Poker Apron

    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      We all have mysteries in our lives, good, bad or otherwise, and as poker players were always open to listen to our fellow players stories. Why? We love the action.

      It was Monterey, California. I was sitting in the local card room, a virtual hangout for addicted poker players like myself. The game back then was not Texas Hold’em, but Five Card Stud.

      This girl walked into the card room, bought some chips, and sat down at my table, a cute girl with shabby cloths, but very sweet. At that time it was unusual to see a woman come into a smoky card room filled with all guys and playing poker.

      You could notice all the guys at the table eyeballing her. Not for her looks but for her chips. She said hello to most of them and anted up for the next hand. The dealer preceded, one of the players said to her, “hey what’s your name”. She looked over at him and said “MaryJane”.

      He shook his head as an acknowledgement. The first couple of hands she played badly and lost. I then noticed she was staring at me. I looked over at her and gave her a nod to say hello and she smiled. The next hand she won a sizeable pot which brought back her losses. She looked over at me, and very softly winked. She was attractive in her own way, and if I remember, a chill ran up my back, WOW! Male adrenaline.

      That wink, also made me wonder, “Can this girl really play well?” My gut feeling wasn’t to wrong after about 2 hours of play she had a fair amount of the chips that were on the table in front of her. She then decided to stop playing and thanked the guys for a good game. She stood up to leave and looked over at me and said “Can I buy you a coffee?”

      That male adrenaline popped up, I didn’t hesitate and said “Yes”. I got up from the table and we both walked out of the card room. I won’t go into what happened next I’ll leave that to your imagination. But, I will say “Never judge a book by its cover”. So! “Where are you now, MaryJane?”
      (THIS IS A TRUE STORY)
      Good Luck at the tables –
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    • gadget51
      gadget51
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      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Well now davidze, welcome to blogs!

      That sounds like a nice story to me, shame about the ending though. I hope you have some more of those?! :s_cool:

      Anyway, good luck and I will keep an eye on this for more stories!

      Regards and have fun,

      Mal.
    • davidze
      davidze
      Basic
      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      We all like to be winners, but there are times or let’s say a correlation of them
      when we encounter loss after loss.

      Some maybe caused by our own misplay and others by players we think
      should have never been in a hand, along with a bad run of cards.

      All of these combined and I'm sure there are plenty more that could be included
      that affect our bodies, particularly our brain. You need to tune in to your moods.Pay attention to your behavior, and take time to get to the root of the problem “STRESS”.

      When this happens, get up from the table and work it off - walk around the
      building, go outside and find something pleasing to the eyes, or just go
      outside for some fresh air and jump up and down a few times.

      WHY! You need to battle this stressed depression. Doctors have found by
      doing the above suggestions it produces a special chemical messenger
      called "NOREINEPHRINE".

      This chemical floods part of your brain cells that manage your response
      to "Stress". So when you find yourself in this situation "NRPHE" IT - to
      improve your mood.

      This little tip add to your playbook.
      You might just find it’s an advantage.
      Good Luck at the tables!
    • unshpe
      unshpe
      Basic
      Joined: 20.05.2013 Posts: 294
      Originally posted by davidze

      When this happens, get up from the table and work it off - walk around the
      building, go outside and find something pleasing to the eyes, or just go
      outside for some fresh air and jump up and down a few times.

      GL applying this when you grind MTTs
    • Ustrix
      Ustrix
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      Joined: 14.07.2012 Posts: 15
      Thanks for the post.

      This is a nice snip-it of information that goes alongside other ways and methods of dealing with Tilt, stress.
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      Thank you Gentleman for commenting on my post - hopefully you'll enjoy future submissions. Regards David
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      The summer of 04 Foxwoods a most beautiful casino. Smack dab in the middle of nature, built with concern for our environmental surroundings. Being there was twofold, I love Texas Hold’em and I wanted to see this spectacular place.

      But, the main reason at that time was to visit Mom. We live short lives and try to pack all we can into this time. Mom brought us into this world, cared for us and loved us until we were old enough to leave and find that niche in our lives.

      I took Mom and her friend with me to the casino as she loves the slots. Pulling on that handle or pushing that button is great fun for her. My first day there I sat in a NL 10/20 game and won around two thousand dollars. Mom didn’t win at those slots, but she had fun trying!

      The second day there I wanted the same game but all the tables were filled, so the pit manager asked if I’d sit at a NL 25/50 game until a seat opened at the game I wanted. I said OK! Figuring I had winnings from the day before and could sustain for awhile.

      Once seated, a few hands went by and I had nothing but garbage. At this table we had a big bully trying to push the players around with larger bets and being extremely nasty and crude to the other players.

      I was now in the big blind, the dealer dealt out the hands and here I was with a Q/2 unsuited, a couple players folded, the next player called the big blind amount, another folded, and the bully guy just called, the small blind folded.

      The dealer burned a card and the flop Q/Q/Q - Wow! Am I dreaming! 19,599 to 1 odds of flopping this hand. I checked, the next player after me made a bet, the bully just called, and I just called.

      The turn card a deuce of clubs. I checked again, the other player bet, the bully made a large raise, I just called the raise, the other player folded. The river comes a seven of hearts. Now we have Q Q Q 2 7 - I checked again, the bully yells out, “I’m all-in” …. Really nasty!

      I sat there for a few seconds, looked at him, and stated “I CALL” the bully in his rude, crude and abusive manor stands up and throw his cards face up on the table while gruffly stating “I got the Kings you need the Aces to beat me!”

      I stood up slowly, looked at the other players at the table, and then looked him in the eyes and said “No Sir, I only need - the other Queen!”

      As I turned over my cards if you ever watched ice melt, you should have seen this guy!

      Moral, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”
      That was a $5,000 win! I spent it well and Mom and I had a great time!

      Good Luck at the tables.
    • Harrier88
      Harrier88
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      Joined: 01.05.2012 Posts: 1,971
      Yo David,

      I've read and enjoyed all of your posts, but I noticed that this is the third thread you opened in the blogs section in the last few hours.

      Do you maybe want to create one single blog instead and post all of your other stories there? A mod could move your previous posts, if you'd like.
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      thank you for your kind words and yes I'd like to place into one folder I have sent a request to cust support again Thanks
    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      FFRRAANNKKIIEE
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      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Hi davidze,

      Thanks for a nice read,

      Subbed for more updates :)

      Kind regards,
      Fran
    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      FFRRAANNKKIIEE
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      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Hi again davidze,

      I merged your three threads as you wished, in the future you go with "reply post" option in this thread, instead of "new thread" option, and everything should be ok- you'll have all your posts here in one place.

      Also, I named the thread: davidze's blog, tell me if you want to change it to something else; I did it because otherwise it would be "unplayable" which reffers actually to just one story. :)

      If you have any questions, please contact me :)

      Kind regards,
      Fran
    • davidze
      davidze
      Basic
      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      Hello and thank you Fran for the help .. I thought I could name the blog title (Poker Apron) let me know, if so I would appreciate you formatting all under that name.

      Regards
      David
    • davidze
      davidze
      Basic
      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      You’ll find me using four words that signify what most poker players should do in order to help them become better players; those words are “Read, Study, Learn and Play!” I didn’t make these words up, The Man did, His name Antonio Pinzari.

      Tony started his gambling career at a very young age. As a kid delivering newspapers, Tony would play cards and dice with the other kids in the back of an empty newspaper delivery truck. They were all waiting for the newspapers to be printed, either the morning or evening editions. Tony also had a second job sweeping out an old pool and billiard room in downtown Boston. The kind of place you’ve seen in the movie with Paul Newman “The Hustler”. He’s where Tony got his formal education in horse racing and poker.

      All the gamblers good and bad hung out in this place. Tony was well liked, he was a good kid. But, the passion of gambling was in his blood. He was really born for it. All the knowledge he picked up their, was working for him. He earned extra money by taking some of the gamblers bets on the racers for a bookie friend he knew. He learned much from this and started small betting on the races. He found he has a niche for picking the right horse for the correct race, whether it was to win, place or show. His future book that was published was called “Winner’s Circle” you may find it on Amazon.

      One day while Tony was sweeping the pool room, a poker game was going on down back at one of the tables, one player was tired and wanted to lay down, but, the other players were angry that this player wanted to sit out for awhile, as it might break up the game. So, this guy called Tony over and said “here, the kid going to play for me” “you know how to play right kid”, said the guy. Tony said “yes”. The guy said “play kid, play, sit down”. So Tony sat down and started playing poker with these guys .

      Tony had about $140 in front of him when he started, when the guy came back in 2 1/2 hours he said to Tony “how you doing?” Tony replied “not bad”. The guy started to count the money in front of Tony and there was $675. “Wow” said the guy, “not bad, “you got them going kid”, “Ok! I’ll play now!”

      Tony got up from the chair, and the guy sat down. He grabbed Tony by the arm and said “here kid you earned it” He put $100 in Tony hand. From that day Tony felt luck on his side.

      Today after sixty years of professional gambling, Tony has won major poker tournaments across the country, two bracelets, and was once ranked eighty-ninth in the country.

      Tony wrote other book “Poker Wars" both his books were a success.
      Tony has been a friend, mentor and gentleman for many years. His teachings have attributed to successful results and many a player has thanked him.

      Tony, you are “THE MAN”.

      Good luck at the tables.
    • FFRRAANNKKIIEE
      FFRRAANNKKIIEE
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      Joined: 30.12.2010 Posts: 3,107
      Poker Apron it is,

      Glgl! :)
    • ClerkenwellBoi
      ClerkenwellBoi
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      Joined: 15.02.2013 Posts: 85
      David, I'm loving these tales! What a great writing style you have which makes me just shout out, More please! More!

      You really know how to evoke the moment with some lyrical flourishes that capture the atmosphere and feel of the situation. I swear I could smell that poker backroom....and let me tell you, it was pretty fusty ;)

      Now all I have to do is work out how I can write in a similarly smooth and concise manner. You'll just have to keep writing lots more so I can watch and learn :)

      Looking forward to reading more!

      All the best,

      Charlie
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      Charlie words can't express the gratitude I feel when I think about valued comment. I'll just say thanks.
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      In my early twenties I spent time living in California.
      I worked their part-time for a general contractor. Many of the clients were exceptionally wealthy, some were even movie stars, and the homes, Wow!

      Many were made of all glass, most overlooked the cliffs and the Pacific Ocean
      what a view! I often looked at those massive glass windows, floor to ceiling
      and thought, what if a bird flew into one of them? Would it shatter?

      Well, it wasn't long when one day while I was working at this glass house a large bird did actually fly into one of the window. Man I heard a big “thud” when it hit, and watched the bird fall like a wet sponge.

      The window, wow, still intact. I looked down at the bird lying on the ground
      when all of a sudden, I heard a crackling sound, Oops! There goes the window!
      It crystallized, like frost on a window in cold weather. It was picture perfect artwork, unbelievable!

      This little incident brought back some memories of a poker game in Monterey, California. I was sitting at the table in this hand with an A/K suited and there were 2 other players in the hand with me. The flop came (7 9 A), the big blind bet it out, and I called, and the other player just called.

      The turn card comes out a (10) So now it looked like (7 9 A 10) again the big blind bets it out, I called, and the other player raised, the blind and me just called. He comes the river card it’s a (9).

      Now all the cards are out and the board looks like (7 9 A 10 9). The blind checked, I checked, and the other player bet big. We both called. The blind turned over (A/3) I turned over (A/K) and the other player turned (A/6)
      as you can see I won.

      The guy with the (A/6) couldn’t believe it, he thought he had the best hand and was extremely upset. He picked up one of the cards and whipped it toward me,
      it had such a force that it hit the glass on the table and shattered it.

      Naturally he was asked to leave by the management.
      Theory, DON’T PLAY NAKED ACES - please no Aces with lousy kickers!

      Moral..." People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones! "

      Hope this little tip helps.... Good Luck at the tables!
    • davidze
      davidze
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      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      We all know that men are the majority of poker players the world over, but that doesn’t mean women do not enjoy the game. I love a woman at the table. It adds to the life of the game.

      No-limit Texas Hold 'em has grown tremendously the past years, and women are starting to feel more comfortable in any card room. Industry experts say about 15 percent of all poker players are women. We want more women to enter this wonderful game of poker.

      Some men feel women are easy prey and don’t have the ability their men opponents have at the tables. Hey guys don’t under estimate this beautiful creature, the Look, the Scent, the Smile.

      She has the style all the way to the bank – deceiving – She’s after your $$$$$$ and she’ll use whatever method she has in her playbook to get it (The Money that is!)

      She’s found ways of not being intimidated by men. Aggression work well for women at the tables because of the way men look and react to them. Men always want to be men; they don't want to lose to a woman.

      Men try to push women around at the tables. Women have better reads on men; call it women's intuition, as men express better tells.
      Guys, I hope you’re really reading this?

      Men when you sit down at the poker table filled with women, don’t let them dress you up and send you off to school. Ah! Although you guys might like that. RIGHT LADIES!

      That’s it Ladies and Gentlemen, Hope you enjoyed the fun!
      Good Luck at the tables.
    • davidze
      davidze
      Basic
      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      The most terrifying of all are the maniac players; they march through the card room with the sole intent of turning small players into skeletons in a few plays.

      They produce a faint hissing sound and have a distinct odor. These prey, merge and unite to form one great living creature, the Maniac Player.

      Hollywood’s images of mammals and humans fleeing before them are mostly imaginations run wild. In truth, while the Maniacs advance across the card room, simply step-aside and watch them pass by, this may take several hours.

      Or you can clear out of the card room with your chip stack, although, when you have that big hand, exterminate them with one swift move.

      The Maniacs try and wound their opponents badly and squeeze the last cheques (chips) out of everyone.
      WOW! What a card room!

      I always carry a large bug spray can with me when I enter any card room.
      You never know what you’ll run into. Good Luck! Good Hunting and survive
      the Maniacs.
    • davidze
      davidze
      Basic
      Joined: 24.04.2014 Posts: 16
      Why does it happen to me? Will I ever return to play?

      Its Tuesday 2pm in the afternoon at the Classic Poker Room. Two guys, call them Dickey and Hicky. The only players left in the hand. The flop 5d Js 10d Dickey goes all-in for $185.00 in a $1 / 2 NL Game. Hicky thinks for a few seconds and decides to call the all-in bet.

      The dealer counts the chips to make sure the pot is correct. The dealer burns a card, here comes the turn card 10c so now it looks like

      5d Js 10d 10c Dickey turns over his cards, he’s got Qc Qh. Hicky does not turn his cards over, his choice, the dealer burns a card, he comes the River card Jd ...Hicky turns his cards over and he’s got 8d 9d that’s how big it looked to Dickey.

      Wow! Dickey thinks, “How could this guy call me with a hand like that” he sigh’s, and shrugs his head. You can see the depression on his face.

      Can we determine why players do what they do? Is there really more “luck” in this game of Hold’em, than skill? Are all odds and probabilities calculated worth knowing?

      All these questions arise in our thoughts when we get beat like this. We really believe we are winners, a great attitude to take into a game. But, during play, we get hit with that famous word “tilt” - Especially when situations like the one explained happens to us more than once.

      Tilt = playing poorly and irrationally due to emotional upset. If I spelled it backwards it looks like TLIT which in my terms means “TRY LUCK IN TIME”

      What does it mean … well you lose $50 five times in a row, that’s $250 – you only have to win one hand of $250 to get even, logical? That’s why they call it high stakes poker.

      Your bankroll has to be large in order to survive those bad losses, and your play must include as mentioned TLIT= try luck in time. Based upon theory it seems to work, maybe it’ll work for you!

      Hey, with 19,600 possible 3 card flops, 1326 possible 2 card combo’s, and 169 possible 2 hole card combo’s – are we trying to beat the numbers? Looks like it! So why don’t we just treat TILT – as “redistribution of funds.”

      Then TLIT would play a factor in some of our decisions.
      How much skill does it take to beat someone on the RIVER?

      Most major tournaments have three to four thousand players and from what I read and see, luck plays a major factor, wouldn’t you say?

      Even the Pro’s get knocked out with all their skills. So should we play more TLIT than TILT? Like the saying goes “a lifetime to master” if that’s the truth, then everything we do to try and win should have “TLIT” in it!
      “Try Luck In Time”

      The wanting to win drives our adrenaline, so in theory any two cards can win. So why do we sigh, when we lose to that unpredictable card on the “RIVER!”

      Good Luck at the tables
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