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Jennifer's Tilly's & The UnaBomber Phil Laak

I was perusing What Would Tyler Durden Do? recently and noticed a poker face on the non-pokery site, something you don't see too often these days.  For those that don't know, WWTDD is sort of like Wicked Chops Poker, but slightly funnier and without all the poker talk.  In other words, instead of poker celebrities and hotties, it's just celebrities and hotties.  I like both sites, but I dig WWTDD when I want to get away from the poker stuffs.

So back to the reason for this post.  As I'm scrolling through the site, I happen upon a picture (included in this post) of Jennifer's Tilly's and The UnaBomber, Phil Laak.  Most of my readers will know she is dating Mr. Laak, a professional poker player, and has even won her own WSoP bracelet, but I doubt the average reader of that site has any idea who that dude in the picture is.

Sadly, before clicking on the picture to embiggen, I think I realized that was Phil Laak before I even realized whose Tilly's those were.  Methinks I watch and read too much about poker folks.  This post was pretty worthless, but it does include cleavage, which makes it perfectly cromulent in my mind.

Until next time, may the felt be with you.

(picture source = wwtdd)

posted by TripJax @ 1:46 PM, ,

Live Micro Stakes Poker FTW

This past Friday night was setting up to be a relaxing night in with a few drinks and the full first season of Eastbound & Down DVD to enjoy; however, one quick phone call changed things. A fellow employer called to say he was headed to a poker game and felt like it would be cool if I came along. I mentioned I had a buddy with me who might play and he said that would probably fill out the table just right.

 Twenty minutes later we were on our way. I originally thought it would be a $20 tournament, but it turned out to be a $10 cash game with the small and big blind both at $.20. This worked out fine as everyone was just looking to have fun and enjoy the night without losing a mortgage payment.

 When I walked in the door I was surprised to see several Dad's from the school boy goes to. It was good to go to a game I had never been to and automatically know 4 people at the table.

 After exchanging pleasantries I asked if we were playing a tourney or cash game. There were some chuckles and inquiries, with one guy asking, "he just called it a cash game, is this guy a pro or something?!". One of the Dad's from school who I know plays occasionally online and reads (or used to read) my blog chimed in, "he plays online so let's just say semi-pro.". If only they knew what a donk I am.

 As we settled in I immediately decided I was going to play rather aggressive given the small stakes and relatively passive play from the others. It didn't take long to set the tone when I raised it up with 4 7 off and eventually got my chips in on a flop with a 4 and two overs. I ended up being called by a guy with 4 6 off and I was quickly dubbed The crazy guy. Never mind the dude called my hefty raise pre-flop, then called my eventual all-in...with 4 6 off. See he was a regular, so they had to give the new guy playing Ricky Retardo the hard time, not him. I understood and went with the flow.

 The rest of the night I just hit any hand I happened to be in and built up my stack quite well. I also had the perfect situation come up where I had been raising with air a ton, but happened to wake up with AA. On a Q high flop I had a guy push into me. I just couldn't lose.

 As the time was creeping towards 2am, and we were down to only 3 players remaining, we settled on playing only 5 more hands. On the 2nd or 3rd hand I announced I would go all-in blind on my last hand an welcomed the other two to join me. I had a ton more chips than them, so they would be at risk for being stacked, but they seemed up for some fun to end the night. I don't recall each last hand, but I know I had the worst of it. That ultimately didn't matter when my X 3 off nailed a 3 on the turn to take down every remaining chip.

 When it was all said and done I made $115+ on my original $10 buy-in with no rebuys involved. Most importantly I had a damn good time playing live poker for the first time in ages. Hopefully I'll get an invite back, but that will be determined after stacking so many players! They were all a bunch of great guys, so hopefully I'll be back.

 Until next time, maythe felt be with you.

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posted by TripJax @ 1:49 PM, ,

The "Mug" Of "Unnecessary" Trust

One of my favorite blogs to frequent is The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotes.  Since my first visit to the site in 2008, I've made it a point to take pictures of any quotation marks I see misused.  I eventually submitted a pic to the website in late 2008 and then completely forgot about it when I didn't get a response back.  Then, out of no where, I got an email from the blog owner in April 2009 that my "Trust" Us post picture had been published.  The post has sat in my Google Reader queue for months now and I'm just now motivated enough to post it here.

The short story short is I was washing my coffee mug at work one morning when I noticed the coffee mug motto on the bottom.

SWEDA:  The Name You Can "Trust"

Now here is what kills me about this.  Most of the time the failed quotation marks are from poorly hand written comments from random ass idgets; you know, the stuff you see on bulletin boards and restaurant signs.  That said, I always need a second take when I see a product manufactured by an actual company that sucks with quotes.  I realize it is probably a foreign outfit trying to look good for U.S. & A., but damn.

Like one of the comments from the post, I orignally thought it said, "The Name You Can't Rust," but nope, that wasn't it.

Sorry for the blurry picture, but the lighting was bad and it is an iPhone, so not exactly high mega-pixel quality here.

Anyway, since I actually made the cut, I thought I would share with you all.

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posted by TripJax @ 10:45 PM, ,


As many of you already know, my bro plays poker relatively often. In fact, I haven't played live in ages and he probably plays once a week. And I'm the poker blogger. Yeesh.

 Last time we played together he ran really well and we jokingly attributed it to me being his good luck. Since then, he calls or texts me for mojo before each session.

 Last night he texted me for mojo and not long after this text exchange occurred (see picture). That's a pretty ugly hand to take in a live tourney. Bye bye luck mojo.

 Until next time, may the felt be with you.

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posted by TripJax @ 11:38 AM, ,

We Talkin' 'Bout Position

No I'm not talking about position in poker, but rather my job position.  I'll get to that in a second, but first I just have to post this video...

Well I haven't posted here in over week after a pretty rough work week that involved some difficult revelations about my job.  Basically after 10 years with the firm, my position is most likely going to be eliminated in a few months.  I may be one of the lucky ones and actually get a promotion to a bigger gig within the firm, but it would require me either working in Raleigh or Charlotte and, quite honestly, everything is still up in the air with not enough details to understand things at this point.  It's been a roller coaster of emotions for my family and I this week as we weigh the options with the little info we have right now.  I'll say it did help to have a weekend to veg out and not worry so much about my future.

Unfortunately there will probably be many people within the firm who will lose their job position and not receive an opportunity for promotion or transfer.  I know it's tough times and out of my control, but it still sucks to think about.  Hell I don't even really know enough about my own scenario to feel comfortable, but I just have to believe things will work out in the end.  I'll just say everything is to be determined, but I'll try and offer an update at some point if a decision is made.

Hell maybe I should just do what so many other poker bloggers have been doing the last few years and ditch the current career for a gig in the poker industry.

On the poker front, I haven't played much lately.  I've had several people ask about how I did in the Bodog Mini Poker Series Finale.  Well I ended up finishing 15th out of 82, with only the top 9 getting any scratch.  I did play at the same table with the guy who eventually took down the tourney for a $12,000 package to the 2010 WSOP Main Event.  For full details on the finale, check out FlipChip's piece here.

And with that I must go, but I hope to be back here soon with a minor announcement of something I'm working on that at least involves online poker.  Imagine that, me writing about poker.

Until next time, may the felt be with you.  

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posted by TripJax @ 10:52 PM, ,