Monday, April 14, 2014


My buddy called me and told me about a $10K guaranteed tournament on Bovada Sunday. It had 15-minute levels and players started with 5,000 chips -- sounds like a good structure for a nitty old man.

There were 2208 others who must have had the same idea I had. We played for nearly 10 hours.

At the final table, I was all in twice with A-J versus A-rag and ended up splitting the pot. On one, the board was A-Q-10-10-x, and the other was something similar. Finally I ran Q-J into aces (see below). When you are short-stacked, stuff happens.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's Spring, it's baseball, it's wonderful

I traveled to St. Louis to take in the Wednesday noon baseball game (April 9). The Cards were playing Cincinnati with Shelby Miller and Mike Leake taking the mound. Gametime was 12:45 and the temperature was 60 degrees. We won't discuss who won the game, but I can tell you I had a great time.

Memphis is home of the Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis' minor league AAA team. I've seen Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and many other stars play when they were here on the way to the show. Last night I took in the Redbirds and the Iowa Cubs. Again, we won't discuss who won. With the Redbirds, it's not about who wins, not that important.

From the collage above:
1. In my fantasy squad, I have Steve Piscotty on my reserve list. He batted cleanup and went three for four,
2. After the game, they had a fireworks display -- awesome,
3. Mascot Rockey Redbird stirs up the crowd,
4. A women really came on to me, but I had to tell her no I couldn't take her home after the game. Probably broke her heart.

Photos taken with my point-and-shoot. Click to enlarge them.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jusdealem, lightning36, and Memphis MOJO visited at the Horseshoe Casino Tunica today. It's not often that bloggers get to meet and compare notes, but that's exactly what we did. No top-secret poker tips were discussed, but we did have a good time catching up.

I played in the noon tournament and busted out about half-way through. The card Gods weren't kind, and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Photo taken with my point-and-shoot by Mrs. Lightning.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A birthday gift

Tuesday was my birthday. I had friends and relatives call or use Facebook to wish me a happy one. Don't ask how old -- that's top-secret government information.

On our birthdays, Kate and I play bridge online and try to bid what we call "the birthday grand." Bidding and taking 13 tricks isn't so easy, so this year we decided to shoot for a small slam. I guess when you get older, your ambitions aren't as high.

On Board No. 7, I held:
Q 4 2 J 7 K 10 9 5 K Q 10 4.

With both vulnerable, my right-hand opponent opened 1. I passed and LHO bid 1, partner passed and RHO bid 1NT. It passed back to partner who balanced with a double. I bid 2 (no use bidding more, no need to punish partner for balancing) and LHO bid 2. Partner bellied up to the table and bid 3, pass, pass back to LHO who bid 4.

What is going on? It's your birthday, stupid, and this is your present. I doubled, they ran to 4 and I doubled that as well. Here are all four hands:

What is it with these people? They refuse to defend (it looks like 3 would be down one), so they continue to overbid. As long as they do that, Kate and I will keep pushing them up.

Declarer (North) played it about as well as she bid it, and went down four tricks instead of three for +1100 for the good guys and 14.6 IMPs -- no small slam, but a nice present indeed. You can see all the results for this deal here.