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:

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


a good night. Final tabled a small 150 on paradise, but got 8'th there, and then took 2nd in the big 150 on stars. (Also, won a small $50 on Sunpoker earlier.) Played the tightest I ever have in both of them, but of course had to have things break my way a number of times. I'm still trying to strike the right balance, particularly when it comes short handed. In cash games in the past, I've been basically hyper-aggressive short, but that was almost all in Limit. (I used to play NL cash too, but it was always ring games ie: 9 or 10 handed)

When I first started tourneys, I took the same hyper-aggresive style short handed, but it hasnt done me much good, unless I'm a huge chipleader, which is an entirely different story. Well, basically I'd end up bleading tons of chips, because people would keep reraising me all in and I'd fold my garbage. Since then I've tightened up quite a bit, but feel like I'm playing too tight. Anyways, late, and I'm not sure where this is going, any tips on short-handed play in tourneys appreciated. TY


Blogger scott said...

no tips, i'm a little out of my league on that one, but i just wanted to compliment you on how you conducted yourself at the 150 FT. waiting for the disconnected guy was classy, and it's pretty messed up how he spat in you two's face. pretty classless. i thought the poker gods would put him in his place and give him third after his little charade. still a nice score though, congrats.

and good job on totally owning me in the may tlb wsop freeroll. it's pretty humbling when i'm trying my hardest and just playing two tables while you play 15 tables and still demolish me :)


2:42 AM  
Blogger Disrespect said...

you're a sicko in the 150 on stars ari, great job.

I really hope one day i can play one of these (and win :P) rather than grinding out the $10 sngs.

You're doing awesome keep up the good work.


7:14 AM  
Blogger lowdog said...

I think players get too aggressive toward the end especially when the blinds are still small. I used to also but found that it's best to get out of the way and let them knock each other out. Wait for the good cards. Now if the table is tight as nuts and the blinds are high I go for the steals and can really build a stack fast like that.
I have taken the philosophy that I was not meant to win every tourney. It’s best to just play smart and let the cards take me as far as Im going to go.

7:33 PM  
Blogger ZootBox said...

I believe my problem when play gets shorthanded is the way I rank the importance of factors such as 1. My Hand, 2.Chip Stacks, 3.Size of Blinds, and 4.a player's Image/Style. Early in the tournament I can do things to tweek my Image as well as test others to figure out their Style so ultimately I can get their Chips. When it gets down the the last 2 tables, and into the final table, I do not switch the necessary gears. Instead of playing according to the size of blinds and chipstacks, I hold on to what I think is my table Image. I find myself putting in very bad preflop raises because I think I need to look less weak or not raising a hand when it folds to me because I think a player might have picked up on a tendency of mine and play back at me. These plays of mine are especially questionable on sites where final table blinds are so large that flops are very rarely seen. All in all, I believe I need to stop thinking I can outplay people later in the hand or later in the tournament and instead play according to ChipStacks and Blinds.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Alex Martin said...

Identifying people who wont liberally defend their blind has always helped me when it gets short-handed. But tbh, there are very few players who can offer you advice. And, thinking about not one of them ;)


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