Villle Wahlbeck

My embarrassing WSOP memories

That brutal, masochistic thing they call the World Series of Poker is once again up and running. From start to finish, WSOP is six weeks of poker, more tournaments than anyone can handle and enough cash game action to drive people insane. Yes, I am going to play again. This will be my ninth year at...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on June 17, 2013 6:51 AM

Speed it up, please

There has been plenty of talk about slow games in the poker tournaments. Many well known players have demanded that something should be done about it, and I agree. There is no better way of getting rid of the casual players than making the game so slow it becomes boring to play. Naturally, there sh...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on April 24, 2013 7:03 AM

Table manners

Everyone who has played poker knows the feeling: the feeling when you want to jump over the table and knock the other guy's teeth in. I don't get that feeling often. Actually, I haven't got it in years. But when I started playing poker it was very different. One of the surest ways of putting me on...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on April 10, 2013 6:52 AM

LOL, NH, WP, GB, TYM8, GG: What are these guys saying?

When I started playing online poker I was perplexed with all the acronyms that I encountered. People were writing these weird letter combinations in the chat box, and I had no idea what they meant. I didn't have much experience with online gaming, so most of the expressions were completely new to me...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on February 14, 2013 6:21 AM

Chinese Insanity

It is no mystery that loads of gamblers and poker players enjoy killing time with Chinese poker. I confess being one of them. I have played some seriously insane sessions of Chinese poker, and I doubt if there is anyone in Finland who has played more hands of Chinese poker than I have. Once the game...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on January 28, 2013 6:44 AM

Folding the winner

There's an old poker proverb saying you can't be a player unless you occasionally fold the winning hand. What it means is that only donks keep calling everyone down. Donks never fold the winning hand simply because donks never fold. Another poker proverb says that you can't make money by folding. I...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on November 20, 2012 6:50 AM

Daddy plays poker

I have two kids, a 3-year old girl and a 1-year old boy. No matter what I write later I love them enormously and I think having kids is the best thing that has happened in my life. That said I will freely confess that those little creatures can be a serious pain in the butt, especially if you are a...more

by Ville Wahlbeck on November 11, 2012 9:47 AM