Saturday, July 9, 2011

MLB Safety BS

"Our players are encouraged to be fan-friendly and we will carefully review this incident with our clubs to continue to ensure a safe environment for our fans." -MLB.
What a load of crap! People get hurt all the time by stuff flying into the seats. Baseball games are inherently dangerous if you're sitting anywhere near the field and for MLB to pretend it's safe is obnoxious. The fan accepts the unsafe environment the moment she walks in the door. As long as their is no gross negligence has no case against a team.

I'm very saddened by the tragic death in texas and my reaction to mlb's statement isn't about this case, just their cover their ass bs quote.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

getting internet poker money back

I was going to post a blog a bit ago about my thoughts but everyone else was doing such a good job that I didn't think it was necessary. It was shocking to me, especially considering it fell on the day I had my engagement planned for. I still went forward with it and it went without a hitch. :) We're looking at a wedding next summer.

Today we learned we'll be getting our money back from pokerstars and full tilt, which I was confident was going to happen but it's nice to have the confirmation.

In the meantime it's been awful weather here in minnesota which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't the worst winter I can remember. I'm so ready to get outside and playing golf/softball/kickball and yardgames etc...draaaaaaaaaaagggggingggg.

I was planning a lighter work load this summer and now that we're for sure getting our money, it's more likely I stick to that as I have a bigger cushion while waiting for online poker to be licensed and regulated in the US. I'll still hit up canterbury a few times a week, but I'm not going to bend over backwards to play hours like I have in the past...the games I can find are generally going to be worse than before...

It's about time the twins pull their heads out of their asses and start hitting the ball. It's been tough watching them fail fail fail...but I know it's a long season...also, I'm one of those rubes who just wants to be in the playoff hunt come september. That means you had a summers enjoyment of baseball. And I'll take that any year.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

a few heads up battles and otherwise quiet

I've had a few legit heads up limit holdem battles lately so my hours have been a little higher than I anticipated. At 35 hours for that first week... These battles are where most decent money comes from so I'm always happy to oblige and suck it up and play...I hadn't played k*bblerd*g in a year or two so when he sat $60/120 with me I was thrilled. He got off to an early lead but his overaggressive check raising every flop isn't too hard to combat in the long run as long as you're not ridiculously card dead...which I wasn't so it went well and I won ~9000.

So my month is off to a decent start...and this year I'd say I'm running a little bit above average...except for heads up no limit where I'm running 50 (yes fifty!) buyins under all in expectation in only 26000 hands. I'm the worst at winning all ins...but I've ran hot at 200/400 so that makes up for it :)

My stupid computer/graphics card is glitching and ruined one of my battles which was really frustrating. I took it outside and blew the dust out of it today in case that's part of the problem. It was dustier than I've ever seen. Either way good to get it out.

I haven't figured my wsop schedule yet but I'm thinking I'll go 2 or 3 times for short trips and play a few small tourneys and the main event obviously. I really don't care for the vegas lifestyle (other than craps!) so it's not too likely I'll be out there much more than that unless out of nowhere the cash games are unreal.

Twins home opener tomorrow and bachelor party for my sister's fiance on saturday. Sounds like fun/no poker for a few days.

Friday, April 1, 2011

march mash, on to april

Well march finished fine with 3 straight winning days. No big days but winning is always enjoyable. I think I played more hours in march than any other months in recent memory. Pretty dull but it was good to get a lot of poker in as in april I think I'm going to take it easyish. I averaged 53 hours per week playing poker. Crazy right?!

30 hours a week tops is all I'm going to play in april I think. Probably less this first week. I need a break. I gotta get my taxes done and there are some things around the house that could use some working on and I think I'm gonna go on a golden tee binge for a little and obviously the twins games as well as kickball and softball starting back in a week.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Well I broke the streak yesterday...I won a few thousand online and broke even at canterbury. It feels good to get back on the right track...

Speaking of canterbury...they have really good eggrolls if you are not asian and dip them in ranch dressing... ;)

Is it friday yet? I'm ready for baseball and a few days off from poker. Maybe a week. I might have to go to san diego soon to do some golfing to get ready for the good weather here...just like jumpstart my's been so gross lately in minnesota.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

4 straight losing days

I haven't been playing that much in the last few days but anytime I do, I lose. 4 straight losing days at heads up limit holdem is tough to do. I don't think I've ever done it before. I've lost 4 times in a row a million times, but not at my goto 'get out of a downswing' game haha. I'm not sweating it at all I'm just pretty tired of it. The downswing is up to like 400 bets which is the most for heads up limit holdem for me I think. My biggest was 1k bets but that was ring game... I think it helps that I'm still having a mediocre positive month still...

Gonna sit a few hours this afternoon and then head up to canterbury with jay and wilmes for a little live poker...should be real fun.

I also picked up a gamepad which I'm going to try to get working for when I want to 1 table heads up and lean back. If anyone has any recommendations on how to do this (I know there is good software out there I just haven't done my research yet)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

quick downer, avoiding burnout

I've been playing a lot online the last week and it's been going great...until the last 1300 hands which I'm down like 230 bets. Mostly low stakes so not much money but very frustrating nonetheless. I never have anything and they always do.

I have a buddy in town and another one on spring break and we're going to play lots of online poker I'm sure so this afternoon I've just putzed around without tables open. I tried playing civilization 5 but the new graphics card i got (geforce 570) has been having stability issues so that didn't happen as I didn't have the patience to deal with it.

I finally moved my postgresql hand history database to the terabyte drive so now i finally have the space to make a massive database. I'm exited and eagerly awaiting the import.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

a little ring game break, etc etc

I got tilted last week playing ring games so I decided unless there is a world class fish playing at 100/200 or 200/400 I'm going to skip the ring game grinding. No more 30/60 50/100 etc. I just feel like chilling and heads up is good for me like that. So instead to make sure I get hands I'm playing $5/10 and 6/12 lhe hu and 1/2 NL also. It's pretty relaxing and far less irritating. Hopefully the pros don't bust 8sup while i'm gone... ;)

This snow is actually the only snow all year that has bothered me. Usually I like snow and winter weather, but I'm fully in spring mode and it's time to go and not come back.

My bracket is doing of the middle of the pack...and I am still in the hunt but probably somewhat of a longshot. I have ohio state winning it all..

I started playing civ 5 again and while I've been a lifelong fan of the civilization series (esp civ 2) I just can't get hooked on it. This is like my 3rd run at it and it's the same as every other time. I just can't get engrossed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

heads up 30/60 battle, heads up as a game

That was pretty tiring. I just got done 'battling' a guy 3 tables of 30/60 lhe heads up for 1500 hands. It was a very peculiar match for me. I usually don't bluff too much (obv other than continuation betting/barreling) and this guy said he usually played 14 tables of no he was ultra foldy, perhaps more than anyone I've ever seen.

He would constantly check back the flop and fold the turn. He raised my turn bets no more than like 8 times in those 1500 hands. He never adjusted. I just kept bluffing and bluffing and bluffing some more. He won at showdown over 75% of the time. It's just we only went 28% and most of the rest of the hands I won by bluffing. It's not too often you get to play a guy like that so I had to be a little more conscious of what optimal strategy vs this type of player. My friends and I haven't talked many times about how this is the easiest player type to play think of that next time you play heads up and aren't used to it. call call call call etc

I went to canter the other night and had a good time, although I don't find omaha 8/b fun. Luckily I only had to play like an hour of it. A buddy is in town and another has spring break next week so I'll probably go up there next week a handful of times...which is rare for me lately. I had a big stretch where I played a ton, but not lately.

I hadn't even thought of this when I started writing this blog, but there is a thread on 2+2 that is generating a bit of interest. Bryce claimed he thinks sites should get rid of hu tables and instead institute a game where you can like enter a player pool to play a random person who is in the pool for 200 hands.

This is ridiculous.

My response to that I wrote in the thread is as follows:

"There is no shot the sites get rid of heads up tables.

Suggesting it should be removed is pretty lol. Either table selecting your opponents and playing them or not being able to play heads up with somebody if you both want to play heads up for a certain stake is ludicrous.

It doesn't even make that big of a deal with this 'lobby' busyness. I agree it is slightly less inviting but it's definitely not an important enough of a factor in trying to convince somebody it should be removed. It's just so avoidable (by filtering) and maybe the fish are a hair uninvited by it (but truly I bet most don't notice/think about it/care) but it sure doesn't seem to be affecting most of them - there are tons of guys who keep losing tons and tons of money. People want to gamble and they will put up with some bs to do so. This is light bs and is insignificant in the case for removing heads up.

This is coming from somebody who also sits heads up $500/$1000 sit and goes so I definitely feel comfortable playing anyone and am willing to play more than most...It's just not right to take away the heads up game from people who want to play that way."