Monday, May 31, 2010

A married Gnome

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Congrats Gnome and best wishes for a happy future!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rush poker -- Ace high

Wow. Sometimes people have me totally wondering how much money they're spewing every day.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 723238

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+2: $41.50

MP1: $122.50

MP2: $79.65

CO: $103.20

BTN: $110.10

Hero (SB): $111.80

BB: $198.60

UTG: $100.00

UTG+1: $109.35

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with 9 of diamonds 9 of clubs

6 folds, BTN raises to $3, Hero raises to $10, 1 fold, BTN calls $7

Flop: ($21.00) K of diamonds 8 of clubs 6 of diamonds (2 players)

Hero bets $14, BTN calls $14

Turn: ($49.00) K of hearts (2 players)

Hero bets $39, BTN calls $39

River: ($127.00) 9 of hearts (2 players)

Hero bets $48.80 all in, BTN calls $47.10 all in

Final Pot: $221.20

BTN mucks T of spades A of clubs

Hero shows 9 of diamonds 9 of clubs (a full house, Nines full of Kings)

Hero wins $218.20

(Rake: $3.00)

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Gnome on the road

The Big Ugly crew, Gnome second from the right, assembling at the Broad River for part of his bachelor's party weekend, 5/22/10

BOWMAN, Ga. -- This is about a week old but I'm finally getting around to putting up a post. Gnomey is getting married this Sunday, so last week, the Big Ugly crew took him out for his bachelor's party weekend.

We started out with kayaking on the Broad River. It's amazingly cheap -- $20 gets you pretty much everything you'll need -- a life jacket, a one-person kayak, a paddle. You can even rent lightweight coolers for beer. They even provide the ice.

The place was packed with a lot of college kids, since it's not too far away from the University of Georgia.

I wore a pair of aqua socks I bought once on Maui and they really helped with the slippery rocks -- we stopped at several places along the way. I wasn't sure how my skillz would be since I've never been in this kind of boat before, but I just made sure that I kept the bow pointed forward as we floated down little rapids. I think I was the only one of our group to not go overboard in some way or fashion, so yay canoeing experience when I was little.

Anyway, I rarely have my camera for events, so it was nice that I had that this time around. I was also thankful for the waterproof pouch my gf lent me.

The weekend continued in Athens, Ga. with lots more drinking and other festivities.

Gnome's wedding this Sunday will be pretty exciting, so I hope to update more in another post, hopefully with pictures!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A poker tilt jar

A post in Freakonomics today talks about the idea of donating money to charity whenever you get upset.

I think this is a great idea. It would make you reluctant to do something even more stupid that could be even more costly.

Same goes I think for poker tilt. Punishing yourself economically every time you get mad at someone making a 1-outer. Or when you hit the "call" button even though you know you are beat.

For me, could save me the trip of having to buy a new computer mouse. And it'll be for good causes.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rush poker - da hammer!

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 711058

The Official Hand History Converter

MP1: $262.25

MP2: $263.10

CO: $116.40

BTN: $124.95

SB: $40.00

Hero (BB): $100.00

UTG: $134.30

UTG+1: $39.00

UTG+2: $100.15

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with 2 of spades 7 of spades

1 fold, UTG+1 calls $1, 3 folds, CO calls $1, BTN calls $1, SB calls $0.50, Hero checks

Flop: ($5.00) 7 of hearts 4 of spades 2 of clubs (5 players)

SB checks, Hero checks, UTG+1 bets $15, CO folds, BTN folds, SB folds, Hero raises to $99 all in, UTG+1 calls $23 all in

Turn: ($81.00) 6 of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: ($81.00) 9 of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: $81.00

Hero shows 2 of spades 7 of spades (two pair, Sevens and Twos)

UTG+1 shows A of diamonds A of clubs (a pair of Aces)

Hero wins $78.00

(Rake: $3.00)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A lucky shirt is a walk-off hit (Braves 10, Reds 9)

It's the same storyline over and over. The Braves are down six runs in the 9th inning and it looks like my alternate-McCann shirt will finally see a loss.

But ... no. After Braves rookie phenom Jason Heyward strikes out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, you know that is not your only hope. There is another.

Brooks Conrad. Hits a walk-off grand slam to put the Braves on top, spoiling the Reds.

It puts my shirt to 7-0 and extends its winning streak to nearly a year in the making.

Caught the afternoon game at Turner Field today with Gnome. Thanks to Sham, my grilling skills are finely honed and we had some great brats and chicken wings to go with beeze before the game.

Alt-McCann record:

Sunday, May 24, 2009: Braves 10, Blue Jays 2
Sunday, June 7, 2009: Braves 8, Brewers 7
Sunday, June 28, 2009: Braves 2, Red Sox 1
Friday, Aug. 7, 2009: Braves 9, Dodgers 5, 12 innings (in Los Angeles)
Monday, April 5, 2010: Braves 11, Cubs 5
Sunday, April 18, 2010: Braves 4, Rockies 3
Thursday, May 20, 2010: Braves 10, Reds 9

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saloon poker (Red Dead Redemption)

Many times when I am done playing Rush Poker I'll play a video game. But I found myself playing heads-up hold'em in a saloon during a session of Red Dead Redemption that was released today on the Xbox 360.

In that game, you play a character named John Marston, who ultimately is tasked with taking out the leader of a gang he used to run with. I found myself in the fictitious town of Armadillo, USA.

Wandering around, I found the town's map said there are several locations where you can play poker. I finally found one of them in the back room of the saloon.

I wasn't sure what game I would be faced with -- 5 card draw? stud?

But no, the game of choice was Texas Hold'Em. At first I thought this was funny because the game's setting was 1911. But apparently this poker variant was around in the early 1900s in Texas. So if Armadillo is part Texas, then I guess it's ok.

The blinds were $3/6 and it was no-limit. Quickly I guessed that the computer didn't have a good sense of hand weights so I started to raise heavily for value with decent holdings pre-flop for heads-up play.

In one hand I had 99 and he called my c-bet on a 2Q2 board. He raised me on the turn Q but since it was heads-up, I didn't have to be certain he had a Q hand. So I put him all in. The river was a three and the computer saloon player showed the AK.

In another hand I took his limp on the button and then c-bet with an AJQ board to be decent enough for me to call with my J8o in the big blind. The last two cards were blanks, he kept firing and he showed down 99 for the loss.

And then I finally busted Rufus Stanley, the computer character, with A8s, making a runner-runner flush vs his Kx straight on another hand.

Against unknown players you can play straightforward until you learn their pressure points. Here, the computer was showing down 92o, so it behooves you to raise and get chips in when you know you have the edge.

I'm sure the designers at Rockstar games (the makers of Grand Theft Auto) weren't looking to create an artificial interface that can hold its weight against someone who plays hundreds of thousands of poker hands. But the session was interesting enough to make me forget about the video game and think about actual real-life strategy.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sham's HORSE tourney, part III

I'm going to Decatur, where it's greater
See if I can stack me up some paper
-Young Jeezy

DECATUR, Ga. -- Friday night was Sham's third running of his HORSE tourney. We had eight people playing this time -- including fellow blogger iam23skidoo and we played until well into Saturday morning.

After bubbling in third place during last year's 5-player HORSE tourney, I made the money this year by placing third, which was basically getting my money back (Shaniac '09 0-0).

Ben placed second, and as it should be, host Sham won the event after two hands of heads-up action.

I didn't go home empty-handed -- I won a last-longer bet with Skidoo! And when I went home last night, I piled on three buy-ins during pretty crazy Rush Poker action, lol.

Here's a write-up of Sham's first HORSE event in 2008.

And for our future reference, here's what looks like a pretty simple HORSE blind structure.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rush poker -- punk hand of the day

I had been talking on the phone with Skidoo while playing and just hung up when I bet "$34.25" instead of $4.25. lol

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 695992

The Official Hand History Converter

BTN: $157.80

SB: $77.00

BB: $120.75

Hero (UTG): $113.40

UTG+1: $179.90

UTG+2: $24.80

MP1: $41.00

MP2: $41.10

CO: $47.10

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with J of diamonds Q of diamonds

Hero raises to $3, 6 folds, SB calls $2.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($7.00) 2 of spades 3 of diamonds A of diamonds (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $34.25, SB raises to $74 all in, Hero calls $39.75

Turn: ($155.00) K of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($155.00) T of hearts (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $155.00

SB shows J of hearts A of hearts (a pair of Aces)

Hero shows J of diamonds Q of diamonds (a straight, Ace high)

Hero wins $152.00

(Rake: $3.00)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rush poker -- being patient

Sometimes when I hit a set, it's hard not to get excited and I might do things that will bring down the pot but not with the money that I want.

But this morning I saw SplitSuit's CardRunners video on Rush Poker and it really calmed down my play.

I was a little puzzled in this hand by the villian's raise call-4 bet, but I knew he had a good hand.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 692221

The Official Hand History Converter

CO: $95.25

BTN: $120.05

SB: $163.80

BB: $56.15

UTG: $138.35

UTG+1: $33.70

UTG+2: $117.55

Hero (MP1): $120.20

MP2: $126.10

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is MP1 with Q of hearts Q of diamonds

3 folds, Hero raises to $3, MP2 calls $3, 2 folds, SB raises to $6, 1 fold, Hero calls $3, MP2 raises to $25, SB calls $19, Hero calls $19

Flop: ($76.00) 7 of diamonds Q of spades K of spades (3 players)

SB checks, Hero checks, MP2 checks

Turn: ($76.00) 8 of diamonds (3 players)

SB bets $37, Hero calls $37, MP2 calls $37

River: ($187.00) 2 of spades (3 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $58.20 all in, MP2 calls $58.20, SB folds

Final Pot: $303.40

Hero shows Q of hearts Q of diamonds (three of a kind, Queens)

MP2 mucks A of hearts A of spades

Hero wins $300.40

(Rake: $3.00)

After armageddon, poker

- Fallout: New Vegas Collector's Edition

For me, this is a convergence of two worlds: video games and poker. When Fallout 3 came out in November 2008, I pretty much dropped everything I was doing and played it straight for 28 days.

Now a new game from the Fallout franchise is coming out this fall. The collector's edition comes with cards and poker chips with images inspired from the game, which depicts a post-apocalyptic Vegas.

Can't wait to play it in between Rush Poker sessions.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rush poker -- out of position play

The game can be so difficult at times, especially when playing a hand out of position. I was really suspicious on the turn and thought I was facing a lot stronger hand than my jacks.

At the same time I was weighing that against a robotic turn bet in position. Little mistakes (calling a 3-bet with KTo) beget bigger mistakes (betting the turn but not betting/shoving the river), allowing me to win the hand.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 9 players - View hand 688173

The Official Hand History Converter

Hero (BB): $100.65

UTG: $196.40

UTG+1: $198.80

UTG+2: $109.50

MP1: $98.00

MP2: $120.50

CO: $277.60

BTN: $100.00

SB: $97.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with J of diamonds J of spades

5 folds, CO raises to $3, 2 folds, Hero raises to $9.50, CO calls $6.50

Flop: ($19.50) T of clubs 8 of hearts 5 of diamonds (2 players)

Hero bets $14.50, CO calls $14.50

Turn: ($48.50) 4 of spades (2 players)

Hero checks, CO bets $25, Hero requests TIME, Hero calls $25

River: ($98.50) 7 of diamonds (2 players)

Hero checks, CO checks

Final Pot: $98.50

Hero shows J of diamonds J of spades (a pair of Jacks)

CO shows T of spades K of spades (a pair of Tens)

Hero wins $95.50

(Rake: $3.00)