Thursday, June 01, 2006

Miscellaneous Ramblings

With deference to our favorite Mad Man, Waffles posted a great interview with Hoyazo about his recent winning ways. It goes into some depth of his thought process and has a few gems about playing blogger events. He evens talks about the genesis of the "Hoy" and "Reverse Hoy"!

On a related topic, I have been contemplating the Hammer lately. It started a few weeks ago when I observed a few bloggers calling an all-in with the hammer. Short of going out in a blaze of glory, or being so short stacked that it didn't matter, or just hoping to suckout, this did not make any sense to me. To me, playing the hammer was all about using it to bluff in a scary situation when the other guy doesn't have the nuts. Make him/her lay down the second best hand, only to show off the hammer and try to tilt that person. Obviously others opinions differ.

My most recent run of hammer luck went completely wrong on me tho. Last Tuesday in the WWdN, I managed to get up to a nice T4500 or so when I was dealt my first hammer of the night. I raised preflop, bet on the flop, got raised and put the other guy all-in. Unfortunately he called on a straight draw (I think) and managed to fill the thing while my hammer withered.

Ok, so that happens. Within a hand or two, I get another one. At this point I figure it has to work, so I go at it again. This fails just as miserably. At this point I am down to scant hundreds of chips and manage a few rounds before I am out. I think I am going to swear off the hammer for a while because certainly my luck with it is currently on a down swing. Silly concept anyway. ;-)

Don't forget the WWdN: Not the tonight:
What: WWdN: Not The
Where: Pokerstars
When: Thursday, June 1st, 7:30PM PT
Which: Tournament: 25596231
Cost: $10+1 NLHE
Password: monkey

And the following week, I am on a 3500 mile road trip and won't be around. The tournament is already set up for it though, so I hope all the regulars have a great time and someone can report on the results for me.

What: WWdN: Not The
Where: Pokerstars
When: Thursday, June 8st, 7:30PM PT
Which: Tournament: 25599892
Cost: $10+1 NLHE
Password: monkey

That's it for poker content. For anyone interested, we (my wife and I) are driving from SoCal to Calgary/Edmonton Alberta and back over the next week and a bit. The plan currently is as follows:

  • Friday (tomorrow): Get as far as Mesquite Nevada
  • Saturday: Butte Montana
  • Sunday: Calgary Alberta (about 1550 miles to this point) - meet up with yongest son who is also driving in.
  • Monday: Pick up oldest son at airport in Calgary, meet with my sister who is organising this.
  • Tuesday: The reason for all this is a family reunion/surprise birthday party for my mother who turns 80 in June. Surprise! Hopefully no heart attacks.
  • Wednesday: Family visting time
  • Thursday: Drive 200 miles north to Edmonton to visit more family and friends (and back to Calgary that day)
  • Friday: Head south to Butte again
  • Saturday: Back to Mesquite (if we make it that far)
  • Sunday: Home again

All I know is I will need a vacation when I get back from my vacation. I doubt I will do much blogging, or poker playing during this trip, however I am staying at a casino in both Nevada and Alberta. Anything is possible.


Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Looking forward to the Not tonight, Rick. But as I mentioned last week, I think it is only fair that, after I take down my third straight Not tourney tonight, I get this thing named after me next week. Maybe permanently.

smokkee said...

that's a lot of freakin' driving dude. good job outlasting me in the mOOk' last night.

you're not taking it down this time hammer. it shoulda been mine last week.

Rick said...

If you take down the third in a row, you can call the next one anything you want - however I won't be here to change the name on stars, or advertise your win. ;-)

Yeah, smokkee, it is an awful lot of driving. On the other hand, I am driving my brand new BMW 330i, so that makes up for part of it. ;-)

See you guys tonight.

mookie99 said...

Gonna do my best to be there tonight. Have fun on your "vacation", that is a TON of driving.