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Instant Poker Karma’s Gonna Get You

Instant Poker Karma’s Gonna Get You

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Craig's Corner | Comments

Fresh off my fifth place finish in the Borgata 2014 Spring Poker Open and I have been provided with a perfect story to share. I understand that not everyone understands the rules fully and that some do not play a lot of tournament poker, but the events that unfolded at my table on the money bubble of this event are truly unbelievable. The set-up: Event 2...

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Some Well Played Hands, (If I Do Say So Myself)

Some Well Played Hands, (If I Do Say So Myself)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

Hand number 1 (folding because you know your players) – I do not remember if we were playing Omaha8 or Omaha Hi only, but I do know the blinds were $1-2 and the game was NL. I also know I had JJ in my four card hand. I know this because I remember the flop came down Ac Kc Jc. After the flop, one of the tighter players in early position led out into...

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Your Hand is Not Really the Same, Sir.

Your Hand is Not Really the Same, Sir.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

At a recent Friday night home game, I was playing 1-2 flop games where the maximum buy in was $100. The dealer could choose between Hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha 8 or Pineapple. I was already steaming from a prior hand when the following hand came up. My villain’s comment after the hand really set me off, but as I thought about it, I realized what a great topic...

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Your “bad luck” is more likely your bad play

Your “bad luck” is more likely your bad play

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

I recently joined a local Thursday night 1-3 game. I’ve played the game a handful of times and find that, for the most part, the game is super soft. One player in particular stands out as the weakest link and he is the inspiration for this post. Last night he took a couple of river beats. They were unfortunate, but as I sat and listed to him mutter and...

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Did you think that call through?

Did you think that call through?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

It has been some time since my last post. I had some serious block, and my real life has kept me very busy. I have been running well at cash, but felt like I was floundering in tournaments. However, just back from the Borgata Poker Open, and I am feeling real good about my tournament game again. This trip also seems to have cured me of the writer’s block....

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Poker Rules and Etiquette 102

Poker Rules and Etiquette 102

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

Poker Rules and Etiquette 102 September 2011 was when I published my first rules of etiquette, and having just returned from the Borgata for the spring open I realize its time to update the rules so here goes. 1.         One player per hand – Even the most innocuous comments should be kept to yourself until the hand is complete. Obviously you cannot ask a...

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An Interesting Hand and a Very Cool Person

An Interesting Hand and a Very Cool Person

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

I recently made a deep run in the Borgata 2013 Winter Open $1,000 + $90 six max event, finishing 28th and in the money out of 344.  This was especially sweet for me because it was my first 1K event, against a stacked field, in a super aggressive format. Day 1 found me at the table with Amanda Musumeci.  For those of you who don’t know her, Amanda is a...

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What’s the Logic In This?

What’s the Logic In This?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Craig's Corner | Comments

I am sometimes baffled at the reasons I hear for why players make certain plays.  While the play may be correct, the reason for making the play is so flawed it just leaves me scratching my head in wonder. In the early stages of a tournament I call a raise out of position with 10h9h.  On a 10 high 2 diamond flop, not yet knowing where I was, I check called...

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My Final Table Breakdown

My Final Table Breakdown

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Craig's Corner | Comments

Two weeks after my victory in Event 6 of the Borgata Fall Poker Open, I’ve had time to sit back and reflect on the final table. Here I breakdown the key hands that led to my victory. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed playing it. The final table began 10 handed with blinds at $40,000-$80,000 and an ante. I was in the 9 seat sitting...

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Why You Need To Mix Things Up or Why You Need To Pay Attention

Why You Need To Mix Things Up or Why You Need To Pay Attention

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Craig's Corner | Comments

As a student of the game I like to watch all the well done poker shows such as WPT, WSOP, High Stakes Poker and Pokerstars.net Big Game. Recently I was watching a rerun of Pokerstars.net Big Game show. A hand came up between Joe Hachem and Daniel Negreanu which is one of the most interesting hands I’ve ever seen. This is a big game with $300-600 blinds...

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It’s Thank You Time

It’s Thank You Time

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Craig's Corner | Comments

I am sitting in front of my computer, bleary-eyed and crashing from my adrenaline high after having won Event 6 of the Borgata Fall Poker Open, besting a final table that really didn’t have a weak link on it and that included poker pro Sirous Jamshidi. This was a solid, tough table, and I was able to navigate through it where the best hand I picked up the...

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Of Sets and Odds

Of Sets and Odds

Posted by on Jul 9, 2011 in Craig's Corner | Comments

You are sitting on a stack of $185 in a $1-2NL game and you are under the gun. You’ve straddled to $4. The game is 8 handed. Three players limp in and the SB, sitting on a stack of $375, raises to $35. You have pocket 4s. If you put the raiser on a big pocket pair do you call? If your answer is yes, you have a leak that is costing you much over the long...

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Poker and the United States of America

Poker and the United States of America

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Craig's Corner | Comments

My last blog was written on April 14, 2011. Little did I know the next day would change the lives of poker players world wide. April 15, 2011 started off as an ordinary day, but by 10:00 a.m. I had discovered what everyone the world over would discover during the next 24 hours. Claiming violations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, among...

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