Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I've had a few people ask me for some tips on throwing a good new years eve party; so I figured I'd blog about it along with my current play list (I tweak it several times a day):
  • Music is huge. End of the year top ten lists are all over the music blog world and a great source for hidden gems. Be creative and use DJ fundamentals. I like to start off low key and crescendo around 11:45-1:30.
  • Typically the more the merrier. I like to give a personal email or phone call to several fringe guests I would especially like to come.
  • Have plenty of paper towels handy.
  • It's always nice to have some fun games or decorations that are original and creative. Surprise and delight people.
  • Good liquor, champagne and high gravity Belgian beers are well worth the money.
  • Complicated mixed drinks tend to take a bit too much time to serve and are not worth it.
  • Midnight can sneak up on you if the party is bumping. Make sure you turn on the TV or something to get a countdown going. A cellphone reminder a few minutes beforehand can help avoid sleeping the countdown (it can take longer than you think to hand out champagne and something to make noise with to most people).
Here is a majority of what I have in store musically:

The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
The Temptations vs. Ludacris - Move Girl
Shwayze - Livin' It Up
AC-DC - It's a Long Way to the Top
Lil Wayne - Shooter
Calvin Harris - Merry Making at My Place
LCD Soundsystem - Bye Bye Bayou
Blondie - Atomic
Tor/Sufjan Stevens - Dumb I Sound
Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
Queen - Killer Queen
Kid Cudi - Make Her Say
Spoon - Written in Reverse
Lil Wayne - Let the Beat Build
Metric - Help I'm Alive (Twelves Remix)
Jay-Z - Run This Town
Drake - Forever (Travis Barker Remix)
The Hood Internet Vol. 4 Tracks 2-7
Rye Rye - Bang
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Remix)
THI V4 Tracks 11-12
La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy (datA Remix)
Dr. Dre - Drop That Dream (POMATIC Remix)
Franz Ferdinand - What She Came For (Drums of Death Remix)
Travis Porter - All the Way Turnt Up
Outkast - So Fresh So Clean (Personally Sped Up Tempo a Tad)
Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Rhianna - Don't Stop the Music (LAZRtag Remix)
Dorrough - Ice Cream Paint Job (Personally Sped Up)
LMFAO - La La La
Waka Flocka Flame - O Let's Do It
B.I.G. - Party and Bullshit (In the USA Remix)
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)
Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
Mystikal - Danger (Sped Up Some)
Sugar Hill Gang - Apache
Outkast - Hey Ya!
MGMT - Electric Touch
THI4 Tracks 20,23-27
Ke$ha - Tik Tok (Skeet Skeet Remix)
Rick James - Give It to Me Baby
Ludacris - What's Your Fantasy
T.I. - Whatever You Like (DiscoTech Remix)
Wale - Chillin (Meterhead Remix)
White Lies - Farewell to the Fairground (Yuksek Remix)
Queen - I Want to Break Free

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You Just Don't Understand

I felt compelled to share some of the most insightful pages from the book I am reading:

Oprah Winfrey has said, "My biggest flaw is my inability to confront people. After all the shows I've done, the books I've read, the psychologists I've talked to, I still allow myself to get ripped off to the nth degree. It takes me days and days of procrastination and agonizing before i can work up the nerve to say anything, Sometimes I think I'd rather just run out and get hit by a truck than confront someone who is ripping me off."

One man described to me what his former wife called the I-like-chicken-backs phenomenon. When his family ate a chicken for dinner, someone had to eat the back, and in his family it was always his wife, who assured the others, "I like chicken backs." But, as this man commented to me, nobody liked chicken backs. She had convinced herself that she liked chicken backs and broken egg yolks and burned toast- to be accommodating. But years of accommodating built up to mounting frustration that they both believed had contributed to their eventual divorce.

For many women, openly opposing the will of others- or what they perceive to be others' will- is unthinkable. Ironically, it may be easier for some to think of leaving. This was the case of a woman I will call Dora, who did not realize, until it was too late, that opposing her husband's will would not bring the house down. But the cumulative frustration of never getting her way did.

A source of frustration for Dora was a series of used automobiles. It was she who drove to work, and she who took the car to the garage, but her husband, Hank, who chose the cars they would buy. Hank always went for cars that were cheap, interesting, and continually in need of repair. After Dora was nearly killed by a run-down Tenault with unfixable brakes, they were in the market for yet another used car.

Hank fixed his sights on a fifteen-year-old Alfa Romeo that a mechanic he knew was getting ready to sell. Dora wanted to take advantage of the chance to buy a late model VW from a friend who was leaving the country. Determined to reach a decision by consensus, she tried every verbal resource she could think of to convince Hank that it made sense to buy the boring but dependable VW rather than the dashing old Alfa Romeo, but he would not be convinced.

If this had happened at any previous time, Dora would have acceded to her husband's wishes and cursed him in her heart each time she drove the Alfa Romeo to work- or to the garage for repair. But this incident occurred when their marriage was already on the rocks. With so little to lose, she bough the VW from her friend and steeled herself for the torrent of anger she was sure she'd incur. To her amazement, Hank never spoke a word of remonstrance. When she told him what she had expected, he told her she had been foolish: She should have just done what she wanted from the start if she felt that strongly about it. He couldn't understand why she felt she had to have his blessing to do what she was certain was right.

No matter how dissatisfied people are with the results they are getting, they rarely question their way of trying to get results. When what we are doing is not working, we do not try doing something totally different. Instead, we try harder by doing more of what seems self-evidently the right way to proceed. But when styles differ, more of the same is usually met with more of the same from the other party as well. As a result, far from solving the problem, our efforts only make things worse.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A big break up can have some peculiar affects on a man. I now have this strong association between things that led to my loss and a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feel a bit like Alex in A Clockwork Orange. The idea of sleeping in late makes me feel gross. Causing mischief with my neighbors for the sake of confrontation seems asinine. Even little things like typing too quickly and spelling words wrong while chatting makes me queasy. And I quote Alex:

I woke up. The pain and sickness all over me like an animal.
Then I realised what it was. The music coming up from the floor
was our old friend, Ludwig van and the dreaded 9th Symphony.
Suddenly I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted
to do ó and that was to do myself in, to snuff it, to blast off
forever out of this wicked cruel world.

Such a cathartic process does feel like a rebirth at times. It's almost a privilege. It take a special person to inspire you to better yourself whilst in their company, but it takes a whole higher level of character for that person to inspire you with their absence.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I Spent a G on These Frames, but My Vision Is Priceless

First two noble truths of Buddhism:
  1. Existence is suffering
  2. Suffering originates from desire

Friday, December 25, 2009


A portrait my eight year old cousin did for me.

Note to Relatives

Just because I play poker for a living doesn't mean I want a ton of scratch off lottery tickets for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I am generally an extremely passive person. My past two previous relationships sort of just fell into my lap with little work. They both pretty much fell apart from a lack of effort on my part. I hardly did any homework in school. Poker came rather naturally and I now have to do little work to get more money than I need. Athleticism comes with little struggle. In high school when it came time to apply for colleges I did only one application (most of my peers doing at least 3-7) and got in to my first choice of school with no back up plan [funny story is when the girl I was dating at the time went to our guidance consular in a rush to get off a few applications he suggested that she be more proactive like me [her bf] to which she laughed in his face and to me later]. This is the first time in my life I really feel like I need to work hard to become a better person and I am setting some serious goals to get it done:
  1. Alarm set to get me up everyday at 9:59AM.
  2. At least 30 minutes a day reading about communication skills and emotional growth.
  3. Keeping current connections with friends and family strong and encouraging new ones.
  4. At least 30 minutes a day of cardio or anaerobic exercise.
  5. Keep my condo clean.
Once I set goals they almost always are accomplished. It's funny how buying things can really make you feel better as superficial and lame as that sounds. I got some rocking campers and a new years eve outfit in soho and I feel like a new man at times.

Monday, December 21, 2009


History begins to repeat itself. I did it for a lot longer last time, but again I am finding myself using the mental crutch that I will someday get back with my ex-girlfriend to ease the pain. It is hard to differentiate between wanting to get back together because you are madly in love and want to spend the rest of your life with this person; between wanting to get back together because it would be the quickest and easiest way to stop the pain [I suspect more of the latter]. Today was a big band-aid rip. She took all her belongings out of my apartment and we agreed to cease all contact. It is officially time to move on. I am now home for the holidays after some extended travels to Chiacgo, Veags and New York. After Christmas and New Years Eve and the Bahamas (PCA) I will be looking into experimenting with some online dating. I have given up almost all hope of meeting new people in person. I have yet to sleep past 9:59AM these past two weeks. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the difference between the pain of lost love and the pain of acid reflux. I think it was a bit of both this evening.

Weekend in NYC

Little issues can cause big problems. It's funny how in baseball even two of the most refined and talented outfielders can let a routine fly ball drop in between them on rare occasion. All it takes is a hand gesture or an "I got it" and there is no problem. The same seems to ring true for serious relationships. Many times a problem will come along that two people can solve with ease as long as there is a simple open dialog. Back in high school I vividly remember one day after practice when my football coach approached me in private and said how he got the feeling that I didn't let anyone get close to me and that I didn't talk much. At the time I just thought whatever, you are a dumb old redneck, why would I want to talk/open up with you? But his words seem to ring true a decade later. Lately I've been having frequent conversations with close friends and family about the break up and life. In nearly each talk I have brought up how I don't let too many people get close to me. Nearly every time I say this I get an immediate and emphatic affirmation. Honestly this caught me off guard a bit. I don't feel like I hold much back. If the people closest to me in my life feel like I have a wall up, I can't imagine what those who barely know me think.

Fun fact of the day: In a study called American Couples, it was found that lesbians have sex less often than gay men and heterosexual couples. The sociologists believe this to be true because among lesbians they found neither feels comfortable taking the role of initiator, because neither wants to be perceived as making demands.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Things I Have Been Thinking

  • Long distance relationships are nearly impossible.
  • Yes I make enough money playing poker to get by... do non gamblers not see how this is a rude question to ask someone you just met?
  • New Years Eve is definitely my favorite holiday and planing/hosting a party is quite the pleasurable experience. This recent break up will damper both my attendance and guy:girl ratio; a potential sausage fest is one of my greatest fears.
  • There is a lot of useful information in books and on the internet.
  • It seems to take around 15% (or more) of the time you were in a serious relationship to grieve afterwards before you can healthily connect on an emotional level with a different woman.
  • Comments are the lifeblood of the blogging industry.
  • Meeting new people after college whist working at home is daunting.
  • Sometimes when I am at my lowest emotional states and don't feel like going on anymore its the far chance of catching that runner runner that I would someday get back together with my ex that keeps me going.

Wise Words from Cartman

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Next Day

You get a few drinks in me and I will say the silliest things on this blog. A good nights sleep did me well. I have my alarm clock permanently set to 9:59am and don't plan on sleeping a wink past ten AM for at least the next 6 months. It's painful at times, but after much rumination I believe it is the optimal play. Despite going to sleep last night at nearly 5am I somehow found myself wide awake at 8:45am this morning. One of my best friends just bought a house less than 1.5 miles away from me and I got the pleasure of taking the tour this morning. My future is relatively up in the air. Such uncertainty is slowly progressing from fear to excitement. Some of the best advice I've gotten about poker is to adapt your game to your personality. If you are generally a conservative person, a tighter game will come more naturally. If you are a bit wild and adventurous, you probably will see more success playing looser poker. I presume the same to also be true of other aspects of life. I need to recognize my natural talents and play on my strengths. I respond well to setting goals and if something can be turned into a competition I will find a way to win. I genuinely believe that at my core I am a good person. There's an old saying my father oft quotes that goes, ""Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are." I have had the privilege to be surrounded by a plethora of top notch people in my life and can only expect this trend to continue.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Figured I would write a mix that summed up the emotions I've been feeling this past week:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

4 Things I Could Have Done to Have Cultivated a Healthier Relationship

1. Listen for hints: I am a very blunt and honest person. When someone asks how I feel or what I want I almost never beat around the bush. This isn't to say that way is good or bad, but just that I seem to expect others to reciprocate similarly. Consequently, when people make slight suggestions or choose more delicate wording I often overlook important details. It is essential that I can learn to step outside myself and take strong note when significant issues are brought up; if only by implication or briefly touching on them.

2. Change my schedule: At the time it seemed trivial, but in retrospect I truly believe having askew sleeping patterns puts tremendous strain on the relationship. It really wouldn't have taken all that much effort and the benefits would have greatly outweighed the costs. I have very strong will power and not exercising it here was a mistake I hope not to repeat.

3. Take an interest: If you really care about someone, inquiring about their hobbies, activities, jobs, family and leisure time should following naturally on a daily basis. It seems like on the deepest level the biggest thing people want is just to have someone who listens and understands what it is they think they are saying. If you don't let people tell you who they are, you'll never learn.

4. Develop communication skills: This is without a doubt the biggest thing. If I learn nothing else from this whole experience, I'd be content if I just sharpened my ability to communicate. I recently picked up a book (You Just Don't Understand by DR. Deborah Tannen) by suggestion of my mother and only 70 pages in I feel it has challenged and enlightened my inter gender linguistic skills to the bone. It is widely known that most relationship problems can be resolved by means of healthy communication. It's about time I play a little less Tetris and start sorting out my real life.

Wise Words from Churchill

If you're going through hell, keep going.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DJ Gambel^3

Stuck alone in a cold and snowy Chicago.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Stuck on Repeat

I watch an episode of Simpsons nearly every night before I got to bed. I have a hard time turning off my mind and this seems to help. Lately I've been watching them in French to help learn the language. It helps. The other day the folder containing all the episodes just disappeared. I don't remember deleting it or moving it and all searches came up empty. It just seemed to leave without any notice. Elizabeth and I broke up this evening. We dated for about twenty one months. On paper the relationship seemed to be a reasonable match, but if the Acura TL has taught us anything it's that intangibles are what keep the wheels turning. If something big was missing it won't show up in the record books. I will try and make an extra effort to avoid too much alcohol and gambling in the trying coming times.

DJ Gambel Take Two

My second mix tape. I am getting better... I think:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Music by DJ Gambel

I am learning how to mix music a bit and this is my first ever mashup. Be kind; it's rough and I am still figuring out the basics.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My First Hand against Durrrr

Full Tilt Poker Game #16441766787: Table Vista (6 max, deep) - $25/$50 - Pot Limit Omaha
Seat 2: bemguestbud ($6,185.50)
Seat 3: gamblegambel ($2,500)
Seat 4: Ollioli ($19,855)
Seat 5: durrr ($12,696)
Seat 6: Bbby_Club ($2,229)
bemygustbud posts the small blind of $25
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Js Qs 9c Td]
OlliPlli folds
durrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrr raises to $175
BobbyClub folds
bemyuestbud folds
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel raises to $550
durrr calls $375
*** FLOP *** [Ah Ts 5d]
gamblegambel bets $1,125
drrrr has 15 seconds left to act
urrrr calls $1,125
*** TURN *** [Ah Ts 5d] [3s]
gamblegambel bets $825, and is all in
durrr has 15 seconds left to act
drrrr calls $825
gamblegambel shows [Js Qs 9c Td]
urrrr shows [Qh Kh 6c Jc]
*** RIVER *** [Ah Ts 5d 3s] [8c]
gamblegambel shows a pair of Tens
durrr shows Ace King high
gamblegambel wins the pot ($5,022) with a pair of Tens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $5,025 | Rake $3
Board: [Ah Ts 5d 3s 8c]
Seat 3: gamblegambel (big blind) showed [Js Qs 9c Td] and won ($5,022) with a pair of Tens
Seat 5: durrrr showed [Qh Kh 6c Jc] and lost with Ace King high

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Your Mom Goes to College

BS23 posts small blind [$25.00].
hokuspookus posts big blind [$50.00].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ Ac 5s ]
JonyKillfinger folds
gamblegambel raises [$100.00]
BR23 folds
hokuspookus calls [$50.00]
** Dealing Flop ** [ Td, 3d, Jd ]
hokuspookus checks
gamblegambel bets [$131.00]
hokuspookus raises [$350.00]
gamblegambel calls [$219.00]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 4d ]
hokuspookus bets [$400.00]
gamblegambel calls [$400.00]
** Dealing River ** [ As ]
hokuspookus checks
gamblegambel bets [$650.00]
hoouspookus folds
gamblegambel wins $1723.00 from main pot


Friday, November 27, 2009

Three Thoughts

Something about new years eve really gets my blood going. I mean I always enjoy hosting get-togethers, but there is something magical about nye. I think about decorations and music and drinks and invite lists for months in advance and it is all a labor of love.

I am leaving next week for a visit to Chicago followed by a long weekend in Vegas for the Five Diamond tournament at Bellagio. I managed to get a free hotel for four nights at the Palazzo and 25 dollar food coupon and 50 dollar table game money all comped from this summers craps experiment. Win win.

Three days ago was my worst day ever in poker. It bothered me when it happened and nearly turned 2009 into a meager year, but no more than a few days later I have gotten about 30% back and feel pretty darn good about just nearly everything.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wise Words from Garth

"It's like people only do things because they get paid and that's just really sad."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


nL_Dagon posts small blind [$10.00 ].
gamblegambel posts big blind [$20.00 ].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ Tc Kc ]
wilfiedr folds
twst o cane folds
LeVerbena folds
pumelfee123 folds
nL_ragon raises [$40.00 ]
gamblegambel calls [$30.00 ]
** Dealing Flop ** [ Ac, 5d, 7c ]
nL_Dagon bets [$57.00 ]
gamblegambel calls [$57.00 ]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 4d ]
nL_Draon checks
gamblegambel checks
** Dealing River ** [ 8h ]
nL_Drgon bets [$125.00 ]
gamblegambel raises [$250.00 ]
nL_Drgon raises [$250.00 ]
gamblegambel raises [$243.00 ]
nL_Draon folds
gamblegambel wins $961.00 from main pot

Monday, November 9, 2009

Balloon Art

I've been a tad creative the past few days...



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wise Words from Mahatma Gandhi

"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind"

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I play a lot of games and I love analogies. Lately I've been trying to beat Punch Out again (haven't taken down the big guy since I was no more than 13 years old). Heads up poker and a boxing match are two peas in a pod. It usually starts off with small pots and some feeler jabs; no one looks for a knock out blow early. Ultimately the only way to get an edge on your opponent is to counter what he is doing. Once you start forcing blows and get out of rhythm it is game over. One thing that really caught my attention the other day was this graph I stumbled upon when looking up some NFL stats. It basically plots the likelihood of an onside kick's success against the odds your opponent thinks you will do an onside kick. Bottom line is the less they are expecting it the higher the success rate. There are so many examples of this in poker where a play is profitable as long as your opponent doesn't think you are doing it. It's a tricky balance to do something every single time it isn't expected.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


plzlemewin posts small blind [$25.00].
hamer_6161 posts big blind [$50.00].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ Qs 8s ]
philanmike folds
phouder raises [$125.00]
gamblegambel calls [$125.00]
plzlemewin folds
hamer_6161 folds
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7c, Ah, Jc ]
phouner bets [$150.00]
gamblegambel raises [$300.00]
phouner raises [$349.00]
gamblegambel raises [$398.00]
gamblegambel wins $1320.00 from main pot

Friday, October 30, 2009


A pretty interesting hand from a heads up cap battle. A general rule of thumb for optimal poker strategy is to not change game plans mid hand i.e. turn a value call into a bluff on a later street. The following is what I would consider a rare exception.

Seat 2: gamblegambel ( $9826.75 )
Seat 5: bemyguestbd ( $6192.00 )
bemyguestud posts small blind [$25.00].
gamblegambel posts big blind [$50.00].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 7c Js ]
bemyguesbud raises [$75.00]
gamblegambel calls [$50.00]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 5h, 7s, Ah ]
gamblegambel checks
bemygustbud bets [$135.00]
gamblegambel calls [$135.00] A seven figures to be good here.
** Dealing Turn ** [ Qd ]
gamblegambel checks
bemguestbud bets [$375.00]
gamblegambel calls [$375.00] This is a marginal call, I'd probably vote fold 70% of the time.
** Dealing River ** [ 4h ]
gamblegambel bets [$890.00] The four of hearts is pretty much the money draw card. Considering I reraise most big aces pre and fold most sevens on the turn this card drills my double check call range and is a great bluff card despite the general rule of thumb that changing value calls into bluffs is a bad play. There is some value to check/deciding, but I believe this bluff is much better.
bmyguestbud folds
gamblegambel wins $1219.50 from main pot

Sage Wisdom from the GF

A cup of hot tea a day will help keep the H1N1 virus away.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Other Things

Sometimes for no apparent reason I become grossly mopey. I have barely left my condo in the past two weeks. I've hardly gambled at all lately. I nearly take pleasure in causing discomfort to those around me. Usually I would expect myself to be depressed and looking for a change of pace, but these days I wouldn't want it any other way. I do believe I may just be a hyper-introvert in waves. Maybe I have a serious mental disorder. Maybe surly only looks out for one guy, surly.


I wasn't meant for this world. Turning off my brain is quite the cumbersome and lengthy process and can prove quite difficult when trying to fall asleep. I usually have to be awake for 17 hour plus before I see the sandman. Combine this with a lust for long night sleeps and no need for an alarm clock you have the recipe for my conundrum. I think I would be a much happier man if the world spun a tad slower; twenty seven hour days for the win.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Next time you get a beef taco over a chicken taco think about this a little bit:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Ideas

Full Tilt has recently added a run it twice option to its cash game tables. It's a pretty cool feature but it takes an extra dollar of rake. What the fuck??? Just because we're degenerates doesn't mean we're a bunch of saps. I suggest poker players form a union in case we need to strike if things get ridiculously out of hand; power in numbers. With a large enough strike we might even get health insurance.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Things I Think

One of the better benefits of having a gf is while walking around town you can hold her hand and not have to look where you are going allowing full attention to your iPhone.

You should be able to veto a few things that your income tax can't go to fund (i.e. Iraq war, welfare, catholic church...).

Many people are unfaithful. Many women are beautiful. Maybe Arab culture is on to something with the abaya and the niqāb.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ME on TV

Nice to see the first hand of poker I play on TV I am bluffing off a million chips.

Monday, October 5, 2009


There isn't too much you can really do to leave your mark on this world. Yesterday I made my first dent. I beat Battletoads (with no warps or Game Genie). It's presence atop every top ten hardest video game list puts me in pretty elite company to be honest. I wish I could package up and bottle up what I've got, but alas I must be content solely with personal glory.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


gamblegambel posts small blind [$25.00].
tylor_di.i posts big blind [$50.00].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 2d 3d ]
gamblegambel raises [$75.00]
tyl.or_dii raises [$225.00]
gamblegambel calls [$175.00]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 9s, Kh, Ts ]
ty.lor_dii checks
gamblegambel bets [$50.00]
ty.lor_dii folds
gamblegambel wins $549.50 USD from main pot

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I lost 30k today and I've had a right forearm muscle spasm the past 7 hours.

I reached the last level (12) in battletoads.

I am have been summoned for jury duty this morning and haven't slept in 19 hours and counting...

Monday, September 28, 2009


I am learning French

My last 17 poker sessions have been positive

I got to level ten last night in Battletoads

Friday, September 25, 2009

Memo: Party

'I Hate My Job' is finally pulling its weight. I received my first check today from advertising on this blog and all I had to do was put a really obscure link in a nearly 2 year old post. I may not be able to play cards there, but Party Poker is still paying the bills.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ring Ring

So I got a phone call this afternoon from Jeremy at ESPN. He proceeded to ask me about 15 relatively stock questions (how to say my name, where I was born, what college I went to etc). I don't think I'll get much TV time this Tuesday evening, but it seems quite likely they will show some hands I played in the upcoming weeks.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I Hate My Job #50

(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Rose by Any Other Name

It was high school and my AP physics teacher was trying to teach a bunch of red necks about potential and kinetic energy. After she had spent about 20 minutes going over all the formulas and confusing most of the kids I, per usual, made a smart ass comment, "so everything equals everything is what you're getting at." It a rather simple concept at its core really. Pretty much any formula with an E in it equals any other formula with an E in it. As one might expect energy can neither be created nor destroyed, just represented in a different form. It really reminds me of the diet fads over the past few decades. In the 90's everyone came up with the brilliant concept that if you don't eat fats you won't get fat; genius at the surface, but nothing more than semantics at its core. So why not try avoiding all carbs and gorging on every thing else; seems like the next logical step. Ultimately such specious reasoning will leave all those who gorge on everything but X (be it fats, or carbs, or elephant tongue) fat as a blimp. Just as in physics it's all the same thing. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. The solution isn't in how one distributes and markets it, but in moderation and balance and healthy lifestyles. Lately I've spent quite a few nights dwelling on our nations energy crisis, particularly as exemplified in the auto industry. People crying out we have to stop consuming gasoline and go ethanol or forget the corn and go electric or solar or explore the Andes for magic beans. I can't help but see a car as a car. No matter how you market it or distribute the energy it is going to take the same force to push it up a hill (sure engineering gets more efficient with time, but that is expected regardless of fuel). The last thing we need is another SnackWells or Atkins fixing our energy crisis. People just need to wise up and learn find joy in moderation and go ride a train or buy a bike or take a walk. Who knows, people might even lose a few pounds while they're at it.

Friday, September 11, 2009


B Bu.ddy is back in form...

Ku.tHoereID: posts small blind $2
blu.educk23: posts big blind $4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to KKBigDawwg69 [8c 8d]
KKBigDawwg69: raises $8 to $12
kroon.ike: calls $12
Fool.Raiser: folds
B B.uddy: raises $40 to $52
Ku.tHoereID: folds
blue.duck23: folds
KKBigDawwg69: calls $40
kro.onike: folds
*** FLOP *** [3c 2s 9c]
KKBigDawwg69: checks
B Bud.dy: bets $62
KKBigDawwg69: calls $62
*** TURN *** [3c 2s 9c] [Ad]
KKBigDawwg69: checks
B Bu.ddy: bets $115
KKBigDawwg69: calls $115
*** RIVER *** [3c 2s 9c Ad] [2c]
KKBigDawwg69: checks
B Bu.ddy: checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
KKBigDawwg69: shows [8c 8d] (two pair, Eights and Deuces)
B Bu.ddy: mucks hand
KKBigDawwg69 collected $473 from pot
B Buddy doesn't show [Jd, 5d ]

Monday, September 7, 2009


Since mostly playing on shorter stacks the past year I've been distancing myself from the skill of making big folds. Not sure if I made the right play in the following, yet at the time I was happy to throw them in the muck:

Seat 2: w.obbly_au ( $5050.00 USD )
Seat 9: KKBigDawwg69 ( $4893.00 USD )
KKBigDawwg69 posts small blind [$25.00 USD].
wobb.ly_au posts big blind [$50.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to KKBigDawwg69 [ 7c 7s ]
KKBigDawwg69 raises [$75.00 USD]
wobb.ly_au raises [$350.00 USD]
KKBigDawwg69 calls [$300.00 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 3h, Kc, Ah ]
wobb.ly_au checks
KKBigDawwg69 checks
** Dealing Turn ** [ 7d ]
wobb.ly_au checks
KKBigDawwg69 bets [$550.00 USD]
wo.bbly_au calls [$550.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ 3c ]
wob.bly_au checks
KKBigDawwg69 bets [$1600.00 USD]
wobbl.y_au raises [$4100.00 USD]
KKBigDawwg69 folds
w.obbly_au wins $5099.00 USD from main pot

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Study on Dice Control

As some of you may already know I did a little research in Vegas on how to beat craps and fared pretty well for the summer on the tables. Beginners luck? Maybe... I went ahead an purchased a pair of dice at the gift shop from the actual tables to do some further research back home.

Thesis: Properly aligned dice thrown with minimal interference can lower the likelihood that a seven will be rolled, thus giving the player an advantage on the house in the game of craps.

[I understand a thorough study of this nature could take quite some time so this will be done in many parts.]

Experiment (1) : Dice were aligned with the 3's forming a V formation with 8's and 6's on all showing opposed faces on the dice. They were then repeatedly thrown approximately 5 feet on a rug against a wall 247 times resulting in the following data:

2: 8 (3.24%)
3: 16 (6.48%)
4: 31 (12.55%)
5: 32 (12.96%)
6: 34 (13.77%)
7: 36 (14.57%)
8: 36 (14.57%)
9: 20 (8.10%)
10: 16 (6.48%)
11: 12 (4.86%)
12: 6 (2.43)

Findings thus far: Although sample size is still tiny, the number seven was only rolled 14.57% of the time, which is significantly below the expected 16.67%. As well, 6 and 8 combined were rolled above the expected 13.89%.

Conclusion: If these number continue after several more intensive studies of this nature, I will be making some very significant wagers on the craps tables.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Five Game I've Been Playing a Lot Lately

1. Battletoads - The difficultly level in this game is through the roof, but the whimsical game play keeps bringing me back. Can't get past level 6.

2. Poker - Something has to pay the bills.

3. Starcraft - My recon and countering is getting really sharp, but my micromanagement still needs a ton of work. This classic really just makes you better at every other game imaginable.

4. Tetris - Just broke my new high score tonight - 350060 (the million point game is on my bucket list)

5. Little League Baseball Championship Series - If I have an above average pitcher you will rarely see my opponent score in the first 5 innings and if I play with New York I must be around a 20:1 favorite against just about anyone out there.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Super Fun Conclusion

Thanks for playing everyone!

The correct answer was 560, which means the winner is danjew2 (15 pts off). Honorable mention to Brad who was 20 pts off.

Avg guess: 659
Number of said guesses over correct answer: 17
Number of said guesses under correct answer: 5

Conclusion: Too bad blogging wasn't on the SAT verbal section or I might have gotten a full ride to Harvard. I guess I failed to mention how infrequently I read books and that I don't have the attention span to read a 7 paragraph article on the importance of African drumming for late 18th century residents of Chad. I would do a part two for the math section, but too many people know I got an 800.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

TV Debut

I made my first ESPN appearance on the the poker table this evening. Although not in the particular hand shown, I got a decent amount of camera time. I also got a split second close up in the second video at the end of the episode:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Super Fun Game Time

Game: Guess what I scored on the SAT verbal section in high school (0-800).

Rules: One guess per lifetime to be left in the comments of this post. Deadline of 96 hours from the time stamp below. Closest to the correct answer wins (going over allowed).

Prize: A carrot from my garden (or if that doesn't float your boat I have grape tomatoes and fresh basil).

Friday, August 21, 2009


For a while I didn't really know why I had stopped blogging for nearly two weeks. I had spent over a week up in Chicago revamping my long distance relationship, which was quite pleasant. We drove back down to Atlanta together and spent our last few days enjoying each others company before she went back home yesterday. My vegetable garden is doing swell. I have already harvested a dozen delicious grape tomatoes and my carrots are ready for the picking. Some part of me was really looking forward to some solitude accompanied by poker and Starcraft, but I feel pretty numb to the world as of late. It is showing in my exercise habits, poker focus, gaming practices, and social endeavours. My window exists so that light can enter my apartment. My iPhone exists so that it can transmit data. I exist because I am not dead yet.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


gamblegambel posts small blind [$25.00].
River_Vlad posts big blind [$50.00].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 8d Qs ]
Merlin88 folds
TheTaker folds
ryanwelch raises [$100.00]
ComeToButthead folds
gamblegambel raises [$265.00]
River_Vlad folds
ryanwelch calls [$190.00]
** Dealing Flop ** [ Ad, 9c, As ]
gamblegambel bets [$212.00]
ryanwelch raises [$565.00]
gamblegambel calls [$353.00]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 7d ]
gamblegambel checks
ryanwelch checks
** Dealing River ** [ 6d ]
gamblegambel bets [$645.00]
ryanwelch folds
gamblegambel wins $1757.00 from main pot

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Super Fun Conclusions

Thanks for playing everyone.

The correct answer was 433 hours, which means the winner is: Jason, who was 12 hours off. Honorable mentions to blueflare at 17 hours off and pimaster at 20 hours off. Because who the hell is this rando Jason?

Avg 3 and 4 digit guess: 614
Number of said guesses over correct answer: 15
Number of said guesses under correct answer:5

Conclusions: Despite being quite honest in my blog and there being a published record of nearly every hand I play on the Internet, I am even lazier than most of you think I am.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Super Fun Game Time

Game: Guess how many hours of online poker I have played since January 15th 2009.

Rules: One guess per lifetime to be left in the comments of this post. Deadline of 96 hours from the time stamp below. Closest to the correct answer wins (going over allowed).

Prize: Flashlight from last super fun game time as well as a hilarious pack of playing cards with benji on them (some accountant in Georgia sent them to entice me to let her do my taxes).

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Time for Bed

Farmers go to sleep when the sun sets
Middle aged hippies go to sleep after the daily show
I go to bed when the infomercials come on for male enhancement pills

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hole in My Game

So my gf has been in Chicago for nearly two months now and I suck at long distance relationships. I am not sure if it's the fact that relationships of great distance are just difficult and I'm not giving it the needed attention/effort; or if my lazy attitude stems from some sort of disdain for the relationship at its core. Either way if things continue it could get ugly. Hopefully her visit this weekend and my voyage up to chi town next week will function as some sort of litmus test for the whole situation. It would be pretty stupid of me to ruin the best thing I have in my life because of indolence.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I like drinking and gambling.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Can Get Offffffffffff Because I'm Stuck Too Much Moneyyyyyyyyyyyy

It's 6am; I am down 60k the past few days. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things I do

Depressed and tilted out of my mind I shaved my head at 4:43am

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Passing Time

It's funny how playing for a week in a tournament and winning 30k resulted in many congratulations, but when I have a 50k week in the cash games people couldn't care less. No guts no glory.

P.S. I am about to get my hands on a craps table and run some extensive data analysis on dice control in the coming weeks...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Short Fuse

I think this past Vegas trip aged me about 45 years, because I have been the grumpiest old man since I've gotten home. I'm grouchy nearly all the time and all I want to do is read the local news while I pet my dog and eat figs while I do the Sunday crossword puzzle.

Monday, July 13, 2009


In a 4bet pot I jammed 1.2mil into a 700k pot with 56s on 589 one of my suit and this guy made a shocking call with AKo (average stack was 1.7m with 107 people left); turn 9 river ace. Game over. Pretty devastating. Cashed for 40k. Such a joke.

Day 6


Seat 1 Brian Hansen 549,000
Seat 2 John Martin 673,000 50k in cashes from smaller buy in events
Seat 3 Bolivar Palacios (panama)444,000 47k from two 7th place finishes
Seat 4 Ian Woodley (UK) 1,005,000 1mil in cashes, plays a ton
Seat 5 Ludavic Lacay (paris) 1,817,000 Word is he is super agro pre/solid
Seat 6 Adam Blizerian 1,056,000
Seat 7 empty
Seat 8 Joel Patchell (me) 1,701,000
Seat 9 Hamid Nourafchan (USA) 1,664,000 16k in cashes past 5 years

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vegas Upday

Rolling on to day 5 of the main event tomorrow with 762k chips, which puts me about 70th of the remaining 407. Also ran hot again tonight in craps. Nick is the most talented dice controller I've seen my entire career. Up about 14k on the craps table this trip. Going to be hard to stop this gravy train.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Living in a walkable neighborhood has always been a high priority of mine. Just stumbled on this website and my hood scored 86/100. Can anyone beat that?

Gambling Update

Another great craps sessions. Up 1759 there this trip. I believe I have learned how to control the dice. Also on a sick credit card roulette heater; I believe my streak is nearing 25 meals without losing with average of 4.3 people and 328 dollars a ticket.

WSOP Day 2

Won a big pot to start the day then took a nose dive into dinner break. Rallied after some food and won two medium pots that were flips. Chipped up nicely after that and finished up with 101,600; tad over average. Play starts back up Friday. Keep up with me on twitter.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Vegas Update from my iPhone

I start back up on Wednesday for day 2B with 50k (tad above average). I also looked up the odds for craps this morning. Betting the pass line with max back up odds the house edge is roughly .35%. What a game. Drunk 1/2 profits: -2700; drunk craps profits: 1059. Megaman get equipped with... Day 2 pro.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Big One Updates

I play day 1C tomorrow of the WSOP main event. I am going to try and keep regular updates here:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Super Fun Game Time

Rules: I will show you pictures of cars and you have to decide which one is lilholdem's (pictured above). Limited to one guess per lifetime (answer in the comments). Game expires in 72 hours.
Prize: My kick ass beer can flashlight that projects poker chips on the wall (pictured above).