Thursday, January 24, 2013

Poker news stories

I was skimming through the news in google reader and came across this blurb on PokerListings discussing some cryptic tweets from Kid Poker.

Seriously? The song Arms Wide Open by Creed is too hard to figure out the meaning. Geez guys. Get a pair of big boy pants. The songs about a dude finding out he's going to be a dad. Not that big a mystery. There really are far worse songs to have to endure for 4 minutes. I mean he coulda tweeted a Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga song.

Thanks for the comments!

Cool! There are still people at the other end of this! Heck, even Waffles linked to me from Tao of Fear! (Ok, that link disappeared the same day)

While the name of this blog is OhCaptain Poker, the plan is to not tell wild stories about how I made $8,000,000 playing poker at Zynga poker. Those bastards won't send me the cash. Neither will the jerks over at WSOP Poker. Or for that matter the Pokerist. And no, I will not send you my for real cash. If I have no hope for calculating an ROI, you have no hope of receiving my money. I didn't spend all that time learning how to play poker in the hopes of becoming a winning player to send guaranteed -EV money to a software vendor. Patience and free money bankroll management work just fine.

I just miss playing real poker. My money has been held captive at Full Tilt Poker for 650 days.

I'm not bitter...well...maybe a lot.

But that's also 650 days without playing much poker at all. Being a husband and dad has made the journey to the casino a rare trip. Home games aren't what they used to be and frankly, the time has been hard to come by.

So OhCaptain, what have you been doing?

Remember my kids, OhPrincess1 and OhPrincess2? They have grown like weeds. OhPrincess1 is officially a teenager now. My mentioning her here now in this capacity may have already got me into trouble. Seems teenagers want to control the message. Basically, I can't mention her. OhPrincess2? She's grown into quite the fire cracker. She's got big plans for selling Girl Scout cookies. Need any? Her goal is like 7,000 boxes. Well see.

OhCountess is still the better half. Beautiful as ever. She's gotten a new, more exciting job, she's using that masters degree now. She gave us a scare last year, but that's even looking up.

All in all, it's been pretty good.

One thing I haven't done - 2012 is the first year since, I can't remember, that I attended no big blogger gatherings. There's was a one night meetup with Chilly, Drizz, Rama Rama and others in Minneapolis, but that was it. Frankly, that's a bit of blur, but that's another post, or, um, maybe not.

I can't begin to tell you how it broke my heart to skip Mastodon weekend. I've had an on again off again romance with training and really wanted to go. A series of events and bam. No can do. I had the Kayak airfare alert set up until the day I'd have to leave. Ugh. I just can't miss things like that.

Also in 2012 was a lack of WPBT. Ugh.

2013 is a new year.

On the plus side, I got to hang out with PokahDave in Boston. Might have to share the pictures of that. We got to have several beers together and even introduced our wives. My wife and I were travelling there on trip for her job. It was great! She worked by going to classes all day and I got to go to Fenway and Sam Adams Brewing Co. It was quite awesome to hang with another beer lover.

There's probably more, but I'll get to it later. Maybe. If the stars continue to say aligned, I'll be in Las Vegas in March. I'm trying not to get too excited. It's a work thing and someone could still change their mind. It won't be me, I'm can't wait to go!

Hope all is well with you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

How's it hangin'?

I miss this blog. Anyone still out there?

I have been playing just a little poker, but not much. With the demise of online and/or my lack of desire to leave money in the wind, free poker is just so, um, ugh.

Over New Years Eve weekend, I logged 3 straight nights of casino poker. For the first time, I played $2-$6 spread limit. Odd game. On the 3rd night I think I had it figured out, but it wasn't enough to erase the "Learning Tax" of the previous two nights. Well, there's the learning the new game and a seriously rusty poker table player.

Bourbonators is still a nice part of my life. That blog has had a few more posts lately. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary this year.

I think the thing I miss most about blogging is the writing and expressing myself. It would be good for my soul to have a writing outlet again. There's a chance I'm going to be in Las Vegas sometime this spring. I'll let you know if it actually happens. Long story.

Leave a comment if this reaches you. Might be fun to get this stuff going again!