I always wanted to be a writer when I grow up. And a musician. And a poker player. And that’s how it turned out. I made my living in the 80s playing drums and piano. Then for 15 years I was a professional poker player, dabbling in writing. And now I write full time. Though I must say, I still don’t feel like I’ve grown up yet.
Painless Poker is my third book with the word Poker in the title, and likely my last. Next I want to try to write novels.
The reason I feel qualified to write about the dark side of poker, and ways to brighten it up, is because I have coached 100 poker players, mostly professional players, on all the most delicate aspects of the game, such as self-destruction, table presence, and convincing your mom that you’re not insane for dedicating your life to a card game.
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For a beginning player, it’s good to talk about betting strategy at the table because there is much valuable information to be learned from the experienced players who are willing to divulge their thinking. Eventually though, as a player gains experience, the negative EV of divulging will exceed the small gains in knowledge that comeRead more
I looked up “tapping the glass” online and the first two definitions I saw were both good. From Pokerdictionary.net: “In poker, the saying ‘Tap the glass’ refers to telling weaker players at the table about their bad play, to vent, and to educate them in the process.” And from Flopturnriver.com: “Tapping the Glass isRead more
I was told before I got there that Casino Montreal’s poker room was bilingual and that I’d be hearing English and French at the table. So I was ready for that. What I wasn’t ready for was the face cards. My first hand, the dealer dealt me two cards, and when I peeked atRead more