Sunday, October 19, 2014

I craned my neck and saw . . .

While talking on the phone, I looked out the back window and saw three Sandhill cranes marching through (I'm in Florida now). By the time I retrieved my camera and rushed outside, they were in the front and crossing the street (click photo to enlarge). I've had an egret in my garage, seen osprey nests on power-line towers, and other birds, too. Florida is an amazing place.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Water water everywhere

When I went to the ACBL web site over the weekend, there was a notice that the HQ office would be closed until next week because of the flash flood last Thursday in Horn Lake MS. (See news report here.)

I decided to go by today and see what was going on.

The first thing I saw is shown above -- many of them around the building. I thought that they were pumping out water, but that was wrong. The water (about 15 inches deep) was already out of the building. These gizmos pumped fresh air into the building.

Inside, the fresh air was blown by fans, as you see above, to dry the place out.

Above: More of the same.

Above: I was concerned about the Hall of Fame, but it looks like it will be okay.

Above: My old office is down this hallway on the right.

Above: Servicemaster Restore has done a super job, according to a former co-worker to whom I talked.

Above: Towards the back is the Warehouse. Staffers have moved things out to avoid further damage.

Another former co-worker told me when he evacuated, the police wouldn't let him go back and get his car. Water came up above the seats and he says the car is totaled.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Short and (not) sweet

Above: The Imperial Palace Biloxi is the venue for the WSOP Circuit Event presently being played. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

I decided at the last minute to shoot over to Biloxi and play today in the WSOP Circuit Main Event. This is a nice tournament with a $1675 buyin, 20K in chips and 30-minute levels. Winners from Friday and Saturday advance to Sunday with the final table to be held Monday. With an excellent structure, I felt it should favor my style of play. I buckled in, ready for a long session of poker, but it was not to be.

In level 3, the blinds were 75/150 and I had a little more than an 18K chip stack. Four players limped for 150 to the small blind who completed. I looked at my hole cards in the big blind to see: Q Q. What would you do?

I didn't want to play a big pot out of position, but with a hand this good, I felt I had to raise to either win it right there or at least thin the field. There was 900 in the pot, counting my blind. I fired out 2050. What do you think of this bet size?

The UTG player called as did the next player to act. The other three folded, and there was 6900 in the pot. The flop was low cards with two clubs. What would you bet? I fired out 6050. That is perhaps an overbet, but I was ready to win it right there. The guy on my left thought for a while and called and the third player folded.

The turn-card was another brick. I had 8800 left and went all in. There was now 19,000 in the pot and the villain had me covered, but just barely. He thought forever and called. We showed our cards and he had: A J. The river was a club and I was walking to the rail.

With one card to come, he had 12 outs (any club or an ace), so he was a 25% favorite to win the hand. It cost him 8800 to win the 27,800 that was already out there, so mathematically he (EDIT) it was a so-so call and got lucky. Sometimes, you have to look at more than the math. It's a tournament, so what would happen if he folded? If your stack would be crippled, then he should call and hope for the best. But here, he would still have around 60 big blinds playing in a slow structure, so again that argues for fold. If instead of calling my bet on the flop, he went all in, I could see that. The way he played it was rather poorly, but he has chips and I'm blogging.

There's another ring event Sunday. I may enter, or I may watch football. We'll see how I feel in the morning.

Above: Biloxi is on the Gulf of Mexico, so water is a big part of the scenery. This is a shot of part of the sound (I think).

Above: The poker room before the donkeys players showed up.

Above: I've not been here before, but the Imperial Palace is quite nice. I guess I was prejudiced by how lousy the one in Las Vegas is.

Photos taken with my point-and-shoot.

Monday, September 1, 2014

There's poker in Florida

I'm back in Florida. Last Saturday, I checked online and saw that Derby Lane was having their monthly big tournament. It was $240 buyin with 14,000 chips and half-hour levels -- sign me up!

It was a last minute decision or I would have tried to hook up with this guy, a fellow blogger, and someone whom I've met and played with before.

Unfortunately, I didn't cash, but thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and the venue. It's a dog track, as well as a poker room, which adds an interesting vibe.

They also have a snack bar with inexpensive food that looked pretty good. I saw that next Saturday is their monthly senior tournament -- that's the good news. It starts at 10 a.m. and is about a two-hour drive, so I would have to get up at the crack of dawn -- that's the bad news. We'll see, but I might have to give it a try.

Above: You can see the dog track through the windows in the poker room

Above: The scoreboard posts the odds, winners, and so forth before and after the races.

Above: Where you have races, you have losing tickets.