Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A Long Wednesday of Work and Poker
Warning: Some Actual Poker Content to Follow

Ahhh ... what a day. It has been a looooooong one.

I decided to drive up to the Chicago area for a professional workshop today. Now, I am not exactly a morning type of guy. Never have been. Never will be. I start to come alive long after the sun has gone down. That is one of the reasons that I have always loved Las Vegas.

The problem: the conference began at 8:00 a.m. Shit. That meant waking up at 5:00 a.m. and driving almost two hours just to start my day. As I got ready to head out at 6:00 a.m., I wanted to get some caffeine in my system. I looked on the refrigerator to see ... nothing. My kids had grabbed the last cold Cokes and didn't replace them. Grrrr. Bad start.

The weather, of course, did not cooperate. I drove in rain almost the entire trip, causing me to go a little slower than I anticipated. However, I did get to the workshop with time to spare. I was putting the over/under for my dozing off at 9:15 a.m.

Much to my delight, the presenter was one kick-ass psychiatrist and addiction specialist. The program, The DSM-IV-TR for Clinicians: Accurate Diagnosis & Effective Treatment Planning, was excellent. The presenter, Leslie Lundt, M.D., peppered her seminar with humor, music, pop culture, and best of all, music trivia! While the program was great, I couldn't help but think how some of my fellow bloggers fit into some of the diagnostic criteria we went over.

The ride home: rain the whole way! I got home by 6:00 p.m. and got ready for an evening of online poker. I figured that I'd better get in my play now before DSM-5 comes out (an inside joke for any mental health professionals who read this!).


The Mookie was the Mookie -- our favorite blogger home game donkfest. I finished out of the money -- 11/38. However, today marked the beginning of a new tourney hosted by a relatively new poker blogger, Very Josie . The Very Josie Poker tournament started an hour before the Mookie and featured some familiar bloggers -- NewinNov, MiamiDon, CEMFredMD, Rakewell, and MemphisMojo.

New and Mojo mixed it up in the first hand, both all in pre-flop -- New's Q-Q vs. Mojo's K-K. This was at Full Tilt Poker. You know what happened next -- gg Mojo!

I wasn't catching anything but bad luck for a long time. Was that the karmic payback for telling the host, in table chat, to DIE DIE DIE? Just kidding, of course.

I was a short stack and was patient in building it back up. I later got in a big hand with MiamiDon and caught a lucky card to take most of his chips. At the final table I was catching cards and using my stack to melt away the competition. However, my big hands couldn't hold up and the game seemed to drag on ... and on ... and on ... The final three decided on a chop to end the tournament. I got just short of first place money, which was okay since I think that everyone was ready for the tournament to be over. NewinNov finished in third and got the best benefit from the chop. I guess he earned it by cracking my aces at the final three -- with K-Qos, I believe! GoBurn1 finished in second and played great at the final table.

Thanks for hosting, Josie. You picked a good horse early on!

5 Comments:

Blogger Josie said...

You only won because I was mentally rubbing your shoulders, telling you you'd win.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Fun little tournament. Congrat$ on the win.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

lots of fun all around. Hope to see you next time.

10:34 AM  
Blogger dbcooper said...

Congrats on the win........Josie promise of food motivated you. It was a blast playing with everybody.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

Awww, you did add me to your blog roll....now i'll show you some love.

I <3 Lightning!

6:08 PM  

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