Bash at the Boathouse

I went to the

Bash at the Boathouse this past weekend and had a terrific time.

AlCantHang did a great job organizing the event and I believe they raised over $12,000 for charity. Woo hoo!

And I even got a picture of me playing with Gavin Smith. Gavin was a lot of fun. A real gentleman and the amount of charity work that he does is an inspiration.

Please. No comments on the picture. Winking

it was also really cool meeting Justin Shronk from the Circuit and all the bloggers that were there too.

Phone March on Capital Hill

U.S. Senate is Seeking to Ban Online Poker - PPA Phone March on Capitol Hill Scheduled for September 12, 2006

Your urgent action is needed! On September 12th, 2006 the Poker Players Alliance is teaming up with many online poker card rooms, poker blogs, and forums to organize a "Phone March" on Capitol Hill.

From 9AM ET until 5:30PM ET on Tuesday, September 12th, we are asking anyone interested in defending poker to call this toll free number - 800-289-1136 - and be patched through to one of your two U.S. Senators in Washington D.C.

When you call the 800 number, you will hear a recording from PPA member Greg "Fossilman" Raymer and then you will be prompted to enter your five digit zip code so you can be directed, free of charge, to your Senator's office.

Once you reach your senator's office, please let them know you support online poker, and make the following key points in your message:

* I am voter in your state
* I strongly oppose any legislation that would prohibit online poker and urge the Senator to vote against such legislation
* Poker is a skill game enjoyed by 70 million Americans
* The Senator should seek to regulate online poker much like the government regulates other forms of gaming, like lotteries
* Prohibitions don't work - Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground
* Again, I urge the Senator to oppose any attempts to prohibit me from playing the great American game of poker on the Internet

The threat to poker is real. Please forward this information to everyone you know who cares about poker and an American's freedom to use the Internet. We need everyone possible to make their voice heard on September 12th!

Note: The 800 number will only be active between 9AM ET and 5:30PM ET on Tuesday September 12th.

How to write a fugue

I saw this on YouTube and thought it was really smart and really funny, so I wanted to share it.

Me at the WSOP on TV.

This week ESPN aired the day of the Main Event that I played in. Now, I never tangled with a celebrity pro, and I didn't last long enough for any real face time, but they did catch me in some of the room shots.

Now, I know what you are thinking. What a narcissist he must be to have gone over the broadcast with a fine tooth comb to find these shots. But, I swear, I was actually watching it in the background while I played online and I happened to glance at the TV at exactly the right moments.

And yes, it's really me. For the first 2, I can tell by the placement, the shirt and the hat. In the "closeup" it's the watch that gives it away. Happy

Thursday is a great night for Poker.

Tonight I played in 2 tournaments on Full Tilt Poker that both started at 9pm.

1. The Ante Up Invitational ($5 + $.50), which is for listeners of the phenomenal poker podcast Ante Up.

2. The Gavin Charity Satellite ($0 + $25) all proceeds go to charity and the winner gets to play in a charity tournament hosted by Gavin Smith at the Bash at the Boathouse.

I managed to come in 2nd in the one where 2nd paid something and first in the one where first was the only place that mattered. Definitely a good night for poker. Happy

It was a lot of fun. Because both of the tournaments were made up of specific communities it was better chat than your average tournament, Of course I didn't chat much because I needed to concentrate on getting hit by the deck. I must have had AA six or seven times over the course of the evening. I think I played fairly well too. I did, at one point, get all my money in with the worst hand and then got lucky to hit it, but who hasn't? I had plenty of bad beats myself, so I'll take the good ones when they happen. Happy

And I guess, as long as I am talking poker, I did win a double shootout on PokerStars yesterday. Just a small $11 buy in with the first prize being a seat in the Sunday Million Dollar Guarantee Tournament.

Now, I just have to switch my strategy so instead of winning the $5 and $10 tournaments, and losing the $200 ones, I lose the little ones and win the big ones.

Well, maybe soon. Happy