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Is Good Ever Good Enough?

Friday, December 30th, 2005

When I was little, like 6 years old, I was over my friend’s house while his grandmother was visiting. We were playing at some game and one of us, I don’t remember, got mad or frustrated and had a little tantrum. Actually, I don’t think it was me, believe it or not. My friend said,…
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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Just read a thing on ESPN that Joseph Hachem will not have to pay a dime of income tax on the $7.5 million he won for the WSOP. Why not? Because the Australian Taxation Office decided that Hachem’s poker playing was a hobby, not an occupation, and therefore is not open to taxation. Are you…
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Jinx, Antijinx

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

After bragging about how good I’ve been running I forgot to antijinx myself. You sports fans know what I’m talking about. The Steelers are playing the Colts and I say, “Jeff Brown hasn’t missed inside of 40 yards this year” and he immediately duck-hooks one wide right. That’s the jinx. You can guard against the…
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The Luckbox Cometh

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

So I’ve been running good lately–but not just at poker. For Christmas our boss gave each of us a scratch-off lottery ticket along with a card, and I won ten bucks. Then tonight I went out to a local sports bar to dine with friends in from Jersey. They offer something called the Las Vegas…
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Heads Up, Tail Down

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

I decided to play a couple heads-up SNGs, figuring that my ferocity would carry me to victory. Well, I went 1 for 3, which is a good afternoon’s work for a leadoff hitter but ain’t much good for a poker player. The one I won was fun, the guy I was playing didn’t raise preflop….
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Tiny Steps Toward Enlightenment

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Last year I aimed low when asked what I wanted for Christmas. I wanted a copy of the latest Modest Mouse CD, I wanted some wool socks. I wanted a Borders gift card. This year I raised my standards a bit. With Christmas come and gone and the New Year (and my birthday) approaching, my…
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Eat? Check. Drink? Check. Be Merry? Check

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Merry Christmas all. Had a nice time at the folks’ place, drank much, ate more, had a good time watching my Steelers make an orange and brown porridge out of the Cleveland Browns. And now I just enjoyed watching Steve Dannenmann bring a verbal ruler down on Phil Hellmuth’s knuckles. Tomorrow I’ll eat more and…
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Worst. Hand. Ever.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Four handed in a SNG, I’m low man on the totem pole but I’m OK. Guys I’m playing against are pretty savvy, they do tricky things like check-raising and betting out with made hands, stuff you don’t often see in the junior-high levels I play at. I’m having fun, everything’s under control now that I…
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The Power of Perception

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Rather than cry myself to sleep after getting bounced from Wil’s tourney I decided to play a little SNG and hopefully win my entry fee back. It ended up as rather a testy table–there were at least EIGHT all-ins that were decided by a lucky card on the river, and some of those less fortunate…
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Hammer, Meet Junk

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

The Hammer cost me in Vegas, and the Hammer cost me in Wil Wheaton’s tournament tonight. After missing out on a half-dozen open-end straight flush draws I was down to about T800. I pick up the Hammer, raise, and get re-raised by Hughester. Now what? I figure I’ll call then push. The flop comes all…
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