Archive | August, 2006

The Challenge

31 August 2006

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On September 26th, I’ll turn 21 years old. Unfortunately, there’s not much to be excited about. I’ve already consumed alcohol and “gambled” in several casinos. But a few weeks ago in an effort to get myself jazzed about my birthday, I set up a challenge: By September 26th, I want to increase my bankroll by […]

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The Downswing

22 August 2006

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I had one of “those days” today. Days that poker players dread. I started off today by losing my first nine SNGs, and the day somehow got worse. It’s not that I played bad. I just got unlucky. I couldn’t win a race and the best hand never seemed to hold up when I had […]

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The Willows

17 August 2006

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Earlier tonight, a friend and fellow poker player here in Davis sent me a text message about organizing a game. Although I was initially pumped about playing, my anticipation soon lessened. Apparently, the game was to be played at an apartment complex known as “The Willows.” The location didn’t matter much to me, but I […]

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The Red

14 August 2006

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It wouldn’t be fair if I only posted my success stories. As much as I’d like people to think that I’m some type of invincible player who never loses, it’s far from the truth. But losing is a part of the game. If you can’t deal with losing every once in a while, poker isn’t […]

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The Next Level II

12 August 2006

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I continued playing the $10 SNGs today, and ended up doing 12 of them in 4-SNG intervals. The first eight yielded a small profit ($16), but I was awfully close to a much bigger payday. Since I’ve started doing the $10s, I haven’t been sucked out on or had a lot of “cooler” hands. But […]

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The Next Level

10 August 2006

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When I first started playing SNGs, it was one $5 table at a time. I couldn’t handle any more. I couldn’t even have the television on, and would close the door to my room so I wouldn’t be bothered. After several SNGs, I have reached the point where I can play 10 while watching television, […]

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The Live One

6 August 2006

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Just got back from my first live game in a while, and I have to say that playing with people instead of avatars is a much more enjoyable experience. This particular game was held at my friend Kirk’s house, making it the fourth time I’ve ever attended one of his games. I’ve done moderately well […]

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The Gift

4 August 2006

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For the most part, the poker community looks down on tournament players, such as myself. While this same group considers cash games “real poker,” tournaments are criticized for the end-game portion where escalating blinds often forced players into putting their chips in marginal situations. I agree that the structure often dictates the outcome. But I’ve […]

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The Introduction

4 August 2006

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I started playing poker in late 2004, months after graduating from high school. I guess the inspiration came from watching episodes of the 2003 World Series of Poker on ESPN. Before seeing the professionals on television, I had never even heard of Texas Hold’em. But this didn’t stop my friends and I from organizing a […]

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The Reason

3 August 2006

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After reading through the poker blogs of several other players, I figured it was time that I make my own. For the last year, I’ve basically turned the blog feature of myspace into a forum for my thoughts about anything poker-related. While most people are writing about the intracies of their own lives, I’m busy […]

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