Sunday, October 23

LIVE: Inaugural PokerStars Online Poker Blogger Championship

May The Most Deserving Nerdy Loser Win!

The field is set: 1,472 bloggers are playing for over $25,000 in the first (of hopefully many) Online Poker Blogger Championship. Jaxia from Steal The Blinds is in the field, but sadly, Beck, the third of the STB triumvirate is not. He told me he would be out of the country; I think he just doesn't want anyone to know he played quarterback for BYU, the team that Notre Dame smoked yesterday.

All set now. Let's do this.

3:02 PM — This is my first time at PokerStars, and I have to say I like the interface a lot less than Full Tilt. The one bonus: personalized avatars. See if you can find me! (Jax is at table 151.)

3:06 — First playable hand: A¨/2¨. Missed my flush and I'm down to 1,560. Everyone starts with 2,000 and the blinds are 10/20 to start, going up every 15 minutes. That's slower than FTP, but they go up in a hurry.

3:13 — Took down my first pot with A©/8© when I bet a ragged flop in position and nobody called. I don't know where I am on the leaderboard, because Stars is only tracking the top 136 players (don't know why exactly 136 — where the pay line is, maybe? — but that's how many they're tracking). Jax, who's sitting out (where are you?) has more chips than me, though.

P.S. updates will probably be sparse because my connection is tenuous; my computer's been acting very strangely lately. It always picks the worst times to get buggy.

3:21 — stole a pot with 7©/3© out of the big blind through aggression. Hope the player I bluffed isn't reading. (Sorry!)

3:49 — stole a couple blinds and am at 1,340. Still pretty sorry, but I'm not the low man at the table at least.

3:51 — big blind with red jacks. The button, an aggressive player, open-raises to 450 (blinds 50/100) and I immediately move all-in. He thinks, and ditches. At 1,940, I'm almost back to break-even. (I even have more than Jax now!)

3:58 — one of the fun things about playing with bloggers is they often deploy THE HAMMER. THE HAMMER is 7/2, but they play them like they're aces. The guy I beat 450 out of above dropped THE HAMMER and ran right into pocket kings. There's a new table boss.

4:00 — And the new table boss just slapped me down by putting me all-in on my continuation bet. I have nothing. I'm gone. Down to 1,515.

4:02 — Break time. 1,059 left out of 1,472. I'm in 606th. But I'm kicking Wesley Crusher's ass. He has 990. Big Slick Nuts! is on the leaderboard with 5400 chips, in 122nd place. Al Can't Hang has a lowly 765.

4:16 — Moved to a new table. There's only three live players out of nine. The other two both have me whaled. I don't like this.

4:18 — I like it more now. Essentially under the gun with K§/10©, I raise and get called by the big blind. Flop is 5ª/10ª/10¨ and he puts me all-in. Thanks!

4:22 — Now we have some real players. Can't go psycho anymore.

4:24 — Middle position with 7§/7©. I raise to 800 (blinds 100/200) and get called by the same player who doubled me up. Flop comes 2¨/8¨/9ª and he puts me all-in again. Thinking he had as much this time as he did last, I call. He has Q§/J§.

The turn is the safe A¨, but the river 10ª fills his inside straight and I'm toast. IGHN, in 836th place. Slick's still doing well. Wil Wheaton's doubled up, and he's at 1,755. Al got wiped out in 1030th. Jax is still alive, but still not playing.

I can't believe she beat me without playing a hand. I'm going to go sulk now. Friggin' all-in with an inside straight draw . . .


Location: Mishawaka, Indiana, United States

I graduated with an English degree from the University Of Notre Dame in 2001, and in 2008 I have a day job that has nothing to do with my degree but gets the bills paid in a semi-regular fashion. (I have running water five days a week!) The idea is that once I get turned around on my bills, I go to grad school. I also have an idea for cold fusion. Anyone's guess which will be feasible first. In non-work mode, I'm usually reading columns by famous and well-read thinkers, blogs by critically praised writers, or sometimes blogs by overzealous cranks who make me laugh. I yearn to be all three at once; until then I'll settle for being the third. I also have an undying love for the Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame football. Praise them and I'll buy you a beer; curse them and I'll dump it over your head. If that's not enough, I'm becoming quite the fan of no-limit Texas Hold'em. My games have one of two results: I either win all the money or whine because I didn't win all the money.

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I absolutely love the name of your site.

Scott "Big Trunk" Johnson, Power Line
Just the name? Not the content? . . . I'll take it.

You have something in common with Dave Barry, Hemingway, and Mark Steyn: I'm not linking to them, either.


That's good stuff there Mark.

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Psst, it's "Mike."

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