Thursday, February 22, 2007

Who'da Thunk It

Over the past two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), I've played in 8 SNGs. 4 each day, 2 NLHE, 2 PLO8 per day, all $3.40 10 player on Stars. All 4 NLs, I went out between 4th and 7th. 3 of the PLOs I won, and the 4th I bubbled. I loves me some Omaha!

Friday, February 16, 2007

The one in which we're glad we live in So Cal

To continue Wil Wheaton's meme, I offer this photo. This was shot by yours truly, at around 12:30 p.m. today, at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. The waves look small, but really the park area sits 15 or so feet above the beach, and a couple hundred yards back. Just thought I'd share. Go ahead and hate me. I'll just throw the sunroof back and crank up the stereo.

On the other hand, I think we can all be glad that we're not this poor soul. Look at these pictures, and be happy that this isn't your car. More pictures can be found at the link. Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The one in which we have to question priorities

Well, to answer a burning question, PokerStars has informed me that they cannot "credit" back to my Visa gift card. At least they accept them. Not all of them, though. Troll purchased a prepaid Visa (waiting on the brand name) from one of the local drug stores, but neither Tilt or Stars would accept it. Tilt says that they don't accept any Visa/MC from US players, but Hoy reported a few weeks ago that Gift2Go cards from Walgreens were accepted at both Stars and Tilt. It seems to be hit and miss, and I don't know if the reloadable cards work or not. The prepaid ones seem to be the best bet, but the only ones I can verify work are All Access preloaded Visa debit gift cards, and Gift2Go preloaded Visa gift cards (via Hoyazo). At least if your b/r gets low, you can reload. Hopefully, by the time I pwn everything out there and boost my b/r into the billyuns and billyuns (extreme lol lol lol), maybe we will have found a way to get our money out of the poker sites and back into our respective pockets. We shall see...

And now the title of the post. I presume most of you have heard about Bank of America, and their decision to allow undocumented aliens to open bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages. Things that make you go huh? According to B of A, they are trying to service the ever growing Hispanic market. Fine. Service those here in this country legally. Technically, and I'd really need a lawyer to back me up on this, I would think that anybody at B of A either connected to this policy, or connected to the implementation of this policy could be found guilty of aiding and abetting criminals. I mean, it IS a crime to be in the country illegally, right? But ok, let's move beyond Bank of Attitude (yes I used to bank there, years ago, and Attitude is right...customer service sucks, apparently unless you're in the country illegally).

We have our beloved federal government prosecuting two former employees of a foreign company, one (I believe) located in another country who happens to be one of our strongest allies, and indirectly persecuting those of us who play poker and otherwise gamb00l online all in the name of fraud prevention and prevention of terrorism. Noble goals, and one can certainly understand the government of these here United States of America wanting to protect herself and her citizens from these crimes. But they're not going after a financial institution, one of the largest financial institutions, for proudly publicizing that they don't require a valid US-issued identification card (like a Social Security Card, a Drivers License, or a Passport/Visa) to grant bank accounts and credit. Hmmm. Sounds like fraud to me. And one of the other benefits that B of A trumpets is that people who open these accounts can wire money from their account to Mexico for free! Just try and find a bank willing to do that for you, especially without proper identification.

But that sure seems like it would be conducive to money laundering, and would be very well-suited to (let's just say here, not that I'm trying to stereotype...just using a prevalent example) a radical Imam at an Islamic mosque laundering money for terrorists. Again, I'm not saying they all do this, just using the example. This Imam extolls his parishoners to donate money to the Jihad against the West, against Israel, whomever. Much in the same fashion as Irish Republican Army "representatives" would do in countless bar back rooms in Boston and other areas (just to be fair). Because B of A doesn't require proper documentation to open an account, what's to stop this Imam, one of his parishoners, or whomever (an undocumented worker? they're easy to find here in So Cal) to open an account at B of A. Even to further hide the paper trail, money deposited could even be wired into an account in Mexico (it can't be that difficult to open an account down there), and THEN have the money wired into yet a 3rd bank, maybe in the Cayman Islands or something. Either way, it sure seems like an easy method to finance terrorism. And our federal government is going after an internet business based somewhere in the UK, I believe, not to mention cutting us off from online gambling (except for appropriately state sponsored methods, like lottery and horse racing). Am I alone in thinking that our government's priorities are kinda, what's the word I'm looking for, oh yeah, FUCKED UP BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION?!?!?!?!

Monday, February 12, 2007

A partial solution...

So. In these days of UIGEA and Neteller, what is a boy to do who has gotten stuck and would really like to reload? Well, if you can find it, an All-Access prepaid Visa debit card purchased at your local Vons or Albertsons supermarket is just the answer. At least on PokerStars. It has to be All-Access and it has to be Visa, again, at least for Stars. Stars allows a min deposit via Visa of $10, and the preloaded cards I've seen came in $25, $50, and $100 increments. They also had blank cards that you could load up with whatever amount you wanted, but I figured that the prepaid ones were better...they hadn't been touched by my US-based bank at all, and should thus stand up to a reasonable level of scruitny. And the best part? It was just as fast as InstaCash. I haven't tried any other sites, but I might somewhere down the road. I've heard that Full-Tilt isn't processing credit card deposits from US players, but I don't know if that applies to these types of cards. I'll keep you posted. In the meanwhile, I'll see you out there.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Happy Hammer Day!!

2-7. Two simple digits, yet so much meaning. Check out Pauly over at Tao of Poker, for a post on teh history of teh Hammer, and its patron saint, St. Grubby, who can also be found here. Hoyazo is making a career out of playing the best hand in poker, and has named his totally ghey online diary in its honor. Finally, AlCantHang has a HammerDay tournament running tonight on Full Tilt. Buy-in? $7.20, of course.

May your bluffs hold up, and when they don't, may the flop be the anvil upon which you pound your opponents into submission with your mighty hammer. Hammer Day in Teh Year of Teh Hammer, does it get any better than this?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

To Slowplay, or Not To Slowplay...

Ok. This is heads up play, so things are a little different. Still, as much fun as it is to slow play a monster hand on a trap, it most definitely can come back and bite you in the ass. Victim with his Rockets in the SB elected to simply complete the blinds. As a result, my buddy Troll got a free pass with his powerhouse K2off. Teh results are here:

Yep. Dems Quads, Bitches! And to top it off, that hand won the game. Yes, slow playing can be a good trap and moneymaker, but if you really get greedy Karma can put a smackdown on you.

Regarding the general state of affairs, I’m in the process of trying to reload my accounts at PokerStars and Full Tilt. Next payday I’m going to buy a preloaded Visa (making sure it is issued by a non-US bank) and fund up my accounts. I have inquiries into both sites, wondering if they can do cashouts back to credit cards. I don’t see why they wouldn’t, particularly for a reloadable card. I know Hoy has had luck in using Gift2Go cards, and Troll found a few places here in San Diego (Rite Aid drugs in particular) that sell them. I’ve seen other such preloaded cards at both Ralphs and Vons grocery stores, but I haven’t had the time to really look them over. If I can get one of these to work, tho, I can reestablish my fonkalicious ways at all the fun brogger tournaments. Maybe I can even convince DAPGF that Vegas in the summer is teh shizzle, and that we should go. Oh look at that. I think the WPBT might be doing another gathering of lunacy. Hmmm.