Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Another Great 80's Video Find

This video had limited release on MTV in 1988 and the only place I ever saw the song was on the "B" side of one of Love and Rockets' vinyl singles. The video was included in one of their compilation VHS', but here it is for your viewing pleasure. One of the coolest videos I've seen for a rare song, here's "The Bubblemen Are Coming":

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reno Report: Pokery Stuff - Part 2: Sunday 6/29

OK. In Part 1 of the Reno poker play report, I described an exciting Saturday evening 6/28. So now, by popular demand, I will attempt to report on Sunday's poker activities in Reno for us Cardschat folks.

After breakfast, some of the folks played in a timed shootout tourney at Circus Circus. I'm not sure of the buy-in, but basically you play for an hour and the one with the most chips wins. I think it was winner-take-all, also. I was a late riser, so I missed it. Some of the CC folks played but none won.

Then we played some 1/2 NL again. I did well again and more than doubled up after buying in for $60. Can't remember my big hand, but it was typical to the previous night's play. Plus, the table started to break up about 30 minutes after I sat down. However, the buzz hand of that session involved JD on my right. I think I had colored out, but was still watching from my seat next to him. I think it was 5-handed and JD raised standard from pre-buttonish position with KK. I think the one player who called was in the blinds, not sure. Flop comes TJK. Player bets out and JD shoves his set since the pot was big enough. Player calls. Turn comes a blank and river is a Q. JD flips over his set of Kings and the other player turns over AT for the straight. Needless to say, JD was not a happy camper for a while after that. But the bright side was that JuiceeQ stayed for a while 3 or 4 handed and took back a bunch of that player's chips. I'm not a short-handed fan, but she really thrived that session and all weekend in fact.

After some other activities and meals, we came back to the Circus Circus poker room to play some 10-player sit-n-go's. $25 buy-in gets you 1200 chips and a $5 "dealer add-on" gets you 300 more. Pay was $100 1st, $60 2nd, $40 3rd. Freak noted that it was 33.33% rake since only $200 out of $300 was in the prize pool. Not sure if that is typical, but it didn't seem pleasant. 15 minute blinds may sound slow, but in live play it was more like a turbo. The first round or 2 were normal play, but then the blinds got so high that you had to make shove plays that you wouldn't normally make. I was pretty much card dead in both and took 6th in each of the 2 SnG's we played. In each one, I got in a position where I had to shove AJs and a pair of 3's to a raise and busted with each. There weren't really any exciting hands that I saw in either game. But in winning the first game, Gesshoo had to fend off a guy who was down to 200 chips and came back by winning 5 or 6 all-in hands until Gesshoo finished him off with pocket rockets. Lady T took 3rd in that one. In the second game, it came down to a heads-up battle between Freakakanus and Amador Ed. Freak pulled out the win and Ed completed the CC domination of the games. CC players cashed in 4 of the 6 possible placings. Very nice!

That's about it. It was so fun playing live poker with the folks I've gotten to know online. The brews, buffalo burgers, and rum bars just topped it all off. Next year... Vegas!!

I'm not sure yet, but I'm thinking of posting reviews of the Circus Circus Reno hotel and the poker room. Both are worth a try while in Reno.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stick's Video: 4-tabling 25NL Rings on Stars, 7/22/08

It's great to be able to make poker videos again. It's so easy on my new computer and I will be making tons more.

This one is of me 4-tabling 25NL rings on PokerStars. 48 minutes, 271 MB AVI. (Looks good in full-screen mode on a 17-inch monitor.)


Please feel free to post a critique of my play either on the forum or here in the comments area of this post.

Also, trust me when I say to download MegaUpload's free "Mega Manager". It makes downloading videos from there so much faster and easier. And there is absolutely NO spam, pop ups, viruses, or adware involved. Not even email spam. Trust me!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jac Mac & Rad Boy... GO!

Here's a vintage piece of 80's pop culture I found on YouTube. Before Beavis & Butthead, there was "Jac Mac & Rad Boy" breaking the rules of morality and always looking for a party. Enjoy this short cartoon from 1985.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

An FTP Mod for the Ladies

A young lady on the forum was having a problem getting just the right FTP background of the dreamy Johnny Depp. So I thought I'd help her (and all my lady readers) out.

Install instructions and other cool FTP mods are in the right margin of the blog.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Cardschat Poker Forum Adopts New Policies Regarding Freerolls

Freeroll whores, password thieves, and post-count spammers beware!! Things won't be so easy for you at Cardschat beginning August 1st, 2008. That is because the esteemed poker forum known for its friendly, beginner-oriented atmosphere, as well as its full schedule of generous freerolls, has tightened the screws on folks who would rather not contribute and not give something back to the nearly 43,000-member site.

As password sharing and registering but not ever posting has become rampant at Cardschat, as well as many other poker forums, owner Nick Kisberg has decided to change the status quo. Starting 8/1/08, members will A) have to post their poker site IDs in their Cardschat user profile and B) have to have 50 quality posts in the forum before having access to the freeroll passwords. Mr. Kisberg said in the announcing post that Cardschat staff will immediately adopt a "zero tolerance" policy towards "post-count spammers", IE: those who make a bunch of short posts like "I agree" and "way cool" in order to quickly rack up the 50 required posts. Those who try to circumvent the rules have been promised to be banned swiftly.

As of this writing, only 785 of the nearly 43,000 registered Cardschat members have 50 or more posts and only a fraction of those members are active. In addition, they must now add their poker site IDs to their CC profiles. So IMO, one should expect a huge increase of quality posting activity at one of the most popular poker forums on the Internet. What happens next should be very exciting. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reno Report: Pokery Stuff - Part 1

Well, of course, we had a great time during our Cardschat Brewfest Meetup in Reno on June 27-30. Met some great folks, had some good beers, found a great rum bar, had some great sushi, etc., etc., etc. But this post is mainly about the poker happenings on our trip.

Since we liked it so much when we played there during last year's meetup, we again played all our poker at the Circus Circus poker room (room review to come in another post). We started out at 6 pm Saturday evening after the brewfest and a big meal at a cool sushi & barbecue place. I was actually late for meet back at the poker room since I took a nap and had some difficulty getting fired up. No, not from too much brew. I think it was a touch of dehydration. Reno has a very dry climate at high altitude combined with the alcohol as a diuretic made for a dried out Mr. Stick. I had some trouble getting up the energy to get moving after my nap, so I showed up 20 minutes late.

So I got there and all the CC folks are at a new 1/2 NL cash table that was full with a couple other folks. I got on the wait list and was hoping to get to play with my friends, but instead the staff opened another table since the list was full enough and they had another dealer ready. So they put me on the newest table and I knew no one. But it turned out to be a stroke of great luck...

So on about the 4th or 5th hand, I pick up JJ in the BB. 4 limpers and I raise to 20. I did this for 2 reasons. First, I only bought in for $60 since it was my first live poker in a few months and I lacked a bit of confidence combined with not feeling the greatest. I wanted to put a portion of my stack in so I would feel more compelled to shove the flop with an overpair. Secondly, there was 10 in already. So I wanted to pretty much play tight-minded and buy the pot instead of deal with a flop so early. Winning that pot would allow me more chips to test the waters here while getting a read on the folks. So back to the hand... 3 limpers fold and the SB calls. The flop comes 459 (I forgot the suits). The SB checks and I shove my stack of about $37. He calls. It's a cash game, so we don't flip until after the river and can muck without showing, if desired. So the rest are 8J to make the board 4598J. He flips over 45 diamonds proudly and I show my set of Jacks for the win. He slaps the table and says "Good hand". He's a jittery, kind of skinny guy who looks like he is keyed up to gamble and he sure did with that 45d.

So a few hands later, I pick up KQ in early position. It seems like $10 is the standard raise at this table and there has been a lot of caller who fold the flop. So I limp, a guy in MP limps and the button raises to 10. I decide to flat call, and so does MP guy. The flop is all low cards so I check and so does MP. The kid on the button weakly tosses 10 out there again. I read him as having nothing and call. Turn is another blank. I check, he bets $10 and I call again. The river is a Queen, so I value bet $10. He makes a crying call and flips over KJ. I show my KQ, he says "Yep" like he knew I hit my Queen but just paid to see it, and I take the pot. During the hand, I was really confident that he was just on a button steal and I could tell he had nothing through the river. I was pretty proud because I normally wouldn't call down against odds like that online.

So then a few hands later and 1 dealer change, I see some folks win pots and correctly tipping the dealer. Then it dawned on me that I forgot to tip the last dealer. I played in February in Reno, but never had to tip since it was a tournament. Plus I was barely feeling up to snuff and all my energy was into my poker thinking. I typically also forget to tip the cocktail waitresses when I get like this, but I usually remember later and double them up the next round. So I start to feel a little badly for forgetting the last dealer.

So a few hands later, I get Aces in the CO I think. By this time, the jittery gambler guy on my right has recovered from my first hit on him and has about $65 from being down to about $20. He's been playing really aggro by raising in position and betting the flop and turn to induce folds. I think he's only shown down once or twice more since my hand with him. So there were a couple of limpers and Mr. Gamble raises to $15. I guess he realized he was starting to get too many callers by raising to only 10. So I want him heads up and I know he'll call me, so I put him all in. The blinds fold, the limpers fold, and he calls. Then the dealer puts out 4 cards after the burn card. Something like TT42. So he calls over the floor and the floor says to re-shuffle the non-dealt cards and re-deal the flop board. I said something like "That board is fine with me" and the old man on my right barks at me "You might get a better board!" in a "you dumbass" type of tone. I said "Uh, I don't think so." So the new board comes out K8K and I was gonna bitch so hard if this guy had a King. But the rest of the cards came out correctly, I flipped over my AA, and he said he had nothing and mucked. Oh man! Those Kings worried me! Then I remembered to tip the dealer.

So after another few hands, I colored out from the table because I started feeling worse. But I realized I more than tripled up, so I wasn't feeling too badly. So then I walked over to the CC table where our old dealer was. I was going to slip him a $5 chip and apologize for forgetting him earlier (the average tip per pot there looked like $2). So I stood behind him a ways to wait for him to finish the current hand. But I had over $200 in red chips and a bunch of players at the table started staring at them. So as the dealer finished the hand, he turned around, saw me with my chips and said "Sir, your going to have to go sign up for the waiting list." I said "But I was just going to..." and he interrupted and said "I know what you were going to do. You need to go sign up." He sounded really mean, so I must have really pissed him off by not tipping him. So he then accuses me of trying to do something that I wasn't going to do and he missed out on his tip because of it. I mean, how could anyone try to sneak a chair at a table with floor people around and a full waiting list? Yep, he was really pissed. So I whispered to one of the CC guys that I had to go back to my room and I went to cash out my chips.

Jeez! This is a long one. That was just Saturday night the 28th. I'll post about Sunday soon. Cheers.

Friday, July 11, 2008

New Computer = More Poker Content Here

I set up my new computer yesterday. This means great things for Stick's Poker Blog. Some of these upcoming cool things could include:

- Videos of my online play for demonstration and critique.

- More indepth poker stats since I will now be able to run PokerTracker 3.

- More FTP mods since they'll be quicker for me to complete.

My new computer will also allow me to multi-table a bit more efficiently, which could mean more profit for me. It's a good thing because I'll need some more profit to pay this sucker off.

Stay tuned for some great stuff here. Up next: the latest Reno poker experience.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

June Results: Good SNGs, Poor Rings

June has been quite the mixed bag for me. There's been good news, good news, and bad news. I'll share them in that order.

GOOD NEWS #1: I ended the month at +$169 profit. It's OK that $159 of that was profit from Reno cash games (report to come next post). My online performance was only +$10 overall, but that's better than being in the negative. I had a bad swing mid month that had me running negative, but I came out of it later.

GOOD NEWS #2: My SNG game remains good. I thought my recent good progress might have been a fluke given my long term SNG mediocrity. But it seems I am holding steady. Not great, but steady. I ended my June online SNG play with an ROI% of about 14. For me, anything over 10 is good. But I'd like to see it eventually stay over 20. We'll see.

BAD NEWS: My online cash game play has dipped to a point of slight worry. It seems my previous belief in passivity at 25NL being OK at times might be hurting my results. All my stats seem to be OK, except for my PFR% being at only 6.3. I seem to have developed the habit of not wanting to raise hands like AJ or 99 in position for fear that the blinds will still call with Ace-rag and hit the flop better than I will. I'm confident that I can play against donkey chasers, but lately I have been avoiding putting chips in preflop in order to keep it low-risk. My VP$IP% is just over 18, so maybe I can step it up with hands like KT and 78s. I guess I'll have to work on fine-tuning my aggression for a while. I thought I had fixed that a while back, though. Hmmmm.

Anyway. I played 2 $30 SNGs in Reno and placed 6th in both, no cash. But I played some 1/2 NL cash games and came out +$219 in them. I did get a bit lucky a couple of times, but I still think I played very well in them overall. Full report of the pokery stuff in Reno to come. I may even post a review of the poker room and our hotel. That's a "maybe". So stay tuned.