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Friday, June 22, 2007

Bacon Tilt 

There are few things you want to hear when you know that you have a Friday 9am meeting with the Big Guy who signs the checks.

First thing you don't want to hear is "want another shot?". I don't have an off switch, of course I want another shot.

Next, when you get your ass back home and stumble into bed, you damn skippy don't want to hear birds chirping outside of your window. A very good sign that the sun is not far behind.

Finally, the mother loving kicker thing you don't want to hear right before heading into the dreaded meeting, "sorry man, I'm all out of bacon this morning". !^@*&#$%

It's my own fault. Who the hell sits at the bar until 4am the night before a big meeting where you need to be in control. This was not a meeting where I wanted to actually speak my mind. Well I did, but still employed and I will live to see another pay check.

But in the meantime I'm flipping the big ol' virtual bird to the world, both live and bloggy-wise. I'm going to hit post then fold it up. I think I shall roll into the city with BigMike for a movie at the Ritz and then find a small family Italian restaurant and eat my weight in pasta and cannoli's.

See y'all on Sunday at the tables.

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Liz Lieu
Further proof that Flipchip is a Vegas god. Click the pic for more from him.


Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #5
When: Sunday, June 24th, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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 #13
When: Thursday, June 28th, 21:00pm ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Big Game
When: Sunday, July 1st, 21:30 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $69+6 or Tier II token
Password: donkey

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Another Public Service Announcement 



Just a friendly reminder from your drunken hippy friend.

I'm not sure which caption goes best but I'm split between "Lighten up Francis", "Can't we all just get along?", or "piss off you friggin asshat." All seem to fit different issues at the moment.

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Anyone money on me flaking out and hitting the bar would have lost their house. I was stuck at work late and falling asleep like a narcoleptic overdosing on valium. The night was full of chinese takeout (Mongolian Beef), lazyboy, Amanda Tapping, and eventually The Mook. It's a good thing I registered early or I just might have napped through the beginning.

What a great turnout. Since I first started playing in the Mookie way back when, I drunkenly mentioned in the girly chatty thing that wouldn't it be great if The Mookie blew up over 80 players. Last night it finally happened and it cost my a Blogger Big Game entry fee. 82 lemurs, donks, and and some of the self proclaimed BEST PLAYERS EVER graced us with their presence (for one hand at least).

Long story short, if bayne didn't lock up first place in the BBT after winning the Riverchasers tourney last Thursday, he most certainly has death grip on it after winning again last night. Pure sickness. He also joins cmitch as new members of the $1000 winner club. How'd I do? Middlin' wussified center of the field. I made the first break and fell asleep before the next level started and pushed my shortstack JackAce into Kings.

Here's a pretty sick hand from the final table last night. PouringReign was drawing to 4 outs just for the chop.

Another entertaining night listening to Buddy Dank Radio during the Mookie although I think the Waffle segment needs to be about 95% shorter. While it is amusing, I shan't be taking any advice from WiffleBall unless it's about splitting Aces and 8's at the blackjack table. Always good to hear him railing against Chad, with Chad barking back in chat, but after awhile it just sounds like a cripple fight.

After speaking to several people, I think the broadcast has been a nice addition to the weekly blogger games. Proof that it must be great is the fact that Fuel doesn't like it. Must be gold.

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Just 5 tournaments to go the Challenge. We're down to the wire and they're all listed below.

We have the freeroll date and time picked. The Battle of the Blogger Tournaments freeroll will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at 10pm. But wait, that's the time and date of The Mookie! That's right. Mookie has given up his regular Wednesday spot for the freeroll because that seems to be the day most players are available.

We wanted to make sure to pick a date when everyone who qualifies can play. Hopefully everyone can make it out for a chance at the rake kick back. We also wanted to make sure to wait until the WSoP Main Event and Okie-Vegas were complete. Following MiamiDon's Blogger Big Game on July 1st, I will crunch the numbers and list everyone who qualified. That listed will be forwarded onto FTP to create the freeroll (with the cash) and we'll be ready to go.

Thanks to everyone who came out last night. The next tournament is a Sunday afternoon Deepstack HORSE tourney.

Cheers.

Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #5
When: Sunday, June 24th, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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 #13
When: Thursday, June 28th, 21:00pm ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Big Game
When: Sunday, July 1st, 21:30 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $69+6 or Tier II token
Password: donkey

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

European Union Joins Antigua in WTO Case Against US 

Lou Krieger out with the first bit of information on this. Good news if this begins to add more pressure.
What began as a trade dispute between the US and Antigua now shows all the signs of blowing up into a bigger brouhaha, one involving the US, Antigua, and the entire European Union, with lots of money and economic leverage at stake--not to mention your freedom to play online poker in the privacy of your own home.

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Making Fun of Kentucky is Entertaining 

"Shouldn’t you guys being rolling coal trucks down the hill sides or dodging northerners and their soul stealing cameras right now?"
One of the many classic comments over at Ladies... towards the University of Kentucky fans bitching up a storm on their site. It turns out they might have been stuffing the ballot box in the early rounds showing some ridiculous numbers even from people with nothing better to do (G-Rob the notable UK exception). Somehow they seem to be up against the monster Speaker and getting the snot knocked out of them.

Plausible deniability dictates that I simply state the numbers equaled out and Speaker pulled ahead before bandwidth numbers were crushed and the poll was removed. ~200,000 votes for each side (last time I checked) which still makes me laugh. As a comparison, Will Leitch the King of the Monster Deapspin is also in the contest and has a whopping 650 votes. I think hijinx ensued.

I guess I need to fire up the ol' porn findin' machine to feed the lustful thoughts of the dirty old men coming around this way. Standby for pr0n.

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9am meetings put me instantly on tilt that last the entire day. It just completely hoses up my schedule and liver recovery program. Bacon, nope. 5 gallons of water, nope. Fury and indignation, check. Now my headphones are full of Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and some unknown very angry local band. I think the situation calls for ordering up the smelliest chinese food I can think of and remove any thought of my co-workers bothering me today.

It might be a good day to head straight home after work. I thinks it's just best for the time being if I avoid the bar this evening and play the Mookie with a sound mind and clean soul. It's just a break, not a breakup. It's not you, it's me. Really. I'll just park my ass in the lazy boy and scan the mindless crap on the tube. I will not go to the bar. I will not go to the bar.

Anyone want to set the odds I actually follow through with this?

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Six more events in this little experiment put together with Mookie and Hoy. Six more events to get yourself in the Top 50 points or 20 events played. Six more events to rid me of whatever money left in my puny bankroll. What do you say we top that elusive 80 player ceiling we've been bumping up against in The Mookie since the beginning? I'll put a bounty on my lame ass which will be the easiest ever. Should the tournament top 80 players tonight, my knockout bounty will be the $75 buyin to the Big Game on July 1st. Dead Money walking.

Don't forget to fire up BuddyDank radio tonight while playing. Keep making requests online so we can avoid another embarrassing Abba situation.

At what point did I stop making sense? Most would say February 2004 when I started this mess.

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #5
When: Sunday, June 24th, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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 #13
When: Thursday, June 28th, 21:00pm ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Big Game
When: Sunday, July 1st, 21:30 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $69+6 or Tier II token
Password: donkey

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007



Click to vote

Speaker is in trouble this round and I may have to pull out the big guns for this win. He's up against some Kentucky kid who does nothing but blog and has a FRIGGIN' RADIO SHOW. I think we should counter and have Sean announce a "Vote for Speaker" drive during his program tomorrow in Lubbock.

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How is it not one of the guys in Vegas has lost his shit yet. 3 weeks in and you'd figure to have at least one freakout at this point. Me, I'm sitting comfortably in my own home, my regular bar, my comfy office chair and I lost my shit this morning.

Just went completely looped for a good 90 minutes where you could have offered me a one way bus ticket to Shit Town with a promise of hell and horror, I would have taken it. No real explanation for it, it was there then gone. Most likely just the old age kicking in and the old synapses aren't firing correctly without the proper liquid enticement.

So all you whipper snappers, get off my lawn!

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6 events left in the BBT Challenge. There is still time to make a run at the top prize money or the Nintendo Systems provided by PokerOnAMac.com. There are listed below and I'll keep them hanging around until the end.

Also, final details of the date/time of the BBT Freeroll will be released shortly.

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Special Event #5
When: Sunday, June 24th, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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 #13
When: Thursday, June 28th, 21:00pm ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Big Game
When: Sunday, July 1st, 21:30 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $69+6 or Tier II token
Password: donkey

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day past 

I've have friends spread around the world and country these days but mostly think about those who are in Vegas for the series. They are sucking up the oxygen rich air of the casino and trying to remember what the sun looks like. I feel bad for friends like Otis, and others, who had to spend Father's Day away from their kids in exchange to hang out with low grade degenerates and avoiding their many vices. I don't know that I could make that decision. As much as it seems the opposite here, I would chose family and friends over booze and poker without a second thought.

Hence how I spent my Father's Day. Since my brother-in-law (and the father of the only grandchildren my parents will ever have) turned 40 this weekend on top of father appreciation day. That meant a trip to the west and god's country. The (in)famous Lancaster County, horse-and-buggy-ville and home of the coke dealing Amish kids. The early afternoon was just what it should be.

Baseball with the old man, huge cups of sweet tea, and pounds of charred animal flesh. As usual we argued pleasantly about the current state of the Phillies and Eagles with him being wrong again. The man just listens to way too much sports talk radio. There's always the fun conservations about how crazy the women in our family have grown. We've all agreed during the years that their psycho knob was twisted at birth a little past common sense. I would take an afternoon hanging out with my father watching baseball then the best night at the bar.

Lunch was complete and the Phillies were just finishing up their Tiger choke job when things started to break up. Because things were moving elsewhere. It was time to head to mecca.

I soon found myself sitting poolside which is about as alien a place as you'll find me unless it involves a Caribbean island and a frosty beverage with an umbrella. My attitude changed when I realized I would be surrounded by a handful of college girls who's idea of a bikini consisted of an ounce of fabric and a little creative imagination. Thank gods for small puppies and a short leash. The perfect hottie magnet. I spent a nice quiet Father's Day with plenty of puppies, both the real and the jiggly version.

So while some of my friends our crushing their minds and bodies in sin city covering and playing the world's biggest poker festival, I spent my afternoon watching baseball with my father then found myself sitting comfortably amongst the corn fed girls in the land of rumspringa. Sunshine, fresh air, and no stress.

I think yesterday, I won.

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As promised to the girls for voting Joe Speaker, I present to you Zeke. God of the puppies. Just a reminder, here's what he looked like just two short months ago. Three months old. Now he's 5 months old and loses his mind on a regular basis. Not really easy to get him settled long enough to snap these off this morning. But here you go, Zeke at five months old.



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Running out of time to hit in the Battle of the Blogger Tournament Challenge. Listed below are the next 3 tournaments. And get those Tier II tokens for the Miami Don's Blogger Big Game on July 1st. Big money and big points for the final event.

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 Special Event #5
When: Sunday, June 24th, 16:00pm ET
Game: HORSE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: riverhorse

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Schaefer, Speaker, and Truckin' 



Congrats to poker player, drinker, and world class beer ponger Brandon on finishing 31st of +1600 in WSoP Event #25. He won't be too happy since he entered Day 2 in 5th place out of 130 but still a great showing following up his cash in the Shootout event.



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Click to vote


When bayne isn't busy busting your ass out of the blogger tourneys, he shoots me updates on things I have missed. Like the fact that Joe Speaker has moved onto Round 3 in that contest at Ladies...

Vote early, vote often. As a quick thanks, here's one of the galleries I found. Not even remotely subtle photography.

Cheers to my drunken friends.

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June 2007, Vol. 6, Issue 6


Happy birthday, Truckin'! We're celebrating our fifth anniversary with one of the best issues to date.

1. Donuts with Baby & Winky by Paul McGuire
Baby sat on the edge of the coffee table and poured out an ashtray that overflowed with butts. She picked out three or four and lit one up. She took three drags and put it out before she lit up another used one. Then another... More

2. Three Men Leaving by Brad "Otis" Willis
he cash register hummed underneath the buzz of the overhead fluorescents. Together, the noises almost masked the sounds of the crickets. Their little love song sang through the open door and it was getting on Little Liza's nerves... More

3. Desperados by Joe Speaker
The start time was pragmatic. We didn't want to be traversing the Mexican desert in mid-day, especially in our unreliable cars. This way, we'd arrive shortly after dawn, being treated to a spectacular sunrise the last hundred miles or so. There are always trade-offs, though, and our schedule dictated we'd drive through the border town of Mexicali in the dead of night... More

4. Five Dollars for the Colonel by Dr. Tim Lavalli
Across the alley are these two trailers, the back one is Annie's and she'll give you head for twenty bucks, only the Colonel don't like her doing that, so you give him $5 and he goes to get his bottle of muscatel but he doesn't like the folks at Abe's Liquor so he goes down the street to the Chinaman's and then you go to see Annie while he is getting his wine... More

5. Leaving the City by Sigge S. Amdal
All of this mud, all of this poison pumping from my pitch black heart, through my veins and out the razor sharp tip of the pen is nothing but unclean blood for you to leech on. As I see the city disappear, minute-by-minute, I become much more a man... More

6. Rose by Doog
Rose's heart pounded with anticipation, a strange mix of exhilaration and fear of the unknown coursing through her veins. Keeper opened the door and stepped through into the world outside... More

7. Las Vegas Car Battery by Dingo
I suppose because of my accent I seem to attract a weird and wide selection of sheilas and broads. I am quite okay looking, or so people tell me, so picking up sheilas has never been a problem. Mine all just seem to be total whack jobs... More

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