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:

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Ever Since

I have had internet and used it regularly, I have been a regular reader of the blogosphere. Nowadays, (and I do consider myself a little of a news junkie) I never read newspapers or watch the news on TV (unless u count Colbert Report, which is definately more informative than your average network news station.)

I play on all the major sites with variations of Ari or BodogAri, and it works out preety well. But after getting called down with 17'th pair bottom kicker for the millionth time- w/ them being good- I began to wonder what having an anonymous name would be like. Therefore, as new sites began to offer some good promotions, I signed up with them, but used a generic name. Last night, I finally had my first good score, taking down a decent sized tourney. It was amazing to see the flexibility that not being "Ari" allowed me to have.

On the other hand, many top players complain/are extatic, about the loose action they receive because they are a named player and people want to knock them out. This remains true at times, like in the 2nd level of a stars 100 yesterday, a guy raises triple the blinds from UTG and gets flat called by the 3rd to act guy, I'm sitting there in late position with aa, 1500 chips, and about 100 chips in the pot. I just push in there and JJ auto calls. That's loose action that I want. However, with my style of play, I would love if I never had to showdown my hand for the rest of my life. One of those things that I'll have to give a little more thought to. I already have accounts on party and pokerroom skins, where I could play under different names if I so choose.

Big day Sunday today, I "know" I have to limit the amount of tables I play at one time, and I'm gonna try maxing out at 4 from now on. Chances are... I fail, but it's def something that I eventually need to work on. It's preety clear to me now that playing 7-8 tables at once is not something that is good for me or my bottom line.

I was watching the espn show "Bonds on Bonds" and found what he had to say about competition and the moment to apply very well to poker. Now it's preety clear to me that this guy isn't someone who is very noble, but you can learn from all. I was watching late late last night finishing off a couple of sng's before bed, so I don't remember exactly his words, but he was talking about how for a split second, you know exactly what the other guy is gonna do, and you just gotta act on it.

I left my cell in my friends car the other day, and he was saying how I never mention any of them in my blog. Thomas Jefferson, bring me back my cell.

Some may ask, why what was I doing "out"? During my year in Isreal after high school, I had 3 roomates, TJ, Jeremy, and Benny. Congrats to Benny who got engaged on Thursday (and Jeremy who will be getting married next month), and of course that is the answer to todays question of the day.

Here's to a good Sunday.


Blogger ABA said...

Now at least I understand why i could not get in touch with you. Hope you have a great day, no matter what name you use.

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Blogger Yoilish said...

How about mentioning some of your Aussie mates as well????

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