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Joe Cada is lucky (there's no draft).

by Lee Watkinson |  Published: Nov 10, '09

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I returned, yesterday, from a trip to Toronto where I had a lot of fun representing Full Tilt at the Canadian poker Expo. Basically played a bunch of Sit n Go’s and met a lot of very nice people. I love Canada.

I just watched the first episode of the final table, it really made poker look like a game of luck, eh. I was a little unhappy with the way ESPN edited the hand where Saout and Buchman got something like 90 million in pre-flop with AK vs AQ and all they showed was the very end of the action with no indication how the betting went.

I plan on putting some serious time in online for the next week or so playing the FTOP’s events on Full Tilt. I went pretty deep in Sunday’s event that had a $250,000 first place and that has really whet my appetite.

With tomorrow being Veterans Day I have been doing some thinking about the lives being sacrificed by men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well actually it might be more due to the exceptional media coverage being given to the soldiers who lost there lives at Fort Hood. What has been bothering me is, “How much coverage would there deaths have gotten had they made it on the plane and been killed over there?”

I guess the answer is, life in general is cheaper over there. I mean obviously the indigenous peoples lives are cheaper, but it comes as kind of a shock to realize that even our own soldiers lives seem to lose some of there value once they are deployed. Ofcourse this is wrong. I think there should be a television channel dedicated to nothing else but honoring fallen serviceman for the duration of these missions, lest we forget the human price of all this.

I think President Obama is doing the right thing in looking for all options to this no win dilemma. I mean I sure can’t see a good solution. The last administration left a terrible mess. We can’t now try to occupy every country that has terrorists, there’s a bunch and they can move around.

Lee Watkinson has accumulated nearly $4 million in tournament winnings over his career. His accomplishments include a World Series bracelet in the 2006 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event and an eighth-place finish in the 2007 WSOP main event. Lee is a Full Tilt Pro and uses his poker winnings to help a chimpanzee rescue charity. Learn more about Lee at his website, www.leewatkinson.com.

 
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reverendwright
over 12 years ago

I wish you would go live in Canada [deleted by moderator].Thought obama was going to get us out of the wars?obama is going to destroy this country.And by the way,the highest tax increaes in history are going to hit in 2010.Do any of you know that obama is going to take 60 percent of your poker winnings and you cant offset your losses.The socialist obama is destroying america.

 
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worm2200
over 12 years ago

Only 7 more years to blame the Bush admin for all the problems. Better hurry

 
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fitzmoney
over 12 years ago

jeez louise..is this cnn.com or foxnew.com? keep it to poker lee w. cause your polictical commentary is not wanted or needed...glad to know you are proud of obama, have strong left wing views and that you blame bush...I think we would all like to hear about pocket JJ's and preflop strategy instead

 
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squeekerdeeker
over 12 years ago

If I order anchovies on my pizza does this make me a communist? Sorry, wrong site.

 
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joer8052
over 12 years ago

I agree, move to Canada...I say we all stop reading and posting comments to his pointless left wing, liberal views.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

"move to Canada"? Why, because he didn't vote for a far-right wing nut that believes that the Earth is six thousand years old, that the "Flintstones" is based on a true story, has exorcisms performed by an African withch doctor and can see Russian from her front porch?

I have a better idea. You wackos shred your voter registrations cards.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

"Russia"

 
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buttonpusher
over 12 years ago

Sure, cuz extreme capitalism isn't the reason the whole world's economy just about collapsed, but I guess that's old news.

If u want strategy go to the strategy page. Good on ya Lee for having an opinion and being brave enough to put it out there.

Note: I guess I'm just a Pinko Canadian, but ur welcome here anytime.

 
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reverendwright
over 12 years ago

YOU IDIOT MORON GOOF TEXASROADGAMBLE,PALIN SAID THERE ARE PARTS OF ALASKA YOU CAN SEE RUSIIA FROM YOU IDIOT,WHICH IS TRUE.SHE DIDNT SAY SHE COULD SEE IT FROM HER FRONT PORCH,STOP GETTING YOUR NEWS FROM NBC AND SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE YOU [Word deleted by moderator].CAPIALISM ISNT THE REASON IT ALMOST COLLAPSED BUTTONPUSHER,FANNIE AND FREDDIE AND RE3GULATION BY THE DEMS WAS.MAKING BANKS GIVE LOANS TO PEOPLE WHO COULDNT AFFORD THEN WAS.WHO WANTS TO MOVE TO THAT SHIT SOCIALIST COUNTRY OF CANDADA?WHERE YOU GOING TO GO FOR MEDICAL TREATMENTS NOW YOU [Word deleted by moderator]

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

reverend: Obviously you are the product of our broken educational systerm. You don't recognize satire when you see it. Now on to financil lessons for morons: The one single act that brought the world to the brink of financial Armageddon was the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act in 1999. The Repubican Congress passed the repeal after feasting at their lobbyist masters' troughs. Then in one of his last acts in office Clinton signed it into law.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

"financial" not "financil"

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

Oh, and reverend: You are so ignorant of poker history, as evidenced by your statement about poker winnings in your first post, that you don't know that the issue has already been resolved in favor of the poker players. If you can fight through your hatred long enough to read Baxter versus the United States, you can read the trial court decision and the affirmation in Baxter's favor by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Right about now you are probably wondering who "Baxter" is. Billy Baxter, member of the Hall of Fame.

So I guess we'll have to rely on the law, rather than the rantings of some pathetic loser who is most likely continually scrabling for the leftovers and scraps of life.

 
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Freedome
over 12 years ago

TRG, I have met you several times, first time was when you went up to a small Indian casino in Hankinson N.D., and you played in their tournaments that you were the attraction. I later met you when I came down to Vegas to work the WSOP's in the early 2000's. It is a pleasure to read your comments, and I will never believe what other's say about a man, until I speak with the man face to face. I wish you luck, and see you at the next big one. And keep bashing those who know little, and talk large.

 
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Seekers
over 12 years ago

I'll start caring what obama says as soon as he becomes a citizen...

 
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TXMaxx
over 12 years ago

LOL, osama bin obama is a marxist/socialist/commie...pick your poison

 
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diamondchuck
over 12 years ago

seems like the "roadgambler" has been drinkin again

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

Richenough: Not if you think that "roadgambler" has been drinkin again.

 
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mrbenson2u
over 12 years ago

lee.
i just am amazed at you and others thinking that barney frank is going to help poker players.he ,more than anyone else was responsible for the community investment fiasco that pressured banks into making loans to those who had almost no hope of repaying them.

what he will end up doing is to tax the gaming sites big time, and they will try to pass that on and what is now a fun diversion for millions of average players will probably become unaffordable.thanks a lot for asking washington and barney frank for help!

 
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y00h00180
over 12 years ago

Doesn't Canada have troops in Afghanistan too? I think the whole point is that Americans don't NEED to go ANYWHERE.

So, Lee, what do you think of the promised 30,000 more boots on their way?

 
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texasroadgambler
over 12 years ago

No empire has ever succeeded in conquering Afghanistan. The British experience, as well as the Russian experience, were both disasters.

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."--Santayana

What a disappointment Obama has turned out to be for me. Karzai says he needs our presence until 2024. Think the American public will tolerate anything close to that?

 
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