Blog – November 2006

New on PTP for the week of November 26th…
November 25th, 2006

While recovering from a post-thanksgiving food coma, we somehow managed to get new stuff up on the site this week, including:

A player profile of Josh Arieh. One of the most consistently entertaining personalities on the tournament poker, Josh is a holdout from an era where poker was a brash, confrontational activity – where games were a matter of pride, ego, and sometimes unadulterated hate. Some people thought his comments about Raymer were tasteless – I thought that they reflected exactly the way I’d expect to feel about the person who knocked me off the final table LASER of the WSOP.

A review of Poker Inside .com. If you enjoy poker-based communities, you might find something you like at this site which offers members rewards for competing against each other in various online poker activities.

Some odds and ends from the poker news room: a Sarasota Dog Track opens a poker room, to apparent success – perhaps the strength of live rooms can keep the poker boom running for a little bit longer. The World Poker Tour gets a new host – 22 year old Fordham student Sabina Ghadecki.

The Dobrosoft network picks up a ton of new rooms as the increasingly bizzare game of online poker network merry-go-round continues. Could Doyle’s room be next? Tribeca’s decision to cut out service to US players certainly seems like it could leave Doyle’s looking for a new home….

That’s all he wrote

Chris

New on PTP for November 19th

Two new bits on PTP this week.

First, if you’re looking for a site to help you kill time online, you could do worse than All In Magazine Online. Get the details on this handy addition to your time-killing tool box with Kef’s review of All In Online.

Second, Vin’s back after a week off with a new installment in his regular column. This week, he closes out the Remedial Poker series with a column focused on the fiscal side of poker entitled ‘Ya Might as Well Spend it, Ya Can’t Take it With Ya.’ Excerpt!

It is a general rule of thumb to always buy in to a hold ’em game with 20 times the “big” blind. In a three-six game that would be $60, in four-eight, it would be $80. My personal preference is to just buy in with a $100 rack. Heck, I’ve seen players buy in with the minimum, (which in most places is $20-$30) and (metaphorically) manhandle the other players, parlaying that buy in into six or seven hundred dollars or more. Rarely, mind you. Very rarely. But it does happen. Just don’t count on it. Try to stick with the traditional buy ins.

The reason for this is fairly simple. Twenty times the big blind, lets you take a look at a minimum of 150 hands (considering a full 10-seat table) and usually somewhere within that 150 you will more than likely see a “solidly playable” premium hand. Of course, I’ve had weeks where I haven’t seen a “premium” hand. And everyone I did see, whether I flopped the nuts or not, the Raising Maniacs beat me at the river. Just a few nights ago, at a brick and mortar casino, I had one of those nights. They even had a “special” where after cases midnight, the special was “Red or Black, Aces Cracked gives you Fifty Dollars Back,” and because of one of those aforementioned highly irritating lunatics, it cost me $72 to get my wired Red Aces beat, for a net loss of $22! That was the hand that sent me home. The rest of the night was even worse.

wholesale nba jerseys Well, enough of the woeful “Tales-of-Wells-Fargo.” The concept here is controlling your poker finances. One of the first things to do is to set up a separate, “special” account at your local bank that is specifically for card playing. It can be a checking or savings account or both, preferably an interest-bearing account, with debit card.

Read the whole thing here

And that, as they say in the sandwich biz, is a wrap.
(And that, as they say in the humor biz, is a terrible effing joke)

Chris

New on PTP for the week of Nov 12th
November 12th, 2006

Two Protocol solid additions to the PTP library this week – an article by guest author Andrew Kasch, author of the popular Shake the Online Poker Money Tree ebook, and a review from Kef.

Andrew offers up a good bit of practical Blog advice in his article Taking Maximum Advantage of the Doyle’s respond / TAIN Merger. Excerpt:

So cheap jerseys why exactly is there opportunity for increased profits here? Well besides the obvious notion that you want to be playing cards at the happening place where all the new players are going, there are two other compelling reasons. You make money at online poker by playing against weak competition, and also by getting the best deal on your rake. Combine these two elements and you are absolutely golden.

Now, Doyle’s Room doesn’t have a great rake deal. It’s reasonable, but not great, because they simply don’t offer reload bonuses. In fact their current ad campaign states “Our players suck, you should pay us a deposit bonus.” I love that ad, and I totally agree with it! Doyle’s room is easy pickings for some reason (especially the Pot Limit Omaha and Badugi tables), but in general I find weaker players on this site across all types of games than at the other major rooms. The 6-max NL games at Doyle’s are also among the most popular cash games in the house >>> READ IT!

Kef chips in with a review of the Poker Pages Industry Index, a resource that tracks online poker tournament activity. If you are cheap nba jerseys interested in the industry side of online poker, this is a page you’ll certainly find informative.

Some news odds and ends: Pamela Andersons shutters her Doyle’s skin (that was quick, Pam!). Given her solid turn in the Borat movie, I’m of the mind that PA can do whatever the hell she likes for at least 6 months. Singapore hosts it’s first poker tournament ever.

Good for you, Singapore.

See you all next week.
Chris

PTP update for 11/05/06
November 5th, 2006

New on Part Time Poker this week:

Ever want a resource that allows you to find the closest card rooms to wherever you happen to be? Then you might enjoy a service we review 2 this week called Poker Mashup, a growing database of US poker rooms linked to a Google Maps interface.

Read the review here.

Also, brush up on your fundamentals with some tactics suggested by our recently regular columnist Vinny Setala, who chimes in this week with a nice effort detailing The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Poker Players. Here’s an excerpt:

In this week’s column, we’ll take a look at how important studying the finer points of playing poker, and a list of some of the better study guides. Since there is such a vast difference between low-limit Hold ‘Em and high-stakes to no limit, it is necessary to work with study guides aimed more specifically for the low limit games.

After doing quite a bit of reading various books, and reviewing many of the tapes, audio-books, DVD’s and computer programs, I have come to a rather startling conclusion. There are just too many people who have made a pre-flop raise on a 93 off-suit and sucked out at the river who now feel qualified to write or create a how-to study guide. However, that being said, there are quite a number 2006 of study materials that are surprisingly well written and accurate.

The major question I’ve run into during my research is, “Why should I spend money on books and other guides when ‘no fold ‘em hold ‘em’ is all about luck anyway?” The answer to that is fairly simple. Luck will only be there when the fates are in your favor, whereas skill will be there all the time. The classic example is to be found at any casino. Other than poker, where the house has no vested interest except for the rake and/or hourly “rent,” all the other table games, slots, bingo and Keno have a set of odds that favor the house.

Read the whole article here

Come back around next week for more updates, and please keep sending suggestions for resources you’d like to see us review.

Chris / PTP

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