Another awesome track from Alt-J – In Cold Blood

I freaking love it.  Click HERE to buy this track from Amazon Music.

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Awesome music: Alt-J – Tessellate

So I put up the YouTube video of Alt-J‘s Breezeblocks a few hours ago, (here is the link if you missed it), and of course I started listening to some of their other stuff.  Their 2012 album “An Awesome Wave” is excellent.  The song “Breezeblocks” that got me hooked originally, and the “Tessellate” sold me completely.  But these are not the only two good tracks on that CD, they have a bunch of very good songs on that album: “Something Good”, “Fitzpleasure”, “Bloodflood” and “Taro” now in my Best of the Best playlist, in addition to the earlier mentioned “Tessellate” (my favorite) and “Breezeblocks”.

(Here is the link to their debut album “An Awesome Wave”)

And here is the official music video for my favorite track: “Tessellate”.

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

For the lovers of magic and cards

Just found this amazing documentary on Ricky Jay on YouTube.  If you are a fan of magic acts, especially card tricks, you MUST watch it.  If you prefer to watch your stuff on DVD, HERE IS THE LINK to it on Amazon.  If you are in the real world, and internet is widely available in your immediate area, you can STREAM IT from Amazon Prime too.