Nobody tagged me for this, but I thought I would do it anyway. I hope I am not breaking any rules here. There is a small bit of poker content at the bottom, but nothing in the seven.
1) I know how to beat a lie detector test: Back in the old days before they used your piss to screen you for a new job, they would use a lie detector test. Because I had some stuff to hide from prospective employers I developed this scheme for passing them that went 3 for 3. First, you drink one Foster's oil can (24 oz) on an empty stomach and chew some gum to mask your breath. This tends to dampen your response to the test. Second, you come up with your own questions that you can safely answer yes and no to. When they ask you a question that you need to lie on, just ignore the question, and ask yourself in your head the safe question. Works every time.
2) Me and a group of my friends were responsible for instigating the Huntington Beach Riot at the OP Pro: We did not plan for this to happen and were no way involved in the actual rioting, but it would have never started without us. I have planned to do a series of posts on the dynamics of a riot that can start for apparently no reason in a large crowd. May save that one for a book, but who am I kidding. If you guys bug me enough, I will do it. I promise it will be fascinating.
3) I met my wife at the Shark Club in Las Vegas: I also met many a one night stand at what was the premiere night club in Vegas well before hotel clubs were in vogue (or even existed). It is actually possible to meet a nice girl in such a shady establishment.
4) I invented a baseball betting system that is simple and actually works: While attending UNLV for my undergrad degree, I came up with a system for betting baseball that worked for several years (and I am sure it still does). Although I did not have much money back then, I would bet $1000s a day on baseball, and was probably considered quite a high roller by a few of the sports book. I will not reveal the system here, but ask me in person sometime and I will tell.
5) I have spent time in jail on three different occasions: I was pretty broke and irresponsible in my early driving days. I got lots of tickets, and would blow off paying them for lack of funds. The next time I would get pulled over, they would find a warrant for one of my previous tickets, and I would serve out the time in jail vs. paying. OC Jail twice, San Bernardino Jail once.
6) I was once a member in a punk band: When I was 14 a group of friends and I formed a punk band called "Task Force". I played bass with the stage name "Jack Shit", and wrote most of our original songs. We played a handful of parties, and even had a gig as an opening band at the infamous Cookoos Nest. I am in no way a musician, but playing Bass for a few 2 minute punk songs was not that difficult.
7) Not going to reveal this one yet: I am going to keep number 7 a secret for now. I will reveal it at the summer Vegas gathering in a couple of weeks, and update this post afterwards. It is too big of a secret right now, but belongs on the list.
Now that that is over, just a small bit of poker content. I cashed in the blogger bracelet race tonight.
Nothing to special about the 4th place finish. I had loads of chips most of the way. What was interesting was the bubble play. I actually folded TT to the chipleader's (ScarKnight) raise on the bubble. The chipleader was way ahead and raising constantly, so I know my TT was a big favorite. You know I am tight, but am I insane? I have been rereading Harrington 3 recently, and he talks a bunch about bubble play in S&Gs. It turns out that if you have a safe amount of chips, and you are looking to call a raise for everything on the bubble, the calling requirements are very strict. With the number of entries and top four getting paid this was basically a S&G structure. There were a couple others with similar sized stacks and a chip leader who was way ahead of everyone else. Folding TT is actually the correct move 5 handed and on the bubble in this situation. It maximizes the expected value of the cash in the MTT. No reason to take a coinflip or even a 60/40 type hand on the bubble if you can safely fold to the money. So I folded and as expected the bubble burst shortly after that hand. Now in the money, and in third place, I went ahead and got it in with AQo against the leaders preflop raise. I would lose to a rivered flush, and watch the shorty get eliminated on the next hand. Probably could have folded again and moved up another position, but at this point I was playing to get heads-up and I needed to chip-up to compete with Al's stack to get there. The history from my last hand is below, but as I said above it is a bad beat so no reason for comments.
Full Tilt Poker Game #2419385215: Chasers/Blogger Bracelet Race (16567662), Table 1 - 500/1000 Ante 125 - No Limit Hold'em - 21:44:53 ET - 2007/05/13
Seat 1: ScarKnight (65,604)
Seat 2: Blinders (6,866)
Seat 3: IslandBum1 (3,494)
Seat 4: AlCantHang (17,036)
ScarKnight antes 125
Blinders antes 125
IslandBum1 antes 125
AlCantHang antes 125
ScarKnight posts the small blind of 500
Blinders posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Blinders [Ad Qc]
ScarKnight raises to 5,000
Blinders raises to 6,741, and is all in
ScarKnight calls 1,741
Blinders shows [Ad Qc]
ScarKnight shows [Ks 4s]
*** FLOP *** [6s Ts 3c]
*** TURN *** [6s Ts 3c] [Ac]
*** RIVER *** [6s Ts 3c Ac] [8s]
Blinders shows a pair of Aces
ScarKnight shows a flush, King high
ScarKnight wins the pot (13,982) with a flush, King high
AlCantHang: gg blinders
Blinders stands up
Labels: Blogger Bracelet Race, Meme, Seven