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:

Friday, August 24, 2007


Things have going really well for me recently (no evil eye please). Last week I managed to chop the Sunday 100R with JoeyTheB a very good player (and good person) from Jersey who plays alot in Atlantic City and online.

I'll be going next week to the WPT Bike tourney in LA, so basically the goal is to be on your TV sets in about 6 months, one tiiiiime.

In very recent developments, I've been getting killed in Full Tilt tournaments this month, having had no nl holdem wins this month and a very low itm%. I've never had the success I've had at other sites on FTP, but this has taken it to a new low, any advice is appreciated!

On Stars since the big chop things have been relatively "meh" too. I did however manage to cash in 4 straight tournaments for the first time over the last 2 days. As noted in earlier posts that doesnt do much for my profitability but is an interesting note. Edit: Let it be known these small swings while "depressing" do not get me to down, I realize it's gonna happen. (Ok in theory they don't get me down, I know I'm "supposed" to not be upset about them, of course that is not always the way I act...)

I did an interview the other day with "Cardplayer TV" (TV being a little deceptive in this case as I did the interview by phone.) Here is the link.

Speaking of live poker, Internet legend/celebrity TheWacoKidd is currently 2nd for the year on Cardplayer's player of the Year race. I really want to wish him good luck, and I hope he can get a couple more good scores in this year. Helpful hint of the day: If you're at his table avoid at all costs.

More importantly, I hope to write my next blog w/ a WPT win to my name. Then you can all say you read a blog of a WPT champion instead of an "internet donkey".

Friday, August 03, 2007


I finally found someone who was willing to sit with and instruct me on the basic setup process for PokerTracker. I've never used any kind of statistical tracking device before, (I dont count sites like thepokerdb in the same category as they only show overall results) but so far it seems amazing. I'm looking forward to building up a large sample of data on some of my regular opponents. Thank you very much to Dyzalot for the help.

On a related note, I'm completely baffled that this software is legal, and I believe anyone who doesnt use it loses some advantage. (I've got no idea what the percent is, but it is something.) Obviously, as long as its legal, I'll continue using it.