Sunday, December 26, 2010

NYE Music

As always I have been devoting much of my time to browsing music blogs and getting jams for my new years party this year. Here are a few tracks that you may have not heard yet this year that I feel are a must if you are looking to get the party started:

Robyn - Indestructible (A-Trak Club Mix)


Girl Talk - Oh No


Lil Wayne - Swag Surfin


Rihanna - Only Girl (Mr. Larsson Dubstep Remix)


Eminem feat Rihanna - Love the way you lie (Sick boy remix)


By the way I am only one vote out of first place in the high stakes omaha player of the year race. Feel free to vote if you want to see me win - could make for some awesome super fun game time prizes wink wink.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

HH

davin77 posts the small blind of $25
citizenmax posts the big blind of $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Jh Ks Tc 9s]
bp513 folds
OnTheRize raises to $150
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel raises to $525
TheMasterJ33 has 15 seconds left to act
TheMasterJ33 folds
davin77 folds
citizenmax folds
OnTheRize calls $375
*** FLOP *** [9h Qs 2h]
OnTheRize checks
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel bets $1,125
OnTheRize has 15 seconds left to act
OnTheRize calls $1,125
*** TURN *** [9h Qs 2h] [7c]
OnTheRize checks
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel bets $2,913
OnTheRize has 15 seconds left to act
OnTheRize calls $2,913
*** RIVER *** [9h Qs 2h 7c] [9d]
OnTheRize has 15 seconds left to act
OnTheRize bets $5,101, and is all in
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel has requested TIME

Real tough river spot, still not sure what to do.


gamblegambel calls $5,101
*** SHOW DOWN ***
OnTheRize shows [6h Ah Ts 9c] three of a kind, Nines
gamblegambel mucks
OnTheRize wins the pot ($19,400) with three of a kind, Nines

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Facebook

I am not much of a panderer, but I may never have a year like this again for the rest of my poker career and it would mean a ton if I won high stakes omaha player of the year. If you have some spare time it would mean a ton if you could vote for me here: http://www.pokertableratings.com/fulltilt-player-search/gamblegambel#

thanks!

Friday, December 10, 2010

HH

I really liked this hand today. There is a lot going on for some simple action.

$5000.00 USD PL Omaha - Friday, December 10, 12:15:34 ET 2010
Table Savin (6 max shallow) (Real Money)
Seat 4 is the button
Seat 3: Far Away Boy ( $9456.00 USD )
Seat 4: gamblegambel ( $2000.00 USD )
Seat 5: c.heap cheap ( $1950.00 USD )
Seat 6: electra ( $2222.00 USD )
cheap che.ap posts small blind [$25.00 USD].
electra posts big blind [$50.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 8h 9d 8d Qh ]
Far Away Boy raises [$112.50 USD]
gamblegambel calls [$112.50 USD] I am not the biggest fan of flatting these hands to half pot opens, but I think he is pretty weak, so I ain't folding here.
cheap c.heap folds
electra calls [$62.50 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 2s, Js, Ts ]
electra checks
Far Away Boy bets [$150.00 USD] I think in general people cbet these flops too much, plus I have decent equity against all none made flush hands. With the cards I have it is super unlikely he is drawing to straight too besides maybe an AKxx.
gamblegambel calls [$150.00 USD]
electra folds
** Dealing Turn ** [ As ]
Far Away Boy bets [$300.00 USD] Interesting turn here. It changes things a lot since he couldnt have flopped the nut flush and wasnt bluffing the magic card. It is pretty rare here to be betting a set for value since the big straight just got made and it just got tougher to have a flush with four spades out. Because these sort of hands slow down it makes much more sense for me to be flatting this bet than raising with flushies.
gamblegambel calls [$300.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ 3c ]
Far Away Boy checks
gamblegambel bets [$512.00 USD] Perfectly balanced and sized. The only way he could be expoiting this line is if he was on the 2618th level; like taking candy from a baby.
Far Away Boy folds
gamblegambel wins $1260.50 USD from main pot

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The EV of Running a Red Light

It kind of really pisses me off when I am driving home at 2am and I am sitting at a traffic light for 2 minutes when I can clearly see there isn't a car within three thousand feet. I usually end up just running the light, but I am kind of curious if it is a plus EV play. Besides a few minor intangibles, I believe the two factors to consider here is time lost/gained and money. For arguments sake I will not factor in the fun factor of running the light and the stress of talking to a police officer.


Option A - Obeying the law

I would guess the average time spent at an intersection at an uncensored traffic light at 2am on surface streets is around 40 seconds. I feel its safe to assume there is almost no opportunity cost of money you would be earning if you were home.


Option B - Running the light

Assuming you take a good 5 seconds to scan around and see no cars around, I'd say there is around a 1:300 chance of getting pulled over for running the light. Assumably one would be sober, not have any warrants, nothing illegal in the car etc... so the only money lost would be the ticket fine. My guess is 100 dollars. I would also guess it takes on average 12 minutes to get issued a ticket. Presumably there is also inflated insurance costs for getting lots of tickets. I'd set a value of around another 150 dollars in insurance premium hikes for getting caught once. So a little math:

12 minutes/300 + 5 second scan = 7.4 seconds lost
$(100+150)/300 = 71 cents in fines

Conclusion

So after some simple arithmetic it seems to come out that if you value 32.6 seconds of your late evening life more than 71 cents, you are a fish for waiting for the light to turn green.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Factoid

I know it is most likely 99% hogwash, but my win rate the past few months has been ten times higher when I play with some candles lit nearby.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wise Words from Churchill

"Any man who is under 30 and is not a liberal has no heart; and any man who is over 30 and is not a conservative has no brains."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Checking It Twice

I check PTR a couple times a day. I believe I am supposed to be top hat, but it doesn't seem to be updating the past few days for my page.

Funny story, I went out last weekend to this bar with a good friend of mine. We had a good amount to drink and the dance floor was getting pretty wild. There were these two girls who were dancing with each other right up front and some dude was all up in their face filming it with his phone and encouraging them to kiss etc. It had an obnoxiously bright light and everything. I approached and told him he was out of line and he shrugged me off. In my drunken state I went ahead and grabbed the phone out of his hand and tossed it across the bar. It was sorta hero epic.

P.S. He was black and I am lucky I suffered no bodily harm, he was super pissed.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Making the List

Gamblegambel is currently 47 on the list of most winning online players according to table ratings all time; pretty cool. I have been playing about 10 hours a week of poker and 40 hours a week of Starcraft. Some thoughts why great Starcraft players make great poker players:

You Have to Stay Aggressive: There is a big advantage to being the first person to attack. It gives you more ways to win and lets you dictate the game flow. Those who are passive/turtles usually fail.

It's all about countering: Almost every play out there is exploitable. You need to know how to counter it properly and do the recon necessary to make a good guess what your opponent is doing. Information is king.

It takes a fire in your belly: You have to love it, dream about it, always want to play. As soon as you finish a game you have to want to play another. It takes a pretty sick competitive spirit to be wildly successful.

Replays, Research, History: All the best players look back to see why things did or didn't work. Sometimes you have to really review plays to know what makes them successful and what you can tweak to make it better.

Pattern Recognition: People tend to be creatures of habit. Once you really immerse yourself in the game you will develop a sixth sense for what is about to happen next and be able to predict plays before they happen and have the trap set waiting.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bound by Positivity

I used the rubber band that my asparagus came in to hold my money clip together, so now it says produce on my roll.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Good Reads by Me

It seems like whenever I see a car doing something reckless on the road I notice it is all dinged up or missing a taillight.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Some Stuff

I am loving Starcraft II.

It seems like everyone on Match.com is a Christian and everyone on OKcupid is an atheist.

I had my first outing with my "little" brother last Sunday and we went on a hike and saw a play at his church (I was the only white guy of the 200 person audience). It went really well.

I watch a good amount of poker and play a little.

Gambling on the golf course is the sweet to the salty of playing games on my computer at home.

My nearly all colts fantasy team has left me with a 2-4 record and somehow my rag tag assembly is a favorite to win on the bye week by yahoo's projected points.

I have blisters on both my thumbs from hitting 160 balls with my driver today. Two balls went over the back fence at the driving range, but I'm not sure how far they went. I'd guess 263. Shouldn't the net be further back?

The kickball team I am on hasn't lost a game [besides one forfeit] and will likely go to the playoffs in a few weeks.

The Decatur beer festival is always in my top 10 favorite days of the year.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday Lights Night


OK; I had some drinks and did some stuff.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

12:52

I have been playing a lot of Starcraft II lately.

I recently signed up for this dating website and I was getting lots of responses and I was emailing back and forth with several ladies, but I had left out my profession. I went ahead and fixed it so my profile says I am a professional poker player and I haven't heard back from a lady since. I am pretty much convinced it is one of the worst jobs ever for meeting women.

I am getting pretty good at Starcarft II.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hilarious HH

Seat 3: ElMastermind ($906.50)
Seat 5: gamblegambel ($2,335)
Seat 6: 7coronas ($3,704.50)
ElMastermind posts the small blind of $25
gamblegambel posts the big blind of $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [7s Qc 8s Ac]
7coronas calls $50
DONKEY_K1NG folds
ElMastermind raises to $200
gamblegambel raises to $350
7coronas folds
ElMastermind folds
Uncalled bet of $150 returned to gamblegambel
gamblegambel mucks
gamblegambel wins the pot ($450)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OK...

D.C. was great.

Our founding fathers knew what there were doing.

A.C. was gamblicious.

I spazzed out on day 2 with Ks4s on 3c7s9s for 60bb (lost to As3s).

N.Y.C. was fab

Fun city and even funner friends.

During the trip my computer died, which is a close second to one of the things I despise most in this world behind moving. It has been a pain in my rump to get windows up and running as I like it to play the poker cards.

The company of top notch friends is priceless.

My high water mark for the year continues to rise with each new day.

My dating life is pretty bland. I feel like I need to be more charming. How is charm even acquired? I feel like my energy is constantly directed at [nearly] unobtainable love. I am slow to let go of the past.

My dog is better than your dog.

Fantasy football is kinda fun.

I flew home first class (it was my first time). I tried to evaluate the worth:

Getting on and off the plane first: $11
The free lunch/dessert: $18
Hot towel: $1
The two mixed drinks: $16
The legroom/comfy chair: $65

Overall extra value over economy on 2 hour flight: ~$111

I believe it was around $230 dollars more for a one way flight home bought 5 days beforehand. Not the best value in the pampering store, but worth it once in a while if you have money to burn.

Goodnight,
Gamblegambel

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week

The survival trip to the outer banks was a bit of a bust. We rented this bare bones cabin on this island that is a national forest. The beach was empty and quite pretty, but our crabbing and surf fishing efforts were rather fruitless. We never caught anything worth eating and went three days with just bananas and rice. The last day before we left we rented a boat, made mojitos, drank beer, and had a blast cruising around the sound with good friends.


I am now in DC staying with boomboom. It is nice to be back in a real city. I played the wcoop 500+30 thing this Sunday. Real interesting scratch off ticket that lasted 6 hours before I lost a coin flip. In a few days we will be driving up to Borgata for the WPT event; should be a nice change of pace. I am a bit homesick and look forward to eventually getting home and working on my golf game and the game of love. Hopefully there will be time for a visit to the lovely nyc before this trip draws to a close.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Love It

Whenever my friend SFisch hears of another person's devastating bad beat he lets out a laugh just like this... video

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Change of Plans

I recently decided to devote my life to proving that the law of conservation of energy is wrong, but I ultimately realized that once I figured out how to create and destroy energy there would be dire consequences, so I decided not to.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thought

I was looking up at a cloudless sky the other day and began to empathize with mother nature; some days I just don't feel like creating new clouds either.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rantish

I am pretty obsessed with PTR these days. I do at least 25 searches a day when I play and I check my ranking pretty regularly. When I am playing poker sessions I refresh my holdem manager about every 3 minutes to see my profits. It is a bit OCD. I have only been doing about 15 hour weeks the past few months, but my wrist is still hurting a bit. I have two camping trips planned for this weekend and the next one. A mountain bike expedition this Friday and then a survival like fishing+rice trip to follow. Should be fun. Hopefully I will be able to fit a Borgata/NYC trip in before the month draws to a close. I am at my high water mark for the year/life and it feels nice to be running above expected.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Up

I had my best day ever in poker yesterday and it feels great.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

When a video game becomes too easy and boring you do things to spice it up. You start at a higher level with less lives or whatever to make it challenging. Life is the same way. When things like money etc come too easily, you do things to spice it up. Try making a living while walking on your hands or making friends with a speech impediment. It's just a fact.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Torn

Sometimes failing at online dating feels like getting rejected by 10,000 women at once. Some enjoy a nightcap to end the day, but I enjoy 5. Part of me thinks I may be developing a problem and the other part feels like this is the only way to enjoy life.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday

So I had my interview today with the big brother foundation. I was recently nudged into volunteering there this week by a close friend. Hopefully the fact that I gamble for a living and have over 7 drinks a week won't inhibit me from being a positive influence in a young person's life. I feel like I could give some solid advice and be a really good mentor. I suspect being involved with this organization will be a win win situation. The past few days have been profitable on the poker tables. I have been thinking a lot about new years eve this week. It is my favorite holiday.

Cheers,
gamblegambel

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brain

The other day I was thinking that the mind is the most amazing part of the human body. But then I thought to myself, look who is telling me this.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Works

I have been doing some more art lately. Here is an inflatable sculpture I put out on the sidewalk and a piece I made from wire I bought at Home Depot (not sure if you can tell from these pics, but the end of the wire just barely levitates above the surface of the table)...




Wednesday, August 11, 2010

HH's

Two nice donations during my voyage back to the high water mark...

M.ONTEIROZOR posts small blind [$5.00 USD].
SHOVEBOT posts big blind [$10.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to SHOVEBOT [ 7c 9c ]
W.EEWAISEU folds
H.ARDCORY3011 raises [$30.00 USD]
M.ONTEIROZOR folds
SHOVEBOT raises [$95.00 USD]
H.ARDCORY3011 calls [$75.00 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 5c, Qs, 7s ]
SHOVEBOT checks
H.ARDCORY3011 bets [$87.50 USD]
SHOVEBOT calls [$87.50 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ Ac ]
SHOVEBOT bets [$255.00 USD]
H.ARDCORY3011 raises [$1482.00 USD]
SHOVEBOT calls [$1227.00 USD]
** Dealing River ** [ 4c ]
H.ARDCORY3011 shows [3d, 2d ]
SHOVEBOT shows [7c, 9c ]
SHOVEBOT wins $3352.00 USD from main pot

gamblegambel posts small blind [$25.00 USD].
N.egrodamus2 posts big blind [$50.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 3s Ac ]
C.omeToButthead folds
a.palma folds
A.lGooohr folds
gamblegambel raises [$100.00 USD]
N.egrodamus2 calls [$75.00 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ As, 8s, 2d ]
gamblegambel bets [$150.00 USD]
N.egrodamus2 raises [$300.00 USD]
gamblegambel calls [$150.00 USD]
** Dealing Turn ** [ 3d ]
gamblegambel bets [$450.00 USD]
N.egrodamus2 raises [$1075.00 USD]
gamblegambel calls [$625.00 USD]
N.egrodamus2 shows [Jc, 6c ]
gamblegambel shows [3s, Ac ]
** Dealing River ** [ 7c ]
gamblegambel wins $2997.00 USD from main pot

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Flash

While I was showering this afternoon I felt a small bump on the side of my chest. For some reason the first thing that entered my mind was that I have cancer. The thoughts that immediately followed were disheartening. One would like to think given the unexpected news that your existence is greatly compromised that the proceeding mental images would be humbling and reflective.
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I think it is just a bug bite.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monopoly

My current obsession is Monopoly. You know things are reaching a high level when you think about it all day and dream about it all night. The past two weeks we have had a few games for money. It is unfortunate that it has a bit of a bad reputation, because with a few adjustments to the rules it can be an excellent board game and super exciting to gamble on. Here are some house rules we play by:

Every property costs double: We do this because the standard setup for the game has a thoughtless buy buy buy formula. With this you have to be more selective with your money and more things go to auction; makes the game more about resource management.

Unsold property goes to silent auction: Most people don't realize that properties that aren't bought are supposed to be auctioned off. Our twist is we do a silent auction. Things tend to go for their true value. Accessing this untold worth is a huge skill.

Railroad warps: If you own more than one railroad you can warp between the ones you own. This provides some more mobility and makes being a railroad tycoon a real threat.

Creative trading: We allow immunity, profit sharing, short and long term passes etc. It's the name of the game, sorta.

Free parking: We put just the tax and jail money in free parking. It doesn't get too out of hand, but gives the guy in last place some hope.

...plus a few other tiny rules...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HH

I took a shot last night at a pretty juicy 200/400 PLO game. It ended up being my most profitable single day in poker I think. Here is the worst hand I believe I played...

gamblegambel posts small blind [$200.00 USD].
L.okoIsBack posts big blind [$400.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ 5d Js Qd Ad ]
s.brugby folds
gamblegambel raises [$1000.00 USD]
L.okoIsBack calls [$800.00 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 6c, Qh, 9d ]
gamblegambel checks
L.okoIsBack checks I was actually going for a sorta loose check raise here
** Dealing Turn ** [ 2h ]
gamblegambel bets [$1775.00 USD]
L.okoIsBack raises [$7725.00 USD]
gamblegambel raises [$13025.00 USD] I had a hard time giving him credit for a 22xx hand and I figured he would have bet his big stuff on the flop so at most I put him on a combo draw or a Q2xx. Problem is I am dead to 222 and my gut said fold.
L.okoIsBack calls [$7075.00 USD]
gamblegambel shows [5d, Js Qd Ad ]
L.okoIsBack shows [2d, 5s 2s 4c ]
** Dealing River ** [ 9s ]
L.okoIsBack wins $31999.00 USD from main pot

Monday, July 26, 2010

How Many Women Are There in the City for Me?

The population of urban Atlanta is 3,499,840

53% are female, 1,854,915

24% graduated from college, 445,179

17% are age twenty two-thirty one, 75,680

~50% are single, 37,840

~12% I'd find physically attractive, 4,540

~23% are relatively liberal politically and not too religious, 1,044

3500:1 seems like a needle in a haystack

Visualisation:Can you find the red dot?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thoughts

Sometimes I get this weird anxiety over the smallest tasks. I want to go to nyc, but I have trouble just buying the ticket online. I have to pay my real estate tax, but it takes me weeks just to write the check. I wait til I am out of clothes to do laundry and there are no more cups and plates to run the dishwasher. I can't distinguish procrastination from distaste from apprehension.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Homestead Adjustments

I got in the elevator when I got home and it was eerily quiet and I couldn't figure it out. Then it hit me. Every elevator in Vegas blasts club music so there is this wild contrast in my condo elevator of utter silence.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Trying to Remember the Past Month

The drive out to Vegas was leisurely. Having a back seat and legroom on a five thousand mile road trip is overrated. It was great to see Matt of St. Louis. In Phoenix we took a little more time and alongside Sterling we had a camping adventure. Drinking under the stars is one of the better spices of life. Little Toph is also a trip.

The condo at Palms Place was pretty ballin. There wasn't too much room for private space, but we were practically the top floor and had a corner unit with a view of the strip. Early on I got food poisoning. The following 30 hours I proceeded to vomit with Old Faithful-esque predictability and force. It took me about 5 days to get out of bed and play poker again. The highlights of non-poker activities included two epic Catan comeback wins, a lot of time in various pools, and some super fun games of horse (in basketball fashion) played on the putting green in the backyard of the estate of masters. I did quite well on prop bets. Back in the poker world I proceeded to go 0/5 in WSOP events [including an uneventful main] and lost a 10k flip in my one shot at 50/100/200 PLO. I did however win 14k in craps and we got nearly 10k in comps from it. Manny (our casino host) got us whatever we wanted basically, free rooms, free ballin dinners, free bottles in the club etc. After all was said and done, I was basically even on the trip going into the last stand, which I wasn't even planning on playing the day before it started.

In the Venetian 5k I managed to double up in the first 20 minutes in a 500bb chip pot. A young kid raised I 3bet AK, bb calls and the young kid 4bet and I just called. He fired three barrels on a AJxxx board and I called his river all in and he showed JT. The next few days were a blur of winning and losing a lot of pots, my stack was all over the map. In the biggest pot on day 3 I got it in with KK vs JJ on a 854 two heart flop board and he rivered a J. Instead of being a solid 2nd in chips with three tables left I was left real short. I ran real hot on all my allins and than ran a big bluff check calling flop and check raising turn to jam river on A9492 three diamond board to get called by AK. Again I got short and ran hot on allins to make final table with decent stack. The most interesting hand from the final table I 3bet a CO steal with 57s in sb and called the Russian's 4bet. Flop came 6d4d24d (I had spades) and I check jammed his cbet to win a real big pot. I busted in 3rd A8o<66 for $131,983; my biggest tournament score to date.

Nick and I drove the 2000 miles home in 26 hours straight.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I don't want to write up all my depressing thoughts here; that is too predictable. I am just going to go to bed.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Vegas Update

I busted day 2 of the 3k in some standard sort of spots with a final exit losing a flip just short of the money. I played some craps last night and after the riffraff went to bed and we moved location to the Palms we crushed and I finished up over 4k. I played some PLO tonight and despite chopping a 7k pot with As6sQT v 88xx on Js9s8s after running it twice I profited 1615 on the session. I might take time off til the main event after the 4th...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WSOP

Day 2 of the 3k WSOP event, 68,200 chips, slightly above average. Should get into the money shortly into the afternoon... I be on the rebound

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vegas Is Killing Me

Normally I am a pretty healthy guy. I eat pretty well and exercise regularly and almost never get sick. Since being in Vegas the past 4 days I have vomited 27 times, 2 bloody noses, fainted once bruising my head and an unexplainable gash on my torso.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Story

In 1995 a man in Portland, Oregon lost a bet and had to lay down on the ground and put his mouth around the exhaust pipe of his Plymouth Fury. As friends cheered him on, he inhaled for slightly over 5 minutes until his head split wide open.

Monday, June 14, 2010

2000 Miles in the S2000

Leg one of the trip resulted in visiting the heartland of America. We (blueflare and I) stopped by the gateway to the west to see a good friend, catch the soccer game and play carny games with the locals. People are fat and dumb. I had a blast and can't wait to get to Vegas to congratulate my good friend J on winning his first bracelet. Super awesome.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Post

I am excited to be leaving for Vegas tomorrow. Good luck to J, who is in good shape to win a bracelet and 800k today. Soon I will be able to have a break from attempts to align my lifestyle with the majority of others and relish in the joys of high stakes gambling...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Titled

After twenty seven years the brain seem to be strictly hardwired and seemingly set in stone in all fundamental areas as seen fit by some of your own accord, some genetics and some environment. And from a rather basic perspective its sole function is to translate all the impulses received from the world. The odds are quite unlikely I will wake up tomorrow and think gambling is evil or believe in a god or vote republican. It is quite fascinating the variety of the rainbow that is the array of programed minds out there. Some people see colors when they listen to music. Some people think snipping people from their trunk is the answer. At this point in life it seems like the highest pleasures are gained from appreciating the spectrum and just finding people with circuits that are wired in a similar fashion to yours.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I Do Not Want This

So I drove my scooter home this evening in Friday night Atlanta traffic in the rain after half a bottle of wine, four beers, and a cocktail. I probably should have died, but I guess it wasn't my time. I should probably give my poker passwords to someone so if I do die a crap load of money doesn't go wasted/ungambled. Drinking with friends is my favorite thing to do when not playing poker. I also love doing what everyone doesn't expect me to do. Blogging is fun. Vegas is hot. Women are hard/easy. I am in left field. I want to know everything. I want to be everywhere. I want to fuck everyone in the world. I want to do something that matters.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Metaphor

An early lesson on the consequences of having an unbalanced bluffing range: The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Think about it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pluto

I went to four parties in the past two days. I am vaguely associated with a few social circles, but I don't really feel accepted by any. I have a good amount of friends, but don't feel particularly close to any individuals. I continually get panic attacks in social settings despite being invited and inebriated. If it weren't for an over loving Italian mother and a dog that needs me to feed it I would have very little reason to keep living. It may just be the depressing affects of alcohol, but I don't really care about much of anything these days. I am pretty bored with my existence. Games are the only thing I enjoy. I wonder if I can blame my exuberant amount of time on my laptop for my slacking real life skills. I feel like giving up on women and friends and family. I may be spherical in appearance and seem to orbit the sun, but I am no planet.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday Night Lights

It's I against the world and I'm strapped

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Snooze x11

I now get .05% interest on my checking account. I am a losing online tournament player. I would set the over under for the next time I kiss a woman at 209 days. The crank for my passenger window broke. I spend most of my free time golfing by myself or reading at the pool. I think my dog is well aware that he is cooler than I am; he is still my best friend. When I was growing up my father used to be very discrete about showing any cash while in public; that apple fell far from the tree. People think I am naturally good at many things, but what they cease to realize is I have an insane amount of free time, which allows for ample practice. How else would one get to Carnegie Hall. I am growing tired of my wardrobe. My days are brightened by unnecessarily long walks and the endless possibilities for the future.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Not Writing

I was going to write about how my life has been in idle lately, but it is still sort of a roller coaster. I was going to write about things I wanted to do with my spare time, but the list was short. I was going to write about my thoughts on dating and marriage, but they're not insightful. I was going to write about what I expect for the WSOP this year, but I don't like to speculate. I was going to write about my deepest inner thoughts, but I was afraid what might come up.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Megaman Equip with...

So I picked up a new concept in poker tonight that I had yet to ever stumble upon before. It comes in handy in situations where you are facing a river bet from an opponent with a bluff catcher. In very close decisions in unlikely spots often the difference maker in the hand can be having blockers for your opponents likely hands that would have been turned into bluffs. For example in omaha if you had a warp+over pair on a paired board and the river brought three of a kind and your opponent just called a turn bet and made a big river bet, it is harder for him to have a wrap turned bluff (since you have most of those cards) and would weigh his hand more towards the quads or aces. Just something to chew on...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pop Quiz Hot Shot

***** Hand History for Game 20592792761 ***** (Full Tilt)
$5000.00 USD PL Omaha - Wednesday, May 05, 02:00:13 ET 2010
Table Jaymills (6 max ante deep) (Real Money)
Seat 1: t.oto1213 ( $18104.00 USD )
Seat 2: t.heASHMAN103 ( $8844.50 USD )
Seat 3: s.outhside1 ( $18633.50 USD )
Seat 4: r.umprammer ( $12323.50 USD )
Seat 5: 1.sneaky ( $6563.00 USD )
Seat 6: gamblegambel ( $16221.50 USD )
t.oto1213 posts small blind [$25.00 USD].
t.heASHMAN103 posts big blind [$50.00 USD].
t.oto1213 posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
t.heASHMAN103 posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
s.outhside1 posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
r.umprammer posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
1.sneaky posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
gamblegambel posts ante of [$10.00 USD].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to gamblegambel [ As Ac 5d 3h ]
s.outhside1 folds
r.umprammer raises [$150.00 USD]
1.sneaky folds
gamblegambel calls [$150.00 USD]
t.oto1213 raises [$685.00 USD]
t.heASHMAN103 folds
r.umprammer calls [$560.00 USD]
gamblegambel raises [$2800.00 USD]
t.oto1213 calls [$2240.00 USD]
r.umprammer calls [$2240.00 USD]
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7d, 6d, Jd ]
t.oto1213 checks
r.umprammer checks
gamblegambel bets [$2165.00 USD]
t.oto1213 calls [$2165.00 USD]
r.umprammer folds
** Dealing Turn ** [ Ad ] The most interesting turn card...
t.oto1213 checks
gamblegambel checks
** Dealing River ** [ 5s ]
t.oto1213 bets [$12979.00 USD] What do you do?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Super Fun Game Time Conclusion

So apparently cutting back on drinking is a healthier way of life. I called for the results and they said it was 1.3. Congrats to Tyler who won after guessing it correctly right on the head. If you want you can email me your contact info so I can send you the winnings after I cash later this July. Thanks for playing everyone and better luck next time...

P.S. If you are a PTR nut like me, let me know and I will send you a premium beta invite - I have five.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

HH

Seat 2: _-k.rnaval-_ ($925 in chips)
Seat 3: KKBigDawwg69 ($2914 in chips)
Seat 4: Gi.th ($2500 in chips)
Seat 6: Cl.ockWyze ($1500 in chips)
KKBigDawwg69: posts small blind $25
Git.h: posts big blind $50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to KKBigDawwg69 [9d 3d]
Clo.ckWyze: folds
_-k.rnaval-_: folds
KKBigDawwg69: raises $75 to $125
Git.h: calls $75
*** FLOP *** [Jh 6c Js] Who hits this flop? I am going to wait til he gets in 50% of his chips before I jam...
KKBigDawwg69: bets $200
Gi.th: raises $300 to $500
KKBigDawwg69: calls $300
*** TURN *** [Jh 6c Js] [5s]
KKBigDawwg69: checks
G.ith: bets $500
KKBigDawwg69: raises $1789 to $2289 and is all-in
Gi.th: folds
KKBigDawwg69 collected $2248 from pot

Monday, May 3, 2010

Super Fun Game Time

When I went to the doctor earlier this year my bilirubin levels were at 2.2H mg/dL where the recommended healthy levels were 0.2-1.2.

Game: Guess what my lab results will be from my doctor visit on Friday having severely cut down on my drinking this past month. You're guess is as good as mine...

Rules: One guess per lifetime to be left in the comments section and rounded to the nearest tenth decimal point. Game will end whenever the results come in the mail (should be a day or two).

Prize: .1% of my main event action this year at the WSOP

Friday, April 30, 2010

Last Day

Well, I am going to to doctor this morning to get some blood work done. I have a gut feeling that my lab results could make for an excellent super fun game time. Yesterday was a bit of a disaster. I made it to the second round of the FTOPs PLO event, but my second table didn't pop up and I blinded off and then gambled away a lot of money in the cash games. Full Tilt was nice enough to send back my tournament buy in. Unfortunately that only recovered about 1% of my loses for the day.

Monday, April 26, 2010

4/27

Out of drinks
5760 minutes left

Here is how every other day has gone these past two weeks:

Play golf with my friends and win 100 dollars in prop bets. My skills in comparison to my competitive peers:

Off the tee box: 3
Putting: 2
Chipping/Pitching: 5
Composure: 1
Clutch: 9

I make all my money on the last two holes.

Come home and play some poker and crush the cash games.

Play an FTOPs event and go out on a dumbass hand and go to bed slightly tilted.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

4/25

Out of drinks
144 hours left

Had a pair of drinks at a dance bar with Margaret Cho after going to a house party where I was the only white dude. Fun night.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thought

Something that has really been annoying me lately in poker is when you ask for advice on a decision you made and people reply with, "I think that is profitable, but probably not optimal." The whole concept that a decision is profitable in a vacuum is pointless. To think of it at an extreme, if one was to open shove all in on the button for 200bb with AA it would surely be a profitably play, but everyone in the poker world knows that is a terrible play in almost any circumstance. If a play isn't optimal there should never be a positive adjective attached to it. If there is a way to play the hand that isn't how one would make the most money, who the hell wants to hear about it?

Food on the Lake and on My Balcony

4/23

T-minus 2 drinks
T-minus 7 days

I played my worst golf of the season today, but thanks to a clutch 18th hole when the big skins mattered I pulled a profit of 200 in prop bets. I have been getting so lucky in everything I touch these days people should be paying me to poop in their toilet.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

4/22

T-Minus 2 drinks
T-Minus 8 days

I got crushed on the golf course today, but I guess that isn't the worst problem to have. I went to the Braves game afterward and I was quite tempted to dip into my last two drinks for the month. I survived sober.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4/21

T-minus 2 drinks
T-minus 9 days

Had two beers at the hawks game and won 50 in prop bets. When it rains it pours.

Monday, April 19, 2010

4/20

T-minus 4 drinks
T-minus 10 days

I played golf today at Alfred Tup Holmes. Despite never having officially shot below 100 on a full round of 18, I shot a career low 89 today. Highlights include teeing off my driver on a par 4 267 yard hole and sticking it 6 feet from the pin (just missed the eagle putt). Was still good enough for a 30 dollar prop and 100 in props for the round.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

4/19

T-Minus 4 drinks
T-Minus 11 days

I booked a two bedroom suite at the Palms Place for 3 weeks for this WSOP. Pretty excited about the company, the balling room and the limitless possibilities...

Intellectual Toilet Humor

4/18

T-minus 4 drinks
T-minus 12 days

Great friends in town, awesome day on the lake with the ski boat, not too much difficulty skipping on the drinks.

I love omaha.

Friday, April 16, 2010

4/16

11 drinks tasted
15 days witnessed

I dwell in the past too much. The future looks pretty good.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fakebook

I got a friend request from a suspicious Joe Cada account, so I sent him a message:

Joel Patchell April 8 at 10:26am
who is this?

His reply was pretty convincing that it was the real Joe Cada:

Joe Cada April 14 at 7:57am Report
not see? is Joe Cada

4/15

11 drinks qualified
14 days quantified

david attenborough > oprah winfrey

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

4/14

T-Minus 4 drinks
T-Minus 17 days

There is nothing worse than not until flirting with a cute girl for ninety minutes do you notice the monster rock she is wearing.

I am a stones throw away from getting my handicap below 20.

I could probably go 9 months without playing poker online and not even notice.

Monday, April 12, 2010

4/13

11 drinks drunk
12 days sunk

I never meant to be a heart breaker.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

4/12

9 drinks forgotten
11 days remembered

In my weaker moments I throw private pity parties for myself.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

4/11

10 days gone
9 drinks gone

If I could make two changes overnight I would wake up tomorrow and be less lazy and be more appreciative of the all the lovely gifts life has given me and those I've let slip away.

4/10

9 days cherished
9 drinks savored

I could stop playing poker for 2010 tonight and this would hands down be my best year.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

4/9

8 days set
7 drinks finished

Pet Peeve of the Week: Glaringly poor sound editing and dubbing for online pornography videos.

4/8

7 days through
6 drinks killed

The past two days took a little bit of will power to pass on some deliciously tempting libations. I think it would take at least 10 million dollars for me to give up alcohol for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

HH

Full Tilt Poker: $1 + $0.10 Heads Up Sit & Go
Seat 1: gamblegambel (1,532)
Seat 2: Dwigt (1,468)
gamblegambel posts the small blind of 10
Dwigt posts the big blind of 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to gamblegambel [Jh 7d]
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel raises to 40
Dwigt calls 20
*** FLOP *** [2c Ks 9s]
Dwigt checks
gamblegambel checks
*** TURN *** [2c Ks 9s] [3h]
Dwigt bets 55
gamblegambel has 15 seconds left to act
gamblegambel calls 55
*** RIVER *** [2c Ks 9s 3h] [Kh]
Dwigt bets 100
gamblegambel calls 100
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Dwigt shows [4s 7s] a pair of Kings
gamblegambel shows [Jh 7d] a pair of Kings
gamblegambel wins the pot (390) with a pair of Kings

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4/7

6 days passed
6 drinks consumed

Things I would like to do/be for just one week:

Very popular/social
A bum
A police officer
A high school counselor
Blind

4/6

5 days gone
6 drinks consumed

I had a dream that one of my best friends was dating my ex girlfriend and then I went on a cruise ship that took off to space and my dog fell off.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

4/5

4 days
6 drinks

P.S. In regards to dating women, speaking softly and carrying a big stick doesn't work out so well.

What's the Difference

So Pennsylvania recently reneged on their ruling that poker was more of a skill game than luck. It's kind of hard to quantify just exactly how much skill and luck any risk venture has, so I'd thought I would draw on some hard data. Here are the graphs of the biggest fortune five hundred companies performances over the past three years as compared to the most successful players on table ratings for the past two years (you can see the company name in the task bar if you place the mouse over the graph):