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When you're done with square one, pick it up and take it with you. Don't check it on the river!


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)--- is getting a new haircut on High Stakes Poker. The artist formally known as Sammy Farha is the new Mr. Jennifer Tilly!


The new way to lose Holdem ASAP is the old way heated up in a microwave for 15 seconds—Cold pizza also known as The Sammy Farha Show : When both players got hit with the deck---Sammy's AA verses Gold's KK --- Farha had a chance to scalp Jamie--instead he gave him a buzz cut.

It was one of those boil the frog Mr. Science hands that plays itself. Bet. Call. Bet. Call. All-In. Call.


Jamie was practically broadcasting that he had Pocket Kings, And telling him he would call any bet, even an all-in. How Gold has any of his $10 Million left at first seems like an anomaly, but then you realize how great a bluffer he is.

You can't spell Manslaughter without laughter, so when Jamie eats what he kills, he makes sure his neighbors are having a good time. It's not keeping up with the Jonses, but dragging them down to his level. Sammy got spun with a no limit dyslexia, the inability to read the writing on the wall.

It was like Gold was asking Sammy "How many slices do you want your pizza cut, four or six?"--- Sammy's check on the river was like saying "Four, I don't think I can eat six". Mr Pabst Blue Robot, was playing under the influence...of Jamie's trash talk. Farha's failure to value bet ranks right up there with that Poker After Dark Rookie move----If you remember between Jennifer Tilly verses Patrik Antonius.

When playing deep stack poker, you will often find yourself on a draw after the flop. To decide how to play your draw, you should consider the pot odds, implied odds, reverse implied odds, and the chance of a redraw. Unless of course you are Sammy Farha. He is part Hugh Hefner, part Humphry Bogart, part James Bond. All the angry people from Iran and Iraq can make their own country--Irate---but Sammy (Isam) is from Lebanon, He rarely gets upset-, even when he gets played by Gold. Thank you for smoking! You even make that look cool.




On this weeks episode HSP It had that "Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge" -aqua velva stench to it---Playing poker like the Joes, -Karaoke Poker a cheap imtation of -The Phil Helmeuth Starting hand requirements for pre flop raises—AA,KK,AKsuited JJ---lots of banter and very little card playing.

The Randomness Of NLH Is Too Important To Be Left To Chance!

New Americon poker is talking someone out of a hand. Nobody does it better than Gold. Poker is a struggle for silence, and never interrupt an opponent when he is making a mistake. I was suprised Farha fell for it. Sammy looked like a deer in the headlights, as Jamie "only" lost 125K. Sammy didn't value betting the river with the stone cold nuts. Jamie would have been stuck with his KK to call any amount, including an all-in.


Drill Sergeant Gold:Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army?
Sammy Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant! Drill Sergeant Gold: God damn it, Gump! You're a god damn genius! This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160. You are goddamn gifted, Private Gump .


Normal people spend their lives avoiding tense situation, Poker Ballas like Jamie Gold and Sammy Farha spend their lives getting into them. The whole upshot of NLH is that it be a perpetual crisis that you create. Poker rewards aggression, selective aggression.The cool thing about NLH No Limit Holdem is -you don't need cards to lose your whole bankroll …when you bet the right amount or in Jamie's case, convince your opponet to check the river.


Anyone who plays poker within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. You have to get in there and gamble.. Aggression makes you money. And the trouble with NLH is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. Poker very simply, rewards aggression. Aggression is the main source of energy for the NL playah.. NLH is about aggression and domination- it’s Jamie’s only redeeming qualities. He played his KK aggresively, and Sammy played his AA cautiously. That's because of deep stak poker. The price of aggression, however, is not cheap. You have to be willing to lose in order to win. Aggression causes trouble.



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  1. Blake says:

    I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous hands in poker, on TV and live, but this fifteen minute back and forth between Sam Farha and Jamie Gold on High Stakes Poker might be simultaneously the most ridiculous and rather annoying bunch of table talk ever.

    How Jamie Gold still has any of his $10 million, I have no idea.

    I don’t mind table talk here and there but Gold is just supremely dumb.
    Yeah, he saves himself a chunk of change, but in the process ends up looking like some used car salesman.

  2. Jamie Gold - The Best “Bluffer” In The World At High Stakes

  3. Ten reasons why Sammy Farha remains my favourite poker pro:


    Perfect size. Tall guys should be basketball players or farmhands. Fat guys should be bankers. Petite and dapper is the perfect look for a professional gambler.
    Thanks to Sammy, the image of the smoke-filled cardroom will never die. Let's hope that unlit cigarette dangling from his lips drives the anti-smoking harridans nuts - they conquer the kingdom yet its flag still waves...

    Lebanese background. They can blow it to smithereens but 'the Paris of the Middle East' still has something about it. Lebanon: cool. Iran, Saudi, Syria: not cool.
    Hopefully would rather die than be seen in a sponsored hockey/baskeball shirt
    His sardonic smile at Tony G during the infamous 'Russian rant'. Easily the most fitting response. And the one guy who shows Ralph Perry a little respect at the end of the clip...

    There'll never be a Sammy Farha biopic, because Bogie is no longer with us
    Two years older than me and still lookin' cool. I need all the inspiration I can get
    Loves pinball. (Over the claim that he once won $5,000 on a Pac-Man bet, however, I prefer to draw a discreet veil)
    "part James Bond, part Humphrey Bogart, part Hugh Hefner". How much would you pay for an epitaph like that?
    While feasibility is obviously a factor, right now I want a Sammy Farha bobblehead more than I want a bracelet...

  4. Iceman says:

    I am completely convinced Sammy Farha isnt a great poker player

    I think the guy cannot be a winning player overall in cash games, espically at the levels he plays at. You cannot play as a loose and against the percentages as much as he does and win. Like I said earlier I am no Farha expert but have watched enough times to notice how bad he plays hands and it seems, he does it alot.

    I think one thing we forget is that for every person who claims to be a winning poker player there are probaly 2 losing ones and I would have to believe that he is not winning more than he is losing.

    From the times I have watched him on TV it almost look like the others are toying with him. Like I said I am sure he is still a solid player but disreagrds the smart/percentage play so many times, that I have to think he is a losing player playing against the level of competition he plays against.

    Maybe I am way off on this. Would love to hear what others think that follow poker. I love to watch poker on TV and too me he seem way over his head than most he plays against.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sammy will go Farha

  6. Sammy is one lucky donk---he flopped aces AATTT when the other unlucky dude (Oliver Hudson)flops TTTAA. Very unlucky. Very bad beat. in WSOP Main Event

    http://www.pokahvideos.com/sammy-farha-gives-a-bad-beat/

  7. I love the footage of Ms. Tilly.

    Plus read this business; For the week of Dec 6th

    AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Few people realize that in the 15th century the Buddha was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. He was officially called Saint Josaphat, a name that's derived from the word
    "bodhisattva," which refers to a deeply compassionate person devoted to becoming an enlightened being. Virtually every element of Josaphat's life story as reported by the Church is a duplicate of the original legends about the Buddha. I expect to see a comparable theme unfold in your life in the coming weeks, Aquarius. I bet you will get credit or receive an honor or be given an acknowledgement that seems rather accidental, or
    comes from an unexpected source. Like the Buddha, you will richly
    deserve the reward, even though it may feel odd or askew at first.

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