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

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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

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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, August 22, 2004

    The Worst Hand I've Ever Played

    Preparing one last time for tomorrow's Monty Memorial, I decided to play another massive two buck SNG at Pacific. I'm only getting used to the graphics and interface, as I expect the quality of play tomorrow night (actually, it's just plain old tonight, now) to be above the submoronic level you find in your typical low-limit tournaments.

    Not that I'll be adding much to the overall quality tonight. I made a few nice moves early on to gather some chips, had a few nice hands that got my stack up a bit. Then I folded 3-6 suited, which is usually a snarmt move, except when that hand would have developed into a straight flush, as it did this time. Also folded A-2 when I would have made a full house. Ah well, no use in thinking that way.

    I made the final table, whoopee. I couldn't make a hand, and pretty soon I was under $800, which is bad news. Then things got a bit weird. The chip leader and the guys in 2nd & 3rd place all went all-in, with the chip leader winning the hand. So suddenly you had one big dog and a bunch of chihuahuas running around. Just get to the final five, moron, and make back your $2 investment.

    So of course I bust out on the bubble. That's no big deal, it just how I did it that infuriates. Under the gun I was dealt A-8, and I should have moved everything in and taken my chances. Instead, while I was thinking, the stupid site autofolded my hand WAY before it should have. No one else bet, and the big blind gobbled up the tiny pot. Infuriating. So I had to pay the big blind, leaving me with just about $450 I was dealt 2-4, but suited, mind you.

    I got nothing on the flop, and like a genius I went all-in. Which only meant putting $450 into a pot with about $500 in there. Perhaps I didn't have much choice, but I could hardly have been in a worse position with a random hand in the little blind. I pushed in my chips and was hardly surprised when I got a caller. I was a bit surprised when he turned over KK, but it didn't really matter, since I assumed he could beat 4-high.

    Oy vey. Playing with people of somewhat limited skill, and getting skinned, makes me wonder if I've made any progress at all the last 10 months. Perhaps tomorrow (tonight) will be a better litmus test. At any rate, I don't think I can be considered a favorite any longer. Not even in my own mind.

    Otis complimented me by comparing me to Dan Harrington, who won the WSOP title in 1995, came in 3rd in 2003 and 4th this year. Like Harrington, I've placed consistently in the big tournaments I've entered. I play a fairly tight game, much like "Action" Dan. And, uh, we're both Irish. Beyond that the similarities end. And beyond the Irish part, I don't think the other similarities hold water.

    But we'll see what happens tomorrow. Tonight. I think I need to get some sleep, lots to do tomorrow before I take my seat.

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