Monday, September 29, 2008

Good Night and Good Luck

Biggest DJIA points drop in history -777.68. Although, not the biggest percentage drop in history (see Black Monday).

As Samuel L Jackson once said,

"Hold on to your butts."

Nothing Good Comes From Kentucky (cept chicken)

Very dishearting news

Of course protect those college kids from that nasty internet so they can get to the racetrack on the weekends!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Top 10 Cities Hit hardest by Financial Crisis

Interesting to note, my city is listed as number 9.

10 Towns That Will Be Hit Hardest

1. Darien, Conn.
Share population in finance and real estate: 27.23%
Nearest large city: New York
Population: 20,666
Median salary: $168,687

2. Bloomington, Ill.
Share population in finance and real estate: 26.31%
Nearest large city: Chicago
Population: 70,395
Median salary: $54,971

3. Hoboken, N.J.
Share population in finance and real estate: 23.33%
Nearest large city: New York
Population: 40,002
Median salary: $81,356

4. West Des Moines, Iowa
Share population in finance and real estate: 22.15%
Nearest large city: Des Moines
Population: 54,627
Median salary: $61,303

5. Garden City, N.Y.
Share population in finance and real estate: 20.22%
Nearest large city: New York
Population: 21,671
Median salary: $121,831

6. Summit, N.J.
Share population in finance and real estate: 19.74%
Nearest large city: New York
Population: 20,618
Median salary: $111,497

7. Westport, Conn.
Share population in finance and real estate: 19.39%
Nearest large city: New York
Population: 26,822
Median salary: $137,133

8. University Park, Tex.
Share population in finance and real estate: 18.83%
Nearest large city: Dallas
Population: 24,582
Median salary: $110,976

9. Wethersfield, Conn.
Share population in finance and real estate: 18.73%
Nearest large city: Hartford
Population: 26,146
Median salary: $63,359

10. Mountain Brook, Ala.
Share population in finance and real estate: 18.66%
Nearest large city: Birmingham
Population: 20,654
Median salary: $115,148

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Stupendous Saturday!

Watched the debate last night, hands down I believe Obama came out of that one a winner. McCain looked like the arrogant asshole everyone knows he is and Obama looked like Mr Cool.
-P.S.: The gf, who is not very political at all, kept popping her head up from her book last night and asking me if McCain was dellusional everytime he announced we won the war in Iraq.

This morning I accomplished something I didn't think I would do again without the help of cashing in a big tourney, the online BR is back over $500 for the first time since May. While I know some people out there in blogger land make this in a day or 2, this is a proud accomplishment for myself. After I went all WaMu with regards to online poker, I buckled down, bought in for $50 and slowly increased it to $500.
I think this is very important in my poker development as I have been able in the past online to successfully do this (party poker, gaming club poker room) but after coming in 4th at the 14k, and handed a nice big bankroll I pissed it away thinking I could maintain my crappy play.
So yeah, now we just have to keep this going and hopefully soon enough I can rejoice over hitting the 1k mark.

Poker @ JLBSox house tonight, i think its just a small turnout of about 5 people, but none the less should make for some fun.

Hope you all have a great weekend and cant wait to say "COngratulations to your back to back NL East champions, the Philadelphia Phillies!"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

thursday : rant day

I'm curious how many people watched the david blaine stunt last night?
If you've been living under a rock for the past few days "illusianist" david blaine was hanging upside down for 60 hours in prepartion for the stunt loving called "the dive of death."
First let's clarify the 60 hours of hanging. As reported on some other sites, he was not upside down for 60 hours straight. Every few hours he was lowered to take a drink an get checked out by his doctor.
Second the 2 hour show was filled more with various tricks and pranks than any real content. Oh and I can't forget he had a bullet shot into his mouth that land in a steel cup he was gnawing on.

But finally the actual stunt. He was turned right side up, jumped off a ledge and with his feet barely touching the platform was pulled back up by cables. After bouncing around awhile he apparently jumped on some baloons and flew off into the night.

The gf and I looked at each other and asked "was that it?"
The crowd was disappointed too as they loudly booed. Maybe we just didn't "get it."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First good news ive heard about the economy in weeks

Bailout plan sparks wide debate in Congress
Urged to act quickly, Congress has many questions about $700 billion plan

Sports Minute

Trent Green is getting the nod over Bulger this week for the Rams. Wow.

Not that I care one lick about Syracuse, full disclosure I am a PITT fan, but GROB was the defensive coordinator during the 03 Chiefs Season and the famous "no punt" playoff game.
Seems hes having some trouble at Syracuse and heres what he had to say about his AD not giving him a vote of confidence:

"He isn't going to do anything right now," Robinson, referring to Gross, said Monday night. "I know that. But let me tell you something, we just need to win. We're capable of winning. People don't know it."

Um people dont know you are capable of winning because you dont win.
Phillies up 2 1/2 over the sinking Mets. Take bets now on who their next manager will be. How about old standby Showalter?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wow What A Win

Heres the headline from my fantasy baseball league:

Beisbols... has tremendous comeback! From a shitty season to a League Championship!
Well.... great season fellas... i'd be glad to do one again sometime... but we will certainly have some type of a tie breaker!

Looks like Hartford Beisbols has it all wrapped up! Great Job! Very impressed with your dedication.

Regular season Hartford Beisbols (worst fantasy name ever?) 4-16-2
Post-Season: 3-0!

Nice $100 core when I gave up on the league until i found out all teams make the playoffs....made some FA aquisitions before the playoffs and waa-laa a win.

Lets not talk about FFBL this past weekend, it wasn't pretty. Got my ass handed to me. Chiefs got beat the hell up, wasnt pretty either.

Phills up by 2!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I thought this was pretty cool of him

Im sure you've heard of the whole Ed Hochuli (the ref) bungle last Sunday, basically he made a call that allowed Denver to win.

On Tuesday I found out the SD newspaper had posted his work number and email addy and that people were giving him a lot of crap. I ended up findind his work email and just shot him over a little email of support.

Re: Cheer Up

Hey Ed,

I heard you were reading emails so I just wanted to let you know that not everyone out there is mad or upset about the call. People make mistakes, if we didn’t we would be robots.

You do a fine job, and as an NFL fan I appreciate what you do for fans evey Sunday.

Take it easy and try to ignore the ignorant.

So today my phone beeped and when I checked he actually replied to my email:

From: Edward Hochuli

Thank you so much for writing I really appreciate the kind words of support. It was very nice of you to have taken the time to write me.

I will learn from this mistake and move on but this one will live with me for a long, long time.

Thank you,

Ed Hochuli

I thought was pretty cool of him.


Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!!!!

Might wanna use this keyboard to celebrate.....

My pirate name is:

Iron Sam Kidd

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Played the mook last night after my first SnG win in nearly 4 months (first attempt in 4 months) so i was already free-rolling.

I have to admit I was only half paying attention because important fantasy baseball stuffs were happening so Im sure Astin and maybe Kat have notes that im an uber rock, who calls all-ins with A-Qo. After midnight when the games were over I started to really pay attention and I ended up cashing in 4th for like 78 or something. Good game, good people. Hope Mook took it down!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scratchin my head at this one

Heres the hand:
Full Tilt Poker Game #8116630454: Table Carl - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 20:33:35 ET - 2008/09/17
Seat 1: ronny22 ($16.55)
Seat 2: Shane215 ($39.45)
Seat 3: guignol24 ($4.65)
Seat 4: Equinoxious ($25), is sitting out
Seat 5: Sanatos2k ($6.80)
Seat 6: 1Queens Up1 ($29.55)
Seat 7: KernelAming ($4.05)
Seat 8: Sinister77 ($25.35)
Seat 9: dragonzzlove ($25.25)
KernelAming posts the small blind of $0.10
Sinister77 posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 1Queens Up1 [Ac 9c]
dragonzzlove folds
ronny22 folds
Shane215 raises to $0.85
guignol24 folds
Sanatos2k folds
1Queens Up1 calls $0.85
KernelAming folds
Sinister77 folds
*** FLOP *** [6c 6h 3c]
Shane215 bets $1
1Queens Up1 calls $1
*** TURN *** [6c 6h 3c] [As]
Shane215 bets $1.50
1Queens Up1 raises to $3.50
Shane215 has 15 seconds left to act
Shane215 has requested TIME
Shane215 folds
Uncalled bet of $2 returned to 1Queens Up1
1Queens Up1 mucks
1Queens Up1 wins the pot ($6.70)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $7.05 | Rake $0.35

Heres the chat after the hand:
Shane215: ty donkey
1Queens Up1: no thank you
Shane215: no, thank you
1Queens Up1: lol ok then
Shane215: I'm glad you're at the table.
1Queens Up1: me too
Shane215: you're glad you're at the table giving away your
1Queens Up1: did i? i thought i won that hand
Shane215: strange. but ok.
Shane215: lmao
Shane215: you don't need to show off your lack of poker
1Queens Up1: lol wow Qs getting beat piss ya off huh
Shane215: lmao
Shane215: the second hand donkeys put someone else on.
Shane215: AK, then QQ

1Queens Up1: gotta remember that, thanks for the tip
Shane215: wow...didn't know that was a tip.
Shane215: guess you are bad.
1Queens Up1: im horrible
Shane215: see, that's the great thing about donkeys
Shane215: you can tell them they suck, but they don't believe t.
1Queens Up1: oh i believe sir, i believe! preach on
Shane215: lmao

After our hand he sat out, then left. Guess he was tired of spewing my money all over.

My question about Qs was to gauge if he had K-K. I figured if got SO mad i raised him when the A hit he had to have something decent. I went with Qs because he either had Ks, Qs or Js im sure.

what the fetch is wrong with sports fans?

The last few weeks I have been immersed further in sportsness as football has returned.
What I've noticed is that sports "fans" on the whole are becoming stupider, if that's possible.
For example this morning I was reading the comments section on the espn article about Jeter's new record. The comments started out nice enough but then the "jeter sux" "jeter's overrated" comments start. How stupid/jealous/retarded do you have to be to make those comments? I myself am not a yankee fan, but I can at least respect the fact Jeter is one of the better players the mlb has seen in awhile. Guy is a class-act, isn't even brought up in the steroids thing, and he is a first ballot hofer. What more can you ask? Even if you are a sox or mets fan you should at least respect his accomplishments.
Im not saying rivalry taunting isnt acceptable for example the Raiders are d-bags, and while this is a fact, i also can respect when their players do something on a highler level of NFL-ness.
Mets fans are usually lemmings, again while this is a fact, if Santana threw a perfect game i'd tip my hat.

Th other thing that is bugging me is the harrassment of ed hochuli. The guy blew a call, big frigin whoop. The chargers made a big deal about it (obv) but there's got to be a point where you hold yourself accountable. You had 2 trys to win the game and you blew it, deal with it. If you are better than your 0-2 record prove it, don't whine about the call. The hate mail and death threats are ridiculous (yes I know this is groundbreakingly new territory here) please for the love of sports people, get yourself under control.

After going 4-16-2 in the regular season I am on a 2 game winning streak in my fantasy baseball playoffs.
Currently I am 6-3-1 in the championship game behind Ryan Howard, Werth, and Brad Lidge. Love when my real life allegiances help my money producing vices!

hump day

Played poker for the first time in a long while. The gf was watching big brother (which I cannot stand) so I picked up the lappy, fiddled with my fantasy football teams then fired up full tilt.
As I waited for a 1/2 horse spot to open up, I noticed a 5.50 horse tourney just started so I registered late.

Not really much to say at the start, floundered around 750-1500 chips. To be entirely honest, I was paying much more attention to my fantasy baseball team (championship week, 100 smackers at stake) and the philles and mets games.

I finally got to a point where I was low stacked and tired of the donkery. I had a-qcc and got all my chips in pre-flop against 2 donks. Flop was q-q-9, 2 hearts. Turn was another heart and I figure I'm done. One donk bets the other folds and we flip. Guy shows k-k with a heart. River blanks and I'm back up to a little over starting.
Few hands later I get a-ko, I raise and just one uber donk calls. Flop misses and I betn he calls. Ditto on the turn. River again misses, but here's the thing: this donk had called all the way down in previous hands with air. I chance it, bet, and he calls. I flip up a-k and he mucks. I check what he called with and it was a-q.
Again a few hands later. I have a-jss. Raise from late, uberd calls. Same scenerio as before, I flip a-j and he mucks, I check and he had j-9.

So I'm starting to build a stack as omaha kicks in. I lose a few chips to a couple redonkulas raises after I flop a nut straight. But get it back when I call with ah-2h-4-5. Turn a nut flush, river the best low.
Next hand same exact thing.

So at this point I have a sizeable stack and I check my standings. 1st! Around this time I see a familiar name pop into the chat window, none other the wafflenator. I find out he's playing and pushmonkey was too.

To wrap this up I got bounced in 9th on back to back hand.
Short table, last hand of razz I have a-2 with 9 showing. Its 5 handed with the guy to my right showing a 9 the others showing faces. 9 completes, I figure I have a good enough raising hand here to pop his 9, so I do. Folds to him, and he re-pops, I cap.
4th street nets me a 3 and him a 4. I bet, he raises, I re-raise, he caps. 5th nets me a 6 and him a 2. At this point I'm thinking he paired this 2. He bets, I re-raise, he reiraises. Now I'm worried, he wouldn't re-raise here with a pair, I just call. 6th is a q for me and a j for him. Nothing changed, he bets I call. River nets me another a... He bets his last 1800 so I have to call this. He shows a-2-3-4-9 which beats my a-2-3-6-9. Ahead until 5th and he's capping with a-3-4-9.

Next hand is stud hi and I'm almost done. I'm first to act with a k showing 3 people are sharing a 7 and then the bring in has a 4. I complete and bring in calls. I get it all in on 4th with nothing, he calls of course with even worse nothing and some how rivers a straight to beat 2 pair.

I hate feeling like I play for 3 hours just so some donk.can win.

So 9th netted me 15 bucks and a sour end to the night.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Random thoughts from the week

One thing I've learned is that not everyone can just go with the flow and even the most insignificant amounts of money can make people idiots.

Fantasy football which is supposed to be a nice friendly competition between nfl fanatics sometimes leads to silly and stupid instances.
For example,in my first year in joining a new league back in 04, I was playing the commish week 1 and as I watched the updates miraculously around 7pm his rb who did jack got swapped for a bench) who did better that day.
Intital reaction was fury and I called him out on the league site etc etc. His excuse was he was on a biz trip starting the next day and he thought he was roster changing for the next week. Did I think he was cheating? Hell yeah. 5 years later we're friends and I can safely say I don't think he was cheating at all.

As for full tilt I can't post a big win. Its a lot of small wins or big losses. And I can't seem to figure out razz anymore. Skillz was razz this week but I felt like it was the first time I ever played it. I couldn't even believe I made money off of it at one point.

I really want to get down to foxwoods and see if I can win a pass into the wpf main event. No idea when I can get down there though.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Some thoughts from Week 1

Right now its halftime at Colts/Bears and it looks like Peyton is still hurting. Cant help having 3 newbie linemen directly in front of him either against the Bears D.
Matt Forte is the back the Bears have been missing, I expect no less than a 10 TD 1.2k yard season from him.
Michael Turner, wtf???? This was the most overhyped kid around. He had 1 good game last year after SD was blowing whatever team it was out of the water and Turner continued where LT left off. He choked in relief after that, and he choked in the playoffs when LT went down. I think this was an emotional performance over a bad Lions D. Dont be surprised if hes just average for most of this season.

Now on to the most important game this week, KC @ NE. All the stupid Pat fan friends I have around here kept rubbing it in my face the Chiefs were gonna get smacked. My rallying cry was that if the Patsies couldnt cover the spread (16.5) I would consider it a victory. Boy I love when I get proven wrong! The offense looked like crap with Croyle in there (Jamaal Charles was exactly what I thought he'd be, a future stud). The Chiefs D was good until 3rd and long and seemed to just give up those conversions. Then Brady went out.....
Now heres the thing, watching the play, I didnt see Pollard hit Brady but I did see Sammy Morris (or whomeever was the blocking back on that play) pull on Pollard's facemask so hard he was lifting his head straight up. He was crawling to get to Brady while Morris ride him to the ground and he hit Brady in the leg.
Where the f-bomb does Moss get off saying that it was a 'dirty hit that opened his eyes'. STFU noob. You were 15 yards down field how the hell can you see whats happening in the pocket, on the ground? Did you see it on the Jumbotron? Im sure the NE video crew (all professionals) made sure to crop the video just enough so you didnt see Pollard's neck breaking from the non-call facemask.
Anyway, I knew KC had a chance with Brady out, but we still had the Croyle problem. Then Croyle got hurt, and I let myself start to get silly hopes in my head. "If we can hold them here and let Huard get out, I think we can win this."
So they proceed to allow a score which in the end was the game winner. But in true weird KC fashion, Huard comes out and leads them down for a score. Huard later caused a bad INT, and also may have had a hand in the horrible 5 yard playcalling (5 wide on 1st and goal from the 5??? really??? We only had 3wrs suited for the game...) but the glaring thing he did was expose just how horrible Croyle is. Croyle had exactly one good play. He stepped up in the pocket and tossed a laser to Bowe (one of those ones he didnt drop) for a nice gain. Every other play looked like he was a scared little bish running from a crappy pash rush. He needs to go. But knowing my team as I do, they won't. Maybe we draft a QB next year or we bring in a vet, either way we wont have good QB for a long time...

In good news, I won all my money leagues. One of them by exactly 1.24 points. Good start.

Up $75 from the homegame I had this week, more money to dump into WPF tounreys.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Another craptacular week has gone by, even though it was a short one it felt like it took forever just to get to Friday.

First off congrats to Evy for her 5th place at the Borgata, click her link and go wish her happy tidings.

Secondly, Im starting up the old monthly home game again at the new casa. (By the way anyone who wants to make the trip to Wethersfield, CT is invited to take part)
I gotta run out and by more chairs tomorrow morning as I think we will have either the largest or second largest turn out in the history of my home game.
As Unimpressed will tell you, this game isn't really about winning in-so-much-as just having a good time with some crazy people. Oh and listening to some Richard Cheese, thats a must.

Breaking News I just received in my work email:

Building security has reported a bear sighting today near the rotary at Northfield Drive. While bear attacks are rare, the following tips might be helpful if you find yourself in close proximity to a bear:

Stay calm and do no run.
Walk away slowly.
Do not make eye contact and speak in a soothing voice.
Make your presence known by making noise and waving your arms if you see a bear.

My question is do I speak in a soothing voice while notfiying the bear of my presence?

Hope everyone has a good weekend and if anybody out there in blogger land mayhap be interested in a home game, send me a message and ill hook you up with my addy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

You know what really grinds my gears?

People who are paid to write about sports, specifically a sport with which they have much knowledge, and they screw it up by not understanding the whole picture.

Example #1: Yesterday in the Kansas City Star Jason Whitlock (AKA Jason Witless) trashed the Chiefs yet again in another article. This bothers me for 2 reasons.

1) He promised not to bash the Chiefs too hard in his pre-season segment because he understood the team was young and there will be many mistakes made by the team. He would reserve his criticism for C.P.

2) HE WRITES FOR THE HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER! I understand his articles are opinions, and yes I agree with a lot of his opinions that he has about the team (not where he believed Jeff George would be a great fit), but don't sell out your home town team! The article asked Coach Camera to bench Brady this week and save him for the Jets, he promised we would still stink and alluded to the fact the Pats could start Croyle and still win.

Example #2: Bill Simmons wrote this gem:

PATRIOTS (-16.5) over Chiefs
Big week for fantasy mega-sleeper Jabar Gaffney: Something like nine catches, 85 yards, one TD and a near-riot on tens of thousands of fantasy football waiver wires next week. I can't think of a better Week 1 opponent for the Pats than Kansas City, the team that recently launched a rebuilding effort by trading its 26-year-old stud defensive end for draft picks. And you thought the Royals were the worst-run team in town? Watch this!

I have no reservations about the fact the Chiefs will 99.9% assuredly lose to the Pats. I even agree that the team is not very well run at the moment, but where he screws up is that he can't comprehend WHY the Chiefs would ever trade Jared Allen for Draft picks. Pretty easy if you think about it:

J.A. has been in the league for what, 4 years? In those 3 with the Chiefs he had 2 D.U.I.s. Even before he joined the Chiefs he was a risky pick out of Idaho with him running into trouble with the law. Ok got all that?
Now lets go back 8 years in Chiefs history....

Its 2000 and the Chiefs sign Eric Warfield to a big contract (big by KC standards anyway) and then flashforward to 2005.... Warfield gets arrested for his 3rd DUI and is suspended by the league. How about those career stats that warrented a big contract?
Tackles 392
Sacks 1
INT 20
Over 7 years with K.C.!

Jump back to 2007, J.A. gets his 2nd DUI and is suspended by the league. The difference? J.A. is upset because the Chiefs won't negotiate a long term big contract with him. So we trade him to Minensota and draft Dorsey then Albert. Your telling me this didn't work in the Chiefs favor?? Thats mis-managment by trading a troubled player while he still has value and the reigning sack king? I think out of all the blunders KC has made, thats the smartest thing they've ever done.
Now maybe J.A. has a great year this year, which I highly doubt, I still say so what. Might wanna check out how many sacks J.A. had in the 4th quarter of games last year (0!).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Needed some laughs today

Needed tsome laughs today so I enlisted the help of Mitch Hedberg:

I like swiss cheese. It's the only cheese you can draw with a pencil and still identify. You can draw American cheese, but someone will think it's cheddar. "That's Swiss!" "Yes, it is." "But how did you know?" "Because of the f**k holes!" Swiss cheese is a rip-off; it's is the only cheese you can bite and miss. "Hey Mitch - does that sandwich have cheese on it?" "Every now and then!" I got some swiss air on that bite.

I opened up a container of yogurt, and under the lid it said "Please Try Again," because apparently they were having a contest I was unaware of. But I thought I might have opened the yogurt wrong. Or maybe Yoplait was trying to inspire me — "C'mon, Mitchell, don't give up. Please try again. A message of inspiration from your friends at Yoplait — Fruit on the bottom, hope on top."

I played golf, I'm not good at golf, I never got a hole-in-one ... but I did hit a guy. And that's way more satisfying. You're supposed to yell "fore," but I was too busy mumbling, "There ain't no way that's gonna hit him." I hit a guy in one. What's par for hitting a guy? One. If you hit a guy in two, you are an a*sho*e.

They say Diet Dr Pepper tastes just like regular Dr Pepper. Well, then, they f**k up!

My apartment is infested with koala bears. It's the cutest infestation ever. Way better than cockroaches. When I turn on the light, a bunch of koala bears scatter, but I don't want them to. I'm like, 'Hey... Hold on fellows... Let me hold one of you, and feed you a leaf.'

I was gonna get a candy bar; the button I was supposed to push was "HH", so I went to the side, I found the "H" button, I pushed it twice. F-in' potato chips came out, man, 'cause they had a "HH" button, for Christ's sakes! You need to let me know. I'm not familiar with the concept of "HH". I did not learn my AA-BB-CC's. God god, dammit dammit.

Fish are always eating other fish. If fish could scream, the ocean would be loud as shit. You would not want to submerge your head, nothing but fish going "Ahhh, f*ck! I thought I looked like that rock!"

I've got an oscillating fan at my house. The fan goes back and forth. It looks like the fan is saying "No". So I like to ask it questions that a fan would say no to. Do you keep my hair in place? Do you keep my documents in order? Do you have three settings? Liar! My fan f**king lied to me. Now I will pull the pin up. Now you ain't sayin' shi*.

I just bought a 2-bedroom house, but I think I get to decide how many bedrooms there are, don't you? "F you, real estate lady! This bedroom has an oven in it! This bedroom's got a lot of people sitting around watching TV. This bedroom is a.k.a. a hallway. This bedroom's over in that guy's house! Sir, you have one of my bedrooms, are you aware? Don't decorate it."

I was walking by a dry cleaner at 3 a.m., and it said "Sorry, we're closed." You don't have to be sorry. It's 3 a.m., and you're a dry cleaner. It would be ridiculous for me to expect you to be open. I'm not gonna walk by at ten and say, "Hey, I walked by at three, you guys were closed. Someone owes me an apology. This jacket would be halfway done!"

When I play the South, they say "y'all" in the South. They take out the "O" and the "U". So when I'm in the South I try to talk like that so people understand me. "Hello, can I have a bowl of chicken noodle s-p? Come on, I'm in the South, you understand. I mean I'm in the S-th, and I want some s-p!" "I stubbed my toe, -ch!" "I need to lay down on the c-ch!" "I need to get the fu*k -t of the S-th!"

I hope the next time I move I get a real easy phone number, something that's real easy to remember. Something like two two two two two two two two. I would say "Sweet." And then people would say, "Mitch, how do I get ahold of you?" I'd say, "Just press two for a while. And when I answer, you will know you have pressed two enough."

If you like, heres his wikipedia: Mitch Hedberg

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mo Sun's New Poker Room

Mohegan Sun finally re-opened their poker room. I still recall quite vividly the letter I received in the mail dated 09/03/03 describing that they were closing their poker room down due to lack of buisness (what a croc).
I found out later on from a dealer at foxwoods that the "real" reason they shut down was that there were illicit activities going on behind the scenes of the poker room mitigated by the over-seerer himself. But due to a clause in his contract they could not fire him? So instead they shut the room down until such a time when said contract was expired.
So almost 5 years later to the day, the new Casino of the Wind is hosting the Poker Room, and I was there to test it out Sunday night @ 9:30pm and played until 6:30am Monday. We played 1/2 NL.

Wow was the play horrible. First hand after I sit I get dealt J-J in the cutoff. Dude to my right raises to 7, I reraise to 21. BB raises to 50. OR folds. I tank, BB is goading me into pushing all-in. I just call. Flop has a K but not much else. BB bets his remaing 40. Its 40 for me to call into a pot of 140. He keeps trying to get me to call and pay him off. Hes a little drunk but I thought I probably had him. I call and show the Js, he flips up 9s. I win. Not a bad start.
My bud Joe was doing even better than me, the card gods blessed him with sets everytime he had a pair, and people obliged by throwing money at him everytime.

I got pokerstared (or fulltilted) after i limped on the button with 5-6ss. Flop is 2s-3h-4s. I call a 15 bet.
Turn is a 3. Guy bets 70, I jam for his last 80. He shows down 3-4.

I pay him back later when I slowplay my set of 5s and make a bet he cant fold to on the river.

Biggest hand of the night for me was this one:

Moved to a new table, I find 10-10 I have no reads on anyone. I raise in MP to 12. Button raises to 40, SB thinks for a bit then calls. (By the way, Button is doing a Phil Laak getup, and the SB ironically looks exactly like Todd Brunson, I shit you not)I call.

Flop is 6-3-5 two clubs.

Todd checks, I check, Phil bets 70. Todd thinks for a bit and grudingly folds. I think for a bit and decide to go big or go home. I raise to 210 and he insta-mucks. Smelled like a lower pair to me.

All-in-all after a nearly 200 buck deficit, I leave up 275. My buddy also had a nice profit even though he game a good portion of his early winnings back.

Some other tidbits:

All the dealers are new and were making tons of mistakes, most forgivable.
I was in a hand were I raised to 15 on the button with A-K. BB raised to 50, all the limpers folded and it folded around to me. I tanked for a grand 5 seconds, the dealer brought the chips to the center, pushed them to the 50 raiser and mucked the deck, all while I still had cards and was thinking. Floor was called and they ineptly were trying to reconstruct the hand. (Took 5 trys for them to figure out it was pre-flop, not on the flop). Finally things got sorted out and I ended up folding.

Rules that differ from F-woods:
No time charged, just rake. ($4 max at 1-2 NL)
No buying the button
No straddling
No "closest to the button rule" If there is a chop the players kicker in the hand (even if its not technically played) determines the extra chip. If the hands are identical (K-8 vs K- suit will determine the extra chip.

Dealer assured us they would have a rules board posted in the room by Tuesday. Also apparently tourneys (didnt elaborate) would start Tuesday.

trying to think of anything else... ask away if you have any questions.