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"

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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    Tuesday, October 05, 2004

    Thoughts, Coming at Random

    Let me ask a question--at the end of Rounders, Mike McD is playing heads up with Teddy KGB. He had the money to pay Teddy back, but decided to play on and now he's down. "Byahad jahudegemyent," Teddy gloats. The tension rises, as Mike has to pay Teddy ten grand by morning or else.

    What, exactly, are we to think Teddy is going to do to Mike? I'm curious as to what people think. It's never spelled out, it's never made explicit what Mike's fate will be. So, dear readers, whaddya think was gonna happen?

    Another Rounders question-- that last hand, what do you think Teddy had? Mike had the nut straight, Teddy seemed totally stunned that he lost...what hand could Teddy have had that would have induced him to bet into the nuts?

    I could write a whole mega-post about Rounders--in fact, one is badly overdue. With ESPN due to launch a show called Tilt I think that subject must be addressed. I think it's a good movie, but far from great, and certainly not THE definitive poker movie. That movie hasn't been made yet, probably never will be made. But Rounders ain't it.

    Mike Sexton had an interesting column in this month's CardPlayer, in part arguing that players should not be allowed to wear sunglasses at the table. The very first thing I ever wrote about poker was a question on a newsgroup asking if you could wear a welders mask when you sat down, or a deep-sea diving helmet. Or, could you have your entire face Botoxed, so any tell you might have would be erased by paralyzing toxins? One thing I noticed about the Tournament of Champions show--only 1 player was wearing shades, and that was Phil Hellmuth, who I guess is sponsored by Oakley, as he was also wearing an Oakley sweatshirt. OK, Greg Raymer wore his spooky sunglasses, but only when he was in a hand, and as even he said, he doubted it would help him at that table.

    My God, no new poker shows until, what, March? I mean no WPT and no WSOP. I watched a bit of the Ultimate Poker Challenge, and didn't really enjoy it too much. Same with Fox's Poker Superstars show. I keep forgetting to watch and/or tape the old WSOP shows appearing on ESPN Classic. I only have like 75 hours of videotaped poker content on my shelves...what am I to do?

    Haven't played poker in quite awhile. Miss it? Oh, yes. But I'm keeping my promise, gotta get a job, sigh. Won't be playing in the next blogger tournament, both because the poker bankroll is at $0.73 and because I have volleyball Thursday night. Have I mentioned that I've become a holy terror the last few months? Haulin' my fat ass into very-low-Earth orbit 50 times a night is playing hell with my knees and ankles, but I've been playing well.

    If you've noticed I haven't been posting much, you'll have to get used to it. During the month of November I'll be writing a whole bunch, just not here. I'll be participating in National Novel Writing Month, which is, uh, a thing where people across the nation try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I'm going to set up a separate blog and post my novel as it goes. I'm confident I'll be able to crank at that level and get it done. I've gotten comments of support from Pauly and Jason, and come November 1 I'll be hard at work.

    Yes, the novel does have lots of poker in it. It'll hopefully be funny, as that will be my intent. I don't have the URL for my writing blog yet. I've been pondering what to call it, and so far I've been flummoxed. I thought about calling it "The Write Stuff", but that name was taken by some blogger who hasn't posted anything in two years. Then I thought about calling it "Only a Fool", as in the Samuel Johnson quote, "Only a fool wrote for any reason other than money". No, that was taken too, by some girl whining about why some boy doesn't like her. Oddly, she also spent some time in Pittsburgh, rather a coincidink. She also hasn't posted in over a year. Isn't there some statute of limitations, if you don't post in a 12-month period you lose your name? I've been thinking of calling it "Guinness and Poker Writing", but I don't want to spend the next three years in litigation.

    Some folks have asked if I read the novel "King of a Small World", which is about a poker player. I have, sort of. Every time I go to Borders or Barnes and Noble I grab a copy and blast through a few dozen pages. I like it, good stuff, but I haven't bought it yet or hunted it down in my library. Probably should do that someday

    A post about the Presidential campaign will come before the election. I'm so underwhelmed that I've been thinking about rejoining the race. Y'all know I started blogging because I decided to run for President after I turned 35? If you know that, you are definitely a longtime listener

    I've figured out how to post pictures to this blog, just none today. This past week I had my picture taken with a famous celebrity, and I was going to scan and post it, but my goddam scanner isn't working now. I'll get it up eventually. Was really a big thrill, got goosebumps even. But you'll have to wait, alas. Sorry. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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