Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Posted by Rakewell at 7:28 PM
Wil Wheaton mentioned in passing on his blog today something about Ira Glass and storytelling. I'm a hard-core Ira Glass fan, so I clicked on the link, which took me to a series of four YouTube segments, totaling about 17 minutes, in which Glass expounds on the building blocks of good storytelling. If you're interested in doing anything creative--whether or not it involves storytelling per se--I think you should watch them. After discussing what makes a good story, he shares keen insights into how long it takes to get good, and how much crap you have to produce in order to make something really worthwhile.
Tony "TBC" writes in his latest blog post:
almost the entire table limps $2 and the lady on my right who just sat who i thinks gay and her partner just sat on my left and she makes it $12. shed been raising a lot the $15 min shed been there, so i wasnt worried about her. i had KK and made it $40 in my blind. everyone calls but the black guy who always calls me it seems cause hes got no respect for my game. (what a fish to call $40 preflop with his hand.) she folds of course. flop comes A57 and the pots $100+ and if im beat im beat, he will bet anyway maybe but to make sure i get his money if he has a hand like QQ i bet the last of it (about $110) and he calls and wins with AT offsuit.As many other people smarter than me have observed, no-limit hold'em is a game of implied odds, one in which capturing your opponent's entire stack needs to be your goal. Conversely, you need to avoid giving your opponent correct implied odds to make a better hand by being able to fold when he gets there, thus protecting your stack against your opponent trying to win it.
i think pokerdogg would say if ur going to check/fold KK heads up anytime theres a ton of money in the pot and an ace comes u way too weak.
How often will an ace hit the flop if there are three left in the deck? We have four cards known (our A-x and Tony's K-K), leaving 48 unknown. There are 17,296 different flops possible from 48 unknown cards. Of those, 3106 will contain at least one ace. (To be precise, 2970 will have one ace, 135 will have two aces, and one will have all three remaining aces--if I've done the math right, which at this hour of the night is always a little dubious.) That's about 18% of the time.That means that 82% of the time he loses the additional $28 he invests pre-flop. But 18% of the time he will win not only the $74 currently in the pot, but also the $110 that Tony has left in front of him. If they play this hand 100 times, he will lose 82 x $28 = $2296, but he will win 18 x $184 = $3312.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Very Josie tells in her blog about an unfortunate incident in a recent tournament at Foxwoods, in which she lost more chips than she should have because a careless dealer screwed up an all-in situation between two deep-stacked players:
He had a helluva lot more chips than I thought he did. The dealer was a novice who didn't speak english well. She started matching his stacks against my stacks. She brought in his stack of 5k chips and matched mine up against his. Let's say for arguments sake his stack was 5 inches high and mine was 8 inches. She took the additional 3 inches off of mine and put them in the other guys general area, like they were his. With the remaining 2 even 5k stacks, she divided them and gave one to him and one to me, like it was a split pot. Right when she gave him my extra 5K chips I said 'Hey, those were mine!" and she agreed, but she was like in a fog, not really understanding what was going on, and then the guy said they were his. I said they weren't. I had more fucking chips than him and he knew it but he started screaming and yelling. The guys in the 8 & 9 seats agreed they were his. omfg. Floor came over and asked dealer to explain it and she couldn't, so all the guys at the table yelled out their version. In the end floor woman said more men agreed with the asshole so those chips were his. I cannot tell you how upset I was at this point. upset about the needless donkey call and upset that I was getting royally screwed. I asked for ANOTHER floor person to come down but I was refused. So the guy gets MY 5k chips and then he says, now match them. you have to match all of my chips. OMFG - I just got fucked again. yep, I had to use most of my left over 25k chips to match those extra 5k chips. How I didn't cry in frustration at the table I'll never know, but I didn't.
Yesterday I had occasion to go to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a Frank Gehry-designed facility that opened near downtown a couple of years ago. I used to work a stone's throw from another Gehry building, an art museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota, so I had no difficulty recognizing who had designed the Ruvo Center the first time I saw it. Wacky curves made of stainless steel? That's a Gehry.