Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Poker is Rough Baby So I Bought A PS3

These days poker is rough on me. I'm not playing too badly actually but I'm getting some ass-end of variance a bit through a short sample. The biggest problem i'm having is that when I do play I'm getting stuck early and often and trying to play my way out of the hole. The only things stopping me are my 3 buy-in loss cap, being falling-asleep tired where my game is clearly off or climbing out of the hole. Sadly climbing out is not happening often enough.

So, in place of my hold'em craziness i've picked up PLO at a lower limit. Fun game that PLO is... action action action. I'm breaking about even at it so far but learning the equity calculations quickly -- running all the hands I think are close through TwoDimes.net.

Instead of going through the poker ups and downs quite so much, I purchased a new PS3 at the advice of my friend Josh. Assassins Creed is awesome, Call of Duty 4 is awesome... and the system looks bloody sick on my 24" widescreen LCD in 1080p. I'm happy with my time-wasting right now let's just say that.

Will report back on funky new happenings. I might be a bit short on golf & poker these days but I'll be sure to post some entertaining stuff for y'all to check out.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Restaurant Review: Heart Attack Grill

My last update mentioned i was in Cininnatti and Phoenix the last few weeks... I didn't get into much detail... I was watching Godfather Part 2 while I typed it out. While in Phoenix, after my round at Karsten, a client of ours recommended we all go for dinner at Heart Attack Grill.

For those who haven't heard of it, Heart Attack Grill is a place in Phoenix serving Burgers, Fries, Beer & Smokes. LOL. It has received a lot of press from multiple countries and even national attention in the states. Yeah, it's counter to the whole healthy eating movement going on right now -- and that's the point.

Advertised as "Taste Worth Dying For", the Heart Attack grill serves burgers in the Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple Bypass variety. It's fries are cooked in... you guessed it... LARD. Yeah, i was on a diet before going on this business trip... it had to be put "on hold" shall we say.

Arriving at the restaurant, i was greeted to a building which appears to be an old dairy queen or something similar. Usually our corporate customers are fairly "up there" in terms of income so I knew we weren't here for the food. We were greeted by our waitress who was dressed in a Naughty Nurses outfit. You can check out some pics over at the restaurant's Blog. The guys in the kitchen wear orderly's (sp?) outfits and generally it has a clean, but somehow dirty feel to it. This is the sort of place a bunch of dirty poker bloggers would LOVE. Shouts out to the likes of Dr. Pauly and AlCantHang for this restaurant is truly one made for them.

Our associates were already there drinking bottles of coke (note, bottles, not fountain drinks), beer and such on the patio and indicated that my only menu choice was a double bypass with fries. The burger arrived shortly after and... well... it's huge. I was the only one to finish it, and they all looked at me with a mix of awe and disgust as their puny digestive systems only allowed them to eat half in most cases. I skipped the fries though, just picked at a few.

I am told that orders of a triple bypass or more will garner you a ride in their famous wheelchair pushed to your car by their naughty nurses. I'll keep the two arteries I have left, thanks.

The heart attack grill's food was pretty tasty -- good not great, sort of a once every 6 month crash off the ole' diet wagon if I lived anywhere near it. I recommend White Spot in western canada for better tasting burgers, but definitely the wait staff isn't anywhere near as attractive nor skimpily clothed.

Hit it up folks. It'll probably be a one-time visit for most of you, but it's worth trying for sure. Kudos to the entrepreneur behind the restaurant for knowing how to get cheap (free) press too through tonnes of bad publicity.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Travel, Beer, and Golf

Well, i've been on the road the last couple weeks trying to pickle my liver -- here's the details.

Little cardplaying was done as I travelled to Cincinatti for 4 days. We ate, we drank, we did some business. Typical tradeshow stuff. This past week I spent in Phoenix, AZ and was able to get out for a round at the ASU Karsten golf course. Unfortunately we played in a scramble format as is typical of corporate golf tournaments but I was pretty stellar and singlehandedly put our team in 2nd place -- in the money.

This is one of the more benign Pete Dye courses i've played with only two or three truly diabolical holes. The 9th and 18th stand out for me as two of the better ones. It's a fair course and was unfortuntately in its overseeding season so the greens were a bit bumpy when I visited.

If you haven't yet, go read Matt's review of Oakmont Country Club, which I unfortunately missed as per my past post. I'm going to regret that one for bit but it had to be done. Steps are being taken to ensure I never have to miss this sort of thing again but you'll have to stick with me.

Oh, and finally I did get to see the Phoenix Coyotes kick the crap out of the Dallas Stars in Phoenix (5-2). Somehow we snuck into Club Level and enjoyed copious amounts of shitty american beer. I would like to give a recommendation for those of y'all visiting the Cincinnatti area to head across to Kentucky and visit Hofbrauhaus -- great german beer and atmosphere.