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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Asked and Answered

{Editor's note: If you find yourself interjecting "Objection! Retarded!" at any point during this post, you get a gold star and a free scholarship to the Rancho Carne School of Law and Animal Husbandry}

So TripJax posed a few questions to bloggers the other day. Here, boring as they may be, are my answers.

1. What is the biggest mistake people make at a NL table?

I rarely play NL ring games -- unless clearing a bonus on Party Poker -- so take this with a metric ton of salt. The biggest mistake I see is overplaying TPTK or TPGK. The easiest way to double up at a microlimit NL table is catch a set with a pocket pair in late position and let the tard in EP bet his paired AK, AQ, KQ or 98o.

2. What is the biggest mistake people make at a Limit table?

Playing games above their bankroll and buying in short to do so. That, and calling instead of raising when there's a reason to raise.

3. Why do you play poker?

Because I can, I guess. It's fun, it's at least somewhat of a challenge mentally, there is an element of sociability. The fact that you can win a few bucks doesn't hurt, either.

4. If you weren't playing poker, what would you be doing?

Probably reading more and spending more time at the golf course, although it's hard to imagine that I could possibly do more of either one.

5. What is your favorite poker book and why?

Phil Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pros. I say that only because it's such a fabulous subject for mockery. Although not asked, the Cloutier/McEvoy book on Omaha is easily my *least* favorite poker book. I'd sure like my $25 back for that one.

6. Who is your favorite poker player and why?

I don't really have any heroes among the pros. There are lot that I respect, even admire, but they're just poker players. I think I'll say Greg Raymer, since he's a Gopher and a class act.

The only poker camp I'd ever pay to go to would be run by Iggy.

7. Which poker player do you dislike the most and why?

Nobody really comes to mind here. I guess I have a particular dislike for obnoxiously slow play, so I'll go with Tiffany Williamson.

8. Do your coworkers know about your blog?

No. We're a small outfit, and nobody else has shown a whit of interest in poker.

9. What is the most you have won in a cash game or MTT (both live and online)?

I've won about $400 in a live cash game and have never won a nickel in a live MTT (unless you count a charity SnG where I finished 2nd and got my entry back). I've won $305 on one table online (playing Party $2/$4 BBJ), and I think my biggest tourney win was a WPBT event for just under a grand. Pretty insignificant.

{edit: I won like $80 in a 2 table "MTT" live once}

10. What is the most you have lost in a cash game or in one day total (both live and online)?

I lost about $300 one day at Canterbury Park $3/$6 and $4/$8, was down $450 at one point. I don't think I've ever lost more than $250 online in one day.

11. Who was your first poker blog read?

I'm pretty sure it was Iggy. I think BG was second.

12. What satisfies you more, your aces holding up for a big pot or a bluff working for a big pot?

Aces. I guess that means I don't bluff enough.

13. Why do you blog?

It's entertaining. Heck, I talk to myself anyway, why not do it in print form? This way I can at least edit the drivel that comes out. I probably continue to do it because (a) I play, (b) I enjoy reading other blogs, and (c) there are some very cool people out there.

14. Do you read blogs from an RSS reader like bloglines or do you visit each blog?

Primarily Bloglines, but I do visit a fair number of blogs -- even if it's just to read a complete post or comment. I like to stay on top of things, and Bloglines makes it very easy to do so.

15. Would you rather play poker for a living than do what you currently do for a living?

Sure. But then again, I'd rather herd yaks in Uzbekistan than do what I do for a living.

16. Do you wear a tin foil hat on occasion?

If I ever have spare cash, I'm buying stock in the Reynolds Wrap people.

17. If you had to pin it down to one specific trait, what does a great poker player have (or do) that separates them from an average player?

Confidence. Complete and utter confidence.

18. Is Drizz the coolest person on the planet for naming his baby Vegas?

Top 5 at least. Mrs. Drizz ranks right up there as well.

19. What is your primary poker goal and are you close to accomplishing it?

Do I even have a poker goal? Not sure. I guess my primary goals are to not go busto and to maybe improve a little bit. I think I'm doing okay. Maybe I need a more specific goal like paying something off with poker winnings -- will need to think about that one. I'd also like to win another MTT, and I haven't been close lately.

20. What is your primary online site and why?

I don't really have a primary site. I play regularly on Full Tilt and Stars, mostly for MTTs. Ring games have been mostly on the Cryptos and Party due to bonuses. I also play on Titan often enough (especially when they give me free money).

21. What site do you dislike and why?

I'm not a fan of Pokerroom and skins. They have a very steep rake and the games I've played have been extremely rockish. On the plus side, they do have Chinese Poker, so it's not like I hate 'em. I just don't have a real good reason to play there.

1 comment:

TripJax said...

Good lookin' out drizz. The tin foil one was all for you...