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New Donkey WordPress Theme

New Donkey WordPress Theme

In creating my theme, I learned a lot about WordPress, HTML, and CSS. It took about 6 months of working on the design with html/css, something which I’ve always had trouble with. Anything visual is a struggle for me. Funny enough, I knew HTML like the English language 20 years ago, so much as changed. I finally decided it was as good as it was going to get, still sucks, I think. Once I started converting the code to WordPress,

Donkinurmum back in Las Vegas

Donkinurmum back in Las Vegas

It’s strange to be back in Las Vegas, playing against players from New Jersey. I didn’t miss the merge purposely, I had an Asia vacation planned a year ago for those months, but now I wish I was still in Asia.  I’ll try to post an article with a more in-depth opinion of WSOP after the merge in a week or so. For now, I’m adjusting back to playing stateside.  New Jersey grinders  It feels more like New Jersey than Nevada.

Best Poker Books

Best Poker Books

Never stop learning. If you believe you know all there is to know about poker, then please, sit at my table! Below I’ve outlined a few of the best books I’ve read recently. Best Online Poker Book The Grinder’s Manual by Peter Clarke Peter Clarke is an accomplished online poker coach at Deuces Cracked. In his 689-page book, he covers online poker strategy ranging from simple position awareness to advanced 3-bet ranges. With the aggressiveness of online poker games all

Diamond Aspiration II: How I got $2452 in value from my last one!

Diamond Aspiration II: How I got $2452 in value from my last one!

My last Diamond Aspiration II… I suppose it wasn’t all bad news about Total Rewards and Seven Stars this winter. I’d done a fair bit of traveling in 2017, both in the Total Rewards suit of properties and elsewhere, so my 2017 Diamond Aspirations had remained unused when I got the news it would be the last year to include them. I did, however, receive this email: I discovered I could convert my $750 airline credit to 75,000 in Reward

Ode to the Bitcoin Bears

Ode to the Bitcoin Bears

Can’t talk to a poker player nowadays without talking about Bitcoin. Frustrating for me, as I mined Litecoin back in 2014, tinkered with trading some ICOs, and ultimately decided the market was not worth my time. You were either speculating in the value of cryptocurrency or the business didn’t make much sense. This is coming from a former programmer who delved into the blockchain mechanics and proof of work algorithm that makes it all work, but I won’t bore you

Total Rewards / Seven Stars for 2018 – What a bummer!

Total Rewards / Seven Stars for 2018 – What a bummer!

Today I received an email from Total Rewards detailing the 2018 benefits. We want our valuable guests to be the first to hear about the 2018 Seven Stars® benefits!1 Not so valuable anymore… I was not planning to strive for Seven Stars in 2018, but now I may never strive for it again. While the two main benefits of Seven Stars remains, the retreat and the dining folio, the Aspirations are gone and the free play is reduced to $1

WSOP’s new DIY bonuses

WSOP’s new DIY bonuses

In back to back months, WSOP has offered a DIY bonus. In the DIY bonus, the player is awarded a bonus based on the amount of poker they play in a 7 day period. I’m always a fan of bonuses of course and if it becomes a regular thing, it will be a nice $200 bonus every month for most grinders. I am a little worried that with this new strategy there will be no more month long DIY bonuses

Seven Stars – why I won’t pursue in 2018

Seven Stars – why I won’t pursue in 2018

Ok, so the main reason is I don’t intend to be in Nevada where I can play WSOP.com as much as the previous years, but that by itself may not have dissuaded me as even in 2017, I was out of the state about three months and will still achieve Seven Stars. Terrible host The host attached to my account is beyond terrible, even to the point I don’t even bother to ask him to book anything. I now call

NV and NJ to share player pools

NV and NJ to share player pools

It was recently announced by the office of New Jersey governor Chris Christie that an agreement had been reached with Nevada and Delaware to share player pools. There is currently limited information only available from a single press release. (http://nj.gov/governor/news/news/552017/approved/20171013b.html) I suspected this day would come, though now that it is here, I’m not sure what to think of it. I played in New Jersey and found the player pool to be tougher than Nevada and with more players, it

The Las Vegas shooter’s gambling addiction

The Las Vegas shooter’s gambling addiction

Human beings are driven by primitive instincts, most of which evolved in a very different world of limited resources and dangerous predators. When we lose something, we have an urge to “get it back.” I’ve felt it as a professional gambler, in fact, I regularly feel it. It is a painful emotion. Ironically, this instinct probably served our ancestors well in ancient times, when it was necessary to fight for every scrap of food. That impulse to “get it back”