Sunday, September 27, 2009

Atlantic City

So I decided that I would drive to Atlantic City to play in the last two tournaments of The Borgata Poker Open, where the Main Event was a World Poker Tour Event.
I start my drive and when I get to the Philadelphia area I blow out a tire, and have to pull over and put the spare on. It sucks that this happened but hey what can you do, hopefully the rest of the trip goes well. I finally arrive in Atlantic City and call Pep Boys Auto that seem to be the closest tire shop, and make an appointment to get a new tire put on for the next morning before my 1st tournament.

I didn't fair to well in my 1st tournament as I took a bad beat with all my chips in, when I had A A vs 2 2. Oh well that's poker and I have another tournament the next day. I decided I wouls play some table games mainy Texas Holed Bonus where it is just you against the dealer. I did well and left the table up $400.

My 2nd tournament went pretty well and with the structure at the Borgata being so good I knew doing well in this would mean a very very late night, and I was right as I cashed for $665 in 19th place at about 3am. I played solid poker most of the day with very few mistakes, and had a player pay me off with his pocket 2's versus my pocket kings, another player pushes his stack all in with A 5 versus my A K.

The Borgata runs a good tournament with one of the best structures around and if I could I would always go back there to play when they run these.

I got about 2 to 3 hours sleep before I decided to head home for my 9 plus hour drive.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Phil Kessel Is A Maple Leaf

As I reported earlier in this blog, that The Toronto Maple Leafs were interested in obtaining Boston Bruin restricted free agent Phil Kessel. After lengthy negotiations with the Bruins, and Kessel's agent for a contract, the trade and signing were done today. The Leafs gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick in 2010 and a 1st round pick in 2011, to the Bruins and then immediately signed Kessel to a 5 year deal worth $27 Million or $5.4 Million a year.

I do not agree with giving up two 1st round picks considering they could have signed Kessel to an offer sheet that Boston could not match as they are too close the salary cap, and the Leafs would have only lost a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick. Kessel is a great hockey player at 21 years of age and could very well be the next big thing to happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but we will not see him action until mid November as he is still recovering from surgery.

Last season Kessel managed to put up 36 goals, 24 assists, for 60 points in 70 games, which I really do not think he will be able to repeat as a Leaf, those numbers will drop, and all these Leaf fans will will start saying that the Leafs are paying him too much money. I say to this, give the kid a break Leaf fans, he is only 21 and if this season does not live up to your expectations of him, I am sure he will return to his 36 or more goals a season. Only time will tell and I cannot wait to experience the Kessel factor this season.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some Funny Shit For You On A Sunday

Robin Williams live at The Met. This still makes me laugh my ass off.



and the continuation of the above.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dany Heatley Traded To The San Jose Sharks

I have been trying to stay away from writing anything about the Dany Heatley situation but I just can't anymore. Here we have a two time 50 goal scorer who signs a big multi year contract with the Ottawa Senators, and basically because he doesn't like the way his new coach is using him on the team (taking him off the 1st power play unit), asks to get traded. Ok simple enough but wait, Heatley has a no movement clause in his contract so he will only except a trade to a team he approves.

The way I see it is professional athletes are having way to much power in their contracts, especially with no movement clauses. Team need to stop giving these players these type of clauses, just sign a multi year, multi million dollars contracts, and if the team decides to trade you then so be it, that is the life of a professional athlete. Gone are the days of Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, and Joe Sakic, where the star player is drafted by and stays with that team from beginning to end of their career.

Back to Heatley, to me he is nothing more then an immature cry baby that has to have his way. The Senators had a deal in place to send Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers, but because of his no movement clause Heatley said no. Well now The Senators worked out a deal with the San Jose Sharks which Heatley was ok with. The Senators sent Heatley and a 5th round pick to San Jose for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo, and a 2nd round pick.

So Heatley gets his way and is out of Ottawa and away from a coach he did not agree with, I was hoping that Ottawa wouldn't have found a deal they liked and they just taught this immature athlete a lesson and bench him for awhile to see how he likes that, but then again Heatley may make me change my mind about him if he becomes a Canadian hero at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, that's if he even makes the team.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The We Gotta Go Girl

When I first saw this on Last Comic Standing back in 2007 I thought it was hilarious and couldn't stop laughing. It is so true is so many ways.

Theo Fleury Re-Instated To Play In The NHL

So the NHL had re-instated Theo Fleury. What does this mean you ask, well it means that if any NHL Team wants him to play for their team he can. Fleury WAS a great hockey player, he WAS a great leader on and off the ice, and I say was because he is now 41 years old, and I really do not think he can be a great hockey player anymore.

This guy destroyed his career by abusing alcohol, yes this is a disease and I am glad that he has fought this battle and won, and I do really hope an NHL team picks him up, and he becomes a leader for the younger players on that team, but I really do not see him more than a 4th liner on any NHL team.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You Make The Call. Weird Hand at the 2009 European Poker Tour Barcelona

The video is in German, I couldn't find anything on it in english. You should be able to tell what happened. What I want to know is who do you think should be awarded the pot? and was the hand mucked?



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mike McDonald Has Another Impressive Run On The EPT


Mike McDonald also known as Timex online from Waterloo Ontario Canada has another impressive cash on The European Poker Tour (EPT) sponsored by Pokerstars. Since he is not yet old enough to play in the United States he has mainly concentrated on the EPT where the legal age to gamble is 18.

Mike has finished 14th EPT Prague Season 4, 1st EPT German Open Season 4, 5th EPT Prague Season 5, and now 11th EPT Barcelona Season 5. This kid is just tearing up the European Poker Tour, just wait until he can play in the States and the World Series Of Poker.

Here is his bust out hand from EPT Barcelona,

Mike McDonald Eliminated In 11th Place (€40,000)
Mike McDonald pushed preflop with Kd Qs and the uberstacked Carter Phillips made the call from the small blind with 6d 6c.
The board was 4c Ad 3s 5c 7c and Phillips goes from strength to strength ending McDonald's day with a straight.



What Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Up To?

So the Leafs have re-acquired their 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft from the Chicago Black Hawks. Most will say no big deal just another draft pick, but what most don't realize is this now gives the Leafs a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick in the draft, and that they can decide to sign a Restricted Free Agent to an offer sheet, and if the team they played on last season decides not to match the offer then the Leafs would lose those 3 picks as compensation, if the signing player signs for under $5 million a season.

Rumours are that the Leafs are interested in 21 year old and 3rd year NHL'er Phil Kessel of the Boston Bruins, who is currently a restricted Free Agent. Kessel in his 3rd year had a career year with 36 goals, 24 assists, for 60 points in 70 games with the Bruins last season. Clearly he is coming into his own aa a 21 year old, but as the Leafs have proven over the years when they get a player that can score they seem to not use him right, and the players stats fall dramatically. If this does happen, and Kessel becomes a Maple Leaf, hopefully under coach Wilson, he will be used effectively and the Leafs will finally have a bonafide 1st liner.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fatal Attraction on Twitter


Twitter may have been widely accepted by the poker community, but one high profile player who doesn’t broadcast his life to the world 140 characters at a time is Patrik Antonius. The only reason I know that Mantonius doesn’t tweet is because he recently told the world that there’s a stalker using his name on the popular social network.

Someone pretending to be Patrik has been tweeting insults about Doyle Brunson being “senile” and easily beaten at the high stakes games in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. The living legend, whose own use of Twitter is well-documented, didn’t take the harsh words lightly. He demanded an explanation from Patrik, who let Texas Dolly know he had nothing to do with the matter and then made sure to get the word out to the rest of the poker community.

“I had never heard of Twitter before this summer,” Patrik told Coinflip.com. “I don’t have a Twitter account and I have never posted a single word there. I have no interest in posting updates about my comings or goings. I’m a private person and I want to keep my private life to myself.”

I guess this is how you know you are "famous" when people start to pretend that they are you.

A Champion Retires


With a Stanley Cup championship finally under his belt, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Philippe Boucher had decided that the time is right to step away from the game.

The veteran of 17 NHL seasons announced his retirement on Thursday, and ended a career that began when he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres (13th overall) in 1991.

"I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them," said Boucher. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years. I am going to miss being with the boys."

The 36-year old native of Ste-Apollinaire, Quebec finishes with exactly 300 points (94 goals, 206 assists). His best season was with the Dallas Stars in 2006-07, when he had 19 goals, 32 assists, and represented the Western Conference at the All-Star Game.

He joined the Penguins midway through last season when he was acquired from Dallas in a trade for defenceman Darryl Sydor.

Boucher may be a lesser known NHL hockey player, but he definately is a stand up guy that rolled with the punches and never complained about ice time during his time with the Penguins, even when he was a healthy scratch for a few games during last years Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2010 World Series Of Poker, Some Changes Announced

No. 1: More $1,000 Events. In 2008, the Stimulus Special debuted. The $1,000 no-limit hold’em event was a rousing success, easily selling out its two starting days for a field of more than 6,000 players. WSOP tournament organizers took notice and are planning on adding several — in the neighborhood of six, according to Palansky — to the 2010 schedule.

No. 2: A Bigger ‘Physical Footprint.’ This year, the WSOP sold out 10.25 events — the 0.25, of course, a painful reminder to day 1D sellout at the main event. Palansky stressed that it isn’t the WSOP’s intent to sell out events, and it is looking for more space — potentially the room in which Poker Palooza was held this year — to alleviate that problem.

No. 3: A Solution to the Day 1D Problem. Knowing that poker players sometimes like to procrastinate and enter tournaments at the last possible moment, the WSOP is considering once again assigning starting days to players. However, that notion is far from finalized. Palanksy emphasized that the WSOP would like to keep that control in the players’ hands, if possible.

No. 4: An Earlier-Released Schedule. In 2008, the WSOP schedule wasn’t announced until late January. While Palansky hesitated on giving a firm date, he said that players could expect to see the new schedule “in the fall, for sure.”

Things that players shouldn’t expect to change are the triple starting stacks and the absence of rebuys in the 2010 schedule. Palansky said that both the starting stacks and the WSOP’s replacement of the rebuys, the triple-chance event, were both well received.

All in all, players shouldn’t expect too many different events in 2010.

“We feel like we can get the schedule out sooner, because there’s less of an overhaul to do,” said Seth Palansky. “We can pretty much run with what we did last year, perhaps taking out some events that didn’t have such a good attendance and adjusting the buy-ins on some others.”

To read more about the removal of the 40k Event go to CardPlayer where the full story is posted.

While there really isn't that much of a change from the 2009 to the 2010 World Series Of Poker, the releasing of the 2010 schedule earlier then usually is a good thing, as it allows for the average poker player to plan ahead and book the time off work well in advance.

The Orangeville Poker Tour (OPT) will be holding Satellite Poker Tournaments monthly to a $1500 buy in at The 2010 World Series of Poker startign this month. Go to www.meetup.com/OrangevillePokerTour/calendar/11033096/ to sign up and reserve your seat.

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