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Friday, November 5, 2004
Cmon Stevie
dont choke. oops, you just did. wesley for 3. hornets by 1, 9.2 secs to go.

Posted by J at 7:25 PM PST
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Impatience
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Orlando Magic vs Charl... oops. New Orleans Hornets
I am impatient. I am especially impatient with Mr Stevie Franchise. Play some ball kid. Quit screwing around 1 on 1 and play some team ball.

They're still beating the Hornets by 6 going into the 4th. I'm just bitchy because the Jazz game hasn't started yet.

I made a few changes to my fantasy team, I had to lose Garnett because he only plays 2 times in the next week. I got Kirelenko and Mike Dunleavy, replacing Jason Hart at G. Hart wasn't doing nothing. I definitely plan on picking Garnett back up next week. He is too valuable to be without for too long.

Kelvin Cato is having a very good game, I may have to check him out for the stats. Blocks are huge in my league, and he is good for several per game. Offense had not been a high point of his, but he is finding the basket alot lately.

J

1-1 ATS

Team to Watch: Phoenix Suns

Posted by J at 7:18 PM PST
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Random Musings
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Hornets
Last night at work I saw me a few shockers. I guess they aren't really shockers, because I see them all of the time, but it still kills me to see people make fundamental mistakes.

First, I still to this day cannot understand why you do not raise any bet if you have the mortal nuts. There is no reason not to raise if someone bets into you and you have an unbeatable hand. Unless you dont like money, I guess.

I saw a kid last night, he has an ace high straight. There isn't a pair on the board. There are no more than 2 of any suit showing. 1 person in front of him bets the river $5. 2 players call in front of him. This poor guy, he just calls, says he wasn't sure or something. Couldve made another $20 easy. He mighta got reraised.

Second, I get another guy, he has pocket 2's and for some ridiculous reason, he is still there for the river, which he bets. The board was a5583 - a pair of fives by then. No 2, no straight. In fact, the a-5 is the closest he ever got to anything resembling a straight. Anyways, he bets 5, and a guy who turns out to have a pair of 8's raises. Mr 2's just calls. And shows after he is beaten. I guess the reason I get so frustrated seeing this is because I'm working and can't play.

Some nights are easy easy money, I was impressed last night by a friend I can't name and his incredible patience. He sat there for 6 hrs, waited for the perfect moment, and destroyed the game. Killed off 4 players in as many hands and booked a $500 night.

J

Posted by J at 7:16 PM PST
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Thursday, November 4, 2004
Basketball, Politics and a Little Humor
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Afroman- She wont let me f***
Well, I just finished reading about the state of the NBA last night.... Decided to pull the trigger and call directv and order league pass for the year. 169.95 well spent thank you very much. The Jazz were just sick last night. Sure Kobe got his 38 or so, but the Jazz dominated on both sides of the floor, the game was never close. I was a bit worried about the point guard situation, but it looks like we'll be OK. Kinda funny seeing Howard Eisley in a Jazz uniform again. I got a few flashbacks to the glory years when I first saw him in the game.

Kicked some butt in fantasy basketball too. Garnett's line was sick! How 'bout that Grant Hill. Here's hoping the ankle holds up, the guy deserves to go out as a player... not a hobbled stiff.

I am still trying to get used to the thought of four more years of Bush. I was pleasantly surprised by the stock market, it has been on a steady climb up since the election results were announced. Probably wall street salivating over all that social security money they may get their greedy little hands on. Oh well, no matter who the president is, I still gotta go to work tonight.

I played a little 1-5 last night, tore it up to begin with, I turned a nut straight and it held up. Had four callers, even after a check raise on the turn and the river. Up about 75 bucks, I am thinking of leaving. Just a few more hands, I think to myself. a-7 suited, pretty good, I limp in. catch a 7 on the flop and another on the turn. I have been playing very conservative up to this point, so I drop another check raise on the turn. I get not 1 but 2 callers... I get a funny feeling. Sure enough, the river is a 9 that puts two pair on the board, 9's and 7's. Sure enough, this guy called my check raise with a 9-2 offsuit, catches the 21-1 shot on the river and takes my pot with a bigger full house.

I know I promised humor too, but I got nothin folks.... Maybe in a minute.

J
1-1 ats

Posted by J at 3:32 PM PST
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Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Rough Morning
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Van Halen - Unchained
Wow.... 4 more years of Bush & co. I can hardly contain myself. Sorry about the last pick on the over.... I missed it by 1/2 a point. Im going back to sleep.... Maybe this is all just a dream and I can shake it off when I really wake up.

J

Posted by J at 9:13 AM PST
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Monday, November 1, 2004
Another good bet
Mood:  vegas lucky
Now Playing: MNF Postgame
Topic: Basketball
I gotcha another pick for tomorrow, you have to bet over on the detroit pistons and houston rockets game. At 167.5 it is set about 15 points too low. In my humble opinion anyway.

J

1-0 ats

Posted by J at 9:06 PM PST
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I hate it when i'm right
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Monday Night Football
41-7 Jets with 4:00 to go. And I didn't bet it. I got scared off last minute by on of the sportsbook guys trying to sell Miami to me. Wish I had stuck with my big mouth post from earlier and bet the farm. Next time....

J

Posted by J at 8:59 PM PST
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Bits of Wisdom
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Tenacious D - Tribute
I bet when the Neanderthal kids would make a snowman, someone would always end up saying, "Don't forget the thick, heavy brows." Then they would all get embarrassed because they remembered they had the big hunky brows too, and they'd get mad and eat the snowman.

Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham! You just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he's not Dracula, but you just say, "Think again, bat man."

Once while walking through the mall a guy came up to me and said "Hey, how's it going?". So I grabbed his arm and twisted it up behind his head and said "Now whose asking the questions?"

When I die, I would like to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my Grandfather did. Not screaming and yelling like the passenger in his car.

When this girl at the art museum asked me whom I liked better, Monet or Manet, I said, "I like mayonnaise." She just stared at me, so I said it again, louder. Then she left. I guess she went to try to find some mayonnaise for me.

If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, forget em', cause, man, they're gone. If you define cowardice as running away at the first sign of danger, screaming and tripping and begging for mercy, then yes, Mr. Brave man, I guess I'm a coward.

To me, it's a good idea to always carry two sacks of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, "Hey, can you give me a hand?" you can say, "Sorry, got these sacks."

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh, no," I said. "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.

J

Posted by J at 2:27 PM PST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 2:31 PM PST
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Monday Night Football
Mood:  vegas lucky
Am I seeing things, or are the jets only a 7 point favorite tonight. Miami sucks. I mean absolutely sucks. Easy win. Jets by 20 or 30. 30000. Whatever. Its a lock.

J

Posted by J at 11:42 AM PST
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The Morning After
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: VH1 Most Awesome Celebrity Beefs
Tournament last night was rough. So was live play. No problem... It was a real slow night, I didnt have to work, so Jose and I went and saw the costume contest at the Rainbow. Quite a few people in there, it was a pretty good time. I thought a few people got overlooked in the judging, but overall they were pretty fair.

One last poker tournament tonight, and I'll take the rest of the week off. NBA tipoff is wednesday night, I'll see you at the Delta Center!

J

Posted by J at 11:35 AM PST
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Sunday, October 31, 2004
Boo
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Eagles vs. Ravens
Well, I finally got a connection going so I can post again...

I was pumped up about my 3rd place finish in the friday tournament so I decided to play saturdays tounament too. Wow, I was out of that one pretty fast. Thank god for cash games.

We were much busier than I expected last night, typically halloween is pretty slow. We had lots of games too, 1-5, 2-10, and a 50-200 No Limit cash game. The no limit was fun and nobody got hurt too bad.

I had one for the ages happen to me last night. I was explaining our table limits to a guy. He took off, and came back with a couple friends. They had all decided to come play 2-10, and were trying to hand me $2 as their buyin. Seriously. When they realized that $2 would get them nowhere, they took off.

I think i'm gonna give tonights tournament a try too. Wish me luck.

J

Posted by J at 12:48 PM PDT
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Friday, October 29, 2004
Vegas Baby, Vegas!
Mood:  vegas lucky
Now Playing: Nickelback - Woke Up This Morning
Wow! Thats all I can say about the computer Cat just bought. Simply stunning. And it glows like its radioactive! Time for an upgrade for me.....

I found a killer deal for a vegas trip today before work, 130 bucks per person for hotel, air, transportation, some meals and all the cocktails I can drink. I guess the bar manager hasn't heard of me..... Ran it by the guys at work and got some positive response... The clincher is the poker tournament that starts the day of our arrival, Nov 30th called the Third Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

http://www.bellagio.com/pages/gaming_poker_fivediamond.asp

At the Bellagio (obviously). It will be fun to see, maybe I'll get the stones to play a small one too. Speaking of which, theres the friday tournament this morning at Montego Bay. Gotta try it again. I won it several months ago, but I havent finished respectably in anything for awhile.

It was a quick night at work tonight, the poker game went short when the bus left around one, but 2 of the dealers were kind enough to stay and help us keep a game for awhile. Of course there were some good pots too, what with a dealer or two in the game. I cant wait until we get the rest of our plasma tv's in, I think that will attract a little more action our way too.

Well, Seinfeld, some music, and then Im sleepin'. Wish me luck tomorrow (Today).

J

Posted by J at 3:03 AM PDT
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
NBA Tipoff - Less than a week!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Topic: Basketball
Cant wait for tipoff, next wednesday night. I just finished assembling my roster for the sportingnews.com fantasy game. My Team:

Hart, Jason CHA 3.3 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 $1,930,000
Mercer, Ron NJ 5.0 1.3 0.6 0.0 0.0 $1,550,000
Garnett, Kevin MIN 24.2 13.9 5.0 0.0 0.0 $12,470,000
Hill, Grant ORL 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 $500,000
O'Neal, Shaquille MIA 21.5 11.5 2.9 0.0 0.0 $10,190,000
Randolph, Zach POR 20.1 10.5 2.0 0.0 0.0 $7,760,000

Not bad for just under 36 million. Grant hill was a steal, only half a mil. hope that ankle holds up.

J

Posted by J at 3:12 PM PDT
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Thursday in the W-N-V
Mood:  lazy
Well, time for the first real post here.... Im still wondering what the real purpose of this is, but hey, there aint much else to do here in the desert, 'cept watch mtv. What is the 50 cent lyric here anyways? is it "I wanna be your lawyer" or "I wanna be your lover"... These and many other questions we will try and answer here.

Anyways, excited to get back to work tonight, I had a few days off, but didn't do much. For those of you who dont know me, I am the graveyard shift supervisor in the Poker Room at the Montego Bay Casino here in beautiful downtown Wendover, Nevada. Wendover is 126 miles due west of Salt Lake City, Utah on Interstate 80. Lets see, what do we have here... 5 casinos and a whole lot of open space. And McDonalds.

Lets see, I have to work tonight around 11pm. Hopefully they have a good tournament so I have some customers when I come in. Maybe another celebrity guest too.... Anthony Hopkins was fun to see here in town. I guess they are filming out on the salt flats again.

I was dissappointed with the deer widows turnout last weekend. Not much left over by the time I was off work, but granted, it was 10 am all weekend, so most the honeys are gone to bed anyways. Still a good time. Lots of 1-5 action in the poker room. We didn't have the 2-10 as strong this weekend, missing some of my regular players. Last weekend was huge for 2-10, lots of big pots and drama with just enough arrogance to keep it interesting.

We had a few crazy players too. Endless talk and money. Had a player or 10 that were re buying chips as often as I could give them cards. Nothing like a dude that has a few hundred bucks and thinks he knows it all about poker. Go ahead. Play every hand. I love the action too.... Big pots = Big tips, right!

Well, until I think of something else....
J

Posted by J at 2:00 PM PDT
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Welcome to my Blog
Mood:  party time!
Well folks, welcome to my blog. Watch here for Wendover news and stories, and whatever else I decide to post too.
J

Posted by J at 12:49 PM PDT
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