Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email: thebodogari@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Game of Failure

Poker is a game of failure much like baseball. If a baseball player bats .400 he would be known as an all time great. Same holds true for Poker: You're gonna fail much more than u succeed. So the goal is to maximize you're money when u finally do succeed. Don't be content to be a singles hitter. That is not enough to overcome the majority of cases where u will bust with 0 money.

Case in Point: Last night's $100 NL tourney on Stars at 11PM EST.

I played 2 hands all tourney.

First Hand: It gets folded to me in the Small Blind, and I complete the 10-20 blinds. The Big Blind raises up to 60 and I call with my 78. Flop comes out 910J, and I check my flopped low straight, he bets 120 and I raise it up to 360, He quickly goes all in with his kj, and my 78 fails to hold to a turn and river of J,Q. Im down to 240 chips, and wait a few hands till I get KK, I go all in and fail to hold against a7.

My point is hardly to complain, I really really don't mind. Just illustrating the nature of the game (notg-nature or name). These are situations that were good for me and I still lost, imagine all the situations that are not so good... Losing is def. part of the game, and to be good, u gotta accept that.

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