Monday, December 29, 2014

Looking Back and Forward - A Few Resolutions

Well, it's time to reflect on 2014 and look forward to the new year.

I was unable to play online as much unfortunately due to juggling some family health issues, or maybe I let those things convince me that I shouldn't play online as much. Either way, not much volume this year.

I cashed out most of my Bovada bankroll last spring, around $1940, and left only $37-ish, which I built to $200+ but is now down to $148-ish. Cashing out was a mistake in hindsight and is forcing me to play $2 and $5 MTTs to rebuild. But at least I know that depositing their checks at my bank's atm will work.

Early in the year, I won my live league final table for $950 after a 3-way chop for $800, then winning it for $150 more. Then I cashed in a WSOPC for $1475, which felt awesome for a first attempt. 

Two trips to Vegas were mostly unprofitable, but I will chalk them up to fun vacays and the first steps on the path to something good I hope. I'm already getting ready to book travel plans for next summer, to catch a deal during WSOP. 

Plans for 2015:

-Keep plugging away at P90x.
-Revisit my poker study plan, and chip away at it each day.
-Stay in touch with friends who left Dallas for Denver.
-Get faster at writing.
-Get better at my job, and revisit training material.
-Practice gratitude.
-Be happy.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Give and you shall receive, Part 2.

So I gave away another $20 in a CardsChat Poker Jeopardy on Christmas Eve (although transaction is so far pending winner response), Then I played another ACR Freeroll tonight and hit 2nd for $18. Maybe there really is something to this Give\Receive thing, because I normally don't hit like that. We have some great players, and I tend to overplay and make mistakes along the way.

Final hand was ATo<K4o, and villain flops trips and turns a full house. He had me covered 5 to 1 so it was a great call after I 3-bet shoved. He had min-raised to 3000 as well, so was justified to call with any hand. GG

Almost forgot: Merry Christmas, no one! :-)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Santa Limerick

There was an old fellow named Claus
Who was known for his ghastly faux pas
Like filling his belly
With beans made of jelly
And farting before his in-laws. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Binked a CardsChat Freeroll on America's Cardroom

As I replied in a thread on on CC, nice to finally luck up and finally bink one. I've min-cashed a fair amount, and snagged a 2nd place on a CC Bovada freeroll last summer, but this 1st is a true first in the CC freerolls. 

Gone are the days of the Rake The Rake $500 freeroll on Bovada unfortunately. Binked that one for $200 once, and for $480 total over the short happy life of that tourney, which got a lot harder as the field grew closer to 100.

Anyway, closing out the ACR freeroll with 88(8) is significant to me in a few ways. The Snowman Poker League in Houston was the first recreational league that I joined years ago to get some live experience. I managed to win one of their afternoon tourneys for a hefty brass card protector. (NERD!)

Secondly, I recently guessed the winning word in CardsChat's Poker Jeopardy game, after which it was my turn to choose the guess-word. I chose "snowmen" aka 88, and added an escalating cash prize to make it fun and give a little back to someone in the community during the holidays. 

I started the Jeopardy jackpot at $10, and increased it by $1 each time someone asked me a question about the guess-word and received an answer of "yes". Since I kind of needed the game to end, I eventually changed my avatar to a pic of several snowmen as a plain-sight clue. Not sure if that helped the winner, but he guessed both the word and the associated hand, and I shipped him $20 via ACR.

I realize that the ACR bink for $26 tonight may not actually be related to the Poker Jeopardy game and prize, but after winning the freeroll with 88(8) aka "snowmen", I prefer to think of it as a little lesson in "Give and you shall receive." That's a useful way to look at it, and the small win boosted my bankroll and then some.

I'll take any life lesson as it comes, but especially one with a pleasant ending.

The above hand is one that I felt good about on the Final Table. I minraised pre, then Zorba called in the BB and lead out strong on future streets, finally forcing me to an all-in call on the river for my last 4.5k. I'm thinking he would always reraise pre with AJ+ and JJ, and that quad 2s are too rare to be an option.

I put him on an ace with a better kicker than mine (although not AJ+), leaving the jack on the flop to play as the best kicker for both hands, and making the showdown a tie for a split pot. Lucky for me, that's how it turned out. The jack played for both hands and kept me in the game.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Choctaw is Coming up in January. GET PUMPED OR ELSE

Not much to say here just posting a reminder for myself to keep plugging away every day, and stop getting distracted by Cyber Deals and holiday poems and articles and this and that and random runon sentences.

It's late...tired.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Santa's Good Game - A Christmas Poker Poem

I found a good game
One Christmas Eve night
Where I managed to maim
This poor elf on my right.

His chipstack was short
By the time I was done,
But he was a fine sport
In spite of my fun.

I was playing so well
In my mind I was HERO
'Til the villainous hell
That soon left me with $0.

A large man in seat six
Who was dressed all in red
Learned the tells of my tricks
And filled me with dread.

Each time he said "Raise"
In a voice full of funny
Through my soul he would gaze
'Til I felt like DEAD MONEY.

It was like the man knew
Each move I would make
From each breath that I drew;
In each quiver and shake.

I said "Sir, how is it
that you know me so well?"
Then I started to fidget
Before the man's spell.

He asked "How can it be
that you don't remember
all those cookies you left
for me each December?"

Then he lifted a round
Up to his right ear;
Made it snap with a sound
That filled me with fear.

I thought The Santa I knew
Would never play poker
On the night that he flew.
This clown is a joker!

But his game was no joke
His skill quite apparent
To the table he broke,
All our strategies errant.

Then he roared "C'mon, elf!
We've got work to do!!"
And he gathered himself
and all our chips too.

Before he could leave,
I asked "What's your name??"
"What a fine Christmas Eve
and thanks for the game!"

He said with a turn,
And then they were gone
With our money to burn,
Although fairly won.

"What a hell of a bink!"
I said to the boys,
And the dealer replied (with a wink):
"How do you think he pays for all those toys?"

A little rhyme I wrote for the CardsChat 2014 Holiday Promotion.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vegas Recap

So I was walking the pug today and saw a leaf spiraling down from a tree. That pretty much sums up how Vegas went for me lol.

Played 2x $125 Aria Daily's and ran into AA both times in push\fold territory. 33<AA and QQ<AA.

Busted 48/162ish in the $580 at WSOPC Planet Hollywood with Team CardsChat. The great thing is it was a Last Longer, and we chopped 3 ways after 7 players busted. So with the team discount and the chop, I was able to play the tourney for $173 which was awesome.

One of our team mates was on a massive heater and final-tabled the event, busting out in 8th for $3017. I railed until 2am because I didn't want to miss her run. It was a lot of fun but I was a zombie the next day.

Other than that, I dropped $100 in a Lord of the Rings slot, which made me feel disgusted, but at least I stuck to my budget.

Since then, I've decided to ramp up on Bovada and start playing some of the super stacks. Played a $2, $7, and $10 last night. Was close to cashing in the $10 but made a mistake or two and went out 44<TT with 8BB, over played 20 spots from the bubble. Wish I would hit my set in those spots.

Downloaded a poker profit\loss tracker called Entered all sessions from this year, which include several tourneys and two live cash sessions. I'm actually still up $290, but travel expenses in Vegas twice really killed me, hence retreating to Bovada for a while.

I've improved my game a bit though so it's all good. Got better and quicker at calculating pot odds, thanks to an iPad app. Still so much to learn tho, but will keep showing up.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Full Flush

MinCasharoo yesterday:

1955Mary got ITM with $10 left, with blinds at $1000/$2000 no antes...pretty cool. The no antes part was crucial to keep her from getting dragged into several pots with random hands.

Lots of sitouts and dead money in this one. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Choctaw Fall Poker Series - MONSTER STACK

I'm super excited to play the Monster Stack tourney at Choctaw on 10\26, schedule here:

Cliff notes:

-$250 buyin
-$20k added!
-20k starting stack!!

We'll start with 400 big blinds and have a chance to actually play poker before the shove-fests begin. I'm using this as a warmup for WSOP Circuit in Planet Hollywood, where I'll play as part of Team CardsChat in a $580 event.

Next week I'll travel to Colorado to visit friends in Fort Collins who I haven't seen in 4 years. I'm looking forward to it, and there is a Mini-River event at Winstar that I'd love to play on the Monday after I return. I hope to play it but will have a hard time getting someone to cover for me. 

In other news, I bought a pair of Blue Shark Optics poker glasses and will give them a test run at Choctaw. They work reasonably well, but you definitely have to wear a hat to keep light out because the inside of the lenses are also too much light and you're looking through a reflection of your eyeballs. 8-|  (<--poker face)


Busted in 48th of 374-ish, and 45 were paid. Held AJo with no fold equity (4-5BB). AJo<K8s when he flops a king. Argggggh! Then had to do the two hour drive of shame. Insult to injury: left my iPhone charger in the hotel room and had to buy a replacement. :-/

Overall, I think I played reasonably well considering I never saw AA, KK, QQ, and I got pretty far on one bullet. The problem was I made a few folds that seemed correct at the time, but would have doubled or tripled me up. It's that balance between playing theoretically correct and going with your gut despite the odds. If I had gambled more, I most likely would have cashed, despite running terribly.

Had some people at my table with over $100k in cashes, so it was interesting to see what kind of players they were. I thought they were both loose aggressive and unnecessarily spewy. One of them mincashed but bought in twice.

The Blue Shark shades worked very well. A hat is necessary, but is already part of my table gear.

In other news, just got back from a visit with friends in Fort Collins, CO. We drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park and had a great time. Thought about going to Black Hawk, but opted instead to buy my hosts a poker set so we could enjoy a friendly home game. It was funny to everyone that the guy who is all serious about the game got owned by the n00bies.

That's poker!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

League Reunion

On Friday, I revisited the live league I played in during 2013. I would normally stay over at my best friend and his family's house after the two games, but they have since sold their home and moved to Denver for him to pursue a career as a church music minister.

Thankfully, one of the best players in the group has offered to put me up in his family's guest room going forward, which I am very grateful for. We are just acquaintances at this point, but share a desire to improve our games for higher stakes in non-league events like WSOPC etc. In exchange for his hospitality, I have offered to share training ideas and info. He doesn't need my help, but appreciates any shortcuts and strategy tips. 

I thought maybe since I ended the previous season 2nd place in regular points, and went on to take down the final table championship, that I might get a little more respect at the tables. But if anyone was deferring to me, I certainly didn't notice; nor did I assume the role of table boss. I mostly played solid ABC to get a feel for how the new players played, and took time to consider pot odds, ranges, and equity.

Despite playing ok, and making the FT both times, I did not make the money. Entry was $40 per tourney, so I was down $75 after taking one bounty chip for $5.

I busted in push\fold land both times (8th and 6th), and with the same hand: AJo. In the first bustout, I shoved AJo from UTG+2 with 5BB left and Chris called on my left after saying "I hope you have trash." After Sean folded, I was surprised to see C turn over deuces. Not sure I agree with the play, because he'd be in a tough spot if Sean woke up with a hand and reshoved, and I had about half Chris's stack. He held and I was out.

In the 2nd tourney, I was in the SB and down to 4.5 BB with AJo. Sean raises to 2.5 from the button, I shove without fold equity, and he calls with AQo for the win. I could have folded and saw another round of hands for free (no antes), but there were lots of hands in Sean's range there that I could improve against, since he was priced in to call with almost anything. 

So that was that. I enjoyed the first game and seeing the guys again, but as usual, the 2nd game wore on through the half-drunken states of several players, including a slow dealer who made the mistake of dealing the flop from the wrong deck once, lol. 

An interesting thing happened after Charlie and Kev busted out though. Kev started talking about an overnight trip to New Orleans to gamble and party. Then out of the blue, he offers Charlie a first class plane ticket. Charlie couldn't tell if he was serious, but another player confirmed that he was. Kev then offered to give Charlie $1000 to gamble with, if he would go along on the trip.

It was an offer Charlie couldn't refuse, so he called the wife and she said Ok. Although, like me, he also didn't place in the money that night, with the $1500 first class plane fare and $1000, he ended up the biggest winner by far! Hopefully Kev doesn't regret the generosity, and that the trip was a fun one for both of them.

I'm still debating on whether to rejoin the league in 2015, as I played as a visiting non-member Friday. It's important to remember that the real value in the league is not in winning any one of what are essentially back to back turbos. The value is in making the final table championship with enough chips (stacks are point-dependent) to take down a share of player dues. First place usually gets $1500+ if there is no chop.

That's pretty good value, and decent live experience.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

$1\$2 session at Winstar

Had a good session at Winstar last Sat night. Bought in for $200 and ended at $465 four hours later. Wish I could say there was some skill involved, but I mostly just had good hands and played TAG. I should have been running the table, but there were so many fish playing stuff like Q3o that it just seemed wise to lay traps and scoop chips.

Came home to a health emergency the next day, and spent most of the week visiting a family member in the hospital. Prognosis is good so far, but we're keeping a close watch.

Finished a pretty good book on Kindle: The Dark Side of the Felt by Tyler Nals. Had some interesting scenes that kept me turning the page.

Upcoming trips: Colorado for friends, and Vegas for new friends and hopefully some cash. We'll see.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Creepy Music Post

Been catching up on some tv I've missed on Netflix and got hooked on Dexter. Always loved the eerie theme by Daniel Licht that plays during the end credits, although I prefer the mostly acoustic version to this one, which has some synth effects.

If you know something about time signatures, you'll understand that the theme is in 2\4. The more I've listened to the muted strings play the notes, the more I've realized what an almost perfect waltz it makes if you change the time signature to 3\4. You only have to adjust the music slightly in the fourth bar to make it fit.

I like to imagine that the theme is really a sinister waltz hiding behind a more methodical time signature. It fits Dexter to a T.

I thought the first season was brilliant. Slightly disappointed with the 2nd, but it's getting interesting.

Friday, September 5, 2014

MinCash World

Mincash World sounds like the name of a $1 store. :-)

Placed 6th in League tonight. Made the best of flopped quads:

Limped early with 22.
Villain limps behind.
BB checks.
Flop is Q22.
Checks around.
Turn is a ten, still rainbow board I think.
Checks around.
River is a 9.
Check, I bet the pot for 245.
Villain on my left reraises 2x pot, BB folds.
I reraise all in, he calls with the straight and I scoop.

Went mostly card dead on the final table, and shoved 56o into a similar shorty. Got called by K4o and he held. Had less than a BB afterward and was out in 6th.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Just posting a mincash. Got killed in CC league again tonight. Having the worst season ever, even though it's only my 2nd lol. Ah well, two weeks to go, and hopefully will see a 1st or 2nd place and bag some points.

In other news, going to start writing on poker news topics for a site, under a pseudonym it appears but it's for pay. Will start out one article per week and see how it goes. Not sure my sched will allow more than that.

Also getting some ideas down for a novel. Dammit Jim, I'm a blogger not a novelist....but I have an idea that has gripped me for several months, and I want to see if I can learn enough to do it justice. I will probably self-pub it on Amazon free for the 1st 100 readers and see how it goes. Long way to go but the basic idea is coming together. 

Found out that one of the primary ideas (and the original title) has already been written into a soon-to-be-released movie, although in the horror genre. My overall idea is sufficiently different, although includes a similar prop, and is not horror. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Black Chip Poker freeroll

Out in 6th. This one was quite the roller coaster. Got down to one big blind, won a nice pot then ran it up and made the FT. Ran fairly hot near the bubble and abused it as much as possible. It really is important not to give too much of a shit on the bubble, although much easier to do if you're the big stack.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Carbon Shark Week - WHO DA MAN?!?

womp womp...

Also mincashed for $2 in the Full Flush freeroll. Clearly playin to win tonight, lol!

Mostly listened to Robin Williams stand up on youtube. Such a funny person. The world would've intervened with thousands of prevention-hugs if it had been possible. 

EDIT: Another one below. At this rate, maybe I'll recover a buyin from the recent dollar frenzy.

Woohoo, rackin up dat cash, lol:

Oh it's on now! 61 of 5k+:

One more of these to go tomorrow night. The point really is to try to win 1st place which gives entry into the $2k gtd Shark Week final. What sucks is it appears that only the 1st place winners get invited to that, which is 6 players.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3rd again

Villain was dealt AK 2x in a row, and I wake up with A6s. I never know what to do with a 15bb stack, so instashove from the button and out. Could get away from the hand with a minraise, but it's just a freeroll.

Bluff is one of the best at CC imo, a multi-tabling boss and deep thinker. Not surprised at all to see him win again.

Bovada MTTs

Played a $2.20 and an $11 last night. Was playing well and aggressive in the $11 until I check-shoved 88 on a 9-high board and lost to A9o. I had min-raised pf with 16ish BB and he called from the button. Flop was check check and the villain bet half pot, and I shoved thinking maybe he missed. I expect him to 3-bet TT+ in position pre and didn't think he would call with a dominated ace because I usually don't do that myself. Sometimes they have it...but I could've cut his stack in half and thought I might have fold equity.

Fared better in the 2.20:

The cash really helps the bankroll since I'm trying to avoid redepositing. I had maybe $86 in there and had no biz playing an $11 on such a low bankroll, but it worked out ok this time in one of them.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Full Flush freeroll, and ACR cash

Lost too many flips in the FF freeroll, but was otherwise happy with how I played. Punished a lot of limpers to pick up dead money. Nothing like a freeroll to get the "don't give a shit" back into your game. 

Loaded up three short micro tables on ACR and had enough luck to repair the bankroll to $113. Was down to $106 at one point over the weekend while I was learning how to fold again, lol. Expecting more swings though as this is micro-stakes.

Chatted with a CC friend about Bovada and I'm considering making a $300 deposit like I originally did. It's really hard to run up from $96ish currently with no freerolls going on, and I need a decent bankroll to justify playing $2, $5, and $10 tourneys where the deep runs pay up to $1500+ for first. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting the game back on the rails.

So the good thing about playing a World Series of Poker event is that it can focus your studying efforts. I got more studying done in the 3 weeks before Vegas than I had in the prior 6 months. That's great, but the knowledge doesn't always transfer when you sit down to your first live tourney in half a year, lol. I could tell I was rusty as soon as the tourney director gave the "Shuffle Up and Deal" command.

Here's the biggest hand I played in the four hours of play before I busted out of LOFO:

I pick up 99 in the big blind with blinds at 25\50.
MP raises to 125 and the SB calls.
I 3-bet to 400, get a fold, then a call from the SB.
Flop is Q96 with two diamonds, so I hit my set but there is a diamond flush draw.
SB checks and I cbet 500 into a 925 pot.
SB reraises to 1200.

I lean back and act like I'm wondering what to do. Considering the pot is now pretty large relative to our stacks of 3400 to 3800 ish, I decide to shove.

Villain tanks and folds AQ.

I think the 3bet preflop was a bit aggressive. If the original raiser calls, then the SB is calling too, and I don't hit my set often enough there to justify the pf reraise, plus I'll be squeezed by them postflop. If I just call the raise pre, then my hand is very disguised and I'm likely to get more value when the SB and I both check and the pf raiser cbets. 

Anyway, would've been nice to get more hands in before I was a goner, but what can you do. At $1,111, rebuying was not an option.

Other than that, I'm playing CardsChat Summer League, and being quite the weak link on the team so far, but plenty of games left to contribute points. 

Been playing micro cash games on ACR just to get the feel for them again. Kind of got my ass handed to me for a few days, but have climbed back up into the positive.

Played 3 bullets in the Carbon $25K Dollar Frenzy today but kept getting killed on turns and rivers. Several people from CardsChat went deep into the field but not so deep into the prizepool. 1st place gets $3600+...not a bad return from $1.10. There were over 14,000 entries.

That's what's been going on, and I'll have more time to play and get my game back together soon. My family member who was going thru chemo will be completing that and I'll be able to take more weekend trips to the casinos to get something going. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vegas: Little One For One Drop cliffs

Just a quick update on LOFO and Vegas experience:

-Busted out.
-Two team members made it into the money.
-Met lots of great people from CardsChat.
-Cashed for $444 in a Phamous daily at Planet Hollywood.
-Busted in a PH daily as well.
-Saw Main Event Day 1A in progress, and lots of well known poker players.
-Railed LOFO final 3 tables.
-Horse made a deep run in the Main which should give me a nice kick-back.
-Finishing up a writing project on the Vegas trip.
-Starting on a video for the YouTube channel regarding LOFO\Vegas.

Looking forward to the River Series at Winstar in August. Maria Ho is their front-woman and is on the billboards in Dallas. She made a spectacular run in the Main Event.

Going to restart the workout tomorrow and get back on track.

Friday, June 20, 2014

In before my connection drops again.

My DSL connection has dropped twice in the last week, so the 2nd tech ran new cable and it will be buried soon, hopefully before someone cuts it lol. 

Been studying JL's Going Pro series with an equity calculator nearby. Trying to sharpen the game before Vegas. I'm thinking about making a drive out to Shreveport next Friday to play a $100-ish tourney, just to get some chips into my hand again. Haven't played live since WSOPC Choctaw last January.

Can't wait for Vegas and One Drop. Sink or swim, it will be a fun experience.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy Blog Birthday

I started this blog one year ago to the minute, which also marks when I began to take my game more seriously. Since then, I ran up a balance on Bovada to nearly $2000, finished 2nd to my best friend in live league regular season points with profits around $750, then took down the live league final table championship for $950. I also cashed in my first WSOP Circuit Event for $1473, and was on a great team in CC Winter League that finished 3rd of 15 to win one month DragTheBar memberships.

Joining CardsChat and hanging out online with other aspiring players has played a big part in improving my game. When you see other players succeeding and posting good results, you just want to be and think like them. 

Happy First Birthday, Blog!

(My name's not Chuck, but who gives a %&$#!)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carbon Freeroll, Bovada SNG

Out 33rd in the freeroll, 88<QKs. 

Won a micro SnG on Bovada. 

Didn't play great in either, but happy to be near the $100 threshold on Bovada, up from $37-ish.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How bad was the reshove?

Since the WSOPC in January, I've been wondering about my bust-out hand and if it I shoved too aggressively. Been spending time with Equilab preparing for Little One for One Drop, and decided to break it down.

The bubble burst at around 45 of 427, and we're down to two tables with 18 remaining. I'm in the BB with 44, and I have around 6BB behind. An older guy (not overly tight, kind of a maniac in fact) raises 2x-ish from late pos, I decide it's time to make a stand and shove, and he instacalls with TT. I make a stand, literally, to gather my stuff, and I'm out in 18th. 

He has me covered 4-5x, so his range looks something like this:


I have 40.52% against that range, which is pretty good but I don't think I ever get fold equity by reshoving since he has me well-covered. 

I hate calling to set-mine there with such a short stack, and the flop was all low so I may have gotten it in on flop anyway after calling, hoping he missed. 

I don't know, it's iffy. 

54 hands in that range are the pairs.
104 hands in that range are combos.

So roughly 2\3 of the time there I'm up against a combo and not a pair. If I take out all the pairs and leave the combos, then I have a coin-flip with 51.77% equity. 

Bottom line is I had a coinflip at best, and was unlucky that he had a strong pair with TT. Up until that point, I had managed to avoid flipping without a decent edge, at least by not calling an all-in without a strong hand. 

I think it was a gamble that cost me money, calling an all-in when well-covered with a hand that starts behind his range and is roughly 50\50 at best when he flips up an unpaired hand. I probably should have folded and seen a few more hands. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Let it go, Let it go...

I can't, but I don't want to bother the CC thread anymore:

There was a question of whether Selbst played this hand properly or soundly:

And the suggestion was that her 4-bet shove was too aggressive or not well thought out ("unsound"). I am mostly calculator-dependent, and don't know much about hyper-aggressive play (light four and five betting etc), but was curious to look into the hand as a learning experience.

One person said that the 4-bet shove was fine if she suspected a light 3-bet from Fee. The problem with that is I don't think a player like Fee would ever 3-bet light from the big blind with only 21BB against a player as aggressive as Selbst who has him well-covered. The reason is he puts himself in the spot of having to 3-bet\fold for 25% of his stack, which is horrible.

Approximate starting stacks:

1654000 - Selbst
338000 - Fee

So Fee's stack is about 20% of hers.

If we start with the assumption that he's never 3-bet\folding there or 3-betting light, then what does his range look like? I'm thinking this, which is top 6.64%:

Selbst's 9d8s has 28.26% equity against this range according to Equilab. Her equity increases a few % if we add some lower pairs, AJo, and AT combos.

In this range, there are the following combos:

36 combos (6*6) of the six individual pairs 99 to AA.

48 combos (3*16) of AK, AQ, KQ.

4 combos of AJs.

Total possible hands from Fee's estimated range: 88

Roughly 41% of his range consists of the paired hand combinations, while 59% of his range consists of unpaired combos.

When Fee calls the 4-bet shove and shows up with an unpaired combo, Selbst has 35-36% equity at the start of the hand, while investing only 20% of her stack.

I turned the hand around a bit and suggested that Selbst might be justified in calling if Fee overplayed and 3-bet shoved with AKo, but I forgot to do the pot odds. 

Selbst has 35000 invested in the hand. If Fee were to 3-bet shove (a mistake imo with 20BB behind, and may only get him fold equity), Selbst has to call 325000 to win 685000, or 1 to 1.1.

At best she is slightly better than a 2 to 1 underdog. At worst, she is slightly better than a 3 to 1 underdog. She needs around 47% equity to call a 3-bet shove there. At best she has around 36% against any individual unpaired combo, while on average she has around 28%. At worst she is crushed with an average of only 16% equity when Fee shows up with a pair, and only 12% equity when his pair is 99.

So overall, is a 4-bet shove there unsound or overplayed? Mathematically, I think yes because she rarely gets fold equity and is a 72% underdog in the race against his 3-bet range in that spot. But it's hard to fault her or anyone for gambling with only 20% of their stack. 

Time to calculate the EV (expected value) of making the 4-bet shove in that spot:

EV= (probability of winning * amount we can win) + (probability of losing * amount we can lose)

Plugging in the numbers (I subtracted Selbst's initial raise from the amount she could lose, because we're calculating the EV for the 4-bet shove, not the initial raise + the 4-bet):

EV= (.28 * 360,000) + (.72 * -303,000)

Expected Value of 4-bet shoving in that spot without fold equity = -117360

(Caveat emptor though about EV in tournaments.)

As for how Fee played the hand? Apparently he 3-bet to an amount that could give an impression of fold equity, induced a shove from a worse hand, and got unlucky. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!

In a miraculous turn of events, I was able to get someone to cover me so I can fly to Vegas to play in the Little One for One Drop with the CardsChat team. CC is doing an awesome promotion that made it a virtual no-brainer, so I double-checked the team slots and booked travel asap. It's waaaay more expensive to travel there during the WSOP (partly because of 1 Adult rates), but a discount on the tourney buyin makes it doable. 

I've got to get down to business and study hard before the trip, and get into shape for hopefully a long grind at the tables.

Go Team CardsChat!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cashed on Carbon

Any news is good news, right? Ran incredibly well in the CC Carbon Freeroll last night, until my luck ran out on the FT: KK<ATs (AT on the flop lol), and TT<AJo. Flopped quad kings early on and got paid the max when I shouldn't have:

Game #77358814-27: Cardschat $100 Freeroll - 20.00/40.00
Seat #0: WyleECoyote1 (BB), $7291.00
Seat #1: tbdbitl82, $5395.00
Seat #2: woohoosue1, $2435.00
Seat #3: stranger96, $2557.00
Seat #4: Rifflemao, $2900.00
Seat #5: Fun7Seeker, $2405.00
Seat #6: RefinadoTom0 (D), $2472.00
Seat #8: ChipzzSpewer (SB), $2385.00

*** Blinds ***
ChipzzSpewer posts the small blind of 20.00
WyleECoyote1 posts the big blind of 40.00

*** Pre-Flop ***
Rifflemao got hole cards [ Kh Kd ]
tbdbitl82 raises with 80.00
woohoosue1 folds
stranger96 folds
Rifflemao raises with 220.00
Fun7Seeker calls 220.00
RefinadoTom0 folds
ChipzzSpewer folds
WyleECoyote1 folds
tbdbitl82 calls 140.00

*** Flop *** Pot: 720
[ 8c Ks Kc ]
tbdbitl82 checks
Rifflemao checks
Fun7Seeker bets 240.00
tbdbitl82 folds
Rifflemao calls 240.00

*** Turn *** Pot: 1200
[ 8c Ks Kc ] [ 6s ]
Rifflemao checks
Fun7Seeker bets 240.00
Rifflemao calls 240.00

*** River *** Pot: 1680
[ 8c Ks Kc ] [ 6s ] [ 2c ]
Rifflemao bets 240.00
Fun7Seeker raises with 480.00
Rifflemao goes all-in with 1960.00
Fun7Seeker goes all-in with 1225.00

*** Showdown *** Pot: 5585
Rifflemao shows [ Kh Kd ]
Fun7Seeker shows [ Ts Tc ]
Fun7Seeker is out
Rifflemao wins 5090.00
Rifflemao wins 495.00

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

STe Genevieve Sweet Moscato

I have a symbiotic relationship with a distant unknown neighbor. Every day, mostly during the summer, my neighbor tosses one or more empty mini-bottles of cheap moscato from their car window along my walk. It seems they cannot wait to drink until they get home, and perhaps someone at home would disapprove; so they toss the shiny evidence along the lakefront roadside, where I covertly pick it up later for delivery to my trashcan...far enough from the neighbor's home that it would be unlikely to be found before it is taken away forever on Monday morning.

It's like a secret pact, or an unspoken agreement that is mutually beneficial.

Don't worry neighbor, whoever you are; I will continue to help keep your little secret by discarding the evidence, but be careful...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Good news, no one!

Ran like a beast and cashed for $8 on FF tonight. Hey, gotta celebrate something to get some momentum going again!

Sunday, June 1, 2014


No ticket to the Bovada RTR Freeroll today, which was important to building my bankroll last year ($460 free). Logged in at RTR and my rakeback deal is no longer visible. Checked my emails and the last word I got was for the freeroll on 5\25.

I have a feeling this has something to do with NJ pouncing on affiliates, although you would think RTR would limit offers to only players from NJ by somehow making "illegal" offers invisible to them. I believe this is what CC has done too. 

Gonna be a tough road to the $5k goal, but maybe I can make a deep run in a live tourney before the year is up. Need to check Winstar for the MiniRiver series and Choctaw for tour stops.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

CC Freeroll and Guys vs Gals

Freeroll: AKo < KQo when villain filled a straight.


Made some mistakes in this one:

- I c-bet in position with air vs 2 players on a board with a flush draw. It's ok to check behind every time there unless I'm on a draw or have the nuts. Should really be suspicious of two checks, and know that at least one of them will call with a draw with lots of turn cards that can put me in a bad spot.

- I had AKs facing a raise from IB. Should 3-bet every time against most players but especially a lag. I just called and the button 3-bet hard and got a call from IB and myself. I missed the flop (was all low) but had a gutshot, then called an all in from the button. I figured he would probably bluff at it due to the pot being bigger than the rest of his stack, and he did with AJo. Then he hit runner runner to fill a diamond flush.

- Called an all-in with JQs from a player who I think would have 99+ and KJs or better there, with likely an ace on board. A7s > JQs. Had 45% and didn't hit. Not a horrible call, but was made with mostly my hand in mind and not her range. Was short-stacked though and felt it was time to pull the trigger.

- Made a risky bluff early on by double-barreling with AKo from SB. Seems like a mistake afterward because I did it oop without much thought. Also showed the bluff, which was a bad idea. In general, I think doing cocky things like that can come back to haunt you later unless you start playing with a shred of humility again. Better to muck and keep people guessing. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

this (sng strat)

"With no danger of getting knocked out, if you make 60-40 bets all day getting 2-1 you'll end up rich." -Daniel Skolovy


"I'm amazed at the players I see folding hands with incredible odds. As a rule of thumb, if you're getting better than 2-1 you should have a pretty good reason for not calling." -DS

Distracted by Distractions

Time to get the poker train back on the rails. I've allowed too many creative diversions lately to keep me from my goals in the game: video here, sample article there, photography, you name it. It's fun to do those things but none of it helps me move forward with the game and the dreamboard.

My task list on Balanced is severely neglected...too embarrassing to post. Just got a reminder from the app:

"Are you feeling balanced?"

Oh yeah, nothing that a giant life-chiropractor coudn't fix!

Back to the grindstone...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Inspiring Local Story

Saw a Texas Country Reporter episode today featuring Roxanne Russell Roundtree, an ALS patient who wrote an entire cookbook from her wheelchair by blinking her eyes to select words and phrases.

I have some familiarity with ALS through an old acquaintance who is a neurologist and specialist in the disease. Her uncle was stricken with ALS at age 50, way too young to be taken.

Here is the episode featuring Roxanne:

Awesome lady and family.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


It's getting more difficult to resist the two free nights deal that Winstar has been sending every month. I just wish their lower buyin tourneys had structures like those at Choctaw Durant, because at Winstar you're in jam mode too quickly and they are high variance. I almost don't care though and need the getaway:

"Now featuring resort style pool, pool bar and cabanas."

Sounds good to me. They were finishing up the pool area on my last trip and it was looking nice. Gonna check the calendar and align a few planets, hopefully during a poker tournament event.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Spent the day with family, cooking hamburgers and mostly sharing laughs.

I thought of my dad several times who was an Air Force medic in the Korean Conflict. His mind was never the same after he returned and we were not that close due to my youth and lack of understanding at the time, but I respect him for serving our country and for having done his best under the circumstances of mental illness. He passed on in 1995, and I played taps for him at sunset on the day of his burial.

I wanted to visit his gravesite today, but it was raining by the time I had a break to get out. I see it often though because his tall, white Air Force tombstone leans back a bit from the other civilian memorials, and is easy to see on a road that I frequently travel. I tell my niece his tombstone leans back because he wants to stand out from the row and doesn't want us to forget about him.

During sunset today, the sky had a look suggesting there might be a rainbow about. I grabbed the pug for an evening walk and caught a brushstroke of color in the eastern sky above the lake. It was a fleeting moment and a peaceful sight after the storms moved through:

It's almost 20 years since my father passed away, and I hope his soul is at peace.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vegas mirage

It would be fantastic to go back to Vegas this summer, but I can't get anyone to cover for me for the 5-7 days I would need to be away. Really wanted to go play the Little One for One Drop with the team from CC, but will have to sit this one out and opt for something closer like the CardPlayer Poker Tour when it stops at Choctaw.

I had some brm concerns too, although I could write off half the buyin as vacay. I'm just much better rolled for games around $300. According to a post on 2+2 though, most of the players who buyin at the $1000-ish levels at the WSOP are those who normally take shots at $365 on the Circuit so the field is supposedly very soft.

I know there will be close to 20 players repping CC that will be turning up the heat though. Can't wait to rail and see who comes out on top of the last-longest race and hopefully deep in the money.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Visited my mother at the rehab center and we had lunch together, after which I gave her some gifts: new clothes etc. She went into the hospital a week and a half ago with abdominal pain and the doc said she passed a gall stone. They treated her for an infection as well, and sent her to rehab afterward because the hospital stay made her weak.

She's looking great for pocket 7s, and after 5 doses of chemo for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She will resume treatment as soon as the rehab facility says she's strong enough. Hopefully by next Thanksgiving or Christmas she'll be done with chemo and can ring the brass bell at the oncologist's office. Gonna get that on video for sure. She's a strong woman. For someone who never drove because she feared 18-wheelers on busy highways, my mother is otherwise fearless and will still give those who need it a good cussing. None of that today though, and usually only when necessary. 

Mother's Day was indeed Happy.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

D.E.D World

Two of my neighbor's dogs have gone missing in recent months, and the other day my pug was attacked by a stray. I spoke to my neighbor about the attack and she said the same stray tried to carry off her new pup, so it's true: it really is a dog-eat-dog world out there, and our #1 suspect is confirmed. I've already called the animal control division of the sheriff's office, and they've been out for this dog before.

Despite my previous lighthearted entry on the topic, I have mixed feelings about harming this stray lab mix who has been making meals of neighborhood pups. I raked leaves into piles and left them for her in the winter to burrow into and keep warm. I feed her scraps near the edge of the woods so she won't go hungry. She has shown aggression toward me in the past, but now wags her tail in appreciation when I leave her a meal, and almost allowed me to pet her once.

Truth is the neighborhood has adopted her to some degree, but no one has fully taken her in. Now I'm asking AC to take her away for euthanization because she was seconds away from destroying a four-legged family member, my twice-daily walking buddy.

We have seen this before when a territorial male stray killed the family pet, one of the most loyal dogs I've known, and it was a tough thing to get over. So once again the line is drawn, and it's a matter of time before AC finds the old dog napping in the summer sun and slips the catcher's noose around her neck.

Until then, the highlight of her days will be the neighbor firing up his Harley Davidson which she loves because it signals her favorite game of chase-the-motorcycle. He may be her only true human friend in the world and will likely be her last. I suppose the real meaning of "blood is thicker than water" would mostly be lost on her, even if she could understand "human".

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pug Earns Street Cred

At approximately 2:30 PM CST yesterday, a vivacious pug named Lily darted from the door of her East Texas owner's home when she spotted a neighborhood stray, known locally as "Mama dog", at play with a pint-sized sidekick.

Mama D interpreted the pug's approach as a sign of aggression and immediately attacked, thrashing the confused, blunt-faced pup in her jaws while the victim tried in vain to defend herself with a mouth mostly designed for extracting cotton stuffing from vintage teddy bears with missing eyes. 

Upon witnessing the dusty scuffle, the pug's owner began repeatedly shouting "NO!" and broke into an adrenaline-fueled run toward the canine combatants. Asked whether he intended to bite the dog like a mother reportedly did to protect her child recently, the owner replied "No, but I have been practicing my gangster kick for years after seeing the move perfected on many a mob flick featuring Joe Pesci, now get the f*ck outta heah or I'll practice it on you, capiche?"

Sensing that the proud pug-owner's adrenaline had not yet worn off, the author retreated inside to write a blog post about the incident later that night, during which he realized he was also the pug-owner and moved on to the next paragraph to avoid an awkward moment.

After the dogfight, in which Lily was mostly engaged in an aerial battle, the pug retreated indoors and uncharacteristically resisted the urge to bite the hand that feeds her. The hair around her two puncture wounds was shaved with electric shears while her owner commented in a Dr Evilish voice "There really is nothing like a shorn pug. It's breathtaking. I suggest you try it..."

A short time later, the shaken and stirred pug was rushed to a nearby veterinary clinic to receive a dose of antibiotics for her wounds. Meanwhile the local sheriff deputy arrived to make note of the incident, and to put a warrant out for the would-be pug-killer's arrest. Upon shaking the pug's paw, he asked "Who would want to hurt a cute little thing like that?"

Pug owners in the area are advised to remember the See Pug Run books of their childhood (and the Who Let the Dogs Out song), and to take measures to prevent the running of the pugs from briefly opened doorways.

Monday, May 5, 2014


I've had a decent run with Sit-n-Go's lately, cashing in 2 triple-ups and 2 standard SnGs which increased the current bankroll to $95.53. It's hardly newsworthy, but anything north is in the right direction.

Still hoping to final table the RTR Free again soon. It's a lot harder now that the player pool has doubled.

In other news I played the 2nd tournament of the Guys vs Gals series at CardsChat on Sunday, and survived to 5th place before being outkicked with 9Ts vs TJo, aipf with a flush draw and top pair. How can I lose that hand with so many outs? #coinflip

Played a hand that made me feel dumb, even though I won. It was against arguably one of the better players at CC. Can't remember the blinds but we both had similar stacks with roughly 20bb each. He raises 2.5x from MP and I just call from the button with AKo.

Flop is all low & rainbow and I'm hoping he just has unpaired overs like me. He c-bets 3\4 of the pot and I jam. He tanks for about 30 seconds and makes the call (I'm slightly covered). He flips up AQo for 2nd nut-nothing and I just felt dumb because he caught me on a stone-cold bluff, which btw I'm sure he took notes on and will skillfully use against me later.

Honestly I just tilted and wanted to outplay him because he outplayed me pretty hard in a hand or two during Winter League. Neither of us said anything in chat. I didn't acknowledge any NH comments because I felt like I got caught. Had to tighten up a bit after that.

Another player who had the field crushed with a huge lead just started chip-dumping near the end. I called him with most hands with decent equity and doubled up. Hard to complain about getting chips but it bothers me when someone just gets bored and stops playing to win after stacking several players.

Ah well...just a card game.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

CardsChat Freeroll on Bovada

Took 2nd of 89 in this one on Saturday for a nice boost to the bankroll. Really need to bink the RTR Freeroll though to make significant headway this year. Started off great today after calling a donkey bingo player aipf twice with 77, hitting a set both times. Once on the flop, then next on the turn.

Another chipleader at my table nailed a couple of sets on me and I chipped down a bit. Made a mistake when the guy on my right raised to 400 and I couldn't see what the BB was because the player had been sitting out and had less than one bb. I reshoved with AQo and 15bb, he flips AKs and I was out.

Won a cheapo SnG though so I'm up to $79 after cashing out $1940 a month or so ago. Got a long way to go to hit my goal of $5000 this year. Would be easier if I hadn't cashed out but didn't see the point in leaving much $$ in with Adelson's anti-online-poker shenanigans going on in the House.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon

Canon Rebel xsi, 250mm zoom, F5.6, ISO 100.


Kind of noisy above. :-|

Friday, April 4, 2014

Balanced - an app for iPhone

I'm really enjoying this app. I've been searching for an app to help keep me on track with poker study, and Balanced does a fun way.

Check it out!

Friday, March 28, 2014

CardsChat Winter League 2014 Results

Not 1st, but not bad. We moved up a spot to finish in 3rd thanks to a great final game by Zorba in Australia.

Prizes for 3rd are 30-day DragTheBar training site memberships. WooHoo!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CC Winter League Final Week

Tomorrow starts the final week of league and I'll be up to bat. Thanks to an incredible game played by our team captain VFranks, we are in first place. Should be an exciting week and hopefully we can maintain our current position...just have to minimize mistakes and maximize points. No tilting allowed or getting too far out on a limb from bluffing out of position etc.

I had a good chance to win another 1st last Monday but a few misplays caused me to settle for 5th. I was running so hot. Picked up KK at least 3 times and AA twice. Hope to run well tomorrow, or just play well.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CC League Home Stretch

With 8 games remaining, we're currently 2nd and I'm 10th of 75 in the MVP race, although effectively out because I would have to knock several home runs to improve my average enough to win, and I only have one game left.

Busted in 5th of 15 Monday night which bites because I was going for a 3peat. Played a hand poorly out of position, then tilted on the next hand shoving 88 with 16BB left. A minraise would have been enough, but I risked, got called by JJ and didn't improve. Really wanted to get us into first but you have to avoid mistakes and overplaying. 

Once again: The problem with shoving a mid-pair there is you only get called by a better pair or two overs and you're flipping with a slight edge at most. Patience...

Luckily the Rangers busted in 15th both nights so that allowed us to close the gap to just 9 points off the lead, but there are a disturbing number of teams above the 1000 threshold now so we need some home runs to pull ahead.

Feels like the Rangers are just handing it to us and we're not closing the deal. I forget what the prizes are and don't really care. Just want to win and have enjoyed meeting and playing against some great poker players.

In other news, I participated in a staking deal for the first time as a backer buying 4% of action on a player\horse with some solid stats and a great reputation in the community. She tripled her investors' money last fall at Borgata so I figured why not, since I have a nice bankroll built up and won't be playing any live tournaments myself for awhile until we get my mother through chemo.

Profit or loss, I'm excited for her and hope she has a great run for herself and the rail. It will be exciting to watch the thread at CC for pics and updates during her adventure, a WSOPC event in April.

That's all for now. Gotta quit staying up so late...and get back on my study plan...and take a vacation...and ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, March 10, 2014

Another 1st

Managed to post another 1st place tonight in CardsChat League, but we still have a points gap to close at 2nd place. I think I mostly played well, but hard to know when you can't go back and see peoples' cards like you can on Bovada. I did get outplayed a few times while c-betting out of position.

A lot could change in the next few weeks, especially when the points multiplier doubles. 

In other news, I played the RTR $500 freeroll yesterday and busted 10th of 89 players: 888<JJJ on the turn. 

Invested in a few new DNs over the last few days. Hand-reg'd a few niche names that would be perfect for product or training sites, and I think they'll be easy to market based on common social media use of a term in the names. 

I'm really getting into the possibilities in this area, obviously after selling one for lower mid four-figures recently. Looking back, I probably left some money on the table in that negotiation, but I got them up 33% from the initial and it was an excellent score for my first sale. 

Next time I will be much more prepared to negotiate because I have created a spreadsheet with price history on similar names sold since 2005. 

I'm looking around at ways to get some of my existing names sold too. At this point, I'd be happy to break even on most of them and chalk it up to wading in a little (ok alot) too deep. It happens to n00b DNers whose brain-storming and inexperience leads them to gamble too much before they know what kind of names and extensions are valuable. Funny that it went the same way as my initial foray into poker (downswing), except I hit a rare homerun on the first sale. Yay, let's try this again with some research and better bankroll management...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chemo Round 1 results

My mother fared extraordinarily well after her first chemo treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. We are really encouraged by the strength she's showing and look forward to her ringing the bell at the oncology center after her treatment is complete. It will be a long journey, but I'm convinced she can make it. 

I asked the dr for nutritional advice but it was clear to me that he didn't have much faith in so-called "cancer diets". Even so, we're making sure she gets plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables to stay healthy. We're also trying some Young Living Essential Oils: Frankincense, Myrhh, Lemon, and Peppermint...anything to give her a fighting chance.

Da Beans...

We're having a good week in CC Winter League. Despite losing points last week due to a no-show in one game, we've managed to bump back up to 2nd as of today. I cranked out what seemed an unlikely win on Monday in Game 31. Got seriously beat up early (outplayed) by a player who floated nearly every c-bet where I missed and had position. So I tightened up and doubled through him, then picked decent spots to chip up.

When it got down to heads up, I had 8,878 against a stack of 36,122 and managed to get evenly stacked. Lost down to 10k again but won another flip, then chipped away at him. Won the final hand by shoving K8s and hitting a flush.

Another player took a 2nd place today to help us widen the gap between 2nd and 3rd, and bring us closer to contention for 1st. Still plenty of games left so anything can happen, but glad to see us up there near the top. There are some very very (very) good players at CC, so this has been a good learning experience for sure.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Miracle on DN Street

Good news, no one!

Back in this post I lamented about speculating in the domain name market, and then got a premium offer in January on a dn that I snapped up in April of 2013 with no history of traffic, but a ton of potential value imo. I negotiated for 33% more than the original offer and the buyer agreed. Then a month passed with no sign of the buyer paying up...until Saturday, March 1 when I got a "payment received" message from Sedo.

I was just getting ready to ask the transfer agent what my recourse was against a non-paying bidder\inquirer (dn was not up for auction), and was thinking what a cruel joke someone had played.

I pushed the domain as instructed on Monday and the agreed upon amount was credited to my bank account today in what feels like a miracle, though is probably just another of many transactions in the market.

After binge-buying $1000+ of names that sounded good at the time, I had resigned myself to the fate of a n00b domainer who would not be willing to reregister them every year indefinitely. What I should have done is buy the best of what I found available, then invest in a somewhat premium dn that would cost me beans to rereg every year.

Mistakes made, and lessons learned, but this little venture has netted me close to 300% profit and is nearly four times the amount of any tournament score I've had. Unbelievable. I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority of domainers who get a $,$$$ offer on their first sale, and I am extremely grateful for the luck of the draw. I don't expect it to happen again any time soon though, and will stick with my plan of trying to sell off most of the portfolio and cutting those losses to avoid grinding up gains.

I prefer not to list the domain name here, but it is listed in Sedo's recent sales today and shouldn't be too hard to figure out from the context of my blog. ;-) I hope the buyer does something great with it.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bovada Cashout :-(

I did something today that I had wanted to avoid: cashed out most of my Bovada balance, just under $2k. I don't need the $$; I just won't be able to play a lot of MTTs any time soon due the need to focus on a family health issue, so it made sense to cash out in case Texas makes a move to prevent Texans from playing Texas Holdem. #irony

Also, if Black Friday taught US players anything, it's to avoid keeping money in your poker accounts for too long until America catches up to the rest of the world on the fact that poker is more like investing than gambling.

Due to a deep run last November (4th of 1500+ in a $10+$1), I was so over-rolled for the games I was playing that I didn't worry too much about variance or results. Now it's just money without a purpose other than protecting it from potential misguided political shenanigans. And it will be harder to hit my goal of $5k without being properly rolled to play games that can get me there. 

In the meantime, I will concentrate on freerolls, SnGs, and CardsChat league and special events. They are great about keeping things fun and interesting for the active members of the site, and it's cool to get to know some of the regs a little better.

In better news, I hope to have something positive to report on the domain name speculation front, but I don't want to jinx it until the deal is done. More later.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Poker's Green Friday

From on 2\24:

Dear [rifflemao]:

The purpose of this email is to inform you that your Petition for Remission has been approved and you are entitled to receive a distribution from the assets forfeited in connection with United States v. PokerStars, et al., pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A payment in the amount of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$lol$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ will be paid electronically via ACH to the bank account that you specified in your Petition. This payment represents the full amount of your Full Tilt Poker Account Balance, which you confirmed on the Full Tilt Poker administration online filing site.  Payment will be made within the next seven business days. 

If you have any questions, you can call us toll-free at (866) 250-2640, email us at, or write to us at Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 9965, Dublin, Ohio 43017-5965.  For additional information you may also visit the administration website at

Paid on 2\28, nearly 3 years after Black Friday:

Details from FTPC website: