Quality end-game advice from Indobet88 and FTP

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If you play at Full Tilt, you are probably receiving their “Tips From The Pros” e-mails. In the latest e-mail, Rafe’s tip about a decision he made at the PLHE final table is a great example of the thought process for SNG bubble and ITM play. Back when I was playing the high-buy-in Indobet88 on ‘Stars, the good players went through this process all the time. This level of thought is why you sometimes see some funny hands shown down at that point. Someone makes a steal play at a pot with a garbage hand, and they wind up priced in to calling when the blinds decide to play back. In Rafe’s case, his decision was a wash between folding and calling, and he made a good point regarding his decision to fold a live to play another hand. Holding an Ace-middle was the key to why this was a good decision – the range of hands Rizen might make that play with included a whole lot of better-Aces (making the Ace a dead card to him). Had Rafe been making the play with something like a suited-connector (8-9, for instance), the math would be changed enough that he would have been compelled to call since it was more likely both his cards were live.

Like a mini-vacation…

It’s rare in the new world of my employment to get 2 days off in a row, especially when one of them is a Sunday. When I got news of this, I made hurried plans to visit the old homestead. An enjoyable day was spent celebrating the birthday of a nephew, BuccaneerMike’s son.

BuccaneerMike told me the boys had only played poker once since Old Man passed away, a lost poker weekend spent at a North Florida hunting camp. It’s weird how the loss of one member of a group changes the group dynamic to that extent.

On the “good news” front, an old family friend bought the local hot dog stand and has made huge improvements. Great leaps in both the facility and service, while having the good sense to leave the hot dogs alone. If you’re ever in the Brooksville, Fl area, you gotta get a foot long.

BSN, Da’ Ladies Man…

Working with teenagers/young adults has been… interesting. I’m not accustomed to men I work with sharing details of their relationships. Sometimes, it’s just boyish bragging. I’m pretty sure one of the 18 year-olds just lost his virginity. He can’t talk about anything else except where he’s spending the night with his girlfriend.

Another young man I work with just got engaged a little over a week ago. He’s 23, she’s 19, and she’s freshly graduated from National Guard boot camp. He works 2 jobs, and near as I can tell, has almost no social life because of it.

He came into work yesterday morning almost in tears. Seems his new ‘fiance’ told him last night she wanted a ‘break’. He asked me what that meant.

“It means she’s already started one,” I told him.

Of course, he didn’t want to hear that. Nobody does. Yeah, I could’ve been more sensitive, but you and I both know it’s true. We’ve all been there already, haven’t we?

Anyway, with this November being a big month for me – what? You haven’t heard?

Yep, in addition to hitting the 2-year anniversary for this blog on November 3, I turn the big 4-0 on the 20th.

So, to keep me from sliding into the depths of depression, I’m going to engage in some active denial of this event and perhaps go through a mini-mid-life crisis right here, in this space, for the next few years days. Some may call it sophomoric humor, and Mrs. Big will continue to accuse me of misogyny So, without further ado, here is…

7 Things I Know About Women

(Ok, I’m tempted to just leave this blank, but that would defeat the purpose)

  1. If they say they want a break, they’ve already started one.
  2. If they say they want space, don’t call.
  3. Flowers work as an apology after the first argument, but are a waste of money after the second.
  4. After 30, all they require in a mate is hair, teeth, and a job. Everything else is negotiable.
  5. To quote an old country song: “Older women are beautiful lovers.”
  6. To the young men: Know how you can have a fight with a buddy and when it’s over, it’s over? Yeah, it doesn’t work the same way with women.
  7. Take care of “friends with priviliges” because you’ll be sorry when they’re gone.
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