Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hitting the Poker Life Reset Button and Critical Future Planning Post Online Ban

So many industries are so secure and the gambling industry is without a doubt one of the most secure. Gambling and sex are in our life everywhere we go. They are sellers, big sellers, they are industries or parts of life that will never change. Life is a gamble and the population depends on sex. Both are almost like taxes and death, they are staying. Though there are clearly sectors of these industries that can be hurt badly. We all know where I am heading! The ban on online poker in Australia and as the blog article states, hitting that poker reset button in a way we just never expected. Or did we?

Black Friday in America was very hard for me. So many people do not realize just how hard. I am talking nervous breakdown hard here, not just a little hard, ridiculously hard. I wasn't alone, I remember people near suicidal losing their homes, cars, lifestyle, family - aka life! I didnt lose my kids, thy were always staying, I did lose all my sponsorship, my bank roll, my chances of playing (I was grinding $1/$2- $3/$6 cash tables on line and entering some big tourneys to say the least) and wasnt using my money, the joys of being backed! I lost my jobs pertaining to writing, marketing and well, clearly, the lot! Need I continue? There is another blog post to explain how I in Australia lost all of this while many just lost the funds they had online.

So, here I go again, this time the hit isn't as hard. I haven't been making ridiculously large amounts of money but rather working my way back up the poker food chain very carefully. I haven't been receiving any sponsorship benefits or large sums of money from being employed by a room to market or the like. With that said, there are Aussies that have! There are Australians that will lose money left right and center from this and when it comes to lifestyle and choices, we have all lost out there. I think that's the hardest part, this changes who we are, at this stage, indefinitely.

I am not writing this as a poor me / sob story, I am writing this in hope that I help. My insight into what people are losing is great, I have been one of the lucky Aussies to have already been here and gone through this reset. People overlook losses that we all face such as not being able to play online qualifiers for live tourneys such as Aussie Millions, VIC Champs and even WSOP. I can tell you that this is like quitting smoking, online poker is habitual, especially when its been such a big part of your life for a very long time. I am not saying habitual in a bad way, its been great for us all! Bored? Play some poker online! Want to qualify for $2 to a big game? Play some poker online! Want to study something unique and be the best you can at it? Study some online poker! This of course leads one to the thought of the loss when it comes to time & study. I know you have all put in countless hours, more than imaginable and many a dollar on literature and learning. It really is equivalent to becoming a heart surgeon only to be told you can never go near a patient again. The time investment is years, it hurts.

I hoped from my prior experience I can help you deal with the loss of something you put so much effort into learning & studying - something you have made a big part of your life, something that is life, something that is a lifestyle (all while I punch out my own thoughts and self help). I am afraid that the only advice I can really give this time is take up live poker at a more constant level or move countries if poker is your plan. Or, take up another in-depth technical hobby, Minecraft, anyone? Chess? Evelyn comes to mind! I used to play that game a lot between hands!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Poker Singles Dating Hook Ups and Relationships Realities

I would consider myself as a poker industry veteran now. I would also consider myself a near expert on poker dating, poker relationships, poker hook ups and the good, bad and ugly of women in poker mixing with men in poker or, of course, trying to date people that are not in the poker industry at all. You need to make a lot of mistakes to learn and when it comes to relationships, dating and poker, mistakes I have sadly made. This means I have learned a lot. Being close friends and acquaintances with people in our beloved poker industry I have also seen a lot, talked a lot and observed a lot relating to poker dating, poker marriages and poker friendships. I figured someone should put out the realities, given I am bored and are sick of writing about serious poker subjects, it may as well be me! Though, when it comes to serious subjects, dating, hookups, relationships and the realities behind them is a serious thing in our lives in reality. By our lives, I of course mean the lives of my fellow poker players, executives and poker media friends in the world.

When I think back at the years gone by and all that I have seen and witnessed, all that I have talked about and all that I have lived, it brings me to make the following immediate recommendations when it comes to being a poker player who's thinking of finding a mate to spend time with, life with, love with, a bed with. They have to understand poker and all that comes with it. They need to have an open mind and be willing to ride the highs and the lows, the travel, the busy times and the early morning wake ups. They also need to be able to separate poker from degenerate gambling and not whine about paying entry into costly tournaments or taking dollars to a ring game on a regular basis. Let me elaborate a little.

I once went on a date with a poker player to whom I will not name other then to say he is officially my most hated person in the world. Now lets remember that I was also a poker player. I really liked this guy and talked to my friend about future prospects, my non poker playing friend. It was only seconds into the conversation when she blurted out "stay away from this piece of shit, he is nothing but a degenerate gambler, find yourself a man that has a real job". With that said, it was friendship over! She had called me names by calling him names. It wasn't about insulting him, in reality she was correct. He also punted on horses, pushed $100 bills through poker machines and smoked a tonne of pot, love is blind, what can I say? She was correct about him, he was the definition of degenerate and much much more, he was also nothing but a mooch, but it was only the poker part of his life that she knew about, the poker part that she referred to. This brought me to the realization that if people I knew were thinking this about people I decided to date in the poker industry, that the men that were thinking about dating me (my poker dates and "non poker industry" dates) friends and families were likely thinking this about me too. God help me! What was I to do? Becoming a crazy cat lady for the rest of my life was one thought! I felt immediately doomed. When it comes to dating, get your date on side before you go any further so they have a good understanding of how poker as a career works and how you aren't selling your shirt any time soon so that they can explain this to those significant in their own lives. That would be speed hump number one out of the way! Make sure they UNDERSTAND what poker is.

Of course a good way to have a date / future love understand is to stick with your own kind! They too are facing the trials of a world that still hasn't accepted a game of mostly skill. They get it! How many poker playing couples do you actually see in a long term and successful relationship though? Think of our beloved A grade players. There truly isn't too many that get together, stay together and live happily ever after. The ones that do though are ever so happy. I cant be sure on why and how  they are so perfect together but do have an understanding that they don't seem to push each others playing styles or game styles onto each other. If they do, I don't know how they do it! Think of trying this with friends, it isn't cool and always ends in some sort of argument or resentment. I think they key here is to support them and the game that they have come to be good at. If they are rather new to the game, that's different! Handing over the skills you have, encouraging and uplifting them can only be a good thing! With that said, pushing them in their play style, not yours. Help that tiger of yours go get em' and be humbly proud of every achievement! All in all, I tend to steer clear of other poker players, in fact, I made it a rule at one stage. Mostly my rule was made as I saw so many failures and so much pain from the result of bad poker to poker relationship outcomes. Plus, a lot of players are all a little too cocky for my liking.

When it comes to snagging that perfect and understanding partner that loves you for who you are you really need to put out there what they are in for! No surprises! A lot of the time a poker player is in what can only be described as a long distance relationship, especially if they travel the circuits. Explaining all that comes with "the job" always works better than surprising them with a month in Las Vegas for the WSOP or a trip around Asia for the APPT, etc.. Explanations of long nights grinding online or at the local casino is a must, as is pointing out that sometimes 3am rises are a necessity to play online tournaments. Add to all of this the most distant part of all, day after day, hour after hour at a poker table with no time for them. The sidekick or better half of a poker player has to be a very patient person and they need to be given opportunity to see if their patience can handle it, especially if you are a woman poker player in a male dominated industry, with males you hang with and chat to all the time, many of which pay you a lot of attention and look after you like a sister or daughter.

Of course every poker player has highs and lows in their career. They have bad beats and graphs that express their mood swings they may face. Those people in the life of a poker player should be able to ride the roller coaster with them. Many a great player has buckled at the knees when their dream of winning a big tournament has ended with a bad beat. Grown men cry, grown men yell, grown men go silent. However you handle the lows, this is an important explanation when you are getting close to people. Understanding why you are somewhat "bi-polar" at times is an important concept for a significant other to grasp and be able to deal with. I know I personally want to sit in a corner alone and talk to no one as I relay the crap hand I just went through or even better, if I could find one, an understanding ear that will take me under their arm and give me a hug and wipe away my tears and hand me a drink. The silence that I have sometimes projected as I deal with my horrible loss or downswing is deafening and not for the faint hearted. It has caused me loss of friends let alone potential boyfriends. If only I made these people in my life understand before the shit hit the fan and they thought I was ignoring them due to something they had done.

I suppose the best outcome for anyone sifting through the millions of possible candidates in the world to be a future lover when you are a poker player is to have them take everything into consideration and educate people before moving forward, as mentioned above. There may be some things I have missed, I always miss things and think of them later, if so, add them in the comments! When it comes to me and finding my Mr Perfect, my list is long & isn't really debatable and that's in the best interests of them, to be honest. I haven't spent the last decade plus as a mostly single woman in this game without learning that some things, when it comes to character, in order to deal with my lifestyle are a must. Making a list like I have and ensuring you tick it off (or rather a list that a special someone ticks off) is a good idea. My list goes a little something like this, add a lot more things, these are the main ones:
  • Understands I wont touch my bankroll for personal use until I cash out profit
  • Understands the seriousness of poker & all it is and that I am not a random bingo player that is willing to gamble my future and explains this to their family and friends
  • Is willing to travel or  - video call a lot
  • Is willing to deal with my roller coaster of highs and lows and support me emotionally
  • Can deal with very early starts and very late nights and loves to watch me sleep in their waking hours
  • Understands I am there to take other mens money, not flirt with them and hook up (no jealousy) and that I have a lot more male friends than female ones
  • Has a good understanding that I breathe, eat and live the game
  • Will cater to my needs without question to help my days be easier, just like I would theirs (making food, bringing me food, doing chores, rubbing my shoulders and helping me do laundry during trips away or long weeks at the PC). Again, this is the same as i would do for them and will, when I am having a break.

Given I play a lot less now (online, especially), and are more media in the poker realm, it isn't so hard to check off my list. When it is full steam ahead "poker play chick" though, it means full dedication to my life in all the small ways a man can and mixing two lives together for a perfect balance. Your list and its importance at any given time will depend on your level of play, enjoy making it poker singles! Enjoy the realities that come with dating in this tough, hard world of poker. Enjoy finding that perfect person to complete what is already a beautiful you! Again, as mentioned above, let me know what I have missed. We are a community after all, one that stands united. If you are one of the lucky couples that both play, don't hesitate to shoot me a mail and tell me your secrets! I would love to relay them to my readers and eliminate my own stigma that revolves around dating another player.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Poker Psychology Strategy for Elite and Beginner Poker Players

Many years ago, in fact, back in 2010 to 2011 I started blogging a series on poker psychology. What were my qualifications to do such a thing? I expressed experience and observation, side equipped with a lot of reading and research. Why did I do this? I did this as there was only a small amount of literature available that I, myself, for myself, could find. When I looked, I saw only advanced poker psychology strategy information. I was wrong, I didnt look hard enough. I now find a vast array of books, articles and strategy by players and authors such as Mike Caro and my new favorite Psychologist when it comes to the world of Poker, Dr Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D. Psychologist & poker player whos experience beyond destroys mine or any other man or womans I have seen when it comes to poker psychology, mindset and strategy. If there are others I overlook as better, please advise me otherwise.

As I sit writing this blog post I have with me four of Alans books to read, a second time, more thoroughly than the first. Alan not only has books specifically on psychology but a tonne of books he has published relating to poker and business, game play and more. Alan Schoonmaker has co-written with one of pokers other elites, David Sklansky & is widely discussed as an author on 2+2. None of this chit chat, or throwing around titles can compare to talking with Dr Schoonmaker who humbly discussed his life, his knowledge and his legacy to the world of poker via his written genius with me.

Its not often I do long interviews, in fact, I have done around ten of them in what can only be classed as a veteran career. In the last four years, the number of interviews conducted at length is but one. The man of the hour, the man with the knowledge and the man I would choose to set me straight via written text or consultation o my poker mindset and game (if this were available) any day! I took an entire hour out of my busy schedule at the World Series of Poker to sit and talk with Alan about all of his brilliance wrapped into around fourty book titles and the outcome was a very impressed lady, with a great understanding of what separates the great from the good. It was an hour I appreciate.

Quite a few of Alan Schoonmakers book subjects are so very different from what we can find available in general. I currently have in my position one of a kind books such as how to beat killed hold'em games, beating small poker games (which I recommend to all players who are not elitists) and in particular a book suited to those that want to keep that brain power functioning, Stay Young Play Poker (aka - use it or lose it!). These are but small amounts of examples of the variance of knowledge on offer from this brilliant man. In particular, in my current grasp is a book titled "Competitive Edged Strategies For Poker and Business Winners". This book is exceptional for those that want a comparison or, competitive edge on both a business and poker level. That's not what we are here to discuss though.

Some people in the poker industry, alike me, as an example, focus their lives within poker to report it, concentrate on poker life and tabloids or lifestyle as a whole, all while counting the odd chip stack. Others just play poker, they play hard, long and daily and learn via study along the way. Some are executives that we, the poker community, need to keep this little world of poker running well. Then,  there are the Alan Schoonmakers, the authors, writers, teachers, the humble beings that take a back stance behind the crowd to observe and bring an elite skill set to the table, in writing, to help perfect our games, if we are smart enough to use the information they table for us.

What most mesmerizes me about Dr Alan Schoonmaker is his most humble ways yet bright, sharp mind. Its quite clear that Alan is no poker star, no Daniel Negreanu, rather a poker playing genius that would rather focus on the academics, skills knowledge, writing ability and of course the psychology relating to poker and its cross overs that so many of us are in need of educating on. Alan has taught

all around the world in his field of expertise and this my friends (education) does not come cheap. Or, didn't, until now! In this new day and age of technological wisdom we can all self teach and self teach quite cheaply via e-books, kindles and taking on board the lessons of some of the poker worlds greatest professors from the comfort of our own beds. From $2 - and an instant download!

I have been foolish in the past, I have sought knowledge from the incorrect people, I have tried to pass on my own knowledge in somewhat untouched fields to the beginners on the poker scene and although I was correct in doing this on certain levels, I went about it entirely the wrong way on others. I have fallen, I have risen, I have learned and now I want to pass on what I know in a smart way! When it comes to niche areas of poker, do not look to anyone for the information other than those that or high class professionals. Doctors, professors, experts in fields that have passed on knowledge just like Alan Schoonmaker has, via writings assembled specifically to suit your needs.

Of course, one should already know the summary of my blog! If you are after in depth psychology or strategy or even just a beginners taste, when it comes to the teachings of a great poker psychologist, you really should go to Amazon and download Alan N Schoonmakers books. At the very low cost (again, some as low as $2) these digital book copies are - and the fact that they are in various languages, there is simply no further excuses to tap into your own conscious, subconscious, the conscious of others and lift your psychological edge at the poker table from this day forward. Click links within articles to do just that!

I wouldn't be me if I didn't end with a super yet strange positive and acknowledgement! My greatest thanks to Alan for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with me, and all of his book titles so that I can go on a squirmy little book worm adventure into the unknown. Heres to getting into your heads a little more in the near future :)

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Las Vegas Highs Lows & Extortion - WSOP Trip Two 2017 Update

By the pool with a Pina Colada FTW!
I have tried to remain extremely positive about my last Las Vegas experience but after day seven of my return home still quite sick with holes in me from blood tests & fear of mutated flu viruses inside my aching body, its tough! I figured now I have risen from my bed I would not just complain, nor would I concentrate on following up on all of the fabulous things that happened, rather, even it all out with some highs and lows and what really got to me the most which can only be classed as time extortion and trickery!

I will start with the highs! I had the most fabulous people around me whilst in Vegas during my time at the WSOP! Not only were these people bright poker players, poker executives, writers and media staff but they were fun loving and never ceased to give smiles and a welcoming feeling! The WSOP and 888 poker crews sure have their stuff in order and I can only extend my congratulations to them all for what can only be classed as a very successful World Series of Poker, which went without a hiccup.

I owe a very big thank you and also some book reviews to D&B Poker for the books they gave to me to read over, sadly, I wasn't able to do on air interviews as promised. I will ensure I make it up to
them by screaming out the books I love most, from the mountain tops, as soon as I am well and writing every few days again.Pictured is Chris Moormans book published by D&B as well as a matching congratulatory cake! Brilliance!

Of all poker highs, one would have to be a little biased and mention the brilliant Heidi May taking down the WSOP ladies event as my all personal favorite. I had always wanted to watch the ladies event conclude and to see a fellow Australian take it down was something that had me jumping up and down and running the halls like a crazy woman (after I went under the rail snapping pics as quick as I could, of course!). Heidi sure has done Australia proud, along with James Obst who I really shouldn't leave out! Back to Heidi, she makes my high of the decade with my two favorite poker aspects joined together: women and Australia. I don't think this can be ever beaten, unless we have a future article title which says something like:

Australian Woman Wins WSOP Main Event Bracelet!

I was very smart, lucky and blessed to sign up as a diamond member of the Las Vegas Advisor which you can read about in my past blog posts. The Las Vegas Advisor gives some beyond fabulous deals, coupons and money savers that I just could never live without again. It is also a wealth of information which helped me along my way, where my friend was absent. Furthermore I was again blessed to go on an excursion to Huntington Press and gawk at the covers of gaming books galore and refresh, rewind and relax for a short while.

I had a lot of relax and rest time whilst in Vegas with again, the most amazing company I could wish for. I had beautiful lunches, dinners, pool side drinks, endless discussions and a lot of fun trekking the streets of Vegas & the casinos as well as going to a fabulous show (comedy hypnotist at V Theater), shopping and laying in bed (theater and shops pictured). My accommodation (talking of laying in bed) was fabulous! Every place I stayed, in fact! I simply can not complain about my personal time in Vegas, other to say that I just didn't have enough of it! I don't think a life time would be enough time anymore! If I could turn back time I would change only one thing, I would have had less sneaky cigarette breaks. It wastes time, life and fun as well as precious moments. Needless to say, I really miss the place and the people already.

When it comes to lows, I will try not to concentrate too much on them and give them much attention, negativity isn't going to make me feel any better. Firstly, the plane trips are always nightmares. I can not wait until they cut the flight time in half, somehow, surely its going to happen one day soon! I think I made my trip a little worse after drinking copious amounts of alcohol (per my body size at least) in order to sleep! Landing in LA wasn't pleasant, though much more pleasant then flying! My next low would be the shock to my system die to the climate difference! From -4 to 48c - HOLY COW! Enough said!

Crazy Aussie Lady needs some more poker action. Hehe!
Poker wise, I was quite disappointed that I didn't do more coverage of the WSOP, I was also disappointed I missed the main event, but there is always next year which may even bigger and better than this years all round record breaker! Either way, I am going to do my very best to get back there, punctually in 2018! I am also disappointed that I missed seeing James Obst win his WSOP bracelet, though, I was there in spirit I suppose and did watch a lot of his play. I am also annoyed as hell I didn't be poker groupie like and annoy the worlds best players for photographs. They are something I will likely treasure one day and well, I was too busy talking and not busy enough thinking! In all honesty, who talks to Negreanu multiple times, interviews him and doesn't get a pic? I suppose I'm just not poker groupie minded? Likewise with Chris Moorman, goodness gracious! Why didn't I get a picture with these great players? Not forgetting, I played no events, another disappointment but an expected outcome. In fact, I played no poker at all (Except a friendly heads up match)... Who does that?

A most disappointing thing that happened was falling victim to what I can only call trickery and to some level, extortion, mostly time extortion. In previous blog posts I mentioned the benefits of MyVegas rewards. Its an application I wont be using so frequently again! I had all the spending of my points penned out for when I arrived in Vegas. Unfortunately on arrival, nothing I wanted was available from my location. I contacted my sister who was in Australia and these reward options were still there for her. Buy before you leave! Some did re-appear again but with price extortion. The helicopter ride worked out cheaper without using the rewards and the Beatles Love show at MGM also worked out cheaper. Maybe it was poor timing for me, I have a lot of friends who use the app. Regardless, I wont be relying on it again for benefits or discounts and I take back everything I have previously said for now.

Ladies, gents, carry masks and have your hands sanitized constantly during travel! I know of three friends from the land down under that became seriously ill while transiting or playing poker. I am sure there are a lot more, I have not really spoken to too many people. I will leave that as my last note and a little tip.

Thank you to each and every one of you that accommodated me in any way during my 2017 WSOP experience. Thank you even more to those that invested a personal interest, added a personal touch or continued to be the very best friends / people that they are. You guys are what makes Vegas so very special and dear to my heart, from now to eternity! You are stars! Until I return again, I will continue to think as I work my way back: Ad astra per aspera. 💗

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Should you go to the World Series of Poker & Why?

I have played poker, written poker, spoken poker on radio & video reported poker various times for so long I guess you could say that like everyone else I have lived and breathed poker. Going beyond this I have worked in poker & casino software development, marketing and managing of players and teams. Until this year though the World Series of Poker simply couldn't happen. I'd had my identity stolen and a mass of personal issues preventing me from leaving this great country, Australia. So, did I actually miss out on anything and are you too? Is the WSOP all its cracked up to be and should you prioritize your visit?

2017 WSOP Entrance Painted Stairs

In short, the answer to this is yes. No matter what level of play, no matter what country, city or province you live if you play poker you really should be saving to attend this prestigious event. The World Series if Poker is the pinnacle of poker events. It sorts out the cats from the mice and its no surprise that year after year we see the greatest poker players alive cashing time and time again, making final tables and winning bracelets. I suppose, the WSOP is equivalent to the super bowl or AFL grand-final on a singular level. Its like running as a professional runner year after year and then attending the Olympics. It is the height of the game, the industry and its skill.

I have broadcast and written about many events that I have watched and attended. Almost every single year I have attended the Aussie Millions Poker Championship & seen many an elite player in the main event and side events building chip towers and showing off their brilliance. As “upper class” as these tournaments are, these aren't the grand finals or rather, championships for poker and the caliber of players in mass numbers, indescribable numbers in fact makes this quite clear. Also making this point clear are the very many events that take place covering almost every poker variant one could possibly think of and over a fair buy-in structure to give all levels a chance.

I see the WSOP as a tiered series. The buy-ins tier the players from best to worse (rich business men messing around excluded here). You have available affordable events for the players who are building a roll and are on a stringent budget and then the players who are set, have poker as life and are good enough to play in every event they wish (so long as they don't overlap) up to $111,111.00 for the one drop, a charity bracelet event. You also have sponsored and staked players that are playing as per affordability or funding received, again, leveling them into the right play level for them. A good example of how this is factual is the Colossus event which had 18503 players enter at the low budget buy in of just $565. It only makes perfect sense that this event would drag in the largest amount of hopefuls given when it comes to the poker food chain, there are a lot more lower level players than higher. Its great value for money too, if you run deep!

The main event is what everyone always talks about when we recap the world series from prior years though. Generally you do not hear of X player winning event X last year and taking down a bracelet unless its someone you know, or a friend of a friend, or, a person who has just taken down another major tournament and its brought to life. The main event at the word series of poker is in reality what everyone wants to win. Who doesn't want to be the greatest poker player on earth when its their hobby or life? Of course the event doesn't draw over 18,000 players, there just are not enough players with the roll to fund this level of play. There are however satellites at the WSOP to gain entry into the ME & of course ways to gain entry online all year round with the likes of 888poker, the title sponsor (if your country or state allows online poker play, they have some awesome live events to attend instead if you cant).

Do I suggest attending Vegas and the WSOP to play live satellites or small side events and cash games? You betcha! Attendance is just something every poker player needs to do to comprehend the atmosphere, the sheer amount of players in attendance and just how serious poker really is! I only imagined what the WSOP would be like prior to attending it. Let me finalize by saying, it blew my mind and was nothing like my imagination made it out to be like. Get saving, get packing and get your arse there! You wont be sorry! Not even if you spend your time railing the worlds greatest players. I am returning with 888 Poker Pod Radio for the main event in the coming week. Time to watch the glory of glories and the champion for 2017 take down their bracelet! Good luck to those competing!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Savings for Tourists in Vegas Your How To Finance Survival Guide and Hacks when Holidaying

Before we headed to Las Vegas to do Poker Pod Radio shows for the WSOP we did a lot of YouTube viewing and article reading on where to go, what to do and how much everything costs. I don’t think that it actually prepared myself and my assistant (and sister) as much as we could have been prepared and what was far worse was the stigma around the cost and the availability of entertainment. It scared us. Most information sources indicated that if you were not a gambler you would get bored very quickly. They also indicated something that sure wont help the city of Las Vegas when it comes to tourists visiting. The following haunting words may or may not be true, in our case the weren’t! “Las Vegas is there to take your money”. We read and heard it over and over.

I have a few friends (to say the least) that frequently visit Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and some of my closest friends live there. I was so worried about finances to the point I asked one of them if they thought USD$1000.00 personal spending money would be enough for my trip. My friend sharply said that 1k doesn’t last long in Vegas. I gulped! What was I to do? My friend knows me well and he was backing up what all of the information we had read had said to me. On a wing and a prayer, I headed off and cautiously watched every single cent I spent from the minute I left my home in Australia. I expected the holiday from hell with nothing to do, no where to go and no money to eat. I was wrong and I panicked for nothing.

I don't expect everyone to read my article and believe it over the thousands of others out there, or, all of the youtube videos, but if you use it as a base guide and back up what I say with hard evidence (which I will show within the article via links you can click on), I think I can convince you that Vegas is an affordable holiday, an affordable place to frequent and certainly isn’t boring if you choose not to gamble, the very first thing I will start with as a subject when it comes to spending, saving and entertainment. Gambling funds.

Las Vegas is most definitely the gambling city of the world. From the moment you get off your flight and step into the airport you see slot machines all over the place which are a sure fire way to convince you you are going broke in a day. Thank fully there are ways to combat losing your shirt and even was you can gamble half price! As a poker player, you can read in my blog, I don’t gamble. I don’t see poker as a gamble. It is a game with risk like any other sport, there is a gambling element to it. Clearly though, you are doing nothing but gambling on a slot machine! Now, if you are like me and simply don’t have the dollars to be inserting into slot machines, rest assured, you can still gamble and not go bankrupt. Firstly, separate your pockets. Professional gamblers have a left and a right pocket. Draw the line, use common sense and never break the gambling rule, just like the pros. Allocate X$ to your left pocket for gambling and stick to it. Match play bets are going to help when it comes to even doubling your pocket for table games. I mentioned in my last article that you get bonuses by “signing up” to a lot of the casinos. You have a choice of match play bets or drinks as your reward. Choose match play bets, there is a method to my madness. If you choose match play bets you can get free drinks while you sit and play. This means you get both! Free! Remember when you get your match play tickets that they expire, mostly within three days. Be sure to use them in time. Use these for table games such as black jack.

Remember that you can still sportsbet from your online apps (if you plan to bet on football or basketball etc) like you would in your country of origin and the cost will be less as you are not currency converting. Use the free wifi to place your sports bets on your mobile device if you plan on kicking back in a sports bar and watching your bets unroll on TV. Prior to leaving for Las Vegas, take advantage of the many sports betting companies too. They almost all have sign up offers. $50 worth of bonus bets with your first deposit, is an example. Sign up to them all and get ready to load the account to use if you want to. Let me tell you that nothing beats the atmosphere of watching the Basketball Championships as you walk through Vegas (as an example) and betting on it makes it all the more fun, no doubt! I took many pics of the sportsbar TVs, it really is a fab place to watch such things. Not one place you go wont have big screens, you don't even have to sit!

Back to the drink thing! As mentioned, when gambling, waitresses will bring you drinks. You need to of course tip them and the more you tip the more likely they are to bring you drinks often. Do not go to bars and pay $8 (or more) for spirits (well drinks as they are called in the USA), sit at a table or machine and wait for the waitress. I took an even cheaper approach and had pre going out drinks in my motel room. It was much cheaper and a tonne of fun. I took things a little further by taking my liquor pre-mixed with soft-drink when I went walking about the strip only to place it in my handbag when entering casinos etc. Bottles of straight liquor are around $14-$18USD. Buy a voss water and there you have your own portable drinks on tap in a sturdy class drink bottle! Take a large bag or backpack with you. When it comes to pool side drinks always get the refillable containers they have for sale. The first drink is up to $24 and re-fills are only $12. Plus, you get to keep the souvenir and use the cup later.

When it comes to food & eating I would suggest the two for one buffet coupons or discounts you can get via the booklets mentioned in my last article which you can find through the Las Vegas Advisor (rewards list in link) or the MyVegas app (some rewards in link). Sure, we all want to try things that are only available in the USA such as In and Out but you certainly wont be wanting to eat these foods all day every day. The Las Vegas buffets are the bomb! They are fabulous! You get free drinks with all meals and many provide you with free wine or beer also. Did I mention the refills are free? 

Drink to your little hearts desire when you visit! What can be a beautiful lunch of crab legs and prawns can soon turn into the start of your booze binge – sit as long as you like and re-fill those beers for free guys! Take your time with deserts and meals. Chill! The food is mostly A grade. I only had one issue with one buffet the entire time I was there and that was merely my eggs cooked wrong. The cost is around $12 for lunch and dinner and all the drinks in the world if you plan ahead by getting the coupons. McDonalds in the USA is overpriced in comparison to Australia (I am not sure about other countries) so avoid it like the plague! Another great thing we did was venture to Walmart and grab groceries. We filled our bar fridge with them and had cold meat and salads, bread and fruits, juices and milks to consume at any time. It saved us a small fortune! When ordering pizza in the USA do NOT order a large or extra large. You will be sorry, it will feed you for a week. Be sure to check the pizza sizes out. Some are as big as SUV wheels but at only $30 for a pizza the size of a tyre, you sure get your monies worth there too!

When it comes to attractions or sights to see there are a multitude for free and others very cheap. Just to name a few there is the Bellagio Fountain, the Volcano that erupts, light shows and freak shows through Freemont street (old Vegas), beautiful malls / shopping complexes filled with fountains and many, many free things to view in casinos such as the beautiful flower arrangements at Wynn which includes a horse carousel that spins. It will take around four afternoons and nights to see every building and sight so do not think that you are going to be spending money every day for entertainment if you run out of left pocket money or decide to not gamble at all. Things such as helicopter rides over the city or museum entries and rides can be FREE FREE FREE by using MyVegas rewards and others are discounted heavily. Remember using MyVegas rewards you are limited to three in each 30 day period. Again, the voucher books from the Las Vegas Advisor are unlimited usage, you use them till the booklet is empty. This includes concerts, shows and fun packed things such as CSI Investigation, though I would reserve that for children now, though there are many more, of course.

Now, I could go on and on and on about this budget style Vegas Holidaying, I will stop for now though and after I have visited a second time, I will add more. I simply wanted to put it out there that not everyone is going to go broke in Vegas. With that said, who knows what my next Vegas venture will bring!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Las Vegas Travel First Timer Tips and Hints for Savings and Comfort

There is so much I wish I had have been told or found online prior to jet-setting off to Las Vegas as a first timer. I plan to write a tonne of stuff for you all to read about the World Series of Poker 2017 but I figure starting at the very start of my journey - as a semi tourist is a better idea. Given half of my friends that frequent the WSOP and Vegas do not know (didn't know) these hacks, hints and tips, its a must! Saving money, grabbing deals, comps and attractions and looking after yourself. Of course you could tune into Poker Pod Radio to hear all of this, but, for those that don't want to hear about poker, read away here.

So, you have booked that flight and started your vacation / holiday count down clock. Where to now? You look for things to do, you look for the best motel / hotel deals and count your spending money. You have heard all about the shopping outlets and figure you should take as little as possible to bring home all your purchases and be underweight. Sadly, if this is you, you are missing out big, just like I did! You need to really prep for your trip and plan well in advance to make the very best of it and get the most bang for buck!

Drinks are free with most meals at restaurants - CHEERS

Lets start with discounts! Before you even think about booking your accommodation there are a few things you may consider doing! Forget about online deals and reviews you see all over the place and start by downloading MyVegas and taking advantage of the FREE rewards on offer!MyVegas is a free app on iphone or android and can be linked to your facebook account for safe keeping. You are able to play a variety of slot machines and also blackjack and receive real rewards for the time you play via loyalty points. MyVegas has a reward section where you can claim your rewards which are stacked into categories such as: accommodation, attractions, nightlife, food and beverage. If I were to turn back time I would have used MyVegas loyalty points to save an absolute fortune off my accommodation. The deals are spectacular! I left Australia with around 32,000 loyalty points after three weeks of auto-play (I set the slots to spin on their own) and night time - pre sleep time blackjack play. 32,000 is a lot of points, sadly you can only use three redemption per 30 days. To take full advantage of the three you would obviously choose the most expensive three, if that makes sense? Accommodation being the very first!

When it comes to coupons and deals I would also suggest becoming a member of the Las Vegas Advisor where you can get up to date news and many rewards that can be used back to back. IN the Las Vegas Advisors' own words: "The 2017 Member Rewards Book (MRB) is a powerhouse of savings, packed with dining discounts and half-price buffets, gambling bonuses, free drinks, show deals, and more -- all exclusive coupons for Las Vegas Advisor subscribers!". Thanks to a friend that is a member and had a coupon book that used them on my behalf my savings were so high that if I calculated what I didn't spend (what I saved) and actually spent it, I would likely declare bankruptcy at the end of my trip. It also enabled me to eat the nicest food imaginable and all at the cost of a cheeseburger with non drinks 100% free!!

Without a doubt being a Las Vegas Advisor Member is a must and by far gets you the best deals, short of absolutely everything free.Also sign up for rewards cards for each and every casino you go to. Many offer free drinks and match play bets for becoming a member and of course you get points too which you can use for freebies. Whilst wondering through each casino, take the free moisturizers, body and hand lotions from retail outlets offering trials. Its a sure fire way to treat yourself on the go!Take (pack) things you don't expect to need and do not take things you think you will! As a chick headed to Vegas and its bright lights and party like atmosphere I took almost 60kgs of luggage including a tonne of high heels and handbags to match every outfit. I took almost all my makeup and bathroom products and well, emptied my cupboard of every cocktail dress I owned - I basically used NONE OF IT! Mind you, my sister, assistant and travel partner took more (shoes excluded.....)

I would suggest that ladies take a small makeup kit only; if going in summer in particular. Also take hair basics such as a straightening iron and some hair ties and bobby pins only. You don't need a hair dryer, you do not need shampoos and soaps, they are all provided and changed by the motel daily. Instead of taking a tonne of high heels take just one pair in black, you are likely not going to even wear those! You will do so much walking it isn't funny and unless you want to be suspected as a hooker you really should keep them off anyway! I used my tennis shoes, boots, converse fakes and thongs (flip flops, though I also wore thongs underwear wise lol!). Pack jeans, pack shorts, pack swimwear, sunscreen lotion and hats. Also make sure you pack a few different nice jackets as the casinos are quite cold and although the heat gets to you, it also gets chilly compared to the extreme aussie heat at the early hours in the morning. Also pack condoms, tampons and sanitary pads else face humiliation as corner stores have them behind the counter. Make sure you take enough underwear for every single day!

Washing isnt going to be on your agenda and likely not possible anyway.Prior to leaving ensure you have everything planned! Two weeks goes very fast! Use your iphone calendar and actually time everything. Vegas is indeed the city that never sleeps. Allow 4-6hrs sleep time out of each 24hrs to ensure you get to do everything you have jotted down. There are so many free things to do and they all take a lot of time up. You have fountains, stores, volcanos, shows and the likes of the Freemont Street experience all free. I would allow five full nights and days just to do the free things. One free thing that everyone seems to want to do is get a picture with the Las Vegas sign! Let me tell you there is a long line to do this. It is hot and dry weather and doing it at 2am probably isnt very safe. You really need to plan this on your calendar (in particular) for midnight and still allow 30 minutes wait. I returned with no picture! Take it from someone who knows!

Lastly, pre prep by downloading the Uber app, you will use uber a lot. Make sure you go to the pick up spots though, you cant just call an uber to anywhere! Also make sure you have a travel card (I got mine from the commbank) and take enough USD for tipping! Converting cash can be tough and costly! There is free wifi at almost every given spot in Las Vegas so don't worry about getting a phone or using yours for standard calls and texts. Use skype, messenger and facetime etc. FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE. If you need to make a local call they are likely free from your accommodation.

Don't forget your power converter! Don't bring electronic items that do not have 110-240v options. They wont work even when you use a converter. Also take a power board from your country of origin so you can plug in all your devices using just one converter. Travel hair irons are a must, and best of all they are transient. Also, see picture of THREE 750ml bottles of spirits. That's the limit you can return with to Australia. Do not get confused by what anyone says. THREE x 750 mil bottles ONLY and a maximum of 50 cigarettes - and ......

Don't fall in love like my friend has! No matter what, that's the number one tip I can give you ladies - its a big rule! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas is a saying and this is so very true ... don't let your heart be one of those things you leave behind in the hands of another human being, keep it fun.

My next blogs I will talk a little about each FREE attraction, each buffet, each atmosphere and nightlife on offer and each gambling area (when it comes to travel and lifestyle). The cheapest, best and nicest that Las Vegas and even LA has to offer! In the meantime, you can catch me on Poker Pod Radio where we speak this week about our poker experience and some world class poker play! I will also add bits and pieces of poker including highs and lows, strategy and study and info on the greats as I go. I suppose you could say: I have my writing bug back :)

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Banning Online Poker in the Australian IGA 2016 is Political Suicide that must be Revised Immediately Based on Facts & Understanding for the Good of All - Open Letter

I have just returned from my first trip to the World Series of Poker, I felt I needed to blog / write an open letter about something else before getting into the nitty gritty of my trip, winners, lifestyle and what can only be described as Vegas madness on my part. If you want to hear all about that and see some pictorial evidence, stay tuned. This is my first blog in a very long time and I wanted to touch on something that had my entire heart, soul and mind attached to it that as an ambassador for poker players in the past and a poker front runner (so to speak), this needed to be said; by me. I am standing back up on my pedestal again. Let my fight, our fight, really begin!

I am hoping my blog post touches the core of the political parties both in the USA and Australia. I am hoping my blog points things out in ways that no one has managed to get across before. I am hoping that the people reading this are the right people and frankly, I will ensure that this happens by sending political hierarchy a link and tweeting it to them (hello politician that is reading this, and thank you). I can say all of this without fear now. I can push the points without legal ramifications or financial and career destruction, I don't have a career. So, lets do this!

The Interactive Gambling Amendment Law 2016 has just messed us up in Australia, by us, I mean most of us, not just poker players, the food chain is large. I was messed up previously when the FBI etc. stepped in and shut down sites in the USA too. You can read prior posts about the pain and anguish I personally faced and the destruction it caused me on my blog, right here by having a little look through older posts. One particular post I made was about freedom, and what it really is! It also warned the population of Australia that they could be next. Well, say hello to next! Its now happened!

I'd like to think that we have smart folk in our upper house, lower house, in our senate, smart politicians that can run businesses, crunch figures and see sense and act on our behalf. I say that lightly because nothing relating to banning a game of skill, a past time loved by many Australians and a game that does not 'usually' create problem gamblers to 'surface' has been banned. We all know about this ban. I am not here to give new news, again, I am here on the BLAST and BEG and PLEA! Why am I writing this doubting the intelligence of the Australian and US parliamentarians? Why are we all? It shouldn't be happening. Furthermore this is actually Political Suicide on your part if you voted against and is far from intelligent.

My trip to the WSOP gave me the front-line ammunition to fire hard regarding this topic and shed new light (its actually old light but has extra strength now) on poker and why it should NOT be classified in the same category as stupid poker machines (slot machines) or roulette or any other game relating to mere chance (or rather, NO CHANCE!). For three days straight I watched none other than poker legend Daniel Negreanu play poker variants, various kinds. For three days I watched magic. I saw one of the most mathematical calculated minds in the industry PROVE beyond reasonable doubt (as he took the first spot for all time money winning in live tournament cashes) that skill is a required asset to succeed in poker, you can not win without it. There are thousands and thousands of poker players (total) playing in each World Series of Poker Event yet we see him coming third, second etc. and destroying those around him when it comes to reading other players and working out probabilities and other mathematical equations that I wont bore mere mortal minds with (no pun intended). Of course, he couldn't perform like this on a poker machine (slot machine) he has as much chance as a fish, a skill-less problem gambler pushing money through slot machines or playing bingo in a bingo hall. He does perform online though - how astonishing, huh? Its the same game / sport!

Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu Playing "Another" Final Table at the WSOP 2017

To further push this point across that banning poker online along with other ridiculous games of pure chance I refer to James Obst, mostly because he is Aussie but also because I have followed his story and genius for a very long time and he is a fabulous example to the point where online meets live and skill shows off chance. You can read all about James on my blog also, you will see him under poker prodigies and also underage gambling, right here if you are able to look hard enough. James is a poker genius, he is an elite sports man that uses the mind that he was given to out skill other time and time again, make no mistake by even slightly thinking other wise. James has just won a WSOP bracelet in RAZZ to add to his already huge list of accomplishments. He also came second in a grueling heads up game that I unfortunately also missed watching, though I did cheer him on.

James Obst is an Australian legend to what has to be a million or more Australians now alike Joseph Hachem (though Joe did win the main event). He was a legend previously in my mind when he made it quite clear to the world that age and chance has no barrier to poker online when he destroyed the online poker tables for beyond ridiculous amounts of money whilst under age. Money that all of you reading this likely make from your fields, politics, running our country and making the right decisions. The skill is so high when it comes to these men in poker! The analytical minds, the abilities are only comprehensible by stopping, thinking and REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Whilst countries like Canada cheer on their greats like Daniel Negreanu, Australians leave the cheering to the likes of AFL (Australian Football League).

Come on! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi! Why the hell cant we cheer these guys on when they play online (and live of course) using brains? Is it only masculinity and physical skill and power that matters to our Australian Politicians? If this is the case, which it seems, none of you should be in parliament! You allow AFL players to do their thing and earn hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, rugby league players and Olympians alike - but when it comes to using an organ, a brain like the legendary Doyle Brunson has and other lightly physical impacting things such as sitting for 12hrs+ you say its bad and ban it? What the actual hell? Studies show that poker even helps combat Alzheimers for crying out loud! This is our mental health we are talking about and the continual use of a primary - THE PRIMARY organ!

Online poker players use more brain ability to make their money, they sit longer and play harder than you, our parliamentarians to earn their cash. Lets emphasize EARN due to the facts that: it has to be worked for and its not just a hand over on a daily basis. It is stressful, mind tiring and far from an easy job. Political persons make decisions that have great impact on all Australians, those decisions are easier to make than one at a poker table with up to 200k on the line each week where calculus is a must. James made good choices and good decisions as a child, let alone an adult. James continues to make good decisions. Where did James get his skill? Playing ONLINE POKER! Reading, studying and playing at a young age. This of course is not possible for children now, the security is as it should be, I must point that out. Just to show you how above these guys are, to you (assumption) click HERE and solve or even read these kinds of equations!

Referring to James obviously gives favor to us against the stupid IGA laws that you, the Australian parliament has just passed. How can anyone sit back and destroy the lives of Australians and dumb others down by banning a mathematically challenging online game? I would really love to see my sons using their brain to huge depth and becoming smarter Australian men by playing this game. Instead all I see is football injuries and the brains knocked the fuck out of them on a weekly basis (do not get me wrong, I am footy mad! Love the game, its hardly different though, (excluding it knocking heads off), there are lucky bounces, lucky marks and kicks, and a huge element of talent and skill. There is also the whole gambling side of it - online gambling where we bet on Brownlow medals and of course our weekly tipping.

So my point is to show you that I have seen with my own eyes and to direct you to these things I have seen so YOU can see. You can realize the difference between poker and other things, games, stupid, stupid games and change the law! Reverse this nonsense immediately and fix this shit for the better of this country! There is such danger of Australians falling victim to black market operators instead of corporate giants that are on the stock exchange and rely on good reputation and ensuring player safety such as 888Poker who pulled out of the Aussie online poker market before you made the law in order to do the right thing. I hope this act at the least shows just how above board and diligent operators can be..... current trusted ones, that is!

Making the decision you made, if it was against excluding online poker from the IGA, in my mind was possibly due to laziness. You simply couldn't write a damn sentence to exclude poker from the IGA. You all knew all about it and could differentiate, I watched this shit go down. You made it clear, all of you, that you at least partially understood what the Australian Poker Alliance said to you. To those that couldn't or wouldn't understand, I call you moronic. Go read. You have no part representing the citizens of this country. You did NOTHING to represent the understanding of poker and lazed your way out of a small amendment. I ask you, on behalf of every Australian to amend it now! Not in a year or two, now! Sadly, it was a whole bunch of people from similar parties. Do you all have a plan to make Australians hate you and vote you out or do the right thing by the majority and be loved? I am a little confused about your actions here, to be brutally honest. The Australians you have just pissed off, destroyed or alienated are everyone from single mums that want to stay home with their kids on a Friday night and pay $2 for hours of entertainment through to big business men that earn more than you do who also want to kick back and chill.

I send my thanks (and everyone elses in Australia that gives a damn) to Senator David Leyonhjelm and anyone else trying to now fix this mess parliament unnecessarily made. Pauline Hanson & Derryn Hinch, to name a few that were all for allowing online poker to remain, have brains (and now more popularity). Clearly they are able to understand the in-depth skill required to play this online game. I also send my thanks to anyone reading this that will use it and the data / information provided (via links) to impact a hopeful immediate decision to alter this complete madness, even if you did make a prior poor decision regarding it due to ignorance, laziness or peer pressure.

There is no time like now! Get on it and let Aussie have a little freedom to do the thing they love. Show Australia, you are on the side of Australians, the government is really starting to be frowned on by the general public. There's a lot of poker players included in our general population, to say the least and you can turn this around. In addition to all of the above I would like to lasty add that we, poker players agree with the rest of the IGA. We are with you and want our citizens protected from gambling on shit they shouldnt that destroys lives.

Tune into Poker Pod Radio each week to hear my verbal rants and updates. This week you will hear all about WSOP trip 1!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Being Trapped By Women on and Off the Poker Table (2) Compared The Feeding Trapper

Please note, you can skip the introduction of this article if you have already read article (1). They are the same, why explain it all twice, right? If you have read article 1, please go to the heading in BOLD!

To trap or not to trap? A frequent thought that flows through the mind time after time. What about if one was to add into the equation: To trap or not to trap while watching if you are being trapped as you; yourself trap in various ways? Yep! I am also confused! This is technical! So hard to wrap ones head around!

Lets compare what I am trying to say to women, you guys and relationships. Then I can explain a lot easier more easily and bring a little CRAZY LOVE to the table while saving your asses both in a poker and from crazy women that are not what you need! (Or men, for those ladies that are also often finding themselves trapped by douche bags!)

We are all a little nuts, some more than others. We also have our individual ways of developing friendships into relationships. One can only hope (for the sake of all you guys out there) that most people (normal people) decide to develop a relationship freely, to let be what will be, to dive into the arms of a potential lover when you are wanted, in a natural way, and to form a solid 2 way foundation and build perfection and be happy with no stupid games. If it doesn't work, meh! On you go ...... On they go ........

This I call natural play! No tricks, no traps! The way it is meant to be. Of course you expect the curiosity that sets in, weariness of whats playing out in front of you, a little anxiety and a little excitement all which should be shown at the right times. An ordinary hand of poker when its compared to a potential budding relationship /fling. You with me now?

I have recently discovered there's some women in the world (probably men too!), that play the friendship / fling / relationship game a little differently. (Watch them guys, I'm wow'd to say the least at this sudden discovery). They play games of trap. When there are traps of all different kinds being set things can seemingly get very messy and very ugly! I am sure some of you know this already. This is purely for those that do not.

As I do, often, if you have followed my writing of all kinds, I take to the table, to my writing or to the guitar what I discover in life. I plan to do this with a series of trapping articles. These may or not make sense. Hopefully they do help somewhat and relate to your social or poker life.

(Side note: I would like to take this opportunity to thank every woman who tries or has tried to stupidly trap men into a relationship, its definitely something that needs to be said at this moment. Without you, I wouldn't be writing this! You have unlocked my writing block. Also thanks to the trapped guys out there that have sent me info! Ladies, really? Why bother???)

Lets look at the female traps I have discussed of recent times and ones I have determined through a little more reading and research and convert them into some poker table sense to save your asses from traps of all kinds while unveiling your very own! (Revert to the confusing start of my article). (Article 1 - this article - the Welcome Seller, other female trap articles to follow, there's too many traps to put in 1 post)

The Feeding Trapper!

 She throws you delicious and scrumptious food, its in your face, you eat it and taste all the sweets and sours. She shows you what family life could be like. She offers the perfect child and delicious nightly meals, packed lunches. She intends on using the oldest trap theory of buying the way into a mans heart through his stomach (of course there may be a little hanky panky on top after you are fed and feeling content, but the main throw line is the food! The food gets you to the next two steps she has planned.). You; most men, could really live with this attention and this fine dining all the time!

Poker Converted:
This is a weak trap where crumbs of truth are thrown directly onto the table (literally). She has a different hand and a different plan than what she represents and is feeding you bits and pieces to get you into her clasps! Why would she do this? Fill you with information? Well, its obviously incorrect information! Don't think she just has a heart flush, she is going to nail you with a life ruining, straight heart flush that you can not escape! Setting this trap is so easily done with the right cards on the board as she sends you little crumbs of info to make you think she has something else. Both are the life and poker variant traps are the oldest in the books ..... Check and RAISE awareness .....

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Being Trapped by Women on and off the Poker Table (1) Compared The Welcome Seller

To trap or not to trap? A frequent thought that flows through the mind time after time. What about if one was to add into the equation: To trap or not to trap while watching if you are being trapped as you; yourself trap in various ways? Yep! I am also confused! This is technical! So hard to wrap ones head around!

Lets compare what I am trying to say to women, you guys and relationships. Then I can explain a lot easier more easily and bring a little CRAZY LOVE to the table while saving your asses both in a poker and from crazy women that are not what you need! (Or men, for those ladies that are also often finding themselves trapped by douche bags!)

We are all a little nuts, some more than others. We also have our individual ways of developing friendships into relationships. One can only hope (for the sake of all you guys out there) that most people (normal people) decide to develop a relationship freely, to let be what will be, to dive into the arms of a potential lover when you are wanted, in a natural way, and to form a solid 2 way foundation and build perfection and be happy with no stupid games. If it doesn't work, meh! On you go ...... On they go ........

This I call natural play! No tricks, no traps! The way it is meant to be. Of course you expect the curiosity that sets in, weariness of whats playing out in front of you, a little anxiety and a little excitement all which should be shown at the right times. An ordinary hand of poker when its compared to a potential budding relationship /fling. You with me now?

I have recently discovered there's some women in the world (probably men too!), that play the friendship / fling / relationship game a little differently. (Watch them guys, I'm wow'd to say the least at this sudden discovery). They play games of trap. When there are traps of all different kinds being set things can seemingly get very messy and very ugly! I am sure some of you know this already. This is purely for those that do not.

As I do, often, if you have followed my writing of all kinds, I take to the table, to my writing or to the guitar what I discover in life. I plan to do this with a series of trapping articles. These may or not make sense. Hopefully they do help somewhat and relate to your social or poker life.

(Side note: I would like to take this opportunity to thank every woman who tries or has tried to stupidly trap men into a relationship, its definitely something that needs to be said at this moment. Without you, I wouldn't be writing this! You have unlocked my writing block. Also thanks to the trapped guys out there that have sent me info! Ladies, really? Why bother???)

Lets look at the female traps I have discussed of recent times and ones I have determined through a little more reading and research and convert them into some poker table sense to save your asses from traps of all kinds while unveiling your very own! (Revert to the confusing start of my article). (Article 1 - this article - the Welcome Seller, other female trap articles to follow, there's too many traps to put in 1 post)

The Welcoming Seller!

She opens her doors and tries to sell you her home and lifestyle. You're in a beautiful home and wow is this woman a tempting one because of it (or so SHE hopes). She is hoping to trap you into her life via her crib, by making you feel comfortable in this crib, she is expecting you to be sucked in, sucked into her life, mind, body, warts and all!
The Welcome Seller Poker Conversion!

Being trapped into thinking your opponent has a hand that is going to make you comfortable at the end of it, which may be a very wrong move on their part. Do they really want you to feel comfortable at the end of their trap? This is actually a double trap. They are misrepresenting their hand twice. They have a strong set of cards but are actually selling them as even stronger then they make out. The thing is, your cards are still probably better so it really is a trap fail for them if you can pick up on it and not fold or wave the white flag. They are reeling you into thinking they have a straight when they actually have a flush. But why do this?

They do this to get you into the hand and make you invest big time, to commit you into the pot, in hope that you have trips (a likely thought of theirs) and will jump on in and float to the river bringing your tournament life with to an end with you!

In summary, the trap is reeling you into their hand as you forget about the strength of your own even though its a lot stronger; most likely (yes they have a nice house but you in fact, have nicer yet do not realize). They have misrepresented the hand by showing strength (the house) yet not enough to give the whole hand (the real intentions or hand) away. Tricky huh?

Make sure you take 4 ladies with you to this ones trap & throw it right back at her. (four queens, quads or - in house terms, bring a friend and shut this one straight down!).

The next trap article is all about the Apatite Trapper. I shall link in here once posted.

Stay safe! HAC

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