Three of my four divisions are already completely dead; I cannot win any more points in them. Luckily, though, in the Clubs bracket there are two left, and they are exactly the two that I predicted. This makes me feel like something of a genius, in spite of all of the other evidence to the contrary.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
This is more interesting than it has any right to be. Try the "veteran" version. It's positively creepy to feel the computer analyzing your moves and guessing what you'll do next--especially since it's so good at it. Out of 100 trials, I won 25, tied 41, and lost 34. It seemed not to matter whether I tried to be random, or tried to deduce what the computer would be expecting and then counter it. Either way, I lost more than I won.
No spoilers here; for all the winners and losers in the first round of the NBC Heads-Up Championship, see here. I'm just here to report that I got right 3/8 Diamonds, 4/8 Clubs, 1/8 Hearts, and 7/8 Spades, for 15/32 overall. Two of the four people I picked to make the semifinals are out already. I think it's gonna be hard for me to win this $10 bracket thingy.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
So I played VeryJosie a quick series of four heads-up matches tonight, of which she won three. Nice job, congrats, etc. Not surprisingly, she quickly writes up a blog post about it, in which she claims that in one key hand she got her money in "goot," and that she was "very slightly ahead."
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Almost forgot a little incident from the Palms last night. I should have saved my purple felt picture for this post. Oh well.
The Palms has a long-running promotion that they call "Diamonds Are Forever." If you hit a diamond flush, your name is entered into a drawing. The next day they randomly select three names from the previous day's list of players who made diamond flushes, and those three people win $100 each. It's not a lot of money, and it's pretty rare to both make a diamond flush and then get chosen for a prize, but hey, something is better than nothing. I have been selected exactly once in the past.
Last night I called a flop bet with a flush draw, made it on the turn, and called another bet, hoping he would fire a third time. He didn't. I bet and he quickly folded.
As soon as he mucked, I said to the dealer, "Wait," because I could see that she was about to scoop up the board cards. She heard me, but continued with her task, and to my horror I saw the board cards gathered up, turned over, and put in with the muck. As she did this, she explained, "It's OK, he folded."
Obviously, she had concluded that my "Wait" request was because I thought she was mistakenly cleaning up the table before the hand was over. She knew that that wasn't the case, so felt free to disregard my plea.
I don't think I've ever seen this before. In joints that offer bonuses for high hands, bad beats, etc., dealers are usually extremely alert for signs that somebody has made one. They will often pause a bit before clearing away the cards, to give a player a chance to reveal his hole cards for proof of the hand. Some dealers will even ask if there is a qualifying hand, should the board cards make one possible. Motives for this conduct aren't hard to figure out; in addition to wanting to be helpful to the players, the dealer can usually expect a nice tip if the player wins free money.
It turns out that the young woman from last night is only a part-time fill-in at the Palms, and, in fact, this was only her second shift there. She usually deals at the Venetian, where there are no bonuses or jackpots, so no reason to keep the board intact for verification when a hand is over. She seemed not to even know about the diamond-flush promotion.
I was able to show my two diamonds in the hole, and two other players joined me in confirming that there were three more on the board, so in the end I didn't lose out. We'll see tomorrow if I get $100 worth of lucky. (The flush came just after midnight.)
But, hey, dealers: If a player tells you, loudly and clearly, "Wait," here's an idea. Stop what you're doing and find out why that request is being made. Sure, sometimes it will be due to a misunderstanding, and it will waste a few seconds with no gain. But since that's the worst that can happen, how about giving us the benefit of the doubt? Once in a while, we might actually have a legitimate reason to be blowing that particular whistle.
I don't follow the minutiae of the ongoing UltimateBlecch/Absolute Puker investigations, but I do read what shows up in places like Pokerati, and, especially, Haley Hintze's blog. Her latest installment, here, drops what was for me an unexpected bomb (though I gather that it won't be as much of a shocker to those who have been following things in more detail)--and that is that the main cadre of cheaters may have included TWO former WSOP Main Event winners, not just one.
Monday, February 28, 2011
I'm booked for a trip to Florida for several days in mid-March. It's theoretically possible that Cardgrrl will be in the same vicinity at the same time.
Fellow bloggers, you might want to look at rodmanpoker.com and see if they are stealing your posts the same way they are stealing mine. Predictably, there is no contact information, so nobody to complain to.
Thanks to HighOnPoker for alerting me to this.