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MarkT MarkT 19 January 2010
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Starting off the year with a bang in online tournaments

This weekend, I played a few online tournaments, as I usually do. I play frequently on two sites: Full Tilt Poker and Doyle's Room, and less frequently on Bodog, and only once in a while on PokerStars. Each weekend, I usually play six to ten online tourneys. It usually doesn't take too long - even when I cash, I get there within about three hours.

Each year, I show a profit overall on online tournaments - somewhere between 500 and 3000 dollars. This year, though, had started off poorly. I was down about $200 heading into this weekend. While I know that variance is high enough in tournaments that one should usually expect to start off a year poorly, I still didn't like it. In 2009, I finished high in literally my first two tournaments: …

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MarkT MarkT 9 September 2009
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Peppermill Tournament in Reno

Last week, I went to a special poker tournament series at the Peppermill in Reno. I'd never been to Reno before (that I remember, anyway - though it's possible I was there 10-15 years ago for a day), and certainly never been to the two casinos I visited: the Peppermill and the Atlantis Casino Resort.

The tournament series was special, which lured me there: it was "Crazy Gainey's Chop Pot Classic", where every tournament featured some sort of hi-lo element. There were HORSE tournaments, Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments, Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo tournaments, etc. I love crazy unusual games, so I had to go. The buyins were small (ranging from $130 to $240), and the tournament fields were reasonably sized (40-100 players) and the levels were long (30-4…

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MarkT MarkT 15 July 2009
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Getting Comps in Vegas

Recently, I read a blog post by the Poker Grump where he wonders why he never seems to get any comps to Vegas hotels despite spending a lot of time playing poker there.

I must admit, I used to wonder the same thing. Admittedly, I rarely go to Vegas, since I live in San Jose, but I went a few times a year, and didn't get much in the way of comps. I was able to get a few bucks off a lunch or something, but nothing like a free room. The closest thing I got was when I tried out a "Poker Room Rate" deal at the Excalibur a few years back. It was OK, but not a super-great deal (it made the $60 room be more like $30), and I had to play something like five hours per day in the room. That was unexpectedly difficult at the time, since Excalibur w…

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MarkT MarkT 15 July 2009
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User blogging has been activated

A week or two ago, Wikia added a new feature of user blogging, and that blogging has been activated now on poker wiki. Why not come visit my personal blog? Or, sign up as a user and start your own blog!

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MarkT MarkT 15 July 2009
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Testing blog streaming

This is a test blog post to see how a subsequent blog post appears. Does this appear as the second in a stream of blog posts like the blogs I read regularly (e.g. Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish)? Or does this end up disconnected in some way?

If this one works, I've got a real post coming up...

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