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Beware Home Games Charging Rake

20 March 2012 , By: compncards
Depending on how long you have been reading my blog, you may be aware of my dislike of many home games. Part of it stems from the fact that many home games are either blatantly crooked or they there is usually a lot of angling going on to favor a certain few players. I ran into an old buddy of mine yesterday who used to go to a local home game with me and I asked about his current playing habit. He happened to bring up a certain person in a nearby city that we used to frequent.
Categories: Home Game Rake, Home Games, Home Poker Games, Rake in Poker

Jim McManus is an Antique

18 March 2012 , By: compncards
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I just came back home from a short trip to Richmond. Before I came back today, I checked out a multi-vendor thrift store to see if I could find any items for cheap either to offer in my online store or to add to my collection. I went into this one vendor section that was clearly a collectibles and antiques section. This vendor didn't quite understand the concept of thrift store as he was easily the most expensive vendor in the shop.
Categories: Antique Shopping, Antiques, Positively Fifth Street

Poker Backers Should Be More Like Auction Hunters

15 March 2012 , By: compncards
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Recently, I have begun to take part in local auctions. At these auctions, I have come across numerous interesting finds and have picked up various antiques and treasures that can either make me a few bucks or will be something I can hold onto to gain future value. Part of my ability to find these items is based on knowledge of the products and then acting according to that knowledge. After attending a few of these auctions, I started trying to make parallels between auctions and poker.
Categories: auction hunters, auctions, backing in poker, backing poker players, poker backers

What Was Doyle Thinking?

1 22 February 2012 , By: compncards
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I'd really like to know what Doyle Brunson is thinking. I'm sure that many of you by now have read Doyle's recent Blog post but for those of you that haven't, he essentially says while Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson made "terrible mistakes," he doesn't hold any ill-will towards them and thinks they should be welcomed back into the poker community. The fact that Doyle comes out supporting his friends doesn't surprise me. The fact he's doing so now during a time where he should almost expect to take major heat for his words does.
Categories: Chris Ferguson, Doyle Brunson, Full Tilt Poker, Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey

Drew McIlvain Can Only Blame Himself for Chip Dumping Incident

18 February 2012 , By: compncards
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Drew McIlvain was recently kicked out of the Tunica WSOP Circuit Main Event for collusion in chip dumping from another player.   An interview with him and WSOP VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky is currently featured over at PokerNews. com with McIlvain giving his side of the story and Palansky explaining why they took action. The skinny of the article is as follows: A player suggested dumping his stack to McIlvain McIlvain never said no and continued to talk with him at length about it.
Categories: Chip Dumping, Drew McIlvain, Seth Palansky, Tunica WSOP Circuit, WSOP, WSOP Circuit, WSOP Circuit Tunica
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