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 06, 2007

So with all my talk of bubbling and trying to bubble, you'd think I might take getting knocked out on the bubble well. The truth is a little farther, I hate getting so close, and not hitting. However, I realize that is what it takes...

which is all an intro to what happened last night. 5 paid in the UB 100Rebuy (the days of UB being a major site are almost for sure numbered) and I got sixth. The interesting part was that I actually had the best hand when the money went in. (I can't remember the last time I was called on the actual bubble (1 away) and showed the best hand.) The other tourney i bubbled was the 20R, and there I went out in a more normal way, when my 109 couldnt beat aq.

Speaking of UB, I've broke my DB curse. Ever since started tracking UB tournies, I'd never been able to cash for more than double my buyin. We are talking about over 6 months, with nothing to show. Of course, I wasn't playing much on the site- partially due to the bad run, and partly to a general dislike of UB- either way, it hurt, and breaking out of that slump is sweet. I cashed 3 tournies in a row, winning one of them for 4k, and having scores of about 1k in the other 2. I'm still down on UB since the DB started tracking it, but its a huge step in the right direction. Of course that 100R last night woulda been real helpful..

In live tournies, my Bellagio trip didnt go as planned and other than winning a satellite to the main event there (25k buyin) - which I proceeded to donk * out of early in day 2 - and a meaningless cash in the nightly 1k. Next stop is Las Vegas again for the WSOP and the surrounding tournies. Hopefully I can make a dent in the live poker world this trip.

* Folded to me on the button, I had just come to a new table, and I 3X'd BB w/ a8. The SB folded, and the BB reraised to about 10-12BB's. He had me covered, and when I reraised all in (for about 65BB's) he insta called me aa. An 8 on the flop just provided me wtih some fake hope.


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6:14 PM  
Blogger Jarooty said...

Ari - keep up the good work. Tough luck on your donk from the 25k. I think though, it's the fact that you're able to make that kind of move that makes you sucessful in the poker world. 95% of players insta-muck A8 there, and if he doesn't have exactly AA(or maybe KK) you're picking up those extra 10bb without a fight. I'll be rootin for ya in the WSOP.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

Hey mate.. it's yoilish.

I've been meaning to call you but I plan to be in NY for a few days around the beginning of June. Moishe Hendel's wedding is on the 5th. You gonna be in town?

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Blogger rm said...


Just came across your blog - hope all is well with you. Say hi to your family

Rich - from the old neighborhood

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