Archive for February, 2010

Never say never

I’ve spent my entire life in Southern California.  I grew up surfing and playing sports with the neighborhood kids.  I had a real love for surfing.  We’d bike to the beach every weekend with a trailer hooked to the back of someone’s bike hauling our surfboards, boogie boards and fins.  We’d spend all day at the beach and ride back.

Hermosa Beach was about 7 miles each way from the house I grew up in.  When we made that final turn up the block to my house, my brother and I would dump our stuff in the driveway and run into house to gorge on whatever we could find in the kitchen.  Meanwhile, my mom would be telling us dinner would be ready soon.

“Don’t spoil your appetite”.

I loved the beach and loved surfing.  During high school, my life was spent at the beach when I wasn’t in school.  Once I got my car during senior year, my schedule was down to four classes so I was able to bolt from school and go straight to the beach at noon with whoever wanted to tagged along.

It was an awesome time for me.

Tina recently finished her matching process for internship.  She applied and interviewed in NC and FL last month.  This morning we found out she was granted a one year internship in Bradenton, FL.  She’s worked so hard to get to this point.  It’s a huge milestone and she’s pretty excited to start.  I’m very proud of what she’s been able to accomplish working through her doctorate.

Why Bradenton?  It’s partially economics and partially family reasons.  Tina has family in Bradenton and we’ve come to the realization that we’ll never be able to afford a house here unless we move inland.  We’ve been renting a 2 BR/2 BA condo here about 2 miles from the beach.  Even the rent is rediculous ($1900/mo).

In four months, we’ll be packing up a truck and hauling all our possessions along with my car and our little mutt over 2600 miles.

I never dreamed I’d ever leave my homeland but, the time has come to move on.  I don’t surf anymore but I’ll miss SoCal and my family dearly.  It will be a difficult transition for me but, I’m excited to start this new chapter in our lives.

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A bit of basic poker strategy for new no-limit hold’em players, here are a few tips that will help you before you start splashing around.

–         Be selective with starting hands. Play a tight range of hands, at least if you are new to the game. Stick to hands such as AA/KK/QQ/AK/JJ/AQ/AJ/KQ and pairs 77+.

–         Position is king. The later you get to act in a hand the more information you receive regarding the strength of your opponent’s holdings.  If you feel like getting creative, do it in late position. The button is the best position to play from.

–         Play the player. Players can go on tilt. If you make a huge bluff, you have the opportunity to show the cards and put your opponent off his game. Playing against someone who is on steaming monkey tilt is ideal. Pay close attention to showdowns and keep in mind how players represented their hands.

–         Bluff with moderation. To win in poker you must bluff, but you can’t do it all the time. Especially against weak players who call a lot.  Pick your spots wisely. Some of the worst players can be found in casinos online.

Good luck at the tables!

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Sputtering about

I’ve been struggling for several months with the motivation to play focused and disciplined online poker.  There always seems to be some distraction keeping me from putting in the hours I should.  But now that football season is over and the Bolts discovered another epic way to implode, I really have no excuses not to bang away at the tables.

A few months back I mentioned some interest in grinding 45 man sngs.  These can be very profitable although mind numbingly boring.

A recent sharkscope chart:

I’ve been dabbling in MTT’s again without much success and find myself getting frustrated after losing a bunch of consecutive races.  Yesterday, I lost 10 of 12 flips and shut things down.  In one flip, i flopped a set with presto only to crash and burn to runner/runner broadway.  Standard, I know.

Rush Poker has been a real shot in the arm.  Although the beats can come fast and furious,  I’ve found i’m able to let them bounce off me because I really don’t have much time to dwell on them.

Bodog is running a new promo for sports fans Feb 15- Mar 14.  Cash in 3 single table sng’s a week and you’re entered into a drawing to win tickets, airfare and accommodations to the SuperBowl, NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup finals and the World Series.  They’re also kicking in $500 spending money for each event.  It’s a pretty awesome package.  Get more details on the Bodog Ultimate Sports Fan Experience.  They’re also running two $5k freerolls for players who qualify during this promotion.

Full Tilt is kicking off FTOPS XV today.  I doubt I’ll be playing any events but I’ll definitely be grinding satellites.

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