Monday, June 30, 2008

Why is it

This shit is just too good to pass up. Hope things turn out well for the victims.

Just wondering...

Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?

Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved the problem? Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are?

Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels in Chicago?

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?

Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?

Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?

When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa, because that's the way God wants it?

Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of cannibalism?

Where are the people declaring that George Bush hates white, rural people?

How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

With the Second Pick

Wow. Congrats to Mickey and Mallory, the Natural Born Killers of the MTT world amongst us bloggers. Mickey got I think his 11th win in the last three month and a near miss second place finish for Mallory in the MSOP $10r just missing out on the bracelet.

Hey kids, the housing market is super soft here in Vegas so maybe it's time to punt those useless day jobs and turn pro. I'm certainly a huge advocate. Continued success to you both.

I see the Supreme Court finally got most of it right in handing down it's opinion on gun control. Locked and loaded baby.

NBA Draft tonight. I'm interested to see if all this talk that Miami doesn't like Michael Beasley is for real or just some giant smoke screen. The best part of this is Miami officials have not said one word on whether or not they even like or dislike Beasley so most of this shit is just made up stories by what is a no longer reliable media. If you can't create controversy, start rumors, or have a contrary opinion then there is no room for you as a reporter in the sports world.

The cash games have been super juicy here in Vegas although I've had a lot of up and down sessions. The Venetian has easily been the best place in town to play cash this summer and I think it's becoming the most popular room. The Bellagio is and will always stay packed but the room sucks ass and that place caters only to the high rollers so a lot players playing lower than $10/20NL are making their new home at the Venetian.

Not much else out happening. Baseball, Euro '08, NBA Draft, and Poker. Life is fucking fantastic. Hope everyone else is doing well.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

They Beat LA

We all know LA is such a fake, soft, plastic, style over substance city so it was good to see the Lakers fittingly play up to LA standards. 131-92. Really? Kobe my ass! Still ain't won shit since Shaq left.

I'm glad that Boston won since I bet them to win the series even though we have to listen to the obnoxious NE fans. I've seen thousands of Red Sox and Patriot hats both in Miami and Vegas but never a Celtic hat. I'm sure that will change soon as all the front runner fans will claim they've been loving the Celtics for the last twenty two years while the teams sucked even though none of them sported any gear.

The bookies got rich during this series in a perfect example of them baiting the public to bet on one side. Some of you dinosaurs will still argue that the bookies want equal money on both sides but as a business and a business dealing with gambling and degenerates they too are also looking for an edge. Their edge was the public perception that the Lakers were all things glamourous and that the donkerific public would bet LA all series long. Well Boston won the series, Boston won four ML bets three which were at + money, and Boston covered the spread in all six games. And most everyone still bet on LA. Go figure.

Bank

I had a bet with two individuals that I would either at 5:1 finish one or two off the bubble, or 10:1 would finish exactly on the bubble at the Mookie.

Sadly I missed the Mookie money and finished exactly on the bubble shoving 97o from early positon losing to AK when a 7 and a K showed on the flop.

Oh well, the $23.60 I missed out by coming in 7th was more than compensated by coming in exactly 8th. Don't try that at home kids.

And to the players who won ME seats, allusions of grandeur are prevalent during these times. Drop the ego, stop thinking about selling shares and keep the $12K. You'll thank me for it later...I promise.

I'm waiting for the flood of Celtic gear. Funny how I've not seen any Celtic gear in twenty two years, only Red Sox or Patriot gear, but I'm sure all the front running NE fans will be donning the grean come tomorrow.

Don't hate me, I was born in Worcester, MA and all my family are Boston/NE fans. Perhaps that explains it all.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

4th Sucks

Fucking 4th in the Bodonkey last night what a disappointment. I restole with 77 four-handed and got called by AQ and lost the flip. Not sure how with a raise and reraise jam one calls off their stack with AQo but what do I know.

A big thanks to Smokkee for putting together this whole Bodonkey gathering and if you ask me it was a highly underrated series and I liked it a whole lot more than the endless BBT series and I can't believe it didn't get a higher turn out. Either way, it's bad ass that we bloggers can play out private tournaments for big time cash and prizes.

The Tuesday night Skillz series is in need of a host so if anybody wants to step up and keep that Tuesday night tournament alive go for. There are no more scheduled events after last night so if someone wants to host and needs info on how to set it up with FTP then send me an email and I'll give you the details.

There will be no Big Game in July but I will bring it back either in August or September. Hopefully there are enough of us who will continue to play for the nice prize pools even without the BBT on the line.

I talked to Hoy last night about playing a lower buy-in tournament while some of the bloggers are here and it looks like the $330 at Caesars is the best bet. 15,000 starting chips and 50 minute levels so if you do play and plan on going deep be prepared for a long day. As we bust from the tournament we can get a blogger cash table going also. So if anybody feels like hanging out on Saturday see you at Caesars.

I'll be playing cash Friday at Venetian so if anybody is interested stop on by. The Rio for cash games is beat really, particularly during the day, so the Venetian is the hot spot this year.

Good Luck to everyone playing Thursday's $2K donkfest at the Rio. Hopefully someone can make a nice deep run which would be cool as they will have a big crew of loud blogger railbirds.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Beat LA

Go Celtics. Get one in LA and it's back to Boston needing only one win. I'm still loving this classic match-up.

I'm digging the Euro '08 so far. Today should be a great day as Group C, or group of death, plays their opening matches. I actually put in a wager on the France-Romania game today.

Game to finish 0-0 6:1
Under 1' goals. +140

Here's to hoping neither of these two stellar defensive clubs can find the back of the net.

Did anyone watch the USA-Argentina game last night? 80,000 fans gave the game a world cup feel and thanks to Tim Howard making five amazing saves and one US shot blasted off the crossbar the match ended 0-0. It was though a fantastic game and both teams were going at it full force. Now its time to blast Barbados next Sunday in the opening of CONCACAF qualifying for the '10 World Cup.

The #1 ranked Canes made another trip to the CWS beating Arizona two games in a row after losing the opener. This years CWS is loaded with powerhouse teams so there is still work to be done. The only downfall of college baseball besides listening to those ghey aluminum bats is how long the games take. Fuck 4 hours are the norm and the games just seem to linger way too long.

Had a break even stretch this weekend at the tables. Card dead sucks ass.

So far the best cash game action has been at the Venetian so it might be something to consider for all the poker players rolling in this week. The lack of space at the Rio has severely limited cash options for most of the day not to mention the shitty game set-up. $2/5 is the lowest game and the buy-in is only $500 so add that with the allowed Mississippi straddle and you are basically playing $2/$10 with short stacks. Push monkey cash poker for those who enjoy that.

The Venetian $2/5 is $1000 max with no ghey MS straddle so it's DS poker and not a shove fest. The $1/2 games with the $300 max are juicy as well. It's always fun when there gets to be $5-7K on the table and playing $1/2 with those who aren't very good. Super soft baby. Also most of the tournament action starts outside the poker room in the new tournament area so the cash games are inside and plentiful.

Not sure if everyone heard but the Venetian has increased their starting chips from 10K to 15K for the $540 and the $1060 tournaments. I've noticed the difference by seeing how many more players are still alive during the dinner breaks now compared to last week.

Congrats also go out to all those who won prizes in the BBThree TOC over the weekend.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Sinus

A nasty sinus infection has left me home bound all week but I'm finally over the hump and will get back to live play today. I've been itching to get out to the action but forced myself to stay at the crib until I was 100% ready to go after the donkey dollars.

I did play a couple mini-series events on FTP and also qualified for the Bodonkey two-table SnG for $12K this coming Tuesday so it wasn't a total loss.

I'm highly disappointed for not making the TOC for the BBThree but some bad decisions and some definite bad luck kept me from winning anything. I did get a 2nd in one of the Big Games so that financed my attempts and somehow I bubbled five final tables, two of them being Big Games, so all in all I guess I sucked. Good Luck to everyone in the TOC. I'll be at the Venetian playing live so I guess I'll read the recaps.

Watching the Lakers-Celtics last night sure brought up some good memories for me. As a decent hoopster back in the 80s I could not get enough of the Bird-Magic series' so watching the game last night had me strolling down memory lane. Bird and Magic saved the NBA, and some of the greatest finals ever were in '84, '85, and '87 when those teams went head-to-head. Of course I was a Celtic fan back in those days rooting for the whitest and ugliest team ever. I did throw a wager on the Celtics to win the series at +150 and I financed that bet by taking the Celtics last night and laying the 3. BEAT LA BEAT LA. Speaking of LA, who gets paid more, Clipper players, Dodger players or USC players?

I see a lot of talk about poker reaching it's peak then going into some sort of decline. My response is, "Are you kidding me?" I'll take the over and any prop bets out there. A lot of states are changing legislation and opening or expanding poker rooms and from everything I hear those places are packed. Also, I will wager anyone that online poker will be perfectly legal in the US within no more than five years and most of us will be playing online at mgmmirage.com or stations.com, or caesars.com. So what if poker is not working on TV and truthfully I don't think it needs to. Live rooms are packed, tournaments are packed, online sites are posting huge numbers, the poker boom is far from over.

Hope everyone is running well out there and good luck to the TOC donks tomorrow.