Friday, June 08, 2007

Damnit, I wish I was in Vegas.

Have you read Linda's post at Pokerworks yet?

Go read about the hand between Sammy Farha and Brian.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


I'm insanely busy. Isn't everyone?

I miss sitting on my ass grinding away at poker. The grass is always greener, ain't it?

Let's do a David Sklansky snippet or two.

My buddy Craig reminded me about this thread that David started that was titled: Several Hotshots Supposedly Broke Or In Debt but really the reason I mention this was because of the bitchslap that Jason Strasser delivered. Yikes.



You are one lame old man and I'd much rather be any of these broke hotshots than be your panzy ass. You take great comfort in these big famous names, who get to make money off TV deals and bone D list celebrities, when they go broke. You remind me of my HS chemistry teacher who had a PHD in chemistry, you consistently tell everyone (I read a few recent posts of yours in the finance forums) that you are a lazy genius, and quite frankly I admire the scrappy idiot or the John Robert Belland's of the world more than I admire you and your advanced yet waste of space intellect.

This is the lamest piece of gossip ever, made even more lame by the fact that you refuse to out anyone yet state that Guy staked one of these big losers. Great David, the whole [censored] world knows that Guy stakes Booth, you are a BIG MAN for keeping names out of this thread.

How about you leave NVG until you come back with actual gossip that people might care about? And while we're on the topic, how about you show a little courtesy for the players you sit with in cash games? You annoy everyone endlessly when you constantly leave the table to go check on horses/Brandi.

"Who knows the great enthusiams, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat." teddy r

These hotshots might be broke, but at least they probably went down with a fight and had some life to their step and are not spending their entire life underachieving.


Gotta love strong opinions.

The reason I remembered this thread is cause I just saw the new thread started by Mr. Sklansky entitled: I Don't Ever Give Woman Money

Nothing but class here:


Or stake them in poker games. Or buy them expensive gifts. As much as I like to keep people guessing about what I am up to personally, (for the sake of getting extra hits on this site,) I can't handle the idea that people think I am that kind of sucker.

I'll buy dinner. But only because I have a lot more money than them. I usually do the same for a guy. If I'm dating them I will occasionally buy the two or three hundred dollar gift. If she is living with me, I'm paying living expenses and perhaps something like online tuition if she is taking a class. And on a few occasions I've done something like pay a traffic ticket for a damsel in distress.

One thing for sure though is that no woman I have been with was there mainly for money. That can be proved logically. Because any female who has the morals that would allow her to mess with a guy mainly for money would be picking other guys besides me. My poker nittiness extends to my personal life. I'm not saying that any girl I'm with is there with me soley because of my personality and linguistic rpms. I'm sure most would be gone if I was a broke nobody. But they ain't getting my cash.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Neteller news here. Hoist of the Guinness to reader Adam who tipped me off to the eGaming review article today.

Here it is:


Neteller agrees refund plan for US customers

Neteller has announced that it has agreed with the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) on plans to refund its US customers.

Neteller, whose two founders Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre are still on bail, said it was continuing to cooperate with the USAO and told the authorities that it would try to resolve the investigation no later than 13 July 2007.

Neteller said it had signed a Distribution Plan with Navigant Consulting on 21 March to work out a plan to refund US customers and that it had now been agreed upon. The company will work with Navigant and the USAO to implement the plan once a date has been finalised.

As part of the plan, the company said US customers would be able to access their accounts online for a certain time and make a request for their funds. No interest on account balances will be paid and customers will not be charged processing fees. US customers will receive the entire balance of funds in their account; no requests for partial payments will be processed and US customers will not be able to use their accounts for any transaction other than to request the funds. Neteller said close to US$60m "had been seized by the USAO or otherwise restricted by third parties” on 8 February.

Ron Martin, chief executive of Neteller, said: "The agreement on the Distribution Plan represents a milestone in our cooperation with the US authorities. While we are disappointed not to have been able to return funds to our US customers at this point, we believe that the steps we have made in our discussions are significant and we hope to be able to announce further progress with the USAO by 13 July 2007."

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Had a superb weekend here. Got semi-caught up on some projects and did a ton of well-deserved fishing. I've added a few upgrades on the boat and even treated the wife and myself to some serious muskie rods and reels. Modifying my existing pike and catfish rigs just wasn't gonna cut it.

A buddy of mine in our local Muskie Inc chapter sent me this pic from a few weeks ago of his nice 37 inch fish caught on our home lake.

My goal this year is to boat a few 40 inch class fish. I'm pretty sure I lost one last year when I was using inferior equipment and I'm still sick over it.

Funny, how like in poker, you tend to remember the big ones you lost than the ones you boated.

In fact, I'm prolly gonna write a treatise on how poker is damn near exactly like fishing.

Stay tuned.

And so the blogger Gathering looms this weekend. Sadly, after attending all prior six events, I cannot make it this time. So I hope everyone has a blast - I'll be there this December, have no fear.

I'm actually been enjoying a nice break from poker, outside of those damn blogger tourneys, that I'm roped into playing since I'm in contention. It's a combination on knowing I need a brief hiatus and lack of time. Yeah, my priorities are fucked up, I know.

But I'm still bitter over the 20 large I have stuck/lost on Neteller.

And hell, the WSOP just began. This has always been a very exciting time for me, until this year. After the legislation and the Neteller burn, I just don't give a fuck.

Not to mention it seems like every jackass on the planet will be competing for TV time on ESPN by ramping up their douchebagness. Yes, I just invented that word.

So I'll get my WSOP fix by reading Dr. Pauly but that's about it.

Geepers, I really am turning into a curmudgeonly old guy, aren't I?

But then again, I just read the Quiet Lion, Richard Brodie's post about being banned from playing the WSOP by Harrah's.

Beyond Ridiculous. Fuck Harrah's.

I'll be back with tasty poker goodness very soon. Stay tuned.

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