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An Americon Dreamer’s guide to the Texas Hold’em Universe. The possibility of sudden significant change in your game.

The Secret is about the law of attraction and results—the secret of poker is the complete opposite! And opposites attract!

The way to get better is to think about process not results—focus on better decision making and ignoring short term results. This is extremely hard to do because neurons that wire together fire together--- that's the sex of poker ---Having fun.
You can fake it till you make it, and than it will break you. There’s a fine line between loving holdem and being greedy for it. The fine line we walk between success and self-destruction---the card lust - Lays Potato Chips--- "I bet you can't eat just one", --- You play too many pots!
When you treat No Limit Holdem as a game of chance instead of skill, it is not a law of probability, it's a fact for games with the "F" fun factor-- you may have great expectations , but you will get negative ones. Risk of ruin is 100%!
Losing holdem ASAP is about that default lottery- Ka-ching- mentality of wish fulfillment.It is a portable magic. you rent but never own. Take it to your game and you will leave through the revolving door of poker on the old gambling world of luck's PUSH, verses the New wor(l)d order of NLH's PULL. It's rolling the DICE verses Inviting CHOICE.

Teach Yourself Poker in 10 Years ---Why is everybody in such a rush!
Learn to play poker like the Pros….and go broke. If you play like Gus (Hansen), you will..
Learn to play poker like the Joes….Hay T-Mobile, calling station----You’re playing Rock Star Poker- U2 without Bono, that’s just karaoke, a cheap imitation. Obsolescence is in full bloom-- Caught in the headlights, this is your brain on money. You can, nevertheless, teach an old dogma new tricks.
It's closing time for the karaoke crowd, the old dogs of kitsch. Who actually cares that you can belt out,after three martini's , the loudest My Way: AK all in pre flop is still a drawing hand! --It's still the S.O.S. Same ole ___ bland copies of the original AKA Doyle's by/buy-the-book, Super System; or Sklansky's Theory Of Poker --Don’t bring math to the game, bring strategy.
NLH is too random to be left up to chance. NLH is senseless, common sense and it’s not so common. It’s crazy delicious! The fixed is replaced by an obsession with the here and now, The Power Of New. It's less about how do I play 3 3 in early position and more about how should I think about it.

Old wine in a new bottle is when you play ABC "I bought the book" holdem. "Money runs counterclockwise...You always lose money from the guy on your left and win chips from the guy on your right" or " Seat 9 only value bets here and only bluffs there." There is no there there! in the distilled experience of the veterans.

The quest is not in these Either/or questions:---Am I gonna win this hand or lose it? Is my hand better or worse than my opponents single hand? Will I play it as a stealing hand or a hitting hand? Either/OR even in terms of thinking Pre/Post flop. .This duality of up and down, playing optimally verses exploitively -- There is no right and wrong, good and bad. odds and even. Zero Sum Minus Some, is too pedestrian, too run-of-the-mill. It's more than mixing it up and shifting gears---the mess is the message.

You can't predict the flop, but you can invent it--Plan around commitment.

It’s hard to think probability. Info is Lost In Translation when we simplify yet the simpliest concepts in NLH are the most powerful. There are no best starting hands, only situations. Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler. Think of it as a continuum, "AND". An infinite number of third options. This concept needs to be in your game.


Doing two things at the same time that apparently negate each other. NLH is 100% skill and 100% luck. The language of "and" is the language of NLH. The language of "and" is the language of passive and active, optimystical and materialistic, hard and soft. There’s a yang for every yin. It’s Fuzzy logic, and everything is a matter of degree and the player is fuzzy wuzzy to the nth degree. Get a clear, sharp view of the fuzzy.

E= MC2 Equity= More Chips Squared.
Equity—think in terms of what is my hypothetical share in this pot, not just “Am I ahead or behind”.
Commitment- Plan around it. Where is your equity coming from: Making the best hand by hitting or stealing it post flop.—to win the pot, but every hand has the potential for both. Most battles are won before they are fought. Consider the range of hands as well as the playah's temperament.
NLH revolves around the threat of an all in bet. It should be considered around ever decision. This may come at you. Play differently in big pots...Isolate hands that have a high showdown value, and overlimp in hands that have a positive and implied odds to invite more people into the pot.

1. The New Americon Dreamers--- This is the story of how Playah's are verbing that noun ---NLH, and dreaming with eyes wide open.
We are all in the right place at the right time. It’s the playah who want to put themselves in the game, who are prepared to be lucky, that get the prize. How do you position yourself to get lucky? Walk into a casino. Become one of the New Americon Dreamers.— An AmeriCAN not an American’t .
Dare to be naïve

If practice makes perfect, and nobody's perfect, then why practice? There is absolutely no substitute in NLH than for a genuine lack of preparation.. A NLH session is one long conversation run by C students, and Cash is their report card. NLH is like high school with money. This is a world beyond the classroom besides getting the correct answer. The important thing, nevertheless, is not to be in the know, but to be in the Power of NEW . The glass ain’t half empty, it ain’t half full, the glass is not big enough. Shuffle up and deal with it.

All uncertainty is holdem’s special invitatiion to enter the mystery of the ever-new---the POWER of NEW.

What everyone knows about poker is not worth knowing. Challenge the Myths of One-Liner NLH Formulas-Think long think wrong. Dump it or pump it. Suited and booted. Tight is right. All in to Win. No set, no bet. Go big or go home. Raise more than call and fold more than raise.

In my last post, I wrote The Power Of Paradoxical Thinking in High Stakes Poker This draws water from that wellspring--
Procrastinate now! Infinite patience does brings immediate results to your game. When was the last time you said "I think I'll go to the casino and fold 80% of my hands!"

In Poker the future is already here. It’s just not yet evenly distributed yet. You see, Poker is really a game of mistakes. The rules of Americon Poker are designed to achieve an important balance: an unskilled player(usually the guy with the three c’s condo, cash and cars) must be able to win just enough hands to keep him at the table losing his money. The Americon just look for opportunities, not guarantees. He is ready to make the right mistakes.

Come sideways at an issue instead of head-Short stacked you can't even pay attention-wo cares "deliberate inattention is required. The only baggage you bring is all that you cannot leave behind.
It's Not the Big that Eat the Small...It's the Fast that Eat the Slow

Don’t ca-cheng unless you ca-ch’i--Physical energy capacity is measured in terms of quantity---low to high; and emotional capacity in quality ---negative to positive.. It’s energy, not time, that's your street cred, your table image.
Managing energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of NLH. You can be motivated to play holdem that's good. You can be inspired to play holdem, that's great. Good, however, is the enemy of great.
Remember what Michael said in Godfather 1, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"---Stay motivated, but recognize those moments of inspiration.


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 a attitude of " I just want to have fun". Walking into a game because you "feel" lucky is like walking into a sports bar because you "feel" athletic.
Denial just ain’t a river in Vegas. If you want to plug some of the leaks in your game, as Einstein said, "You can't alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place" ---The power of NEW is the power of thinking without thinking, and knowing without knowing.

You don't get a second chance to make a first impression--Logic should yield to instinct. Rebuys are just rearranging the deck chairs of the titanic. The iceberg image, unless you realize something else is keeping the guy afloat who just took all your money , you are destined to become a human hangover, obscene and heard scareaming "I'm king of the world! The Emperor's new t-shirt says" But they were suited"...Check please.
There's a wonderful phrase in Gladwell's Blink--"the power of thin slicing"--which says that as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience. That's what I mean about the difference between having fun and "having an experience"---pure house games like black jack and slots, verses poker. NLH is not just a "sport", it's a concussion. The difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

It might be even easier change our religion than our style of gambling-play . Yet we Americans have put the ODD into God: Laziness has become the religion of the 21st Century gambler. Vene, Vidi, Velcro: "I came, I saw, I stuck around until I ran out of money...When the going gets weird the weird don't turn pro, they join the cult of the amateur. The casino is their water cooler. There's plenty of kool-aid for all to drink. Totemic discussion of the previous hand's bad beat are like sand at the beach--and Life's a bitch. This is poker not confession.

The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off

The secret of staying young is lying about your age---You must bluff to win big in poker. In other words---- Your fake plants will die if you don't pretend to water them---the language of betting is a slang that rolls up its sleeve and spits inthe street and gets the work done:NLH rewards aggression., selective aggression. Pick your spots. Bluffing works best heads up. Turn raises, or bets are scarier to most opponents than flop bets, and here are three: The Stone Cold Bluff---no pair, no draw. The Representing Bluff---betting scare cards, flushes and straights. The Semi-Bluff---drawing to the nuts, flush, straight or overcards.
Bluffing has more to do with an overall strategy than one specific hand. It makes the range of hands you can win with larger. There is a betting-to-bluffing ratio. The percentage that you’re bluffing should be proportional to the amount you’re value betting. For example, if you’re playing pot-limit and you’re betting the pot you should be bluffing about half the time that you’re value betting.

I want to show you my cards…I am a nobody in poker, but you have to be a somebody before you can truly be a nobody. I may not be in “who’s who” but I can tell you what’s what when it comes to Texas Hold em. .

2. The N Word—Normal--- Losing holdem A.S.A.P. is about being Normal.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy chips, which is kinda the same thing.

Money is the most powerful and pervasive secular force on the planet.

Americon don't want to be normal. Normal playah's spend their lives avoiding tense situation, Americon-Poker Playahs spend their lives getting into them. NLH---It takes a minute to learn and a life time to master. It’s hours of utter boredom coupled and then a few moments of sheer terror. Your baseline trance of our everyday All-American life as you know it is over. You’re an Americon-Playah The clock reads “Now” There is no yes in yesterday. Honor your beginning.
Few things are harder to put up with than a good example


It is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful and unimaginative. Ask your mother. "Normal"is the setting on her washing machine---the spin cycle ad nauseum. Normal isn't a virtue. It denotes a lack of poker courage. It’s a vast, conforming suburb of the soul. You don’t want to be normal. Normal people spend their lives avoiding tense situation, Poker Playahs spend their lives getting into them.

The whole upshot of NLH is that it be a perpetual crisis that you create...
3. The harder you work the luckier you get! Quit work, play poker, sleep 'till noon

“L.U.C.K. is the acronym for laboring under correct knowledge, Follow your own inner GPS system. Knowledge won’t t be power, applied knowledge will.”

When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. Blink!

If you want to be a gambler, you have to play poker. It’s like applying for citizenship in the Gaming World, and no limit Poker is a form of patriotism.



Going for broke is more poetic than calculating the odds. And crunching numbers.


When you play no limit hold em, you feel dangerous. It’s intoxicating. When you say those three words, “I’m all in” its chess plus luck. We really don't have any Poker enemies.It's just that some of our best friends are trying to kill us. Crazy Horse never played Holdem because the meaning of a poker life, is not to-- get one, the meaning is quite simple--don't die. Today, therefore: is a good day for someone else to die. There's a saying: if it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger---but it will kill you. Playing poker like the Joes says, "I am going to live through this even if it kills me."

The Urban Monk Ed Reif's Wise and Otherwise sayings:

When you have the best hand, make your opponent pay.
Rounders verses Flounders: “Do the math Asshole”, you went to NYU, or yea, NYU, Now You're Unemployed". Seat 9 says in his best Tony G.

"Why be difficult when, with a bit of effort, I could be impossible? I think, looking down on American Airlines, Pocket Rockets, Bullets,---Aces, larger than life , greater than the rocky mountain highs. I got 50 outs! I am so glad, I am not in some $3-$6 game, where if I don’t trip up--- hit 3Aces on the flop, no set no bet, I will be hunted down and stalked to the end by some river rat, and get those aces cracked with a baby flush or a low ball straight.

He says in some Franglish accent, “I’m all in”, baiting me, like I’m some fish.

I’m a Poker genius. Poker is situational--You wanna be heads up with AA.These cards will play themselves.. I like living in the now, and this was truly a gift, the “present” moment of my two hole cards---the best starting hand-----I couldn’t get any closer to “seeing” all of my opponents cards. I put him on Ace King, Big Slick ---so what- I have him dominated. QQ,Queens, KK, Kings, JJ’s Jacks, Big Deal. Let’s get it on.

I look down on my stack- Money is a Poker life’s report card and we keep score with it. I got chips! I’m about to graduate. I was feeling too good about this table, how weak they were, to leave, and besides I was winning.

Cool Hand French Fry, , must be thinking” Sometimes nothing is a good hand”. I was almost sure he would get nothing for something---his whole stack would be mine.

Without hesitation, I say, “I call!” and that’s “Mr Asshole to you” I quip “Show some respect”. The table laughs. I push in $400+. Hay I know it sounds like chicken feed, but hay $400 dollars is $400+ U.S. dollars. Oh yea, but these are just chips. It ain’t money until you cash out. Allow me to correct myself,----I push in 400+ chips.

Americon’s are not greedy, Americon’s are not noble. We don’t “need” anything. We just want to win, and you know how dangerous people like we are. Even if you kill us, with a bad beat, we’ll come back from the dead. Just like Jesus. We’re beachcomber Jesus’. We’ll just rebuy, but not with F You Money. . When it's a question of money, everybody is of the same religion, so excuse the Jesus metaphor---- We’re Americon’s—we play to win at all times---that’s why we never lost a war, and don’t give me that Vietnam stuff, that was a “police action,” a conflict, not a war. Poker is war, in disguise as “Fun” and “entertainment”. Americon/s have a real edge over players who want to have “fun”. The object of this war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. Thinking like an old soldier … get em scared and then keep the scare on em. --Exponentially scared.And open a can of whoop ass.



It’s the The Lincoln Myth, going from outhouse to white house... log cabin, be a Paul Bunyan of poker, chopping wood, carrying water ---a legendary giant lumberjack of a playah! intertwined with America's entrepreneurial ---Free Agency--- spirit of itself of “anyone can play”. Poker is democratic; everybody on the table is going to win hands. That’s just the way it is. Maybe this is the one. Americon says, “L.U.C.K. is the acronym for laboring under correct knowledge, Follow your own inner GPS system. Knowledge won’t t be power, applied knowledge will.” Even a caveman or an 18 year old viking from Norway---Annette Obrestad---can do it.

I was gambling my car payment on that table, and the insanity of that risk filled me with a kind of awe inspiring rush. The next best thing to playing poker and wining is playing poker and losing. The $400+ bucks on the table is all I got. Until the end of the week. Who cares. I’ ve had AA cracked before. Well, I wouldn’t call it gambling, poker is a game of skill, of making correct decisions. Here are the cliff notes: I win the pot.

The flop is dirty---low ball 472 rainbow, nothing special. Things just got worse for Seat 9 , when I spiked an Ace on the turn for trips. He was drawing dead. Oh yea, he had AK, Big Slick. I had him at Hello.

Instant gratification takes too long.
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but you must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
4 The Urban Monk Ed Reif's Wise and Otherwise sayings:

"The ultimate goal is to separate the fish from the sea, leaving it exposed to good play."

A year ago, I was Buddha Boy, in the touchy feely world of high vibrational foods in Las Vegan, slamming shots of wheatgrass and drinking Jamba juice smoothies, and doing yoga , starbucks and meditation--- hybrid cars and oxygen bars. and now I find myself in a quasi Las Vegas haze here at the Commerce casino in Los Angeles---- with Red Bull, Coffee but no neon ---abandoning my early to bed, early to rise---it turned me from wise to otherwise---an alternative lifestyle of all nighters, strip clubs, and hanging out with guys from Newport Beach, Ca’ Witness protection program, truck drivers, smokers drinkers, boozers,gamblers, womanizers, Guys that go on vacation and come back on probation. They weren’t growing up to become president, or even vice president, just Vice. In fact growing up was optional, growing old however wasn’t. Poker players are made from the same mold, but some of them were moldier than others. . Some of these guys looked pretty weathered.

The seductive game of poker is the licence of the brothel combined with the silence of the cloister. It’s not so much a card game as a game that happens to be played with cards, Poker is a game, essentially about psychology, and betting, and betting behavior is at the center of gravity of the game., and coping with probability and uncertainty. Tricks and magic will not work over time. Superior play will.

It is a game about solving imperfect information, partial information.

Poker is a game of partial information.

It is not static like black Jack, with a rock solid never yielding tried and true strategy. You have to switch it up. You are, above all else, playing against other people, and conditions change. You can be lucky on one hand 90% of the time, but over all, this is a game of skill. But there is a luck factor in hold em. Poker equals chess plus luck.

Poker is a game of imperfect in formation where players make inferences and investments under uncertainty. Bluffing a bad player makes you a bad player. Don’t go overboard.

5. The Urban Monk Ed Reif's Wise and Otherwise sayings: In Poker the future is already here. It’s just not yet evenly distributed yet. .

Eventually everybody wins a big pot. A broken clock is right twice--- That’s the seduction. I am a teacher by trade. A meager salary has led most of us to the game. I think poker is not necessarily a lapse of morality, but the result of a great social injustice. Formal education made me a salary, Self-education in the poker world, was making me a small fortune. Yet, the luck factor makes Holdem an equal opportunity offender.


Life is too long to play bad cards. Life is too short to not play poker. What’s the meaning of a poker life? Get one, Perhaps, The meaning of a poker life is don’t die, Right?

If you need money how come you play poker ---Poker Courage---doing it with heart, like Gus

In the United States of Unconscious living, I have finally found a higher life, ---poker. It is courage. It is art. It is skill. It’s like the classic western Showdown, high noon, mono et mono.

Counting chips is like a hooker who looks at her watch
We have on demand, anytime, anywhere poker. In L.A. Most beginner’s play every hand- no foldem holdem. It’s an obscenity pornographic-not so cheap and very nasty. If you are not folding 80% of your hands, there’s a problem. You are having fun instead of making money. The right way to play and almost the right way to play poker is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Welcome to the user friendly universe of Americon. It is lightning in a bottle. You can only quit once, so quit playing every frigin hand. This bolt that’s about to come into your life is both striking and alarming, and it will leave the entire landscape changed-as you will find out, irrevocably. Pretty flops become ugly real quick. If you can’t fold AK,(in a limit game) when you flop nada, you’re headed for a bad beat.

6.The Urban Monk Ed Reif's Wise and Otherwise sayings:

Poker is a great second job and a lousy first job.

Luck never gives; it only lends. I knew this, but I was on this winning streak. It was time to move up to the higher limits. What’s
the difference, nothing. It’s the same game, only the chips are different colors. Really. The players aren’t any better. In fact. Some of them are worse.

If you bet on a suited connectors , that's gambling. If you bet you can make 69 “Dinner for 2”, flop, that's entertainment. If you bet AA,KK,QQ will win , that's business.Playing on the button, that’s “My office” because position is so important, and on the button I get the feel for the hole cards others are laying. When I play hold em, with bad players at a 6 12, 4,8 table I am like a good therapist I heal everybody of all their daydreams and delusions. I felt a little bit uncertain though about leveling up.

I just look for opportunities, not guarantees. Helmuth’s starting hands AA,KK,QQ,AK Suited is tight solid. But tight isn't always right.
Good Poker is an acquirement, like music, a foreign language, paralysis. No body is born with it. Poker is never finished only abandoned. Poker is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.It is like one long game. I got that fling when living in the sun of California for years. It felt like one long day, no seasons, just one long day.

Poker players, the really good ones, and prostitutes have the same thing in common; they are both trying to screw you out of your money and send you home with a smile on your face. The cardroom is the silence of the cloister with the license of the brothel. It provides the loophole for the whore to climb into your head. There is something so wrong about that, Yet it felt so right.

I started out as a chess player Poker players often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. Poker is not chess, not checkers, not tiddly winks. Well, maybe it is chess plus luck, yea , that’s what it is Chess plus luck. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand you are dealt them.It’s not what you have. It’s what you do with what you have.

7. Hold em is to stud what chess is to checkers.
After an all- nighter binge of Hold em, a bad beat trip Jacks cracked by a baby flush. I’m pissed and this is just the situation to get mad at: I buy a cup of coffee and they gave me a receipt for the coffee. I don't need a receipt for the coffee I give you money and you give me the coffee end of transaction. “We don't need to bring ink and paper into this.” I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a coffee . I wouldn’t even act like I didn't buy this coffee I've got the documentation right here... It's going in my file at home. ...Under "C”. Killing all these trees for paper.” I know I’m on tilt, because no “Barista” deserves such treatment.

“Hay, no worries” dude”. He’s very understanding, as he goes back to reading his haiku poetry..
So I’m a dude. Great. I’m still thinking about poker. Clear your head. Get to the gym.Staying health is the slow way to die. Happy 120th birthday. Yea so what. That’s me. I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
My buns of steel could set off an airport metal detector, but I’d be satisfied with buns of cinnamon. In Las Vegas, Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.

8. I payed for my Poker Lessons:

--- Playing too many starting hands: in a standard $4-$8 NL game you should have a 20-30% view of the flop percentage. This means folding AJ in first position, KT in middle position and QT in late position.
--- "Pump it or dump it": fold or bet/raise (if the odds are with you). You should avoid calling unless you have a good reason (like trapping an opponent).
--- Respect most big bets and raises: this is particularly true on the turn and river as most players do not bluff.
---From Zero Hero---Firm hand selection =patience and patience almost equals power. Infinite patience brings immediate results to your game. It's not a matter of can or cannot, it's a matter of will or will not, every hand is a choice, choose wisely.
---Poker Courage--- to bet/raise/call down (aggressive with draws or perceived best hands) It’s always your next move raise or fold! Foldophobic. “Good poker is patience; great poker is courageNot vulnerable to go on tilt. If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance! You can’t control what goes on the outside, only the inside, and the guy that gets you angry conquers you. No Snowflake ever felt responsible for an avalanche.
---Good table selection (very important in all poker games)Discipline (the ability to wait for a good hand and not chase.).
9. Send the Bread to Fred---

American gambling is a kind of a great sort of dipstick to where our culture is or isn’t.
And Poker not baseball has replaced the national pastime. Dream---to become the Dian Fossey of the poker jungle. to become one of “them”, and then study “their” behavior from the inside. These McMonkey’s, Vinnie Bag-a-donuts, Joe Six Pack. John Q And bust them. Anyway. My Second Coming: When Bad things happen to good cards--getting sucked out on--when weak players make good mistakes, and call your KK with pocket 99, the german Virgin" Nein,Nein!" and hit trips on the flop to bust you---
Hate the win, not the winner---

because he will eventually give you back all his chips +yours! Exploit their affliction, the “house money effect” of "I'm playing with their money" He becomes his own personified tipping point, where his small mistakes actually effect his own game until he calls when he should fold, or he gets out drawn and becomes his own critical mass, and busts out.

Winning by playing badly is a way of turning money into problems. ---Don't make the "Wrong" mistake. by playing badly, but don't forget to always make mistakes-If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.

The law of large numbers says---With a large enough sample, any outrageous thing is likely to happen. And odd coincidences are likely to happen. The one chance in a million will undoubtely occur. The Naked aggression player is free balling, going commando, ----with a no limit dyslexia, the inability to read the writing on the wall. Once again, Poker rewards selective aggression.

In the United States of Unconscious Poker Playing, I wanted to be different and think in poker”, using my head to complete the puzzle of incomplete information, but also my somatic body to "feel" the cards. Always make new mistakes because you are not your mistakes. Doing things right the first time is an obsenity. It's not about learning but unlearningf rom them. It's subtraction, not addition.

There is a sophisticated class of professional Poker players with an interesting philosophy which is closely related to a deep understanding of basic probability. The rules of Poker are designed to achieve an important balance: an unskilled player must be able to win just enough hands to keep him at the table losing his money.

10. Troubleshooting? Every time I do that trouble comes shooting back at me.

Limit is a science, you shoot at the target, no limit is an art, it shoots back at you. The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing the cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved.

You have to have your bad beats---Nobody is stronger; nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can throw at such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him Yet, it's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere. I may not be in “who’s who” but I can tell you what’s what when it comes to Texas Hold em. The Urban Monk’s bad beat Flops a full house beaten by a high one.Ace high flush beaten by a nut straight flush, four of a kind deuces never loses, beaten by four of a kind 5’s! It’s not a user friendly flop, a user illusionary, because

Bad players can get lucky 100% of the time on one hand...
but it is an illusion, because they will always have worse cards then you, and will draw out, even if there is one card in the deck they need, and get it. For these types of absolute novice, everything is even money. The idea is to defeat that concept, making, for instance, balanced decisions---correlating the size of the pot to the strength of your hand.

There is considerable risk involved in not betting when one has the best hand. Slow play is no play.

We are always telling ourselves it’s going to rain, well ask Seminole Indian Chief Billy Cyprus (The Everglade is our mother"-yet he manages to build the mother of all casinos on it!) why the rain dance works—he’ll tell you I never stop dancing!
Some flashbacks--- from "F"-LA, where I took up "Second-hand" smoking at the Hard Rock Cafe...
Fat-It's not just for chicks anymore--I like playing against fat guys---They're such good losers. and dude. you are so not pregnant!
Seat one’s Aqua Velva Stench was getting to me. He had just beat me with 7 2 bluff and showed it, like licking the toilet seat at a Yankee Stadium restroom, I hate when these jerkaholics play garbage, and bust you with a premium hand like AJ suited.

I have two things on my wish list right now, hosting an episode of the O”reilly Factor naked, so the FCC can fine that windbag, and winning this hand.

Sick and tired of your one horse town poker game, big fish in small pond is swimming in the river…Queer Eyes for the straight flush…. Chasing straights and flushes go home on dirty greyhound buses. This guy was a chick magnet---300 pounds of fun, unemployed and graduate of the local community college. But played like a rock star,, a solid player. How could I budge him, all this inertia, I could set him off. I had to find his weakness and explot it with some table talk.

The flop comes 6 8 10 rainbow. Seat three has pocket sixes. Kiss your soul goodbye and say hello to your new best friend, Satan. The Devil’s hand. If you are an atheists, you don’t have anyone to thank when things go right---So I hear quite often,” thank be to the Poker gods”.

Speak Spanish, this is Los Angeles! Where you from I ask him, he say’s right here.. I say, I hate L.A.. if you need a fake ID -or an Abortion. Whore, then go east young man, east Harlem, east LA, East Norwick. the newest and hottest foot soldier on the front lines of the average Joe, Vinnie Bag-a-donuts, Joe Six Pack takeover of modern culture, turning us into a kind of crack addicted McMonkey. crack addiction in Larry Flint’s Gardena Hustler casino, and the Bike in Bell, and the mother of all poker rooms, the Commerce Casino in Commerce CA. I t's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere. I felt the need for speed, the Las Vegas trip I had never taken seriously.

Collateral damage of Poker. The guy from the trailer park, with the “Look at my Striped shirt” on, who wins a stack a chips. Acts like an opiate, distracts you from real issues like “Do you rent or own?”, Car Payments, credit card debt and the like

There was something so absolutely dirty about it all. I was nostalgic in my head-, bringing me back to a place I had never been before, the rat pack,listening to Sinatra’s New York New York or Luck Me A Lady Tonight, smoking cigarettes, drinking scotch, pinching waitresses asses and tip her a stick ($100) in her cleavage. , Calling all women dames. Or better yet banging hookers. Misogyny on tap. You know, old school, before the days of sexual harassment lawsuits and stuff like that. No judgment. A Man’s world. In the poker game of life women are the rake. Right or wrong, I had come to realize that, life is wasted on the living. I could face a crisis, it’s the day-to-day living that was killing me. . Setting too good an example was a kind of obscenity, not the neon, not the poker. I felt good about what I was doing.

People come to the casino for two reasons, to get away from or to move towards something. I still couldn’t figure out which one it was.

Yet, it was like I had my ipod, two radio stations and a pornographic movie going on at the same time. But I couldn’t stop, because I was winning. Every day. I knew I was winning because I came to the table to make money, not have fun. Having fun is playing King 4 suited; having fun is playing all your blinds no matter what two cards you hold. Having fun is staying in with AK, when the flop, 70% of your hand , come nothing and you go to the river. If I see an unhappy face at the table, scratching at the table, his bad beat story, I know for a fact, will start with these words, “But they were suited”. I want to get a T shirt, that sells that. Only people who play poker for fun would get it! (understand it). Getting nothing for something, that’s playing with “their” money, playing for fun. If you want to have fun, have sex, jump out of an airplane. Poker is hard work.

Nobody is always a winner, so I had to make a decision, play again or take a break. Pretty hands turn into pretty ugly hands but Poker is mostly not about cards, it’s about people. Out To launch-Fat America-The Weigh We Were. The four types of poker players I met.at Commerce Casino. In full-ring games (8-10 players)....

Shit-We're Toast--- A Toast to the Real Men of Genius

Calling Station. It was as if this clown prince of poker was wearing a t-shirt that said “Take My Money”, because after he lost a big pot he said the magic words that get many nebies in trouble, “But they were suited”. That should be the equivalent of “Take MY Money”. I’m gonna open a t- shirt shop and print that one up----But They Were Suited”.


Playing well is a happy accident. Follow the Poker plaha Guide and you will become accident prone.I gave up drinking but somehow it’s the same feeling- You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next dayYou could be a hero or a zero. Drinking and drugs are a bet with your mind! So is poker. I need a break. I’m going to the gym for a workout. Rule Number ##: Never Play poker when you are tired. Can’t talk yourself out of problems you behaved yourself into....

There’s nothing ethical about the “work ethic” .In my w2 world, I named my own salary. I called him Fred, and Mr Flintstone was having an out of money experience. If it wasn’t for the hockey strike, I would have never heard of ESPN’s WSOP. They kept looping the same content over and over again. . I figured I could do this.---gamble I mean. I’m the classic angel devil, hedonist and puritan all wrapped up in one. I don’t drink or do drugs. Steak is my favorite animal and I don’t eat any. Putting my money down without looking at my cards, like black Jack or a house game, So pre 9-11, like buying airline tickets from a travel agent. Too stone age, too Rat Pack Frank Sinatra.

Pabst Blue Robot PUI, Playing Under The Influence Jack Shit? Yes, you know him. He’s in seat 9.He seeks the light, so long as it tastes great and is not too filling.

My question is simply this: Are you menstruating? Because the rush of estrogen is surging The more it stays the same, the less it changes I am allergic to civilization. It makes me wake up with headaches. I need play this hand with all these zombies.
Just when Jack's his ant farm started showing a profit, I foreclosed on it. He doesn’t live in fantasy. He only toils there. Work is the curse of the drinking classes and Jack is a workaholic. Every time you force him to a decision it’s like mentioning the word work and he wants to get drunk. Jack is Dead Money, Bulletproof., but a human hangover. He wanted to leave a mark on the table; he’d be lucky to leave a stain. You are simply going to rip off his testicles and slash his tires turning his wild oats into shredded wheat. Moral of the story---Don’t drink and drive at the same time.

The cards, are after all, just there to confuse bad play. Perspective is the key to perceiving order. Crisis is not merely a mindless jiggling, it’s a subtle form of order. That’s the name of the game; and when you’re winning the game, nobody says “It’s only a game!”--- Up To NEW Good

- - -- by Ed Reif»
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Go away Picasso, I want to learn how to paint.

AT first, I was a little hesitant to publish excerpts of The Teaches Of Beaches pro bono before it's book release, next year. Then, I thought this is not just another car in a parking lot:
Grand Theft Auto---A lot of cars are stolen in America, but not one US Mail Truck: because well,they are mail trucks. When I write, I kinda "go postal" in my own idiosyncratic Ed Reif way. It's my signature;a keen sense of the obvious.I like to challenge things that are taken for granted. Stuff that is obvious is below the radar. Therefore, I don't expect too much plagerism with ,The United States of Consciousness...

Cowboy French Fries, my thought(mare) virus , on the other hand, ---The Unted States of Unconscious Eating--- is up for grabs:you've got two eyes so plagiarize, and pass on the meme! Doing my part for the gift economy (free)dom...



"Remember to start at the bottom, preferably rock bottom. Relax and lower your standards. You're not keeping up with the Jones. You're draging them down to your level..." That's an excerpt from my post, The Sex of Poker.
Me puting the odd back into God.

I was in 6th grade Art class, Square peg round hole stuff...
Mr Clancy asked me,


" Nervous Gervous!What on earth are you drawing?"


"I'm drawing a picture of God Ole' Man Clacy"


"Nobody knows what God looks like", he said like the Vatican.

They will in a minute". I schooled him.


If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original. Therefore---Always make new mistakes because you are not your mistakes. Doing things right the first time is an obsenity .



You must, however, be prepared to fail, yet being wrong is not creative, but you must be prepared to be wrong. We can't stigmatize mistakes. The result is we are educating people out of their creative capacities. Businesses that stigmatise mistakes kill creativity too.


Go away Picasso, I want to learn how to paint...I like saying that when I find myself not willing to co-presence with the power of NEW, New is the new NOW.
Courage, is heart, and POker courage is doing it with heart, and it starts with the courage to create crisis. If a baseball game is a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings than, a NLH poker game is the in to your sane.
Losing holdem A.S.A.P. is about being normal. It is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful and unimaginative. Ask your mother. Normal is the setting on her washing machine. Normal isn't a virtue. It denotes a lack of poker courage. It’s a vast, conforming suburb of the soul. You don’t want to be normal. Normal people spend their lives avoiding tense situation, Poker Playahs spend their lives getting into them. The whole upshot of NLH is that it be a perpetual crisis that you create...


Well, Picasso said, "All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist when we grow up"--- Growing old AND growing up is option.

Education today is like strip mining, mining the mind for that one dimensional view from the neck up, the drill of standardized testing, the rote of ranking and yanking. "We live in our head" paradigm. and slightly to the left(brain). We do not know who we are until we know what we can do. That should be the job of education.


We want our kids to be 'change agents', as you say, but to teach means to force-feed them an unchanging meal. This too is your brain on french fries.T he real irony is that our true nature is to be creative it is who we are yet we are often quite successful at educating ourselves and others out of it. Therefore: an unlearning must take place---don't worry the brain has plasticity. Aging is not the side effect of being alive. Change that thought.

All easy people are easy in the same way, but uneasy people, each is dis-eased in his own way. I have the disease of teaching. It's more of an afflicition. Those who can't do teach, those who can't teach become poker playahs. Expressions of creativity is the meal that gets fed playing poker ... not just the appetizer or the dessert.


The End Of Aging

Like DNA,Genetics opens the door to human varability. and Medicine, you don't want to know about cancer, you want to know about YOUR cancer.

Cancer stem cells? Makes you think that stem cells are a trip wire when things go wrong, they go to work--- you smoke, you get a lung problem and the "healing" cancer goes to work.

Why does medicine concentrate on the elimination , the chemo-ing of cancer, instead of the manipulation of it. The heart is a muscle, and we are fifty percent muscle. Why are muscles not getting cancer, no heart cancer---Let's investigate.

Is surgery the best we can do as a species, since climbing out of a swamp? There's no0 such things as trash in digital fabrication--we have a kind of molecular lego, where we can resuse--making perfect things out of inperfect parts.

Biography is biography.But we are not our genes. Genes behave differently in different environments.So, it's never to late to have a good childhood. "My Gradfather had lung cancer" is a life sentence--- we're not the
prisoners of our genetics: our cells are malleable, and we can mold them with what we believe. Belief controls biology. We see the world through our beliefs much like a set of glasses with a perscription. It's filtered.

Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles is an awareness that is currently rewriting the science of biology and medicine. Conventional science has held that genes control life, a concept known as genetic determinism. While this disempowering belief is still held as truth by the mainstream public, leading edge research in the exciting new field of epigenetics reveals a completely different truth. Genes do not control life. It is the environment, and more specifically, our perception of the environment that controls gene activity. In the end, it comes down to a simple case of “mind over matter” in controlling the fate of our lives.

The future of healing is not going to be a resolution of the past, it will be the emergence of the future moving in the present. Say you have a stroke--Does that make you a vegatarian, I mean vegetable--Is it all about making you "comfortable", a kind of resignation--Like breaking fine china whose beauty cannot be recovered, there's no way to recover brain function. Thatw as old school. Neurons that wire together fire together---You can make the connections again.

Aging is not a side effect of being alive. We can live to be 120 easily. There is robust rejuvenation out there and it starts in here, with what we think about all day , what we eat, what we eat all the time.

There are no universals in the YOUniverse---only variables.

There is nothing remarkable about walking the painted line. 1 plus1 equals 2. Yet "Normal" is the thing that keep us from living at 100%.

It's exile on main street but if you are a MATH ATHEIST , then 1 plus 1 equals infinity.


Our brains have been colonized by Suburbia, It is a cartoon...a 24/7 TV show broadcasting we are normal. we are normal...meanwhile little Clayton is loading his Glock 9 getting ready for homeroom, and his big sister Donna is turning tricks to support her drug habit.

Marinated in normal, the middle of the road is not the safest place to drive. You are now banished—as an exile from mainstream. Few things are harder to put up with than a good example .

The ability for our brains to change with experience is called plastisity. It's only too late if we don't start now. I used to eat meat and drink a case of beer every Friday night, back in college when I was majoring in Heineken. I know better.I killed so many brain cells! And joked about it.

Let's begin the ten second detox....

Things were so much better when things were so much worse--because there was less choice...The reality of our times is that we are all condemned to freedom- The freedom tochoose. Stay completely away from all things average, bland and safe. They are dangerous.

It's less about letting go, more about letting come. Don't let go of uncomfortable thoughts--question them, and then they let go of you.


Ask yourself, "What thought am I going to think of next" to slow things down.

Something is not moving--Everything is moving. There's no on/off switch to movement. We want to express our innate ability and desire to move. Movement is what we are, not something we do.

Lets move to interconnectedness and a deepening of consciousness.

Motion creates emotion and your life is matter in motion. Everybody and every BODY is a portal to something greater. It goes beyong gravational pull and all our so-called terrestrial limitations. How can we awaken the body's own biological intelligence.


The quest is in the questions: From a somatic point of view----Where are you experiencing this feeling in your body?


What are the specific sensations you are feelings?

What does this situation remind you of?

Can you conceive of yourself completely free of this issue?

The YOUniverse is not narcisism--the inability to think of another. It's EGOomics, the ability to service the needs of everybody so you can have anything.The Youniversity is a school of thought. SO is the earth school, but the earth school kills all of its students. Oh well (shrug).

The difference between depression and disappointment is your level of commitment.

Self-realization isn’t about more, it’s about less.The only construction required for awakening is demolition. Let’s take thewrecking ball.

Failure to construct future plans is depressing, and the imbalance between activity and stillness is stressing.

In the United States of Unconscious Eating, the food is terrible and the portions never enough. Yet we Star Strangled Bastards can’t get enough of what we don’t want, don’t need and don’t know. —S.A.D. the Standard American Diet, Uncle Sam’s unhappy default mode of eating the same stuff over and over again; and expecting a different result. That’s the in to our sane. Our state of enjoyable discomfort is a concept of citizenship framed around our diet. There is something so sociably acceptable---being obscene and not heard. Fatness is a kind of invisibility, a fashion statement OK fatso, what’s it gonna be---Are you an American or an American’t?

As part of the best entertained and least informed people on the face of the planet, our national id has A.D.D., We are free to change spouses, jobs, careers, neighborhoods; but the menu? Never!


The map may not be the territory, the statue may not be the saint; but The menu is not only the meal, the menu has replaced the meal. We eat what we are---- American. It has become the most powerful symbol of who we are. Meat and potatoes to a large extent is the glue that holds our country together. Our baseline “trance” of our everyday dining consists of this choice---riding the gravy train of Holy Beef USDA Prime, Choice or Select Beef: Take it or leave it. Or better yet, America, love it or leave it. Don’t eat the menu!

Give me life liberty and the pursuit of pleasure! The sex of eating meat is something more but nothing less than that, pleasurable. Good meat = good sex. We have on demand, anytime, anywhere menus, The American diet, however is pornographic-cheap and nasty, processed and dead.

Counting calories is like a hooker who looks at her watch. Right? We drive to fast to worry about cholesterol, Maybe ? Yet, amid the silence of our cloistered cars and cubicles come the license of the brothel---- the Paradox of Choice, and more of it, has brought less satisfaction. We conform to a false sense of normalcy In fact, meat now kills more Americans than tobacco. It has become the loophole that allowed the whore to climb into our diet.

Welcome to our shared hallucination of almost the right way to eat---This is our brain, wired and fired together, on French Fries: An American dream that is the American lie, but it is one of the most truly useful lies that inches we American dreamers closer to the truth----The true mystery of dining is the visible not the invisible. .. It is the naked truth. Doing things right the first time is an obscenity. No snowflake ever feels responsible for an avalanche, and we were given a snow job by the snowmen about the virtues of red meat. We didn’t know any better. Moving away from this, who would have thought that our storyline and personal history would provide a platform for growth and change. We became fat, overweight and out of shape. But we are about to change all that..

The right way to eat and almost the right way to eat is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Welcome to the user friendly universe of XE, Extreme Eating. It is lightning in a bottle. This bolt that’s about to come into your life is both striking and alarming, and it will leave the entire landscape changed-as you will find out, irrevocably.

The Last Resort days of paying for a ten-day vacation and arriving on day seven are over. Let me gladly share my experience and advice about the wisdom of Extreme Eating---XE, The Raw Vacation----for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!

It might be easier to change our religion than our diet but we American heretics have put the ODD into God: Laziness has become the religion of the 21st Century. Therefore: It is easier to kill your diet than to change it. It’s not broke, but don’t just break it, break it before someone else does! If it works, it’s obsolete. Fat =laziness. Thin=strength. America is becoming marketing land where no real work is done!
Go East young man for that.or the not so far east of Hawaii...


- - -- by Ed Reif»
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I find it so much easier to think in Hawaiian since I only know, like four words:Aloha (Hello-Goodbye) -Mahalo (Thank You)-E komo mai (Welcome) and Ono (Delicious).

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