Thursday, October 12, 2006

Back to school

I mentioned in the beginning of my ├╝berpost about my week in Vegas that I'm taking a university course - Applied English. It's nearing its end and after that there's the following course. Way back when I was a full time student I took the two first courses in that series. When I'm done (and have passed) these two I'm taking this semester I will have the equivalent of a whole semester of only university English.

Just some self-improvement. My thinking was the same as some years ago when I took a law course, two computer science courses and an economics course - since I work at a university (but not in an academic role, I'm a systems administrator), why not benefit from the opportunity and add to your competencies?

So the other day I sent in the application for two more courses next semester. "Web 2.0 in theory and practice" and a short law course "IT law".

As I'm writing this, I'm also playing poker at the Swedish state-run poker site. lol :) nh ty. Whereas the USian online poker players are in trouble from puritan political trickery.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Crush. Kill. Destroy.

The curse is repelled. I've written before about our little biweekly homegame, a tournament (No Limit Texas Hold'em) with (progressive) rebuys with a handful of regulars and some sporadic guests. I, the most active player when it comes to hours played online and live, played nineteen (19) times with six second place and five third place finishes before finally winning.

Now I'm on a roll. Today was my third straight win in a row. Feels good. Anyway, I've always been in the lead or top two-three "scorewize" with 44 tournaments played if you use our quick'n'dirty scorekeeping with 5 points to first place and 1 point to fifth place if we're five players in the tournament. Six points to first if we're six players and so on. You see the correlation? I knew you would.

But who's counting?

Me, that's who! *mumble* *grumble*, dang young whippersnappers...

It can be done

Just some shameless self-promoting bragging to show that any two cards can win. The infamous Hammer for example.

PokerStars Game #6143398561: Hold'em No Limit ($0.10/$0.25)
2006/09/02 - 14:44:23 (ET)
Table 'Ianthe' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: YumchipsYum ($4.65 in chips)
Seat 2: lbcpa ($15.45 in chips)
Seat 3: Marthyn ($4.85 in chips)
Seat 4: MrPristine ($25 in chips)
Seat 5: inecita2004 ($21.15 in chips)
Seat 6: Mad Ukie ($9.70 in chips)
Seat 7: uneedaspankn ($17.90 in chips)
Seat 8: kahnman849 ($22.25 in chips)
Seat 9: SamyLony ($28.95 in chips)
Marthyn: posts small blind $0.10
MrPristine: posts big blind $0.25
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Marthyn [2c 7d]
inecita2004: folds
Mad Ukie: folds
uneedaspankn: calls $0.25
kahnman849: folds
SamyLony: folds
YumchipsYum: folds
lbcpa: folds
Marthyn: raises $0.75 to $1
MrPristine: calls $0.75
uneedaspankn: calls $0.75
*** FLOP *** [2s Ts Qs]
Marthyn: bets $3.85 and is all-in
MrPristine: calls $3.85
uneedaspankn: folds
*** TURN *** [2s Ts Qs] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [2s Ts Qs 7h] [Ac]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Marthyn: shows [2c 7d] (two pair, Sevens and Deuces)
MrPristine: mucks hand
Marthyn collected $10.20 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $10.70 | Rake $0.50
Board [2s Ts Qs 7h Ac]
Seat 1: YumchipsYum folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: lbcpa (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Marthyn (small blind) showed [2c 7d] and won ($10.20)
with two pair, Sevens and Deuces
Seat 4: MrPristine (big blind) mucked [Kc Qc]
Seat 5: inecita2004 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Mad Ukie folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: uneedaspankn folded on the Flop
Seat 8: kahnman849 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: SamyLony folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Twice. (In one day).

PokerStars Game #6144258990: Tournament #31144954,
$5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level V (75/150) -
2006/09/02 - 16:05:25 (ET)
Table '31144954 1' 9-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: joshuae411 (3375 in chips)
Seat 4: eldixio (1715 in chips)
Seat 5: lemieux66 (1845 in chips)
Seat 6: M1964S (1845 in chips)
Seat 7: MoButta (2240 in chips)
Seat 8: Marthyn (1380 in chips)
Seat 9: Twisten (1100 in chips)
MoButta: posts small blind 75
Marthyn: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Marthyn [7h 2d]
Twisten: folds
joshuae411: folds
eldixio: folds
lemieux66: calls 150
M1964S: folds
MoButta: calls 75
Marthyn: checks
*** FLOP *** [Kh 6c 4d]
MoButta: checks
Marthyn: checks
lemieux66: checks
*** TURN *** [Kh 6c 4d] [5c]
MoButta: checks
Marthyn: bets 150
lemieux66: calls 150
MoButta: folds
*** RIVER *** [Kh 6c 4d 5c] [3d]
Marthyn: bets 300
lemieux66: folds
Marthyn collected 750 from pot
Marthyn: shows [7h 2d] (a straight, Three to Seven)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 750 | Rake 0
Board [Kh 6c 4d 5c 3d]
Seat 1: joshuae411 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: eldixio folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: lemieux66 folded on the River
Seat 6: M1964S (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: MoButta (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 8: Marthyn (big blind) collected (750)
Seat 9: Twisten folded before Flop (didn't bet)

They (the opponents) didn't really make mistakes, per se. I'm all in with a pair of twos against a pair of Queens and catch the turn in the cash game and catch the gutshot straight on the dang river in the Sit'n'Go. But ain't it extra special fun to win with 27o?