Monday, August 30, 2004

Party Poker Bad Beat Jackpot

As of right now, the Party Poker Bad Beat Jackpot is worth over $216,000! Damn that is sweet.

The smallest table they are allowing to hit it is $2/4. That's a bummer for me because I'm not quite established enough to move up right now. I'm sure one of these days I will build my bankroll up enough to be able to handle a long session at the $2/4 tables, but right now is not the time.

I couldn't imagine hitting it, especially with the qualifications needed to hit it.

One Hand Typing - What the Hell??

I'm sure some of you are wondering what the hell that means huh? Why would he go and change is name like that? Well, several good reasons.

Last night during the Monty Memorial Poker Tournament, congrats Iggy for winning your own tournament, I had to apologize for all the typos I was making in the chat room. Reason being that my hand was still in the cast from breaking my fifth metacarpal. So, I was typing everything with my left hand and I'm not very good at that. So after I apologized...of course there had to be some joking making involved.

I believe it was Otis that said, "One Hand Typing is like your Indian name." Or something to that effect. Then Scott came up with the best 21st Century line there was, "I used to think in the way that that would make a great band name. Now, that would make a great BLOG name."

Hank also had quite a lot to do with the name change too. And so it was written.

Sorry to confuse everyone.

By the way, the cast came off today and it only took me roughly ten minutes to type this. Man my pinkie is weak right now. Thankfully I do not have to do any physical therapy to make it any better.

Sunday, August 29, 2004


Not quite where I pictured myself finishing up in the Monty Memorial Tournament, but hey, it was fun anyways. Plus, what better way to go out than to the man who did the whole thing, IGGY. He busted my AK with his KQ with a Q on the river. That's alright, I made him really think about the call because I doubled up earlier in the tourney thanks to Iggy when my AA held up to JJ.

It was fun...I look forward to reading everyone's write ups!

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Alice Cooper - Who Would've Thought He made Any Sense

Anti-Bush acts treasonous morons

I try not to get into too much politics on this site, but I must agree with Alice Cooper on this front.

Best part:
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

Must Be Television's Fault

Corvette Ad With Young Driver Taken Off Air

Are we really afraid that young kids are going to steals their dad's Corvettes and take them for joy rides? They can't even reach the pedals! I saw and loved this commercial because it is true. I finally realized my dream of driving my Dad's 1990 6-speed Vette a couple weeks ago -- only because these past few months I learned how to drive a stick -- I know I'm pathetic.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Interesting Poker Article

Today on ESPN Page 2, there was an interesting article regarding youth and poker/gambling. I certainly do think this is a delicate slippery slope with the phenomenon of poker. All the attention that has been brought to this wonderful game, you certainly have to be aware of how impressionable youth are.

Looking at this year's WSOP, we saw several winners under the age of 25. That is not what I'm worried about, since I'm the same age range. The concern that I have is when my 13-year-old cousin starts talking to me about poker. That is what recently happened on my family vacation. Personally, I'm not too worried about him because all he knows is what he has seen on ESPN and the WPT. Now, he was talking about wanting to play me for money and I had to try and make sense to him that he is too young (way too young) to begin thinking he can play that way. Hell, I've only got a little more than 2 years experience myself and I have a hell of a lot of improving to do. But for this kid to think he is ready to play for some money freaks me out.

Also, if there is a problem out there, it isn't the fault of ESPN or the WPT, etc. The kids that are playing have to be monitored by their parents. The case of the kid in the article, he was playing 14 hours a day, with his parents downstairs and presumably their money. How they let the situation spiral out of control like that is their fault. People have to be responsible for their own actions and not blame television for everything.

I'm curious to what you all think about what this will do on today's youth. It could be nothing more than more money to our bankrolls.

Sean at Anisotropy 2 also had a few takes on the matter.

The Mouth Matusow v. Fossilman Raymer

Overall, watching the WSOP has been entertaining, but nothing as much as what I saw for a few moments last night. Mike “The Mouth” Matusow started to trash talk Greg Raymer at the tables regarding his play, etc.

Unfortunately, we were unable to see the cards because they were not at the featured table, thus without the nifty pocket cam. Since Matusow is nothing more than a loud mouth, whom I cannot stand, the cameras came running over. Now, I only watched this once, so I may have some of the details wrong, but this is what I saw.

Raymer apparently made a bet of $20K after the flop to Matusow, who after a while decided to re-raise to $40K. Raymer, sitting there for a minute with Matusow talking all the trash he could, finally folded. Matusow continued to berate Raymer saying, “You’re playing with the big dogs and I will kill you in this game” blah, blah, blah.

Raymer pulls out his notebook and writes down some notes in it, presumable “Punch Him Next Time!” Matusow tries to offer a handshake saying he didn’t mean anything and Raymer just stared at him and said NO. How sweet was that?!
I bet Matusow thinks a little different about Raymer’s play after he won the big one for a cool $5 million.

How About Some Sports?

It’s been a while since I have talked about any sports on this blog. Not that I don’t have plenty of opinions, just that I haven’t focused on that lately. Well, I will get back to it more regularly, especially with football season around the corner and plenty of money to be made gambling.

NCAA v. USC’s Mike Williams
Seriously, how can it take this long to reinstate this kid? He has done absolutely nothing wrong and the
NCAA won’t rule on his reinstatement. He simply followed the courts ruling when he entered the NFL draft (following the buffoon Maurice Clarrett). After the Courts granted the stay and it was clear he could no longer be in the NFL Draft, he fired his agent and gave back all the money. He quickly re-enrolled back into USC and began taking the proper classes to become eligible and filed all the necessary papers. How can it take this long for the NCAA to do the right thing and let the kid play. The NCAA is the most hypocritical institution and are doing their best to ruin college sports.

NCAA v. CU’s Jeremy Bloom
Talk about a royal fuck-up!
Denying his final appeal and effectively ending his college football career, the NCAA told Bloom that he cannot do two sports at the same time! Really, again I must ask how could the NCAA fuck this up? Bloom is a tremendous athlete and wants to follow his dream of making the Winter Olympics in skiing. Well, he can’t do it all on his own and was going to take sponsorship money to help with his training. He even agreed to turn all the money over to the Olympic Committee to handle, yet the NCAA can’t get their head out of their ass. With all the problems Colorado had had this past offseason, it would have been nice to see a great kid like Bloom on the team. Jeremy, I hope you represent the United States well in the next Winter Olympics and while on the medal stand whisper, “Fuck You NCAA!”

Athens Olympics
This won’t be long because way too much to recap. I love the Olympics and love to watch them. I get a thrill watching our athletes dominate the games. I think Mike Phelps is the best story of the Olympics…
I mean 8 MEDALS!!! Damn that is good. Come to think of it, I can’t wait until the 2008 games and seeing him swim when he is only 23 and stronger! Great story and I don’t care that he didn’t win eight gold’s. He won eight medals, seven in which he competed in the finals, and medalled every time he swam! This is particularly amazing:

Phelps swam roughly 70,000 meters over the past eight days. That's around 40 miles. Didn't Philippides die after running only 26 miles? Didn't they name an event after him? No such luck for Phelps. Nobody else can swim 70,000 meters in a week and then giggle and say, "It's McDonald's time!" Fellow American Erik Vendt, who won silver earlier in the week, says he needs two or three days to recover from his races. And he only swims 400 meters.

Beach Volleyball is great. I can watch that all day, everyday. Yes, some of it has to do with the outfits, but these women are ripped and extremely athletic. Also, my wife is a big beach volleyball player and I have grown to love the game.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh were amazing! The amount of ground they cover and ability to make some of the digs they do, wow! I suck at volleyball, but I’m in training to eventually play for my wife’s co-ed teams, so I feel like I’m allowed to comment.

Paul Hamm won the gold. That is where the
controversy should end. He won. He did what he needed to do to win. It is not his fault the judges fucked up! He shouldn’t hand over any medal to anyone. He shouldn’t share it with anyone either. This doesn’t make his unethical or immoral. I’m tired of everyone saying he should give up his medal or share. You spend your entire life for that moment and tell me that you would do that. I don’t think so. Let me point out that several things are already screwed up with this anyways. First, you are not allowed to review the tape to re-judge…which they did and found the mistake. Second, even if the judges award the correct difficulty – the South Korean guy still made a mistake that would have cost him gold anyways! This whole thing is as ridiculous as me talking about gymnastics.

USA Basketball
what a joke. This unfortunately is the only event where I’m rooting for someone other than the USA. NBA basketball is a farce and so are most of the players. The only guy I like on this team is Tim Duncan. He is old-school and fundamentals. He is what is right with basketball. Not the crap you see every time you turn on the NBA. Another example of how the NBA is a joke…Erik Dampier signs for $73 Million. Why? Is he really worth $73 million…I don’t think so.

USA Softball
Jennie Finch is beautiful. Great for them winning. Wish they could have had the Olympics Shutout, but hey, one run isn’t that bad. Great story too about the coach. Very sad too.

Fantasy Football and NFL Football
This will receive a post all to itself sometime this weekend. My fantasy drafts are coming up in the next couple weeks and I will ask for some analysis on my team and impending drafts for those who are as addicted as I am.

Well, I hope that is enough for you. It has just wetted my appetite for more sports.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Getting Their Stuff Together

Pacific Poker has done a very nice job handling the screw up last night for the Monty Memorial Tournament. Good to see that they realize the negative press they were about to have fall on them. For more info, check out Iggy's site.

Looking forward to a $2300 freeroll. Hell, if we make the buy-in their $25 and our original $20, plus their extra $500 - wow = $3875...imagine all that loot!

This Was In My E-mail This Morning

Woke up this morning, checked my e-mail and found this...I'm sure this is the standard reply they sent everyone. Personally, I don't care what their excuse is. Iggy has been talking about this for three weeks and put it all together. They screwed up and will lose quite a bit of business because of this.

Dear Member/Blogger,

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the non-start of the Monty
Memorial Tournament as organized by “Iggster”.

I can assure you that this matter is being fully reviewed by our
technical department, and you will be contacted by our Promotional
department regarding this matter as soon as possible. We do appreciate
that this has caused great inconvenience to yourself and the other
players, and will be taking this into account.

Your satisfaction is our top priority and we are always willing to
listen and understand our member's needs and concerns. We value your
time and thank you for your patience.

Member Support Representative
Pacific Poker

I will finish off my bonus details and pull my money from their site. Iggy, thanks for the attempt to set this up. Hopefully we can set something up in the next two weeks at Pokerstars and have the tournament.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Monty Memorial Poker Blogger Tournament

I will be making my debut on the poker blogger tournament scene this weekend. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm sure there will be some great competition and will take most my evening, either playing or watching --- hopefully playing.

Go check out Iggy's site since he is the incredible host of the tourney. Please, the more people, the more fun and obviously more money. I may be one of the first to actually pimp Iggy's link to go sign up on --- so go sign up for Ig's sake!

Sorry For the Lack of Posts

Last week I know I said I would repost, but what you didn't know, is that it is more difficult than normal. Unfortunately, on my vacation, I broke my right (dominant) hand and I now have a splint on -- which limits my typing ability. Luckily I have developed a technique that works quite well for me -- holding a pencil in my right hand that now acts as my entire hand. Hey, it works better than trying to hunt and peck and having to go back and erase all the errant keystrokes.

Anyways, typing is very tiresome and I will conclude this one now. BTW - other than breaking my hand, my vacation was a blast. I was very lucky to be in the Indian Shore (FL) area one week before Hurricane Charley. The weather was rather tough while I was there, but my heart goes out to the millions of people affected by Charley.

Monday, August 09, 2004

I Hate This New Blogger!

Just had a post ready to go and lost the whole thing somehow. Tried to highlight and change font and lost whole thing. Sorry for delay...will retry tomorrow. Too pissed to type that up again.