Archive for July, 2007

Jul 25 2007

Because I’ve been to Busy to Make a Real Post…

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Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

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Jul 23 2007

That Settles It.

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I am so starting the Bismarck chapter of this. What is sweeter than clubbing each other with cardboard tubes? Don’t pretend like you didn’t do that when you were a kid. We all took those tubes from the wrapping paper rolls and beat each other like baby seals. In the very least, it’s a legal way to release some tension while pretending to hurt people. What’s wrong with that?

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Jul 19 2007

AIPS and the Road Back to Omaha

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now hang me up to dry
you wrung me out
too too too many times
now hang me up to dry
I’m pearly like the whites
the whites of your eyes
–Cold War Kids

My AIPS event was pretty much uneventful with not much to speak of happening. I ended up short stacked when I flopped top 2 against a flopped str8 with the nut flush redraw (str8 flush actually). So took a big hit and was down to a very modest stack early. I doubled up a few times to try and keep up with the blinds, but never really played as aggressively as I should have. I won a few coin flips and got my chips in well ahead a few times.

I eventually went out in an awkward spot. I had AQo UTG with 60/120 blinds and my stack was just below 900. Those blinds were gonna take their toll on my but there wasn’t enough in the pot for me to commit all my chips (it was PLHE). I made perhaps a bad decision to limp/push preflop or if everyone else limped, see what the flop brought before committing more. Well, of all the people to raise, it had to be the SB. That was the worst spot to see raise there since I knew it was unlikely he was doing it with a hand I was in a good spot against. I had made my decision though, and stuck with it. I shoved and didn’t improve against the SB’s AK.

Since I was back playing of FTP and since I’ve been reading from a lot of people their exploits with omaha, I decided to make another run at it. I haven’t really played much in the way of omaha since I took a stab at the games at stars. Well a combination of me running bad and noticing the better play at stars than at ftp (in PLO, at least), I migrated to hold ‘em.

That was back in January right around when neteller pulled the plug on US players. I had noticed that the games for PLO dried up a bit on Full Tilt at that time. I had been able to find around 8-12 tables running at the 100plo game on any given night prior to the neteller pullout, but after it seemed to dry up down to 5 or 6 tables on a lot of nights. And the players left on those tables were some of the players I could do without challenging.

After reading about Shamus, Erwin’s and Aquaman’s success and shenanigans at PLO, I decided the other night to check out how the games were running. Maybe I would take a stab at them again. Well to my surprise, with 34k people on Full Tilt the other night, there were about 13 100plo games running. I hadn’t even realized that they opened up HU tables for the 100′s and higher too. That is an intriguing option for me to get my feet wet with. For another day though.

Since my bankroll at Full Tilt took a bit of a hit to close out the month of June, I didn’t feel quite comfortable jumping into the 100s with as volatile as PLO can be. I ran 2 6 max 50plo tables while I played the AIPS and I was happy to have had a lot of success at it.

Some of the more interesting hands:

Hand 1:
Seat 1: slashhead2 ($46.50)
Seat 2: PJL64 ($50.65)
Seat 3: eatbeef ($17.70)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($50)
Seat 5: MauiHaven ($50)
Seat 6: LarisaSky ($49.15)
eatbeef posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
5 seconds left to act
MauiHaven posts $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [Q♣ 7♦ 4♣ Q♦]
MauiHaven checks
LarisaSky raises to $2.25
slashhead2 folds
PJL64 calls $2.25
eatbeef folds
MacAnthony calls $1.75
MauiHaven calls $1.75
*** FLOP *** [8♥ Q♥ K♥]
MacAnthony checks
MauiHaven checks
LarisaSky bets $4.60
PJL64 folds
MacAnthony calls $4.60
MauiHaven folds
*** TURN *** [8♥ Q♥ K♥] [2♥]
MacAnthony checks
LarisaSky bets $7
MacAnthony calls $7
*** RIVER *** [8♥ Q♥ K♥ 2♥] [6♠]
MacAnthony checks
LarisaSky bets $15
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony adds $13.85
MacAnthony folds
Uncalled bet of $15 returned to LarisaSky
LarisaSky mucks
LarisaSky wins the pot ($30.85)

Kind of a weak/tight way to play it, but this was my first hand worth anything. He was giving me tremendous odds to draw to boat up. On the end, I really struggled with calling. Really the only hand I could see I was beating at this point, was a bare Ah bluff and putting him on that hand is really giving him a lot of credit for some creative play at these stakes. To be honest, I could call this easier at the 100s.

Hand 2:
Seat 1: slashhead2 ($46.50)
Seat 2: PJL64 ($48.40)
Seat 3: eatbeef ($17.45)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($50)
Seat 5: MauiHaven ($47.75)
Seat 6: LarisaSky ($66.15)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.25
MauiHaven has 5 seconds left to act
MauiHaven posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [T♠ 6♠ Q♠ Q♦]
LarisaSky folds
slashhead2 calls $0.50
PJL64 calls $0.50
eatbeef folds
MacAnthony calls $0.25
MauiHaven checks
*** FLOP *** [Q♥ 4♦ 3♣]
MacAnthony checks
MauiHaven checks
slashhead2 checks
PJL64 checks
*** TURN *** [Q♥ 4♦ 3♣] [9♥]
MacAnthony bets $2
MauiHaven calls $2
slashhead2 folds
PJL64 folds
*** RIVER *** [Q♥ 4♦ 3♣ 9♥] [K♠]
MacAnthony checks
MauiHaven bets $3
MacAnthony calls $3
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MauiHaven shows [7♣ 4♣ K♥ Q♣] two pair, Kings and Queens
MacAnthony shows [T♠ 6♠ Q♠ Q♦] three of a kind, Queens
MacAnthony wins the pot ($11.40) with three of a kind, Queens

Me hitting a set of Queens is a reoccurring theme for the session, so get used to that. That flop was completely a case of FPS (fancy play syndrome). I wanted some one to lead out and I could reevaluate since I was in a shitty spot being OOP. The turn was trying to salvage some of that mistake, and I get called and it’s hard not to put him on one of the MANY fucking draws out there. And as luck would have it, the draw hits on the river. I debated leading out, but I think my check/call has more potential since it opens the door for a bluff that wouldn’t call my lead out bet. I know not everyone will agree with that, but I think it’s the right play in that spot. I have showdown value and there isn’t any reason to try and put myself in a bad spot.

Hand 3:
Seat 1: slashhead2 ($45.50)
Seat 2: PJL64 ($47.90)
Seat 3: eatbeef ($17.45)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($53.40)
Seat 5: MauiHaven ($45.45)
Seat 6: LarisaSky ($65.65)
LarisaSky posts the small blind of $0.25
slashhead2 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♦ Q♦ J♣ 7♦]
PJL64 folds
eatbeef folds
MacAnthony raises to $1.75
MauiHaven calls $1.75
LarisaSky folds
slashhead2 calls $1.25
*** FLOP *** [K♣ T♥ 7♥]
slashhead2 checks
MacAnthony checks
MauiHaven bets $5.50
slashhead2 calls $5.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony calls $5.50
*** TURN *** [K♣ T♥ 7♥] [J♥]
slashhead2 bets $22
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony folds
MauiHaven folds
Uncalled bet of $22 returned to slashhead2
slashhead2 mucks
slashhead2 wins the pot ($20.90)

At first I was thinking that my flop play was poor since I’m only on a draw and there are only really 6 cards I want to see on the turn. Any non-heart A, Q or J. Unfortunately, I have a lot of my own outs in my hand, but I think since I can close the action on the flop and am getting decent odds, that it was ok. Marginal at best and at higher stakes, I think I would let it go. This does show how rusty I am at the game at this point now though.

Hand 4:
Seat 1: slashhead2 ($61.15)
Seat 2: PJL64 ($47.55)
Seat 3: eatbeef ($15.45)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($54.45)
Seat 5: Jrbry15 ($30)
Seat 6: LarisaSky ($69.30), is sitting out
slashhead2 posts the small blind of $0.25
PJL64 posts the big blind of $0.50
Jrbry15 posts $0.50
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [8♠ 6♦ 9♥ T♦]
eatbeef folds
MacAnthony calls $0.50
Jrbry15 checks
slashhead2 calls $0.25
PJL64 checks
*** FLOP *** [9♣ 2♦ 7♥]
slashhead2 checks
PJL64 bets $2
LarisaSky stands up
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony raises to $6
Jrbry15 has 15 seconds left to act
Jrbry15 folds
slashhead2 folds
PJL64 folds
Uncalled bet of $4 returned to MacAnthony
MacAnthony mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($5.70)

I’m not fully back to form, but this hand shows promise. Raising that flop I think is essential since there is a lot of cards I would like to see come, but I would hate to chop a pot with another caller. The raise hopefully limits the field and gives me control of the hand. If he has a set, good for him and we can get the money in now. The only way I shoulda played this different, I think, is raise preflop.

Hand 5:
Seat 1: arrrrtard ($64.05)
Seat 2: MacAnthony ($54.30)
Seat 3: superman911 ($128.05)
Seat 4: luckymikey7723 ($60.40)
Seat 5: IMNOTABEAR ($52.75)
Seat 6: Diamana73 ($16.15)
Diamana73 posts the small blind of $0.25
arrrrtard posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [Q♥ J♦ T♦ A♦]
superman911: ur $!!@ing awful..and tehn u complain
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony raises to $1.10
superman911 calls $1.10
luckymikey7723 folds
IMNOTABEAR folds
Diamana73 adds $20
Diamana73 folds
arrrrtard raises to $4.65
MacAnthony calls $3.55
superman911 calls $3.55
*** FLOP *** [2♣ 9♠ 8♦]
arrrrtard bets $11
MacAnthony calls $11
superman911 calls $11
*** TURN *** [2♣ 9♠ 8♦] [7♠]
arrrrtard bets $47.20
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony calls $38.65, and is all in
superman911: damn
superman911 has 15 seconds left to act
superman911 has requested TIME
superman911: one of u got the nut flush
superman911 calls $47.20
*** RIVER *** [2♣ 9♠ 8♦ 7♠] [5♣]
arrrrtard bets $1.20, and is all in
superman911 folds
Uncalled bet of $1.20 returned to arrrrtard
arrrrtard wins the side pot ($17.10)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
arrrrtard shows [T♥ 7♦ 8♣ 9♦] two pair, Nines and Eights
MacAnthony shows [Q♥ J♦ T♦ A♦] a straight, Jack high
MacAnthony wins the main pot ($160.15) with a straight, Jack high
arrrrtard adds $31.70

I’m not particularly enthused with having to make this call preflop, but the raise was truly absurd. There are so many flops that I would like to see with this hand and getting such good odds, I don’t see how I can fold. He repots it there, and I have to think about it. That flop was gorgeous and briefly thought of reraising, but by then, the pot was so big, I didn’t see the point in shoving when I could call, see a card and then still have a big enough pot to get my chips in if I improve my hand. That just happened to be what happened. This was the big hand that set me ahead for the evening. I woulda been up without it, but this one was the one that made my night. When I was playing PLO a lot, this was how my nights were determined. There would be chips moving back and forth, but there were a handful of large pots that determined success or failure. This one determined success.

Hand 6:
Seat 1: slashhead2 ($54.80)
Seat 2: PJL64 ($64.50)
Seat 3: eatbeef ($17.65)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($56.15)
Seat 5: Jrbry15 ($30.40)
Seat 6: cwood18 ($20.95)
MacAnthony posts the small blind of $0.25
Jrbry15 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [A♠ 9♦ Q♥ K♣]
cwood18 calls $0.50
slashhead2 calls $0.50
PJL64 folds
eatbeef calls $0.50
MacAnthony calls $0.25
Jrbry15 checks
*** FLOP *** [K♠ T♦ J♦]
MacAnthony bets $2.50
Jrbry15 folds
cwood18 folds
slashhead2 folds
eatbeef raises to $6
MacAnthony raises to $20.50
eatbeef calls $11.15, and is all in
MacAnthony shows [A♠ 9♦ Q♥ K♣]
eatbeef shows [A♦ 8♦ 3♠ A♥]
Uncalled bet of $3.35 returned to MacAnthony
*** TURN *** [K♠ T♦ J♦] [T♣]
*** RIVER *** [K♠ T♦ J♦ T♣] [T♥]
MacAnthony shows a straight, Ace high
eatbeef shows a full house, Tens full of Aces
eatbeef wins the pot ($35) with a full house, Tens full of Aces

Just like the last hand, one of those coin flip or 60/40 situations that define your night. Good thing he was a short stack or it could have taken a big chunk out of me.

Hand 7:
Seat 1: arrrrtard ($54)
Seat 2: MacAnthony ($164.25)
Seat 3: superman911 ($123.25)
Seat 4: luckymikey7723 ($15.60)
Seat 5: RCSkier86 ($49.45)
Seat 6: portland ($64.15)
arrrrtard posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [Q♦ 5♣ 6♠ Q♣]
superman911 calls $0.50
luckymikey7723 has 15 seconds left to act
luckymikey7723 folds
RCSkier86 folds
portland folds
arrrrtard calls $0.25
MacAnthony checks
*** FLOP *** [J♥ 3♠ 3♥]
arrrrtard bets $1.50
MacAnthony has 15 seconds left to act
MacAnthony calls $1.50
superman911 calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [J♥ 3♠ 3♥] [6♣]
arrrrtard checks
MacAnthony checks
superman911 checks
*** RIVER *** [J♥ 3♠ 3♥ 6♣] [Q♥]
arrrrtard checks
MacAnthony bets $3
superman911 calls $3
arrrrtard folds

This one should be tittle “How to misplay an underfull”. I’m not sure the villain in this hand could have played it any worse than he did. Again, why I fell in love with PLO to begin with. I called the initial better, cause he liked to lead out on flops that didn’t have a lot of potential to improve other people so there was a decent shot my over pair was good. No reason to build the pot with a raise since there wasn’t much in the form of draws out there. I hated the fact that superman911 called. But he let me catch up.

Hand 8:
Seat 1: Bart3k ($71)
Seat 2: chadwick1725 ($51.35)
Seat 3: CMAX720 ($16.75)
Seat 4: MacAnthony ($79.80)
Seat 5: CJMilkbone ($48.20)
Seat 6: wexsuvslim ($19.05)
CMAX720 posts the small blind of $0.25
MacAnthony posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MacAnthony [5♠ 2♣ 6♣ 8♦]
CJMilkbone folds
wexsuvslim folds
Bart3k folds
chadwick1725 calls $0.50
CMAX720 calls $0.25
MacAnthony checks
*** FLOP *** [5♣ 6♦ 4♣]
CMAX720 checks
MacAnthony bets $1.50
chadwick1725 folds
CMAX720 calls $1.50
*** TURN *** [5♣ 6♦ 4♣] [3♣]
CMAX720 checks
MacAnthony checks
*** RIVER *** [5♣ 6♦ 4♣ 3♣] [4♥]
CMAX720 checks
MacAnthony bets $4.50
CMAX720 calls $4.50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
MacAnthony shows [5♠ 2♣ 6♣ 8♦] a straight flush, Six high
CMAX720 mucks
MacAnthony wins the pot ($12.85) with a straight flush, Six high

What Omaha post isn’t complete without a straight flush??? This is mostly here just to get on Scott’s nerves. When I was playing PLO regularly, it seemed I would hit one every few days and he was getting sick of hearing about them. :)

I also hit quads but wasn’t much of a hand since it didn’t get called on the river. Still was remotely interesting since I was bet into on the river when I hit them. Here was the ending action on that one:

*** RIVER *** [K♥ Q♣ 8♠ 2♦] [2♥]
arrrrtard has 15 seconds left to act
arrrrtard bets $6.75
MacAnthony raises to $30.25
arrrrtard has 15 seconds left to act
arrrrtard: ugly spot
arrrrtard has requested TIME
arrrrtard is sitting out
arrrrtard has timed out
arrrrtard folds
Uncalled bet of $23.50 returned to MacAnthony

There was no flop bet, BTW.

So there you have it. 150 hands and +$130. I consider that a successful return to omaha. I still won’t play it regularly, but that will probably be my game of choice when I break down and am playing Full Tilt.

Oh, on a side note, congrats to Juskimo who took 5th in the AIPS event. I actually made money on this event since I staked him in the tourney, so about +$10 there too.

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Jul 18 2007

Troof

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大胖子, originally uploaded by saven_3.

Some days, you just feel like the fat, naked, asian guy being stared at as you walk down the street.

You know what I mean, don’t you?

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Jul 16 2007

Stressful Week

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To add to the frustration and stress of last week, my brother in law got me an interview at the startup he works for last week as well. Problem being with that is that the company is based out of Fargo so that would mean relocating. I went down on Friday to check the place out and it definitely seemed like an interesting place to work. I think the lax work environment and the freedom that it would give me from the monotony of doing the same thing every day, would be good for me right now. If the job was in Bismarck, the decision would be a lot easier. But the major impact of uprooting the whole family, buying/selling a house and finding our place in a new community, is a pretty major decision.

They seemed to be interested, and I was definitely interested as well, but I haven’t heard back yet. Part of me wants them to give me a crappy offer, just so I can turn it down and not have to deal with the decision, but there is a large part of me hoping that it comes back good with an opportunity to start fresh. Either way, I just have the anxiety and anticipation of how that will pan out.

On top of that, we got back to Bismarck on Sunday and in the evening, we find one of our cats ill. I took him in this morning to have the vet check him out. The vet got back to me to let me know he has feline AIDS and there is little that can be done to even get him past the current situation he’s in. Tomorrow we get our other cat tested and we’re hoping he turns out ok. As for scratch, there is little we can do and he is scheduled to be put to sleep tomorrow. He’s spending tonight with us and I will be taking him in to the vet tomorrow. Not a fun situation especially considering we lost our first cat to feline leukemia a couple of years ago.

Scratch

So RIP, Scratch.

It’s times like these, that I just wish I could jump forward about 2 weeks and see the picture once all the dust has settled. The more I think about it and the more that piles up though, the more I am beginning to think that I’m ready for a new start.

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Jul 14 2007

Our Tale of Woe

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Amy: will you be disappointed if there are still trees there when you get home?
Me: I dislike those hedge trees
Me: they are a nuisance
Me: but whatever keeps you happy/sane
Amy: :-p
Amy: it occurred to me as i was going potty that there would be virtually a perfect view into the bathroom from rosser without those trees
Amy: plus-i do like trees
Amy: and i think the neighborhood is less beautiful already
Amy: the beatup houses and messy yards and hanging power lines look a lot better with trees to cover them up
Me: possibly, but I don’t think there is anything attractive about those particular trees
Amy: well, thereotically they will look much more attractive wehn they are finished
Amy: they have taken a lot out already-looks like it will be a single row of tall trees when they are done
Me: there was only a single row to begin with
Amy: and it shouldn’t impede the view of the street anymore-plus that hug branch will be pruned back
Amy: no-it was clusters of small trees 3-4 deep
Amy: now just single trees in a row-significantly thinned out
Me: so it’s the landscaping equivalent of a comb over
Me: nice

I got home, and it did indeed resemble a landscaping comb over. Our trees were thinned to a sickly looking state. Read on for a little back story on the whole ordeal.

We are speculating that our pleasant neighbor with whom we have had several run ins with situations that would have been non-issues with other people. Some one (presumably the problematic neighbor) reported to the city about obstructive trees in our alley. The city then required several trees to be removed. One of our trees was, unknown to us, diseased and needed to be removed but many of our neighbors needed to remove the nice mature trees that have helped shade the block for the better part of half a century.

The trees were a great part of the appeal of the neighborhood when we decided to move here. And now they are gone. It’s amazing and frustrating how some assjockey can affect a neighborhood so much.

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