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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    Saturday, January 07, 2006

    Oh, The Frustration of it All

    Just got bounced from a 45-person SNG one from the final table. Got trapped by the chip leader, who flopped top two and made his boat on the turn. I had J-3 and flopped a three. Brilliant play on my part, but I was shortstacked and, well, when that second king came I hoped I was good. I wasn't. It sucks, watching the final table and I'm not there. Huh, why am I watching it? Screw that.

    One funny hand. Early on this one guy kept showing down bluff after bluff as he built a big stack. He lost 2/3 of his chips bluffing at a flopped flush and two hands later I raise with AK and he calls. The flop comes Q-J-2, I check, knowing he'll bet, and when he does I whack him with the check raise. He goes all in. I remember all those bluffs, figure I probably have outs, and not wanting to play with no chips I call. He has pocket 7s, I turn a king, and he's out. And then he types something along the lines that I'm an idiot suckout motherfucker. "Oh be nice," I type, and get back to work.

    I cashed in a SNG last night that used up most of my luck for the week. Down to six I'm pretty much down to the felt, but I steal the blinds on 2 straight hands with AJ and AQ. The very next hand I'm dealt KK under the gun, and I raise again, hoping someone will think I'm getting too frisky and need discipline. Sure enough, the BB goes all-in and I call.

    The flop is K-J-10. Which would be a good flop for me, except that the BB has AQ. I get no help and I'm down to T242. "Unfrickin' real," I say merrily, looking around for sharp objects. I have T242. I'm in the big blind, which is T200. Great. I'm dealt K-10, not a bad hand, until the guy who just whacked me raises and turns over K-J. Great. And the flop comes A-Q-J. Now it's my turn to flop the straight, and it holds up. "Now we're even," I say, the sarcasm just dripping down the chat box.

    But I have a few chips, which I push in the pot with 4-6. I get called with Q-6. Two live cards, that's all I want in the world, and I'm dominated. But I flop a four. I double up again, and suddenly I'm off the respirator. On the button I get A-4, go all-in, get called by 8-7, and my ace plays. Suddenly I'm in 3rd place.

    I cash thanks to two sick beats. KQ loses to QJ when a jack spikes on the river, and then a guy who'd been running unlucky all game goes all-in with presto and finds himself up against pocket fours. The flop comes 5-8-Q, nice flop right? Until the turn comes a seven. "How about a six?" I asked the screen, and just like that, the six of spades pops up! "How about a quartet of nymphomaniacs frolicing in a tub of chocolate pudding?" I asked the screen. Nothing. Well, a noble attempt.

    This morning I saw a show on A&E called "Poker Kings" that I'd never seen before. It's a documentary shot in 2003 BM (Before Moneymaker) that follows Garry Bush, Simon Trumper, a new pro named Carlo, Robert Varkonyi, and Phil Hellmuth for a year. Some interesting stuff, none of which features Hellmuth. He was just Phil being Phil, and his whole part could've and should've been cut. But the parts with the European pros was really good stuff. I may have more to write about it later. For now, Christ, am I in the mood for some chocolate pudding. I don't know why. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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