta get to work in 40 minutes? Well, I woke up this morning imagining that I’d actually…
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Walking on air

Monday, February 23rd, 2004

I won the Grublog. I can’t believe it. I am walking on air. I played really, really well I thought, and was glad to get into the money. But once I got there I wanted to win. I really wanted that chip set, really really really. I wanted the cash. But most of all I…
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Shuffle up and deal!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004

The Grublog Poker Classic is one hour away, and I’m ready. Cleaned up my den so I have a pleasing atmosphere, ate some chicken for protein, hydrated properly, stretched out my hamstrings. I’m ready. I know I promised I wouldn’t play anymore until I finished my Hellmuth post, but, uh, I played. I wrote some…
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Hitting my thumb with the Hammer

Friday, February 20th, 2004

Day by day, bit by bit, I’m getting better at this game we call Hold-Em. Reading my Brunson, learning a few moves, adding to the bankroll. But it is true that we learn more from our failures than our successes…actually, let’s stop to think about that for a moment. Wouldn’t it be great if we…
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Poker players’ punctuation protocols pose prepping problems

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

With the Grublog Classic looming like a big…looming thing, I’ve started cramming for the big event. Got Phil Hellmuth’s book out of the library (mostly for material for my Phil post, which is almost done and now tops 2,000 words, Iggy) and stopped over my brother’s last night to pick up Super/System. Five days to…
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No escape

Friday, February 13th, 2004

During the 2003 World Series defending champion Robert Varkonyi, low on chips, played a fateful hand with 1998 champ Scotty Nguyen. Varkonyi was dealt KK and raised. Nguyen, holding AA, re-raised. Varkonyi went all-in and Nguyen of course called. As Scotty showed his aces Varkonyi looked across the table and said, “I knew it, I…
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Is online poker the new day-trading?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2004

I was in B-school during the height of the dot.com revolution, when it seemed like everyone was becoming rich except me. And by rich I mean RICH, rich-beyond-avarice rich, Arabian-sheik rich. I read an article in Fortune about this guy who went to Penn State the same time I did who owned a gaggle of…
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I’m number 4!

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Iggy, always pimping we pokerbloggers, sent a query to Poker Top10, a site that has all sorts of Top 10 lists about poker (but you guessed that, didn’t you?) and asked them to put up a list of the top poker blogs. And yours truly placed number 4! I’d be lying if I said I…
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