Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Poker pearl #63

Above: Andy Frankenberger is shown on the cover of the Sept. 7 issue of Card Player magazine.

Andy Frankenberger, former Wall Street trader, decided to take off a year and see if he could make it playing poker. The results have been terrific: a WSOP bracelet and a World Poker Tour win. Here's what he says:

"Some people will refer to me in casual conversations as a gambler, and I stop them and say, 'I am not a gambler. I am a poker player.' Anyone who thinks poker is happenstance probably doesn't have a good frasp for the game. Luck can win you a hand -- or even, if you are extremely fortunate, a tournament -- but another tournament? No way. Evaluating the chance in any given hand is a skill, and it is a skill I learned well as a (equity derivatives) trader."

Odds and ends:
I love the Card Player magazine -- it's the best of many. Having said that, I've noticed that it's getting thinner and thinner. I'm guessing it has fewer ads, fallout from Black Friday. Fewer ads means cost cutting, so fewer articles as well.

My check from frigging Cake Poker bounced. That was bad enough, but my bank charged me a $17.50 fee for this. They really suck. I mean really, really suck.

My check from Bodog didn't bounce, so it looks like that site is a place to play. I play mostly $4 sit and goes when I'm killing time.

Crash and bastin like Poker Academy. Poker Grrl got her start there, too. I tried it, but find playing for something, even small stakes, to be more interesting. Part of the fun at PA would be if I knew the players -- there's a social part to poker. I go there and feel lost, so I'm thinking I'll stick to Bodog.


  1. I am sorry to hear that Cake is even worse than what I had been hearing.

    I try to play a freeroll a week at Carbon and I am playing some private play money games (with prizes for winners) at PokerStars.net. Sad.

  2. I used to work with Andy Frankenberger at JPMorgan. He was an Equities Derivatives trader and I worked on the valuation software that they used to price their trades.

    He was always a really cool guy, but I didn't know he was this into poker until he 'retired' and started winning bracelets and such.

  3. Speaking of playing for something, what happened with bridge big?

  4. Hi MOJO...it appears you haven't been posting too much, either. Are you planning to play poker full-time? Make a few mil and then travel the world? :-)

    Hope that all is well with you and that you are enjoying your retirement!

  5. Peed in their cornflakes? You're too funny!

    Did you read about some online poker game being a "Ponzi" scheme.

  6. Good to know that if I decide to play online again I should return to Bodog. Bounced check, that really is bad. Guess it's the tail end of the Ponzi scheme.