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

Fellow Poker Bloggers

Guinness and Poker
Cards Speak
Tao of Poker
Up for Poker
Boy Genius
Chris Halverson
Poker Grub
The Fat Guy
Todd Commish
Poker Works
Bill Rini
Bad Blood
Love and Casino War
Double As
Lion Tales
Paul Phillips
Daniel Negreanu
Poker Nerd
Poker Nation
Poker in Arrears
Human Head
Sound of a Suckout
Chicks With Chips
TP's Table Talk
Royal Poker
This is Not A Poker Blog
Chick and a Chair
Go Be Rude
Poker Cheapskate
Poker & Other Stuff
Seven Two
Musical Poker
WPBT Online
Isabelle Mercier
Cardschat Blog
Amy Calistri
BJ Nemeth
Annie's Blog

Poker Sites

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Barstool Sports
Card Player
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    Tuesday, March 22, 2005

    Random Ramblings

    Dear readers, if I can leave you with just one piece of advice to guide you through life, it is this--never buy an egg-salad sandwich out of a vending machine. No matter how much you love egg salad, or how much your stomach is growling because you didn't eat a full dinner last night. It isn't that I think I have botulism, per se, and it isn't that the egg salad itself wasn't at least adequate. But I have this lingering oniony taste no mint can cleanse, and I have this kinda oogie, squirty feeling down deep inside. This is a situation that might get worse before it gets better. I know, I know, I'm gonna get what I deserve.

    According to the standings I'm 20th in the WPBT rankings. Rather impressive, yes? Or does this just show that it's hard for the "real" poker players out there to get too geeked about a $5 tourney?

    It's odd, when I first started reading poker blogs and then started my own, I had no idea who were the "good" players and who were "not-so-good". I think it was about six months before I realized Iggy played a bit higher than $.50/$1. Now I have a better handle on who plays how high, though that really doesn't matter to me, blogwise.

    Incidentally, has anyone been following Maudie's play the last 2 weeks? When she sits down, you stand up, know what I'm sayin'?

    While checking out ESPN's Draft Coverage (is it possible Heath Miller could slide all the way to the Steelers? It seems impossible) I ambled over to their Poker Club, and was sorely disappointed. They have columns by Jackpot Jay and Phil Gordon...and not much else. Some chat wraps, a schedule of their little tournaments, and a huge ad for Degree deodorant. I can't believe, with the insane number of people blogging about poker, they didn't reach out and grab a few to swell their content. Can't you see two ESPN execs mulling it over:

    Suit 1: "So, they're writing for free, how much do you think we'd have to pay them to write for us?"

    Suit 2: "Oh, maybe five bucks per 10,000 words. And we'll throw in an autographed picture of Suzy Kolber."

    With a few phone calls ESPN could put together a destination site for poker players of all stripes. Instead we get to see Degree wasting its advertising dollars. I guess all their energy went toward the monstrosity that was Tilt. An opportunity, lost. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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