Monday, May 29, 2006


What a run. Just finished the tournament and though I have some heavy celebrating to do tonight I'm going to try and get all this down now while it's still fresh. I owe that much to 2+2 and the many people there who made this possible.

149 players, $2000+60 buy-in. I'd been running poorly (finally) in the cash games in Vegas and was down a bit over $10k for the Vegas trip, though made over $35k in LA the two weeks before so wasn't having any issues with bankroll from the hit. Played very well in a couple smaller tournaments in Vegas while I was here, though didn't cash, and said FUCK IT and bought into this event, hoping to miss my flight back to Thailand this morning (which I did) as the final table took place on day 2.

We start off at Noon, though my weird schedule had me waking up at 3am, so it was like early evening to me. I was ready for some poker and in the zone. No pro's at my table I recognized. Lets roll.

3 hands into the tournament I made one of the worst plays I've ever made in a tournament. I raise in the CO w/ pocket tens to 175 (blinds 25-50, we started w/ 4,000 in chips), button (a straight forward player I've played cash games with in LA) re-raises to 350. I call. Flop 742 rainbow. I check raise his 3/4 pot sized bet to about 1500. He pushes after a long delay. I call, he has QQ. River a ten and I'm the new chip leader, w/ a horrible table image. This hand is discussed at least once an hour for the rest of the tournament by a stupid loudmouth dude at my table who luck-boxed his way to the final 15. I owe him at least a $2,000 tip for all the action he got me.

I caught a few other small pots and was at about 10,000 when this hand came up in the next level. I limp 55 UTG and 4 more people limp, including another player with about 9,000. Flop 854. I check, he bets 500, BB calls, I call and one more caller. Turn 8. Check to Villian who bets 1500, BB folds, I call and other caller folds. River Q. I bet out 2500 and he pushes for another few grand. I call and he proudly tables his flopped straight and I smile at his poor river play and scoop the pot.

At this point Maureen Fadeuniac and Sam Grizzle are at the table and I have a mountain of chips, by far the most in the tournament. I get KK in the BB, UTG pushes and Maureen pushes her SB as a short stack, I call and see AK and QQ and win the pot.

A bit later I have T9o on the button and limp after 3 limpers. I flop OESD and its checked through. Turns brings a beautiful board of 7826 with two clubs. BB bets out 500 into about 900, MP pushes for 2100. I smooth call and BB folds. MP has a lower straight and I grow my stack further. There were a couple of other pots I won after this but I can't recall them.

The next hour goes by uneventful, I'm playing very conservative with my large stack because there is still no ante and I have a couple hundred big blinds, by far the chip lead and nearly have an average stack for 'in the money' (which was 18 players) with close to 100 people left. Mike Mizrachi on a short stack moves to my table, and though I didn't know who he was at the time, James Van Alstyne was at the table w/ about 70% of the chips I had, and was tournament 2nd in chips.

I raise in the CO w/ AQcc and Van Alstyne re-raises to 2500 (I made it 600, blinds 100-200). I call. Flop QJ2, rainbow. He bets 2500, I make it 9000, he pushes for about 13,000 total and I feel like vomiting. I have to call the extra 4,000 with all that dead money in the pot, though I was certain I was destroyed. I call and luckily he has the AQdd. Chop chop. We go on a break and when we come back blinds are 100-200 w/ a 25 ante, AKA, time to start stealing blinds.

A few hands after the break I raise AKhh UTG to 800, Mizrachi pushes two seats behind me for about 2100, I call. Flop KKT, turn and river brick and I hold up vs AQss and am glad he is off of the table.

I kept growing my stack good and staying out of the way generally, with some calculated PF raises and re-raises of overly tight players.

At about 60 players left I get 86cc in the BB, UTG makes it 1200 to go with blinds at 200-400 w/ 50 ante. Folds to me. He'd been on tilt and raising a lot. He had a lot of chips but lost about half of them in a hand about 20 minutes before this. Like a retard he doesn't think that he still has way over average, only that he doesn't have what he once did. I think he is highly susceptible to giving me the rest of those chips so I call.

Flop K82 with one club. I check, he bets about half pot. I think he either has me killed or has air. I'm fairly certain I'm ahead but see no point in raising because he wont call unless I am beat. I smooth call. Turn brings the 5 of clubs. I now have 2nd pair and a flush draw. I check. He goes all in for a little less than that pot and I have a brutal decision to make. If I call and lose I still have a mountain of chips, though probably am no longer chip leader. If I win it's disgusting how much chips I would have. I really don't put him on that king. Everything about him right now tells me he is on tilt and looking to commit suicide. I call. He has 85o. Turned two pair. I river the club and the rest is history. James Van Alstyne told me after the hand (our table broke after that hand) that it was a good call, I'm still not certain.

We get down to about 50 players with me on an utter rampage. All the hands just kind of blend together now but I made two calls that I can remember w/ TT after an EP short stack pushed all in and both times ran into Ax and won.

At about 40 players this hand came up: I was still by far the tournament chip leader but hadn't been stealing blinds tremendously because by this time I had near a final table average stack and so no point in playing too loose and ruining my table image. The blinds were getting big and there were a lot of desperate short stacks who would call with a wide range.

I get T2hh in the SB and hadn't re-raised PF once at my new table. A fairly large stack raises in the CO and I decide to get jiggy and re-raise all in for about twice the pot. He calls pretty quickly w/ AQo (bad read) and after a board of KT3xx he's out of the tournament and that loud mouthed douche bag is going crazy in seat 2.

Very next hand I get KK on the button and raise after one limper. Limper calls and after a flop of 765 he checks to me. I bet 5000 into a pot of about the same. He thinks for a long while and calls. Turn is a 5 and he checks again, I push and he calls after a very long time thinking with A6, no draw. I'm not certain if this was the correct play either but I just didn't put him on a straight here and with my current table image I thought it very likely I'd get paid off very well with a wide range. I get even more chips after he called and he looked disgusted. Thanks DB for talking up how horrible I was ;)

No more big hands but the size of ante's and blinds, combined with how large my stack was and the fact that the money was creeping closer game me a great opportinuty for further growth. I cooled down for about a half hour and slowly started to go crazy on blind stealing. I think it was evident that I was at least stupid enough to double anybody at the table up with a trash hand, or that I could just as easily have AA as 72o, so people started folding to me a ton. It was clear most of them badly wanted to make it to the money. The only time I showed down in this time period was the hand that burst the bubble, I called a shorties all in from the SB w/ TT and flopped quads vs AJ. I was actually very sad the bubble had popped and think I may have actually wanted to fold that hand, it was 19 handed for at least a half hour. I was still an enormous chip leader going into the money.

Two hands of interest I played on the bubble. I cold called James Van Alstynes raise from UTG w/ JTcc from UTG+1. Flop Kxx w/ one club. Get bets half pot and I call. The whole point of this hand was to take this pot away from him. Turn a J and he checks. I bet half pot and he raises me huge. Dammit. I'm done playing pots with this dude. He either read me like a book or is on a huge bluff. I give it to him. He later told me he had AK.

19 handed I raise yet again from the button, BB looks fed up with my crap and decides to call. Flop 97x giving me a gut shot. He bets into me for about 3/4 pot, I smooth call. I have him covered by a ton, he has about an average stack left after betting the flop. Turn brings a 3rd diamond and is a low card. He looks frustrated and it seems like he is trying to get the courage to push. He finally checks and he mucks after I auto push...I get silly and show my gut shot. Floating is fun.

18 handed I opened from the button w/ T4o and got re-raised for the first time in what seemed like weeks. That was my signal. With over double the average final table stack with 18 players left, it was time to cruise. I hardly played a hand until we were 10 handed (which brought us to one table, with one more needing to bust for the final 9 and the break until the next day). A solid player (Rick Salomon, the star of One Night in Paris) raised from UTG and I decided to play a pot with him and called 2 spots behind w/ 88. Flop AKJ and he checks to me. I fire 5000 into the pot which was the amount he had raised PF. He smooth calls and I shut down, we check to the river and he shows AQo.

At this point I realized I was way too tired and excited (an odd combination) to be playing any more poker. I folded every hand until we finally lost a player, about twenty minutes, and went back to the hotel for some much needed sleep as the chip leader, still.

As I was a bit high (my biggest previous cash was $15.8k, I was almost gauranteed to eclipse that here) from my rush and playing a bit wildly and not focusing properly at times, I decided to devote my 5 waking hours before the tournament on day 2 to bringing myself to the proper mindset.

I had a very nice slow breakfast at the fantastic Bellagio buffet, went shopping for about 2 hours picking out all new clothes to wear to the tournament, bought some ginseng to focus w/out having the rush of Red Bull (which I'd been pounding on day 1), got a massage and a hair cut and meditated about a million times throughout the day. I needed to focus, despite being excited at all the money I might make.

I chatted with some friends who have cashed deep in tournaments of this caliber and bigger ( who has more Final Table appearances than anybody I know and Ricky Grijalva who got 4th in the 2004 WPT Championship event and FieryJustice from 2+2 who recently cashed for close to 100k in the Stars Million Gauranteed) and all told me some variation of don't do anything stupid, don't get out of line and wait it out and see what the table is going to be like. Ricky said to try and get creative w/ the chips I have that gave me a big lead, and then shut down if that doesn't work. Danny said just to chill (his standard response to anything in Poker is 'PLAY TIGHT AS FUCK!!!!'), and Fiery gave me some fantastic advice...'don't do anything retarded'.

So I arrive at Mandalay just as they are getting ready to deal and from hand #1 I am blown away at how crazy everybody is playing. Awesome, makes my job very easy. I start w/ 130k, second stack has 109 and everybody else is 80k or less. Two micro-stacks and average is about 60k. First place money is $106,900, second $60kish, 3rd $35kish, 4th $17kish. I decide to sit on my chips and let these guys go to war. If I lose chip lead (as likely will happen by letting them all bust each other) thats alright because I'll have a ton of information on them and be ready for some shorthanded war, and a bigger gauranteed payday.

I fold everything and we get to 7 handed within a half hour. I finally pick up a descent hand I can't fold w/ AKcc in EP, I raise to 3 big blinds and everybody mucks.

The next hand I really think gave me the tournament. I decide to play another pot w/ 66 and raise to 3 BB's. Guy next to me who is now stack number 2 in the tournament re-raises me huge. He had been the key nut job of the tournament so far re-raising many times before the flop. He showed down 2 ace king's but I'm certain he had a huge raising and re-raising range. I decided to make a stand against him and get a ton of chips in the process and pushed. Fiery telling me not to be retarded was ringing in my head as he went into the tank for what seemed like an hour. He kept saying 'I've never laid these down before the flop' and doing all manner of hollywooding, kept grabbing his stack and shaking his head etc. I really thought I was screwed. He finally folded but didn't show. He said it was queen's but if he's going to say it he'd have shown them I think...I'd say 50/50 he was trying to save table image and not make it clear he was re-raising w/ garbage.

After this people folded to me a ton. It was such a cake-walk. I had made a very loud and clear statement that hand, and it was heard.

After that people played kinda loose still until we got to 6 handed. Rick Salomon raised my BB from the button and I decided to call w/ Q2o and outplay him. Flop three clubs and I have the queen, seemed perfect. I bet out, he mucks it. I continue playing tight.

An orbit later Salomon has less than 12 BB's after seemingly going on tilt and spewing a lot of chips to raising PF giving up to flop bets or cold calling raises and then folding to c-bets...he raises UTG, I raise enough to put him all-in w/ AKcc and he calls w/ A7dd and I win the hand. 5 handed people began to tighten up a lot. McEvoy and Van Alstyne were both out and the only player I was worried about was Epstein to my right, but his stack had been dwindling as he was playing very tight. 3rd place was a huge jump in prize money from 17k to 30k and I was sensing people wanted that money. I began raising like a wild man to 3 big blinds about every other hand. I was doing it in a very conservative seeming way but raising constantly nonetheless. They folded so quick the majority of the time it was clear nobody had any interest in playing a pot with me. On the few occasions I was called I had an enormous success ratio betting the flop or turn on a stone bluff c-bet.

Epstein showed me KTo and a naked ace on two occasions from the SB and gave me a walk. An old nit who had the unfortunate position of being the BB when I was the button mucked extremely quickly each time I raised his blind. Easy game.

When the 4 handed bubble burst I had over half the chips in play. One of the first 3 handed hands we played I completed J7o in the SB, old LAG checks the BB. Flop QJx with two spaids. I check, he bets 9000 (about 2/3rds pot) and I raise to 25k. He calls after a long deliberation. Turn K spaids. I check, he bets the pot. I decide to call, probably a horrible decision that ranks #2 in the tournament to my TT vs QQ hand early on. River brick, I check and he pushes, I fold. Yuck.

A few hands later I get 86o in the SB and complete again when folded to me. Flop 764. I check, old LAG bets the pot, I triple his bet and he calls. Turn 3, making a one card straight. I check and he checks, river an 8, giving me two pair. I check and he bets the pot, which is very large at this time and half his stack. I call it and he mucks his hand when I show mine, I was fairly certain I was good as he made a ton of c-bets but saw no point in raising him. He mucked and at that point I had over 2/3rds of all the chips.

Within ten minutes he pushed for about 13 BB's and I called w/ KQo and got my K on the river vs 66. Heads up was utter bliss because I had him outchipped 5 to 1. It was like playing my SNG's again, he had about 16 BB's to start and was being such a weak tight puss, I just kept pushing him. He showed me an Ace twice heads up and folded. Gawd.

He finally pushes his SB w/ QJo and I call w/ AKhh and after a scary board of KTxJx I am the 2k buy in Mandalay Bay Poker Championship Pwnerer. Word.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Super Deep at 2k Buy-In Mandalay MTT

I'm soooooo tired now, I'll do a thorough trip report later, but just caught the most amazing run of cards of my life and played some great poker. Got the chip lead at hand #3 of the 149 person event and have been chip lead all the way. Final 9 starts tomorrow at three, Tom McEvoy, Rick Solomon (of One Night in Paris fame), James Van Alstyne and Scott Epstein are all at the final table.

Wish me luck and hopefully I'll have a big money cash to report tomorrow.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Friday, May 19, 2006

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Commerce has been fantastic. I've been putting off posting this as I'd hate to jinx myself but as Commerce comes to a close it's been one helluva profitable trip, and also a major confidence booster as well.

I've only cashed in one tournament but the cash games have been going great. The days are kinda blending together right now because I'm on a really odd 30-36 hour schedule, going to bed anywhere from 9am to 4pm, but over the last several days I've had the following sessions:

-less than $50
+2.3k just now


Thats all at 10/20 NL, all at Commerce and all in the middle of the night. I'm having a lot of success following the advice of LaPoker and others on 2+2 of figuring out who the bad players are at my tables, what their exploitable weaknesses are and then playing a lot of pots with them.

Example 1: the type of players who would be moderate to big winners in the lower games by playing along with their cards, but who turn into fish in games with skilled/creative players, because they give up too easily post flop if they don't improve their big cards or small pairs.

How to exploit this type of player: isolate them PF and C-bet flop or turn when they check, works as often as they miss the board. Obviously doing this every time will be picked up on by even the worst of opponents, but doing it 75% of the time or so is lethal to them.

Example 2: noticing the types of players who are good at poker and which hands to play, but go to far with AK when an A flops or with an overpair on a low board.

How to exploit this? Call their raises with the types of hands that love to crack big hands, being small pocket pairs or suited connectors or one gap cards. Yes this only works when you hit the flop hard but when you do, you are sure to make a lot of money.

Example 3: thats enough of my secret weapons for today ;)

Unfortunately it looks like the trip to Europe is a no-go, Will had some trouble converting his frequent flier miles and getting the free ride over, and since he's a cheap bitch, no way he's going to cough up the $500 for the airfare (weak sauce!!!) so we're taking a consolation trip to Vegas on Tuesday and meeting up with a bunch of friends over Memorial Day Weekend, then possibly another trip after this to some place else in the US. I'm leaning toward going back to Thailand for a few weeks or a month after this, but if anybody has some kickass suggestions for what to do for a week or two in the USA please post here or email me.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Words of Wisdom

Just saw this on 2+2 and these are some insanely true words, and pretty much sum up my plan and what should be the plan of anybody else into poker and with a descent level of intelligence. Posted by Lyric here.

I could teach a retarded monkey to beat this game for 80k/yr. No problem. I can teach anyone of above avg intelligence to beat the 1k and 2k games and easily make $250k/yr.

If you love the game, by all means play. Play a lot. Make a lot of money and invest it. When you become bored of the game take some of the hundreds of thousands that you've saved and do something grand with it.

If you don't fancy stock market investing, start a chain of Olive Garden restaurants. Buy some land and start a golf driving range. Buy a gas station. Buy and place vending machines all over the city. Start a hand car wash. Buy apartment buildings and renovate them.

Now hire a bunch of college kids to work for you and you and your growing empire, and hire guys with degrees to manage it for you.

Now vacation all over the world doing whatever the F you want. Buy a few vacation homes. Buy a few exotic cars. Play super high stakes poker whenever you want because you've hundreds of millions in the bank, all because you made a living playing a game you love.

Poker can be a great way to kick start an empire. College, internships, and summer jobs are a great way for reasonably intelligent people to torture themselves and virtually guarantee a life of hard work, long wage whoring hours and barely enough money to retire at 65.

Truly wealthy individuals are usually business owners. If you can make it in poker now, don't miss a golden opportunity to kickstart an empire.

Lyric is a wise man.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill


Wow, an amazing post in the same thread after Lyric's backing it up, from somebody who has been there, check this one out:

Posted by spamhead here.

I would guess most of the people on this board are above average intelligence.

I just got canned from a $125K job that I was at for 11 years. We had a hostle takeover and most management lost their jobs.

I made the company over $50 Million in my time there, worked like a damn dog, and put them in the top spot for e-commerce in the printing industry.

And I get repaid by getting a sevrance? F that. Working for the man is OK for some, but a terrible idea for us smarter people.

Work for yourself, play poker, get up late, do whatever the hell you want to do. You were blessed by God with a better than average brain, use it for your self, not for someone else to suck it dry and throw you out with the trash.

don't be a slave.



Saturday, May 13, 2006

Goin Back to Cali

Been back in California now for a bit and its been nice. Poker is going pretty meh, keep getting super deep in the multi's here and then getting snapped off by some ruthless beat. One cash in about six events so far. Cash games are going better and with them factored in its looking like I'm down right about just expenses thus far.

Its been awesome seeing all my friends again. Its really making me want to move back though more likely I'll just get a second place. Went up to Santa Barbara for a couple of days (went to college there) and had a blast. Having a bit of luck with the ladies also, they seem to get real interested when I talk about business and travel stuff. Damned gold diggers.

Me and Will are talking about a trip after Heavenly Hold Em, it's looking like flying into Greece in late May and a few weeks around Italy and the Greek Islands. Will is a fantastic people person, when I travel alone or with another person who is a bit more reserved with strangers (like me) it isn't nearly as fun as being with a chatty extrovert. Should be fun. Then back for the WSOP in late June!

Off to try my luck downstairs in the cash games, 10/20 has been good so far.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Why Thailand?

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I've been asked this question more times than I can remember. So here is my answer. Please let me know if I forget anything.

Q: I'm actually going to be in Thailand in June, any advice tips on
where I should go and not go?

A: I have never been to a place in Thailand you should 'not go'. Even ladyboy bars are fun sometimes if you just want to laugh your ass off or pull a prank on a buddy. I personally really like the islands and have been to all of the major ones. They are fairly cheap and insanely beautiful. With the exception of Phuket and a bit on Koh Samui they all have a very low-key laid back small town feel to them, but its a tropical paradise. I've grown to love Bangkok but I hated it at first. Its very big and sprawling and smoggy and congested. If you find your spots and make some friends, it can be a great time as well. The northern city of Chiang Mai is a must for anybody who loves the outdoors. Also the island of Koh Chang is great for the outdoors as well. Koh Pha Ngan has an amazing Full Moon Party once a month that is basically an all nite 20,000 person rave on the beach complete with fire dancers and glow sticks. A definite must see. Other than the sights, the main attraction (for me at least) in Thailand is the culture and the people, which you can find anywhere. I'll get more into this later.

Q: Can you tell me of basic monthly costs for living in Thailand?.

A: As with anywhere, it depends on how you want to live. A basic, clean apartment will run you $100-$300/month in Bangkok, slightly more for a 2 bedroom. If you want to get an upper middle class place in a nice area, you can pay $500ish, if you want luxury with a door man, gated entrance, hard wood floors, beautifully furnished with maids quarters (just described my own 2 bedroom place) you can pay up to $1,000/month or more. A good rule of thumb is to take what you'd be paying in America for the same residence, and divide by three.

As for other costs like transportation and food they are so cheap you will be disgusted whenever you return to your home country. A restaurant meal for two will never be over $10 with everything included, more like $6-7 most times. A taxi ride all the way accross Bangkok will run you about $3 (and thats a HUGE taxi fare). Clothes are also very inexpensive. Drinks in bars are $5 at the very nicest placest that piss everybody off they charge so much. More typical is $2 or so.

Internet is $50 a month for us because we got the best possible package. You can get it much cheaper. I have no idea about health insurance and if somebody knows and can reply to this I'll add that to this. Beer is about $1.50-$2.00 in a bar. In a store is about 1/3rd the cost of the US. A live in maid will cost about $200 a month while twice weekly service is $75 in my building.

Total costs would be about $500-800/month if you are conservative, $1200-1500 if you want to have a decent place, go out often and shop for clothes regularly. $2500 a month (a bare bones middle class existance in the US) has you in a gorgeous serviced apartment, drinking every night, paying for each of your 4 Thai girlfriends to eat/drink often, eating most meals in restaurants or delivered, buying whatever you feel like etc.

Q: Are rent/food/transportation good for average person.

A: It is a third world country. I personally love Thai food. If you don't and you miss classic American food all you really have is McDonalds. The American food is Thailand (or Mexican or Italian for that matter) is nowhere near as good as it is back home. The rent is cheap but if you get a lower end place there are bug problems and you'll just notice that everything is a bit less well-maintained/hi-quality than it is in America. I've never taken a bus in Bangkok but they look dirty and unsafe. The taxi's are fine and perfectly safe however, and also very cheap.

Q: If a poker player does go to Thailand, can you just bring a laptop and buy a lcd screen for 4 tabling or just bring your hard drive and set it up on a new machine?

A: I brought my laptop and played on that for a long time. After awhile I bought a 20" Flat Panel and hooked that up to my laptop and could 8 table. Other than the power outlets (which are different but I don't know much more about it than that. I suck at that stuff. You can buy adaptors for anything from America, this I know) are the only issue.

Q: Is the internet as good as it is in America? Can I use it for online poker?

A: It is not as good. I'd equate it to about half way between dial-up and DSL. It goes out at times but overall it is pretty descent and it is certainly fine for online poker. This is in Bangkok though with the best package. I'd love to live on and play from the islands, but the internet is just not reliable enough.

Q: Can you direct me to any other players who are in Thailand?

A: There is a forum for Thai Expats at There is also a great website about living in Thailand at

Q: just how easy is it for americans to pick up hot Thai girls?

A: Easier than in any place I have ever been. Thai's call white people 'Farang'. Farang has a positive connotation to it and a Farang is inherently a higher status than a Thai person. Also they have some weird supply and demand stuff going on that causes women to be in great supply, and good men to be in short supply. These factors include that many Thai men are gay, become ladyboys (to try and make money I guess), are drunks/don't work or are just very feminine and passive and don't go after women. These factors add to a lot of eager women looking for a good husband. Though know that that is exactly what they want and it is not about sex or even romance, they want to get married and now!

I personally also am getting very spoiled by the ways of Thai women. Even when you are just starting dating them they will do your laundry and make your bed, cook for you etc etc. They are just geared that way, that is what women do in their culture, it makes them happy to do that for a man. And as a wise old Thai man put it to me and a friend:

"In America, once you get married, she stops the (and he makes an oral sex motion with his hand)"

We nod in agreement. "Thai women don't?"

He laughs. "No, no, no, she do it always for her husband."

So ya, the women are just geared a little different.

Q: Out of all the other countries how did you pick Thailand?

A: For all the reasons stated above and for the people! Thai people are just amazing. I've been there for over six months and have not had one instance of theft or violence from a random Thai person (I've had a bit of each of these with a non-random Thai person, a careful who you date and let in your home!). They call Thailand the 'Land of Smiles' and its very fitting. Thai people are just so happy in their daily lives, they are very kind to each other (and you if you are kind to them). It just makes for a very pleasant living environment and its very easy to get along in Thai society.

I'll add some of the drawbacks as all of that pretty much hit on the good stuff. Thai people are very lazy. This is fine if you just want to chill and have a laid back time. If you want to get something done it can be enfuriating! Every sector of government and business operates much differently than in America. They are used to huge delays and errors and what we would refer to as incompetence.

Also the culture is much different. Thai's value not showing your anger in public, not being direct, not confronting people etc. Its a very passive culture and 'being normal' for you may really frustrate Thai people, and this can be difficult.

There is also a lot of poverty in Thailand and you'll see some very sad things.

I think that about sums up the negatives.

If you want to know anything more specific or non-family friendly you can email me your questions. If I've missed anything please let me know and I'll add it. Beyond that, be sure to hit me up with you make your trip!

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Friday, May 05, 2006

Heavenly Hold Em Starts Today!

The Heavenly Hold Em Tournament Series begins today at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. This is the reason I trecked back to the states and is my official live play warm up to the WSOP this year. Today's event is a $300 rebuy event. I'll be investing up to $1,500 in myself and with a $250,000 gauranteed prize pool, a deep cash would be a very profitable thing.

I've played probably 20 hours of live cash games since I've been in town so I'm feeling comfortable at the felt again. Also am in good spirits as I got to hang out three of my very good friends from UCSB last night for the first time in many months. We watched the Laker game and drank away our sorrow's at Tim Thomas's miracle three at the end of regulation and went to a very cool club in Hollywood called the Red Buddha. I wont mention the drunken live play that ensued at the Bike, we'll just say that Bill did not bring his A game, luckily I kept it at low stakes and had a lot of fun ;)

I'm off to the casino hoping to make good decisions in todays event, regardless of what the cards do.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

P.S. I've always gotten a ton of emails about Thailand and a reader suggested I make a FAQ/Sticky on it and I think thats a fantastic idea. If there is anything at all you want to know about living/working/traveling/playing poker from Thailand, email me at and I'll include your question in the post, hopefully up in the next few days.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Quick Update

Missed my flight (yet again) to LA and spent an extra day in Honolulu with mom. Hawaii was great, my mom has a dirt bag husband who doesn't do a whole lot for her so I think she really enjoyed being spoiled for a week. Was also good to spend some time with her, haven't seen her much this last year.

Spent half a day in Nor Cal then drove down to LA last night. Crashing with my good friend Will in North Hollywood for now, we made a good trip to Commerce last night and both of us did pretty well. I banked a bit over a grand playing mostly $300-500 max buy in 5-5 blind NL. Today I went over to Commerce and played in the 10/20 and 20/40 games and made a cool $4k. Played with and chatted with the actor Morris Chestnut for awhile (pretty good player). Chris Kerregulyan who won a WPT event in season 1 was also at our table.

Tournaments start on friday, so until then hopefully the cash games (and LA) are nice to me. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill