Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm glad I didn't stay away for too much longer...

...and that the CR offense still makes mischief at the low-limits.

Poker Stars NL$1/2 6-max

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Seat 1: kurokitty ($199) -
Seat 2: birdzai ($200.70) -
Seat 3: im#1gangster ($262.05) -
Seat 4: jackfleck ($119.65)
Seat 5: sihuynh ($200)
Seat 6: vaugustus ($121.10)


birdzai posts small blind $1
im#1gangster posts BIG blind $2
Dealt To: kurokitty

CALL jackfleck ($2)
FOLD sihuynh
FOLD vaugustus
RAISE kurokitty ($10)
FOLD birdzai
FOLD im#1gangster
CALL jackfleck ($8)


Pot: $23

CHECK jackfleck
BET kurokitty ($18)
CALL jackfleck ($18)


Pot: $59

CHECK jackfleck
CHECK kurokitty


Pot: $59

CHECK jackfleck
BET kurokitty ($21)
FOLD jackfleck

kurokitty collected $56.15 from main pot

Total pot: $59 Rake: $2.85

Final Board:

Seat 1: kurokitty button collected 56.15 - Net Gain/Loss: ($30.15)
Seat 2: birdzai small blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1)
Seat 3: im#1gangster big blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)
Seat 4: jackfleck folded on the River - Net Gain/Loss: ($-28)
Seat 5: sihuynh folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 6: vaugustus folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)

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Let the holidays begin (in a way, I think they already have)

After putting the cap on Fallout 3 yesterday, today I went out and got Left 4 Dead, which is a great zombie shooter game. Luckily for me it has hard stopping points allowing me to do something else, like, er, play poker.

Settled in this afternoon to some really loose-passive tables on Full Tilt, making me wonder if for some people the holiday weekend already has started.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

28 days later...

I am the Alpha cat and the Omega cat. I finished Fallout 3. I feel free. I totally need a beer.

War never ends.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A market-changing blow (Falcons 45, Panthers 28)

On Saturday, with Atlanta still reeling from the close loss against the Denver Broncos, home game tickets against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers next month were in the $30 range.

Today, after Sunday's crushing defeat of division rival Carolina Panthers, those prices have jumped back to respectability, starting at $61.

After the Broncos loss, Sham and I retooled our game prep -- I ditched my red Falcons shirt for a black one. No more Falcons magnet on the side of the car.

We even changed our food choices -- this time I brought out my hibachi and Sham brought out his secret spice mix and we grilled brats and chicken wings on the top floor of my building's parking deck.

Dude can cook and knows his food. We arrived at the Georgia Dome fat and happy.

And then good things happened. Atlanta jumped out to a 17-point lead. When the game got close in the 4th quarter, the Panthers made three penalties because they couldn't hear each other in the extremely loud dome.

What looked like it might be a close game turned into a full rout, with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. At one point, when Harry Douglas made a 69-yard reception, I was jumping up and down and yelling so hard I almost blacked out! lol

It was a nice way to close out my home game experience with the Falcons -- I will be in Vegas when the Bucs are in town and in Hawaii for the final game against the Rams.

It is a good time to be a sports fan -- nobody really expects the Falcons to make the playoffs but if they do, that will be all the better.

I'm already looking forward to next season, with all of the opportunties a four-ticket season ticket holder can get and with the potential to generate more return on my investment.

Friday, November 21, 2008

So icy (Georgia Tech 41, Miami 14)

Sham and I made it to Tech's last home game of the season, one complete with bitter cold and wind and ... Erin Andrews, lol.

I'm pretty sure most of ACC's Coastal Division wanted Miami to lose, since it opens up a lot of ACC Championship possibilities now for the teams, including Georgia Tech.

Sham and I bused it to JR Cricket's and after Operation Nuevo Laredo earlier in the day, I easily powered through a turkey burger and some wings.

Saturday's football lineup should be awesome and, of course, can't wait to watch the Falcons take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday (with some possible tailgating involved).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The wait is over (Fiesta Bowl)

During the MLB playoffs, I signed up for all kinds of crazy postseason wait-lists, and was often alerted with e-mails titled "Post-season ticket purchase opportunity" and then when I would excitedly click on it, I would find that I was not selected.

Despite disliking the Cubs, I signed onto their season ticket waitlist and am number 93,000-something, lol.

But today, I received an e-mail from the Fiesta Bowl folks who said I could be a season ticket holder.

And I gleefully agreed.

The cool thing is that once you're in, you can renew yearly.

Hopefully this will be a great opportunity. I can always go to Casino Arizona nearby and play poker. lol

Operation Taco Mac- accomplished!

Usually every Tuesday before a Georgia Tech game, I'll get an e-mail at about 6 a.m. telling me where in metro Atlanta a sponsor is giving away free tickets.

Thankfully my self-control won out and I didn't go out last night, as I was able to wake up early enough to get the e-mail and have time to respond.

Today's giveaway was at the Taco Mac-Metropolis in Midtown.

Only catch was it was 36 degrees.

My past experience has told me I'd have to get there right as the place opened at 11 a.m., otherwise no tixy. I've already driven once to the suburbs only to find I was about a half-hour too late for the tickets.

But this time it was doable. Yesterday I'd already run the same distance because my dentist is right across the street from the bar/eatery.

So I put on my running gear and went out there. I wanted to hit it so I was no more than 20 minutes early (I was only wearing shorts, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat).

I got there about 15 minutes early. There were about 20 people in line ahead of me.

This is easy, compared to the 90-minute wait I had to vote on Election Day.

And I got my free tickets. Dunno why there's so much joy involved in getting a freebie - I already have tickets to the game (although these are better seats). I'll have to give those away or sell them to a scalper.

Props to Taco Mac for participating in the game tix giveaway. As a Passport Club member with 89 unique beers on my card, hopefully they know I give them enough business!

Monday, November 17, 2008

A home game loss (Broncos 24, Falcons 20)

I had been telling people all week of my fear that the Falcons would get upset by the Broncos.

Hence my bet, Broncos +5.5 (went 6-4 for weekend).

The Falcons defense, which had been pretty robust in the first quarter looked like it was on very tired legs as the Broncos scored at will on the very first drive of the second half.

I guess it was for the "can't win 'em all" category but would have been nice to have seen them win again.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It pays to ask

In an age where airlines levy fees on practically everything, I have to give props to United Airlines for lessening the pain for my flight to Winter Bloggers in Las Vegas next month.

My original ticket, using miles, instantly tilted me. It would have taken 12 hours, by flying from Atlanta to Chicago to Washington-Dulles and then to Las Vegas.

Luckily, Gnome wanted to go to Bloggers a few days early. So I decided to see what could be done. Online, it looked like I'd have to pay $150 for any change to my schedule.

I found a nonstop (!) ticket on Delta for $325.

So, I could:

1). Try to get my free United ticket refunded for $150 and buy the Delta tix. ($325).
2). Eat the free ticky and buy the Delta tix ($325).

This created a dilemma of Freakonomics proportions - is it worth it to pay money for miles you've already accrued?

In the end, I decided to call United to see if I could make a change and pay $150, saving the $325. Of course, my itinerary sucked but it's better than paying extra money.

So I called and was happy to find out that my new itinerary cut out Chicago from the trip, saving me about 9 hours in the process.

And it cost nothing to make the change. So I guess it always pays to ask, even when you think the outcome is certain.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Falcons unlock the Kuro (6-3)

Sham and I went to the game yesterday, which was awesome right out of the bat. We sat in cheap seats that I bought on StubHub, er seats that were about $18 cheaper than the ones I bought via Ticketmaster. I sold all my other ones and really wished I had locked up a 25-ticket group pack early in the season. lol

Definite Saints crowd here, but not unruly (although the po-po escorted a couple away early in the game from the next section over).

The Falcons' conservative game worked nicely - the Saints didn't appear prone to blitzing like the Eagles had in the previous game, which was a loss.

Loved all the picks on Drew Brees and later when ESPN showed him losing his cool on the sideline.

Who knows what will happen this season for the birds?

Ended a nice 10-3 week in NCAA and NFL games (Lost Georgia, Saints and Bears). Normally I don't like picking so many games, but the matchups were so juicy it was hard to pass up. Just got lucky, I guess.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Punk Hand of the Day

It's nice to deactivate a nuclear bomb in Fallout 3 and then go straight to this hand. I hadn't meant to call pre-flop, but my reflexes from playing Fallout 3 for days weren't quick enough to not call.

Poker Stars NL$.50/1

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Seat 1: gbandman21 ($100) -
Seat 3: sukachita ($29)
Seat 4: HKJS123 ($55.25)
Seat 6: robbiesimmer ($189.10)
Seat 7: tcallaway ($48.95)
Seat 8: poppybuck ($22.50) -
Seat 9: kurokitty ($104.20) -


kurokitty posts small blind $0.50
gbandman21 posts BIG blind $1
Dealt To: kurokitty

FOLD sukachita
CALL HKJS123 ($1)
RAISE robbiesimmer ($6)
FOLD tcallaway
FOLD poppybuck
CALL kurokitty ($5.50)
FOLD gbandman21


Pot: $14

CHECK kurokitty
CHECK robbiesimmer


Pot: $14

BET kurokitty ($10)
RAISE robbiesimmer ($30)
RAISE kurokitty ($98.20)
CALL robbiesimmer ($68.20)


Pot: $220.4


MUCK robbiesimmer

kurokitty collected $207.4 from main pot

Total pot: $210 Rake: $3

Final Board:

Seat 1: gbandman21 big blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1)
Seat 3: sukachita folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 4: HKJS123 folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-1)
Seat 6: robbiesimmer mucked [Ks Kc] - Net Gain/Loss: ($-35.5)
Seat 7: tcallaway folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 8: poppybuck button folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 9: kurokitty small blind showed [Js Qs] and won 207.40 with a straight, Nine to King - Net Gain/Loss: ($128.7)

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