Sunday, December 30, 2007

Could. Not. Resist.

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Shamelessly stolen from St B (and I'm quite sure others). Work has just been hella busy. I've got one client who needs to be baby sat through the entire construction process for some 72 inch water main pipelines. Major project but textbook work. And they still manage to create fires that I need to put out. And to top that, starting this week, I get to take the train from San Diego up into Smokkee's world in Teh OC. 3 days a week. At least I don't have to drive it, I suppose. That's what I get for being stuck with a client in Santa Ana. Uber-meh. Oh well. It beats being unemployed. Happy New Year, and may the felt be with you degenerates!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Am I Missing Something?

18 player SNG on Tilt. I get dealt Cowboys at UTG+1. I pop it up 5x the BB. The cutoff triples my raise. I flat call, concerned that villain might have rockets. Flop comes down Q93 rainbow. I shove and villain calls. I show my kings and he flips over 66. My Cowboys hold up and I stack the tool. OK. I can understand calling me preflop with a pocket pair. We've all done it, hoping the flop will hit us in the face. And yes, I can see reraising me on a bluff-steal. Except his stack was smaller than mine and he didn't shove preflop. But to call my shove with two overs to his pair on the table, and my preflop raise indicating strength to begin with, I don't get it.

And while typing this post it happened again. I'm dealt Kings again, I bet it up again and get called. Flop comes down 58T with one spade. I bet out, he raises, I reraise, he shoves, I call (I have him covered), and he shows a 3-5 of spades. So BPSK (bottom pair, shitty kicker), and only 3 to a weak flush and he reraises me several times? I know the donkeys are out, but I haven't seen it so blatant all at once in quite a while.

Friday, December 07, 2007

It's Friday! Time for Teh Randomness!

Another week, and more rain here in San Diego. Not as heavy as last week, but it's been pretty steady since midnight-ish. The downside, I was going to the driving range at lunch today, now not so likely. And I really wanted to because a) I haven't swung a golf club in probably a month, and b) next week I get to play a round at Torrey Pines! One of the Top 50 courses, public or private, site of the 2008 US Open, and I'm going to attempt to play a round! I may even bring my camera and attempt to blog the round, you know, for comedy's sake. Fortunately the weather is supposed to clear by then. I just need to speed along a meeting that morning (think that Budweiser commercial set in the TV news room where the anchors race thru the news to go and get plastered).

Haven't had much opportunity to play poker either. Played 2 SNGs this week, one NLHE and one PLO8. The PLO I went out in 7th of 9 when the river made my boat of Ks full of 10s but gave Villain quads. Uber meh. The NLHE I survived to 2nd out of 9, which more than covered both buy-ins. So, minor profit for the night. Better than the losses I took last week. My profit from this has been taking some hits lately, so anything not negative is g000t.

Last 5 tunes on Sirius last night while driving home from the San Diego APA/AEP holiday party:

Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Rush - Fly By Night
Whitesnake - Slide It In
Kiss - Rise To It
Tesla - Edison's Medicine

And now, the return of Car of the Week. The first COTW post was all about the pimpaliciousness. The second one was about the finer things in life. This one is about a survivor. I spotted this in the parking lot of the mall where my gym is located. I'd seen it before and had been previously impressed with the condition it has been maintained in. It's not restored, as there are minor rust bubbles near some of the bolt-on trim. Frankly, I think what impressed me was that I didn't even see many of these at my high school, and they were only 10 years old at the time. Granted, I went to high school in what was, at the time, an upper-middle class neighborhood, and a good number of the cars in the lot were fairly new. Still, for a 30 year old car, it's in great shape. So for this week's Car of the Week, I give you the 1977 Toyota Corolla. A rather basic, mundane car, but a survivor. And let's face it...we've all likely owned a comparable "basic" car at one time or another. Do you think your old basic transportation would still be running at 30, much less looking this good? I know mine wouldn't. Happy Friday, peeps!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Assorted Thoughts and Stuff

Best insult yet: "You suck so hard that you can't even hear it over the sound of you sucking! It's like you drowned in a bucket of fail!"

While my game hasn't been completely sucking, it has been up and down. I just finished up a $33 9 player SNG on Tilt where I basically folded my way to second. I was fourth out of four, sitting on the bubble, and every blind I hit, big and small, my hand was J2, J3, or J4. And being the short stack, they were ganging up on me (as they should), so I rarely had the opportunity to even check an option. Finally, UTG raised and the button shoved. AA vs KK and the bubble bursts! But wait, we're back to the shitty blind hands. 93o, T4o. Finally UTG min-raised me and I called with J4d. Flop comes down 2 diamonds. I bet, hoping to induce a fold. He stays. Turn is a 4. I bet and DH shoves. I fold and he graciously shows his set of 4s. That cost me half my stack. But wait! There's a little more! I picked up Big Slick in the next BB. SB has me covered and shoves. I call and he flips over A5o. I flop a K and double up. Next hand, UTG who doubled me up shoves. I fold and BB thinks about it and calls with a 56c, to UTGs JTo. Flop comes down 565 and I land in 2nd! I'll freaking take it!

Last 5 songs in my WMP shuffle:
The Voices - Street Commander
Abandoned Pools - Mercy Kiss
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger
Jeff Kashiwa - Saratoga
SOD - Speak English or Die!

How's that for random? And for slightly less random, the last 5 songs on Sirius Hair Nation while I drove home from work:
Ozzy Osbourne - Shot in the Dark
Van Halen - And the Cradle Will Rock
Guns and Roses - You Could Be Mine
Scorpions - Big City Nights
Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom

Peace, love, and goo.

Monday, November 19, 2007

What I Am Thankful For

I am thankful for A9 s000ted. Full Tilt, 45 player $10+1 SNG. Over the course of 2 hours, I was dealt A9s 6 separate times. The first one I took down a smallish pot (it was early and blinds were still only 30-60) with TPTK. The second one boated up 9s full on the turn and let me stack somebody who had limped Big Slick along. The third one let me hit my flush on the turn. The fourth one was a flopped flush. The fifth one was a river boat of 9s full again that let me stack someone slowplaying their AQ 2 pair. The last one busted the money bubble. I had 4 to the flush, and was looking at a board of TQ9J. Victim shoved, and showed his K9 for the K-high str8. The river brought a glorious K, allowing me to complete Broadway and pop the money bubble.

So I'd led since we had been down to about 12, and then I started taking some hits and bleeding chips. I ran JJ into KK. My AK didn't improve against 44. And I'd gotten down to 5th of 5. And then the cards woke up. AK, AQs, KK. Inside of 5 hands, I was back in first place. Honestly, when we got down to the final four, it felt like a damn blogger table...lots of fun girlie chat. But somebody eventually had to lose, and somehow I had channeled CJ and here was the final result.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! See ya on the felt!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I've been...tagged!

OK. Our boy Brian tagged me, so I gots to properly respond. The rules:

A). Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog...
B). Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself...
C). Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs...
D). Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog...

Seven random things:

1. I got lost at the Grand Canyon as a little kid.

2. I got pulled over for doing 110 miles per hour in Utah, and got away with a warning.

3. Unless I have a meeting with clients, I can wear shorts every day to work.

4. I had season tickets to the Chargers for 10 years. They were the dark years, and the first season after I sold them, they went to the playoffs.

5. I should really be working right now.

6. I got snowed in on Interstate 80 in a little, podunk town called Wamsutter, Wyoming, and spent the night drinking in a school gymnasium with probably 100 of my then closest friends.

7. Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter Ice Cream is my all-time favorite ice cream flavor.

There. That ought to cover things. Next to be tagged:

River Driver
Drewspop (still there man?)
President Dave
Wolverine Fan

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Randomness of Friday (it's a whole new week!)

Well, it’s been a busy week. The major proposal I’d been working on for the past several weeks was selected as the winning one, so now I get to work on a project that will generate somewhere north of a million dollars for my company. Job security…after 2006, me likey job security. Of course I’ve got one other project that just started up and another proposal that I need to write.

Managed to play a little poker on Monday. Hit the Daily Doubles on Tilt. One of them I busted out somewhere in the 500s, but the other one I survived a field of 1250-something and held on to 54th place. Not a high-dollar finish, but it’s always nice to go deep in these tournaments. That finish was even more impressive given that, approaching the 2nd break I was down to 787 chips. I get dealt A3c UTG and shove. One caller with 89c. I catch an ace on the flop and double. Next hand, I get KQ in the BB. 1 limper, 1 min-raise from MP, and I shove. Limper folds, MP calls and shows KJ. Ship it beeyotch! And the next hand I get dealt AA in the SB. 2 limpers, button raises 3x, I shove over the top. Limpers fold and button calls, showing AK. What do you know! I’m back over 6k in chips! I got lucky several times, and committed a couple of bad suckouts, but by and large I just played solid poker and got cards when I needed them. One hand I was particularly proud of, I got dealt 99 on the button. UTG+1 limps, MP min-raises, I call, SB folds, BB calls, and UTG calls. Flop comes down 4 9 T rainbow. Jackpot! Gotta slowplay this one. BB checks, UTG checks, MP bets just over half the pot. I hesitate for a bit and then call. BB calls and UTG folds. Turn brings a duck. BB checks, MP checks, and I check as well. River brings a ten, giving me 9s full of tens. BB checks, MP bets a little over half the pot. I think and hesitate, and finally min-reraise him, figuring he was on AT. BB folds and MP shoves. I’ve got him covered and I call. As expected, he shows his AT and leaves the table when my 9s full are shown. One of the best hands I’ve played in a while.

Finally, some of the random Friday crap.

Last 5 songs on WMP shuffle:

Survivor – American Heartbeat (back in the Eye of the Tiger days, baby!)
St. Germaine – Alabama Blues (more ambient acid stuff)
Cobra Starship – Bring It (I’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!)
The Specials – Pressure Drop
Fates Warning – Through Different Eyes (excellent late 80’s prog metal)

Car of the Week

I still don’t know if this is going to become a regular feature, but I had this one and decided to share. The bank branch for my bank that’s closest to my office happens to be next door to an automotive repair shop. But this isn’t just any repair shop. This is the authorized body shop for Ferrari/Maserati of San Diego and Symbolic Motors of La Jolla, which is the San Diego dealer for Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lotus, Lamborghini, Panoz, Spyker, Bugatti, and all those other exotic makes. Those two dealerships are the strip clubs that DAPGF lets me go to occasionally (still haven’t managed to get a lap dance, tho’), with some of the hottest automotive bodies you’ll lay eyes (and other body parts) on. But back to the COTW. I went to the bank, and sitting in the parking lot of the body shop was this:

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. This is one of the sexiest cars on the face of the earth, IMHO. The lines and curves go beyond sensuous, and despite the fact that the best colors for Ferrari’s are Red and Black (with the occasional white Testarossa hold out from Miami Vice), this is the first one ever that I’ve seen in Maroon. And you know, it looks damn good. It dials back the “arrest me now because I’ve obviously done something naughty” look without taking away from the gorgeousness of the car. Frankly, as a car nut of the highest order, I’m lucky to live where I do. We have the population that loves the pimp-mobiles from last week (why do I have this eerie feeling that Smokkee was going to call on that one?), and the high-dollar crowd that rolls around town in the Rolls Royce Phantoms, Lamborghini Gallardos, and those beautiful Ferrari 599 GTBs. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Randomness of Friday

Welcome to The Randomness of Friday. A random collection of thoughts, observations, and other time-wasters to fill out the work week. Enjoy.

Last 5 tunes to come up in my WMP library shuffle (IT won't install iTunes on our laptops, the bastards):

The Aquabats - Super Rad! (one of my favorite Friday tunes, and the reason why Ska is cool)
Authority Zero - Mexican Radio (killer remake of the Wall of Voodoo original, pimped by Alcanthang like a year ago or something)
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony - Fuck tha Police (another killer remake of the original, that I first heard featured in the Getaway in Stockholm street racing video)
DJ Helixx - These Days (this is a house mix Helixx did for Maigrey. It can be downloaded from Helixx's Mix Depot page)
The Propellerheads - Take California (Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. Just a killer electro-rock groove)

Last 5 websites I visited (blogger and sites I needed to copy links don't count)

Wil Wheaton
KGTV Channel 10 (as if the fires weren't enough, a bomb scare closed down the freeway I take to get home)

And the original plan for this post, the Car of the Week. This feature will randomly appear when I find something worth posting. Basically, if I come across an "interesting" vehicle (which can mean insanely cool, insanely ugly, insanely expensive, or whatever), I'll post it for your viewing pleasure. And now the vehicle that inspired the concept. I'm sure most of you are aware of the trend of cars having huge wheels (20 inches or larger, generally referred to as Dubs and variants on that). The latest trend is to lift a car, much like a tricked out four wheel drive truck, and put even larger wheels on. The largest currently are 30 inch rims, referred to logically as Treys. And the cars that started the trend are called Donks, Boxes, and Bubbles. Donks refer to pre-1976 Chevy Caprices and Impalas. Boxes are 1977-90 Caprices and Impalas, called Boxes because of their, well, boxy shape.And then the Bubbles. These are 1991-96 Impalas and Caprices that are, well, bubble-shaped.Other cars can receive this type of treatment, among them the 80's vintage Monte Carlos, Lincoln Town Cars, older Cadillac Fleetwoods, etc., but to be truly called a Donk, Box or Bubble by a purist, it's got to be an Impala or Caprice. The one consistency with the majority of cars rolling Dub4s, 6s and higher is that to achieve the suspension lift, it's got to be a body-on-frame car. Think older American cars, pick up trucks, SUVs like the Tahoe, Explorer and Durango. By having the body mounted on the frame, as opposed to a unibody car where the body and frame (and thus suspension mountings) are an integral unit (any modern front drive car like an Accord, Taurus or Jetta, minivans except the Chevy Astro and Ford Aerostar, and crossover utility vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge). Today's COTW is none of these. It's an early 90s Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, a front drive unibody mid-size sedan, and truly the first one I have ever seen pimped out at all.This was spotted on the 805 Freeway in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. I'm not sure what appeals to me more. The huge rims, the pristine beige paint, or the fact that it's for sale. Judging by the license plate, the current owner just registered it, too, so the tags should be good until probably August 2008. I can't possibly imagine how this thing rides or drives. Being a unibody front drive, the steering has got to be heavy and probably not all that smooth. But the suspension! It's not like anybody makes a lift kit for this, like they do for most trucks. So that means that it's homemade. There's a recipe for disaster. Anyway, I just had to share. And call now, before somebody else buys it.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

2003 Revisited

4 years ago to the week, I played witness to a disaster of epic proportions. And here we go again. Interestingly, many of the same areas that were on fire in 2003 are burning again. Lake Arrowhead. Malibu. And my hometown of San Diego. This time is both worse and better. Worse in that the path of destruction is longer, larger, and wider-spread. Better in that injuries and deaths are far lower than 2003. This is mainly due to the implementation of a Reverse-911 phone system. Officials look at the fire's path, figure out what areas should be evacuated, and enter map coordinates into the computer system. It pulls all the addresses in that area, checks all the phone numbers assigned to those addresses, and calls them with a prerecorded "you need to evacuate now" message. If you have watched the show Jericho (one of my favorite shows, season 2 starts on CBS in January, unless some cancellation allows CBS to start it early), they used it to notify the residents after the nuclear blast. Anyway, officials sent out the evac notices and it seemed to give everybody enough time to at least get a few things together and make a run for it. Several people in my office were evacuated, and the area I grew up in (Rancho Penasquitos) is surrounded by Poway and Rancho Bernardo (2 major burn areas) was uniformly evacuated. I don't live there anymore, but my dad does, along with many friends. Dad being dad decided that because he didn't see any flames on the hill at the end of the cul de sac, he was going to stay. This prompted my sister, who lives in the Memphis area to ask what part of mandatory evacuation he didn't understand.

So while there are a lot of homes that burned, injuries and loss of life has been remarkably low. Probably the wildest thing I've seen was a news report that is all over YouTube. I can't access YouTube at work, so I can't give you the link, but search for "Larry Himmel" on YouTube and watch the video. He's a reporter with San Diego's CBS affiliate and he had to evacuate his house in western Rancho Bernardo. After getting his family to safety, he went to work, got a video truck, and went back and did a news update from his driveway, while his house was still smoldering! 25 years in one house, literally up in flames. The fires are now moving into more of the rural areas of the county, and there are still fires burning in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and LA County, but metro San Diego seems to be winding down. As evidence of this, they've lifted the evac orders for much of the Poway and Rancho Penasquitos areas. Rancho Bernardo is still under evac orders mainly because of the damage and lack of infrastructure (no power, gas, water, debris-clogged streets, etc.), but the metro area seems to be coming back under control. Because of the evac orders, not to mention the safety factor and the fact that I'm not that stupid, I didn't take any pictures of the devastation. All of these pictures were grabbed from the San Diego Union-Tribune website.

This is a shot taken on State Route 67 heading west from Ramona towards Poway, around 10 pm on 10/21/07. East and westbound lanes were opened up to westbound traffic.

This is taken from an upscale neighborhood in East Poway, near Poway Lake.

Another East Poway picture.

Northern Rancho Bernardo.

Interstate 15 (my route to Las Vegas). Looking north at the southbound lanes. This was taken from the Duenda Road overcrossing. This is where the fire jumped into the Westwood community.

This was in Westwood. For the record, those were a circa 1992 Toyota Tercel and a circa 1995 Honda Accord.

Another Westwood home.

Finally, you may have noticed the revised layout of The Randomness. I have hit 200 posts and decided to switch templates. I don't know if I'm going to keep this one, but for now, welcome to The Randomness 2.0.


Links, Links, Links

Friday, October 19, 2007

Assorted Gen-u-wine Poker Content

Random thoughts on some recent poker-riffic action.

In the end, AK is nothing more than Ace-high. 9 player NLHE SNG on Tilt. It's early, but my stack is up around 2000, and I get dealt AK UTG. I pop it 5x and get one caller. Flop comes down tripsnowmen (as opposed to Tripjax), and I check. My caller shoves. Nobody would do that with the case 8, so I put him on 2 high cards. I've got him barely covered, so I decide to call. Nice to know I guessed right as he flipped AQ over. Unfortunately he turns his Q and cripples me. Next hand, I get Big Slick again. 4 limpers, the button makes baby Jebus cry with a min-raise, and I shove over that for my last 300 or so. Button calls and flips over A7s. Aaaand the river is a 7, and IGH.

While that was going on, I was also in a 45 player. I get dealt the powerhouse 93o in the BB. UTG and 3 limpers allow me to check my monster hand. And the flop comes down 9-3-5. SB checks and so do I. UTG bets out the pot. It folds around to me, and I reraise him twice his bet. He shoves and I've got him covered, so I call. He flips over his rockets, and I stack his slowplaying ass. Ya gotta love them big blind specials.

Here's someone to follow on Full Tilt: Panicbet. The dude is a LAGWJ (loose aggressive whackjob), who shoves with almost any two cards, but he loves his s00ted cards. No matter which ones. In the above 45-player, we're at the final table, and I'm sitting at 3 of 9. His stack probably put him at 5th or 6th. UTG, he min-raises preflop. 2 callers come along, giving me easy pot odds for my K9h. Flop comes down 68K rainbow. SB checks, and I lead out with a 3/4 pot bet, figuring that should be enough to protect my TPDK and take it down. Nope. Panicass decides to shove over top of me. He's been shoving all over the place, really bullying the tables, so with a decent hand and decent stack, I decided to call his bullshit. And I was right, when he flipped over 26c for bottom pair, last kicker, and no clubs on the board. And here's what happened:

Yep. He spikes a duck on the river to give him 2 pair and leave me gasping in last place with less than 3K in chips. But I patiently wait for my opportunities. I catch a few hands, and then double up to 7400. Then I catch KK in the BB. He decides to shove preflop, with his 16K stack. I call and laugh when he turns over J3d. No evil happens and I double thru the asshat. Ship it, beeyotch! 2 hands later, he shoves again. The chipleader calls, but this time he has a real hand. QsQd, and he's probably thinking that he just pulled off a great trap. Except that the chipleader got to where he was by playing good cards. He flips over KsKd and felts the asstard. The entire table just flamed him in the girlie chat. Ahh, sweet justice, and he was the money bubble to boot! Does it get any better than that? So after being down to 9th place at the final table, I managed to fight my way back to 3rd in chips, with 5 remaining. Unfortunately I wasn't destined to go any farther. I get dealt QQ, run it into AA, and IGH in 5th.

Also played in a 600 FTP token SNG. And for some reason, the frush was my friend. I honestly hit a flush 5 or 6 times just in this one SNG. I think I decided to take this screenshot just because it was probably the 3rd one I hit, and it was starting to become amusing.

I love it when someone bets into me when I'm holding the nuts. Double me up, beeyotch!

Here's another one, when we were down to heads up.

I knew I wouldn't be able to double through him, because all the clubs on the board were scary, so I bet what I thought I could get away with, just over 2/3 of the pot. He called and mucked his 3 snowmen. Yeah, I would've loved more, but you take what you can get. Ultimately I won my token, and I'm going to start off in the $24k Guarantee this Tuesday. Feel free to find me on the rail or in the girlie chat. DAPGF was kind enough to give me the night off, so it will hopefully be poker non-interruptus.

Finally, everybody's favorite pool hottie was wondering if I was going to make it out to Vegas for the WPBT Winter Classic. I'm not sure. DAPGF is going to have 3 weeks off over the holidays, and is thinking on a Vegas run in between Xmas and New Years. Depending on when the Winter Classic is, it may or may not work. Hopefully the timing will work out so that I can convince DAPGF that the Winter Classic would be a perfect time to go to Vegas. Then she could meet all of my invisible internet friends that she constantly hears about. As things get closer, I'll try to lock up some dates. We shall see...

See ya on the felt!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Return of BBT2

They've done it again. The blogging hooligans that brought us the Battle of the Blogger Tournaments somehow pulled the wool over Full Tilt's eyes and got them to sponsor an amazingly intriguing points structure with an incredible slate of prizes. I have shamelessly stolen from everybody's favorite SoCo - chugging, head-banging freak, and pasted here for your information.

Full Tilt Poker has given us an $18k Aussie Millions package to give away for our next challenge.
$18,000 Prize Package for you and a friend

The 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event begins Monday, January 14th and promises to be bigger than ever. Play for your $18K prize package, including:

* Aussie Millions Main Event entry worth AUD $10,500
* 10 nights stay at the luxurious Crown Casino Resort
* Round-trip airfare for the winner and a guest from Los Angeles to Melbourne
* $3,000 in spending money
* Winner & Pro golf outings, dinners, winery tours, seminars and a bounty tournament
During the original BBT there was some positive and negative comments about the point system plus the number of people awarded points. For the BBTwo you won't have to worry about those points. They will be awarding the Aussie Millions package to the winner of a Tournament of Champions. So if you'd like to win the trip, you have to win one of the events during the eight week run. No worrying about making the points. No worrying about who made the most money during the challenge. Win an event and you are in the TOC and a shot at the Aussie Millions package.

So if you are interested in winning the Aussie Millions package, play them to win them.

But only so many people can win an event during this stretch so what about everyone else? We want everyone to play, enjoy themselves, and have a shot at winning something. Full Tilt Poker has given us the Aussie Millions Package but that's not all they're giving us.

FTP is giving us an entry into their weekly big Sunday guarantee tournaments whic we will reward to the Player of the Week. This is where that pesky point system comes in again. We will be using the same point formula as the last Challenge but this time around only the top 25% of players in each event will receive points. Whoever earns the most points during the week will get a ticket into the FTP Sunday Guarantee Tournament.

The point system will also be used to determine players to qualify for an end of challenge freeroll which is still being worked out.

So there you have it. BBTwo is about to kick off and it's time to reload your FTP account, start firing up those Token Frenzies, and strap in for an 8 week, 27 tournament challenge to see what you are made of.

Things will kick off on Sunday, October 21st with the big prizepool in Miami Don's Big Game. The rest of the Blogger Schedule will go as planned except now the Riverchasers events will also be weekly during the challenge. The challenge will run for 8 weeks ending on Sunday, December 16th with another Big Game.

So there ya have it! The best places to find out additional info are Al, Don, and Hoy, so check them out for detailed schedules and such. DAPGF's schedule doesn't make it easy for me to participate in tournaments, but with these prizes I've got to try. Don't know how much I'll actually get to play, but I will be out there. Hope to see ya on the felt.

Monday, October 08, 2007

We Have Been Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Greetings and salivations, poker peeps. Those one or two of you who actually stop by The Randomness may have noticed some screwy behavior over the weekend. Pictures and widgets going missing, format changes, etc. Well, as I approach the 200th post of this formerly powerhouse blog, I find myself bored with the way it looks and feels. In this Web 2.0/New Blogger world, there's so much that can be done to make it spiffier, with all kinds of new toys and such. Not being an HTML or XML expert, trying to take somebody's template and modify it ain't the easiest thing to do. And I'm not talking about using Blogger's default templates...they're all a little boring and common. So get ready. Cool things are coming, as soon as I can figure out how to install 'em!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It's That Time Again!!

Once again, PokerStars is serving up a special treat for the broggers. See below for details

Texas Holdem Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 4857796

Sunday October 14. 12 PM here in da west, so do the math to figure out what time it is in whatever part of da world you are stuck in. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Public Service Announcement

***Warning, disturbing non-poker content ahead. SFW, but disturbing***

So I ended my weekend on a really rough note. I went to take the dog for a walk at 5, before DAPGF and I went to get dinner. As I was walking past our condo's pool, I glanced in and saw what appeared to be a person floating face down in the water, and nobody else around. I got out my keys and got into the pool area, clipped the dog leash to the fence, and whipped out the cell phone to call 911. While it's ringing, I take off my shoes, keys, wallet, etc., and jump into the shallow end where the guy is floating. 911 answers and PUTS ME ON HOLD!!! I close the phone and chuck it up on the pool deck, scream for somebody to call 911 (several times), and grab this guy who is about 6 feet tall and probably weighs 200 pounds and hurl him up onto the pool deck. Boy Scouts 20 years ago comes rushing back and I get him on his side to try and clear his airway. Beer starts coming out his nose and mouth. While I'm checking for a pulse, my cell phone starts ringing. I don't know why, but I knew it was 911 calling me back (since I hung up on them) and I answered it. The 911 operator tells me that paramedics are on the way, and starts talking me through mouth to mouth and CPR. Side note, compression/breathing patterns have changed since I was last certified in the 1980s. People start to gather around the pool deck, but only one dude is helping me out at this point, mainly wiping the beer, water, and whatever off of this guy's face while I'm doing chest compressions. After about 10 minutes of that, I realized that the other dude had left. No idea why, no idea where he went. A few minutes after that, the San Diego Fire paramedics showed up and took over. I called DAPGF to come down and get the dog, to finish her walk. A San Diego Police officer took my statement (what happened, when did I find the guy, yadda yadda yadda). After about another 20 minutes of working on the guy, the paramedics stopped, saying that he was gone. After talking with a bunch of my neighbors who were hanging around with DAPGF, I went home and showered. We decided to go get something to eat, not that I had much of an appetite at that point. We decided to walk by the pool one last time, to see if the coroner had shown up so I could give her my statement and not have to have her call me during dinner or something. Fortunately she was there and that business was taken care of. I still feel queasy.

Things learned from this whole experience. You shouldn't swim alone, and you really shouldn't swim when you've been drinking. I only saw one can of beer on a table by the chaise lounge where the guy's wallet, flip flops, etc. were, but I bet he spent the day drinking while watching football. You should also carry your keys (all of them, storage rooms, pool areas, club houses) with you at all times. Damn near all of my neighbors said that they were amazed that I had my pool key on my key ring. Apparently they all keep theirs on separate rings. That, and keep a cell phone with you at all times. I walk the dog early in the morning and late at night. I am 6'3" and weigh in the range of 277-280, and I'm walking a Doberman Pinscher. It's not that likely that anybody is really going to hassle me while I'm walking, but why take the chance. So take these experiences and use them to better protect yourselves. I'm also going to find a CPR course and get re-certified, and I suggest that you all do it, too. Again, better to be prepared than find yourself in a bad situation and not know what to do. I feel bad that I wasn't able to get the guy revived, but I know I did everything that I could, and I did it as right as possible. I hope you never find yourself in such a position, but if you do, I hope you have read this post and are better prepared for it.

***Cross-posted at What Happened***

Friday, September 21, 2007

Idiots (non poker content ahead)

And for the stupid is as stupid does award…

We bring you the story of MIT student, Star Simpson.  She's attending MIT, so she's brainy and likely somewhat techy and geeky (not that there's anything wrong with that).  She has to go to Logan International Airport in Boston to meet her boyfriend.  She decides to wear a sweatshirt upon which she's attached a lighted computer circuit board with visible wiring, and she's holding a wad of play doh in her hand.  After having the authorities level machine guns at her and arrest her, she's actually protesting what happened, and pleading "not guilty" to a charge of disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device.

OK.  Was what she did a harmless statement (as she said)?  Technically, yes.  She was not wearing a bomb.  Did she exercise judgment that goes beyond stupid?  Hell yes.  Let's examine this.  Post 9/11 USA.  "Let me dress like a suicide bomber, but it will just be a joke.  Nobody should misunderstand what I'm doing.  And to add to the excitement, maybe I'll do it at the airport where two of the four highjacked 9/11 planes took off from.  And just to extract maximum irony, I'll do it in the city that went apeshit over the Aqua Teen Hunger Force goofy fake bomb thing.  I should really be able to make a statement that way."  And you wonder why the men with the big guns told you to get face down on the pavement.  And you wonder why you were placed under arrest.  Did the authorities overreact?  To the ATHF thing, probably.  To her, nope.  I'd say they did their jobs correctly, and I'm glad for it.  Besides, every single airport I've ever been in has always had a sign (several, actually) that had words to the effect of, "We take all comments regarding bombs and guns seriously."  Meaning even if you're joking, we're going to react as though your comment was meant seriously.  So if you go to an airport, any airport much less the one which was pretty much the epicenter of the 9/11 tragedy, and basically say that you've got a bomb strapped to your body, you should expect to be treated as a terrorist threat.  The moron is lucky to still be alive.  Major Scott Pare of the Mass. State Police was quoted as saying, "She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device.  Had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force." 

I understand the idea of making a statement, really I do.  Unfortunately the statement that came across was, "I'm a f**king moron.  Shoot me."  Mr. Darwin, we likely have a future candidate for your award.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

For Daddy, Al, Pauly, and select others

I've not been to this place, so I cannot speak for the quality. Reading the review, though, I was drawn to one item in particular. Click the pic to embiggen, and look at the description on the right.

That's right. Bacon. As a complimentary bar snack. Get there before these nut cases do, otherwise you may find yourself sans bacon. For more bacon-y goodness, feel free to check out Pauly's new blog (where in the hell does he find the time to start up ANOTHER blog?!?), the Tao of Bacon. To read more of the reviews in the pic, click here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Labor Day, just south of Del Mar, looking south towards Black's Beach. Water temp was around 72 degrees, waves were poor form but running 2-4 feet with occasional sets up to 5 feet, and the air temp at the coast was in the upper 80s. DAPGF and I are on our way home from lunch, and we happen upon this:

I apologize for the crappy cell phone pic, but the light changed and I was in a hurry to get the shot. Still, old meets new and either way, There Is No Substitute.

Carmen's meme will be coming shortly.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Oh the carnage! Actual poker content! Be warned, it's ugly!

My worst, most painful beat ever, sadly wasn't even a bad beat.  So I don't owe anybody a dollar!

18 player SNG on Tilt.  Blinds are sitting around 75/150, and we're down to 14 or so.  I get dealt an uns00ted Cheney (As2c) in the SB.  A guy in MP limps, I complete and BB checks.  Flop is 2s 5d 4s.  Nice and raggy, I lead out for about 2/3 the pot.  BB folds and MP calls.  Turn is the 3s, giving me a wheel, the nut flush draw, and a str8 flush draw.  I'm actually hoping for any spade but the 5, because I've just got this eerie feeling.  Of course the 5s hits the river, giving me a str8 flush, Ace to Five.  I bet the pot.  MP, who has me covered, raised enough to put me all in.  I'm hoping that maybe he's playing A5 and thinks his boat is good.  But I've still got a weird feeling about it.  I call, and flip my str8 flush over.  He then flips over 6h 6s, giving him the higher str8 flush, 2 to 6!  To hit a str8 flush is rare enough (I think I've personally hit them 3 times, including this one), but to hit one only to lose to the guy playing the only card in the deck that could beat me was just awful.  And to make matters worse, I ran the numbers on TwoDimes, and I was behind the whole time.  At no time was I any closer than a 70 to 30 dog, and that was preflop.  So there's a good story to start the long weekend with.  May the felt be with you.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Actual Freaking Poker Content!!

I’m actually going to Vegas in September, so I’ve been playing a little more ring to prepare. One thing I’ve noticed is that people bet differently in ring than they do in tournaments. In tournaments you can count on people limping with Ax, s000ted connectors, or 2 paint, and a 3x to 5x raise typically indicates JJ or higher. In ring, people seem to limp (.25/.50) with anything but a premium hand, or they pop 5x to 7x raises preflop. It takes some getting used to. That being said, I’ve had a few hands that were of interest.

What the fuck is a frush?

I’m dealt AKd on the button. EP pops a 4x raise preflop, it folds around to me and I smooth call, and the SB calls as well. Flop comes down 7d Jc 9d. Kewl. Nut flush draw. EP bets half the pot and I call, along with SB. Turn brings the 6d. EP checks, I bet out half the pot, being worried about someone hitting a str8 flush on the river, and SB calls. River is the Kh. I bet out, SB raises to put me all in, and I call. He flips over QTo for a rivered straight, and I laugh as my nut flush takes the stack Even from the SB, I can’t see calling that kind of preflop action with QTo, and to be hanging around after the turn when there’s a flush on the board that he has no part of…ship it bitch!

Hoy’s favorite Fonkey hand #1

We all know that Hoy loves himself (not) AJ. It is without a doubt one of his favorite hands to berate people about. I get dealt Hiltons in the BB. There are 3 limpers and I raised up to make it $2.50 to go (.25/.50), and I get 1 caller. Flop comes down J-high rainbow rags. I bet the pot, trying to weed anybody out playing Ax. I get called. Turn is a brick, so I bet the pot again and get called again. The river brings a fucking ace and I just start pounding my head on the desk. I figure that I’ve led the whole hand, may as well try to represent and hope that he’s been hanging out with something other than an ace. So I make a C-bet of about a third of the pot. He calls and flips over AJ, devastating my stack. Nothing I could’ve done would’ve gotten rid of him, once he had his TPTK. Hell, he probably would’ve called an all in preflop shove, because that’s what Fonkeys do.

One of my few suckouts, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, given the previous hand

I get dealt AQs UTG. I was on life support after the Fonkey Hand #1, with my once mighty stack down to a pathetic $6. So UTG I fire out a bet of $2.50, and get reraised all in by the guy to my left. To my amazement the SB calls as well. Everyone else at the table was sitting on a stack of at least $20, and with only 7 BB remaining I felt I had no choice but to shove and hope that I could find some magic. I flopped a Q with 1 club and 2 diamonds, which had me worried. SB bet out, Villain called and the cards were flipped. Villain shows AKo, and SB shows KQh. So far so good, but Villain’s K is a diamond. The turn is the 5d, and now I’m sweating a diamond flush. Fortunately the river is a brick and I tripled up to get back into the game.

Floppin' Quads
What else can I say about this? I was going to fold this hand, but the 5 limpers in front of me convinced me that the pot odds favored my J9h. So I joined the lemurs and limped. The flop comes down 3 Jacks. Well holy fucking shit, batman! It checked around on the flop. The turn was an 8, and the BB fired off a pot bet. Hmmm. I wonder what he's got. Oh what the hell, I'll call. The river is a Q, he checks, I bet, he folds. Who doesn't love flopping the absolute nuts?
Hoy’s favorite Fonkey hand #2

3 hands after my miracle suckout, I get dealt KK on the button. 2 limpers ahead of me, I bump it to $2.50 to go (6x). I get one caller. Flop is rainbow rags. Villain leads out with a pot bet. I shove and he calls. I show my KK, and he shows the Fonkey hand of AJo. Turn is a brick, but the river once again brings the ace, felting me. Ah the river button. Have I told you lately that online poker is rigged?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It ain't easy bein' a pimp!

I really do have some poker content to discuss, a couple of cashes in larger MTTs, one horrible beat (not a bad beat because I was behind all the way, but very sucky nonetheless), and a couple of really fun hands.  I'll try to get to those tonight when I get home.  But for right now I wanted to put on my pimp hat and smack some hoes around.  Many of you probably know Nick.  If you don't know Nick the person, then you might know Nick the guru/moderator/operator of  CardsChat is a great poker portal that really covers the full spectrum of poker.  News.  Site Reviews.  Bonus whoring opportunities.  How To tips.  Message Boards.  Bankroll management info.  In short, just about anything you could need that's related to online poker can be found here at  Now go check it out before I gotta bitch-slap you!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

One more deposit option gone.



Per PokerStars, as of 2 a.m. EDT Thursday, All Access Visa Debit Cards, the ones that actually did work on PokerStars and Full Tilt have been blocked.  PokerStars Deposit Assistance crew sent me an email stating that they'd been blocked by the Federal Government due to the US financial institutions' restrictions on "gambling" transactions.  I haven't confirmed with Full Tilt if they've been hit with the same restrictions, but I would presume they have been.  PokerStars has directed me to ePassaporte, which I believe Hoy has had some success with.  Guess I'll go online and use the card to pay my cell bill.  Meh.


I've actually managed to play in a few MTTs and SNGs recently, and when I get home tonight I'll put together a recap.  Actual poker content…who knew?

Friday, July 27, 2007

An interesting observation...

So.  As most of you know, I have limited times when I can sit down and get my poker on.   Those nights that DAPGF teaches and if DAPGF is asleep when I get done walking the doggie around midnight.  I hadn't played a hand of poker all week, live or online, and I was eagerly anticipating jumping onto Tilt and firing up a SNG after walking the doggie.   I get home at 11:50 pm pacific time and DAPGF is asleep.  w00t!!  Hoff is hitting the felt!   I login to Tilt and start scanning the lobby.  There's something like 7400 players sitting at 6100 tables, but nobody is signing up for any SNGs.   No matter the game, no matter the buy-in.  There aren't even  any where they're sitting at 1 of 45, 1 of 9, 1 of 6, or even 1 of 2!!   Nothing.  I figure that it's close to midnight and there are probably some MTTs that go off at that point, so I check there.  There are two MTTs that kick off at midnight, the $4k guarantee in Pot Limit Hold 'Em, and a $10 NLHE.   Both are 18 player minimum, and they only have 4 and 3 players signed up respectively.  So despite signing up for them, the tournaments are cancelled.   I really wasn't in the mood to play ring, so I logged off and went to bed.  Yes I know that there is the Riverstars curse (besides, we all know online poker is rigged) and that the action has gotten quite fishy since the Party players came over and the bloggers left for Tilt, but there is always action going on at Stars.   You might have to wait a few minutes for a tournament or SNG to fill up, but there will always be action to be had at Stars.  And with that, I'm going to get me a Visa Debit Card and reload the Stars account.   You know, for just such an emergency.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tournament Pimpage

Nobody hijacks The Randomness! Nobody! Oh wait. I don't know if anybody would notice if it was L. But to help out another Michigan Fan (M Go Blue!), I wanted to help Wolverine Fan pimp the Blogger World War. Normally they're allies, but on the virtual felt it's a battle royale (with cheese!). Brittbloggerment hits PokerStars on Sunday, 1 PM west coast and 4 PM east coast.

Unfortuately I have a prior engagement and will not be able to attend, but all of you good red-blooded 'Muricans out there should stick it to the Limeys. Bring the blogger cup home! $5.50 buy-in. Details can be found here! And God Bless America!