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Bad wheather May 21, 2006/12:50 AM


Since a few days the weather here got bad again - not only is it raining and cold outside, we lost four straight times in the pot-limit holdem game for amounts between 300€ and 5,000€ each! The amount of rain is low compared to the tears we cry (only kidding). Still I managed to make something in the tournaments, 3rd in Schenefeld's €200+10 for almost €1,000 and 3rd in Spielbank Hamburgs now weekly €300+15 tournament for almost €1,000 again. Katja got bad beats you don't want to hear about and busted before reaching the money now in 4 tournaments straight.

Poker was in TV again, watch it here. You just have to take that Horst Koch appears there ;). Katja's Woman Poker Open appearance will be aired Saturday, June 3rd, 20:15h on DSF. The much more interesting heat from the "888's Poker Nations Cup in Cardiff" will be aired also but I still have no date. In GX magazine coming out late May will be a big special about that event featuring a long interview with Katja.

I got notice from some friends that there are threads here and here in some roulette-forum (german) about the black-jack tournament two weeks ago and overthere they doubt our abilities to be serious black-jack players... LOL. I also got a hate mail from one of them complaing about my black-jack tournament post last year. Instead of dizzing those lame clueless suckers experts let me state that being a "serious (=regular, +EV, know-it-all) black-jack player" is impossible in my book - count out a) a few international top-pros who manage to overcome all obstacles and b) all kinds of cheating (but not counting). In germany there are ZERO casinos spreading good enough rules to be a +EV player even if you are able to count all the stars in heaven and keep a sidecount on all the stones in a river being bound to a hostel-like torture chair. Given that, everybody placing a bet on a blackjack table (in germany and 95% other places) is bound to lose, counting or not. Now let me admit that I tried. Really. Hard. I have read numerous black-jack books, spend countless hours training obscure Zen-Counts, Omega-Counts, simple- and not-so-simple counts, studied the rules and edges, bought expensive training-software (that was when Don Smolen's Chinese Poker software was considered modern) and did everything possible to master the game. That was before poker got so big and -releative- easy money back in 1996-1999. I think I know the game, the concepts and the possible strategies to beat play it. I was either simply not good enough or made crucial mistakes in my bankroll management - most likely both.

Now, playing a 100% payout black-jack tournament with free dinner and added pricemoney on a poker-free evening is a total different thing. This time I don't think all ~70 player are clueless - there was a minimum of 10% players that actually knew what they are doing, both in terms of basic strategy and tournament strategy. I am happily counting both Katja and me into those remaining 90% as we've been there for fun and entertainment (which does not say we are not trying to win money). Having Katja hitting that lucky 7-7-7 jackpot (which is paid without any extra bet) while waiting for my semi-final to end is nice - and if criticizing her playing minimum wager blackjack dealt out of a machine instead of a shoe (not that there was any choice...) to kill some time makes anybody feel good, may it be so. One guy said "that may give [her] the money to see others down but final score is keept in the end" - I can't even count how many misconceptions about life, gambling, being a gambler, chance-games and skill games are visible in that one sentence but it's a lot. But I may give already to much attention to something posted in a roulette forum (!) about black-jack...

Next weekend is the "Hamburger Meisterschaft in Texas Hold'em" at Spielbank Hamburg. It will be a rebuy event with a buyin of €500+25, two possible rebuys each €100 and one addon €100. When I reserved our seats they told me "almost sold out" (~60 reservations) but could not tell me exactly how many will be able to play - most of their tables are small 7stud tables which can only hardly host 10 players. Anyway, it is a two day event starting Friday, May 26 at 20:00h and will have a nice pricepool. We will be there and try to win our share :)

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Comments: "In germany there are ZERO casinos spreading good enough rules to be a +EV player"

I have to disagree here. Not regarding the rules - they are awful. But the rules aren't the important factor regarding card counting (or other legal methods). And yes, you can still find those places and dealers in Germany that offer a valuable game as well as in the US and other places in the world.

But you're right that it was much easier some years ago. That's one of the reasons why I changed from BJ to poker. Although I was still writing black numbers in the long run the variance became bigger and bigger and it just wasn't enough fun anymore.

To be successfull at BJ nowadays you need a much bigger bankroll and have to stand much more bad beats than the average poker player can imagine.

Posted by: Shadow (May 21, 2006 5:43:58 PM)

Jan, just ignore those railbirds. Keep up your blog and style - you're one of the best!

Posted by: PaulD (May 22, 2006 6:00:04 PM)
May be I am the guy who critzised your girl playing 21 at the CSM in Schenefeld. Sorry for that, I wish I had never written that. I did not want to critizise anybody for anything, I just wanted to point out, that it is not an advantage play at a CSM, of course you know that. But I - among others - do not like CSMs. Therefore I have just launched a thread against CSMs at the roulette-forum.de. Please support the campagne and do not play at CSMs.

Posted by: quarlon (May 24, 2006 1:20:55 PM)

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