Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rjmech Wins for the 2nd Time in 2016

One of RJ's poker groupies posing for her work ID.

It's awfully nice when you can win at NPP any time you want. Rjmech seems to do just that when he puts his mind to it. Here is where the mortal poker players finished:

2nd - GMOgolf
3rd - Mikeniks-Faldo
4th - T3chlady
Bubble - douge2

Congratulations to Rjmech on his 21st NPP win!

RJ is not making the NPP tourneys as often as he used to. But he has a good reason. He is busy playing live poker - taking stacks away from the Michigan locals around here, cashing in tournaments around here and winning satellites to big tournaments other places!

I'll let him and the tournament write-up people fill in the details. Way to go RJ!

"This could have been me!

I gave it a shot...I only lasted 2 hours on Day 1 but I thought I played well!

Oh well, I'm just glad I won the $1100 seat for $65. I'll be back in May!" - Rjmech

Brett Blackwood Wins Record-Breaking Michigan State Poker Championship $188,314

The 2016 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino was once again a record-breaking affair. At the final table, all eyes were on poker pro Aaron Massey, who was looking to go back-to-back in MSPT FireKeepers Main Events (the two largest tournaments in state history). However, at the end of a long day it was 27-year-old Brett Blackwood who captured the title and a $188,314 first-place prize.

“It feels fake right now, right now it just feels like a dream,” Blackwell said after the win. “I was all in 14 or 15 times, often behind, and just ran spectacular. Heads-up I hit the river twice to stay alive. It feels great. I like the trophy. I’ll put it next to my alarm clock so I’ll see it first thing in the morning, and I’ll put the money in the bank. The PLO bankroll was alright, but it just got a whole lot healthier, you know what I’m saying.”

Blackwood, who was playing in just his eighth tournament ever, is a painter by trade but spends much of his free time playing $5/$10 pot-limit Omaha in Detroit. He decided to play three $250 satellites for the Michigan State Poker Championship and managed to win a seat. From there, the story was survival as time and again Blackwell was on the ropes, but nary an opponent could finish him off.

The $1,100 buy-in Main Event, which began on Thursday, attracted 884 entrants (195 on Day 1a; 338 Day 1b; and 351 Day 1c), which not only made it the largest tournament in Michigan history – it surpassed the 820 runners from May’s event -- but also became the largest event the MSPT has ever held in the Midwest. The $300,000 advertised guarantee was shattered as an $884,000 total prize pool was generated, and on Sunday 179 survivors returned looking to claim their share.

However, with only 81 spots paid, 98 of them would leave empty handed. Among those to fall were MSPT Season 5 Player of the Year Mike Deis, MSPT Meskwaki champ Keith Heine, and the man who finished runner-up to Massey back in May, Ron Kruk.

Once the money bubble burst with the elimination of Leonard Gojcaj, the in-the-money eliminations came fast and furious. Among those to fall were defending Michigan State Poker champ Michael Ferrarotti (80th - $2,226), inaugural Michigan State Poker champ Ryan Dykhouse (78th - $2,226), MSPT Season 4 Player of the Year Pat Steele (34th - $4,365), Day 1b chip leader Parris Collins (18th - $6,848), Day 1a chip leader Casey Carroll (15th - $9,330), and Bill Rogers (14th - $9,330), who finished runner-up in the same tournament one year prior.

The final table was comprised of all Michigan players with the exception of Jimmy Ray and Massey, who hailed from Indiana and Chicago respectively. Nevada Saad, who began the day as chip leader, was the first to fall after running his pocket sixes into the nines of Ray, and then Josh Marvin ran king-queen into aces to fall in ninth.

After a short-stacked Satish Thakur failed to win a race for his tournament life, Massey’s run at history ended in seventh place. In his final hand, Massey shoved a queen-high flop holding pocket jacks only to be snapped off by Lars Cole’s two pair. Cole followed him out the door in sixth place after his pocket sixes failed to hold up in a race against chip leader Brett Blackwood.

The elimination of Ray in fifth place ensured the title would stay on home soil as the final four was comprised of all Michigan natives. Of them, Vinh Ho was the first to go after running into Church’s pocket aces, and two hands later Blackwell dispatched Griff Woodman in third place.

 Church began heads-up play with a slight chip lead and the two battled back and forth until Blackwell got it in with ace-jack against ace-king. Church was one card away from winning the tournament, but Blackwell found a jack on the river to take a commanding lead. Amazingly, Church battled back and a few doubles later was back in the lead. Blackwell then got it in again, this time with ace-nine, and was up against Church’s pocket sevens. Church survived the flop and turn, but Blackwell once again hit the river when a nine spiked. Church was eliminated in second place for $114,314 on the very next hand.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tomservo2 Wins for the 3rd Time in 2016. Some Quotes to Live By.

Tomservo2 fans cheer his victory!
Tomservo2 wins for the 3rd time this year and moves up the Walk of Fame! Tom already has a seat in the NPP Final, and this win shows why.

2nd - GMOgolf - gets into contention for the final seat!
3rd - Tigercub8189 - "the man has alligator blood" and just won't go away!
Bubble - Mikeniks-Faldo (what else is new?)

Congratulations to Tomservo2 on his 21st NPP win!

Now for some quotes to live by. Boy, do we need these right now:

"Be slow to choose your friends and slower to change them." - Benjamin Franklin

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." - Lawrence J. Peter

"In preparing for battle (or business or life), I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse." - Rudyard Kipling

"It is better to die on your feet, than on your knees." - Faldo

"Before enlightenment - chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment - chop wood and carry water." - Zen Buddhist saying

"The greatest reward for doing, is the opportunity to do more." - Jonas Salk

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"It is hard to detect good luck. It looks so much like something you earned." - Frank Clark

"I find I'm luckier when I work harder." - Dr. Denton Cooley

More quotes next time.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Best States or Socialist Republic of Michigan Counties to Live In

Yeah. What is up with that?

Well, since our country's last  election is only a month away or so, Faldo thought it was time to give you the list of the states that are considered most gun friendly.

Faldo will also give you what are considered the most conservative states in the union.

As you will see, being a 'conservative' state doesn't always mean it is gun friendly. Faldo doesn't get it. How can you be one without the other? But these are the current lists.

Living in these states (both if possible) may help you survive the zombie apocalypse  a little longer when the SHTF.

Gun Friendly
1. Arizona - a bit of a surprise to Faldo because it is a semi - liberal haven.
2. Alaska - Well, yeah. Either that or you are lunch for a grizzly instead of the other way around. But a welfare haven state so it will not make the conservative state list.
3. Utah - Faldo did not expect this state to be that high on guns.
4. Kentucky - Relaxed gun laws and great bourbon. Faldo found his retirement villiage. Oh, wait, another welfare haven for deadbeat parents.
5. Vermont - WOW! A state surrounded by gun Nazi states, and #2 on the state's most liberal list. This state loves guns and votes for the party that wants to take them away from them every single year. Now try to  argue with Faldo when Faldo says liberals are mentally ill.
6. Wyoming - Expected this state to be in the top five at least. But then again, it doesn't make the conservative state list.
7. Kansas - About right. But doesn't make the conservative state list.
8. Montana - Another state Faldo expected in the top five.
9. Georgia - About right. But a welfare haven.
10. Alabama.
Honorable mentions:
11. Texas - this was a shock in one respect. But then again Faldo expected the citizens of Texas to have sealed their border with a wall or a citizen's militia - with or WITHOUT the permission or sanction of their state or federal government. Instead of "Don't mess with Texas", Faldo thinks they changed their state saying to "Mess with Texas and we will let you, while lecturing you to death about how tough we still are."
12. Missouri
13. New Hampshire - A small shock here. But it is a semi-conservative oasis surrounded by liberal cess-pools.
14. Florida - Like Texas, with all the drug traffic, citizens would be sitting ducks without their weapons. Like they are in Chicago, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, California, etc.
15. South Carolina - Ok

Now the top ten most conservative states:
1. Mississippi - Not on the gun list. Why? Or why #1 on the most conservative list?
2.  Alabama - And #10 on the gun list. Looking like a good state so far.
3. Louisiana - Faldo is not buying this one. Welfare and corruption is a staple in this state - which shouts Democrat. And they are not on the gun list, which speaks volumes.
4. Utah - First state that was ranked conservatively where they rank gun wise. The state with the best average score possible!
5. Arkansas - If this state is so conservative, why couldn't they make even honorable mention on the Gun States list? Didn't Bill Clinton pollute the governor's chair in that state before?
6. Tennessee - Not buying this one either. Tennessee has turned into a welfare and illegal alien haven. Faldo lived in this state for a couple years in Faldo's late teens. Faldo knew the Volunteers when they had more onions than this. A pathetic shell of a once proud state. They should change their handle from the Volunteers to the "We Volunteer to Bend Over."
7. Montana - very close to it's gun score. Average of 7.5 to Utah's 4.0 and Alabama's 6.0.
8. Idaho - Not on the gun list? Why????
9. Oklahoma - Texas has a little brother and the Sooner State is it. So little, they could not make the gun list either. Another big - WHY not? Is Sooner Oklahoman for 'girly-men'?
10. South Carolina - Average score - 12.5. Ok, you qualify SC.

Only four states seem to be ultra conservative and ultra 2nd amendment;
South Carolina

Faldo's pick would be..........Montana!
Utah - 2nd
Alabama - 3rd - warm weather would eventually draw a lot of refugees when the SHTF.
South Carolina - 4th - ditto to Alabama and too close to Washington, DC

To give you a perspective as to how conservative and how gun friendly these states are, we will use the the Socialist Republic of Michigan as a base mark. The Wolverine state has miles and miles of conservative space and a few huge cesspools of major corrupt cities of liberalism that push our ranks about 35th in both gun rights and conservatism.

This brings up another question - what counties in Michigan would have enough conservatives in there to actually fight with you when the SHTF? How about a top 10 or 15 list of the most conservative counties in Michigan to help real Americans to know where your fellow Constitutional citizens are:

1. Ottawa - 67%
2. Missaukee - 66%
3. Hillsdale - 62%
4. Livingston - 61%
5 - 8. Antrim - 60% - Dickenson - Luce - Sanalac
9. Alcona - 59% - Barry - Branch - Kalkaska - Otsego
14. Emmet - 58% - Montmorency - Newaugo
17. Midland - 57%

IF you have to live in the Socialist Republic of Michigan, these look like the counties to be in.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Absea98 Wins for the 2nd Time in 2016 - and Some Survivor Tips

Absea98 just floored the competition.

Absea98 beat a field of nine to win for the 2nd time this year and moves into contention for the final quarter seat in the NPP Finals.

2nd - Rjmech (who is heading on a long live tournament schedule shortly! Good luck RJ!)
3rd - Theedouble*d
Bubble - Derf-63

Congratulations to Absea98 on his 15th NPP win.

With the hurricane bearing down on Florida, Faldo thought it would be a good tome to give a little advice from a real civilian war survivor:

1. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden. Of course lakes and streams are second options, but the competition will be fierce. Think of the wildebeest trying to get a drink from an alligator infested pond.

2. After a while, even gold will lose it's luster. There is no greater luxury in a survivor situation than toilet paper. It's surplus is greater than gold.

3. Canned foods are awesome. So are a few good can openers! It is especially good if the contents in the cans tastes fine unheated.

4. Another great thing to have is canned gravy. It is inexpensive and will make a lot of dry unappetizing things edible. It only needs to be warmed enough to eat and doesn't have to be 'cooked'.

5. Books are a good thing to have around. Mysteries, romance novels and adventure stories become more valuable as time goes on. Picture the world without internet or TV and you have to save your radio power for just news bulletins. Plus, the paper is a good fire starter.

6. And we do need to feel human. Toothpaste and soap will make any situation more tolerable.

7. Slow burning candles.

8. Matches, matches, matches!

9. Gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc - you get the idea. Not for drinking - necessarily - but to disinfect items or injuries in a pinch.

10. Some bleach. A drop of bleach in a gallon of water to kill bacteria if you can't boil it. A drop of bleach and boiling the water is even better.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Derf-63 Wins for the 5th Time in 2016

Irina Shayk waits for Derf-63 in the NPP lounge.
Derf-63 played aggressive all night, and hit the hands when needed. This win will get him back into the race for the 4th quarter seat in the NPP Final

2nd - T3chlady
3rd - Mikeniks-Faldo
Bubble - Absea98

No one is running away with this quarter and there are plenty of rounds left. Do yourself a favor and settle in for some great poker action on Tuesday evening and be here at NPP on!

Congratulations to Derf-63 on his 28th NPP win!

Now for some levity from Douge2:

A guy stands over his tee shot for what seems an eternity: looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed. 

Finally his exasperated partner says, “What’s taking so long? Hit the damn ball!”

The guy answers, “My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot.”

“Forget it, man,” says his partner. “You’ll never hit her from here.”


A hack golfer spent a day at a plush country club, playing golf and enjoying the luxury of a complimentary caddie. 

Being a poor golfer, he played badly all day. Getting close to the end of his round, the golfer spotted a lake off to the left of the fairway.

He looked at the caddie and said, “I’ve played so poorly all day, I think I’m going to go drown myself in that lake.”

The caddied looked back at him and said, “I don’t think you could keep your head down that long.”


Blue Lives Matter:

A police officer called his dispatcher from his radio:

"I have an interesting case here. A little old lady just shot her husband for walking on the floor she just finished mopping."

The dispatcher said, "Is the woman in custody? Do you need back-up."

The officer stated, "No she is not. And yes, I require back up. But they don't have to hurry. The floor won't be dry for a little while yet."



This guy brings his best golf buddy home, unannounced, for dinner at 6:30, after enjoying a day of golf. 
His wife screams her head off while his friend sits open mouthed and listens to the tirade.

"My hair and makeup are not done, the house is a f****** mess, and the dishes aren't done. 

I'm completely exhausted!  I didn't get enough sleep last night.   Can't you see I'm still in my f****** pajamas?? 

I can't be bothered with cooking tonight!   

Why the h*** did you bring him home without letting me know ahead of time, you stupid idiot?"

The man says, "Because he's thinking of getting married..."