Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Seamless Web: An Ode

I've fallen in love with my fair maiden's voice
A website of such simplicity and breadth of choice
Your food will arrive with no muss and fuss
Just give it a try and don't be a wuss


I've been on Seamless now for nearly two years and I couldn't live without it. Best feature: The ability to leave the tip on your credit card. When the food arrives, just sign your name and get your goodies. No fumbling around for money or change.

Da bomb!

The effects of Scrabulous

Hasboro won their fight to get Scrabulous taken off Facebook.

Dawn Summers lost an organ as a result.

WSP hopes Dawn gets better soon and that Hasboro would not be the corporate assface we know it is.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight review

Two words: Fucking Awesome

No other way to describe it. The movie is dense in plot, rich in character development and every word you've heard about Heath Ledger's performance is true. His Joker is complex, nuanced and genuinely terrifying. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like Barney the Dinosaur.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm illin'....

Last Thursday, at about 3:00p, I started to feel cold. The A/C at work is up pretty high in the summer but never so bad that I would feel this cold. After all, we're in an office environment on a large floor and everything is usually relatively moderated as far as that's concerned. So it was pretty unusual when I started shivering. I went downstairs to get me a cup of hot tea (always helpful) and maybe even warm up outside. The walk outside did make me feel better, temperature-wise, but I still felt a bit weak in my legs and in my head. And I started sweating more than I normally would just going outside. A cold sweat.


I felt my head, just like my mother would, for temperature. I don't know why this is a time honored method, because I don't think I'm super-human in my skin temperature reading abilities, but I'll be damned if I didn't feel a little flush on the forehead. I finished up my work day and headed home. By the time I made it back (a normally pleasant 15 minute walk), I knew I wasn't going in to work the next day. I was shivering and weak and I had lost my appetite already.

Thus began the really crappy weekend. From Thursday until Tuesday morning, I didn't leave my apartment. Ali, bless her beautiful (outside and inside) soul, brought me Shiksa Chicken Soup, which is to say a quart of Ben's Chicken Soup. She even stuck around and watched some TV with me. Project Runway. Sadly, I liked the show. Clearly, I had caught something serious.
Alone in my apartment for all that time, I played a lot of video games and managed to play some online poker too. I won two HORSE sit'n'gos (one with Matty Ebs in attendance) and gave back all my winnings at limit Stud/8 and Razz. I was drawing something awful this past weekend at those games. I'm not talking about "oh I missed the 3 cards I needed for a low". I mean I had 20 outs with 3 streets to go and I whiffed every one. That kind of bad.

Here's the worst miss I had:

The game is Stud/8 -
I'm dealt (Ah 2h) 7h. A guy with an Ace showing completes to $5 (this was $5/$10) and two people call. I call is well with 3 hearts and a 7 perfect low draw.

Fourth Street - 4h. Wow, could I have asked for a more perfect card? Even better, none of the callers in the pot had two low cards, so they were either all going high or I was at least leading the low draw. And a scoop was looking good too! It checked to me and I bet $5. Everyone called. At this point, I had 21 outs to improve my hand to either a low or a flush or both. In reality, it was about 17 outs given that a few hearts and low cards were already visible or mucked. Still, 17 outs on three streets gives me about an 85% chance of improving.

I'll make a long story short, but after betting and/or raising every street, I whiffed and ended up with Ace-King high. The winning hand for a $200+ pot (and the scoop) was a pair of 7's!


This was not the only time I missed that kind of draw and I became increasingly frustrated. Luckily, I played pretty well in NLHE and was able to make at least some of my money back, though I did donk off $25 sitting next to LJ at a little .25/.50 NLHE game. She quadrupled her buyin by playing nice and tight and getting paid off like a MOFO on AA, KK and JJ. I, on the other hand, flopped top/top against KK and AA and paid off both of them. Sue me for not thinking too much of the $8 in my stack at this stupid stupid game!

Tonight is my band's gig at the 'R' Bar at 218 Bowery. It's 3 hours before the gig as I'm writing this but it won't be posted until tomorrow, most likely. Needless to say, we rocked!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Somebody tell Dawn to stop plagarizing me

Her recent post on the rules of O/8 looks oddly familiar....

Treachery is afoot. Bwahahahahahaha!

Almost Famous: a review

I finally got around to seeing Almost Famous, the movie, tonight. I can't believe it's taken me this long to see it. As far as coming of age movies go, it's definitely up there with some of the better ones I've seen. And the subject matter is right up my alley. The soundtrack is phenomenal. It's a real shame that they just don't make this kind of music anymore. It's hard to say what it is. Is it that the audience tastes have changed? Or is it the move from analog to digital that killed the sounds of yesteryear? Probably some combination of the two.

Kate Hudson was incredible as Penny Lane. Without a doubt, the highlight of the movie. They never make a gimick of her age or her background. She is who she is and she's happy about it, though not always. She ends up being used and thrown out and it's the 15 year old William who's the only one who can see the damage the whole circus has brought on everyone else. Just awesome.

Oh, the two best lines of the movie:

Topeka Party Go-er: "You wanna see me feed a mouse to my snake?"
Russell (on acid): "YES!"

Lester Bangs:"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool"

That last one really kills me.

Also, the passion the movie has about music is extraordinarily visceral. At least it was to me. How I feel watching that movie is how I felt on the carpet of my brother's room going through his LP collection while he was out of the house. That was a big no-no, by the way, since he had a state of the art record player with a top of the line needle. But I did it anyway. I first heard all of the music from the movie on the floor of his room. It was always musty in there, and it smelled like stale cigarette smoke. I heard the albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Let It Be, Tommy, Led Zeppelin II, Goats Head Soup, along with countless others in that room. I remember the dirty orange shag carpet feel on my knees as I flipped endlessly through crates of records and stacks of old .45's. I remember the fear I felt when I didn't know how to thread the tape through the Reel to Reel machine and ended up chewing up the first minute of Led Zeppelin I. I remember the red covered WHO music book where I first learned the lyrics to Baba O' Riley, the first song I ever learned the lyrics to.

This movie took me back to all of that and made me remember why I loved music in the first place. And if that's not an endorsement of a movie, then I don't know what is.

Friday, July 18, 2008

ABBA = Nazis

Frida Lyngstad, one of the two females in the original group, ABBA, was the product of a Nazi eugenics program.

Hey, I can't make this shit up:

So there you have it. Proof positive that ABBA is evil.

Wanna feel better about yourself?

Then read this. If you think *you* have problems, it probably doesn't comapare to the team of psychiatrists this woman is going to need.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Oracle of Facebook

Ever since I got on Facebook, not all that long ago, I've been as enamored of it as you can be with an online application. It's such a leap forward from MySpace that I'm sure the folks at MySpace were shitting themselves the first day it came online. I like to think of Facebook as the MySpace that adults can use. And sure enough, there are many many many adults of all ages who use it. It's got a clean interface, it's super easy and intuitive and it's great at allowing you to browse for connections to other people. In fact, it makes it fun to do so. So much so that people have dubbed it 'crackbook' for its addictive traits.

As a quick aside here, I think the whole analogy of comparing addictive things to crack by putting the word 'crack' into them (EverQuest = EverCrack, Facebook = Crackbook, Cooked Cocaine = Crack) is kinda worn out. But it still gets the point across. Moving on...

I've added a whole bunch of people as friends in the last few weeks and it seems that the more people I add, the more faces I see that I want to add. Like a snowball rolling down a hill (another overworn analogy), the list keeps growing because the more connections I make, the more potential connections I have to add. I've even made a few connections to people that have been coincidental, in the sense that I had past connections with these people I didn't know about.

For example, I recently added an old college girl-friend (a friend who's a girl, not the kind you sleep with and take out on dates who then breaks up with you in a hideous fashion) as a friend. We sent an email or two back and forth and that was pretty much it. She's married now and it's been 15 years since college so there isn't a whole lot to say. A few weeks after that, I got a random email from my oldest brother's *high school girlfriend* (the kind he slept with and took out on dates and broke up with him in a hideous fashion). It was strange that she would have found me because why was she looking for me? Wouldn't she naturally have searched for my brother, who isn't on Facebook, if she was looking to reminisce? When I asked her how she found me, she blew me away by telling me she was married to my college girl-friend's brother! What's more, she married him in 1990, the year I entered college. Which means that the entire time I knew my college girl-friend, her sister-in-law was my brother's high school girlfriend and I never knew it. Freaky.

The whole facebook phenomenon is like playing the Long Island Name Game every hour of every day. It's sick how close of a community you have and don't even realize it.

Another example. I added a friend from high school (also a platonic girlfriend) and as I was browsing through her friends (the best way to expand your connections), I came across an oddly familiar name. It was Jennifer Stevens Madoff. I looked at her picture, and I've never seen her before in my life that I know of, but the last name is the same as that of a friend I had in summer camp way back in 1984. Roger Madoff. Madoff is kind of an unusual last name, and the fact that this girl Jennifer had added her maiden name to her facebook profile would normally indicate that she was married to someone named Madoff (assuming she took her husband's name). But the weird part is her profile said she was in a relationship with someone named Jacob Dickson. Not divorced. In a relationship with someone else. I was confused. I went through the list of Jennifer Madoff's friends and one of them was an Eric Poritzky. Now Eric also went to camp with me so the odds of her being related somehow to Roger increased dramatically. But Roger was not in her friends list and I couldn't find a profile for him on Facebook. Roger was such a cool guy, even way back in camp, that I really thought it would be neat to get back in touch with him. I did another search and found not a profile, but a group called something like "Run for Roger Madoff". Uh-oh. That's not good, right? No one organizes runs for people unless there's something wrong.

Turns out Roger is dead.

I read the description for the group and it seems that my old friend, whom I hadn't seen since I was 13 years old, contracted Leukemia in 2002 and died in 2006. A picture they had of him confirms to me it's the same guy.

I was, and still am, heartbroken. True, this guy wasn't my BFF or anything, but I have such fond memories of us spending time together in camp. We did a lot of great stuff together; softball on the 'B' team, Tennis, camping, hound and hares. Roger was just about my speed at everything and he was one of the more geniunely nice and sweet kids in my group. Besides, it's awful to think that anyone who's in their early 30's would be dead from anything but a drug overdose, car accident or gunshot. There's something unholy about taking a man so young and full of promise as I'm sure Roger was.

This is exactly how I felt when a friend of mine from high school, Jason Dobin, died in 2003 from Cystic Fibrosis at age 31. He was an actor of great promise and the most consistently funny guy I've ever met to this day. His comic timing was actually dangerous and there was more than one instance when a well placed one-liner would cause the car we were in to swerve into oncoming traffic while the driver shook with laughter. What a waste of promise and potential. I feel more sad for the world that didn't get to know him.

Both of them, actually. This might very well be the great defining capability of Facebook actually. It not only keeps us in touch with people we've missed throughout their lives, but it also reminds us that not everyone is still here.

Or maybe I'm just being melancholy right now. It's hard to tell.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Go Pros...Go!

At the Main Event, Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth are still in the running, and fairly healthy, with 79 players left out of 6844 at the end of day 5.

I would LOVE to see a pro take down the main event this year, or even just final table it, because it will go a long way towards proving that being a professional and knowing how to play the game still count in large fields. I believe that in my heart. Not to mention that a name pro winning this thing will help out EVERYONE in terms of visibility of the game. After the carnage that was the UIGE of 2006, we could use a boost now that things are starting to loosen up again.

How Fritzle got his groove back

I had a nice dinner tonight with W and Viv. We went to SEA on 2nd Avenue and 4th street in the East Village and the food was fantastic (and cheap!). The full menu was as follows:

One bowl Tom Kha Gai soup for Wendy (Did I mention this was Thai food?)
Two glasses of Thai Iced tea for Viv and I
One order of Chicken Pattaya Noodles
One order of Crispy Salmon
One order of Beef Massaman Curry
Multiple orders of White rice (they only give you a little scoop for everyone!)

Total bill per person, including tax and a 22% tip: $21. Shweet!

It was such a nice night out that we walked over to the Salami Club, about a 10 minute walk, and digested a bit before settling in to a nice night of cards. We got there at 11:00p and the club had two full tables going. Enough people streamed in that we were actually able to get a 3rd table going and fill that up too! I haven't seen three full tables there since the days of $1/$2 NL, long gone. I was flopping good all night and actually only lost two hands that I was involved in past the flop. One, I had A2 suited on the button and it folded to me. I raised to $15, trying to take down the binds and was called by a nice gentleman in the SB and W in the BB, who moaned that I was "ruining the chop". Flop was 33Q. Both players checked and I bet out $40. The gentleman folded and W called. "You'd better check this down," she said. Ok. We did and she showed me a 3s7s for the flopped trips. Hey, you win some you lose some. This only stung because she MURDERED me at Backgammon just a few minutes before. Since we had to wait for a few minutes for the 3rd table to open up, we played for $5 a point. She was KILLING the dice. Even *she* admitted she was winning more about the dice than anyone's skill, and that's saying something. She was up $40 pretty quickly before I finally won $5 back and then we had to start the game. So her flopping lucky on me was just an extension of this. However, what she didn't know is that she used up all her luck on me and I was just waiting for the big game to start.

After losing the pot to W, I couldn't lose. I limped in the SB with 34o and saw a flop of 2c-5s-6s. I bet out 20 and get a raise to 65 and then a call. I quickly re-raise to 150 on top and wait while the raiser sweats it out. He eventually folds what he *claims* is a set but we'll never know. The other player folded as well and I'm glad I was able to protect my hand! I also won a nice pot with AA and another nice pot with T2 in the SB (another limp) and the board of TT8 on the flop. An 8 on the turn sealed it up for me and the player I was up against wisely laid down Jacks when I check raised him on the turn bet.

The only other pot I lost all night was a min-loss and a good laydown on my part. I had T3 in the SB and completed the bet to 5 when a few limpers came around to me. The flop was K43 rainbow. I checked it and it checked all around. Turn is a Ten, making me middle two pair. I'm not worried about KT because I can't imagine KT wouldn't bet the flop with so many players. I lead out with 20 and get two callers. River is a 5. Board is now K43T5. I check because I'm feeling ambivalent about the hand since the 5 made a straight draw. A tight player, who hasn't played more than three hands so far tonight, bets out the pot, 75 dollars. The third player folds and it comes to me and I go into the tank. I start weighing the possibilities against me. KT keeps coming to mind as the most likely hand, but again I can't see him not betting the flop. 67 is a gutshot, so I discount that. Maybe A2? Maybe K5? K4? Finally, I decide to bow to his image and muck my hand. He flashes me KK and says, "Good laydown". Yes sir, it was.

I left after two hours with $803 off a $300 buyin. Rack and run, baby! I'm running pretty well in cash lately and I hope it continues!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Movie Review - The Wizard of Oz

Ok, so this isn't really a movie review. But, if for some odd reason you haven't seen the movie, see it! Moron!

I went last night to Hudson River Park, at Pier 46, to see this movie outdoors. It was spectacular. The weather was the absolute best you could expect of a summer night, the sky was clear and the company (Ali) was amazing. Ali and I met up at Murray's cheese at 6:45p to pick out our dinner. We got three hunks of different cheeses, including a nice nutty manchego with quince paste (look it up, I'm too lazy to link) and a fresh baguette from Amy's Breads.

We walked over to the pier through the West Village and when we got there we were nearly overrun by children. They were everywhere and for a second I thought that we would be the only adults there. But not to worry, The Wizard Of Oz outdoors on a summer night is too good of an idea to not attract a few more people. Sure enough, on second glance, there were plenty of adults around. In fact, the astro turf of the pier (softer than the astro turf of my youth) was covered with blankets. The best we could do for seating was all the way up front but it was actually great. We weren't cramped in and had an unobstructed view of the screen.

Five minutes after we got there, Viv showed up with her friend Lou. She TOTALLY scammed my idea (which, truth be told, was nicked by me from Abby) and they spread out a blanket next to us. 20 minutes later, I see Lisa and Andy scoping their own place! They also spread out next to us and the six of us shared all of our food and had a nice picnic together.

The movie started at dusk and it was a wonderful experience. Laying out under the stars (you could see the little dipper last night!) on a blanket and pillow, your best girl by your side and your stomach full of wine and cheese and bread, watching Dorothy throwing down bombs (or buckets of water) on the Wicked Witch of the West was just heaven.

If you have the chance to do one of these movies outdoors things, do it. There's plenty to choose from: http://neighborbeeblog.com/2008/06/20/bee-reel-go-outside-already/

Online donkery: Lemon, Lemon...Cherry!

I'm Fritzle.

This is my fourth hand at the table. I haven't played a single hand yet.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7192980566: Table Lineshack - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:00:36 ET - 2008/07/12
Seat 1: gomel777 ($156.50)
Seat 2: Fritzle ($118) <----ME
Seat 3: mbdv ($231.65)
Seat 4: MasterChen ($316.35)
Seat 5: JiggaTing ($285.20)
Seat 6: mts7221 ($90.50) <----Moronic Villian
Seat 7: RikaKazak ($522.60)
Seat 8: Pepper117 ($41)
Seat 9: Dino21Might ($201)
mts7221 posts the small blind of $1
RikaKazak posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fritzle [Kh Ks]
Pepper117 folds
Dino21Might folds
gomel777 folds
Fritzle raises to $8 <----A gentle raise with pocket Kings
mbdv folds
MasterChen folds
JiggaTing folds
mts7221 calls $7 <----Defending the small blind? Heads up?
RikaKazak folds
*** FLOP *** [6h 7d Qd]
mts7221 checks
Fritzle bets $15 <---Pot size bet on the flush draw board.
mts7221 calls $15 <-----A call is weak here. Unless he flopped a monster.
*** TURN *** [6h 7d Qd] [9s] <----The 9s seems harmless to me.
mts7221 checks <-----He checks out of position. Missed flush draw?
Fritzle bets $95, and is all in <---Pot is over $45 at this point. I want to take it down.
mts7221 calls $67.50, and is all in <----Call! I assume he has a set.
Fritzle shows [Kh Ks]
mts7221 shows [7c 9c] <----WTF? He called PF and on the flop with this garbage?
Uncalled bet of $27.50 returned to Fritzle
*** RIVER *** [6h 7d Qd 9s] [3d]
Fritzle shows a pair of Kings
mts7221 shows two pair, Nines and Sevens
mts7221 wins the pot ($180) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $183 Rake $3
Board: [6h 7d Qd 9s 3d]
Seat 1: gomel777 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Fritzle showed [Kh Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 3: mbdv didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: MasterChen didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: JiggaTing (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: mts7221 (small blind) showed [7c 9c] and won ($180) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
Seat 7: RikaKazak (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 8: Pepper117 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: Dino21Might didn't bet (folded)

Cooler. What a cooler. The bad play on this part was astounding. I shake it off and concentrate on trying to double up the little stack I'm left with.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7193025841: Table Lineshack - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 16:04:06 ET - 2008/07/12
Seat 1: gomel777 ($162.85)
Seat 2: Fritzle ($23.50)
Seat 3: mbdv ($241.65)
Seat 4: MasterChen ($316.35)
Seat 5: JiggaTing ($285.20)
Seat 6: mts7221 ($174)
Seat 7: RikaKazak ($519.60)
Seat 8: Pepper117 ($47)
Seat 9: Dino21Might ($189)
gomel777 posts the small blind of $1
Fritzle posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fritzle [Ad Kd]
mbdv folds
MasterChen folds
JiggaTing raises to $7
mts7221 folds
RikaKazak folds
Pepper117 calls $7
Dino21Might folds
gomel777 folds
Fritzle raises to $23.50, and is all in
JiggaTing has 15 seconds left to act
JiggaTing calls $16.50
Pepper117 folds
Fritzle shows [Ad Kd]
JiggaTing shows [7h 7c]
*** FLOP *** [5c 3h Jh]
*** TURN *** [5c 3h Jh] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [5c 3h Jh 3d] [9d]
Fritzle shows a pair of Threes
JiggaTing shows two pair, Sevens and Threes
JiggaTing wins the pot ($52.25) with two pair, Sevens and Threes
Fritzle is sitting out
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $55 Rake $2.75
Board: [5c 3h Jh 3d 9d]
Seat 1: gomel777 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Fritzle (big blind) showed [Ad Kd] and lost with a pair of Threes
Seat 3: mbdv didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: MasterChen didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: JiggaTing showed [7h 7c] and won ($52.25) with two pair, Sevens and Threes
Seat 6: mts7221 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: RikaKazak didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: Pepper117 folded before the Flop
Seat 9: Dino21Might (button) didn't bet (folded)

Ok, so I lost a race with AK suited. No biggie. I didn't feel bad about this one. I buy in for another $80 (my first buyin was $120) and I manage to double it up in about 45 minutes on a few little pots. Then...another cooler.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7193773293: Table Lineshack - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:02:04 ET - 2008/07/12
Seat 1: Bone4AK ($186.10)
Seat 2: Fritzle ($166)
Seat 3: mbdv ($258.30)
Seat 4: MasterChen ($322)
Seat 5: PJam_JR ($200.40)
Seat 6: The Good Life11 ($203)
Seat 7: BoooomBaby7 ($373)
Seat 8: mamar ($72.65)
Seat 9: 12pp ($40)
mbdv posts the small blind of $1
MasterChen posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fritzle [Kd Ad]
PJam_JR raises to $7
The Good Life11 folds
BoooomBaby7 folds
mamar folds
12pp folds
Bone4AK folds
Fritzle calls $7
BoooomBaby7 has been disconnected
mbdv folds
MasterChen folds
BoooomBaby7 has reconnected
*** FLOP *** [As Qc Ac]
PJam_JR bets $10
Fritzle calls $10
*** TURN *** [As Qc Ac] [7d]
PJam_JR checks
Fritzle bets $20
PJam_JR calls $20
*** RIVER *** [As Qc Ac 7d] [5h]
PJam_JR bets $50
Fritzle calls $50
*** SHOW DOWN ***
PJam_JR shows [Qd Qs] a full house, Queens full of Aces
BoooomBaby7: goodlife... did you have an A that hand?
Fritzle mucks
PJam_JR wins the pot ($174) with a full house, Queens full of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $177 Rake $3
Board: [As Qc Ac 7d 5h]
Seat 1: Bone4AK didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: Fritzle (button) mucked [Kd Ad] - three of a kind, Aces
Seat 3: mbdv (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: MasterChen (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 5: PJam_JR showed [Qd Qs] and won ($174) with a full house, Queens full of Aces
Seat 6: The Good Life11 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: BoooomBaby7 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: mamar didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: 12pp didn't bet (folded)

Another AK suited goes down in flames on what seems like a perfect flop. I felt a little wierd about the betting given his tentative call of my $20 bet on the turn. Little did he know that if he had pushed all in almost anywhere during the betting, I would have called. A perfect flop to felt me and my chip stack is halved.

Until the poker gods see fit to give most of it back.

Full Tilt Poker Game #7193971830: Table Lineshack - $1/$2 - No Limit Hold'em - 17:18:03 ET - 2008/07/12
Seat 1: Bone4AK ($204)
Seat 2: Fritzle ($92.40)
Seat 3: mbdv ($266.95)
Seat 4: MasterChen ($313)
Seat 5: PJam_JR ($286.70)
Seat 6: The Good Life11 ($222.55)
Seat 7: BoooomBaby7 ($365)
Seat 8: mamar ($74.65)
Seat 9: 12pp ($79)
Bone4AK posts the small blind of $1
Fritzle posts the big blind of $2
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Fritzle [Td 8d] <---I'm in the Big Blind here.
mbdv folds
MasterChen folds
PJam_JR calls $2
The Good Life11 has 15 seconds left to act
The Good Life11 calls $2
BoooomBaby7 folds
mamar folds
12pp folds
Bone4AK folds
Fritzle checks
*** FLOP *** [9c 7d 3d] <---No raise pre-flop and I flop a MONSTER draw. Flush and OESD.
Fritzle bets $5
PJam_JR has 15 seconds left to act
PJam_JR calls $5
The Good Life11 has 15 seconds left to act
The Good Life11 raises to $16
Fritzle raises to $90.40, and is all in <---I decide to gamble as a 60% favorite to improve to what is likely the nuts.
PJam_JR folds
The Good Life11 calls $74.40
Fritzle shows [Td 8d]
The Good Life11 shows [9h 7h] <----Top two. No getting away from this. Can't blame him.
*** TURN *** [9c 7d 3d] [Js] <----BOOM!
*** RIVER *** [9c 7d 3d Js] [6s] <----The other end of the straight, just for good measure.
Fritzle shows a straight, Jack high
The Good Life11 shows two pair, Nines and Sevens
Fritzle wins the pot ($189.80) with a straight, Jack high <----Ship it!
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $192.80 Rake $3
Board: [9c 7d 3d Js 6s]
Seat 1: Bone4AK (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Fritzle (big blind) showed [Td 8d] and won ($189.80) with a straight, Jack high
Seat 3: mbdv didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: MasterChen didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: PJam_JR folded on the Flop
Seat 6: The Good Life11 showed [9h 7h] and lost with two pair, Nines and Sevens
Seat 7: BoooomBaby7 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: mamar didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: 12pp (button) didn't bet (folded)

I swear, I feel more comfortable playing at seedy underground rooms for 3X these stakes then I do playing NLHE online.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Best. Summer. Ever.

This summer has been great so far but there is SO much left for me to do. In the past 48 hours, I've arranged the following events, all of which are guaranteed in aggregate to provide me with an exciting summer, negating the lazy-ass summer I had last year.

July 11th - A picnic basket, a nice blanket, a special bottle of wine, food from Murray's Cheese on Bleecker Street, and The Wizard of Oz outdoors. Could this date with Ali be any more awesome?

July 12th and 13th - Foxwoods!

July 19th - Scuba Diving with my buddy Scott out in Montauk.

July 23rd - My band, Negative Ken, performs at the R Bar at 9PM! (Show up at 8PM)

August 9th - Ali and I go midnight river rafting in the mountains before showing up at a secluded spot to watch the Perseids meteor shower at it's peak!

August 12th - My birthday. Need I say more? Oh yeah, there's more. I have two tickets to see Boston, with REO Speedwagon opening up, at Jones Beach. AND I'm taking the day off. Bitchin'.

August 28th through September 7th - Ali and I go down to South Beach for a three day weekend. I put her back on a plane on Sept. 1st and spend the rest of my time with my parents on Hollywood Beach. There will be much poker at the Hollywood Hard Rock.

And that's just the last 48 hours. Other things on tap for the rest of the summer:
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
A tour of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade followed by dinner at Henry's End
A visit to the Cloisters
Dinner at L'Ecole, The Water Club, Delmonicos and other fine New York institutions
Brunch in Chinatown
Kayaking on the Hudson River
Fencing at the New York Fencer's Club

I'm digging the city again, all of a sudden, and I'm loving it because I don't know how long this feeling will last.

Live, my friends. I command thee.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Poker is American

I celebrated the 4th with a late night (1:10am to 3:50am) session at the Salami Club. I ended the night +372 but my compatriot (who shall remain nameless) ended up +1250! I made most of my money when my AdAh, which I raised PF to 25 and got two callers, flopped Jd5d6d. I bet out 75, got re-raised to 250 and I shoved for 375 total. He called and showed KdJc for top pair with the second nut flush draw. I showed him the bad news and both the turn and river bricked to win me the pot. From there on out, it was a matter of trying to double up again, but it didn't work out for me. I had KK UTG, elected to limp hoping to pop a raise, but the table picked that hand to go quiet. 6 callers later and an Ace on the flop and it was an easy fold.

My compatriot, however, got the luck of flopping a King high straight with KTo. Flop was QdJs9d. He/She bet out 70 on the flop, got a raise to 165 and then another player shoved for 585 total! My compatriot did some hollywood to try to get the other player to call, but once he/she called, the other player folded. Turned out the shover had Td7d for the flush draw and the OESD. No diamond came and my compatriot was on his/her way to a spectacular 2.5 hour night. If you're reading this, and you know who you are, nice job!!!

Oh, and I had yet another one of Ricardo's spectacular omelette sandwiches, AND a cappucino, so my night was definitely a good one. Fireworks?!? Bah! There are fireworks at the Salami club EVERY NIGHT!

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Official Presidential Candidate of Wall Street Poker

Obama '08!

He plays poker (low stakes, but it's better than nothing!)

Movie Review - The Happening (Expanded edition)

I saw this a few days ago. I might be the last movie patron in America who still has patience for M. Night Shamalyan.

I loved Sixth Sense (Holy shit dude, he's dead!)
I loved The Village (Holy shit dude, it's not the 17th century!)
I loved Unbreakable (Holy shit dude, it's a super hero origin story!)

In the middle of these was Signs, which I only mildly liked, mainly because the coincindences in the plot were just a little too much for me. It was like he was trying to be *too* clever, and that really never works.

Then came Lady in the Water. Great cast. Decent concept. Piss Poor execution. Ok, I thought, everyone deserves a whiff now and again. We can't hit them all out of the park.

And then this piece of shit. The Happening is one of the WORST films I've ever seen. Mark Wahlberg, usually a dependably good actor, phones in his performance throughout the whole movie. The plot "twist" is told to the viewers in the first 15 minutes. John Leguizamo co-stars for about 5 minutes. There's no character development, no suspense, no surprise. It's a whole bowl of nothing.

Mr. Shamalyan is going to have to pull a monster out of his ass to get me to see another one of his films.

Oh yeah, the spoiler. The big "twist" in the movie is that the plants of the world are getting together to kill people. That's it.

See? You didn't miss much.

Movie Review - The Happening

Warning - Spoiler alert

This movie sucked.

The End.

Nice Horsey

HORSE game last night. Originally it was going to be 3/6 with a Pot Limit kill, but it got too confusing to figure out what were going to do with the ante games. If everyone antes too much in a Pot Limit game, the initial raise could be very high. So instead, we only made Hold'em and O/8 Pot Limit on the kills and the other games killed for 6/12. It was a fun game and very profitable for me. I was playing smart and folding when I had the worst of it. I only drew dumb once, on KJ (sorry dude!) in Stud/8. I started with 9's wired underneath and a 2 showing. My board kept going low and I paired a 3 on 5th street to give me middle two pair. I drew all the way to the down card when I got another 9. 3 9's underneath is a beautiful thing. I led out on the down card and KJ called to see the bad news which sent him on a bit of tilt. I gave it all back on the next hand though. He was short stacked with maybe 24 behind him. I had split Kings so I raised my kill to $12. KJ called, sending us heads up. He took an Ace on 4th street and bet it out but I had the feeling he was representing so I went along. He held up his remaining moneys, $16 and I asked if he just wanted to put it all in now and run the cards but he declined. Which is why I wasn't looking when I called his bet on 5th street when he got another Ace on the board! I didn't even see it! But my board was going low and by 6th street I had an 8/6 low going but didn't hit it. I ended up with Kings up which lost to his Ace up. So there you go.

By the end of the night, I was the big winner at +260. Darko was close to the same total and Roger was the only other player in the money tonight. Poor Mary couldn't make a hand all night. I've never seen such patience on a woman. If I were her, 20 years ago, I'd a taken a FLAMETHROWER TO THIS PLACE!

Tourney will start up again next week.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Even country boys need some ass now and then

Got it going on, like Donkey Kong


For god's sakes, don't blame me if you have this damn song in your head for the next week!