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Friday, October 26, 2007

Week One is in the books 

We have our fourth player qualified for the Aussie Millions Challenge with Lucko dominating the field for most of the Riverchasers tournament last night. He was crushing all the way to head's up play where he went up against the BigPirate with a commanding over 240k over Wes and his 34k. Oddly enough, for a brief moment Wes actually took over the lead HU but it didn't last long when Lucko flopped a straight to take the lead right back.

I was out somewhere around 30/104 and nothing spectacular. Never caught very much and when I did I couldn't get paid off. I even flopped a set with QQ versus DonkeyPuncher and couldn't get any money out of him. Of course DP plays so tight that he makes me look like Waffles playing after 5 sips of beer. I didn't play very well last night either so I deserved everything I didn't get.

I got some time to catch up on my rapidly filling DVR and try to forget the fact that I was sitting in front of my TV instead of a bartender. I followed the progress to the final table where I was unable to get a chat line in because Smokkee was busy giving Lucko a virtual hand nubber under the table. Lucko is a fantastic player but it has got to be tough to concentrate on trying to defeat your opponent while trying to fulfill your bukkake duties on half of the blogger contingent in the chat space.

The TLB is updated and congrats go out to jjok who held off Lucko for Player of the Week. Mookie has confirmed that he is entered into the big Sunday Guarantee tournament on FTP. We'll reset the POW points and kick it back off with the MATH on Monday.

And just for you stat-crazed, need-it-right-now bloggers, I stayed up after the final table to compile the TLB so it was done before you even woke up. Just because I care. I'll be working with Kat on the BBT website this weekend but please continue to link up the FTP Battle of the Bloggers page. Links are great and will help us continue our fine relationship with them.

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Now I actually have no way to prove this, but I'm pretty sure several years ago I grew tired of the old "donkey" phrase and decided to change over to calling them lemurs. Drunken lemurs may have been the term. I grabbed my favorite lemur picture and off I went. Sometimes it sticks, sometimes not so much.

Well you know what? I want my $5 royalty fee god damn it.

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This challenge is already fucking with my god given right to be completely blotto on a regular basis. I haven't had a proper buzz since Tuesday and it's really starting to piss me off. I've got the sobriety shakes which has me getting a little touchy with co-workers entering my office. I have old school Megadeth blasting in my ears, when they walk into my office I want to pick up the laptop lockdown cable and swing it at them like David and the big mouth breathing Goliath.

I will correct that as soon as I can get my ass out of the chair and onto a barstool. I will put on a clinic on powerdrinking with a side session in selective amnesia. I will no doubt make a complete ass out of myself while actively hitting on anything in a skirt (unless Falstaff and his kilt show up, never that drunk). I will certainly attempt to get myself nice and shitty before sitting down to Kat's Uber duper donkament tonight.

Blogger Donkament
Full Tilt, 9:00 PM EST
Password: donkarama

Cheers my friends. Get outside, play some football, and rest up for another week of Battle of the Blogger Tournaments 2 next week when we'll put 3 more players into the TOC and crown another Player of the Week.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A win for the old farts! 

How about a win for the old timers! The Blogfather, the king of the uber posts, the one who spawned many a poker blogger won the Mookie last night. Iggy is the genesis for many of the current blogs out there, congrats for taking down the biggest Mookie on record. He battled Astin head's up way past bar closing hours here on the least coast so I missed one of us old farts picking up a seat in the Aussie Million TOC.

Did I mention there were 112 players in the Mookie? That's just sick. So much dead money running around just waiting to be picked up and used later in the tournament.

I continued my incredibly inconsistent run in the first 3 events. I have a 9th, 81st, and 6th place finish. Last night I doubled up early when my QQ actually held up. I thought for sure I was going to have a repeat of the MATH when I was called pre and saw a Jack high flop. I typed into chat that another two outter was on it's way. Luckily my opponent was only holding the JackAce for an early double up.

But I was correct that a two outter was in route. Not long after that I had my AA cracked by 88. The earlier double up kept my alive and the cracking only took me back to the original stack. Easy come, easy go. From then on it was nice and boring, hovering hovering. Not much booze in my system so I didn't antsy when the usual card down time occurred. I picked my spots late in the tourney to make the final table. I went out on the shit end of a race for my second final table appearance.

The current leaderboard is here (still waiting on the final promo page from FTP) and Astin has taken the lead from JoeSpeaker with his second place finish. You will also noted that there are only two donkeys to have made the final table twice in three events. Blinds squirrels and their nutz doncha know.

If you go to the Full Tilt Battle of the Bloggers promo page you will also see another way to get into the freeroll. FTP gave us all these prizes with one 'request', they are getting to sponsor exemptions into the TOC freeroll. Now if anyone has a problem with this feel free to bring it up with me in Vegas and I'll be certain to tell you to... ah nevermind. Here are the details, two bloggers will get into the TOC on their words.
Write Your Way to Australia

Because the only thing bloggers enjoy as much as playing poker is writing about poker, we’re offering two free seats at the Tournament of Champions for the two bloggers who write the best posts about Aussie Millions.

Look into the future – how did the Battle of the Bloggers end? What happened at the Aussie Millions Tournament? Who were the victors and who were the defeated? What happened away from the tables in Melbourne? Your job is to create a completely fictional blog post reporting “what happened” during the 2008 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. You are only limited by your imagination.

Show us why you’re the blogger who should join Team Full Tilt for the largest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. We want to hear what you’ve got that makes you the best person to head Down Under. This is how you make it happen:

* Write the post
* Include the following 2 links in your post:
Aussie Millions
poker
* Post the entry on your blog
* Send a link to your post and your Full Tilt Poker username to battleofthebloggers@fulltiltpoker.com
* Sit back and plot how you’ll drop the hammer on the competition
So there you have it. Waffles has zero chance at winning his way into the TOC but now he has a chance to whine his way in.

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This goddamn challenge is going to lead to my death. Up past 2am and not for the proper reasons. I should be getting shitty at the bar and hitting on crazy women. Oh there's a story in there whenever I get enough sleep or a pause in the BBT duties. This 8 week challenge may be the best alchie rehab there is for me. Who the hell has time to get blitzed when there are 80 player MATH's and over 100 player Mookies. It's all too god damn crazy.

I may surrender any chance of moving up from 9th to the top of the leaderboard tonight by playing with a head full of booze. I'm do for a good gigli finish. I will see everyone tonight at the Riverchasers event after which we'll know who is playing in the big Sunday Guarantee tourney on Full Tilt.

Til then, three pics as penance for yesterday's poker post.

For you kids, apparently Hilary Duff is filming some movie which requires getting wet.
For you slightly older, say hi to Kelly Brook. No clue who she is but who cares.
For you old fargin farts, call her a cougar, MILF, or whatever you wish. Diane Lane still has it.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Who Said Calling Station!?! 

Player actyper left a comment in yesterday's post asking proof of his exulted calling station status from the MATH event. While I've always skirted that fine line between poker blog and drunk-stupid-mindless drivel blog, I have to post something about poker on occasion just to keep my union card. Most of the real poker blogger just keep me around for my Dead Money donations. I'm just about the last person in the world to give anything resembling poker advice but this is a subject near and dear. But what the heck, it might be interesting to write about something other than booze, boobs, and booze.

Calling station is a term thrown around all the time. Everyone knows who/what they are but I threw out some lines to other bloggers to get outside my own head for other opinions. Fuel gave me some good lines. A calling station is a player who "plays hands informationally blind", "who REPEATEDLY calls any bet regardless of the pot odds vs the situational odds to make a winning hand", and "positional calling stations (i.e., check calling out of position and flat calling in position.)"

Granted I have very little hand data to back up my knee jerk reaction using this term for actyper, 56 hands is a microscopic data set. Just a little background from those first 56 hands before I was sent to the rail. Of those hands, he raised 3 times, all raises were done pre-flop, none of those were re-raises. There were 11 flat calls both in and of position.

His comment in the post below asked "Did you want me to fold JJ on an all undercard flop?" Below is the dreaded hand history from my bust out. 9 handed I raised it up from UTG, my range is pretty goddamn narrow for raising UTG. 3 callers see a raggedy assed flop. I bet out 500 into a 580 pot and that's where we stand here. actyper is next to act.

Seat 1: GScottW (2,655)
Seat 2: a104l9 (2,005)
Seat 3: buckhoya (4,720)
Seat 4: RecessRampage (2,690)
Seat 5: AlCantHang (2,750)
Seat 6: actyper (5,725)
Seat 7: KillinKegz (1,885)
Seat 8: maf212 (1,570)
Seat 9: willwonka (3,215)
buckhoya posts the small blind of 20
RecessRampage posts the big blind of 40
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to actyper [Jd Jh]
AlCantHang raises to 140
actyper calls 140
KillinKegz calls 140
maf212 folds
willwonka folds
GScottW folds
a104l9 folds
buckhoya folds
RecessRampage calls 100
*** FLOP *** [4c 8h 3s]
RecessRampage checks
AlCantHang bets 500

What's the action?

1. Fold. That would be really weak with JJ on that flop. Never happens.

2. Raise. Especially with the stack size, raising here would be the way to see how good the Jacks are. Raise for information. If I popped it preflop with Slick or Mrs. Slick that pot is shipped. If I re-re-pop you have to give some thought to a bigger pair or a flopped set. Either way you have your information for the rest of the hand.

3. Call. Or the option of flying blind and flat calling with the overpair. The call means you can't know whether you are ahead or behind. You have no information about my strength other than the UTG raise. That is playing "informationally blind". A flat call is playing nothing but the two cards in front of you, not the opponent.

I really wouldn't be writing any of this if options 1 or 2 were used. I got a flat insta-call. His beloved Jack came on the turn and I spend the next 4 hours sweating 80 other players.

Now to his question again "Did you want me to fold JJ on an all undercard flop?". To that I say, absolutely not. In that position I want the JJ to call off every single time. Over 90% of the time I am going to double up my stack. They only thing I would change would be the flaming two outter.

I'd be interested in actyper's take on the hand. What if the turn had been another undercard, do you call my push because you still have an overpair? Did any thought go into my hand at all?

Did I play the hand perfectly? Not at all, but I wasn't asked whether I played correctly, only for clarification on why I labeled actyper as a calling station. I spent the rest of the tournament with all the tables open watching the action. actyper went on to finish 3rd so I most likely have no business commenting.

It's not like I called him a donkey or lemur or a big school of fishes. Being a calling station is just one way to play. I don't happen to agree with any parts of it but I'm certainly not trying to insult, this is not an indictment of his playing ability. I'm not saying that being a calling station is an evil thing either. We all need calling stations at the table else we'd never make any money. I have several friends who are not only calling stations but (shock) min-raisers yet I still have no problem drinking and being social.

As the great and powerful Otis had to say about calling stations-
"They are people of hope. They are the people who see a flashlight and can believe it is sunshine. They are people who feel a bird's relief and forecast a rainstorm. They are the people who can "put you on" a flush draw when only one of the suit is on the board. They are simultaneously the people we want to kill and the people who pay for the bullets."
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Update: StB wants poker girl since I have a poker post. Here you go. Poor girl is seen all over the web these days.

Now let's never speak of this again. Isn't it cruel enough that I have to play poker? Now I'm forced to write a poker post? Evil times people. I'm not even sure any of that up there makes any sense. Next thing you know I'll be writing about the difference in playing a wrap draw in PLO8 and LO8. Now I'm going to have to spend the next few hours finding a dozen pictures of scantily clad women and little puppies to make up for the poker post.

Don't forget the next tournament for BBTwo. With 82 players in the MATH on Monday, over 100 players for the Mookie is not out of the question. Let's make it happen.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Near Gigli in the MATH 

Last night we the MATH and I was ready to go. The MATH is typically my worst of the four events. In the past I've never been able to get any traction or feel like I was doing anything worthy of note. After my final table finish the night before in the Big Game I thought maybe this MATH would be different. 82 players started the night and I couldn't even manage to finish high enough to hit the 70's.

Early on I couldn't keep a calling station from hitting a two outter on the turn or return the favor on the river with my QQ versus JJ battle. At least I had the next 4 hours to watch the mayhem.

82 players for the second event and first MATH of BBTwo is quite an increase. It was a virtual sea of dead money that I couldn't avoid but others did well. The FTP doom switch was set to crush, the best way to continue on was to get your money in bad and come from behind. Monsters were getting smacked around on a regular basis. Dead money can only go so far and we had a great final table. Congrats to everyone who made it through the mine field and to jjok for getting the second entry into the Battle of the Blogger Tournaments 2: Aussie Millions Challenge freeroll.

I've compiled the point totals for the first two events and loaded them here until FTP gets the Promo page completed. Less people making the points is definitely making the game flow better. Players need to win the tournament for a chance at the big prize.

JoeSpeaker takes the early points lead away from the first two winners thanks to an 11th place finish in the Big Game and a 2nd last night in the MATH. Remember that the points winner for each week will get an entry in the big Sunday night Guarantee tournament on FTP.

I know I'm missing a shitload of links. Drop it in comments if I did. Shit is going a little crazy around these parts recently.

Thursday I head off to the pit by the sea we call Atlantic City. If things go well I should have some pretty cool extra stuff to throw into the challenge. Enjoy your night off from the BBTwo this evening and get ready from the Mookie on Wednesday and the Riverchasers game on Thursday. Take some time and go play in Smokkee's BoDog tourney tonight with the added money.

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Lou Krieger was a speaker at last weekend's California Poker Players Conference held and has some interesting notes from when Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker aka Dumbest Title Ever, addressed the conference. I'll let you check out his notes but from last years complaints, this one will make you happy.
Players will be able to buy into the events at any Harrah’s property—at least that's what they're hoping for—once the event schedule is announced.
Pretty sweet if that actually happens. No more standing in that shitty long line at the Rio.

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Heading into the World Series (of Baseball you dolt), the Patriots acting like golden football gods, and BC luckboxing into fake-BCS land Boston area fans are quickly becoming even more annoying than usual. At this point I'd rather talk Cowboy football with HomerStB than listen to Sox talk. Luckily the boys over at Kissing Suzy Kolber have just what I was looking for.

The KSK Guide To Being An Insufferable A--Hole S--thead F--kface Fan Of Boston-Area Sports Teams
Follow these rules and I promise you that everyone from the nation’s remaining 44 states will want to rape you with a hammer. But hey, you’re a Boston sports fan now. You’ll be completely ignorant to your own jackassery. That’s the beauty of it. You are now just as fucking annoying as a Notre Dame football fan, or a Duke basketball fan. That's right, Pats fan. That's the level you're at right now. Enjoy your world titles, you fucking cockhog.
God bless you guys.

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Cheers, drink well, and see you for the Mookie on Wednesday.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

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Monday, October 22, 2007

BBTwo Kickoff 

We had a great kick off to the Battle of the Blogger Tournaments 2 last night for MiamiDon's Big Game. 57 players got us one player short of a $4,000 prizepool. During the first BBT, jeciimd was a constant target for the people who hated the point structure. He was consistenly high on the Tournament Leaderboard yet wasn't cashing. Last night he took care of all that silly talk by taking down the very first event.

I'm sure not how many hands he went heads up with TripJax but it seemed to last forever. Jax started with a nice chip lead when HU play began but after a couple of swings and jeciimd flopping a K in a KK versus AA battle the tide turned. Congrats to everyone who cashed.

I made a final table run after an early hot streak then losing a few coin flips. I chipped up but was the first out on the final table thanks to Jax classic limp/call. My early run included AA several times but not making too much money on two of them. I busted someone with the JackAce when I managed to duck the diamond draw. The rest was cruise control with a couple trip ups.

Tonight brings the weekly Mondays at the Hoy for your second shot at joining jeciimd in the Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions. See you there.

We are finalizing the TLB and freeroll payouts this week. If everything works the way we want, things are going to be crazy.

Full Tilt Poker has a promo page up and we're working to get it corrected. We're also working on getting a dedicated site up with tourney info. Please link to the Full Tilt promo page if you can.

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Near the end of the tournament we had some visitors show up to the house. Nothing like having a house full of kids and guests at 1am right after busting with my best shot for the TOC. Making it just a little more special was the 7 year old nephew walking into the house and immediately spewing his stomach contents all over the beige rug. Apparently 7 year old kids, 6 hour rides, and an entire bag of honey mustard potato chips don't mix. Couldn't blow chunks out in the front yard or somewhere between here and upstate New York.

Then he missed the bathroom on his second go around.

I must tell you that the smell was something very special. 14 years until I can take this kid out drinking, get myself blotto, then return the favor by blowing Soco flavored chow all over his new place.

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Have a good day, hit those Tier 1 token Frenzies, and see you tonight.

Tournament: Mondays at the Hoy
When: Every Monday. 10pm ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $24+2
Password: hammer

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

Tournament: Riverchasers Online Poker Tour
When: Every Thursday. 21:00 ET
Game: NLHE Deepstack
Buyin: $10+1
Password: Riverchasers

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