Sunday, August 2, 2009

Selling shares for Megastacks at Foxwoods

August 18-23 there are three megastack events at foxwoods 340, 560 and a 2000.

I figure I'll also play a sng or two and a satellite or two for the main event

I'm putting my trip bankroll at $4000 and will not be playing any cash.

Expenses will come out of profits only and I am selling shares at $40 for 1%; $100 for 2.5% math is the same

Let me know if you are interested in buying a piece of the action either by emailing me at or commenting below.

I'll be updating my status on twitter throughout the tournament so you can follow the action

Thanks for the support,


Friday, March 13, 2009

3 months is less than 6

Immersed back in both my worlds it begins time to inter-relate again. Poker is going well, splitting my time between two clubs on both sides of the felt and I know that while my game has not plateaued, I certainly am not as sharp as I once was. My newest fascination has been with reads and micro-expressions, something I picked up in Forensic Psychology and which has been recently exaggerated in the show Lie to Me.

The interaction is still fun, but I feel like when I live in the poker and comedy worlds I become a little displaced from the real one and even my dreams become laughingly mundane. I usually write with a mission so here is today's "Topic." What is the typical player looking for?

Obviously a win. But more specifically than that, do players want a social environment, a cheap rake, loose players, all of the above? Do players want access to alcohol, to massage girls, to hookers? As a player I've been told table selection is more important than bankroll management, but rarely do I see people scout the competition, or question the houses' take. I'm against private lotteries, so bad beat jackpots, high hand collections and showdown and high cards are not for me.

There are tournament players and cash players, tight players and loose players social players and quiet players, I don't necessarily adapt to the situation but at one time or another I have been all of these. I've been playing for over 5,000 days, more than half my life and the game still has so many mysteries to me, the biggest one is when a watch a player who fundamentally plays against the rules of the game win. "I got it in with an under-pair against an over-pair 7 times, I'm supposed to win that one in five." And it constantly amazes me how much good players can lose, but when does luck even out, when does the math settle is hard to imagine luck being such a factor.

Let's see if I can write more than once a week rather than only once a year...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

6 Months

If I never see you again it has been nice knowing you

Playing at a club uptown and finishing up law exams the decision has finally come to the table....what is next on the agenda of my life?

December and January are already scheduled with distractions, AC for two weekends, two comedy shows, a cruise, perhaps some time in Cleveland, New Orleans, Miami. The law degree doesn't mean much without taking the bar and while the most visual occupations in my mind are high school teacher and psychotherapist, neither falls within my current degrees. There are invitations to Micro Decision Systems and Rock Ridge Music, there is the possibility of comedy or poker or travel, there is the actuality that I am drowning in debt.

Part of me feels like it is finally time to leave dodge, no regrets, no tether holding me back to my roots. There are plenty of people that I still have some connection with but they are fleeting and it seems like it is time that so do I.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Making something out of Nothing

Finally getting back to the online game. I've actually been surprising myself. Took third in a HA game the other night and today I turned FTPs into $

Playing in the WSG Thursday night I'm sure there will be stories to follow...this time with less of an interim

I'll come back and give the play by plays

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Seven Stud Skills Event

2nd Place is the first loser; it really is amazing that even when you win you feel the sting of defeat. I was the big chip leader with 98,000+ with six players left and after that it was a bumpy ride mostly downhill. I’m partial to the players I know and having LJ at the table made me more focused on the hands I wasn’t in, having a second person to root for, unfortunately our styles overlap and we ended in a lot of pots together. When it was down to the two of us and surflexus I really wanted one of us to pull ahead but it didn’t happen.

Looking back I see both the good and the bad, how I built my tower of chips, and what I did to cause it to crumble. Let’s start with the good. People expect the most basic plays and there are three types of players you want to extract chips from.

1) The over-aggressors: This can be dangerous, but the key is to abandon draws and hands as soon as you fall behind because there will be at least one bet on every street. It makes big pairs vulnerable and drawing hands to straights and flushes much more powerful.

2) “Correct” Players: This is where knowing the game and the “standard” play comes into effect. Bring it in for a raise with the highest door card, if you have a high pair underneath, “9s or better wired; Jacks or better split.” The check raise is huge against these players because the gap concept makes them give you A LOT of credit. I started with 5c 6c and 4c up top and called a raise. Hit a 4 on fourth showing a pair and checked it…check behind. A blank and a bet on 5th and I took down a pot against a higher pair because of the possibility of trips.

3) Short stacks: The entire game changes when you only have three or four bets, all of a sudden players are allin committed once they make it to Fourth Street. Knowing the implied odds and the likely holdings, this can lead to a lot of easy chips, especially when players get desperate.

The bad plays: Most of the time you don’t lose on your last hand, you lose on paying off extra bets and seeing too many streets with marginal holdings. Some players lose money on missed draws and bad beats, but by maximizing gains and minimizing losses your stack can usually handle the variance. I don’t remember many hands but I do remember several mistakes from last night. On Seventh street my opponent was showing sevens and had bet the whole way. I had tens and folded to a river bet even though I was getting 9 to 1, I even wrote it in the chat field…risking 10,000 to win 100,000 could have been huge and I really wasn’t 90% sure I was behind, maybe 80%.

My biggest mistake in Seven Card Stud is river bluffs and lack of value bets at the end. I also let myself get squeezed from behind on middle streets. Like in flop games position is extremely important to gain or avoid extra bets. In stud however, the rotation can change from street to street so it’s important to see the shifts and the possible reactions. Betting on seventh street is rarely successful at chasing out a better hand and rarely causes a similar hand to fold. A middle pair may pay off a flush because there is so much money in the pot…and unlike in no limit games opening up the betting on the river in position is not as detrimental because there is no fear of an allin, just an extra bet.

Many players check seventh if they believe the other player is on a draw so as to call one bet rather then two when they are behind, but it is important to realize the likelihood that they make their hand on the river. Usually the best case scenarios are 4:1 to hit the draw and if one out of five times you pay off two bets, as long as they are willing to call your last bet half of the time when they miss (and have a pair or some other semblance of a hand) the bet becomes a break even. The advantage comes in the times when you fill up against a straight or flush and get two extra bets even if that only happens 4:1 x 5:1 = 1 time in 20 or so. That three bet gain 5% of the time makes the play more profitable than checking, but of course everything changes according to the field.

I’m enjoying writing and will try to play more live games and internet mtts as law school ends and life frees up. Until next time wish me luck.

“I don’t believe in luck, I believe in cause and effect.”

Monday, April 28, 2008

It's all about the Setup

I’ve made appearances in the comments section of other poker and comedy blogs…this is my first post in a while. I could write pages of theory, or a diatribe of an explanation of who I am, who I was, and what I want to share. The basic message for now is simply this:

I’m sure I’ll go into my flaws as a person and the flaws in my game. I’ll look at other players and actual scenarios. I’ll share my playbook of theories that’s developed over the last decade. I’ll share the highlights and the low points as they come and also in reflection. There are still many stories to tell and hopefully this isn’t another passé attempt at downloading the weekly drama but the more I play with this circle of poker bloggers the more I find myself sharing my opinions, so why not start a reference point to refer them to.

They call me MattyEbs and I often get the consolation comedian stereotype, other times I’m just the guy dealing in the box. I find myself one of the younger players but you would never know by the look of it. I’d characterize my game as loose and fast and my personality as matching that demeanor. I prefer tournaments to cash even though I’m more accomplished at the latter. I’ll play any game; just tell me the rules and I’ve come to know many of the intricacies of the rarer breeds of poker.

My online game is scarred by lack of patience and my live game is hurt by my empathy. I find myself untiltable at the table and anyone who has a bad beat story, I’ve heard or seen or been a part of at least three times. I’ll get to more specifics as they surface but for now suffice to say that the more I play the more I realize that your most difficult opponent is yourself. When you get past that you’ll find you have an unparalleled amount of luck.
“Luck is something man invented to explain the successes of his enemies.”

Monday, March 26, 2007

From Atlantic City to Christopher and Gay

This past weekend was packed with a lot of comedy and poker as CT came to town and the Tropicana was kind enough to provide a free room for the two of us. I always was most comfortable at the poker table. I think that’s where my interaction with an audience truly began. It’s the process of entertaining a crowd whether for three hours of a tournament or as was the case on Friday a sixteen hour cash game session. Not everyone appreciate the jokes and the commentary but usually I bring over 60-80% of the table who don’t want to leave and don’t want me to leave. Some of the tales I tell are designed to get certain results for the most part I just yuck it up and it is there that I do my best crowd work.

I’ve never been one to talk to strangers on airplanes or buses. I typically kept to myself even before the advent of ipods but at the table I’m a completely different person and if I could get that persona on stage I’d be one step closer to the success I seek. After doing unwritten material for two days and three nights in AC I came home to do the new talent show at Gotham and although I only had a short four minute set, it went well and I feel like my new material always ceases to disappoint and I’m looking forward to doing my current set at Laugh Lounge this Saturday. Sunday Night I went to Pieces for Menage a Ha part Deux.

I still need to write my reviw of Menage a Ha part one but I’ll start with Menage a Ha Part Deux which like many sequels was not quite as strong as the original but was still a great time. I really recommend Christian’s show at Pieces, whether gay straight or bisexual you can appreciate the mixed comedy in a comfortable setting. Although a little tight, you can’t beat the easy access by taking the ABCDEF to West 4th and plenty of late night drunken food to end your night, even with the loss of the rat infested KFC/Taco Bell. Part Deux consisted of the very funny Imrana Zaman, Julie Marcus, Brad Loekle, and headliner Becky Donahue. Danny Leary was back from the first Menage a Ha “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.” And of course always hilarious gay Puerto Rican, Christian Cintron, “We’ll either fuck you or we’ll cut you.” After the night great conversation ensued with fellow comics Chesslee Calloway, Stu Mason, Amanda Beals, Keith an Irish comic and the performers. Late night drinking led to a 2:30 drunken sleep but I’ll definitely be back for Menage a Ha part Tres and if you have any Sundays open check out Pieces at the corner of Christopher and Gay.

Coming up is the comedy contest at Laugh Lounge for the Comic in Residence Program. Hopefully many will make it out and support. It should be a great lineup and a great show, I know I'm coming to represent. All information can be found at my myspace page: or at

Evil happens when good people sit back and do nothing...