Monday, January 30, 2006

Zombies,Alcohol,White Mountains, and Screw your Neighbor!

I went to the White Mountains/North Conway this weekend with some of my buddies. I was intent on skiing….but that didn’t happen. Lots of booze, cards, and zombie movies happened. I own a small Condo in the White Mountains and decided a weekend away from the lovely wife and child was in order. 3 of my friends and I went up on Saturday morning and proceeded to drink a soon as we got up there. The skiing was just a pipe dream anyway. I guess my friend has some issues…he brought every zombie movie from the past couple of years with him. The new Dawn of the Dead was pretty good. He also brought ‘Team America’- Ya…The puppet team fight the terrorists’ movie! I thought it was going to really suck but it was actually hilarious. There is a puppet sex scene that is just WRONG. Abso-fucking-lutely hilarious movie. They proceed to destroy the Hollywood liberal contingent from Michael Moore to Alec Baldwin.

So we get to the place at 12:00 noon and the beers start flowing freely. Watch a few movies hit the bars and then the cards come out. We played ‘Screw your neighbor’ for most of the games…I won the biggest pot. I tried to teach my one friend the “didn’t know” how to play Texas Hold’em but I gave it a go. After watching him get frustrated because he was drunk and wasn’t in a “learnin” mood we decided to go back to “Screw your Neighbor’ A.K.A ‘Pass the Trash’. I guess half a gallon of Jim Beam will kill enough brain cells to become a zombie…and he did. We went back out to the bars after and that was probably a mistake. I forgot my keys in the bar because I was zombified from the 10 hours of alcohol. My friend had to drive us home…we probably should have got a cab. We did however keep most of the bars in the North Conway area very busy that day. My next weekend away is going to be Foxwoods…probably in late Feb. Well what do you know! There is a long weekend coming up on the 20th of Feb. It’s already in the cards!!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

*Cough* been awhile....

Haven't posted for a while....because quite frankly there's not been much to post about. I got the unfortunate news about my cousin who at the age of 49 passed away from complications due to M.S. She had a long and drawn-out 15 year battle with the debilitating disease. I was a pall-bearer at the funeral. Very sad scene...she did however witness her two children grow into adults at 18 and 20. Her older sister also died at the age of 49...a strange and cruel coincidence for my Aunt and Uncle and their other sons and daughters.
Last weekend I caught some stomach virus. I had a swelled brain and a sore ass from sitting on the toilet for 48 hours. I haven't had a cup of coffee, an alcoholic beverage, or any food for about that length of time either. Well I finally feel like a human again and I'm back at work...that's why I'm wasting time posting on this blog...because I'm at work! I have to get back to my quest to win a satellite to a tourney at foxwoods for the Foxwoods Poker Classic.
I think I'll make that a goal...I haven't set a goal for my poker playing this year yet there ya go.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

There are Two Constants in my life the past two years:

Traffic and Internet Poker …and both can make or break my day by themselves. Some days all three can either leave me a bald, naked, shivering in the corner or turn me into the most confident, omniscient, feel-good person to walk the earth.

My commute to work from my house is Total Est. Time: 38 minutes (with no traffic of course) Total Est. Distance: 29.98 miles (let’s just say 30 miles). It can take me 40 minutes (when there is no traffic due to summer or holiday situation with any traffic) to 1 hr. and 45 minutes if there is really bad traffic (those days don’t happen often but when they do…LOOK OUT!). People have told me that the traffic in Southern California is worse but I can’t see how much more worse it could be. Some people have also chimed in with “Why don’t you just get a job closer to home?”…ya know, with that holier than thou sarcastic tone and with a scrunched-up ‘I’m constipated’ look on their face. I’ve tried people! I can’t find a job closer to home that pays nearly the same (I’m a Tech. Support/Systems Admin. Dinosaur from-the-late-90’s). I survived a business that folded and the tech. sector of that company was subsequently sold to a stock market/software billionaire) so take that sarcastically toned voice and constipated looking face and….well you know…

Internet Poker….I started like everybody else…losing money. I actually played the “play” money accounts first and then grew tired of playing for nothing. I’ve been playing cards my whole life so that was a given that I would eventually gravitate towards internet poker. I also work with computers and software everyday so that was also an avenue that led me to internet poker. Not to mention that it’s too hard to get your friends together for home games on a regular basis especially when we all have kids. I started to study the game somewhat intensely by playing online and reading the standard bibles of poker. Soon thereafter I started winning (and also learned to avoid the potholes of poker) as long as I played when I wasn’t tired or in some sort of tilt-inducing frame of mind. Playing online poker is a way for me to escape my day job and the daily grind. Then you realize that there is another kind of grind. The online poker grind…..Traffic/Overwhelming Table selection, Crashes/Bad Beats, Flow/of the game you’re playing, and Speed/Running over the table…getting run-over. They all exist whether you are in traffic or if you participate in an online poker game of your choice.

Traffic begins and ends the workday so that may have more of an effect my disposition than Poker….but there are many similarities.

Traffic-You will be happy for the most part to get to work when you can fly into work unimpeded.
Online Poker-You are happy to multi-table or participate in the next level of Ring-Game, SNG, STT, and MTT when you can run over the current table/tourney.
Traffic-You can get stuck in the worst traffic ever and there is nothing you can do about it….or you can take the road less-traveled and it may take longer to get there but at least you’ll be moving.
Online Poker-You can plod along a certain bankroll to limit ratio to build bankroll or come up with a different plan/route to build bankroll (a mix of different levels, game selection, ring games and tourneys etc).
Traffic-You can increase your comfort level by getting a certain type of car with certain amenities to make your ride more comfortable (CD player, air-conditioning etc.) or drive that cold/leaky Jeep that you got because you thought that it made you look cool.
Online Poker-You could buy your dream Laptop/PC/19” flat-screen LCD/Wireless Router/wireless network card….all the bells and whistles!! Play anywhere in the house and watch TV/exercise etc. while playing poker or stick with that old/slow desktop PC attached to a cable like a ball and chain in your extra room/office.
Traffic-You can get into a fight with some Road Rage freak with an attitude/agenda…or you could let the freak kill the next guy that buys into his intimidation act.
Online Poker-You can get into a Chat/Rage/Type incident with the guy that just drew a 1-outer on your aces at the river (It’s happened to us all hasn’t it…if it hasn’t you’re probably lying)…or you could accept the fact that there will inevitably be bad-beats and lucky draws no matter how much of a favorite you are.

And here is the obligatory “Don’t Do” list

Don’t Drive or Play online Poker while:
  1. Tired and/or sick.

  2. Drunk (I have to admit I love to drink when I play online poker but It’s pretty rare that I don’t know what’s happening or that I’m not concentrating).

  3. Talking on the phone. Besides the fact that it pisses off the most tolerant of drivers.( I’ve had emergency phone calls and the like while I was deep into a tourney and I quickly lost concentration….you’re better off choosing the “Deal me out” button…believe me!)

  4. Watching TV/Movie…not concentrating on the game in front of you whether it is high stakes driving or high stakes poker. (I am also guilty of this because of my wireless router and laptop PC that makes it so easy to sit down and play in front of the boob tube…but I tend to concentrate on the poker especially since it involves winning or losing a huge pot).

  5. Thinking about something else…again you have to pay attention or you’ll pay for it with your life/bankroll.

  6. Your child/pet is sick or in need of attention….I’m not equating a cat to your most precious of creations like a child but some people do. I have both so I found out the hard way (What was I thinking?...but then again I know that many other people have dealt with this issue one way or another).

  7. You are extremely pissed-off (HAHA….Who hasn’t done that!). You’ll find out quickly that you will become more pissed-off.

  8. Get OUT of my way while I’m late for work and/or trying to get past the dumb-ass that rear-ended the other dumb-ass that jacked his brakes because he wasn’t paying attention….OR…. I’m on your table in an online poker ring-game, SNG, STT, or MTT!! OK!….LMAO!….LOL!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I wonder if these two play Texas Hold'em!

White Trash Hurricane Survival Kit

Toilet Paper........................................check

Bud Light...........................................check

Keystone Ice........................................check


Red Dog.............................................check

Misc. other bottles of alcohol......................check

Piece of plywood & Styrofoam to float your chick and booze on..................check

Next time let's all be more prepared! (See attached couple).

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Two aces...Same result...

I had this big write-up that I was going to post...but I'm too disgusted at the moment. Then again, I can't resist posting the hand I got knocked out's the only thing that keeps me from throwing my laptop PC against the wall. 1442 Entries to the Sunday 200k Guarantee on Full Tilt. I got knocked out with Ad-As when I raise under the gun and make it 600 to go. Blinds were at 150-300 w/25 ante. Some guy on the button raises all-in and the blinds fold. I of course call and he has me covered by about 50 chips. He flops an open ended straight draw (with 10-Q offsuit) and then rivers the King for a king high straight. I get knocked out in 445th place instead of doubling-up in great chip position...waah. If one of those aces was a club I would have rivered a club flush but that didn't happen. Apparently I am going to have to be happy with winning small amounts of money on 1-3.00 buy-in MTT's on PokerStars over the weekend....good gravy. I am however still happy with the way I played. I was stealing blinds and re-stealing the steal attempts up to that point. Richard 'Quiet Lion' Brody was playing and is still going in 34th place..he's really..really good. He was also talking to the chat-hounds during the tournament! They ask the most ridiculous questions....and he still responded to most of them.

Friday, January 06, 2006

First MTT win!

I figured I'd try a 6.00+.60 MTT satellite to FTP's $200K Guarantee on Sunday night...and I won! Actually the top four won but after the All-in fest at the end I ended up in first. I rivered a straight with my pocket 3's. I've placed in a bunch of these before but I have to admit that it's a good feeling being the last at the table.
The hand (no long hand history here) that got me the chiplead was none other than two black A's (my bankroll destroying nemesis from the past). I basically bet the pot after four limpers entered. Two folded and the other two called over 5,100 apiece. The flop was three blanks and I of course went "all-in". Both called and my two Black Aces held up! I vaulted into the chiplead and kept it most of the way through the rest of the tourney. Woohooooo!!!!

River the straight against a Diamond draw on the final hand....

We'll see what happens on Sunday night!!
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