My Little Poker Blog

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Another Top 10 List

This is going to be some random stuff that is on my mind so please excuse the jumping around on this post.

*New Rooster of the Week has been posted.

Random 10 Thoughts:

1. Shep from G-Vegas is the man. More Shep please to the boys at Up For Poker. Shep is the lineman of the G-Vegas Crew…not enough ink on the man.
2. I hear that Al wore a tie and purchased Eva a dozen roses on their first date…rumor or true?
3. I need a hug from Maudie who always brings a smile to my face; you best be in Vegas this summer.
4. Derek and I are on Mega-Tilt with Zeek and his stupid choices.
5. I’m jealous of Pauly with the killer sticky-sticky out in California…ahhh, I remember those days.
6. BG lost 35 lbs or so they say…interested in seeing the guy.
7. BadBlood is still using the cream from Balco..cough!cough! Now who counts those push-ups he did against me? Fine. Then I count all McGwire's HR’s.
8. Poor Otis, I can only see Iggy behind him after the ROSAMBO loss…no, really Otis, I’m sorry.
9. Bill Rini has been on fire with his posts again, thank goodness.
10. Biggestron and Joe Speaker are dealing with some heavy stuff…visit and send some encouragement.

Spaceman is reporting for the Stars 101 in San Jose Bay for Bluff Magazine and he has a cool post about his first day and meeting up with bloggers at a 3/6 table. If you are there and playing track this guy down:

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CJ had a bad run which was odd to hear. He tends to be like Mariano Rivera and close when he is in the money. But then again, not everybody can be a Yankee…errr…no pun for the Southern Gentlemen of the blogging community. Things will get better, CJ and you will be on fire like a couple of months ago.

O.K. I have said enough with not saying anything. Hope all is well and take care.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Summer Classic Random Thoughts

I was just wondering if anyone knew what was going on with The Summer Classic. Since I use this blog as my thought process and medium here are some thoughts. Oh, some of the points I’m gong to make I stole from a friend of mine who knows the poker world well. Thus, I can’t take credit for all my points…he’s not a blogger so he doesn’t really care he just pointed them out to me.

1. Due to people’s bankroll it would be better to hold the Summer Classic early stages of the WSOP because the smaller buy-ins tournaments take place then. Also, the group can run tournaments to send soldiers representing our community to the smaller buy-ins.

2. During the Main Event the rates of rooms will be very high and most casinos might not be willing to gives us a good lump discounted price.

3. Not everyone is going to be able to make the event and that’s just how things pan out sometimes. There will be people from our community there throughout different stages of the WSOP so if you go a week later you will probably run into a few bloggers. My main Horse name F-Train is playing in the Razz event and some of the ladies are playing in the lady events.

4. Getting a sponsor will be tough if we have our deal during the Main Event. If you think about it there will be tons of energy by these companies towards the Main Event so Bloggers will come second, third or maybe even fourth. So getting the event to be sponsored like last time will be tougher.

5. I can’t see a casino holding a tournament for us on their floor because most rooms will be full via the fallout of the WSOP.

In closing, these are just some thoughts that came to mind…some pointed out by my buddy. In any case, let me know what you think or if I’m off my rocker.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

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This Hombre Is Live Blogging in L.A. Spaceman Rocks!

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This Homie is Blogging Live in L.A. also. Viva Dr. Pauly!

In my opinion, both are so Hollywood.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Pauly Is Blogging Live In Los Angeles, CA

Now blogging live
from the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino

Monday, February 13, 2006

Still Down...Damn It!!!!

Latest numbers: Down on my new venture. Don’t really want to talk about it but I can feel a breakthrough day coming soon.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Not A Poker Blog

I try not to pimp too many people on my blog. I figure everyone has a bunch of reading to do already. But I do want to direct you to one blog in particular. Please check it out when you have the chance. AliKat


Random 10 Thoughts

1. I’m rooting for you BG
2. I’m rooting for The Heads to get new jobs
3. I really like the new full-tilt commercials
4. I’m going to destroy in the chess tournament
5. Non-Bloggers like Daddy are gay
6. Best of luck in LA Pauly
7. Hope all is going well in LA already F-Train
8. Maudie, best of luck on the road back
9. I would rather us do the Summer Classic when the smaller buy-ins happen
10. Al Can’t Hang is a funny MOFO

In closing, I know a lot of crazy stuff has been going on in our community. I just wanted to send positive vibes to those people in our community who are going through a lot right now. We have made it through a lot together and I’m sure there will be more to come. I know having you guys send me good vibes during the passing of my grandmother was very warming and comforting.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Revisting Bobby Fischer


As most of you know, I’m a Bobby Fischer nut. If you read some past posts of mine you will see my views on him, his play, and his philosophy.

I wanted to revisit the original genius of Bobby Fischer (not Bobby Bracelet) before I started to play again this month because it gives me perspective on poker. I took off all of January to read and re-read books and get caught up on my limit game and see where I can take it. I’m excited about this new adventure into the limit game to be honest, I needed a fresh start.

Why the break from Stud you ask? I took some really ugly beatings at the Stud table that left my ego a bit hurt and I felt I just needed to step away for a bit and regroup. I don’t really like telling bad beat stories, but think back to the ugliest person you have ever woken up next to and double it…now you know how my run was. I digress.

Over the past month I have played a bit here and there but for the most part I haven’t really played serious since my whippings at The Taj. There are some personal things behind that, too, which I don’t want to get into at this point in time, but in the end it was mostly that I wanted to dive into this limit thing this coming year.

So let’s move on with my topic today. The following two quotes were taken from one of my favorite movies of all time, “Searching for Bobby Fischer”. And yes, I did watch it opening night…nuff said. Bruce is young Josh Waitzkin’s Chess Coach and these are his quotes from the movie that I want to look at.

Bruce to young Josh:
“Bobby Fischer held the world in contempt.”

Bruce tells young Josh this to prove a point about being nice to your opponents after Josh plays soft against an opponent. I totally understand this point of view. I never really talk to the people next to me when I play poker…I don’t sit at a table for 8 hours at a time to make friends. Throw on the NANO and try to find the groove…Coltrane helps me find it. I find it hard not to play hard to win. I, like most poker folk am competitive like that. Know this; it doesn’t always work for sometimes I do make friends with some of the older guys at the tables. But if you are sitting at the table it’s my take that you shouldn’t be the slightest of friends with anyone, you might get a bit soft on them. If you do find yourself getting soft, get to a new table or stop talking to people and being nice. Helixx, there is nothing wrong with check-raising Granny on the river.

There are tough players and nice guys, and I’m a tough player. – Bobby Fischer

Fischer does not merely outplay opponents; he leaves them bodily and mentally glutted. Fisher himself speaks of the exultant instant in which he feels the 'ego of the other player crumbling.' – George Steiner


Bruce to Josh’s Father:
“You have no idea what I want. What is chess, do you think? Those who play for fun or not at all dismiss it as a game. The ones who devote their lives to it for the most part insist that it's a science. It's neither. Bobby Fischer got underneath it like no one before and found at its center, art. I spent my life trying to play like him. Most of these guys have. But we're like forgers. We're competent fakes. His successor wasn't here tonight. He wasn't here. He is asleep in his room in your house. Your son creates like Fischer. He sees like him, inside.”

I have never found the groove in no-limit poker but I have found pockets. Honestly, I just have never found the groove of no-limit. I can sit and play it and hold my own, but pulling the trigger is what Bobby Baldwin calls having HEART! Booo…The Rooster doesn’t have HEART. Yet, as aforementioned, the ability to create art is beautiful when you find that spot. Weather it be at a 4/8 table or a 5/10 table, not so much the groove, but the art of poker. Making your 7-2 be what ever cards you want your opponent to think they are. To find the inner-tinkering of the game and master it…even if it’s for 5 hands is such a rush. If you have been playing poker for any length of time you will find this spot and it’s like writing a love poem in Jr. High…it just flows off your tongue and deep down her throat until she gags…errr. Oh, as I was saying, it’s the spot that you always want…not the zone, but the ability to turn you knowledge and inner-self into art. Thus, if you have wanted to deep down to be an artist and just didn’t have the skills or gifts to do as such…sure we might not be a Bobby Fischer or Stuey on the constant, but try and make art at the table every once in a while.

The beauty of his games, the clarity of his play, and the brilliance of his ideas have made him an artist of the same stature as Brahms, Rembrandt, and Shakespeare. – David Levy (on Fischer)

Geniuses like Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare and Fischer come out of the head of Zeus, seem to be genetically programmed, know before instructed. – John Collins

In closing, this post is just to get my thoughts straight before I head out to play. I’m a bit nervous as this is my first week getting back on the horse, yet I’m excited to sit and play. Will give updates here and there.