WSOP is coming to Chicago in October 2017

This weekend World Series of Poker (WSOP) is having a circuit stop in Hammond, Indiana.  Which is the East Chicago area.  The are having a full schedule of events, kicking off with a $350 buy in, $500,000 guaranteed NL Hold’em on October 12th, and culminating with the $1,675 Main Event which will have a cool 1 million dollar guarantee.

I am going to play the $350 event on Saturday.  They have 3 starting days, and I will drive up to Chicago on Friday, get a good nights sleep, and play the even on Saturday morning.  I will let you know how it turns out.

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On my Christmas List this year: Savage MSR15 Recon Mid-Length

Obviously I am very excited about Taurus’ new T4SA .223 carbine being introduced to the public, so I looked over the AR selection at my local gun shop.  From the huge variety of sizes, prices and calibers, I was able to fish out a few very awesome pieces of death-dealing machinery.  This particular piece caught my eye with simplicity and affordability, built on a solid manufacturing reputation.  So, feast your eyes on the Savage MSR15 Recon .223/5.56 Mid-Length, 16″ barrel with BLACKHAWK! KNOXX AR Pistol Grip and BLACKHAWK! AXIOM adjustable carbine stock.  This particular model features flip up BLACKHAWK! sights in addition to the Picatinny Rail.

Savage MSR15 RECON .223/5.56 16in Mid-Length with adjustable BLACKHAWK! stock.
  • Caliber: .223 (5.56mm NATO)
  • Type Action: Semi-Automatic
  • Rate of Twist: 1:8″
  • Stock Material: Synthetic
  • Metal Finish: Matte black hardcoat anodized receiver and Melonite QPQ barrel
  • Barrel Length: 16.12 inches
  • Overall Length: 36.75 inches
  • Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $999

Yeah, I think I will get myself one of these for Christmas this year.  If you guys want to help and Donate some money to me, I will not refuse.

Introducing Taurus T4SA .223 Carbine

The T4SA is Taurus’s big step into the AR-15 platform market.

Is this a beauty or what? Taurus took their first step into the AR-15 market when they unveiled the incredibly sexy Model T4SA .223 carbine. With a MSRP price tag of about $1200, this is suppose to be their most reliable M4 variant to date. The advertising pieces claim 10,000+ rounds on a single barrel, and quote 300,00+ field tested rounds.  This might be the answer for my AR wanting.  I checked with my local gun shop, and they can special order one of those for me.

Difference between Philately and Stamp Collecting

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history, as well as other postage related items.  It also refers to the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products.  Philately involves more then just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps (but rather accumulation).  It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps.  For instance, the stamps being studied may be very rare, or reside only in museums. Here is a great book on the subject.

Also, if you are serious about philately and stamp collecting as a hobby, you will need the Scott 2018 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.  This is Volume 1, for United States.  The catalog is essential for pricing stamps.  I know its a bit expensive, but you do not have to buy the same year for all the volumes.  I have a Volume 5, for Russia and area, and it’s from 2000.  And my Volume 1 is from 2015.  I know I do not have the last 17 years of the Russian stamps in the catalog, but its only 17 years.  In philatelic times, its nothing but a finger snap.

Almost all of the philatelists are stamp collectors.

Not all the stamp collectors are philatelists.

See also: Tools of the Trade

Jack Fall Classic Series

August of 2017 turned out to be a hot month for poker in Ohio.  And since we have NO online poker sites to turn to for satellites, (thank you, US government) we must play the live versions.  Luckily, both Hollywood Columbus Casino and Jack Cincinnati Casino decided to have their poker series within a week of each other.

As you know I have min-cashed at the Columbus kickoff $350 event, so I was riding high with the hopes of another solid performance.  I got all my ducks in a row.  Took two days off work, to make sure I can play both starting days if things don’t go my way on the first try.  Got my bankroll ready.  Even hit a cash giveaway for a thousand bucks just to make sure I have enough wiggle room in my bankroll to play.  Poker Gods however, had different plans.

Unfortunately for all my well laid plans, I caught a cold a day before the kickoff event, and ended up spending both of my days off, and the whole weekend, with the miserable sniffles.  I heard that most of the events didn’t even make their guarantees, and I did not get a chance to grab my slice of the pie.  So sad.  I think I need go get a flu shot.  It’s been over a decade since I’ve been vaccinated.

Minimum cash in the $125k guaranteed last weekend

The final payout structure for the $350 buy in, $125,000 guaranteed tournament at the Columbus Summer Classic Series.

I am happy to report that my preparation efforts did not go to waste.  I played in the $125,000 gtd in Columbus last Saturday and Sunday, and came out with a small win.  Since this was my first multi-day poker tournament, I really made it a point to make it to the second day.  That definitely effected my play.  At the end of the day I bagged 75,000, which put me fourth from the bottom among the remaining players.   Even though it was a pretty poor performance, I considered it a win.  I made it to the second day !  The prize pool grew to over $187,000, smashing the $125k guarantee, and I had a chance to get a piece of it.

Coming back in the morning, and realizing the truly terrible shape I was in, I decided to try my luck and push all in with any decent starting hand right away, to try to double up.  Doubling up was essential if I wanted to make the money bubble.  We were already playing at these high blinds, and I could not afford to sit around and get chipped down with the antes and the blinds.  When I sat down at the table, I was the low stack.  And my mind was made up.  Very first hand, very first card was an Ace of clubs.  I didn’t even look at the second card and just jammed it all in preflop.  Fold, fold, fold… and the small blind goes all in on top of me.  Everyone else folds and we flip our cards.  Small blind is holding pocket Queens, and I ended up with Ace Jack off suit.  Ace on the flop and ace on the river assured my double up on the first hand, and I sighed a breath of relief.

Once I doubled up, the cards just went cold.  I folded and folded, and bluffed a hand once or twice.  But there was nothing there.  I barely made it to the money bubble, and even walked away from the table for a bit while we were hand for hand.  With 64 players remaining, we played hand for hand for almost 40 minutes.  No one wanted to be the bubble boy, so people were fighting for survival.  Once some unfortunate contender busted, and the money bubble burst, people opened up their game a bit.  I finally saw a pocket pair of Sixes and shoved all in preflop.  The guy with Ace Queen offsuit called and got an ace right on the river.  My four card flush draw did not materialize, and I busted out, taking 54th place and $613.  That is almost double my money, so I am happy with the result.

Next up is the Jack Fall Classic Series at Cincinnati.  The series will have a dozen good events including a $350 buy in $250,000 guaranteed kickoff event, and a half a million dollar guaranteed main event for a $1000 buy in.   I know its not much to all you rich people, but quarter of a million dollars is a nice size of change for me, and it will definitely have my attention.  Plus now I can afford the buy in.   I don’t know.   I did have my eye on this WPT – Bad Boys of Poker DVD for a minute now.   Ohh Antonio, you are such a stud.   how do you spell televised poker