Monday, May 14, 2012

Questions: The End of an Era? & Still Got It?

Last night was the final episode of the most recent season of Survivor. I began watching Survivor toward the end of the first season. In that era before everything was available online or on DVD or by online pirates, I remember buying a videotaped set of the first season on ebay. How things have changed over time!

I am thinking that I have missed the season finale only once or twice before last night -- but had it taped so that I could watch it later. This season, however, I almost completely lost interest in the show, watching only a handful of episodes. Does this mean that my 12 year Survivor jones is at an end?

Years ago almost everyone I knew talked about being on Survivor. I thought about applying, but in the early seasons, especially season two, the contestants literally starved. Living without much food for six weeks was not my idea of a challenge I was willing to take. One co-worker told me that she thought I would be great on the show Big Brother. I am not sure if she was referring to my ability to get along with people and successfully negotiate complex relationships or a perceived tendency toward duplicity in relationships at the workplace!

Oh -- and yesterday I played in a small private tournament on Black Chip Poker. The results:

That was not the best part of the online poker evening, however. Very Josie joined me at an Omaha table and had some fun with the other players, saying things like "Is this Omaha?" and "I don't know how to play this." Now a few days ago Joe C was tweeting about how she beat me by playing Poker Grump's favorite hand, the ol' 2-4: "Double up off of Lightning 2-4 vs A-K. Very next hand I beat him when he has 2-4. Obv he needs 2-4 lessons." The biatch! She called a big raise when I had A-K sooted (an unbelievably terrible call, but one designed just to possibly luck out and then harass me -- which she did!) and hit one of her puny cards while I whiffed. Then, I had her when I played 2-4, but my hand got counterfeited on the river when a second pair hit the board, giving her a win when she had diddly-squat until the river suckout. But last night I got my revenge in Omaha. I had QQxx and saw a flop of A-J-J -- certainly not good for a Q-Q hand. Josie made a small raise, which I called. The turn was a beautiful Queen. After the river I was deciding how much of a value bet to make when Josie said something like "I'd better win this hand." Shades of TBC -- thank you for the information that made my decision easy! I shoved and she called, tabling AJxx -- a flopped full house, but unfortunately the second best hand at the table. Needless to say the payback was schweet!


Blogger sevencard2003 said...

i couldve easily said id better win this hand if i had aces full. how does saying that mean anything?

3:12 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I believe that Josie was saying it to make it appear that she was weaker than she was, therefore I would put my money in the pot. Therefore I knew she would call any raise and went all in instead of putting out a smaller value bet that I would have hoped she would call.

7:04 AM  
Blogger crafty said...

Besides, she had Jacks full, not Aces full.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

You suck!

8:39 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I might suck, Josie ... but last night I was king o' the hill!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous KenP said...

It is always interesting when -i-d-i-o-t-s- hold'em specialist play other games. They are easy to identify by their overplaying of what are contestable hands at O or S.

HORSE brings out the obvious where they weak-passive everything and then when the H set comes turn into madmen.

(the dash business is because no strikethru available.)

Question: If a player considers all other players suck, is that an expression of their basic insecurity? (Thought I'd ask one with the credentials to recognize such defects with their normally sympathetic silence.)

8:53 AM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

I see Ken P is back on his game ...

9:09 AM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

"It is always interesting when -i-d-i-o-t-s- "hold'em specialist play other games. They are easy to identify by their overplaying of what are contestable hands at O or S. "


Lightning Face Smug Pants your just as bad at Omaha as Josie.

12:37 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

Waffles, you have turned into a first class pussy. Whatever happened to the Waffles of old? Let's remember one of my favorite Waffles' posts -- after I handed him his lunch in a tournament -- which I won, by the way ...

"Call me a bad sport but I DO NOT congratulate Lightning. I mean I like the guy. He really is a nice guy. Kind of goofy and weird like me. He had to have played one of the worst games I have ever seen though. Besides that fact that CALLING AQ into a 3-bet shove is like bending over and saying "Give it to me up the ass".. I mean the range for that shove is AA-JJ AK. So most of the hands your up against your totally fucked. The guy just plays flip a coin. As proven by his next call of a 3-bet jam where he was against Aces and by some miracle lost.

I will also say his retardation was probably the least shown by the hand we played. He consistently called huge bets on Axx boards with Queens for significant parts of his stack and gollleyyyy if that Queen did not show up three times. Two outers for the skilled play. Go Lightning. I am not even including the five or six times he legitimately hit a set on the flop vs hands like aces and kings when he should have called.

Every MTT is based on getting a little lucky. Catching a nice suckout here and there. When you consistently get in dominated worse than a dwarf whore in a leather factory and pull miracles out of your ass that is not playing well and just getting lucky here and there.

Basically he played Keno all night long got a fucking once in a lifetime blow job from statistics and lucked his way into a seat he probably did not deserve based on his play. So congratulations? Really? I think I will save that for someone who deserves it."

Okay okay -- he did say he liked me and that I was a nice guy, but kind of goofy and weird like him? FML!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Ken is such a fucking biatch. Oh, imagine a strike-through there! M'kay?

2:08 PM  
Blogger KenP said...

Limited vocabulary?

Maybe a subscription to Reader's Digest would help.

After all...It Pays to Increase Your Word Power

4:43 PM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

I see no difference in my opinion of your play over the past few years.. :). If you sucked out on me I might rant on you.. but since it was just Donk on Donk violence against Josie it does not inspire my muse.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Bayne_S said...

Don't know the implied pot odds you were getting on flop but if deep enough Josie's tendency to play cards face up is EZ exploit

12:37 PM  

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