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October 15th, 2013 by ten ton

minnesota vikings after thoughts – week 6 suck

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings it’s not week 5 suck cos week 5 was their bye week. they obviously decided to practice sucking even harder during their bye week. it definitely worked. awesome – practice sucking ass and come game day you will do it really well. nothing at all to say – got absolutely embarrassed by the shitty panthers…really??? season just about over. fire the coaching staff first.

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September 30th, 2013 by ten ton

minnesota vikings after thoughts – week 4 suck (not so much)

mattcasselthe vikings didnt suk this week due in large part to matt cassel not turning the ball over and making decisive reads and throws downfeild. can you believe it took 4 weeks for the vikings to finally score a touchdown via a throw to a wide receiver. seriously – are you kidding me. if cassel means throwing passes longer than 5 yards to our wr’s rather than just our tight ends then god bless the man. peterson must be so happy to finally have a qb that actually requires the opposing defenses to account for deep passes and not stack the box. this is huge. not since farve have vikings fans seen this. it’s beyond imagination how it took this long and why the coaches felt this weird loyalty to keeping a qb in there who couldnt or wouldnt throw the ball down the field on a consistent basis. the offense finally looked like a BASIC nfl offense. basic is the key here….as viking fans have been beaten into submission into accepting this crappy vanilla style offense. it’s really insulting on so many levels and the fans have always been correct. ponder is indeed at best a good back up and not the starter. why did these boneheads in the front office not see this….lemme know im still scratching my head.

so yeah the vikes get their first win beating the steelers but please note….it was the steelers and the steelers actually suck dick more than the vikes. the vikings defense also allowed a ton of yards again AND gave up a ton of points to pittsburgh’s not so great offense. i’m just saying….the qb was only half our problem. addressing the equally putrid defensive play cant be overlooked. once again there was a 4th quarter drive that technically could have ended with the vikings losing. how sad. until this gets fixed these posts will always have “suck” in them. anyway, thanks cassel you deserve credit and lots of high fives from the wide outs. my video kinda sucks too btw….

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September 26th, 2013 by ten ton

frank hits bad beat jackpot table share

frankso_badbeatsometimes life seems to work out great when it’s not planned. like the time i won a hustler tournament when i wasnt planning on playing it. like the time i turned my last $300 bucks into tens of thousands on an hour and a half dice roll in vegas. like last night when my buddy frank who wasnt planning on playing cash hit a bad beat jackpot table share.

the day started out with me really wanting to play a tournament cos i knew couldnt play much in the next week. turns out hawaiian gardens had a “decent” value tournament going on so it was worth the drive. i called up frank and pretty much told him he was coming with me – he’s new in town and has never been to hg and i also figured we could both use a break from the regular spots. that said, i picked his ass up and we schlepped it out to the gardens. the drive down was kind of shitty but it got better when i decided to get off the packed 105 and take side streets. frank busted the tournament at the second break and since he said (to my astonishment) he had no plans on playing cash and was just gonna wait for me i insisted he take my money and play.

as destiny would have it,frank sat at the right table at the right time to witness this awesome bad beat jackpot. AA vs KK on a K99KA board. was the drunk golfer with the aces stoked to lose that hand and subsequently win 30k …. yup. was frank stoked to net over a couple g’s for just being an innocent bystander…yup. was i stoked to get that text message while i was still in the tournament…yup. did i think he was fuking with me…yup. was i happy i had a stake in that win…yup. so random, so good. way to be franklin!

at 3am i ended up busting in 11th for a min cash. we ended up at a 24hr korean place eating bi bim bop til 5am. this was a much needed decent night out.

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September 25th, 2013 by ten ton

hawaiian gardens 100k – out 11th – is ATs a monster?

spur of the moment decision to roll down to hawaiian gardens to play in one of the 5 flights for their 100k event. of course i went deep but it matters very little in the end as i busted 11th out of 180 entrants – 2 away from advancing to day 2 with what would have been a pretty decent stack. i played great and was able to chip up early. this bloated chip stack allowed me to survive 3 straight suck outs by the same “i’m gonna play every single hand” dude who ended up with half my stack after it was said and done. he was like a little mosquito that wouldnt go away. he finally did though because you can only keep getting it in bad for so long.

when it was down to 2 tables i picked up ats in the sb and open shoved for 13bb. there are 2 schools of thoughts on this move. i personally think it was dumb (not sure why i didnt think this through more) and yet another costly mistake when i’ve been down in this “final table” bubble area. i should have kept with what was working for me….pot controlling and i would have most likely found a fold when the guy in the bb with kings re-popped me. yes i could have easily folded there if i raised to 40k and then faced an AI. that would have left me about 10 bigs and an entire orbit to make another move. my buddy frank (who i went down there with) had another line of thinking here though. according to frank “ace ten suited 5 handed blind vs blind is a monster” and that was indeed my move. i can see his point but it was somewhat reckless given that i think i could have easily advanced to day 2 (and not in completely horrible shape) by playing a bit more cautiously. so….there it is – i’ve come up short again but my reads were pretty spot on and my “tough” folds we actually pretty easy. all it took to ruin my day was me veering away from my game plan one time with a move that was too aggressive for the situation considering the position i was in. if it was 10 spots until the final table i dont mind the move as much – in fact i would have easily gotten it in there without a second thought.

silver linings – frank was part of a bad beat jackpot table share – i will write a post about this.

shout out to mike who follows the blog – thanks for support man i mentioned u in the vid.

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September 17th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – bounty quick exit

here are the 4 hands i played in the first 3 levels before i was bounced.

aq vs 9T flop q high 2 suit board. idiot calls me down on every street til his runner runner straight comes in (he was not on any flush draw)

55 multiway flop 335 – get absolutely no action on flopped boat

ak ALL IN vs kk – i flop my king but chop because board reads 2A345 …are u fkn kidding me – it’s tough enough winning with AK but really????

88 ALL IN vs aa and runner runner straight guy. instead of tripling up with my set i lose set over set to the aces. par for the course.

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September 15th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – facebook donkament idiot = me


why do i hold my hand over the flame? i know i’m gonna get burned yet i still do it. i briefly touch on my trip to japan and the comical incident where the people in the gym wouldnt let me in because i have tattoos. here’s a pic of me in a shirt they made me rent after they taped up my arms with gauze. yakuza

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September 14th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – not surviving the survivor


busted in 24th – 9 short of the survivor money which would have equated into a nice new laptop for me. bummer – i was a victim of not wanted to push with any two cards and super big blinds. 7hrs of play with 4 pairs. i was able to tread water most of the day but that’s about it….treading water. almost got out of the blocks fast but failed to keep the momentum up due to flush chasers hitting. ended up eating all u can eat korean food with frank so. cool dude.

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September 13th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – just quads?

somewhat redeemed myself with a decent run in this one. busted in 12th just short of making the final table. with 78K, blinds 3/6k i shoved with KJh but ran into AA and then the guy flopped quads. adding insult to injury i actually hit my flush. went into the day knowing i would do well and i did. it’s all about me – when i’m mentally focused my game flourishes.

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September 10th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – parking lot rant

. i made 2 mistakes and they cost me. busted in the early 30′s. aside from that royal fuck up i was in a great position to make a deep run. i screwed up one hand in particular at a pivotal point when i was just turning the corner in chips. instead, this sent me back down to just below ave and then with four tables left i my brain decided to stop working and i was out like an idiot. i now know what it feels like to get stacked how i stack people. usually my beats people dont see coming at all and they are a bit brutally confusing. i know cos i see it on people’s faces – it’s that look of like “wow – i’m absolutely crushed” like they just saw a ghost. it’s scary.

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September 9th, 2013 by ten ton

minnesota vikings coaching decision tree

here’s a link to what i thought was a really great article from a viking blog called the daily norseman. the picture of the vikings coaching decision tree is absolutely AHMAZZZZING!!!! yes these things make me laugh.

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September 6th, 2013 by ten ton

commerce poker series – more drinks please


first tournament in a long time and i played like it was preseason football (read shitty). it was great to be back though. im sure it will just take another one to get the rust off and back in game shape.

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July 15th, 2013 by ten ton

four cafe is doing it right

fourcafe2finally my wait is over. four cafe opened in the space that used to be the black cat and previously mani’s. i wrote about the demise of the black cat in an earlier post – i’m so thankful these new guys moved in. the place is awesome. it’s a more open place and definitely feels wayyyyy more like it belongs in the neighborhood. the food is great and the decor is fresh and clean. all in all i have high hopes for this place and i dont think they can fuck it up like everyone else did. their menu is refreshing on a number of levels…presentation is beautiful as well. i’ve been there everyday since it opened last week. seriously people, i’m so glad to have my spot back. i’m going there again for a lunch meeting tomorrow. plus….they stay open late which i could never understand why the last guys didnt. i mean – this place should grow into a very popular spot if they keep doing what they are doing. the food is ultimately what’s gonna bring people back and after having 4 different dishes i dont think they will have a problem with unhappy customers. way to be fc!

btw – that is soo not the best picture to use for this post but the one i took of my blt was blurry. fourcafe1

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July 15th, 2013 by ten ton

running bad – a few thoughts

franpokerhandsno i’m not sleeping at the table – i’m actually writing down every single hand i was dealt. why did i do this? to disspell the notion that i was the boy crying wolf all the time about getting dealt shitty cards for the past few months. this year in general has been one horrendous run bad. the sheer lack of premium hands has definitely sucked major ass. on one hand, it’s made me a more skilled player though – case in point making day 2s routinely (in LA) without hands better than TT. another case in point was the hustler tournament won with the best hand of 77. yeah that’s cool an all fran but this is like trying to compete in a marathon wearing flip flops instead of running shoes. wait, i take that back…snowshoes…you know..these kind snowshoes-snocraft-vintage-2

i definitely think my wsop results would have been very different if i was dealt at least my statistical average of premium starting hands. that tiny difference would have made a serious impact. there is only so long you can ration out your chips and make plays with 96s. as far as writing down hands…i have routinely done this during tournaments…sometimes it helps focus but it also keeps things in perspective. for example, in the wsop i was seeing 30 hands per level on average. i can also see what hands i did play – how i did with them and where i made both good and bad plays. i find it very helpful to do this every other tournament. then again, i’m about to book an appointment with an energy healer in hopes of some sort of energy cleanse that will help me attract some decent hands. ya know the chinese say lucky in cards unlucky in love – lucky in love and unlucky in cards. they need one for unlucky in cards and unlucky in love cos that’s the state of affairs over here with snowshoe man.

i know we all know this but it’s worth noting again. the probability of getting pocket aces is 1/221 and the probability of this happening twice in a row is (1/221)2 = 1 in 48,841. also! about 2.5% of the time you can expect AA, KK, QQ, AKs or AKo – that’s 1/39. so just give me that 1/39 please…all i ask – shit that’s almost one of these 5 hands every level. imagine that….wet dream.

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July 8th, 2013 by ten ton

stars and stripes – i know i dont suck

. at the suggestion of one of my friends and poker pro greg pohler i ended up playing this event and made day 2. steady, calm and solid.

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July 4th, 2013 by ten ton

WSOP Report #3 aces over kings early

wsop_49athere’s a great story behind this picture. it was LITERALLY taken the hand right after my kings lost to aces. sort of makes it an instant classic. i’m holding the few hundred chips i have left. i ask u – does that look like a guy who was just devastated? i guess it sort of does…i was a bit shell shocked for a minute. SOOOOO…can i fold kings on the button preflop in the second level of a wsop tournament? theoretically the answer is yes buuuuut of course i didnt. i’m sure if it was the main event i would have found a fold buuuuuut it wasnt and instead i found my self on life support early. i even told myself…”ok im only gonna play big hands early today”. (technically – i guess i did follow that rule).

the event was #49 – $1500. ultimately, i out leveled myself in this hand. the video below tells the in depth story but basically i thought my 4bet would look like a blatant squeeze play and that my kings would be really under rep’ed. all this shit goes out the door though when the other guy has aces cos he isnt even thinking about much else because he has the best fucking hand in poker. i mean it was up to me to fold the kings to his 5bet shove. what would u do? he shoved and i had him covered (not by much but i did have him covered). i think u can make an argument for calling and folding. most people i’ve talked to have said u have to get it in there but i honestly think i could have found a fold. i should have found a fold because deep down i was hoping he didnt have what he obviously seemed to have. i ended up busting a few hands later with Jacks. geez, it was really a bummer going out like this (so early in a tournament). uggghhh, i honestly feel like i belong there — “there” meaning – at the wsop kicking ass in these kind of events.

btw, the pic im using was taken by one of the official wsop photographers. they take pics of all the players and then charge you $50 if you want to buy it without the watermark. i might just do it because i’m so long overdue for a “official” looking photo.

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July 2nd, 2013 by ten ton

odds on vikings winning the super bowl

vikingsoddslooks like i was in vegas when there was a huge influx of viking fans. for some reason every site i google lists the vikings as 40 to 1 and some at 50 to 1 yet when i placed a bet they were 30 to 1. wtf? seriously…was caesars full of viking fans that day? oh well. honestly, on paper the vikings have a good team. their offense should be better and their defense even better with their draft. obviously it all rests with ponder. either that guy delivers or at least manages the game well enough and i think they should be able to win the nfc north. call me crazy but that’s what i think. their corners are better and my sleeper pick for offensive rookie of the year is cordarrelle patterson. yup – that guy is scary – if they can figure out how to get touches he will light it up in the open field. it’s all about ponder though…that guy has to come thru or else it’s matt cassel – maybe he can do it. i don’t care who the qb is…as long as they can complete some fuking deep passes….is that too much to ask? a qb that can throw 20+ yard passes????

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July 2nd, 2013 by ten ton

mophie, i love thee

mphieboxi was pretty stoked when i bought my first mophie juice pack last year. i thought i was really cool showing up for a tournament with xtra iphone battery life. seriously though, it was the perfect thing for tournament play. unfortunately the jack/plug thing broke after about a month. ok, fine, i went back to the apple store and ended up buying another one with an even longer battery life because the fuckers at apple wouldnt replace it “since apple didnt make it blah blah whatever blah then apple couldn’t replace it”. really? sometimes apple suks massive balls. you know what i mean…everything apple isnt smooth sailing all the time. that said, i love their products and am still soooo very happy to have made that “pc to apple” switch back in 05. anyway, back to mophie, so i bought the juice pack plus – it was all black and looked cool but then the bottom casing started to come apart again near the jack/plug. are you kidding me? no way? i decided to send an email the company because that’s just bullshit. stuff like that shouldnt break. it’s like the old apple headphones that would break after 2 months. as it turns out, the the mophie guys, unlike the apple guys, were basically awesome (jacob in particular who was my customer service rep). they won me over not only by replacing my juice pack but by sending me the replacement in the box pictured above. i luvvvvv stuff like that – good packaging says a lot about a company. those little things make me remember companies and help keep me loyal. so, mophie’s great customer service and packaging changed me…they made me a happy man and a huge fan of the brand. simple. customer service always reigns supreme. check out their letter below.letterfrommophie

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June 24th, 2013 by ten ton

logo art and design – behind the scenes

toddlogoi’m in the process of working on a couple t-shirt designs – these designs are going to be disgustingly awesome – why?…because i have good taste. PLUS, the guy that i have do most of my design work (todd calvert) has even better taste. todd has s a very similar aesthetic – he’s actually helped me with most of my tattoo design work. he understands what i mean when i say there is beauty in ugly and there is art in simple. imo you really need to have some sort of art background to truly understand these concepts. seeing beauty in ugly is actually worth a post in and of itself at some point. i had this epiphany when i was taking art classes at u mich. i ended up having an art professor that was so out of the box that he changed how i had, up until that point in life, processed art and saw/interpreted beauty. this guy used to paint mixed media on top of old maps. he was awesome – i dont think most of the class saw his genius. anyway….i’m so happy to have had that experience. transcendental in a way. back to todd – the guy is cool but seriously has issues responding to texts and getting back to people. we all hate helping friends for free though….maybe that’s why — but he can verify that i did offer to pay him — and i still will….if he eventually finishes. maybe when he reads this post he will get motivated…or maybe not.

im gonna try to silkscreen shirts on my own – then i can get great quality shirts (ie alternative apparel) and make shirts that i would genuinely like to wear. i guess i need to make the screens first. google..will help me. maybe i will be able to sell a couple. that would be awesome. update — found a place in sf that can burn a screen for me and send me what i need. this should be fun to do.

side note – todd has a wall in his place painted with chalkboard paint. it looks awesome and i’m copying it. i have a 5′x 6′ spot in my hallway that would be a perfect spot for a chalkboard.

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June 19th, 2013 by ten ton

wynn summer classic – dragon egg


this video pretty much sums up my epic day of poker with absolutely nothing to show for it. i played both the wynn and venetian… in both, i had some pretty monstrous hands that ended up getting beat by even more monstrous hands. things started going wrong when i flopped a set of jacks at the wynn and couldnt get the guy drawing to the nut flush off of his hand. ughhh so frustrating when you know exactly what your up against while it’s happening yet you cant do anything about it. especially when the flush comes in. it’s like watching a tsunami roll toward you while you’re standing on the beach — not much u can do except wait for it and then try to survive. of course i paid him off even though every bone in my body was telling me i was beat. moments like this make you want to punch urself over and over and over. it was yet another reminder i really do know when im beat and more importantly that i need to listen to and trust my poker sense instead of letting ego and fantasy (thinking i have such a great hand and deserve to win with it) get in the way – i’m normally good at this. suffice to say i want to forget today. i’m soooo much better than this.

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June 15th, 2013 by ten ton

Venetian Deepstack III Final Table Party


this was my 3rd cash in a row. three in a row is definitely not shitty. it’s also the 2nd tournament that i wasnt planning on playing. i was actually planning on playing aria as a warm up for the wynn classic but since the venetian was right next door we decided to walk over and jump in the 7pm tournament. turns out, this was a smart change of plan – sometimes it’s the unexpected stuff that works out best.

fran_court_venetianadding goodness on top of this already good story was the fact that courtenay also my the final table with me! this was the first time we both made a final table together. pretty awesome – he finished 6th and i finished 8th. the same angle-shooter douche bag from san antonio busted us both out. it’s amazing how some people fail upwards. i’ve seen it my entire life in the music business (specifically talking about a&r people and executives here). seriously bummed i didnt place higher and in retrospect i think that guy’s call of my all in pre with 4′s was kinda risky. i had A5 hearts and honestly didnt think he would call for his tournament life without something super solid as i mistakenly thought he was super tight. oh well – i knew that if i did get looked up i had 2 overs, flush possibilities and straight possibilities. alas, nothing came in and i was bounced pretty unceremoniously. it’s easy to say i should’ve waited but i just had to get by 2 players to win the blinds and antes. hmmm… the same guy busted courtenay out with a gross runner runner flush to his trip tens. it’s not all skill folks.

anyway, this was a great start to a trip. we cruised out to vegas in a few hours – checked into encore and even had time for a quick drink in the sun by the pool. i need to right my own yelp review for encore…i love that place. ended up finally going to bed at 5am. not ideal when u have a big tournament the next day but always a good problem when u’ve made a final table. video sums it up…i was pretty tired when i made it.

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