Friday, April 29, 2005

Now on the tee...

A major player in my goofy writing, we'll call him NoSkillz if only for the reason that it's fitting, has opened a new blog. It shall henceforth discuss golf, golf stuff, sport stuff, and of course, poker.

As chairman of the Monday night game, he knows enough to stay out of my way. Since that's respect, i'll show him a bit too.

Go on over to Now On The Tee and bookmark or RSS link that badboy.

Heading to the B&M tonight with NoSkills himself, will report back to you as soon as I return, my loyal reader.

A rainy day means poker... 3/6 @ the B&M!

Off we go. Arrived at the B&M at 5:15, walked past whatever they have on the main floor to the escalator downstairs to the poker room. You know, it's funny, the walk from the front door past security to the poker room I usually don't even look around at whats going on - no interest. I do like to stare at the painted ceiling at the escalators though, cool effect.

Put my name on 2/4 and 3/6 - since the 2/4 list was about 10 names long and 3/6 was only 3. Got on 3/6 in around 15-20 minutes and off we go.

Loose, passive table for the most part. One woman who seemed to me like a decent player on tilt.

My first hand, I raise AJo from EP (yep, that sort of table) and get 5 callers. Flop comes down 5-6-10 rainbow. I bet. All call. Turn pairs the 6. I bet again, this time 4 callers. River comes a blank again. I bet out, one caller. I turn over my A-J figuring with this many freaking callers i'm toast. Nope, guy had K-J and thought he might win on high card. Hmm.

Next one, I have Big Slick Suited in the EP and pop it up. 5 callers (I love this table). Flop comes 8-8-10. I bet, all call. Turn is a 3. I bet again, all call. River is a 10. Now, i'm pretty pissed that I now have to split the pot because i'm sure even these passive guys would have popped me if they had a boat. I bet out, all fold. Lady in the corner says "AA or AK?" I grinned and showed her my AKs. Usually I don't do that, but I would like this table to fear me today so I have some chance of avoiding some brutal suckouts.

Another interesting hand, I have A-Qo and pop it up. 3 to the flop. Flop comes 5-5-A. Maniac bets, I raise, she re-raises and I fold. She turns her 5-6o to show. (Good reads tonight and the raise for info worked well -- thanks books!).

I have A-9 in the blinds. 5 to the flop. Flop is K-K-A. I check, bet from my left, two calls, I raise, all call. Turn is blank I bet all call. River is blank I bet one caller. He turns over K-6o. Passive, passive, he must have been seeing ghosts.

I also drew my flush with suited one-gap connectors in LP, that was fun.

Finally, my hand o' the night and the one i'm proudest of.

I have QJ diamonds in MP and limp. 5 to the flop. Flop is Q-6-2 all spades. I wanted to get an idea of where I stood so I bet out figuring a flush would pop me. All call. Turn is an offsuit blank. I checked this time figuring a flush would SURELY bet out if they couldnt raise. Maniac-like woman bets out - called at my right, now I had to put her on a hand as i was sure the callers were drawing but she is all over the place. No raise pre-flop, a maniac would have popped AQ or KQ so i'm 80% sure she didnt have those. She didnt pop the flop so she doesnt have a made flush - must be drawing. I'm a big favorite to NOT have that flush card hit now, and I figure i'm just barely ahead with my kicker. I call it (didnt want to have a flush and lose the callers since any spade card and I was checking out). River was an offsuit blank, I check, she bets, two callers, I call.

She has Q-To, nobody has a flush, and I win the pot. This is a pot I would have dumped 6 months ago just based on the fact that someone COULD have me beaten badly. In retrospect I feel like i maybe should have raised the turn to charge the drawers more, but hey, I dont quite trust my reads THAT much yet. But this is a serious step in the right direction. Most importantly, I'm starting to watch, analyze, and THINK at the table. Miller and Sklansky can give me plays in theoretical situations, but when tough decisions come up in real life i'm starting to really THINK through them. Not optimal, but not bad either.

Ended up the night +$226 - not too bad for 4 hours at the B&M 3/6.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Monday Night Casino Game... Err.. What?

Yep, I'm a degenerate poker player. Instead of hosting our usual game at the usual spot, it was decided to go to the casino again -- since its just easier that way.

Unfortunately, i'm 20 mins from home, and only 2 mins from the casino when i'm at work. That means that its far easier to go directly to the casino after work than to go home then come back at a reasonable hour. C'est la vie.

2/4 @ The B&M

This table was actually slightly tighter than the 2/4 usually is. That is not to say that it was tight, because 5 or 6 to a flop was the norm, but it wasn't 8 or 9. I was up 10BB early, then bled it back, then up 10 again, then back. Nothing great catching, but made a few interesting plays. Actually pulled off a semi-bluff at 2/4 which is absolutely the last thing I thought would happen. With 3rd pair on the board (7) and a flush draw (to the 10) I activated from SB on the turn card (the 7). Guy at the end of the table said "you made your straight didnt you?". I looked up at him in the eye, looked back down, around at the faces on the table. My thought was not to show strong or weak, just "normal". I didnt answer his question, didnt smile, shrug, just looked up and back down again. He folded - one caller. I bet the river - a blank. Caller folded. HOLY CRAP I MADE A 2/4 TABLE FOLD.

Anyways, later in the evening I was drawn out to get back to my buy-in when the flop came 884 with my AQ overcards. Queen on the turn, I bet, raised on my right (the button), and re-raised all-in by the other player. I checked the river with the other caller putting the all-in on an 8 and the other one on a queen lower kicker -- why bother. Turns out she had Q-8 to take the pot. Meh. Back to even pretty much. However, glory would be mine when I won the pot of the night. A-Jo in EP -- i limp, raised once, 7 to the flop. Flop is TQx. Q-8o girl raised pre-flop and bets the flop, I call given the pot size and two overcards hoping to hit my overcards or inside straight. It's raised, called all around again. Turn is the K making my nut straight. Bet from my right, i call it wanting to keep em all in to the river. Called twice then back to raiser-girl who raises (surprise!), called to my right and I re-raise to 12 (the girl gets that oh-shit look). Surprisingly, the guy at the far end calls, and the girl caps it (hah!). 3 to the river for a blank (amen). I bet, both just call. Girl had trip K's, guy at the end had two pair (QT i think), and my straight crushes their hopes and dreams.

After 5 hours I finished up $114 for a 28.5 BB win. Not too shabby.

I think this is becoming a part time job.

Monday, April 25, 2005

All Weekend @ The B&M

Crappy weather killed golf entirely, so I spent the majority of my weekend at the casino playing cards. Not too eventful, i'm getting used to being sucked out upon, but hey, what can ya do.

Friday evening I went after work, started playing around 7pm and played until 1:30 or 2am. Opened the session being sucked out on back to back hands (the details of which I will not complain about), so was down around $80 at 2/4 after 2.5 hours. You know, I never really appreciated what the term 'stuck' meant until this evening. It feels like you've dug a hole that should have been a mountain and can't climb out. Anyways, normally i'll cap my losses at 25BB but this table was ultra-fishy so I bought another 10BB of ammo. It helped. Got myself mostly unstuck around hour 5 and then went on to win a good pot with aces on my last hand when my TAG opponent had queens and we both hit our set. It got expensive for him, i figured him for two pair... meh. Ended up 6BB. Woo.

Saturday went with my golf buddy after we attempted to play "shittiest possible golf weather" golf. Cold rainy and windy. Sucked. After 4 holes then having breakfast I went home for a bit, read a bit of SSH, then went to the casino for a short 3 hours session. They were just cracking a 3/6 so I took that along with my pal. Had a few decent hand, way more tight, way more passive table for the most part. Instantly tagged the TAG's and didnt get into too much fireworks with them. Was up 6BB at the end when on my last hand... called out it would be my last hand and was dealt JTs in EP. Playable. Called it, one raise by TAG on the button, called. Flop comes TTK. I bet out, TAG raises, I re-raise. Turn is the Jack, that's my money card but i'm concerned about someone playing KT who would have me fileted. I bet, TAG raises, I call. River is a blank. I check, TAG bets, I call. I made a good read, not quite right though, TAG had Jacks over Tens, whereas I had Tens over Jacks. Lost very little considering the fireworks opportunities here - that confidence boost in my hand reading skills was worth the $20 bucks. Ended up 2.5BB

Sunday went again (yep, degenerate). Sat from 1:30 till 6. Couple brutal suckouts and having to fold pocket cowboys against an ace on the flop brought me down over 15BB. Just one of those days where your A-Q pfr and hitting Q for TPTK on the flop doesnt work out (guy called Q7o to hit Two Pair) but I had instilled a fear of my hands on him since I dropped a set on his neighbor's AK two pair earlier so it didnt cost me too much to show my TPTK down. He feared I held a set the way i played it. Guess they arent used to people being that aggressive. :) Ended down 12BB.

Overall for the weekend it cost me $8 bucks. What pisses me off is that i'm behind given I think my play was pretty decent. Made a twoplustwo post with an AK overcard hand which i was struggling with after I folded to a turn bet, but the guys in the SS forum there agreed with my play so I'm a bit happier about it (even though my river K would have won the pot).

That's about the extent of things. It was fun, i saw a lot of guys i know and am starting to figure out who the good players are here (it's not hard to seperate the donkeys from the TAG's at this place) -- but now I can recognize them by face not just by style. Goin back tonight for another one since the weather sucks.

Hmm, i think i'm becoming a degenerate poker player.

Friday, April 22, 2005

A Rush Of Cards Online

I've never seen cards like this before. NEVER. EVER. I just quit after the rush stopped, but from my first hand it was REDICULOUS.

Let me mention that I lost the majority of hands where my starting hand was great -- VP$IP was 27.78 and 50.00 on the two tables -- and i'm a TIGHT SSH-rules player. Check this out:

46 Hands
AA x 1
AKs x 1
AKo x 1
AQo x 1
AJo x 1
ATs x 1
KK x 1
KQo x 2
KJo x 2
QQ x 1
QJo x 1
TT x 2
77 x 1

Crazy, crazy, crazy. Oh, and I lost 9BB HAAHAHAHA.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wednesday Night At Casino Niagara 2/4

Another night at the tables, actually more like evening. With the casino literally 2 minutes from my office, and rain falling on my golf course, it was time for some B&M action baby, yeaaah. I've got to say, I do enjoy the B&M more than the online poker -- there's something about having real people around a table and real chips that gives it a slight edge in fun-factor. That is not to say that it's more profitable -- WAAYYYY less hands per hour -- but it is a good time.

So, 2/4 it was. I dont know what it is about B&M poker, but i seem to get either really great hands or really crappy ones and none in between. These are literally all the hands I got to play outside of a BB check/flop fold.

-I have A-Qo in my first hand in the BB and call a raise. Flop misses me but puts a pair on the board. I check, there's a bet and raise and I fold.

-I have J-9o in the SB, i chip in the extra chip to see the flop and I pick up top two pair. Nothing scary happened and I won.

-I have A-Ko UTG and raise, 3 callers (button and blinds). Flop misses me entirely, checked to me I bet, called. Turn is a blank, bet in SB, I call (I think SSH recommends raise in retrospect). River gives me nothing, SB bets, BB raises, and I fold. Missed the flop and didnt cost me much to draw -- meh.

-I have KK in LP, raise it up. 3 to the flop. All undercards, no draws on the board. I bet, both call (i put them on K or ace high draws -- yes, loose). Turn is Ace (damn!), checked to me and I check (I suppose the tricky bugger was trying to checkraise me -- haha free card losers!). River is a blank and again they check to me (what the hell? passive but I still knew he had an ace). I check. I show my cowboys, he flips his ace-3 or some rediculous kicker. Some may say I should have bet this turn / river... these guys would have called it anyways... that was the read. Only way to knock one out would be to make him call 2 cold and nobody was betting for me to raise. I took my showdown for nothing -- call me cheap.

-Last hand, I have KK in MP2, re-raise a raise from a LA-A - 3 callers. Flop has a K and two undercards, I bet all call. Turn is a blank, I bet one call two folds. River is another blank. I bet, called. Of course I win this one.

Session felt like only an hour or so, but was really 3 or 3.5 hours. In that time, I finished $9 ahead. That's right, $9. Then paid $8 for parking on the way out -- free parking sign?!?!? and took my loonie home. Oh well, cheap entertainment right?

No marginal calls tonight, just bet, raise or fold... wasnt even difficult. Thing is, the difficult plays make the game interesting.

Today's nice, going to the course after work unless that changes. The great thing is, now even when it rains i've got something fun to do. I LOVE IT.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Casino Niagara Poker Room Review

Should have mentioned the casino I was playing at this weekend, as its new and people might want to know. It's Casino Niagara - our original casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I've mentioned our other casino, Fallsview, here before I believe with its higher limit games and 3 hour wait lists. Not worth my time and i'm not playing serious limits anyways so I used to attend Seneca over the border in Niagara Falls, NY.

Anyways, on to the review of Casino Niagara's poker room. They tore out their low limit blackjack and table games area on the no-smoking floor to put in 12 poker tables. That's down the elevator to the right if you come in the main entrance). The tables are NICE, well put together and the chairs are reasonably comfortable. Actually they seem slightly over bolstered if that's even a word I can use for a poker room chair.

The Good:
- Horrible, Fishy players (who would have guessed that a 2/4 would have these?) Had a grand total of ONE decent player at my tables in the 6 hours i played on the weekend.
- Tables, rail, cup holder, felt - nicely done
- Short waits ( SO FAR ) - 0 mins and 15 mins.

The Bad:
- Tables slightly too small for 10 players, so our chair legs can be touching and things feel too cramped if the players are not spaced out well.
- No free booze -- i dont drink when i play at the casino though so I dont care.
- Inexperienced Dealers - truly brutal. In 6 hours I saw the dealer split a pot which was won by a higher second pair on a two pair, ask for showdown with 4 cards on the board, mis-call the betting schedule (4,8,16!), and allow the pre-flop raiser to re-raise his own raise with "option" when it called around to him. Also, slow to deal. All of this will improve of course, but its still annoying to put up with having to correct dealers multiple times in 2 hours. Had 1 great dealer and lots of bad ones.
- The floor - inexperienced again - they have cards on a schedule for change-ins and change-outs. The floor walks over a brick of two new decks while a dealer is in the middle of his session sometimes. The floor counts out the outgoing decks, and the dealer counts IN the incoming deck. Further, the dealer has to count the cards one by one face up, then spread them face down and count again. This takes a good 5 mins to do 2 decks and is just STUPID. I cant tell yet whether they're using premium decks, but checking decks multiple times while i'm down for a session is annoying and wastes my time.

The weird:
Counting off decks constantly? Floor checking cards for marks every hour? Is this not weird? This is 2/4 anyone who risks being caught cheating this game is a total moron (at least cheat a 5/10 ya idiot).

Overall:
It's gonna be a good place to build the bankroll. The players are too bad to go anywhere else, and with our influx of tourists to the falls its only going to get better. Hopefully I can turn my rainy day play (when i can't golf) into some profit and start to move up in limits. The suckouts will happen as usual with horrible players though, but saying nothing about how awful their play is comes pretty easy for me.

I shall now refer to this as my rained out, no-golf office.

Monday, April 18, 2005

One Hell of A Good Weekend

Whammy!

Just when I thought life couldn't get better (golf season starts) -- it did. My most local casino opened a new poker room replacing their old low-limit blackjack tables. Guess what, all low limit, all the time. Games range from 2-4 to 6-12 and 1/2 NL. 12 tables of fun, on this side of the border. No more bridge fees, customs officers, nothing. After golf on Friday night, headed out to check the room out for a short sit. In 2 hours I had made $80 profit at 2-4, which is pretty good. Soft game, horrible players who hang on too long and raise on nothing (BLUFF!), all you guys who play poker well appreciate how good it sounds.

Saturday morning went to golf, as usual, and had a reasonable time -- couple bad holes with a lot of good ones -- the game is coming around. Then headed to the casino again for a little bit more 2-4 action. Unfortunately this time I had AA busted by a guy with J-9o who called my preflop raise and sucked out trip jacks. Bah such is low limit hold-em I accept that. I actually played one hand exceedingly badly -- which is pretty unusual for me these days.

I have A-6 in BB and get a free flop. Flop comes down A-8-2 rainbow -- problem is we had freaking 7 players in and therefore I was outkicked 95% of the time. Did i fold? no. In fact, I bet out. Why? I dont know... i'm stupid sometimes. Turn was a blank, I checked, a bet to my right and we're down to 3 -- i called that too since my opponents were rediculous players and the pot was pretty big and i'm stupid. River was a 8, i check called. Guy in 7 shows FULL HOUSE 2's over 8's. Guy to my right has... ACE SIX... HAAHAHAHA, what sort of idiot would play ace six all the way down to the river? Oh wait, thats what I have too. ;) I didnt show -- too embarassed.

Stupid, moronic, dumb. Down 40 for the day since I really had bad cards and bad luck -- putting aside that abismal hand. Even when the top pair jacks paired against my aces I still called down. Why? because I wasnt thinking. Another hand my QJ lost to AQ with Q top pair. Just wasnt my day and i wasnt playing well.

Sunday was more golf. 3 double bogeys shooting 79... outside of those blowup holes that's pretty decent shooting tex. No poker as I didnt want to appear HOOKED. Lost $20 on skins at golf where i lipped out for a 2 on a par 4 after I drove the green and someone tied my birdie... DOH.

Fortunately, now that the casino with Low Limit poker is only 5 mins from the office so when it rains and I can't golf.. thats where i'm goin. Up $20 gamblin bucks and a lot of fun on the weekend -- life is good. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Short-Handed Poker @ The Monday Nighter

Yep, back to the monday nights. Supposedly we were going to have 6 or 7 show, but it turned out to be 4 - including me. Not that i really dislike shorthanded play, but it pretty much forces us to play strictly NL tourneys.

I played well the first game ($5 buy-in - big money) and had a big stack then lost it all on a stupid play when I called an all-in with an open straight draw when I had my opponent on a bottom or mid-pair. I knew I had outs, but it wasnt a money call especially when I had over half the chips on the table. Came second.

Second game I came second again, always the brides maid... Other guy had everyone elses chips, so i was a big sucker with the blinds moving that fast.

I dont even know why i play these stupid little things with blinds doubling every 8 minutes or whatever it is. It's a total crapshoot and while I can pick people apart for the most part.. you've GOTTA have cards because your bets get NO respect even if you're the tightest rock there is.

Meh.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

[Golf] A weekend of pain...

Lets start this one off by getting this off my chest... I'm stupid. Yep, you read it right, stupid.

Yesterday was the first really nice weekend day this year, and the course finally opened, so there I was. Played 18 holes in the morning around 10am when the frost cleared up, but did not play well at all - long winter. After visiting the 19th, downing a well poured guinness from their new tap along with some buffalo chicken fingers and fries, I stopped by the pro shop. The two assistant pros announced that they were playing in an hour. Yep, i played. Course is too wet for carts so i'm walking as usual, but 36 holes on the first day i can really play golf is just asking for trouble. Afterwards, I can hardly walk upright. Back hurts, knee hurts, feet hurt, it all hurts.

Then i played again this morning. Ow. My swing is coming together though.

An equipment note, I hit the TaylorMade R7 Quad setup for a slight fade (not my shot, but it wasnt my demo). Crushed it, full flight 280 yards no run (wet fairways). Awesome driver, but i've got to consider the other equipment out there. Ping G2, Taylormade R7, Taylormade R5, Titlest 905. We'll see. Ping offers custom fitting up near Toronto so I might hit that, so does Titlesit but they charge for it (fuckers -- if i'm buying your club, fit me).

Anyways, no poker this weekend. I'm surprised I can work my hands right now.. yep that painful.

Oh, and a big kudos to Augusta National for running the best golf tournament on the planet. The quality of coverage, lack of product placement, lack of commercials, and a golf course which can turn out your lights with a single mistake WITHOUT 12" rough and being 90% water.. that's a golf tournament. I've been to the church of golf once, and it was greener than it looks on TV. Kudos to Tiger and DiMarco for a hard fought Sunday. Too bad DiMarco didnt pull it out, but Tiger is Tiger and Chris didnt get too many bounces.

That chip on 16 was the sickest thing ever.

Toast OUT.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Tuesday Night Poker - At the B&M?

Yep, all my minions flaked on me again Tuesday, and thus, it was a decision between sitting at home and playing poker, or going to play some live poker. Well, live poker it was! Off to the casino - for the first time unaccompanied. Is this a bad sign? I dont think so, i hope not at least.

2/4 it was, and I got into the table in 10 minutes. Mainly card-dead through the night, and made a few questionable plays even, though i turned the nuts on one hand with a few callers. Caught a LOT of two pair flops (on the rare time that I played a pot that is), so i have to say the cards werent horrible. In one case I flopped two pair Q's and 10's and the board turned to make broadway only an ace away, of course I was outta there without odds to draw to my 4 outs for the boat. In another case, flopped A-10-7 with A-10 in the pocket. I was lucky enough to have 2 callers all the way down, with the girl on my left raising when a 3 hit the river.

I called it as i'm such a nice fellow, then she proudly showed her rivered two pair, before i flipped over my flopped top two. It's nice to have someone think they rivered you and then crush their hopes... Ace THREE kicker?!?! yeesh.. yep that sort of table.

Up $27 for the night... big money.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

No Limit Fun - Doyle was Right!

Last night I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours at the NL tables on Stars. Of course, being a small money player, I was on the $10 max tables, and I always buy-in for the max unlike most of the people at that level it seems.

I ran the stack up to $25 from $10 in around an hour of picking apart opponents, then got into this hand with my next door neighbor who had me outchipped slightly.

I have 2c2d in MP, 2 callers, I raise to $0.50. 3 folds, 2 early callers call.
Flop is 2h-3h-10d
Checked to me, I bet $1.00, both call
Turn is a 7c
Villain bets $2.40 (the pot), I raise to $7, hanger-on folds, villain calls.
River is Qh
Villain bets $5.60, I call.

For a $10 max game, that $28.45 pot is pretty big. Of course, I lost. My set of deuces beat by a set of treys. Funny part was, Doyle was just talking about being careful with a set of deuces in Super System 2. That isnt to say I should have given my opponent credit for a set though, set over set i'll take that loss any day. I congratulated my opponent and he said he was concerned about me having a set of 10's. Good call on his part I guess.

Did i play that badly? Hmm, room for improvement here. Pre-flop i dont dislike my raise, I think it's fine. On the flop, my bet should possibly have been bigger than $1.00, as the pot should have been $1.65 at that point. Still I don't think it would have weeded out a set of 3's. The villain making a turn bet - i guess he was slowplaying his treys at the flop - didnt really throw me, I put him on two pair so raised the pot. When he just called, I should have tagged him as less than the nuts as there was enough money in the pot to raise me all-in which I probably would have called. The bet on the end i immediately saw as a bet for value and not trying to blow me out... this one i had to think about, but it was only $6 into a $22 pot with a set so I couldnt raise and couldnt fold. There goes the profit.

Someone tell me different :)

Monday, April 04, 2005

No-Limit Poker Continues & Golf Season Arriving

With what I assume can only be mother nature's final shot at toying with golfers in my region, we got snowed and rained on all weekend, leaving the world wet, slushy and nasty. Fortunately, the sun is out today and it's starting to dry up and melt away. I must have some sort of SADD or something, because the sun today has put me in a great mood, even though we jumped ahead an hour and getting up for work got all that much more difficult.

In the meantime, I decided to go less easy on the girlfriend who is progressing at poker quickly. In fact, I didnt let up last night, and beat her 4 games in a row where she took possibly 2 pots in an hour and a half. That's a bad idea from the side of getting her to keep playing, but she got way ahead with two wins the night before when i was laying 2 to 1... so i was down 4 coffees -- she doesnt like to play for money, even a buck or two. I was a bully with my chips, and she accused me of "using something out of one of your books". Hah. I didnt have the heart to explain that I was going easy before.

The monday night game is now scheduled for tuesday night, so it looks like i'm going to play a bit more NL cash online. It just seems more profitable than Limit at the super-low limits. Plus it has got me out of the ABC poker format, starting to really really think about what the other guy is doing over the course of a session.

I dont know if i'd do OK at the casino though, I have to admit, I would be a bit put off to get in a $100 buy-in with maniacs pulling all-ins pre-flop constantly (I dont have that much money dedicated to the game that I could lose $500 and be happy go-lucky about it). Wishing the tuesday game was NL cash $20 max or something to get a feel for real life NL cash.

Golf AND poker all summer... *drool*.

No-Limit Poker Continues & Golf Season Arriving

With what I assume can only be mother nature's final shot at toying with golfers in my region, we got snowed and rained on all weekend, leaving the world wet, slushy and nasty. Fortunately, the sun is out today and it's starting to dry up and melt away. I must have some sort of SADD or something, because the sun today has put me in a great mood, even though we jumped ahead an hour and getting up for work got all that much more difficult.

In the meantime, I decided to go less easy on the girlfriend who is progressing at poker quickly. In fact, I didnt let up last night, and beat her 4 games in a row where she took possibly 2 pots in an hour and a half. That's a bad idea from the side of getting her to keep playing, but she got way ahead with two wins the night before when i was laying 2 to 1... so i was down 4 coffees -- she doesnt like to play for money, even a buck or two. I was a bully with my chips, and she accused me of "using something out of one of your books". Hah. I didnt have the heart to explain that I was going easy before.

The monday night game is now scheduled for tuesday night, so it looks like i'm going to play a bit more NL cash online. It just seems more profitable than Limit at the super-low limits. Plus it has got me out of the ABC poker format, starting to really really think about what the other guy is doing over the course of a session.

I dont know if i'd do OK at the casino though, I have to admit, I would be a bit put off to get in a $100 buy-in with maniacs pulling all-ins pre-flop constantly (I dont have that much money dedicated to the game that I could lose $500 and be happy go-lucky about it). Wishing the tuesday game was NL cash $20 max or something to get a feel for real life NL cash.

Golf AND poker all summer... *drool*.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

[Golf] Dear Mother Nature, !@#$ YOU.

Yes, that's right folks, I'm pissed. Last night I actually got to leave the house after work and do what I love to do best - golf. I played a quick 9 from 5:45 till 6:55. That's 1:10 whipping around the back at my club - not bad at all. Only problem is, it's SNOWING AGAIN. @%&#!!!

Struck the ball pretty well with my long irons, but was garbage with distances coming into the green though. Greens are a bit too slow at this time of year to be considered putting, but they do roll and it's better than nothing.

Things that immediately stand out to work on:

  • Putting - hit a few pushes - need to work on eyes and alignment

  • Wedges - way off on distances, need to figure out what my distances are on these things so I can get in scoring position.

  • Back swing and top position - possibly setup check - seems sketchy.

  • figure out the natural ball flight on this 2-hybrid - seems to be a high draw

  • figure out the driver again - hit a decent shot and a great shot (around 240 and 285 respectively) on a few holes yesterday



Well, thankfully I hit the grocery store last night, so i'm stocked with enough to make it through this weekend without much effort. I'll do a bit of work and play some online poker. Will let all y'all know how that goes.