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Your Brain On Poker-Zero Gravity Thinking

Everything we think we know about online poker is changing, so we really know nothing. Sometimes nothing is a real cool hand. ---I'm feeling Paul's got a few good days left-like David "Chip" Reese (1951-2007)----The One With the Most Chips Still Dies.!

This is the wake up call for ABC by-the- book players. The so-called new ways to play holdem are the old ones heated up in a microwave for 15 seconds. You see, Poker Doesn't think. It is an infinite game;the overall phenomenon of NLH has no end. It is always a frontier, always on the edge.

Donkey plays were mandatory at the Full Tilt NLH 6 handed $1$2 table last night. Not only did Hotel_Anyware get good value on his scoops, there was dead money in 60% of the pots. It is easier to change somebody's religion than the way they play poker- what we have here is a failure to ex-communicate--It certainly put the odds back into God, as Mr. Anyware felt like a megalomaniac. After all, if he couldn't predict the flop, so Hotel invent it.

Creating rather than responding is zero gravity thinking---less to do with originality and more to do with the unexpected. It’s not about winning or losing---rather excelling....and the donkeys felt the G's!

Get em scared and then keep the scare on em. --Exponentially scared.And open a can of whoop ass.

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".

Saying, "It's only a game" is the lesser known, I don't have a dream speech. Yet the aim of NLH is not just winning, but progress. Inspiration increases (to excel) when the left brain gets good at telling the right brain what to do.

There's a saying--the future isn't what it used to be; neither is taking risks! It seems like the price is always right. Risk is always properly rewarded.

Mr Ed Reif had a bluff fest the other night, going to war often with squadush--firing three bullets into a raised pot---the Stu Unger three-barrel bluff; UTG last in money; betting scare cards: putting opponents on super-insane-massive-tilt before the three stooges- Sponge Pants Bob, Fred the Funnel, Steve the Sieve, put him on it. Turn raises, or bets were scarier to the 3 stooges than flop bets, and here are the top three I sold: 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.

Sam was a strainer. Bob absorbed all! Fred puts the fun in funnel. He didn't suffer from tilt. He was a carrrier. And the beat(s) go the outlaw badboys (internet players) becomes the sheriffs. The lawfulness of donks behavior is what gets them in trouble. They don’t play aweful, they play lawfully. They are predictable. They act in certain ways. They act in a cause and effect way. They “take in” the game. They play their cards. It can make you or break you, that "tight is right" approach. Generally speaking, they are too loose pre flop, and too tight post and have no sense of the importance of (betting) position.

They call it poker because the word f_ck was taken.

Poker is a little like seduction and deceit. You have to seduce people to trust you. You have to lie so good, they believe you and they think you are telling the truth . It's less about resources (having big hands) and more about resourcefulness, the heavy lifting and mental gymnastics of "Sometimes you call", "Sometimes you raise", and "Sometimes you bluff".

Online domination is not as easy to dish out as in a live cash game-or as we like to say, keeping the ick in Dick, the c#nt in country-- Being the ugly Americon poker player , speaking English loudly and slowly to get your ideas across--- Betting has to do your talking. It's a slang that spits in the street, rolls up its sleeves and says "Let's Get To Work!".

What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure. Poker is no miraculous exeption. Scared money is a misuse of imagination. There was a lot of that going around. Players were in fact more sensitive to decreases in their chip count than they were to increases in them. For these kind of opponents , if you threaten their bankroll with extinction, they act like nothing matters, taking more rather than less risks.

The Power Of Mind Over Money- I bet on Jerome!

Hotel_Anyware told you so—It’s not what’s between your legs but between your ears---your BRAIN.

Read the New York Times article. There’s a bit of rouge trader Jérôme Kerviel, at Société Générale in all of we poker players. We all hate banks and like to see the golden rule---the ones with the gold making the rules-- get broken.

Does money play a role in the White Collar rippoffs ? This seems so obvious, why even ask the question? But, for some, the thrill is in the taking — not in the having. See the similarities in going for broke in a NLH game?

Poker is cool because the "greed is good" meme in the 80s, and the "rules don't apply to the rich" 90s (think Enron, Worldcom, dotcom) don't apply. 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.

"I' ll take things that I know for $1,000 Alex!"

Nerons that wire together fire together---Making money and then making money again is our chemical romance. It produces a “desire to continue”. We are all wired to "invest". Being Digital. It’s not about atoms or how little people behave, it’s about the juice, The Card Lust, where people and bits of information meet. Poker is a game of situations, like milk, with an expiration date stamped right on the carton. There are no perfect strategies. Poker history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme!

It's not so much about "counting your outs" and "folding AK in a raise, re-raised pot"-- that cause-effect relationship stuff. It's more about the anti-poker game--situations. A collection of situations you haven't played yet; of the things you don't know. there is a massive collection of unknowledge,the anti-hands that contain all the hands that may still change your poker life.

The Sex Of Poker logic makes what you don't know far more relevant than what you do know. I considered that many of my Jackpots and big hands were caused and accelerated by their being unexpected.---of me being an anti-gambler. The upshot is that:Knowledge leads to action but lack of knowledge can also lead to action.

There's No Limit Like No-limit.

The world of either or is a world of false dilemma. There is a third option. The world of “and”. It is the difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough. The Pro’s of con ---Confidence and contradiction. to reach beyond what appears to be obvious. Reaching beyond the obvious is the essence of getting creative with NLH.

Buying into a poker game , unlike buying a car is a gamble that the future will represent an improved version of the past. And who knows whether that will be true? When it comes to NLH, what you don’t know is far more relevant than what you do know. Consider that many huge hands can be caused and sped up by their being unexpected, that case eight on the river for a suck out, a four card flush free roll.

Bad Beats Happen-we retrofit a narrative to tell ourselves that we should have seen it coming because we ourselves could not have been that stupid. And yet, we are no better prepared for the next one. Going for broke, however, is more poetic than calculating the odds. And crunching numbers. We really don't have any Poker enemies.It's just that some of our best friends are trying to kill us. Bad Beats---I am going to live through this---even if it kills me!

The Casino Is Our Water Cooler-

Economically important things are consistently unexpected, in that people underestimate, on average, the probability and impact of improbable events We are chronic explainers-once an event happens, we try our hardest to say I told you so and explain it. 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.


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