1.Against All Odds

Introduction

Los Angeles poker classics

ESP

Bad Beat Poker

Pot-Limit Omaha

Spooky Hand

World Poker Challenge

Pot-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Foxwood's Poker

Five-Star World Poker

World Series of Poker-2000

World Series Poker Championship

2.World Series of Poker Hands

Youngest World Champion

World Series Poker-1999

World Series Poker-1998

World Series Poker-2002

WSOP-2002

WSOP-1995

WSOP-1994

WSOP-1998

U.S.. Poker Championship-1999

WSOP-2000

WSOP's Winner-2000

WSOP-2003

WSOP's Record-2003

"Big One" in WSOP-2003

3.World Poker Tour

WPT-2002

World Poker Tour-2002

WPT's winner-2003

WPT-2004

WPT-2003

World Poker Tournament-2003

WPT's Event-2003

Foxwood's World Poker

Amir's Big Call

4.European Poker Tour

The Poker em

Poker In Amsterdam-1998

The Poker em-2000

Late Night Poker 3-2000

WHUPC-2003

5.Reading other Player's mail

WSOP-1992

Tournaments of Champion-1999

A Tale Of Four Bluffs

WSOP-2001

Commerce Casino-2002

No-Limit Hold'em Event-2002

 

All Drugged Up

All right, I bet that got your attention, didn’t it?  I was actually on drugs when this hand came.  You see, I had asked my M.D. wife to prescribe a strong sleeping pill for the night poker before the “Big One” (the $5,000 championship poker event) in Reno at the World Poker series Challenge in 2000. 

I guess the lingering effects of this sleeping pill helped remove some of my inhibitions.  In other words, I was out of control at the poker table as far as my hand selection was concerned, and I was acting as if I didn’t have a care in the world.

            At one stretch, I raised 12 pots in a row, and if anyone called me, I would bluff out at the flop as well.  Not only that, but I showed all 12 bluffs and was singing the song from the Mazda car commercial on television.  (You know the one: “Zoom, zoom, zoom.”) I was having a grand old time, ramming and jamming , bluffing and rebluffing, raising and reraising, and singing the whole time! John Bonetti, who was at my starting table that day, told me at the break, “You’re putting the fear of God into these people today [with your fast, reckless play].”

            With Richard Tatalovich playing very conservatively immediately to my right, I felt there was a good chance that he and I might go a little crazy against one another.  You see, Richard is not known for tight, conservative play.  In fact, he is a known “megalomaniac” (Daniel Negreanu’s word), which is not a bad thing.  It just means that you’re capable of playing really fast at times, and calling other player’s big bluffs when you’re weak.  In fact, Daniel won’t take a piece of a player in a no-limit Hold’em tournament unless the play poker card games is megalomaniac! With Richard’s known fast-play tendencies, and me stuck in hyperfast made, you can see why I was expecting something crazy to happen between us eventually.

            Anyway, Richard had accumulated some chips using his tight, aggressive style, and started playing bully at the table by raising a lot of pots and making a lot of bluffs.  He took my place as aggressor, minus the singing of “Zoom,zoom,zoom!” With Richard pounding the blinds every hand, I decided that I’d seen enough ; it was time to make some moves.  It was time to be a player (play-ahh!).

            With the blinds at $50-$100, the following hand came up.  Richard opened the pot limit omaha for $350 on the button, and I decided to raise him $900 more in the dark (without even looking at my hand!, although I did pretend to look at it), making it $1,250 total.  Now Richard called the $900 more, and the flop was 3c-5h-6s.

  Without even knowing my hand yet, I bet out $1,400, and Richard reached back deep and moved all of his chips (about poker $10,000) into the pot.  Then I slowly peeked at my card games: first I saw a two, and then I saw a six.  I had flopped top pair and a “gutshot” (inside) straight draw.  OK, if Richard was bluffing or semibluffing with a straight draw, then my hand wasn’t too bad.

            Now my focus turned to Richard.  “What the heck does he have here, anyway?” I asked my self while I studied his face and movements and replayed the pre-flop action in my mind.  As I further contemplated putting in my last $6,000 with this very weak hand, I sensed that Richard’s was even weaker.  The more thought poker about it, the more I put Richard on a pair of fives.  I was right, I did have the better hand! But could I hold him? He could win with a five, for three fives, and a deuce or a seven card stud would make him a straight. 

The next cards were blanks (a queen and an eight), and I won this pot. The rest of the table just looked at the two of us like we were a couple of space aliens! I mean here we are, early in a $5,000 buy-in-no-limit Hold’em tournament, putting in thousands of dollars with a five high and a six high low poker! Of course, everyone there was expecting to see us with big pairs as our hole cards! Richard and I shook hands, smiled, and said to each other, “ Boy, was that a fun pot to play or what!” I really like Richard and the way he plays poker, but I have to avoid those prescription sleeping pills in the future. (Or do I )

 

6.From The Other Side Of Table

WSOP-1974

Commerce Casino-1999

WSOP-1999

WPT-2003

Bellagio Poker

Ladies World Championship

High Limit Action in Houston

Commerce Casino's California-1999

Party Poker Million-2002

WSOP's Winner-2002

WSOP seven card stud-2000

Foxwood's Casino

Pot-Limit Hold'em Event

World Heads-Up Poker Tour

United States Poker Championship

7.Poker Hollywood Style

Chinese Poker

Bicycle Club Casino

Rounder's

Celebrity Poker

Hustler Casino

8.Cheesehead Poker

Poker in Madison

Bluffing

Sportsmen Club

Pot-Limit Hold'em At Nora's Bar

Big Game in Wisconsin

A GOLF STORY

ULTIMATEBET HAND

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD

TOP MOMENTS IN POKER

THE NEXT POKER WAVE