Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stick's Audio: My Radio Spots From 1990

For those who don't know, I used to be an on-air radio DJ near Chico, CA for a year in 1990. This wasn't a college thing. This was actually a real commercial radio station and I had to go to broadcasting school to get the gig. It was a lot of fun while it lasted. When they changed the format from Top-40 Pop to Adult Hits, they let me and others go in favor of more mature-sounding voices. After all the hard work and overnight shifts I had pulled (they even made me work the day after I got married - no honeymoon 'til later), they just kicked me to the curb. Needless to say, I ditched that career after finding out I could be discarded so easily. I guess it was a normal thing in the radio biz.

Anyway, I bring this up because recently I found an old tape of a few commercials I produced for air. Looking back, some sound kinda funny. Here they are as MP3's. Check out the old prices in the market ad. Enjoy!

Stick's 1990 Radio Spots: A market & a Mexican restaurant. 1:07, 1.54MB MP3

Stick's 1990 Radio Spots: A cowboy clothing store & a car show. 1:15, 1.73MB MP3

Stick's 1990 Radio Spots: A hair salon w/goofy backup singers. 0:55, 1.27MB MP3

Monday, September 24, 2007

Full Tilt Is On The Ball!

Unlike Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker has swiftly solved and resolved their own case of cheating:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

'Superuser' Scandal Has 'Absolute' Reach

IMO, the speculation about "superuser" accounts at Absolute Poker will not only affect AP's reputation, but also online poker's reputation as a whole. Let's hope AP handles this correctly & swiftly for the sake of the industry. Here's the story:

Friday, September 14, 2007

Stick's Video: $10NL Full Ring Stars 09/14/07

Here's a video of me donking off my stack at 10NL with some other folks from Cardschat. 47mb AVI, 27 mins. The last 3 hands killed me and I think I played them incorrectly. Go ahead and tell me what you think of those plays (comment here or on forum). The sound is just a tad scratchy. I edited it to make it cleaner than it was originally, so it's not too bad.

(BTW, I uploaded the video to my blog on Blogger. But it took 4 times as long as Megaupload and it only showed in a tiny flash player. Not good.)

More Full Tilt Mods

I had to show off a few more new Full Tilt table mods I made up featuring my favorite NASCAR driver, Robby Gordon:

Next mods: Another driver, Tony Stewart. Plus I might try some more mods on PokerStars.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Stick's Video: 3-Tabling $25NL Full Ring 09/09/07

Here's a recent video of me 3-tabling $25NL full ring cash tables at PokerStars. 115MB AVI, 34 minutes. There are 2 strange AA hands. One at the beginning and one at the end. (Part way through, the sound starts to skip very slightly ahead of the action but it isn't too bad.) Feel free to critique my play and post your comments here or on forum. Cheers.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Book Review: "Why You Lose at Poker" by Fox & Harker

Finally, the book review I've been promising. I say "finally" but I actually finished this in under a month. That is really fast for me. I usually have trouble paying attention to a book for more than a few pages in a sitting. Might be a form of A.D.D. But this book (206 pages) captured my attention so well that I was averaging 10 pages per sitting.

The authors of the book, Russell Fox and Scott T. Harker, got its premise after seeing a book called "Why You Lose at Bridge". A line from the foreword says it all: "Every (poker) book wants to talk about winning; it's time for a book to talk about losing". They lay out the book in chapters addressing each specific problem or leak that they deem important. Sure, they mention the standard issues like bankroll management and playing too many hands. But they also have eye-opening chapters like "Losing Because You're Not Properly Educated" and "Losing Because You're Playing in Tournaments" (arguable, but still containing some very valid points). They have made up characters who illustrate these problems for different types of players. The maniac, the tight, scared player, the careless player, the chaser, the newbie, and more are represented here so that virtually every reader/player can see themselves in the characters and they can see what happens when each mistake is committed. Both limit and no-limit hold'em situations are represented, but these situations are strictly for cash games (except for the one chapter mentioned above). At the end of the book, there are sample hands in which the characters participate. The descriptions and analysis of each are short, very direct, and easily understood. Not like some of the samples in books by Sklansky and Harrington.

I must say that the book is also another "easy read" in that the chapters are not too long and the font & line spacing are pleasant enough. This is important for readers like me who can easily tire of reading textbook- or dictionary-style pages. Also, this book has had such an impact on my game that I can see myself referring back to it for many years to come. With the help of this book, I was able to identify a few problems in my game and begin to fix them rather quickly. Out of the 10 or so poker books I've read, this one will definitely be the one I revisit the most. I can solidly recommend it to anyone who thinks their game is less than perfect, which would be almost everyone. It would be especially useful for losing players who haven't a clue what their leak or problem is, but are eager to find it.. This book WILL help them find it. This book is available in the PokerStars FPP store for a very reasonable price, so ditch the cap or stress ball notions if you want to get your game together.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

August Another Downer; My New FTP Mods

Another struggle in August:

I'm thankful that I found the book "Why You Lose At Poker" to help my skid, but it turned out to be not enough. I think I got anxious about my comeback from more than $200 down and I pushed too hard when I got back close to even. I did salvage a couple of good days to end the month at -$121 and I figured out a few more things.

One is that I need to avoid turbo SnG's. My tight, waiting style is not conducive to the accelerated blind structure. Pity because I like to get them over with sooner, but I'd also rather have a better chance to win. The other thing I figured out is that I do better in ring games if I tell myself that it is OK to wait for good hands. In the past, I have felt weak or too tight if I didn't play enough hands while at a table. So I tried bluffs or chases that were poor and usually found trouble. Enough of that!

(30 pages to go for "Why You Lose At Poker." Review coming soon.)

FULL TILT MODS: Been working on some Full Tilt backgrounds featuring my favorite NASCAR driver, Robby Gordon:

I just found the tables on 2+2 (thanks Gregg777) and added the Robby Gordon stuff to jazz them up. I'm working on a red one with Robby's Jim Beam paint scheme and I think I'll try an orange table with my second favorite driver, Tony Stewart. Also, I've dabbled in some PokerStars backgrounds but they are much more difficult. Try PS theme guru, "BarNuthin" at for some really cool ones.