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Poker Nicknames Extravaganza!

Poker Nicknames Extravaganza!

If you get a kick out of poker nicknames, this article is for you. If you enjoy the whimsy, transience, and candor of our peer-given monikers, then read on. If, on the other hand, you find names such as Uncle Stinker and Vinnie Beans to be neither amusing nor intriguing, then you might as well

The Path of Least Resistance

The Path of Least Resistance

Dear reader: This book excerpt is from Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   129. The Path of Least Resistance There’s good resistance and bad resistance. When we resist harming ourselves and others, that’s the good kind. When we resist reality, that’s the bad kind. What we want to do then is apply the good kind of

“They’d be even greater.”

“They’d be even greater.”

Dear reader, In this excerpt from Painless Poker, I am lecturing about good posture at poker.   “Hey!” said Charlie. “I think I might have just toggled myself. In Elements of Poker you said something like, If your hands are on your face, you should lower your hands, or raise your face, or both. I just caught

How to Write Really Good  /  Lesson 1: Adverbs

How to Write Really Good / Lesson 1: Adverbs

I was writing the first draft of a poker piece for publication and this sentence showed up on the screen… When Bob said, “I raise…” the limper and I folded nearly simultaneously before he could say a number. The next time I came across that sentence, I deleted “nearly.” When Bob said, “I raise…” the limper and

According to Hoyle

According to Hoyle

Dear reader, This is an excerpt from the introduction to Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook)   When I was growing up, there was only one person in the known universe who wrote about card games and his name was Edmond Hoyle. We had some of his books in our house. I still have one

The Compassion Reflex

The Compassion Reflex

You’re walking in a park and a kid on a bike passes you at high speed. Then he attempts a sharp and sudden turn but there is cut grass on the pavement and his tires slide… And down he goes. Hard. What do you do? Was there thought involved? In that first instant? No. You

Be Fluid or Be Wrong

Be Fluid or Be Wrong

Dear reader: This book excerpt is from the Game Selection element in Elements of Poker. (Now available in audiobook) If, while you are playing, you are attached to the notion that you are a “better player” than any or all of your opponents, or that you are a “worse player” than any or all of your opponents,

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