This is just more typical shit in Massachusetts....we have to deal with this reminder
from the Attorney General. It occurs to me that because Charity Poker tournaments have been so successful in the past 1.5 years that it has drawn unfair scrutiny. Charity Poker tourneys have proven in their short life-span to be a proven way to raise money and have fun at the same time. I have a friend who died of cancer and I told her parents the best way to raise a lot of money would probably be a charity tournament. They started a charity in her honor to benefit others who suffer from the cancer that caused her demise. That apparently is still not a good enough reason among others of course to have fundraisers in Massachusetts. There may be a bad apple/business that may keep more money than they are entitled to...say if they had a charity poker business for the wrong reasons but "they" should be caught and persecuted..not everybody. Isn't there more important things to worry about in Mass. then Poker Tournaments? There are thousands of illegal immigrants and undocumented child molesters and crime in general!!!! Why don't they do something about my 2,000 dollar fucking car insurance bill? I have a step-9 driving record and just because I live in Lawrence I am unfairly penalized...but nooooooooooooooooooo we have to be reminded about how charity poker tournaments are being scrutinized.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
This is an interesting one.....So I was playing the NL Hold'em Tourney at a castle (to raise money for the Castle foundation) in Haverhill, MA...it's rainy and ominous outside on a summer Friday night. The tourney was setup for about 100 players...prizes are buy-ins to various tourneys at Foxwoods for the World Poker Finals. I'm playing pretty tight for most of the tourney and soon the action is down to 30.....then down to 20 and I have a short-stack. Sitting at my table is none other than Sully Erna (lead singer of the band Godsmack)...he still lives in this area and he grew up in Lawrence/Haverhill, MA area....I don't really know if anybody else noticed to tell the truth..he was there with a couple of friends...they could have been in his band but I wouldn't recognize anybody else but the guitarist Tony Rombola. I figured I needed some chips so I took a chance on an all-in with 9-5d and because the table is generally tight nobody calls. Anyway he is soon all-in with an ace against some other player with a short-stack..he rivers an ace to stay alive. His stack is probably about 9,000 chips.... a couple of hands later I limp in in middle position with 9's. I know somebody is going all-in so I was planning on going all-in anyway...this would put me in good position to go to the final table with possibly 14,000 chips if I could go heads up with somebody. The top 5 places pay buy-ins to tourneys so it's time to get some chips and this was the right hand. Everybody else folds and Sully Erna goes all-in...I call with what I have left (limped in with 2,000 and called all-in with the rest of my 5,500 chips. He shows Ah-10s. Race time! the flop shows 8s-Qc-7d all different suits....so far so good....the turn is 9 and I get my set....so far so very good...The River a goddamn 6c...Sully says "hey...a 6...I got a straight!! Yeeahhhhhhhh!!!....So far...so good....so What!! I couldn't believe it...I'm thinking that the lead singer of Godsmack is the king of the suckout....anyway I was stunned and he was happy...I collected myself and shook his hand and said I was a big fan of his band Godsmack. He is a really down to earth cool dude but that was a real bad beat......I left in disgust and don't know who won...but if his luck is any indicator it was probably him.
Posted by PokahDave at 1:27 PM
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Made another final table on UltimateBet...it seems crazy to me but most of the online poker tourney money I've won has been on UB. This tourney in particular was a 1.00 Turbo NL MTT that had at least 1,000 players if not 1,300...I finished in 5th on and took about 65.00 for my efforts...
Posted by PokahDave at 9:09 PM
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I haven't been playing lately alot...well I did redeposit on Party Poker and am building the bankroll from 50.00 to 110.00 in 2 sessions of 25.00NL hold'em tables (.25-.50) blinds. Got my bonus 10.00 in 70 hands..not to hard to do. The Castle is just that...an old Castle that they are raising money for in my area. Although I will like the atmosphere I'm really playing for the big buy-ins to the Foxwoods tourneys that are the prizes.....I haven't posted in a long time because I depleted my bankroll trying to qualify for the "Big Dance" ya know...the WSOP..to no avail. Also this 'being a new father thing' is the greatest thing in the world but it is tough...my baby girl is two months old already!! Time is flying! I got to qualify for one of these big Foxwoods tourneys one of these days................
Posted by PokahDave at 5:08 PM