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Confessions of a Las Vegas! Poker Junkie
Friday, December 3, 2004
Kooky Chicks.... You Know Who You Are.
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Outkast - Decatur Psalm
What a whirlwind week. Vegas is over and I very much wish it wasn't. I described a few things in my last post, but there was so much more. I did realize some of the positives of exploring the city on my own. I got to do everything that I wanted to do that I had time for, and it was all half price, cuz I was just paying for myself.

I will post my first, last and only bitchy post about ESPN Zone here. I think too many companies have taken a name and used it for profit in too many areas. These guys may know food, but they know shit about customer service. I'll start with Tuesday night. I wanted to see the Jazz/Suns game, and I figured where else but the ESPN Zone. Well, I was sorely mistaken. I guess Australian rules football (Rugby for all the dumb asses) is more important than an NBA game that involved the team with the best record in the league and the team that used to play half its home games in Vegas. Thank god they had New York/Atlanta on instead. Well I stayed anyway. Ordered the Salmon and cocktail. Wanted the cocktail first, but I failed to express that desire to my server. Well, I guess she did bring it first, but it took 15+ minutes. Were talking Wild Turkey and Coke here... nothing that requires talent like a blender or shaker or something. PS. It wasn't because the bar was very busy. Alot of people told me I'd have to wait, but I got right in, and there were several empty tables nearby. Anyhow, I get my drink finally, and then more waiting. Finally, I smell my food coming before I actually see the guy. That salmon was so old, it was probably left over from the time when Jesus fed the masses with fish and loaves. I guess he had extra and sold it to espn. The taters were pretty bad too. I choked some down, but I barely ate 1/3 of my plate, and it was a small portion to begin with. I had finished my drink right after my food arrived, and wanted another. I asked one of the other waiters to get me another, thankfully he brought it. I finally saw my waitress. She stopped at the table beside me first, and I heard her apologize to them that she had been on break and that she was sorry everything took so long. She finally stopped at my table with the bill and no apology, I might add. She noticed right away that I hadn't eaten much and asked if it was OK. I told her no, but that I didn't want anything else, I just wanted to go. She took my $ and that was the last I saw her.

Fast forward to lunchtime the next day. I was pretty tired, but I knew I wanted to get something to eat and relax a little before I went to bed. I had noticed that The ESPN Zone had booths with built in tv's that looked pretty comfy, so I decided to give them one more chance. I went in and was greeted right away. As the host was trying to seat me at a regular table, I explained that I wanted to sit at a booth. He told me that it was against policy to seat only one person at a booth, you had to have two or more people. I stopped, looked around and counted at least five empty booths. I turned and told him thanks, but no thanks.

Never going in there again, I can tell you. On a positive note, I went back to the Bellagio where I was staying. Their cafe was pricey, but I had a great tenderloin steak and some of the best Chicken Noodle soup I have ever tasted. It cost me damn near $60 but it was worth it. Kudos to the Bellagio and their excellent service. I got to sit where I wanted too.

Wow, Time for work already. I swear this Vegas Post is gonna take me 4 days. Thats how much fun I had though..... More Later.

J

Posted by J at 9:44 PM PST
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Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Hello From Vegas
Mood:  vegas lucky
Now Playing: some '80s bubblegum radio station playing wilson phillips or something
Hi from Vegas. The trip has been awesome so far. Poker was a huge success, and I went to see 2 shows. I just got out from seeing George Carlin at the MGM Grand Theater. Not his best work, in fact several people left in the middle of the show. Rita Rudnor was awesome yesterday at New York, NY. I stooped in to see her show then checked out Coyote Ugly for a while and capped it off with 4-8 Hold em at the Bellagio till 1PM - All nighter. More when I get home.... My order is ready here at this Internet cafe, so I gotta go.

J

Posted by J at 11:08 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 11:10 PM PST
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Saturday, November 27, 2004
Where to Begin?
Mood:  lucky
Now Playing: Tenacious D - Tribute
Well, I guess I can start with why I feel lucky. Second place baby! I took second in the Saturday night tournament.... We actually split second 3 ways, but I can still claim it because I had more chips than anyone but the leader, who hat at least 10 times what I had.... The deal we took was pretty good, I walked with over $300 for my troubles.

I had a great night last night playing, making a little over $200 in a very soft 1-5. I probably could have done better, but I had several problems to deal with so my true focus wasn't on playing.

My old buddy, we'll call him 'T' is back in from Montana. I am kidding about buddy, the guy is one of the most annoying people I have ever met. Bad lisp, horrible personality, and doesn't know when to shut up. I will give him the fact that he is an above average player, which makes it even worse. I just hope none of the players try to stomp on him. I would have a moral obligation to prevent it. I last saw him 3 years ago, and I'm serious that it was good he left town when he did, because I knew of a few guys that wanted a piece. I hope he doesn't overstay this time.

The Jazz sorely disappointed me this evening, falling to the Spurs by 35? 37?, I'm not sure. Anything over 30 is just horrible. Please Jazz, please show up and play next game....

As for my bets last night, I thought I had money in the bank, but it wasn't so. Mr Stevie Nash got his head cracked shortly into the 2nd quarter. I ended up missing to bets on the parlay, both the suns and the over. I have to believe that if Nash had stayed in the game Phoenix would have gotten the extra 3 points I needed, and the game would have gone over. I missed the over by 10 or so.

Tried to catch a 2nd half bet on the Jazz tonight, but I missed. Down by 26, I got them -4 the second half. They could've lost by 21 and I would have been a winner. 37 points? I hope Kirilinko isn't hurt too bad. I hope I can remember how to spell his name next time too.

Well, another day in paradise, only 2 more to go, then its Vegas baby, Vegas!

J

Posted by J at 10:08 PM PST
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Friday, November 26, 2004
Lets Track My Bets Some More
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Avril Lavigne - My Happy Ending / Jazz vs. Rockets / Suns vs. Hornets
Well, I figure its time to put up some more of my bets, since I have been doing pretty well at it lately. I did a 4 team $20 parlay (Pays $240). I have the spurs, Jazz, Suns, and the over on the Suns. I also bet $22 on the first half of the Suns game -7.5. I'll keep you posted as the night goes on.

J

Posted by J at 6:11 PM PST
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Thursday, November 25, 2004
Gotta get me one of these!
Now Playing: Crazy Town - Butterfly
Whats Happening to this world? Can you believe this?

Posted by J at 2:57 AM PST
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
What has Seattle put in their Wheaties?
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: LFO - Summergirls
Wow, Minnesota is gettin spanked by the Sonics. They lose their first game, then proceed to win 9 straight. Wonder if they can keep it up.

I thought the way the Jazz showed up last night was almost disgraceful, I mean New Orleans hadnt won a game yet. I hope they can show up against the Bulls tomorrow (another winless team).

Minor Poker disaster last night, I got stuck $60 and then the game went down. I did have an enjoyable evening talking to several of Wendovers finest at the bar. Off duty of course. I gotta take my hat off to these guys and girls, they do so much more than we know for society.

Hope you enjoy the shovel. Heres the page that got me there, off foxsports.com.

J

Posted by J at 6:52 PM PST
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The Mighty Shovel
Mood:  mischievious
Now Playing: New Order - Blue Monday
Not for the faint of heart. Slapstick funny though.

The Shovel

Posted by J at 6:43 PM PST
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Saturday, November 20, 2004
The Sky is Falling
Mood:  hungry
Now Playing: Sportcenter
You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'.
-- Chris Rock


Posted by J at 9:06 PM PST
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What a Week!
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Kanye West - All Falls Down / FLA-FSU on ESPN
I can't think of a better week I've had in a long time. I became the proud owner of a new (to me) Mercedes 190 E. I got a great deal, and I have to give a shout to my dad who helped me find it. More on this later.

Did you catch the big heavyweight fight last night? You know, the Pacers - Pistons rumble. I will not be surprised to see Ron Artest suspended for a very very long time, and possibly locked up too. Stephen Jackson should do a little time too. It did make for some must see TV. Everyone in the poker room agreed with me that the only good thing about this brawl is that we didn't have to see Terrell Owens with the naked girl in the locker room anymore. I bet this fight will be even more overplayed than that. Hopefully they get more security in the arena so it doesn't happen again. Had to love the guy who threw the folding chair at O'neal. Classic.

Poker last night was almost a bust. I was stuck $150 before I won a hand. I got a little crazy after that, and I got back all but $5. I was amazed at some of the calls I got, considering I was telling people what I had most of the time.

3-6 seems to be really taking off. I like the game because there is quite a bit more action, and with the mix of chips, the pots seem to look even bigger.

Props to the Utes, they will probably end up in the Fiesta Bowl, who they,ll be facing I have no Idea, but it will be cool to see them in a major bowl game.

More in the morning, I promise

J

Posted by J at 9:03 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2004 9:07 PM PST
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Sunday, November 14, 2004
Perception Can Be Deadly
Now Playing: Digital Underground - Freaks of the Industry
I bet a lot of mimes choke to death because nobody believes they're really choking.
-- John Gephart

Posted by J at 3:07 PM PST
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Yesterday
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
Full room last night. We had six games and there was tons of action. The highlight of the night (at least while working, more on this later) was that a very interesting player made his return after a 2 month hiatus. We will call him "D". This poor kid lost at least $1200 in a 1-5 game through the night. his technique was simple. Raise. Raise again. Raise till you cant raise no more. I dealt several hands on that table that were capped every round. Not only did 'D' raise, but he had the unique ability to make half the table either call or re raise him. I pushed several $200 pots to people with only the 2nd or 3rd pair. Or ace high or something. Fun to watch, but I'm glad I was working instead of playing. The game was basically a contest to see who could draw out on the other.

I had another good showing in the tournament, placing 10th. Except that it only pays 1, 2, and 3. Gotta quit making silly mistakes. I have big plans for tonight's tournament. I hope to place in either tonight's tournament or in the Monday no limit at the Rainbow. Patience.

Basketball couldn't have been better yesterday. The Jazz won in grand fashion, and I went 4/4 on my sports bets, thank you very much. Watch the overs on games. I bet a couple and hit them all. Scoring in the league is up by an average of more than 3 pts per game, and historically it only increases as the year progresses. Exciting for bets, and its a fun brand of basketball to watch.

Good luck to me!

J

Posted by J at 3:04 PM PST
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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Tournament time again. Tonight is the $60 buy in shootout. No Rebuys. I gotta play good from the start. I like my chances, I have been finishing well in tournaments lately, I think I am due for a win. I just have to remember- no mistakes, cuz there aren't any second chances.

Last night was quite entertaining in the poker room. We had several games and I was called in early. I was able to jump right into the lineup and make some money. The strangest part was that the last game left was the 2-10. It was pretty fat tonight, there were several players that cashed out over $500. I dread to think how much a couple guys that didn't cash out were in. Oh well, gotta make a living somehow...

Big game tonight, the Jazz and Detroit. I hope that Utah can bounce back from their loss to Toronto the other night. Did I mention that my dad and I lost every ticket we bet on that game? At least Ben Wallace will not be playing, should give the Jazz a little edge in the middle.

A few thoughts about this Scott Peterson thing. I wish it weren't getting the undeserved hype that it is, I think it is a terrible thing that he did to his wife and unborn child. (Assuming he really is guilty. 12 people who know alot more details are sure of it, and thats good enough for me.) I hope things won't turn into a media circus with the Hacking case in Utah, I think that the families deserve a little more respect than that. I cant imagine going through the trauma of losing a loved one and then seeing it plastered everywhere in the media for years afterward. The sooner it is off my television and computer, the better. Thats all I have to say about that.

J

Posted by J at 1:42 PM PST
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Fun Stuff
Mood:  hungry
Now Playing: Tenacious D - Tribute
You gotta check this one out:

Virtual Bartender Chic

J

Posted by J at 1:21 PM PST
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Friday, November 12, 2004
Poker Friday
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Usher - U Got It Bad
Well, Its time for sleep before another night at Montego. I played in the noon tournament today, but did not finish in the money. I actually lost with an AK against a 42 offsuit. Couldn't pair up, but I have to add that the 42 guy was very hot, Couldn't lose a hand. He actually went on to win the whole thing.

On another note, I highly recommend the flank steak in the buffet at Montego Bay, it is delicious!

I will end on a positive note, I was able to recoup my tournament buy in in a very soft 1-5 afterwards. It was a little different, but if you raised, people folded almost every time. All the tells were very obvious too. I believe that everyone secretly wants to be an actor, and does their best to play the part at the poker table. If you watch closely, people will try to give you money without even knowing it.

Goodbye and good luck (Goodnight)!

J

Posted by J at 3:39 PM PST
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Random Browsing got Me Here
Now Playing: New Order - Age of Consent
Not much to read this early in the morning, so here are some quotes I found, some funny, some meaningful. All of them caught my eye for some reason or another.


Half of the people in the world are below average. (Anonymous)

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (Douglas Adams)

Do not marry a person that you know that you can live with; only marry someone that you cannot live without. (Anonymous)

Somebody hits me, I'm going to hit him back. Even if it does look like he hasn't eaten in a while. {after blatantly elbowing an Angolan basketball opponent in the Olympics}. (Charles Barkley)

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. (Dave Barry)

Tell a man there are 300 Billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure. (Jarger)

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy. (Tom Waits)

I went for a walk last night and she asked me how long I was going to be gone. I said, "The whole time". (Steven Wright)

Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents.

I especially like the hidden message in that last one....

J

Posted by J at 7:48 AM PST
Updated: Friday, November 12, 2004 7:53 AM PST
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Thursday, November 11, 2004
Fantasy Basketball
Mood:  flirty
Now Playing: Gorrillaz - Clint Eastwood, Yahoo Chat (IM)
Had to make some changes for scheduling density. Heres the new squad:

Wade, Dwyane MIA 11/11 DAL 27.0 5.8 8.0 0.0 197.5 $7,250,000
Dunleavy, Mike GS 11/12@MEM 13.2 4.8 3.0 31.5 113.5 $5,310,000
Kirilenko, Andrei UTA 11/13 DET 15.8 6.8 2.4 30.0 211.5 $8,830,000
Hill, Grant ORL 11/12 LAL 17.4 4.8 3.0 34.5 137.5 $1,480,000
Nowitzki, Dirk DAL 11/11@MIA 23.8 9.6 2.6 0.0 215.5 $9,510,000
Haslem, Udonis MIA 11/11 DAL 13.5 8.8 2.5 0.0 117.5 $3,850,000

Posted by J at 9:13 PM PST
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Back to work
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Evanescence - Bring me to life
Had an excellent weekend! (Midweek for most of you.) I am excited to go back to work tonight, I am craving some action, and the money wont hurt anything either. I spent a bunch of money on work clothes this week, well deserved, I think.

I spent today helping my friend Joe move out his old furniture and moving the new stuff in. I usually hate moving, but in this case, his new stuff is so cool that I help but smile while lugging a 200lb sofa up 2 flights of stairs.

I was going to put up my picks last night, but I even come home before we went to the rainbow and bet. matter anyways, cuz I lost. Dad too. Actually we both took a beating, but it was fun anyways.

I wonder if the poker room is finished. Every week, we get a little bit more in. Last weekend it was some more Plasma tv's. Maybe they finish the walls soon. Even unfinished, it is the nicest room in town.

Well, back in the morning with the nights report.

J

Posted by J at 8:50 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2004 9:16 PM PST
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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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