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Is your poker game hurting? Take two blogs and e-mail them in the morning

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The year was 2005, when poker was at its hottest, and a man, many now know as Chilly, began a blog. He was taking six weeks off to be with his newborn son, and so he named the blog Infant Days, Sleepless Nights . Chilly, in fact, thought just one thing when he started to write about his son and his poker game, both in their infant stages. "Who, on the Internet, would know anything about poker?" He said in an email interview.

It turns out a lot, although some of the players the bloggers tilt may disagree with that. Poker blogging, say some of the more well-known writers, is filled with all kinds of players, but most of them are better than the average Internet Spaz, even as blogging is now well past its toddler stage and, in fact, is showing signs of a graduation to other levels.

"I think most bloggers are better than the average online player, no doubt," said G-Cox, who has the blog Low Limit Grinder and famously bills himself as the tightest-playing blogger. "In other words, the veterans that have been doing it for a while are mostly solid players, in my opinion."

Most bloggers started writing about poker to improve and got better as a result.

"I was talking and thinking about poker too much, and I didn't have an outlet to discuss poker on a daily basis," said Jordan from High On Poker . "I had ideas but no outlet to work them out with intelligent people with a similar obsession. The blog was the driving force that got me to change my outlook of poker from a fun game to play to a long term pursuit."

Of course, most poker players say that's how they improved the most: They talked about hands with other players. Once blogging got big, players just started talking about hands in the virtual world with their virtual friends.

"I'd read blogs before I ever actually played and learned a great deal from them and the sites they linked," said Joe Speaker, who used to blog on PokerWorks and now blogs on his original blog site about poker and fatherhood. "I figured it'd be easier to get a wide range of opinion if I posted thoughts and questions instead of just e-mailing them to people."

Not only did the bloggers help each other, but writing out their play and thoughts helped them become better players on their own. Many pros started with a poker diary and a blog is the same thing, only with a few Full Tilt ads.

"The ability to go back and look where "OMG I LOST SOOOOOO MUCH TONIGHT" type of posts and figure out why I lost after the fact really helps," said Drizz, who started his own poker blog a few years ago and also blogs at another site now.

Many of the bloggers, of course, aren't solely about hardcore hands. Many love to talk about donkeys, but usually they're referring to their own play.

"Usually I'm just called a donkey at the tables," said TripJax , who began blogging three years ago.

See?

That's one thing Drizz learned early on from other bloggers - not to take himself too seriously, even if many, including him, are serious about their games. "There's always someone bigger, faster, and better," he said. "And the only thing to do is improve yourself while staying humble."

Bloggers know a lot about the game, almost too much if you've been around a low-limit table on a late Friday night, or in Vegas at a 2/4 table during one of the bloggers' famous gatherings in Vegas. Bloggers love to gather at a table and play as incorrectly as they can for fun.

"In Vegas, live players, especially at the 2/4 and 3/6 limit games, love us or hate us," Chilly said "It depends on if our hammer (2-7, the worst hand in Hold ‘Em) drop cost them money or not. By and large other players in a live game get a kick out of being caught up in a blogger table. Online I think people hate it."

A live table, filled with bloggers, can make the table, well, lively

"Playing at a live table with bloggers is the most fun one can have," Joe Speaker said. "I've been at tables where ‘civilians' had a really good time, because the table is lively and fun (and drunk). Other times, they seem absolutely confused as to what is taking place and why two bloggers are going to war with shit cards."

All bloggers, though they may have met each other online and probably started by playing online poker at places such as Full Tilt , Poker Stars , Ultimate Bet or, later, Bodog , say their live game has improved as well by blogging.

"I think the constant poker information from reading and writing online has helped me focus more live," TripJax said. "Now, that said, if you see me at the poker table with a beer in hand, there's no telling what you'll get."

Jordan, in fact, writes about live play on High On Poker more than online play and even stopped playing online for a while.

"Blogging got me to keep notes on particular hands, so I'm actively processing my play afterwards when I'm blogging about it," Jordan said. "It's also given me an opportunity to write out some of the thoughts I have at the table, like when I pick up tells. The act of writing it out really helps me analyze my play and retain new information."

Blogging is also writing (really, it is, even this writer has one ), and many bloggers said they've improved their blogs to move beyond strictly poker.

Drizz used to write about bonus whoring and strategy. Now he blogs about the Vikings, cheese curds, and Lindsey Lohan, along with his favorite game, Omaha. Joe Speaker said blogging and writing was his main interest now, not poker. And TripJax started writing about poker just because he liked to write and was just starting to get interested in poker. "I wanted to be a better writer and I found my mistress, poker, around the same time," TripJax said. "Three years later, I'm not sure I'm any better at either."

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