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Poker Pundit – Peter ‘Number1pen’ Neff - It’s Good to be Home!

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A blog of sorts, a story to be told, the true depth of poker is about to unfold:

Ever since the PCA in Bahamas, I’ve been in the Los Angeles area, and it’s great to stay home for awhile. Traveling half the year can wear on you and it’s easy to forget what’s back at home for you. I’ve been going out with long-time friends a lot more, seeing my family, grinding online tourneys, and watching some great T.V. series haha (all are tough when you’re traveling.)

I turned the big 2-3 a week ago and took a group of friends out to Hollywood for the night which was a blast! We went to this club called “MyHouse” which I’ve never heard of before, but I was told that it was the place to be, so decided to give it a try. It was a weird club with a house theme to it; the bar was a kitchen, and we had a table that was more of a bed with night stands… interesting. The overall atmosphere of the club was awesome though. A bunch of celebrities were there including Paris Hilton among others, and it was a fun way to spend a birthday with a bunch of friends around for the night.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve been trying to play a semi-regular online schedule. I’ve done alright, but it’s kind of frustrating not being able to break through and win something big. On Monday I had huge stacks in the Full Tilt Poker 1k and PokerStars 100r and ended up finishing 9th in the 100r and somewhere in the 20s in the 1k. In the 100r I lost a big race with 14 people left that would have put me in the top 2 or 3 in chips and really changed my strategy in the tournament. If I win that I can try to put pressure on the short stacks because they are more worried about making the final table and the pay jump while I can try to play for first. But after losing the hand, I really have to grind it out and play for the most profitable finish which could mean making big lay downs to make the final table and then gamble when I become the short stack. This is essentially what happened and as soon as we made the final table I lost AK to Q4 in the blinds, but I won’t pout about it, that’s poker and I’ll just play through it.

I also started playing step sit-n-goes again. I used to play sngs more than anything and it comes pretty easy for me because it’s just a math problem; knowing when to shove/fold towards the end and deep stack poker doesn’t exist. But it’s good practice to perfect shoving ranges for different stacks in different positions. I think this has helped me a little in mtts to not make stupid shoves when I get short stacked and don’t care to think if a shove is correct or not.

Also, my favorite tourney of the year is coming up; Commerce! It’s great to drive 15 minutes to a big-time poker tournament while people have to travel all over the world and pay for a hotel. I’m heading over to the casino today to check out the cash games for the first time as they are usually fairly high stakes and not necessarily that tough. They have some great prelim tournaments this year as compared to others; they added a 5k PLO 1-rebuy, 10k H.O.R.S.E., and a 10k Heads-Up tourney, so hopefully I’ll run well in some high buy-in tourneys.

Monday was a sad day for me and NFL fans everywhere… there’s no football for 8 months! The Superbowl was great, but I don’t know what I’ll watch while I play tourneys all day on Sunday. Well, probably basketball, but still. And I don’t care what anybody says, that was the greatest Superbowl of all time! I know the Cardinals and Steelers aren’t the two most popular teams, but it was clear that they have the best athletes and play-makers in the NFL. The interception return at the end of the half was pretty remarkable and appeared to seal the deal when you have a defense like Pittsburgh behind you, but Arizona played unbelievable in their comeback and I thought they had it when Fitzgerald scored, but then Big Ben surprised me being able to lead a drive like that to win the game, and Holmes catch is quite possibly the best catch in NFL history. I know last Superbowl was considered one of the best of all time and the Kevin Dyson stretch against the Ram’s Superbowl was a great one as well, but I think this one tops them as I was on the edge of my seat the last 30 minutes.

And I hate to admit it, but I’m attached to a few T.V. series right now. Lost might be the most suspenseful and intriguing show I’ve ever watched and at 9pm on Wednesday I can’t leave the T.V. for an hour. There are just so many story lines and the writers always manage to make something happen to leave a cliff hanger for the next episode. The Office has officially jumped past South Park as the funniest show on T.V. I can’t believe how funny some of the things they come up with are. I think the best episode was when Dwight and Andy are fighting over Angela and Andy hits Dwight with his car…can’t beat that, lol. And last but not least, I am guilty of watching American Idol. I usually never watch it besides some of the funny auditions, but I’m a little more interested because Ann Marie Boskovich is still in who I knew growing up. I could have told you when she was 10 that she was going to make it in singing, but it’s great to watch her doing so well, so best of luck Ann Marie!

Until next time good luck on the tables!

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