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A short update

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    After a couple of intense and exciting, but also emotionally draining weeks, I am ready to give this forum my undivided attention again. Because I had been selected for the Dutch national poker team, we all went over to Russia to battle for the European Championship for Nations, that was being staged in Petersburg.Even though I rarely play tournaments and don't like traveling (I am a firm believer in staying at one place for a long time, and doing the same routine over and over again), AND despite the fact that the structure/format of the tournament was not one I would recommend, we still had a great time- but we were VERY tired when the week was over.

    Right after that, the Master Classics of Poker tournament in Amsterdam started, the biggest and (arguably) the most exciting tournament in Europe. Usually, I use this week to take a break -because I don't like playing in an atmosphere where I don't have the control that I like to have as there is simply too much action going on-, but when the casino asked me to write the daily tournament reports for them, I said yes. (For those interested, the reports can be found on and also at or Even though I liked doing this, and liked helping the casino in their worldwide promotion of the event, writing with a deadline is not the same as playing poker according to one's very own time schedule. So, I was even more tired when the tournaments were done, as I was when they started.

    Having been able to play in my regular game now (the PLO 500 Euros buy-in), going back to my usual routine and having caught quite a few lucky breaks, I feel like I'm in total control again, doing the things I do best: playing my best game under the best possible game conditions. Even though some of my poker friends are planning a few exciting, and potentially profitable, poker trips in the next couple of weeks, I will stay in Amsterdam, to play my favorite game, and to have all the time for writing some new articles for Card Player, and for the series of Poker Lessons on this site.

    As you all know, I have tried to build up the Poker Lessons series, starting from the basics, slowly getting into strategic analysis of limit hold'em poker, and finally touching upon big-bet poker or, more specifically, on the big-money game in Europe: pot-limit Omaha. Over a period of about five years, I have walked exactly this path, and therefore I hope that those of you who are walking this path now may benefit from my experiences and recommendations. I hope you like these lessons and my involvement in the forum; if there are any questions you may have, feel free to pose them here. So far, I would like to thank you all for your kind words and for your contributions regarding the practice hands. And of course, I would like to meet you guys one day, preferably (but not necessarily) at one of the pot-limit tables. That's about it for the update, guys; take care, and good luck,


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    thanks for keeping us all informed rolf!!!!!! it is truly appreciatted! i, for one, was hoping you were not going by the wayside as an instructor here, and i am happy to hear you will be interacting more in the forum. i have one question for you...... when the ring games get up and running on the site, would you be willing to sit in a few games, and analyze some of the play that stands out to you, to either point out errors, or common mistakes that beginners, or even intermediate playrs make? i think seeing and having discussions about the game after playing in the game, is much more helpful that reading about it in a book. it tends to stick with me a bit longer that way. thanks for your time, and maybe one day we will meet at the tables, (you never know, it could happen)



    • #3
      I guess I will join some of the cash games, if they get started the way you mention. And yes, even though I believe that analyzing one's play without seeing him in person is not that easy, I will do my best to do just that. But for sure I wouldn't want to play with you, though; if you play as well as you write, you are definitely not on top of my "favorite opponents" list. Take care, JMuzzey, and good luck to you,



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