Monday, June 19, 2006

King's Shilling

Well the world certainly turns. As the early birds may know, I am now a writer for Card Player Europe. Those who remember my robust dialogues with Rolf S, the European editor, may be a little surprised. However the Dutch have a long history of being both able to enjoy an argument and also being able to put it behind them. So those of you who have enjoyed my midly patronising style can now pick it up in print. Feel free to send raving, mildly insane letters of praise to Cardplayer. For the blog loyalists, there will still be the usual GOM stuff here, and if you want to kick off something based on my articles, then be my guest. This will remain the same old place to hang out and prove how wrong I am and I don't expect a lot of cross over traffic.

Just so this post isnt completely void of poker content, I thought I would just mention that I seem to be having my usual summer. First losing month of any significance this year, although I have been on meagre rations the last few months too. Still winning more than last year though. Touch wood.

I made the mistake of watching the WSOP Main Event on TV. Andy Black looked good. Aaron Kanter and Tiffany Williamsen though....brrrrrrrr.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

Well I'll be checking CP Eurotrash for your articles as they should be entertaining. And wouldn't the title of this blog entry be more accurate if it were "Queen's New Pence"? :)

BluffTHIS!

chaos said...

I was thinking more along the lines of "The Full Shilling?".

Congrats though Dave, pure altruism I trust!

chaos

You're going to have to work on those titles tho', or is that what they're paying you for? ;)

Big Dave D said...

tx guys...what's wrong with the titles??? I guess I have been reading too much Neal Stephenson of late. Chaos, its not quite altruistic, but neither is it likely to buffer this months losing run either :( I guess its a vanity/ego thing, although I must admit I was worried about my inspiration levels. Let's see what happens.

gl

dd

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

Please keep in mind that I do not represent "the" Dutch very well. In general, Dutch people are very smart, open-minded and forgiving... and unfortunately I fit none of these descriptions. :)

Anyway, I hope you will have a good time with us. And of course I hope that your presence will help us reach a new "target audience" if you will.

Keep up the good work,

Rolf Slotboom
www.rolfslotboom.com

Gergery said...

I guess getting ahold of those eyeballs did pay off for you after all.

I'll look forward to reading your articles.

redsimon said...

Dave,

Any link to your CP Europe article online?

Anonymous said...

As an anonymous fan or your writings, congrats on the new gig, I certainly understand the vanity/ego play, it's a gas to contribute to the body of knowledge/literature of anything.

Robby Hart

Big Dave D said...

Well tx folks for the kind words. Although most of you are shooting blind as I doubt any of you have read it yet :) Except LA. And ROlf.

dd

Anonymous said...

Blind perhaps, but extrapolating from what I've read leads me to believe you'll do just fine... Good luck!

Robby Hart

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

I've been searching through the archives (as this is the PLO resource on the net!) but couldn't find quite what I was after...

I'm wondering about mixing in a little PLO with my NL hold'em, mainly because I heard there was less variance. However I've also heard that PLO actually requires a much bigger roll and that fluctuations are far worse.

As I thought I understood it, PLO offers a larger edge than NL hold'em for the good player, and some 2+2 forumites agreed with this assertion. However these are the same people who are also saying there is greater variance, which seems contradictory to me.

What's your take?


Matt.

Big Dave D said...

Matt,

Thanks for the kind words. Whoever said that PLO gives a good player a big edge is wrong. PLO is by far the highest variance form of big bet poker commonly played. This is why, before the Internet boom, PLO was widely played across Europe. Bad players had a chance and survived longer. I literally had never played a hand of NLHE, for example, as a cash game until this year. And I have been playing about 10 years now.

The reason for this is simple. It is very rare you get into situations where you are completely crushing your opponent. This is more true once you get past the middle limits. Many people have said that PLO is a 60/40 game. By this they mean that often the situations end up with one side having 60% of the equity, the other 40%. The key is getting more 60s than 40s. But even so, that isnt much of an edge at all compared to NLHE. Another factor is that once you get past, say the 2-4 stakes, even the bad players are not disasterous, like they are at NL. They are often just dangerous gamblers. You can't just sit around and pick off the fish as you do in NLHE as (a) you end up playing the good players too, that damned 60/40 thing again (b) the fish bite back.

If you really want to avoid variance, play a very tight style of PLO8b.

gl

dd

Anonymous said...

Firstly, congratulations on the new job.

Dave said “the Dutch have a long history of being both able to enjoy an argument and also being able to put it behind them”
Really ?
You obviously haven’t worked in Holland then.

Rolf said “In general, Dutch people are very smart, open-minded and forgiving...”
Pretty silly statement – there are smart Dutch, and there are stupid Dutch, there are open-minded Dutch, there are close-minded Dutch, there are forgiving Dutch and there are unforgiving Dutch.
Just like any other race actually.

Kevin

William G Nevin said...

Perhaps you should have a bet on Tiffany at 2000-1 to make it more bearable watching her?