Archive for the 'Gambling' Category

Poker; Luck, or Skill?

Friday, September 7th, 2012

I’ve made posts in years gone by where I’ve mused on the degree of chance versus skill in poker when compared with other games such as roulette, chess, or blackjack, so I was intrigued when I saw a news article from a study on luck and skill in poker. The article is overshadowed if you […]

Failing at poker, and related thoughts

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ed Miller, aka notedpokerauthority, is one of the poker experts that I’ve long been an admirer of. The math and practicality of his poker instruction is always clear, logical, and well explained, but another one of the reasons that I like to read Ed is that sometimes he writes about poker-related topics rather than only […]

Playing the $10 Million Sunday Million

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

I’ve agreed to be staked to play the $10 Million guaranteed on PokerStars tomorrow. The expectation is that there will be a significant overlay. The buy in is $215 with $15 going to the rake, $200 going to the prize pool. Start time as I write this is thirteen hours away and there are 15,759 […]

What keeps losing poker players coming back?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

What keeps bad players coming back? Or, losing players in general. Why do they keep trying? Why do they keep playing? Why do they keep depositing/buying in? I think that there are many factors. Some factors overlap and often more than one will be in play for a specific person at any given time. Fun […]

Discipline, the god of poker

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

What’s the biggest single factor that separates the winning poker players from the losers? I postulate that the key difference is discipline. Not knowledge, not understanding odds, not experience, not personality; discipline. Some knowledge and experience are mandatory to be sure but the one key difference between a winning player and a losing player is […]

Should California outlaw online debates?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Here’s a local paper, from Sacramento, where two writers have been asked to debate the topic of whether the state of California should legalize on-line poker and other types of gambling. First off why identify poker, and then throw in “other types of gambling”? The first bill in the article refers specifically to online poker, […]

It’s just luck

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

What gives you a kick when you play poker? What are the situations that you really enjoy about playing the game?  Common answers: winning a big pot, making a big bluff, calling a big bluff with your reads, encouraging a maniac to give you his entire stack. I ran across a player in the 2+2 […]

Little Wheel, Das Kleine Rad; Roulette

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I’ve been asked to write about roulette. I can’t claim to be an expert, but then I don’t claim to be an expert at poker either. I’m just someone who has played poker as a hobby for a number of years and earned small but regular amounts over those years. My family and I recently […]