Monday, January 31, 2011

Game of Skill and Strategery

I hosted my home game this weekend.  One of the regular players offered to stake my oldest to play.  I knew his objective was to take all the boy’s chips for himself.  I offered to let him do it but only if the boy played at a different table.  I was rejected.

I assume the day will come that I will allow my boys to play but not before I have improved their pokers skills to the point where they would not be dead money.  Duh.

Between running big hands into hands that out flopped me and just playing badly I was the first person out at the final table.  There is usually one epic hand at my home game and this last game was no exception.  Two players were busted by a third – all of them flopped a flush!  45dd v 67dd v A8dd.  Rigged. Totally rigged.  Just ask Lightning; he swears my game is rigged, too.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I took advantage of the opportunity to have a dinner out with my family tonight which caused me to join tonight's WBCOOP event late.

I walked in the door and heard the telltale sounds from my netbook. I had left PokerStars running. I opened the lid of the netbook and click the I'm Back button even though I needed to run my son to the pool for practice. I folded the first hand but found myself with playable cards the next hand.

Hand info:

Date:2011/01/25 18:39:52 CT [2011/01/25 19:39:52 ET]
Type:Tournament (339187690)
Game:Hold'em NL
Table:'339187690 32' 9-max

Table info:

Seat 1: blackcat770 ($2,762)
Sitting out
Seat 2: AbsolutHam ($2,690)
Seat 3: PackoTaylor ($1,778)
Seat 4: N0sferatv ($8,481)
Posts small blind $25
Seat 5: lorenzo570 ($749)
Posts big blind $50
Seat 6: cyppokerstar ($3,175)
Seat 7: gadzooks64 ($2,740)
Seat 8: Peter23777 ($2,985)
Seat 9: keksen ($3,750)
Dealt to gadzooks64

Preflop: (Pot: $75)

RAISE gadzooks64, to $150
FOLD Peter23777
FOLD keksen
FOLD blackcat770
FOLD AbsolutHam
FOLD PackoTaylor
FOLD N0sferatv
FOLD lorenzo570
RAISE cyppokerstar, to $3,175 and is ALL-IN
CALL gadzooks64, $2,590 and is ALL-IN
RETURN cyppokerstar, $435

Flop: (Pot: $5,505)

Turn: (Pot: $5,505)

River: (Pot: $5,505)


SHOWS cyppokerstar

SHOWS gadzooks64

cyppokerstar wins the pot of $5,505 with two pair, Aces and Queens
I wonder if I couldn't have just blinded into the top 200. It certainly would have been more enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Zooks64Net0016Back in the day, when I was a struggling engineering student HP programmable calculators were all the rage.  I lusted after the HP48SX.
They cost over $200.  Back then that was A LOT OF MONEY FOR A COLLEGE STUDENT.  I held out as long as I could but I eventually bought one.  The best part was being able to load in the formulas that some lame professors expected you to memorize. 
I was reminded of this calculator when I was perusing the Android Market via App Brain.  I found three different emulators for Texas Instruments calculators.  I recalled seeing one for HP a while back but at the time it didn’t interest me much.
After showing the boys (who now have Android phones) these apps I dug around and found my HP calculator.  Unfortunately the batteries had leaked and corroded one of the connections.  It was now useless.  Sigh.
I hit App Brain to search for the HP48 emulator.  Sure enough there was one for an HP48.  The colors are for the GX version (obnoxious teal and green) instead of the orange and blue of the SX but everything else seemed the same. 
I wouldn’t even begin to know how to operate this thing anymore.  Hell, I can barely make it add up numbers.  That whole Reverse Polish notation thing was an anathema to me at the time I was using it back in the day.  I’ve forgotten more vital things in that time span so I’m not much concerned about forgetting how to run that HP calculator.  Besides, it doesn’t work anymore. 
I’m toying with the idea of getting it fixed.  Used ones are going for over $100 on eBay.  Go figure.  Hahahahahhahaha.  Get it?  Go figure!?!?!?  Well, it amused me at least.  If I still had my TI-55II from high school I would have quite the collection of nearly worthless geek toys.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

PokerSlut Tour

There is no PokerSlut Tour game tonight because I’m being a total degenerate at the Harrah’s in St. Louis.  If I run QQ into a set of 6s one more time I might have to beat the shit outta the douchebag I see with Dr. Dre headphones.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Wow, somebody totally read my mind….


Online Poker

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Registration code: XXXXXX 009120

Saturday, January 08, 2011


htc-droid-incredible-e1Ever since I got my Droid Incredible phone last year my boys have always wanted to mess with it.  Unlike some parents I know, I do not encourage my kids to play with my stuff.  I don’t give them my phone to keep them entertained and out of my hair.  Never.  That’s why I buy them their own gadgets, damnit!

They have had plain cell phones for over a year and half and have done quite well with them.  The youngest hasn’t yet gotten into the texting craze but the oldest has damn near worn the buttons off his phone.  He would complain to me that the sounds weren’t working anymore but I would be able to revive it in a few minutes – that boy messes with his settings a tad too much methinks.  There was a moment there when he thought I might actually get him a new phone but, alas, I was able to fix his.  Bwaahahahahha.

At the time he was trolling for a new phone I told him he was eligible for an upgrade in January and he should just wait until then.  There was a good chance he could get a really nice phone if he waited. 

After spying deals for phones AND Verizon offering a deal on service for lines upgraded from feature phones to smart phones I was seriously considering getting them Droid Incredibles when their upgrade was available.

By the time Christmas rolled around I had promised them new android phones as a gift but they wouldn’t get them until the upgrade date.  I had tried a couple places and was told there was no way to upgrade early.  Wait they must.  Yes, on occasion, I let my inner Yoda loose.

On Monday I had to call Verizon about our bill so I asked how long this Feature Phone to Smartphone upgrade offer would last.  Baaaaaaaah!  It was going to expire on 1/7.  That was not good.  I groused about getting my sons smartphones when their upgrade was available on 1/20 but I really wanted that deal.  After a little back and forth with the representative she offered to do the upgrade for me now!  AND I qualified for the BOGO offer on Droid Incredibles. 


Somehow I neglected to mention this deal to either of my boys.  Smile

FedEx was supposed to deliver them by 7pm on Thursday.  Of course, I bowl on Thursday morning.  I think you see where I’m going with this, Fedex attempted delivery while I was bowling and would not be able to redeliver.  If I wanted the phones I would have to pick them up at their office.  Sigh.

I had this elaborate plan for surprising the boys with their new phones.  So off I went to FedEx with charged batteries in tow.  After picking up the package I headed to my favorite Starbucks for free wifis.  It took me about an hour and a half to get the phones activated, loaded with apps, and the surprise ringtone installed.

HTC-Droid-Incredible-Verizon-Preorder-530x456The plan was to sneak the phones into their bedrooms, wait for them to get home from swimming, then set off the “Where’s My Droid” app to ring for five minutes – giving them enough time to find the hidden phones.

The youngest was already home when I got back with the newly activated phones.  I had to BS with him in his room until I spotted an opportunity to plant the phone.  The oldest was easy since he wasn’t home yet.

Zooks97 gets home from swimming, and, instead of going straight to his room like he usually does, he proceeded to bend my ear for a full 15 minutes.  Every other comment from me was, “Go get in the shower,” but he wasn’t taking the hint.  Finally, he headed upstairs and TOH and I sent off the triggering text messages.

After what seemed like an eon, their phones started ringing.  Within moments Zooks97 was downstairs yelling, “This is the best way EVER to get a new phone!”

Mission accomplished!