I played my first NL event today and played extremely well, but took some horrendous beats to bust. It reminded me of the good old run bad days haha. Kathy Liebert was seated at my starting table. She bluffed off like half her chips in the 2nd hour and was generally pretty quiet/tight after that. Some guy came up and had her sign his super system book. Not much else to report from her, she did scold some guy for eating carrots at the table while handling all the dirty poker chips and told him he was bound to get sick from it. Oh wells, that’s about it for Liebert stories.
As my tourney goes, I chipped up pretty easily to about 7.5k in chips when the last hand before the second 20 mins break is dealt. Utg(my nemesis) is a chubby, younger white guy completely decked out in the typical poker gear. He’s got the hoodie, the ipad, the sunglasses the headphones, the whole nine yards. He has about 4k in chips to start the hand and opens for 300 at 75/150. I have AKo in middle position and reraise to 800. Folds around back to him and he calls. Flop is K75 rainbow. He checks and I bet 600 into the 1825 pot trying to sucker him in. He obliges and we see a Qd turn. He check calls all in for another 2700 with 9dTd and obviously binks the flush on the river. wtf?
I double up vs him a couple a hands after the break when he opens from early position for 400, I shove for 3500 with red tens and he calls it off with AJ. Yay, up over 7k again.
About 20 minutes later I open utg with two jacks, the same player reraises me from middle position, I think about it for a bit as we are playing ten handed, but decide he’s too loose to fold and shove all in. He snap calls and shows two tens and binks another one on the flop to take down the 12k pot.
I’m down to 1300 chips at 100/200 at this point and manage to get AK in the cutoff and shove, the small blind calls me with A7 and manages to river a straight and I’m out. Not much I can do, I played really well and took some beats.
I’m going to re-enter the tournament again tomorrow. I’m thinking tomorrow should be softer since I’m playing against people who already busted day 1, but I’m also playing against people who can afford to blow $3k on one tourny so I’m not sure. Anyone have opinions on re-entry tournies? I’ve never played one before.
I got into Vegas Thursday and played my first event 5pm that day. It feels good to back playing poker. It’s been quite awhile. I was a little nervous sitting down for my first event as it’s been so long since I played, but after an hour or so I felt right at home again.
The first two hours of the stud event were pretty uneventful. I blinded down a bit to around 4k in chips. The next two hours I went a nice little heater hitting trip queens and trip aces and getting paid on both. I even won a couple pots off Chau Giang who got moved my table during this time. I’ve played a bit with him online and he’s a bit of a monkey, but during my play with him he was shortstacked and in a generally bad mood. He also missed like 10 hands taking smoke breaks lol. Anyways, I ended that session with around 10k chips.
The next hour I had already mentally prepared to lose a few pots, but I really imploded and lost all of them. I lost wired jacks to split tens, chased down two flushdraws to the river and bricked out both times, called a shortstacks all in with split 2s and lost and then threw my last 300 chips in with AJ6 only to lose to A86. Maybe I should have played tighter and let a couple of these go, I’m not really sure. Stud’s not my best game.
Funny story from my bartender at lunch the following day. I sit down and order a beer, burger and salad. The bartender cards me and says he’s from Seattle too (Queen Anne). We chat a bit and he brings back my beer. A couple minutes later a different server comes out with the salad, only problem is I have no silverware to eat it with. I flag down the bartender and ask for some. He says he only has chopsticks. I reply, “really?” and sit there contemplating eating my salad with chopsticks at TGIFs when there’s a guy not three seats over with silverware and am about to agree when he says he’s just effing with me. Good times bartender. You got me.
So I got engaged to my long time girlfriend about a month ago. We took a week long vacation down to Sedona, Arizona and the timing seemed right. I surprised her by waking up really early one day and going on a short little hike here where I did the deed.
No I was not wearing the hoodie or glasses at the time but I was for most of the trip. I can’t help that I’m vampire white. I ended up getting the ring off a great site I found through reddit, idonowidont.com If you’re in the market for a ring or some jewelry I highly recommend it. You buy directly from other sellers and the site verifies everything. As a result I was able to afford a much nicer ring and spend a lot less than I otherwise would have. If you’re worried about the yuck factor of it being second hand or anything I think that’s just dumb, just because you buy it from a jeweler does not mean someone else never wore it. Other stops on the trip were meteor crater
And the grand canyon. We ended up driving up from Sedona one evening to camp on the Grand Canyon South Rim so we could wake up super early the next day for our epic hike. We wanted to see/hike the whole canyon, but the camping permits in the bottom of the canyon at ghost ranch book up like six months to a year in advance and we didn’t reserve early enough so we ended up doing the whole hike in one day. I’m not gonna lie it was pretty brutal. We had been hiking a fair bit out in Seattle as preparation, but nothing like this. We hiked down the South Kaibob Trail
Across the Colorado River
And back up the Bright Angel Trail
In total is was 20 miles, 4500 elevation change and 9 hours of hiking. I’m not gonna lie, the last bit was pretty brutal, but overall it was a great experience and fun for the first 75% of the hike. The rangers tell you not to do it and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re in pretty good shape and fairly experienced hiker (a couple people a year die every year from heat exhaustion, I’m sure it’s much harder in June or July) but it’s definitely doable and by far the best hike I’ve ever been on.
Overall it was a great vacation, but I’m ready to get back to work. I’m heading out to Vegas tomorrow and I’ll be there until June 10th. If anyone wants to meet up just contact me I’ll be staying at the Gold Coast. The first event I’m playing is the $1500 stud which starts 5pm tomorrow.
I’m sure my game is more than a little rusty, but I think I’ll be fine. I’ve been playing a bit of play money on Stars as it’s basically my only option if I don’t want to take a whole day to go play live. I’ve managed to get my account up to 100k chips starting with 1k about a week ago. I think that goes for something like 15 cents on the open market. Oh yea, probably earning like 1 cent/hour. It’s okay, but not exactly the same as real money games. The most tilting thing about it is there is no hand replayer so it’s really hard to go back and look at or analyze hands to look at equities and there’s no loading them into HoldemManager. Oh well, gotta make do. Good luck at the tables and I hope everyone has a great series!
Link to Video The question occurs 1:50 from the end. It’s a bit slow to load, so here’s the transcript if you don’t want to wait.
Host: “Are you a supporter of legalizing online gaming?”
Romney: “No. No, I’m not.”
Host: “Why not?”
Romney: “Uh, uh, gaming has a social affect on a lot of people. I don’t want to increase access to gaming and I feel that we have plenty of access to gaming right now through the various casinos and establishments that exist and in some states there are lotteries that are used to fund their schools and budgets and so forth and I don’t think online gaming would encourage or improve that setting.”
Ah, I get it you’re opposed for moral reasons and because you want to protect the lottery. So you must never do any friendly wagering yourself…
Plus Tax! Stop renting your cable modem. Comcast was charging me $7/month to rent one from them and the modem only costs $49.00 so it’s a seven month payback period. Pretty good! I only wish I would have done this years ago, but it’s not too late to start now. Setup was super easy – just disconnect your rented modem, plug in the new one and it should work. Then return the rented modem to your cable provider.
Another tutorial showing you how you can turn your lights and appliances on and off with your iPhone. The two main companies that make these devices are x10 and insteon. You’ll probably get the best price on whichever you want by searching ebay for x10 or insteon The insteon devices are a bit more expensive but the way I understand it is each module rebroadcasts your requests so you won’t have to buy as many transceivers if you go that route, but if you live in a little apartment like me you’re probably best off going with the cheaper x10. I bought my starter kit off x10.com It’s pretty much the worst laid out and confusing website in the world, but if you spend enough time on there you should eventually be able to figure out what you want.
As I mention in the video, you can not use a lamp module with a CFL light bulb, so if you want dimming capabilities you will have to go back to incandescent bulbs, otherwise I recommend the appliance modules. You do not need to buy any software if you are reasonably technical you can use the free webserver software located here: http://www.iphonehomecontroller.com/tag/x10/
Another tutorial showing you how you can turn on your computer with your iPhone using your computer’s wake on lan feature. Whether or not you will be able to do this or not will completely depend on your hardware, most likely your motherboard. I can only turn on my computer from sleep/hibernation mode, not from full shutdown, but you may able to. The video switches to full screen halfway through when I start screen recording.
Free App – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/netawake/id288779132?mt=8
WOL – Magic Packet Sender – http://magicpacket.free.fr/
Wiki – http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/WOL
Router Firmware – http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Installation
Made another quick tutorial today on how you can use your iPhone as a mouse for your computer. I find it super helpful when watching espn3 or hulu/netflix from my laptop hooked up to the TV.
Inspired by this 2+2 thread Your ideas are worthless and I’m here to prove it Here are fifteen free business ideas I have come up with over the past couple of months. Feel free to steal them, let me know if you want to collaborate/partner with me on any of them or give me feedback on them. The only disclaimer is I have done exactly no market research on them to determine if these products already exist or anyone would even want them.
1. Elance.com but for contractors and localized (they always rip ppl off and overcharge, would be nice if they could bid on jobs online and users could read previous customer reviews)
2. Pet collar gps/pedometer so you never lose your dog and can see how much your dog exercised each day
3. Watch with pedometer
4. Survivor reality show broadcast 24/7 instead of the usual 1 hr recap of 3 days
5. Grant applying service for professors. Professors want to do research. It’s what they are good at and what they love doing. They do not want to beg for money. You could make a business that writes grant requests on behalf of professors.
6. Pickup game app. It’s hard to find a bunch of people to play a basketball/baseball/whatever sport pickup game. App would put people who are in close proximity to each other that want to play sport together
7. Movies tickets are all the same price. Don’t know what the business idea here is exactly but there has to be some sort of arbitrage opportunity. It costs the same price to go see any movie at the movie theater, but Avatar cost like $200 million to make and Slumdog Millionaire costs like $5 million. Clearly a ticket to go see Avatar should cost more.
8. Facetime app with Miis. Facetime app except instead of actually seeing video of each other, you see an avatar that the other person can control/make do things like smile, be sad etc
9. Clothing size conversion app between different clothes retailers. Is a Gap medium a Banana Republic Large?
10. iPhone speakers that take over the audio playing for your phone when you set it near them so no need to actually plug your phone into the player
11. American made app. App/website that lists American made products.
12. Lunch hour app. Instead of a happy hour app, an app that shows only lunch specials
13. An app idea submission website. Everyone submits app ideas and people vote on what they think the best idea is. The one that wins gets a cash prize.
14. A smart fridge that automatically orders groceries for you to be delivered by Amazon Fresh/whoever. I think this one is quite a few years away but it will happen eventually. There’s a couple food items that people always need to have in their fridge: milk, eggs, bread etc. Why bother going to grocery shopping when you can just have your fridge automatically order a new batch when the last one’s getting low?
15. Smart razor and smart toothbrush. All our electronic devices are going to be hooked up to the internet eventually so a razor and toothbrush seems like a natural progression. The idea would be that you could look at your phone and look at how long you brush your teeth on average, at what times you brush, if it were smart enough, how you could improve your brushing technique. You could get points for flossing etc.
Since I stopped playing poker, I’ve been struggling to find topics to blog about so I’ve decided to create a series of software tutorials. The first of which is on Git.
What is Git?
Git is a version control software. Basically this means that any time you have a project, document, file or folder which you update regularly you are going to have different versions over time. Sometimes you want to roll back changes or at least look at what you changed. Git allows you to do this without copying, pasting and saving every version as a new file.