Monday, March 23, 2009

While working on my recap...

Some days we just run like a god.

I was working on my recap of Eh Vegas and playing in the Riverchasers BBT4 event basically folding every hand dealt to me. (When I sat down at the table, Kat and I were about the only two that weren't LAGtards) I did a lot of folding. Took a stab at one pot with second pair, top pair calls. It happens. I still have time and chips.

I successfuly muck hand after hand after hand only once raising and entering a pot (72o - what else - it also flopped trip 7s - BOOM - of course no one wants to play with me) until I get AA. 

OK, I took everyone's advice and played my aces hard. I just got unlucky, right? Is there yet another way I should play this?

Oh well, back to writing my recap.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hey! Midwest Bloggers...

I'm bringing Canadian money home! Finished 3rd in the Eh Vegas! tournamet. When I left, Astin and NutzCarson were heads up. There is much beer to drink...better go!

It's Canada, eh!

Successfully arrived in Toronto and have met up with many a blogger. We ate here, at the Mill Street Brewpub last night in the beautiful Distillery District. I haven't had the chance to finish sampling all the brews yet, but a valiant attempt was made. I could spend all night in this area with my camera. Fantastic place for some night photography!

After dinner and beers, we adjourned to the TuckFard's guest suite for a little cash game poker...ah, sweet blogger cash game poker money. Well, I didn't end up that much, for a $.05/.10 CAN cash game, $30 pots were not unheard of...geez!

The tournament is today. Still plenty of time to explore the great white north!

Friday, March 13, 2009

It is time - Eh!

  • Passport - Check
  • Luggage - Check
  • Accommodations - Check
  • A Pocket Full of Loonies - Check
  • Rides to & from airports - Check
  • Kids at Grandma's - Check
  • Grown Responsibilities Taken Care Of - Check
That's it. I'm out of here! It's Eh Vegas! Weekend and I'm going!

Sure, I get the big FAIL at finishing the Winter Gathering Recap prior to going to my next blogger gathering, but what's a guy to do.

I'm either going to post a lot in the next couple of days or I'm not. Since traveling south to Toronto apparently puts me into AT&T Canada, I have to disconnect my iPhone from the intertubes and spend long periods of time without bits of data to consume. Hell, I may not even be twittering much. But then again, I might just find unsecured Wi-Fi connections just sitting there open. Who knows?

The point is, I'm heading out to spend a weekend with friends. Throwing chips, take pictures, eating, drinking, throwing chips, laughing, drinking (did I say that again) and laughing some more.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Noob's First Blogger Gathering: Getting Closer to the End

I'm sitting here tonight, watching Iron Man, my bags are packed. Friday, I leave for Eh Vegas.

It's also mid March and I haven't finished my Winter Gathering recap. Way to procrastinate, don't you think?

So when we last left off, I tried to describe for you the sights and sounds of the Pinball Hall of Fame. By the responses I received from it, I'm guessing we'd better plan on going again. There are several of you that need to join us. PirateLawyer, we on? I'm in.

When we got back to the IP, I was pretty wiped. I was still feeling the effects of the large quantity of Bud Light I consumed the night before. A brief nap was in order.

After a brief siesta, OhCountess and I decided to head over to the MGM. We were told that traditionally, the blogger mixed game was there. I had also been told by numerous people that the softest cash games in town were at the MGM. Lot's of tourist who've seen the WPT and WSOP on TV there.

The blogger mixed cash game was indeed gonna start there, but I just wasn't feeling like losing money. You see, I suck at mixed games. Sure, I love razz and I did win my seat to the WBCOOP by playing O8, but this was badugi and other games I've just never heard of. I like money and have thus far have been unable to dump it freely.

Instead of joining the mixed game, I opted for a $2/$4 LHE game. I was really in the mood to try to make a few dollars. I might enjoy grinding out here for a while. Besides, I was still feeling pretty messed up from the night before.

There really wasn't much skill at this table. Several of the people were from the Midwest, not too far from where I live. One of the guys even gambled at Diamond Joes occasionally. But, for the most part, everyone just called anything just to see the flop. A few of them even went broke, just calling. I remember thinking it seemed to be like a blackjack game. Everyone would see cards.

I just wasn't feeling it though. I ground my stack into a litte pile, but just kept making rookie mistakes. The Wife was over at one of the other $2/$4 tables, she was stopping by but it didn't help. The final straw was me dropping about $40 on one hand. I had this sucker. He flopped the straight and I turned the nuts, the king high flush. When we got to the river and it was time to turn our cards over, he did indeed have the straight and I was indeed king high. Only the 2nd diamond was really a heart. I was making too many mistakes.

For my efforts and 4 hours of play, I was only down $20. Pretty amazing if you ask me. My brain just wasn't into it.

I could see the blogger mixed game from my table. It was quite the raucous event...and it looked like fun. Our dealers had even been talking about the mixed game. Seems they couldn't figure out why A) they had two tables of it and B) why they were both full of drunkard. Good times. I gotta join this game, it looked like way more fun the my table of tourists.

It wasn't nearly as late as Thursday night, which was good. I think I could have fallen asleep on the monorail on the ride home if I didn't value my wife and my life. Muhctim was with us. A pleasant conversation made sure I didn't fall asleep. Good thing too, OhCountess was zonked in my arms.

The next day we had plans. In the morning, Gracie and Sweet Sweet Pablo were getting married. For my wife and I, this was gonna be our first Las Vegas wedding. I was looking forward to seeing this group of bloggers in action. I've always been amazed at how these seemingly random people get together as what only can be described as a family. Dysfunctional at times, but when there is something big, the family pulls together.

This wedding was pulling this family together for something beautiful and of course then we were going to the big, private blogger tournament at the Venetian. Should be yet another full day.

But I guess, more on that later. It's getting late, the Riverchasers is only half done, but I'm exhausted. You parents out there will recognize that this is bedtime transition time. Never good. I'm also trying to store up some sleep since I'm pretty sure that's not gonna be a big priority this weekend. That's why we fly right?

By the way, Iron Man? That was a great movie! I can't wait for the sequel. Thank you Netflix! It won't be long and I might just feel sort of caught up.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What time is it?

Thank you Alaska Robotics (& Kat - nice find)! This is hilarious!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just in time for the BBT4: Rakeback!

I've never really talked about it here before, at least not that I remember, but the sad truth is when I signed up for poker sites, back in the day, I had no idea what rakeback was. I really liked my name, OhCaptain, and just tried to register it every where.

Well, that's kinda cool, but...

I find out that there is this thing called rakeback. You sign up for a site through an affiliate, and the affiliate slips back to you a portion of their cut. Well damn!

Over the years, I've kinda been wondering why I couldn't get it. I was a loyal customer and I just signed up through their site. Back in November, Corron10 had written a post about how he got rakeback from Full Tilt. I was surprised but skeptical. I made him a comment and he replied. Heck, even Al was in the comment chain.

Off to I went, signed up and sent them an email. Real polite email. They replied back that Full Tilt had been experimenting with giving some players rakeback and they would submit my information to see what they could do.

Time passes.

Well, the spam catcher at Gmail must be extra good and my ability to remember just exactly how much I had in my account must be slipping because for a little over a month...I've had rakeback!

Whew! Thanks Corron10! Thanks RakebackPros! Thanks Full Tilt Poker! Thanks to anyone else they may have helped. This is AWESOME!
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Oh...busted 49th in the Riverchasers tonight. Slow, painful card death and weak passive play are not how I like to spend my night...geez!

Monday, March 2, 2009

BBT4 has begun

I know, everyone else got this out much sooner. Bite me. You want my cold, come get it. RakeFeeder took down the Blogger Big Game yesterday. Job well done! I'm not sure how many of these I will play, but I hoping for a number > 0. You don't even need to be a blogger to play. If you are reading this, you are welcome to join the chaos. Just don't bitch to me if you get sucked out on by some sick call. It's donkey poker for Pete's sake.

Enjoy!Check Al’s site for full details.

Here is the game rotation.

Tournament: Brit Blogger Game
When: Sunday’s at 16:00ET
Game: NLHE
Buyin: $5+.50
Password: donkament

Tournament: PPI / Riverchasers Tournament
When: Monday’s at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $24+2 or token
Password: riverchasers

Tournament: Blogger Skillz Game
When: Tuesday’s at 21:30ET
Game: rotation of non-NLHE games
Buyin: $10+1
Password: skillz

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday’s at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1