Monday, September 29, 2008

Punk Hand of the Day

I had raised three hands in a row so naturally I thought he was playing back at me...

Poker Stars, NL$.50/1, 6-max:

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Seat 1: hazarin ($99) -
Seat 2: Gangen ($69) -
Seat 3: BuLL3t_bG ($102.10)
Seat 4: KawaNinja ($80.70)
Seat 5: kurokitty ($113.30)
Seat 6: EiskalteHund ($87.45) -


hazarin posts small blind $0.50
Gangen posts BIG blind $1
Dealt To: kurokitty

FOLD KawaNinja
RAISE kurokitty ($4)
FOLD EiskalteHund
FOLD hazarin
RAISE Gangen ($10)
CALL kurokitty ($6)


Pot: $21.5

BET Gangen ($8)
RAISE kurokitty ($103.30)
CALL Gangen ($51)


Pot: $183.8


Pot: $183.8



kurokitty collected $135.5 from main pot

Total pot: $138 Rake: $3

Final Board:

Seat 1: hazarin small blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-0.5)
Seat 2: Gangen big blind showed [Kd Kc] and lost with two pair, Kings and Queens - Net Gain/Loss: ($-66)
Seat 3: BuLL3t_bG folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 4: KawaNinja folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 5: kurokitty showed [Jd Qs] and won 135.50 with three of a kind, Queens - Net Gain/Loss: ($74.5)
Seat 6: EiskalteHund button folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Poker Stars replayer (beta)

Logging in tonight I notice there's a little red dot with a clockwise-turning arrow next to the previous hand link at the tables.

It's a beta-test hand-history replayer, which is pretty cool. It opens up another table in a gray screen with play and pause buttons.

Fireworks in the daytime (White Sox 5, Indians 1)

CHICAGO -- This game was a must-win for the Chicago White Sox, who trailed the Minnesota Twins by a half game in the AL Central Division.

The nearly 31,000 who packed U.S. Cellular Field gave the place a playoff kind of atmosphere, and this was aided by very aggressive stadium and loud music that included rap and even metal.

This is no Wrigley Field.

There's a lot of modern polish to a White Sox game, from the video intros of the Sox's greatest moments to get you into the game (I wish they did this at Turner Field), to Topps' baseball card/video pictures of each Sox player before the game starts.

Sometimes there's not enough electronic information, however. You get a pitch count for the pitchers but not a breakdown of strikes and balls. You can't tell the slugging percentage of each batter.

While the McDonald's race is cute, it's a little ironic that fast food items -- the Big Mac, fries and McGriddle -- are racing each other. (You'd think the McGriddle would always lose).

When they hit a home run, they shoot off huge fireworks that are interesting to see in the daytime. I think Turner Field's use of the air raid siren when the White Sox score a run would be a great add-on that would give the park even more of a Chicago feel.

Speaking of which, you can get a great view of the iconic Sears Tower and skyline at the park.

We sat in the Upper Box, which gave about the same vantage as the Upper Box at Turner (although tix are $22 vs. $16).

All in all it was a great experience -- and they won the game, forcing a one-game makeup against the Tigers tomorrow to stay alive for the playoffs. A win there and they play the Twins to see who is the AL Central champion.

So many startlements (road trip with pops)

You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first... first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a ... a cow ... on the roof of a cotton house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation.
-O, Brother, Where art Thou?

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- It's been a while since I've seen something like this -- an honest to God, working nuclear reactor right on the side of a country road.

I saw a view of the water, so blue, that made me yearn for Biloxi, Hawaii, the California coast, anywhere the land gives up the frontier.

And I saw a casino so beautiful that walking through it gave me the feeling that I get when I walk through the most storied casinos that we play in Las Vegas, that feeling of walking onto a court in a playoff game.

But first I had to get there. After celebrating Empire's birthday and playing lots of duel-mode Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Sham and I stayed up until 6 a.m. playing two-player "Party Mode" on Madden 09 -- lots of drills, scrimmages and even a trivia section.

I dutifully got myself up three hours later and made my way to work to drop off my car. There was a parade or something so it took me three tries to get into the downtown area.

At O'Hare, my dad picked me up and we drove into Indiana. He had heard of the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind.

My original plan was to take a rental directly from the airport as I'd done a few years earlier on a trip to Resorts East Chicago (Ind.) and Trump Casino in Gary, Ind. and play at the new Horseshoe Hammond (Ind.) and the Majestic Star in Gary to add to my chip collection and wallet.

But the Blue Chip had a poker room and it seemed a lot better to carpool.

The Blue Chip has a decent-sized casino. It's pretty modern and chic and right away I felt at home walking through it. I love the Midwest casinos' practice of having free soft drink stations - I really needed a Diet Coke at that time.

Pops wanted to play some video poker so I settled in to get an hour of play in the poker room (two of my chip sets at home are for places where I've played at least an hour in poker rooms).

Medium sized room, they were running three tables of NL$1/2 ($200 max) and one limit table at the time. I got the table with a bunch of retirees, one young Russian-looking lad and a very loose middle-aged guy.

Had KK twice in that hour, once everyone folded, the other I got pushed out of on the river with a board that had a straight and flush possibility. The nice older guy to my left bet it out when I checked. I immediately brought out $30 like I was going to call and looked out of the corner of my eye at him. It could just be me, but I had a feeling like he was coveting the chips, so I folded.

I was down about $50 on my last hand that I was going to play there when I got 99 utg. I just limped, it gets raised by Seat 1. Loose guy in seat 6 calls, I call, and seat 9 calls.

The flop is 723, two hearts. Loose guy in sb checks, I check, seat 9 goes all-in.

Seat 9 just lost half of his stack to Seat 1 when his AA got cracked by K9o with two Ks on the board (one on flop and one on turn). I had a feeling that he would be trying to make a move on Seat 1 when he pushed.

Seat 1 got out of the way, loose guy folds.

I shrug and push out a $100 stack "I'll give you some action." He shows J9s of hearts and the board plays out 3, x to give me the pot.

The Russian guy can't believe it. He doesn't know that I don't give a fuck about money.

And just like that, the Biscuits (10-3) gets a Chipper Jones-like hit to end a partial session.

The hour is up, I cash out an orbit later, catching up with pops.

We are so close to the Michigan border and Four Winds Casino that if I was by myself there's no way I wouldn't drive the extra 5 miles just to check the place out. Next time.

But we decide to hit the Hammond Horseshoe on the way back home and the Garmin navigation system takes us right through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is pretty fucking beautiful.

That's when we happen on a giant cooling tower next to the road, which I think is the Bailly Nuclear Plant site. I'd never experienced anything like this, well, since being in Boy Scouts in California and having a camping trip at the park that is part of the Rancho Cordova plant site. lol

After the dunes, "Industrial wasteland" is pretty much my best description of what you see from the highway at Gary and Hammond.

But the Horseshoe is a hidden gem. It's about twice the size of the Horse that I know in Tunica. Already the weekend afternoon, there were lots of people already gambling it up.

The poker room was jammed full of tables -- and people, but it was still pretty nice. They spread the requisite NL games, plus $10/20 and 20/40 limit (hint, F-Train), they had $5/10 limit O8 and even what must be a large game -- $2/5 PLO.

I wanted to play here. But my mom already was home from the stuff that she had to do for the day. I think pops liked seeing the video poker machines that they had but we agreed we could come back in the future (it only took about 30 minutes to get back to the Chicago suburbs).

On deck for today: Possibly a 5K. Definitely some cookout-food and then watching the Chicago White Sox make a futile attempt to make the playoffs in their last regularly-scheduled game for the season against Cleveland.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Full Tilt check arrived

My second Full Tilt check arrived today, 14 business days after I requested a withdrawal...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

250 SkyMiles promotion

If you book a ticket on or check-in online through Halloween, you'll get 250 SkyMiles. Delta also will donate 250 miles to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

You can register for the promo here.

It's timely since I will be flying to Chicago on Saturday on Delta to check out the Horseshoe in Hammond, Ind. and see if the Chicago White Sox can hold onto their division lead with their very last game against the Indians on Sunday.

A messed up hand

I'm just glad I wasn't in this one...

Full Tilt NL$1/2, 6-max

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Seat 1: carobizarro ($127.80)
Seat 2: karatgold ($19.70) -
Seat 3: kurokitty ($298.40) -
Seat 4: iraqquad ($74) -
Seat 5: supa stef ($32.25)
Seat 6: Foerzi ($44.90)


kurokitty posts small blind $1
iraqquad posts BIG blind $2
Dealt To: kurokitty

CALL supa stef ($2)
RAISE Foerzi ($4)
CALL carobizarro ($4)
RAISE karatgold ($19.70)
FOLD kurokitty
FOLD iraqquad
CALL supa stef ($17.70)
RAISE Foerzi ($44.90)
FOLD carobizarro
CALL supa stef ($12.55)
UNCALLED Foerzi ($12.65)


Pot: $91.2


Pot: $91.2


Pot: $91.2



supa stef:

Foerzi collected $25.1 from side pot 1 with three of a kind, AcesFoerzi collected $63.1 from main pot with three of a kind, Aces

Total pot: $91Main pot: $66
Side pot: $25
Rake: $3

Final Board:

Seat 1: carobizarro folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-4)
Seat 2: karatgold button showed [Kd Ks] and lost with - Net Gain/Loss: ($-19.7)
Seat 3: kurokitty small blind folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1)
Seat 4: iraqquad big blind folded before the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)
Seat 5: supa stef showed [Jc Jd] and lost with three of a kind, Jacks - Net Gain/Loss: ($-32.25)
Seat 6: Foerzi showed [As Ad] and won 88.20 with three of a kind, Aces - Net Gain/Loss: ($55.95)

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