Archive for December, 2008

OK, so maybe I suck at poker.  Didn’t mean to sound ranty in that last post but I was a bit frustrated.  Anyways, I’ve come to the conclusion that I feel I played it right and it’s a hand I would have won better than 4 out of 5 times.  Just happened to not be my night to win.  Sucks!

So I’ve been playing more Left 4 Dead because it’s a game that I can actually win at, the games from are also one of my favorites!  If you haven’t played it yet, it’s awesome so here is some gameplay footage I captured:

Trifecta of Terror: A smoker grabs me, pulls me off a ledge and then a flaming hunter jumps on me and tears me up.
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Tank FAIL: The tankcan’t bust the steel door down and gets owned for his failure.
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Rob sucks: Rob steps in front of my line of fire and goes down.  I try to help him up but I pay the price for his mis-step.
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Closet standoff: Holed up in a closet fighting off an incoming horde of zombies.
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Plane crash: Pretty awesome plane crashes…not that I think planes crashing are usually awesome but you get the idea.
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Ugh.  Well that really sucked.  Played for 3 hours last night until busting out which kinda sums up everything right there.  I was getting dealt fairly decent initial hands such as 67, 89, 9-10, AJ, AQ, KJ, KQ, 22, 55, 66, 10-10, etc but I wasn’t connecting with anything on the flop.  $6-8 here and there to see a flop adds up over time and not winning any hands starts to hurt.  When my stack was down to about $130, I topped up with another $60 cause I like playing a full stack – maximize those wins, right?  Right after that, I took a small loss on a small hand that I knew I got outdrawn on – what the hell, Carlos??  So back to playing patient…  Again, same decent hole cards but no connections on the flop.

I did pick up AQ in medium position and raised to $6 in the unopened pot.  Sort of a small out of position raise to get some more money in the pot pre-flop.  With myself and 5 callers, the flop was A-J-x with 2 clubs and $30 in the pot.  Finally, top pair!  Best hand yet!  I lead out and bet $18 to see where I’m at.  I know AJ could be out there and certainly someone could be drawing to a club flush.  Everyone folds but two people on my left.  Ahh how I hate being out of position!  Turn is a brick and I figure one of them has to be drawing to clubs.  The pot is now about $84 and being first to act, I want to bet enough that anyone chasing the flush will lose interest in the hand so I bet $40.  The first guy on my left thinks a bit and folds which makes me happy if he was chasing and the second guy thinks a bit and calls.  I still feel that I’m ahead at this point – just no club on the river!  River: a club.  Pretty much the only card I did not want to see.

Not quite sure if this guy was chasing or not but I do have a feeling that betting here isn’t the best idea but checking here isn’t the best idea either.  I figure that if I check, he’ll bet it representing the flush just to scare me off – but maybe he’ll check it out down too as the pot was already pretty big… So I check.  No surprise when he bets enough that puts me all-in for my last $60-something.

So what to do..what to do.  This guy seemed a bit loose with big bets before.  One other player at the table even referred to him as a “shover”.  Plus, he had lost a good chunk of his stack on a previous hand and looked a bit annoyed about that.  I also would not put it past him to represent the flush just to scare me out of the hand.

With all of those reasons, my gut instinct was to call and hope he had missed some other draw, so I called.  I ask if he has the flush and he shows 2-3 of clubs and wins the pot.  Wow.  2-3 of clubs.  One step above total garbage.  I still don’t really get why he would call $40 after the turn to see a river card when his only draw was to the flush – and the lowest possible flush at that!  With his call on the turn, he got 3:1 on his money ($120:$40) on odds that are at best about 4.5:1.  I didn’t have a whole lot more money left so it seems a bit odd to risk $40 just to win another $60 after that.  I could understand if the other player had called as well giving much better odds on the money and having more money to win but just heads-up with not a lot of extra money and holding the lowest flush possible just doesn’t make sense.

I’m not calling the guy a bad player but that’s a pretty loose, gambling call on the turn, in my opinion.  So that busted me out of my initial $200 and my $60 top-up.  On the bright-side, $175 of that was money from my poker bankroll that was all prior winning money and only $85 was out of pocket.  Unfortunately that wipes out my bankroll and it was a lot of money to lose in one night – more that I’ve lost in a night before.  It looks like my experiment at Regent to build up my bankroll has failed all due to a really wacky call that just doesn’t make sense.  If you have some thoughts you’d like to share, please leave a comment.

Overall holiday poker results: $-300

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I’m finally getting myself back in to PC gaming thanks to the poking, prodding and heckling of my co-workers.  The main catalyst was Left 4 Dead being released and everyone having fun playing it but me…  My nVidia GeForce 6800GS was showing its age of nearly 3 years and just wasn’t the big performer that it used to be.  After some research, I had my eye on a new eVGA GeForce 9800GTX+ for about $230.  I was about to buy it at Future Shop but the sales rep was a bit of a dick so I walked away instead.  Way to lose an easy sale, Future Shop.  Anyways, I found a decent second-hand GeForce 8800GT on for $80.  Pretty decent card at a pretty decent price.  I picked that up, popped it in and the gaming experience was incredible.  Graphics were sharp, detailed and the framerates were super-smooth.

The real story is how much fun Left 4 Dead is.  Although it’s somewhat of a typical shooting game, it has a fun twist that the focus is on cooperative play.  Not only is the focus on co-op but playing as a team is absolutely essential to completing the campaigns.  You and your team-mates of survivors need to fend of hordes of “infected” (aka: zombies) as they try to rush the group.  Not only will the zombies try to overwhelm in numbers, but special zombies will grab, pounce or just beat the living hell out of people who stray away.  It’s just really a fun game to accomplish goals as a team rather than the typical blow everything up kind of shooter.  Thanks to Left 4 Dead, my nights have become much longer and I think I hear zombies, witches and boomers when I’m not even at the computer.  This is definitely a game that anyone who enjoys an online action/strategy game should check out.

Go ahead and start by checking out a trailer:
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If you like Left 4 Dead and want to play, my SteamID is CaptainLen

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Since I’m on sorta-holidays right now, I gotta have some fun!  I’m trying to spend some more time at Club Regent Casino playing poker to build up a nice little bankroll.  I have about $200 of prior poker winnings set aside just for playing poker.  It’s a good way to start.  Unfortunately $200 doesn’t last too long at Regent so I definately need things to go my way to work that in to a more useful amount.

So I spent 5 hours playing tonight on what seemed like a pretty quiet Saturday night at the casino.  I kinda figured it would be slow with so many people busy with holiday stuff.  Any way, to make 5 hours a short story, I didn’t get too much tonight.  I had a couple decent medium sized pots come my way and also missed on a couple big draws.  I just hovered around even for most of the night at one point up $40 and another point down about $70.  Overall, I ended the night down $40.  Not a big hit to the bankroll but just would have been nice to come home up $100…or more…

I’m not dettered though, I’ll just have to try again and be patient until I do get a couple big hands.  I got lots of time for a couple of weeks.

Overall holiday poker results: $-40

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Looks like I’m on holidays for 2 weeks!  At least on holidays from the normal day-job as I still have one last MySQL class to teach on Monday and papers to mark after that.  But!  The nice thing is to have a lot of time on my hands and I can work on some personal interests.  Things to do in the next two weeks:

* Blog
* School-work
* Clean-up the house
* Get rid of some extra computer stuff
* Watch Arrested Development
* Play poker at Club Regent Casino
* Go skiiing or learn snowboarding
* Do whateveeeer I want!  Woohoo!

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OK, So I’ve been pretty bad with adding fresh content lately.  I’ve been busy with work and stuff but I’ll have some new content fairly soon.  I have holidays coming up in just a couple more days so that will give me a lot of time to focus on personal interests, like blogging.

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