Friday, August 11, 2006

+EV Starts, Main Event Ends

Welcome to, home of the new comic strip +EV, which means "positive expective value," as I'm sure you know if you're a poker player. I think this first strip tells you just about everything you need to know about the comic. It's about a young husband and father who plays a lot of online poker, and he's probably not immune to going on tilt sometimes. You'll learn more as it goes along, so keep coming back here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new strips.

I started playing poker online in July of 2005 and I first planned on making a poker comic shortly after that. It was called "Drawing Dead" and would star zombies playing poker. One idea was to start the comic by killing off all the players at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in some way (maybe a terrorist attack) and then have them rise from their graves in order to find each other and finish the tournament, entering casinos along the way to play poker and try to hide their deadness. I never really actively pursued starting up that comic because I thought it was a bit too crazy, but I might do it later sometime.

It's 5:50 a.m. Central time and Jamie Gold just won the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. I got it on pay-per-view and just watched every hand for 14 hours. Norman Chad is interviewing him right now for ESPN and I can't wait to see the hole cards when this final table airs in a couple months. Jamie Gold is insane. For example, he just said "All I've ever wanted is blueberries" and "Blueberries probably were the reason why I won." He was eating blueberries out of a bowl with a big spoon like cereal for much of the final table. I'll write more about the final table later, but I've gotta get to sleep now!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im glad to see you writing again!

8/11/2006 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pup! Absolutely awesome first comic! I look forward to make it a regular visit for me in the future!

8/12/2006 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the art, like the punchlines.

'Hold'? Y'mean 'Fold' right?

8/17/2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Bobby Crosby said...

No, I actually do mean "hold" -- it means that he wants his hand to "hold up" and stay the best hand. This would be when he's already all-in against someone and the cards are already flipped up and he sees that he's currently winning, but there are still cards to come (flop and/or turn and/or river) and he's begging for his hand to stay good. Thanks for the comment!

8/18/2006 4:34 AM  

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