Poker blogs by the poker superstars elite are usually a hit or miss affair – you want to hit them or miss them but there are a few out there that are worth the time to follow and read.
A million monkeys and Shakespeare and all that … but of the non monkey poker blogs out there Phil Galfond, Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu are 3 that are most worthy of being called poker blogs.
They all offer something different both in the way they write but also what they are covering. With Gus Hansen especially covering his daily poker playing which has been all about the Big Game in Macau.
Daniel Negreanu has recently been in the news with his Poker Player interview and his reply. Negreanu poker blog mentions it in his latest post and describes his recent $1 million poker losses, his PokerStars account being hacked and what the joyrider did with the money, his relationship with the Krisztina Polgar and he also carries on with his Full Tilt Poker attack. A normal few weeks for a poker superstar!
Just to give you some flava of Daniel Negreanu’s poker blog and his apparent hatred for the Full Tilt posse we have quote him below
They edited down my comments about Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson, but they definitely got the gist of my vitriol towards them. I’m disgusted by them and what they’ve done to smear the game with putrid decision making. Ray is a buffoon, Howard is arrogant, condescending, and incompetent, and Chris is a liar and has the warmth of a snow pea … You guys suck. I hope to never see any of your faces at the WSOP anymore, and I hope you live with the shame you deserve for the rest of your lives. Your own personal, private hell. You deserve all the wrath you’ve received from the poker world, and much more. You are scum and each of you absolutely deserves a few swift baseball bat swings to the groin area, old school Vegas style.
Phil Galfond’s blog
Phil Galfond’s blog is a fairly new version of his attempts at blogging and restarted after moving to Canada and the ending of his association wih BlueFirePoker. Phil Galford seems to be respected by other poker players, his training videos are very good and he puts the same thought and personality into his poker blog.
Galfond’s recent post – Let’s Make Some Changes – is certainly one that everyone involved in poker should read and discuss. He mentions a few issues and problems with online poker and his ideas on what we could possibly do to change it for the better. It has created good comments and response on his blog and on 2+2. It is mainly about Regs sitting out and bum hunting.
The online poker landscape has changed over the last few years. Unfortunately, for the most part, things have changed for the worse.
As edges (and the regulars’ bankrolls, it seems) have decreased, extra edge-seeking has grown and grown. In my opinion, it’s now past a reasonable level. It’s gotten to the point where I think the overall quality of the games is suffering.
Game selection and seat selection are part of the soft skills that make a professional, along with tilt control, bankroll management, and all other kinds of work ethic. I thoroughly respect and endorse playing within your means and your comfort zone. I have no problem whatsoever with people who choose only to play in great games. It’s starting to go much further than that, however.
As soon as a “spot” leaves a game, zero to one hands are played. It literally instantly breaks. It’s worse when the player hasn’t even left the table, but has simply busted his stack, or clicked sit out. Everyone sits out with him, and when he reloads, everyone sits back in. How would you feel if you were playing poker for fun, just lost a $10k stack, and the 5 people at your table instantly sit out?
It is good to see one of the rich and mighty concerned about the future of poker and we do not think it is just about Galfond trying to guarantee that his own personal gravy train a keeps on rolling.
Gus Hansen’s blog
Gus Hansen’s blog is updated most days and deals with hands he has been playing and is mostly about poker. At the moment he is in Macau playing the Big Game so, unusually for the Macau cash game, we got some information on hands and amounts won.
Being Gus Hansen his version of the “I have won a shit load of money and should leave this instant but I have paid the blinds and got 3 more hands to go before I am the Big Blind … Oh shit” is perhaps a bit more classier and far more expensive than ours.
Back on track with the missed flights and sadly I must admit this could be the most expensive one I have ever missed Right at this moment we are playing 9 handed and I am not exactly winning. I did just hit the Nut-flush against top pair so the deficit is decreasing, but I have still some ways to go. I am planning to catch the midnight flight to Helsinki, but this is obviously not a ‘For Sure’ thing Gus