Thursday, November 29, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

Full Tilt Poker Game #4339192992: Table Vicuna (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 20:00:21 ET - 2007/11/29
Seat 1: barrybiz2233 ($39.75)
Seat 2: Ego Complex ($97)
Seat 3: Eric Hammond ($100)
Seat 4: TheFishSlayer5 ($110.90)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($102.90)
Seat 6: CMGEL ($111)
Eric Hammond posts the small blind of $0.50
TheFishSlayer5 posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad Jd]
kurokitty raises to $3.50
CMGEL calls $3.50
barrybiz2233 folds
Ego Complex folds
Eric Hammond folds
TheFishSlayer5 folds
*** FLOP *** [Jh 9h 6s]
kurokitty bets $6.75
CMGEL raises to $17.75
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
Eric Hammond adds $0.50
kurokitty raises to $61.75
CMGEL raises to $107.50, and is all in
kurokitty calls $37.65, and is all in
CMGEL shows [9c Jc]
kurokitty shows [Ad Jd]
Uncalled bet of $8.10 returned to CMGEL
*** TURN *** [Jh 9h 6s] [Qc]
*** RIVER *** [Jh 9h 6s Qc] [Qd]
CMGEL shows two pair, Queens and Jacks
kurokitty shows two pair, Queens and Jacks
kurokitty wins the pot ($204.30) with two pair, Queens and Jacks
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $207.30 | Rake $3
Board: [Jh 9h 6s Qc Qd]
Seat 1: barrybiz2233 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Ego Complex (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: Eric Hammond (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: TheFishSlayer5 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [Ad Jd] and won ($204.30) with two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 6: CMGEL showed [9c Jc] and lost with two pair, Queens and Jacks

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A pick-up game

I wasn't planning on having people over for a game, but one happened anyway since Matt called in sick and there would be no game in Middle Tucker. We had four people twice (Bridg left and then Sham came from work) and I got to weed through three episodes of High Stakes Poker while we played. I hate that it's so hard to tell what season of HSP is on at any given time.

I kind of lucked through the game, up nearly three buy-ins (KoL 1-0) amid just calling crazy hands, making kings full of queens on the river with KKxx in an O8 hand when Josh had flopped lower boat. I mainly just wanted to give people action, and it was a bunch of action!

It was worth hosting, even at the last moment.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Down to the wire

Going into tonight's game, MIA at PIT, my Fantasy Football team was about 16.5 points ahead of my challenger, who had MIA's defense.

Imagine my surprise when I saw the 0-0 score in the 4th quarter after watching Heroes.

I was wishing for a touchdown, since that would give my opponent less points. I was happy for the field goal to end the game, since a zero-point game would cause me to lose the Fantasy Football matchup.

It was as suspenseful as if there were real money on the game. I'd been suspicious of PIT as a 16 point favorite, as I had been of New England as a 25-point favorite, but I just let the games go.

Goes to show the underdogs have both value and motivation to work against such huge lines in the NFL.

No-limit robbers (anniversary)

A strong No-Limit player can keep "slapping you around" _ just "lean on" you and keep "leaning on" you until you melt. Of course, that could happen in Limit too ... but, again, not to the same degree.

There's not a man alive that can keep beating on me. I refuse to let somebody keep taking my money ... and all the other truly top players are the same way. An aggressive player might do it for a while... keep leaning on me. But, at the first opportunity I get, I'm going to take a stand and put all my money in the pot.

It's like that little boy who keeps sticking his head up and keeps getting slapped all the time. Well, sooner or later, he's not going to stick his head up any more. So if a guy keeps going on and on and keeps pounding on me ... then me and him are fixing to play a pot.
-Doyle Brunson, Super/System

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.
-Ian Fleming, Goldfinger

Today is the two-year anniversary of the robbery that destroyed the old New Emory Game. I will always remember the date, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

It comes to mind because as Christmas approaches, more and more people feel the need to have money. I'm posting this as a warning for people to be just a little more careful out there. You don't even have to be playing poker, astonishingly enough, to have your money taken from you.

I've been to plenty of low-stakes games that don't seem very safe to me. Even if you know you're not playing for very much, it can appear otherwise to others if you aren't more careful.

But what I also came out of the experience was learning of the fluid nature of money. It wasn't the end of the world. I made the $700 I lost back in nine days, including a rare winter road win in Vegas in December. I think that's what separates gamblers with bankrolls and the well-meaning public who knows how to grind out the days but doesn't have an inch of that good-ol' American speculator's bone in their body.

Non-casino live play carries a risk that isn't for everyone, even me.

I also write this because Empire has suffered two break-ins and an auto theft at his home, as has been documented here. The holidays are here, so it's on, fellas.

At Limerick Junction over the weekend, Empire implied that what me and Gnome went through (his account here) was worse than his break-ins because of being robbed at gunpoint.

I think that would be true if there was only one Empire break-in vs. one poker robbery. But three times implies a lack of respect on the part of the robbers for my friends' ability to keep their home safe, in a state that looks the other way to the use of deadly force to protect one's home.

Gnome and I immediately ended the possibility of repeat incidents by simply never going to the host's game again and staying away any non-casino game with stakes that would be attractive to thieves. It's much harder to walk away from your home and not return again. Plus your home is your safe place. Where do you go when that's been breached?

I hear the guy believed connected to the theft of Empire's dad's truck has been arrested, so maybe the break-ins will stop. I hope that potential burglars in the future will think twice before trying to circumvent the security steps that Empire will undoubtedly take.

But as for everyone else, we can do our part to not look like a juicy target in a season that puts a premium on having cash for the holidays.

Ah, fold equity

Full Tilt Poker Game #4302814500: Table Wayward (6 max) - $0.05/$0.10 - No Limit Hold'em - 11:01:14 ET - 2007/11/26
Seat 1: PokerSlob171 ($5)
Seat 2: Silly U ($1.70)
Seat 3: hotshotatmccc ($1.85)
Seat 4: cessna7277 ($4.15)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($8.25)
Seat 6: Dodge101 ($12.10)
Dodge101 has 5 seconds left to act
Dodge101 posts the small blind of $0.05
PokerSlob171 posts the big blind of $0.10
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Qd]
Silly U calls $0.10
hotshotatmccc calls $0.10
cessna7277 folds
kurokitty raises to $0.55
Dodge101 folds
PokerSlob171 folds
Silly U calls $0.45
hotshotatmccc folds
*** FLOP *** [Td 4c 6h]
Silly U checks
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $0.70
Silly U calls $0.70
*** TURN *** [Td 4c 6h] [Kh]
Silly U checks
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty bets $2.75 (Silly U has about $0.40 left here)
Silly U folds
Uncalled bet of $2.75 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($2.50)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $2.75 | Rake $0.25
Board: [Td 4c 6h Kh]
Seat 1: PokerSlob171 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Silly U folded on the Turn
Seat 3: hotshotatmccc folded before the Flop
Seat 4: cessna7277 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: kurokitty (button) collected ($2.50), mucked
Seat 6: Dodge101 (small blind) folded before the Flop

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Money or pride?

Just like in the commercial, Steven Jackson is tackled and his arm stretches out toward the goal line.

I'm totally torn. I have Steven Jackson on my Fantasy Football team. Another, last-minute TD would be enormous. My team has climbed up to 5-6, so more points could increase my chance of ending up in the playoffs.

But I also have Seattle, -3.

What to do?

Of course, I'll always default on money over free. Since yesterday's post, it's been a good run. I won on New Orleans, -3. I won on props on Vince Young's total pass attempts, Chris Henry's receptions and Roydell William's receiving yards.

St. Louis makes the final snap and bungles it. So Seattle comes out with the win.

And a cat continues ahead.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

"A good gambling day"

Like I said, you make your choices and you live with them and in the end you are those choices.
-Battlestar Galactica: Razor

As Gnome puts it, it's been a good gambling day, as Georgia lived up to its ridiculously low-priced line of -4 in beating Georgia Tech and congrats to Fuel for making the money in the BC Poker Championships. I was also happy that knowing UNC wasn't a 14-point football favorite over Duke was profitable.

Tonight was also the airing of Battlestar Galactica: Razor, which was important enough to leave Manuel's early to catch. It was a treat to watch Michelle Forbes again as Adm. Helena Cain, especially after missing her Ro Laren days on Star Trek: TNG. Just as in her guest parts on the Bionic Woman, Katee Sackhoff enlivens the TV movie with her scenes in Razor and it's clear she's a franchise player.

It was neat seeing the Pegasus' perspective after the attack on the Twelve Colonies but I feel like the TV movie skimped on things that counted -- the strength of Cain's relationship with Inviere and even the mission that the backbone of the storyline was built around. I thought the resolution was predictable and wasn't all that original.

I like the overall theme of the movie, to become a razor, you have to make difficult choices that you may have to pay for down the road. It's the kind of thing that you think about when you have "good gambling days," with the time away from regular life that being good at taking calculated chances requires.

It only takes drive and focus to become a razor, but it requires something totally different and perhaps twice as much energy to return back from that again.

A cooler

Yesterday suffered my first set over set loss (or any set over set action for that matter) in quite a while at Full Tilt.

But the toaster did the same passive play that caused the dude at the Horseshoe to lose his money to me -- he checked his set, despite a possible four-flush on the flop. Either way, he would have gotten action from me.

I'm just glad it was at NL .25/.50 than while playing NL$1/2 or NL$1/3 in Tunica.

But not too long after, I made my own overset -- of harbls -- vs deuces. Yay!

It's weird though that two oversets happened in such a short time together.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Cat's back!

...And if you're looking for me homie, I'm in the A-T-L...
-Young Jeezy

Had a nice drive back today under a Simpsons sky. Was happy to know that about 20 more miles of Alabama 78 has been opened between Jasper and West Jefferson, something that shortened my trip back by 30 minutes to about 6 hours (You still have to drive about 12 miles on local roads before you hit Interstate 20).

Of course, that means the ol' Boobie Trap likely will go the way of establishments of the old Route 66 when Interstate 40 was built...

Punk Hand of the Day

...although I'd never actually recommend that someone take K3s against AA...

Full Tilt Poker Game #4272399624: Table Repko (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 16:11:34 ET - 2007/11/23
Seat 1: ucare ($25.75)
Seat 2: bubbazee ($19.10)
Seat 3: BRONCOAA ($19)
Seat 4: Siska68 ($53.25)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($50.95)
Seat 6: BnanaThief ($48.65)
BRONCOAA posts the small blind of $0.25
Siska68 posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ah Ac]
kurokitty raises to $1.75
BnanaThief folds
ucare folds
bubbazee folds
Siska68 calls $1.25
*** FLOP *** [9c 5c 8c]
Siska68 bets $1.85
kurokitty raises to $9.30
Siska68 calls $7.45
*** TURN *** [9c 5c 8c] [5d]
Siska68 bets $11.15
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
BRONCOAA stands up
kurokitty calls $11.15
*** RIVER *** [9c 5c 8c 5d] [5s]
NoBogey adds $50
Siska68 has 15 seconds left to act
Siska68 bets $10
kurokitty raises to $28.75, and is all in
Siska68 calls $18.75
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Ah Ac] a full house, Fives full of Aces
Siska68 mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($99.15) with a full house, Fives full of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $102.15 | Rake $3
Board: [9c 5c 8c 5d 5s]
Seat 1: ucare didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: bubbazee (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: BRONCOAA (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Siska68 (big blind) mucked [Kc 3c] - a flush, King high
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [Ah Ac] and won ($99.15) with a full house, Fives full of Aces
Seat 6: BnanaThief didn't bet (folded)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tunica- The live one

I'm filing for bankruptcy and I just got in a wreck but my lawyer says I have to spend the money from the wreck before I can file for bankruptcy. Isn't that fucked up?
-Seat 10, NL$1/3, Horseshoe Tunica

TUNICA, Miss. -- In the evening, I sit down at a new NL$1/3 game at the Horseshoe. It turns out that the dude in Seat 10 is a total live wire, betting out $6 at a time and playing any two cards.

It certainly gets everyone's attention, especially mine and I know I'm not going to be going anywhere anytime soon. He keeps talking about his bankruptcy and how he has to spend his money anyway. All of us are licking our chops.

In between us is "Tank," a dealer at the Gold Strike who sounds a lot like Mike Sexton. He fills me in on nice pros (Sexton, Negreanu) and ones that aren't so cordial to dealers. He tells me that the best time to play cash games during the January tourney series is in the beginning of the month, because that's when, in his opinion, the worse players turn out for the cheaper tourneys.

The guy to my right in the 7 seat, an older guy, keeps being critical of the hands the live one plays, especially when he loses one to him. I smile at him and try not to make a big issue of it, although I am screaming SHUT THE FUCK UP in my mind. It's not everyday you end up at a table with a huge donor, and you certainly don't want to chase him away.

Eventually, at the three hour mark, the live one busts out, and everyone wishes him well. I spank a dude who flopped a set of 2s but didn't bet the flop when I make my str8 with 78o on the turn.

And that's pretty much all it took to finally bring me up for the trip. My Cali shirt (2-0) did a wonderful job and I am beaming right now that I'm ending another Tunica trip up money. Although it's not as profitable when the cash drops from the ceiling, I love ending a trip up with a come-from-behind victory.

Tunica- T Day Update

TUNICA, Miss. -- Closed out a NL session at the Gold Strike. At first I didn't want to stay at a table that looked tough and tight because of a lot of locals but then I saw the table was full of mistakes, filled with high variance plays -- putting it all on the line with a pair, middle pair, etc.

Many late position straddles and straddle-checks, which seem neg EV.

So Banana Republic (3-0) ended up with a nice session, chipping away.

Tunica - Thanksgiving Day

We count hundreds on the table, twenties on the floor/
Fresh outta work and on the way to getting more/
and I love it
-Young Jeezy
TUNICA, Miss. -- As I trot under the carport of the closed down Isle of Capri Tunica (now part of Sam's Town but unused), I wonder what it would be like to open up a casino, like in the TV show Laughlin.

A coldfront has come behind yesterday's storms and it's about 44 degrees. Not really expecting anything like that, my only running gear consists of middle reliever T-shirts (NPT'06) and shorts. It's about 44 degrees and windy. I put my wrist behind my back to warm it up as I run around the perimeter of the old casino, but otherwise I'm ok. I'm a winter cat from Chicago.

I came down to Sam's Town to mix up the running (running at Casino Center isn't very exciting when the levy gate is closed) and to perhaps eat at a different place, since I've had virtually all my meals the last three trips at the Gold Strike or Horseshoe. Sam's Town has a Thanksgiving buffet and I have about $70 in comp cash on my card -- I've only used a comp there once.

The dinner is everything I need it to be -- roasted turkey, lots of stuffing, and some very nice pumpkin pie. There are other things, of course, a brisket, Corky's style, and in the Chinese section, what I call the Ball of Death -- a sesame ball with bean paste inside, deep fried to the core.

There are families here (who wouldn't like to spend the holiday at a casino?) and, here and there, feral gamblers like myself sitting one to a table, not saying much, not doing much.

And then it hits me, what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful that gambling isn't one of my leaks, that I've been given the ability to generate a profit from poker consistently and to stay away from games that fuel the passion like the wheel or the dice.

I'm thankful for my parents, who gave me their athletic and intellectual genes and their low-key personality.

I'm thankful for the sense of adventure and independence they've instilled in me -- it would kill me to live a lazy and boring life.

I'm thankful for luck, after Sherri told me the story of one of her bosses that I know who is laid up at home for months now with a broken body, after being hit by a car for the second time on a bike. Knock on wood, I've never been hit by a car. It's been 12 years since I've fallen off a bicycle.

I'm thankful for knowing when to let it go - I get hit for the second time on a bike, and still manage to live, I'm giving that shit up. Just like if I spent the year after UIGEA as a losing player, I'd likely give up playing poker.

And I'm thankful for variance, vengeance's little cousin, because even when unfair things happen, all things even out in the end.

Tunica -- Natural inhabitants

TUNICA, Miss. -- I woke up at 4 a.m. and after playing on Full Tilt, I decided to see what the Horseshoe looks like in the middle of the night.

I can report to you that the natural inhabitants of the casino on a holiday morning are: Asians.

There were Asians everywhere, likely from both this side and that side of the Mississippi. I wandered over to the poker room, where of the three tables open, the NL$1/3 game was nearly entirely full of Asian players.

I wandered by the pit areas -- the Paigow Poker table was absolutely overflowing with Asian players and railbirds. In the main area, every table had at least one Asian at it.

It was like a convention of my bretheren -- at 4 a.m. lol.

Last night, while returning to my poker table at the Gold Strike, I could hear the pitter-patter of dozens of people playing slots from one of the convention ballrooms. It was a slot tourney, the kind my mom always likes to say my dad plays in when they're in Vegas, and about a few dozen people were mashing those buttons to see who could come up with the most points and a bunch of railbirds seated and standing around them.

A long time ago, way before I started playing poker, I played in a video poker tourney with my dad at the Empress riverboat in Joliet, Ill. It was pretty much all over before it started, though -- some dude hit a royal flush in the first five minutes. It's hard to beat someone who's come up with the one hand that appears every 50,000 hands. lol

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tunica -- The Tim Hudson of shirts

TUNICA, Miss. -- So the 5:15 p.m. drawing at the Gold Strike poker room comes and the name is called.

It's some Vietnamese name that they can't pronounce (I don't think I could either).

But that dude isn't there. So they draw another.


Yay! $100 free to cap off a day for a nice rally from Sabre Toothed Lime (5-0), the Tim Hudson of shirts, to help dig out of the small hole that the Biscuits shirt (6-2) got into last night.

I hit two sets, one with Presto to be paid off very nicely. And another, a set of 9s to end the session up.

Still down about a buck fotie for the trip, but I'll take that over what it was.

Tunica- Passive Party

TUNICA, Miss. -- It's four handed at the Gold Strike $1/2NL after dinner. This old guy in a red, satiny Grand Casino jacket sits down.

When he gets to the button, he makes it $8. I look down and see QQ.

I raise to $24. He calls.

Flop is Axx.

$35, I say, pushing chips into the pot.

He thinks for a while, and then mucks KK face up.


"Ace-King," I say. "I had to 3-bet it."

The place is soooo interesting. In tune with David Sklansky's advice about slowplaying AA and KK, I see it all the time. No one wants the gray-haired nits surrounding them to fold to their pre-flop raise.

So last night at the Horseshoe NL$1/3, there was weird action to my left and right. I was in the big blind. The guy utg limps. A few people call, including the small blind.

Flop is 78x. It gets bet, I fold. By the river there's another 7 and 8. The guy to my left pulls out a stack of red chips and is about to bet.

"Noooo, sir, I haven't acted yet," protests the kid in the small blind to my right.

The guy pulls his chips back. The kid checks.

Then the utg guy pushes his entire stack in. "I know you have the 8," he said.

The kid thinks about it and thinks. Then folds.

The utg guy shows limped KK. I'm pretty sure the kid folded sevens full.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tunica -- Heart of degeneracy

You see the paper gonna come, if not I'm gonna go and get it./
I gotta die with money 'cause I wasn't born with it.
-Lil' Wayne

TUNICA, Miss. -- Call it an extended family of cards, chips and personalities. After my parents decided at the last moment to spend Thanksgiving with their folks in Hawaii (and after I didn't want to shell out $1,100 to fly there for only four days when I'll likely can fly there for a third of the price in January or February), I decided to look for other options.

My Santa Fe trip fell through, although at the same time I was researching it, I also was looking at spending a week in Las Vegas. Plus I'll be there in a few weeks for the Winter bloggers weekend.

So all roads led to Tunica. I almost didn't go, knowing that some of my friends are great cooks and gave me an invite for turkey day. But after four years of living in Japan (where the closest thing to turkey for Thanksgiving is a bucket of KFC) and knowing I won't be sharing it with my folks, the holiday doesn't mean that much to me.

I only told a few people what I was up to this week. So I wouldn't have to explain every time.

Only at casinos can you ignore that social conventions, except for money, exist. You can be surrounded by thousand dollar gowns and suits at the fanciest gambling den in Vegas wearing shorts and a T-shirt because that's your business attire if you're there to gamble. Every day is casual Friday if you're dressed up in money.

In Tunica, it's just another weekday. The parking lot at the Veranda Hotel near the Grand Casino is packed. The main pit area at the Horse is full. And there's just one seat for me at the NL$1/3 table.

Most. Loose. Passive. Table. You've. Ever. Seen. I stay there for hours, two to the right of "Georgia," a mid-50-year-old dude with a UGA hat. Biggest calling station ever. He hits two hands on me when I have JJ and QQ. Luckily he didn't have a full 100BB stack. But still. It's the Horse, Bellagio East, the place where I've made the most money in live poker. OK. I gotta give some back.

For now. But very soon, the paper gonna come or I'm gonna go and get it.

HOTD- better than even

I love how the toaster did my work for me.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4244101840: Table Hinkle - $0.10/$0.25 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 22:27:37 ET - 2007/11/20
Seat 1: jtd770 ($6.70)
Seat 4: Maniax_4000 ($19.05)
Seat 5: AMAKI ($10.10)
Seat 7: kurokitty ($24.40)
jtd770 posts the small blind of $0.10
Maniax_4000 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Js Ts]
AMAKI folds
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $0.85
jtd770 calls $0.75
Maniax_4000 folds
*** FLOP *** [Jd Ks 7s]
jtd770 checks
kurokitty bets $1.65
jtd770 raises to $5.85, and is all in
kurokitty calls $4.20
jtd770 shows [Kc Ad]
kurokitty shows [Js Ts]
*** TURN *** [Jd Ks 7s] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [Jd Ks 7s 5s] [7h]
jtd770 shows two pair, Kings and Sevens
kurokitty shows a flush, King high
kurokitty wins the pot ($13) with a flush, King high
jtd770 is sitting out
jtd770 stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $13.65 | Rake $0.65
Board: [Jd Ks 7s 5s 7h]
Seat 1: jtd770 (small blind) showed [Kc Ad] and lost with two pair, Kings and Sevens
Seat 4: Maniax_4000 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: AMAKI didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: kurokitty (button) showed [Js Ts] and won ($13) with a flush, King high

Bad Theory?

In The Theory of Poker, David Sklansky writes:

In no-limit hold'em, it is generally correct to slowplay from early position with two kings or two aces.


It possibly could mean that he means heads-up, as that passage (p. 60) from the 1994 book is in the midst of talking about a hand between Doyle Brunson and Bones Berland at the 1977 WSOP.

Still, it makes a cat wonder.

HOTD- Rep the King

Full Tilt Poker Game #4234606405: Table Bruce (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:22:11 ET - 2007/11/20
Seat 1: uclaure ($86.65)
Seat 2: rbrizzy ($32.70)
Seat 3: GenTaoChicken ($115.95)
Seat 4: Swiss_T ($109.20)
Seat 5: terbybird ($0), is sitting out
Seat 6: kurokitty ($97)
Swiss_T posts the small blind of $0.50
kurokitty posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [7h 7d]
uclaure folds
rbrizzy folds
GenTaoChicken folds
Swiss_T raises to $3
terbybird stands up
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty calls $2
*** FLOP *** [6h 7s Tc]
AltronIV sits down
AltronIV adds $100
Swiss_T has 15 seconds left to act
Swiss_T bets $4
kurokitty calls $4
*** TURN *** [6h 7s Tc] [Ks]
Swiss_T bets $9
kurokitty raises to $25
Swiss_T raises to $102.20, and is all in
kurokitty calls $65, and is all in
Swiss_T shows [As Ah]
kurokitty shows [7h 7d]
Uncalled bet of $12.20 returned to Swiss_T
*** RIVER *** [6h 7s Tc Ks] [Js]
Swiss_T shows a pair of Aces
kurokitty shows three of a kind, Sevens
kurokitty wins the pot ($191) with three of a kind, Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $194 | Rake $3
Board: [6h 7s Tc Ks Js]
Seat 1: uclaure didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: rbrizzy didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: GenTaoChicken (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Swiss_T (small blind) showed [As Ah] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 5: terbybird is sitting out
Seat 6: kurokitty (big blind) showed [7h 7d] and won ($191) with three of a kind, Sevens

Monday, November 19, 2007

When the lapdance (64) gets spanked

Full Tilt Poker Game #4229899211: Table Corwin (6 max) - $0.10/$0.25 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 16:59:25 ET - 2007/11/19
Seat 1: Marty31 ($27.60)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($24.60)
Seat 3: DoktorClaw ($26.10)
Seat 4: H20polo ($8.45)
Seat 5: kshrm ($18.95)
Seat 6: DeZoLaTioN ($52)
DoktorClaw posts the small blind of $0.10
H20polo posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [7c 8d]
kshrm calls $0.25
DeZoLaTioN folds
Marty31 folds
kurokitty raises to $1.10
DoktorClaw folds
H20polo calls $0.85
kshrm calls $0.85
*** FLOP *** [9h 3s 6c]
H20polo checks
kshrm checks
kurokitty bets $2.85
H20polo raises to $7.35, and is all in
kshrm folds
kurokitty calls $4.50
H20polo shows [6s 4s]
kurokitty shows [7c 8d]
*** TURN *** [9h 3s 6c] [Qd]
*** RIVER *** [9h 3s 6c Qd] [Ts]
H20polo shows a pair of Sixes
kurokitty shows a straight, Ten high
kurokitty wins the pot ($17.20) with a straight, Ten high
H20polo is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $18.10 | Rake $0.90
Board: [9h 3s 6c Qd Ts]
Seat 1: Marty31 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: kurokitty (button) showed [7c 8d] and won ($17.20) with a straight, Ten high
Seat 3: DoktorClaw (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: H20polo (big blind) showed [6s 4s] and lost with a pair of Sixes
Seat 5: kshrm folded on the Flop
Seat 6: DeZoLaTioN didn't bet (folded)


I'm pretty happy about this hand. Normally I wouldn't like the early bet against the ace, but the Oct. 19 CTS Cardrunners video helped me feel more comfortable with raising a possible early position "test the waters" bet.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4228396027: Table Leslie (6 max) - $0.25/$0.50 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 14:14:25 ET - 2007/11/19
Seat 1: NEMESIS-65 ($55.40), is sitting out
Seat 2: DaytonApe ($21.85)
Seat 3: WHAT_A_PITY ($13.75)
Seat 4: BlondeGirlie ($79.60)
Seat 5: WuzCP ($54.50)
Seat 6: kurokitty ($55.20)
WHAT_A_PITY posts the small blind of $0.25
BlondeGirlie posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Kh Kd]
WuzCP raises to $1
kurokitty raises to $3.75
DaytonApe folds
BlondeGirlie folds
WuzCP calls $2.75
*** FLOP *** [9h As 6d]
WuzCP bets $4
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $11.75
WuzCP has 15 seconds left to act
WuzCP is sitting out
WuzCP has timed out
WuzCP folds
Uncalled bet of $7.75 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($15.45)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $16.25 | Rake $0.80
Board: [9h As 6d]
Seat 1: NEMESIS-65 is sitting out
Seat 2: DaytonApe (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: WHAT_A_PITY (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: BlondeGirlie (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: WuzCP folded on the Flop
Seat 6: kurokitty collected ($15.45), mucked

Unlike other industry

It's been a good decision to re-up on Full Tilt -- I'm up two buy-ins in early trading.

The play recently there and at Bocat has been amazing -- not because it's pretty poor, but because of the lack of adaptivity players show. The CR offense cuts through tables like butter and a bunch of my money has been made from other people's tourney-style play -- gambling on draws, betting the house on TPWK, etc. If there's no time-clock, do NFL quarterbacks have to throw Hail Marys play after play? I think not.

In one recent interview for work, several executives in the hotel industry independently mentioned to me that the market is so competitive that when one innovation is made, it doesn't take long for rivals to follow suit. I am constantly amazed when people play online for money and obviously do not recognize the CR offense.

What do you get for this? You get their blinds, you get them to fold better hands preflop and on the flop, you know when you're beat when passive players suddenly spring to life, you get them to make mistakes for their buy-in. You never have to defend against the CR offense.

And you get rakeback.

Of course, I'm going to be like those who run hotels -- I'm not going to say anything and hope to quietly sock away buy-in after buy-in so I can play higher.

But I'll keep the light on for the toasters.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Punk Hand of the Harbls

Full Tilt Poker Game #4223061525: Table Zallel (6 max) - $0.50/$1 - $30 Cap No Limit Hold'em - 22:47:59 ET - 2007/11/18
Seat 1: imhere4beer ($91.40)
Seat 2: kurokitty ($60)
Seat 3: jayr560 ($47.05)
Seat 4: kwer18 ($95.50)
Seat 5: GreatGonzo22 ($84.05)
Seat 6: gkpappas ($123)
kurokitty posts the small blind of $0.50
jayr560 posts the big blind of $1
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [8s 8c]
kwer18 folds
GreatGonzo22 folds
gkpappas folds
imhere4beer folds
kurokitty raises to $3
jayr560 calls $2
*** FLOP *** [Ts 6h 3h]
kurokitty bets $4.50
jayr560 raises to $9
kurokitty raises to $27, and is capped
jayr560 calls $18, and is capped
kurokitty shows [8s 8c]
jayr560 shows [Ac Tc]
*** TURN *** [Ts 6h 3h] [8d]
*** RIVER *** [Ts 6h 3h 8d] [6d]
kurokitty shows a full house, Eights full of Sixes
jayr560 shows two pair, Tens and Sixes
kurokitty wins the pot ($57) with a full house, Eights full of Sixes
kurokitty: lol
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $60 | Rake $3
Board: [Ts 6h 3h 8d 6d]
Seat 1: imhere4beer (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: kurokitty (small blind) showed [8s 8c] and won ($57) with a full house, Eights full of Sixes
Seat 3: jayr560 (big blind) showed [Ac Tc] and lost with two pair, Tens and Sixes
Seat 4: kwer18 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: GreatGonzo22 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: gkpappas didn't bet (folded)

Away game, Middle Tucker

I don't know why I always do this, hem and haw over the possibility of going to Drew's to hang out with everyone and play some poker.

I almost didn't go tonight, thinking that the world would be right where I wanted it at home, with my new ePassporte deposit to Full Tilt (turns out it's a real pain with $17 in fees for my maximum $300 deposit). Thank goodness for 27 percent rakeback and the winning CR offense.

I looked on Bocat yet didn't find any tables I wanted.

So I drove up there and had fun. Slowly made some money (HTC 3-0), with about two extra buy-ins.

Plus, won about a half buy-in on one of Bocat's NL$1/2 games -- some guy who decided to pay the big blind for his first hand in the CO called my sb raise. Flop was QKx, I cont bet my AQs, got a 4-flush draw on the turn so decided to put him all in. Dude called with Q6 for second pair, weak kicker. So I was a doubly happy cat.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mookie- Hard to Kill a Cat (Punk Hand of the Day)

Full Tilt Poker Game #4179833146: The Mookie - DDDNasty II (31525513), Table 9 - 150/300 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:52:09 ET - 2007/11/14
Seat 1: BuddyDank (20,670)
Seat 2: irongirl01 (4,000)
Seat 3: swimmom95 (4,280)
Seat 4: NewinNov (6,110)
Seat 5: kurokitty (3,025)
Seat 6: DrPauly (4,520)
Seat 8: JoeMav (6,250)
Seat 9: OMGitsPokerFool (5,780)
BuddyDank antes 25
irongirl01 antes 25
swimmom95 antes 25
NewinNov antes 25
kurokitty antes 25
DrPauly antes 25
JoeMav antes 25
OMGitsPokerFool antes 25
JoeMav posts the small blind of 150
OMGitsPokerFool posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [9s 8h]
BuddyDank folds
irongirl01 folds
swimmom95 folds
NewinNov folds
kurokitty raises to 3,000, and is all in
DrPauly has 15 seconds left to act
DrPauly folds
JoeMav raises to 5,700
OMGitsPokerFool folds
JoeMav shows [Ad Qc]
kurokitty shows [9s 8h]
Uncalled bet of 2,700 returned to JoeMav
*** FLOP *** [5c Ks 2s]
*** TURN *** [5c Ks 2s] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [5c Ks 2s 4s] [9d]
JoeMav shows Ace King high
kurokitty shows a pair of Nines
kurokitty wins the pot (6,500) with a pair of Nines
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 6,500 | Rake 0
Board: [5c Ks 2s 4s 9d]
Seat 1: BuddyDank folded before the Flop
Seat 2: irongirl01 folded before the Flop
Seat 3: swimmom95 folded before the Flop
Seat 4: NewinNov folded before the Flop
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [9s 8h] and won (6,500) with a pair of Nines
Seat 6: DrPauly (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: JoeMav (small blind) showed [Ad Qc] and lost with Ace King high
Seat 9: OMGitsPokerFool (big blind) folded before the Flop

More Kuro (63)

Full Tilt Poker Game #4179704359: Table Fazio (6 max) - $0.05/$0.10 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:39:53 ET - 2007/11/14
Seat 1: kurokitty ($9.15)
Seat 2: Uber Esel ($8)
Seat 3: pescaconmosca ($4)
Seat 4: LangeJan333 ($8.75)
Seat 5: GINN14 ($5.45)
Seat 6: L0NER116 ($14.80)
L0NER116 posts the small blind of $0.05
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.10
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6s 3s]
pescaconmosca raises to $0.20
LangeJan333 folds
GINN14 folds
L0NER116 folds
kurokitty calls $0.10
*** FLOP *** [Kd Kh 6h]
kurokitty checks
pescaconmosca bets $0.45
kurokitty raises to $1.35
pescaconmosca has 15 seconds left to act
pescaconmosca folds
Uncalled bet of $0.90 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($1.25)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $1.35 | Rake $0.10
Board: [Kd Kh 6h]
Seat 1: kurokitty (big blind) collected ($1.25), mucked
Seat 2: Uber Esel is sitting out
Seat 3: pescaconmosca folded on the Flop
Seat 4: LangeJan333 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: GINN14 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: L0NER116 (small blind) folded before the Flop

The Mookie -- for Kuro (63)

Full Tilt Poker Game #4179228368: The Mookie - DDDNasty II (31525513), Table 9 - 50/100 - No Limit Hold'em - 22:56:46 ET - 2007/11/14
Seat 1: BuddyDank (8,580)
Seat 2: ANIguy (3,270)
Seat 3: leftylu (1,835)
Seat 4: NewinNov (2,650)
Seat 5: kurokitty (1,760)
Seat 6: DrPauly (5,580)
Seat 7: thepokergrind (7,675)
Seat 8: JoeMav (3,895)
Seat 9: jmathewson_III (3,170)
BuddyDank posts the small blind of 50
ANIguy posts the big blind of 100
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [6c 3d]
leftylu folds
NewinNov folds
kurokitty raises to 300
DrPauly folds
thepokergrind folds
JoeMav folds
jmathewson_III folds
BuddyDank calls 250
ANIguy calls 200
*** FLOP *** [Ts Ad 8c]
BuddyDank checks
ANIguy checks
kurokitty checks
*** TURN *** [Ts Ad 8c] [4h]
BuddyDank checks
ANIguy checks
kurokitty bets 450
BuddyDank folds
ANIguy folds
Uncalled bet of 450 returned to kurokitty
kurokitty mucks
kurokitty wins the pot (900)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 900 | Rake 0
Board: [Ts Ad 8c 4h]
Seat 1: BuddyDank (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 2: ANIguy (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 3: leftylu didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: NewinNov didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: kurokitty collected (900), mucked
Seat 6: DrPauly didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: thepokergrind didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: JoeMav didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: jmathewson_III (button) didn't bet (folded)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Money in my sleep (part II)

One-twelve, A-T-L, the sun up yet?
Then we party like the sun don't set

I was just about to go to bed when I decided I would troll 2+2's sportsbetting forum when I saw a poster, a former professional tennis player, saying he thought there was some value in Roddick's upcoming tennis match against Davydenko, who was 0-4 against Roddick.

The brief research I made showed that he'd even been fined this year for "not trying hard enough."

Sounded good for me, for a single bet. And when I woke up, a result better than Christmas:

Date placed:
Nov 12, 2007 12:39a

Date settled:
Nov 12, 2007 6:13a
Single # 93584484
Tennis - All tournaments for men (Game) Moneyline
(1006) Andy Roddick -220 Mon@4:00a

Final Scores
Nikolay Davydenko 1
Andy Roddick 2


POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: My Harman and Kardon Soundsticks II came in today. They are AWESOME. I had some crappy basic speakers hooked up to my computer after I bought my LG flat screen monitor. And then was totally sold after my financial adviser played a track of rapper Killer Mike on her computer, which has them.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Good Sunday values

This is a little late, but I'm posting it to show that there are some exceptionally good bets out there if you look.

1). Who will have more fantasy football points, Adrian Peterson (+1/2) or Brett Favre (-1/2)?

You could almost tell this is a trap for people trying to jump on the Peterson bandwagon. I have Adrian on my fantasy football team and although he scored 32.75 points in Week 9, that really was a rarity. Except for those two huge breakout games he's had, he's been good for the 7-12 point range. So the old man easily could put up good numbers.

Props have seemed to be good values -- I won on Ben Roethlisberger over Derek Anderson, Donovan McNabb over Jason Campbell and surprisingly lost with Jon Kitna over Kurt Warner. But 3-1 isn't a bad way to go.

2). Betting dogs. I know Miamidon has mentioned this before but this week is a good example of the potential value in betting dogs. With only the IND-SD tonight and SEA-SF games left, if you bet the underdog without knowing anything about the teams, you would have gone 7-5, up two bets, which is how you can consistently beat the juice and become a winning player.

Some games tended to lend themselves for betting the dogs more than others. Atlanta was a 4 point underdog to Carolina (at Carolina) but other than the home-field advantage I really didn't understand why. It wasn't even sure before gametime whether Testaverde would be the starting quarterback and Carolina's offense and defense have been hit or miss. Plus, with Atlanta's Jerious Norwood out, I felt like Warrick Dunn would be motivated to have a good game. Atlanta won 20-13.

Also because of two stagnant offenses playing each other, I picked the under (36 points).

There were two double-digit dogs this week, CLE at PIT (-10) and STL at NO (-10 1/2). The latter game was an example of watching how the money is moving. It started out last Sunday as NO -12 and moved steadily down to -10 1/2 at the start of the game. Which pointed out that lots of money was going on St. Louis.

Check out this passage from Michael Konik's excellent sportsbetting memoir "The Smart Money" (2006):
Within twenty-four hours, Algo Andy has an account up and running at WWTS -- as do two other members of the Hollywood Boys. Within forty-eight hours, I have the scores -- or at least what Baby says they ought to be if the NFL contests were played several million times. How strange to see the difference between teams expressed in hundredths of a point. Indianapolis, Baby says, is a 5.29 point favorite over Miami. The Bears shouldn't be getting 7 points from the Packers; they should be getting 7.14. This is because, according to Baby's simulations, Green Bay is supposed to score an average of 23.74 points and Chicago is supposed to score an average of 16.60. I notice that almost all the matchups are closer than one might reckon initially, that the (long-term) difference between NFL teams isn't as large as most people assume. Which means there's inherent value in the underdogs.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Love me some toasters

This week has been ruled by toasters, namely having them checkraise me at every opportunity.

But a couple of hands transpired this afternoon on Bocat that affirmed my faith in toasters. One involved me winning about half a buy-in in NL$1/2 with two pair KQs vs KJo.

The other was a toaster who reraised me all in in 6-max with second pair, no draw, when I had TPTK.

A toaster also lost his buy-in in 6-max NL$10 when he committed to TPWK with J3 and continued calling, even though I raised pf with AJ and hit my TP and 2 pair on the turn.

POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: It irks me sometimes to see posts on Bocat line on the 2+2 forums, especially when you see Bocat customer service people respond directly because they monitor it all the time.

I've been debating where to go for a week's worth of vaca, Las Vegas or Tunica. So I decided to look back through my stats and it's not even close -- with Tunica, I'm way up and have a .700 winning trip percentage.

In Vegas, going back four years, I'm barely better than even money and have a .565 winning trip percentage. Guess the home court advantage means something.

EDIT: D'oh. I omitted one of my 2006 Vegas trips. I'm actually better than even money (but nowhere near Tunica) and have a .583 winning trip percentage.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lead warning in casino chips

Hmmm. Maybe this story about lead being found in popular casino chips will make me rethink my collection.

It may also explain why bloggers act like such donkeys when assembled together around a poker table -- too much lead!

Two stories, here, from KNXV-TV:

Statewide lead alert issued from Arizona

Lead discovered in popular casino chips

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I like how this hand played out. I thought I could represent the K on the flop.

Full Tilt Poker Game #4094635660: Table Nieman (6 max) - $0.05/$0.10 - Pot Limit Hold'em - 1:39:43 ET - 2007/11/07
Seat 1: dbaker36 ($3.50)
Seat 3: kurokitty ($9.60)
Seat 4: Kulis ($7.05)
Seat 5: BallerLAX ($11.05)
dbaker36 posts the small blind of $0.05
kurokitty posts the big blind of $0.10
5 seconds left to act
Kulis posts a dead small blind of $0.05
Kulis posts $0.10
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Ad 8d]
Kulis checks
BallerLAX calls $0.10
dbaker36 calls $0.05
kurokitty checks
*** FLOP *** [Kh 2d Jd]
dbaker36 checks
alfisti80145 sits down
alfisti80145 adds $4
kurokitty bets $0.35
Kulis folds
BallerLAX calls $0.35
dbaker36 folds
*** TURN *** [Kh 2d Jd] [5d]
kurokitty checks
BallerLAX bets $0.55
kurokitty calls $0.55
*** RIVER *** [Kh 2d Jd 5d] [4c]
kurokitty bets $1.25
BallerLAX has 15 seconds left to act
BallerLAX raises to $3.60
kurokitty has 15 seconds left to act
kurokitty raises to $8.60, and is all in
BallerLAX calls $5
*** SHOW DOWN ***
kurokitty shows [Ad 8d] a flush, Ace high
BallerLAX mucks
kurokitty wins the pot ($18.45) with a flush, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $19.45 | Rake $1
Board: [Kh 2d Jd 5d 4c]
Seat 1: dbaker36 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 3: kurokitty (big blind) showed [Ad 8d] and won ($18.45) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 4: Kulis folded on the Flop
Seat 5: BallerLAX (button) mucked [9d 7d] - a flush, Jack high

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Santa Fe/Las Vegas bound

I'm headed to Santa Fe the week of Thanksgiving, it was a last-minute thing but I guess I'm pretty excited about it and the chance to add to my chip collection, although I am not sure if I will be able to pick up any new chips and/or play.

At the same time, I booked my ticket for the December bloggers trip to Las Vegas.

I have to remind myself, however, to be open instead of closed to new opportunities for travel. The Santa Fe trip will be first-class, thanks to a certain well-heeled friend of mine.

And nearly free, because I have been told I don't have to worry about ponying up for the rented house there. I finally found a use for 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles for the trip out there and am using Delta miles for the Vegas trip.

The Delta ticket sort of irked me, though. A few months ago, the same trip was 47,500 miles -- I was trying to get the same flight back to Atlanta with Gnome. But tonight it was 37,500. I'm glad I didn't try to purchase the ticket earlier.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Seven random things about me (part II)

BrainMc tagged me...

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

Here's seven random things about me. (Here's what I wrote in May).

1). I've run, as of today, 309 days consecutively, each day this year and am trying to close out the year with upwards of 1,100 miles. I have missed only six days since Oct. 18, 2006 and in that one-year timespan run nearly 1,200 miles. I've only run at most half that in previous years.

2). On most days also, I ride a Trek hybrid into work and it's prolly the closest thing to combat that I'll actually experience (if you've ever seen downtown Atlanta rush-hour traffic, you'll know what I mean).

3). I've experienced some weird things as a reporter. Witnessing burn unit surgery will always remind me of the smell of Fritos.

4). I became addicted to cats after seeing a whimsical drawing of "el gato" in my high school Spanish textbook.

5). Until very recently I would only sleep to the sound of a high-powered fan on or an air conditioner because it mimics the drone of an aircraft engine. I've stopped it because it's cold now and I do not want to lose my hearing.

6). In Vegas, I always have a black $100 Bellagio chip in a plastic case in my pocket. I'm happy that even when my bankroll was low, I have never cashed it in.

7). I will often tape fortune cookie messages to my monitors. At work: "Endurance and persistence will be rewarded." On my laptop: "You should learn to find money and hold onto it." I am not putting anything on my new LG flat-screen.

The following have been tagged:


Four is enough.

Really stupid shit

This is why you can't have the news on autopilot. I was just zoning out after my run this morning when I saw the following headlines, courtesy of Netscape and Compuserve:

U.S.:Doc to Surrender $2.9M in Medicare Case
World:Thousands Face Down Pakistani Police
Politics:Clinton Deflects Heat From Rivals
Sports:Schilling, Red Sox Take 2-0 Series Lead

What? The Sox won a week ago. LOL.

I guess the rowdy Sox fans will start rioting again.

EDIT: I think Netscape should be forced to let me bet on the outcome of the next two games. :)

Sunday, November 04, 2007


I can't be beat preflop, can I?

PokerStars Game #13044898591: Hold'em No Limit ($0.10/$0.25) - 2007/11/04 - 19:35:10 (ET)
Table 'Calvinia' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: JimiRecall ($25 in chips)
Seat 3: kurokitty ($23.10 in chips)
Seat 4: KUHNDAWG74 ($12.80 in chips)
Seat 5: keith_hill02 ($25.45 in chips)
Seat 7: dbljoker ($12.80 in chips)
Seat 8: Frankster02 ($4.45 in chips)
Seat 9: PARIS8HILTON ($3.55 in chips)
dbljoker: posts small blind $0.10
Frankster02: posts big blind $0.25
THXforFoldin has returned
JimiRecall: posts big blind $0.25
N3mbersMcGee: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [Js Jh]
PARIS8HILTON: calls $0.25
JimiRecall: checks
kurokitty: raises $1.10 to $1.35
KUHNDAWG74: folds
keith_hill02: folds
dbljoker: folds
Frankster02: raises $3.10 to $4.45 and is all-in
JimiRecall: folds
kurokitty: calls $3.10
*** FLOP *** [Jc 8h 5s]
*** TURN *** [Jc 8h 5s] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [Jc 8h 5s Jd] [7d]
kurokitty said, "quads"
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Frankster02: shows [Th Qh] (a pair of Jacks)
kurokitty: shows [Js Jh] (four of a kind, Jacks)
kurokitty collected $9.05 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $9.50 | Rake $0.45
Board [Jc 8h 5s Jd 7d]
Seat 1: JimiRecall folded before Flop
Seat 3: kurokitty showed [Js Jh] and won ($9.05) with four of a kind, Jacks
Seat 4: KUHNDAWG74 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: keith_hill02 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: dbljoker (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: Frankster02 (big blind) showed [Th Qh] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 9: PARIS8HILTON folded before Flop

Thank you, Randy

...for scoring a touchdown early in the Patriots-Colts game. It's the first time I've maxed out a Bocat betting limit.

The money was credited almost immediately after the prop was settled. The game's still in the 1st half.

Thanks to Gnome for letting me know. I couldn't bear to watch!


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Snakes on a Table

If you've ever come to the Cats Arena and thought it was daunting to try to win on the road against two Poker Cats, just imagine what it's like to play at a table with a snake curled up around a Corona.

Surf graciously invited me to his work friends' $20 tourney tonight, where there were not one but two Poker snakes. The tourney was good but I was pretty cold-decked and bounced out in 7th place (out of 12 people), my first loss for the Lookouts shirt (6-1) this year.

It's funny. I didn't have enough time to make Kaja's game yesterday even though I had all day free and it's only about a dozen miles away, yet I made the 40-mile drive to McDonough with less than three hours to spare after work.

Lots of limping with bad cards, low raises, low awareness of the M. And that makes for a good game. It's a little far, though.


POKER CATS NOTEBOOK: I need to pay attention to how lines change during the week. Mostly, I try to make my picks early in the week when the lines have little movement and maybe there are some bargains to be had.

At the time I made my bet, Wake Forest was a pick'em and late in the week it went to +1 1/2. Had I picked up that, the game would have been a win for me even though Virginia won 17-16.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Punk Hand of the Day

Full Tilt Poker Game #4049441054: $5 + $0.50 Madness (30775972), Table 1 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:07:13 ET - 2007/11/02
Seat 1: dmwinter (3,260)
Seat 3: beamor (1,410)
Seat 5: rdr910 (5,305)
Seat 6: ALnightrider (1,285)
Seat 7: kurokitty (1,110)
Seat 8: WooWooPoker (1,130)
dmwinter posts the small blind of 25
beamor posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to kurokitty [As Kh]
rdr910 folds
ALnightrider folds
kurokitty raises to 175
WooWooPoker folds
dmwinter calls 150
beamor folds
*** FLOP *** [Ah 4h Js]
dmwinter checks
kurokitty bets 300
dmwinter calls 300
*** TURN *** [Ah 4h Js] [3d]
dmwinter bets 650
kurokitty calls 635, and is all in
dmwinter shows [3c Ac]
kurokitty shows [As Kh]
Uncalled bet of 15 returned to dmwinter
*** RIVER *** [Ah 4h Js 3d] [Ks]
dmwinter shows two pair, Aces and Threes
kurokitty shows two pair, Aces and Kings
kurokitty wins the pot (2,270) with two pair, Aces and Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,270 | Rake 0
Board: [Ah 4h Js 3d Ks]
Seat 1: dmwinter (small blind) showed [3c Ac] and lost with two pair, Aces and Threes
Seat 3: beamor (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: rdr910 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: ALnightrider didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: kurokitty showed [As Kh] and won (2,270) with two pair, Aces and Kings
Seat 8: WooWooPoker didn't bet (folded)

A removed prop

So I've given up on going to Kaja's because I was trolling lines on Bocat. I found two that were intriguing.

One is whether Randy Moss will score a touchdown. I could be totally wrong, but this looks like free money (Yes, -210). As Tom Brady's go-to guy, in eight weeks of games he has 11 touchdowns. The only week he didn't score was in Week 5 against Cleveland.

So yes, there's a chance that he won't score. But his talent at catching passes is critical to the team's success.

The other line that intrigued me was one that was removed. People probably pounced on it when they saw it:

Will Mike Vrabel score a touchdown?

If you had a chance to bet on this, I would hope you would do it blindfolded. He's not even on Yahoo's Fantasy Football listing. Why? Because he's a defensive linesman and in the last 152 games of his career going back three seasons, he's only had one touchdown.

Granted, the 'books are businesses trying to make money. But as a customer, it doesn't hurt to shop for bargains -- and free money.

Happiness is (part II)

...going out for groceries and getting what you went out for -- a 22-inch LG widescreen LCD monitor, to replace your old, dutiful 15" HP flat screen monitor.

I didn't want to shell out $550 for the 24" but I told the clerk that I wouldn't need the warranty because this purchase is just a temporary fix (until I buy a huge frakkin' monitor).

My advice to you: Fight bad beats with shopping.


Happiness is...

...putting a hit-and-run on a maniac toaster who 3-bets you all-in with TPWK when you have TPTK.


Pizzah, kittehz and pokah

I write this morning slightly hungover after three jager bombs and a few beers. Watching the Va Tech-Ga Tech game and having people over was great last night, although I went against my own impulse to bet on Va Tech after reading an analyst's free pick on Ga Tech on SBR lines.

But it was more or less a push, because I picked the UNDER on the game after receiving this e-mail from

In November games since 2005, Virginia Tech covered the UNDER six out of seven times. Meanwhile, in games played over the same time period where the line is between +3 and -3, Georgia Tech covered the UNDER seven out of eight times. Georgia Tech's offense could take a blow as it looks as if they will be without leading rusher Tashard Choice. Both teams’ defenses are impressive, each giving up less than 16 points per game. Given the factors mentioned, one can't blame the 60% of early bettors backing the UNDER (40.5).

They could have just said "Georgia Tech, without Tashard Choice, appears to be unable to score."

Cat ended up three buy-ins (Braves-Park, 1-0).

I can't remember the hands that helped me double up, they were mainly in the O8 or pineapple range. Fuel will be proud that I won with a flopped Presto quad on the last hand of the evening for a few extra bucks in a new game that we've called "English," after the heritage of Ben who coined it.

Basically you get four cards like in Omaha and discard one on the turn like you would in pineapple and another on the river. You can use the two remaining cards as in hold'em (that is, you don't have to use both like in Omaha).

Of course, that led me to create the "New World," where you start off with two cards and then get an additional one on the turn and one on the river for use as an Omaha hand.

It was great catching up with Surf -- I think it had been a few months -- and I'm looking forward to the pokery events the next few days...

Oh Al Gore I love you

...for knowing your limits.

Will Al Gore announce he is running for president by Nov. 1, 2007?

Date placed:
Oct 15, 2007 6:29p

Date settled:
Nov 02, 2007 9:44a
Single # 89207980
Political Props (Whole) Moneyline
(9197) No -900 Fri@7:00p

Final Scores
Yes 0
No 1


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Writing peeve

I hate it when it looks like writers try to cram a cliche phrase into an article and it doesn't work:

Like this one from a CardPlayer last month:

Day One - Survival of the Fittest
The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the only stop on the WPT located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and it showed. Many of the tournament's 256 entrants were local players from the surrounding area who had won their seats through satellites and casino promotions.

Huh? Why would the fact that lots of locals filled the tourney show that the Beau is the only WPT stop on the Gulf Coast?

Or this, from a Bicycling e-mail I just got today:

The Saul Raisin Miracle
There's only one problem for Saul Raisin: One miracle, living through a horrific crash, a coma and severe brain injury, isn't enough. He wants to race again.

I'm sure that's not the only problem he's facing, given his horrific crash and recovery.