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Comic for: April 13th, 2009
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Online Poker: "A Little Distracted"
Posted: Monday April 13th, 2009 by

When I work on the comic, usually at night, I turn the tv on to keep me company. Lately I've been finding reruns of the World Series of Poker running. And, for me, that's great. I can't play the game for crap, but the skill/drama/luck/bad beats all keep me entertained. Well, while you're watching poker shows you're assaulted with commercials for poker websites.

Out of curiosity, I've visited some of these sites. But, they didn't really have what I was looking for. I want to learn to play against computer characters and I have zero interest in risking real money. The one I found is basic, but the computer players are really conservative with their play. I can push them off a hand just by over betting the pot. And that's not always fun. They can also buy back into the game after losing an all in, so there's never really a true winner.

Playing this particular game, I've done pretty well. My instincts based one when/how much the computer players bet is pretty good. I do have some issues of being aggressive and thus not drawing the computer players into monster hands. I was doing so well in fact that I asked myself if I thought I could ever play in a real tournament against real players. Watching poker shows on TV, I KNOW I'd never be able to though. There are two reasons for this conclusion. 1. I don't think I could handle the personalities of some of the players. Mike Matusow? Phil Hellmuth? A character like Hevad Khan? No no no. 2. I can not stand the sound of people doing chip tricks. Theres something about the precise pitch that makes me grit my teeth and go on tilt. Kinda not the best problem to have at one of these tournaments where multiple players are chip shuffing constantly. Ugh, even thinking about it sends shivers up my spine.

As to the comic...
When I get into something, I kind of disappear into it entirely. WoW Dailies. Making some artwork. Assmbling a model. Playing a game. So, it's the perfect time to talk me into something. Because chances are, I didn't hear a word you just said. Shhh! Don't tell Taks I said that.

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