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Last year a couple members of the twoplustwo community raised concerns that a bot ring had made over $1.5 million in the PokerStars PLO games. Most of us react to news like this with a mixture of awe and disgust. They must be completely devoid of all moral fiber. But WOW they also must be damn good programmers....

The moment you realize that poker is a subject that can be studied and mastered is the moment you begin the transition from "fish" to "reg". In the old days, all we had were poker books, but with the rise of online poker came the strategy forums like 2+2 and pocket fives. Next came the video training sites like Deuces Cracked, Red Chip Poker, and Run It Once. And nowadays there is such a dizzying array...

As I'm in transition right now and coming off of a good month, I figured I'd take a break from the strategy content and give a personal update. I'll admit that the headline is a bit of a joke, but I will still cite what I think are the main 3 reasons for doing so well. 1) Run Well Yeah - as good as it feels to achieve some great results, as always, we must keep reality in...

I want to impress upon you the power and importance of personal poker study. Typically in our quest for greater wisdom, we look outside of ourselves to poker books, videos, coaches, and peers. I explored this part of the process last week: learning from the wise. Just as important though is the work we do on our own. In fact, some of the best professional poker players like Patrik Antonius and Viktor Blom (Isildur1) are entirely...

During last weekend's meditation retreat, the teacher described two ways by which we gain wisdom: externally through others and internally through reflection. While this may sound simple and obvious, the topic itself is of such great importance that it deserves exploration. Framing the process of gaining wisdom in this way gives us a convenient starting point for contemplation. Also, as this is foremost a poker blog, we will specifically consider gaining poker wisdom. Credibility External learning presents the...