I’m in Las Vegas for a second year in a row covering the biggest event ever in the history of poker. I want to be at the Rio everyday and tell you what I see, hear, and smell. I’m not going to sugar-coat the poker coverage and tell you how awesome it is to be at the wm55 . I’m not going to write 2,500 words on how cool it is to see Gus Hansen and Jen Harman and Annie Duke play poker. They are degenerate gamblers just like you and me. They happen to be better at it than us but that doesn’t make them rockstars and Gods among peasants.
Poker is a dark and ugly entity. The media has created an aura of nebulous sanctimony and the masses are flocking to it like it’s the cure for the void that they have in their sad and empty lives. I should know. I fell for it too. For most of my life I was empty and sad. Poker was the light at the end of the tunnel. I bought the bullshit like everyone else. But unlike you, I got to see behind the scenes of the poker world for the last year. I peeked behind the curtain and saw the great and powerful Oz. And he’s not great, nor powerful.
Poker is an old dirty whore. Poker is a $10 crack rock. Poker is an illusion and a momentary distraction from the harsh world that we live in.
Aikido is a form of martial art that redirects the energy of the opponent to ward off an attack, rather than blocking it. It is the approach I adopt in no limit cash games and results in trapping aggressive opponents. While this style works for me, I believe I am lying in wait too much and not going on the offensive enough.
If I could comfortably switch back and forth between these 2 modes during a session, I believe my game would be elevated to an even higher level of mediocrity.
Whenever the need arises, it gives me great pleasure to go downtown and spend some time browsing at the Gambler’s Book Shop. Located in a decrepit area of downtown frequented by derelicts not unlike myself, the store is a cornucopia of books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s on every conceivable gambling subject.
Acquiring a copy of the much heralded and just published “No Limit Hold’em Theory and Practice” by David Sklansky and Ed Miller was the purpose of my visit.
Last weekend I finally visited the South Coast poker room. It is a typical Las Vegas low-limit room with a mix of locals and tourists. I played 2 sessions of $1-$2 NL and was pleased with both the results and my play.
I may put low buy-in MTT’s on temporary hold while I attempt to capitalize on my recent good run in cash games.