I will be out of town until Wednesday, and then away for Memorial Day Weekend, so the posts on this site will be infrequent for the next week or so. But continue to check out Vague Space because new content will be posted there every morning (hopefully). I still haven't worked out a good writing/posting schedule, especially with respect to the two separate sites, but I try to have a new VS post up every night by midnight, with the Sports posts sprinkled in whenever I can do them. It doesn't help that I'm getting busy at work and having to travel, because that just eats into the free time to post. Anyway, this post you are reading is a report on the highlights of Friday's "Pot Limit" Hold Em tournament at Edison Glen.
Poker Game Highlights
1. The identity of frequent Vague Space commentor "LegFuJohnson" was revealed, and I was highly disappointed to realize that I didn't have a stranger who read my site regularly; instead, it was somebody I knew. Thanks for reading, Larry, but no thanks for ruining my hopes that this is reaching a wider audience than you, Switsky, and Rudnick.
2. The Rudnick/Rudnick fake pair of Aces showdown. Someone overreacted and got mad and ruined the humor for the rest of us, but I think an unexplored issue is that the brothers kept raising each other to ridiculous monetary levels without either one backing down, which was quite interesting. I'm not sure if this is some sort of hidden sibling rivalry at work here or not. I've got a call in to Beth to assess the situation.
3. Melluse's first appearance at an Edison Glen poker game did not go well. He lost some money, seemed confused at the complicated pot structure (as were the rest of us), and was somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of cash on the table. Of course, he also met Switsky for the first time, so we can understand how he might be shellshocked.
4. Rudnick's brother's first appearance at a game also did not go well. He won some money, and played in every single pot, but I think the limits were too small for him. No official word on whether he stumbled into a darkened poker room in the city at 2 am.
5. I won some money, mostly off of Switsky, Dan, and Chris. I felt bad taking money from Dan and Chris. Rudnick was the big winner on the night, ensuring that we will be forced to play "Pot Limit" tournaments from now on, as he finally broke his 9-game losing streak at Edison Glen events. He also took a lot of money from Switsky, but King Kong didn't mind losing too much. He just wanted to get out of the house.
6. Larry continued his losing streak at Edison Glen events and caught pneumonia from sitting next to the open screen the entire game. On the bright side, he admitted that he's more of an NL fan than a Yankee fan, which means he still has a chance to save his soul.
7. The final hand of the night came down to a showdown between me and Dan. I had the first move, and passed my 3 onto him. He gave me back a seven and went immediately to the deck. $60 was on the line. He made the turn; it was a 9. And Dan won the final game of "Pass the Trash", which was 10 times more enjoyable than any of this Hold-Em crap we play all the time. I miss college.
8. Jeter went 0 for 5 on the night and then got hit in the hand with a pitch the next afternoon. The Mets may have blown the series, but they still made me very happy.
Followup from my last post: Vlady could be Ok - just out the minimum 2 weeks, which would be awesome. Die Yankees Die has actually increased its hold on first place since Guerrero went down, with a 95 to 82.5 advantage going into today. My bigger problem than Vlady right now (assuming he comes back within a month) is that I lost 3 pitchers to the DL this weekend, which, along with Ben Sheets already out, means that I had to pick up two free agent pitchers and start them this week, a very risky move, but one that I had to make. Including Vlady and Luis Matos, that's 6 regulars (out of 23) that I've put on the DL in the past 2 weeks. Not a good omen.