Poker challenges

Jun 12, 2006 4:18 AM

I’ve been playing video poker for quite some time now, but it never ceases to amaze me just what lengths some of my most ardent critics will go through to try to beat me at something. Naturally, I try to keep it at the video poker level, but recently one of them came up with a new idea for a bet in order to escape challenging me on my video poker play.

Because my views are at times considered controversial, animosity is not uncommon for these non-believers.

Our main disagreement is that they play for phantom bucks and slot club points; I play for the money. As you can see, right off the bat I have a HUGE advantage.

One such advantage player known as rgmustain (RGM) on the Internet is an admitted math nerd and computer programmer who has absolute disdain for both my video poker knowledge and opinions, and apparently my win results. (The disdain for winning is understandable and easy to dismiss: Winners like other winners, but losers HATE winners.)

We’ve gone through several iterations over the past year over my claims to have won using my play strategies on theoretically "negative" games. (Keep in mind that virtually every casino game has a negative expectation, so to say a player can’t win at any of them is patently absurd.)

But at each and every turn he always backs out, which obviously is a smart move on his part. When you know someone’s right but you say you don’t agree just because you don’t want it to be that way, you have no chance. Kudos for his limited intelligence here.

Recently, however, RGM has been trying to put together a contest that, because we never can seem to get together for a video poker bet, that would somehow ease his mind to beat me at something. He proposed tennis and bowling, and I proposed a 3-mile run.

But if you know how AP’s act, you should be able to see this coming. HE had to set up the date, the time, the location (Minnesota!) and the bet amounts that were much lower than what I wanted. And oh, he wouldn’t agree with the 3-mile run. My only requirement was we deposit our $40,000 into an escrow account a month ahead of the event, and if anyone pulled out for any reason, he would forfeit all or a portion of the bet amount.

There was one reason for this: He has always escaped bets at the last minute, and I wanted to pin him down this time without all the meaningless big talk along the way. Besides, more importantly, the forfeit fee wasn’t something bestowed on just him. We both had the same requirement. And on top of that, his announcement that he has been a professional bowler for years suddenly came out. He really wanted me to run away to help him out of it, but to his dismay it had no effect on me whatsoever.

After making my plane and hotel reservations — and changing them once because RGM changed the date — I felt we were on our way. But in typical fashion, he found a way out just before we were to deposit our funds. And he refused the forfeiture fee!

If you’ve been following my articles for the past 5 years, you’d see where I don’t believe anyone who plays video poker according to theories and math models ever wins without extreme good luck, and most are losers.

Which brings me to another point. I’m not real pleased with the very questionable product the gurus of the game put out because I lost with it in my early years, but that was mostly my fault for believing in what they were preaching and selling.

That’s why I’m here today and why I’ve been here for so long: I’m trying to teach all players the proper way to approach the game along with educating them on the truth about the games they’re playing. No one else to my knowledge has been on both sides of the fence like I have. And few if any others win without the funny math being used to create a winning year out of all their slot club benefits.

Don’t try to bet me. You’ll lose if you don’t escape through the AP loophole first, that is. Rather, ask me for help. It’s always free.