7 2 BLUFF...Diary of a poker player

Dreaming of the top whilst playing at the bottom…

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Poker don’t do Christmas

Poker is a brutal game it will show you new ways to lose and leave you lost.

Now the biggest crime at the poker table is to confuse bad luck with bad play, but sometimes you don’t know what side of the equation you are on.

So I hustled a $22 ticket into a $215 shot at a 10 x $1,500 Prague satellite which I lead all the  way before coming 11th.

So I called an all in versus KK with AQ for 15BB when I could have preserved my stack and got home, someone was all in and behind to hit a 3 outer on the river to steal my place as I busted next hand. It was a cruel bubble but I consoled myself that in reality it had saved me a grand on hotels and flights…

I played the $40 at Aspers and lost to runner runner straight I saw the flop saw I was 90% good and  tried to figure out how I could lose…

I have a new girlfriend who is dragging me off the felt and I must admit I don’t know what is better to be under a woman’s thumb or to be a losing poker player.

I’m giving up the game until I have a new job, losing money is no fun.

Poker has a long way to go before it replaces women but at other times it is the perfect remedy for them.




I Love Sammy Farha he was one of the best players to watch at the table

This is one of Sammy’s most famous hands, there is an excellent article on him here.

To be honest Sammy bottled it here! He just couldn’t pull the trigger for the other $185,000, Jamie had him worried and the commentary is spot on.

How you get $482,300 with a pair of nines with a Jack kicker is beyond me at nearly 500BB deep. I thought these days of poker were over but I may be wrong.

Sometimes you are just going to lose your whole stack

Joe Ingram takes you through the action you have to feel sorry for Matt Berkey…I think his river shove is good but perhaps I’m wrong.

And sometimes they have a hand that you just don’t even see in their range


EAPT Prague – I have a good feeling about this one…

I’m desperate to win the EAPT Prague for €115,000, I wouldn’t  do a deal for less than €100,000 and the trophy…or would I?

Step one complete, I busted a $5 satellite then I came first out of 30 runners in the $22 satellite. I was the sole qualifier with 645,000 chips or $645 virtual.

I am second in chips out of the 18 qualifiers so far for the Sunday 7 pm 10 x $1,500 packages gtd tournament.

I played really well then ost 2 flips 3 handed when chip lead in bavk to back hands. I fought my way back and won a flip with A 10 v 44 to take it down.

Min raise – Why is it always aces?

So I ran a pair of eights into aces with 4 left and lost half my stack, followed by shoving KQ over 3 limpers to be called but AK.

Of course I hit my Queen and lost to a rivered straight…poker sucks.

I want to qualify for Prague and take it down before Xmas. Today was 1 x $5 and 2 x $22 = $49 of nothing…enough for today…



Poker History – Lesson 1 – Sometimes you lose big

Doug Polk always gives a good break down

I’m not sure about Matt Berkey some of his play seems questionable to me.


Donnie Stern

Donnie Stern has quit the game. He was famous for starring in 2 Months 2 Million, a documentary where a crew of poker players hired a mansion in Vegas and played hard for their goal.

It seems despite $3M plus in tournament wins he can’t beat the game. He had recently lost in the region of a $1 Million to Berry Sweet online.

Seems I’m not alone.

Highs and Lows

I hadn’t played for 6 weeks and it had felt good scuba diving and hitting the beach. A new girlfriend had done a good job distracting me too but it was a Wednesday night and with no plans the thought of cards and chips drew me back in.

I headed to Aspers for the £50 £1,000 GTD tournament but when I arrive at 6:55pm no one had registered. Finally we got under way and by the end we had 22 runners and 7 rebuys for a 1st place prize of £503. I took it down played great and won the heads up battle with an open ended straight draw v 2 pair spiking my card on the turn gor a great night out.

6 days later I was back playing cash time to run it up. Well I ran up a quick £60 profit before dumping £300 with some awful play losing my last £65 in a spot where my hand was never ever good. Nothing worse than losing money playing badly…the empty feeling in the stomach the following morning that every “gambler” feels..

I am philosophical, I am up but my cash game sucks I need to work harder. I feel the new girlfriend will distance me from the game but I’m hoping less will be more.

The biggest loser at the table is often the biggest winner…




Know who is playing scared money – Kassouf gets owned

I love Mike Matusow when he says this at the end “You have to know who is playing off scared money and who is not”

Worst thing was Will showed that he was capable of folding 2 pr and playing too snug for the game opening himself to be put in future tough spots. Never show especially never show tight folds it’s amateurish.

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