Summer 2016 Part 1


Summer 2016 Part 1

Sorry for the total lack of posts; I’ve been lazy and slightly busy.

Summer 2016 has been an eventful, fun summer for me. I had the opportunity to travel to Anchorage, Alaska, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and throughout Colorado. I’m currently writing this entry on my way to Boston, MA. I have decided that I am going to be more active on this blog in the coming months and I am going to try to post an entry at least 2x a month for the next several months. Although I know that my overall readership is much lower than when I was a coach at DC and super active on 2+2, I would still like to share some insights on the overall poker industry and maybe getting back to reviewing some hands on this blog.

Poker:

Staking and the online poker industry as a whole is a bit slower during the summer months. People like to get outside, go on vacation, exercise, and enjoy the sun as much as they can. With that being said, the last several months have been very strong for our stable. I’m excited to finally link our official site here:
http://cbiscuitpokerstaking.com/

I assume we will continue to add new features as time goes on, but I am happy to have this completed. We have locked down deals with some new players and added some excellent support staff to our stable. We are also launching a new exclusive coaching/staking program with our head coach, Kyle Garner (shipitk2g). If you’re curious for some of the details on this program, please contact me. We are looking to add more programs with our stable throughout the coming months.

I’ll write some mini trip reports below, each with a different destination.

Anchorage, AL

I went to Anchorage over the 4th of July weekend with my family. It was a family reunion of sorts; and we haven’t all been together in over 2 years. This was my first time up in Alaska and I had a great time. We went hiking on Flat top mountain, salmon fishing in the river, and went to the conservatories to check out the big grizzlies. Alaska is a beautiful place and I could definitely see myself visiting again.

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Las Vegas

I went to Las Vegas with my girlfriend’s family in the middle of July for about 4 days. I had a great time and haven’t been to Vegas in 3 years. I went annually from 2008-2012, mainly for poker. I definitely miss living in a poker house and playing live all day and partying at night with my friends throughout the summers. I plan on going to Vegas next year and playing for maybe a week and hanging out with some guys from our group.

Some highlights on this Vegas trip included:

Michael Jackson’s ONE, a cirque du soleil show- We had a great time at this show and this was one of my favorite Vegas shows I have been to. It was basically many of Michael’s big hits (songs) with dancing and acrobatics with each song. If you’re a fan at all of MJ, you will enjoy it. I’ve been to a fair amount of shows in Vegas (Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, O, Blue Man Group, Ka, and maybe a few others) and this one ranks up there with all of them.

The Food-

Shake Shack- This was my first time going to SS (I’ve wanted to go for years) and it was fantastic. SS was in the category of the tier 2 burger price (tier 1 would be McDonalds, BK, Wendys, and maybe higher in that group would be Culvers and Freddys burgers). Tier 2 would include: Smashburger, 5 guys, and other $8-$10 burgers. Everything about SS was very good and the beef quality was among the higher that I have tasted for a fast food restaurant.

Secret Pizza in the Cosmo- Late night pizza that’s great, what else is there to say? NY style.

Sushi Samba- I know that this place is cited as overpriced, etc, but I really like it. I have been to Sushi Samba several times. I love Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian food, and when it’s a fusion of all of those flavors, you have my interest. We did a tasting menu for $100 a head and got some of our favorite items: Chilean seabass on a stick, rare beef with mushrooms, salmon sashimi with an almond, and delicious fish tacos.

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Here are some of my other descriptions in this thread: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=50642919&postcount=3785

I was able to play 1 session of poker while my girlfriend went to Thunder Down Under. I played at the Aria 1/3NL at night for a few hours and my table was super soft, as most 1/3s are in the city. I also ran fairly well in terms of starting hands but also had my first 1 outer in a live setting.

I opened QQ in MP and got 1 caller. This player was fairly fishy and did some really strange stuff, like limp re-raise pre flop and then pot bet a Kxx flop and then folds to a raise. The flop was QJ3r and I bet ½ pot. The turn was the J and I thought about my bet size (or a check). As I was thinking, my opponent bets huge (like 3/4ths pot) out of turn and the dealer told him that I have not made an action yet and the bet was binding. I decided to raise a little more than min (assuming he likely has Jx) and he insta shoves over my raise. I checked my cards and called fairly quickly. The river was the J and I muttered “You have the Jack, right?” and he proudly showed AJ. I show my hand and the table cries out.

There weren’t a ton of eventful hands. There was maybe one other player who was semi competent in a live sense and the others were either huge nits or action players who didn’t have a good grasp of any poker strategy. I left a $200 loser for the night after about 3 hours of play. Oh well! I’m excited to play more when I go to Vegas next year.

There wasn’t a whole lot of other stuff we did. We walked around the strip a lot and hung out at the pool. All in all, a great trip.

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