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:

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I played a couple of sit and go's at crown casino in Melbourne, before I left Australia. (Been in New Zealand for a day and a bit now) In one of them, the first hand, I had 1010, and lost a middle size pot to an ace on an ace high flop. Immediately following the hand, one guys says, Christmas time, another one is like, soooooooo obv. As they all bust, I don't say a word, but secretly enjoy their money a little more than the others. Some people play for the enjoyment of calling others donks, some play to have fun, and some play for $$$. Decide what your goal is, and don't let others distract you from it.

It is my belief that if you've never been called a donk before, you're doing something wrong. Shannon Shorr wrote in his blog,

Q) Do you post or read at 2+2 or PocketFives?
A) No. I can't get excited about the idea of posting/analysing hands when you have no idea who the people critiquing (sp?) you are. Have they had more success than me in poker? Probably not, so I'm not going to post a hand and get flamed for it by $.5/$1 players.

For those of us that do read the forums, and are serious about improving our game, keep that in mind. Just bec. some dude in an internet forum wrote that you are donk, DOES NOT mean that it is the case. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with being open minded enough to listen to the opinion of others, even if they haven't had the same success as you.

As with everything else in poker, self honesty is king. Ego and self honesty do not match well, and when they clash, you must forgo your ego for a bit, so that you can actually improve. Not a day goes by, where I don't see errors in my game, and I'm sure I'm still missing alot of them.


Blogger disablist said...

This is the schedule of tournaments being held at SkyCity in Auckland. If you are gonna attend any let me know bro,

2:48 PM  
Blogger disablist said...

Also I'm not sure if you have a supply here of that stuff that grows so well in NZ. I can hook u up pretty easily if not, not sure if ur in Auckland though. I'm at work till 5pm. My no. is 027 693 9013

6:11 PM  
Blogger Fred Titmus said...

Happy (and profitable) New Year

9:22 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Hi Ari,

First time poster on your comments but been reading your blog for a while. I was wondering if you could have a look at a post i made on P5s - for your opinion.

In the spirit of trying to bubble. I think i would ahve rather have exited via reraising all in with 9 2 o/s pre.


10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i didn't realise that you had a blog :)

I've railed you on stars loads of times.

Good luck and happy new year to you!!

8:53 AM  

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