Poker Bloggers and Readers Unite




Are you going to wade through all those results, trying to find a few good poker blogs, especially if you’re new to the game? Sure, there are numerous ways to find poker weblogs, but my point is that not everyone is going to know that. With Texas Hold’em becoming immensely popular all over the world, and with California Hold’em being a new competitor for your interest, there are always new readers to be gained. Let’s make it easier for these readers.


A reader can, of course, use the “authority” slider in the Technorati search panel to reduce the number of results and supposedly increase the relevance. That helps a bit, but surprisingly, several relevant posts are from non-poker blogs, including a newswire service announcing poker-related merchandising companies.


Finally, I try using Technorati’s “tag search” feature for blog posts marked tagged “poker”. Success at last. Well, better than the two previous attempts.


So what’s the problem? With the exception of some, Texas Hold’em has raised the image of poker. Professionals and celebrities are raising money for charity, and there seems to be a a mild but concerted effort to appeal to a wider range of fans. Up here in Canada, at least within a 100 mile radius around Toronto, there are at least 4-5 channels televising poker games on the weekends. There’s such a lack of televised events that some channels are showing repeat celebrity/ charity tourneys or amateurs no one has heard of


I say great. More interest means more potential readers. So let’s make it easier for anyone newly interested in the game to find poker blogs. I have a number of ideas on how we can do this, but I’d really like feedback from both poker bloggers as well …

Making A Living From Online Poker



This is pure conjecture from a newbie to Texas Hold’Em, especially one who hasn’t played for real money. But some of my experiences with free poker suggest that there might just be a way to make a living from online poker, and never having to enter tournaments. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?


Of course, a major drawback of online poker is that it’s much harder to read your opponents. On the other hand, a major benefit is exactly that it’s much harder for your opponents to read you. As long as you’ve learned different styles of play, you could represent yourself in different ways at different tables.


Let’s look at a concrete example. Suppose you start off micro-ante ($0.01/0.02) games (after you’ve mastered the free play), then work your way up, as your winnings allow. If you played a tight game and bluffed very infrequently, you could probably manage to win $20-50 per table.


Now, if you had the time and played 10 tables per day, that’s $200-500/d. Unless you’re really damn good, it’s unlikely that you could maintain a positive gain every day, so limit yourself to 2-3 days/week, when you are feeling at your best. (A pro poker player will no doubt tell you that you have to be at top form to play well.) So that’s $400 – $1500/ wk, or $1600 – 6000/ wk.


Sounds like a fair bit, for something that is generally a lot of fun to play (except when you’re losing money). But when you break it down, it doesn’t sound all that hard. If this all sounds plausible, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions. One, do you want to make a living (partial or full) this way? Two, are …