move over nice dog cause a mad dog’s moving in
i'm not even going to annotate this with my thoughts or feelings. i just wanted it chronicled so i can come back and see where over $200 of pure profit went.

and yes, i would do this all over again. but i would like a different outcome, please....
posted on Wed, 08.31.05 @ 02:02 AM CST [more..]

it's a long way to the top
i first started playing poker for 'real' money about a year ago. like many in the Mad Lemming Rush of Online Poker©, i saw the 2003 WSOP on ESPN and was intrigued. about this time i also read a review of James McManus' books Positively Fifth Street. my wife and i watch a lot of Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, American Justice etc - so i was already pretty much aware of the Binion murder case. to me, i figured murder and poker, hey, let's get it! also around this time i befriended a local NFL player. he is a gambler, but specifically he was playing a lot of online poker at Empire Poker. he, along with the two previously mentioned catalysts, spured me to buy Phil Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pros and open an account at Party Poker.
posted on Sat, 08.27.05 @ 01:02 PM CST [more..]

play it again, Sam
last night ESPN's Outside The Lines covered the regurgitated/fresh alligations of doping against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. of course, L'Équipe (dutifully linked for my french/babelfish readers) was first to market with the story, continuing a long-standing tradition of 'hating the player, not the game'.

Lance's response from his website is as follows:

A statement by Lance Armstrong
regarding the L’Equipe article:

8/22/2005 - "Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tomorrow’s L’Equipe, a French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow’s article is nothing short of tabloid journalism.

The paper even admits in its own article that the science in question here is faulty and that I have no way to defend myself. They state: “There will therefore be no counter-exam nor regulatory prosecutions, in a strict sense, since defendant’s rights cannot be respected.”

I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance enhancing drugs."

for my NYTimes readers, here's their coverage.

an unfortunate continuation of an old saga, but one that i hope with time will be rendered impotent.
posted @ 01:17 PM CST [link]

i'm not dead yet...i want to go for a walk.
ok, previously we covered one of the Cardinal Rules of Poker™. in case you forgot, never limp aces. ok that's one. here is a couple of more - after the jump!
posted on Tue, 08.23.05 @ 01:58 PM CST [more..]

If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.
i think it is important that poker players (and humans in general) are honest in their mistakes; being able to admit an error, to expose it for all to see is an opportunity to (a) receive feedback, (b) recognize the issue and help mitigate further chances for repetition, (c) heal and move on.

last night i suffered two instances where i think it is important for me to shine the light of truth and reason on the circumstances, the motives and the results; neither is a shiney story of happiness.

read more after the jump!
posted on Tue, 08.23.05 @ 08:49 AM CST [more..]

i ain't seen a beating like that since someone stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose
wow - today has been a heck of a poker day. i played in the Full Tilt $35K Guarantee NLHE tourney. i also played in the Poker Stars $11+Rebuys PLHE tourney for a seat in the WCOOP Event #4 $200K Guaranteed tourney.

make the jump for results and some really good screen shots!
posted on Sun, 08.21.05 @ 07:56 PM CST [more..]

wisdom cries aloud in the street; in the markets she raises her voice
i don't pretend to be smarter than i am; i try to accurately judge my skills and knowledge - i think being honest with yourself can often save you from acts of hubris.

that said, i can certainly parrot words of wisdom when i see situations that exemplify the moral.

make the jump for "why you don't limp pocket aces".
posted on Sun, 08.21.05 @ 01:45 PM CST [more..]

one of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much Bullshit
well, the FTP Borgata Open tourney didn't go so well for me. on hand #6 the following transpired:

FullTiltPoker Game #190972637: WPT Borgata Poker Open (1095010), Table 12 - 15/30 - No Limit Hold'em - 15:05:49 ET - 2005/08/20
Seat 1: progolfman (1,805)
Seat 2: Dawgs 92 (1,940)
Seat 3: blasian98 (735)
Seat 4: sellthekids (1,955)
Seat 5: crickey (1,955), is sitting out
Seat 6: Soulless73 (2,375)
Seat 7: Smurf_Fla (3,145)
Seat 8: JOEYTHEB (2,090)
Seat 9: ALCO OLLIE (2,000)
Soulless73 posts the small blind of 15
Smurf_Fla posts the big blind of 30
The button is in seat #5
Dealt to sellthekids [Qh Qd]
JOEYTHEB calls 30
progolfman folds
Dawgs 92 folds
blasian98 folds
sellthekids raises to 120
crickey folds
Soulless73 calls 105
Smurf_Fla folds
JOEYTHEB calls 90
* FLOP * [7c Jc Jd]
Soulless73 checks
sellthekids bets 325
Soulless73 calls 325
* TURN * [7c Jc Jd] [4h]
Soulless73 checks
JOEYTHEB is feeling angry
sellthekids has 15 seconds left to act
sellthekids bets 325
crickey has returned
Soulless73 raises to 1,930, and is all in
sellthekids calls 1,185, and is all in
Soulless73 shows [Ac Ad]
sellthekids shows [Qh Qd]
Uncalled bet of 420 returned to Soulless73
* RIVER * [7c Jc Jd 4h] [As]
Soulless73 shows a full house, Aces full of Jacks
sellthekids shows two pair, Queens and Jacks
Soulless73 wins the pot (4,060) with a full house, Aces full of Jacks
sellthekids stands up
Total pot 4,060 | Rake 0
Board: [7c Jc Jd 4h As]
Seat 1: progolfman didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Dawgs 92 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: blasian98 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: sellthekids showed [Qh Qd] and lost with two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 5: crickey (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Soulless73 (small blind) showed [Ac Ad] and won (4,060) with a full house, Aces full of Jacks
Seat 7: Smurf_Fla (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: JOEYTHEB folded on the Flop
Seat 9: ALCO OLLIE didn't bet (folded)

i was concerned about the jacks, thinking maybe AJ or KJ could be good. i guess Soulless73 was concerned about the club flush draw. not a whole lot here i could have done, i guess. if you have comments, would love to hear them.

make the jump for how i rebounded for the day....
posted on Sun, 08.21.05 @ 09:56 AM CST [more..]

el mañana
i am beginning to think that drinking helps....

this is after no dinner and many cocktails. wifey and i got wrapped up watching Good Will Humping Hunting. is there a better husband/wife movie? she gets all the Damon she wants, i get to dream of being a poor schlub with an IQ over 180. win-win if you ask me.

so now i am all excited...and i gotta rack out. eye lids feel like lead. harrumph.

posted @ 01:42 AM CST [link]i guess i'm floating
random thoughts and ramblings...

so i TiVo'd Tommy Lee Goes To College - how could i not? seminal band from my early 20s; spent many an hour drinking to their it was always cool that Otter could play Tommy's chops by ear. drummers rocks. anyway, the show is pretty funny. i like how NBC chose Tommy to build a reality show around and FOX chose those cunts whores Paris and Nikki Hilton. very doubtful that Tommy is going to come off as a complete ass. gotta feel bad for the guy though; it appears they have dropped him into classes mid-semester and his course load is crazy: chemistry, physics, horticulture, etc. heck, he is even trying to be in the marching band - looks a lot harder than you think!

my last two sessions of poker have seen me get up both times by a mere $25. last night in the Northside $6/$6 NLHE i played about four hours. i was down to roughly $200 with about 30 min left before i had to leave (had to be back to help Dar close the shop by 7PM). then the poker gods finally smiled on me: my wired 3s that i limped magically turned into set. the flop held two diamonds (10, 7, 3), so i stuck in a slightly bigger than pot-sized bet. the two gamblers at the table both called (one was the previously mentioned Bookie.) the turn paired the board with another 10, so now flushie es no bueno, gueros. i am on the button and last to act. Bookie drops in a bet equal to my last - i figure he might have two pair and/or is chasing the flush. all i can think is, "god, please let him hit his flush, please, please, please." the next player to act, let's call him Treetop (b/c he is about 6' 5" and owns a huge tree farm that makes him big money) raises - sticking in approximately $150. now i am thinking, "is my full house good - does Treetop here have a bigger full house?" it is totally possible that he has 7s full of tens. hmmm. well, not like i am going to lay down a full house (i am just not that good yet), so i go all-in with my remaining stack, which makes Bookie fold (damn!) and Treetop calls the meager $20-30 more. he looks at me and says, "i have a trips," and shows me his 10-J offsuit. i am very excited. very, very excited. i show him my cards. he is not pleased. i decline insurance and watch the river brick. post-toking the dealer, i stack up $525. let's see - four hours of play, $25 profit - $6.25/hr. harrumph!

found a few more games out in my neck of the woods. a new cigar shop in our area has a "members only" area; it is quite the bomb. membership is a steep $750/year, for which you get a cigar locker that will hold about 4 boxes plus use of the leather-appointed lounge. the lounge is equiped with WAP, two flat-panels, storage for your BYOB and a full kitchen with staff that will make anything you want when in operation (generally on poker nights or "big smoke" nights). they run poker games on thursdays and saturdays and freeze-out tourneys once a month - rakefree. i tell the manager that i am interested, so he comps me an invite to today's game. i thank him but forget to ask about the stakes/games, so last night i call to find out how much to bring to the game. he says $40 should do it. are you kidding me? so guys pay $750/yr for cigar storage and a badass place to hang out and they gamboool with $40? not even worth my time to go....

there is another game that runs wednesdays at a local country club. you can visit three times prior to joining as a social member, which is $150/year. same kinda deal, the club pulls no rake, makeing their money on membership, food and drink. i guess that is legal, even though the TABC has shut-down bars in and around Houston doing this. anyway, i know two guys that play there and they say there is as much money on the table as the Northside $6/$6. this sounds doable for me, esp since it is 10 minutes from my house. we'll see how it works out; i may go next week.

i think i am going to play in Saturday's Full Tilt $200+$16 satellite for the Borgata Open. i figure using my winnings from my last tourney basically makes it a freeroll for me. plus, the wifey and i want to hit the Borgata sometime soon, so what better a way than to try to win our vacation. poker for me, spa for her!

funny site that deals with my former job skill: The Daily WTF. wow, do i not miss coding. i seriously have no desire to ever go back. harrumph!

bought Sin City yesterday while having the car's tires rotated and balanced; i have not heard much about this movie, which in this day and age means it could suck badly. i'll keep you in the loop.

school in Fort Bend County has officially started so the shop is now roughly 40% occupied. this is a welcome respite from the last 2.5 months of summer vacation frenzy. next up: Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. already 100% booked for Labor Day and about 50% booked for the holiday season. here's hoping to a vacation in late September or early October!

posted @ 12:07 PM CST [link]sleep, that's where i'm a viking!

four hours of play to finish 6th out of 317. paid out a little over $300. kinda anticlimactic. harrumph.

i did catch this hand though! this was also the bubble hand - i knocked two out with one shot!

hasta luego....
posted @ 03:06 AM CST [link]

decisions not outcomes
i'm not sure if i am looking for affirmation or consolation - but i am certainly going to be replaying this hand over and over for a few days:
posted on Wed, 08.10.05 @ 10:40 PM CST [more..]

Wikked Lil’ Grrrls
i've been playing a lot of live poker lately. thrice weekly trips to Northside as well as spending last Wednesday in Lake Charles doing the riverboat shuffle. my online poker has noticably suffered, although my bankroll is certainly feeling the positive effects. month of August is +$1100 so far and July was +$1600. i want to be careful not to attribute this to more skill than luck - i think i am improving, to which i owe Barry Greenstein and Dan Harrington a tithe, but i seem to be running hot. proof? hit the jump!
posted on Tue, 08.09.05 @ 01:40 PM CST [more..]

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