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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cheers 

I sat at the bar the other day with a proper Irishman. I don't know if Irishman is truly correct as he was barely (if even) the drinking age but it was a good time. He was in town with his sister who lives here and spends just about as much time at the Boathouse as I do. They were cruising around showing him the area for several days before flying off to Hawaii and the bar was the next stop. The poor guy immediately requested a Guinness and I naturally tried to stop him. But nothing could stop him. He had heard of the wonders that they perform about the beer of his homeland and needed to test it.

His reaction, "it's just a like a Guinness in Ireland but without the nagging problem of good taste and proper temperature."

He moved onto one of the beers in the speciality cooler and never looked at the Guinness again. But there is nothing more fun than getting into a heated discussion about the English Premier League with a drunken Irish kid who happens to be a scouser and Chelsea critic.

All that on a nice slow Tuesday. Good times good times.

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It's just about that time. They will be starting off the 2007 World Series of Poker in a few short hours. The normal zoo of Vegas will become a virtual safari of all things lemurs and donkeys and badly shaved apes. Smelly degenerates spending multiple days at the tables without a thought of sleep or a shower. Hot head young'ns looking to make a name for themselves as they spend the next eight weeks playing poorly and berating dumb enough to get involved in a hand with the next Matusow. Scammers and angle shooters will be having their yearly convention at the same time, just in the shadows. Hookers, whores, and gold diggers will be trolling every bar and hallway looking for their next bank deposit.

Oh yeah, there's also a little bit of poker to be played. Sitting right in the middle of that mess is a large group of people that I consider friends. For the next month and a half they will be reporting from where ever they find the stories and whatever needs to be written. They will be mistreated by everyone they come in contact with. The Rio staff, the other writers, the players, even the janitor after Pauly takes his piss next to "These 5 players". The only ones who won't be treating them rotten will be their counselors and analysts aka the bartenders and waitresses. The booze will flow.

No doubt, sometime between now and the end of the Main Event someone is going to freak. It will be impossible to avoid. I don't envy what they are going to go through. cheers to the masses heading off to make there name playing our favorite game but a special toast to those going to write about it and give us the daily stories.

Be safe, be healthy my friends. If you need an emergency vent/dial-a-shot, you have my number.

So here's to Otis, Pauly, Change100, MeanGene, Amy, Jenn, John, Pokershrink, BJ "who's the hippy sitting in my seat" Nemeth, CC, plus Flipchip and his magic camera. I'm sure I'm missing some but that's what I have off the top of my head.

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Played for a short while in the Mookie last night. I unfortunately ran my middle pair into one of the hands that is always justified in the same way. Say it with me.... "they were soooooted". Shortstacked after that, I continued my weeks long streak of never winning a race no matter which side I am on. Last night I was on the JJ side of AK and the ace high flop. Zeem and good ol' DuggleBogey chopped the top two places. Zeem just won the previous Riverchasers event so he's on a nice roll. This was Duggle's first event played since we started the BBT Challenge so not a bad way to start.

We are two months and 25 events into the challenge with just June to go. This is the final push to qualify for the freeroll and to make the top 5 on the leaderboard. I received several emails recently asking to recap the challenge (since it even manages to escape the great Waffles delicate intelligence).

So to recap for those coming in late. Full Tilt Poker is giving us back all the rake from our 40 events at the end of the challenge. The current projections are for the rakeback to come in between $3,500 and $4,000. We are taking half of that money to run a freeroll for everyone who qualifies. The qualification is easy. The top 50 point earners plus anyone else playing 20 events or more.

The other half of the rakeback will be used to pay the top 3 point earners (50/30/20 percent for 1/2/3). In addition, PokerOnAMac.com has offered up a Nintendo Wii system for 4th place and a Nintendo DS Lite for 5th place.

Finally, MiamiDon has scheduled his next Blogger Big Game which will also be the last tournament in the challenge. The $75 event (and hopefully over $4,000 prizepool) will be held on Sunday, July 1st in the afternoon. This will be your last chance to qualify for the freeroll, gain points to run for the top 5, or just to get a piece of that big honkin' prizepool.

Tonight is the bi-weekly Riverchasers game with a Riverchasers HORSE deepstack on Sunday. For those also unaware of the Riverchasers promotion, we will also be running a completely separate $2,000 freeroll for the top 100 players on it's leaderboard.

See you there.

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Tour #11
When: Thursday, May 31th, 21:00pm ET
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #4
When: Sunday, June 3rd, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fat and Happy 

Lord did I binge on some good old fashioned, girth increasing food yesterday. Few of god's creature were safe from grill or stove. It started early. Decided some nice fried potatoes, onions, and peppers sounded good. But why fry them in normal everyday oil when there's a nice big selection of slab bacon in the fridge also. Grease from a pound of good bacon gives you a fine frying medium for that big plate of starch. But why stop there, with all that going on why not throw a bunch of dippy egg chicken embryos over the top.

That's how I started my day.

Some time in the evening, well after my food induced coma (and you thought I only blacked out because of the booze), I fired up the grill for a brontosaurus sized sirloin and a baked potato the size of Andre the Giants fist. I finished it off with a big honkin bowl of ice cream.

I know you're asking yourself how the hell I manage to keep my nice svelte figure with all this horrible food. Booze baby. Nothing but booze for the next few days. I'll die a fat and happy man.

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Funny little note over on Babbermouth for my one and only Swedish poker playing reader:
According to PokerListings.com, Swedish Everest Poker players have the chance to party with Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and the other guys in the legendary rock group MÖTLEY CRÜE. The poker site is hosting a freeroll in which an ultimate MÖTLEY CRÜE VIP package is at stake.

The MÖTLEY CRÜE freeroll takes place at Everest Poker on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. (GMT), and the winner will receive the following:

* Two VIP tickets to the warm-up party, which will be held at a secret location.

* Two tickets to the sold-out MÖTLEY CRÜE concert in the Stockholm Globe arena on June 5 .

* Two VIP tickets to the after party at the exclusive night club Berns.

The runner-up gets four tickets to the after party, and the third-place and fourth-place finishers get two tickets each to the after party.

Only Swedish Everest Poker players have access to the MÖTLEY CRÜE freeroll. Registration starts at 6 p.m. (GMT) tonight, and 10 summit points are needed to enter. The password for the tournament is mcvip.
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Pauly arrives in Los Angeles. Lindsay Lohan lives in Los Angeles. Pauly can't smoke for awhile. Lindsay's car is found with a 'usable' amount of coke. Lindsay checks into rehab, Pauly checks into Las Vegas. Conclusion: When Pauly's in town, LindsayCantHang.

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I somehow got magically "unregistered" from the MATH last night in the last minute. The tables popped up and I didn't get a seat. I sent an email off to FTP when I didn't even get my token back. No explanation for what happened but I did eventually get the token back when I checked this morning. The 36 players on Memorial Day was a good showing with NewinNov winning his first event of the BBT Challenge.

Coming up we have The Mookie on Wednesday, Riverchasers on Thursday, and a Riverchasers deepstack HORSE on Sunday. See you there.

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday. 10pm ET
Buyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Tour #11
When: Thursday, May 31th, 21:00pm ET
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #4
When: Sunday, June 3rd, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Too much relaxation for one guy 

I'm a big fan of 3 day weekends. Huge fan actually. I can spend 3 days curled up with a nice comfy remote control, book, laptop, or bottle. The options are endless and but everyone knows I usually end up taking the easy way out. Delivery food and doing my best imitation of a statue on a lazyboy. Very little time spent surfing around the tubes besides the occasion dead money event where I was assured of maximum effort for minimum return.

The Stars Darfur tournament drew over 700 players and nearly $21,000 (matched by Stars). Not a bad showing considering the holiday weekend. Many bloggers showed up with Garth making it the furthest but getting crushed by the all powerful 2 outter. I went out in the 120's. During the rebuy period, I was at the table with John Duthie who seemed to make it his personal mission to set a record for the number of rebuys and took quite a bit of grief from the moronic railbirds who didn't realize this was a charity event. Of course the only time he didn't call an all-in with crap was when I pushed.

I also played in the WPBT Stud event last night. I said it last night and I'll say it now. I haven't a friggin clue how to properly play Stud. When to speed up and when to slow down. I managed to have the big chip lead early and still crash out 3rd from the bottom. Seriously, has there been a bigger lemur than myself?

The rest of the weekend was spent watching baseball and whatever I had left on the DVR. I'll spend Monday watching the Band of Brothers replay on the History channel and plowing through a metric ton of charred animal flesh. I might even go against my own deep held personal beliefs and enjoy an adult beverage. or ten. I will fire up ye olde internet to play in the MATH tonight. I don't expect a terribly deep field with the holiday but you never know. Everyone should be back from vacation ready to roll.

There are three tournaments this week that go towards the BBT leaderboard.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy (MATH)
When: Monday. 10pm ET
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday. 10pm ET
Buyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Tour #11
When: Thursday, May 31th, 21:00pm ET
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

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One thing I did do for you this weekend, my invisible internet friends, is track down the lovely Yolante van Kasbergen. Apparently she's some sort of Dutch soap opera actress and appeared on their version of Dancing with the Stars. More importantly, I tracked down a shit load of pictures. No word on whether she's a poker player or not. Click on the one below for the entire gallery.


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