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Eric Lindgren completes...

4 rounds of golf under 100 in one calender day. No cart. For a measely 350K Eric accomplished this today. Phil Ivy was on the hook for 200k. Gavin Smith and others actually bought out their bets after the 9th hole of the last round so Eric did not officially win 350k today, but it was still close to it.

What's the lesson in all this? Don't get drunk with Eric Lindgren after busting out of the Horse event and then go betting him prop bets for the next morning. Don't do it.

In related news, Jaime Gold lost multiple prop bets to Robert Varkoni. Gold could not complete 4 continous laps around Greg Raymer on foot in one day. Gold also failed in his attempt to go 12 hours without mentioning his bracelet or shaking his wrist with it on it. In his last attempt, Gold couldn't get a nod of recognition from Phil Hellmuth walking through the Rio. All told Jaime owes Varkoni $19.73. There is some dispute as Jaime claims multiple people had pieces of him. Actually, since he sold off 3…

Update on Poker

Welcome to our latest blogger on Gulf Coast Poker. NET.

I get a lot of useful strategy and information from him because our games are so different. I am a deliberate tight player, aggressive but tight, he's more a loose player who vacuum up chips early in tournaments to play for the top prizes. I find myself in situations like this.

On the BB, (blinds 1 and 2oo), Limp, Limp, Limp, Limp, Limp, Limp, Button raises to $600 (????), fold, action to me. Right now there is $2100 in the pot. I have AK. I have $4500 left. I read weakness across the board and think the button has either a middle pair or a couple of overcards like AK, AQ, AJ. Since I have AK, it's more likely a hand I have dominated. If it were Aces or Kings wouldn't he thin the field with a much large bet--so it's not them. I could even be suited connectors and he's trying to build a big pot if the hits it on the head. Even if it's middle pair, I'll take the coin flip by isolating with all th…

Another OT post

I won't do this too often but every once in a while I will focus on some issues facing our region...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070627/ts_csm/aprivate

The gist of this article is that...

"The monies for rebuilding are coming first from private sources ... and that is definitely what is leading the recovery effort," says Doug Ahlers, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. "Government funding is slow to arrive and is ... not playing a leadership role."

and...

"As of last week, New Orleans had received "zero" federal dollars for long-term community recovery, Mr. Blakely says."

Not that it's worth anything, but I believe generally the rest of the U.S. believes basically what Bush said he would do when he was broadcasting from Jackson Square is what he has done. I talk to a lot of people that think our city is now drowning in federal funding ie their tax money. And they are pissed about it. The Katrina fatigue, that has turn…

Suspicions confirmed...

The legdrop has landed...

Benoit strangled his wife on Saturday.
He likely put a pillow over his sleeping kid on Sunday.
He hung himself on Monday.

What's next...
The wife's boyfriend will be unveiled soon.
WWE will make numerous statements about this to the press trying to take the highroad (though the true highroad would be to distance themselves from the tragedy completely).
Vince McMahon will be on all the talk shows defending the wrestlers livestyles this will be on the front burner.
Next week will be a tribute to the deceased wife and son.

Chris Benoit...

Sorry a departure from Poker and a little bit about the huge story. I used to follow wrestling so her are my thoughts....

At the start of the three hour tribute to Chris Benoit last night, I texted my friend--what if he killed his wife and kid? For those living in a hole pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and his young son all found dead in his Atlanta home yesterday. WWE scrapped it's storyline investigating the death (fake) of Vince McMahon, and canceled it's live three hour RAW special and instead aired a tribute to Benoit last night. Replete with WWE stars describing their love and respect for Benoit it was tearjerker and the more these huge musclemen cried and cried, the more it became compelling TV gold. Benoit was portrayed as a fallen hero. Yes, potentially a guy who just killed his 5 year old and his wife gets a three hour tribute. Triple H told a story about Benoit administering discipline to a young wrestler that disrespected his elders just last week. Of course Be…

Videos to the right

in honor of phil hellmouth's torrid WSOP.

5 tournaments in 48 hours

Wednesday:
3:00 Boomtown Biloxi
6:00 Imperial Palace or Beau Rivage
Thursday
11:00 Isle of Capris
6:00 IP or Beau
Friday
12:00 IP or Beau

Plan on practicing a bit for Vegas. I'm of mixed minds about where to play. At the Beau, I believe the top 5 finishers at every one of their tournaments wins a seat in their $500 satellites for the 10k WPT event. Nice cherry on top--if it's not coming from the prize pool. I will play once at the IP to keep my receipt and play in the Sunday freeroll tournament. But I don't know which tournaments to play when. Starting to recognize a lot of the rounders from the coast hopefully they haven't figured out the ABC tendencies of my game yet.

If I go 0-5 I will fess up to it but that will be an abysmal start to the summer...

Btw, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Schoenfeld is the doosch I was referencing earlier. Sounds like his one poker highlight is Evenlyn Ng. She probably dumped him when he explained how cliche it was for her to be a fo…
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Been moving my sister all week and haven't played thought, I'd discuss a hand my friend (the guy in the picture showing off his Dead Money second place plaque) played on the AOL qualifer for the WSOP. He had to finish top 100 out of 5000 to qualify for this event. And in this one only first place got the 10k seat.

His email:

was up in top 15 at about 2/4 blinds, playing well, hitting cards, being aggressive. went relatively card dead or missed flops and got bet out of hands, only to make the hand on the turn, etc. Maybe should have played more aggressively but was still in good shape at the break, 274 of 746 left, with 4800. First hand, under gun, draw pocket 9s (3/6 blinds) raise to 1300, one caller to my left. Flop comes A, 7, 7 I bet 600, he goes all in for his last 2200, would have left me with 1300 I think, so I thought about it but folded, figure he had A,K or something. Hell maybe A,7. Not upset with how I played it, if he calls 1300 preflop he probably calls most anythi…

Getting amped for Vegas

Looks like I'll be there just before the Main Event and during it. I won't be playing poker, I heard about the War circuit recently and will be going there for the National Warring Bee. I'll stay clear of the home schooled kids and David Williams (he's nasty).

In other WSOP news:
- Negreanu just misses on a bracelet as does John Pham, Eric Lindgren, and Humberto Brenes. I can't wait until I read about Humberto getting knocked out a poker table and somebody stuffing his shark down his throat.

- Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst announce they are officially blood brothers and have donated a liter of blood to each other to show just how serious they are. Locals are surprised when they annouced they had always wanted to exchange bodily fluids with each other but hadn't yet. Other poker couples like Gavin Seebok, Mike the Mouth and The Shiek are considering equally lame stunts. Shiek is considering donating some hair to Mike's thinning forest and Joe and Gavin wil…

Phil Hellmuth wins 11th and other WSOP news...

Blowhard bloviater wins 11th bracelet.

Johnny Chan and Dolye Brunson were on hand to hear Phil fake humbleness for a moment and then go about reminding everyone he's the best. Not there but I imagine he referenced his 56 some odd WSOP cashes. And then a dose of transparently fake self-deprecating humor. I wish it was self-defecating humor meaning he shit himself because he was so excited about being in his own presence. He's the type of guy that uses a mirror for porn.

Alan Cunningham won his fifth bracelet, joining Ivy and Hellmuth as youngest to 5. I have nothing bad to say about him except he let Jaime Gold beat him in likely his only chance to win the Main Event.

Alex Jacob is confirming my early opinion that's he's most likely the next great one with his performances. I hate that poker is going the way of chess and we'll have to listen to Ivy League nerds talk about multiple levels of thought and strategies. Jacob's "Poker is Easy" remarks…