Friday, November 30, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 8:32 PM
Google is so great. For instance, if you are interested in religion and poker, you get all three monotheistic religions:

Jews and poker

The Church of Texas Holdem

Poker and Islam

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Posted by Dr Fro 8:10 PM
We have some details on the poker "game" (actually, mainly a tournament) in December in Dallas...

The one day that works best is Saturday December 22. CCM, BudaKleck and Full House Rob will all be in town from Moscow, Budapest and Houston. We are going to play at 5:00 at my "house" (actually, in the garage).

My plan is to get a multi-table tournament together. Probably like a $50 no-rebuy with a blind structure that wraps it all up in 4 hours. As quickly as the losers can form a new table, cash games will start. We easily have enough interest for 2 tables, maybe f0r 3. I plan to kick everyone out of the "house" at midnight, but I have a hunch that I'll be well lubricated and my gambling juices will be overflowing, so it will probably be a very late one.

If we get multiple cash games going, we can probably mix up the games between the tables (either have separate HE and O/8 tables or, more likely, have a high-stakes and a low-stakes table.)

If you are interested, and if you actually know me, I'd love for you to join in on the fun. If you aren't interested, then why do you read my poker blog? If you don't know me or know anyone that knows me, I am honored that you read my "poker blog" (actually, just a random subject blog), but you aren't invited to me house! I am also looking for some volunteers to bring some extra tables and/or chairs.

If you have played in my tournaments before, then you know they are lots of fun. I love to trick them up with little things like bounties and other odd prizes. I also favor flatter payout structures than most tournaments. Another trademark of "my" (actually, my and John's) tournaments is the trophy. To my knowledge, all 6 previous champions prominently display their trophies in their house. There will be a trophy. (Kim, let's talk).

There are two new rules to playing at my house:

  1. If you complain about the music, I will kick you in the right testicle.
  2. If you fail to bring a sweater to play poker in December in my garage (there will be a space heater), and you complain about being cold, I will kick you in the left testicle.


OK, now I can go back to rehabbing my "shoulder" (actually, just random mess of torn ligaments).

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Posted by Dr Fro 8:06 PM
I didn't end up with many good photos from Rome (I was either working or drinking!) so I really only have these two to offer.

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Posted by Dr Fro 7:43 PM
My photos from the College Station trip:

"You see that Heard kid, you throw a yellow flag, you hear me?"

"I am so going to get laid after I win this game..."

"Watch it, this ain't wool..."

Well, at least we won at halftime...

Click to enlarge this one. I first thought it was an A&M thing taunting "Cart McCoy", but I later figured out that it must have been the UT team bus using "bulletin board material"

Our tailgate was an unholy mix (all Aggies plus three good guys).

I didn't get to see the end of the game because Kellen Heard cheap shotted me on the way to get some popcorn, which sent me to College Station Medical Center with a season ending inury.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 8:41 PM
For those of you without DirecTV (suckers!), the crying bitch Aaron Rodgers is now in the game and the Cowboys are up 27-10 in the 2nd quarter. I think my bets are looking pretty good.

However, I am kicking myself for not getting on the 52 Over given how both teams have already scored a lot and look like they'll score a lot more before it's over. The Cowboys pass defense is still poor and the Pack will play from behind and likely get another 10-14 points before the game is over, even with the crying bitch Aaron Rodgers in the game.

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Posted by Johnnymac 5:47 PM
I am on the Cowboys -7 for real money tonight in a couple of different places so I'm going to go ahead and put them down for an early pick. Padilla is on them, too.

These bets today effectively close out my $100 prop bet with my brother made in August that the Pack would finish with a better record than the Cowboys. The Packers are just as good as I thought they would be, but the Cowboys have turned out to be much better than I expected.

Up until just a couple weeks ago I thought they were going to stumble a bit, and they still might, but I think their 11-1 after tonight and the Packers won't be able to pass them without a monumental collapse.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 8:27 PM
Kevin DuBrow, the Leader of Quiet Riot, Dies at 52

Kevin DuBrow, a gravelly voiced singer for Quiet Riot, a heavy-metal band that peaked in the 1980s, and who captivated decibel-tolerant fans with high-intensity musicality, quirky theatricality and a hint of menace, died on Sunday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 52. Samantha Charles, communications officer for the coroner’s office of Clark County , Nev. , said the cause of the death remains the subject of investigation.

Web sites and blogs quickly began buzzing with tributes and speculation about the cause of death. Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot’s current drummer, wrote, “I am already having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation,” and he asked for them to stop.

Mr. DuBrow’s music evolved from an early love of British rock acts that included Small Faces, Spooky Tooth, Rod Stewart and Humble Pie. He favored suspenders and hats, splashy antics and no-holds-barred banter. As Quiet Riot changed in membership and style, Mr. DuBrow was the persistent driving force in the group’s uninhibited aggressiveness.

Sometimes during concerts he dressed up in a strait jacket and metal face mask to appear as Quiet Riot’s mascot, which is on the covers of almost all the group’s albums.

Quiet Riot is credited with helping start the 1980s glam-metal scene and is probably best known for its take on Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize,” which appeared on “Metal Health” (1983) and eventually spent two weeks at No. 5 on Billboard’s list of hits. The album sold more than 4 million copies and is considered by many to be the first heavy-metal record to climb high in the pop charts.

“Although bands such as Motley Crue get the lion’s share of credit for popularizing pop metal in the 1980s, the first band of the genre to break through to a massive audience was Quiet Riot,” said yesterday.

Kevin Mark DuBrow was born on Oct. 29, 1955. He grew up first in Hollywood , Calif. , and then in suburban Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley .

Randy Rhoads, who assembled the group, auditioned Mr. DuBrow in his garage. Mr. Rhoads, who went on to establish a big reputation as the guitar player for Ozzy Osbourne, died in a traffic accident in 1982. The band’s original lineup included Mr. Rhoads, Mr. DuBrow, the bass player Kelly Garni and the drummer Drew Forsyth.

The group first released two albums in Japan . After Mr. Rhoads left to join Mr. Osbourne in 1979, the band’s name was changed to DuBrow. After Mr. Rhoads’s death, the group was reconstituted as Quiet Riot.

After its success with “Metal Health,” Quiet Riot’s next album, “Condition Critical” (1984), was a disappointment in sales. The band continued to go through changes, and in 2004 Mr. DuBrow left to make a solo album, “In for the Kill.” He later returned.

At the peak of the group’s popularity, in the 1980s, Mr. DuBrow said he was making as much as $500,000 a year and delighting in “completely gorgeous women who are absolutely crazy,” according to an interview with Rock Eyez, an online magazine specializing in heavy-metal music.

Information on survivors was unavailable, but Mr. DuBrow never married nor had children.

In 2006, Quiet Riot released an album called “Rehab.” In 2001, Mr. DuBrow told The Birmingham ( Ala. ) Weekly that he eschewed alcohol, liked doing housework and exercised regularly.

He said in a 2004 interview in Worcester Magazine: “I’ve read interviews where certain guys are trying to escape their past. I am my past.”

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Posted by Dr Fro 8:07 PM

It isn't exactly Super System, but if you have the time, these videos aren't too bad. His "small ball" approach is largely how I play.
I am definitely hosting poker while CCM and BudaKleck are in town over Xmas. Let me know what dates work for you.

I am also playing O/8 at Johnny's a week from Thursday, too. I hope to see you there.

College Football

The trip to College Station was a disaster. When Quan Cosby scored a touchdown in the third quarter, I hooked my Horns and dislocated my shoulder. I was taken out of Kyle Field in an ambulance. Really. I have done this 15 times, only twice needing to go to the hospital. The doc told me that if I had gigged 'em, I probably would not have gotten hurt. Anyway, I have my arm in a splint for a week. That makes three injurues in as many weeks. It looks like I will be out of the 1/2 marathon now, too. Crap this sucks.

I have pics to share, but Ineed to upload.

Missou looked awesome on Saturday. This will be the best Big XII Championship matchup that I can recall, as OU obviously still can light it up with Bradford at less than 100% (only 150 yds in a blowout over OSU.) Should be a treat...


I incorrectly wrote last week that I was in first or second in 4 pools - actually it was 3 pools (in fifth in another, but I was counting my equity stake in my friend who is in second).

OSU's loss knocked me off the perch in Watt's pool, but I am in first and second in the two remaining pools. Barring something crazy, I might win more money on college football than in poker in 2007 - a first!
I have been told that I am the 2nd luckiest dude on the planet, but right now with a cut cornea, an arm in a splint, a purple toe, a UT team with a 2-game losing streak to a coach that couldn't beat anyone, an entry fee to a marathon that will go to waste and a broken sofa in my den, I really don't feel lucky right now.
ps - thanks to JJW for typing this!

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Posted by Johnnymac 11:58 AM
Read the first paragraph of the link!

And then watch this.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 7:52 AM
Last week's football picks are up; this week's are below.

Since I had two real money wagers yesterday on both the Packers and the Cowboys and hit them both, I have those included in my picks. I need every edge I can get to hold on to second place as I've been sucking so much lately.

As far as my football season to this point, here's an update. You might remember that last year I did very well with the college games and not so well on the pros and going into this year I was thinking about betting much less on the pros and more on the colleges. "Bet what you're good at" so to speak. Well, that's out the window this year. Counting the two games yesterday my season results are:

COLLEGE: 30-32-2 48% -$60 (Z = -0.13)

PRO: 14-13-2 52% +$75 (Z = 0)

TOTAL: 44-45-4 49% +$15 (Z = 0)

If you paid attention in stats class, you would know that the Z-value is just a quantification showing that you can't infer a damn thing from results that are so close to 50% - even if you didn't pay attention you should know that - so the lesson here is that I haven't done any better this season than pure chance. To put it another way, for 13 weeks I have bet $3,290 on 93 different wagers and made $15 for a profit margin of 0.4%. The economist in me says that I should go find a more productive way to spend my time.

The important point I am trying to make here is that only about 8-10 of those 93 wagers were made with any juice, the rest were made directly with other bettors, mostly other guys at work. Had I been paying juice, there is no doubt that I would be down a significant amount of money - around $150 by rough calculation - even with my break even record. There is a lesson here about beating the house in Vegas and an analogous lesson about beating the rake in poker, but I don't feel like trying to flesh it out right now, I think I would rather have another cup of coffee and keep watching Fox Business before I go outside and put up Christmas lights.

On to the picks.

Dr Fro (33-22 season)

TEXAS -5.5 v Texas A&M
Oklahoma State +14.5 v OKLAHOMA
Missouri +2.0 v KANSAS
Tennessee +2.5 v KENTUCKY

Johnnymac (25-28-2 season)

VANDERBILT -1 v Wake Forest
WEST VIRGINIA -17.5 v Connecticut
STANFORD -3.5 v Notre Dame
DALLAS -14 v NY Jets
Green Bay -3 v DETROIT

Padilla (21-28-6 season)

DALLAS -14 v NY Jets
Boise St. +4 v HAWAII
BOSTON COLLEGE -14.5 v Miami
TEXAS -5.5 v Texas A&M

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Posted by Johnnymac 7:44 AM
Football results from last week:

Dr Fro (4-1 this week; 33-22 season)

Oklahoma State - 14 v BAYLOR WIN
Missouri -7 v KANSAS STATE WIN
West Virginia -6.5 v CINCINNATI LOSS
Ohio State -3.5 v MICHIGAN WIN
NOTRE DAME - 5.5 v Duke WIN

Johnnymac (2-3 this week; 25-28-2 season)

ARIZONA +11.5 v Oregon WIN
MICHIGAN +3.5 v Ohio State LOSS
YALE -9.5 v Harvard LOSS
CINCINNATI +6.5 v West Virginia WIN

Padilla (4-1 this week; 21-28-6 season)

Hawaii -6 v NEVADA LOSS
MINNESOTA -4.5 v Oakland WIN
SEATTLE -5.5 v Chicago WIN

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Posted by Junelli 2:29 PM
I agree. That was the sickest hand of poker. Jamie Gold defines the word douche.

Dr. Fro's accident reminded me of the time that I played racquetball with Dr. Fro. Mistake. A flying racquet sent me to the doctor with a broken nose (and a loss of about a gallon of blood).

I've been absolutely cleaning up in the Country Club game out in Richmond, TX. This past week I used the funds to buy a new iPod and a 22" flatscreen computer monitor. Very nice.

Oh, and Junell Poker Tables has just gone commercial. My tables are now being sold in a gift boutique store in Houston, and I'm making my first two tables this weekend. They're going to be slightly smaller (6 player tables) so it'll be cool to see how that works. I'll post pictures of the result.

Finally, McAndrew wanted me to remind everyone that he's still gay and enjoys the "foot tap dance" in airport restrooms. If you're in Houston, and you're a dude, just tell him to meet you at Hobby or IAH.


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Posted by Johnnymac 1:58 PM
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 10:35 PM

Last night I was supposed to drive 1 hour north to Oklahoma and play in a tournament. Unfortunately, on Sunday night, I was fixing the lock on our back door and the spring in the lock popped out and flew into my left eye. I ended up at the emergency clinic and spent the time that I should have spent at the casino sitting on my couch looking like a pirate (I had an eye patch). Mike Leach would have been proud.

I did spend some of my time on the bench catching up on the High Stakes Poker episodes I missed while I was in Rome. If you get GSN, you must watch this show. If you don't, you must watch it on YouTube. (somebody breaks up each 1-hour episode into 4 15-minute videos uploaded to YouTube).

Jamie Gold is the biggest jackass to play poker since, since, since....well, since I last played poker. He seems to play absolutely terribly, but he never gets beat that bad. Maybe he is onto something.

Well, there were two very big hands that involved the golden jackass this season...

The first was when he had a set of Kings on the turn against Patrick Antonius' made straight. There was $750,000 in the pot. PA decided to run it three times. Good decision for him. The first two times they ran it, Golden Fag boated up. Only on the third try did Patrick's hand hold up.

The next hand was the first hand of the most recent episode. No shit, this hand was so crazy that the second hand of the episode started TWENTY MINUTES into the show. I really can't put it in words. Just watch it.

How unbelievably stupid was Jamie in that hand (i.e., he was the only guy that did not know Sammy had AA) and how freaking annoying was his banter (e.g., "enough already, I call, I call, I call...)?

I don't want to hear how he save $180,000 with his banter. He is a complete idiot and asshole, and his luck will eventually run out.

Since we last spoke, 1/3 of the Big XII teams in the top five took a tumble. They did it ala Oregon (w/o their very good QB). The better analogy is UT 2006:

In 2006, UT beat OU and then won all of its games until two games were left. The only way they could not win the South was to lose both of its last two and have OU win both of its last two. On the road vs. KSU, UT's QB was hurt on the first series. Consequently, a big underdog, KSU, beat UT. UT then got its in-state rival at home, but they were unable to prevail due to, among other things, its QB being well less than 100%. OU won its final games and went to the Big XII Championship.

In 2007, OU beat UT and then won all of its games until two games were left. The only way they could not win the South was to lose both of its last two and have UT win both of its last two. On the road vs. Tech, OU's QB was hurt on the first series. Consequently, a big underdog, Tech, beat OU. OU then got its in-state rival at home....

Uncanny, isn't it?

If OSU beats OU and UT beats A&M, it will be entirely obvious that we will lose to Boise State in the Fiesta.

My college football pools came down to the Tech/OU game. I needed a Tech cover, which was in the bag early. However, I also needed 7 points to win the tiebreaker, and I just kept waiting. OU got that crazy 7 points at the end of the game that landed me my tiebreaker and yet another weekly win in the college football pool. I am in 1st or 2nd in all 4 pools (pool sizes of appr. 120, 140, 20 and 30). Damn I am nervous about the end of the season.

I am putting all my hopes and dreams and life savings into OSU over OU. I think they might beat OU, but I think that covering 14.5 is a cinch.

I owe a post on the A&M game that is currently 10 pages long and still long from being complete. Maybe I will write a book some day out of it. For now I will just offer some pithy bullet points:

  • UT fans view the A&M rivalry differently than the OU rivalry. They tend to view OU as peers (peers they freaking hate, but peers). UT views A&M (and A&M views UT) as a group of people from another planet
  • There is a tendency between groups that define themselves along the lines of urban versus rural to quickly go to the stereotypes of "you are a bunch of sheep-shagging backward-ass idiots" and "you are a bunch of arrogant pussies." Go travel the world. People have been lining up along these lines for a while. With UT and A&M, it doesn't matter what the truth is, the lines stereotypes have been drawn.
  • This gets me to my earlier post about Mack Brown and what Steve Spurrier thinks about him. There really is no quantitative measure you can use to say that some coach is better than Mack Brown (assuming you use his entire tenure and not some arbitrary fraction of it). Yet, there is a common criticism of him and his teams that they underachieve. Aggies spout this more than the average fans do. There is no factual basis for this, but there is something about Mack Brown that plays into Aggies' fantasies. He is polished, political, and smooth. He delegates the X's and O's to his coordinators. He coddles his players in public. In Aggie parlance, he is a pussy. Fact is that you can't give Aggies facts. They really don't care that he has been the most successful coach over the past decade. He typifies everything about those fags from UT that they already hate. So he is guilty as charged. Never mind that the pussy beat them 6 of the past 7 years. Clearly, he and his team need to toughen up. Suggestion: knock opposing players long after the whistle has been blown and after they have started taking off their helmet. That's manly. That's red-ass. Whoop!

So much for pithy.

Oh, then there is my favorite subject of college football playoffs. If you are one of the idiots that support this, stop reading now because you will never agree with me any way. They only reason that the crazy upsets this year were so newsworthy is because they kept teams out of the MNC picture. If there were a stupid 16-team playoff, then Rutgers beating South Florida would have felt like New England beating Dallas (i.e., "Wow, fun and exciting game, I guess both teams still will go to the playoffs. Pass the peanuts). I have said it before and I will say it again, the only people who want a college playoff are people whose brains are too damn small to appreciate a system that strays from the norm (in US sports, that is).

If you are going to College Station for the game, call my cell. I will be there.

If you will be in DFW for Xmas, let me know. We will get a cash game or small tournament together.

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Posted by Johnnymac 8:25 AM
Via Hornfans... doesn't Andrea Kraemer realize who Tom Brady is dating right now and who he dumped to get there? (if I had to pick, I would personally go with Bridget errrr... Mrs Johnnymac, but that's like complaining about the color of the leather seats in your porsche...)

The look on his face at the end of priceless: "Uhh, yeah, I think I'm going to leave now. Good luck, Randy."

Last week's football results and this week's picks will be up later this morning as I look for things to do on a forced vacation day.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 2:18 PM
Good to be back in the USA and watching college football. A few observations:
  • We all (self included) were a bit too quick to say that the Big XII sucks. Right now, the conference has 3 of the top five teams (top 4 teams if you recognized Oregon's loss). It is highly unlikely that a Big XII team will miss the BCS Championship game. Evidently, the conference is better than we gave it credit for
  • Jim Tressel looks pretty cool in the old school letterman jacket.
  • I feel sorry for Oregon. I was unable to watch the game, but evidently Dennis Dixon re-aggrevated the knee, missed the game, and thus Arizona was able to beat them. I heard that Oregon's high-powered offense became anemic without Dixon. I wonder if UT would have won it all if VY got injured. Of course, that is a silly question because injuries are for mortals.
  • Although my preseason predictions looked suspect early in the season, they could still come around. WVU could win it all. Tebow should go to NYC. We will see.

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Posted by Dr Fro 10:36 AM
Even better than YouTube is BevoTube. This site was created by a friend of Mrs. Dr. Fro.

I have always loved this one. I was in my last year of college and drove to B-CS to see the last SWC game between UT and A&M:

And then we have the Horns crankin it.

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Posted by Johnnymac 10:32 AM
This week's football picks:

Dr Fro (29-21 season)

Oklahoma State - 14 v BAYLOR
Missouri -7 v KANSAS STATE
West Virginia -6.5 v CINCINNATI
Ohio State -3.5 v MICHIGAN
NOTRE DAME - 5.5 v Duke

Johnnymac (23-25-2 season)

ARIZONA +11.5 v Oregon
MICHIGAN +3.5 v Ohio State
YALE -9.5 v Harvard (not going with my heart here, fwiw)
CINCINNATI +6.5 v West Virginia
DETROIT +3 v NY Giants

Padilla (17-27-6 season)

Hawaii -6 v NEVADA
MINNESOTA -4.5 v Oakland
SEATTLE -5.5 v Chicago

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Posted by Johnnymac 10:21 AM
Last Week's Football Results:

Dr Fro (5-0 this week; 29-21 season)

CINCINNATI -5.5 v Connecticut WIN
TEXAS -6.5 v Texas Tech WIN
GEORGIA +2 v Auburn WIN
VTECH-5.5 v Florida State WIN

Johnnymac (1-4 this week; 23-25-2 season)

WEST VIRGINIA -16.5 v Louisville LOSS
Michigan -2.5 v WISCONSIN LOSS
Connecticut +5.5 v CINCINNATI LOSS
Arizona State -7 v UCLA LOSS
Virginia +6.5 v MIAMI (FL) WIN

Padilla (3-2 this week; 17-27-6 season)

SEATTLE -10 v San Francisco WIN
TENNESSEE -4 v Jacksonville LOSS
PITTSBURGH -9.5 v Cleveland LOSS
TEXAS -6.5 v Texas Tech WIN

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 8:45 AM

You Really Know Your State Capitols

You Got 20 State Capitols Correct

You're either a geography buff... or you have an excellent memory.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 8:41 AM
There will be no holdem poker game at my house this week due to the combined reasons of a lack of interest and weekend houseguests arriving on Friday. Only about 4 people wanted to play.

The December Omaha game is still on for three weeks from now, Thursday, December 6. Mark your calendars, the game two weeks ago was lots of fun.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 8:38 AM
I have more than a few thoughts on this article, but I don't have time right now. I'll respond before the A&M game, as part of a post I have been working on for a while.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 5:41 PM
This week's football picks:

(Other games I personally like this week for wagering purposes include Jacksonville +4, Missouri -18.5, Vanderbilt +3.5, Florida State +5.5, Mississippi State +4.5)

Dr Fro (24-21 season)

CINCINNATI -5.5 v Connecticut
TEXAS -6.5 v Texas Tech
GEORGIA +2 v Auburn
VTECH-5.5 v Florida State

Johnnymac (22-21-2 season)

WEST VIRGINIA -16.5 v Louisville
Michigan -2.5 v WISCONSIN
Connecticut +5.5 v CINCINNATI
Arizona State -7 v UCLA
Virginia +6.5 v MIAMI (FL)

Padilla (14-25-6 season)

1 SEATTLE -10 v San Francisco
2 TENNESSEE -4 v Jacksonville
3 PITTSBURGH -9.5 v Cleveland
4 TEXAS -6.5 v Texas Tech
5 Kansas -5.5 v OKLAHOMA STATE

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Posted by Dr Fro 11:16 AM
I just found out that my best friend's father-in-law passed away. I also found out the Carpet Gary passed away. Both were great men.

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Posted by Johnnymac 7:37 AM
Football results from last week:

Dr Fro (3-2 week; 24-21 season)

BOSTON COLLEGE - 6.5 vs Florida State LOSS
Michigan -3.5 vs MICHIGAN STATE WIN
OHIO STATE -15.5 vs Wisconsin WIN
SOUTH FLORIDA -4.5 vs Cincinatti LOSS

Johnnymac (3-2 week; 22-21-2 season)

OKLAHOMA -21 vs Texas A&M WIN
Wake Forest -1 vs VIRGINIA LOSS
Green Bay +2.5 vs KANSAS CITY WIN
New England -5.5 vs INDIANAPOLIS LOSS

Padilla (0-0-5 week; 14-25-6 season)

WINDMILLS -21 vs Wooden Shoes PUSH
RHINE pk vs Amstel PUSH
DEUCE BIGALOW +31.5 vs Danny Ocean PUSH
Zuiderzee -7 vs IJSSELMEER PUSH

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Posted by Johnnymac 3:36 PM
Also, as far as planned poker games go, I haven't heard from anyone regarding holdem next week, so there might not be a game if no one wants to play. Email me if you didn't get an email from me this afternoon and I'll add you to the list.

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Posted by Johnnymac 3:13 PM
The Poker Nazi sends along word that he is hosting a game in Bellaire next Friday night and needs a few more players. It's a mixed game of $5-10 limit holdem and $3-6 Razz, though based on past experience it will probably (but not definitely and don't quote me on this) eventually end up as $1-2 PL Holdem at the end. I can indeed tell you for sure that it will be a VERY soft game if you have the bankroll to participate and weather the swings. Most of the guys who usually play in his games can barely play limit Omaha, I cannot imagine any of them being able to keep up with their hand values playing razz.

Email me and I'll pass some information along to you. He will want me to vouch for you, so don't even bother emailing if that's not possible.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 1:56 PM

On Friday night around 10pm, I was in the late stages of an SNG. I sent a quick email to a friend, CCM, who lives in Moscow. Since it was 7a.m. in Moscow, I was surprised when he replied with "What are you doing right now?". I told him that I was on PokerStars.

He wrote, "so are we."

Evidently, Budakleck (another friend of ours, who lives in Budapest) was in Moscow visiting CCM. The wives were asleep and the boys stayed up until dawn drinking Johnny Walker and playing Pokerstars.

I busted out of the SNG and joined one of the tables Budakleck was on. He was multitabling and drinking, so I figured I could take his money pretty easily.

Then the phone rang. It was CCM and Budakleck. So we "talked" for about 30 minutes (did not collude of course, we are both too competitive, and our primary motivation was to beat the other one.). By "talked", I mean that I listened to CCM slur through a few unintelligble stories.

Then I got QQ and went all in. Budakleck called. He had KK. Bastard. I busted out and went to bed (10:30pm) because I had to run 8.5 miles only 7 hours later. They continued to play (and drink) because they had nothing to do the next day except, well, play and drink.

I think the point of my story is that we are truly in the information age when Budakleck, CCM and I can still play poker with each other, drink with each other and talk to each other, even though we now live in 3 different countries.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 5:50 AM
I'm a Man, I'm 134!

Per the DMN:

"If not for Grant Jones' 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter last year, OSU would have been shut out, 134-0, by Texas in the second half the last four years."

Well, that's almost true; they also got a field goal. Hey, 134-10 ain't bad.

I prefer this one:

Mack Brown is 8-0 against OSU.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Posted by Dr Fro 9:33 PM

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Posted by Johnnymac 11:14 AM
And here are this weeks picks...

Dr Fro (21-19 season)

CONNECTICUT -1 vs Rutgers
BOSTON COLLEGE - 6.5 vs Florida State
Michigan -3.5 vs MICHIGAN STATE
OHIO STATE -15.5 vs Wisconsin
SOUTH FLORIDA -4.5 vs Cincinatti

Johnnymac (19-19-2 season)

CONNECTICUT -1 vs Rutgers
OKLAHOMA -21 vs Texas A&M
Wake Forest -1 vs VIRGINIA
Green Bay +2.5 vs KANSAS CITY
New England -5.5 vs INDIANAPOLIS

Padilla (14-25-1 season)

Coffee Shop +3 vs RED LIGHT DISTRICT
WINDMILLS -21 vs Wooden Shoes
RHINE pk vs Amstel
DEUCE BIGALOW +31.5 vs Danny Ocean
Zuiderzee -7 vs IJSSELMEER

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Posted by Johnnymac 11:06 AM
Here are last week's football results...

Dr Fro (3-2 week; 21-19 season)

South Florida -5 v CONNECTICUT LOSS
VIRGINIA TECH -3 v Boston College LOSS
Georgia +8.5 v FLORIDA WIN
WISCONSIN -7.5 v Indiana WIN

Johnnymac (3-1-1 week; 19-19-2 season)

FLORIDA -7.5 vs Georgia LOSS
NC ST +3.5 vs Virginia WIN
S Carolina +3 vs TENNESSEE PUSH
Kansas -2.5 v TEXAS A&M WIN
Indianapolis -7 vs CAROLINA WIN

Padilla (3-2 week; 14-25-1 Season)

TEXAS -20.5 v Nebraska LOSS
WAKE FOREST -5.5 v North Carolina WIN
KENTUCKY -13 v Mississippi State LOSS
Indianapolis -7 vs CAROLINA WIN
Pittsburgh -3.5 vs CINCINNATI WIN

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Posted by Johnnymac 11:03 AM

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Posted by Johnnymac 9:21 AM
If you have been with us long enough, you probably recognize the signifcance of these pictures, and if you have a heart at all you will shed a tear for bachelorhood. I know I did.

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Posted by Johnnymac 8:22 AM
We had an excellent pot limit Omaha 8 game last night in the garage. Yeah, the 50c/$1.00 stakes and the starting $40 buy in are both pretty light, but that just lets everyone get warmed up before the real game starts and we start playing it more like $1/3 or even $2/5.

I realize that a lot of people in this readership and on my distribution prefer to play holdem and thus were locked out of the game last night, but my plan now that the cooler weather is upon us is to play Omaha once a month and holdem once a month, so you will get your chance. In fact, we'll probably play holdem in two weeks on November 15. If you haev my secret email address send one over to me and I'll put you at the top of the list for that game.

In the meantime, if you still don't play Omaha 8 I recommend that you learn. It's a great game with something for everyone: lots of action and lots of thinking and opportunities to fold. The general consensus around the table last night, and I would say that we had an above average sample of poker playing talent, is that it's a much better and more fun game than holdem. Obviously, I agree.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Posted by Junelli 10:52 AM
Had a wild night of poker on Tuesday:

A friend brought me as his guest to a Country Club game out in Richmond, Texas. It's a $1-$2 PL game, but it plays like a $5-$5 NL game. The players have a ton of money, a ton of gamble, and a ton of fun.

To put things in perspective, I was down $200 on the 3rd hand of the night, and up $500 by the 10th hand. To say the game is wild is an understatement. This was my second time to play here. The first time I won $1,575.

Within the first 15 minutes I had AA, QQ, AA, QQ. I lost the first AA when a guy flopped trips. 2 hands later I got QQ and got all my money in preflop with a rich drunk guy who was taking tequila shots. He had AA. But this time I flopped a set and got my money back.

I was coasting through the night with the occasionaly big hand to keep my stack growing. By 12:30am I had a profit of $750 in front of me.

Then the cards went bad and I was cold-decked like I've never seen. It all started when I flopped a straight with 53 on a flop of 467. I bet and was called by a guy with Q7. The turn is a Q, and he again calls a bigger bet. The river is another Q and he leads out into me for $100.

I made a huge mistake by raising him on the river. I saw that the board was paired, but I didn't put him on a full house. I figured he held something like AQ and was betting his trips. Anyway, like a complete novice I raise him $100, and he then moves all-in for $500 more. I reluctantly call and he shows me Q7 and I lose my entire profit on the night.

I'm back to even and it's time to start grinding again.

4 minutes later I get AA and raise UTG to $7. The guy to my left raises to $25 and is called by 3 people. I raise the pot again when it gets back to me, and the guy to my left moves all in. I call. He has JJ, and flops a Jack. Now I'm down.

I rebuy and within 10 minutes I river the nut flush with a board of 7c 8c Tc Ac 2h. I hold the Kc and make a bet on the river and some guy moves all in. Of course he has the straight flush with 6c 9c.

Now I'm down $900.

I rebuy one last time even though the game is set to break in 25 minutes. I see every flop, hoping to get lucky.

I call a raise with K2 and see a 5 handed pot. The flop is 229 and the original preflop raiser leads out for $75. I call and a short-stack moves all-in for $180. the bettor calls the $180, and then I move all-in for $235 more (on top of the $180). The bettor calls and flips up KK, and the short stack turns up 25.

My hand holds up and suddenly I'm even again.

Game breaks 10 minutes later, and I cash out down $15 on the night. Crazy...

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