Sunday, June 26, 2011

Last couple of days - Haven't been running bad, that's for sure.

Last couple of sessions have been pretty good, nothing crazy, but definitely not running bad at all. Just been getting by lately, putting in some volume, and gearing up for a couple of WSOP events I plan on playing this coming week.

Maybe I'll stop being lazy, and write more? Maybe when I start running bad and I have stuff to complain about. There's poker to be played! Cheers, 'til my next post!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Patience, Part 2

We all know that patience is important in all activities that we do and is essential to being a good poker player.

But even though this is common knowledge, why do many players lose their cool, become impatient, and dump multiple buy ins?

Familiar situations in which people often lose patience in poker include:

Being card dead (being dealt many hands that you deem unplayable).

Losing a hand in which you shove as a favorite to win.

Coolers (Losing with a very strong hand against an even stronger hand).

What do all these situations have in common? It is not your fault! does it make sense to lose your patience along with more of your money?

Remind yourself that although poker is a skill game, there are still elements of luck involved (randomly dealt cards, and randomly dealt community cards). Suck it up, continue to play your best (A) game and don't become a money leak.

Post contributed by: Everyday Psychology

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Patience - Especially crucial in poker

Patience and running good gets you this.
Patience, defined as(according to Wikipedia) "the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way". There are people whom we all know who have very little patience for anything, and will blow up on anyone, and everything, at a whim. There are also those people whom we know who seem to have such a high patience threshold, that nothing what-so-ever seems to faze them in the slightest. In poker, you can have all the technical skill and know the statistics inside-out, but without patience, you might as well be giving money away to everyone else at the table. Poker is a game of skill, but with elements of luck involved(hence why it is associated with gambling), in the long run the better players will win, and the worse players will lose, this is a simple fact, but a huge factor in determining a 'better' or 'worse' player is definitely their patience threshold.
You'll make the right decision, right?
Hours upon hours of play, being card-dead, and getting bad-beats bestowed upon you will gnaw at you to the point where you lose your patience for the game, and seem to abandon a winning game plan for a style more akin to reckless gambling. This is where the better, more patient player will shine. No matter what the circumstance, no matter what the outcome, they are able to play on with a level head, and always make the right decisions.

Life is like poker, in that aspect, you have to have patience for a lot of things that come your way. Not everything will work out the way you plan, and no matter how sure the outcome seems, something might just get in the way of that; will you have the patience to deal with it then? Or will you lose control and let your emotions take over?

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

I don't understand poker commercials..

All of them, every single one.. they all go something like: "Do anything, do whatever you want. It doesn't matter, you know why? Because I'm the greatest poker player in the world. I make people cringe just glancing their way, I make people shit themselves by speaking their names, I STOLE MY OWN GODDAMN GRANDMOTHER'S MONEY RIGHT FROM UNDER HER NOSE AND GOT AWAY WITH IT.. Join me and other pros at 'INSERT POKER SITE HERE' "

Why would I want to donate all my money to the best? I don't like cringing and shitting myself, and I definitely don't like losing money. I hate the idea of playing someone that can read my soul, and predicting correctly what I'm going to have for lunch. You know what? I like winning hands. I like feeling like the best player in the world with minimal effort. I like getting to showdowns, seeing my opponents hands and going "aww yee" when they showdown a vastly inferior hand.
Poker ads also needs more of this.

You know, poker ads should play out more like this: "This is my first time playing poker, it's my 18th birthday and it's my first time setting foot into a casino. A could barely tell the difference from a two-pair and a set. Whats a flush again? Whats the buy-in? I have to WHAT? with me at 'INSERT POKER SITE HERE' "

Much, MUCH better.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How to tell when someone's lying - By Stuart Wolpert via UCLA Newsroom

Sup guys.
UCLA professor of psychology R. Edward Geiselman (pictured) and his colleagues have identified several indicators that a person is being deceptive. The more reliable red flags that indicate deceit, Geiselman said, include:
  • When questioned, deceptive people generally want to say as little as possible. Geiselman initially thought they would tell an elaborate story, but the vast majority give only the bare-bones. Studies with college students, as well as prisoners, show this. Geiselman’s investigative interviewing techniques are designed to get people to talk.
  • Although deceptive people do not say much, they tend to spontaneously give a justification for what little they are saying, without being prompted.
  • They tend to repeat questions before answering them, perhaps to give themselves time to concoct an answer.
  • They often monitor the listener’s reaction to what they are saying. “They try to read you to see if you are buying their story,” Geiselman said.
  • They often initially slow down their speech because they have to create their story and monitor your reaction, and when they have it straight “will spew it out faster,” Geiselman said. Truthful people are not bothered if they speak slowly, but deceptive people often think slowing their speech down may look suspicious. “Truthful people will not dramatically alter their speech rate within a single sentence,” he said.
  • They tend to use sentence fragments more frequently than truthful people; often, they will start an answer, back up and not complete the sentence.
  • They are more likely to press their lips when asked a sensitive question and are more likely to play with their hair or engage in other “grooming” behaviors. Gesturing toward one’s self with the hands tends to be a sign of deception; gesturing outwardly is not.
  • Truthful people, if challenged about details, will often deny that they are lying and explain even more, while deceptive people generally will not provide more specifics.
  • When asked a difficult question, truthful people will often look away because the question requires concentration, while dishonest people will look away only briefly, if at all, unless it is a question that should require intense concentration."
Read he full article here.

Reading through this article actually made me think about the things I do when I lie and run bluffs, and what I can do to be a better liar, and a better detective of lies. Extremely interesting read.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Playing live poker - You need an Ipod! You need a playlist!

Playing online( no longer an option for us USA folk D: ) is something great. You get to run through several hundred hands an hour, see many different situations, and get put into all sorts of strange spots.. all in the span of just hours. Even while you're card dead online, you can browse through your Facebook, run through YouTube, and basically fill the void very easily, and very comfortably. With that being said, I HATE PLAYING POKER LIVE.

Live poker feels like such a chore sometimes. First the long drive, then the measly 40 or so hands an hour, crazy rake, and having to sit through babble of self-proclaimed 'geniuses of the game'. Wouldn't be a problem at all, if there was some sort of escape.. but there isn't! You can't open window after window of things to keep you entertained(well you can with a smart phone, but its not the same), and you certainly don't have the same comfort level as being at home in your underwear(lolwut).

The best thing you do have though is an MP3 player! The easiest way to escape during the dry runs of cards, the mindless babbling of annoying know-it-alls, and just something to keep you entertained without wanting to rip the hair out of your head!

Here's some tracks I have on my 'OMG I HATE LIVE POKER" playlist:

Standard Fare - Philadelphia - Pretty indie-pop, could kind of envision myself on a road-trip, escaping this horrible casino already..

Young the Giant - My Body - Just really like the bass on this track. Pretty lively, without being waaaaaay too  much.

Drybes - Bing Blang Blaow - Wouldn't be a poker playlist without this song! I'm already rubbing these live donkey's cash on my titties!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Response: Tiltware vs Ivey's statement

 Tiltware's response to Phil Ivey's statement:

 “Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey’s meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player – himself. In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players’ pockets. In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited -- and has declined -- to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site. Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey’s frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court. But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help.” 

Wow. That's all I have to say. Tiltware takes it's sweet time on disclosing information about players getting their funds back, and other important matters that took place on Black Friday, but they insta-fire back on Phil Ivey's statement. Ivey's intentions are obviously not ALL noble, as he has many millions of dollars locked online as well, but this could be a huge step for many FullTilt players to be getting their money back in their pockets.