Monday, September 01, 2014

Blogger Poker - the Straight Story

It wasn't going to be for me but I saw an announcement that there was going to be a TBC Invitational, however it was on an evening where I had to work late.  I just assumed that I would't be able to make and and put it out of my mind.

Then while working I get a text (not a twat, not a facebook message but an honest to goodness old fashioned text) from Rob who happens to reside yonder.  The TBC Invititational was in full swing with Coach and Triple P and he wanted to know if my fat ass would be coming down.

I knew PPP was in town and really wanted to meet up with him and once I got this text I figure'd I should at least give it the old college try since I had failed to find the time on my days off to get down to the strip and share in some booze or poker.

I got a hold of the wife and gained permission to go out or the evening and then switched my attention to my boss who let me leave work early and next thing you know I'm driving down to the Venetian searching my bank accounts for a spare $200 bucks so that I could play some poker with people who I enjoy conversing with.   Yes, I live in Vegas and pretty much the only time I get out to play poker is to hang out with people who make the table worse to sit at and give me less options for stacking opportunities.
Total Fish

When I arrived I got seated at a different table while waiting for something to open up on the table of fun.
I cannot complain, however, because I did get to enjoy this view for the entire time I was there.

This was not the best pic I could snap but it was far from the worst as well.  But, it's hard to snap a nice ass sitting in a room full of other people, supervisors and people watching camera's.  Last thing I would have wanted was someone to spot it and point it out to said tush.  Oh, I spent more time looking at that arse than I spent looking at my cards.  Good thing a seat change opened up so quickly.

At my new table I enjoyed grabbing the 10 seat (or is it the 9 seat, I didn't pay attention to how many seats are at the V tables) and to my right was Coach and then TBC.  To my Left was a dealer but then the #1 seat occupied by RVP and the #2 occupied by PPP and the #3 by a guy who I think Tony announced 30 or so times was from AVP (which, I do believe doesn't even exist any longer).

So, I'm in the middle of all the bloggers like the fluffy filler that I am.  I sat down with $200 (well, a little less since I lost some at the previous table while not paying full attention).

I didn't have a whole lot going on for me early so I decided to take this passive table and steal  a few pots.  I raise with 42off and miss everything but take it down with a continuation bet.  I show my cards for effect but it appears as most people were not paying attention.
Next hand I get 72off and also raise that shit up and flop 2 pair.  However, I take that down with no one wanting to play either.
Later on I got 42 again and flopped an open ended draw after I had raised pre-flop but when I raised a guy who bet into me everyone decided to go away.
That was pretty much the end of my crap and where the "running good" came into play.

One of my two biggest wins came when I raised and flopped a gut shot.  A guy bets $15 into me and gets called by TBC which I also call and I think someone else comes along.  The turn brings out my straight.  The guy bets $35 and TBC comes along so I push.  Folds to the guy who bet $35 who is thinking about it and starts to stack his money up to the amount of the bet that I put out when Tony starts to go bat-shit crazy.

First Tony hates the fact that the dealer did not pull in the $35 from everyone so that all that was left out there was the $101 that was currently owed.  He mentions it to the dealer who says he has it under control and Tony doesn't like this so he reaches into the pot and starts to try to move the money out of the way himself.  The dealer takes the money back and sets it out like it was telling Tony that he has it under control and to leave it alone.  Tony won't let it die though and repeatedly tells the dealer to pull the $35 out.
The guy who the action is on finally asks Tony if he has a problem because he's the one trying to make the decision which you can tell just angers Tony some more.  Finally the guy decides to fold which I'm convinced was 99% because of Tony and his actions.
It is then Tony's turn to act and he starts going on about how I'm just trying to send him to the Machines and he finally calls.
I flip up my straight and tony I believe has something involving  flush draw and a straight draw - he started talking about having 15 outs and how he practically had to call.  Either way my hand holds and I am now sitting with 2 buy-ins instead of just one.

Over the next 15 minutes Tony keeps talking about how the dealer was in the wrong and unjustly trying to influence the other guy to PUSH ALL IN by leaving that $35 out there instead of pulling the bets in.

A few hands later Tony is on the button and the dealer only gives him one card.  When it's Tony's turn to act he is just sitting there, not doing anything at all and I point to him casually to remind him that it's his turn to act when he flips out that he only has one fucking card and has already told the dealer who just ignored him (Coach and I both did not hear this statement).  The dealer apologizes and says he didn't hear him and gives him another card and Tony just chucks his cards across the table while bitching that the dealer is ignoring him to piss him off.
The fact that Tony didn't end up busting all his chips during this temper tantrum was actually the most impressive part of the evening for me.

Eventually Rob leaves and Tony Bums a ride so I slide over to sit beside PPP for a bit.  While down there I raise to $15 with ATs and flop the nuts.  I end up getting two shorties all in on the flop which included two to a flush.
The Turn pairs the board and the river puts a 3rd flush card out there.
I tabled my hand after the flop and in an act of pure miracle both guys mucked after the river.  One flopped the bottom straight and the other guy never showed.

All in all it was a fun night of bullshitting and cards with some guys I haven't seen in quite a while.
I promise that I'm going to make a much better effort to get out and play when people are in town even though I might not play a whole lot any other time.
Also, I think I might give Sports Betting a shot this year - but just NFL.

This is what my chip stack looked like when I left, thanks to PPP's camera.  All of this was possible because I flopped 2 straights, hit 3 gut shots (cheaply) and rivered an open ender or two.  No pairs, no sets, no boats or flushes, all straights - weird night.

And this photo is just too good to not share.

Up next will hopefully be a poker session that includes Alaskagal, Stumpy, Cokeboy and Michelle - but first I have to get to Friday and make it to the game.

Friday, August 01, 2014

August has Blown in

The year continues to march forward at such a rapid pace and things that I thought I wanted to do have been put to the back burner like playing poker and gambling at real money USA casinos.

I mean, it seems like just yesterday but I guess it was really closer to 2 months ago that I was all excited about getting back into poker (and craps) and I think that lasted all of 5 sessions before the real world bore down on me with its demands and expectations.  A wife, a kid and another on the way have all eaten into my free time more than truly expected.

I have plans, most of them unfulfilled.   Why, this past Tuesday was the PS4 release of The Last of Us and my whole goal was to pick it up and spend my two days off playing it.
Tuesday ended up with a trip to Wet n Wild, taking the kids and some of their friends along as a pre-birthday celebration.  A fun time was had by all (well, except for me because I have always hated pools).  The day was a success and I'm happy it happened.
Wednesday I started to play some of TLoU but then my 8 year old wanted to watch me play.  He can't really handle horror movies and as such I think this game is going to be too intense for him.  Plus, when he watches he thinks we should be taking turns so any time that I die he thinks he should try and I'm not willing to allow that to happen with a majority of the games that I play until he gets a little older.

However, on that same front - we have begun playing Injustice because it was put on sale on PS+ for $8.40 at one point and even though I generally don't get into fighting games that's a price that I'm willing to spend.

Next week we are leaving for California for 5 or so days and this is going to be relaxation time for papa grrouch.  We will be bringing along my wife's brother and his kid plus her sisters kid and taking the 3 of them to Disney for one day.  I feel like we'll spend about 8 grand on that trip and there is where all my poker money will have went to.  But, the rest of the time we will do a little shopping, a little sight seeing and most importantly a little beach time.  While I hate pools I absolutely love the beach.
Hopefully my sunburn from Wet n Wild will have went away by then so I'm not doubling up on the pain.

In other news I'm trying to increase my activity levels as my goal, once August 10th hits, will be to beat my step total every single day for a year (as calculated by my Fitbit).  I've also gone into a weekly competition with a guy from work who just got a Fitbit as well.  We said something minor each week so it will probably be something like the loser buys the winner a Mountain Dew.  I'll be requesting a Super Big Gulp of the Solar Flare from 7-11 which, while delicious, doesn't actually taste like a soda at all.  It tastes like fruit punch just whoring off the Mt Dew name.

And one final thought - it's almost time for football season to begin and as such I'm going to be starting a Pick-Em league made up of co-workers and friends across the states.  This will most likely be $20 to enter and I'm pretty much going to be copying Lucki Ducks format because that was pretty damn fun.
No MoJo's allowed :)

If anyone is interested please email me or post a message.  I am going to have everything set up by the end of August so we can begin week 1.

Friday, July 18, 2014

100 Days Cranky day 2

Now I don't believe that I'll be typing up a new and separate blog entry for every single day of this 100 day challenge of mine.  Some times I might go a week in between but I'll at least have the brief posts up on the BookofFace or my Twatter account.  However, some days are going to warrant their own posting.

Today is a carry over from information gleaned last night.
But before I get to that I have to give you some back story.

On July 3rd my kids sperm donor came to the house and picked an argument over some fireworks that were bought last year.  Those fireworks have since disappeared because I threw them out when my kid and some of the neighbor kids were sneaking them out of the garage and playing with them.  Eight year old's have no need to be playing with explosives, and so I warned him to leave them alone and that they were for the 4th of July.  A couple days later I noticed someone got into them again and so I tossed them and let him know.

Fast forward to July 3rd and this sperm donor wants to have a talk because he feels I have no right to throw away something that he paid for and I explain to him that if he actually cared he wouldn't have left them in my garage to begin with.  Plus, it's my house and I can do whatever the hell I please to protect the children.  He argue's that because he is homeless he didn't have the ability to do anything with the fireworks and he is not happy when I inform him that that is really not my problem.  They were left behind, misused and I threw them out.

Somewhere during this friendly little talk I ended up knocked out in my garage and he fled the scene.  Police were called and the best they could do was tell me to call them again whenever he decides to come back since they do not have a physical address where they can track him down.

Fast forward to last night when my boy is out playing with some friends, they decide to walk to the 7-11 and buy some drinks.  Sperm donor happens to be there at the same time (first time they have seen each other since July 3rd) and they talk a bit and whatever.
Last night our kid informs my wife that his sperm donor told him to sneak out tomorrow at 7pm and meet him somewhere again.
A grown ass fucking man teaching a child to be sneaky, underhanded and untrustworthy.  Yep, lets just have him grow up just like his sperm donor.

Being that I work tonight I'm not exactly sure how everything is going to play out but I'm quite irritated at the whole situation.  I'm pretty damned grrouchie, you could even call me a bit cranky.

Oh, it's going to be a bittersweet day when I get to have the cops haul his ass off to jail for what he did because I know that the situation will somehow involve the child having to bare witness again (yes, this will be the second time he will have had to watch his sperm donor get arrested for violence).  But, it's a life lesson.  There are consequences for your actions.

#100dayscranky Day 2

Thursday, July 17, 2014

100 Days Cranky

I've been seeing it for a while now on the Book of Face and just kind of ignored it, but like most virus's and STD's it's spreading.  This morning I woke up to a few more people participating in it and decided that we needed the antithesis because, well just because.

Lets hope this spreads like the clap as well
Day 1

I woke up tired and sore with a headache, similar to how I went to bed.  This was the longest I have slept in a while and I really don't feel good for it.
My shoulders are tense.  I need a good long rub and tug to make this day any better.

About two weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was having some pain in one of my wrists (insert all of your masturbation jokes here) and was told it could possibly be Gout or Tendinitis and the ensuing blood eliminated Gout from the equation.  I was given a prescription to help with the inflammation and told to follow up afterwards with results.
The pain mostly went away while taking the pills and I was given hope but here I sit, no more pills to take and the pain is starting to creep back into my wrist as if to laugh at me for trying to get rid of it.  I'm debating on whether to get a hold of the doc now or wait and see if the pain comes back full force.  I'm going to be quite annoyed (cranky even) if this is something that is going to plague me over my last 40 years.

I don't work until 1:30 and I have no Mt Dew to get me through!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hanging Tough this past week

This past week I took the wife to the New Kids on the Block concert and through my sitonmyFaceBook page I got a lot of crap from some people who know me.  But, whatever.
Truth of it all is that I can enjoy pretty much any type of live music and this is my wife's favorite band which also makes it worthwhile.


Overall I think I enjoyed this concert more than the last because I only had to endure the New Kids, I didn't have to sit through 40 minutes of 98 degrees and their crappy ass music.

It appears as though I'm back on the right track with my weight management again.  Since discovering that I went back up over 230 I've inched my weigh closer to being under that target again.  As of this morning I am 230.6.


Speaking of which, the weight creeping up got me to get off my lazy ass and sync my Aria scale to my new wifi network and start attempting to use MyFitnessPal again.  It's difficult but I should hopefully be back into full routine by the end of this week and logging everything I put in my mouth (no comments).

The wife has inventory at work this week so by some weird fluke we have actually had the entire weekend off together.   Yesterday we went to see the new Planet of the Apes movie which wasn't too bad, though I guess I'll have to watch the first one to make full sense of it even though the summary of "We created a virus that killed most of the population and now Apes can talk and shoot machine guns" is probably more than I actually need.

I've also started playing Skrim again so that I can actually beat the game and get it out of my backlog.  I went into it telling myself that I was going to avoid doing most of the side missions and just focus on the Major Missions and the actual story line.  So far I'm only about 8 hours into it and I'm holding true to it.  When I complete a major mission or get close to one I'll look at my map and see if there are any side missions close by so that I can just knock them out without going out of my way.  So, it's better than before when I would just start going through all the side missions and forget about anything that advanced the story at all.  Games like this are too vast for my game playing OCD - I want to complete everything but too much stuff keeps popping up to do making it impossible.

Also - Dragons 1 - Sparky 2
One dragon bested me as I was only level 9 and my main damage dealing is with Fire Spells.  He was a fire dragon and thus immune to what I was trying to do.
The next one was a Frost Dragon and he also was trying to attack 2 giants, a mammoth and a Saber Cat at the same time so I killed him pretty easily.

I'm Also making a dent in my DC New 52 challenge where I want to "catch up" with all the comics since the Universe reboot.  I'm currently tackling the Lantern books and by the end of this week will be over half way done with them before moving onto something else.   I'm going to move on right after the Rise of the Third Army story line because that feels like a good place to break off and tackle a couple o the ones that were completed and cancelled before moving back to some of the ongoing ones.

For now I'm off to my wife's favorite pancake house with the family so we can enjoy a nice non-home-cooked breakfast together on this rare day off together.  After that I'm not sure where our fun will be headed. Thinking about buying the Lego Movie because it was amazing and I really want to watch it again.  We can put some popcorn on the old fashioned popper and pour our cokes into big glasses and pretend that we are in a theater living the high life.

Or, go on a murder rampage and hide the bodies - as long as I can be done in time to make my 5 am shift tomorrow.

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Hunt for Solar Flare and other nonsense

I remember back when F to da Boy was my favorite person to comment on this blog but as my poker posts went so did he.  My new favorite though is angerisagift and as such he gets a few silent shout outs.

Since my last post in which he commented that there was a new Mt Dew flavor I still have been unable to locate it.  I have, however, seen several past flavors come back to the shelves but I have been avoiding them. I only want new and improved or I'm sticking to the classic and true.

I'm currently about one month away from my year anniversary with my Fitbit and looking back at my numbers it all looks good except for the fact that I have put back on some weight recently.  It all started when I got a bit lazy after visiting some friends and then the holidays hit and Wedding planning then Honeymoon and now pregnancy.  By the way, I now fully understand and will never make fun of the whole hubby gaining weight during pregnancy thing.  I get it, it's real but I'm trying to combat it a bit.

With that in mind I'm really looking forward to reporting my first year totals and work on a plan to increase my daily activity to make the second year that much better.
Currently I'm over 4 million total steps taken and a little under 2 thousand miles walked.

I'm in the process of seriously debating with myself to change my phone and my carrier in order to save money.  At this point I'm pretty tired of shelling out $80+ per month for just my phone.  When you combine my wife's phone the numbers increase and it would be really nice to get both of our phones for that price or less.  So, I'm going to be experimenting for myself and then if everything works out well I'll convince the wife to join me as we save money for our future, for our family.

Work has been hell pretty much since the start of June but everything is about to get easier in the next few weeks and I'm really looking forward to that.  I should not only be full staffed but have extra staffing so that I can focus on doing my actual job better and work on training others to take my position after my head explodes.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Fish got Skinned

Call it what you want, I am a fish in the grand scheme of this poker game.  My blog is aptly named.  I'm not the worst player but I'm not the type that would ever be able to actually make a living at this game either.  I am 100% good with that though because I've got a great wife at home, I have a job that pays the bills and I get to play poker when I have time, for fun, and always enjoy the game.

My last session ended with me being a fish after playing well for a few hours.

I built my stack up with a series of hands that started with a straight and ended up trips.  I'm getting close to the end of my session and I look down and see AK suited and that's when everything fell apart.

I raised and got re-raised and this is where the first mistake happened.  There were too many people in the pot for a re-raised pot by the time it got back to me and I realize that I don't have enough experience in these situations to actually play them well and yet I told myself that I will only continue post flop if the flop hits me hard so I called.
I wanted to put in another raise to narrow the field to just one or two players.  I wanted to put in another raise or fold but instead I took the least desirable path and just called the 3 bet.

The flop comes out AK6 and the first person to act puts $75 into a pot of about $150.  The A and K are both spades and the 6 is a diamond.  I think about it for a minute before calling, wanting to Jam any non-spade turn.  The next person to act makes it $300 and in my mind this SCREAMS 666.
I'm tired so the screaming is more of a faint whisper "that bitch has a set of 6's and you must fold."

The original bettor is thinking and thinking and thinking and during this thinking my mind got distracted and somehow I started putting the person who raised on a possible large ace or A6 that was suited, maybe even another AK just trying to chase away a flush draw.  My mind started going over all the scenarios of things she could have had that were not 666 and by the time this other person finally folded I forgot all about my original screams of concern.

If I had to make a decision in 10 seconds after her bet I would have folded and thought nothing about it but this other person taking so long to debate and make a decision let my mind wonder and then I got attached to my hand and top two and sort of let the obvious fall to the wayside.

So, there I was putting my money into the middle hoping for another A or K to fall because true to my instincts the other player turns over her pocket pair of 6's.

This is my first losing session since becoming a married man and it wasn't just a simple cooler that did it to me, it was my own stupidity, my own fishiness.  I know I should have folded and somehow I just couldn't make myself do it and my bankroll is several hundred dollars smaller because of it.

I guess the good news is that on my way to the poker room I won $5 at the craps table and on the way out I talked myself out of Tilt Playing Craps trying to make my poker money back at Dem Good Tables!!!

Don't Play Tired kids.  Pretty sure if my mental state was better I would have made this fold.
But, that's what fish do.  Fish get attached to their own hands and talk themselves into making calls because they are ahead.  Fish play tired and not in the right mindset.
Fish go home broke (most of the time).

May my next session be better!
Bankroll still around $1200