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I ended the curse! It's over!
Not sure if I’m just in a pissy mood, but these are things that are bugging me:
Hump day thoughts
20 seasons ago… On a cold, winter day in San Francisco, the two dominant teams in the NFC met for the right to go to Super Bowl XIX. The San Francisco 49ers, led by future Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana, faced the Chicago Bears, led by future Hall-of-Famer Walter Payton. Both teams featured star-studded defenses with All-Pro’s like Ronnie Lott, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, and Fred Dean.
Y'know, some people just can't stand success. A little 2nd place in the Blogger tourney and I get all FUBAR and can't play correct poker to save my ass. Tonight, I played SnGs all over the place. Cashed +$30 at Pacific (4/20), bubbled thrice at Empire (-$44), and clunked two more at PokerStars (-$18). Sheesh. Just plain bad.
Wow! Sitting at my desk right now, pretending to write that User Training Guide for the sales team [which is in another window, so I can click over quickly if I need to]. I had a restless sleep, with hands running through my head all night… What could I have done differently? What should I have done? What would Johnny Damon have done?
PokerStars Tournament #2868250, No Limit Hold'em
Total Prize Pool: $2660.00
Tournament started - 2004/10/21 - 21:00:00 (ET)
You finished the tournament in 2nd place. A $532.00 award has been
credited to your Real Money account.
Thank you for participating.
Since my baseball predictions have been frickin’ amazing (Boston winning the ALCS with David Ortiz as the MVP, Houston playing St Louis in the NLCS), I am posting my predictions for tonight’s Monty (WPBT IV aka The Iggy Kickoff Tournament). Remember, this IS a competition, this is NOT an exhibition. Please…. Lots of wagering.
Gotta post something about the game last night.
Three things I learned last night:
Jon Stewart is a comedian. Keep that in mind. He has a college degree. His political views should be no more germane than the political views of a garbageman or a professional poker player. He favors Kerry in the upcoming election, which is entirely his right.
I gotta stop screwing around with my online poker funds like it’s all Monopoly money. Last night, I busted out of a $10 SnG by raising and re-raising with the HAMMER while I was just basically just trying to fuck with the table. I started the evening with a tidy little $90+ win in one of those Turbo SnGs at PokerStars ($16 to win $108), so I was really just itching to piss away an entry fee. Stupid. It’s still real money.
Waaaaaaaahhhh! The Grossest. Post. Ever.
Obligatory poker content: Played three SnGs yesterday, cashed in one, was card-dead in one, was brain-dead in another. On the flip side, I’m over $100 and profitable at three different sites, playing at least three different types of games. The $1K check from Pacific/Empire (via Neteller) also assuaged wifey’s fears that I’m gonna lose the farm playing online poker, so it bought me some Peace and Quiet equity.
OK, here’s the argument starter. These are the pin-up girls that I never liked, girls that for some reason never caught my fancy, but seemed to be on the minds of a lot of guys my age in the 70’s and 80’s.
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We interrupt this mid-life crisis to bring you some poker news.
Well, my birthday is this weekend (41st, if you’re counting), which explains this recent blast of nostalgia, which will now reflect on the stages of this Man, as reflected by my various TV/Movie crushes
Some of the other 40-ish types around my office were lamenting the death of albums and turntables (or at least our personal collections), and reminiscing about some of the must-have albums of our generation. We came up with a few and I decided I would waste about half an hour and try and come up with a list of the must-own LPs of the 70’s and 80’s.
Ahhh, the joys of suck, re-suck, and back-suck… I plopped into a 20-seat $16 SnG on Pacific last night to continue my “quadruple-or-nothing” spree in the online poker world. [Side note: I think I saw Otis in an Empire $30+3 O8 tourney that filled just before I could grab the last seat or else I would’ve had some real stories.]. Anyway, after watching the Red Sox be, well, the Red Sox, I wanted to cleanse myself of that icky feeling I get whenever the Yankees win, so I took a seat in my favorite SnG structure.
This is the most maddening game ever! Yesterday, I had basically decided to cash out my “protected” poker bankroll at Neteller ($1K), and planned to pull the bulk of my online bankroll ($300) from the multiple sites. I had around $50 at Empire and decided to screw around with it in $25/PLO8, knowing that I was willing to take more risks with it and could live with tilting it away in two turns.
Decision time. I played three SnGs at three different sites last night, and crapped out on all three. I may pull the bulk of my money out of the online poker sites and contemplate whether to keep hemorrhaging cash, or be happy with my brief little run of luck, and cash out with a tidy profit.
Q: What’s the difference between Ricky Williams and John Kerry?
Shit, I’m getting fancy-play-itis again. I’m frighteningly predictable here. I start winning a few SnGs, build up the bankroll a bit, then I get lackadaisical and start making unnecessary fancy plays to try and maintain my interest. Bankroll slides a bit, until I get re-focused on steady, geologically sound play, enabling me to win a few SnGs, and away we go again….
One for the thumb! Now I’ve won a SnG at FIVE different online poker sites! Of course, this speaks volumes about how pathetic my life is, and how I seek outside validation for my own self-image, and how I’m basically a complete online poker whore… Finally lost my cherry at PokerStars, winning a robust $27 in a $6 “Limit Hold’Em Turbo SnG” yesterday. Blinds increase every 5 minutes in this structure and it’s basically the poker equivalent of a Chinese fire drill with chips running in mad circles around the table.
I just had to post this story...
A few quick thoughts today:
· Wifey’s cool with the poker. I used the “it’s a hobby” argument, which (in her oddly twisted female logic) was superior to the “I’m making money off dumb people” argument. Whatever. Anyway, I celebrated by winning $64 in another 20-seater.
· Cheney should win the debate, though former-trial-lawyer Edwards will be in all his James-Spader-ruining-the-last-season-of-The-Practice mode. Cheney will win by following some of my basic rules for debate:
- When debating someone younger and better looking, always belittle their age and good looks by calling them demeaning nicknames like “Slick” or “Sparky” while bringing up their inexperience. For example, “When I was protecting this country as Secretary of Defense, Sparky over there was just learning to drive.” Or “You might be younger and have more hair, Pretty Boy, but while you were getting your hair fluffed and planning your next lawsuit, I was studying a DOD briefing on North Korea.”
- When debating a lawyer, keep reminding the public that, well, he’s a lawyer. “Slick, you lawyers always try to twist the facts until you free criminals like OJ and Scott Peterson. Well, not on my watch!”
- If attacked on your business dealings, always display pride in your business world roots while attacking your opponent’s lack of business experience. After all, there are more people who are working in companies than lawyers (though the gap is narrowing). “You’re right, Junior, I worked at Haliburton for years. But I’m proud that I helped it grow until we increased our workforce by 438% (make up a number, no one really cares) and all of those people had families. Your frivolous lawsuits as a trial lawyer actually cost people their jobs and increased insurance costs for ALL Americans, and I won’t allow trial lawyers like you to continue to ruin this economy!”
· Some quick baseball hits:
St Louis over LA in four.
Houston over Atlanta in four.
Minnesota over NY in five.
Boston over Anaheim in three.
St Louis over Houston in five.
Boston over Minnesota in five.
WS will be seven games. Boston will win with Johnny Damon scoring the winning run. So let it be written. So let it be done.
An absolutely abysmal sports week. Saturday, the Giants coughed up the division title to the hated Doggers. Sunday, the 49ers laid a big frickin’ egg in a primetime stinker against the hated Lambs. Bright side to all this, I can now completely ignore the MLB playoffs since I don’t give a crap about any of the remaining eight teams. The only way I’ll watch any of the playoffs is if the Red Sox make it to a potentially WS clinching game. That way, if they win (haha, fat chance), I can take full credit for lifting the overhyped curse. After all, this was the first year I attended a game at Fenway, and they could win it all… coincidence? I think not.
A quick thanks go out to SirFWALGman for the open invite to play some $.50/1 last night. Of course, I got milked for $15, but it was entertaining if only to see how many times people raised with the Hammer. I got it once, raised and won when the board flopped A72. I folded a soooted Hammer pre-flop (horrors!) and promptly saw the flopped would-be flush. I also reaffirmed my hesitance to play more than one table at a time. I proved completely incapable of bi-tabling this game (and the conversation) and playing an O8 SnG, and when I bailed on the ring game, this is what I had in the SnG: