Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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    Sunday, December 14, 2003

    Half full, or half empty

    Another absolutely brutal night. Started out well, got up about $20, and then I lost it all along with another $15. A couple of days ago I was up $65, now I'm up $10. And that $10 is from the SNG I runnered-upped in last night.

    But I'm not here to moan about my terrible luck and bad beats. I've done that the past two days and, besides, no one really wants to hear about another player's rough times. Well, other than the delicious schadenfreude you feel when listening to another's misery. I mean, feel free to tell me about getting rivered over and over when I'm on a roll and Lady Luck is giving me an all-over hot oil massage. Then I'm all smiles inside while I nod sympathetically and say, "There there, there there".

    Bad beat stories are kind of like other people telling you their dreams. Is there anything more boring that having someone breathlessly tell you about the nightmare they had about showing up for their biology exam naked? No matter how bizarre the dream, no matter how talented a storyteller the dreamer may be, you can't translate the intensity of your subconscious longings and fears to another person. Especially when the other person doesn't really give a crap about your nightmares about flesh-eating teddy bears.

    No, I'm not hear to write about my horrible run of cards. I'm writing at 3AM because I just started playing with PokerTracker and, I have to say, it's really, really cool. The amount of information you can get from this thing is absolutely incredible. I can see why Iggy and others champion it's usefulness. There's just so much information this thing automatically cranks out for you...I'll definitely spring for the $40 full version. Once I make enough playing poker to pay for it. Which might not be for a long time, the way things are going for me right now.

    In the 100 hands I checked, I won 3 hands. Three. Was I playing all sorts of crazy hands? Nope, only put money in the pot 20% of the time. Actually, with the cards I was dealt that was still way too much. In 100 hands the I never had pocket pairs above 6s. I lost $34 in those 100 hands, yipe. I lost $5 playing 7-2 offsuit. I remember that hand. I had it in the big blind and the betting was checked around. The flop...

    Nah, never mind. Not gonna bore you with the story. I'm gonna watch the end of Manhunter and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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