Saturday, December 29, 2007

3 steps forward...1 backwards

I apologize for not blogging lately, but the holidays have me spending lots of time with the family and winding down for the year. I haven't done much, so there isn't much to talk about. It sucks when you run bad, and then it makes you start to play bad. I am not happy with how I have been playing, and I have to work on opening my game up some more. I think I have been playing too tight, and that builds frustration when the cards don't come your way.

I have been traveling to Shorty's lately to play in the 5-5 Nl game they have there, and the roller coaster ride continues. I played a 4 hour session each night for the past 3 nights, and I won the first 2 and lost last night. The game was good, and they had alot of the same characters such as Allen, Mustang Mike, Jared and even Tex showed up and was doing fairly well when I left last night. They had 3NL tables going, and the jackpot was up toi around $68,000.

The first night I had a score, and I came home pretty pumped booking an $800.00 winner. I was starting to think that the poker gods may give me some grace. I went back for the next night and immediately went down $300.00. I got back in for $300.00 to make me $600.00 deep in the game, and lost half of that on the 5th hand from there. I grinded...and grinded. No big pots, just small to medium solid pots. I was able to cash out with $775.00 for a small win...but a win none the less. Last night I went back, and was really feeling good even though I felt I was pushing my luck. I probably should have taken a couple of days off and play online, but I wanted to play my rush if thats what it wasn't. I dropped $200.00 where I mad a completely stupid call for my last $75.00 with A7 on a flop of 3-3-A(Don't remember the suits)...check to me I bet out and the villain smooth calls. turn dumps a 7 on the board. Villain check-raises me all-in...and I call like an idiot while the villain roles 3-6...the river bricks.

Those are the kind of plays I was making. I was trying to force things to happen and wound up spewing chips. The thing that bothered me was the hands I dumped. In mid-position I dumped K-9o to a $20.00 raise. 5 people went to the flop of K-K-9...ouch. I dumped 10-9s (my favorite hand) in another huge pre-flop pot...the dealer dumps 10-10-9 on the board...F^%$ Me!!! I should have gotten up and left. I pulled out $200.00 more and donked that off and came home.

I know some of you are saying, "Damn Man...Whats wrong with this guy...$800+$175 =$975.00 -$400...Damn...he is a $575.00 winner". Its just that I know I can play better than I have been lately. Scared Money is Dead Money. I also need to work on keeping the pots proportional...Don't play big pots unless you have the goods.

Oh yea... I want to give a shout out to a couple of guys. One is a local handyman from Delcame. I walked in to shorty's with my GCP hoodie on, and this guy I never met before calls out, "Hey GeneD...How's it going". He was a local guy that has been reading the site/blogs and wanted to tell me how much he liked the site. The 2nd person is a local player named Jared. We keep finding ourselves sitting next to each other at the tables, and I really like the guy. He has a solid game, a cool job and a baby girl he is proud of..."Keep it real brother!!!"

I was given the boxset for the first season of HBO's "The Wire", and It has me hooked...this is one badass show...check it out

"I'll do what I can to help y'all. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played. Its that simple" Michael Williams as Omar in "The Wire"

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dead Money kicks off with a great tournament

We kicked off the dead money tournament last night, and we had a great turn out. We were able to pull together 17 people to have 2 tables, one with 8 players and one with 9. Tex showed up a little later to just check it out. We paid out 3 spots with the 1st place winner getting the seat at the final table and their entry fee back. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers both got cash prizes.

Those of you that have not seen our "Dead Money" pages, you can click on the links below to check out our super/megas. If your homegame is interested in joining our network, you can contact Bill or I for more details. ***This is a Non-Profit Event*** (In case any John Q Laws happen to read my blog)

We are going to build a page for the tournament on thew site, so check out the for results and pictures of the participants and winners.

I played on a LLMTT on stars this morning...there were 1500 people in it. They paid 180 people and I bubbled the cash in 192nd place when I got it all in with AKs against AJo...the torture continues. All I can do is continue to get all my money in with the best of it, and hope that he poker gods will let me out of variance hell.

"Get out of the water. There are sharks everywhere, look" Scott Caan as Bryce in "Into the Blue"

Friday, December 14, 2007

Dead Money tonight

We are having our local tournament for the "Dead Money" satellite tonight. We are shooting for at least 10 players, but we will work something out if we get more than that. Last year we were able to pull together 25, and we hoping to be in that same range tonight. This is the 5th year we are having the tournament, and we are pretty happy that we made it this long. I can remember the first year where I thought we would never be able to pull off another years later and we have sent 4 players to the Main Event. That, in itself, is something to be proud of...way to go Bill!!!!!

We got the official schedule of the 2008 WSOP and it is posted on our site. You can view the schedule at They are having 8... $10,000 events this year with the first and last events both being 10 large to buy-in.

I played at Shorty's this weekend and at the Amelia Belle. I got in a hand with a local Asian Player here named "Jessie". I have been gambling with Jessie for over 10 years now in pool, poker, flipping coins...whatever. Jessie is a gambler ...until he disappears on the boats for months at a time to get pumped back up. Don't get me wrong, I like Jessie, I like Jessie because he makes the same calls ...over and over again. The hand we played out is below.

I am at the table in the 8 seat with about $275.00, and Jessie site down in the 6 seat. I am in the BB with 3c6d, and their are 5 limpers to me...I knuckle the table. The flop comes out 4s5d9s. Old guy with the cigar in seat 1 makes it $20.00 to go, Jesse calls as do I. The turn brings the 7h. Bingo...I have my hand. OGWC fires out $35.00...and Jessie raises to $90. I go in the tank...

...Could he have 6-8? Yea...its possible...but I don't think so. I think he is on the spades. Jessie is a gambler and if he raised here with the spade draw, he is going to go all the way with the hand. I jam here...and he calls and tables As2s. River brings the Ks and thats a wrap.

I say "Good Hand Man", and Jessie shrugs his shoulders and says, "What do you want me to do?"...nothing at all Jessie. I want you to make that same call everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. I want you to put all of your chips in the middle as an 80-20 dog. Amazing how variance plays cruel jokes on us. I am not even going to get into the online hands. I will give you a small taste though. LLMTSNG on stars with 27 players. We are head up and I have the villain covered by $400.00. He jams with Kc10s and I call with AsJh...and lose...thats the way it goes

"Any man thats got the guts to sell his soul for love has got the power to change the world, you didn't do it for greed, you did it for the right reason, maybe that puts God on your side, to them that makes you dangerous, makes you unpredictable, thats the best thing you can be right now" Sam Elliot as the Caretaker in "Ghostrider"

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Running Bad...Playing Bad

That's right folks, the variance is again catching up with me. It is very discouraging as it seems to happen every year at this time. Right between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the variance seemed to catch up with me. Once this starts, my game starts to go to shit also. I start to push hands, and start to loose my patience which is not a good recipe.

Played in the FTF (FullTiltForum) freeroll Sunday night and played bad. Congrats to DirteAA for winning the tournament. Way yo go EDDDDEEEEAAYYYYYY ;-). I then got deep in a 180 player MTT on stars, and was the Chip Leader for awhile. I was second in chips when we got down to 3 tables, and I donked out like a donkfish.

I cashed in the Bi-monthly tournament at Boomtown Saturday. Bill and I were both still in it when we got down to 2 tables, and I was confident that we would both make the final table. Bill goes out with Aces...AGAIN. Boomtown has some kind of curse on Bill when it comes to busting out of their tournaments with Aces. This is like...the 10th time that has happened. They had moved us to the final table, and I was the small stack when the following events transpired. The tournament director asked us if we want to pay 6 places ...or 10 as what was advertised. I was in the 8 seat next to Craig Mordock, a local attorney and accomplished local player, and another local legend name "Back to Back" AKA "BB"(Don't know his real name). They are screaming to pay 6 places for a higher pay out and I am keeping quiet as I am curious to see what transpires. Everyone else at the final table had healthy stacks, and the chip leader was in the 2 seat. The TD announces that it must be a majority to change the payout. Well, she ask , "Who wants to pay 10 places. 5 people raise their hand...and everybody just looks around...and then all stares come to me ...the shortstack at the table. What am I to do? ...of course I raised my hand. I just kind of felt that I let BB and Craig down. They were not happy with me, but I sure as hell did not want to be the deciding vote, and the chip leader was one of the people that voted to pay 10...oh well. BB and Craig...if you guys read this...I apologize.

I have decided to move down until the first of the year to try to get my bankroll back healthy. I have been playing some home games and bar tournaments. I cashed last night in a local tournament here in New Orleans. There were 41 players and I got 5th...heading to play in another one tonight.

I want to give a shout out to my Man...Ira "ActionJunkie" Gibbs from Tampa. Ira and I worked together several years ago, and we use to hang out and chase women in Orlando, He is a great guy, but it is so funny that I never new he played poker until I talked to our old Boss. We have re-connected, and I looked him up and it seems Ira is playing way ahead of where I am at. He is living in Vegas, and he satellited into the Main Event of the 5 Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio coming up next week. Go get 'em Ira!!!!!...I will be sweating you on the net.

"Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner!" Craig Sheffer as Joe Kane in "the Program"

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Go get em Nic!!!

I am posting this to say good luck to Nic "Nic the Greek" Gellepis from Tallahassee, Fl who made it to the final table at Harrah's Bayou Classic $5000.00 Main Event. Nic bubbled the mega that I played and won in Biloxi, MS at the IP Poker Classic, and I cut a deal with him when we were 6 handed. He actually had 2% of me in the IP main event. He and TK travel together, and TK told me they use to be roommates years ago.

GOOD LUCK NIC!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Circuit Event...I visit the "Cave"...Chip Reese Passes away

I was able to make it down to the circuit event last week, and fire a bullet at a $300.00 event. I could not get any traction what so ever. I was in the 4 seat at my table. I had "Monkey Boy" on my right, and then they moved Herbie Montalbano into the 2 seat. For those of you who know MB know he is a character. He made the table a little entertaining. After that, I fired a bullet at the single table satellites. I got down to 3 people with Tom Becnel and a new player that really was making rookie errors. At one time he had the big stack with the blinds at 200-400, and Tom only had 800 left in the BB. Tom ships in his last 400 in chips and announces all in. I fold as fast as possible...and the kid folds...Huhhh? WTF!!! Tom and I just looked at each other and shrugged. I thought for sure Tom and I would outplay this guy. Well, I tried to be too aggressive and pushed with a moderate holding, and the kid woke up AQo. The worst part is, 10 seconds after I get knocked out they chop, and both said they would have agreed to chop 3 ways if someone would have brought it up. Duh!!!!

I went down to check out the Main Event yesterday. Looks like TK (Timkrank online) snapped off the $1000.00 event on Sat...Your boy is on a tear lately. He told me everything has been going right for him. Nic also was playing yesterday. I am not sure who is still in it. There was one guy from Houma that I knew that was playing, and that was Mitch Lecompte. Mr. Mitch lived across the street from me for about 8 years as I was growing up...great guy and a solid player.

I made it to the online "Cave" in Lockport Sunday to hang out with Virge, DierteAA and Lusky. It amazes me to see those guys work the dual monitors and such. It really has me understating that I am way behind in the online world. I am going to try to set up some new accounts online and try to start fresh. There are so many tools that you need to be as good as those guys. Oh well...better late than never. TK showed me a picture of his set up at his house in Tallahassee. He has a cool set up with a big screen TV mounted on the wall that he can play the final tables on. It was something else. Oh yea...I also saw that our own Virge is ranked 15th in the state of LA on pocketfives.

Wild Bill and I just got back from the circuit event...We were meeting with Nolan Dalla about the site when Jason Lipscomp announced that Chip Reese had passed away suddenly. RIP my man!!! It is official here

"A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in Heaven. Then we'll all be together forever" Robin Williams as Chris Nielson in "What Dreams May Come"

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Circuit Event "Blues"

I am really having a hard time not being able to play in the circuit event this time around. I have to work, and since I work in a sales environment, the end of the month is the most crucial. I plan on trying to play in a few this weekend, and then hitting Coushatta next week. I may try to play in the Mega tonight also. I would love to satellite into this Main Event as well...we will see.

I have been playing a lot of online low limit MTT's on Stars and FTP. I am like Reid where
I am really getting a lot out of it. When you play in a Low limit MTT with 180 is really competitive. I am seeing improvements in my game day in and day out. For those of you who don't know, Stars run 180 people MTT 24/7 every time 180 people sign up...all day long. They get 180 people...they fire one off.

Last night I played a single table SNG, and of course we all start with 1500 in chips. In the third round I was at about 1950 when a strange thing happened. The chip leader (5650) in chips goes in the tank...and in the tank...and in the tank...and gets disconnected. Well, we wind up 3 handed an hour later and the player just gets blinded out. SWEET!!!. I have seen this happen in MTT's but it is the first time it has happened to me where I am the beneficiary of the disco.

I was listening to poker road radio the other day, and heard Barry G say that the PPA is thinking that the ban could be lifted by 3Q '08. He said they got lots of good feedback from the hill, and basically no resistance. Doyle's Room is back, and I think he mentioned Party is not going to be far behind.

We are really excited about the new changes you will be seeing to the site. We have lots of good things happening, and we are really pumped. I also think that all of us as players are right where we need to be. Bill, Virge, Lusky, Eddie, Tex, Ray, Austin Martin, JoeB, Merle, Reid...look out for these guys. Good things are coming...

"They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary" Robin Williams as John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Booked a small win at Shorty's

I was able to grind out a small win at Shorty's, and I had to leave right when the game got a little juicy. I lost a quarter of my stack in the third hand. The third hand in I look down at Pocket 9's from the BB. The 1 seat, that has about $140.00, raises to $30.00, and a friend of mine, Clayton V, called the raise from the 6 seat. I make a big raise to put the 1 seat all in and Clayton folds.

The 1 seat calls and tables AdQd and I table my pocket 9's. Flop comes out Jd8s5c...sweet for me right?...negative. Seat 1 goes runner-runner for a diamond flush with 10d on the turn and 2d on the river.

I plan on heading back there tomorrow to see what the action is like. There was some really cool guys there tonight. There were the regulars like Jack S and Allen, and I met a couple of other good players. One guy named Jared was on my left, and come to find out we are both in the same industry in our day jobs. Really cool guy and a good player also.

The circuit event event starts today, but I will be tied up with work for this week. I work in Sales and the end of the month is the crucial time for us. Hopefully, I can get down there to play some satellites this week. I played on Stars all week and booked some small cashes in some low limit MTT with 180 people in it. Nothing to talk about but it does keep my online bankroll alive and kicking.

Anyone coming this way for the circuit event, drop Bill and I line so we can get together and chat. We would love to meet some of you guys.

"There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!" Ben Kingsley's Character Cosmo in "Sneakers"

Heading to Shorty's...Pokerroad radio

Well...its Black Friday and the malls are pumping with sales, the retail world is being turned upside down, and I am sitting on my couch playing low limit MTT's on Stars and watching King Kong. There is no other place I would rather be right now. I just got off the phone with Wild Bill, and he is knee deep in Black Friday at the Mall in Pensacola with his Mom and Grandma.

I will be heading to Shorty's layer today...or maybe the Amelia Belle if they get a game to look at some hands live. My bankroll is not as healthy as I would like it at this time, so I am trying to work my bankroll back up to where I am comfortable firing several bullets at the circuit event with no worries. Of course that is the basis of this blog and our site. Everyday "Joe's" grinding it out on a daily basis in low-level NL games and online trying to hit it big in a tournament.

If you have been reading my blog recently, you will know that I was a big fan of poker wire radio, and I have alot of respect for Joe Sebok and Gavin Smith. I have played against Joe several World Series ago, and he is a cool guy. We both have that "traveling spirit". Well, with the collapse of poker wire radio comes the birth of Poker Road Radio. They have been working on the site, and it debuted several months back. I am trying to catch up on some episodes, but the one with Eugene Todd "Bro" is hilarious. I really like this guy. He is from "New YOOORK" and he is funny as hell. My wife listened while we where in the car, and she even likes the guy...and she has never heard of him. Gavin, Joe and Barry G give great analysis on hands and poker theory in general. I just finished listening to the episode with Johnathan Little...good stuff. I highly recommend it...well...over an out...back to the "Grind".

"I believe in a long prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown... Although I live in the subconscious, our pale reason hides the infinite from us" Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in "The Doors"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Win at Shortys...tough night at Harrah's ...and Love's Beef Jerky

I got to play back at Shorty's last Friday night and picked up a small win. The game was not as lively as it usually is, but I was able to book a winner none the less. There changed things a little there which I thought was a little strange, and several of the other players agreed. They claimed they had a "New No-Limit Game". With the action that comes from around Lafayette and New Iberia, I thought for sure it would be a 5-10 or 10-20 game or some variation of a higher stakes game. The normal blinds in the NL game there is $5 sb and $5 bb. This new game had the same exact blinds, but you could buy into the game with as much as you want. Hmmm...lets see. Usually when I play there you usually have about 6 or 7 of the players with several grand in front of them, the table was full of regulars and the juicier players are the rich ones with the most money and want to buy in for more, the blinds are the same...Yea...where do I sign up? Sorry about the sarcasm Ken and team it's just that it is basically...the same game ;-).

I had a tough night at Harrah's last night in the 1-2nl game. Bill had a nice score though. I went $600.00 deep at one time, and was able to fight back at 4:30am to cash out at $370 for a net loss of $230. It was a brutal night and I had to struggle for hours to get that back. What is really discouraging is the time rake at Harrah's. I don't want to get started on it, but I played from 7:00pm til 4:30am for a total of 9 1/2 $12.00 an hour I donated over $100.00 to the rake...Damn that hurts when I think about it. The one hand I want to talk about happened with one of our friends and fellow player from Houma who is a great guy. His name is Chris Summerral and his nickname is "Shrek". I have been playing with Chris for years going back to when there was a nice Bar tournaments in Houma every night of the week, and I have had several conversations about flopped sets. Chris had said to me numerous times, "I flop a set and you have a better are going to get all my money". Well...I had about $300.00 and I think Chris had about $160.00 when the following hand came up. I make it $30.00 with pocket Queens to go pre-flop and Chris is the only one that calls. The flop comes out 8c7d2s. Sweet flop for me. I now go in the tank and start to think. I don't want to get in a big hand with Chris because I like him and I don't want his money. We can stay in Houma if we want to take each others money. Well...I decide to check and he fires $40.00 at me. Damn...again...I don;t want to play a big hand with him so i decide to "Ship It" to let him know I have a big hand...What do you know...he insta-calls and tables pocket 7's for a flopped set of sevens. I double him up. It was a good hand and I am glad it was to a friend. That was a little taste of how my night went though. I also ran ...a King high flush into the Ace high nuts, AcQs into AhKh with an Ace hitting on the turn, and Pocket Jacks into a set of 10's where he hit his third 10 on the river after calling solid bets on all streets to get there...again...I feel like I posted a win...well how about a "Good Loss". How you like that for a Oxymoron..."Good...Loss"

I was getting out of the elevator at Harrah's and I had a weird experience. This is not meant to promote any products or anything, but Beef Jerky is a main staple for most poker players I know. I think the best beef jerky you can buy is made from Robertson's in Oklahoma and you can buy it at all Love's Truck stops. If any of you like beef jerky then pull over at a Love's Truck Stop next time you are on the road, and you will see that it rules. Well, during the WPT event in Biloxi at the Beau, Bill and I got in an elevator and I was eating a piece and the dude says, "Wow man...that's Love's Beef Jerky isn't it?" , "That shit rules. Well Bill and I got a kick out of it as I did not think that someone would recognize a piece of dried beef hanging out of my mouth...what do you know...the same thing happened last night in the elevator in the Harrah's parking garage...surreal. If your

Bill and I have a huge meeting about the site next week in New Orleans. You will see some big things coming up soon from We have the deal with the apparel almost done as we are waiting on the gear, and we have so much traffic, the hosting company has upgraded our monthly fees as the downloads are tripling his other clients. Come back and see us ...we are pumped!!!


"From women's eyes this doctrine I derive, they sparkle still the right promethean fire. They are the books, the arts, the academies that show, contain and nourish all the world" Gabriel Macht's Character Frank James in "American Outlaw"

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

IP Poker Classic finish

I apologize for the late post as my tournament ended Saturday night, but we had a death in my wife's family and things have been hectic. As most of you probably know I busted out of the main event in the mid to late 30's. There were 4-5 tables left, but we were 7 handed at the time. I was a little flustered when I got bounced, and I didn't stop to count on my way out.

I have had some mixed emotions about the hand I busted out on. Let me try to set the stage first. We were at 50/200/400, and I was on a small rush after being card dead for hours and hours. I had A-J when I took down the antes and blinds to bring my stack up to $4400.00. A couple of hands later I get Pocket Queens and double up. That puts me right at $8800.00. The tournament chip leader was in the 3 seat with well over 40-50 large, and I was only one person from being the short stack at the table. The guy to my left had less than me, and everyone else was in the 18-26 thousand range.

I look down at Big Slick off on the button. everyone folds around to the 2 seat who raises it to $3800.00...around to me. I go in the tank for a second and then I say, "I have to play my rush here...I'm all in". Everyone folds around to the 2 seat. He now goes in the tank for a few minutes.

My thought process was around "Fold Equity"...I felt that I had fold equity in that situation. I was hoping he calls with A-J or A-Q...I am loving it. I figured we were in a race if he had a pocket pair, but if his PP was Jacks or less...I still had my fold equity. He had to wonder if I had a bigger pair. The more I thought about it...he did not want to see me with A-K unless he has Kings or Aces. If I double up here I am right in line with most of the players at the table with around $20,000.00 in chips. I liked my play...

...Well...He calls and tables Pocket Queens. Oh well...its the same race even if he has pocket 2's. I know he did not want to see me with Big Slick, I could see it in his mannerisms. He wanted me to have a lower pp like 10's or Jacks. The board bricks out for me...and thats a wrap.

Having talked the hand over with DirteAA, I think I should have maybe layed that one down.
I was sitting well with the chips I had, and there was more poker to be played. Did I have fold equity? The guys has queens and more chips than me. I should have put him on "The top 3" hands with the huge bet he made. I didn't have to race for my tournament life, and the 2 seat would not have been crippled if he lost...I would...and was. Oh well...

There were lots of positives that came out of this experience. I went this weekend with a goal to satellite into the main event and then win. I didn't win, but I did put myself in a position to win as I won the satellite. There were 4 of us who won. I won the seat with two older gentlemen and a young Internet pro from Ole Miss that is ranked #1 in the state of Mississippi on Zetner...His screen name is mmzetner.

It is kind of amazing, but I want to give a congratulations to Tim "TK" Miles from Tallahassee, Fl. TK snapped off the main event. He was at my table for the first 3 hours and we talked about the site fro awhile. Great player...great guy (Don't tell him I said that though...he prides himself on being a hardass HaHaHaHaha) ...No seriously...Congrats brother!!!! YOU ARE THE MAN!!!

"Who has a safety deposit box full of... money and six passports and a gun? Who has a bank account number in their hip? I come in here, and the first thing I'm doing is I'm catching the sightlines and looking for an exit. I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?" Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Identity"

Saturday, November 10, 2007

IP Poker Classic Dinner Break...7:00pm

I am still in the main event here at the IP Poker Classic. I will have alot to talk about when I get home as Bill and i discussed lots of things for us to Blog about. I had TK from my previous blog at my table from the jump and we had an interesting conversation. We talked about the site, and Bill and I agree, the site needs to get more active...look for upcoming stuff on the blog.

We are at the Dinner break, and there were 100 people exactly in the tournament. We are down to 48. I have $7475.00 in chips and the blinds are 50A/200/400. I need to make some moves fast, but I still have some room to maneuver. Wish me luck...I will try to update the blog tonight...hopefully with the final table seating and chip counts.

Notables...TK, Captain Tom F, Johnathan Little and the kid that is the board leader on pocket 5's in Mississippi...nice guy. He won his seat in the same Mega that I did. We were at the finale table last night for I said...nice guy.

Wish me luck...

( movie quote...I am in a hurry)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Winner Winner...Chicken dinner

Well guys, I was able to snap off the 4:00pm mega. There were over 40 players and they gave away 4 spots in the $2000.00 Main Event in the IP Biloxi Poker Classic. I was one of the final 4 that were left after the dust cleared. I was a little bummed out as the guy that bubbled the event was Nick...a really nice guy and a very good player. He is in the crowd with TK, Mike McD and the rest of the guys on the coast. He has 2% of me as we cut a deal at the final table. At least he has a horse to sweat in the main event.

I am pretty pumped as I played well and I feel good. I think I played very well, and everyone else that watched is saying this also. Now all I need to do is snap off the Main Event to make it a full circle...wish me luck

"They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Maybe that's true; maybe it isn't. I only know this: it has to make you better. It has to" James Marsden's Character Tommy in "10th and Wolf"

IP Update

I played in the $120.00 super last night with re-buys to try to get into the Main Event. We got 29 players and with the re-buys and add-ons, they were giving away 3 seats with 4th place getting $1000.00 in chips and 5th getting about $500.00 in chips. I did and Add-on at the break and went into the later stages with $2500.00 in chips with 19 people left with the blinds at antes 25 and the blinds at 100-200 with a chance to get to the top 3 for the seat. I felt good about my chances. I busted out 13th.

I played some $110.00 SNG's, and could not get anything going, so I went to the 1-2 cash table and was able to get all my money back before Midnight. Feeling good going into the Mega's today. There are 2 mega's today with one at 4pm and one at 8pm. I am going to fire a bullet at each and see if I can get in tomorrow.... Wish me luck.

"Don't you guys go anywhere. I plan to put on a hitting display" Wesley Snipes as Willie Mays Hayes in "Major League"

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Heading back to the coast

I am heading back to the IP for the final days of the Poker Classic. I plan on playing in as many tournaments as I can, and I will be focused on the megas and supers to try to get into the Main Event on Saturday. I will also be playing in cash games, and we have 2 business meetings about the site there also. Wish me luck...I will try to post from the hotel. I am going to try to get back into tournament mode and get back where I was during the WSOP.

I was amazed that Antonio E was able to come down to the coast and actually "snap one off". He won first place in the event last weekend. That guy is amazing. I hope he enjoyed himself also.

"We're gonna have to go old school on this. A day to shop, a day to prep" Robert Duvall's Character Otto in "Gone in Sixty Seconds"

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Lafayette Adventure

Well, we made it back from Lafayette and what a great time we had. The tournament was very nice, but they did not get the turn-out that they were expecting. We are waiting for the winners to be sent to us so we can post it up on the site.

The Tournament was run fairly smooth by a company called "Small Town Poker Tour". The Executive Producer, Mark F, came chat with Bill and I for some time. He really liked the site, and I think we may get to do some things in the future together...Hopefully. They had some dealers that they brought in, the tables were very big and comfortable and the format was pretty cool. You started with $16,000 in chips and the blinds started at $100.00 and $200.00.

Wild Bill, Tex and I made the journey. There were some other notable players there also. We will have some pics up as soon as we get the winners also. I got to joke around with Tim H. for a second as I said, "Damn man...your the big celebrity here tonight and your from Lafayette"...he laughed at that. Tim is from Lafayette and won a preliminary event in New Orleans earlier this year, and he made a nice run in the main event of the local WPT event held at the Beau recently. Really nice guy , and a hell of a player. I met and played with him numerous times years ago at Shorty's and in Baton Rouge.

We all busted out within 15 minutes of each other and we decided to hit the after party at the Jefferson Pub downtown on Jefferson st...Hmmmm...lets see...Me, Bill, Tex, Jefferson St Pub and alcohol...Strap in your seat belts!!! Armed with a handful of free drink vouchers each, we descended on downtown Lafayette. We started with Beers, moved to Grey Goose and Cranberry and finished the night with Shots. We went in Tex's truck as we knew we didn't want 3 cars out drinking. We got in the truck to go to the Hotel, and I immediately feel asleep, more like passed out, in the back seat of Tex's truck....

...I wake up in the back seat of his truck at 8:00am with the seatbelt connector in my back, my arm numb from me sleeping on it, a rot gut mouth and a trash-can head as big as a the parking lot of the Isle of Capri in Lake Charles...WTF??? I felt like I was in a Hunter S Thompson novel wondering how I got to where I was.

Tex and Bill pulled an all nighter and were in the mist of a 8 hour session. I felt like shit, but Tex booked a solid high 4 digit I guess it was worth it. I got to my car at the Cajun Dome at noon on Sat, and headed home. I couched it the rest of the day. It has been awhile since I slept in a car...I am TOO OLD FOR THIS S%$#!!!! ;-)

"Alright, I'll do it. But do me one last favor, will you. Can you give me two hours? That's all I ask man, just two hours to sleep before tomorrow. I suspect it's going to be a very difficult day" Johnny Depp's Character Raoul Duke in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Friday, November 02, 2007

Heading to Lafayette...Cooler at the IP

Bill and I are heading to Lafayette to play in the Acadiana Poker Classic. Hopefully we can do something in this one. If anyone is running late, I think they are letting people buy in all the way until 9:00pm.

We went to the start of the IP Poker Classic and played in several tournaments there. They had a slow start, but it looks like they are getting more and more people as the tournament moves on. The play is centered around the 3rd floor. They have pulled out all the slot machines and have opened up the room alot. They are not using that room over by the movies...shit...I don't even think they have the movies there anymore. I played in the 2nd chance tournament and made it halfway thru. From there we went to the Beau and I played some 2-5 while Bill played 1-2. I bought in for $400.00 and picked up about $160.00 in about 2 hours.

We went back to the IP and I again sat in the 2-5 game there. I was in for $400.00 and started to Bleed off chips right at first. I then made a solid bluff and a guy in the 10 seat with a board of Q-7-8-3-J. There was about $80.00 in the pot as we checked it down to me on the button. He called with pocket 10's. Oh well...good call.

It was actually a pretty cool game, and I want to give a "Shout" out to Joe who was sitting in the 9 seat at the table with the black IP hat on. He visits regularly and reads our blogs. He recognized me, and told me he likes the site. This will bring me to the hand that felted me for the night. I have about $170.00 left and there are 6 of us left. The 8 seat raised to $20.00, and I smooth call with Ks8s and so does 2 others. The Flop comes down 10s5s4d. I check as does the other 2, and the 8 seat fires out $50.00. I call and the other 2 fold. The turn brings the As..."Gin". I knuckle...8 seats fires out $75.00...I raise and we get it all in. I announce, "I have the K high for the nuts"...and he announces "Yea...but I have a full house" as the 5d peels off on the river. He tables 5h4s....Brutal.

Well ...took a hit, but that's OK. I am feeling good about my game, I think I am being patient and I just need to stay focused.

"You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it. Period. " Will Smith as Chris Gardner in "The Pursuit of Happyness"

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Booked a loser poker's future???

I booked a loser last Friday night after being on a nice run the week before. I don't think I played bad, in fact, it really came down to one hand. I called a $15.00 raise from the hi-jack seat with Qd8s along with 3 other players. The flop comes down Qc10d4s. Everyone folds around to me and I fire out a $25.00 bet. Original raiser smooth calls and the rest of the players pitch their cards in the muck. Turn brings the 8c. I fire out $50.00 and the villain goes in the tank, mumbles something about me trying to buy the pot, and then smooth calls again. The river brings the Jc...ouch. Villain fires out $100.00 at me. I go in the tank. I can count so many hands that beat me. The flush is out there...the straight just got there...hell, he would have played pocket 10's or Jack's the same way. I called like an idiot and he tabled JhJd...I knew it.

That was it...I went $500.00 deep in the game and pulled out with $365.00.

I am sure that anyone that plays poker and has a computer, a copy of the Super System and an online account now knows about the cheating scandal that has rocked the net. My thoughts...I don't know how I feel about it yet. I am not getting rich playing online. To me it is just a way to kill time and keep my math sharp. I don't like sitting in front of a computer for 8-10 hours a day for anything...except work, and that just about tells it like it is. I work in front of a computer and work for companies that build networks that run the public Internet. I have been asked repeatedly for years about the possibility of this. "Can this be done...Can someone hack into your computer and see your cards" standard phrase back came from the smartest computer geek/hacker I know...when it comes to computers, there are no guarantees. There is nothing 100% safe. If you can build a firewall to keep them out, then someone can figure out how to get thru.

"I have been told that the best crackers in the world can do this under 60 minutes but unfortunately I need someone who can do this under 60 seconds" John Travolta's Character Gabriel in "Swordfish"

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Been on a good run

I have been running good in the past week, and I am really feeling good about my game and the way I am playing. I have been able to get in some good games also. That is one of the things that I pride myself on. There are games all around me, and some of them are fairly big. I can play in these games but I choose not to play in these games because I know I can't beat the game. I have been trying to pick the "Right" games to play. I will be heading to Harrah's today, and I hope I can keep the streak going today. I have booked 5 straight wins dating back to 10/18 in the NL cash games. These wins are on a variety of 1-2, 2-5 and 5-5 NL games. I have been playing well, making good reads and making great lay-downs. I just hope I can keep it going thru the IP Poker Classic that is starting next month.

Congrats goes out to fellow blogger "Austin" Martin. I was really happy to see Martin Blog about the thoughts going thru his head, and overcoming some of these negative emotions. I think it falls right in line with what or purpose is here on GCP. I think it is the reason our readers return. We have a handful of guys with dreams of becoming poker champions, grinding it out and moving thru the world wind of emotions that come with our quest...and blogging about it. I can't wait until one of us hits something big, and we can go back and read these blogs.

I am going to try to post a pic of Kido Pham from yesterday's final table. He actually had a sweater on from one of our featured Casinos, Coushatta in Kinder, La. Kido lost heads up to David Singer in the $10,000 event.

"To the game and getting out of this hick town! Thank God there is a sport for middle-sized white boys" Patrick Swayze's charater Derek in "Youngblood"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hit and run at the Belle of Baton Rouge, Acadiana Poker Classic and Politics

I have been in Baton Rouge for work the past 2 nights, and I booked a winner both nights at the Belle of Baton Rouge. It was good to see all the same faces. It was actually tough to get on a table last night. There is only 4 tables there with 2 running 2-5NL, and 2 running 4-8 limit. I had to wait almost 45 minutes to get to the table, but I ran into my man Dave "Loveshack" Gafford and got to chat and catch up. Loveshack won the main event at the first IP Poker Classic in Biloxi. I have referenced this tournament in previous blogs. Tex came in 8th where his Aces got smoked by Kings that David Robbins held.

I played 2 sessions with both about 2 1/2 hours each session. I had things to do both nights and I could not stay very long. The good thing is ...I walked away with a nice win. $330.00 on Tuesday night and $430.00 on Wednesday. Bad thing thing looked like I did a "Hit and Run". I even heard one of the regular guys there, Gary, say, "Damn...there he is...comes in and has a couple of drinks...chats it up...wins a couple of hundred and he's out the door". Oh well...that's the way it goes sometimes.

You will see somethings up on about the Acadiana Poker Classic. Last year they had a huge turn out and they are again expecting alot of folks. They have booked the entire Cajun Dome floor. Wild Bill and I are expecting to play.

I finally got to read a book that was not poker related. I am going to show my political roots a little here as I had a chance to listen to Pat Buchanon on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a little far right for me, but I listened anyway. I went buy his book "State of Emergency". I am halfway thru it, and I recommend any true blue, America loving person, go buy this book and read it...some really scary stuff.

"Gilbert, it's the Burger Barn! It's the Burger Barn, Gilbert, the Burger Barn!" Leonardo DiCaprio's Character Arnie in "Whats eating Gilbert Grape"

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pokerstars Blogger tourney, brutal runner-runner session at Harrah's

Played in the Pokerstars online Blogger tourney yesterday with fellow GCP bloggers Wildbill, Austin Martin and The Virge Man. I played bad, and was not happy with my performance. I overplayed several hands, and donked off chips on 2 bad calls where my opponents held Aces both hands. One a positive note Wild Bill played like a champ and scored a 80 gig Ipod. He was at one point the chip leader with over 200 people to go out of over 1000. Great Job Bill!!!!. Now, I just have to show him how to download pokerwire radio ;-).

Played at Harrah'f Friday night for a short session. My wife had to work at a friends restaurant, so I headed over there to play some 1-2nl for a short session. We started a brand new table, so we all started with $200.00. I had decided that I was playing for an hour and that was it. I was going to look at some hands, and hopefully pick up a small score. I am in the 5 seat session last exactly 6 hands. One the 2nd hand I have AhQc on the button. Villain in the 9 seat raises to $15.00, and there are 2 callers to me. I call. Flop comes out Jc9h3d. Villain fires out $20.00, and there is a caller to me. I smooth call. Turn is the Qh. Villain fires $35.00, and I am the only one to call. The river brings an Ac. Villain checks, I bet out $30.00...he raises to $60.00. I have him squarely on A-J, so I call...he tables K-10 for the runner-runner straight.

Ok...not how I had anticipated opening this session. 4 hands later I wake up with AcKh. I raise it to $15.00 and get 3 callers. Flop comes Ks4d6s. I ship in the rest of my chips and the lady on the end of the table calls. I am putting her on the flush draw, and sure enough, she tables As6s. The turn and river were the 2 red sixes to send me on my way. WOW...coolers? Just as soon dumped a bucket of ice water on me.

"..."The Suck Zone". It's the point basically when the twister... sucks you up. That's not the technical term for it, obviously" Philip Seymour Hoffman's character dusty in "Twister"

Thursday, October 11, 2007

3 nights at Harrah's...Tournament lesson

Heading home today after spending several nights playing at Harrah's. I played multiple sessions in between going to work, and booked a winner on a whole. I was able to get a lot of traction on Tuesday night. Joe B. was on the table that night and it was late when I came into the following hand. It was a 1-2nl game. The table was getting pretty loose at this time, and I was in the SB with about $310.00. The UTG player makes it $10.00. I call, as well as several others, with 7s5s. The flop comes down 7d5h2s. I check. The BB makes it $35.00 and the UTG player raises to $85.00. I smooth call. The BB moves all in with only $35.00 more. The UTG player and myself both call. At this point we go from the main pot to the side pot. Turn comes a 4d. This spooks me as the straight is now out there. I check...UTG bets...I raise...he jams all in. I call. This is the point that I love when the person does not want to show his hand. We are all sitting there waiting for someone to show. I say, "I called...what do you have". UTG turns over 7h2h and the BB shows 7c5c. I win the huge side pot and chop the main.

The tournament lesson centers around the Wednesday night tournament last night that we played at Boomtown. Right before the break I won a huge pot that put me 2nd or 3rd chip leader. Bill was already out, so he can also verify my stacks here. I had 2 big stacks of Blacks ($100) and a bigger stack of greens ($25). A stack of blacks is 20 deep...I had 2 full stacks. If we do the math here. I had $550.00 in green chips (TD actually remembers this) and at the minimum ...$4000.00 in Black (20x100=2000 x 2). Some more simple math brings us to $4550.00. I came back to my stack with 5 reds ($500.00) chips and 7 blacks....grand total of $3200.00.


"Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy"
Winona Ryder as Suzanne in "Girl...Interrupted"

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Randon post

Not much going on the GeneD world the past couple of days. Goondingy has a guy that is looking to cut us a deal on some t-shirts for the site, and Harrah's in New Orleans was giving away free nights at there new bad ass hotel to poker players. Wild Bill, Tex and JoeB all scored some last week after doing a 28 hour session. I was able to score 3 nights this Mon/Tues/Wed, so I should have lots to post about early next week.

Signed up to play in the Pokerstars Blogger Championship as you can see by the logo on my front page. Seems like it is going to be pretty cool. $40,000 worth of cash and prizes. I have been playing more online since I have been talking to Lusky and Eddie more. I have to get Poker Tracker and really start to buckle down and take it from the ground up like Lusky. I just find it hard to start in the $0.25/$0.50 range when I actively play in 1-2 and 2-5 NL in the live games. I just think it is the right thing to do, and I have to put myself there to really get a hold of my online Bankroll...which is not much. I just have to evolve from here. From low limits on up.

We picked up another sponsor on the site We have also been changing things around. Please go thru the site to get to our blogs if you can. We have a tracking system in place, and we are consistently seeing the hits go up...and up. If anyone would be interested in joining us, please let Bill and I know. We are just looking for plain, everyday folks that take the game seriously with a modest Bankroll, but who shot for the stars. We just feel that there are so many people in that demographic out there that it will keep the site interesting.

Played at The Belle in Baton Rouge last night in the 2-5nl game they had going, and booked a solid win for the night. I got into several questionable situations in some hands where there was some disagreements of sort. I won a huge pot early when I bet out $40.00 from the hi-jack seat with KcKs, and got four caller in the early position seats. The flop comes out 9d6d2s. There is this middle eastern guy in the 6 seat that has a huge stack, and he is the only one that stays with me when I bet out $85.00. The turn brings the Kd. He check raises me all-in and I go in the tank. I only have $125.00 left. I am thinking he may have the flush already made, but I also could see him with a hand like K-9. He also could be on a bluff...I don't know. I just think I am priced in. Finally, I say, "I just can't see laying this hand down". They called the floor on me to make a decision, and I say, "If you have the flush, then I have outs..ok...I call". He turns over 3d6d for the made flush, and the 2d come on the river to boat me up..."Ship it to the Colonel"

We start jawing at each other about the play, and he just can't believe that I made that call. He is "ranting and raving" about how he is going to bust me and I play like a donkfish, and I just sit there and laugh and let him go. Finally, he calms down. I say, "Tell you what Scooter. All these chips are here for the taking, so just come get them. I can tell you one thing though, you don't have a chance of getting them making $40.00 calls pre-flop with a 3 and 6...let me guess...they were suited". When laughter broke out and everyone that knew how to play agreed with me ...he shut-up.

Now there is a guy named Damien that I respect that plays well in the 1 seat and I seat and I am in the 2 seat. We had a hand that we dis-agreed on. I had QsQd in the BB and there is a straddled, limped pot to the Middle-Eastern guy, that is pumped back up with chips, and he makes it $20.00. An older fellow on the button raises to $65.00. I smooth call and the ME guy calls. Flop comes Ks7h4d. I check...ME guys makes it $100.00, and the older fellow folds. I fold my queens face up, and the ME guy shows KcQs. I thought I lost the minimum amount in the hand, but Damien thought I should have went for it pre-flop...any thoughts?

Just trying to see what you guys think. I am trying to bring my game to that next level.

"The Earth is moving. Did you feel that? Everything. All the time. Dimensions we can't even see. Everything is evolving" Val Kilmer as the Sherpa on "Entourage"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Online poker...Horseshoe poker classic and Micon is scammed

Been playing a lot of online poker recently. I play mostly MTT's on Pokerstars but I am about to move back to Fulltilt. I played in a low buy-in 180 person MTT on Saturday. I was the chip leader 3 separate times where I lost half my stacks in the following hands. 1st on was Kings vs. Aces. The second one was Queens vs. Aces. That one put back below the $3000.00 mark. I fought back and again, shipped half on Kings vs. Queens...Sick. I got down to 2 tables and got knocked out 17th with AdKc. I raised 4 times the BB pre-flop, and the BB calls. Flop comes down 7c3s3d. I check, he bets. I raise. He re-raises. Now, I kind of like my hand, but I don't want to go bust here. What could he have called with? He has me covered...barely. I have read about this ploy recently. re-raising the raiser with rage, but in this small of a tournament? I don't know. Yea...I put him on a steal...I jam and he insta-calls with 10h3h..."but they were suited". Oh well...3 1/2 hours down the drain.

We have posted the tournament schedule of the Horseshoe Poker Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It's not on the coast, but hey...some of our readers may be up for a roadtrip...Virge?

Check out the following link. Micon got caught in a "bait and switch" kind of scam, and he has posted the guys pic/phone number etc on NWP. Interesting reading. The thread is now 27 pgs.

Headed to Harrah's tonight

"Brenda, I don't want to lie to you anymore. All right? I'm not a doctor. I never went to medical school. I'm not a lawyer, or a Harvard graduate, or a Lutheran. Brenda, I ran away from home a year and a half ago when I was 16" Leonardo Caprio's character Frank Abigale in "Catch me if you can"

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sheiky could be "Shipped Out"

Wow...I think this is crazy. It looks like they, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Organization, are trying to ship Sheiky out the country for a 1995 conviction for "Child Molestation". I know there are lots of people who don't care for Sheiky, but I always thought he was a solid player. You don't get that deep in back to back Main Events unless you know the game...but child molestation...ouch. Below is a quote from Poker News.

"Sheikhan, an Iranian citizen who immigrated to the U.S. in 1983, has an American-born wife, and maintains full legal resident status, received five years of probation and served nine months in jail after the 1995 conviction for 'sexual battery and annoyance or molestation of a child,' according to the LVRJ report. Immigration officials arrested Sheikhan August 30th, holding him for more than a week before releasing him after Sheikhan posted a $10,000 bond"

I love the quote below from Wicked Chops...

"Whether the 1995 conviction was of the Michael-Jackson-is-a-sick-fuck variety or the David Sklansky "You mean, you aren't 18?" kind is unclear"

Well...lets get this cleared up. I would love to know which one of the above os true. Also...How did he get arrested last month, stayed in jail a week and Poker News is just hearing about it...oh well.

"Days change, seasons change, people don't change" Bruce Willis character Jack in "16 Blocks"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Boomtown Bust

Wild Bill and I headed over to Boomtown Wednesday to play in the Wednesday night tournament, and it turned out to be a night from hell. The chaos had nothing to do with poker playing though, and I am going to apologize right off the bat as there will be no hand analysis on this post. No...This post will be focused on the good people of security at the Boomtown Casino, and issues that we go thru here in Louisiana. First topic I want to tackle is Ipods/MP3 players at the tables. This is such a petty rule in New Orleans. It is so useless that I don't know where to start, and the funny thing is that the reasoning behind why they choose not to let you wear then a joke. The standard reply is, "Its a Louisana law that you can't have electronics at the tables"...what a joke. The comedy in this response is centered around the factoid that there are Casinos in Louisiana that "Do" allow you to listen. This is itself makes that excuse null and void. The casinos that allow you to use MP3 players are Isle of Capri in Lake Charles, Coushatta, Horseshoe and Elderado in Shreveport. Oh just can't explain basic logic to casino execs.

Part 1
From here I want to describe my experience at B'town on the Westbank. Wild Bill and I were walking in right from work with my work clothes on (Slacks/Collar Shirt), and I had my backpack with me as we were in Bill's car. I was stopped at the security desk and told I could not bring on a backpack. I explained that this was my "Purse", and it was a coincidence that a lady walked in at the same time with a purse twice as big as my backpack. The security guy called in the re-enforcements as Bill headed to the poker room. In walks this lady that looked like a "Nurse ratchet" look alike that gave me a hard time...OK...whatever. As I text Bill and waited for him to come down, I walked into Boomers, the little bar there, to get a cold brewskie. Boomers was closed but there was a lady there that I was speaking too...and again, here comes Nurse Ratchet to hassle me about me being in there and it is closed. After this she stood around and stared at me until Bill came out and we left to go get my car. I mentioned to him that all the security people have to do here is "Hassle the guy with the backpack...I hope they don't remember my face"...and we chuckled

Part 2
I get my car and change into my poker garb which includes a cap, cargo pants, sunglasses and a hoodie. Standard poker garb for most poker enthusiast to play in tournaments. I made the comment to Bill, "There is no way they can see me now". Well...after the first round of the tournament I had my sunglasses on a my hoodie over my head and I feel a tap on my shoulder, " says you must take off the hood"...WTF???? There were numerous people at the table which includes the dealer who said, "No..that's alright...this is poker...everyone does this". Nope...take it off. Wow...I could not believe this. Later in the night I get knocked out and I go down to checkout the pits and I decide to put back on again...and I see Nurse Ratchet is starting to head my way and I immediately take it off. I go back upstairs to play in the 1-2 cash game. I am a little pissed and I again put it on...I am curious to see how far they would push this...I was prepared to go home at this point anyway. Sure enough, here comes the security guard and I get a "Stern Warning"...I pick up my chips and leave and when I am walking out the poker room guess who is standing there on her guessed it...nurse ratchet.

Did I push back a little...yes. I just wanted to post this just so you all can see what happens when a security guard gets the ass with you...they can hassle you right out the door. I also want to say that I don't think that the Poker Room had anything to do with this harassment...but they surely didn't step up to help.

I want to give a shout out to Jason from Bavarian and Submar Ken .

"Conspiracy theorists of the world unite" Will Smith's charatcer Dean in "Enemy of the State"

Friday, September 14, 2007

Slow weekend at home

Heading home from Tunica on Friday and had a nightmare trying to get home. The flights were all hosed up, and the line at the Airtran customer service line reminded me of the WSOP this year with hundreds and hundreds of people. When I saw that line I thought for sure I was sleeping in Atlanta.

I got to see the last hand of the $5000.00 event in Tunica Wednesday night. Jordan Morgan was a small favorite in the chips stacks when the following hand came up. I was able to see the cards of Terry Hawkins, and I was behind him the whole time he was in the tank. The flop looked like this 8h9c5c, and I could see that Hawkins had Js10h. Jordan checked ...Hawkins bet out $40,000 and Jordan moves all-in. I was there wondering what i would do, and I know I would have folded. You just had to see how many chips he had left. He had to have over $600,000 in chips as he busted the guy in 3rd. if he does the math in his head. Hawkins has 14 outs. 8 on the opened ends and 6 on the three 3 Jacks and Tens. At this point in time Hawkins was a 52% favorite. There was lots of debate at the cash tables after the board bricked out for Jordan to win, but I would have folded...and would fold in the future if I am in that situation again.

Kudos to Norway's Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad for being the first women to win a Main Event at the WSOP...even though it was in Europe. It was a big win for the females...Congrats

"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" Tom Hanks Character Jimmy Dugan in "A league of their own"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Another win in Tunica

That's right folks, I won the $125.00 buy-in Tues night at the Gold Strike. They have been having nightly $125.00 buy-ins while the circuit event was in town, and Wild Bill and I played in this one because we could not get to the the second chance tournament at the Grand. There were 60-70 people in it, and the blinds started at $25-$25 and went up every 20 minutes. We chose not to chop because Bill and I were both on the table when we were down to 5, and we thought we could get 1st and 2nd.

I got 1st and Bill got 4th as we had a stacked GCP final table. We took home a majority of the prize pool even though we did not get 1st and 2nd. I feel I played well, but I also got alot of things go my way. I had 2 times when I called with the big stack and spike and Ace to finish off a couple of people. Once I had Ad9h and I called my opponents all-in that held JdJs, and the other was A-J against Q-Q. Mt table image was also solid also. Bill and I talked about it. There was several spots where I took down pots because the guy just did not want to tangle with me.

Our business meeting went really well. You guys may see some new stuff coming out that Bill and I will be heading up in the Gulf Coast region. We both busted out of the tournaments last night, and we are heading to the Horseshoe tonight. We may stop in at he Grand and sweat a little of the circuit final table. Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan is the chip leader. Don;t worry Tex...I will tell him you said "Hi".

We also want to give props out to our buddy David Robbins from South Georgia who came in 2nd in the Beau WPT Main Event for well over $400,000. He actually busted Tex's pocket Aces with pocket Kings at the final table of the Main Event at the first IP Poker Classic...Great Guy..."Cheers"

"One more time, sweetness" Bill Murray's Character Ernie in "Kingpin"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Igors r us

Played in Tunica last night guys and man did I play bad. I am embarrassed to even put down here some of the calls I made. I played in the $60.00 buy in at Sams Town and made it down to 2 tables. There was this kid just in from Iraq and announces to the whole table before we start, "This is my first live tournament"...and the cards literally ...ran him over.

You know when you are getting deep in a tournament and you see these guys that get frustrated and impatient and they just give away their stacks to the point where you say to yourself, and everyone else, "Man, he just was hating his chips", and "He just could not wait to get out of here"...that was me.

After that went check out the Grand to see what was happening. I got in a 2-5nl game and made 2 of the stupidest calls. I mean dumb. I told my wife that it didn't hurt as much as getting rundown by the cards because...I know what happened...I can fix it. I totally blew a couple of situation when the math was stacked against me...How can I do that. It's math...its proven...I just have to follow thru and apply it.

Going meet Bill tonight. We are going to play in a tourney and sweat the main event for awhile over a couple of beers and strategize about the meeting...and hopefully...redeem myself from the "donkigeness" that has come over me.

"Mathematics is the only true universal language" Jodie Fosters Character Ellie in "Contact"

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nice score at Harrah's

I played in the 1-2 game last night and made a sweet score. I got in the game for $350.00 and cashed out for $1150.00. I hit a 2 outer at one point and then caught Aces twice and Kings once and won all three hands...all of them pretty big. I will outline a couple of hands below

The first time I get Aces...AcAs ...I made it $35.00 to go and got 3 callers. Flop comes out Qs7d3s. I bet out $65.00 and I get one caller. Young kid with the punk rock outfit on. He has only about $200.00 left at this point. The turn brings the 10s. I bet out $75.00 and he jams instantly. Now I go in the tank, and think that I just can't see laying this hand down. The pot is huge and he only has $125.00 left. I also have the Ace of spades...shit...I announce, "I am going to make the worst call I ever made"...and I call. The river brings the Ad. I ask if he has the spades, and he says "Nope" and table Qh10d. Wow...a 2 outer.

The last hand of the night was one to send me out the door. I was actually debating leaving to myself when I looked down at AdKc in the cutoff. There was a raise to $15.00 and there were 2 callers before me. I call and 4 of us see the flop of QdJh10c. Gin!!!!. Everybody folds to me and I bet out $35.00 and got 2 callers...HHmmm...What could they have. Turn brings 3c. Everybody checks to me...I check also thinking, "No club and don't pair the board". The river brings the Qh. Ouch...all three check to me and I start to bet, and then check also. The guy in the 8 seat has Qs10h. That's my key to leave, and I rake up and take off.

Headed to Tunica this week. Bill and I have a business meeting and I plan on putting in lots of time at the tables as well as sweat the Circuit Main Event. I would love to try to get in but I have to work all week while I am there.

"So I was in the Gulf last year, I was doing this thing anyway. And I came up over this dune, and I saw the ocean... and it was on fire. The whole thing, on fire, and it was beautiful. So I just sat there and watched it, and that's when I realized there might be a meaning to life, you know, like an organic power that connects all living things, God, Yahweh, I dunno" John Cusack's character Marty in "Grosse Point Blank"

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Back from Biloxi

Back in the daily grind from a sick ass poker weekend in Biloxi. We had a blast with 8 of us sharing a condo we called the GCP Den. It was soooo cool. You guys can see pics on the site. We had laptops and monitors all over the condo. We also did pretty good with the results also. I got first place in the first tournament I played in and "whiffed" the rest...not even a cash. Tex also won a tournament and Bill cashed 3 times.

We had alot of fun though. I can;t say enough about George, Diane and Betty at Gulf Coast Resort Rentals. They really set us up in a nice condo and worked with us on the payment...which was cash of course.

Wild Bill is trying to log in 50 hours of cash play at the IP as they are having a freeroll on Sept 9th or 10th for anyone with over 50 hours of cash game play...he is going to be putting in some sick hours in the next week. I think that this will be tough to get, but he is going to give it hell.

Personally, like I mentioned in earlier post, I got first place in the first tournament I played. I played several tournaments at the Beau, numerous single table satellites and hours and hours of cash play of the 1-2 and 2-5 nl from Wednesday to Monday night at 5:00pm. I crossed the state line back into Louisiana with the exact same amount of money I crossed into Mississippi with. The trip was a wash financially, but it was a big win for me as far as experience goes. Met some cool people, played tons of poker and had a great can't put a price on that much fun.

One of the best times was Bill, Tex and me on the patio of the condo about 4:00am smoking cigars and just shooting the shit...telling poker war stories...and being drunk and silly. Man that was great. 3 "regular joes" with dreams of poker granduer...sitting under the stars and dreaming about the way it ought to be...or how it will be one doesn't get any better than that.

"I love this place at night. The stars... there's no right or wrong in them. They're just there" William Defoe's character Sgt Elias in "Platoon"

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Bubble Boy and Captain Stacks...

Where are you guys? We are looking to meet up and drink a couple of brewskies...or are you'll already here?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ist day of the WPT event in Biloxi

Ok...back from the Beau and I busted out of the first event of the WPT event. I was card dead most of the way, but played pretty good none the less...under the circumstances. We started the tournament with $2000.00 in chips which is not very much. I played the 5th hand with AsJs and raised from the button to $150.00. The BB raises it to $350.00 straight and I call. Flop comes out Jh5s4d. BB taps and I bet $200.00 with top pair top kicker, and check-raises me. I have to lay this hand down, and he showed me pocket Kings...OK...1/4 of my stack gone. This is how it went for me most of the day. I had 10% of Wild Bill and 5% of my buddy Ross. Lets see...a couple of other hands I had...

I limp in from the button to a 5 handed flop on the second level with 8h6d. Flop comes out 9c7c5h. Sweet!!!!. Everyone checks around to me and I make it $200.00 to go. The old guy with the WPT Bellagio hat hat did not play a single hand the whole tournament so far calls. Great!!! The last person I wanted to fact...I didn't want anyone to call. The turn brings the 8c. This is the last card I wanted to see. The older gentleman fires out $500.00 and I muck. The best I can do is chop and the worst I could do was lose...I felt I could find a better place to stick in my money.

I get in a hand with a Online Pro names "TimKrank" with Ah5d fro late position. 4 of us limp in the pot. Flop comes out Ad10s5h. TK checks...check...check...I knuckle. Turn brings the 10d. He bets out $200.00 and I call. River bricks out and he checks as well as I and he tables AsJd and I lose...sick...oh so sick. I really like TK though...really nice guy. He plays in the highest cash tournaments online. I pointed him to the site so if you are reading this TK ..."Cheers Brother...Have a cold one on me!!!!". Funny story...he asked me about the site, "You guys have any good players posting or blogging on the site". I said "Nope...Just me and my fellow knucklehead Donkfish" ;-)

We will be adding another blogger to the page soon. It is one of our condo mates names "Verge". That is his name in the FTP forums and online. I like the name...Like "He is on the verge of greatness". Look out for big Verge joining the ...Network.

We are in full vampire mode now with a condo full of poker players. We will have some pics up on the site soon!!!!

"In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary... come again?" Alan Fords Character Bricktop in "Snatch"

Snapped off the $100 Wednesday weekly at the IP

Finally...1st place ...short blog as we are heading over to the Beau. I can;t say that there was no discussion about a chop, but this Asian guy did not want too...he ended up getting 3rd place for a little over $400.0o....I walked away with over a grand after tips...small deals...percentages given away...etc

I am pumped...Its been awhile since I won first

more later...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Harrah's Session...GCP Condo...and clock work

Wild Bill and I headed over to Harrah's Monday night to get in a quick session, and we were able to sit at the same table right next to each other as they opened a new table right when we got there. We played 1-2nl, and everyone started with $200.00 which is the starting stack. This was one of those sessions where we both played the best poker we could under the circumstances, but cards just weren't cooperating. Wild Bill got his good hands run down, and I had the best run of cards I have had in a while. I got the the cards slapped up side my head, and still could only muster to book a $100.00 win. I caught Aces once, kings three times, queens twice and Big Slick several times also. I won with the aces when me and another guy got in all in where he flopped 2 pair, and I counterfeited him on the river when the board paired on the river...finally. I had to lay down kings twice when an Ace hit the flop and on both hands they were played out and shown and I would have indeed lost the hand. I had to lay down queens once with once again, the hands were shown down and I would have lost. I laid down 2 pair once, several straights and a couple of flushes also. The hand that sent me home with the $100.00 winner is below.

I limped in from the button with 5c7c, and 3 of us saw the flop. Flop came out Ac2h2c. The one seat bets $15.00 and we both call. Turn brings the 6c. The one seat beats $25.00 and I call reluctantly and very suspiciously. River brings a brick and the one seat fires $35.00 and the other guy jams all in with about $115.00 more. I go in the tank for just a second, and flash my hand to Bill and lay it down. One seat calls and he tables Ah2s, and the other guy shows Kc4c.

I am really excited about this weekend, and the condo is really sweet. If anybody who reads this blog is looking for a place to stay in Biloxi for the WPT Championship...or anytime for that matter. Please Call George at Gulf Coast Resort Realty at 2287600554 or 8668511701. He will hook you up with a nice condo suite. The 2 bedrooms are going for under $200.00 which is what the rooms at the Beau go for on standard weekend night. You get a full kitchen, Plasma/LCD TV's/Marble...etc. I looked at the 2 bedrooms and you could easily sleep 6 people with 4 beds.
Tell George you saw it here and I am sure he will cut you a great deal.

Working the clock in a tournament...I have spoke about this earlier in a blog. I believe that the clock is an important variable in any tournament, and not keeping an eye on it would be a detriment in my mind. That is what I feel. When we get to final couple of tables, I want the round to end on my button so the blinds and antes will go up with me on the button. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. When the rounds end 15 minutes apart, that is one lap of the table with 9-10 players. People do "Stall" in poker tournaments. I don't feel like I do it "Excessively", but I will eat a couple of seconds if I need to. The thing about this is there will be nothing you can do about it. Other people do it and I will do it also in certain situations...again...not "Excessively". It was cool to hear the pokerwire episode after the bubble burst on this years main event. Gavin Smith talks about how much torture it was for him. They played like...10-15 hands an hour or something like this. There were close to 800 people left at this time. I play poker by the rules, and I will use an advantage in the clock if I can spot one.

I am bringing the camera also, so we will be uploading pics from the GCP suite during this weekend. Also, we are heading to Tunica for the championship of the circuit event there as Bill and I also have a business meeting there about the site. You guys will see some really exciting things going on with the site in the coming months...stay tunes to

"You gotta approach every day as if it's your last!" Heath Ledgers character Skip in "Lords of Dogtown"