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Tips on Playing Poker
Posted at 10/15/2008 03 AM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Tips on Playing Poker --- Poker is the kind of game where luck plays a very important role; however, there is definitely a large amount of skill that goes into the game as well, and this can help a player maximize his returns on good hands, and on the flip side, minimize his losses on the not-so-good hand...



Putting the Play Back in Poker
Posted at 08/30/2008 09 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
Putting the Play Back in Poker --- With the mťlange of poker tournaments on offer all around the world and online, poker has come to be seen as a serious sport. A number of novelty companies have put the fun back in the game by creating little collectibles that can be used to customize your poker experience.


Tips to win while playing poker
Posted at 08/05/2008 02 AM in General Discussions by Sack.
Tips to win while playing poker --- Many believe that Poker is a game of luck and there is no place for skills and ability at this popular game card game. However, it has been proved that poker is not only about playing with intent and ability, but there is great amount of intelligence and skill that goes along wit...



European Poker Tour
Posted at 07/09/2008 11 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
European Poker Tour --- The European Poker Tour is a series of Poker championships in the European circuit that attract players by the thousands. These are broadcast throughout Europe and are watched by millions of viewers. The increasing popularity of the European Poker Tour has attracted many sponsors...



Playing Marginal Hands In No Limit Texas Hold'em
Posted at 01/21/2008 08 AM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
Playing Marginal Hands In No Limit Texas Hold'em --- When you watch no-limit Texas holdíem on television, in a tournament like the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour, you see some amazing plays. Some of these plays come because of a player starting with an unusual, marginal hand. While such moves may be fun to watch, the...



The Art of Bluffing in Poker
Posted at 11/15/2007 07 AM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
The Art of Bluffing in Poker --- Many people have described poker as a mind game and it is for this reason that bluffing is so very important. Bluffing may be loathed in all spheres of life, but when it comes to poker Ė a Ďgame of chance over skillí Ė the quality is deemed to be an art. Like in all other forms o...



The Three Prominent Poker Player Types
Posted at 10/13/2007 01 AM in General Discussions by Sack.
The Three Prominent Poker Player Types --- Very often, you would have come across players who are different from the rest. At the same time, you would play against those who are as easy as a walk in the park. These players are highly predictive and lack any sort of creative imagination. A significant chunk of your earning...



Poker is a Game of Hunting
Posted at 09/04/2007 04 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
Poker is a Game of Hunting --- One of the most important tactics applied in poker is Ďwaiting for your chance.í It might sound weird to you, but the fact remains that winning players always wait for an opportunity and do not take hasty decisions. Most rookies make the mistake of judging a game by its surface a...



A Strong Starting Hand is Just a Good Start
Posted at 08/09/2007 04 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
A Strong Starting Hand is Just a Good Start --- A common phenomenon among mediocre players is their fixation for starting hands. More often than not, these players have the misconception that the starting hand determines the course of the game and at times, even the result. When they have an AK or a QQ, it is highly probable t...



Hold'em Ė Texas Style
Posted at 07/01/2007 07 AM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Hold'em Ė Texas Style --- Before you start playing Texas Holdeíem, you must have a basic idea of this HIGH card game. The high cards are the Aces, Faces and the Tens. When you are holding two good high cards, you have the best chance at the best hand or at least a draw to the best hand after the flop. The...



That Woulda Hurt!
Posted at 04/25/2006 06:38:26 AM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
That Woulda Hurt! --- So Iím finally looking like I may be getting back on my game. Not quite rolling in full force on the tournament side of things, but I have been steady in the cash games Iíve played.

But right now Iím playing a little SNG before I head to bed, and a hand that came up re...



The Ugliness Continues
Posted at 04/18/2006 06:08:25 AM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
The Ugliness Continues --- Once again I hearken back to the good old baseball playing days. The advice for this was drawn from a movie once, but beaten into my head by my Dad. I was in the middle of a horrible slump. It happens to every player at some point, and it happens on a regular basis. Everybody kno...



Right Decisions, Bad Timing
Posted at 04/14/2006 07:16:24 AM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Right Decisions, Bad Timing --- Poker is probably the only game in the world that you can make a total bonehead move and actually get rewarded for it. Sometimes youíre just running hot and sometimes youíre just plain lucky, but someone can make the worst move in history, and still has a chance to take your mone...



Strengthen The Weaknesses
Posted at 03/17/2006 05:42:03 AM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Strengthen The Weaknesses --- Several years back during my ball playing days, I was having a conversation with a scout from the Mets. Even though he was a Mets scout, he still knew what he was doing (he he, cheap shot!). At any rate, here is a quick dramatization of and key part of the conversation:

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Oddly Enough, Theyíre Not Certainties
Posted at 03/10/2006 05:49:16 AM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Oddly Enough, Theyíre Not Certainties --- So youíre on the green and stroke your perfect putt, only to find a pebble veers your dimpled ball slightly off of the hole. You bank the 9-ball with an absolutely on point stroke only to see it rattle the jaws of the pocket as you are already pulling balls out for your opponent...



High Stakes Poker On GSN
Posted at 02/13/2006 03:58:35 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
High Stakes Poker On GSN --- If you have yet to see or hear about this then youíre really missing out. Every Monday night on GSN at 9:00 eastern time there is poker being shown. Yeah, I know, big whoop-- you can see poker just about every day now on some channel. But straying from the norm of the same old fi...



Betting, Reading, Buying, And Selling
Posted at 01/26/2006 04:27:30 AM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
Betting, Reading, Buying, And Selling --- So a little while back I bought a car. After well over a year of not being mobile without some form of assistance I was finally able to make a transaction which would give me that sweet privilege Iíve missed for quite some time now. All in all I got a great deal and have absolute...



I'll See Your Million AND Raise You...
Posted at 01/12/2006 04:12:28 AM in Humor by Sack.
I'll See Your Million AND Raise You... --- Now personally, Iím not too big on advertising, gimmicks, spam, or any type of junk such as that. But I must admit this one really got my attention. Iím not actually sure how true or legit this whole thing is, but it is pretty damn crazy if you ask me. If it is simply a publicity...



Happy New Year
Posted at 01/05/2006 06:26:21 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Happy New Year --- So itís that time once again. That thing that happens every 365 days or so in which we decide to make an attempt to shed a few of our imperfections, and set to improve upon ourselves as human beings. Somehow the word ďnewĒ being included in ďNew YearĒ implies an opportunity to ma...



Very Naughty Month
Posted at 12/29/2005 05:42:23 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Very Naughty Month --- The cruel hand of fate and the inevitability of variance continue to trample upon my tired poker soul. At first it was actually kind of cute. You know, like ďAwww, ha ha, those cards really sucked that whole tournament.Ē Like some sort of virus entering my bodyÖ starting off as a...



Get Over It (Wise Words Follow)
Posted at 12/20/2005 03:56:56 PM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Get Over It (Wise Words Follow) --- Sometimes you just run out of things to say, get too lazy to say them, lose motivation for finding these things, or even find something else that says exactly what you needed to hear/say. Usually itís a combination of more than one of these things. Singers and songwriters do this...



Variance Sucks
Posted at 12/15/2005 02:10:06 PM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Variance Sucks --- When I last wrote with an update I had finally lost after a nice little hot streak there. Well, now eleven days later Iíve managed to drum up several curse words and probably even made up a few new ones in the process. December is quickly becoming a bad month in my mind, as I wil...



Online Poker Is Rigged... P.S. Iím A Moron
Posted at 12/04/2005 05:43:58 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Online Poker Is Rigged... P.S. Iím A Moron --- This is what I like to call a frustration piece. That is where something finally gets on your nerves just enough that you have to vent it out. So in the fine words of Peter Griffin:

ďYou know what really grinds my gears?Ē All these people wasting valuable bits of cyber...



December Already?
Posted at 12/04/2005 12:31:31 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
December Already? --- Iíve always been a superstitious person. I suppose as a baseball player it was always a natural thing for me. So over the course of my poker playing, I notice that generally when Iím running good and write something about it or tell someone how itís going, I tend to find a cold s...



What Goes Up...
Posted at 11/26/2005 06:02:02 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
What Goes Up... --- First off hope all my Sackalytes out there had a good Thanksgiving-- or for some of our readers a good last Thursday I suppose. Either way I know Iíve had a tough year in a general sense, but am truly a very lucky person with a lot to be thankful for. The good thing about hard ti...



Something For The New Players
Posted at 11/17/2005 03:21:47 PM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Something For The New Players --- Just a little something I ran across on a forum a few days back. It was posted by user Vasumi, and he is kind enough to grant me permission to put it on here. I think it is full of great observations, thoughts, and situations that all newer players go through at some point. Vasum...



Sack-Almost Tournament Superstar
Posted at 11/15/2005 05:29:18 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Sack-Almost Tournament Superstar --- So last week was a good week. Nothing special, just out and out solid play with slow and steady profit. I actually made my quota early on in the week and had a nice head start for this week. I had a positive- if not cocky- feeling as I began my play for this week. I knew it would...



Play The Game Or Go Away
Posted at 11/12/2005 07:01:01 AM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Play The Game Or Go Away --- I canít sit here and pretend to be some old timer whoís been around the block in the poker world for years and years. I canít say I sat down with the likes of a Johnny Moss back in the good olí days. I canít even say Iím some historian who can track the progress of poker through ...



Is Poker A Sport?
Posted at 11/10/2005 04:15:50 AM in General Discussions by Sack.
Is Poker A Sport? --- I frequent a few message boards, have casual conversations, and listen to drunken banter on almost a daily basis. People wage verbal war from all topics ranging from politics and religion to whether or not that chicks things are real. Conversations get heated, things are said abo...



Rollercoaster
Posted at 11/07/2005 02:51:30 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Rollercoaster --- When I last wrote I had just scraped by finishing a decent session to make up for a rough several days. Shortly after I had written that I found some juicy ones and managed to jump from my minimum bankroll up to nearly my normal withdrawal point. Ah, how nice to surpass a daily g...



Temperature Drops And Decks Get Cold
Posted at 11/02/2005 06:25:08 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Temperature Drops And Decks Get Cold --- Itís gotten cool enough at night here where I can actually run my heater. Finally maybe the power bill will take a dip down since I wonít be running the AC all day and night trying to stay comfortable. Unfortunately no amount of heat I pump has been enough to warm the deck of car...



The Honor Of Being Feared
Posted at 10/29/2005 07:11:42 AM in General Discussions by Sack.
The Honor Of Being Feared --- p1_ivey_0714.jpg

Would you want that staring you down as you make a decision? I know I sure wouldn't! I'm happy to say one of my favorite players to watch and learn from ca...



Sailing The Pacific (Pacific Poker Review)
Posted at 10/27/2005 07:07:40 AM in Website Reviews by Sack.
Sailing The Pacific (Pacific Poker Review) --- ďFind out why everyone is playing pokerÖ at Pacific PokerĒ is what the little popup exclaims as you exit their site ( http://www.888.com/ ) I hate pop-ups, but have grown to accept them as a fact of virtual life regardless of what software I may ...



Put On A Clean Pair
Posted at 10/25/2005 06:05:05 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Put On A Clean Pair --- I was always a pretty good hitter in baseball. Sure Iíve always been smaller, and in my younger days if I was going to hit a homerun it would have to be an in the park one. As I grew up to what was generously listed in your program as 5í7Ē and a buck sixty I even began to get res...



Lie, Cheat, And Steal
Posted at 10/23/2005 06:20:37 AM in Tournament Strategy by Sack.
Lie, Cheat, And Steal --- With the exception of the ďcheatĒ part of the title, an absolute necessity of the game we play includes lying and stealing. And what fun it can be! Poker must be the only facet of life in which lying and stealing are not only accepted as norms, but are also an integral part of be...



Gotta Write Something Sometime
Posted at 10/22/2005 06:00:22 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Gotta Write Something Sometime --- OK, so itís been over a week since Iíve written any sort of update. Itís not that I havenít wanted to, Iím just in one of those modes where I get all these great ideas to write about- but then once I start on them I get distracted before I finish it and start a new idea. So Iím l...



World Series of Poker Main Event Schedule
Posted at 10/13/2005 01:49:19 PM in Q&A by Sack.
World Series of Poker Main Event Schedule --- All the following listings are in Central time and are for Charter Communications in central Alabama. Your listings may vary.

Tuesdays:
Original broadcast at 7:00 and 8:00 pm on ESPN
Wednesday:
replayed at midnight and 1:00 am on ESPN2 2:00 and 3:00 ...



Someone Spikes Punch At Party
Posted at 10/11/2005 10:29:32 AM in Website Reviews by Sack.
Someone Spikes Punch At Party --- So the big news this week thatís flooding every message board and poker related site is what all is going on at Party Poker. Some big changes, some small new things, and a whole lot of hype and confusion. Iíve been reading up and trying to figure it all out, and hopefully I can b...



Playing "My" Game
Posted at 10/06/2005 02:49:00 PM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Playing "My" Game --- The month of September didnít wind up showing a whole lot of fruitful results for me. It wasnít a bust completely, I showed a small profit overall for the month, but nowhere near what I have been doing nor was it close to what I should be making given the levels I was frequenting...



Bitter Sweet Redemption
Posted at 10/03/2005 05:22:19 PM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Bitter Sweet Redemption --- So Iíve been sick all weekend. I donít remember feeling this badly since morning after nights that I donít have any recollection of. Laid up on the sofa inside for the better part of four days straight would normally actually be a semi vacation for me under normal circumstances, ...



Check Yo' Self Before You Wreck Yo' Self
Posted at 09/27/2005 03:23:39 PM in Tournament Strategy by Sack.
Check Yo' Self Before You Wreck Yo' Self --- Who knew that Ice Cube was really passing the message on to poker players rather than suburban white kids? I know Gecko has covered this topic before, and I may or may not have mentioned it previously as well, but I donít think that it can be said enough. So here goesÖ ahemÖ ďit...



Chip And A Chair Part 2
Posted at 09/25/2005 06:04:20 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Chip And A Chair Part 2 --- So there I was, waiting in line at the local Wal-Mart with my thumb up some chickísÖ wait, wrong story. But the end of that one is she says, ď excuse me, do I know you?Ē This story begins itís end with me not quite as short as the short stack, only seven players left and only thr...



Chip And A Chair... Can It Be Done? Pt. 1
Posted at 09/24/2005 05:54:54 AM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Chip And A Chair... Can It Be Done? Pt. 1 --- Why oh why do I get myself in these situations? It sometimes seems I like punishing myself or giving myself some pressure packed situation in which I must pull something out of one of my eyes (and I donít mean the two pretty blue ones). It happens with bills, rent, pool, whatever...



Sack's Update
Posted at 09/23/2005 03:45:48 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Sack's Update --- So where oh where has our Sacky been? Itís usually a little scary when I drop out of site for a while, at least for those who know me. When Sack is not heard from usually itís time to give a quick call to hospitals, jails, and morgues. Besides that one little post peering into t...



Life... What About It?
Posted at 09/20/2005 02:40:43 AM in Personal Rants by Sack.
Life... What About It? --- Through my life I guess Iíve found anything Iíve done to be another analogy to life itself in general. First came baseball, which dominated well over half of my life to this point. Soon after those days were over I became engrossed in pool and found all those same metaphors in th...



Who sits on a wall anyway?
Posted at 09/10/2005 06:29:00 PM in Personal Poker Experiences by Sack.
Who sits on a wall anyway? --- Humpty Dumpty sat on a wallÖ and well you all know the rest. Bottom line that guy fell hard and got busted up pretty good. Overall I imagine it was a pretty bad day. Well, thus far today my results have been no different, and I sure am cracked up pretty good.

Guess it...



screwsack.exe update
Posted at 09/09/2005 12:47:57 AM in Personal Rants by Sack.
screwsack.exe update --- Very few things in life should be feared. Maybe things like God, loneliness, staplers, stuff such as that. Iím proud enough (or naÔve enough) to say I have very few fears in life. Iíve put myself through enough hell the last few years that certain things that cause people to have...



What Are The Odds??? Part 1
Posted at 09/07/2005 01:40:06 PM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
What Are The Odds??? Part 1 --- So there we are, yelling at the screen like somebody stole something. We do that because, well, they did! How could they make that call with just a draw? How could they suck out like that? I had the best hand and that ass got lucky! What a horrible call that was... or was it real...



Slowly Getting Back
Posted at 09/07/2005 02:02:34 AM in General Discussions by Sack.
Slowly Getting Back --- Well things have finally balanced out in the world and Iím back to my normal profitability in the world of poker. My withdrawals from last night will total more than my paychecks from work, which is very good to Sack. The downside is that it is really only balancing out the lackl...



Poker Gods And My Sins
Posted at 09/01/2005 05:43:01 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
Poker Gods And My Sins --- *NOTE* This was written a few days ago, I just forgot to post it!

From time to time a ship passes through the sea that does not satisfy the standards or wishes that King Neptune has set forth. A cocky ďunsinkableĒ ship partying and playing loud music all night may pass...



Affirmation In Negative Times
Posted at 08/25/2005 01:40:34 PM in General Discussions by Sack.
Affirmation In Negative Times --- In the short few months I hav? actually been playing poker I feel like I have come a long way and played very well. And when I say few months playing, I donít mean as in ďIíve played some form of poker for {kittens} and giggles and now I play seriously. I actually mean Iíve only ...



It's Gecko's Fault
Posted at 08/22/2005 06:44:01 PM in Personal Rants by Sack.
It's Gecko's Fault --- Of course after reading Mr. Gecko's rant about bad beats it was bound to come down upon me... and how!

Yesterday I took a well deserved day off from both working as well as poker (well, I played an hour of poker, but thatís an off day for me). This afternoon after I g...



You Have Time
Posted at 08/19/2005 05:34:35 PM in Poker Strategy by Sack.
You Have Time --- So you're on your way to work enjoying your talk radio during your favorite time of day, rush hour traffic. You are taking the slow and sure way to get there on time, since you are a safe driver... right? And then inevitably here come that maniac flying in behind you, swerving be...



Knowledge Is Power
Posted at 08/14/2005 01:56:13 PM in Beginner Topics by Sack.
Knowledge Is Power --- One of the biggest mistakes I see on the poker tables is people playing WAY over their heads and understanding of the game. I love seeing these people at the tables- and you donít want to be THAT person.

It looks so exciting on TV with all the drama. People pushing al...



Moving Into Scoring Position
Posted at 08/10/2005 02:49:27 PM in Tournament Strategy by Sack.
Moving Into Scoring Position --- I stepped up to the plate that hot summer day drenched in sweat. We were down by a run in a tight game and time was running short for us to come back. With a runner on first and nobody out this could possibly be our last chance. Our fans chanted my name, trying to pump up the...



Sack's First Entry
Posted at 08/09/2005 02:54:48 PM in Other by Sack.
Sack's First Entry --- "Hi, my name is Sack and I'm a poker player...." I figure a quick easy introduction such as that is warranted as I sit here like a first day in rehab, wondering who or what I should be. I can share with the group that I am an important business man, a doctor, a lawyer, or anyth...




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