Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BlackFriday, 3 years later, part 1...

     3 years since ‪#‎BlackFriday‬ when they banned some of the best poker sites from the United States, supposed Land of the Free! Those casinos with deep pockets, and our messed up lobbyist political system sure have strung things out far longer than they should ever have been able to do so.
     I've lost a fair number of bets about how long this would go on, but luckily never bet cash on them. I'm not into sports betting, gambling vs the house edge in a casino, etc....
     I play poker vs other PEOPLE, in the American game of Poker (TEXAS Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, California LowBall, and others) .. based on luck of the draw, but with the math of odds, return on investment vs risk, and the skill reading people and patterns ... much the same as Day Traders or investors in the business world.
     I have a preference of staying right here in the US, but if legislation isn't sorted out this year in favor of the popular American sentiment of returning our freedom to play poker, then this is the year I am likely headed across the border, either south or north, to continue to play poker.
     I have moved across our country for work before for a better job, rather than staying local for a lesser job, and I will do the same for Poker.
     You will see the billionaire Sheldon Adelson,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Adelson, lobbying for "stop internet gambling" , as he is Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, and has a vested material interest in keeping as much of gambling within his brick and mortar casinos as possible, for monetary gain.
Don't buy into the ‪#‎HYPOCRITICAL‬ "hype" of protecting the American people from online gambling, the exact same thing his casinos provide offline.

    But when you do see just how much he is able to influence so many political people in our country, DO be aware of how messed up our current lobbyist political has become.
    And then, share your voice! In this day and age, you cannot be silenced or ignored, thanks to modern technology. Share your opinion. You have the right to by the First Ammendment in this country.. if this IS still the United States of America ..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jared Tendler – Final Table Deal Making, Backers Playing With Horses : CalvinAyre.com

Jared Tendler – Final Table Deal Making, Backers Playing With Horses : CalvinAyre.com

Click the above link for: Lee Davy sits down with the Mental Game Coach, Jared Tendler, to dig around in the dirt covering final table deal making and backers playing against horses on final tables.

Excellent discussion on the facets of deal making, staking, and other mental parts that can affect the final table of a tournament.



Naturally, I have a whole group of friends who chant "No Deal!" universally, but I often wonder how much thought they put into this idea.  Did they just learn this from a teacher, or have they actually thought it through?  I may return to this point about the "No Deal" attitude in the near future....



I had planned to write my own blog post on this subject, but I think the one covers it nicely, and I will return to this later when I have more personal insight on deal making, and the decisions I face as I find myself in the position to discuss final table deals more often.



May the River be with you!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Peaks, and the Pits, of Poker WSOP 2014

     That familiar sound of chips ruffling, incessant as a flock of lotus, can be heard over all of the indecipherable chatter of the poker room.  Surrounded by the large collection of poker tables, the familiar droning buzz was reminiscent of a beehive, and a sound I am all too familiar with.  A sound I could fall asleep to, and had done so several times, in those all too common marathon sessions. The kind of sessions the pros learn to get out of their system early in their poker careers, if they like to maintain the highest winrates, and avoid high variance mistakes.



     A rail of friends was nearby, not in my vision, but I knew they were there, cheering me on, disbelief long since gone about my deep run in the main event.  So many friends I had railed before, were now railing me.  It's good to have friends.

     It is typically quite cool in the Amazon room, something many complain about, but that I find refreshing. Particularly when I am sitting at such a tough table draw.  My awareness tracks the whole table, watching for tells, both real and false, looking for any little sign.

    Most of my attention, however, is on the seasoned veteran across from me. My old school idol, Phil Ivey. The man who can play all the games, both tournament and cash. The player so many would vote as the "best player in the world".

    A voice in the back of my head says I should be nervous, perhaps the voice of one of my friends, but I am perfectly calm.  I have trained for this, studied, practiced, lived the grind.  I have played millions of hands online, even against Phil.  I am ready, and fear no players, any longer.  I have seen it all by now.  I am proud of the fact that I am so calm, it is a milestone along my path...

     How did I get such a table draw?  A veritable table o' death... Antonius, Ivey, Mercier, Moorman, Haxton, Adams, Helmuth, Negreanu, and me.  Jack Effel must have had it in for me, or Matt Savage put him up to it, their little "joke".  Little ole me?

     Something didn't add up, and this oddness crept to the forefront of my mind.  A dizziness took over.  The world tilted, and the image from Inception of someone "kicking the chair" came to mind, as I realized...

     It was a dream!  Yet another dream about poker.  Not the first, certainly not the last.  And now the true nightmare becomes apparent as I awaken fully...

     Left Vegas for love, but it was a lie.  Stuck in rural California.  No bankroll.  100 miles from the nearest poker room.  No license.  The bills are overdue.  No job.  The roof leaks.  I definitely need to write a country song while stuck here...

     But the absolute worst part, is the realization, that I am going to miss the WSOP, for a 5th year in a row.  5 World Series!

     But such is life (C'est la vie!) ... I am not the only one, there are many others in the same boat.  For every player going to the series, there are hundreds that want to go, but can't make it.  Family responsibilities, economic impossibilities, busted rolls at the wrong time, etc. etc. etc.

     The sun will still rise tomorrow.  In my younger days, I probably would have felt a bit of anguish at not being able to accomplish some progress on one of my goals.  But I am much older and wiser now.  I know my time will come.



     Despite the path that led me here now, I have learned what I needed.  I will do well when I get there.  I have matured as a player.  I wanted to enter poker in 2000, but didn't get to start until 2009, and then focused too much on the day job until 2013.  But now, I have paid my dues, and I am ready.

     Many are gearing up for the 2014 WSOP.  Barring some miracle, I will be on the sidelines again, tweeting, maybe reporting, likely railing a few.  But mostly, I will be planning, and working towards, the 2015 WSOP.

     And maybe a miracle, or two....

Monday, March 31, 2014

Online Poker Ban Hypocrites...

From my own twitter @TheWookieWay :

Tired of hearing about online poker/gambling ban. Has anyone countered that if it's bad online, then no more brick and mortar casinos, too?

     Is anyone surprised by the #HYPOCRITE s, such as Sheldon Adelson, who are trying to say that online poker is bad, and laden with potential crime and predators, but that their brick and mortar versions are perfectly safe and acceptable?  Or ignoring the fact that their brick and mortars allow you to play online on their properties?  HYPOCRISY at it's best!

     It is my firm and logical belief, that these methods are being used to hold onto their current share of the market for as long as possible, before INEVITABLE return of a company like PokerStars, who will garner the "lion's share" of the market, due to COMPETENCE and QUALITY.  If they want to compete, let them use COMPETENCE and QUALITY to do so!
 
     These underhanded lobbying methods represent everything that is wrong with our current political system in the United States of America.  We, the people, need to voice our opinions, liberally, on this subject, so that OUR best interests are served, instead of those with the most money.

     I sincerely look forward to PokerStars returning to US soil, particularly in California, since I much prefer the weather here to the weather in the desert of Las Vegas, and this is where I currently reside.  I do not foresee myself lasting another year without INTERSTATE poker in this country.  Mark my words, if there is not a significant hope of the return of legalized poker to the US within the year, I will most likely move to Canada.

     I am an optimist, but it has been 3 full years come this April 15th, since Black Friday.  If I cannot play Texas Hold'em in the country in which it was invented, my own country, then I am left with no choice but to leave for the duration....

     It would be a shame to have to pay taxes in a foreign country, due to some greedy billionaire with a pocket full of lobbyists.