Archive for March, 2007

Mar 16 2007

Wow, it’s like looking in a mirror

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Really, it’s a good comic strip if you are into poker. Even if you aren’t, it’s pretty amusing but you may not get a lot of the jokes. Todays seemed to be just about right on target (even to the point of having your wife standing over your shoulder critiquing your writing). ;)

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Mar 14 2007

Finally a holiday I can get behind

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Happy Steak and a BlowJob day!!

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Mar 12 2007

I demand to be entertained.

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I want it all,
I want it all,
I want it all,
and I want it now
– Queen

This last Saturday I finally figured out how the On Demand features of our cable worked. To be fair, this was the first I had tried and also the cable company had just added features and content to it so are finally pushing it with ads. All I can say is this is how television should be and will be in the future. I knew the internet had the capability of surpassing the traditional television options and not just being a vessel of youtube and porn, but it was up to who would give this to consumers first. I know a lot of people are hung up on torrents, dvr and various other options, but none of them are the same. They are require some sort of up front commitment from the consumer.

If I want a torrent, I gotta go out and find, spend what could be 6 hours for a 1 hour show downloading a video and watch it on the small screen of my laptop. I did this earlier this year trying to catch episodes of HSP I was missing. If I was a college kid with more time and sence of adventure than money, this would be an awesome thing. The coolness factor of having most any program I wanted at my finger tips would be tremendous. The sketchy legal factor would also make it one of those quasi-dangerous items too that would be exciting like smoking behind the garden shed at school.

DVR also costs effort and additional costs. Your choices are using a service (see Tivo) and pay a subscription fee, or build one yourself which requires a great deal of hardware commitment (see MythTV). Neither of which I’m eager to tackle at the moment (yes, I’m openly admitting my DVR-lessness).

Enter cable On Demand. My wife has hit up all the home improvement shows I can stomach and I can now catch up on some of the movies that I can’t seem to catch on HBO. No, not those kind of movies. Movies that I wouldn’t want to waste my money on renting, but still wouldn’t mind attempting to watch (see The Island).

The selection is increasing and once we get to the point that the gameshow network will have HSP and ESPN will have USPC on demand, I will be set. Seriously, I won’t have any reason to wrestle the kids for control of the TV. Now I just have to wrestle my wife for control… well, then neither of us would be watching any TV, which isn’t bad either. ;)

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Mar 10 2007

Clearing my mind

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Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
– 4 Non Blondes

I’m not a particularly religious person, nor do I believe in a lot of unseen forces like karma or fate. Luck is merely a byproduct of chance. I do think that your state of mind can and does affect other parts of your life including poker. If you feel good, you tend to have a clear head and make better decision. Making good decisions is the key to avoiding the affects of chance and luck. It doesn’t negate it, but it helps lessen it’s affect on your game.

Lately, I’ve been playing less then inspired poker. Take today’s AIPS tourney for example. It was PLO and I think when I’m playing well, I have a distinct advantage in the game over most of the players that were playing the game. I mean a lot of these players were playing it for the first time and there was at least 1 question early on where some one asked why it wasn’t a chop when there was a wheel on the board and the player held a set of 4′s against the other players 45. I don’t think I’m an omaha pro or anything, but I spent thousands of hands playing the game when that was basically all I was playing the last half of last year. Likely more hands than many of the other players combined.

PLO tourneys are different then PLO ring games probably more than any other game I know. There are just so many 70/30 and 60/40 situations that are marginal but you get such good odds with the pot limit aspect. You do really have to concentrate on the theory that the chips you lose are more valuable than the chips you gain. In cash games you call or push those all day long even though there are a lot of ev neutral situations there.

But lets get back to my overwhelming inability to focus lately (as you can tell). A good portion of the way through the tourney my wife started a “discussion” with me that coincidentally had a good deal to do with the subject of playing poker. I knew she was having a rough time with the kids in this morning and I even entertained the idea of just abandoning the tourney to help out. As I’ve pointed out in the past, though, I really wanted to make a run at this to try and gauge where I am as an overall tourney player. I don’t play enough tourneys overall to judge this in general, so I wanted to use a series of games with many of the same people (who mostly are solid players) as a measuring stick. I did take the whole bust or boom thing to heart though only really going for the win. At the first break, my goal was to be around 4k+ or bust. Instead I was around 800 when I made a few last moves to try and get to 4k from like 2k. During the next level I was all in about 3 or 4 times and did manage to quickly get up to my 4k target. It was around then that the “discussion” started. Since I had gotten to the point of giving myself a real shot at making a run (I was probably around 8/40 at the time), I wasn’t ready to just leave the tourney. I wish I could say it didn’t affect me but once we were down to around 3 tables, I started to make some ill advised moves to obtain chips. Raising with skeptical hands trying to pick up blinds, calling with weak draws, etc. Despite that, I still was doing well and was around 10k when we were approaching the final table bubble.

I doubled up a player that took a chunk off me when he went allin on the turn and I was getting good odds to chase my flush for the last card. Something like 4:1. A few more blinds steals that didn’t work, and tough decisions that could easily have been avoided by some better preflop strategy and I think things would have turned out different for me. If I had been thinking about this correctly, I would just have tried to play a preflop game and not risk gambling players postflop. I ended up going out 10th bring the final table bubble in a blind vs blind battle. I was in the small blind with QQ9x. I potted it and get called by the BB who has me covered but not by a lot. Flop comes KJT with two clubs and I don’t have any clubs. I shove my last like 1200 into the over 3k pot and of course he calls, but it’s a close one. He had ATTx with two clubs so bottom set, a gut shot and the flush draw. Can’t blame him for the call there at all. A K comes on the river and I’m out. The guy that took me out is having a terrific series though cashing in all the events so far and is pretty much uncatchable for me at this point.

I’m not a very tiltable player but, lets just say a few things projected from my hand after the hand was over. Yeah, losing the hand sucked. Yeah, bubbling sucked. But it was a small tourney and, considering my frame of mind, I think I played relatively well. It was mostly a product of that same frame of mind. I was really bothered by the “discussion” and I knew that the decisions I was making weren’t decisions that I would necessarily make with a clear mind.

So what’s next? Fix the issue of course. There are two kinds of issues in the world. Those that we can do something about and those that we can’t. You need to try and fix those that you can, and not worry about those you can’t or they will drive you crazy. Problem is, I have a lot of these issues around many aspects of my life at the moment. The family is getting more and more busy as the kids get older, I am facing a crossroads type decision at work, and my wife would like me to change some of my at home attitudes and activities. First step… stop writing depressing blog entries.

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Mar 06 2007

And then things took a turn for the worse…

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I’m not sick, but I’m not well,
and I’m so hot cause I’m in hell
–Harvey Danger

When I got home from work, Amy took Zoe to the well baby clinic to get weighed and measured. I then spent 20 minutes to post a little on the blog about the Nobody Likes Onions private tourney that I played last night before we had to leave for Clayton’s concert. I finished up right after Amy got back and I click publish and the web page sits there…. loading…. and loading. Finally an error comes up. Some crap about a network connection error with typical BS stuff to check. Not sure if it was the servers fault or the softwares fault. Either way, post is now in the nether. That was just the start of what would be a tremendous mess of an evening.

I don’t feel much like going into the tourney as I did the first time, so I will just sum up and say it was an 11 player tourney largely comprised of poor players who are just there too harass each other. I ended up winning the tourney after some luck, but since it was small, it wasn’t really worth anything monetary wise. $45 profit I think it was.

We were trying to get to Clayton’s concert early since we are rarely ever early for anything. I tried backing out of the alley but I ended up getting the van stuck in the ice and snow that was covering the alley and our neighbors yard. Yes, Amy told me to go the other way and she felt the need to remind of that several times. After several unsuccessful minutes of us trying to push it out, Amy ended up just walking Clayton to the school. The school is only 3 blocks away but they were still a bit late for the concert. TJ stayed with me but there wasn’t much he could do, but I eventually dug out the van and got it unstuck. TJ and I missed most of the concert seeing only like the last 3 songs and took a few pictures. But even once I got there, I was too tired to fully appreciate and enjoy it.

Usually when the kids have a special event (such as a concert) we let them choose a supper destination as a treat. Amy suggested they try some place they haven’t eaten at or at least some place we haven’t eaten at in a while. They ended up selecting the North American Steak Buffet. Yeah, it’s just as good as it sounds. Half fresh produce, overcooked and prefried dishes kept under a heat lamp and cheap stakes to your fill. Our kids are absolutely hung up on buffets though for several reasons really. They don’t have to wait for their food, they can grab as much as they want, and I think they get a kick out of putting 3 things on a plate only to go back and grab another half full plate of more food so that it looks like they ate a ton. The only shining moment of that meal was the place is cheap. Even with me paying for my mom, it cost less then I had won the previous night at poker.

Good news? Tonight we are a bit short of that. The best I can come up with is there is always tomorrow… but right now I’m just tired.

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Mar 05 2007

re: I am outraged sirs, what are you doing?

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I’ve been waffling a bit on if I should comment on Joe Pelton’s response to full tilt’s support of the PPA. I don’t want to be too hard on Joe, cause I think some sand just crawled up his ass that day and I’m not sure if he fully understands full tilt’s intent from the comments he makes in his post. I also don’t want Joe to use his semi-celebrity status to influence others thinking either. So here are some of my takes on some of Mr. Pelton’s overreactions.

Full Tilt is a company that if poker stays legal in the US is worth around 3 billion. Why are they hustling their customers to donate money to the PPA? If funding the PPA wil make any difference (which lets just say I am a tad skeptical of) why isn’t Full Tilt donating 10% or more of their profits to it?

Well, I don’t believe they are “hustling their customers to donate”. They have said and others have said that the biggest thing that the PPA currently needs is membership numbers. I’m sure actual donating members look much better than just random names on a sheet. I’m just guessing at that one, but I would care more about people who are supportive enough to put up some cash (even at small amounts). Who is to say FTP isn’t donating 10% of their profits? Many of the pros on FTP are backing and have backed the PPA from the beginning. And just to make one more point, they are offering a freeroll benefit for even those that don’t make a monetary contribution to the PPA.

What this email does imply to me is that Full Tilt plans to leave the US market unless they get the poker carve out

The email did not spell this out specifically. This is merely and interpretation of the email, and one I didn’t get.

There are lots of ridiculous lines in this email but this is my favorite We demand that Congress address this grievous oversight now.

Who writes this crap? People whos loved ones have been killed in war don’t get to demand things from Congress. Companies that will go from making 9 figures/year to making 8 figures/year should perhaps think a bit.

Joe makes a few references that he’s appalled that they would gear statements like what was in the email to him, but NEWS FLASH JOE. They weren’t emailing to just you. I think their goal was to hit the a lot of the casual gamblers that aren’t aware of the landscape of this issue. I still have friends who play online that don’t know about the UIGEA. It seems like he’s taking something personal that wasn’t meant to even be directed to him. Have a bad day Joe?

I think the PPA is the best hope for online poker players to have any sort of legal success right now. Their intent is genuine and their goals seem to align with mine and what most online poker players goals should be, I would think. This email was more to motivate those that needed it and nothing more. A pepper rally via email. That being said, I have joined the PPA and hope that headway can actually be made. The way things have been lately have definitely skewed my perception and goals of what is achievable in online poker for me.

For any that haven’t gotten in on this, you have one day left to get the bonus though FTP, but either way, I think any one who wants to keep online poker should support the PPA in some fashion.

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