Robot Dance

May 29, 2008

The kid in red kills it! (thanks dave)


Fly Virgin

May 28, 2008

Virgin might be the coolest airline ever.  Here’s an email I just got regarding a flight to Vegas I have coming up:

Dear Matt 

Exciting news! Virgin America is kicking off SuperFly Wednesdays, a happy hour in the sky that will get you over the mid-week hump. Network and socialize over complimentary cocktails or strike up a chat room conversation.

If you’ve got all the friends you need and just want to kick back and relax, no problem. The happy hour will be in the back of the plane and the rest of the flight will be business as usual.

We’re sending this to you because you’re on a flight that’s designated for this fun program.  If you’d rather make alternative plans, you can always change your flight with no additional charge.  For assistance with your reservation just call 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN.

We hope you’ll join us and stir things up on Wednesdays.

See you onboard.
The Guest Services Team


Poker vs. Stocks

May 27, 2008

While I spent most of the day getting the typical tournament teases – going deep to make minimal cashes and nothing going right during the late levels – I also caught up on some tv via Hulu.

For those who have not tried this site out yet I would highly recommend it.  The site is designed well, the actual media player is easy to use, the content is high quality and loads/streams fast.  So I was checking out some of the newer shows on the Mojo network, home to Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak’s “I bet you” among other things.  Shows I was watching:

Bobby G: The Adventure Capitalist – cool show about an ultra-rich, highly animated, venture capitalist.  He owns some moturary type business, the beverage company Clearly Canadian, along with some other investments.  I like his style, he’s calm, cool and collected and reminds me of a boss I once had.

Start-up Junkies – About a new seattle based startup called Earth Class Mail.  This company takes your regular snail mail and digitizes it for you.  Big potential globally.  Interesting to watch the fund raising stress as well as the growing pains of a small organization.

Wall Street Warriors – follows a bunch of different people around Wall St.  Watch some boy genius operate a hedge fund out of his apartment, follow some rookies as they learn what day trading is all about, tag along on the high brow exploits of some 28 y/o private equity fund manager as he helicopters between Manhattan and the Hamptons.  It’s interesting stuff.  But it brings me to the point of this whole blog.

Why is Wall St. more legitimate than Poker? It seems strange to me that if I had a job where I analyzed numbers/charts/financial data/industry news and made ‘educated guesses’ as to the next move that would be held in higher regard than a virtually identical situation using cards and chips.  In the stock market, when one guy wins, another guy is losing.  Going against the common grain of knowledge/behavior is highly risky but potentially incredibly lucrative.  There is greed.  People go on ’tilt’ and start gambling as they chase losses.  The symmetry between the two industries is remarkable.  Morgan Stanley and all the other big firms are essentially the online poker rooms, collecting the rake.

I guess sometimes things in life can seem a little hypocritical.


International Flare

May 25, 2008

As if anyone needed any more evidence as to the international growth of poker, take a look at the Top 10 regions in the world that are searching for Poker in the past 30 days, according to Google Trends:

1. Romania       2. Hungary   3. France   4. Ireland   5. Austria   6. Netherlands   7. Belgium   8. Portugal   9. Switzerland   10. Canada  

Notice anything missing?  USA no where to be found.


David Singer Wins $25k HU on Fulltilt

May 25, 2008

Congrats to David Singer – a gentleman and a scholar of the poker community.  He’s having a nice run, winning a cool $1M in the Caesars last October, finished 2nd in the 2007 Vegas Open for $200k, and now $560k from the Heads Up $25k event that went down over the weekend on Tilt.

Some other notables from that event: Patrik Antonius (finddagrind) finished 5th, Cardrunners notable Brian Hastings finished 3rd, Gus Hansen finished second to last in 65th, Steve Sung and Taylor Caby finished in the middle of the pack.

It was a cool event, lets hope the Tilt decides to do more of them…

GG all.


Cole (CTS) South – $550k in play

May 21, 2008

Cole South, instructor over at Cardrunners – currently has over $500k in play on FullTilt across a few tables’.

Now can someone say Bankroll Management?  Generally, playing high variance games like HU and PLO you’d want 30buyin ish range, so he’s looking at needing in the neighborhood of $16mil liquid….I know this kid is a baller and has done quite well…but lets say he’s made – oh I dunno $4mil online to date (which has to be on the high side in my rather uneducated opinion).  He’s still using a stupid high % of his bankroll.  

Gambooooool it up Cole.  We love you just like TC.


Poker Bots – Friend or Foe?

May 21, 2008

irobot

Here’s an interesting ‘tell all’ story about poker bots in action.  Personally, I’m still on the fence, as I feel most poker bots play abc style ‘robotic’ poker that all low limit donks play – and while these bots may spew chips slightly less than a real human, they are not so advanced to be thinking along multiple lines – therefore, these bots would be no tougher to play against than your regular micro-stakes donk.  Maybe I’m just naive, or hopeful, or interestingly enough overconfident (like most poker players).

http://www.codingthewheel.com/archives/how-i-built-a-working-poker-bot


Come on Chuck it’s only 400k.

May 20, 2008

Sir Charles Barkley owes the Wynn 400k from bad gambling debts.  Word on the street is the money was lost on some poorly timed super bowl bets.   Someone in collections hasn’t been doing a very good job.  Chuck acknowledged his tardy payment was all his fault, and apparently announced on his NBA pregame show that he repaid the debt.  As of 5/20, the Wynn says otherwise.  Maybe Durrr can spot him a few bucks.

This isn’t the first time he’s had a run in with gambling debts/losses…he claims this incident has made him want to stop gambling.  My guess is the over/under on that is 6months.

You can read the news story from the Las Vegas Sun here.


How to Cheat at Poker

May 20, 2008

School Cheat

I saw this posted on msn somewhere…so just in case you want to nick your friends out of a few bucks in the home game: 

SOME CARD CHEATS ARE ENTERPRISING: marked decks, complex devices up the sleeve, secret codes of earlobe tugging known only to a partner in crime. But if you’re like most people, you’re that glorious combination of slightly crooked and a little lazy. So here we present the four easiest ways to hoodwink your poker buddies. All of which, of course, we strongly condemn.

SHORTING THE POT. Both amateurish and absurdly effective. Call an eight-dollar bet with six bucks in chips. Throw them directly into the pot before anybody has a chance to count them.

FAKING A HAND. If you miss drawing to your flush but get a card of the same color, just fan out your matching cards and tuck the fifth card behind them so only the colored number can be seen. Just be ready to look shocked (shocked!) if somebody catches you.

THE PREMATURE CALL. Trust us–this works. When the other guy raises you on the final bet, pick up your chips but don’t throw them in the pot. Then announce your hand. Nine out of ten times, your opponent will think you called his raise. If you win, take the pot. If you lose, you saved a couple bucks for hooch.

DEALING FROM THE BOTTOM. Takes about as much dexterity as snapping your fingers. Hold the deck loosely and angled down, with your right thumb pointing toward you. When you deal the bottom card, simply flick your middle finger instead of your thumb. Of course, this won’t help unless you know what the bottom card is. Not a problem: Bend back the card and use the width of the deck as a cover). One other tip, just in case: Sit near the door and leave the car outside, engine running.


NES Controller Coffee Table

May 19, 2008

Holy Shiiite.  Giant Size Nintendo Controller that functions as an authentic controller, coffee table, and game storage unit.  This is an incredible project, very well executed.  From this guy.

 


Bay 2 Breakers Debauchery

May 19, 2008

Bay 2 Breakers, Hayes Valley

Officially, Bay 2 Breakers is a 7.5mi road race that takes place through the streets of San Francisco, CA.  It goes from one end of town (aka the bay) to the other (the ocean).  An American hasn’t won the race since like 1998 or something.  It’s all Kenya, all the time.  Although this year a Moroccan man did put up a good fight at the finish.  But these crazy runners do this course in like 38min.  We on the other hand do it in about 5 hours.

Unofficially, this is the biggest street party of the year.  At the back of the line, all us rather unfit individuals gather.  Most in ceremonial garb.  The standard outfit this year seemed to be tight American Apparel Shorts and an Afro wig.  There are people pushing floats, which generally contain a keg or three.  There is nudity.  Male and Female.  There are the ‘salmon’ or those than run upstream.  And it’s an overall good time. 

The video:


Pooping your Pants while 8-tabling

May 18, 2008

Jeezus…the end of the poker world is nigh.  Saw this @ wicked chops, but from 2+2 forum:

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showthread.php?t=204247


New PROP theme song

May 17, 2008

I never really liked this guy, but I might need to re-evaluate after this:


Biggest Winners and Losers for May

May 16, 2008

Half way through, here’s what it looks like according to highstakesdb.com:

Top winners and losers
 (All sites, All Gametypes, 2008-05-01 to 2008-05-15)
           
  Winners Results Sessions Hands Hours
  CHUFTY $881.069,75 164 15101 229,67  
  Markus Golser $626.538,00 102 10054 128,37  
  durrrr $592.840,50 70 7708 111,73  
  Ziigmund $522.461,00 75 6498 63,23  
  David Benyamine $509.046,00 116 13670 160,64  
  Cogaz $417.826,50 29 4471 56,19  
  La Key U $404.105,00 46 2519 40,19  
  -NoName- $379.429,46 26 5475 31,02  
  Cole South $195.843,00 10 563 8,48  
  SteveSung $179.548,00 48 3626 51,80  
           
  Losers Results Sessions Hands Hours
  lady marmelade $-561.653,95 46 7669 113,13  
  EURO32PLYR $-523.874,50 21 1747 28,14  
  Ugadabugada $-485.462,00 37 2321 29,24  
  Urindanger $-460.407,60 98 8015 79,54  
  trex313 $-448.073,00 108 12099 159,76  
  MSampoerna $-314.816,25 21 3784 28,57  
  Luck123 $-287.920,00 33 1449 18,70  
  Eric Liu $-244.385,60 50 5486 59,52  
  guaranteed376 $-218.706,00 13 711 10,82  
  ICallSoWhat $-173.944,00 97 7993 107,74

I miss my turntables

May 14, 2008

and I need to get one of these: