Thursday, March 26, 2009

Question of the Day?

Why would someone title their blog: How to Fold KK when they can't fold A-rag?

Full Tilt Poker Game #11337656066: The Mookie (84313722), Table 9 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:48:53 ET - 2009/03/26
Seat 1: corron10 (5,479)
Seat 2: Shabazz Jenkins (17,277)
Seat 3: jamyhawk (43,741)
Seat 4: Breeze81 (18,773)
Seat 5: Troublecat (15,105)
Seat 7: BuddyDank (24,760)
Seat 8: bayne_s (8,812)
Seat 9: pvanharibo (8,528)
corron10 antes 125
Shabazz Jenkins antes 125
jamyhawk antes 125
Breeze81 antes 125
Troublecat antes 125
BuddyDank antes 125
bayne_s antes 125
pvanharibo antes 125
Shabazz Jenkins posts the small blind of 500
jamyhawk posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Js Jh]
Breeze81 folds
Troublecat folds
BuddyDank folds
bayne_s raises to 8,687, and is all in
pvanharibo folds
corron10 folds
Shabazz Jenkins folds
jamyhawk calls 7,687
bayne_s shows [Js Jh]
jamyhawk shows [Ah Jd]
*** FLOP *** [2c As 3d]
*** TURN *** [2c As 3d] [6s]
*** RIVER *** [2c As 3d 6s] [Kh]
bayne_s shows a pair of Jacks
jamyhawk shows a pair of Aces
jamyhawk wins the pot (18,874) with a pair of Aces
bayne_s stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 18,874 Rake 0
Board: [2c As 3d 6s Kh]
Seat 1: corron10 (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: Shabazz Jenkins (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: jamyhawk (big blind) showed [Ah Jd] and won (18,874) with a pair of Aces
Seat 4: Breeze81 folded before the Flop
Seat 5: Troublecat folded before the Flop
Seat 7: BuddyDank folded before the Flop
Seat 8: bayne_s showed [Js Jh] and lost with a pair of Jacks
Seat 9: pvanharibo folded before the Flop

Admittedly I was short of chips on this one but before table closed I saw Jamy call a BuddyDank reraise with A5 and have his play rewarded with a 55 flop to crack Buddy's AA. WTF do you think Buddy's re-raise range is?

At least I saw poker kharma at work when jamyhawk overplayed AJo into AQo and fail to luck out at Final Table. Congrats on 4th.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Brit Blogger Retardness

Last weekend I played Brit Blogger Game Heads Up, lost and chatted with Pvan later and she shared her bad beat from Brit Blogger Game. I was not HU with Pvan.
Her solution to prevent this was to search on where she was registered.
Thanks Pvan.
Real question for Al is Why the Fuck are there two tournaments with the same name running at the same fucking time?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Special Olympics

“Let me win but if I can not win let me be brave in the attempt,” is the motto of the Special Olympics.

Since Hoy issued the challenge I thought I would answer it in my own way.

129 is a pretty bad bowling score but would we rather have a leader that admits to being bad at something trivial or a leader that shoots 38 under par in his 1st round of golf?

Special Olympics comment was a candid reflexive commentary on how nice the crowd was for cheering his 129. If he chose he could point out how it was in line with the motto for the bravery of the attempt and talking about it in public.

Goverment has clearly taken position that if Americans are no longer willing to go into debt to finance economy we will do it for them and make future generations of Americans pay off debt. Carter tried to convince Americans that sacrifices had to be made for greater good, but he only served one term and no one else running for office has dared to repeat message since.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Temporary Unpaid Leave Ends

I was running well in Mookie, had built up a decent stack. Stupid gmail popped up:


Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in getting (Public Company #1) or (Public Company #2) to move forward with a bid.

I would like to invite everyone to (my start-up) for one last meeting at 10am pdt Thurs. I know this is last minute, but I hope you can all attend. I have some important information about potential employers, so I would like a chance to share that with you. We will set up the conference bridge -- please use the ID: xxxxxxxx.

As much as I hate to ask this, I need to have you bring in your laptops, blackberries, and building access cards.

I'm sorry that I don't have better news. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Result was not completely unexpected but it was a distraction. I let Smokkee's AQ run down my 99 on turn and game fell apart soon after.

Congrats Smokkee on win.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reflections on Perspective

Economy doesn't seem that bad, prices are lower, there are bargains in stock market if you are sitting on cash. Things seem good .... until you are the one that is unemployed.

Poker is similar and I apparently committed faux paus.

Full Tilt Poker Game #11197593232: Blogger Skillz Game (80235196), Table 3 - 200/400 Ante 30 - Limit Stud Hi - 22:58:05 ET - 2009/03/17
Seat 1: CoolDog1029 (3,730)
Seat 2: BadgerDawg (9,125)
Seat 3: DaBag (1,342)
Seat 4: Bone_Daddy84 (6,575)
Seat 5: 125Will (5,723)
Seat 6: bayne_s (1,605)
Seat 7: cmitch (3,090)
Seat 8: Tony Barone (3,341)
CoolDog1029 antes 30
BadgerDawg antes 30
DaBag antes 30
Bone_Daddy84 antes 30
125Will antes 30
bayne_s antes 30
cmitch antes 30
Tony Barone antes 30
*** 3RD STREET ***
Dealt to CoolDog1029 [4c]
Dealt to BadgerDawg [Jc]
Dealt to DaBag [7c]
Dealt to Bone_Daddy84 [3s]
Dealt to 125Will [Qc]
Dealt to bayne_s [Kc Qh] [Kh]
Dealt to cmitch [5s]
Dealt to Tony Barone [9h]
Bone_Daddy84 is low with [3s]
Bone_Daddy84 brings in for 50
125Will folds
bayne_s completes it to 200
cmitch folds
Tony Barone calls 200
it's just funny that you knew you were way behind but hoped to get lucky
CoolDog1029 folds
BadgerDawg has 15 seconds left to act
BadgerDawg folds
DaBag folds
Bone_Daddy84 folds
*** 4TH STREET ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Kc Qh Kh] [8d]
Dealt to Tony Barone [9h] [6c]
bayne_s bets 200
Tony Barone calls 200
it's just funny that you knew you were way behind but hoped to get lucky
*** 5TH STREET ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Kc Qh Kh 8d] [6h]
Dealt to Tony Barone [9h 6c] [Th]
bayne_s bets 400
Tony Barone raises to 800
bayne_s calls 400
*** 6TH STREET ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Kc Qh Kh 8d 6h] [Qs]
Dealt to Tony Barone [9h 6c Th] [Ts]
Tony Barone bets 400
bayne_s calls 375, and is all in
Tony Barone shows [Tc 9s 9h 6c Th Ts]
bayne_s shows [Kc Qh Kh 8d 6h Qs]
Uncalled bet of 25 returned to Tony Barone
*** 7TH STREET ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Kc Qh Kh 8d 6h Qs] [Qd]
Dealt to Tony Barone [Tc 9s 9h 6c Th Ts] [Js]
Tony Barone shows [Tc 9s 9h 6c Th Ts Js] a full house, Tens full of Nines
bayne_s shows [Kc Qh Kh 8d 6h Qs Qd] a full house, Queens full of Kings
bayne_s wins the pot (3,440) with a full house, Queens full of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,440 Rake 0
Seat 1: CoolDog1029 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 2: BadgerDawg folded on 3rd St.
Seat 3: DaBag folded on 3rd St.
Seat 4: Bone_Daddy84 folded on 3rd St.
Seat 5: 125Will folded on 3rd St.
Seat 6: bayne_s showed [Kc Qh Kh 8d 6h Qs Qd] and won (3,440) with a full house, Queens full of Kings
Seat 7: cmitch folded on 3rd St.
Seat 8: Tony Barone showed [Tc 9s 9h 6c Th Ts Js] and lost with a full house, Tens full of Nines

from next hand

Bone_Daddy84: thats bayne, the stud roach
bayne_s: Mess with the bull get the horns

and then next hand

Tony Barone: it's just funny that you knew you were way behind but hoped to get lucky

Apparently once caught by a chaser it is considered rude not to immediately fold even when more than half stack is already committed.

My "sincere" apologies Tony.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Milestone Post

500th Post

Really the least significant of the milestones, especially when something like this or this would count as a post.

Today also marks 10 years in California.

For those considering move to California check out local tax laws. When I moved from Maryland I learned that California taxes income earned in the state, Maryland taxes income earned as resident. When I departed I left in middle of pay period and told accounting I did not need paycheck last day just process on normal period. By chance I gave them new California address before they processed as well. The no Maryland 8% with holding that last paycheck was a sweet bonus, especially on the 7 weeks accumulated vacation. Things may have changed or I may have done it wrong but I did file this way 9 years ago now.

Tomorrow marks 25 years since college Graduation.

I ran out of money so had to graduate after winter quarter. I always had so much fun spring quarter that I hung around extra quarter anyways, working selling beer for Braves and without tuition college is cheap.

Today Marks 2 weeks of "Unpaid Temporary Leave"

Market rally combined with real customer interest in product may mean it truly is temporary, CEO is still in talks to sell.

Enjoyed Championship week and am looking forward to NCAA tourney

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weight Tilt

Yesterday in PE they measured and weighed demon child. She came in at 5'5" and xxx* lbs.

She got home pissed off feeling this could not be correct and stormed into master bathroom and stripped down and weighed herself. This did not help because according to wife she came in at xxx* lbs on our scale too!

Last night while I played Skillz daughter and wife went to apartment gym. According to wife they turned on "The Biggest Loser" and daughter got into a zone where she pretended Jillian was yelling at her while she walked the treadmill. 70 minutes later and 330 calories burned they returned home.

They just left for another workout.

* Late edit: On way to school this morning I referred to daughter as my 3-D, fully interactive, xxx lb home entertainment center. She quickly educated me that I am NEVER to mention her weight again.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Day 4 as "Poker Pro"

Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed in 3rd.

Full Tilt Poker Game #11008195108: Turbo Fiddy (82700887), Table 18 - 10000/20000 Ante 2500 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:33:58 ET - 2009/03/07
Seat 3: bayne_s (258,604)
Seat 8: garreh (413,402)
Seat 9: smoofbettor (97,994)
bayne_s antes 2,500
garreh antes 2,500
smoofbettor antes 2,500
smoofbettor posts the small blind of 10,000
bayne_s posts the big blind of 20,000
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bayne_s [Jh Qh]
garreh folds
smoofbettor raises to 95,494, and is all in
bayne_s calls 75,494
smoofbettor shows [Ts 7s]
bayne_s shows [Jh Qh]
*** FLOP *** [Qc Jd Th]
*** TURN *** [Qc Jd Th] [Td]
I need an icebag for my nuts
*** RIVER *** [Qc Jd Th Td] [2d]
smoofbettor shows three of a kind, Tens
bayne_s shows two pair, Queens and Jacks
smoofbettor wins the pot (198,488) with three of a kind, Tens
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 198,488 Rake 0
Board: [Qc Jd Th Td 2d]
Seat 3: bayne_s (big blind) showed [Jh Qh] and lost with two pair, Queens and Jacks
Seat 8: garreh (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: smoofbettor (small blind) showed [Ts 7s] and won (198,488) with three of a kind, Tens

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


I final tabled the Stud H/L Skills game. Got dealt a lot of hands like 69Q and have very little experience playing stud variants. tried to approach starting hands like O8 but always felt I was a card short of a good starting hand. I seemed to survive taking a stand at the right time for a few fortuitous doubles to roach to 5th.

In 1st day as "poker pro" had one other small tourney cash in Stars PLO8 turbo with a 27th (27 paid), I was 10th in chips going into my final hand but my AA25 was no good against slightly bigger stacks KK56. I <3 PokerStars.

Working at start-ups is a lot like playing tournament poker. You aren't going to cash at most of them, some of the beats are going to be bad but occaisonally you will run well and get a decent cash.

I have worked at 4 start-ups now, 3 of them created a product that worked and resulted in an IPO and 2 going under. The 4th company had a product that never quite worked but had good market timing and left me bankrolled to continue in start-up game.

Friend sent me a pointer to, it scrapes jobs off of other job sites to one central location. Others in job search process should give a look and see what you think.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Temporary Unpaid Leave

Luckily I did not make a last longer bet with Hoy.

My permanent job at a temporary company has hit a bump, investors decided to not continue to finance as macro-economic factors look very bad for M&A activity. Unfortunately the wave of recent resignations also dropped company headcount below Warn Act provisions so I got notice in a Monday 5:30 meeting that unpaid leave is underway starting Tuesday (today).

I think I am most annoyed about them waiting to hold the meeting until late enough in day that I missed Riverchasers.

It also occurred to me today that summer before daughter was born I bought a life insurance policy. Price at time for a 15 year term policy was a lot cheaper than the 20 year term so I opted for 15. Original Insurance company was sold off long ago so current bill comes from AIG. Never really envisioned that I should have found a way to collect if company died within term rather than me.

On positive side as I was writing post my TT sucked out a chop against JJ in a STT when Jd fell on river for chopped board flush and A9 > TT on a T high straight.