Archive May 2008: Slugger's Tales from the Rails

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Johnny Bax joins UltimateBet!

In a move that surprised man, online poker legend, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and former Number 1 ranked online player Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy has been added to lineup of poker pros at online poker site

UltimateBet has added a great asset to the company and look for this to really help UltimateBet increase the prestige of the company. Bax is one of the more respected online players and this was a very good move by UltimateBet.

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At the rail with Jennifear

Jennifear is a fantastic young poker player from Niagra Falls, New York. She is a proud Contributing Writer for and a Presto Award Winner for 2006's Most Valuable Poster, as voted by the readers of Her writing and ideas on playing have won her a legion of fans. Jennifear teaches private poker lessons, and you can find the details at Jennifear's Poker Palace. A discount on these lessons is available if you support by joining a poker site through one of their links.

Thanks for joining me here at the rail Jennifear

It's a pleasure! Thanks for having me!

Tell me how you got started playing?

I never planned on playing for real money, and the fact that I did was a complete accident. I watched the WPT UltimateBet Classic in 2002 and was hooked. I went to UltimateBet with the intent of playing with playchips, which I did for three months! Then, something unexpected happened. They had a "high hand" jackpot that went off every 90 minutes, and I flopped a royal! I won $4.75 real money for my good fortune, and headed right to the cashier's page to make a withdrawal.

Minimum Withdrawal: $25

I was SO PISSED! I didn't really need the five bucks or anything but the idea of getting something for nothing was really nice!

I started grinding at the cash games (.01/.02 NLH) and realized just how easy that game was. I built my roll up to $100, took out my $25, and then discovered SNGs. I've never looked back.

I got into coaching by accident too! After seeing a few bad beat posts where people complained that they "always got their chips in as a favorite", but never won, I decided to show the world how to win without always "being ahead". I offered a lesson on MSN chat with two intentions. To get as many people to sign up for sites thru pocketfives as possible, and to have some fun. I ended up playing with a full chat room of 50 people, and I was overwhelmed. It worked out great though. Everything I tried that day worked. I couldn't lose, and was able to help a lot of people. I started getting requests for private lessons, and it took of basically through word of mouth. I try to help people on pocketfives whenever I can because it's where I learned a lot of my game, and I am paying the community back.

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Important Benefit Tourney tomorrow for Tranquilchaos' dad

At 8:30 pm (20:30) EST Monday, May 19, 2008, there will be a benefit tournament on PokerStars for Dean Poter, father of Devin "TranquilChaos" Porter. Dean was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and is now undergoing treatment.
Devin is a great player who is an even better person, which leads me to believe that his dad must be a pretty good dude to have raised such a fine son.

Please participate in the tournament if you can.

For more info, check out any of the following:

web page
Devin's post about his dad

Fundraising post

Devin's Blog
To make a direct donation to the family, click here

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