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Monday, October 31, 2005
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Well today is a fun day for all those kids lookin to sharpen up their sweet tooth. The trick or treaters will be out in swarms tonight. I know when I was a kid I would get so pumped for Halloween as I would get all dressed up and be ready to go trick or treating as soon as I would get home from school; even though I still had like two and a half hours to go. I was definitely a kid that was easily excited and I still get pretty excited today for certain things (not Halloween anymore). Hopefully all of you kids will have an enjoyable evening tonight and be safe as you cruise the streets filling up your pillow cases with mad amounts of candies.
"Here's our crew as the Trailer Park Boys"
For those of you that believe in ghost stories here is an urban legend you can enjoy reading, and see whether or not you believe in it.
Thanks to halloweenghoststories.com for this contribution.
Urban Legend: The protective ghosts of little children killed at a railway crossing push stalled cars off the tracks.
The Story: This one is actually true. It's been talked about on many TV stations including an Los Angeles, California station by "The Earth Man" Garcia. It has to do with a school bus full of children that had stalled on some train tracks in San Antonio, Texas. A train was coming and going too fast to stop in time to get the bus off the tracks. The bus was hit and all of the children died. It was a great tragedy. The tracks are located on a curve in the road but the tracks are on a small up-hill grade to both sides.
If you stop your car on the tracks and put it in neutral, it will slowly start to roll over the little hill and down the other side.
A local Los Angeles, California station sent a crew there to check it out and it was done on tape, with a San Antonio sheriff present. The cars back end was cleaned off of any finger prints before the test was done and after it was done it was dusted for prints. Several small hand prints and finger prints showed up on the bumper, showing that the small hands of the ghost children were pushing the car to get it off the tracks.
There are also claims that this is nothing more than gravity anamoly allowing a non moving vehicle to move over a small up-grade. But no one can explain away the hand and finger prints.
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A Saturday Night Gong Show for all the Right Reasons
Wow what a night! The night was supposed to be just the crew getting together at our friends Annie and Monnetta’s place to watch some hockey and giver a little bit. Maybe not a little bit since when we get er going it turns into an absolute gong show. So I’m chillin at my bud phril’s house and watching the first period of the Leafs hockey game and then we were going to make our way down to the party. We got a phone call to head down to the party ASAP because there was some news and it was supposedly the “craziest news we are gonna hear all year”, I knew what the news was but I played along with my buddy phril since he had no clue what was going on. So on my way to the party I rolled into the liquor store and picked up a twelve banger of Corona and a bottle of Goldschlager cause I knew we were gonna be getting into the shots. Oh man this is gonna be a long one.
We roll into the party and it is already madness (the time is 8:00) and the news was out that my best bud “the cobster” and his significant other Linda were havin a baby. The first one out of the crew to deliver such tremendous news and it was time to celebrate. The news was broken about twenty minutes before I had got there and people had already busted out the shots (JD and Goldschlager). So I roll into the party with another bottle of the goldschlager and we immediately head out to the patio and fire it up. For the next twenty minutes it is freakin nuts we had about 6 or 7 shots (and everyone at the party is outside givener on these things) and it was the fastest getting shit faced party I’ve ever been involved with. This continued for hours (although the shots would definitely slow down) and hours and it was one crazy night. The majority of the crew was there and all the girls were up in the hizzouse. I was pumped that a special someone was gonna be up in the hizzouse as well and the night was an absolute blast and a celebration to remember. Our crew is known to throw some serious bashes and this was one of the better ones.
There were a lot of fascinating episodes that would go on through the night, as there was a cell phone incident where the man of the night (the cobster) had his phone (The Razr) smashed on the ground as a joke and then he grabbed our buddy fooch’s phone (this kid’s an animal and the king of jibba jabba)and absolutely smashed the shit out of the phone. It was a hilarious sight and it was made all the better cause we were all gunned. Another fun episode was the rap battle between myself (the kid), the Cobster (the self proclaimed fastest rapper in Canada), FitzDawg (the real slim shady), and our boy JLee(the asian fury). When we get gunned and haul on some of that fun stuff all of a sudden we feel like we can rap and we bust out some sick rhymes (at least in the state we are in we like to think so). So this went on for a good 45 minutes of us just going back and forth and thinking we are coming up with the sickest of rhymes.
Well it was eventually time for this kid to shut er down for the night, although it was tough getting some sleep because the king of jibba jabba was in prime form and he was yippin till about 7:30 in the morning. Once he eventually wore himself out it was time for some shut eye to get ready for a rotting session in my buddies basement all day Sunday to watch some mad football. There was no online poker played on this day.
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Saturday, October 29, 2005
A Poker Party Night
Tonight we thought we would take it easy and just have a few beers at the cobsters house and play some online poker at Poker Party. There were three of us just chillin and we went to the beer store and picked up a 28 pack of Coors Light. We picked up the beers and we were ready to light up some action at Poker Party. I signed up for a $10 sit and go and I was off. I wasn’t really feeling it early on but I started makin a move after a couple of chiefs got knocked out. I was sitting in fourth place when I was sitting on K10 suited and the flop comes K,10,5. Immediately I flop two pair but there are two spades on the board as well. I play the hand out and make a pretty big bet after the turn card and the other guy raises me, I then move all-in and he takes a little time before he calls. The river comes up and its the Jack of spades and the other guy wins by hitting the flush on the river. I’m out and pissed. Who calls an all-in bet going on a flush draw. Anyways, I quickly pound a couple of beers and get ready for another sit and go. I have probably had about 6 beers by now and I’m waiting to find the next game. I finally get into a game and little do I know that I’ve signed up for a seven card stud tourney. God damn I said to myself. Here I am thinking I’m playing a texas holdem tourney and all of a sudden I see cards everywhere and then I realize I signed up for the wrong bloody tournament (hopefully this wasn’t because of the Coors).
So, I continued playing poker for the majority of the night and I could not get into the money. I finished fourth three times and I got eliminated on the river twice. Partypoker has done this to me a few times but I’ll get back at it and win some of these things. If you are looking to play poker at poker party use this bonus code: 20BR.
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Friday, October 28, 2005
A JovoGaunch Update
Here’s a quick update on our boy JovoGaunch. He is currently chillin in Perth and workin real hard. Not sooo much. He just recently bought a new ride and it is definitely one pimped out ride, the poor guy got his stereo stolen as he went streaking downtown Perth in celebration of a Montreal Canadiens victory. He’s probably the biggest habs fan going, he loves them so much that he goes into work at 7 in the morning (Australian time) to watch his beloved habs on Slingbox. The Slingbox is a nectar gadget that allows you to watch television over the internet from your box at home. Our boy Fitzy has it hooked up for the Gaunch at his house so the poor soul can watch his habs win early on in the season and then end the season in a typical disappointing fashion.
"That's one sick ride"
"One Crazy Canuck chillin in the Land Down Under"
JovoGaunch is a big time fan of playing online poker as he has spent countless hours on Poker Party. The crew misses our boy Gaunch and the parties aren’t the same without this crazy canuck. Hey Gaunch: “Do you have any Snausages”?
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Thursday, October 27, 2005
White Sox Are The World Champs
White sox Win! White sox Win! The Sox last night completed the sweep over the Houston Astros to become the 2005 World Series champions which ended an 88 year drought without a championship. Congrats! What a season these boys had and they all performed unbelievably in the playoffs. Guys were steppin up huge all series long and with a few key dingers in extra innings these guys came through. Well deserved. What I can say is that I am a Jays fan and a fan of anyone that knocks of the yankees. I love it that the yankees keep on spendin mad amounts of cash and they can’t pull it off. Looks good on ya Mr. Steinbrenner. The only thing I like about Steinbrenner was his character on Seinfeld. What a Jabroni!
"This is what this little guy thinks of the Yankees and Mr. Steinbrenner"
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Harrah's Announces 2006 World Series of Poker Schedule
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. today announced the schedule for the 2006 World Series of Poker. Harrah's will stage the world's richest poker tournament at its Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the second year in a row.
From biz.yahoo.com Satellites and live action begins June 25, 2006, and the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event starts July 28, 2006. In all, the 2006 World Series of Poker will consist of 44 separate events in which players can compete for coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelets. "The World Series of Poker is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world and every poker enthusiast is invited to enter and become part of its time-honored tradition," said Jeffrey Pollack, Harrah's vice president of sports and entertainment marketing. "We're thrilled to be back at the Rio. Last year, the team there did a magnificent job and we know that players and fans alike will be treated to an outstanding experience in 2006." Last year's World Series of Poker shattered all participation and prize money records for a live poker tournament. The 45 events generated 32,341 player entries and more than $106 million in gross prize money. Joseph Hachem of Melbourne, Australia, won the World Series of Poker Championship and an unprecedented $7.5 million. Harrah's also announced the Rio will host the Second Annual World Series of Poker Lifestyle Show July 27 through July 30. A trade show featuring exhibitors from around the globe, the World Series of Poker Lifestyle Show will showcase a broad array of new poker products, websites, books and clothing. Last year, more than 50,000 people, including celebrities and athletes, visited the show. The complete schedule of 2006 World Series of Poker events is as follows:
28-Jul-06 Friday 38 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $10,000.00 World Championship Event 28-Jul-06 Friday 12 Noon Day 1A 2000 play down to 800 29-Jul-06 Saturday 12 Noon Day 1B 2000 play down to 800 30-Jul-06 Sunday 12 Noon Day 1C 2000 play down to 800 31-Jul-06 Monday 12 Noon Day 1D 2000 play down to 800 1-Aug-06 Tuesday 12 noon A + B 1600 to 700 2-Aug-06 Wednesday 12 noon C + D 1600 to 700 3-Aug-06 Thursday Day off for main event 3-Aug-06 Thursday 10:00 AM 39 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000.00 1 day event 4-Aug-06 Friday 12 noon ABCD Play 1400 down to 600 5-Aug-06 Saturday 12 noon Play 600 down to 300 5-Aug-06 Saturday 10:00 AM 40 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 6-Aug-06 Sunday 12 noon Play 300 down to 150 6-Aug-06 Sunday 10:00 AM 41 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 7-Aug-06 Monday 12 noon Play 150 down to 60 7-Aug-06 Monday 10:00 AM 42 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 8-Aug-06 Tuesday 12 noon Play 60 down to 27 8-Aug-06 Tuesday 10:00 AM 43 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 9-Aug-06 Wednesday 12 noon Play 27 down to 9 9-Aug-06 Wednesday 10:00 AM 44 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 10-Aug-06 Thursday 12 noon Final Table
General Information: Lifestyle Show begins on July 27 and concludes on July 30. For vendor information, please call 702-777-2756. Super Satellite Schedule: $230 buy-in Super Satellites will take place daily at 3 p.m. $1060 buy-in Mega Super Satellites will take place nightly at 7 p.m.
Super Satellite Days on July 26 and July 27: $230 buy-in Super Satellite will take place at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. $1060 buy-in Mega Super Satellite will take place at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Second Chance Tournament: $540 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments will take place daily at 5 p.m. $225 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments will take place nightly at 11 p.m.
For Tournament Information: Visit Worldseriesofpoker.com or call us at 1-877-FOR-WSOP (1-877-367-9767). For Room Information: Please call 1-877-746-5693
The following percentages will be withheld from each buy-in for each event:
Harrah's reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah's has grown thorough development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
A Good Read for you Aspiring Poker Professionals
Here is an article written by Thunder Keller on reasons not to turn pro. Now I don't think he's saying this because he's afraid of the competition but rather he is looking out for your best interests. Enjoy!
The intent of this column is not to dissuade everyone who aspires to be a professional poker player from becoming one. However, with the recent influx of new players, especially the younger ones, more and more players seem to be contemplating a professional poker career. I think a lot of these new players who are aspiring to be pros have not carefully weighed the advantages and disadvantages of making poker a career, to pursuing a more traditional job. So, without further delay, here are my top 10 reasons not to go pro, and I hope I make David Letterman proud, although my list is serious in nature. Also, please note that the reasons are not listed in any particular order of importance, as I view all of them to be extremely important and worthy of very serious consideration by anyone thinking of becoming a pro poker player.
10. Poker does not provide a stable income. Some people will find this to be a much more serious problem than others, especially players with a big monthly overhead and a smaller initial starting bankroll.
9. You must save a portion of your total net worth as a bankroll to withstand the inevitable swings in poker. Great players will often go on hot streaks, during which they win consistently for months or even years at a time, but even the best players in the world will inevitably run bad. This means that you can’t spend all of the money that you make playing poker (if you are fortunate enough to actually make any money), since you must prepare yourself financially for that inevitable bad streak. Also, if you intend on stepping up the limits that you play, you will have to proportionally increase your bankroll, which means saving more money and spending even less of what you make.
8. The huge financial swings can cause many people great mental anguish.
7. The choice to become a professional poker player can greatly affect all of your personal relationships — most importantly, those with your spouse or significant other, relatives, and close friends.
6. It can be impossible or very expensive to get health insurance as a poker player. As a result, many serious poker players I know work a full-time or part-time traditional job primarily for the health benefits.
5. Getting loans or credit can be very difficult as a professional poker player. There are few things that a mortgage company likes to see less than “professional gambler” listed as one’s primary source of income on a tax return. Also, as a professional poker player, expect to be targeted more by the IRS; it just goes with the territory of playing cards for a living.
4. Once you go pro, it can be very hard to go back and get a more traditional job. I personally have never had a traditional job, but I know many players who have gone back and forth between playing poker and working a traditional job, and they all seem to have a lot of difficulty with each transition. I could list millions of reasons why such transitions are difficult, but the main reasons are that playing poker allows people to have an incredible amount of freedom in determining when they work (play poker), and most people find giving up this freedom very difficult to do. Likewise, many players find giving up all the benefits of a traditional job, such as a stable income, consistent schedule, and health benefits, very difficult to do.
3. It can be very hard to make new friends and get involved in new intimate relationships outside of poker once you start playing professionally. Lots of people still attach a negative stigma to gambling and will be hesitant to get involved with a professional gambler, especially on a serious, intimate level. Luckily for me, my wife is comfortable with me being a professional gambler; otherwise, I would have had to change careers years ago. Money comes and goes, but a good woman is hard to find, and if you are lucky enough to find one, poker isn’t worth letting her get away (this also may be true for female poker players looking for a good man, but I personally don’t have any experience in that arena).
2. Playing poker professionally desensitizes you to the value of money. In order to play poker properly, you must desensitize yourself at least partially from the value of money, or you simply will not be a very good poker player. Being desensitized to the value of money can contribute to a host of problems, such as devastating gambling leaks in such areas as sports betting, table games, and slot machines. This desensitization also can contribute to poor money management and irresponsible spending habits. All of these problems can be quite damaging to a person with a traditional job, but are especially devastating to a poker player, who requires a substantial bankroll to play poker. If you have any gambling leaks or bad spending habits, you must address them before becoming a professional poker player, because this desensitization to the value of money will worsen these problems and often generate new ones.
1. If you truly love playing poker, you may not want to play professionally, because that may take the fun out of playing. I am a gamer at heart, and when I first started playing poker seriously I loved to play. I loved actually playing the game. I still enjoy playing the game (more so when I win), but I definitely get different things out of the game now than I did before I played professionally. Now, I thrive on the competition, on playing toe-to-toe with the best players in the world, and on trying to constantly improve my game and keep it on a world-class level. However, the day-to-day playing isn’t nearly as fun to me as it was when I first started and played poker for fun, and not for a living. I hope that everyone has gotten something out of this column, and that those players who are thinking about playing professionally at least consider these 10 major points before they take the leap.
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Sunday, October 23, 2005
Football Sunday Week 7
Alright still goin strong as the Seahawks pulled off a big win for us and we are moving onto the next week. This week we are taking a risky pick with the Tennessee Titans to beat the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona. Another face stuffing taking place in the basement to watch the game. Unfortunately, our hopes faded real fast this week when Steve McNair was shut down for the game. Our dream of winning the suicide pool was finished.
Anyways we had a good day at Phril's house we played some online poker at Poker Party, we set up our NBA pool and we stuffed our facia with some nectar Little Caesar's.
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Saturday, October 22, 2005
Somebody..... Gonna get a Hurt Real Bad
If you have not heard of this comedian named Russell Peters you have to check this cat out. He is flat out hilarious and he is a must see. We saw him at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario last night and this guy had me in stitches the whole evening. He is real popular and its real tough to get tickets to the show, but we somehow managed to pick up six tickets in total. The basis of his jokes are purely making fun of every culture possible and its freakin hilarious. His Indian, Chinese, and Canadian jokes had me almost pissin my pants from laughing so hard. You’ve got to check him out.
He would just randomly ask people questions from the audience and just lay into them. He is a fast cat though, he would come up with shit before you have time to even blink an eye. I'm not gonna ruin it with tellin ya jokes, but you need to check him out.
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Friday, October 21, 2005
Poker Movie Review
After a rough night on Thursday night and then a day at work behind my computer I had planned on taking it easy on this Friday night. I headed over to my buddies house and picked up a couple of flicks. The flicks were “Shade” and “Batman Begins”. We decided since we had heard a lot of good things about the movie “Shade” and since it was a poker flick we decided to throw this one in first. Alright has anyone seen the poker movie “Shade”? It has a pretty solid cast which consists of Sly Stallone, Jamie Foxx, and Melanie Griffith. From the look of the cast and the interesting story line it would make you think it has potential too be a good flick. For those that have not seen this flick it is about poker hustlers who play in big underground poker games that are run in clubs and martini bars. The main goal of the group of players is too pull off a big time sting that would leave those involved set financially for life. Throughout the movie there are a lot of twists and turns that get the viewer to think a fair bit about what is going on and who is trying screw who. I really liked the idea behind this movie but since I had heard so many good things about it I was definitely left wanting more from the movie. Needless to say I would have rather been playing some online poker at Poker Party and been trying to make a few bucks instead of spending a few bucks on this movie.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Favorite Starting hand in Poker
What starting hand in poker is the one that makes you get that solid feeling inside when the dealer (either at a live game or playing online poker) distributes your two hole cards? For me I love getting pocket kings or suited connectors. I can tell you flat out that I don’t get all that excited anymore when I receive pocket rockets (pocket aces), I have taken so many beats whether it being at Poker Party or at a casino. Pocket Kings for me is a hand that I have had tremendous success with and I absolutely love it when I am dealt these bad boys. The problem with pocket aces I find is that often times you think you can slow play these and that’s the first mistake as often times a lower pair will hit the set and take all of your goddamn chips away. I have lost to a set of three’s I don’t know how many times when I’ve had the aces. At one time I was playing a sit and go at Poker Party (need a bonus code for Poker Party use this one 25BR) and I shit you not I was dealt pocket aces three times out of five hands and I one once with the little bastards, and the hand that I did win I was not slow playing at all and had a decent raise before the flop and everyone folded and I got the blinds. On the other hand, I have had tremendous success at the poker tables when I have been dealt pocket kings or suited connectors. For some strange reason pocket kings have stood up more than pocket aces for me. Not sure why this is but it happens.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Bad Beat at the Local Brick and Mortar
So the Cobster and I decided we are in the mood for some poker so we pack up our laptops at work and immediately head down the highway to go play some no limit poker action at Casino Niagara. We stroll down there in my buddies Infiniti and we have the tunes pumpin as we are feelin that we are going to make some cash at the casino. We light up the bank machine put our name on the list and proceeded to go to the bar and wait for our names to be called. The only no limit table they had going was a $1-$2. I bought in for $100 and I was ready for some action.
So I’m sitting at this table with a bunch of dudes who literally think they should all have World Series of Poker bracelets on. That’s what I love about poker at the casino all of a sudden everyone thinks they are fantastic. So, I literally get no action for about the first half an hour, its actually quite embarrassing the cards that I was getting, as an example for two consecutive hands I received the hammer (7,2) like give me a freakin break here. It took me over an hour do get a bloody pocket pair and it would eventually turn out to be a pair of ducks (pair of two’s). Thanks dealer, can’t wait to tip ya.
I finally get a good hand and it’s the big slick I’m thinking here we go finally some action. I raise pre-flop and get some callers, now the flop comes A♥A♠9♣, I hit the set right on the flop. So I promptly check cause I knew if I bet it would be a giveaway, everyone at the table checks. The turn card comes and its another 9, so now I’ve got the full boat and I make a small bet to hopefully entice more guys to call and no one did so there’s my first big hand and got absolutely nothing out of it. I won another hand there shortly after and I was finally seeing some cards and able to play a little looser.
I’m on the button now and I get dealt the K♠5♠ and all I had to do was call the big blind too see the flop so I did. The flop comes K♥5♣2♠. So I’m absolutely ecstatic with that flop. The action is to me and I bet and I have three callers. The turn comes and it’s the 10♠, so now I’ve got two pair and I’m on a flush draw. One guy at the table who has been real loose decides to bet so I raise his bet and another guy re-raises me to put me all-in. The other guy he folds and I call the bet. We both turn our cards over and he shows us he has KJ, and I show my K5 suited and immediately knew I was the heavy favorite. So I’m all-in and this pot has about $200 in it, here comes the flop and it’s a goddamn Jack, I couldn’t believe it. So I ended up losing on the bloody river. This guy thought he played the hand so well and he would talk shit after words like give me a freakin break bud you hit your card on the bloody river and you think you have skills. Gotta love the locals at the Brick and Mortar.
So I immediately got up out of my chair, promptly pounded my beer and I beat it outta there. The kid was steaming and had enough poker for one night atleast in the casino. I thought about playing some online poker at Poker Party but reconsidered when I got onto my couch and promptly shut er down for the evening.
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Sunday, October 16, 2005
Football Sunday Week 6
Another week goes by and another winning pick. The Broncos came up huge in last Sunday’s game as they stopped the Redskins two point convert with under a minute remaining in the game. It was a huge sigh of relief and we’re on to next week. This week’s pick is the Seattle Seahawks at home in the Sunday Night game against the winless Houston Texans. On paper it appears to be an easy win for the Seahawks but its always tough picking against a winless team because you know that they eventually are going to upset a team and then bam see you later. So we’ll wait patiently and see what happens.
This week we set up my buddies basement into a mini Sports Book, as we have three TV’s set up so we shouldn’t miss any of the action. Its pretty solid down there for all kinds of sporting events. We also were watchin some WPT action on one of the screens. That kind of got us in the mood for some poker. So we fired up our laptops logged in to Poker Party and started playin some sit n go’s. Started buildin up a little bit of a bankroll but nothing too serious. I’m gonna start getting into playing a little more high stakes. There is this guy on http://www.burnandturn.com who just plays online poker for a living, he’s in the ask the pro a question section on the forum. The guy is an absolute beast. He was known as the Fireman327 on Ultimate Bet but he goes under another alias now. The guy couldn’t get any action against any of the big players. You should check this guy out.
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Friday, October 14, 2005
Poker on Television! Good or Bad for a Pro's Career
Do you think that poker on television has hurt some of the professional poker players careers? I’m not totally convinced on this but I will say that I think it has definitely made players a lot more aware of what is going on at the poker tables. Take Gus Hansen for example, this guy was on absolute fire for the past two years. Everytime you would turn on the television whether it was a WPT event, WSOP event, or even the PokerSuperstars Invitational, who was there and who was winning: Gus Hansen. Now fast forward to 2005, this guy has been nowhere to be found. Obviously he is a loose cannon at the tables where he will most certainly play every hand that is put in front of him. If the mini cam did not show what the players were holding the other professionals would have no idea what they are losing to and what guys are calling with. But, with the television crews all over the place guys can watch and learn every single tendency of each player and get a great read on what these guys are up to at the tables.
Obviously as a fan of poker the cameras and the productions are exactly what we need but do the pros feel the same way. I mean sure they like feeling like celebrities and rock stars per say but for those that have not been the same players since the television era began I don’t think they’ll say they absolutely love it. Gus Hansen is a tremendous poker player but I definitely feel that his game and finishes in tournaments of late has a lot to do with him being on television. Just my two cents on the way television can affect a player’s game and reputation. Thank god for poker on television though!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Dinner and some Poker
Today was a solid day for The Kid as i had a productive day at work and then a few of the boys headed over to Kelsey's restaurant and had a couple of beers, talked business and oh yeah we had some nectar food. While we were eating dinner we were organizing a poker home game for the boys that night at Fitzy’s house. We grabbed a total of 8 guys and we had the game set up for 8pm. Fitzy’s house is the poker spot of choice, with an awesome set up in the basement. He’s got the ten seat poker table, pool table, and the stereo for the boys to listen too while were playing poker.
On this night, I was playin a little aggressive as I was getting some pretty good hands early on in the tourney. I won a couple of pots and I lost a few tough ones as well. There were a couple of guys out pretty early on and the usual suspects were still left at the table. I’m constantly workin on my shuffling the chips technique and trying to pick up a few more tricks. The chip tricks just give me something to do while I’m at the table since I have to always be on the move.
Tonight I was busted out in third position after I lost to a set of tens (the set was hit on the river) as I had pocket queens and I thought they were holdin up the whole way. Anyways, Fitzy also has wireless internet at his pad so me and a buddy fired up poker party and began playing some sit and go’s while the others were still playin in the home game. I ended up making the money in one tourney and nothing in the second one. Atleast I covered my losses and then some. All in all it was a fun night, who can complain about hangin with your boys, shootin the shit, and playin poker.
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Sunday, October 09, 2005
Football Sunday Week 5
After a nice relaxin day with the family yesterday and being stuffed with Turkey today is Football Sunday and it's time to head over to my buddy Phrils house for some more serious couch time. Well the Falcons dominated last weekend for me as they annihilated the Minnesota Vikings without Vick for all of the second half. So I’m still alive and for this week’s pick I’ve taken the Denver Broncos to beat the undefeated Washington Redskins. I really like this pick as Denver has won three in a row after losing their first game and it is in Mile High stadium. So, I look for the game to be a tight one but the Broncos will prevail (atleast i'm hopin they will).
On a side note today was a very interesting day at our buddies house. I arrived at noon to hang out and watch the pre game shows. Our one bud who absolutely loves playing online poker set up shop playing poker at poker party from noon until 1:30 in the morning. Yeah that’s right thirteen and a half hours straight of playing online poker. He did however make it worth his time as he won four tournaments and finished second twice. Not too Brad of a day for my buddy cobster.
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Saturday, October 08, 2005
Happy Turkey Day
So today is Canadian Thanksgiving (well Monday is but we are having the family over today) and I am absolutely pumped about the day. I get too eat mad turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and then to top it all off I get to pound some cheesecake. This meal is ideal for me. I am real tired today though as I had a real late night last night, I arrived home from the big smoke (Toronto) at around 5:30 in the morning after a solid night. I’ve got family coming over later in the day and I’m gonna definitely need some time to recover.
I headed over to the gym at around noon and pounded out some mad weights and this definitely got my day started and revived The Kid. I was in there for about an hour and a half and then I headed home to watch some college football until our family comes over. I love my couch time and that’s what this afternoon called for. The family arrives and its always good to see my sis and my big bro, I refer to him as Big Kev (he’s a bodybuilder and an absolute machine).
The plan is to have a solid turkey dinner and then watch the Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens. The dinner was tremendous and I had that full on stuffed to the brim feeling about a half hour after consumption. Perfect timing to hit the couch, and get ready for some Hockey Night in Canada. The game was aiight, but the Leafs ended up losing the contest and that didn’t make The Kid happy whatsoever. I hate when the Leafs lose and I take it personally when they do. Once the game was over Big Kev busted out the latest Ultimate Fighter payperview that he had taped and we watched that. If you haven’t seen any of these fights they are absolutely crazy. I mean you’ve gotta be out of your freakin mind to be one of these guys. Great entertainment, but man think about what you’re doin.
So the day has come to an end and I’m lookin forward to some serious shut eye time.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
NHL Opening Night
It has been a long time coming for us hockey fans as we had to sit painfully through a long and cold winter with absolutely no hockey to watch. But, the boys are back and we are set to cheer on our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. All the boys are getting together at our bud Cob’s house for the opening game. The Leafs are taking on our arch rival and most hated opponent the Ottawa Senators. We all gather at the Cobster’s house and we are getting ready to watch the game with a huge order of Dominos Pizza coming.
"The Big E is gonna have a huge year for the Leafs"
The game was pretty exciting even though the Leafs eventually lost to the bloody Senators in a shootout. Not a bad start to the season even though we lost our best player Mats Sundin to an eye injury. Damn! During the intermissions I played a little online poker and added a few dinero’s to my account. I had one big hand where I was in the big blind and I was dealt 9,10 suited. The flop came 7,8,J (rainbow) and I flopped the straight. One guy put in a bet of $50 on the flop and I re-raised him to make the call another $50. He called. The turn comes and it’s a 2. The guy places another bet this time its for $100, and I again re-raise him to make it another $100 to call. At this point I’ve got him on either the same hand as me or a set. If he has the set already made I just don’t want too see another card come up that was on the flop and hit potential quads. I had no worry about that as a 5 came up. In the end I put him all-in he calls and we flip our cards over and he has a set of Jacks, and I had the straight and I just won a huge pot. I loved it. Thanks Poker Party for the donations.
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Sunday, October 02, 2005
Football Sunday Week 4
Still kickin in the suicide pool, America’s team (Cowboys) came through with a huge turn of events too keep me alive in the pool. They trailed for the majority of the game until a huge interception and then a solid drive orchestrated by Drew Bledsoe to pull out the win. Alright, this weeks pick is the Atlanta Falcons to knock off the Minnesota Vikings. Should be a pretty easy win but this is the NFL and nothing is guaranteed we’ll have to wait and see. Today was an extremely long day in my buddies basement as per usual we were extremely hung over from last nights festivities. This is usually the case with this crew go out and get gunned on Saturday night, wake up get some coffees, place our bets for the games and then lay on the couches and wait till three o'clock for our food to arrive and let the face stuffing begin. Another solid sunday, can't wait for work tomorrow morning.
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Saturday, October 01, 2005
A little insight on our Local Brick and Mortar
What is your ideal card room? Nice setup, good dealers, quick waitresses, or bad poker players who think they are all-stars. Well if the above description fits your needs than you need to check out Casino Niagara, in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
"Here is a shot of the Casino and the surrounding area"
The poker room in here has both limit and no limit games running all the time. It isn’t the busiest of poker rooms but you can definitely find some good games in here. If you are a real good player this is easy picking. I have been here a couple of times now and each time I am blown away by the players here. There are your typical regulars who are pretty good and some that think they are Joseph Hachem (the latest WSOP champion). It’s so funny playing against some of these guys and the moves that they make. I’m not sure if its because the limits are low and guys just don’t care but everyone in this joint is a bloody calling station, and they analyze each hand out loud as to why they called or didn’t call. You know what you suck so shut up and play the damn game. I’m not at this place to listen to people wine about situations, it’s a game, its called poker you win some and you lose some, get a grip.
The poker room is located in the downstairs level of the casino and it is situated right beside their mini Sports Book. For me its an ideal situation, during a break or a dart break you can just walk ten feet over grab a beer at the bar and continue on to the sportsbook to place your bets. Not too Brad. The main problem I have with this casino is that they charge you a session fee for everytime they switch dealers (cost is $5), now to me it seems as though they are constantly rolling in dealer after dealer and it sure as hell doesn’t seem like a half an hour goes by. But the dealers are pretty good here as they are on the ball and like to have some fun. So for guys like me who are lookin for a good time at the tables and if the players aren’t cuttin it atleast I’ve got the dealers to chill with. It is a good time in here though and you'll definitely enjoy your vist, so go and check it out.