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Saturday, September 22, 2007


Just posting to see if I can get back into the habit of it.  Today I slept in until 11:15.  It was so nice.  Joanna had a church activity and she and the kids were gone so I had total silence after about 7 AM. 

I went to work and got almost caught up.  It feels good when you're not feeling like you're drowning every day.

I promised Joanna I'd write a nice post about her after my post yesterday so I'll post the 5 things I love most about her:

1. She is very flexible.  I change my mind 20 times a day, isn't that supposed to be the woman's role in the relationship?  Anyway if she weren't so flexible I would probably drive her completely crazy.

2. She is super good with the kids.  I love my kids to death but you can't reason with kids.  If I spend time with all three of them for hours at a time I start to lose it.  She is always super wonderful with them and they're lucky they don't have me as an only parent.

3. She is very hard working.  Yes she drags her feet about some stuff that I consider important like getting her driver's license but when she resolves to do something she works very hard at it.  I think she actually completes more project than I do.

4. Joanna is very loyal.  Even when I don't deserve it I believe that she still loves me and still does nice things for me like cooking for me and taking care of me when I'm sick.

5. She is good at getting me to do things that are good for our family.  Our house is lovely and without her I'd still be renting a two bedroom apartment.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Poker 09/21/07 Back to the Elks Club

So I was mad at Joanna, she's started a new bus driving job and I've been having to watch the kids in the morning.  It's so frustrating because I can make more in a couple of days of overtime than she can make in a month.  I'm lucky to have the job that I do.

I needed to go into work to catch up on some stuff, but since I was left with the boys this morning I was too frustrated to go right in.  I went to a farmer's market instead.  I bought some heirloom tomatoes and some potatoes.  I came home and made the best turkey sandwich I've ever had with the heirloom tomatoes.  I think they called the variety Colorado Sunshine.

After that I went in and did what I absolutely had to at work.  Still frustrated I didn't want to do any more so I did what anyone would do and went down to the club to play poker.  I played $25 in roulette while I was waiting for the tournament to start and lost.  I played in the $60 tournament with one re-buy.

To start with I made a couple hundred chips.  Then I started tanking heavily down to a low of about $3500 chips.  Then I decided that from now on I always play my best game, and since someday I hope I can play my favorite game full time instead of work I decided today was the day I'd justify my play.

I started rising up, on up to $18,000.00 in chips and ended up taking third place for $225.00  It was pretty profitable because I missed the re-buy opportunity on the break.  Also I got a great haddock and chips platter, who would have thought that the place to get fish and chips on Friday was at the local charity poker room?  All in all a good night.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Poker 07/31/2007 The Elks Club

Yesterday the kids had a birthday party at the neighbor's house.  We went to the party and the father of the birthday girl had played a tournament at the Elks club the previous night and won.

We decided to go together for the 9 PM tournament.  It's a $40.00 tournament with a re-buy or add on for the first hour. 4000 tournament chips and 25-50 blinds to start so not too super tight of a structure.  We started with four players but ended up with 10.  I ended up going out 7th, I had been building a nice stack until I raised with A-7 two away from the button.  The flop came 6-7-8 and the big blind who had called my raise raised to 2500.  Well I thought that no calling hand would be winning here so I pushed all in calling the bluff.  I had his stack covered by about 3000.  He called and had flopped the straight.  Blinds at that point were 300-600 so I didn't last much longer.

I'm so glad to find a place to play locally!  That drive to Foxwoods was getting pretty long.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Making of a Poker Player by Matt Matros

This book is hard to rank.  I gave it three stars on Amazon and then changed it to four stars after I finished the whole book. 

I liked how he told hand stories and showed how he developed as a poker player over time.  A lot of the book felt like having a friend talk to you about poker. 

I hated how he started from the raw basics every chapter and pretended like he was writing for someone who knew nothing about poker whatsoever.  Who did he think was going to buy this book?  I would recomend a once through if you've read most of the other poker books out there but don't expect to come out the other end as a more developed player.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Foxwoods 04/22

This time at Foxwoods I had my iPod at least.  I was scheduled for overtime and got cut loose early, it was the first "real" day of spring and the drive was beautiful.  I got to Foxwoods at about 4 PM.  I wandered the atrium because I was looking for something to eat.  i decided on Pollo Loco and had the original pollo bowl.  Damn Trump and his Apprentice infomercial, I must have liked it though because I had the ultimate pollo bowl for dinner.

I'm having such a dry card run at Foxwoods.  If I were playing blackjack I'd be a rich man by now.  9-2, 8-3, over and over those lame cards.  I did get JJ once and got slammed by KK, also I had AA and went heads up against a 3-3 in the big blind who came up with trips on the flop.  Nothing big just waiting and waiting for cards.  At least having a bad run of cards at Foxwoods has meant folding over and over pre-flop and listening to music.  I'd rather have that than a couple of great hands I can't let go that get beaten for a bunch of chips off my stack.  4-6 people are calling the blinds consistently on these tables so I'm sure if I keep going back I'll make some money.  The Money story was down $72.00 this trip.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Freakanomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Levitt is a famous economist.  Dubner is a famous Journalist.  Leavitt has worked on several projects with other economists.  From the book descriptions and notes Leavitt admits to being light on math and all the data and heavy lifting was done by the other people on his projects. 

Dubner has never been known for doing any economic work.  His contribution to the book was introducing Leavitt to a highbrow New York audience. 

When you boil this book down it seems to be a math light economist who can't back up his own research.  He also is a poor enough writer that he needed a journalist to tell his story instead of writing it himself.  Why is he a famous economist again?  If I return to school for my degree in economics or when it's time for college selection for the kids I'll be giving a pass to any university that employs this joker.

The Book of Bluffs by Matt Lessinger

I'm trying to read 100 books this year.  Working 60-70 hours a week and this goal is not a compatible combination.  However in Summer things will slow down again and I can give it a real run.

I got this book from my Pokerstars poker points.  It was that or another T-shirt but since I already have two Pokerstars shirts I thought I'd try the book.

It wasn't a bad read.  I liked how Mr. Lesinger encourages you to continue of looking for spots to bluff.  I do believe that over the long run bluffing can change your position from a losing player to a winning one.  If you're losing one big bet an hour on average but passing up the opportunities to steal the blinds once or twice an hour then one simple frequent bluffing opportunity is all that's between you and a winning record.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007


All I can say is wow.  I'd heard of the mythical poker room but I can't believe it's real.  I took a day off work (I was sick cough cough) and went down to Connecticut.  I drove the wrong way, I went down the three until I got to the Mass Pike and went into Boston, almost all the way to the airport.  From there down past Foxborough, through Providence and then on to the casino.

It was so cool to drive through a quaint little New England town, through a forest and then on to a casino.  I've never seen such a thing.  All the casinos out west can be seen for miles.  It proves that people go to casinos to gamble.  I think they could make casinos look like russian prisons and people would go if they were comfortable inside.

Anyway, no big win for me, the game was loose, I was tight.  I lost $200.00.  I made two mistakes that I know of, both post flop and amounting to about $44.00.  Other people made mistakes at the table amounting to hundreds but there's nothing you can do with 82o and 93s.  Oh well at least I know the good game is there.  I did catch three decent hands, aces that were cracked, Kings that were cracked and Queens against Kings.  I know this sounds like bad beat central but hey it's my blog and I'm paying for the bandwidth.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Gloucester 01/29/06


Gloucester 003
Originally uploaded by wildpokerman.

We went to Gloucester today. I'd seen the statue on some of my workplace's promotional materials. It's quite a pretty town.

When we were leaving Sofia ran way up ahead of us, I was so mad. She wouldn't come back and I was running after her calling her. I don't know why I get so upset about stuff like that. It seems so petty now.

I was so mad we came straight home and didn't go out to eat like we planned. I slept on the couch for a couple hours and watched a little bit of goodwill hunting with Joanna. She said that the Will character is quite a bit like me. Someday I'll post how the movie changed my life.