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I finally attended a DeepStacks Live Course – You should too

May 7th, 2011 2 comments

DeepStacks Live is a course that I'd recommend for anyone serious about improving their poker game.

On Friday I finally got to cash in on a DeepStacks Live Course that I won way back in October 2010 when I shipped a prize through a series of poker tournaments with the top prize being a DeepStacks Live Course.  I’d been looking forward to the opportunity to attend since before I won the prize, as I’d been yearning for the opportunity to have my game picked apart, and to learn something new for my game that I could incorporate.  I love learning, and I love poker, and I like being critiqued so that I can make improvements in my game, so I desperately wanted to attend.  But unfortunately, DeepStacks had been offering courses all over the globe and at dates and times that I just couldn’t make work for me until Friday, when I finally had a spot where our two calendars synced with one another.  I couldn’t be happier that it finally did.

Jack and I took the 5 hour drive from my place to Turlock, CA in the afternoon on Thursday and headed up the I-99 past Fresno to get there.  It was long after dark on Cinco De Mayo by the time we arrived, and there wasn’t a whole lot of partying going on in the tiny city of Turlock.  We unloaded our stuff at and checked into the hotel, and went out to enjoy a few beers at the bar at a Red Robbin restaurant while chatting about what we expected from the class, which began at 10am the next morning.  Jack was unfamiliar with any of the instructors that were scheduled outside of Mike Matusow, who is one of the most recognizable personalities in the game.  Mike “The Mouth” has been on TV playing poker countless times and has a character persona that never stops.   But he definitely knows the game of poker having amassed more than $7.7 million in Live Tournament earnings, being one of the most prolific cash game players ever, and holding multiple titles including 3 WSOP Bracelets, and a WSOP Tournament of Champions win in 2005.  Mike is one of the great members of the “Old Guard” of poker and a virtual lock for the Poker Hall of Fame sometime soon. Read more…

Skill versus Luck. What a great court case this would be.

May 4th, 2011 1 comment

United States Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) said today that there is skill involved in poker. Enough skill to be considered a "Skill game?"

Today US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a House Judiciary Committee meeting and was asked some questions about the Southern District of New York’s indictment of the three largest US friendly online poker sites.  The part that struck me, I think that Holder really at his core is going to see that poker is a skill game.

While Holder said that he “agreed” that the actions made sense, he wasn’t exactly a great sales person for the prosecution.  Firstly, Holder said at the committee meeting today that “We have to enforce the law as it exists and there are laws on the books with regard to Internet gambling that we have to enforce.  The case that we brought for instance in the Southern District of New York involved pretty substantial amounts of money and big financial institutions and I think those cases are appropriate.”

I’m reading a little between the lines here, but my basic thought on this quote is that the only reason that they brought the action is because these companies made so much money.  While I think that he believes the UIGEA violations occurred by the sites, I don’t think that action would have been taken if the companies were only making a few thousand bucks a year.  But because that number was around $40 Billion, well, now you have our attention. Read more…