Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brown chicken brown cow.

I didn't call this one because I didn't actually expect to play. I had a live game and was figuring on being home well after the Mook and Dook. but events fell into place and I missed the Mookie by about 30 minutes.

I look it up and there's Al high up on the leader board. I stick around some more and someone mentions the Dookie. Sure, I figure. I 'll play.

A couple of Aces, and Kings against Queens and Jacks, and I'm a Dookie winner yet again. That's two firsts for Dookies, to match my two seconds in the Mookie.

CK asked for a jaguar this time around. I don't know if I granted it yet, but maybe I will. Oh, and not the car either.

Congrats to Al for taking it down. He did so with class and reverence.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Do you need something? A new job? A new car? How about a date? Even a TOC seat?

Just ask. I do favors. Whether it's selling a house, or winning an MTT, my skills are unmatched.

Fuel needed a house sold... BOOOOOM

CK wanted a TOC seat.... SHIP!

Yes, I do favors.

I've come into some opportunities over the last month or so and I wanted to share them here. There is a new online poker magazine launching May 1st. It's a pretty dynamic site and I dig the layout. The guy who started it has an online golf magazine as well and has much success. So I think running with this one is a no brainer.

For the first issue we have had interviews already with Howard Lederer, Jean Robert, and Lacey Jones.

You can view the mag here. I will be running a lot of biz dev stuff on this and writing some articles as well. We will start off a little slow, and then hopefully ramp up with a full version of content and poker related gadgets.

I'll announce the release of the launch and hopefully have the new logo shortly. Let me know what you think.

Oh, an ship me an email if you're dog is dying and you want it to live a little longer. I can square that away for you :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

With the 19th pick the Eagles select, Jeremy Maclin!

This years NFL draft was apparently very speculative. The reports I read (which admittedly wasn't many) had Knowshon Moreno possibly slipping to the eagle with the 21st pick, and some had Maclin going 7th.

Instead, Moreno went earlier to Denver, and Maclin slipped past the top 15 and the Eagles traded down 2 spots to get him at 19.

This seemed to shock most of the ESPN analysts, who in my opinion are really nothing short of backyard draft specialists. The same ones who look at a team and think, "they need this position", and that is who they believe should be drafted. Quality player or not.

Lest anyone think this was a bad move, I will unequivocally state that this move just shows how genius the Eagles front office is when it comes to building winning teams. And a winning team they are.

Maclin led all players last year in all-purpose yards. He scored 13 touchdowns (1+ a game) averaged over 10 receptions a game, and is literally a freak when it comes to yards after catch numbers.

He will fit in quite well with the Eagles offense. Think about Maclin, Jackson, Curtis, Westbrook spread out in the slot, and McCoy (they're second round pick) in the back field. I challenge any defensive back field in the league to stop that combo. That is of course if McNabb can keep the ball from throwing the ball at their feet.

The McCoy pick was more surprising in the sense that he was still there when they got him. Yes, he's small, and yes, he came out a year early, but the kid is a stud. He will certainly take some of the load off Westbrook, and will challenge defense to figure out who to spy and who to double team.

Most fans who don't get it will not like this pick. They will regurgitate the surprise and, some could say disappointment of he ESPN talking heads, and scream that there's another lost opportunity for the birds. But in reality, what else was there to do? Could they have made a better pick?

There was talk about trading with Cleveland for Braylon Edwards, and a pick, but that fell through. Edwards holds the dubious stat of having the most dropped balls of any receiver over the last two seasons (I can't believe it's not Owens, but I read it on the internet, so it HAS to be true). Boldin from AZ was a possibility but being a fan for 30 years, you realize that the organization, especially how Laurie and Banner have shown how they like to run it, probably decided that the $10mil a year he would demand was just not going to happen.

If you have paid attention in the off season, you realize that the trade for Jason Peters from Buffalo started this whole thing. The loss of Runyan, who quite possibly could be one off the top 10 to ever play left tackle in the league, was devastating for McNabb. The question became who would replace him, or moreso, how would they replace him?

Via the draft felt like rebuilding but with the talent still left on the team and the parity in the league, there was still an opportunity to take another shot this year. Acquiring Jason Peters made it obvious that the Eagles were looking for offensive impact players right away. Maclin foots that bill immediately.

He has some downside which is his ability to run routes, but that can be improved on pretty quickly. I don't think Maclin was the type to ever have to worry about route running in college when he was used all over the field. Obviously the NFL is a different place and he will step up or be cut. But a guy with his talent, intelligence, and just the fact that he comes from a winning organization in the NCAA speaks volumes for his potential in the NFL.

I can tell you this. Whether or not you are a fan who likes the pick, you will be waiting with great anticipation for the arrival of J-Mac to camp. July can't get here fast enough! Congrats to the Eagles and their fans. Agree with it or not, we got a stud player.

Start the Hate....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Borgata Events!!!

The Borgata has a few things happening over the next two months. The first is yet again, another $500k guarantee in May. This starts on May 17th and is a 3 day event. The buy-in is $1500+$150 and should be as good as any that they have run in the past.

Having covered this event several times, it's amazing to me how many players fly in from across the country to play. It really is a testament to the Borgata and their willingness to put together an awesome structure to cater to the players.

A lot of newcomers also play and it makes for a great field.

In June, the Summer Open starts on June 7th, and wraps up with a $3000 main event that offers a $40k starting stack. Again, another awesome structure that will be sure to attract a very big field and the biggest names in poker.

There is a total of 22 events covering everything from PLO ($350 buy-in) to a $3000 heads up double elimination tourney. You can find the full schedule here.

The Borgata will be competing with the WSOP again for early prelim events, and all indications, as well as past history show that it won't matter. Players flock to these events because of the structure, the atmosphere, and the overall willingness of the Borg and it's staff to cater to them.

If you have the chance, come down and play. You really get a lot of value in these tournies. The fields are much larger than average, the struture is unmatched, and the Borgata room is always packed with lots of ring games.

It's amazing to me the comparison to other casinos and their tournaments and how much better the Borgata fares. Again, I will plan to play the PLO tournament, and will most likely be covering the event as well, so I look foward to a good month before I head out to Vegas for the Main event.

Drop a line if you plan on going down to play in any of them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The, uh, plaque for the alternates is down stairs in the lady's room

The weekend came and went without any real notion of value. It was the boy's 3rd birthday and it seemed more about being everywhere on time more than it was enjoying where we got.

The kitchen and upstairs bathroom are being done so we've been put out a bit for the last week, and all of this week. No biggie, but it makes for some interesting bathing arrangements and dining options.

We took the boy to the zoo for his birthday. Apparently, everyone else brought their kids as well as the place had no parking left. We spent probably 3 hours there and went back to the house for pizza and sandwiches.

Sunday was the party at Mema's house but not until the afternoon. So I decided it was a good time to get the first round of the year in. We played at a muni course, designed by Donald Ross, which is one of my fav's.

The weather was nice and the course was overbooked by some 30 players so it took us an extra hour to tee off. No matter as I was more interested in knocking off the rust more than I was competing.

I started with a triple and ended with a bogey and was still satisfied with the round. I hit some pure shots and snapped hooked a few into the adjacent sycamores, but all in all it was a good round. The short game was the cause of the first triple, but it also bailed me out of a lot of holes as well.

I chipped one in, and got several others close enough to save par. The putter was rock steady and it was fun to drain some stupid 20 footers, and only miss one silly 3 footer. I struck the ball well but scored a little more than I thought I should have. I think I won the foursome by 3 strokes, but that's not saying much. I was the one who's ball didn't ricochet out of bounds after smashing into the huge oak. Instead, mine nestled neatly in the fairway :) Round highlights... If I hit the driver even a little less than average, I would have shot 10 strokes better. The short game is money. Mid iron game needs to be a little crisper. Lots of shots on the green, but too far from the hole. 3 beers at the turn makes it a much easier game :)

I got over to the in-laws for the birthday party and locked up a good weekend, that basically flew by without any real substance. The boys birthday was fun, but not too much hoopla.

I'm getting ready for the Borgata Summer Open in June, and scheduling writers and bloggers for the month. It should be a good field and a great time as usual. Look for more updates with a roster of writers and events that you should play in if you can get there.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Charity event!

For those in these thar parts....

Tomorrow we're having a little gathering to help raise funds for Big Mike and his cause for CF.
I believe he has a nephew who has the dreaded affliction, and we will be playing a little pokah to bring awareness, and raise a little cake.

For those that were at the Bash this year, it will be held at the same place, August Moon, in Norristown. We start at noon and go until whenever.

It will certainly be a great time! If you need more info, send me an email

Thursday, April 16, 2009

HARRY the K Memorial Service

Only once in baseball history has anyone had a public viewing at a major league ball park. That was Babe Ruth. On Saturday, Harry Kalas will make history again as his casket will be placed behind home plate for all the world to come pay their respects before the game.

On Fridays game, the first half of the first inning will be broadcast with no announcing. Nothing but the crack of the bat, the ball hitting the mit, and the white noise of the crowd in the back ground.

Some other things that will happen:

• The television booth in Citizens Bank Park will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth. The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.”

• The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.

• Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.

• All fans will receive an 8”x10” color photograph of Harry.

• Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.

• For the entirety of the seven-game homestand, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.

• A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.

• During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision.

Additionally, for the rest of the season a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall, and the legendary, "Outta Here!" home run call will be played over the PA system whenever a Phillie hits a home run.

This is a man who truly was the sound of Philadelphia Sports. Most around here, baseball fans or not know Harry Kalas, and have been impacted by his career with the Phillies and NFL films.

No one in Philadelphia pronounces Mickey Morandini anymore without saying Miickkeee Mooorandiiiniiiii, in Harry's accent and deep base voice.

He truly was iconic in his industry, and players were always stating that they couldn't wait to hear how harry called it after making a play, or hitting in a significant run, or reaching a milestone. He was revered by fans and players alike. Especially by his colleagues.

Most importantly, he was a fan. That escapes most everyone outside of the Philly area. Harry will be remembered most around these parts because he was truly a fan of his and our beloved Phils.

Good Hunting Harry. You will be missed!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

And then I saw this....

Leave it to CNN to post this on the day thousands of people will be protesting the way the governent spends their tax dollars. LOL

This guy has it all wrong btw... 1) a person who earns 50k in the stock market, isn't exactly rich. 2) Fair has nothing to do with it 3) WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

DEATH! and taxes

An interesting thing happens today. Today is the day the government expects us to calculate what we owe them and submit it in paper or electronic form to their minions to peruse and decide if we did it right. If we did, by their standards and rules, then fine. We move on to next year. If we didn't, we get accused of stealing and are subjected to thousands in fines and face possible jail time even.

Now, usually the biggest gripe about tax day (or taxes in general) is the fact that we a) have to pay so much b) the money we pay isn't spent wisely enough c) too many get to pay ffar too less than others and/0r d) we have to pay it at all.

My gripe has always been the process. I think it's retarded. Far too many people have their hands in the pie of saying how much, how to, and how often US citizens are to dip into their pockets and pay the man.

It really has become a train wreck of right and wrong. Responsibility vs irresponsibility. Responsibility on the part to pay it, and irresponsibility on the part of deciding how it gets spent.

Now, some Americans today are on the bandwagon of Tea Parties. I must admit, I don't know much about them. I haven't read or viewed with much interest to determine their purpose or their benefit. But from the outside I can gather where it stems from. Obviously the Boston Tea parties from history were to protest the peoples taxation without representation.

But that doesn't make total sense. The sound bites I have heard focus more on the use of the taxation versus the actual taxation. Really, and this is purely a judgement call on my side, it seems to be more of a media movement than anything else. That is to say, more of a commercial movement to benefit business interests moreso than fueling the spirit of the American people.

Media outlets need viewership and listeners to pay the bills. The more conservative outlets call these tea parties a call to action. Liberal ones call them extremist and some don't even mention them.

It will be intersting to see the attendance. I certainly don't blame anyone or judge anyone for participating. I know several that will be attending as I tend to lean a little bit further to the right than center as do the friends in my circles. And I certainly don't think any event that can garner the attention of a nation as it relates to taking action against what some percieve as an injustice, or simply a notion that things could be done a little bit better, as a waste of time, or insignificant.

Obviously, times have changed. We can't get away with total revolution by picking up pitch forks and shovels. Nowadays we have opinion, twitter, and blogs. I'm still waiting to see how this whole Obama experiment works out. Until that totally washes itself out, I don't think I am prepared to take a stand just yet.

Have fun writing your checks today. I might pay attention to these tea parties today and give a better review later tonight.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Passing of a legend

Chat ban!!

Not exactly banned yet,but I got this little email from Full Tilt support.

I was playing in a $5 mtt. I had a better than average stack and it was fairly early on.

I squeezed with JJ and this guy Jordan_Tyler snap called my shove with T8. We were even in stacks at the time, and this came off of a reply he put in chat against a guy who called all the way down with JT against his AK to catch a straight.

Jordan replied "You're good! Totally awesome! Donkey"

So when he called my shove with T8 and caught his straight, I replied in kind.

This was the email I got from FT...

It has come to our attention that you have been abusing your chat privileges at the tables.

We value our players and strive to maintain an enjoyable online poker environment, free of harassment and name-calling at the tables. A copy of the offensive chat is shown below:

room to talk azzhole
nice phag name too
go fvck yourself shyt for brains

Please be advised that future infractions of this nature may cause your chat privileges to be revoked. Repeated infractions may result in the permanent suspension of your chat privileges.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Now, for those who know me, you recognize this is all fun and games to me. I like ripping idiots who are hypocritical in chat. Jordan responded with an "LOL", and I wished him good luck.

I don't think he reported me, rather than FT using their new policy of perusing chat during any given tournament.

I can't wait until I get caught again and have my chat revoked for whatever amount of time :)


Then I did the "kat" thing

You Are a Snow Leopard

You have learned that you must rely on yourself, and yourself alone, to live a happy life.

You understand the world better than most people you know. You are very perceptive and intuitive.

You need lots of space to think. If you don't get the space you need, you're likely to bite someone's head off.

Because you are so thoughtful and solitary, people find you to be intense and mysterious. You're even seen as intimidating.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hey! You know, we left this England place 'cause it was bogus; so if we don't get some cool rules ourselves - pronto - we'll just be bogus too! Get it

First off... A big Congrats to Green Fish last night for taking down his first BBT seat. I believe he won March with something like 57 million Final Tables, and finally got his win with the Riverchasers/ PPI tourney last night.

Awesome stuff brother! Go wish him well...

Details for the Breast Cancer Charity event on Full Tilt will be released shortly. I need to wrap up a few things first and then I can post it.

It will be a fun event with a lot of pros playing so look for it.

I have not been able to play a lot of the BBT. I don't know why I don't make myself available more during those times, but it is just not on my list of priorities right now. I don't get it either, but whatever.

A friend of mine challenged me to a $2 sng challenge. We started a month ago. We go until August. Play as many as you want. Total profit and ROI are the deciding factors.

I have found one thing out... I have no patience for a $26 tournament let alone a $2. Even if it is an SNG, I just can't keep focused. I have found, surprisingly enough, that the play at that level isn't entirely as horrid as I thought it would be. I mean these people actually lay down to 3 bets pre flop.

I don't ever recall seeing that before. There is still some retarded play, but best as I can remember, it's a lot better than it was a year or two ago.

I think I will be playing the Mookie tomorrow night. At least that's the plan.

Friday, April 3, 2009

By request, and for the good of all man kind...

The Doc put up a post about his worst moment ever at a poker table. Then Waffles decided to throw out the request for others tales from the felt.

I thought I would oblige. Reason being is that for one, I have plenty. Secondly, I felt bad about the Doc's experience and figured I would post one that would leave him feeling a little more than ok about his experience.

This is quite possibly the most embarrassing thing that I have ever done. At the time, I was just, and correct in my actions. About an hour up the expressway, I started feeling very sad and disappointed in myself. I believe I have recounted this story to a few of you, so if you remember it, and do not wish to recall one of my worst moments ever as a human being... move on.

I call it the wheel chair story.

I had gone down to the Borgata, maybe 3, 4 years ago, with some friends. A bunch of them. We had all decided to play the daily tournament. I believe it was a $300 friday tourney and I believe it was because we were celebrating someones birthday. Whatever the reason, we all had our own little ridiculous bad beat story that put us out of the tourney. All except Lucktruck, who was still pushing chips around and eventually getting into the top 27 until his day ended in the most retarded fashion. At least we got to play some cash :)

Anyway, 2 of us sat down at a $1/$2 table where there seemed to be a lot of action. I was in the 1 seat, and my buddy (chang) was in the 4 seat. It was a full table and there was a gentleman sitting in a wheel chair in seat 7. This guy was rolling and had about $2k in front of him.

We sat and played at that table for a good 8 hours. It was a fun table and we all started out jawing and telling stories about the day and past experiences. The guy in the two seat was from Delaware and was just an overall fun guy. The dude sitting across from me was a jock, yuppie type who turned out to also be very cool. The three of us mixed it up a lot during the session and we all had a good time.

The only issue was the guy in the wheel chair. Now, he was smacking the deck like I've never seen before. He would flop quads and get it all in against a guy with Aces. He would turn nut flushes against a guy who would turn a straight. That type of thing. He just kept mowing people down. That wasn't the issue.

The issue became apparent when another young, skinny, latino guy sat next to him in the 6 seat. This poor guy had no clue of what he was doing. He would buy in for the full $300 and get it all in with A high, or bottom pair, or second pair, and dusted off about $1500 in about 40 min. He just kept rebuying. The most horrible part about it was that the guy in the wheel chair kept analyzing his play. Telling him what to do, what not to do, where he went wrong. And he kept doing it loud enough so that the whole table would hear him. Not only that, he would make sure that everyone at the table knew that he was talking to the table as well.

Then he went on to tell the table how the Borgata gives him a free room, free meals, he's here once a month, they worship him, he wins everytime he's here, and that the rest of us have no shot. He wasn't doing this in a malicious way either, rather than being as a matter of fact about it.

The people on my end of the table were getting tired of it. I just sat there and kept my mouth shut, not letting it bother me. I've played with folks like this on numerous occasions. I've always found it more satisfying to just take their chips and smirk after doing so, but this guy was crushing every hand. He hit every draw, every flop, and usually against a guy who made second nuts, or even nuts on the flop.

I pretty much stayed away from the guy knowing he was running so hot, but three times I made nuts and really forced the issue. He folded everytime to aggression.

Here's where it starts to get sticky. I play back at him one time with junk just to keep him honest. This happens after a hand where he folds to me. And he mumbles something about "does this guy even have the first clue of who he's dealing with?". He says it to the latino guy who is about $1200 deep into his eventual $1500 loss. The latino guy laughs. That pissed me off more than what the dude in the wheel chair said. I don't show any outward signs of anger, scoop the pot and move on.

The very next hand Mr. Latino and the wheel chair get into it with the latin guy shoving on the turn. Wheel chair says, "man, I told you to protect against those draws", and snap calls with yet another turned straight. Mr. Latino stands up to leave and wheel chair starts giving him lessons. Literally as the guy is trying to walk away. And it's not in a nice way. The latino guy walks away waving good bye as if he doesn't understand english, and wheel chair says to the table, "man, some guys will just never get it."

I look at the yuppie across from me and he rolls his eyes. Chang looks disgusted and bored by the comment, and the dude from delaware whispers under his breath, "will someone please shut this cripple up". I was the only one who heard it being right next to him. I didn't acknowledge him saying it, but that was it for me. Now the dude is pissing off my friends.

So I speak up. I lean toward the table and I look at him and ask, "hey, how long have you been playing this game?". He looks startled and replies, " two days". I then say, "no, seriously, I just want to know.". He answers, "two years, how long have you been playing?"

This is where I start my little banter that sets the course for the impending blow up...

"Well, I've been playing long before they opened up the first room in Atlantic City. So let me give YOU some advice". He shakes his head and says "yeah, right!" Chang looks at him and gives him a head nod in confirmation of my statement.

"What advice could you give me?" he snapped. I replied, "The first thing is, don't do that." I was motioning to the latino guy walking away. "That guy just lost his rent for the month and no one wants advice from the guy who took it by snapping off nut flops and hitting 18% draws. Secondly, no one else here wants to listen to you speak anymore. So do us a favor. Turn off your sewer and just play the game."

He didn't say anything. He just looked like a kid who was repremanded for stealing candy, and went on his with his business.

Fast forward 4 orbits. Regardless of what has transpired, we are all still having a good time. Another one of my friends come to the table and sits in the 6 seat. The very first hand he calls a 4 way raised pot, and the flop comes A A 8. He leads out on the flop. Remember, this is his first hand. Wheel chair reraises, and delaware sitting next to me giggles and shows me his A T, and repops to like $65.

My buddy shoves, and wheel chair flat calls. Mr. Delaware finds this even more amussing and mucks, knowing that wheel chair most likely has this hand locked up.

My buddy tables A 6 and wheel chair opens up 88. The board blanks and wheel chair scoops a good $500+ profit.

The friend looks stunned and rebuys. Wheel chair can't help himself and comments on how good a player he is and I shoot him a look. He stops his rant, and just continues to stack his chips.

The very next hand I am dealt QQ with almost a thousand behind. Mr. Yuppie who has a nice sized stack open raises for $10. Wheel chair flat calls, and I make it $47 to go. Yuppie calls and Wheel chair calls behind. The flop comes Kc Qs Ah. I'm not too particurly fond of this flop, but I gather Mr. Yuppie has something like AK and am feeling very confident that I will get a good chunk of his. Wheel chair could very well have the TJ, given his range, and how hard he has been hitting flops, but it doesn't scare me. I know he is raising his made hands, so I will soon find out.

Being first to act on the flop, I lead out with a $130 bet, and Mr. Yuppie min raises. Wheel chair thinks and flat calls. Now, I like this flat call because it tells me he is absolutely on a draw. With this much action he was likely to get in as much as possible right there, so I go to about $530 when it gets back to me. I made this bet because I want to entice Mr. Yuppie to shove, and hopefully get wheel chair out of the way. If yuppie has KK or AA, so be it. But with his preflop action, it wasn't likely, based on his play most of the day that is.

Mr. Yuppie grimaces, and reluctantly folds (he told me later that he actually held AK). Wheel chair, again flats. This makes me laugh cause now I am about $400 left, and he knows that I have to put it in regardless of what comes on the turn. The turn comes the 4c putting two clubs on the board and I snap shove all in. If he has TJ, oh well.

He thinks again and reluctantly lets $400+ in chips fall ot of his hand onto the felt. I open up my middle set, and he sits there looking at the dealer to peel the river. The dealer burns and I say "wait a minute. Open up your cards". He says he doesn't want to, and I say "If you want to see that river you're going to or I'm scooping this pot right now." The dealer gets all flustered and wheel chair says, "whats your issue man?" I reply that I want to know at least what I'm drawing against, and he should have at least learned ethics in the short amount of time he has played this game.

He throws his cards down on the table and shows Tc 8c for a flush draw and a gutterball. The table gasps, and the floor person (who came over during our little dialouge) tells the dealer to ship the river. What do you know! A brand new shiny club hits the felt.

Here is where the fun begins..... (I know, long post)

I'm standing up, and I throw my cards at the table, A'la Phil Helmuth style. The one hit my buddy in the head. I can't imagine what I looked like, but I start screaming quite loud, "Man you're a stud. You're really good. You should be giving lessons to EVERYONE." Things are racing in my head trying to tell me to calm down but I just can't.

I peel another $300 from my pocket and lay it on the table. I know the floor person, and he knows me, and he puts his hand on my shoulder. I'm still standing up. I'm ready to stop myself and just continue on, but wheel chair giggles, and says something to the guy next to him about how I wouldn't understand that play and that he had every right to play it the way he did.

Que the video of a volcano exploding.

"What the fuck did you just say?!?!?" "I wasn't talking to you", he said. "I want to know what the fuck you just said" Floor person whispers in my ear to stop with the language.

"You know what, nevermind. Just keep your mouth shut. Don't say another word while I'm at this table. Don't even order another drink. As a matter of fact, I would suggest you leave now."

He starts to explain why and how he played the hand that way, and I just restated very plainly... "Dude, shut the fuck up." He kept going, "Christopher Reeves, Shut your fucking mouth". "Don't make me have to say it again."

My buddy says "dude, your out of line." I snap back.. "unless you want to spend the next 5 minutes picking teeth up off the floor, you'll shut your mouth". Another guy sitting next to wheelchair says something to me about being out of line.

I snap at him... "Do you really want to get involved with this. DO YOU? Cause I can involve you if you want me to. Hell, there might be two people at the table sitting in a wheel chair." The floor person is now trying to pull me away and talk to me while the dealer is cutting out my new buy-in. Wheel chair is sitting back in his chair, now trying to apologize. I go from telling him to shut the fuck up to asking him how the hell he can justify making those calls, back to telling him to shut up again.

Chang gets up and says, c'mon man, let's go get something to eat. I say, "yeah, that's a good idea. I better leave before I end up taking a life at this table." I then look at wheel chair and say, "look at me. I'm walking away from the table. I'm WALKING away from the table." as I make a motion with my first two fingers walking.

We go and get some chow, and chang talks me down a little, saying "dude, it's not like you haven't seen beats like that before." He's right, but not from a guy who wouldn't shut his fucking cake hole. This guy irked the shit out of me with his lessons, and stardom at the Borg, and so on. Moreso was the fact that he was bothering all of the other players. I was steamed.

We go back to the table, my seat is still saved. Delaware and yuppie both welcome me back, and I made a statement about it being nice to calm down before I killed someone. Wheel chair says, "yeah, look, I'm really sorry, and thanks for not killing me" in a sincere and humerous kind of way.

I looked at him square in the eyes and told him to shut up. "Seriously dude, don't say another word" Not to me, not to anyone.

Surprisingly I didn't get kicked out of the room. I guess being known, and knowing people have their benefits. Either way, I was in no shape to play, and ended up dusting off the $300 on an AJ spade draw with a pair of aces on the flop. The guy next to me flopped a set and I missed.

The three of us got up and left the casino. We laughed about it in the car, or they laughed at me rather for about a good 20 minutes, and then embarrassment set in. I really felt horrible. I never saw that guy again, but I still look for him to this day to offer my apologies.

I hope this makes the doc feel better. Of course this happened before I was a blogger :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I like quotes!

If you read here often, or have read here for any amount of time, you would have noticed that most of the time I title my posts with movie quotes.

Over the last year I have read a lot of non-fiction on world politics, philosophy, and dirt on the CIA, NSA, and other foreign spy agencies. I have also read about 10 different biographies on US presidents. Mostly from the the earliest history of the US. That brings my total to 39 presidential autobiographies. The most notable I am missing.... Lincoln. (thinking of saving him for last)

Anywho, here are some quotes from these books:

"You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal god, I will rout you out. If people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning."

- President Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837

"I am concerned for the safety of our great nation; Not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."

- General Douglass MacArthur

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson. In politics, nothing happens by accident; if it happens, you can be sure we planned it that way."

- President Franklin Roosevelt

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrialized nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the history of civilization. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominent men."

- President Woodrow Wilson

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent that their fathers conquered."

- President Thomas Jefferson

Well well well! it seems almost every single president has witnessed an issue with the way our financial system operates. Or more importantly, who operates it.

Suck on that over the weekend... I'm putting together a bunch of posts about this. I feel like I'm in college again. And no, I won't be shooting the conspiracy theorist angle.

Oh, and I have some very cool news out of the world of poker. That's next week.

Have a good weekend.

One more thing... I'm setting up a charity event on Full Tilt for breast cancer research. More to come shortly, but there will be a pile of pros who will be playing. Save the Titties!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

House Cleaning?

If you haven't noticed, I have been preoccupied lately. I have spent less and less time on IM, and haven't posted nearly as much as I used to.

There are reasons, obviously. I spent a good amount of time live blogging the Borgata $500k, I've been dealing with business issues, and of course, it's tax time, so that consumes a lot of my day.

But the largest chunk of time has been looking for a new place to stay. I have acquired some new business interests, and unfortunately, it will take me away from where I've spent my entire life.

That's right. The fam and I are moving west. And not just west. We are heading out of country to Canada. ARE YOU KIDDING?

Um, actually, no. I've spent the last few months looking for real estate, and as it happens, this clown had an extra place that he needed to dump. It's an ok place, and the wife likes it (she's only seen it online) so we will make an offer today via my attorney.

It will be weird to say the least having not only to move, but to move out of country. I dig the upper North West, so I am expecting fun things. The business aspect of it makes me feel lucky. In these times, it's almost impossible to find funding, but hey, I'm a rock star. So it got done.

I expect the move to take at least 3 months. I will be there first, and the wife and fam will come in tow over the next three months while they handle our affairs back home.

I have made arrangements with my ventures here to be looked after without giving up ownership, and will most likely expand that part of the business out west as well.

Things are looking good! We are all excited about the opportunity that has presented itself, and I fully expect to make the most of it.

You can see the new digs at the link below. Assuming the ghey master agrees to terms. I'll most likely play the mookie tonight, and then probably go dark for a good month.

Wish us luck! Here is the link to the property.