Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Glove Cleaning Is Tough

Recovered from a misplaced post on Harry's Blog:

So today, I spent most of my afternoon lounging in my well appointed air conditioned office reading the sports wires to make sure the whole $300 I dedicated to fantasy football for the season doesn't go to waste.

At one point one of my employees, for the purposes of this article we'll call her Juanita, wanted to come in and complain about the conditions in my sweat shop... err... glove cleaning facility. Bad timing -- she interrupted a press conference about the condition of TO's pet dog's surgery which could effect his first week's performance. So of course I fired her making sure to say it in at least 3 languages (I looked them up and stickied them to my monitor) so there's a 70% chance she understood one of them and doesn't come in anymore.

I didn't even look up from my monitor.

Who cares about golf? I'm an armchair quarterback living the dream!

Monday, August 28, 2006

This Weekend In Golf & Poker

This weekend was non-eventful really in regards to my two favorite pasttimes.

My golf was pretty decent, as I turned in rather uneventful rounds of 77 and 77 Saturday and Sunday mornings. Our typical strong Sunday turnout was hampered by most of our players being in a tournament and the others falsely thinking it was raining when in reality it was just a bit foggy after an early morning rain. Saturday was a typical round with Gary -- he shot 70, and Bernie -- 74 while Harry's brain is clearly not on the golf course anymore (see: Fantasy Football). Sunday was Joey B. and Dave G... both rounds were relaxing and fun.

Poker is still being a pig to me as I can't possibly hope to be profitable for more than one day in a row. I win 2-3 buyins one night, I lose it back the next. Just a bunch of bad variance this month coupled with a couple bonehead plays on my part (not too many though) make this month almost exactly breakeven. Actually I think PT shows me down a whopping $36 right now and I've still got a few days to win or lose a bunch. As one of my highest hand count months (I've played over 8k so far) it's really frustrating to be in such a funk. My PT graph looks like a SIN wave ... up, even, down, even, up, even, down, even. Weee...

I have paid Party over $500 in rake this month which must be calculated particularly given I play primarily $50nl.


I understand Matty moved into his new house this weekend. There's gotta be a reason he missed Saturday golf, so I assume thats the one. I think Harry and I are officially considered bad influences by Matty & Mrs. Matty (I for poker/golf and Harry for the boss/golf) so I dont think we'll be having any home games there anytime soon :P. Plus, we all know Matty is now officially OWNED. I doubt he'll be allowed to play golf next summer even... will have to spend that time weeding gardens and shopping for fine linens.

Monday, August 21, 2006

No Golf, Minimal Poker

What's going on? Twilight zone stuff here folks. Expensive weekend.

Friday I expected to be a fantabulous day.

In the morning I took my car to the dealership for what I expected to be a brake job, it was indeed a brake job, pads and rotors and something to do with the e-brake, I was $720 lighter after it all finished up.

Then I arrived home where the neighbor had his kid working on our houses (joined townhouses) doing painting, sealing the driveway, that sort of thing. The original 5 hours became 15, and I was another $150 lighter -- at least I didn't have to do this stuff myself so I was happy to pay this.

Friday evening I met at Harry's place with he and Matty, and we went to Yanks in the falls for pizza / wings. Service took FOREVER, and when Harry runs out of fantasy football shit to talk about you know its been too long.

Back to Harry's place for poker-ing, we were joined by one of the golf pros (Ryan), Harry's cousin Jamie, and his bud Shaggy. I bought in to cover and we played $20 cap no limit with 0.25/0.5 blinds... low limit happy poker.

My first big hand, I got it All-In v Shaggy with AA versus his KT on a T high flop. I knew immediately I would get sucked out on, and did. T on the river puts me to sleep.

My second big hand I get all-in v Harry with 89o two pair against his Q9 pair of 9's with a flush draw with one card to come. His Q showed up and I'm down another $20.

My third big hand, I bet a 4-8-Q (2 of a suit) with QT in SB, one caller (harry), Ryan (a loose, but O.K. player) raises to $7. I tank for a bit, and actually went through his holdings to try and figure his raise out. A pure bluff was out, he would not bluff me often as he knows I usually have the goods and there was a caller in the middle. I briefly considered set but figured he would slowplay it so wrote it off early. A better Q was an option definitely (my kicker blew) but i doubted he wanted to play a big pot with me. In the end I decided his raise was likely a semi-bluff with a flush draw. I chose wrong, it was a set after all and i'm basically drawing dead. My mistake was not considering him raising a set to charge the flush draws (of which I could have had one) to draw... if I had considered that I could have called his hand out as it was most obvious in retrospect.

My fourth big hand, I raise AT, Matty re-raises to $6 in position on me (he was a bit tilty) and we take a AQx flop. I check, he checks. If I had not been 3-pints to the wind at this point his check would have given away his hand but I'm an idiot and we got it all in, he had AQ obviously. Mental note, beer and poker = losing money.

I never did win a hand this evening, save one where I bluffed the river with a flush draw against another probable flush draw... I had the A so probably had the best hand. Oh well, -$70 for the poker session.

A fun part of the evening was Harry suckout out a flush with 2h5h against Matty's made straight on the turn, hahahahahahah. TIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLTTTT.

Saturday I had a wedding to attend at white oaks, it was fun. Sunday I went house shopping and didnt find much, meh. Fell asleep at 10pm on the couch ... tiring weekend.

And no, no golf. I sorta woke up Sunday morning after the wedding but was in no shape to play... went downtown for breakfast instead.

Fun huh? Oh, and I'm still virtually breaking even in poker this month. Bloody annoying but its better than dumping huge wads of cash on the donks. I'm not sure if i'm playing bad but my Won $ At Showdown number is abysmal.

Thats it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Golf Overload

Last week I was asked by the owner of my company in the Falls if i want to take Friday afternoon off to play a golf tournament. Hmm, golf v. work... tough one.

Then, last week, a family friend called me up and said "hey what are you doing Saturday?" I said nothing, of course. He said "you want to play a golf tournament?". This one I agreed to as well.

Turns out they were at the same place. So yeah, I played Beechwood back to back days, and let me tell you, it's in tough condition. They've really let the course slip quite a bit and its sad. Greens are pockmarked and ugly, tees have huge scabs of dead grass, fairways have bare spots, it's not what it once was. And I get to play it twice! Wee.

Anyways, outside of the course conditions, I had a super time both days hacking the ball around. I hit a few bad shots and a few good ones, winning no prize for my efforts -- and my efforts didn't deserve one either really. I just wanted to go have a good time and play golf for fun. Thanks to Jim and Marcel for a fun weekend. Won a sidebet for "the drinks afterwards" from Marcel -- he's competitive as hell and I was seriously concerned until I birdied the 17th to put it away. I didn't stick around to drink too much after the round though -- had to drive home.

Sunday I played my home club, first receiving shit from Gary for not showing up Saturday though I don't remember ever saying I was playing or was on the tee sheet. Meh, can't please em all. Then I shot a very mediocre 78 winning $5 in a sidebet and losing $10 in skins when my only birdie got sliced and diced. This weekend was the best weather we've had consistantly all year, and I used it all up on golf courses... no regrets for when the winter comes by. 7 rounds in 10 days is a lot of golf.

On the poker issue, that inevitable downswing came as I mentioned it would. I think I lost $350 last week total mostly at 100NL. Couple bad plays by me, couple good plays by me, this puts me just short ($20) of even this month overall which is no big deal. I haven't got to play as much as I would like honestly. I bloody love poker.

Note to Harry and Matty... Daisy said he wants to play a home poker game if we ever have one :P

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Club Championship Results

I played O.K. on Monday, shooting a 79. It really wouldn't have mattered unless I shot a 71 which would have tied me for first, but 71 and 79 are two seriously different animals as any decent golfer will tell you. Unfortunately, the leader played really well... what can I say :P

Finishing 3rd wasn't too bad. I think I made the right decision to play A rather than Open as I'd have had to play really well to make the cut in Open, and would never have been competitive for the title by any means. I think the winner was +2 for 3 rounds and I haven't had a single round this year at +2 or better at all.

Poker I have not played much of, though I want to. When i get an hour or so i've been logging into Party and either 3-tabling 50NL or one tabling 100NL. It's been a winning month so far but as you now that can change quickly ;)

That's it, boring huh?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Club Championship Update 2006

Your hero, Toast, shot a poopy score of 83 on Saturday to end up middle of the pack in the annual club championship's A-flight. I then followed up with a 75 today, which puts me in 4th place I think and clearly made the cut. Obviously, I suck huge, sweaty monkey testicles at golf since I shot an 83 but the 75 sort of makes up for it especially given the fact that I was 4 over after 5 today and finished 3 over after 18.

Yeah, i'm a grinder, I learned it from Matty.

Unfortunately, my boys Harry and Matty in Open-flight are out of the runnings (like I would be if I played the flight -- I suck, really).

Hopefully I can have another good day tomorrow and put a bit of pressure on the top guys. I really have no clue what the leader is at so I don't know how far behind I am. I'm guessing it wont be much worse than 4 or so but who the hell knows. I'd like to finish ITM (In The Money aka top 3) if not win the whole goddamn thing but since I don't know where i'm at, I can't make any predictions.

Wish me luck. Peace.