Thursday, December 21, 2006

How cool is this?

Especially for those of you who have dedicated game rooms, have I got the table for you...Go to their website and check this out. Once you get into the site, click on the furniture link (it's all flash, so I can't give you the direct link) and then on the collectibles link. Be warned, though, if you or your significant other has a weakness for upscale furnishings, (Speaker, I'm talking to you!) this website could be dangerous. Maybe soon they'll come out with Pai-Gow, Triple Draw 2-7, and Mr. Cashman next!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The one in which we're feeling lucky

Well, we’re into the 2nd week of the new job, and things are pretty cool. The office is very laid back (mostly surfer bums…finally people I can work with!) and the work is interesting.

Thanks to a couple of freeroll cashes, I’m back in the world of a positive bankroll. Not that it’s huge or anything, but to go from zero to $30 without any personal infusion of cash is very cool. All built on the back of a freeroll, microlimit ring O/8 and microlimit NLHE SNGs at Full Tilt.

I actually got kind of depressed over the weekend, when I played in 3 separate SNGs and was the bubble boy in all three. The last one was the worst. It was a $1 45 player, so even at the microlimits there was an opportunity to actually make a few bucks. I got down to being short stacked and when I was in the BB, UTG was constantly attacking my blinds. And it wasn’t like I could take a chance and defend them, not with stellar cards like 39o, 26o, and the like. Finally I woke up to JJ. UTG popped a raise and I shoved. He flips over rockets and I’m bubble boy for the 3rd time.

After that, I was itching for some redemption. First opportunity would be Tuesday night, when Dear and Patient GF would be teaching. I still had some Christmas shopping to do, so I figured I’d race home from work, fire up the poker machine, throw some food down my throat, and enjoy some SNG poker-y goodness. I’d had a feeling that Tuesday was going to be good, so I was going to catch as many as I thought I could while still allowing some time to shop. First one spinning up was a $1 9 player turbo on Tilt. Immediately after registering for that, I caught a $2 9 player turbo and registered for it. As soon as I folded the first hand in both SNGs, I found another $2 turbo loading up and I jumped in. That was my first ever experience in 3 tabling, and it was crazy. I don’t know how people like Waffles or Boobs manage to multitable 4 or more tables. At a minimum, I need me a nice 26 inch widescreen monitor or something. Anyway, I had that glorious combination of playing reasonably well, and getting lucky several times. I committed several suckouts, and combined them with solid play to go deep in all three. Probably the worst suckout was the most enjoyable. I’d won the first $2 SNG at this point, so I’m only two-tabling. Play is 3 handed in the $1 SNG, so we’re ITM. I was in the SB with 46c. Short handed, s000ted connectors become more viable, so I min-raised, thinking I could take it down or fold if BB came over the top. He called. Flop was Ks 9d 5c. I checked and BB checked behind me. Next card was the 7c. Now I’ve got an OESFD, so I bet the pot. BB called. The river was the glorious 8c, completing my Str8 Flush. I popped a ½ pot bet, and BB shoved. Schweeeet. I couldn’t click “Call” fast enough. Here’s what happened. Unfortunately, flushie is no g00t, and I drag a fat pot and go heads up. A few hands later, and the game is mine! Two for two. Finally, I’m down to heads up in the final $2 SNG. Back and forth, back and forth, exchanging blinds. Finally, after showing myself willing to fold my blinds, I started attacking. After a few hands of being raised preflop or check-raised post flop, my opponent finally got frustrated. Blinds are 300/600, I've got my opponent covered, 8200 to 5300, and I found A9d in the SB. I popped it to 1200, and villain reraised to 1800. Since she (the avatar was a chick, give me a break) didn't shove, I figured she must have something so I flat called. Flop comes down 4s 9h Jh. Villain bet out 600, and I reraised it to 2400, hoping to avoid a potential flush. Villain called. Turn brought the Ts. Villain bet out 600, and I reraised enough to put her all in. Cards were flipped and villain was holding As 5c against my A9d. River brings the Kc, and her AK high could not stand up to my powerhouse pair of nines. End result, 3 for 3, baby!!! Here's hoping I can keep it going! In any respect, Merry Christmas, Happy Haunakkah, Happy Boxing Day, and may whatever holiday traditions you partake in bring you joy, peace, and a deck that hits you square in the face! See ya out there!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

And the (bad) beat goes on

Since my whole summer was a bad beat, why not have it continue at the tables. My Christmas wish from any blogger willing to grant it: if you come across "25hd" on Full Tilt, STACK HIS ASS!!! Check out these hand histories. Mind you, I was running in 2nd place, 11 players left out of 45, and we were coming up on the break. And this guy started off by shoving on the first 3 hands of the tourney, so now that I've set you up...

Full Tilt Poker Game #1399624157: $5 + $0.50 Sit & Go (9926319), Table 2 - 100/200 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:54:22 ET - 2006/12/12
Seat 1: LIVE-IN-THE-MUD (3,020)
Seat 2: iamhoff (9,570)
Seat 3: Ravester (11,445)
Seat 4: tmilli8 (7,875)
Seat 5: robaine (2,335)
Seat 8: 25hd (2,225)
tmilli8 posts the small blind of 100
robaine posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [As Kc]
25hd has 15 seconds left to act
25hd raises to 400
iamhoff raises to 800
Ravester folds
tmilli8 folds
robaine folds
25hd raises to 2,225, and is all in
iamhoff calls 1,425
25hd shows [Jc Kh]
iamhoff shows [As Kc]
*** FLOP *** [5c 7d Ks]
*** TURN *** [5c 7d Ks] [Jh]
*** RIVER *** [5c 7d Ks Jh] [4c]
25hd shows two pair, Kings and Jacks
iamhoff shows a pair of Kings
25hd wins the pot (4,750) with two pair, Kings and Jacks

Now, AK had been holding up for most players, myself included, throughtout the tourney. Figures that now it didn't. On the very next hand my two pair AJ got nuked by a set of 4s from another player who was NOT an asshole. That cost me a few chips.

So now we have the next 25hd evil hand:

Full Tilt Poker Game #1399674379: $5 + $0.50 Sit & Go (9926319), Table 2 - 120/240 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:01:55 ET - 2006/12/12
Seat 1: LIVE-IN-THE-MUD (4,500)
Seat 2: iamhoff (4,745)
Seat 3: Ravester (12,525)
Seat 4: tmilli8 (7,175)
Seat 5: robaine (3,815)
Seat 8: 25hd (3,710)
LIVE-IN-THE-MUD posts the small blind of 120
iamhoff posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ah Ac]
Ravester folds
tmilli8 folds
robaine folds
25hd raises to 720
iamhoff raises to 2,160
25hd raises to 3,600
iamhoff raises to 4,745, and is all in
25hd calls 110, and is all in
iamhoff shows [Ah Ac]
25hd shows [Qd Kc]
Uncalled bet of 1,035 returned to iamhoff
*** FLOP *** [4d 6d Jd]
*** TURN *** [4d 6d Jd] [As]
*** RIVER *** [4d 6d Jd As] [2d]
iamhoff shows three of a kind, Aces
25hd shows a flush, Queen high
25hd wins the pot (7,540) with a flush, Queen high

He catches a 4 outer to crack my set of aces! I'm now officially on mega-tilt, and in the SB. Watch and weep with me, my chitlins:

Full Tilt Poker Game #1399679342: $5 + $0.50 Sit & Go (9926319), Table 2 - 120/240 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:02:39 ET - 2006/12/12
Seat 1: LIVE-IN-THE-MUD (4,380)
Seat 2: iamhoff (1,035)
Seat 3: Ravester (12,525)
Seat 4: tmilli8 (7,175)
Seat 5: robaine (3,815)
Seat 8: 25hd (7,540)
iamhoff posts the small blind of 120
Ravester posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Kh Qs]
tmilli8 folds
robaine folds
25hd has 15 seconds left to act
25hd raises to 1,440
iamhoff calls 915, and is all in
LIVE-IN-THE-MUD: pocket AA busted on me 4 times yesterday
iamhoff: y not
Ravester folds
25hd shows [Kc Kd]
iamhoff shows [Kh Qs]
Uncalled bet of 405 returned to 25hd
*** FLOP *** [5d 3d 2d]
iamhoff: yep.
*** TURN *** [5d 3d 2d] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [5d 3d 2d 2s] [5c]
25hd shows two pair, Kings and Fives
iamhoff shows two pair, Fives and Twos
25hd wins the pot (2,310) with two pair, Kings and Fives
iamhoff stands up

It figures. After two hard suckouts, I figured he was trying to steal the blinds. Hell, the whole table was afraid of him by this point, and I figured him for a tilt blind steal on me. Nope. This time he actually had a hand. Go figure. If you come across this fucker...kill him! Shoot him, stab him, send him a virus, at least take all his chips!

Monday, December 11, 2006

And the first day grinds to a close

So. Quite the day. My new boss had emergency angioplasty over the weekend, and won't be medically cleared for work for at least a week (he seems to be doing fine). So the first day was extremely relaxed confusion. None of the other managers had a clue of where I was sitting (they are preparing to relocate offices anyway), what I was going to work on, or what my network login was. I actually had to wait for two hours with the scaldingly hot 22 year old Assistant Planner that started today (my eyes!! my eyes!!) for one of the other managers to come in who knew what was going on (he comes in late because he goes surfing in the morning! What an outstanding place!!). Still, it seems like it's going to be a good gig.

So I took a bit of my freeroll winnings and jumped into an O/8 .05/.10 table on FT. I was actually doing great...I'd doubled my buy-in and got dealt AAK5, double s0000ted. Board comes down AK4K3. Villain bets, I reraise, he shoves and I'm all in, with my aces full. Ass-tard whips over J254, for a straight flush wheel, scooping the entire pot and felting me! So I guess the comeback is going to be a bit postponed. Still, I'm sticking to the idea that RiverStars followed the bloggers to Tilt, because it was the river card that once again fucked me. Oh well. Das poker. See ya out there.

A New Beginning

So. After 194 days of unemployment and directionless drifting, I start my new life tomorrow morning. Thank you one and all, those of you who offered up words of congratulations on my previous post, and all of you who continued to check up on The Randomness...this here group of poker bloggers is the best damn bunch of people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting all fucking rule!!!

It truly is amazing how willing you become to do something that practically everybody hates, after you have been prevented from doing it for a substantial period of time. I am so looking forward to going to work. I feel recharged, refocused, and ready to be a whole new person. I'm gonna kick ass at work. I'm gonna be a better boyfriend to Dear and Patient GF. Getting back into a routine will allow me to better control my eating (won't be home all day, grazing thru the fridge) and get back to the gym consistently. And hopefully it will allow me to better focus when I'm at the tables.

As I've stated previously, I've been pretty much limited to playing freerolls. I've actually had a few cashes and managed to grow my bankroll a bit. Unfortunately, the good vibe didn't seem to stay, and what little I'd managed to win has drifted away. As others have noticed, RiverStars seems to have migrated over to Full Tilt (following the blogger games, no doubt), which would explain the past several horrific river beats I've experienced (besides, we all know online poker is rigged!). Oh well. Here's hoping that my new life, rising from the ashes of despair like the mythical Phoenix, will figure out how to push people off of flush draws while holding a set!!! Among other things, of course. Anyway, good hunting. May your aces hold up, may the deck hit you in the face, and may the river gods not fill some ass-tard's nine-high flush. See ya out there!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

It's a little belated, but on December 2, The Randomness of Hoff turned 1 year old! Given the events of the past 6 months, there were times where I wondered if it would survive to a year. Well, it did. And to top it off, I received a slightly belated but extremely welcome gift...I finally got a fucking job!!!!!!!!!!

I start on Monday the 11th, and I'm doing what I really like doing, environmental and land use consulting to government agencies. Basically, cities, counties, transit agencies, school districts, etc., will contract with my company and have us either prepare complex environmental documentation for projects of theirs, prepare major land use documents (General Plans, Master Plans of Development, etc.), or review and process environmental and land use applications that are submitted to them. The pay is good, not as good as I was getting, but in this market I'll take it.

So, long story short, I'm alive!! It will be a few weeks until I get my first paycheck, so I won't be back on the tables that quickly...but I WILL be back! Extreme thank yous to all of you out there who still stop by, and Uber-Extreme thanks yous for the continued words of encouragement: Smokkee, Jules, Lady Falcon, My Leetle Seester, Klopzi, Iakaris, Tripjax, Drewspop, Matt, Mr. Jack Mehoff, Joe Speaker, Raveen, Mookie, and anybody else I forgot. In any respect, I'm coming back! See ya 'round the room!