Friendly Plug :P  

Posted by Alex Laforest

Ok, I haven't dabbed into strategic posts and such so far, mostly because, to paraphrase Doyle, brighter minds than me are already discussing those, and one can find super smart, savvy (and yes, a tad cocky) people to pick one's play and brains to pieces on forums such as 2+2 Forums (undoubtedly the best place online to discuss poker nowadays), not to mention the numerous sticky posts available throughout the internet, the poker blogs held by some of the most outspoken pros out there as well as by a bunch of unknowns with sharp tongues and enlightening perspectives, without forgetting the multiple and constantly emerging poker sites such as pokernews.com, cardplayer.com and PokerStrategy. Oh, and almost forgot the books, lol. All in all, a lot of strategic and tactical literature out there, and I figured, when first starting this blog, that it would probably be better to leave this to the best of us :).

But, it turns out there might actually be a small, tiny chance I might have gotten to the point where I have multiple readers... Yeah, I know, I'm probably turning schizo, but having linked my blog to some sites recently, it is a definite possibility! lol. Therefore, I figured I could start plugging some theoretical stuff, when the mood strikes, mostly. And what could fit more than kicking things off with a post from my good buddy ncaron, about posting when first sitting at a full ring table. Here it is. I thought my potential readers could benefit from the info as well as the poker player mindset shown there to solve a simple yet relevant question about a very precise situation, in that constant quest for an edge, some edge, any edge over one's opponent(s).

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Must... Not... Attempt... To... Steal... Blinds...  

Posted by Alex Laforest in

I find myself considering the famous infamous Short Stack Strategy has given me all it can offer. At least for the time being. Man, it's such a boring endeavor! But, for a couple of reasons, I must keep being the Enemy; the only almost noble reason I have to pursue this short-stacking adventure is collecting a passable hands sample in my PokerTracker database. That one is going good, with a little over 9K hands as of now for July. The thing is, I also get greedy with statistical samples, and now feel the perfect size to be somewhere around 100K... I haven't even played 100K of cash game lifetime!!! LOL!

Another, lesser reason (well, depends on the perspective, really :P) is those 2 bonuses I have to clear, which means I'm probably short-stacking until the end of the summer. Ouch! Kinda just stroke me, to be perfectly honest... I think I'll have to manage some Deep Stack venting somehow... Come to think of it, it may be why I browsed the net today to find a decent live game/tourney somewhere in Montreal on a rainy, summer Monday night... Opted for the greed of the grind... Played 300 hands of suckouts after suckouts and manage to rake a decent profit so far, but didn't feel that good doing so... Odd... Thus, taking a blog break :P... Think I'd be done with SSSing for a while it weren't for those Titan/PokerStrategy deals... I am a greedy little man...

I definitely need to put in some venting mechanism, or else, I think I might go nuts (bad pun intended ;-)). Prolly grind a decent bankroll as I do, yes, but completely lose my interest in the game in the process... Not something I want to do, ldo. For now, my purging moments have been through donkagos, but that's not real poker either, now is it :D ?!?!?! Seriously kidding here; Sit'n Go and Tournament Poker > ShortStacking by a long shot, in yours truly's humble opinion. And that's even though you often have to resort to short stack play in a tournament or sit'n go. Seriously, short stack poker barely qualifies as poker... But, for this micro-grinder, it IS a very decent way to clear bonuses by playing a tad above his bankroll (for deep play, obviously), which in turn is a very decent way to build a bankroll. And since Titan is currently giving me 40% rakeback, I find myself really addicted to those "You have received a Special Bonus" emails :D! So, back to short-stacking :S... Must... not... attempt... to... steal... blinds...

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John Fscking Lennon...  

Posted by Alex Laforest in

Nothing to do with poker (move along, nothing to see :P), but damn that quote felt good!!! What can I say, I'm a sucker for anything remotely related to my very first non-athlete idol ;-)... From In Bruges, with Colin Ferrell and Brendan Gleeson (now that's an actor!); Ferrell is arguing with an American in a Belgian restaurant, and things heat up enough so he finally drops the guy and goes:

"That's for John Lennon, you Yankee fuckin' cunt!"
Priceless. Just price-fscking-less!


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Ship it!
ups...:P
 

Posted by Alex Laforest in

It's official, unless my count is waaaay off, I won my 39th WSOP bet with Nic. Woohoo! The Main Event gave us a good scare, though, to be completely honest... Fscking Poker Brat, lol!

Nic's Team: $505,070
Cunningham: $147,711
Hellmuth: $
357,359

Alex's Team: $717,610
Negreanu: $520,304
Seidel: $197,306
Ship it, baby doll, ship it :P!

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Even Shrinks Can Get Lucky Sometimes...  

Posted by Alex Laforest

... and be right about something!

I have now played on 4 (5 even, come to think of it) different clients, two of which accepting U.S. citizens, and, well, the more it changes, the more it stays the same :P! On every client, at every limit (granted, I have only played micro, and I do hope it is relevant somehow...), you'll find a bunch of people complaining about the current platform they're playing being rigged, bogus and basically evil... Why the fsck do you keep playing there then?!?!?!! One phrase for all of you:

"Your worse enemy is denial."
- Dr. Alan Schoonmaker

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Fscking Donkaments!  

Posted by Alex Laforest in ,

You want to know why I play almost exclusively cash games? You sure you want to know? Because, as much a cruel and unfair bitch as cash game poker can be, it could never measure to tournament poker's sadistic twists and turns. Be it only because of the mere fact that you have only one life, so to speak, and the deeper you go in a tourney, the more you put it on the line, literally. And when things go awry, it's all over. Period. Cash game poker is, on the contrary, a little like one's life, ironical ly enough; it never ends, until it does. Death is what ends one's life, of course, but only one's will to quit the Cash Game, to simply stop playing, can ever end it for that particular individual. Especially as long as there are penny games and micro stakes out there, the bankroll is not really an issue anymore!

Anyhow, having theoretically deposited on TitanPoker in the last 4 weeks, and having collected enough titan points, I got invited to the New Depositors Monthly Freeroll. So I figured I'd give it a go, mostly because of the rather small field: 333 entrants, 40 places paid. And a lot of sitters!! Things were going very well, starting by doubling up on the very first hand with Rockets. Then, something a little unexpected happened. A sitter, blinding his or her stack away, ended up all-in on the big blind, but survived. I didn't make much of it at the time, but when it kept happening, I got a little puzzled, and tried remembering other tourneys I had played... I am still not sure, but if I recall correctly my time with the Railbirds (thus, tournaments on either PokerStars or FullTilt Poker), if a sitter is short to pay the big blind and a player raises, the sitter's hand is folded and he or she is then eliminated. I'm actually really not sure about that, since I don't do donkaments that much, and when I do, I play mostly donkagos... I'd be curious to know whether this is indeed how sitters are handled on those poker clients, as well as in live tourneys, but I must confess not being very keen on the (read: my) general winrate at donkaments, and therefore do not really feel like doing the research :). In any case, on TitanPoker, sitters have a shot at every single pots or side pots created, and, thanks to variance, I must have witnessed at least a dozen hands where a blinded-out sitter survived.

Which brings us to nearing the bubble, when I remembered a little more clearly the tourneys I have played, strategically as well as rules wise. Then, it hit me: where the hell were the antes!!!! Blinds were 200/400 by then, just as another sitter (andreaXX, actually...) survived; antes are there for a couple reasons, one of which is fairness, in my humble opinion. Folding one's way in the money is something, something one can only do after some winning poker, at least, but with online poker and the zillion tourneys starting every single minute, some people tend to abandon their short-stack after bad beats and/or bad plays, which is fine by me. But it is still my honest opinion that a tournament structure should actually take care of these situations; those players should, in fact, simply go like Broomcorn's uncle, to use Doyle's old saying (Super System, of course for the curious).

Anyway, it also seems Poker Gods are meaner sons of bitches during donkaments; andreaXX and at least 3 other sitters made the money, while I put out a decent tourney performance and evidently did not.

And of course, all that to bust out on this humongous runner-runner suckout, 3 places shy of the money!!!! Fscking donkaments!!!!

Titan No-Limit Hold'em, Tournament (Titan HH Converter by Kreatief)

BB ($14,785.00)
UTG+2 ($6,840.00)
Villain ($13,800.00)
MP2 ($27,040.00)
Hero ($2,552.00) (Hero)
CO ($36,800.00)
BTN ($13,726.00)
SB ($12,690.00)


Preflop:
Hero is MP3 with K♦K♣
1 folds, Villain raises to 2600.0$, 1 folds, Hero raises All-In $2,552, 4 folds,

Flop: 7♠ 2♣ 2♣ ( $6,352 )

Turn: Q♠ ( $6,352 )

River: T♠ ($6,352 )

Final Pot: $6,352.00

Results:
Villain has K♠, J♠
Hero has K♦, K♣
Outcome: MP1 wins $6,352.00

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Rakeback!
Well, Sorta...
 

Posted by Alex Laforest in ,

Yesterday, seeing my PT rake column nearing the Borden status (ftr: in Canada, Borden's the guy on the hundred dollar bills), I made sure Titan Poker doesn't support any type of rakeback. Pretty disappointing since I am in a rake race, but I kinda knew it beforehand, now didn't I?!?!

But this morning, I got this email:

Dear Me,

Today we issued you with a CAD15.30 bonus. The bonus is waiting for you in your account number TTR***********.

See you at the tables and good luck!

Sincerely,

The Titan Poker Team
Become a Legend at Titan Poker
This allegedly equals to 40% rakeback, and is actually a PokerStrategy summer bonus for July and August. Sweeeet! Thing is though it doesn't quite fit :P... Turns out Titan does not compute rake the same way PT does (Total July rake from PT = $53.65, which means 53.65 * 0.4 = 21.46)... I've read things about clearing a first $25 rake, but that does not fit either :S... Also read some PokerStrategists received 2 special bonuses deposits... Anywho, I've asked Titan my current rake and will try and understand it all from there ;-).

It is still a very nice perk, and I'm getting more and more happy I registered to PokerStrategy :D!

Edit:
Ah crap!!! Looks like it puts the $100 first deposit bonus on hold... Oh well, will keep a tally; perhaps I can get more than the promised hundred bucks, and THEN clear that bonus ;-)! Actually, quick maths says I should make more than the first deposit bonus: to clear that one, I need to rake $350, which I have already cleared about $60 before the summer bonus kicked in. $290 left, times 40% equals $116 (based on PT tho), and that's assuming I'd reach $350 in rake exactly as the summer bonus would end up... I think I can get about $200 before it comes to an end... Though my vacations are in August... Nerf... lol. And in any case, I just read the first bonus will not be canceled, so this just means more fwee moneee!!

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Cleared!
At least, now I can cashout :P!
 

Posted by Alex Laforest in , , , ,

Slow Saturday night (too lazy to do anything, tbh :S), playing some online cards. I just cleared PokerStrategy's $50 credit, reaching over 2,500 Titan Points, and therefore, am entitled to cash it out if I so desire. Won't until I've cleared the bonus for sure though, which I'm currently 20% through right now. Glad unlocking that credit thing didn't take too long, and I can't help but feel for those who are playing >=NL20; must feel like crossing the desert ;-).

On the other hand, my latest 500-hand SSSing session didn't go that well. First losing short-stack session ever; drop 1,75 buy-ins, and know exactly why I did; didn't stick to the fscking rules!!! Like, played Queens AND Jacks from EP... They're just sooooo tempting to play, ya know... So, now, I'm taking a quick break, then sitting in a donkago and popping a couple more cash game tables... deep stacking maybe ;-)...


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Goofing with the Poker Gods  

Posted by Alex Laforest

I am telling you fine folks, the Poker Gods are cynical, jaded bastards, and I will try not to complain, but I do feel my mouth and belly half-full since it's all happening while I'm SSSing :S... And this lets me believe the Bastards have a teeth or three against deep stackers... But, why would the Gods would foster such hatred for the real poker players, one might ask... Pretty decent question. Because deep stackers want to fsck around with Variance, Probabilities, Luck, Metagames, etc., which amounts, in the eyes of the Poker Gods, to screwing, around, with Faith (who says gods need to be light bright?!??!)... My only, totally uneducated, goofy guess...

Anyway, here are a couple of the hands that sprung this retarded thought :P. For the record, I don't tend to dwell on bad beats, mainly because I'm somewhat of a pessimistic (which is, in fact, part of the reasons for my struggling atheism - lol, 'struggling atheism, i like it :P), and thus needs to distance myself from the bad stuff I don't control. Therefore, you will very rarely read a bad beat hand history here, and when you will, I'll mostly come out the bad beater, hehe :D. The thing is, and I think I posted about that in the past, I tend to see bad beats and variance as beautiful occurrences, freak acts of life, a litlle bit like witnessing aurora borealis.

Anyway, a couple of suckouts, just for the fun of it :D!

Titan No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25/$0.50 (Titan HH Converter by Kreatief)

SB ($59.94)
BB ($44.10)
UTG+1 ($75.35)
UTG+2 ($50.00)
MP1 ($9.25) ____ (Hero)
MP2 ($7.25)
MP3 ($225.94)
CO ($14.15)
BTN ($7.25)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Ad, Kd
UTG+1 raises to 2.0$, 1 folds, Hero raises to 9.25$, 5 folds, BB calls $8.75, 1 folds,

Flop: Qh, 8h, 3h ( $20.75 )


Turn: Td ( $20.75 )


River: Js ( $20.75 )


Final Pot: $19.75

Results:
Villain has Qh Qh
Hero has Ad, Kd
Outcome: Hero wins $19.75

#2 - Flushing

Titan No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25/$0.50 (Titan HH Converter by Kreatief)

SB ($9.50)
BB ($31.70)
UTG+1 ($114.40)
UTG+2 ($59.46)
MP1 ($10.50) ___ (Hero)
MP2 ($50.00)
MP3 ($106.15)
CO ($52.15)
BTN ($79.50)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Qd, Ac
UTG+2 calls $0.50,
Hero raises to 2.0$, 1 folds, MP3 raises to 6.5$, 5 folds, Hero raises All-In $10.5, MP3 calls $4.00,

Flop: Td, 9d, Jd ( $22.25 )

Turn: 3d ( $22.25 )

River: Ts ( $22.25 )

Final Pot: $21.15

Results:
Villain has Ah Kh
Hero has Qd, Ac
Outcome: Hero wins $21.15


And finally, this one, just because, well, I can't even brag about it since I was SSSing, and therefore missed maximum extraction... Damn that thing!!!! ;-)

Titan No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25/$0.50 (Titan HH Converter by Kreatief)

CO ($10.00)
BTN ($9.95)
SB ($50.60)
BB ($25.40) ____ (Hero)
UTG ($49.00)
UTG+1 ($10.30)
UTG+2 ($41.96)
MP1 ($49.50)
MP2 ($9.05)
MP3 ($27.75)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Qh, Qc
2 folds, UTG+2 calls $0.50, 5 folds, SB calls $0.25, Hero raises to 3.0$, UTG+2 raises to 5.5$, 1 folds, Hero calls $2.50,

Flop: 8s, Qs, Qd ( $12.5 )
Hero checks,
UTG+2 bets $16.50, Hero raises All-In $19.9, UTG+2 calls $3.40,

Turn: 8h ( $52.3 )

River: 9d ( $52.3 )

Final Pot: $48.75

Results:
Villain has Th 3h
Hero has Qh, Qc
Outcome: Hero wins $48.75

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The Main Event!  

Posted by Alex Laforest

The Main Event is here. Or should I say the 39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event is here. The Big Dance we've heard so much about, from the tv coverages to those famous words uttered by Matt Damon in Rounders "This is why the World Series of Poker is decided over a No-Limit Hold'em table".

For the record, Day 1a starts today at Noon PDT. Who's gonna be the new superstar of poker? I'm guessing some atheist, as some counter-measure to Jerry Yang's rubbing faith... The Poker Gods are ironic that way :P...

On the plus side, if neither Cunningham or Hellmuth makes the money in the ME, I win my WSOP prop bet :D. I think I'm ahead ;-)...

Let's get ready for the world's richest, most famous Donkament!!!!! Dance, donkey, dance!

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June 2008... Only One Thing To Say: FAIL!  

Posted by Alex Laforest in ,

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Not much more to say than short-stacking's a bitch, but an efficient bitch...
But I do have to say: FAIL! 7,575 hands?!?!?!?! WTF!?!?!? Seriously. Not hitting 10K hands a month is un-fscking-acceptable!!! Definitely warrants an EPIC FAIL!!!!

I now see I follow something of a pattern: big month followed by FAIL-month followed by big month, and so on... Enough already!!! Taking a day off or two is fine, but a week is intolerable, and I will try not to let it happen again, unless I'm out of town. Sole objective for July, besides working on clearing my Titan bonus, of course, is to pace myself and try to find a course.

The graphs, and a happy July to all!!!

June 2008 - Money Won June08ByHand
June 2008 - Big Blinds Won June08ByBB
June 2008 - Showdown/Non-Showdown June08MoneyWon

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I Am... the Enemy!
Or How I Fail And Am A Very Very Weak Man
 

Posted by Alex Laforest in

BRAG: 50 + 100 free money
BEAT: ShortStacking NL50
VARIANCE: 10 Pocket Rockets over the last ±500 hands.

William Miller: I am dark and mysterious, and I am PISSED OFF! I could be very dangerous to all of you! And you should know that about me... I am THE ENEMY!
- Almost Famous (2000), Cameron Crowe

O, I am such a weak, weak man, with such a big, big ego, fueled by a borderline unhealthy pride... The story goes something like that. Buckle up, it might be a while :P...

I babble and babble, in life as well as at work. Hell, just look at the logger of those posts! Being a tad outspoken has, as one of many consequences, well, that people know what you do for fun, basically. Thus my co-workers know Nic and I as the poker guys (yeah, I also work with my poker buddy; one of those nice, surprising friendships from the workplace, I guess :)). Every single time another employee plays poker, for any reason at all, any crazy fscking game out there, we're sure to hear about it. Thus, when a colleague of mine called David showed some interests in the game and started fiddling around with play money, I literally jumped at the occasion and started listening to him and answering him any time he'd open up on the subject. Obviously :). Later on, he confessed to me not being that comfortable depositing his own money on a gambling site with his own credit card. To each is own being one of my mottos, so I didn't question his take and opinion. A couple of weeks later, Nic, also dealing with a friend in a predicament similar to David's, discovered some ways to start a bankroll from scratch, basically getting staked by some websites entertaining partnerships with the most popular poker clients out there. Sites such as Poker Strategy. David ended up creating an account on this site, the first in the list Nic put together for his buddy, but was nice enough to forward him. Thus, he finally started playing real poker, on Titan Poker with a $50 credit from PokerStrategy. We quickly started discussing his results and the whole process for him to get the credit, which is basically a 20-question quiz you have to pass (20 out of 20 I think) in 5 tries. Since he had some specific queries, I told him I'd do the test and get back to him. So I did. And failed. ROFL! That definitely hurt my pride and ego, both as somewhat of a self-proclaimed intellectual as well as a wannabe poker player (and, well, to be quite honest, as a human being, plain and simple; I have always HATED failing exams :P), so I decided to give it another shot; I couldn't bare the idea that I had fail such a basic poker quiz :P. Well, I am very proud to say second time's the charm ;-)! Yup, "s-u-c-c-e-s-s. that's the way you spell 'success'", lol! Turns out, there actually were a couple of simple reading mistakes in my first attempt... nerf trying it during work hours :P...
Anyway, thereafter, I of course got credited $50 on one of their partner... I kinda thought about it only for a sec, not really considering the other bonuses I might be voiding by taking the credit from PokerStrategy, figuring it is, at the end of the day, a relatively easy free $150 injection to my then flimsy BR. So I setup my account and started playing NL20 on TitanPoker on a very short bankroll. And I accumulated Titan Points, Strategy Points, and rake, hoping to clear the $100 bonus asap. But then, I realized the bonus is clearable in $10 increments for each $35 of rake, when I was under the wishful thinking it was 35 titan points :|. LOL! (To give an order of magnitude, I have now played a little over 2000 hands on Titan, and raked about $41 while collecting a little over 1300 Titan Points :D!)

Anyhow, that is when I became the enemy. Sadly, "fallen to the dark side this one has". Figuring this bonus would take a little longer to clear that I first expected, I considered my options. Ok, said bonus does not have a time limit. That's right, no time limit. Freaky. But, I have been raised to believe that whichever seems too good to be true probably isn't, which, combined to a growing impatient greediness, led me to believe I should probably clear the bugger asap, if I wanted to make sure I'd get it. Back to options. Considering my bankroll allows me to barely play NL20/NL25 (ftr: TitanPoker doesn't spread NL25, only NL20, which I like best; feels more... standard :)), and the $1 rake cap on Titan for games under NL50, my actual options were running pretty thin. Based on what I had witnessed from shorties out there, I felt very (very) confident I would play a better SSS (ftr, SSS = ShortStack Strategy; I am after all a lazy guy abusing acronyms, abbreviations and smileys, lol). Just to make sure, I read Ed Miller's Playing a Short Stack chapter from his Getting Started in Hold'em (I do not consider myself a beginner anymore (wonder when that happened, as a matter of fact?!?!?), but I do believe that periodically reviewing the basics never hurt anyone and is something most people overlook, yet it's something the greats do on a very regular basis; my all-time favorite athlete, Wayne Gretzky (hey, I'm Canadian, hey?!?!!? lol), had the habit to frequently stick on the ice after practices, working on his game; Michael Jordan spent all his career working on his floor shots, yet he is arguably one of the all-time best in that particular aspect of the game. The examples are countless; I know squat about golf, but I'm pretty sure Tiger's constantly practicing his genius short-game :)). Anyway, back to my shit. So, I read Miller's thing, realized it was darn near genius in terms of game theory (again, no expert, far from it, but the thing feels rock solid... and amazingly boring :P), and I resolved to playing Short-Stack NL50 in order to pay as much rake as possible (very odd thing to say, I know; it's temporary, mind you...). And now I must confess, things are going very, very well. The fscking strategy is just so fscking easy, and gets quite enough action at ┬ÁNL. It IS boring as hell and worse (I keep popping tables :P), but it feels efficient, again, especially at micro stakes. Lots of shorties, sure, and yes, I am aware of the saying "you can't short-stack a short-stacker", but, this implies both players are actually applying the strategy perfectly, which is o so far from reality. Seriously, the vast majority of shorties are awful shorties, just because they do not stick to the fscking guidelines and recipe. The thing is goddamn easy to follow (so easy in fact, I won't even bother detailing it here), yet it's barely poker, especially for a guy who likes other games besides hold'em. Nevertheless, it helped me figuring some of my leaks, I think; for instance, when playing real poker (lol, ie, deep-stacking), I might fall into the trap of outsmarting myself. Or, more concretely, I play AJ waaaaayyyy too often out of position still. All in all, it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do for me at the moment , ie help me clear this bonus asap, but I must say its efficiency is so far scary. Scary addictive, actually, but I know I'm gonna miss punishing the limpers dearly (already do), and will get back to real poker as soon as I'm through with the clearing process (hoping to get it all by the end of July; a little far-fetched, but one needs to kick one's butt sometimes). Plus, lets not forget I have been running extremely hot; 10 pocket rockets over my first 500 hands IS out of the ordinary. That has to dampen it's addictiveness. Still, I am starting to think this SSS has something ontologically stabilizing, and could even be refreshing in a poker life. In fact, I find myself remembering my past and that whole Dogma 95 thing; you know that Danish filmmakers group/movement back in the 90's, who shot entirely with "natural elements": non-professional actors, for starter, natural lighting, natural sound, no costumes, almost no production team, very light equipment which were in fact the first of the digital era, barely no script, etc.. Very minimalist. The media-proclaimed leader of it all was Lars Von Trier, who had already made amazing, big-budget, stuck-in-the-grinder films, such as Europa and Breaking the Waves, and the thing produced movies such as Idioterne (The Idiots), Festen (The Celebration) and Mifune (Mifune). I remember an interview with Von Trier, whose almost a shut-in, by the way (always fond of trivial, useless facts like that :P), explaining his own take on the whole Dogma 95 enterprise. What stuck with me was his saying that it was, is, mostly a remedy, a cure to the baroque exaggerations of the moviemaking industry, that Great Grinder that might be the last vestige of the assembly-line production era (dramatization, lol). Thus, he claimed he was done with making Dogma movies, but would most probably get back to it, in ten years, perhaps; "One tablespoon of Dogma every ten years or so"... All this could very well apply to SSS; just a way to get back to formula, actually. A way to get grounded on solid foundations once again. I will definitely try that has an anti-tilt when I get back to deep stacking. Or when I feel I can't win a coin flip, or worse, a hand. Or even when I've just been doubting and second-guessing my game for a little too long, and it ends up hurting it... One tablespoon full of SSS whenever the bankroll feels dozy :P... I just hope I don't develop bad habits and end up screwing my late-streets play; revisiting Von Trier's post-Dogma filmography does nothing to help, either, even though he said he was through with that for a while... lol. Guess, we'll have to wait and see :)...

All in all, that's how I've finished my June. Been discovering a new client too, and for once, I'm thinking "review"... to be continued :D.

Been ranting for too long; if you got here, you have my sincerest condolences :P...

P.S.: SSSing (yes, I do feel like a Nazi, in some weird, twisted way :P) is going so well so far I feel the Poker Gods are mean, cynical, delusional, Murphy's Law worshipping motherfsckers; I keep hitting uber suckouts!!! ... Ok, just mentally re-played the hand that just prompted this comment, and it was basically a coin flip ;-). But still, I feel the Jackasses are rewarding dimwitted shorties... as yours truly... /shame. Guess I'm up for a crazy karmic ass-whupping when I get back to deep stacking, most probably at the hands of the evil SSers ;-).

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