Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Memory Lane

This guy rules.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

As Promised...

Great MTT Finish

Bought into a $1 MTT last night for the hell of it. I know that the play in a tourney like that will be fishier than norma, considering that it's only a buck, but whatever.

1334 entrants.
I placed 8th.

Screenshot to come


Monday, April 17, 2006

Gathering plants can be manly, damnit

I felt guity once, but she woke up halfway through.
Glen Quagmire

Nothing much on the poker front lately... I managed to find an XBOX 360 Premium bundle in town last week, and paired with an extra wireless controller, and a few games it ran slightly north of $600. Kind of expensive, but when you think about the fact that it's capable of more than most desktop machines (excluding $2k+ boxes), it's not a bad deal. I've pretty much been playing Oblivion for the past week solid. Very little sleep, and the time away from it is spent with my fiance. (who is very understanding, thankfully). I think she understands that it's just in the nature of being a guy to go through periods of obsession. In another month I'll probably have forgotten all about Oblivion, but right now, it's a necessity.

Going to the casino this weekend, probably going to play some $3-6 and/or $5-10. Any profits shown will be put toward upgrading my computer, which is currently not looking too sharp.

Stats for current machine:

MOBO: MSI K7N2 Delta
CPU: AMD XP 2700 (333MHz FSB)
RAM: 1.5 GB DDR PC2700 (333MHz)
GPU: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Getting old)
Hard Drive/s: 80GB WD, 80GB Seagate, 120GB Seagate, 120GB External WD
Sound Card: Soundblaster 5.1 (basic soundcard)
NIC: Linksys 802.11G Wireless with High Gain Antenna
DVD-Burner: Lite-On 8x DVD +/- R/RW


Stats for machine I'm going to build:

MOBO: Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX60 Toledo (Dual-Core / Might wait price to come down)
RAM: 3GB DDR PC3200 (400MHz)
GPU: 2x GeForce 7900 GTX (512MB GDDR3, 256-bit, 24 pixel pipelines)
Hard Drive/s: 3x WD 150GB SATA Raptor 10kRPM (RAID 0), 2x Seagate 400GB SATA 7200 RPM
Sound Card: Audigy 2 ZS
NIC: Gigabit (wired), and Linksys 802.11G wireless
DVD-Burner: Plextor Dual-layer burner (not sure on speed yet)

And all of this hopefully with either liquid or freon cooling.


...... +$3k? Shit.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Moving up a little bit

This last few weeks has proven very profitable for me. Well, maybe not to all the high rollers out there. Maybe I'll be joining them in the future. That would kick ass.

So here's a quick recap of the last 21 days.

My company decided to unofficially hold a holdem tourney once a week. Only a $10 buyin, so it's pretty small change, but still fun. So far, it's been between 10 and 15 people per tourney (3 total). I've won all of them, so far.
$140 Profit

Then, last Friday one of my friends held a tourney at his house with about 20 people. $25 buyin. I won that as well.
$225 Profit

Starting the same night, I began running $10+1 SnG's on Party. Went on a crazy streak, picking up 1st 3 times, 2nd 4 times and 3rd 2 times out of 15 tournaments.
$145 Profit

And then there was last night. A local bar holds a rebuy tourney 2 times a week that I haven't been to in a least a month or two, and I heard it was the last one that they're doing, so I decided to check it out. Jesus, what a horrible structure it had (in every way). There were 16 entries with a $25 buyin, $5 of which goes to the house. 2 rebuys, and 1 addon both which are also $25 (House doesn't take anything from rebuy/addon). And they only pay 2 positions. That's fucking insane. I lost a few chips early on with pocket 8's to a flopped set, but he checked it down to the river, and then min-bet, so I came out fairly cheap. Made a lot of good reads/plays and ended up taking 1st.
$435 Profit


So all in all, over the last 3 weeks, my tournament profit weighs in at a total of $945.

Not bad.

Friday, March 17, 2006

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

What makes a better concubine? Donkey or fish?

Bankroll OnlinePoker SnG

Just a quick update. I've been running pretty well financially, both in poker and business. I'm starting up a small home-based company with a friend of mine which will deal primarily with computer consultation/database management, at least to start. If things go well, we might try to lease a building and hire a few people. I figure that anything like that is at least a couple years down the road, but I'm excited. I'll post the website when we get everything set up.

Poker-wise, it's been interesting. I just started a semi-SnG challenge. Last night, I played 9 SnG's and here's the stats on them:

$10 + 1 10 person SnG

1st - 1
2nd - 3
3rd - 2
4th - 2
5th - 0
6th - 1
7th - 0
8th - 1
9th - 0

Amount Invested/Won: $110 / $180
ITM%: 60%
ROI%: 63%

As acknowledged by reading other blogs, I'm aware that this is an unsustainable average, but it's nice to start off with a bang. :)

I also have been playing a lot of limit (B&M) which is very unusual for me. The group I play with plays SHORT (which is sort of the same thing as HORSE, just in a different order).

Omaha 8 or better
Triple Draw (dealers choice if there are more than 6 players)

Last night, I got kind of drunk while playing, but still managed to crush the table with my loose blind raising, and live straddling. On one hand, we actually managed to get everyone to straddle/re-straddle, around to the button, making the preflop pot 21 small bets before the cards were even dealt. Then of course it was capped and everyone called preflop, putting it somewhere close to 40 small bets I think. Yeah. It was a fun night. And I left with 1.5x my original buyin.

Good times. No more thoughts right now. More to come soon.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


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If I were a NetHack monster, I would be a leprechaun. I like to make as much money as possible, with as little effort as possible, and then go back to bed.
Which NetHack Monster Are You?
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I am a High-Nerd! Bow to me.

I am nerdier than 86% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Alien Killa

You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

Serenity (Firefly)


SG-1 (Stargate)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Moya (Farscape)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A tribute

Evolution always takes its natural course and pace, throughout all of time. It takes thousands upon thousands of years for any change to be noticeable. But every now and then, evolution jumps forward, and when it does, the world is shaken to its knees. And that day occurred when Baby Waffle was born (now Sir Waffle). He was genetically altered by Mother Nature to be a little better than the rest of us. This is apparent by his uncanny ability to win poker blogger tournaments.

Sir Waffle, I give you my tribute. For one week from today, this blog shall be known as "Sir Waffle's House of Pain!"

Thanks for being so damn awesome!
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Monday, February 06, 2006

Rape hurts

I paid about $1700 in federal taxes last year. I'm getting $109 back....

Oh, I can just feel that huge government cock sliding right up my ass.
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Grinding a bankroll together

Just a quick post for anyone out there wondering if I'm still alive.

I've been grinding out a bankroll on Party the last week or so. Took a $50 up to $250, then lost 30 of it in a sickening 4 hour session that was mainly comprised of yo-yo-ing from $25, up to $70, back to $20, and so on. Every time I was up, I tried to talk myself into logging out while I was ahead, but the other players at my table were SO horrible I just couldn't do it. And then, of course, the bad beats start happening. I think I was playing pretty tight, especially for a NL 6max table, but I had people calling my raises left and right preflop. Oh well, what can you do?

$219. That's where it is. Just checked it. Yup. This is what I do while I'm "working". I sit there and just look at my bankroll. Dreaming of adding a few zeros to that number. All while being too much of a pussy to actually make it happen. I've been noticing that when I sit down and open up two or three tables to play for a nice long session, I generally lean more towards playing NL. I have racked my brain time and time again for a valid reason as to why this is. Logically, I know that I can make more in a shorter period of time if I have a great session. I also realize that I can lose my entire bankroll in a matter of minutes. I should be playing limit, grinding up a BB or two per hour. The realization I've come to is that it's boring. I love the adrenaline rush in NL when you felt someone. It's almost as bad as the nauseous feeling I get in my stomach when someone catches their runner runner flush to knock out my flopped straight. And that's why I need to ignore what I like, at least for now, and concentrate on getting some scratch together. Why? Because even though I prefer NL, if I don't have any money to play with, it's a completely moot point. If I need to satisfy my cravings, at least I can do it responsibly or in some similar fashion.

Lately, I've also had very strong tendencies to play SnG's on Party. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but my reasons for doing it are. I usually only play them when I feel like giving a moderate boost to the bankroll, and most of the time, that doesn't happen. I shouldn't be playing these STT's unless I have the bankroll for them, and if/when that happens, I should be playing them exclusively. With goals.

But help is on the horizon. I have a ton of friends that live within a mile of me that are all poker addicts as well, one of whom is a pro, very similar in style to Matt Maroon. If I can get a little extra time here in the near future, I may be able to pull my act together. And if that can happen, watch out.

More to come.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A minute of inspiration...

Here's something I whipped up at work on a moment's notice.... didn't even really know I was doing it until it was already done. The first person I showed it to mentioned that it was quite possibly the saddest poem he'd ever read, and that I may want to go see someone that can help me with my "inner problems". Personally, I just think it's a badly written poem. You decide.


"Random Thoughts"

Where's it all going? What's it mean? Yesterday, it was there. Today, it wasn't. I don't know how to interpret it anymore. Do you? Tired. Hungry. Yes. Random thoughts. Fractured clouds. Gravity dreams.

To feel.

A broken heart is of no use to anyone. A mended heart can love again. Try not to step on the flowers. Stay off the grass. No smoking. You were warned. Desperate. Tired. Random Thoughts. Delicate fractures. Invisible desires.

To want.

Closed eyes can see nothing. The caress of a slight wind can feel like the touch of a loved one. Find her. Look harder. Defeated. Desperate.

To need.

Her smile makes the world alive. Fractured clouds heal as a mending heart does. Gravity only hurts when you let it. Do not be sad that you have lost her. Be happy for the time you had. Treasure her. Remember her. Sad. Alone.

To miss her.
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Monday, January 23, 2006

Earth to Chris

Sorry about the hiatus I've been on lately. There have been several things in my life which have been demanding my complete attention lately, and poker/blogging has been jammed in somewhere at the bottom of my list of things to do.


Let's see... I put $200 on Party tonight, to test the waters. I have about $600 just sitting at Full Tilt right now. I may withdraw that and start bonus whoring again. I'm currently playing at a $25NL 6max table, and a $20NL SnG.


What is left of my sanity must be used to tie up these games, and get my ass to bed.

More to come at some point in the near future.
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Friday, January 13, 2006

$20+5 rebuy report

Made it pretty deep this time. There were 30 players, 1st place was just over 1k. I played super tight, so there isn't too much to tell. A few highlights from the tournament:

45 minutes into the second level, I got pocket kings twice in a row, doubled up with both of them.

Middle of the third level, I pick up Aces UTG. I raise it up (2x) everyone folds to the BB, who min-raises. I pretend to think for a while, then make a min-reraise and he insta-pushes. I call and he flips kings. No help and he's out.

Fold for a while....

Two tables, 6 handed. Pocket Jacks. I raise it up, get one caller. Flop is 2JQ. I bet, guy raises over the top, and I push. He calls me with QQ. What a cooler.

I'm happy with my play overall. I don't think I could have done much about the last hand, set-over-set.... I mean, I was putting him on two paint cards, but the range is pretty big. This guy would have called with AK, AQ, AJ, KQ, KJ, and probably QT. I have to assume I'm a favorite here, and when I'm not... well, that's just the breaks.

More to come soon. Feel free to leave criticism on my play. Can't get better withot finding the leaks in your game. If anyone needs more details, just ask.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Off to a good start!

Yes. Well *ahem*. My second tourney of the new year. Game in question: $20+5 rebuy tournament. The $5 fee is a fuckin' ripoff if you ask me, but I have nothing better to do on Tuesday nights, so whatever. The rebuys are $25, but this extra $5 goes into the purse. Same with the addon. There were 28 players.

I really felt like I was playing my A game last night. I tried to play as consistently as possible, thinking and re-thinking decisions before just blindly pushing, or folding on a whim. In the first 2 levels, I managed to double up on two separate occassions. In the first of the two, I flopped a set holding KK and induced an all-in bluff from an early position big stack holding 55. Couple hands later, I found AK suited, raised from early position and saw a 5 handed flop of KK3. I checked, EP+1 bet out, CO folds, button pushes, I call and EP+1 folds. Button flips QQ.

Into the second half of the tournament, I played very few hands until we reached the final table. My plan was to loosen up just a little and try to start stealing some blinds. I never had the opportunity... in the first four hands at the final table, 3 people busted out after having their all-ins called preflop by the big stack, who busted ALL FOUR.

5 handed, in the BB. Raised with JJ, everyone calls. Flop is rainbow rag board, no connectors. I push for about the size of the pot, big stack calls me. He doesn't catch his ace and I'm the second largest stack at the table.

(2 people go out on complete bluff all-ins. Big stack takes them out too.)

3 handed. A3s on the button. I raise, SB pushes, BB folds. SB doesn't have a large stack, it's only 2x the BB to call, so I do. He flips K8o. Catches a K on the flop and I double him up.

Few hands later, same guy raises from the blinds, but this time, gets put all in by the big stack. Raiser flips 99, Big stack flips TT. Neither of them hit anything, and we're 2 handed.

First hand heads up, I double up with 24 when I flop a straight.

A few hands later, the deciding moment...... Here's a hand history I made:

Seat 1: Chris (T18,500 in chips)
Seat 2: Solid Opponent (T21,500 in chips)
Chris: posts small blind T1000
Solid Opponent: posts big blind T2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Chris [Qc Jc]
Chris: calls T1000 to T2000
Solid Opponent: raises T2000
Chris: raises T4000 to T18,500 (all in)
Solid Opponent: calls T12,500
Solid Opponent: shows [Qh 9s]

*** FLOP *** [3c 5d 6c]
*** TURN *** [3c 5d 6c] [9d]
*** RIVER *** [3c 5d 6c 9d] [As]

*** SHOW DOWN ***
Solid Opponent: [Qh 9s] (a pair of nines)
Chris: [Qc Jc] (Ace Queen high)
Solid Opponent collected T37,000 from pot


Out in 2nd ($360). I deserved 1st ($730).

I'm happy with this tournament. I think I played well, and If I can hold my play together like I did last night, this will be the first of MANY similar posts.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

TiltMonster Part III

Yeah........ I still want to throw up.
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TiltMonster Part II

Well, I made it deep, and got busted out on a hand that nearly made me sick.

I'm UTG with 6k. AsAc. Blinds are 100-200. I raise it to 600.
UTG+1 (8k stack) calls, everyone else folds.

Flop : 358, all spades. I check, UTG+1 bets 1.5k, I jam for my remaining 5400. He ponders forever, and calls with Kh9h.............

Turn 9d, river Kc.

I want to throw up.
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Gonna be playing in a smallish rebuy tournament tonight. Gotta keep my head on straight. One of my biggest problems when it comes to tournaments with horrible structures is that when the blinds start getting to be large and my stack all of a sudden isn't quite as large as it used to be, I start to feel pressured to pick a hand and jam with it. Now, I know that this isn't all bad.... but I don't feel confident that I pick my spots well. Usually, I can do this once or twice and get away with stealing the blinds, and then I'll wait for a bit, then jam with something retarded like Q4, because I'm on the button and everyone's folded to me. Then the BB will call with like A2 and neither of us will hit. So my new rule for tonight is.... if I start feeling pressured, unless I'm forced in with the blinds, I'm going to try and be a little more patient and see what happens.
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