Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Poker Player's Refrain:
I HATE POKER!!!...

Tourney started at 1:15.

I got knocked out at 1:23.

Flopped a King-high straight, rainbow flop -- guy to my right pushes 3/4 of his stack in -- I go all in -- get three callers: one has top pair, one has two pair and the last (the guy to my right) has a gutshot nut straight.

So what happens?

Mr. Top Pair gets runner-runner clubs to make an Ace-high flush.

[see post title again - sigh...]

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Of *Course* The Check Wasn't In The Mail...

...yah know, fer a blog whose name sprung full-blown from my head like Athena due to my poker obsession, I've been *inexcuseably* lax in blogging about said activity -- yes, I am teh sux [okay, obviously *someone's* been making me read too dernded much LOLcats lately (sigh)] -- I'll try to do better in the future, yawl [scratches 'requisite blogger self-flaggelation' from to-do list...]

Well, let's try starting this time around by comparing the 'play money' balances in my poker accounts from last time I talked aboot this fine madness to their current values:

June 8, 2007

Full Tilt Poker $17,416.00
Bodog Poker $9,500.00
UltimateBet $2,175.00
PartyPoker $1,021.97

October 27, 2007

Full Tilt Poker $48,225.00
Poker Stars $9,097.00
Ultimate Bet $2,675.00
Party Poker $1,255.97

First thing yah might notice is I dropped out of playing at Bodog -- after they ditched their original US servers when they got sued fer copyright infringement (or some such bee's wax), I decided I didn't wanna deal with the headache and heartache. I replaced them with Poker Stars, which I'd been meaning to eventually get an account with anyhoo, but after seeing they'd added Daniel Negreanu to their 'team', that sold me right there (if yer really into the game and on MySpace, Daniel's blog over there is highly recommended by moi [EDIT: this may be a better choice fer reading Daniel's posts]...)

Next thing is how much the Full Tilt and Poker Stars accounts have grown (in case I fergot to mention before, most sites will give you $1,000.00 in play money to start with when you first sign up) -- I've gotten to the point on those two sites now where I figger: if I don't make it to the money at one of the low-limit tables/tourneys ($250 buy-in at Full-Tilt, $300+ at Poker Stars), I must be having a *bad* day -- took it all recently in a 90-person sit-down on Full Tilt (as well as finishing in the top 100 in a couple of their 600-some player tourneys), which came at the end of a otherwise miserable losing weekend last week -- meanwhile, Poker Stars has a 3-stage tourney going on the next few weeks I need to take another stab at, since the final stage gets you at the final table with Negreanu himself [insert perfectly hetero-fanboy swoon hereaboots...]

Now the Ultimate Bet and Party Poker numbers haven't changed much because I've been concentrating on the freeroll tourneys at Ultimate and just playing the minimum buy-in tables ($11) on Party Poker...

HOWEVER...

...tonight I played one of them freeroll tourneys against 4999 other people on Ultimate Bet AND CAME IN 21ST!!! [cue Harold Hill's 76 trombone band, please (grin)...]

Good news: that qualifies me fer a tourney on Sunday where there's $1000 in prize money -- *REAL* money...

Bad news: if I'd made the top 20 tonight, I'da already *had* me some green (well, okay, tonight 20th place wuz $1 and 1st wuz something like $9 -- but I's still looking fer me first *real* money win, so I ain't so picky yet, 'sright?...)

[...so overall, wouldn't you say it appears this poker project proceeds perfectly apace?...]

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The James Lipton Meme

[tagged by Snoskred]

1.What is your favorite word?
'erg'
2. What is your least favorite word?
'should'
3. What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
A stiff drink, a sunset, a hug... lotsa things...
4. What turns you off?
tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing...
5. What sound or noise do you love?
a piano played by a small child who doesn't yet know they need lessons...
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
squealing tires, or voices raised in anger...
7. What is your favorite curse word?
(according to the wife) G*dd*mn (and its many variations...)
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
artificial intelligence researcher (assuming I can't get the gig opening fer Tori Amos...)
9. What profession would you not like to do?
any form of sales...
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Next show is in 10 minutes -- do you want to start with electric or acoustic?..."

Friday, October 12, 2007

Wasn't The Thelemite One Of The Creeper's Archenemies?...


[via Betty the Empiricist]

Your Score: The Thelemite
You scored 30 Materialism and 80 Phenomenology!

"For there are no Gods but Man." - Aleister Crowley. That sure doesn't stop you from communing with them. You are the Thelemite, committed to the Western occult tradition of Spare, the Golden Dawn, Crowley etc. Though you lead a life of elaborate ritual, you realize that truth and falsehood in this ritual are irrelevant distinctions: the only thing that matters is what works. Now if you just loosen up a bit, you could cross the Chasm of Choronzon.

Thinkers you may agree with: Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Robert Anton Wilson

Thinkers that may challenge you: Phil Hine, Peter Carroll
Link: The Metaphysician Test
written by Jaylhomme
on OkCupid Free Online Dating,
home of the The Dating Persona Test

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cross-Posted At The Crossroads With Hot Cross Buns (No Vampires, Please...)

[crossposted from my last.fm blog]

...here's something from my bud Sabine (which I stole wholesale from here, but I don't think she'll mind much):
Last Thursday, Jammie Thomas of the Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe was fined $220,000 for the sharing of 24 songs. Wow, over 9k a song, I must be in the wrong business. Jammie claims that her computer was hacked and she is going to fight. Honestly, I don’t care whether she put the 24 songs up or not, 220k is a ridiculous fine. Jammie is a 30 year old single mother of 2 children, working as an administrator for her tribe for about 36k a year. You can help by making a paypal donation to her legal defense fund at http://www.freejammie.com/ and by spreading the word.
[...and fer those of you more into the international scene, she has some choice words aboot Burma and China too...]