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Working From Home For The Holidays

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Just a quick update today. I’m cranking away hard at the new book this month (and should be doing so through January), so I haven’t allotted quite as much time as usual to writing articles for the website. As a result, expect the updates to be a little slower than usual for the next few weeks.

We’re in the home stretch on the book. Unfortunately, every time it feels like a book is almost done, it always takes a few more months from that point before it’s actually ready to go to print. That’s basically the situation we’re in right now… I can see the end, but there’s still a frustrating few months of work to do until the book is out the door.

I’ve also been thinking about and working on the next installments of the Playing Deceptively series that I started a few of days ago. Part 2 should be ready to go sometime soon.

Also be sure to check out Stoxpoker these days. I’m presently in the middle of producing a mega-part series on blind stealing and defense. The series talks about how and when to try to steal the blinds, how to deal with getting 3-bet (especially by light 3-bettors), how to defend your blinds, and so forth. Part 6 is coming out in about a week… that’s about six hours of video on playing in no-limit hold’em blind stealing situations. As you can imagine, it’s pretty thorough. Joining Stoxpoker is super-cheap these days with no signup fee (just the monthly rate), so really I think it’s well, well more than worth it to sign up and check out my blind stealing and defense series (not to mention the 700+ other great videos).


Holy cow. It snowed like crazy today in Las Vegas. Never seen it like this. It was a full-on snowstorm like you get in the regular parts of the country. Check out our front porch.

Snow in Las Vegas

We probably have about 5-6 inches of accumulation by now. The kids in the neighborhood went crazy making snowmen. Teenagers around here have never seen snow like this before in their lives. It’s cool.

Our new dog, Bella, loved it too. She just ran around and around in big circles, flopping sometimes in a big pile of snow. Here’s a picture of Bella.


Our older dog Floyd, who lived in New York with us for two years, wasn’t nearly so excited.

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9 Responses to “Working From Home For The Holidays”

@ Wed Dec 17, 2008 09:59:58 AM

As I have mentioned over on Stox, I think the blind stealing videos have been going extremely well. They really are doing a great job of taking the topic and building the information from the ground up. A very thorough series so far and I’m sure that will continue.

Sima Qian
@ Wed Dec 17, 2008 07:53:49 PM

“Unfortunately, every time it feels like a book is almost done, it always takes a few more months from that point before it’s actually ready to go to print”

Is this due to adding more content or refining what you have? Any comments on the length of the book or what subjects it will touch on or how awesome it will be?

@ Wed Dec 17, 2008 08:34:52 PM

Sima Qian, how do you define awesomeness? I mean, we know already that it will be awesome, so what superlatives could we give him to narrow the range of awesomness … super-awesome? terrifically-awesome? awesomely awesome? black-belt-awesome? AA-awesome? Royal-flush-awesome?

Sima Qian
@ Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:12:46 PM

Ever since my father Sima Tan’s passing I have been unable to muster up the requisite energy to find the appropriate superlative to describe this much-anticipated book. Also, I’m a palace eunuch, so I may have lost my “zest” for many things.

@ Thu Dec 18, 2008 06:47:34 AM

Hello from a french player ;-)

@ Thu Dec 18, 2008 07:11:53 AM

Ed, if you need to cancel Christmas in order to get that book finished, please don’t hesitate to do so. :-)

Dave (MOJO)
@ Thu Dec 18, 2008 07:17:59 AM

I love the photos. Generally, bloggers don’t include them, and they are a nice touch imo.

Rick Caran and JilliDog
@ Thu Dec 18, 2008 07:26:43 AM

Love Bella! Especially the 2 tone eyes! I guess she’s a Border Collie or an Aussie Shep? Good luck with her!

We just posted a couple of new Jilli Dog video’s! Animal Planet did a really nice segment about her, and the Japanese TV show came to NY to film her again, it seems that she’s very popular in Japan! A famous Japanese TV/movie star came too, because he wanted to play poker with Jilli Dog! The vid is behind the scenes of the taping, was good fun!

Also, if you want to teach Floyd and Bella how to push a wagon, I just posted that lesson at JilliDog.com Try it, it’s pretty cool and simple…

Best regards, Rick Caran (video linkls below)

***Jilli Dog on Animal Planet video:


***Jilli Dog at Japan TV taping:


Elaine Vigneault
@ Fri Dec 19, 2008 08:24:50 AM

“I guess she’s a Border Collie or an Aussie Shep?”
That’s a good guess. We think she’s either or both and so does the vet. She is DEFINITELY a herding dog – likes to put other dogs, cats, etc. in order and guard the perimeters.

By the way, here’s a video of Bella running in the snow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy91GI6JNO8

And here are some neighbor kids (and my nephew is in the mix, too) building a snowman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvkQjIu2JO8

PS – Did you know that cute, little puppy Joe Biden just got came from a puppymill? Here’s the story: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Kennel_where_Biden_bought_puppy_is_cited.html

Tomorrow, the Saturday before Christmas, is the busiest puppy-buying day of the year. Even though 2/3 of Americans say they think Obama should adopt his dog from a shelter rather than buy from a breeder, millions of Americans still buy dogs from pet stores (pet store dogs almost always come from puppymills). If you want to help stop that, please get involved tomorrow: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/adopt-dont-shop/

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