Sunday, November 29, 2009

Slut Free Weekend

I know it devastates you to know that this is a PokerSlut free weekend.  I know it devastated me, ok, not so much.  I love my Sunday nights of poker but when Monday morning rolls around and I have the pressure of getting the leaderboard updated I start suffering PS Tour remorse. 

I guess I'll just have to read more of the Sookie Stackhouse novels or, equally as good, watch Dexter tonight.  My BFF, T, hooked me up with Dexter.  Why o why didn't any of you other degenerate friends of mine tell me about Dexter ages ago?  I'm only about 2/3 of the way through the first season.  I'm going to have to do a marathon to catch up to the current season.

I'm still a little pissed off at myself for blowing the Iron Man this month.  I was a lock to get Silver this month but I was lazy and let it get past me.  Maybe next month.

Until next week happy pokering, reading or Dextering to all of you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Poker Star

I'm a huge fan of Joe Hachem.  He's got personality, charm, charisma and he knows a little about poker ;).  I am also a big fan of poker television.  I've been known to download poker shows from all over the world.  When (not)Zerb suggested I give The Poker Star show from Australia a try I was definitely game.

The premise of the show is that Joe Hachem is looking for the next Poker Star.  This competition starts with 11 players that are vying for the title which includes $100,000 and the seat to next year's WSOP ME.  The twist comes with the challenges - ala Survivor, the challenges are physical and mental. 

Each week there is a challenge, a tournament and an elimination.  It is quite compelling.  Clearly Poker Stars is sponsoring this show and they have spared no expense.  Lee Nelson, a very intimidating pro, 'assists' Joe with the challenges, assessments, and moving the players around to each assignment.  Initially there doesn't seem to be that much interaction with Joe but as the show progresses he spends more and more time with the players.

The challenges are incredibly well thought out.  They deal with individual skills that players need: stamina, reading, bluffing, focus, composure.  I think the players themselves are surprised by the nature of these challenges and how difficult some turned out to be. 

While the poker playing isn't the main focus of the show, the poker content is more representative of actual tournament poker than what you see on the usual poker shows.  I love seeing Joe and Lee discussing the play especially when they dislike a player's actions.  Clearly all of these players have experience playing and are successful players but we all have our leaks.  It's amazing how much easier leaks are to spot in other players. 

Bad play is roundly criticized by both Joe and Lee.  They are brutal in their assessments of the players' leaks and weaknesses.  They have zero tolerance for bad play and let the player know about it in no uncertain terms. 

Full episodes are available at the site as well as more content.  I haven't been there yet myself but I'm sure I will wander around over there after I get caught up with the shows. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PokerSlut Tour XVI LHE

Time to donk it up one bet at a time. 
A slow painful death.
Not for the weak but definitely
fun for the donkeys - and you know who you are!

Friday, November 13, 2009


My oldest son talked me into getting a Kindle so he could read it at school.  I was a prime target since I do love the idea of having all these books to read without having to worry about where to PUT the book when I'm done.  Almost every bookshelf in our house is already packed.

Before I agreed to buy the Kindle I made the boys try the Kindle app for their iPod Touch.  One thought it was ok but the youngest wasn't fond of it.  I gave it a try and was quickly suckered in.  I loved reading on that iPod Touch.  I do not have an iPhone but I could see how I would be seriously tempted to get one if Verizon ever gets one (which is looking more and more unlikely after the recent release of the Droid).

Just the other day I saw a notice that Amazon had released the Kindle PC application!  Wooooooot!  I have this snazzy little netbook that would be perfect for that!  I downloaded and installed it; I was connected to my account in no time.  I retrieved the eight book Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris that I recently purchased.  It wasn't until this morning that I had the time to fire up the netbook and try out the Kindle for PC software.  I have to say I like it.  Oddly, I like the actual Kindle itself the least of all my options. 

The best part about the Kindle and all the Kindle Applications is the FREE content that is available.  Many old classics are available for FREE.  Did I mention FREE books?  Jack London, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Shakespeare, Jonathon Swift, Nathaniel Hawthorne....  The list goes on and on.  Additionally, there is a ton of content that is very cheap and no book is more than $9.99.

Now if only they would get that rumored BlackBerry app released!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Poker and Chores

I've been so lazy busy lately that I have neglected this place.

On the bright side I had the best month playing poker last month.  I scored a nice profit AND qualified for Bronze in the Iron Man Challenge!  Wooooooot!  I haven't played yet this month.  Sigh.

I managed to tackle a couple of nagging household chores yesterday.  Today I want to knock a few more off the list in addition to the normal stuff.

Last night Zooks99 meekly told me that he pulled the drawer front off of one of the new dresser drawers.  Hmmm.  Turns out I left out a couple key parts when I built it.  D'oh.  IKEA was kind enough to send me replacement parts.  Another item to add to my to do list.

I might actually get around to updating the PokerSlut Tour leaderboard this morning.  Some things just fall by the wayside when you start tackling those pesky chores.  I might even try to squeeze in some poker later today. 

In the mean time I'm off to change light switches and clean out linen closets.  Isn't that what all poker players do in their off time?