“The universe is the unity of all things. If we attain bursa303 this unity and identify ourselves with it, then the members of our body are but so much dust and dirt, while life and death, end and beginning, are but as the succession of day and night, which cannot disturb our inner peace. How much less shall we be troubled by worldly gain and loss, good-luck and bad-luck!” – Chuang Tzu
This blog is named the Tao of… a variation and off-shoot of my original blog Tao Pauly. The Tao or Dao as it is written in Chinese texts… is simply “the way”. So you can say my blogs are really… The Way of Pauly and The Way of Poker. Kinda cool right? Well there is a quote on my main blog, also from Chuang Tzu and that reads:
“Tao is the thing that accompanies all other things. Its name is Tranquility amid all Disturbances…”
You should replace yourself with the Tao… I mean… You are the answer and the key to inner peace in a world of insanity. Poker is a dangerous and unpredicatble world, but with proper discipline and mental toughness you can be that bundle of calm energy in the middle of the chaos.
I hope to bring some more poker related philosophy to this site and talk about Chuang Tzu some more. If you don’t know, Chuang Tzu is a Chinese Taoist from (approx.) 300 B.C. and his followers wrote a text called: Chuang Tzu. He focusses on the benefits of inaction and followed the Tao-te-Ching, but took its philosophy to extremes. He was a staunch believer in abandoning concern for power, wealth and fame… and to follow a simple life, and “distrust ethical and political schemes”. Most importantly, he urged people to follow their instincts.
More to come…
Pauly’s Goin’ to Vegas!!
Yes… in April for one week! I’m looking for flights as I type… Phish announced their plans for a Vegas tour today. Here’s what they said on their homepage Phish.com:
Three of a Kind in Vegas April 15, 16, 17… Phish will play three shows at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas on April 15, 16 and 17. These dates will be Phish’s only shows before the summer.
Alas, my plan is to play in at least two WSoP Double Shootout satellites and see three shows! My brother said he’d come out for that weekend to play some poker. I’ll let you know the exact days of my visit to Vegas… more to come. Time to build the bankroll!
Here’s a description of the satellite that I played in last April:
Double Shootout Satellites are two-tiered satellites that award a $10,000 seat for the World Championship Event to a player who beats out 18 other players, nine at the First Table and nine more at the Final Table. Buy-in is $125 for the First Table. Winners of ten First Table satellites will return to play against each other at a Final Table. The winner of the Final Table will receive a $10,000 entry into the World Championship Event on Saturday May 22, 2004.
Jay’s SNG Tips
My buddy Jay recently sent me this e-mail:
I’ve played a bunch of SNGs (on Pokerstars.com) over the last few months with pretty decent sucess and have a couple of tips to pass along… I strongly recommend playing extremely tight early on. I personally will only play the best hands (AA, KK, QQ, AKs) during the first two levels, maybe a few more in late position… because people will very often get knocked out early. To illustrate, a few times I’ve signed up for tourney’s, then gone out for 15-20 minutes to run some quick errands — (I don’t recomment this as you should ideally be observing every hand to learn and take notes on people’s tendencies) — usually by the time I get back one and sometimes two players have already been knocked out, that’s 25% of your opponents at a 1 table SNG! Granted you’ll have lost $60 (2 rounds of blinds), but I’ll trade $60 to narrow down the field that much anytime. Also when you’re actually there (not out doing errands) you won’t automatically have lost the $60, b/c you might have played a hand or two (either been dealt a premium hand, or gotten a “free” play in the big blind). This will also help to disguise your play to observant opponents when you start playing more hands as the blinds go up. Hope this helps, good luck man.
Pauly is very busy today… so I will just tell you very quickly that I played in my first No Limit SNG on Party Poker yesterday… actually I played four total. I placed: 4th, 6th, 4th… and… first!! Yes, on my last attempt, I won it all! And I finished the day… up $1! My buddy Jerry from Miami played with me in the last one! That was cool to sit at the same table as someone you know well! Jerry finished in 6th in the one he played and got his pocket Aces… cracked by J-9! I will blog a detailed report later. But for now, thanks to my fellow poker bloggers for their advice on SNGs. You guys rule! See ya.