October, 2005

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I Bubbled, Dee Scores

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Played the $500 Omaha 8 today. It was looking like a good day. I had some great hands early. Had to listen to some old farts bitching about my starting hands, but when I'm in late position with no callers yet, I'm going to play a high hand for a raise. I maintained an above average stack for most of the day. It was right before dinner break that I got dented. A new player joined the table, and I should have known it was trouble when she told me she had never played O8 before today.

On my way to WPF

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Today is the $500 Stud 8, reports from the floor tell me that my buddy Dee is doing well. Hope he can hold out, it's time he hit one. I should be arriving late and will play tomorrow's $500 Omaha 8. Happy Halloween! Carolyn, Melissa and I carved pumpkins this week. Tore up my digestive system eating the seeds.

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Heads Up Play

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After plenty of sleep, still not feeling my best, I decided to just play in spurts today. Heads up matches with some rest in between. I love playing mid-level heads up (50s or 100s). I can usually get in an average of 2 per hour, so it works out to a so-so rate, but I love playing heads up so it works. Today I was on a roll, I had won 9 for 9 and none of them lasting more than 20 minutes. The typical opponent was the Steamroller, just raising and reraising. Easy to oppose.

Over There - made me wonder.

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Tonight was the season finale of Over There on FX. I'm sure the series has some historical or technical inaccuracies, but it's a TV show, not a documentary. That said, I thought it was very well done. It shows the life of a squad in Iraq. It doesn't flame liberal anti-war garbage, nor does it spin pro-war for that matter. IMHO, if it makes some viewers salute our troops while being entertained, then it succeeded. Here is the last scene.

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Calling a Raise in the Big Blind

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Last night in Nashua , I was playing the $60 + one optional $60 rebuy. It was almost the third hour and I had a respectible T9k in front of me. Blinds were 150-300 and I am in early position with ATx. Have I mentioned that I hate AT? Instead of ditching it, limping it, or making a good bet, I simply double the blinds. Everyone folds except the big blind, a friend of mine, who calls with 95x. I bet the hoping to take it, he calls and then takes it with a pair of 9s.

Behavioral Economics & Finance in Poker

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Working on a consulting project this week, I stumbled on a paper by Hersh Shefrin , who has written extensively on the subject of Behavioral Finance. He sumarizes that there are three aspects (in general) to the topic. I started wondering about its implications in a poker environment. I haven't found anyone that has written on it yet, so I'll keep thinking and digging: Heuristics : People often make decisions based on approximate rules of thumb, not strictly rational analyses.

Blogger Freeroll

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Just got knocked out of the Pokerstars Blogger Championship. Great job to Stars! The prize pool was well worth playing - a $12k package to the WPT-PCA, flat screen TVs, iPods, etc. I was more impressed with the weak field. I was actually shocked that people that love the game this much were so sloppy with their play. I got cut in half late in the tourney by a weak Ace out of position catching against my QQ. I raised him good, but it didn't matter.

ARGer, Gavin Smith 3rd in Fiesta al Lago

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Fellow ARGer Gavin Smith went for his 2nd WPT title this week at the 4th Fiesta al Lago. After an impressive showing with some great plays, Gavin was damaged in a pot with Mihn Ly. The chip count before the hand was 1. Dan Harrington - T3.0m (seat 3) 2. Gavin Smith - T2.8m (seat 5) 3. Minh Ly - T2.4m (seat 2) Gavin Smith has the button with As7s. He raised to T600k and Ly moves all in from the small blind for his T2.4m holding K8x. Gavin goes into the tank for a minute.

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Do the Clergy play Poker?

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I'm glad the Nashua poker room is no longer located on Daniel Webster highway. Back in the 19th century, an author by the name of Steven Vincent Benet wrote a story (that later became a play and then a movie) called The Devil and Daniel Webster. It was about a New Hampshire farmer plagued by misfortune.

In doubt? Jam!

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I've used pokerstove for a while now to calculate equity on ranges of hands. Great software written by prock. Anyway, I had never noticed this on the pokerstove site before, but there is a great discussion of Jam or Fold in headsup situations that is credited to Michael Lerner. It's quite interesting. Take the time to go through the discussion page. It basically confirms what most heads up players already know.agression wins

Turning Stone and Greenbeans

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Last day. Good to see some of my Foxwoods buddies here today: Hamdy, Fabio and crew. Hosed in the tourney, but what a great cash day. There was this goober eminem-wannabe from some local farm town playing the $100 max buy in table. He was surrounded by a posse (I swear to you). They were all over him. Telling him how brilliant he was, etc. He considered his all-ins with second pair to be his best plays. Once I figured him out, I followed him to 3 tables, and about 6 buy-ins.

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Turning Stone Part Deux

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What a great place. Reminds me of the original old casion at Foxwoods. Small and comfy. The rooms are actually similar to the Pequot rooms. The tourneys are run flawlessly, and without computer registration (hard to believe). I bit the dust today in level 5 with a preflop raise from the cutoff holding 77. The big blind called. The flop hits 7 8 3 with two suits. He checks, not wanting to be outdrawn, I want to bet. Any reasonable bet puts 60% of my stack in the pot.

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Turning Stone

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Heading to Turning Stone today for the East Coast Poker Championship. Have to drive alone. Hopefully, my podcasts are loaded. I think it is a 300 mile trek. Buddies buxx and hitman are there already. Aaron (hitman) won his 1k entry already. They said they would call up a cot for the room. Adam (Buxx) says the side games are merely "ok". Well, I bit the bullet already. Heading for the truck

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Blogger Tourney - kewl

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I need to register for the Pokerstars online blogger championship. Great idea Stars! This event is powered by PokerStars. Registration code: 3492002

Birthday and Greenstein

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Today is my dad's 65'th birthday. He still doesn't like my poker lifestyle, but is impressed when I tell him what it can generate. If you like interesting anecdotes about some famous players, check out Barry Greenstein's player analysis page. Be sure to have your speakers on and click on the "Reason for this song choice" link for each player. Interesting that Barry decided to put this kind of thought into each player

Police : Robbers knew Dracut bar was closed, had poker game

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By JACK MINCH, Lowell Sun Staff DRACUT -- A trio of men who allegedly robbed Shooter's Sports Bar early Tuesday and shot a man, had to know the bar was closed and also had to know beforehand there was a private poker game being played inside, police said. Michael Breault, of Dracut, was shot during the robbery. He was released from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston yesterday, according to a spokeswoman. He's doing well,” said detective Sgt. David Chartrand. “He

Terrible Bad Beat (keep reading)

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After a great weekend at Fargo, although not showing well in any event other than making the final two tables with my partner Peter Caldes, I took a day to rest and then decided to play my regular Monday night No Limit private game. This game is held at a friend of mine's bar. He's closed on Monday nights so it is perfect for a private game. All the refreshments we need and plenty of big screen TVs to watch Monday Night Football.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Lead Generation Summit Notes

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in case you missed it. marketingsherpa's posted their b-to-b lead generation summit notes. here's an interesting tidbit, apparently many of the presenters at the summit were not saying "lead generation" (or even just "marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Telemarketing is the top lead generation tactic

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the phone is the number one tactic to generate leads according to the direct marketing association's 2005 response rate report which shows the following: telephone, dimensional mail, e-mail, and coupons provided the best response rate

WMC Interviews: Yvonne DiVita

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I was honored this week to speak with author, blogger and expert on smart marketing to women online, Yvonne DiVita.

Email Newsletters vs. Blogs

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When WebMarketCentral was first launched, the plan was to offer an associated newsletter. After careful consideration, this ain't gonna happen. E-newsletters were, not so many years ago, a clever and unique idea (good newsletters anyway). Just a few short years later, email newsletters are beyond ubiquitous. Even the most laggard of sites offer one. People are sick of them.

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Two Helpful Marketing Research Sites

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Got marketing research to do? Want to stay current on a topic, industry or company? Here are a couple of sites that can help. One that's probably familiar is Individual.com. This is a free customized news service that enables you to choose topics you'd like to track -- news, trends and analysis on your competitors, customers and target markets -- and then scans and delivers this content to you via email and the Web.

How to Start in a New Marketing Role – RAPIMMR

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It's not the most elegant of acronyms, but it is a solid approach to new marketing campaigns or roles. I was recently pointed to a report from Spencer Stuart titled “A Blueprint for Top Marketers' First 100 Days.” It's short and worth a read, but I was expecting more of a detailed roadmap. What their advice comes down to is: talk to lots of people in your new company, establish relationships, and get them on board with your plans. That advice is solid and useful, but hardly profound.