Poker Musings is Card Club’s Blog of the Week!

April 18th, 2005

Lord Admiral Nelson (I assume)

I almost fell out of my chair when I heard on the broadcast that my little blog was picked to be Card Club’s Blog of the Week for the April 17th podcast. I’m humbled by the comments, and hope I can meet the standard. I assume the 12,000 Sunday night visitors Read the rest of this entry »

Playing During IGM/Party Bonuses

April 17th, 2005

In the recent weeks, one of the IGM/Party skins offered a reload bonus which required over a thousand raked hands to maximize. I noticed some complaining about the tightness of the games during these periods, and put some thought into figuring out how to deal with ultra-tight play at the $0.50/$1 level.

One solution was obvious: Read the rest of this entry »

“Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold’em and General Poker Concepts”

April 17th, 2005

Inside the Poker Mind

Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold \'em and General Poker Concepts

As I write this review, I need to note that my perspective is that of a micro or small-stakes player of poker. As such, I’ll mention my critique of this book up front: Read the rest of this entry »

Chip Census and Price Survey

April 16th, 2005

Since the television/internet poker boom began, the market for home poker chips has exploded.. Though there isn’t that much “unique” product, it’s almost like internet retailers are going out of their way to obfuscate the exact products they have available. I guess that makes sense if you want to avoid commoditization. Guess what, guys? Too late! Once I knew what I wanted, it was tough to find the places that carried it and compare prices. I thought I’d smooth out that problem by producing this chip census and price survey.

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Table Mods for IGM/Party Skins

April 15th, 2005

I mainly play at the IGM/Party sites, but cut my teeth in online poker play at Pokerroom. During my transition, I was quite shocked at the difference in the interface. The Party screen seems a lot busier than the Pokerroom screen. Turning off the characters helped some, but what really helped me turn the corner was Read the rest of this entry »

“Plays Well Multi-Way”

April 15th, 2005

The concept of hands which play well in multi-way situations was a difficult one for me to grasp as a beginning poker player. I read the phrase several times on-line and in books before I really thought about what it really meant. The presumption that I had from the phrase was that there were some hands that Read the rest of this entry »

11.5g Poker Chip Type and Price Survey

April 13th, 2005

The 11.5 gram chip is currently the dominant product available for home games. Though most sites are selling approximately the same product, I’ve always found it unclear exactly what varieties of product are available. Once I knew what I wanted, it was tough to find the places that carried it and compare prices. I thought I’d smooth out that problem by producing this chip type and price survey.

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Hold’em Poker by David Sklansky

April 13th, 2005

Hold’Em Poker by David Sklansky

Hold \'Em Poker

I received an observation today that the beginning poker player can be easily confused by discussions which can quickly degenerate into what sound like jargon-filled babble-fests. Well, any sub-culture is going to have it’s own jargon that’s incomprehensible, and poker is a less serious offender than the norm. I challenge the uninitiated to listen to a Read the rest of this entry »

Card Club on Lord Admiral Radio

April 12th, 2005

I managed to power through the last three hours of Card Club on Lord Admiral Radio, a poker podcast put on by some gentlemen from Canadia (Edit: that joke’s not nearly as funny in writing; Or sober). Podcast? Think audio blog. It’s a show that’s drifted from a 45 minute target to just over an hour in the recent shows. Truth be told, I’m always sad when the show ends, but that’s the first rule of showbiz, isn’t it?

The show has just the right mix of good friends making insider insults Read the rest of this entry »

First Impressions: Positively Fifth Street

April 12th, 2005

Positively Fifth Street by James McManus

Positively Fifth Street

McManus invites comparison to Hunter S. Thompson by referencing him so heavily in the first self-narrative section of Positively Fifth Street, then coyly disclaiming the comparison he’s attracting. If gonzo is a tone and an attidude, then yes, McManus does fit the label. Most people know the story by now, but for those who don’t, Read the rest of this entry »