Saturday, March 25, 2006

8 minus 4

I was busy folding at a $1-$2 NL table at the Aladdin yesterday afternoon when from the corner of my eye I spotted none other than CJ signing up for a tournament. Sure enough he was in town en route to the charity gala at the Playboy Mansion. I had the pleasure of playing with him for a short while before we met up with Joe Speaker, Change100, Pauly, his friend Senor, and Jason Spaceman, all of whom had come to play in the 1:00pm tournament. Although he didn't place, Senor lasted the longest and then they were off to the Excalibur for some sports betting.

Surprise meetings are the best.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Zen and Retribution

I am currently reading Larry W. Phillips' Zen and the Art of Poker. On page 48 he states :

POKER RULE #34: Detach yourself emotionally from the game.

Does this mean I can't get even with that dipshit who slowrolled me? Every rule has its exception.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Local garbage at Caesar's

You would think I would have learned by now. Every once in awhile I commit the offense of making a large reraise with the second nuts.

I have As5c which makes me the nut flush on the turn. Like a lemur, I check. The river is a ten of spades making a straight flush possible with Qs. I bet $50, fucktard makes it $100, and I go all-in with my remaining $200. I call him fucktard only because he took a full five seconds to call, five seconds which made me think I had won the pot. He then sheepishly turns over the Qs to which I say "Nice hand, next time don't slowroll, pig!" The local Las Vegas poker world is small and you can be sure I will get the opportunity to slowroll him back, not to mention the constant barrage of below the radar insults I will hurl his way.

But back to the gist. What's the point of reraising in this situation if I'll only get called by a better hand? I lost my stack, got slowrolled to boot, and have thus gained the painful learning reinforcement which will keep me out of trouble till who knows when.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

They can't leave me alone

There's nothing like a $35 "welcome back" bonus to get one's feet wet again in donkeyland.