Saturday, October 02, 2010

Just for fun

A bunch of optical illustions, many of which were new to me:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/brain-teasers/brain-teasers-and-optical-illusions/1400154

But they're obviously lying about one of them. That cat is spinning clockwise, period.

What's in a screen name? #9







Here's a couple more I've enjoyed recently.

Guess the casino, #648






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Answer: Caesars Palace

Friday, October 01, 2010

Ha! We're not the dumbest!

It turns out that Las Vegas is only the SECOND-stupidest city in the country! So THERE! Take THAT, Riverside!

http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/110890/americas-smartest-cities?mod=career-worklife_balance

(Yes, I'm deliberately conflating "stupid" with "uneducated." So sue me.)

Oooo, pretty!

Flipchip's photos of, respectively, Boulder Dam and the nearly completed bypass bridge:

http://www.lasvegasvegas.com/viewer/v/Boulder+Dam/Boulder+Dam+75th+Birthday.jpg.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1

http://www.lasvegasvegas.com/viewer/v/Boulder+Dam/Boulder+Dam+Bypass+Bridge+across+Black+Canyon.jpg.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1

Don't miss the left-hand margin, where you can see more of his pictures of the same subjects.

How come my snapshots never turn out that nice?

Guess the casino, #647






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Answer: Venetian

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Separated at birth?

I give you Scott Seiver and Matt Affleck:






One of them should hurry up and patent that move, so he can charge licensing fees to the other.

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Answer: South Point

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Poker gems, #390

Matt Perry, in Bluff magazine article, October, 2010, page 49.


Guys, at small stakes against bad players a 25 buy-in downturn isn't variance, it's you being a monkey.

New team

My last-longer-bet team from last year's poker blogger winter gathering had to be modified when, sadly, Jen announced that she had to withdraw. With the huge, generous overlay provided by PokerStars, I wanted to have an entry still. By happy coincidence, Grange95 had just emailed me the night before to let me know that he'd be in town for the event. It seemed natural to invite him to fill the void, and both he and my other remaining teammate, Katie, were mutually accepting.

A triumvirate having thus been formed, the challenge remaining was to come up with the perfect team name. During the BARGE meeting here in August, Katie had been part of a team called "Inglourious Donkeys," a name so good I seethed with jealousy at not having thought of it. I hoped to do as well, but such things are not my strong suit. Yesterday I brainstormed a short list of suggestions, as did Grange. I liked one of his and mentioned it to Cardgrrl, who came up with a variant on it, which I then in turn shared with Grange and Katie, to their united approbation.

The three of us shall therefore officially be known as:

The Knights Who Say 'Nit'

I'm sorry, but if you don't see what's funny about that, you are beyond help, so please don't ask, as I will look upon you with nothing but contempt and pity, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper.
We're knights of the Round Table,
We dance whene'er we're able.
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impec-cable.

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Answer: Monte Carlo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cheating--some gray and not-so-gray areas

http://www.pokerplayernewspaper.com/content/cheating-9967

I saw this column by Ashley Adams a couple of weeks ago in the print version and liked it a lot. This kind of ethical questioning needs a lot more attention than I think it gets among poker players. I wrote to the author and pointed him to some of the posts I've written on exactly the questions he raises. Follow-up column hasn't been printed yet.

Thanks to Sauza for the Twitter message that alerted me that the column was now up on the intertubes.

Guess the casino, #644






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Answer: Hooters

Monday, September 27, 2010

What's in a screen name? #8




I think this one will only be amusing to us fans of "Arrested Development."

Big hand



It's not often you can win a pot worth 38 big bets.

I have no idea why that third player called on the river. He couldn't even beat the pair of 7s the other guy was showing!

It put me at the top of the leaderboard for now:



Still very early, though. We'll see if I can hold on.


Update:

Didn't last long. This one took me down a long way. I got four bets in three ways pre-flop. Quads bet flop, I raised, he just called. Turn check-check. Bet and call on river. So I think I lost the minimum. Still above average.




Update 2:

This flop was a pleasant surprise to a mediocre big-blind hand. Sadly, one bet and nobody wanted to play any more.




Update 3:

Out with nothing. Got moved to a table populated with maniacs whose strategy was to start with garbage and get lucky. They succeeded. The end.

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Answer: Boulder Station

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Suggestion

I think the first person to sign up for a sit-and-go tournament should be rewarded with, say, an extra 10% starting chip stack, or maybe a 10% reduction in the buy-in. Sometimes you sit for a long time waiting for others to show up. Acting as a catalyst to get the game started is certainly worth something to the online sites to have people willing to do that. That's how it would be if I ran the world.

Guess the casino, #642






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Answer: Aria