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Friday, December 09, 2005
Just So I Don't Forget
I CANNOT URINATE WITH YOU STANDING RIGHT THERE. I FIND IT VERY RUDE THAT YOU DO NOT SEEM TO CARE ABOUT MY ELIMINATION.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Kick Me In The Fucking Balls
At five minutes of 4PM, I had Houston winning 9-7. I had Buffalo up 23-16 on Miami (after leading 23-3 before the fourth quarter).
At 430PM I think I have to throw up.
Kyle Fucking Boller takes the Ravens 70+ yards with no timeouts and less than two minutes on the clock to get the Ravens a game winning field goal. Within two minutes of that, Sage Fucking Rosenfels takes the Dolphins 70+ yards with no timeouts and less than two minutes on the clock to get a game winning touchdown on the Bills.
Had both those defenses held those QBs down, I would have cashed $206. All gone. Had Houston won, I would have at least made a little money back on my round robin parlays, and had a shot to cash my $234 ticket if Arizona and Washington win the late games.
Sage Rosenfels owes me $206.
Money Where My Mouth Is
Coming off a strong play by Matty's bookie The Wiz on that FSU game last night, I'm playing his advice today, and a few others. Here's the rundown, fade me immediately:
· $25 on a parlay of Minny -3 and KC +1 (as per the Wiz, who's red hot)
· A five-team parlay featuring Cincy (outright win), Houston (W), Tampa (-4), Arizona (W), and Washington (W) - $5 to win $228
· A series of round-robins (two-team parlays) with the following picks (ten bets total): Dallas (W), Minny (-3), Buffalo (W), Houston (W), Cincy (W)
If I hit three of the five on the round robin list, I'll make my money back on all this stuff plus a few bucks. But, I'll have to root for the Cowboys. Que sera...
It's a Relief
We always tend to bitch about the bad beats, but the posts about things going right at the tables are pretty few and far between.
This will be one of those posts. Friday night I had what was (statistically, not necessarily monetarily) easily my best poker session online in ages. It started with this:
Two players called my pre-flop raise (What am I doing raising with that hand? Shaddup.), and each one of us had a pretty significant stranglehold on the pot at some point of the hand. EP caught his straight on the flop, and only bet $1 into $4. Easy call for both of us. MP caught his full house on the turn, and only bet $2 into $7. Easy call, assuming I don't put either of those guys on the hands they had (how could I?). River is one of the two stone-cold nuts cards left in the deck, and I gleefully CALL two all-ins. Add this And1 guy to your fish list immediately. Dude uses the push as a weapon indiscriminately, and was just begging to get snapped. Happy to oblige, and God bless America.
· Hands = 245
· Duration = Four hours, twenty-six minutes
· Amount Won = $130.90
· BB/hr = 59.05
· VPIP = 27%
Nice stats, but what's more important to me about this session was that I made an absolute minimum of mistakes. Over the 245 hands, the biggest net loss in any single pot was $18.70, and that's when I got The Princess all-in preflop with AKo versus her J9o. She caught (dammit), but I can't chalk that up as a mistake. Now, I may have missed a bet here or there along the way, and I haven't done that level of analysis, but on the pots in which I lost money, here's the complete list of mistakes I made over 4.5 hours:
· Flopped a set of tens on a scary board (AdJdTc), couldn't shake Maigrey (again, that woman) off her flush draw with nearly pot-sized bets on the flop and turn, made a $5 crying call on the river after the third diamond hit. Total lost in the pot while behind = $5.
· Rivered two pair when another guy rivered his straight. Total lost while behind = $8.
· Called a PFR of $1.10 with 67o and an $80 stack, then bluffed $2.55 at the pot when I flopped a gutshot. Derek called, I didn't fuck around from there.
· Called a PFR of $3 from a fish with a $133 stack and JTo. He went to $10 on a Jack-high flop, and I wasn't going to get in trouble on this one.
Total of my mistakes = $19.65, which I see as totally acceptable considering the length of time I played and the amount of positive variance that enabled me to take shots with calling those PFRs.
Anyway, the best part about the session wasn't the money. It was a (roughly) 90 minute period where we had an absolute murderer's row sitting at the table in consecutive seats. Mourn, Matty's boy Tino, Yours Truly, Maigrey, Derek and Matty all in a row, and a variety of short-buying losers sitting down for two orbits, donating to one of our Vegas funds, and being replaced by another $6 buy-in. High comedy, we were just in full annhilation mode. Great stuff, and we had a good time doing it too.
On a side note, did you know that when you change your avatar's emotion, it records in hand history? I'm amused:
*** FLOP *** [3s 2c Js]Anyway, real good feeling to have a satisfying session like this one, and I hope to god this carries over to the coming weekend. T-minus 98 hours from rightnowthisveryinstant.
Bill Simmons @ ESPN
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