Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Nik Wins NPP Internet #29

Miracles happen! I had a rush of cards you dream about. About the only way I was going to win one of these.

Only four showed up to face my avalanche of hands. Maybe we need to go back to 9pm. How about 8:30? Opinions? Anyway, onto the game;

It was not Sev4TSev’s (4th) night. Every hand or flop got run down for him early. On Hand #30e gets knocked out by be with a typical hand for him this night. Sev’s got 98 and he and I see the flop as limpers. The flop is [A83]. I bet and he calls. The turn is a 9 and he goes all in. Unfortunately for Sev4TSev, I am holding A8.

The three of us went round and round with me raising a lot because of the great hands I was getting. On hand #60, Matchy did get into 2nd place with the three of us.

On hand #72, short-stacked Duder and I limped in with a flop of [7A2]. I had 82 and was very happy when a [2] hit on the turn. We get all in on the river when an [A] hits, filling my boat. Duder has A9. Doh!

On hand #84, Duder takes over 2nd when he wins a good size pot from Matchy.

On hand #88, Matchy wrestles 2nd back away from Duder. Meanwhile I am slowly bleeding chips away from both of them with endless raises. The sad part was I always had something. What a run of cards.

On hand #94, Duder and Matchy were dead even at 800 chips while I sat there with 4800.

On hand #95, reality returned to my world as my TT got run over by Duder’s QQ and that left Matchy in deep 3rd place.

On hand #97, Matchy (3rd) goes all in with 55 and I have to call with my AJ s.
A [J] on the flop and I win the coin flip.

Heads up now, I have 4600 and Duder 1400.

Hand #100, Duder gets some life when his 34 hand hits a flop of [T48] against my T9. He gets all-in and I call. A [4] on the river and he doubles up.

Too bad my endless raises had bled his chips down. His double up only got him to 1000.

Hand #104 ends the night as Duder (2nd) had A9, called by my A8. I get lucky and hit an 8 on the flop and Duder got no help.

1st – Nik Faldo
2nd – Duder
3rd – Matchy
4th – Sev4TSev

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Neteller's Distribution of $94 Million in U.S. Funds

Today, NETELLER announced That It Is out of Negotiations and will soon begin to
implement a Plan for the Distribution of $94 Million in U.S. Funds
Today, NETELLER announced that it is out of negotiations and will soon begin to
implement a plan for the distribution of $94 million in US funds. The distribution
process will begin by July 30, 2007. Customers will receive an e-mail when distribution
is available. The two most important things to note are: 1) Beware of scams and 2)
requests will only be accepted until January 26, 2008. Here is NETELLER’s News Release.

full article here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Time Out for Sports

Let’s pretend I was King (as I should be).
Tim Donaghy and the NBA: Root out the evil doers as soon as possible and move on. News flash to everyone: Gambling is a ….gamble! And the NBA has been a joke since it instituted the Jordan rules and fixed the draft lotteries.

Moving on would be changing the rules of this WWF game to something worth watching. Here are my rule changes (remember, I’m King).
> There is no such thing as a hand or reach in foul. Do anything you want to the guy with the ball - with your arms and hands on his arms and hands.
Obviously, if a player stops dribbling and doesn’t pass the ball right away, he is going to get hacked pretty good. The game will really move!
> Blows to anywhere else besides the arms get the two free throws, possession of the ball and a 30-second penalty like hockey. In other words, you foul someone; you may give up 5 points pretty quickly. This will not affect the game that much as except for hand-arm fouls, how many fouls are actually called?
> You foul out after 3 fouls.
> Fighting is allowed - like hockey - with each combatant getting a 2 minute penalty and the teams would then play 4 on 4. A fight counts as 2 fouls. No free throws for fight fouls.
> Basket would be raised one foot.
> Shorten the season to 60 games and the playoffs to the top 8 teams.
> April is set aside for NBA playoff games.

NCAA Basketball - Same NBA rules apply. You will notice I have freed up March for ‘March Madness’. It is all you and a bag of chips!

WNBA - Don’t know what that is. Don’t waste the King’s time with this nonsense.

PGA, Seniors PGA - No changes at this time.

LPGA - Skirts mandatory. If you can’t, won’t or should not wear a skirt, then I guess you don’t play.

Men’s Tennis - Earrings banned. Matter of fact, earrings banned on all male atheletes.

Women’s Tennis - Shorts and shorts under the skirt are banned. Most of you are women, so dress like it. I am pondering making the women’s beach volleyball uniforms mandatory for women’s tennis - so don’t try the King’s patience.

NFL - Michael Vick: I grant him the ability to work at his job until he either quits himself, he is cut by his team or he is found guilty of the charges.
> Cut the pre-season to two games. Eliminate the bye week. Eliminate the week break between the championship game and the Super Bowl.
> Make cheerleaders mandatory in every stadium with the amount of material allowed for the uniforms not to exceed the current Dallas Cowboy cheerleader uniform. Going ‘under’ is fine. I of course have veto power over the cheerleader hires.

NCAA Football - Leave the bowls and the BCS as it currently is. Then have the coaches secretly vote for the 4 best teams, and then use a point system with the writer’s polls to come up with your playoff teams. Lots would be drawn to determine opponents for the 1st game. The profit generated would be divided between every division I school.

NHL - Eliminate the ‘instigator rule’ and the ‘check from behind penalty’. In my day, you settled things on the ice and you knew better than to approach the boards face first.
> Eliminate regular season overtime and shoot-outs. Don’t need it if you don’t have the ‘instigator rule’. Even the worst hockey team is worth watching if they can play the style of “If you can’t beat them, beat them.”
> Shorten the regular season to 60 games and the playoffs to the top 8 teams - four from each league. Playoffs over by Feb 28. You don’t play ice hockey in the spring.

MLB - Intentional walks are just that - intentional. Just wave the guy to 1st base.
>Shorten the season to 150 games, and have the regular season run May 1 to August 31. Labor Day Weekend off. Play double-headers you sissies. Break a sweat for crying out loud. It’s a team game - use your bench. A team can resign instead of wasting pitchers should a rout happen. Nevermind - I declare an 8 run mercy rule after 5 innings. 7 runs after 7 innings, and 5 after 8 innings. How many 5-run comebacks have you seen in the 9th inning? Please.
>Then the playoffs start - Top 4 teams in each league, scheduling the games to be done by September 30. That is 27 days to get the maximum of 21 games done. We don’t play baseball in the late fall and winter.

Ok, sports issues solved and solved for the better. I hope my ‘Queen’ lets me play golf this weekend (especially after reading this). - Nik Faldo

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rownder73 Wins NPP Internet #28

Sorry I could not attend. Relatives from out of town arrived at my sister's door for a big dinner and I was designated drink supplier.

But five made it to the felt, I see. Maybe we could get a little play by play from the participants?

1st - Rownder73
2nd - ArticBlast
3rd - Sev4TSev
4th - Boother
5th - Duder123

Friday, July 20, 2007

Advantages of Road Trips

A Hawaii woodpecker and a California woodpecker were arguing about which place had the toughest trees. The Hawaiian woodpecker said Hawaii had a tree that no woodpecker could peck. The California woodpecker accepted his challenge, and promptly pecked a hole in the tree with no problem.

The Hawaiian woodpecker was in awe. The California woodpecker then challenged the Hawaiian woodpecker to peck a tree in California that was absolutely im-peckable (a term woodpeckers like to use). The Hawaiian woodpecker expressed confidence he could do it, so accepted the challenge. After flying to California, the Hawaiian woodpecker successfully pecked the tree with no problem.

So the two woodpeckers were now confused. How is it that the California woodpecker was able to peck the Hawaiian tree and the Hawaiian woodpecker was able to peck the California tree, but neither one was able to peck the tree in their own state?

After much woodpecker-pondering, they both came to the same conclusion...your pecker is always harder when you're away from home.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nik finishes 9th in 10,000 player Tourney on Poker Stars

Maybe you all didn't want a piece of me Tuesday because you knew the carnage I would inflict this night.

I got in four regular tourneys since no one showed up for the Tuesday night gig. Cashed in one, finishing 66th, but showed a profit as it easily paid for all three entries.

This 9th place finish in the lone freeroll I entered, gets me a seat in a $1000 tourney on Sunday at 2pm. Guess I will have to golf early that day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

NPP Tuesday Internet Tourney Had Nik Faldo All By His Lonesome

Here I was in Norwalk OH, looking forward to poker with my buds.

I was all alone.

Played with myself anyway and lost heads up.

1st -
2nd - Nik Faldo

Played in four big tourneys on PS since you all ditched me.

Finished 66th in the first one - quadrupling my buy-in.
Out the next two.
In a freeroll - at the 4th break, I am 34th out of 62 - trying to reach the final 27 that qualify for a $1000 freeroll - Weekly Round 2.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Matchy Wins NPP Internet #26

Only four players made the game. But the battle was a long one.

On hand #40 Matchy took a bad beat when his KK lost to a shorter stacked Artic Blast's QQ - with a Q on the river.

On hand #79 Matchy got his revenge and started his roll to the top when his JT made a straight to oust Artic Blast (4th) and his pair of nines.

On hand #87 my (Nik Faldo - 3rd) short-stacked butt had to make a stand with Jh Th with a flop of [9h 8h 3s] and found I was against Matchy's Kh3c. I did not improve.

Matchy still was slightly behind in chips until he hit a 4 of a kind hand and took the chip lead for good.

At the break, Matchy had 4800 and Sev4TSev had 1200.

The end came when Sev4TSev (2nd) hit two pair on the flop but Matchy hit his flush on the river.

1st - Matchy
2nd - Sev4TSev
3rd - Nik Faldo
4th - Artic Blast

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Poll - Who is the Best Player at NPP?

Well the results are in. Congrats to "The Wall".

Next Poll - Who is the luckiest player at NPP?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Results of weekly NPP PS Tourney

  • Only ArticBlast and Fourputt showed up.
  • PS canceled the tournament due to lack of participants.

Who is the Best NPP player?

Latest NPP poll results show Tolly and Boother (!?!) in a tie.