I did a couple of Bodog tournaments this afternoon, and liked all four of these screen names:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Not much interesting to report on today's WSOP seniors event. I increased my stack by nearly 50% on the first hand, making the nut flush to beat the nut straight. It continued going well for the first five hours, but then I got moved to a new table and ran aground. It wasn't that there was anything really different about the new table; that was just a coincidence. I went from having more than double the chip average to busto in a series of six hands, which included a mix of misreads on my part, suckouts, and lost races, none of them interesting enough to bother retelling.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Chris Wallace, in Poker Pro magazine column, June, 2011, page 65.
Once again I had occasion to walk through the Rio parking lot on my way into and out of the convention center area, and once again there were several poker-themed license plates.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Two of my favorite libertarian writers, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, have a new book out, The Declaration of Independents. As part of their promotional efforts, today they are having "Ask a Libertarian" day. People submit questions via their web site, email, or Twitter, and they crank out quick video answers.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
See the gory details of the final hand of the $2500 Six-Handed Limit Hold'em event here. Yet another excellent poker player--this time one Darren Woods--shows that he understood that two-outers are par for the course for the Mighty Deuce-Four.
Last night I had dinner with two out-of-town friends, Jennifer Newell (aka WriterJen, previously written about here) and Jason Simon (aka Genomeboy, previously written about here). We ate at Burger Bar in Mandalay Place. I've been there a couple of times before, but this time had something different: "The Hawaiian," which is a marinated/grilled chicken breast sandwich with bacon and pineapple. Yummy!
- Kevmath open-raising from under the gun in 2-7 triple-draw, then drawing five cards.
- Al becoming the first person I've ever seen spill a capped bottle of water across a poker table.
- Vixen making a #1 in 2-7 and revealing her hand one street too early--which was seen by everybody at the table except Pauly, her lone remaining opponent in the hand, who continued to try to beat her.
- Bluffing Al off of a queen low in razz when I had secretly triple-paired, and showing the burn--shortly after we had talked about how fun it was to bluff in razz.
Monday, June 13, 2011
If you haven't read Part 1 of this post, you should do so first, before proceeding further. In it I describe in detail a difficult decision I had to make and invite you to ponder how you would handle the situation. I'm about to reveal the end of the story, so if you don't want it spoiled, stop reading here and click that link to Part 1.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Steve Zolotow, in Card Player magazine column, June 15, 2011 (vol. 24, #12), passing along comments about Black Friday that he has heard from various unnamed online poker players.
The first two or three times I played at the Mirage, I found the games surprisingly tough to beat, with smart, aggressive players. This was a few years ago, when I was new in town. Because of that early experience, I've mostly avoided playing there. In my mind I grouped it with the Wynn and Red Rock as being one of the few most challenging poker rooms in which to make money, and therefore didn't visit much.
The buy-in to last night's AVP tournament included a $20 food comp. The ticket was stamped with an expiration time and date 24 hours after it was printed, so I decided to go back and use it today, despite having been told by a usually reliable source that I could safely ignore the expiration. I had long wanted to try the California Pizza Kitchen there, and today was my opportunity. I had their original specialty, the BBQ chicken pizza. Very tasty indeed. I can see why the place became so popular. I love free food.
This is another in my occasional series of presenting you with a difficult decision I had to make during a poker session. You can figure out what you would do before I tell you the end of the story. (However, in this case, if you follow me on Twitter, I kinda already blew it there, before I decided to present it this way.) In case you haven't read any of these puzzles before, sometimes the answer is that I got it right, sometimes that I got it wrong, sometimes that I'm left wondering because I folded and didn't get my curiosity satisfied.