Monday, May 15, 2006

It's Heating Up

All the "experts" who predicted New Jersey would beat Miami, especially after they blew the Heat out in Game 1, can now jump off the bandwagon and get ready for Detroit-Miami II. Miami is clearly a better team than New Jersey and man is Vince Carter just about the perfect example of what is wrong with today's basketball. Dave Hyde from the Sun-Sentinel summed it up micely.

Carter also reverted to who he is: A great scorer who shrinks in great moments and doesn't improve his teammates.

Carter's response: "I shot 50 percent, so ... " and that was after Game 3. No quotes from Carter pertaining to Game 4 after he missed two critical free throws mid way through the 4th quarter that would have given the Nets their first lead since the first quarter or his four misses and two turnovers shortly thereafter. Let's go Heat.

Man did they drag out the finale of Survivor. They took maybe two hours worth of show and drug into 3.25, it was brutal. Also Danielle had no business making the final two as she did absolutely nothing for 36 days but get lucky not to get voted out. No matter who she picked you knew it was going to be a lopsided jury vote. Cirie was the my favorite and her transformation was beautiful to watch. We all should learn from her.

Remind me why I hate SnGs? I played in my first SnG today in about three weeks and it was awful. Sorry I know a lot of people play these and make money but where is the skill? I'm being serious. The whole game is either push all-in pre-flop or push all-in after the flop with APAK.(Any pair any kicker) No body tries to outplay the others just push, push, push and check the winning bingo balls. I now can see why the pros talk about longer blind structures and how they favor skill over luck because you actually get to see some post-flop play. I can also see why a lot of the pros bash the WPT for sellling out to TV and ruining the blind structures in the late stages of big money events. Push or go home.

My SnG was brutal. Tight play and once the blinds got the the sixth level and we still had seven players left it became a push monkey show. 7 players within T800 of each other and we didn't see a flop for almost 30 hands it was pathetic. I got crippled calling someones A-4 all-in with 5-5 when magically the A appeared. If anyone sees me playing another SnG anytime soon please remind me that I'm wasting both time and money.

I had one of those days Saturday that could have been disasterous, and it was for a long time but I fought back and finished only losing a small amount. I had QQ, QQ, KK, and got zero action when I raised pre-flop. I lost with KK to A-J with an A-J-5 flop. I got AA all-in twice, once against QQ and once against 66 and both times lost to sets. After the second time I took a short walk, cleared my head, again re-bought and stayed positive. I caught KK again and raised pre-flop and got two callers. Flop came K-Q-9 and we got all in three ways with my KK against A-9 and QQ. So I got a set over set and actually the fourth King came on the river for quads. If I would have lost that hand to another set I would have gone slightly insane but thankfully the Quads held up and I dug out of a big hole.

Now I really can't complain but I had a very good card day and I still wound up losing. So much of this game is timing and mine was certainly off Saturday. I got QQ twice, KK three times and AA twice and I lost. Some days you go card dead and break even because you're never in many big pots and somedays you either outplay people with average cards or the average cards hold up and you walk away a winner by getting the right pots at the right times. So now where I used to say skill and some luck play a part in being successful at poker now I won't forget to mention that timing is a big factor as well.

This should be a fun week as Carmen SinCity and I are going new car shopping (for her) and I plan on hitting MGM Wednesday through Saturday so I should log at least 30 and probably closer to 40 hours of live poker. I can't wait.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and stayed profitable.

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At 1:29 PM, Blogger cc said...

Danielle definitely made a bad decision choosing Aras, but I agree that I doubt she would have beaten Terry. They'll need to tweak the game a bit as I think it was unfortunate that Terry was basically gone as soon as his tribe was short of numbers. I think the show suffered when basically almost the entire tribe besides Aras wouldn't show up for immunity challenges until it was down to Terry alone.

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger cc said...

Oh, and two things: need your address for the book, and it looks like your links have no hyperlink.

 
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