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Beat up the Bubble Babies, 24 July 2005
In tonight's $100 Rebuy NLHE on PokerStars, I did something I normally do during tournaments, but tonight it payed off tremendously (increased my own stack by 35%). For some of you, this is second nature, but for others...keep reading.

Right before the major money thresholds (the time of the tournament referred to as the bubble) such as when there are 4 or 5 to go to get to the money, or to get to the final table, or some other threshold, start getting aggressive. Don't play stupidly, just open up a bit. You will be suprised how many chips you can accumulate from blinds and antes. Don't risk it all either, make a strong bet, say 4 or 5 times the big blind. Then if you have to lay one down, lay it down. But it works. People want to coast to the next level. Take advantage of it.

In Limit Omaha H/L, this is especially true - but in a different way. Unlike in NLHE tourneys where the blinds are allowing the average player to fold and coast to the money, in most Limit O8 tourneys, the blinds are larger in proportion to the stacks, so short stackers on the bubble are having to take chances with hands of lesser quality. How do we take advantage of this? Obviously good lows play well, but so do hands that play well short handed such as highs, suited runners, etc. Bet strong to try and get heads up.

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Tournament Players Prayer, 13 July 2005
Reposted from a couple years ago:

...grant me the serenity to accept the hands I must lay down;
the courage to raise the others;
and the wisdom to know the difference.


Feel free to pass this along, just remember where you got it ;-)

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Daily Flop, 09 July 2005
For those of you that don't know, my wife and I have mutually agreed to split up after 18 years. It's not the end of the world, hopefully we can maintain a good relationship. Since making the decision though, and my family hates to hear this, but I've kind of been living out of my truck. I have clothes, bathroom kit, CPAP machine and bankroll. I'm thankful for all the friends I have scattered about that let me flop in their respective places. Did I miss the 60's?

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