Did not watch eve one play this yearJanuary 17th, 2016 at 5:00:34 pm
Steeler season is over and let me say that fulfilled my promise and did not watch one play because they had signed Michael Vick.
Now, did I cause any change? No, but at the least I am happy with myself for taking my own little personal stand. If you watched or did not was up to you. However, one thing is abundantly clear. Few fans can make a legit gripe about player behavior, because what has been shown to be sadly clear is that people keep showing up at the games and watching on TV no matter what these guys do.
Totally dense playerNovember 14th, 2015 at 9:20:23 pm
Another night of losing faith in the next generation.......
Casino Party season is upon us. Dealing craps. I was at a table off from the rest of things. Now, we have all heard about the woman who asked Dean Martin "is this the casino?" when she was in front of a BJ table. Dino replied something like, "no this is a grocery store, the casino is across the street!" Tonight I had my own kick in the head!
I am the table. Gal in her late 20s or so.
"Is this craps?"
"We need to learn how to play. Do you know how to play?"
"Sorry, I don't know how to play."
"You don't know how to play?!"
"My boss is over there, we'll ask him. HEY, CAN YOU TELL HER I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY CRAPS?!"
"He doesn't know anything about the game!"
"Well, I want to learn how to play." At this point her mind starts to spool like a turbine engine!
"WAIT A MINUTE? HOW CAN YOU BE DEALING IT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY?!?!"
Sometimes I want to *facepalm* so hard as to give myself a concussion!
Was he serious?October 28th, 2015 at 6:01:54 pm
So I have a 20" TV I need to get rid of. I would use it as a bedroom TV but family has given me 2 nicer TVs, so I need to get rid of it. I know even at $5 it will not sell, so I put it "free" on CL. Now not one but two different people ask if I can deliver it!
One I ignored, second said, "are you mobile?" I ask what he means and he asks if I can deliver it! I write back asking if he is seriously asking me to deliver a TV I am giving away for free?" Then he gets mad at ME, says, "I don't want it anymore!"
What is this world coming to?
Some nights you really earn your side hustleDecember 13th, 2014 at 5:41:34 am
I just need to vent.
Some people make you really earn the cash you make at a side hustle........
Guy sits down to play, clearly dragged his wife to the table. She clearly wanted to be doing anything else. Guy says I am dealing "wrong." I explain that I am dealing it the same as any casino. Says it is still wrong. Says having blinds is dealing it wrong. So somehow myself and every casino is doing it wrong but he knows how to deal it right. Grrr.
Later what looked like a couple and their daughter sit down. Wife mostly knows how to play. Daughter somewhat knows what is going on. Husband probably knows rank of hands but little more.......
I hate dealing poker to total novices because the concept of folding a hand is unknown. You almost might as well let the cards stay face up and deal them out. So there are a few hands of this. A total grind. Next I try to explain blinds. I say "small, big" and point (the room is very loud so I try to not have to keep screaming,) As they do not know I say "put out one, put out two." Sounds simple, but they keep screwing that up. Then the biggie. Dad bets 2 green and 2 red, which is $12. (Our chips are mostly red with some green so we call red $1 and green $5 instead of $5/20 as the later would confuse too many players and new dealers alike.)
So I tell daughter $12 to call. She says she doesn't have any green chips (remember, he put out 2 red and 2 green.) I say no problem just put out 12 if she wants to call. She again says she has no greens. I again explain the chip values. Yet again she says she has no greens. By this time her mother starts trying to explain the concept. This went at least one more time.
I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'
The thrill of (near) victory!October 14th, 2014 at 5:05:54 pm
I swear to God that the first poker tourney I ever played I made the final table and we chopped (5 players.) To this day I still cannot believe I did it with some of the stupid plays I made. Until yesterday I never came close again. Always too aggressive or too docile or just caught a frozen wave of cards.
So a buddy an I decide to enjoy Columbus Day and go to the poker room at Meadows. As I will not be able to blow off many more of these federal days with the new client (enough online that the courthouse doesn't matter) I was extra up for it. He had a dentist appointment later but ever the optimist says, "won't matter, we will both be knocked out early."
Early it was about the tightest tourney I ever sat in. One fish got knocked out fast. It was the true, "If you can't spot the sucker......" moment. I spotted him as a sucker right off. I saw one guy he just kept calling and I knew at the second call he would go all-in and lose. He did and did. When he went out it was about 23 of 26 still left, and stayed that way to near the break.
The tightness along with only 8-9 at the table was good for my style of play. It hurt that you could get no action on premium hands, but no all-in idiots either. I was near fading when I called an all-in with KQos to an A?os. It was just a tourney moment where you have to go all in or go home. I drew to a flush and essentially knocked the guy out as he had just enough for an ante left.
We fade down to final table and my buddy decided to cancel his dentist appointment (dentist or poker, hmmmmm......) Still tight play and I have a stack on the low end of the high stacks. My buddy fades and dies at fifth, leaving us at the bubble. Guy to my left has a small stack but keeps winning a few. Eventually he has to go all-in and loses. WE HIT THE MONEY!
The chip leader would not chop so on we go. The guy between me and him, to my right, is who I want to pressure. I get some fair but not good cards at the right times and make some all-in raised. Chip leader keeps thinking and keeps folding, saying if I do win he will be too dented. The other guy keeps folding.
Eventually it is just two of us. I get a flush on the flop and go all-in. He calls and says, "FLUSH TO THE 8!" As if in a movie I flip my cards and say, "to the Queen." He is critical so I get KQ suited and push all-in next hand. He calls and wins. At this point he asks for a smoke break. What am I going to do, deny him? This isn't ESPN and he is actually a cool guy.
So we go to the bar and my buddy is there, I tell my buddy, "check this out, last two players we decided to be friends!"
What happened next made my day. The guy tells me how great I have been playing. I say I had to go all-in and he says, "don't kid yourself, you were watching us and played the all-ins right. You are no maniac." As if I was not happy enough he says he will do a "gentleman's chop" if I want. My term. He suggests a more balanced payoff but the casino is not involved because he just wants to see how it plays out.
Well, I got really bad cards with really high blinds and just shoved. Came in second. But having never had any sports ability I never had an opponent on that level say something like that. What a last day before a new day gig begins.