Raise or Fold:  Learning (From) Poker

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

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Poker Laughs (6): Poker Face

Christopher Walken is the nuts.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

I take it back.

Once upon a time, I made a rash promise.

I try really, really hard to keep promises I make. But it has become clear that this one was foolhardy; I am just not that noble a person. On the other hand, the motivation had some merit: who wants a Bad Beat Story inflicted upon them unwittingly?

What to do?

I have created a little quarantine ~ a gulag, if you will ~ for the BBSs of our lives. When it all becomes just too much to keep to yourself, c'mon over to The Book of Bad Beats and vent. Misery loves company, after all, and don't we all feel that our particular beat is the very worstest of them all?

Or, for those of you who feel Bad Beats are usually the victim's fault, feel free to analyse via a comment just exactly what the alleged "sufferer" did horribly, horribly wrong to bring on an inevitable and well-deserved fate.

So, this blog will remain a no-BBS zone: none of my readers will have their eyes defiled unless they choose to go visit The BoBB. If you want either to wallow in miserable company or to indulge in the sweet, sweet sensation of superiority brought on by schadenfreude, now you know what to do.

See? Fun for everyone!!!

[Update: First example submitted and posted. Check it out!]

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Poker Laughs (4): I laughed, I cried

One of the players in my A League turned me on to these two videos.

The first will teach you how to play pocket jacks.

The second is a litany of bad beats that will be sadly familiar to most of us.

You will be unsurprised to learn that the language is NSFW.

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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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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Poker Laughs (4)

"How do you run so good?" asks Antonio Esfandiari, after Laak wins a pot from Tom Dwan (having flopped the nut straight).

"I haven't lost a hand in, like, 14 years straight!" ~ Phil Laak on Poker After Dark, "Hellmuth Bash" Episode.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Poker Laughs (3)

I just assume that everyone reads Dr. Pauly. But for those of us who play Razz (and what masochistic poker player does not?), or who have ever written a haiku (and who among us has not?), today was a special day. Check it out.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poker Laughs (2)

(This one definitely comes under the heading NSFW. Do not click the link if you are uncomfortable with profanity.)

I revisited this hilarious movie today as a tonic to help me recover from last night's suckoutage fest.

The first time I watched it I literally laughed 'til I cried. If you haven't said something approximating 80% of these sentences at some point, you don't play enough poker.

[Update: I was inspired by this brilliance to return to an earlier rant of my own and give it the animation treatment. While I cannot aspire to the genius of the original, perhaps you will find this mildly entertaining.]

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Poker Laughs (1)

In a previous lifetime, I had a weblog where I occasionally posted things I ran across that made me literally laugh out loud. (This was, I hasten to add, well before LOL became a common element in an entire generation's vocabulary.)

And so, without further ado other than a wink and a tip of the hat to a certain other blogger's more sober and educational "Poker Gems," I give you the inaugural entry for "Poker Laughs."

Today's edition is brought to you by Julius Goat and is entitled "The New Donkey Quiz."