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VIM Syntax Coloring for Hand Histories

Hand history files, like computer programs, are notoriously difficult to read. Software developers use syntax coloring to highlight keywords and contrast different sections of code. I’ve developed a syntax definition file for the Vim editor that colors both Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker hand history files.

Installation instructions can be found at the beginning of the file. Installing the syntax file is fairly straightforward, especially for anyone who has used Vim before. Feel free to experiment with the colors, and let me know if you come up with better.

View or download handhistory.vim hand history syntax coloring for the Vim editor.

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Last Updated: Thu, 29 Jan 2009

MBL Tournament, Final Week

I’m not going to the 2006 World Series of Poker after all… at least not on the Miller Brewing Company’s dime. The last two MBL tournaments were held this weekend. I never got going in the second tournament, finishing in 371st. But I actually lead briefly in the first tournament with 182 players left!

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Last Updated: Mon, 06 Mar 2006

MBL Tournament, Week #1

So I’ve been logging-in to the Milwaukee’s Best website every day for the past couple of weeks. For six Sundays, they have a 400-500 person NLHE tournament. The top 100 finishers each week get a set of poker chips, and the winner gets an entry into the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event!

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Last Updated: Wed, 08 Feb 2006

A Missed Opportunity

Is there ever a time when you should call an all-in with cards that are, shall we say, sub-optimal? Check out this hand from a tournament I played on New Year’s Day.

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Last Updated: Tue, 24 Jan 2006

OMFG U NOOB!

Pocket Kings are a great hand. At least until an Ace comes out on the flop. Here’s a couple of hands that still make me laugh out loud when I go back over them.

Our setting is a Poker Stars 2-table SNG. It’s down to the final four, so we’re all in the money. I’m the short stack, so I’m ready to do some gambling.

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Last Updated: Thu, 22 Dec 2005

The Older the Player, the Higher the Kicker

The older the player, the higher the kicker.
- From Up for Poker blog entry, “Lessons Learned”

I was warned about A-x. They told me it was trash in Super System, but some lessons need to be learned the hard way.

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005

A Lesson in Poker Etiquette

In this tournament, I learned a valuable lesson in poker etiquette. Only I’m not sure what etiquette is called for in the situation. And it probably is more of a strategy issue than etiquette. Anyway, it was the first time another player actually swore at me.

We pick up this tournament on the last hand played out on two tables.

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005

Two Pair Ain’t What it Used to Be

I played three poker tournaments last night, and all three turned out to be very interesting. Of course, they were interesting in the ways that I lost all three. In these two tournaments, I learned the disasters that befall those who slow-play two pair.

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005

Starting Hand Quality

A friend asked me how my poker playing was going. I replied that I had a chance to win the low-level SnG’s “when I got the cards”. It sounds like a silly thing to say, but my theory is that you need skill to legitimately compete in a tournament, but you need luck to actually win.

Below is my first attempt to quantify the quality of my starting hands for a given tournament. Try to guess which one I actually won:

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005

Not a Good Night

It’s always a good idea to go back and review your play. But sometimes, the mistakes hurt worse the second time around. I can’t believe some of the mistakes I made on Monday.

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005

Aces Cracked

It’s a poker truism: with pocket Aces, you’ll either win a small pot or lose a large one. Here’s an example where I slow-play the darned things and get burned.

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Last Updated: Fri, 16 Dec 2005