Raise or Fold:  Learning (From) Poker

Writing and playing poker as if they were activities worth doing well.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Which one is me?

Poker-playing monkeys
My friend JK sent me this photo this afternoon. It pretty much sums up the way I feel about my game at the moment. I haven't posted much lately because all I've been doing is losing and not having a whole lot of fun. (The good news is that the rest of my life is getting more and more interesting.)

I'll be heading to Atlantic City on December 5th, and plan to play in at least one Circuit Event.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Poker Laughs (5): Why Being A Poker-Player Is Like Being A Cartoon Viking

Hagar The Horrible Cartoon

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Friday, May 29, 2009


I have had a very annoying day today.

Mostly, annoying days do not produce much of use. However, in a fit of pique, I pronounced that "Poker is a stupibad game." (It may have had something to do with horrible players drawing out on me with crap in a HORSE tournament. Maybe.)

I then fell madly in love with my new coinage. I feel it is much more expressive than its near cousin "terribad." I look forward to muttering it under my breath for many games to come.

Say it with me, brothers & sisters: STUPIBAD!!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009


Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
It's worth noting that, among many other very interesting and almost intractably deep things that Wittgenstein said and wrote, he also admonished:
Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Canine Haiku

K9 boat

They call K9 weak,
They say "Don't play with the dog!"
I say: arf arf arf.

The flop: K99
That sound you hear is barking:
Who let the dogs out?!!

Though not broadway cards,
K9 fetches a fine straight.
What a good puppy!

When premium hands
Are scarce and your stack is short,
Fido is faithful.

K9 or deuce-four?
Head to head to the river:
I'd be Grumpy too.

[Inspired by this.]

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