Friday, June 29, 2007

Now That I'm Back On Poker A Bit...

I've been debating where to play. Obviously i've played at a few poker rooms online before, and the important issues to consider as a user include signup bonus, deposit bonuses, rakeback deals, etc. All players can benefit from doing their research on where to play for sure.

Anyways, back to the point, i've been looking for places to play and came up with a couple good links which you might find interesting -- I did. The first is a full tilt poker review and the other is for a titan poker review.

I'll let you guys know where I end up. Hopefully I wont let it interrupt my golf at all like last year though!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Poker! Finally

Yeah, i've been craving the addiction a bit, given the WSOP is on and i'm too busy to play these days. So I signed into Full Tilt for ultra-low limit since i have almost no money there due to that cashout. I got stuck two buyins, built up my stack to about 2 buyins, and this happens.

FYI Button was tilty from bluffing off a 3 buy-in stack to me and another guy previously

Full Tilt No-Limit Hold'em, $0.25 BB (6 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: Plain Text)

SB ($32.35)
BB ($21.05)
UTG ($5.60)
MP ($70.70)
Toast ($45.80)
Button ($25)

Preflop: Toast is CO with Tc, Td.
2 folds, Toast raises to $0.85, Button calls $0.85, SB calls $0.75, 1 fold.

Flop: ($2.80) 9s, 8d, Ts (3 players)
SB bets $2.8, Toast raises to $7, Button raises to $24.15 (All-In), SB raises to $34.3 (All-In), Toast calls $24.50.

Turn: ($92.75) Ah (3 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($92.75) 8h (3 players, 2 all-in)

Final Pot: $92.75

Results below:
SB has As Qs (two pair, aces and eights).
Toast has Tc Td (full house, tens full of eights).
Button has Jh 9h (two pair, nines and eights).
Outcome: Toast wins $92.75.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bloody Tiring Weekend

This weekend was just a typical golf weekend, nothing special. The driver is O.K. right now and my putting is quite good. Mostly the irons are flying well as well, so I don't have a lot to complain about other than my scores aren't dropping. A couple of stupid mistakes per round are costing me.

Saturday: 78 - 39 out, 39 in from the Black (proper) tees.
Sunday: 75 (37 out, 38 in) from the Blacks as well

I would also like to note that our tee time system is flawed to all hell at the club. I'll be bitching about that when the opportunity arises.

Harry, you owe me $10 for the skins and $4 for the side game, this is your reminder. You can just pay for my round at Cherry Hill instead if you like. :)


Monday, June 18, 2007

Wooden Sticks & Langley Cup Action

This weekend was filled to the brim with golf. Golf, golf, golf. Last week Harry, Matt and I somehow came to the consensus of paying $125/player to go play Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge, ON. I've never been happier with a golf course decision.

Worth every penny, Wooden Sticks was a fun track combining famed holes from Augusta, Troon, Pine Valley, Oakmont, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Sawgrass with a few unique holes from Ron Garl -- the architect who designed well-received Taboo. Each hole was a unique test of golf as the styles went from wide open with huge greens (St. Andrews) to downright scary tee shots (Oakmont, Pine Valley) and greens requiring excellent ball control (Sawgrass, Troon, Augusta). Conditioning was great, greens were smooth and quick, and thankfully we had a beautiful day.

My driver on Saturday was a bit suspect but I got it around except for #12 where I hit one OB right and one into the junk left for a quadruple-bogey 8 on a par 4. Fortunately my iron play was solid and I sunk a few putts to get around in 76 from the tips. I can't help but be happy with this score on an unknown 7000+ yard course and I did indeed squeeze out some money from Matt and Harry winning the matches and the stroke play. There's something about the 17th at Sawgrass that gets the pulse up, even if we didn't have the wind up to make it difficult.

Check out Matt's full wooden sticks review.

Sunday at the club I played Gary P., a renowned stable-player who seemingly never shoots over 75 but maintained last week a 4 handicap. Fortunately, Gary shot a 65 on Wednesday and actually entered it for once to get his handicap down to a 2 which is a bit more realistic. He gave me two strokes for the round and off we went in match play from the tips. Gary started out 1-up after 2 when he drained a bomb of a birdie -- i've always said i'm happy to get beat by birdies -- but it didn't last for him as I quickly go back to even, then up two after 6. Gary brought it back to even after 9 and we were having a nice match.

A bad tee shot at 10, then a nice hook 6 iron to lay up set up a beautiful wedge and birdie from me to take the lead. Up 1
I made a mistake on 11 and hit the bunker from 110 yards, blasting out of the ugliest lie ever and almost draining my par. Even!
#12 I hit a nice long iron on the tough par 3 and made an easy par to Gary's missed par-save. Up 1.
#13 I hit my drive high and left -- obviously afraid of the trees right and hit a beautiful punch 5i runner into the front pin position. Gary conceded this one after my chip as I got a stroke on this hole. 2 UP
#14 Smoothed a sweet 6 iron into a mid-left pin leaving a 5 footer for birdie, sunk that. 3UP
#15 Gary refers to me as the Buzz Saw (a new nickname if i must say so) and I play a very conservative line to make par given my lead. Unfortunately for G, he wasn't playing that well and missed his Par.

I win 4&3 and am past a tough opponent (yay). I told Gary he must have used up all his birdies shooting 65 this week (yow, thats a damn good score), he's normally very tough and had a bad day in my opinion.

I birdied 16 from a tough 3rd shot position over the willow, doubled 17 and bogeyd 18 to shoot 75.

Not too bad... a good weekend for me at golf definitely.

Harry and Matt now both ask for shots. HAH. Yeah right.

Tomorrow we play St. Thomas.

Monday, June 11, 2007

This Weekend In Golf & Poker - June 9th and 10th

Well, at the end of last week I had a bit of a stomach bug which is pretty gross (both in feel and in actuality) so I wasn't sure how I would play at the course this weekend -- was not 100%. Turns out this definitely had an effect on my scores as I went a dismal 79/83 for Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday I had a little $5 game with Harry. Harry beat the crap out of me 6&4 ... he's GOOOOOOD.

Sopranos was... unexpected. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Love and kisses to you all.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hacking It Around This Weekend

Well, the weather warmed up but my golf game has cooled down quite a bit. It seems like i'm lashing out at the ball more which is bad, and my tempo is intermittant and untrustworthy. That's sad, really since this was the first weekend of qualifying for the Niagara Cup team.

My scores this weekend were 78 and 77, a dismal showing given how well I had been playing previously. In fact, i'm lucky to have shot those scores and you can count on the fact they were a collection of 'saves' to keep it under 80. Just ugly, nothing good to say about it other than I guess it could be worse.

Harry won his Langley cup match as he describes in Matt-like detail over at his blog. I was delivered the bad news that I must play Gary P in my 2nd round (had a pass first round this year) which is bound to be a bastard since he rarely makes mistakes. The toughest guys in match play are the ones you have to beat because they dont often beat themselves... grr. Anyways, that should be interesting.

On the business front, i'm busy as hell between all my projects. No idea how i'm supposed to find time to vacation though.

Oh, and finally, i'm still not giving shots. :)

Sorry for the boring post, not much is up and Harry basically guilted me into writing something.