Side games: 3
Steam control: 4
Against weak players: 8
Against strong players: 6
Best game: Tournament no-limit hold’em
Weakness: A seven on the craps table at the wrong time
Conventional wisdom is that TJ’s non-poker gambling has limited his monetary success.
TJ often shows his good hands because he likes to give the image that he is always there. His philosophy is: if you never get called, you will end up with all of the chips.
TJ has probably played in and won more major tournaments than any other person.
When TJ and I first played together, we had discussed how I had played some no-limit hold’em in Houston in the ‘70s whereas he had played in Dallas. I moved in on someone with Ace-King. The player called with a pair of Queens and I won the race.
TJ said, “I can see you learned to play in Houston. Those Houston players would come to Dallas and play that Ace-King, but they’d always end up against a pair of Aces. That’s why we call that hand ‘Walking back to Houston.’”
Title: On The Road Again
Artist: Willie Nelson
Reason for this song choice
T. J. loves to tell stories from a long time ago about poker game he traveled to in Texas. Also, he has been on the road, traveling to poker tournaments, more than anyone else.