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Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker
Reciprocality: The Cause of Profit at Poker

  Before anything flows, there must be a difference. Between different elevations, water...

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<em>Painless Poker</em> excerpt: Babs in Charge
Painless Poker excerpt: Babs in Charge

Babs called to us from the kitchen. “Any of you guys missing a pair of girl’s sandals?” “I like...

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Silent Night on Banjo
Silent Night on Banjo

   

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A Minute of Beach Boys on Banjo
A Minute of Beach Boys on Banjo

 

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The Tilt Store
The Tilt Store

I want to share a funny email I received from my friend, Rich. Rich wrote: So I had to go to the...

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Tilt for Beginners — My new column at Learn.PokerNews.com
Tilt for Beginners — My new column at Learn.PokerNews.com

I’m writing a column again! It’s a series called, “Tilt for Beginners.”...

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If You See Kay
If You See Kay

When alone at the grocery store, I often finish up by grabbing a bottle of wine for my wife Kay...

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Puddle Season
Puddle Season

One thing that sucks about living here in paradise is that the heart of puddle season is only a...

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A Throw That Threw Me
A Throw That Threw Me

On my walk there are rocks available. Not a lot. You kind of have to know where to look. Many...

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A Room With A View
A Room With A View

This house, and a hundred others I’ve seen over the years at Pescadero Beach, was built on...

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STILL MORE − From Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players
STILL MORE − From Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players

The player in seat one definitely had a glow about him, a confidence. So I wasn’t too surprised...

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Action Shot of Me Playing Poker at the WSOP with My Favorite Scarf On
Action Shot of Me Playing Poker at the WSOP with My Favorite Scarf On

I was sitting there playing $5-10 no-limit hold’em for about the 10th time this WSOP, and...

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MORE! From Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players
MORE! From Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players

This morning at the World Series of Poker I had breakfast with a professional poker player...

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Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players
Out of the Mouths of Professional Poker Players

I want to tell you about a brief exchange I overheard last night while playing $5-10 no-limit...

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The Old “Paper Plate + Water + Raging Fire” Trick
The Old “Paper Plate + Water + Raging Fire” Trick

It’s not so much a trick as it is a mind-blowing phenomenon. It you’ve ever gone...

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Ecliptical Crescents on My Wall
Ecliptical Crescents on My Wall

I took these photos last night during the brief period when the sun and moon were aligned with...

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I Am a Queuer
I Am a Queuer

Dear reader, I wrote this story eight years ago as an assignment for a writing class. I had just...

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Just a Little Patience

I was driving through town yesterday with the radio cranked because the song...

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Latent Potentials
Latent Potentials

I first heard the phrase “latent potential” in a book by Richard Dawkins. He was...

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The Nearly Infallible Under-Over Line for No-Limit Hold’em

At sports betting, there’s this thing called an over-under line. One feature of betting the...

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Amazing eBooks Giveaway and a Best-Picture Award
Amazing eBooks Giveaway and a Best-Picture Award

I am glad to announce that both of my books – Elements of Poker (EOP), and A Rubber Band...

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Yan Chen: A Simple Man

This is an “I Knew Him When” story. When Yan Chen won event #14 at the 2010 World Series of...

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Look Left
Look Left

“When you look to the right, you look into the past. To see your future, look left.” − me Among...

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Old Man Goals

I wonder when old starts. Is it a number? Or an attitude? Or maybe it’s just a natural...

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6:49 and All’s Well

The loudest thing right now is the heater that turned off a few minutes ago and is still making...

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Xyst Bag
Xyst Bag

About 30 years ago, for Christmas, my mom made me a bag. I still have it. It lives in a big flat...

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Spectacular Accordion Player in Santa Cruz
Spectacular Accordion Player in Santa Cruz

Kay and I have major people in Santa Cruz and we go there all the time. You see things in Santa...

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Thank you, universe

Dear universe, Thank you for having condensed a speck of your matter and energy into the...

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A Hilarious True Email

Dear readers, My cousin A.J. sent me an email and then called me right away and instructed me to...

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Smoking for Profit (my first poker article)

Dear reader, Below is the first article I submitted to a poker magazine for publication. That...

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Faster than Google

So I’m walking the streets of Palo Alto and I pull up to a crosswalk, and this guy pulls...

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Joe Tall’s Wiltless Chip
Joe Tall’s Wiltless Chip

This is a before and after story. Before Joe Tall co-founded Deucescracked.com and became known...

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Did You Know Your Diaphragm Has Holes In It?
Did You Know Your Diaphragm Has Holes In It?

  To see the reason I am blogging about this short animation of the diaphragm and rib cage...

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Button Buddy

I was playing in a 9-handed $5/10 NLHE cash game at the World Series of Poker in Vegas and a...

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Max in Black Wants Out
Max in Black Wants Out

In the same way that being Italian permits me to tell Italian jokes, I would like to introduce...

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Party Talk

I was at a party the other night and one of my favorite conversations happened. I get introduced...

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We are here…
We are here…
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Iconic Blogger Bill Rini Sheds Love on My New Book

If you are in the poker business in any capacity and you don’t know about Bill’s...

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Love at First Seat Change

I was at a poker party the other night with some friends I had not seen in several years. One of...

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Snappy Floats

I was playing $5/10 no-limit hold’em at the Venetian and I had the ideal arrangement...

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My New Book: A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales by Tommy Angelo
My New Book: A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales by Tommy Angelo

This was a fun book to write. I hope you enjoy it too. So far all of the Amazon reviewers did...

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Walking the Halls, Part Five
Walking the Halls, Part Five

Welp, I’m back home from a week at the WSOP, a week in Ohio, a week at the WSOP, and then...

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Walking The Halls, Part Four
Walking The Halls, Part Four

During the World Series of Poker, I sometimes meet up with clients for a short visit during...

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Walking the Halls, Part Three
Walking the Halls, Part Three

When I walk the halls between poker sets, I sometimes phone home to give a report, and to hear...

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Walking the Halls, Part Two
Walking the Halls, Part Two

I’m in the middle of my third and final trip to the 2011 World Series of Poker. This time I...

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Walking the Halls at the WSOP, Part One
Walking the Halls at the WSOP, Part One

This might look like a photograph of a third-floor hallway at the Rio in Las Vegas, where I am...

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<em>Elements of Poker</em> goes Russian
Elements of Poker goes Russian

My plan for global domination is moving along quite nicely. That’s a picture of what just...

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Hourglass Poker

I don’t mind slow. I’ve had James training. James is the slowest player in the...

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Two Amusing Signs
Two Amusing Signs

Kay and I went on a little getaway for a few days north of San Francisco and during our...

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Howard “Tahoe” Andrew is a funny man

I went to a party recently where I ran into John Mugnani, floorman extraordinaire at the...

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A Client’s Poem

Today’s post is a poem a client wrote and sent to me. I asked if I could blog it. He said...

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Baby You Can Drive My Site

I have a new website. It has these really cool sliding thingies. “Beep beep, beep beep, YEAH!”...

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My Clients Make Me POOP

I have played a great deal of poker vicariously, through my clients. They send me hands they...

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Nostalgia Corner: The 5 (and a bit) Stages Of Your Poker Career

Today’s post was written by guest writer Greg Walker.  This article is highly funny and...

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In Gratitude of Gratefulness

“Finish your food! Think of the starving children in China!” That was a typical...

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OMG THE EOP EBOOK IS FINALLY HERE!
OMG THE EOP EBOOK IS FINALLY HERE!

It’s been three years since my book Elements of Poker came out. Since then, I have...

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The Pot of a Lifetime

Back when I was writing poker articles for magazines, I started about 5 articles for every one I...

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Whale Down
Whale Down

The opening statement about blue whales at Wikipedia reduces to: “The Blue whale is a...

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Dualities

When did hot and cold come to exist on earth? Did they appear suddenly on our planet? Or did...

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ZZZ Game

Today I would like to share an email I received from my friend Gary Christy. Gary wrote: After...

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Rorschach Fire

Kay and I went camping. Our friend Wendelin came by for a visit. She was sitting by the fire. It...

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The Save

Dear Readership: I wrote this around 1992. THE SAVE Darryl sees the table that his leg is about...

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Medding

“Medding” is a word I made up while working on my new book. I needed it to fill a vacancy...

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My First Golf Shot in Seven Years
My First Golf Shot in Seven Years

I went to a golf course yesterday. Been a while. I got a bucket of balls to hit at the driving...

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Gee Thanks, Mom

I just had a salt shaker explode. All over the counter, and the floor. Damnable contraption...

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Me at the WSOP
Me at the WSOP

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Dealer Mystery Solved at the 2010 WSOP
Dealer Mystery Solved at the 2010 WSOP

This is a photograph of the biggest room at the 2010 World Series of Poker, minus the people...

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The Loudest Leaf

The air pushed on the leaf, and the leaf pushed equally on the air, yet they both moved without...

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Apple Turnover

Dear Steve Jobs, Because I am a selfless man — a man with no interest in the fame and...

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In Other Local News
In Other Local News

There’s a lot going on today out there in the world. Just now I was walking toward a...

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An Airport Story
An Airport Story

You would not believe the sheer amount of shit that comes out of my suitcase. The TSA guy at the...

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Breathing Room

I was listening to a client talk and here’s what he said… “I’ve been running great lately...

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Me and Eddie Up Yosemite Falls
Me and Eddie Up Yosemite Falls

My cousin Eddie and I went to Yosemite Valley. One day we were walking up the trail that goes to...

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The Math of Mouse-Smashing

A few months ago I wrote about how destroying computer equipment could be the correct play for...

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Life Tilt Ensues

Funny post went up today at DeucesCracked.com about The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment...

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You No Gamble

From an old folder, here’s a poker hand from 2002: I was playing $20-40 limit...

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Gonnagowalkin

Gonnagowalkin Look up and around Gonnagowalkin And notice the ground Gonnagowalkin Stepping and...

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Assumptions and Brown M&Ms

I remember decades ago hearing about Van Halen’s singer David Lee Roth and his...

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Father Knew Best

My first year as an altar boy, the masses were in Latin. It took me a long time to learn all the...

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Still Teaching After All These Years

Saturday night at 8 p.m., I was home alone when my phone rang. It was Kay. “Listen to this!” she...

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Battle of the Bands

Dear blog readers: This is a true story that I wrote up back when it happened. I just found it...

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EPTPE Wins 3 Awards
EPTPE Wins 3 Awards

    Below is a post I just posted at DeucesCracked.com, where my video series The...

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so quiet

it was so quiet on my bench just now, it stunned me when it stopped, but not because there were...

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The Second Worst Play Ever

In 2003, I intentionally folded pocket aces before the flop in a live, $20/40 limit hold’em...

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Face Ache

Have you ever walked out of a concert with an odd sensation in your face and then realized that...

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My Goal for 2010

My goal for 2010 is to not set any goals. So far so good. I’ve been up for two hours, and...

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Presence Presents

I’ve had many years when this time of year was the worst time of the year for me. Especially...

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The Pied Pipers of Palo Alto
The Pied Pipers of Palo Alto

Last night, this little band of blowhards led a procession of 100 adults through the nighttime...

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I Like This One

Wilbur King lived in Middletown, Ohio. He raised five spectacular daughters. The fifth one...

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The Secret of Treasure Island Revealed
The Secret of Treasure Island Revealed

Just moments ago, I took this photo from my room at The Venetian: Look at the windows on...

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Hump Speed
Hump Speed

All I was doing was driving down the road. I wasn’t looking for meaning. I hadn’t...

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Announcing the The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment web page!
Announcing the The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment web page!

The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment (EPTPE) is a poker video series I made with Wayne...

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Assume the Position

You’re playing live poker and you just folded before the flop. You’ve got a minute or two, maybe...

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Fault Lines

Whose fault was it? According to Bob, it was Mary’s fault. But if you ask Mary, she’ll tell you...

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Amo Foldare

In March 2009, I got a letter from Guillermo Gonzales, editor in chief of Sportivo Magazine, the...

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I’m Dying

I went to the doctor for a check-up. He said I was perfectly healthy. Well, I knew better...

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Something I Have Never Heard Anyone Say

“I started paying attention to my breathing and it made everything worse.”

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On the EV of Mouse Smashing

I just got off the phone with a mouse smasher. Or you could call him a mouse masher. (It sounds...

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Funny Amazon Screen Shot from Lee Jones
Funny Amazon Screen Shot from Lee Jones

Lee Jones sent me this screenshot from Amazon. He added the two red boxes and the comment. You...

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Reconciling Buddhistic Practice and Poker

The meaning of “reconcile” in play here is “to make consistent or...

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TwoPlusTwo.com Pokercast interview – 9/15/09

Did a fun interview last night with Mike Johnson and Adam Schwartz at TwoPlusTwo.com Pokercast...

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Max Attack
Max Attack

If playing poker and coaching poker and writing about poker don’t work out for me, I think...

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A Fish Story

I went to a restaurant with a person. When it came time to order the entrees, the person could...

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Shadow Casters
Shadow Casters

The title of today’s post is still the most clever name I’ve heard for “big...

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Why I Am Politically Content

In my opinion — meaning, in the ever-shifting unique reality that arises between my ears...

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Slow Food

A few days ago, I was watching an interview on TV, and I heard the phrase “slow...

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How Much Did That Thing Cost?

Here’s everything you need to know about the two characters in this true story: Moe...

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Emma Strikes Some Poses
Emma Strikes Some Poses

Yoga people like to name their various body positions after animals. They call them poses. (Does...

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Poker and Mindfulness

Six of the eight episodes of The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment have aired at...

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Heedlessness

Heedless. Is that a beautiful word or what? It takes something that’s hard to put into...

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Living in the Mission Impossible

I’ve been doing some piano recording here at home the last few months. Most of it is short bits...

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The Olive Oil Calorie Caper

The label on the spray can says zero calories per serving. But it’s a can with nothing in it but...

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Redwoods are Stupid

We look at the mighty redwoods and we get all awestruck and we think majestically about wow...

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Sean Lind on Lopping-Off-the-C-Game

Sean Lind at pokerlistings.com wrote an article that starts out really great, talking about me...

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The Day His Music Died

Drake Levin died a few days ago. Drake was the kind of guy who will have a party thrown in his...

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Why to Not do Yoga Yet

I have a feeling that old people benefit more from yoga than young people do. Partly because...

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I am all a twitter.

My application was accepted, and I am now a twitizen! My twitter name is TheTommyAngelo. See you...

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On the First Day

Just got back from a week-long orgy of food, bocce, music, talking, listening, and laughing that...

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Hanzie

I started playing gin a soon after I had become entrenched in the Columbus poker scene. One...

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An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse, But Did Anyway

Many of my conversations with my buddy Alex begin similarly: Hi. Whatsup. How you doing. It...

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Big Hands

About once a month or so, when I’m sitting on my meditation bench in the morning, my hands get...

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My New Favorite Bumper Sticker

Before last week, my favorite bumper sticker was: Atheists are beyond belief. That one has held...

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Why I Don’t Talk about Hands When I’m Playing

I’ve made a new friend at Lucky Chances. His name is Django. (Pronounced Jango.) He’s a young...

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Rita Wrecks Me

Dear Reader, This story happened in 1996, and I wrote it up a couple years after that. Now, ten...

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Myth Busted

Went camping last weekend. One night solo, my best one of those yet. Kay appeared the next day...

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The Eightfold Path to Poker Enlightenment

(UPDATE: Here’s a new page at my site that has all the music and tons of other stuff from...

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SHOW ONE SHOW ALL!

The first time Andy slithered into our little snake pit, he had no chance. Not because he was...

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Arthur Reber

My friend Arthur Reber has given me many things. He has given me aha moments with his...

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Whales and seals and flowers, oh my!
Whales and seals and flowers, oh my!

One of the great things about getting married on 4-20 is that I will most likely never forget my...

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Expect the Expectorate

Even though my friend Ken Silbert lives in Florida, he is funnier than Dave Barry. I am proud...

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Breath Taking

Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing...

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When 3 = 370

My friend Wayne told me that it’s important for a writer to be able to “kill his babies.” When...

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Requesting Some Lingo Update Help

Sometimes my poker articles start with an idea, then comes some text, and somewhere along the...

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Vacation High Light

Pretty incredible how much I used to hate air travel and now it’s one of my best times.  What a...

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That Bastard!

He really got me good on this one. I was all-in without a paddle. I was up shit creek and...

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The Benefits of Going Broke

I’m in Vegas right now doing a three-day coaching program with a new client. At the end of day...

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Property Propriety

I got ripped off recently, and I realized that I don’t own anything. And let me tell you, it’s a...

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Behind the Cover of <em>Elements of Poker</em>
Behind the Cover of Elements of Poker

I’ve been asked a half dozen times now just what the heck is up with the cover of my...

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From City to Suburb and Back Again

This is the first article I ever submitted for publication in an actual magazine.  I think it...

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A Mindfulness Exercise
A Mindfulness Exercise

The next hundred times you’re alone, try this. Touch a thumb to the index finger of the...

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What do you do for a living?

Here’s a hand I played in the big no-limit game at Lucky Chances. There was a guy in the game...

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How to Tilt

My mom used to tell me, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This is such a profound...

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Down on sixth street…

Here’s one of my favorite smart-ass poker quips. I’ve heard it a couple dozen times. And every...

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The Guiltless Gambler

I’ve been rummaging through dozens of ancient folders on my hard drive, full of half-started...

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My New Year Resolutions

I resolve to increase my resolve, to do more resolving, and to see everything with a finer...

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The Blue Marble
The Blue Marble

I was 14 years old in 1972 when astronaut Harrison Schmitt aimed a Hasselblad camera out the...

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Singing on a Ladder

They say home is where your heart is. I don’t see it that way. My heart has a high mobility...

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Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Cant, Teach.

There’s a home game I play in a couple times per year. It’s all Silicon Valley...

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11 years in California

I moved to California on the third Saturday in November, 11 years ago.  I planned it this way...

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An Olive Oil Story

The year: 1978.  I was 21 years old. The place: Big Bear store #1.  It was a huge oval building...

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On Obama

On where he came from: One way to figure this out would be to examine his view, and then try to...

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A Smooth Move

There was a period of a couple years, around 2000 and 2001, when there was a no-limit hold’em...

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Polehenge
Polehenge

Here’s a picture I took on my way to Vegas.  (You can click on these pictures for full size...

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On the Origin of Names

It was at a $2-5 blinds no-limit hold’em game in Vegas. The waitress came by. Several players...

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The Butoff

The Butoff Words lag behind what they label. For example, the blogosphere was well past infancy...

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Who Died and Put You in Charge?

When my dad died in 1996, there was one uproarious moment during the formal mourning period, a...

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Butchering 72o

Have you ever played a hand so bad that you just can’t let it go? During the session you keep...

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A Typical Day in Palo Alto

I was walking through town just now, pretending I had superpowers. It was the coolest thing. I...

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Bluff Magazine and me

The first time I got a byline for writing a poker article for a print magazine, Bill Clinton was...

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Avoiding Conflict and Ending Conflict

The other day I was in a conversation with an old friend, and some new acquaintances who I would...

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On This Day in History, 50 Years Ago

I was had.

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Something Jack Said

My friend Jack is from China. When he speaks English, he does so with a very heavy accent, and...

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Call or Fold? Stay or Quit?

Here’s a decision I made in the $10-10-20 no-limit hold’em game at Lucky Chances in the spring...

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Life Raft

If life is like a giant river, deep and wide and long and moving, then I don’t want to ride it...

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Acting Last

Acting last is like taking a drink of water. We don’t have to understand why it’s good for us to...

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Redwood Down
Redwood Down

Last week something died. It happened right across the street and I took pictures. One way of...

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From the Cutting Room Floor
From the Cutting Room Floor

This is an image I made that I was going to put inside the back cover of Elements of Poker and...

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Minimum Wager

When I play no-limit hold’em, sometimes I’m a minimum wager wagerer. And I don’t mean minimum...

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Freeness Airline

On June 19, I woke up in Ohio and I went to bed in California. Meanwhile, there were delays. My...

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Ask Me About Music Lessons
Ask Me About Music Lessons

When I moved to California in 1997, my bankroll was about $100,000. That was the barrier between...

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A Hand I Didn’t Play at Lucky Chances

I was in the big blind in the $10-10-20 game. The player under-the-gun opened the pot for the...

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Blog Food

This morning there was food in my mouth. I was chewing it up and I knew so. Then I started...

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The Bay Area 3-blind structure for no-limit

So far this year I’ve been playing almost entirely no-limit hold’em almost entirely at Lucky...

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Two Rights Make a Wrong

People say you shouldn’t quit if the game is good. That seems like good advice. And people say...

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