Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas present levels of thinking

1. There are those who buy gifts that they (the giver) like without much thought for the recipient.
2. There are those who buy gifts that they like but think the recipient may also appreciate.
3. There are those who put themselves in the mind of the recipient and buy that they think they will want or need.
4. There are those who figure out a gift that may inspire, delight or bring real happiness to the recipient.

Level zero are those who buy $ vouchers from department stores.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Childrens Poetry

Somehow, I think mum or dad may have helped with one of her poems:

Kimberley McGuire

Saturn and Jupiter,
Pluto and Mars,
Asteroids fly everywhere,
Charon is one of the moons,
Earth is orbited by the moon.

Kimberley McGuire

Ways we get around and work,
Habit forming humans,
In the door, out the door,
Turning, talking, two-dimensional,
Everyday life repeating itself,
Migrating from home to work,
Itinerant, finding work,
Children and adults as robots,
Everyday people, monotonous life
Some times never returning.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The tide turning

This was my best session in a few weeks. I should be happy...but its a drop in the ocean after the mother of all downturns.

Still, I'm not one to dwell on bad beats and losses...

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 279 hands and saw flop:
- 16 out of 32 times while in big blind (50%)
- 9 out of 33 times while in small blind (27%)
- 32 out of 214 times in other positions (14%)
- a total of 57 out of 279 (20%)
Pots won at showdown - 18 of 20 (90%)
Pots won without showdown - 12

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gump's poker gospel

- I shall make every attempt to enjoy every minute at the table. This game is a hobby and not a job.
- I shall never reveal my cards if given the choice.
- I shall never attempt to explain or justify a good, bad or terrible play I've made.
- I shall attempt to reinforce anyone's belief that I'm a complete and utter donk after receiving a berating for a good, bad or terrible play.
- I shall never give free information about myself that may assist my opponent decision making. This includes poker related clothes and accessories.
- I shall never berate bad players at the table or attempt to belittle them.
- I shall never try to educate the bad players at the table.
- I shall always try to conduct myself with as much class as possible and either win or lose in the style of the great Chip Reese.

Meeting the Dalai Lama

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a 'talk' given by the Dalai Lama. There's something about his religion and the man himself that seems to resonate with me. I remember the first time I saw an interview with him he was nothing at all like I expected. He doesn't pretend to be be holier than though and doesn't consider himself better than anyone else, preferring to describe himself as 'a simple monk' or a teacher. In the interview, I remember the typical answer to many of the deep and meaningful questions were "Who knows?" or "I have no idea" - shortly followed by a lengthy chuckle.

When asked about how Australian can help with the Tibetan's struggle against the Chinese government, his answer went along these lines: "Why don't you fly to Tibet and just see for yourself. If all is well as the Chinese government says, then have a nice holiday, buy some trinkets then sell them back home for a tidy profit to help pay for your trip. If you should see what I see, then you'll be inspired to write to your government and try to bring about change. The choice is in your hands."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lost in the woods

I had no idea where I was at in this hand. The flop and turn play was just horrible. Interesting how the odds change with the third player in the hand.

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 8 players - View hand 383062

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $89.10

UTG+1: $38.45

MP1: $16.65

MP2: $4.65

CO: $38.15

Hero (BTN): $24.40

SB: $8.70

BB: $29.35

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is BTN with 7 of diamonds 8 of spades 9 of hearts 6 of hearts

UTG raises to $0.75, UTG+1 calls $0.75, 3 folds, Hero calls $0.75, SB calls $0.65, BB calls $0.50

Flop: ($3.75) 8 of hearts 9 of spades 4 of spades (5 players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets $3.60, UTG+1 folds, Hero calls $3.60, SB raises to $7.95 all in, BB folds, UTG calls $4.35, Hero calls $4.35

Turn: ($27.60) 5 of spades (3 players - 1 is all in)

UTG bets $26.25, Hero folds

River: ($27.60) 6 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $27.60

UTG shows Q of spades T of spades 2 of diamonds 3 of diamonds (a flush, Queen high)

SB shows J of hearts 8 of diamonds 5 of diamonds T of hearts (two pair, Eights and Fives)

UTG wins $26.25

(Rake: $1.35)

board: 8h9s4s
Hand Pot equity
7d8s9h6h 56.83%
QsTs2d3d 43.17%

board: 8h9s4s
Hand Pot equity
7d8s9h6h 38.29%
QsTs2d3d 41.74%
Jh8d5dTh 19.97%

Friday, November 20, 2009

Aces no good in Omaha

Hand #1

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 8 players - View hand 378170

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+1: $44.35

MP1: $33.80

Hero (MP2): $24.75

CO: $7.20

BTN: $4.20

SB: $24.40

BB: $49.30

UTG: $9.65

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is MP2 with 9 of hearts A of spades A of diamonds 6 of clubs

2 folds, MP1 calls $0.25, Hero calls $0.25, CO raises to $1, 2 folds, BB calls $0.75, 1 fold, Hero raises to $4.35, CO raises to $7.20 all in, 1 fold, Hero calls $2.85

Flop: ($15.75) T of diamonds 8 of hearts T of hearts (2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($15.75) 5 of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($15.75) 5 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $15.75

Hero shows 9 of hearts A of spades A of diamonds 6 of clubs (two pair, Aces and Tens)

CO shows A of hearts K of clubs T of spades J of spades (three of a kind, Tens)

CO wins $15.00

(Rake: $0.75)

Hand #2

Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 9 players - View hand 378171

The Official Hand History Converter

SB: $37.40

BB: $32.55

Hero (UTG): $23.90

UTG+1: $18.95

UTG+2: $6.40

MP1: $23.95

MP2: $9.15

CO: $17.90

BTN: $23.40

Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is UTG with K of hearts Q of diamonds 5 of spades K of spades

Hero calls $0.25, UTG+1 calls $0.25, UTG+2 calls $0.25, 2 folds, CO raises to $1.50, 3 folds, Hero calls $1.25, UTG+1 calls $1.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($5.10) K of diamonds 7 of diamonds J of hearts (3 players)

Hero checks, UTG+1 checks, CO bets $4.85, Hero raises to $19.40, UTG+1 folds, CO calls $11.55 all in

Turn: ($37.90) Q of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($37.90) 7 of clubs (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $37.90

Hero shows K of hearts Q of diamonds 5 of spades K of spades (a full house, Kings full of Sevens)

CO shows T of diamonds J of diamonds A of clubs A of hearts (a straight, Ten to Ace)

Hero wins $36.05

(Rake: $1.85)

View all 2 hands

Hand Pot equity
KhQd5sKs 30.62%
TdJdAcAh 69.38%

board: Kd7dJh
Hand Pot equity
KhQd5sKs 59.02%
TdJdAcAh 40.98%

board: Kd7dJhQc
Hand Pot equity
KhQd5sKs 20.00%
TdJdAcAh 80.00%

board: Kd7dJhQc7c
Hand Pot equity
KhQd5sKs 100.00%
TdJdAcAh 0.00%
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