Day 6 photo album is here.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
Sunday was our last day in the Ft. Myers area. We spent it on Sanibel Island, which I already previewed for you here.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
They're comin' to my neighborhood! Maybe I'll finally get to try the Fukuburger and Sloppi Jo's that so many other locals rave about.
Day 4 photo album is here.
Bastin is in town. He is a long-time reader who also did me the great service of suggesting to Cardgrrl that she start reading this blog, which has had all sorts of subsequent lovely repercussions in my life. I finally met him a year ago on his last Vegas trip. I was, of course, eager to try to get some table time in with him before he disappears back to the Pacific Northwest for another orbit around the sun. He Tweeted that he would be at the Venetian at 8:00 tonight, so I got myself there, and almost immediately got seated at his table, moving to his side as soon as the opportunity arose.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I've tried to make nice with Josie. I really have. But I seem to always end up in her doghouse, no matter what I do. Here's what she wrote about me this morning:
Do you want to see what she's talking about? Of course you do. Here are the first seven hands of the tournament, which is how long Josie lasted. It took less than six minutes in real time, but you can watch it faster than that. Only the first two involve me:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Here's a possibly interesting hand I played yesterday in a razz single-table sit-and-go. First the whole hand history, then the story.
(Razz Limit) - Level VIII (200/400)
Seat 3: azerplajin (3424 in chips)
Seat 4: Joliwhite (869 in chips)
Seat 7: Rakewell1 (5790 in chips)
Seat 8: mesothel (1917 in chips)
Rakewell1: posts the ante 40
mesothel: posts the ante 40
azerplajin: posts the ante 40
Joliwhite: posts the ante 40
*** 3rd STREET ***
Dealt to azerplajin [7d]
Dealt to Joliwhite [5d]
Dealt to Rakewell1 [8s 6c Kd]
Dealt to mesothel [Jh]
Rakewell1: brings in for 60
Joliwhite: raises 140 to 200
Rakewell1: raises 200 to 400
Joliwhite: raises 200 to 600
Rakewell1: raises 200 to 800
Betting is capped
Joliwhite: calls 200
*** 4th STREET ***
Dealt to Joliwhite [5d] [3h]
Dealt to Rakewell1 [8s 6c Kd] [Td]
Joliwhite: bets 29 and is all-in
Rakewell1: calls 29
*** 5th STREET ***
Dealt to Joliwhite [5d 3h] [Ad]
Dealt to Rakewell1 [8s 6c Kd Td] [Qs]
*** 6th STREET ***
Dealt to Joliwhite [5d 3h Ad] [Jd]
Dealt to Rakewell1 [8s 6c Kd Td Qs] [2h]
*** RIVER ***
Dealt to Rakewell1 [8s 6c Kd Td Qs 2h] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Rakewell1: shows [8s 6c Kd Td Qs 2h 4c] (Lo: T,8,6,4,2)
Joliwhite: shows [Qc 4d 5d 3h Ad Jd As] (Lo: J,5,4,3,A)
Rakewell1 collected 1818 from pot
Joliwhite finished the tournament in 4th place
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 1818 | Rake 0
Seat 3: azerplajin folded on the 3rd Street (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Joliwhite showed [Qc 4d 5d 3h Ad Jd As] and lost with Lo: J,5,4,3,A
Seat 7: Rakewell1 showed [8s 6c Kd Td Qs 2h 4c] and won (1818) with Lo: T,8,6,4,2
Seat 8: mesothel folded on the 3rd Street (didn't bet)
We were on the money bubble with four players left. I was the big chip leader, with nearly half of the chips in play. On the bubble, nearly all of the hands had been short, with the low card raising and everybody else folding--especially if there was a low card to the right of the bring-in. It had been this sort of careful, boring stalemate for maybe ten minutes. Nobody with the bring-in had tried defending, except when everybody had a low card showing.
The pot is effectively 160 in antes + his 830 + my 400 already in = 1390. The all-in call costs me another 430, for pot odds of 3.2:1. Even if he has his best possible hand (A25), I'm 23% to win (I get that using the razz simulator here), which is 3.3:1, essentially a break-even proposition. For the reasons stated above, I thought he was actually not nearly that strong--probably at least one bad card, either a face card or a pair. As it turns out I was right about that guess; he had Q45. So in fact I was 44% to win, or 1.3:1.
Day 3 photo album here.
Monday, March 28, 2011
I realize that I'm dragging this out to a rather ridiculous extent, and still nowhere near being finished. Furthermore, I am baffled that anybody would be interested in looking at my vacation pictures, so you're totally forgiven if you click on to something else more interesting. But I really had the time of my life, and took an obscene number of photographs, which it's taking me time to whittle down to a manageable number.
There will not be any regularly scheduled games; my life is just too erratic and unpredictable for me to stick to any commitment as to a regular time. The games--both cash games and tournaments, though probably much more of the latter than the former--will crop up at arbitrary times, basically when I feel like it. I'll make announcements here and on Twitter. I anticipate that sometimes there will be a lot of lead time, sometimes not much, all depending on my whims. Also, the games will sometimes be one of my favorites (hold'em, razz, HORSE), sometimes something I have no experience in at all but want to try, like badugi or a draw game. Tournaments might be short-handed, or knockout style, or heads-up, or antes up, or supermegaultraturbo, or whatever other odd setups I can find for variety.
This is all just for fun, not serious money-making, so tournament buy-ins won't be over $10 (unless some special reason arises to do something bigger), and any cash games will be microstakes.
This is a benign dictatorship, not a democracy. Suggestions are welcome, but are as likely to be politely ignored as acted upon.
If you don't have money on Stars and don't want to make a deposit, I'll probably be willing to do a trade for $ on Full Tilt or via PayPal, but you'll have to send first (since an open-ended offer like this is obviously subject to being abused by ne'er-do-wells).
I'll see you at my first home game soon--probably some time this week.
You are invited to join my private poker club for Home Games online.
- If you don't already have it, download the free PokerStars software from http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/download/
- Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab
- Click the 'Join a Poker Club' button
- Enter my Club ID number: 383761
- Enter my Invitation Code: playgrumpy
That's it! Once I've approved your membership request, we'll be ready to start playing Home Games online together.
If you want to find out more, visit http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/home-games/
Sunday, March 27, 2011
For funsies, I played the PokerSlut tournament tonight. It's only the third time (I think) that I've played with them, and it's the second time I've won, which is pretty sweet. It was especially so tonight, since it was a winner take all. Of course, that's because there were only three entrants, and a prize pool of only $3, but I WINZ IT! Give me all the mobnies!
I had a good feeling about the whole thing when, on the first hand, playing 2-7 triple draw, I called from the small blind with complete crap, drew four cards, and made a #1. (That's the nuts: 2-3-4-5-7.) Now I can retire young.
Last night was "Earth Hour." For the third year in a row, most casinos on the Strip agreed to turn off their outside lights for one hour. It's some crock of $%&@ about showing their commitment to reducing energy usage and thus saving the planet.
I was playing at Imperial Palace, so I stepped outside a couple of minutes before the bewitching hour of 8:30 p.m. and took some quasi-panorama shots of the Strip before and after the lights went out.
For orientation, I was standing on the curb in front of the junction between IP and O'Shea's, and took these pictures in a nearly 360-degree circle, from left to right. You'll have to forgive a little blurriness; most of the exposures were about 1/5 of a second, which is hard to hold with a small, lightweight camera using no support. And the pedestrians and vehicles, believe it or not, refused to hold still for me. But you'll still get the general idea of how the scenery changed.
As you can tell, some of the casinos were pretty half-hearted about their participation. Not that it matters. The whole thing is completely idiotic posturing anyway. Does anybody seriously believe that Las Vegas casinos care about reducing energy consumption in a selfless act of global altruism? Please.
Let's assume that outside lighting constitutes 10% of a casino's electricity use. (It's probably a lot less than that, but it doesn't matter for my point.) There are 8760 hours in a year, so one hour is 1/8760th of annual power usage, or about 0.01%.
So what the casinos are saying is this: "We are so fully committed to helping out with this terrible problem of global warming that we are willing to reduce our annual electricity consumption by a whole 0.001%. No need to thank us. That's just the kind of generous, caring, giving, self-sacrificial people we are."
That is largely because I have seen enough zombie movies to know that zombies are not particularly bright. I think they will make very poor poker players. I therefore expect to be able to take their money quite easily, and become rich.