Thursday, November 17, 2005

Not again!!

Been playin’ against some person who’s been pushing hard and often, but we’ve seen plenty of good cards from him. In fact, when I went all in against him with my 88 (my first pocket pair in over 128 hands), he showed us his third AA. Un-FUCKING real. Lucky me hits a set on the flop and doubles up! Nice breather for a change, there are some huge stacks at this table and the cards have not been hitting me for weeks.

My button cards have totally sucked as of late (as the rest of mine have). Plenty of 52o, 83o, J3o. And while I have see only one pocket pair in the last 128 hands, crap like the K3, Q4, and J2 will hit me about 1:10.

Let’s see, BB I had Q2, SB I have J2, now on the button…Q2s (with 4 BB to me—fold thank you, missed the flop, LP on the turn with a flush draw on board). I am 12 of 1 with 7 money.

Whoo hoo Jqo at a new table with a 6 BB bet to me from a frickin HUGE stack I have yet to see so I will get out of the way. Fold my 73o. 9To at CO-3 with 4 BB to me…fold. Now K4o to me at MP.  Q2o UTG (Q on the flop, perhaps I should have stuck around).
J4o BB Whoo hoo, doubled up on that one! Q5 SB, fold (woulda hit my 5). Now the HAMMER. Had to fold with 4 BB to me (we are now 100/200). Just got a 93o in CO.

Thanks to that last double, I’m now 8 of 13. Just got a Dolly Parton o at CO-2.JQo and they fucked me with a flipping straight draw. 22 in SB had to raise as the table is short. FUCK my set of 2’s just got busted by a set of 4’s!! Now down to 735 and all in with an A2. Up against KK, and oh my God, caught a set of 2’s!!

Just doubled again, now 8 of 11 and still in it!!
Seat 3: BillyNU480 (4640 in chips)
Seat 4: fhoots (6171 in chips)
Seat 6: Budohorseman (1906 in chips)
Seat 7: duggras (5204 in chips)
Seat 8: dragomiloff (10747 in chips)
Seat 9: LeftyAces (5664 in chips)
BillyNU480: posts small blind 100
fhoots: posts big blind 200
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Budohorseman [Js Ad]
Budohorseman: raises 200 to 400
duggras: folds
dragomiloff: calls 400
LeftyAces: calls 400
BillyNU480: folds
fhoots: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [4h Jd Qh]
fhoots: bets 200
Budohorseman: raises 400 to 600
dragomiloff: folds
LeftyAces: folds
fhoots: calls 400
*** TURN *** [4h Jd Qh] [Jh]
fhoots: checks
Budohorseman: bets 500
fhoots: calls 500
*** RIVER *** [4h Jd Qh Jh] [Qd]
fhoots: checks
Budohorseman: bets 406 and is all-in
duggras is sitting out
fhoots: calls 406
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Budohorseman: shows [Js Ad] (a full house, Jacks full of Queens)
fhoots: shows [Ks Th] (two pair, Queens and Jacks)
Budohorseman collected 4712 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4712 | Rake 0
Board [4h Jd Qh Jh Qd]
Seat 3: BillyNU480 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: fhoots (big blind) showed [Ks Th] and lost with two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 6: Budohorseman showed [Js Ad] and won (4712) with a full house, Jacks full of Queens
Seat 7: duggras folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: dragomiloff folded on the Flop
Seat 9: LeftyAces (button) folded on the Flop

A5o button—fold (to the 6BB’s to me). 78o UTG with 3BB to me. QTs on the button. Fuck, that hurt!!

Now 3K in CO fold cause I’m crippled and it’s 2 seats to money…
But I would have had the flush, FUCK!!

Ato and shit on the flop, I hate wasting chips. 45o gotta remember I’m short stack and everyone will call me or raise me. J4o. Q7o UTG+1 and fold…and someone left the table…bubble time. 6To UTG—fold. J4o in the BB got it!! 64s in the SB and lost it. 23o on the button…fucking typical. Did I mention that I am now 8 of 8?

25o in the CO. Wouldda had a pair of 6’s and 4’s with the potential to be dominated by  J’s x’s and a flush…96o and fold. Christ, if I bet now everyone will fold to me…QQ!! Time to bubble out!! Up vs Jas, fuck flushed on the river. Rest of table gets money thanks to me (

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Government & Gambling

So what is it about our government and on-line gambling, or just gambling in general for that matter? Is it those old ties to mob? The stance against it is out dated and out of touch with what the people want.

For a majority of offshore gambling site (cards/slots/booking) most will claim about 50% of their business is from the US. We are also talking about 10’s to 100’s of millions of dollars as well. Perhaps today’s crooks politicians are upset because they are not getting a part of it?

They will say they are doing it to protect us from ourselves. After all, once you start, the typical American will be unable to prevent themselves from gambling away their rent/mortgage, car payments, retirement funds, or even, gasp, their taxes!!

So let’s see here, we have ten’s to hundreds of thousands of people in this county playing cards on-line every week, millions of visits to Vegas, Atlanta, etc every year and of course the government would love to go after those of us who play ‘illegally’ on-line. How’s that for representing the people!

It would be very sad if the only place left to legally gamble on-line in this country were the stock market. It too requires that mix of skill and luck that you find sitting at a poker table. There are swings up and down for both. Those that rely completely on luck typically find themselves running short on cash quickly and regularly. Those that have skill can consistently come away from the table with a healthy amount of cash. Those who have both know how to take advantage of when they are lucky and leverage their skill the rest of the time and walk away with huge stacks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Death Penalty

Heard something very funny today. The number of people who are executed in this country is actually down a bit. Death penalty advocates are saying it is because more people fear this punishment than ever before. Those on the opposition say it’s because jurors have more option available to them. Personally, I’m more with the latter camp, because if you ask me, the advocates just really don’t have a clue.

The advocates assume that people actually think about the consequences of their actions before committing a crime. Those who actually plan out a crime before committing it work out how not to get caught; I really doubt the consequences of what will happen if they actually do get caught even cross their minds.

Let’s look at it this way, something like 85% plus of this country’s population claims to be Christian. The divorce rate in this country is about 50%ish. Divorce by the state is not annulment by the church; therefore nearly 50% of all Christians will be spending eternity in Hell for violating one of the commandments. And that does not even touch the all but .01% of them who will spend all of eternity suffering in the fiery pits of Hell for taking God’s name in vain!

The consequences of ones actions are usually not considered until you are facing those consequences. Once that happens, our attention will immediately shift away to justifying those actions or minimizing the impact by pleading to something lesser. Consequences be dammed.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Bad Beat at WWdN Invitational #5

Well, at the WWdN Invitational #5 I went out in a disappointing 61st. My stack was not the greatest, but I finally had the chance to double-up when the bad beat hit! Well, if you gotta bust out, this is the way to do it, tough to get faulted on it.

PokerStars Game #3033754036: Tournament #14856143, Hold'em No Limit - Level V (75/150) - 2005/11/11 - 20:06:57 (ET)Table '14856143 8'
Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: rmd1023 (3898 in chips)
Seat 2: roughkat (2535 in chips)
Seat 3: mirven (2017 in chips)
Seat 4: OtterChaos (3925 in chips)
Seat 5: KurtReply (1610 in chips)
Seat 6: TripJax (1590 in chips)
Seat 7: April98 (510 in chips)
Seat 8: Budohorseman (1530 in chips)
Seat 9: torgeauxSA (2495 in chips)
KurtReply: posts small blind 75
TripJax: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Budohorseman [Js Td]
April98: folds
Budohorseman: calls 150
torgeauxSA: folds
rmd1023: folds
roughkat: calls 150
mirven: folds
OtterChaos: folds
KurtReply: folds
TripJax: checks
*** FLOP ***
[8c 9d Qd]
TripJax: checks
Budohorseman: bets 150
roughkat: raises 300 to 450
TripJax: folds
Budohorseman: raises 300 to 750
roughkat: raises 1635 to 2385 and is all-in
Budohorseman: calls 630 and is all-in
*** TURN ***
[8c 9d Qd] [Qh]
*** RIVER ***
[8c 9d Qd Qh] [4s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Budohorseman: shows [Js Td] (a straight, Eight to Queen)
roughkat: shows [8s 8d] (a full house, Eights full of Queens)
roughkat collected 3285 from pot
Budohorseman [observer] said, "ouch"
roughkat said, "nh"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3285 | Rake 0
Board [8c 9d Qd Qh 4s]
Seat 1: rmd1023 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: roughkat showed [8s 8d] and won (3285) with a full house, Eights full of Queens
Seat 3: mirven folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: OtterChaos (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: KurtReply (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: TripJax (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: April98 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Budohorseman showed [Js Td] and lost with a straight, Eight to Queen
Seat 9: torgeauxSA folded before Flop (didn't bet)

A Republican Budget

Don’t you just love those Conservative Republicans? They are a bunch of really great people who care and can see clearly. To pay to rebuild the Gulf Coast they want to cut all public services that help the poor. After all, it was mostly the poor who got screwed so they should pay for it right?

In fact, let’s just give them a budget they can all truly appreciate. Let’s propose that for anyone making less than $125,000 a year they should pay a tax rate of 50%, after all, they are the only ones who use these tax programs, right? But since $125,000 isn’t really wealthy, but they are on their way, anyone between $125,000 and $500,000 will only need to pay 15%, that should help motivate them to put their money where it will do the most good, to help them make more money to make it to the next tax bracket.

For those in the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range, they will of course not pay any taxes. They need to keep that money pumping through the system, investing in companies, moving all of their technical jobs to India and China, manufacturing to Latin America etc. Once we finally get rid of this whole Tariff nonsense then the imports can really start rolling in, along with the additional profits!!

For those who break that $1,000,000 tax bracket, they will receive an additional 10% from the taxes collect from all the proletariats as part of a ‘spending initiative’ program. That will keep all that tax money from the good hard working Americans where it will do the most good.

Since it has been observed that all the children of wealthy Americans do so well in their private schools, we should remove the section of the tax code that allows the taxpayers to receive credits for their dependents and instead charge them for their dependents. This money can then be pumped directly into our Faith-based initiative program available through your specially screened and approved Evangelical School, while closing all public schools, saving us millions. For those who still can not afford the tuition, because school is still required by law, Community Services programs will be available where the entire family can work together for 15 hours every weekend mowing lawns along the highways, cleaning government building and approved corporate building etc.

As a bonus, all donations to the GoP will count double towards your tax bracket (except for the 50% bracket) and will count as taxes paid (if applicable). We just want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

But until such time as we can put this all into affect, please rest assured that we will continue to reduce the tax burden on our most influential Americans and will continue to support corporate America as we relieve them of obligations of paying pensions, help reduce benefits to employees and increase employee contributions all so CEO’s and top-level executives can continue to be compensated at levels of 750 times that of their average worker, before their bonuses!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Boycotting Aruba?!?!

OK people; let’s get over ourselves. The mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway and the mayor of Alabama are trying to get a travel boycott against Aruba because “feels Aruba isn't doing all it can to solve the case.”

Yes, it is tragic that the girl is missing and we can all feel for her family and friends. But now the mayor of Alabama and her mother want to stop travel to this country. All I can say to that is, “What the Fuck?” In fact, we should boycott all travel to Alabama because I’m sure there is at least one person missing, at least one unsolved murder, at least one unsolved rape, at least one unsolved…in that state and they are obviously not doing all they can to solve those cases.

Oh wait, that’s right, she’s an American. Hell, she’s probably a “good Christian girl” as well. Better shut down the entire fucking country and find the American girl! So what if some local is also missing, killed, etc—they are not American so they are not important.

We have clearly become a nation on its downslide. I’ve heard it asked if the people of the Roman Empire knew it when their empire was failing. Sadly, it seems as if we can answer that question today. Those in top layer of politics, business, and the very wealthy just see unending glory. As you start moving your way down, I think more and more people can see clearly that the country is slowly failing.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Stock Alert!!

Attention! Attention!

Today I bought shares in Ameristar Casinos (NASDAQ:ASCA) so if history holds true, over the next two weeks it will shed 15%-35% of it’s value over the next two weeks and then spend about six months slowly creeping back up to today’s prices.

Next month I think that I will dump some more into my Morning Star Mid-Cap Value index fund. It has taken quite a beating since I last put anything into it, so it seems like a good time to go in again. Not sure what else I will be looking into, we shall see…