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So Much To Sea

Posted by Ed Reif» on - - 5 comments»

Get Your BS in Poker ---Pimp My Harvard! The legends of Poker--- are still cycling through the West Point of Capitalism--- HLS Harvard Law School Advocating for the Devil’s Advocate---Internet Gambling 101. Meanwhile...

If Capitalism is creative destruction, than Destruction as Strategy is Finnish Internet Poker 101. Wash and Go no taxes, money laundering--ah! the sky's the limit.

The real deal is that gambling is an addiction, and the Addictionary- is spelt with the letters WSOP, WPT, GSN and ESPN. The mess is the message---winjuries--- a cool revenue stream for the networks and promoters, OME, out of money experiences for everyone else connected to the "sport".

Zero Sum and then some...Teaching an old dogma new tricks--- Flounders verses Rounders---Hate the win not the winners.

Poker is anything you can get away with! Now we have a new traffic cop in town- Keystone deputy sheriff Barney Fife---The Finnish Governement's Ministry of Social Affairs. Bureaucrats are getting ready to hook and book and ban online poker.

The idea is a Repayment Amendment to the exisiting laws on internet gaming: claim back losses by being repaid from the firm providing the online poker services, a credit card company, or the winning player in the game! FINS Recouping their (fins$$$) if they can prove for instance, they were drunk when they were playing ( HUI Holdem Under The Influence---what a concept). It could be the template for North American legislation. Wonder what poster boy for Online Card Lust---Pekka, Pekka, er I mean Patrik Antonius , thinks about it? He could be the Rosa Parks of Full Tilt Poker--- Driving the bus instead of refusing to go to the back of it! or worse yet, getting thrown under it by guys like Phil Ivey.

White angry software- As Proud members of the vast poker conspiracy---Internet gambling---it's the white people version of looting. Get rich Click. Digital homeless are looking real homely these days-Home isn’t where their heart is, it’s where their computer is. The Geek fathers are in the house, and bringing it down. No one who is winning says "It's just a game". Online Poker is an experience, a concussion. Suit up!

Some of those sick Heads Up HU, like Tom Dwan (Durr) vs Finn---Patrick Antonius (Luigi66369) -- a 375K+ pot over at Full Tilt. deserve honorable mention.

I'll take things that I know for $200K Alex"

While live ABC cash and tournament games are the new golf. Internet Poker is the new dude sport. For the Young and Ruthless, online gamers are The Alpha Dogs of kitch; for sure singing a karaoke Poker, cheap imitations of the original 'Auld Lang Syne' bygone good old days of the smoke filled casinos---One Person To A Hand, No PokerTracker_Office_Stove_Player Notes--It's brick verses clicks. Ok, there is a competitive advantage to playing online-- so what. This kind of poker is less an exploitive, more an optimal one: a more down to earth multi-tabling game theory approach that brings not the math, but the strategy to the game.

While Poker Nation is experiencing the sin in sincere with the the noble experiment of prohibition, The fear of Vegas "getting Amazoned" is actually the in to the sane world of globalization, and the world is flat crowd. In the internet green felt jungle---you can be an ostrich and stick your head in the sand, or be a giraffe and stick your neck out. You don't have to go to Vegas to do that!

The truth about internet poker will set you free but first it will piss cities like Vegas and Washigton off. It's the napsterization of poker---cutting the middle man out. Allow me to sound like a thing from another tax bracket--- Less Government. That's Reganomics getting its freakonimics on--The number #1 thing we hate about the game we love- government running interference.Pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete won't make it go away. Having stand up guys with street cred like Barry Greenstein will. The Bear flew in to D.C. last year (November) with some malignant optimism for the House Judiciary Committee. and Rep. R. Wexler's Bill H.R. 2610---The Skill Games Protection Act.

The don't worry be happy---Kid Poker Egonomics crowd still manage to play, circumventing the law, "living" in Canada. The Power Of New wired Americon Poker. White Angry Software is taking over from the location neutral user-friendly YOUniverse of Hotel @nyware.

Does it matter where you are anymore. We have electronic immigrants, info-workers who bang out software code in Hong Kong and India, and e mail us next day there work. They don't even need a Green Card to do that. Likewise, who cares if poker rooms are physically in Costa Rica or Gibraltar. There is no there there these days.

Don't Dog My Do, Dude!

There’s nothing ethical about the “work ethic” in poker. That rule that everything worthwhile is a result of struggle is not only false. There’s a bit of larceny in getting more for less, a bit of cheating the “system”. You feel like some black market wheeler-dealer., living in the underground economy of CASH. So what. You don’t need powerpoint to explain what you do---you play poker and make money at it.

It's so pre 9/11. The assumption that gambling is bad has outlived its usefulness. Now anyone can do it with complete ease, because it means nothing at all, thanks to the CNN effect of dealing with everywhere and everything at once, including the WPT and WSOP. When you start to read about the evils of NLH, you have to give up only one thing--- reading.

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example--- If it wasn't for pimps, prostitutes, hustlers, gangsters there wouldn't be any No Limit Poker as we know it today. There was a time when one could almost be afraid to call himself a poker player because it meant so much, now it means so little. You are not keeping up with the Joneses. You’re dragging them down to your level on the green felt jungle.


A great many people think they are thinking about poker when they are merely rearranging their bad habits. Part card sharks, part Mother Teresas’ it’s still nice to see the education outreach of legal elite F.O.P. Friend of Poker- Alan Dershowitz ; and, Charlie Nesson , a tweeds-to-riches—Crimson Prof high on silicon crack. The Professor Howard Lederer talked smack about the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act”, barring U.S. banks from transferring money to online gaming companies at the GPSTS.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Why Be A Man When You Can Be A Success? Hay Bill Gates, Ronald Reagan, Harry Truman---you get the picture---they all play(ed) poker. The ban on online gambling is the lesser known "I Don't Have A Dream" speech because Poker is so 100% AmeriCAN; the bill is so AmeriCAN'T. More than that, If you want to call yourself American, you have to play NLH, it’s like applying for citizenship in the gambling world. It’s the most spectacular outbreak of mass delirium that we are likely to see in our lifetimes, and it’s happening on the green felt jungles of card rooms and computer screens everywhere.

Gambling is to NLH poker what paint-by-numbers is to art. Let's connect the dots people and overturn this.

Give em hell Harry! Ok heck
Calling poker a sport is like calling bald a hair color. Yet this male pattern madness--- an 800 lb gorilla known as Texas No Limit Hold em (a.k.a. NLH)--- has replaced baseball not only as the national pastime, but also America’s bellybutton.


ESPN’s WSOP (World Series of Poker) High Stakes Poker on GSN and the Travel Channel’s WPT (World Poker Tour) have done for poker what Jamba smoothies did for high fiber diets---it reinvented the often indigestible into an energizing and delicious (peak) experience that can no longer be ignored. This game has juice!



The Harvard students are a bunch of inarticulate blokes--reminds me of rugby intramurals, just a forum to drink beer and get drunk: the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS). sounds like a bad SNL skit” “all about Da Bears. Ditka” A Super fans dog and pony show, putting the sin back into sincere. It's Animal House Redux.


Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Alcoholics go to meetings---Drunks have conferences at Harvard Law School! (ouch) . Prof Nesson is mad. He's White Angry Holdem! White angry software ( I have no idea what I am talking about-but maybe Nesson can connect the dots for me).

Let’s gentrify Poker. It is after all, a blur of energies and frequencies. Denial Is Not Just a River In Vegas. We are part of the best entertained and least informed people on the face of the planet, free to change spouses, jobs, careers, neighborhoods; but the way he gamble? Frequently wrong, never in doubt,Players don't resist change. They resist being changed!

“Hate the win, not the Winner!”

If it ain’t awful. It’s lawful and this shutdown of online poker is aweful! It screams “I am allergic to civilization” written in cursive by the digital homeless. It makes me wake up with headaches. It makes us less safe and less free. The Terrorists have won!


Play Poker ---It’s like applying for citizenship in the Gaming World. NLH is a form of patriotism, It is not the last refuge of a scoundrel, but the home of the free and brave declaration of independents who stick to the old school values: life, liberty, and the pursuit of a fast buck. There is no treason, You can not be a traitor to anything, except to yourself.

With a no limit dyslexia, the inability to read the writing on the wall, Hey Washingtonians— It’s just Poker. Today’s poker is not necessarily a lapse of morality, but the result of a great social injustice.


In your “W2” world, you name your own decimal dusted salary. He’s called Vinnie, and Mr. Bag-a-Donuts is always going to be having out of money experiences: because a funny thing happened while homeslice was pressing his nose to the grindstone: His world changed.---his joy-to-stuff ratio got out of balance, his office ennui Dilberted his Type T (Thrill) personality and he turned into an underemployed torpedo.


The casino is the ultimate playground of Free Agency. The plug-and-play low entry point is one that anyone from waitress moms to NASCAR dads can move into and put together a life---or at least a facsimile of a life ---in less than a month.

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation. $100 bucks makes you the corporation. Eating what you kill is so money. Screw Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now: It’s what I talk about in the Power of NEW Americon Poker.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy chips, which is kinda the same thing.
If you want to have “fun” then spin the wheel of fortune, phone a friend, buy a vowel, and get voted off the island. Deal or No Deal. If you want an “experience”, play NLH. It’s not a sport, it’s a concussion! Good NLH poker is not a "A-ha" experience, it is more of a "holy-shit" experience. Most playahs are experience rich and technique poor.


There is an educational component that can make your game better. The gambling world is a kind of gambling kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell "Poker" with the wrong blocks.

Every profession has a blind spot. Players have a mindset, just as lawyers, accountants, bankers, engineers, and scientists have their specific mindsets. He wants to win money, but ends up losing, that’s a problem.Winning also has a way of turning money into problems.

When you lose, you lose money and when you win you lose the value of money.


This kind of poker education is an STD, It makes you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you have the urge to pass it on.


The Money You Lose Playing Too Many Hands.
The Money You Lose By Not Taking the Initiative.
The Money You Lose By Not Recognizing You Are Beat.
The Money You Lose Not Taking Other Players Into Consideration.
The Money You Lose Making Incorrect Bets in Big-Bet Poker.
The Money You Lose With Poor Bluffing Habits.
The Money You Lose Making Mechanical Errors.
The Money You Lose Playing Only Half the Pot.
Losing Because You Don't Have an Adequate Bankroll.
Losing Because You Shouldn't Be Playing.
Losing Because You Are Not Properly Educated.
Losing Because You Don't Understand the Math of Poker.
Losing Because You're Playing in too many Tournaments.
Losing Because of Bad Luck
Losing Because You Don't Use Game Selection.
Losing Because You've Forgotten the Goal of Poker--making correct decisions


24 hour casinos-I haven’t got time for that.



If practice makes perfect, and nobody's perfect, then why practice? There is absolutely no substitute in gambling than for a genuine lack of preparation. Poker is different. A poker game is not static. It's a dynamic, living organism that changes from moment to moment. You have to respond to those changes. Survival of the fittest. Not like some CEO salary---you are distinct or extinct every moment to moment when you put your bankroll at risk in an NLH game.

Slots and house games hijack the game into unrelated territory of luck only. It doesn’t seem right, but NLH is as important cognitively as reading a book. Poker Genius is nothing more than constant attention. Everyone is a genius, it’s just that some of us are too stupid to realize it. It is easy to get de-geniused rapidly with all these house games.(pun intended).




Online Holdem’s Looney-tuned tension gets its storyline from the Cartoon Network. In a New York minute, an ACME anvil pancakes you, and then a split second later, you’re expanded - accordion-style - back to normal, like some tempurpedic mattress. It’s a formula of ins and outs, need and speed, aggravation and acceleration.






NLH is a game of domination. It rewards (selective) aggression. Infinite patience, however, brings immediate results to your game. The game has gotten faster, yet the faster you go, the longer it takes to beat the game. You spell success in NLH, hands played. T_I._M_.E_. not T.O.E. Time On Earth.


5 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Touche Alpha Dog

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get your Ph.D. in poker from, ESPN's WSOP?

  3. Grinder says:

    awesome - thats all I can say! Well done with the blog - slightly long though in the page length department.

    I mentioned you and put in a link - I know I know you never asked for one but - - - - - you deserve it.

    Rock on!

  4. I agree with the legislation which aims to ban credit cards as a payment method for online gambling of any sort... and i think it should be enforced worldwide – not just in America. In fact, gambling with a credit card should be banned full stop. Not just on the internet. It’s a no brainer when you consider you are placing backing the outcome of an uncertain event with somebody else’s money. Chance and credit do not mix well in my opinion, and continuing to allow it would only contribute further in negatively affecting the high levels of personal debt many citizens today find themselves in. I do however, think that the prohibition won't work; or at least it won’t be received well amongst gamblers - I mean what’s the point in banning a credit card payment made on an online poker game, for example, but continuing to allow online sports betting? Slightly hypocritical, no? I mean how can you allow someone to participate [with or without a credit card] in online horse racing betting, but not put any money on a hand of texas hold’em poker? both activities involve a large degree of chance, and neither are guaranteed to yield financial return.
    What really infuriates me however, is that the minority of irresponsible gamblers [those paying with someone elses money!] have now ruined the fun of online betting for everyone else - those like me who pay with money they actually have in their bank!!
    At least for the Americans there is always the free online poker games!

  5. Squirelmaster says:

    I realy feel for the gamblers in the US. I cant beleive your Congress banned all banks and credit card companies from accepting transactions from online gambling sites which makes you unable to play online poker. What a bunch of hypocrites your state government are. They have the largest gambling operations with lotto, keno, etc. If they truly believed their rhetoric about internet gambling they would cut out the state operations also. And now they are bringing in a law to legalise slot machines. Personally I would have a big grudge against any party that stopped me from playing on a online poker site. I think there must be some way for you guys to get around this problem. Must make you wonder if you are living in the land of the free when it seems the government has full control on what it will and wont let you do.