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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
9:07 pm
Re-Launching Fantasy Focus
We're re-launching Fantasy Focus, as RotoWire's Fantasy Focus, on BlogTalkRadio:


We're running a test show tomorrow (Thursday) at noon ET, but the official launch is Monday. I'm really excited about this, though a little nervous to see what sort of listener numbers that we'll get.
Monday, November 24th, 2008
1:29 pm
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
4:10 pm
Mind My Own Damn Business Next Time
My XM show got preempted yesterday by the Roger Clemens hearings yesterday, and rather than subject myself to that farce, I snuck out to play golf instead.

The golf itself went well (by my standards - shot an 89 at Santa Anita, a par 70 course), but that wasn't the noteworthy aspect.

As Joe can attest, I'm fairly chatty on the golf course, even with strangers. I just find it more interesting to talk with the people I'm going to spend the next four-to-five hours with.

Anyhow, I'm walking up the first fairway, talking to another guy in my group. We were talking about where we were from, and he mentioned that he just moved back to the area after living the last 10+ years in the DC area.

JE: "Oh yeah, what brought you back?"
Golfer 1: "I got divorced and am just trying to get my life back together..."

Oops, I won't pry any further here.

Walking off the first green, I'm talking to another guy in my group, someone I had started a conversation with back on the first tee.

Golfer 2: (Mentions teaching his grandson golf)
JE: "Cool. How many grandchildren do you have?"
Golfer 2: "Let's see, one daughter had three kids, another had 10 ..."
JE: "Ten! How can you have 10 kids in this day and age? I don't know she can handle that."
Golfer 2: "She couldn't - she committed suicide in 2002."

JE: .... stammer ... um .... sorry to hear ....

Ok, no more talking with people about their lives....

(Both guys turned out to be pretty nice guys, but time for me to mind my own damn business.)
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
2:19 pm
Play Along, Commerce Version
Ok, time to play along here.

$100 NL table, I have about $120 in front of me. Blinds are 2-3, and I raise blind to $6 UTG (yeah, don't lecture me on how it's a negative EV play - we were all doing it, and just loosening up the table a little). I'm in Seat 1.

Seat 3, a very loose player, pushes, blind, for his last $39. Seat 4, a woman who likes to see a lot of flops, calls. Seat 8, a player who has made a series loose-ish calls, calls. The BB folds, and I look down and see pocket tens. Seat 4 has about $45 left, Seat 8 has about $30 left. What do you do?

(a) Fold - you're beat, and you only have $6 invested.
(b) Call - you're against a blind player and two players that made "see a flop" calls. Hope that overcards don't hit.
(c) Push - and try to get rid of one of the other callers.
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
1:31 pm
Sea World Saturday
Kim's friends have an annual Thanksgiving get-together on Saturday in November, and this year it's this Saturday in San Diego. She's taking Erin to show her off to all the girls, but I'll have Ally for the afternoon and early evening. We're planning to go to Sea World, getting there around 2-2:30. If any of you in the SD area are interested in meeting up with us, we'd be more than happy to see you.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
11:54 am
Arizona Trip Report
As alluded to in my last post, I was in Arizona last weekend for First Pitch Arizona. Plenty of poker was played. I won't list any other hand histories - not too much noteworthy happened there, with one exception. We've been calling 73 "The Sklansky" for the past few years (not sure where the joke originated - perhaps Deuce or Joe can fill us in there). When we played a lot of three-handed SNG's on Sunday night and Monday, The Sklansky was 12-for-14 in winning pots.

Erin (my baby daughter) caught a nasty stomach virus on Halloween night that I apparently caught from her (as did my entire family). The symptoms didn't appear for me until Thursday night, though - I spent the first night and all of Friday morning puking my guts out. I couldn't even keep water down. Unfortunately, that meant I had to miss the first set of presentations and the two games on Friday, as well as a speakers' dinner at Don & Charlie's on Friday night. Joe brought me back a plate of food that night, when I thought I was in the clear, but unfortunately I couldn't keep that down either. I pretty much could only have Saltines and 7-up.

Saturday was much better, and my "Fact or Fluke" panel, discussing the unexpected performances (both positive and negative) of 20 major leaguers, went really well. I caught an AFL game in the afternoon too - the only game I got to see on the entire trip. There weren't too many players that stood out in that game - in fact, it was a really sloppy game. Still, it's always fun to go to AFL games - you can sit anywhere in the park, and talk baseball with some pretty knowledgeable people.

After the conference ended on Sunday, we stayed at the hotel bar to watch football. It was fun to see Adrian Peterson's video-game like performance, and then the Colts-Pats afterwards.

On Monday, Jason, Joe and I golfed at the Kokopelli Golf Course in Gilbert. My game is tremendously off right now, especially the short game. I had a nasty case of yips with the putter in Myrtle, and that's carried over. Combine that with Joe playing well (when I'm giving him strokes), and it was setting me up for a pretty expensive day in on-course wagering. Jason smacked a 300+ drive on the third hole that went too far down the center, and rolled into hazard, sending him into a six-hole mega-tilt. Joe won 8 of 9 skins on the front. On the back nine, it looked to be more of the same - after we acquiesced to doubling the stakes following Joe's offer. Fortunately, I started hitting it a little better and, after a tip from Jason, putting less horribly. Between the three of us, we halved seven consecutive holes, starting on 11. It came down to 18. Joe blew up for a rare occasion, thanks in no small part to a nasty bunker location and shot in that bunker. It came down to me and Jason, on a hole where I was getting a stroke. He was on in 3, I was on in 4, but was inside him by about 10 feet, about 15 feet away from the cup. He left his first putt about 8 feet short. I left mine short, too, to about 5-6 feet. Jason rolled his just by to the right. I leaked mine in from the side of the cup, to take away 8 skins (*2, after doubling the back nine). So the only hole I won made it a profitable round.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
4:31 pm
Play Along
Ok, we're in Arizona for First Pitch Arizona, and we play a lot of SNG's while we're there. This time it was an 11-man SNG ($20 entry). One guy had been knocked out already, but otherwise not a ton of action. We had reached level 2, with blinds at T50-100, starting with 1500 in chips, 15-minute levels.

I get dealt AdKc under-the-gun, and raise to T325. Folds all around to the cut-off, with at least two comments about how tight I've been playing. Villain, after some deliberation, flat calls. The button and both blinds fold. I'm well familiar with villain, who generally plays tight-aggressive, but occasionally makes moves in position, particularly against me.

Flop: 6-4-2 rainbow.

I generally think this is a pretty decent flop for me, in that V is unlikely to be holding rags.

I continuation-bet T500. V instapushes, has me covered. I have about T600 left behind. What do you do?
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
12:06 am
Token Blind-on-Blind Bad Beat Violence
It's been awhile since I've posted an online bad beat. For those who are uninterested in such manner, please move on to the next post.


Full Tilt Poker Game #4021594364: $5 + $0.50 Sit & Go (30566694), Table 1 - 40/80 - No Limit Hold'em - 3:02:31 ET - 2007/10/31
Seat 1: soghra (1,740)
Seat 3: rue1013 (1,775)
Seat 5: theenergy (1,800)
Seat 6: Checkov (2,885)
Seat 8: jtengan (3,805)
Seat 9: RotoJeff (1,495)
RotoJeff posts the small blind of 40
soghra posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to RotoJeff [2h 2c]
rue1013 folds
theenergy folds
Checkov folds
jtengan folds
RotoJeff calls 40
soghra raises to 160
RotoJeff calls 80
*** FLOP *** [8s 7h 2d]
RotoJeff checks
soghra bets 320
RotoJeff calls 320
*** TURN *** [8s 7h 2d] [7c]
RotoJeff checks
soghra bets 1,260, and is all in
RotoJeff calls 1,015, and is all in
soghra shows [Tc Th]
RotoJeff shows [2h 2c]
Uncalled bet of 245 returned to soghra
*** RIVER *** [8s 7h 2d 7c] [7d]
soghra shows a full house, Sevens full of Tens
RotoJeff shows a full house, Sevens full of Twos
soghra wins the pot (2,990) with a full house, Sevens full of Tens
RotoJeff stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2,990 | Rake 0
Board: [8s 7h 2d 7c 7d]
Seat 1: soghra (big blind) showed [Tc Th] and won (2,990) with a full house, Sevens full of Tens
Seat 3: rue1013 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: theenergy didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: Checkov didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: jtengan (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: RotoJeff (small blind) showed [2h 2c] and lost with a full house, Sevens full of Twos
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
1:18 am
Good Announcers/ Bad Announcers
First, check out hector31's thread on bad announcers and contribute thusly.

Now.... we all have announcers we hate. Who do you like?
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
1:16 am
Calling the San Diegans
Just checking in with the San Diego chapter of our little circle of friends - everyone ok down there? Avoiding the fires?
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
12:30 pm
Friday Night at Commerce - Getting Donovan'd
I played Friday night at Commerce - Dave got there ahead of me and got seated at a $200 table. I waited and they opened up a new $100 table about 10 minutes after I got there. Dave calls in the interim and says there's a seat open at his table - I only brought about $550 with me, so decided to pass on that. Results oriented bad decision...

In the five hours I played, I didn't catch any sets, straights or flushes. I ran into three different sets, AK vs. KK, and got sucked out on in my last hand of the night.

1. KK vs. 66, 6 on the flop. Paid off a good size bet on the river - might have been able to get away from it.

2. AQ vs. 77, Q75 flop.

3. AK vs. 55 all-in preflop (I was relatively short before the hand started), 5 on the flop.

4. The AK vs. KK hand, didn't lose too much all things considered.

5. Final hand of the night - I've got about $90 in front of me, in the cut-off. 4 limpers to me, I raise to $15 with KQo. 4 callers, and I have position.

Flop: QT8, rainbow. Checks around to me, I push. All but the last guy fold immediately, he thinks it over, says "Sorry, I have to call." Turns over QJ, catches the 9 on the river.

Down $500 for the session.


On the bright side, I was able to get dismissed from jury duty on Monday afternoon, after a fairly laborious vetting process, I was one of the first to be thanked-and-excused by plaintiff's counsel on an asbestos-related lawsuit. It looked like it was going to be fairly lengthy and dry. Glad I got out of it.
Friday, October 12th, 2007
3:50 pm
Jury Duty in LA
I've had jury duty this week, and it's been a colossal waste of time. As a little background, LA County has a rule of "One Day, One Trial" over the course of a given year. Either you spend a day in the jury selection pool without getting selected for a jury, you get on a panel but then dismissed by the attorneys as part of the selection process, or you serve on one jury. At the end of that day, theoretically, you're either done, or you're on a jury and the trial has started.

If only it worked out that way.

Day 1 (Wed): Get there at 7:45; "orientation" starts at 8:20 or so. We fill out a few forms, including a section that says how many days my employer will pay for jury duty. "Fortunately," RotoWire won't dock me any pay for missing time to jury duty. I just have to make up all the work at night. Like a moran, I fill in the option for unlimited days I can serve, instead of coming up with some creative license.

Naturally, when they begin the process of calling a panel, they say it's going to be a long (20 days) trial, and if you fit within a certain type of hardship, you can opt out. I don't fit any of those (although had I bought a plane ticket to my conference in AZ the first weekend in November, I could have used that. Dammit.). So I knew I was going to get called - sure enough, along with a bunch of retirees, homemakers and government employees. Fantastic.

Oh, and they say to come back tomorrow at 11:00 - you're done for the day, even though it's only 10:30 a.m. So, that's a waste of one day.

Day 2 (Thurs): We mill about in the hall for about 15 minutes, waiting for roll call, then wait again for another 15 minutes, before we go in. They ask for people with hardships, and about 8 people share their sob story. Three of them are granted release from this panel, and get sent back to the jury room so that they can be chosen for another panel.

After that, they explain the timeline - this trial is going to go to Nov. 9, and it's a civil case (which matters to me a little - in criminal cases, I'm more likely to be dismissed by defense counsel, because my wife is a prosecutor).

They have us fill out a five-page survey - basically asking about our education, experiences with the court, and a lot of asbestos-related questions. Whee... going to be a fun case, and I have no ingrained biases that will make me a potentially objectionable juror.

(And make no mistake, yes, I want to be dismissed. I wouldn't mind serving on a jury someday, especially if it were a shorter case, but now is a hideous time. Boo-hoo me...).

After we fill out the survey, we're dismissed again ... until Monday, at 9:30 a.m. What??? You mean you couldn't have bothered to have us fill out the survey *yesterday*? We had to come in a different day for one freaking hour, not knowing we'd be coming in for one hour? What a waste.

So now, we're working on Three Days, One Trial, and the vetting process has yet to begin.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
8:59 am
Blogger Tourney
Texas Holdem Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.


Registration code: 7058890

Hope a couple of you can also make it!
8:56 am
Friends Lock Off
I'm taking off the friends-lock on a couple of my recent poker entries - I want to enter the Poker Stars blogger freeroll, and need to show a few of my recent entries. I don't think you gave away anything confidential in your replies, but just a heads-up nonetheless.
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
10:08 am
Commerce Again (long)
Because Dave had an opportunity to play on Saturday, I was able to get a hall pass as well. I got there a little after 10, after getting the girls to bed and got on after a couple of minutes - playing the $100NL again. For once I actually beat Dave there, because he was tied up in an online SNG. He ended up playing the $200 game, so no stories to share between us.

I lost my first buy-in when I had top-pair, top-kicker (AJ on a J94 board) vs. a set of 4's when I had about $65 to start the hand. I re-bought for $150.


After treading water for probably an hour, I caught a set of 2's on a 632 board with 2 hearts and had it hold up, busting a shorter stack, putting me up to about $225 (in for $250 at this point).


I won a few small pots, nothing special for another hour or so. Finally I started a rush, beginning with catching a q-high flush against a smaller flush against a guy playing his first hand of the night. Limped three-way into the pot with Q7c two off the button, up against the blinds.

Flop: A42, two clubs, including the ace. Checked to me, I bet $11, SB folds, BB calls.
Turn: Jc - check to me, I bet $17, BB raises to $34. I actually put him on an ace or the Kc. Either way, I wanted him to come along, so I just called.
River: 8h - checks to me, I put him all-in, he calls. He has 9c6c. Much bitching from him ensues. Common theme for the night - lets call him The Bitcher.


About an orbit later, a new guy sits down next to me in Seat 2, with his girlfriend watching him play (I highly recommend not having your significant other sweat you, especially in a cash game). His first hand, I limp with JTo in middle position, with one limper before me. New Guy with Girlfriend (NGwG) raises to $10. One of the blinds calls as does the initial limper, so I decide to see a flop too.

Flop: KQ3 rainbow. Checks to NGwG, who bets $10. BB calls, I call.
Turn: Ah, putting 2 hearts on the board. NGwG bets $25, BB folds, I put him all in, NGwG insta-calls with KG. My straight holds up on the river.


The very next hand, I raise with KQo and get three callers.

Flop: AT4, rainbow. Checks all around.
Turn: Jc, putting two clubs on the board. BB, who is the big stack, bets $20. The Bitcher, who was UTG, calls. I raise to $50. BB calls, The Bitcher folds.
River: 8s. BB checks, I bet $100. BB calls pretty quickly.

The Bitcher: "He can't have it every time. What a joke."

All of a sudden I'm the big stack, with over $600 in front of me.

I later play a hand against The Bitcher, re-raising his min-raise preflop with big slick. He already starts muttering. I totally missed the flop, but took the pot down with a continuation bet.

TB: "Every time I have a pocket pair, someone else has a bigger pocket pair."

That later proved to be true - his queens lost to someone else's kings. I tried not to laugh out loud.

The Bitcher always had a commentary on how everyone played their hands, so seeing him get felted was a particular joy. He later got nailed again by NGwG, who flopped a set against TB's AT on a 10-high flop. The Bitcher's parting shot: "I'd say good hand, but it's really good cards, not the player...."

Ok, drive home safely.


Meanwhile, things are still going good. I sniff out a bluff with top-pair, medium kicker. I cracked someone's kings with AJ, flopping an ace and getting him to pay off every street, along with another guy who went along the whole way with A7. I was up to about $900 in front of me, when I hit my one downswing of the day, losing three times with high pocket pairs (the only time I was dealt big pocket pairs).

The first time, I got TT in early position; I raised to $15, got one caller.

Flop: 532, two hearts. I bet $25, other player calls.
Turn: 8h. I bet $40, he calls.
River: Ac. Check, check. He flips over A6, says he was on the straight draw.

Then, I lost with KK vs. AQ, but fortunately limited it to $35 after he raised when an Ace hit the turn. He showed me the ace after I mucked.

I lost again with TT, but don't remember the board, but lost on the river when a king hit, for another $75.


After those losses, and a few calls-and-releases, I was back down to about $625 in front of me. Another guy had replaced NGwG in Seat 2 next to me. Earlier he had taken down a good size pot when he limped preflop, and repopped to $100 after a late position raise and a couple of callers (including me, when I had AdJd).

The same scenario occurred later on. The same guy limped UTG, on our late position raiser (who had raised often preflop) made it $20 to go. The SB called, I called with 99, and our UTG friend made it $78 to go. The raiser folded, as did the SB. I really felt UTG didn't have what he was representing (AA or KK) and just wanted to take the pot down right now. He had about $150 behind him after his raise. I decided that he had AK or AQ and decided to push him all-in. He called instantly. I was right - he had AdKd, and the board ended up coming jack-high, so I scooped a pretty big pot, my last big hand of the night.

A couple of people hated the play with the 9's, and I can see where they're coming from, but my thought was:

- I felt I had a pretty good read that he didn't have a big pair.
- I'm out of position, so I really think I should either raise or fold here. I didn't want to see overcards on the board and then face a bet with that much already in the pot. Better to force him to make the decision.
- His range is pretty wide, given he'd made the exact same play earlier.

Afterwards, Seat 2 was muttering "... he's supposed to fold there...." How about him? He insta-called with his big slick, putting his stack at risk. He's getting 2.3 to 1 - is that an automatic call? You have to figure I have some sort of PP, no?

Was I really that far out of line with that play?


One thing I've been doing with these late night sessions is ordering the fruit bowl, along with a bottle of water, around 2:00 a.m. It's really been a nice energy boost. I'm not necessarily superstitious, but I'll be continuing to get that each time I'm there.

Also order a vanilla shake, with a little chocolate syrup mixed in. Good stuff.


Anyhow, I bought in for $250, and cashed out with $935, making for a tidy $685 profit. I've paid for a few things with some of my bankroll (a leaf blower/vac, the pizza for Ally's birthday party, etc...), so after the $100 wife-toke last night, my bankroll is at $4100. I'm starting to invest some of that money, just in a savings account so it can earn a little interest. Call it the minivan fund.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
2:51 am
Off to Myrtle
I'm leaving this morning for my annual Myrtle Beach golf trip. We usually have 12 of us (11 this year) playing six times over four days, with a couple of those rounds set up as scrambles. I'm not going to be one of the better players there (I'm usually not anyhow, but I digress), having played just twice this summer.

My goals:

1. Have fun
2. Keep my composure when I hit the inevitable bad shots.
3. Don't catch a cold (failed in this endeavor the last two years).

I'll be offline until Monday. Hope to have a decent trip report early next week.
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
12:11 pm
Commerce Report
Played again last night, still sticking at the $100NL tables. I'm about one or two more good sessions away from being able to have the roll to play the $200 game comfortably.

Once again I barely had to wait to play - they opened a new table two minutes after I got in. On the very first hand I nearly doubled up - five players to the flop following a small raise, and I flopped a set of deuces. I was able to milk another $30 out of the original raiser. From there, I treaded water for about two hours, without too many eventful hands. I then lost a good-sized pot when I caught suited big slick, caught top pair and had the flush draw as well, but lost to T9o on a turned straight. I rebought for $150 more, and then varied from about $150 to $300 in front of me for another two hours. I lost one pot when I misplayed pocket queens against a guy who had misread his hand, thinking that he had a flush draw when he didn't. I played it terribly anyhow. I got it back when big slick held up. Eventually the first table broke, and I was up about $25.

I got seated at a new table, immediately to the left of a loud, drunken idiot. Fantastic... the only good thing is that he was so sloppy, he basically was playing his hand face-up to me. I told him once to protect his hand a little better, but to no avail. As a result, I was able to buy one pot when I knew he didn't hit the board when we got heads-up.

I won a couple of small pots (including one where I flopped a set and turned quads, but didn't get any action) and built up to about $350 in front of me, when the big hand of the night happened. Seat 9 (I was sitting in Seat 7) had just come back from a smoke break and immediately pushed with QTo after seeing five players call a min-raise in front of him, when he was in the small blind. He got called by a guy holding AT, but spiked a queen on the river to double-up to approximately $140. He effectively loosened up the table. The very next hand, I caught pocket nines and called a raise to $10; Seat 9 raised from the button to $22, and got four other callers in front of me, so it was a pretty easy call.

Flop: Kd9d4d

Checks around to me, and I decided to protect my set and prevent any with one diamond to see a cheap turn, betting $75. Seat 9 hemmed-and-hawed before mucking, and it folded around to Seat 4 (the guy that called earlier with AT). He took his time before flat-calling, and he and I went heads-up.

Turn: 8c

Seat 4 bets $100. The bet to me smelled like he was putting me on the flush draw, and wanted to make me pay for it. He had another $80 behind him after the bet, and I had him covered. I put him on a strong king or a pocket pair, but not on the diamond. I should have probably pushed here, but instead called.

River: Th

He had the chips loaded even before the card came down, and given how much was already in the pot, I was pretty well committed, and didn't think he had the flush anyhow, so it was a relatively easy call. I flipped over the set and he mucked, disgusted. I should have made him show first, but that pot pretty much made my night.

The very next hand I busted Seat 9, raising preflop with AK and hitting a king on the flop. He had a weaker king, he said.

For the night, I was up $554. After the obligatory home-toke, my bankroll is just shy of $4,000.
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
3:21 pm
Bourne Ultimatum
Kim and I saw this a week ago - I think it was the best of the three, and I liked all three. Anybody else see it?

The only thing I didn't like was Julia Styles' role. It was either too convenient, or they didn't do a good job of explaining her relevance. The "don't you remember" scene, followed by an utter lack of conversation between them when they split seemed incongruous.
Friday, August 17th, 2007
8:45 am
The Downfall
Pretty fun poker-related video here, although there's a lot of inside-references to the online game and to 2+2:

The Downfall.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
8:23 am
A-Ten Offkey
Latching onto a theme helped spread by hector31, I hereby present 10 songs that start with the letter "A". Anyone wishing to join in the fun may petition for a letter:

Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Add It Up - Violent Femmes
Abacab - Genesis
All Along the Watchtower - Jimmy Hendrix version
Another Mayberry - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
American Idiot - Green Day
Alcohol - Barenaked Ladies
Ashes of American Flags - Wilco
Another Man's Cause - The Levellers
American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Late Edit: Sub in "Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants, remove Another Mayberry - Not sure how I missed that one.
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