Tuesday, May 24, 2005
One Down :-(
A.I recently returned from a trip to China and he picked up this Japanese Liquor for me. Overall it's pretty tasty. Similar to some of the plum wine I've tried except not quite as sweet.
Choya from A.I.
1. What blogger would you most like to have a drink with?
Derek: We always seem to be sitting together at some point in the WPBT events. As such I have several scores to settle with him. :)
2. What blogger, besides Al, would you most like to have a drink with?
Okay, Al would be good too.
3. What blogger would you most like to talk poker with?
Otis, he seems like a solid player and his new gig should have some great stories.
4. What blogger would you most like to talk to about the written word?
Pauly or Grubby
5. What single Vegas-trip event has you the most excited?
Being on the rail (or less likely playing in) for Event #2
6. Will Otis fall down? (This, by the way, is the oldest time honored quiz question)
I'm sure I will at some point.
7. Who would be able to out arm wrestle Bad Blood?
8. Which blogger most resembles Patrick Swazee?
9. Which blogger is the tallest?
10. Which blogger would middle America find the most shocking?
11. How many Taco Bell tacos can you eat?
Probably ~10, but I have no intention of trying.
12. How many can I eat?
Saturday, May 21, 2005
I had a HUGE hand / Luck Compression
Wednesday I'm wa
Player 1 in la
Mr. Chump in a blind calls.
Flop is a scary 8KK
Chump checks and Player 1 be
Turn is a J and
River is an A - no flush
Board is: 88KJA
If you're s
Chump: 44? lol. I had a HUGE hand!
Chump: I had TJs and a flush draw.
So we proceed
Maybe I should skip
...and Hyper made
Bonus: 15% Reload up
Deadline: Now - May 25
Bonus: 20% Reload up to $100
Deadline: Now - May 25th
Requirement: 7x raked hands
Expiration: 7 days from deposit
I really enjoy the Pokerroom bonuses because you have 60 days to clear them and, as Grubby has mentioned, you can play off the bonus on their blackjack tables too. Normally I'll clear these bonuses with mostly poker and a touch of blackjack when I want a quick fix.
This week it was a bit different. I still had about half the April bonus to clear when the previously mentioned heads-up encounter took place. With an extra couple hundred in the bankroll thanks to Mr. Chump it felt like BJ time.
To make a long story short the deck hit me in the face over and over...for the next 3 days. I re-loaded for the May bonus and the streak continued. When the dust had settled last night my heads-up winnings, bonuses and BJ profit was enough to enter WSOP Event #2 - TWICE and still have enough change to buy Al a couple bottles of Soco everyday we're in Vegas!
At one point in the middle of the run I'm sitting at a table with LisaLisa and I'm +$400 on the session. I let her know I plan to quit once I get down to +$300 and then I comically add or if I get to +$1000 :) The later comic relief is what comes true.
So now I'm back contemplating just paying the entry fee for Event #2. As I mentioned a few months ago it's been a fantastic poker year for me. There has not been a better time in my five years of playing online poker to enter this event. I had promised myself that if I won $1500 in a single tournament I would use that money to enter Event #2. I've had two large scores since that time, but neither met the $1500 requirement.
On the other hand I have to think all my luck for the next few years was maybe just compressed into the last four days.
Check back in May 2007 and I'll let you know.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Final WSOP Event #2 Qualifier
Once again see Iggy for all the details.
...and for those of you curious types I placed low 50s out of 81 in the last qualifier. Saw very few hands and played the hands I did see poorly! Otis delivered my death blow.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
WPBT Event #4 - Tonight
This one is worth winning!
Check out Iggy's site for all the details.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Less than a Month
The rooms are booked
The qualifiers have begun
The WPBT ferver is starting to build
Congratulations to Bob and Russel for winning the first two WPBT WSOP qualifiers.
I'm still on the fence about entering the WSOP Event #2. Of Course I'll play if I qualify. If not I'll probably stick on the rail. I just can't justify dropping $1500 to enter an event unless I'm in top shape. With a late flight Thursday night and no chance of going straight to bed I will not be in top shape. :)
Last night was the first softball game of the season...modified league on Tuesday nights. We played horrible defense and lost.
I get home from the game and fire up PokerNow to work off a few of those 1900 hands I need by Sunday (though it looks like they may have bumped it back a month). I'm instantly logged into the $5,000 freeroll that I signed up for last weekend. Amazingly I still have half my chips left. I hop in on the BB, catch second pair, and move in on the flop. Of course I'm behind top pair, but two runners later and my 2 makes the flush.
I never look back and make the money for a modest $30 win. It's nothing to write mom about, but I'll take extra pure profit while I'm three-tabling a bonus off.
My free Bodog Girl calendar arrived in the mail yesterday. Talk about horrible production quality. I'm sure all these girls are extremely beautiful in real life, but the folks at Bodog did their best to ruin that in these photos.
Lets check out a few of the love muscle hardners:
Yes, I look like Hilary Duff + 10 years.
Deer in the head lights! Deer in the head lights!
I've had former colleagues with glamour shots of their 50-year-old wives that look better than this calendar!
In case you haven't seen G-Rob and BadBlood on TV....check this clip out!
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Just after the break my fleeting all-in with AJ was blessed with a J on the turn vs. AK and 77. This triple up gave me a little room. I finally succumbed in 17th place as the short stack when my 88 calls vs. KK.
The recent 30% reload on PokerNow finally convinced me to signup there. The initial signup bonus plus reload will equal a sweet $300 if I can manage to get 1900 hands in by next Sunday. We might travel to visit friends next weekend, so I need to get some hands in now!
Mrs. Royal and I went over to Mark's house last night for a couple of $10 NL tournaments. We threw the pajamas on Little Royal and she crashed in her portable crib while we got down to NL business.
There were 9 players in both tournaments. I had great cards in the first one, but lost a bunch of chips when a misread an all-in by the Dozer. I crawled back up to decent shape only to have my AA cracked by JJ.
Second tournament my cards weren't as good, but I took advantage of position and players ending up as the eventual champ.
The Mrs. and I don't get out very often and this was a fun evening together.
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