Finally found video of the Bellande gambit I mentioned last night. Here ya go:
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Downtown Vegas is hopping this weekend, primarily because of Bikefest being in town.
I was watching this week's WSOP installments earlier today, and saw something unusual that I thought was worth commenting on. Jean-Robert Bellande raised with K-J and was rewarded by flopping a full house. He bet at it, got one caller. As it happened, the caller had 8-4, i.e., nothing at all. Bellande couldn't know whether the caller had caught a piece of the flop or was just floating him, but for his purposes, it didn't matter.
"'I don't keer w'at you do wid me, Brer Fox,' sezee, 'so you don't fling me in dat brier-patch. Roas' me, Brer Fox' sezee, 'but don't fling me in dat brierpatch,' sezee.
"'Hit's so much trouble fer ter kindle a fier,' sez Brer Fox, sezee, 'dat I speck I'll hatter hang you,' sezee.
"'Hang me des ez high as you please, Brer Fox,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, 'but do fer de Lord's sake don't fling me in dat brier- patch,' sezee.
"'I ain't got no string,' sez Brer Fox, sezee, 'en now I speck I'll hatter drown you,' sezee.
"'Drown me des ez deep ez you please, Brer Fox,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, 'but do don't fling me in dat brier-patch,' sezee.
"'Dey ain't no water nigh,' sez Brer Fox, sezee, 'en now I speck I'll hatter skin you,' sezee.
"'Skin me, Brer Fox,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, 'snatch out my eyeballs, t'ar out my years by de roots, en cut off my legs,' sezee, 'but do please, Brer Fox, don't fling me in dat brier- patch,' sezee.
"Co'se Brer Fox wanter hurt Brer Rabbit bad ez he kin, so he cotch 'im by de behime legs en slung 'im right in de middle er de brier-patch. Dar wuz a considerbul flutter whar Brer Rabbit struck de bushes, en Brer Fox sorter hang 'roun' fer ter see w'at wuz gwineter happen. Bimeby he hear somebody call 'im, en way up de hill he see Brer Rabbit settin' crosslegged on a chinkapin log koamin' de pitch outen his har wid a chip. Den Brer Fox know dat he bin swop off mighty bad. Brer Rabbit wuz bleedzed fer ter fling back some er his sass, en he holler out:
"'Bred en bawn in a brier-patch, Brer Fox—bred en bawn in a brier-patch!' en wid dat he skip out des ez lively ez a cricket in de embers."
I was playing at Binion's tonight. At one point I had 8s-8d and limped. Button limped. Small blind raised to $17, an unusually high raise. This immediately suggested to me that he had one of those pairs that so many $1-2 NLHE players just don't know how to play after the flop--queens, jack, tens, and nines, with jacks being the #1 suspect, as that is the one hand with which I most commonly see the over-sized raise. I called, as did the button.
Friday, September 30, 2011
As I've been telling you, I have recently experimented with a pattern of doing four Bodog single-table sit-and-go tournaments a day, two in the early afternoon and another two before I go to bed. (Sometimes there's an extra one or two thrown in if I feel like it, or if I get knocked out of one extremely early.) I had been doing this for a couple of weeks before it occurred to me that I should probably be keeping track of my results. Nearly all of the SNGs I have done in the past two or three years, prior to this month, were HORSE games on Full Tilt or PokerStars, and the skills for that don't translate very well to no-limit hold'em. I thought that I probably had a lot to learn about optimal strategy, and that a spreadsheet would help me spot problems and successes.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Rakewell: Or were you talking to Phil Ivey there?
TunaMack: talking to muck
Rakewell: You’re not into lambs?
Rakewell: Or Ivey?
Rakewell: Little lambs eat ivy.
Rakewell: I bet you don’t understand that reference.*
TunaMack: fck u and ivey
TunaMack: understand that
Rakewell: Such a sweetheart.
Rakewell: But I still think you’re either into animals or men.
Some time passes. He hasn't said anything for a while, and the urge to goad him a bit more is welling up inside me.
Rakewell: I’m sorry, Tuna, but I don’t think it would work out between a horse and a lamb.
Rakewell: You do have nice long legs, though.
Rakewell: Besides, I have so many more chips than you, I can’t see it working out between us.
Immediately after I wrote that, he was all in:
[TunaMack]: yeah right btch
[TunaMack]: fckn rigged site
Rakewell: bye lover
[TunaMack]: fck rake u lamb fckn ******
[TunaMack]: A lamb u must b a lil btch
Rakewell: We’ll miss you. *kiss*
[TunaMack]: hey muck lets go get a drink
Once in a while, if I'm feeling saucy, I'll antagonize one of the clowns in the chat box. As Sun Tzu said, "If you enemy is angry, irritate him." I like to goad them into senseless arguments. Several of my friends prepared witty responses when someone rants about their bad play. Here's an example, after you suck out on your opponent and they spew, "nice catch @%#&*!" or "nc" into the chat, I'll respond with, "Thanks. I have a large glove." One of my poker buddies, BadBlood, came up with that gem which always gets lots of laughs from the peanut gallery.
My number one response that is guaranteed to tilt a furious opponent? Type, "nonsense" into the chat. It works. One of my favorite bloggers, JuliusGoat, came up with that stunning response. He explained, "Whatever they say, just answer with 'nonsense.' This is the magic word. It's the auto-tilter."
If your opponents routinely remind you about your atrocious play, then quickly type, "Nonsense." If they call you a donkey or a fish, then respond with "Nonsense." The best way to beat a bully? Bully them back. After a while, they'll simply give up and hopefully, tilt their stack off your way.
*In case you don't get it either, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mairzy_Doats.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
You hear that Party Poker is running a contest to win a seat in its annual televised 48-hour marathon "Big Game." You play your heart out night and day for two solid weeks to earn the most points in the cash games, and get the long-awaited notification that you've made it. You fly from Sweden to England. The big day arrives. You wait in the green room for your turn. The previous qualifier gets knocked out early, and it's finally time. Kara Scott announces your name for the studio and television audience, and you walk out, theme music blaring. You sit down at the table where chips await you--the $13,000 cash stake that you won. You are allotted four hours to play, keeping whatever you win above that buy-in.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I've decided to split my Twitter feed--both incoming and outgoing--into "poker" and "everything else." Obviously, the poker-related subject matter will continue to be @PokerGrump. The "everything else" category will be under a second Twitter account I just set up, @RandomlyBob. This will include personal updates (travel, etc.), pointers to interesting stuff I find in web browsing, jokes and puns that I think of, new words I learn, etc. Subject matter may include guns, politics, religion, and other controversial things. This way I won't bore/annoy/offend people who want to follow me only for poker-related tweets. I will, of course, continue to bore/annoy/offend others, but only those who choose to let me bore/annoy/offend them! (Because of the restricted subject matter, poker-related tweets are much less likely to rankle.)
I'm sure it will be less than 6 months before Congress realizes that theyYeah, right.
need to pass legislation contrary to the UIEGA. If it hasn't already happened,
it will happen in a few weeks.
Online poker is going to be licensed and regulated very soon. There are things happening right now that the rest of the poker world doesn’t realize. I think it’s going to happen at the federal level, and frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened by December.
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago on attempts to get poker (specifically duplicate poker) included in the World Mind Sports Games.
[S]tories proliferated about Americans with glazed eyes playing relentlessly via their computer screens as they gambled away thousands, if not millions, of dollars.We should hold a contest to see who can list the most things wrong with those sentences.
That trend prompted the U.S. government to outlaw online poker playing for money earlier this year.