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:

Monday, June 05, 2006


Look, the death of any person is a bad thing, particularly of soldiers, that have risked their lives to defend our freedoms. However, please people, lets put this in a little perspective. Lest I weaken a strong argument, I bring you Michael Barone: Link .

"The military struggle in Iraq (nearly 2,500 military deaths) is spoken of in as dire terms as Vietnam (58,219), Korea (54,246) or World War II (405,399). We bemoan the cruel injustice of $3 a gallon for gas in a country where three-quarters of people classified as poor have air conditioning and microwave ovens. We complain about a tide of immigration that is, per U.S. resident, running at one-third the rate of 99 years ago."

Yes it is easy to say this from the comfort of my basement. I want to commend all those that are right now putting themselves on the line for us. Also a holler at my brother, who is now doing his yearly army training as part of the army reserves program. He's the only person I know that left our upper-middle income sububran neighborhood of Chicago, to enlist in the army at 17. U are the man, Avner.


Blogger Domine Rex said...

Great Post Ari!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Depa said...


Where in Chicago are you at? I live in Old Town and was wondering if you ever go to the boats or if you know of any home games?


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Blogger Martine said...

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2:16 PM  
Blogger Martine said...

Good thoughts Ari. I notice more and more Americans taking this country for granted and not even realizing that still, to this day, taking your country for granted in many other countries could make you a prisoner to your own government. It's a priveldge to be an American, I just would like more people to become aware of that.

Give my best to your bro, thats an awesome thing he is doing.

2:19 PM  
Blogger BodogAri said...

I lived in Skokie for 4 years, while I was in high school, then went to Israel for a year, and since then I have lived in NY, first in Manhattan for 2 years, and now in Brooklyn

2:19 PM  
Blogger edub10304 said...

Thank you!

7:23 PM  
Blogger edub10304 said...

I too, am a soldier in the U.S Army. Just returned from a 13 month stint in Iraq. Appreciate the shout out.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Ari's Prodigy said...

Hey Bro,
just got back from training thanks for the shout out. Great post!

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