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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Milestone: The two-year run

HONOLULU -- Wrapped up two consecutive years of running today. More here at my other blog, The Running Cat.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Amid a heater, a wedding

Peace up. A-town down.
-Usher

HONOLULU -- One of the reasons I usually do well playing poker on the road is that I have none of the distractions I have at home, namely work.

I play longer because I'm not tired or have things to do, like drink, for example. Poker has my undivided attention.

On Sunday, the time finally came for what I'm here for, my cousin's wedding. Of all the weddings I've been to, this one was by far the most lavish, it was held at the four-star Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. (My friend Doug's wedding at Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast was by far the most efficient of the nicest weddings I've attended).

Two cellists played traditional wedding music while the bride was escorted out onto the outdoor terrace that had a backdrop of the sea. It reminded me of something out of the 1930s, from The English Patient, of times so good you know they won't ever be the same again.

It was so nice that although I kept reminding myself how touristy Waikiki is, I kept thinking, dude, you should get married here.

The later reception was a pretty formal affair, almost reminding me of official work parties in Japan. The bride and groom sat on a raised platform and toasts were made in their honor. Several banzai toasts were also made in their honor, making me wonder if by the very act of doing this, we were sending planes in the air.

The music and dancing seemed almost an afterthought to the program, and maybe that was for the best. Watching the Asian DJ crank out music and then watching my cousin's friends dance reminded me of having spent years watching SEC football and then having to watch Hawaii try to survive in the Hawaii Bowl.

I was tempted on several occasions to text a friend back home at how horrible the rap music was here.

And then I heard Usher sing out to the A-town. I'm pretty sure none of the wedding dancers could tell you what or where it is.

But I do and it was heartening to know that Atlanta was representing at a wedding far out in this jewel of a city in the Pacific.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Punk Hand of the Day

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Seat 1: slowmaster ($75.30)
Seat 2: Citycobra007 ($166.45)
Seat 3: RUNNINGBAD1 ($104.90)
Seat 4: tanigz89 ($116.35) -
Seat 5: kurokitty ($248.55) -
Seat 6: brodd22 ($115.80) -


PRE-FLOP:

kurokitty posts small blind $1
brodd22 posts BIG blind $2
Dealt To: kurokitty


FOLD slowmaster
CALL Citycobra007 ($2)
CALL RUNNINGBAD1 ($2)
CALL tanigz89 ($2)
CALL kurokitty ($1)
CHECK brodd22


FLOP:

Pot: $10
   

BET kurokitty ($10)
FOLD brodd22
FOLD Citycobra007
FOLD RUNNINGBAD1
CALL tanigz89 ($10)


TURN:

Pot: $30
     

BET kurokitty ($25)
RAISE tanigz89 ($48)
CALL kurokitty ($23)


RIVER:

Pot: $126
      



SHOWDOWN:
tanigz89:

kurokitty:


kurokitty collected $123 from main pot with a full house, Jacks full of Queens

SUMMARY:
Total pot: $126 Rake: $3

Final Board:
     

Seat 1: slowmaster didnt bet folded - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 2: Citycobra007 folded on the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)
Seat 3: RUNNINGBAD1 folded on the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)
Seat 4: tanigz89 button showed [4c 3c] and lost with a flush, Queen high - Net Gain/Loss: ($-60)
  
Seat 5: kurokitty small blind showed [Js Qs] and won 123 with a full house, Jacks full of Queens - Net Gain/Loss: ($63)
Seat 6: brodd22 big blind folded on the Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2)


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Punk Hand of the Day

I didn't realize he had so few chips. It seemed like a real waste, but I had to call...

Poker Stars NL .25/.50

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Seat 1: kurokitty ($52.90) -
Seat 2: BlueBear ($9.50) -
Seat 3: CrikHan ($7) -
Seat 4: Finnschik ($23.70)
Seat 5: brizmarc ($58.30)
Seat 6: k030101 ($45.75)
Seat 7: AAKKK14 ($23.20)
Seat 8: Gregory06 ($44)
Seat 9: fishyfsh ($9.30)


PRE-FLOP:

BlueBear posts small blind $0.25
CrikHan posts BIG blind $0.50
Dealt To: kurokitty


FOLD Finnschik
FOLD brizmarc
FOLD k030101
FOLD AAKKK14
FOLD Gregory06
FOLD fishyfsh
RAISE kurokitty ($1.75)
FOLD BlueBear
CALL CrikHan ($1.25)


FLOP:

Pot: $3.75
   

CHECK CrikHan
BET kurokitty ($3.50)
RAISE CrikHan ($5.25)
CALL kurokitty ($1.75)


TURN:

Pot: $14.25
     



RIVER:

Pot: $14.25
      



SHOWDOWN:
CrikHan:

kurokitty:


kurokitty collected $13.55 from main pot

SUMMARY:
Total pot: $14 Rake: $0.70

Final Board:
     

Seat 1: kurokitty button showed [Jc Ks] and won 13.55 with a straight, Ten to Ace - Net Gain/Loss: ($8.8)
Seat 2: BlueBear small blind folded before Flop - Net Gain/Loss: ($-0.25)
Seat 3: CrikHan big blind showed [Ah Js] and lost with a pair of Aces - Net Gain/Loss: ($-2.25)
  
Seat 4: Finnschik folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 5: brizmarc folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 6: k030101 folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 7: AAKKK14 folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 8: Gregory06 folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)
Seat 9: fishyfsh folded before Flop didnt bet - Net Gain/Loss: ($0)


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