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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Tao of Poker
Up for Poker
Boy Genius
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Poker Works
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Bad Blood
Love and Casino War
Double As
Lion Tales
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Poker Nerd
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Human Head
Sound of a Suckout
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TP's Table Talk
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2005

    Frustrating Night

    Though I shouldn't be frustrated, I am, a wee bit. I finished my 2nd article--that's good. I felt free to relax and play a little 2-table SNG. I play much better in the multis, I think because I know I have to be patient and there's no need to make any ridiculous moves. I doubled up with AK against KQ and got to the final table at about the median. We played down to 5 (4 cashed) with one guy holding 1/2 the chips and 2 players in bad shape.

    And the chip leader played God-awful. He did a lot of raising pre-flop, that's fine, but if he got called he went timid. Literally a half-dozen times he made the minimum bet into the pot after the flop, get raised all-in by a shortstack, and he'd muck. He basically transferred $4000 in chips to the short guys without them every having to show down a hand. Unfortunately I did not benefit from his largesse--I think I put money into the pot one time after we got down to 4 players, and I doubled up on him when my sixes held up against QJ. I couldn't get a hand, and on the 2 occasions I raised to take the blinds I got put all-in. I still had $3000 left, enough to make me a force if I doubled up, but I finally took a stand with KQ and the chip leader turned over acs. Great, out in 3rd place, and if that joke had played with any sort of brains we would've been heads up long ago and in that situation I liked my chances.

    But the multis are helping to stabilize my bankroll. When I know that I'm gonna have to put in a good 90 minutes to cash I play a much more solid game. I almost went mental and pushed all-in with TPTK against what turned out to be a flopped straight, but I gathered my wits and let some other guy go busto.

    And, uhh...that's all for today, folks. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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