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Half full, or half empty

Sunday, December 14th, 2003

Another absolutely brutal night. Started out well, got up about $20, and then I lost it all along with another $15. A couple of days ago I was up $65, now I’m up $10. And that $10 is from the SNG I runnered-upped in last night. But I’m not here to moan about my terrible…
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Too much character

Saturday, December 13th, 2003

Came home from work and decided to play a bit. Logged onto a $1-2 by accident but decided to hang around and play tight for a bit. Lost $28 in ten minutes, all to the same guy. I only played 2 hands–I had A-10 of clubs and hit an ace on the flop. A five…
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Momma said there’d be days like this

Saturday, December 13th, 2003

Character. How does a man develop the quality known as “character”, the ability to endure, to persevere, to show courage and determination in the face of adversity? Does one build character through easy victory, through benevolent handouts, through luck? No. Character develops by overcoming obstacles, by struggling against difficulties once thought insurmountable, by suffering the…
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I am NOT a gambling addict!

Friday, December 12th, 2003

After volleyball and during the beer-drinking and wing-eating that follows my friend Rick accused me of being addicted to gambling. Or, at least, addicted to Hold’Em. Rick is fond of hyperbole, and, anyway, he’s a jerk. I’m not a poker addict. I like to play, I enjoy it immensely, but I’m not addicted. I can…
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Ladies and luck

Thursday, December 11th, 2003

Would it be terribly sexist of me to mention that the finalists in last night’s WPT show were extremely easy on the eyes? Especially right off the bat, before even mentioning the play and the results and all that? It would? Oh well. Anyway, I was rooting for Clonie to win, both because I find…
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Ladies night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

Looking forward to the WPT show tonight, the first new one in an age. Six women players, including Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harmon, and Annie Duke, the latter two getting a lot of play on ESPN’s World Series Coverage (tho Jennifer didn’t get to play very long). Curious to see if this is a freeroll for…
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Some mild Sklansky-bashing

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

Many of Sklansky and Malmuth’s texts are given Torah-like respect for the knowledge they impart. I’m in no position to criticize their reasoning, being a poker beginner unlikely to graduate to true sharkdom, but I do have a bone to pick with Mr. Sklansky, and I will pick it here. In his outstanding book “The…
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Celebrity "Poker"

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

I put poker in quotes because, come on, these folks ain’t playing poker the way you and I play it. Or the way those dogs play in that famous picture play. Man, these West Wing actors are bloody awful. Now, let’s be real–they’re playing for fun, they’re having fun, it’s all about having fun. And…
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Ugh

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

What do professional poker players do when the get the flu? Infect the whole casino? I’ve been home coughing and sneezing and no doubt spraying virus particles like a freaking biological weapon. Feeling a bit better, but not much. Played a little bit, ended up $12. Should’ve been way, way down, but the fish let…
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Off the hook

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

A frustrating night at the table. Played about 2 hours, and for the first half-hour or so I didn’t get a decent hand. Well, that happens. Then, in the course of about 5 minutes, I was dealt pocket aces, pocket queens, and I flopped an ace-high flush. Hey, what’s to complain about? Well, I got…
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