Tuesday, December 09, 2008

It's time to get back in the groove

Way too long without posting. Way too long without playing. I will have updates as to what's been going on in the life of Hoff soon, but I am finally getting my life back into a steadier pattern which will allow much more regular opportunities to play and blog. And to kick off my early New Year's Resolution, I must confess the following:

Online Poker

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

The WBCOOP is an online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers.

Registration code: 773926

That's right! It's back! The PokerStars WBCOOP! One of the most fun freerolls out there, and I'm registered. See ya there!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Where does the time go?

I'm not sure when it got so hard to post. The new assignments at work keep me busy, and DAPGF seems to always have something to do when we get home. Not that there's anything wrong with that (wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean), but it does cut into the pokah and bloggah time. And the golf time, and the sleep time, and so on down the list.

So. I've actually had a bit of success recently at the tables, and doubled my bankroll. I've just been working on leaks in my game, trying not to get too loose later in the tournaments, and I have been getting lucky. Dumb calling station opponents certainly help. This was the first hand in a PLO/8 SNG that I wound up winning.

Dealt to iamhoff [9d 8h]
tikibars626: folds
Poker Own U: folds
Noid$614: folds
Bassinyou: calls 20
totem333: folds
12 oz m0use: folds
iamhoff: calls 20
WuTank: calls 10
d0r1t0s: checks
*** FLOP *** [8d 7s 4h]
WuTank: checks
d0r1t0s: checks
Bassinyou: checks
iamhoff: bets 40
WuTank: folds
d0r1t0s: folds
Bassinyou: calls 40
*** TURN *** [8d 7s 4h] [Td]
Bassinyou: bets 40
iamhoff: calls 40
*** RIVER *** [8d 7s 4h Td] [9c]
Bassinyou: bets 60
iamhoff: raises 140 to 200
Bassinyou: calls 140
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [9d 8h] (two pair, Nines and Eights)
Bassinyou: mucks hand
iamhoff collected 640 from pot

With blinds at only 10/20, 640 is a pretty nice pot to drag. And for the record, PLO is very much a "limp and see the flop" game. My opponent limped with Q9 off, so at the flop he had two overs (which is pretty much worthless in PLO), at the turn he had a gutshot, and at the river picked up 2nd pair, 3rd kicker. I guess he either thought I was bluffing, or figured that my river reraise was still small enough that it wasn't too much of a dent in his stack.

This one, the cards just fell my way.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Kh Qh]
d0r1t0s: folds
Poker Own U: folds
Noid$614: folds
Bassinyou: raises 450 to 600
12 oz m0use: folds
iamhoff: calls 525
WuTank: folds
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8s 8h]
iamhoff: bets 450
Bassinyou: raises 215 to 665 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 215
*** TURN *** [Kc 8s 8h] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [Kc 8s 8h 4c] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [Kh Qh] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
Bassinyou: shows [Td As] (a pair of Eights)
iamhoff collected 2680 from pot

And that's pretty much how that one went.

Here's a case where Presto really was gold:
That was an 18 player NLHE SNG, and I managed to win that one, too. It's not been all perfect, because despite the updates, online poker is still rigged, as evidenced by this:
and this:
As much as I love s00ted cards, T3 is not a hand I would normally play. I will, however, check my BB option, and did so. 57 s00ted is a hand that I'll limp if the pot is opened, but I would never open-limp with it. So imagine my chagrin after shoving on the river, to find a feather plucking str8 flush staring up at me from the next seat over.

Oh well, so it goes. The important thing is that I've actually made some progress on my b/r. Maybe I can actually build on that. See ya out there, peeps.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ups and Downs in the Land of Poker

Well peeps, we gots some good times and some bad times. A random sampling:

Here is one of many PokerStars patented river beat downs. Admittedly I shouldn't have played it quite the way I did, but I was ahead when the chips got all in. Unfortunately, the big blind villain hit the river button and tripped up his queens to crack my flopped two pair.
As I said, I shouldn't have been in the hand, but so it goes. I made up for it later. With the blinds at 600/1200, the pots get big quickly. I was able to take advantage of someone who raised with either AQ or QQ-TT and didn't like the K on the flop.

Dealt to iamhoff [As 8s]
littlee3812: folds
bigstackfats: folds
krupnugz: raises 2400 to 3600
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 3600
soarer1: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
chauncy: folds
*** FLOP *** [3s Kc 2h]
krupnugz: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** TURN *** [3s Kc 2h] [2s]
krupnugz: checks
iamhoff: bets 1200
krupnugz: folds
Uncalled bet (1200) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 9600 from pot
iamhoff: doesn't show hand

If you don't take a swing at some of these passive tables, you probably won't win. Granted I was sitting on 4 to a flush and my bet represented a possible set of ducks, but it wasn't too likely I would've continued that hand if he'd bet. So it goes. Ultimately, I took 6th in the SNG, so all was relatively well.

Another recent tourney was the $40k guarantee rebuy madness on PStars. I was really pleased with my play during this tourney, although I did get quite lucky with some quality suckouts, such as hands like this:

Dealt to iamhoff [3d 7d]
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: raises 100 to 150
littlee3812: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 150
marbeau: calls 150
Zwarte Gat: calls 125
Moxie77: calls 100
*** FLOP *** [Qd 8d 6d]
Zwarte Gat: bets 600
Moxie77: folds
armdplumber: folds
iamhoff: raises 430 to 1030 and is all-in
marbeau: calls 530 and is all-in
Zwarte Gat: calls 430
*** TURN *** [Qd 8d 6d] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [Qd 8d 6d 7c] [2h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Zwarte Gat: shows [7s Ad] (a pair of Sevens)
iamhoff: shows [3d 7d] (a flush, Queen high)
iamhoff collected 1000 from side pot
marbeau: shows [Js Qs] (a pair of Queens)
iamhoff collected 2340 from main pot

Like Daniel Negranu, I loves me some s000ted cards, especially ones that can connect. Another hand was this one.

Dealt to iamhoff [3d As]
iamhoff: calls 150
packpower04: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: raises 150 to 300
littlee3812: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 150
*** FLOP *** [Ad Ks 3c]
iamhoff: checks
armdplumber: bets 300
iamhoff: raises 300 to 600
armdplumber: calls 300
*** TURN *** [Ad Ks 3c] [5h]
iamhoff: bets 450
armdplumber: folds
Uncalled bet (450) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 2025 from pot

The table had shown a propensity to limp, so a hand that I might normally fold, like A3off, became a live hand. A min-raise preflop made me think that someone with a medium pocket pair wanted to make a play. An ace or a high pair would've generated a larger raise, so I figured my A3 had a decent shot. And a flop of AK3 rainbow hit my hand perfectly. The correct amount of aggression and I take down another 13BB. One that didn't quite go my way was this one.

Dealt to iamhoff [9h Th]
bigstackfats: calls 400
armdplumber: folds
xtigger44x: folds
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 400
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: checks
*** FLOP *** [7d 3s 9c]
Riches2Rages: bets 800
bigstackfats: calls 705 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 800
*** TURN *** [7d 3s 9c] [Qd]
Riches2Rages: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** RIVER *** [7d 3s 9c Qd] [Kc]
Riches2Rages: checks
iamhoff: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Riches2Rages: shows [Ts 3h] (a pair of Threes)
iamhoff: shows [9h Th] (a pair of Nines)
iamhoff collected 190 from side pot
bigstackfats: shows [Js Td] (a straight, Nine to King)
bigstackfats collected 3690 from main pot

Sometimes I like to limp on the button with ATC...could be aces, could be the hammer, could be 9Ts000ted. You never know. Flop comes down giving me TPMK (Top Pair, Meh Kicker). BB bets enough to put UTG all-in. UTG calls, as do I. BB picked up bottom pair, meh kicker and tried to steal on a rag flop. UTG called only with a gutshot. So all the money got in and I was ahead. I survived the turn, but that damn river button hit and filled UTGs str8. I took the side pot, but lost about half of my stack. But for some silly reason, the gods decided to make it up to me. Short stacked, I took an uns00ted Dead Man's Hand and shoved.

Dealt to iamhoff [Ac 8s]
xtigger44x: raises 2620 to 3020 and is all-in
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 695 and is all-in
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: folds
Uncalled bet (2325) returned to xtigger44x
*** FLOP *** [5d 7s 6c]
*** TURN *** [5d 7s 6c] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [5d 7s 6c Ad] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
xtigger44x: shows [Kh Qd] (high card Ace)
iamhoff: shows [Ac 8s] (a straight, Four to Eight)
iamhoff collected 2165 from pot

Boom! Back in business! Followed up a few hands later by this gem.

Dealt to iamhoff [3h 3c]
iamhoff: calls 400
packpower04: folds
Riches2Rages: folds
bigstackfats: folds
armdplumber: folds
xtigger44x: calls 200
OutOfTheRed: checks
*** FLOP *** [3d Td 9c]
xtigger44x: bets 1475 and is all-in
OutOfTheRed: folds
iamhoff: calls 1475
*** TURN *** [3d Td 9c] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [3d Td 9c 9d] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
xtigger44x: shows [7s Ts] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
iamhoff: shows [3h 3c] (a full house, Threes full of Nines)
iamhoff collected 4325 from pot

Who doesn't love boating up? And then there were aces. Five times out of 6 opportunities I had rockets hold up. This hand also happened to actually be a fairly large pot.

Dealt to iamhoff [As Ad]
littlee3812: folds
packpower04: raises 1070 to 1670 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 1670
soarer1: folds
cream14: calls 480 and is all-in
krupnugz: folds
bigstackfats: folds
skippy3481: calls 1070
*** FLOP *** [2h 3c Tc]
skippy3481: checks
iamhoff: bets 1200
skippy3481: calls 565 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (635) returned to iamhoff
*** TURN *** [2h 3c Tc] [5c]
*** RIVER *** [2h 3c Tc 5c] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
skippy3481: shows [Kc Qh] (high card King)
iamhoff: shows [As Ad] (a pair of Aces)
iamhoff collected 1130 from side pot-2
packpower04: shows [Qd Kd] (high card King)
skippy3481 is sitting out
iamhoff collected 3570 from side pot-1
cream14: shows [9s 9d] (a pair of Nines)
iamhoff collected 2620 from main pot

Unfortunately, my run wasn't meant to last. After having aces finally get cracked, and then 3 hands in a row of s00ted paint whiffing flops, I found myself down to less than a blind, in the SB. So I went for it.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [6c Ks]
Riches2Rages: folds
littlee3812: folds
bigstackfats: folds
OutOfTheRed: raises 2155 to 4155 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 700 and is all-in
soarer1: folds
Uncalled bet (2155) returned to OutOfTheRed
*** FLOP *** [9d 4c 6d]
*** TURN *** [9d 4c 6d] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [9d 4c 6d Td] [Ah]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
OutOfTheRed: shows [Kh Kc] (a pair of Kings)
OutOfTheRed collected 600 from side pot
iamhoff: shows [6c Ks] (a pair of Sixes)
OutOfTheRed collected 5700 from main pot

And IGH. Out of 3300 runners, I went out in 347th, which was ITM. I had only rebought once (for the initial double up) and did the add-on, so even though my prize wasn't huge, it covered my buy-in. All in all, not bad. I wish I could say the same for other tourneys, though. Rockets failed me at hand 17 here.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ad Ah]
Ernest Evans: folds
ranman402: folds
BJW1000: raises 45 to 75
wairarapa2: calls 75
hsoinc: folds
iamhoff: raises 225 to 300
linobill: folds
sirrich111: calls 285
TheNuts1169: folds
BJW1000: calls 225
wairarapa2: calls 225
*** FLOP *** [Ks 7h 4c]
sirrich111: checks
BJW1000: checks
wairarapa2: bets 600
iamhoff: raises 600 to 1200
sirrich111: calls 1200
BJW1000: folds
wairarapa2: calls 600
*** TURN *** [Ks 7h 4c] [4s]
sirrich111: checks
wairarapa2: checks
iamhoff: bets 1360 and is all-in
sirrich111: raises 130 to 1490 and is all-in
wairarapa2: calls 1215 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (130) returned to sirrich111
*** RIVER *** [Ks 7h 4c 4s] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
sirrich111: shows [7s 7d] (a full house, Sevens full of Fours)
iamhoff: shows [Ad Ah] (two pair, Aces and Fours)
sirrich111 collected 290 from side pot
wairarapa2: shows [Kc Qc] (two pair, Kings and Fours)
sirrich111 collected 8475 from main pot

So it's been a bunch of ups and downs. What else is new? Hopefully this week I'm going to get some live poker in at Pechanga. That is the one advantage of this assignment of mine...every time I go to the client's location, I pass right by Pechanga Casino....should be fun. See ya out there, peeps!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'd like to report a crime, and other assorted thoughts

So me and a group of degenerate friends (hell, they're all degenerates...that's why they're my friends!) went out to Viejas Casino to get some live poker on last night. And it just wasn't. my. night. It was insane how pathetic my evening was. The 1/2 and 1/3 NL games had heavy lists, so we signed up for 3/6 limit kill. My cards were generally junk...J-2 off, 4-7 s00ted, 9-T off 3 hands in a row, T-3 off, etc. And you know how when you fold rags like 7-3 and the flop comes down 3-7-3? Yeah, that wasn't even happening. I was just getting nowhere near the flops. One hand I admit that I should've gotten away from was about an hour in. I got dealt A-T spades in MP, and joined 2 other limpers. Both blinds were calling stations and came along. The flop came down K-J-x with two spades. So I've got a draw to Broadway, the nut flush draw, and a backdoor Royal draw. A round of betting and the turn brings an ace. Betting gets capped, and I could've gotten away from an obviously made straight, but TP and all my draws kept me in. River was a ten, giving me two pair. This is where I totally should've gotten away from it, but I couldn't. Fortunately the betting didn't get capped, and I lost to someone who was playing Q-T. Beyond that, I think my play was fairly solid. I just was getting unlucky. I lost set over set, I was outkicked on sets twice (my J-T vs J-Q and K-6 s00ted vs. A-6), had K-K cracked by the SB calling station's 2 pair with 9-5 off, and so on. Still, it was good to get out and play some live pokah.

I had to get the taste of last night out of my mouth, so while watching football (DAPGF was out to a movie with friends) I jumped into an 18 player SNG on Stars. Unlike last night, things did go my way. One series of 6 hands saw me get AA, AK, QQ, and AK again. All held up for decent pots. We got down to HU, with my having about a 9:1 chip advantage. And then the wheels started to fall off.

Seat 6: iamhoff (22868 in chips)
Seat 9: duncin mac (4132 in chips)
iamhoff: posts the ante 50
duncin mac: posts the ante 50
duncin mac: posts small blind 300
iamhoff: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Qd Qs]
duncin mac: raises 1200 to 1800
iamhoff: raises 3000 to 4800
duncin mac: calls 2282 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (718) returned to iamhoff
*** FLOP *** [4h 2h 9s]
*** TURN *** [4h 2h 9s] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [4h 2h 9s 3c] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [Qd Qs] (a pair of Queens)
duncin mac: shows [Jd Ad] (a pair of Aces)
duncin mac collected 8264 from pot

Yep. Rivered an ace. But I'm still in the chip lead. And then the very next hand.

Seat 6: iamhoff (18736 in chips)
Seat 9: duncin mac (8264 in chips)
iamhoff: posts the ante 50
duncin mac: posts the ante 50
iamhoff: posts small blind 300
duncin mac: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [8d Kd]
iamhoff: calls 300
duncin mac: raises 1200 to 1800
iamhoff: calls 1200
*** FLOP *** [6d 5s 2s]
duncin mac: bets 1200
iamhoff: calls 1200
*** TURN *** [6d 5s 2s] [Kc]
duncin mac: bets 5214 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 5214
*** RIVER *** [6d 5s 2s Kc] [9c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
duncin mac: shows [9s 9h] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff: shows [8d Kd] (a pair of Kings)
duncin mac collected 16528 from pot

Again, the river cracks my hand, and now I'm down about 3 to 1 in chips. But I wasn't going to be denied. I picked up some blinds and minor pots, and then this gem of a hand hit.

Seat 6: iamhoff (13322 in chips)
Seat 9: duncin mac (13678 in chips)
iamhoff: posts the ante 50
duncin mac: posts the ante 50
iamhoff: posts small blind 400
duncin mac: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [As 8s]
iamhoff: calls 400
duncin mac: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s 2h 5s]
duncin mac: bets 800
iamhoff: calls 800
*** TURN *** [4s 2h 5s] [9s]
duncin mac: bets 12028 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 11672 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (356) returned to duncin mac
*** RIVER *** [4s 2h 5s 9s] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
duncin mac: shows [4c 3s] (a pair of Fours)
iamhoff: shows [As 8s] (a flush, Ace high)
iamhoff collected 26644 from pot

Two hands later I closed it out, and victory was mine. Didn't quite win back enough to cover last night's losses, but the victory nonetheless felt good.

Ran some errands in the Jeep on Saturday, so I got to listen to some Sirius Hair Nation (don't have satellite in the BMW yet). Last five songs to come up on Hair Nation:

Britny Fox - Girl School
Great White - Lady Red Light
Dokken - Breaking the Chains
Ratt - You Think You're Tough
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger

While I was out running errands, I came across the Car of the Week. Due to the fact that we were actually in traffic, and the fact that Lamborghini's are somewhat speedy vehicles, even the older ones, I was only able to get one good shot of it.

You will be forgiven if you can't tell what this is. For the record, it is this. Lamborghini 400GT. Probably my favorite Lambo. Hell, I like 'em all, but this one just looks so sweet. In particular the gray metallic paint, Hallibrand wire wheels, and the original black and gold license plates. It looked absolutely pristine, and the V-12's exhaust wail raised the hair on the back of my arms...it may as well have been an opera, it sounded so incredible. I wish I'd been able to get more pictures, but as I stated, the combo of traffic plus speedy target was difficult to overcome. So here's a couple of photos off of the interwebs.

Absolutely effin' gorgeous, and with that the Lamborghini 400GT is our Car of the Week.

It is spider season here in San Diego. When I walk the doggie, she doesn't do nice things like staying on sidewalks and such. Nope, she walks along bushes, fences, and such, looking for bunnies, raccoons, possums and such. So I have to watch out for these:
I have no idea what type of spider this is, but this is the second one that I've seen that is this big. For the record, the body of this thing is almost as long as my thumb. I must say, it is somewhat unnerving to be walking along in the dark and come face to face with one of these.

Picked up Death Magnetic by Metallica. Absolutely awesome! Who the hell cares about St. Anger? This album stylistically seems to fit between ...And Justice For All and The Black Album, with some tones of Load. The tunes are great, the music is great, the lyrics are deep and dark. About the only problems I've noticed are related to Rick Rubin's production. There are some areas where the guitars are overdriven to the point of speaker distortion, regardless of volume. Distortion is fine, to a certain extent, but not to the point where it screws up the rest of the music. The other problem relates to drum production. The drum production on AJFA (think "One") is nice and deep, and the drum production on TBA ("Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters") and Load is tightened up but still full and deep. On Death Magnetic, the kick drum seems clipped, as though the lowest registers below 100 hz were zeroed out during the final mix and production. Some bands and songs sound ok that way, as though the instruments were tuned specifically for that range (think the drumming on Great White's Psycho City, specifically "Step on You"), but it sounds like the playing was meant to include it and it was clipped out during production. It's nothing major and it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the disc, but as both a Metallica fan and someone who is into the sonic experience of the music (metal, some modern country like Gretchen Wilson or Rascal Flatts, jazz fusion like The Rippingtons or Marc Antoine, acid/house like Zero7 and Massive Attack), I like my music to sound good pure. Existential, I know, but so it goes. Regardless of that, I give Death Magnetic a 4.5 out of 5 thrown goats. \m/

And while finishing up this post, the Chargers gave another one away in the last minutes, with some help from Ed Hochuli and the other stupid zebras. The Chargers didn't deserve to win until near the end, and Ed blew a play dead that would've been a fumble recovery by the Bolts. Instead it simply made it easier for the Broncos to score a touchdown in the last 30 seconds of the game. And then the Chargers who can't seem to stop the passing game gave up a go ahead 2 point conversion!?! What in the holy hell is this about?!? But the Bolts tried, and almost got half way down the field to try to set up a game winning field goal, but they just couldn't pull it off and lost their second game in a row, in the final seconds. It isn't looking good for the boys in blue.

So long, peeps, and I'll see ya out there.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Actual Poker Content! Plus Bonus Non Poker Content!

Why I live in San Diego: Saturday morning, approximately 10 a.m. I'm in the Pacific Ocean near Blacks Beach, waiting for the next wave. I duck under a wave, surface, and as I'm clearing water off my face I hear the unmistakable wail of a high performance car engine. I glance at the Coast Highway bridge that heads southbound from Del Mar up to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Traveling across the bridge is a procession of three Lamborghinis (looked like Gallardos), two Ferraris (a 360 Modena and an F430), an Aston Martin (probably a DB9), and an older Lotus Esprit. Absolutely beautiful, and they all obliged for the people on the beach by revving the engines so that we could hear the wailing. Total car porn, and I was lucky I was in chest-deep water, so as to hide the monster woodie I was now sporting.

Played a 9 player SNG on FT tonight. Had one sequence of hands that was absolutely sick. The first hand was this:
Pretty standard fare. All-in preflop, QQ vs TT. The only really unusual thing here is that my bitches held up. Who knew? That's one I knocked out.

The second hand was kind of funn-ay. After the last hand, I was the big stack. So when it folded around to me in the cutoff, I look down and find AT s000ted. So I pop a 4x raise. The BB shoved on me. I figured him for a tilt-steal, after watching me take out a player just the hand before, plus a call only cost me another 1000 out of my 5k stack. So I called and groaned when BB flipped over rockets. "C'mon, let's see some diamonds!" And here's how the flop looked:
Sick! Flopping the nuts and just knowing how my table mates must be both hating me and fearing me. A second player knocked out by yours truly.

The third hand was even crazier. A leak in my game is I sometimes loosen up too much when I get a big stack, and play hands I really have no business playing. So I look down and find K5 s000ted. Before the deal I thought about just mucking whatever cards I got, because I figured after those last two hands people would either fold to me or come at me with guns blazing. But UTG and UTG+1 both limped, so I felt completely compelled to join the lemurs and limp. The button decides to make Baby Jebus cry and min-raises. There was no SB because I knocked him out, but all limpers called. The flop came down 3 6 5. I figure there's no way it hit anybody, and it checks around to me. I fire out a 3/4 pot-sized raise with my 2nd pair 2nd kicker. Button raises me 3x my bet. Something about it smells like unpaired paint, so I reraise to put him all in. He calls and here's what happened:
I was right! And my simple pair of 5s would've held up, but the dealer saw fit to make sure I was covered by giving me 2 pair. And the third player is gone.

Sadly, though, I didn't win. HU with the lead, I ran KJ into KQ, and then AQ into AK. End result, second place. Some cash is better than nothing, I suppose.

Last 5 songs heard at the gym on the mp3 player:

Babylon A.D. - Hammer Swings Down
Scorpions - Big City Nights (off of World Wide Live, of course)
High Voltage - AC/DC
High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night) - Def Leppard
Blackened - Metallica

Have I mentioned how much I love my gym? Who doesn't love a gym that is the closest "big" gym to a college campus. Oddly enough, not many college dudes come by, some, but not many. The co-eds on the other hand, sweet jumping Jesus they are freaking hot! Crazy stuff.

DAPGF is teaching, dog is sleeping, You Can't Stop Rock and Roll by Twisted Sister just finished and Eat the Rich by Krokus just shuffled on, and I've got a Captain & Coke sitting on the desk. Life ain't too bad, right now. Guess I'll test my luck and find a SNG to jump into. Good luck out there, peeps!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

And some things never change...

Well, still busy at the new work assignment, and still busy trying to keep the new commuter box running and hopefully get it smogged and registered. So last weekend, it up and dies in the middle of traffic. I've got 3/4 of a tank of gas, it's cranking over but not catching, WTF? Fortunately two guys pulled up behind me and ran interference so that we could push it out of the fast lane of traffic. While waiting for AAA to come pick me up, I start wondering what the problem could be. Fuel pump or fuel filter, perhaps? Half hour later at the mechanic, we have a winner! The fuel pump! Of course the one thing that is practically completely unrelated to any of the other issues (ABS/traction control, Airbag Control Module, Emissions Control system) that are still unresolved. Nope, just another $550 to fix an eminently "normal" wear and tear item on an 11 year old car. Just a big fat pile of meh. And to top it all off, the weekend before I'd gotten the car band-aided together by the mechanic in Chula Vista that I bought it from, and went to the smog shop. They checked it out (2nd time, mind you), and determined that the Secondary Air Pump (a potentially $400 to $800 repair, depending on who you talk to) wasn't showing up as "ready" on the smog computer. That mechanic gave me the number for the California Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Referee (swear to God, that's the official title of them). Apparently, they can officially bypass a non-critical sensor (which this supposedly is) and take the smog readings that way. The only problem is that the State of California doesn't currently have a budget in place. And with a judge staying The Governator's executive order cutting the pay of state employees, they've done the next best thing and furloughed nonessential employees. And what do you know about that...it includes my featherplucking smog referees! So I can't even schedule an appointment with them until the Legislature and the Governator agree on a budget. Which is really frustrating because the car seems to run fine (with the new fuel pump, natch), and gets between 26 and 30 mpg on my trip up to Riverside, depending on how much I put my foot into it. At this rate, it may wind up being easier to just fix the air pump and be done with it. We shall see...

At least this past Saturday was enjoyable. Went out to Cal State San Marcos for the 12th Annual Stone Brewing Invitational Beer Festival. Outrageously good time. Excellent beer, great food, scaldingly hot girls, what's not to love? And no, DAPGF wasn't there, hence the enjoyment of the visually appealing female attendees. Relax, nothing untoward happened...it was just that certain aspects of the scenery were exceptionally enjoyable to view. In the interests of not being labeled a stalker, I didn't take any pics of the scenery. However, here are a few random shots of the event:

Made it to the gym tonight. Another casualty of all this work and car drama is I've barely gotten to the gym 5 or 6 times since the beginning of July. And as a result of that, I've packed on 10 pounds that I'd so recently gotten rid of! Damn you job! And damn you car! And damn you smog referees! I also haven't even been to the driving range in like 3 or 4 months. Maybe the bad habits in my swing will have been forgotten and I can relearn how to play properly! Who knows? In any respect, I'd recharged and reloaded the MP3 player, and really came across a broad mix of stuff to listen to while picking up heavy shit and putting it back down. The last five songs I heard at the gym tonight:

Disturbed - A Welcome Burden
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
The Alarm - The Road
REO Speedwagon - Riding The Storm Out
Toad the Wet Sprocket - So Alive

I used to listen to a bunch of the classic rock and alternative stuff when I rode the train, so I shuffled some of it into the mix for something different.

Poker. I managed to play in several SNGs and a couple of MTTs on Stars tonight. Boy did I get my ass handed to me. The brain just wasn't in it, and I made several stupid moves. That being said, this hand is pretty indicative of how my night went:

Dealt to iamhoff [5s Ac]
w.t. spartan: raises 400 to 600
iamhoff: calls 420 and is all-in
vetstud: folds
berserk37: folds
fioreB: folds
Brueske1: folds
red99971: folds
Uncalled bet (180) returned to w.t. spartan
*** FLOP *** [8h 3d 8d]
*** TURN *** [8h 3d 8d] [2h]
*** RIVER *** [8h 3d 8d 2h] [8s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
w.t. spartan: shows [Ah 3s] (a full house, Eights full of Threes)
iamhoff: shows [5s Ac] (three of a kind, Eights)
w.t. spartan collected 1140 from pot

Hell, I was in one of the $4.40 180s and wound up with these stats:

You finished in 82nd place (eliminated at hand #19750068756).

33 hands played and saw flop:
- 0 times out of 4 while in small blind (0%)
- 1 times out of 4 while in big blind (25%)
- 7 times out of 25 in other positions (28%)
- a total of 8 times out of 33 (24%)

Pots won at showdown - 0 out of 1 (0%)
Pots won without showdown - 0

24% is at the high end of average for percentage of flops seen, but I don't think it was outrageous, and I wasn't playing pure pot odds and calling with a 92off just because there were 6 limpers in front of me. It was simply a baaaad night on the tables.

Car issues notwithstanding, I seem to be getting a handle on the work thing, so hopefully I can get back into a steady blogging routine (hell, Twitter is saving my ass in that respect), and find my groove on the felt. See ya out there! If you can't make it, then you should really check out the best online poker games on the net. You can play all your favourite games at this top casino online. They have the best odds, and everything from slots and bingo to plenty of information about roulette and blackjack strategy.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

July has kinda been teh suck

Pretty much an entire month spent searching for a decent beater car to commute in. All my spare time on teh interwebs was spent on Autotrader.com and Craigslist, and time that would've gone for such things as golf, gym, or buying groceries. Certainly there's been very little time on the digital felt. Finally I thought I'd found one, in a 1997 BMW 328i. Salvage title, but it was straight and ran smooth. It had its scars and problems, but it was loaded, only showed 81k on the odometer, and the airbags were still in it. And because of the salvage title, the price was phenomenally low. As it turns out, one of the critical things that needs fixing is preventing me from getting the car smogged and registered here in Cali. I've spent days visiting several garages and repair shops who admittedly work with the guy who sold me the car and have cut me good deals to do work on it. Finally, after spending 5 hours standing in the sun at a wrecking yard in Chula Vista on Tuesday (and not feeling the earthquake because I was too far south), the check engine light was out and (supposedly) the vacuum leak was fixed. It was the end of the day, so I couldn't get over to the guy who I was referred to for smog, and Wednesday I was up in Riverside County, and I'd already made an appointment to get the Jeep in for an oil change and brakes on Thursday. So Friday it would be. Except for when I left work Thursday afternoon, the damn check engine light was on again! I pulled over and lifted the hood. I did check and sure enough, the engine was there. But the light remains. So Friday morning (probably 8 hours from now, which is currently 12:23 a.m.) I'll go back to the yard in Chula Vista to see if they can band-aid my car together enough to pass smog. If they do and there's enough time in the day, I'm going straight to the smog shop to get it smogged. Once that's done, registration and plates are mine! Then I'll probably sell the damn thing. We shall see...

Thursday evening, for a change of pace, DAPGF went out for drinks with a friend, so Hoff had some time for the poker machine. I managed to play 3 sngs, the first of which was one of those "Super Turbos" that are on Full Tilt, in which I managed to place second. That was the end of my luck, because the next one, an 18 player SNG had this result:

Yeah, it's always fun to get your aces cracked. Aaaaaannnnd Hoff is sent to the rail. So SNG #3. Maybe this time will give me a shot.

Yeah, it's always fun to flip the carsd over and realize that you've got your opponent dominated. And then they catch a 2 outer on the turn to really screw you in the ass.

I'm tired and I'm going to bed. See ya out there!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Assorted Stuff

Well, the new gig at work is keeping me teh busy. No more cushy train ride for me...now it's a 130 mile round trip drive in the gas pig Jeep! Boooo! No train service near the new client, so Hoff is SOL. I've spent the past week and nearly the entire weekend looking at older Accords, Camrys, Eclipses, Preludes, Integras, etc., hoping to find a not too expensive beater that will get me 25-30 mpg that I can drive the wheels off of. So far, no such luck. I know the cars I'm looking at are old and high mileage, but I've owned old and high mileage before...doesn't anybody know how to take care of their cars these days? This week will be more looking, and hopefully purchasing. The Jeep's fuel economy is bad enough, but this is absolutely going to destroy the mileage cap of my lease if I don't do something. Sigh. Anybody out there own a nice 5 speed mid-90s Honda Accord they want to part with? Shoot me an email at iamhoff at the gmail dot commie.

Poker. Due to the aforementioned automotive issues and job issues, it's been a while since I jumped onto the tables. So with DAPGF out with friends tonight and with it too late to call people about their crappy cars on Craigslist and Auto Trader, I decided to jump into some micro-limit ring on FT. Just a little .05/.10 to scratch the itch. I do a min buy-in of $4, and sit down at UTG+1. I thought about waiting until I hit the BB, but I wanted to play, so I posted my BB. And the first hand goes like this:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [9d 7h]
dredayp5 raises to $0.20
iamhoff calls $0.10
georgiarealtor folds
poeticinterlude folds
MagBoy TNT calls $0.20
chadd17 folds
mpingel1981 folds
conanav calls $0.10
*** FLOP *** [7s 9c Qd]
conanav checks
dredayp5 bets $0.85
iamhoff raises to $3.10
MagBoy TNT calls $1.90, and is all in
conanav folds
dredayp5 raises to $14.65, and is all in
iamhoff calls $0.70, and is all in
dredayp5 shows [Jh Js]
iamhoff shows [9d 7h]
MagBoy TNT shows [Jd Qs]
Uncalled bet of $10.85 returned to dredayp5
*** TURN *** [7s 9c Qd] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [7s 9c Qd 4h] [Kc]
dredayp5 shows a pair of Jacks
iamhoff shows two pair, Nines and Sevens
iamhoff wins the side pot ($3.45) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
MagBoy TNT shows a pair of Queens
iamhoff wins the main pot ($5.90) with two pair, Nines and Sevens

Well hot-freaking-damn! That's the way to start a session. I only hung around for a few hands, saw a couple of flops that went nowhere, and ultimately subscribed to the Pauly rule of "hit it and quit it". And I left with my slightly better than double up inside of 3 minutes. Fun is where you find it, peeps.

Went and saw the movie Hancock on Friday. I wasn't sure what to expect given the deviation from Will Smith's usual good-guy 4th of July fare (see Independence Day, Men in Black, etc.), but I was surprisingly pleased. He's a great actor, and to see him playing what likely amounts to a superhero version of Alcanthang (in reality, we all know that Al is a hero unlike any other...SoCo Man!!!) was actually pretty damn funn-ay! And as a bonus, we got out of the flick just in time to drive up to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla (just a short way from Casa de Hoff) where we had nearly a 360 degree view of San Diego, and the finales of 4 or 5 different fireworks shows. Good stuff.

As a slight change of pace, instead of the last 5 songs I heard at the gym this morning, let's go with the first 5 songs...which ones served to pump me up. I added a bunch of tracks to the mp3 player, so I manually created a playlist, started with one particular song, and shuffled the rest. I was not disappointed.

Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
Pantera - Mouth For War
Testament - Electric Crown
The Vines - Ride

FWIW, the next 5 were equally motivating:

Megadeth - High Speed Dirt
Iron Maiden - Invaders
Iced Earth - Declaration Day
W.A.S.P. - Blind in Texas
Babylon A.D. - Hammer Swings Down

Only made it to the beach once over the weekend (looking at cars most of the time), and the waves kinda sucked. Still, I was at the beach enjoying the San Diego weather (and massively attractive scenery, and yes, that's one of the lifeguards!)

and lots of other people weren't. Life ain't too bad, I suppose. Stay classy, peeps!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Random Thoughts From a Busy Week and Weekend

Got no poker playing in last week. Z-E-R-O. So it was a good time for the bankroll. The main culprits? Work, Dad, and DAPGF.

Work is really in a weird state of flux. My assignment in Santa Ana came to an end on Friday. This is good for two reasons. One, I no longer have to go to Santa Ana. Two, I'm no longer bound by the inflexibility of the train. Three reasons why this is bad. One, I actually enjoyed riding on the train. I made some good friends, I could nap or read a book (or even, God forbid, work), and Amtrak serves liquor, including Arrogant Bastard Ale! Two, the work was super easy. And three, now I have to drive out to the Lake Elsinore area of Riverside County! At 14.5 mpg in my gas pig Jeep. I do get reimbursed for mileage, but the Jeep is a lease and I fully expect to rack up somewhere between $2500 and $5000 in mileage overcharges over the remaining 9 months of the lease. The reason I'm not sure what the mileage charge is going to be is my boss still hasn't told me definitively how much I'll be out there. We've known about this project and client for the past month, and I still have no idea what the schedule is. As of Friday around 10 a.m., I was scheduled to be up there by noon on Monday (I have a meeting with another client here in San Diego first). I got an email at 5:03 pm on Friday from my boss, saying "
I think we are free on Monday. I'll call over the weekend to coordinate." What the hell does that mean? And then beyond that, I don't know if I'm there one day per week or five days per week. Last week my boss said that at least for the first month it would just be the two of us handling this project. Which implies that I'm there 5 days per week. So long story short, I spent a bunch of time closing out one project, prepping for the new project, and in an effort to minimize fuel and mileage costs, me and DAPGF spent a bunch of time over the weekend looking for a beater car (early 90s Honda Accord, etc.) that will get 25-30 mpg and I can drive the wheels off of. Of course I couldn't find something to make a deal on, so I get to keep wasting time looking for a commuter box. Meh. Dad is also in a state of flux. As most of you know, my mom passed away a little over a year ago from cancer. What that has meant for my Dad (among many obvious things) is that he has felt that the house that my family has lived in for the past 19 years was both too big and too expensive for a single retired person. So he's been trying to sell it for the past few months. And at the beginning of June he accepted an offer on it. So we then went thru the drama of figuring out what his plans were. Stay in San Diego? Move someplace else where there's mountain streams to fish in? He wants to do the fishing thing, and he wants to move someplace cheaper than California, San Diego in particular. The Carson Valley area of Nevada seems to be a leading choice. But there are still a few variables in the mix, so he decided to rent a place in San Diego for a year, to give him time to figure things out. So we had to find a place. Then came this past week. First we had to help him pack stuff up. Then we had to help him move his stuff (he did have movers for the big stuff). Then we had to help him unpack. And by "we" I mean me (and DAPGF). He's in a very nice condo, about 2 miles from the house, so we'll see what happens. Finally DAPGF. She was actually the least impactful in one way, but hugely impactful to my poker time in another. There was only one issue, but it was time critical. DAPGF teaches one night a week at a local technical college. That is a night that I typically play some poker. I went off to work on Tuesday, all set to go to the gym after work to pick up heavy shit and put it back down, and then play me some poker. And I get a call while I'm on the train from DAPGF. It seems she had her schedule mixed up, and the summer session didn't start for another 2 weeks. So she wasn't going to teach, so we were going to have dinner, and I wasn't going to get to play poker. Uber-meh. Quite the week. Hopefully I can get a work schedule locked up, and then figure out what to do for a car. Then I might actually find the time to jump on the digital tables and sling some chips around. We'll see. For a change of pace on Friday, I shuffled up some Southern Rock on the mp3 player. The last five songs to come up on my way home for the last time from Santa Ana: ZZ Top - I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide Great White - Step On You .38 Special - Wild Eyed Southern Boys Eagles - In The City (Live) Jackson Browne - Running On Empty

Friday, DAPGF got us tickets to see Bonfire, an "early AC/DC tribute band" play at the House of Blues. As you might expect, there are several such bands named Bonfire, and this one is apparently out of LA. They actually freaking rocked! They totally looked and dressed the parts, but the best thing out of all of it was that the guy who was supposed to be Angus Young actually looked kind of like Gavin Smith! You be the judge:

Who knew?

On Saturday, we went and saw the movie, Wanted. Freaking awesome! Killer action sequences, lots of death and violence, and Angelina Jolie's naked ass! That's all you need to know. And with that, it's time for bed.

See you out there, peeps.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hey! Real Poker Content! And Bonus Non-Poker Content!

DAPGF went to Vegas without me! Something's wrong about that situation, if you ask me. Actually, she left on Thursday and went to some conference or something. So the next best thing (at least given gas prices here in San Diego...$4.79/gal?!?) was to fire up the poker machine and see what might happen. I dinked around in a couple of freerolls on Tilt...a $75 token frenzy I lasted to 48th but only the top 6 payed, and the daily Razz freeroll. I actually did ok on the Razz, but once the blinds got up to (I think) 400/800, I got dealt (A2)3. I completed the bring-in and got raised and reraised. Well, I'm not going to give up A23, so I called. Then I got a 7, another round of capped betting, and then a 9 plus the betting. I wound up doing no better than A2379, and bled off almost half of my stack. Very next hand I get (45)2. I just called the bring-in, but the betting still got capped. I caught an ace on 4th Street, so I led out. Again, betting got capped. Then I caught a 5. It paired my hole card, but I figured with A25 showing maybe I could scare somebody. Nope. Then I paired my Ace. My only hope is the river, but I bricked with a K, and dropped from 17th out of 1300 down to somewhere in the 1200s. 3 hands later I get dealt (A6)5 and reraised until I was all in. No luck, and I went out in something like 1251st.

While doing that, I caught a 10 FPP $500 tourney on Stars. I was actually doing rather well in that. 3300 runners, top 648 paid. I was doing so well that I actually caught the hammer in the BB, and rivered 2 pair to take down a small pot. Another hand was this one:

Dealt to iamhoff [9h Kd]
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: calls 150
TVDad: calls 150
bthomas59: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
iamhoff: calls 75 (2 limpers ahead of me, I'll call a K9off from the SB)
Zoppo: checks
*** FLOP *** [9d 6s Ks] (Booooom!!)
iamhoff: bets 150 (just a min-bet to see where I am)
Zoppo: calls 150
yeltrah22: folds
TVDad: calls 150
*** TURN *** [9d 6s Ks] [3d]
iamhoff: bets 450 (pretend C-bet of just under half the pot, represent a weak K, which I sort of have)
Zoppo: folds
TVDad: calls 450
*** RIVER *** [9d 6s Ks 3d] [9c] (cha-ching!)
iamhoff: bets 750 (I was actually trying to bet enough to put him all in, but I had 3 tourneys going and the bet timers were beeping on all of them, fortunately he just decided to shove)
TVDad: raises 75 to 825 and is all-in
iamhoff: calls 75
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TVDad: shows [9s As] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff: shows [9h Kd] (a full house, Nines full of Kings)
iamhoff collected 3600 from pot (ship it, beeyotch!)

Then I had to see if JJ really was OK. Turns out it was.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Jh Js]
midnightluv8 is connected
iamhoff: raises 1200 to 1600
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: folds
Ede2001: folds
bthomas59: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
Uncalled bet (1200) returned to iamhoff
iamhoff collected 1200 from pot

Then the wheels started to fall off:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Tc Qd]
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: folds
Ede2001: folds
bthomas59: raises 355 to 755 and is all-in
Prunejuice13: folds
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: folds
iamhoff: calls 555 (from the SB, with my stack, how can I not call this)
midnightluv8: calls 355
*** FLOP *** [Qs Ts 4d] (Booom!!)
iamhoff: bets 1600 (2/3 of the pot to start the sidepot seemed sufficient)
midnightluv8: calls 1600
*** TURN *** [Qs Ts 4d] [5h]
iamhoff: bets 2400 (time to put him all in or make him fold)
midnightluv8: calls 1785 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (615) returned to iamhoff
*** RIVER *** [Qs Ts 4d 5h] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [Tc Qd] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
midnightluv8: shows [9s Jc] (a straight, Nine to King) (and he chases his OESD and catches one of his outs on the river. Didn't I hear that online poker is rigged? I must have read it on the internet or something)
midnightluv8 collected 6770 from side pot
bthomas59: shows [9h 8h] (high card King)
midnightluv8 collected 2490 from main pot

Then I got sucked in by a really good slowplay:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Qc As]
webmoosh: folds
TL_TUCKER: calls 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (the last two hands I watched him limp AJs and ATs, so I figured I'd limp along and see if I connected to the flop first, which was my first mistake)
midnightluv8: folds
rolled up22: folds
yeltrah22: calls 600
Ede2001: folds
5feet: folds
Prunejuice13: checks
*** FLOP *** [Ah Kd 4h]
Prunejuice13: checks
TL_TUCKER: bets 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (Ok. On his last hand, when he hit the flop, he min-bet, so I put him on a medium ace, but not AK...even for him I'd expect more preflop)
yeltrah22: folds
Prunejuice13: folds
*** TURN *** [Ah Kd 4h] [Kc]
TL_TUCKER: bets 600
iamhoff: calls 600 (another min-bet, he must be on a weak ace and worried about his kicker, or he's on a draw to Broadway or hearts...didn't even give him credit for a K)
*** RIVER *** [Ah Kd 4h Kc] [8c]
TL_TUCKER: bets 3000
iamhoff: calls 3000 (Noooooo! He didn't have the K, dammit! Did he? Crying call time)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TL_TUCKER: shows [Kh Jd] (three of a kind, Kings)
iamhoff: mucks hand (and that's how you slowplay, or in my case, how you get greedy and try to suck up more chips than your hand is worth)

The very next hand I'm down to 2 and a half BBs and I'm UTG. I look down to see a s0000ted Tourist (A7), so I figure I may as well take my chances and shove. I got called by two runners. I flopped a 7 to keep me ahead of the dude playing A8off, but the other villain was playing Cowboys, and IGH in 777th, a little outside the money. Not the finish I was hoping for, but not a bad showing.

I went to the gym on Monday. My gym is located in the University Towne Centre area of La Jolla, an area very full of itself as evidenced by the "e" at the end of both Town and Center. So it's a bucks up area. It's also the closest major gym to UC San Diego. So I see the rich, cougar housewives and the sorority co-eds, with a typical ratio of 65 to 35, hot to not so much. Monday, though, I'm not sure what happened. Easily 95 percent scaldingly hot beautiful babies in there, sweating away. I'm not sure how I didn't drop the bench press bar on my neck or fall off the elliptical trainer. I really (no, really!) needed a cold shower when I got home. There's normally plenty of "Hotts", but it was like there was a convention in town or something.

Last 5 tunes to shuffle up at the gym:

Armored Saint - Can U Deliver
Testament - Electric Chair
Cinderella - Somebody Save Me
Disturbed - 10,000 Fists
Metallica - Frayed Ends of Sanity

Last 5 tunes to shuffle up on the train ride home today:

Aquabats - Super Rad!
Extreme - Do You Wanna Play?
Simple Plan - I'd Do Anything
Buck O' Nine - My Town
Sprung Monkey - Get 'Em Outta Here

Enjoy the weekend, peeps! It's hot here, so I'm at the beach! Bring on the waves!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Holy Crap! Actual Poker Content!

Yeah, it's been a while since my last post. I guess I've been too busy playing poker to actually post about poker. Wish I could say I've got some good results to show for it, but hey! Poker time is poker time.

One thing I started doing is a new button strategy. If there is at least one limper in front of me and I'm on the button, I go into ATC mode. Being on the button, nobody has any idea what I've got or whether I hit the flop or not. I'll even call some semi-decent raises, depending on the stack, the cards, and the pot odds. And in the first tournament I tried it in, it worked fairly well.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1630 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1450 in chips)
Seat 3: schaoier (1380 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (3800 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (2000 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (1480 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (580 in chips)
Seat 9: foldingtom69 (1180 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 10
foldingtom69: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [7d Tc]
Silverfist: folds
MaXeEm0e: folds
schaoier: calls 20
1LBS: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 20
iamhoff: calls 20 (20 into a pot of 70, why not)
allornuttn: calls 10
foldingtom69: checks
*** FLOP *** [4s Jd 9s]
allornuttn: checks
foldingtom69: bets 40
schaoier: calls 40
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 40 to 80
iamhoff: calls 80 (with my flopped gutshot, I figured I'd call the typical min-bet. Even if the limpers fold, I'm still getting 3 to 1 on my money)
allornuttn: folds
foldingtom69: calls 40
schaoier: folds
*** TURN *** [4s Jd 9s] [3c]
foldingtom69: checks
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 200
iamhoff: calls 200 (seeing that I was sticking around, his c-bet of not quite 2/3 the pot smelled weak)
foldingtom69: folds
*** RIVER *** [4s Jd 9s 3c] [8h] (boooooom!!)
DEEZNUTZ324: bets 220
iamhoff: raises 460 to 680 (with a str8 on the board, I wanted to bet enough that he'd still feel compelled to call, so a raise to 3x his bet seemed reasonable)
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 460
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [7d Tc] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
DEEZNUTZ324: mucks hand (he mucked KdJc for TP2k and no connection to the spade draw. I thought he smelled weak)
iamhoff collected 2140 from pot

A couple of orbits later, I got to see how button limping can not only hide a junk flop monster, but can also camouflage a strong hand that catches the flop across the face.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Silverfist (1110 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (1950 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (5875 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1740 in chips)
Seat 6: DEEZNUTZ324 (385 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2835 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2320 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 15
Silverfist: posts big blind 30
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [9d 9c]
MaXeEm0e: calls 30
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: folds
DEEZNUTZ324: calls 30
iamhoff: calls 30 (2 limpers, perfect. Bring on Helmuth! I got your cards, bitch!)
pompano954 is connected
allornuttn: calls 15
Silverfist: checks
*** FLOP *** [Ts 7h 9h] (Booooom!!)
allornuttn: bets 90
Silverfist: calls 90
MaXeEm0e: calls 90
DEEZNUTZ324: raises 265 to 355 and is all-in
iamhoff: raises 2450 to 2805 and is all-in (well, I didn't get him last time, I guess I get to now! There is a str8 draw out there, so let's see if we can isolate)
allornuttn: folds
Silverfist: calls 990 and is all-in
MaXeEm0e: folds
Uncalled bet (1725) returned to iamhoff
*** TURN *** [Ts 7h 9h] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 7h 9h 2s] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Silverfist: shows [2c 8h] (a pair of Deuces) (went for the gutshot str8 and backdoor frush, too bad. Ship it, bitch!)
iamhoff: shows [9d 9c] (three of a kind, Nines)
iamhoff collected 1450 from side pot
DEEZNUTZ324: shows [Td Qh] (a pair of Tens) (TPDK, backdoor frush, yeah, I'll take your chips too!)
iamhoff collected 1395 from main pot

The nice thing about micro-limit is, because not many people really understand it at this level, there's a lot of limpers. With this hand, I knew I could lead out limping and face minimal possibility of a reraise.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2830 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6275 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1690 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2455 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (3220 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2200 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (2910 in chips)
ace 2478: posts small blind 25
Takeemout56: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [6s 4s]
iamhoff: calls 50 (s00ted 1 gappers, why not? Limp here and fold to a decent reraise)
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 50
MaXeEm0e: folds
1LBS: folds
ace 2478: calls 25
Takeemout56: checks
*** FLOP *** [Td 7c Qs] (ok, backdoor str8 draw. I'll fold to anything decent)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: checks
pompano954: checks
*** TURN *** [Td 7c Qs] [5c] (or I'll just take the free card and give myself an OESD)
ace 2478: checks
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 50 (let's see who still has something, and are they willing to try and take it down now.)OO
pompano954: calls 50
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: calls 50
*** RIVER *** [Td 7c Qs 5c] [3h] (Booooom!!)
Takeemout56: checks
iamhoff: bets 200 (a little more than 2/3 the pot should be enough to keep anyone playing QJ, QT, or JT hanging around)
pompano954: calls 200
Takeemout56: folds
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [6s 4s] (a straight, Three to Seven) (ur chipz. I wantz dem)
pompano954: mucks hand (mucked As 5s for the flopped backdoor frush and a turned pair of 5s.)
iamhoff collected 750 from pot

But not all was good for your hero.

Table '90672877 3' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: couriermike (1865 in chips)
Seat 2: MaXeEm0e (2430 in chips)
Seat 3: f1ferrari02 (5805 in chips)
Seat 4: 1LBS (6325 in chips)
Seat 5: ace 2478 (1290 in chips)
Seat 6: Takeemout56 (2970 in chips)
Seat 7: iamhoff (2570 in chips)
Seat 8: allornuttn (2375 in chips)
Seat 9: pompano954 (3720 in chips)
allornuttn: posts small blind 50
pompano954: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5s 5h] (is Presto gold?)
couriermike: folds
iamhoff said, "vn"
MaXeEm0e: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
Takeemout56 said, "tx GF"
1LBS: calls 100
ace 2478: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: calls 100 (a limper and Presto...how can I not call?)
allornuttn: calls 50
pompano954: checks
*** FLOP *** [8c 6h 3d]
iamhoff said, "K9"
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: calls 200
1LBS: folds
iamhoff: calls 200 (these pot odds and a backdoor str8 draw, sure I'll call. Besides, I read somewhere that Presto is gold)
*** TURN *** [8c 6h 3d] [Qd]
allornuttn: bets 200
pompano954: raises 200 to 400
iamhoff: calls 400 (not really feeling the love, but I gotta trust Fuel)
allornuttn: folds
*** RIVER *** [8c 6h 3d Qd] [6s]
pompano954: checks
iamhoff: checks (I could've tried to sell the set of 6s, but the last hand I folded TPDK to a shove which probably looked like I was bluffing the pot...let's hope he was on a diamond draw)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
pompano954: shows [Qc 8h] (two pair, Queens and Eights)
iamhoff: mucks hand
pompano954 collected 2000 from pot

Sometimes you get lucky and catch a Big Blind Special

iamhoff: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [5c 7d]
allornuttn: folds
pompano954: calls 150
couriermike: folds
f1ferrari02: folds
1LBS: folds
Takeemout56: folds
iamhoff: checks
*** FLOP *** [5d 2h 4d]
iamhoff: bets 520 and is all-in (after finding out that Presto isn't gold for me, I'm shortstacked and figure TP is worth a shove)
pompano954: calls 520
*** TURN *** [5d 2h 4d] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [5d 2h 4d 8d] [6d] (no better time for a str8 frush then when all the chips is in the middle)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
iamhoff: shows [5c 7d] (a straight flush, Four to Eight)
pompano954: shows [6c 6h] (three of a kind, Sixes)
iamhoff collected 1415 from pot

Unfortunately it didn't end well. After chasing 2 frushes that flopped 4 to da frush but never materialized, and going thru 2 orbits of blinds, I woke up to 99 in the SB and shoved. I was in the lead against BB's A8o, until the turn brought an ace, and IGH in 17th place out of 45. Not as good as I'd hoped for, but I was generally pleased with my play. And it was only $1.20, so it's not a major deal.

Hope all is well out there, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. You know who you are. And my sincerest apologies to anyone I forgot to link...enjoy the day.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Stuff and more stuff

The windows in my office in Santa Ana face out to an intersection on a fairly major street. Accidents and near misses are common, and somewhat entertaining. But as I was preparing to leave today, I got quite a show. I'm logging some work into the computer, with my back to the window, when I hear the "chirp" siren that a cop will use when he's pulling someone over. I looked out the window and directly in front of me, maybe 10 feet away, a Santa Ana police officer is getting out of his cruiser with his hand near his weapon. As he walks to the driver's door of the ratty, mid-90s Honda Civic he pulled over, his partner is hanging back behind the Civic and another cruiser came tearing up. As the other officers pull up, all of a sudden the first cop takes two steps back and pulls his gun. His partner comes around to the passenger side with his gun drawn. The other two draw their weapons and the first cop pulls the driver out. A gun falls out of his lap onto the street. The passenger is pulled out the passenger side, dropped on his face on the sidewalk, and cuffed. Then another cop car comes tearing up and blocks the street at the intersection. Once both of the guys in the Civic are cuffed, the cops start going thru the interior of the Civic. I left at that point, but I guess it's just another typical day in Santa Ana.

DAPGF went out with some friends tonight, so Hoff figured he'd try his luck at the digital tables. And in case anybody was wondering, the river button is alive and well on Full Tilt. I was playing in a 180 SNG on Full Tilt. I checked my ATs in the BB, with 5 limpers. Flop came down 7s Ks Ah, giving me the nut flush draw, along with TPDK. I thought about leading out, but I figured I'd check my Decent Kicker and see what happened on the turn. Js. Boooooom!! Featherplucking nut frush! I check my monster, and villain leads out with a pot bet. MP reraises all in, for about half of my stack. I smooth called, and villain (who had me covered by 200 chips) shoved over top of me. Again, I called with my monster. MP flipped over A9c, giving him a pair of aces. Villain turned over a K7o, for a limped 2 pair. Not good enough for da nut frush...until the river. 7. Reverse boom, and IGH.

While playing the 180, I was also playing a $3.30 knockout 90 player. We made it to the break, and I was sitting in about 14th out of 37 left. Third hand back, and I get dealt cowboys in the cutoff. Big Stack Bully in EP min-raises, and I reraise him another 5x. He calls. Flop is A 4 5 rainbow. I'm trying to think what he may have here, given his initial min-raise and smooth call of my reraise. Because of his BSB nature, I discounted aces, and figured he would've played Ax or 4s or 5s more aggressively preflop. So I put him on junk. He checked, I bet out the pot, he came over the top and I called all-in. I flip over my cowboys and he turns over 67o. OK. He's got an OESD. Please no 3 or 8. Please no 3 or 8. Turn is actually a K, strengthening my hand. Doubling up thru the BSB would be sweet, and push me into probably the top 5 in the tourney. And the river brings the.................8, completing asshat's str8 and sending me to the fridge for another Blackened Voodoo Lager. River bombed twice in separate tournaments inside of 10 minutes. Meh.

At the gym tonight, last 5 songs to hit the shuffle:

Innerpartysystem - New Transmission
Testament - Electric Crown
Suicidal Tendencies - You Can't Bring Me Down
Atreyu - Blow
Authority Zero - Mexican Radio

On the train, the last 5 songs to hit the shuffle:

The Aquabats - Super Rad
Hed Kandi - Feeling the Night
The Refreshments - Banditos
Bob Mould - Hanging Tree
Soul Coughing - Screenwriter's Blues

Enjoy the extended weekend!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Poker and Non-Poker...that oughta cover it!

So. This work schedule and reduced access to gmail and blogger is a major impediment to keeping up with the brogging. Still, I am trying. So here's a recap for the past week-ish.

Yesterday was actually the 2nd Mother's Day since my mom passed away. Still difficult. But, to celebrate Mother's Day, I took DAPGF (my baby doggy mama) out to the champagne brunch at The Prado at Balboa Park. Phenomenal spread, phenomenal weather, and I needed a phenomenal nap afterwards! Many of my favorite restaurants here in San Diego are Cohn restaurants, and they really seem to have the formula down.

Semi-related topic to my mother; as my parents neared retirement and such, they expected that it would be difficult to continue to live in expensive So Cal. They'd talked about selling the house and moving someplace else (4 seasons climate, mountains, etc.), that would be affordable enough to allow them to enjoy retirement. Since my mom passed away, dad stepped up those thoughts. He's been downsizing all of the crap that has accumulated not only over 40 years of married life in general (my parents' 40th anniversary would've been just over 2 months after my mom passed away), but 25 of those years in the same town, and 19 of those years in the same house. It's good that he's been working on that, because he got a decent offer on the house. He made a reasonable counter-offer, and I expect that this week the house will go into escrow. It's going to be weird. I lived in that house during my senior year in high school, college summers, and spent the majority of weekends in that house after getting jobs that were unfortunately NOT in San Diego. Most of the major holidays have been spent in that house, with my parents (natch) and my little sister. It's going to be difficult on my dad in some ways, but hopefully it will help him to heal and move on after my mom's passing. I'm trying to convince him to find a townhome that a) has enough room for him to watch the doggie when DAPGF and I go out of town, and b) is on a golf course so that he can get resident-tee times at some of the Rancho Bernardo golf courses for me and some of my friends (not that I'm being selfish or anything). It should be interesting.

Friday was one of the fuglier commute days for me. It was a day on the train, but oh what fucked up complications. My train pulled into the Irvine Metrolink station at 9 a.m., and stopped. After a half hour or so, they told us that a construction crew had ruptured a natural gas line adjacent to the tracks between Irvine and Tustin, and nothing was moving north of Irvine. Estimated time to open things up was noon-ish. So we got lucky and convinced an empty OCTA bus to take us to Santa Ana, where some people could catch additional northbound transit and I could simply get a cab to the office. So I got in and did some work. At the end of the day, I called both Amtrak and Metrolink to check track status, and Metrolink (which owns the tracks) said that the tracks were still closed, but that they would run buses from Tustin (where southbound traffic stopped) down to Oceanside (last Metrolink stop in San Diego county). So I walked back to the train station. Caught a ride to Tustin, and got on a bus. Unfortunately the bus only went to Irvine, but they said that we could catch Metrolink charter buses down to Oceanside. So we waited in Irvine. And waited. And waited. Side note, the train and crew I came up on in the morning was still there! Then they announced that a Metrolink train was coming in and would take us to Oceanside. So we climbed the 3 flights of stairs to the bridge to the far tracks. And waited. And waited. And the train finally came in, but wouldn't let anybody board because the crew had no idea what they were supposed to do. Finally, they opened the doors and let us board, telling us that they'd take us to Oceanside. Now mind you, my car was in Solana Beach, 20 miles south of Oceanside, but that's not a critical issue at this point. So we wait for the crew to fire it up and get moving. And they come on the PA and announce that they made a mistake, and that they were only going as far as San Juan Capistrano, and that people going to Oceanside and San Diego should go back over the bridge and wait for charter buses that would take us down there. So we exit the train, climb back over, and wait. And wait. And then they announce that an Amtrak train is coming up from Oceanside to take us south, and that we need to cross over to the far tracks again. So we go back over. And wait. And wait. Finally the Amtrak comes in, but because it's not going any farther north, we have to wait for everybody to get off the train. Then we have to wait for them to clean the train, and more importantly, RESTOCK THE LIQUOR ON THE CAFE CAR!!! Then we finally board and start rolling south. A buddy of mine who was supposed to ride a later train and was still in his office in Irvine texted me wanting to know what the situation was. I told him and he decided to look up the Coaster schedule in Oceanside for me. At that point, I was kind of screwed. We didn't get into Oceanside in time to catch the 6:30 train (not even close), and the next one south was scheduled for 9:30. Fortunately, this very nice girl I'd been chatting with (thanks Courtney!!) had her car in Oceanside, and offered to take me down to Solana Beach. Whew! I finally get to the car, drive home, and get in at 8 p.m. I should've been home by 4:30! Fortunately, DAPGF was out with friends (pre-planned event), so I didn't have to worry about her waiting on me.

So with DAPGF out, I was hoping to play in Kat's donkament, but that plan was obviously out the window. So I started jumping into SNGs, wanting to get as much pokerage in as possible before DAPGF came home. 2 18 player SNGs produced nothing better than a 7th place finish, but then I jumped into a 4 player HU PLO/8 shootout. That was the first 4 player shootout I ever played in, and I'd hoped that with the format it would go fairly quickly. My table did...4th hand I flopped quads, and my opponent hit a boat. Naturally we both shove and I won. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. I put a load of laundry in. I emptied the dishwasher. I didn't want to start another game, because I figured DAPGF would be home soon. I was right. So we bullshitted for a while, watched some stuff off of the DVR, and then all of a sudden the laptop beeped and my match restarted...almost 45 minutes after I won my table! 20 hands and this happens:

Royal Flush, baby! That crippled my opponent and enabled me to finish him off a few hands later. So a decent end to the evening. I would've included some hand histories, but I was playing on my laptop, and the settings on the thumb drive client weren't set to save hand histories. Meh.

My digital cable system (Time Warner) includes the Music Choice digital music channels. While waiting for DAPGF to come home, I was listening to the Arena Rock channel. The last 5 songs before she came home were:

Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger
Kiss - I Love It Loud
Night Ranger - (You Can Still) Rock in America
Britney Fox - Girl School
Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer

Car of the Week

This is a really cool car that I've seen occasionally near the UCSD campus. It is officially known as a Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia. It was a limited production model, made between 1961 and 1969, with a total of 45,000 approximately produced world wide. Not sure how many made it into the United States, but here's one of them, and it actually appears to be in decent shape. Any VW lovers out there that have additional details on it, feel free to share.

So our official COTW is the Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia. Have a great freaking week!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Maybe it's the heat or...

Kinda weird today. Jumped into a $6.50 18 player SNG. Actually had a decent amount of premium and not quite premium but still playable hands, including AK 4 times, AA 3 times, QQ 2 times, KQs couple of times, AXs several times, snowmen, 99, etc. With the exception of AK once and AA twice, these hands did nothing for me. But I could check snowman tater legs from the BB and flop a set. If I limped my 26 s000ted with the lemurs, the flop hit me 345. Pocket ducks turned quads. Basically, the shitty hands kept me in the game, ultimately getting me heads up, only to have my A8h with 2 pair and a backdoor flush draw run into a set of 4s. IGH in 2nd. That was actually my best finish in a while, so I'll take it.

Took the doggie to the vet today. She had a tooth extracted and a growth on her eyelid removed. She's still a little drugged and groggy, but still thought she should go on one of her epic hour-long walks at 11 pm. Fortunately, I had the written orders from the vet. I read them to the dog, even put them in front of her face so she could read them, but she still wanted to walk. Ultimately, though, the bribery of treats was enough to get her home. Too bad because a) I like the long walks in the late evening...I can just gel and collect my thoughts (well, thought), b) I get some good exercise, and c) it's finally below 70 degrees!

It's early in the season, but hot weather usually brings out the brush fires here in So Cal, and today was no exception. Fortunately there wasn't a whole slew of them to contend with, but there was a decent-sized one northeast of Los Angeles, in the Sierra Madre Foothills. There is a fire station near my office, and as I went rolling by this morning, they had a few CDF (California Dept. of Forestry) fire rigs and support trucks staging outside, along with two of the coolest looking fire rigs I've ever seen. Those of you who know me know that I hold firefighters in the highest reverence, even pre-9/11 I always thought they were the coolest, baddest guys (and gals) out there. And with the two recent huge firestorms to hit San Diego, we tend to show much love and respect to all the departments and crews. Now, being a region that has what is referred to as an "Urban-Wildland Interface" (which in plain-speak means that portions of the city bump up against wilderness area), the San Diego fire department along with most of the other departments here in the region have heavy duty fire rigs designed to go off-road and fight brush fires. They tend to look like this:

These two rigs I saw simply put these rigs to shame. I was driving by and was unable to stop and get a proper picture, but they reminded me of an armored personnel carrier. The closest image I could find that remotely resembles the rigs I saw is this:

I spent over an hour combing the intertubes trying to find the rigs I had seen. This Oshkosh Airport Fire Rig comes the closest, but the ones I saw were even bigger and more badass than this one, painted red and white like the brush rig photo. Over the course of my time in working for several cities in Southern California, I've actually had the opportunity to drive a fire truck for a short distance, and even shoot the water cannon at an actual building that was on fire (it helps to be buddies with both the Chief and the Squad Captain). Coolest. Time. Evar. And as a firefighter fan and a car junkie, I have to say that those fire rigs I saw this morning were some of the coolest vehicles I've ever seen, and despite lacking a photo of the actual vehicle I'm referring to, I'm naming all fire trucks as the Cars of the Week. Godspeed guys, and come home safe.

Everyone else out there, be careful and stay classy!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Teh Randomness of Crap

Well, this was not a good evening on the felt. DAPGF called me up at work today to tell me she's going out with friends tonight. Woo hoo! Hoff gets unexpected time on the poker machine! So I fire up a nice 18 player Tier 1 SNG. I go out in 14th. I fire up a 6.50 18 player SNG. I go out in 14th. I fire up a 2.25 18 player SNG. I go out in 12th. A typical hand would see me checking my J6off in the BB, and seeing a flop of A J 2 rainbow. I check, and someone min bets and I decide to call. Turn is a 6, giving me 2 pair. I lead out with a pot bet, and get called. River is another 2, only I don't realize that anybody who paired their ace just counterfeitted my 2 pair. So I bet, someone shoves, I call, and lose 2/3 of my stack. That was typical. But two hands that really present the flavor of the evening are these:

spgmolly19 posts the small blind of 40
iamhoff posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Qs As]
LuckyLadyLuck folds
freddyboy88 raises to 280
hornet3a folds
spgmolly19 folds
iamhoff calls 200
*** FLOP *** [Qd Ac 8h]
iamhoff checks
freddyboy88 bets 560
iamhoff calls 310, and is all in
freddyboy88 shows [Ah Kc]
iamhoff shows [Qs As]
Uncalled bet of 250 returned to freddyboy88
*** TURN *** [Qd Ac 8h] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [Qd Ac 8h Jc] [Kd]
freddyboy88 shows two pair, Aces and Kings
iamhoff shows two pair, Aces and Queens
freddyboy88 wins the pot (1,220) with two pair, Aces and Kings
iamhoff stands up

I was ahead when all the money went in, so what could I do? The other one was this:

34shortstack34 posts the small blind of 80
iamhoff posts the big blind of 100, and is all in
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [Ks 6c]
cassaar folds
success11 folds
arvinjr folds
smendezr folds
shortyw4lgs folds
34shortstack34 calls 20
34shortstack34 shows [5d 4c]
iamhoff shows [Ks 6c]
*** FLOP *** [Ts 8h As]
*** TURN *** [Ts 8h As] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 8h As 4s] [Ad]
34shortstack34 shows two pair, Aces and Fours
iamhoff shows a pair of Aces
34shortstack34 wins the pot (200) with two pair, Aces and Fours
iamhoff stands up

I'd already been nuked a couple of hands prior, so I was all in on the BB. I figured a K6 would at least give me a chance to not be dominated. And when SB flipped over his 54, I figured I had a shot. Until the turn, and I get busted on a pair of 4s. That's how my night has gone.

Nothing special was said by the DJ, but I assume that they programmed this series of selections on purpose. What I'm calling the Sirius "Innuendo Mega-mix," heard last night while driving home from pet-sitting:

Whitesnake - Slide It In
W.A.S.P. - F**k Like a Beast
Kiss - Love Gun
Warrant - Cherry Pie
Motley Crue - Girls, Girls, Girls

Last 5 songs to hit the shuffle at the gym tonight:

The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Innerpartysystem - Don't Stop
Abandoned Pools - Mercy Kiss
Lost Prophets - The New Transmission
The Police - Synchronicity II

Car of The Week:

This week's Car of The Week was nominated because of a non-factory feature that was "installed" on the exterior of the car, no doubt by a very close friend. This car is a mid-70s Chevrolet Nova. A fine example of what is typically referred to as the "malaise" era of American cars. Back when the first oil crunch hit, combined with the first concerns about vehicle emissions, the 55 MPH speed limit, and newfound desires for crash protection, vehicles were downsized, fitted with huge chrome bumpers, and the mighty V8s of musclecars past were strangled by lower compression ratings and catalytic converters. Corvettes of that era were lucky to hit 160 hp. You can buy a Honda Civic right now that has almost 200 hp, and the top Corvette, the mighty ZR1 comes from the factory with 620 hp. But back then, things weren't good, and this car is a prime example. Old Novas from the late 60s could be had with factory big block V8s that put out simply absurd amounts of horsepower. And if that wasn't enough, special dealerships like Don Yenko (the rough equivalent of a local AMG setup) were selling modified cars fully capable of bypassing Ludicrous Speed and going Plaid. Anyway here's the car:

This fine vehicle was spotted recently at the Solana Beach train station, north of San Diego. On the surface, it looks like a typical redneck vehicle, with the Centerline rims, rally stripes and SS badges, hood pins, and a hole cut for the air cleaner to clear the inevitable Holley 4 bbl carburetor. But the reason it was nominated should be visible along the passenger door, rear quarter panel and rear quarter window.

That slight discoloration just ahead of the door handle is what caught my eye in the setting sunlight. Upon closer examination, it turned out to be barf! Probably beer-based...no doubt Bud or maybe Pabst Blue Ribbon. Either way, that sealed the deal, and the COTW was captured!

Have fun out there!