I opted not to go to Turning Stone for the High Heels Poker Tour which had a structure much to my liking: 10k starting chips and 50 minute blinds. A deep-stack lovers wet dream. The buy-in was $350 and was doable except that my Santa Fe on Tuesday nite decided to have another hiccup and semi conk out on me. I was bringing my neighbor Randy to get one of his three cars (CrossFire, Beemer and now a Mustang Convertible) and down at the bottom of the hill just about to get on the bridge to cross the Mohawk she stalls. I get it started but cant get the car up over 2000 RPMS. I later find out that this is called... LIMP HOME MODE... I put the car in overdrive and get a little more juice get home and have 2008 car agita Round II
Instead, I wound up getting to drive Randy's BMW home from the car dealership as we drove down in that to pick up his Crossfire (in a blinding rain storm) which was having some seal coat put on it. And no Randy is not a former, current or future love interest as he plays for the other team... ie hes Ghey. But I love him to death and every gal needs to have their go to gay male friend. Carrie had her Stanford and I have my Randy.
Wednesday AM the flat bed from Hyundai Road side assistance takes the car away. Fortunately I work from home and didnt need the car that day. But Thursday and Friday I had a full agenda of appointments. Dentist Thursday afternoon and then Friday an appointment with a new Primary Care Doctor in the AM and my furnace was getting its annual tune-up/service in the afternoon. Not to mention that a trip or two to Starbucks was in order. Another friend offered me to use one of his two or three or four auto's but I didnt need it as the Santa Fe was back home Thursday AM.
So the car came to about $262 which was a good chunk of the buyin at TROCK. I thought about playing live at the club Thursday nite since I was getting out early. I bargained with myself and said okay IG you cash there and win the buyin you go to TROCK on Saturday AM. Instead I decided to just chill after all the running around and phone calls with the car, appointments etc. I opted to work over-time this AM from casa IG since I fell a little short mid-week.
In the meantime Dad got the results of his biopsies: Colon polyp(s) were benign but the esphogus showed he has Barrett's esophogus and what he had was a Barrett's ulcer. This is caused by long-term untreated acid reflux and can be a precursor to cancer of the esophogus. I mentioned this before but for those of you who have heartburn or as we Italians say agita, take care of it now so you dont wind up like Irondad (props to Pauly for coining that one). And thank you all for your thoughts while dad was in the hospital too by the way.
So after I finish work, I take a trip to Starbucks for a PepperMint Mocha. I dine on some won-ton soup which I didnt eat last nite when I picked up some Chinese Food. I decide to once again play the Ladies Only bracelet race on Full-Tilt. LJ is also in the tourney and at my table. She gets short-stacked on the first hand when a limper called her raise with JT suited and LJ floated the flop. The gal did hit top pair with a ten and then flushed LJ (who I give credit for firing again on the turn). Anyway LJ doubled up her shortstack a well played AA hand (it was multi-way which makes it tricky) and I pretended I didnt really no her by referring to her as PVAN in chat.
FULL TILT Goes down down down right before the first break. LJ is not on girly chat so I send her an IM offline and she gets back to me as she is down down down too. I then get a chance to warn her about the horrendous play in the Ladies tourney (Im not convinced all of them are Ladies either) I mean any two suited cards work, Ace rags are gold...Come to think of it may not be that much different then any blogger tourney we play or the play I experienced sometime in my league......... BOOM!!!
So I conjure up Bayne from girly chat as I know he is alive and well in Saturday's with Dr Pauly which I went out of early and he cant get on FTP either. I flopped trip aces. Now I know a set in Omaha Hi is not that strong of a hand, but against one player who I was pretty sure was on a draw I was willing to gamble for that early double-up. I was heads-up against Kajagugu who claimed he knew nothing about PL Omaha and who was raising with interesting hands. I knew he was on a diamond draw, especially after he called my pot size bet on the flop. I fired all in on the turn knowing I had the lead still and of course riverstars rewards the chase. We dont call it OMAHADraw for nothing.
My separated at birth twin Donkette (Both Italian Lori's born in the same year) pulls me and LJ into chat with Kat, Fuel, Bayne, Zeem, and Riggstad and we are later joined by Surflexus and Waffles. I yuck it up for a while while we stew about FTP. We discuss plans for AL's Bash and a must do get together during the Borgata Poker Open in September. And all is right with the world. As I finish up this post FTP is still not open for business and from a 2+2 thread has experienced a major server crash. It is now 5 hour later and still no FTP. (So much for sit-n-go madness).
As for poker this week, I played extremely well in the Skillz Game even though I missed the cash. I inked my second in row BBT2 leaderboard points. Limit Omaha isnt my forte (much better at Pot Limit) but I was up near the top in that for a good portion of the tourney , same for the Mookie (inked some points there too) and for the Riverchasers Pot-Limit Holdem outing I was up at the top early ( first orbit, I called Joanne's reraise with pocket tens knowing she had to have a monster but it was early and you cant fold to every reraise, I hit a set and crippled her AA) only to get outkicked on one hand, and then pocket tens cracked my QQ's with a set on either the turn or river (Im pretty sure it wasnt flopped). I rallyed for a bit only to have my second pair of tens fail me. As Bayne said it was the first time all nite they didnt hit a set for someone at the table we were at.
Anyway, I know I'm going to get my buy-in back for the uncompleted Bracelet race which both LJ and I were alive in. Will be interesting to see how they divvy up the $2000 prize of the seat amongst those of us remaining (think their were 29 of 34 left can you say overlay). Like I said to Kat, LJ, and Donkette lets get a bunch of us in this next week and win a seat!!!