”I loved it when you nuked Las Vegas. Suitably biblical ending to the place, don't you think?”
John Wood as Dr. Stephen Falken in “WarGames”
Shall we play a game?
I had a post a number of days back with a bunch of random, silly questions. One of those had to do with movies that you’ll watch whenever they’re on TV.
My list had a glaring omission: “WarGames”.
Yup. “WarGames”. From 1983. Starring Matthew Broderick and young Ally Sheedy. It was on last night. At 1:00 A.M. on Turner Classic Movies.
I think I have a problem. I watched the whole darned thing.
Not surprisingly, I’m stumbling around in a total fog this morning as if I were in the middle of participating in a multiple bottle drunkfest. I guess there’s something about the old school technology (8” floppies, an acoustic modem that you stick the handset into, dot matrix printer – heck, he was probably running CP/M) that appeals to whatever part of me is still a computer geek. Throw in the excellent war room computer graphics – which have held up beautifully, unlike the Soviet Union or Kirstie Alley’s physical appearance – plus young Ally Sheedy and I just can’t stop watching. It’s a sickness.
Excuse me for a sec.
mmmmmm. young Ally Sheedy.
Okay, I’m back. And before you think I’m some kind of Michael Jacksonish twisted perv, she was 21 when that movie was released. I’m not that messed up.
I would go into a dissertation on the stages of Ally’s career, but it was pretty much all downhill from “WarGames” as far as I’m concerned and we can keep it short. I didn’t care for her characters or appearance in “The Breakfast Club” or “St. Elmo’s Fire”, That’s pretty much it. She’s been in a million things since then, but I haven’t kept track.
And now with the boring poker content. Since this is a vanity project, I’ll report another modestly profitable session playing 2/4 limit on the always popular Party Poker. The Party roll is about to the point where it’s at the recommended amount to play 1/2, but so far so good. As long as I stick to a strict stop-loss rule and drop if I hit it, I’ll be OK. For now, anyway, it’s worth it to keep taking a shot. Table selection remains key – I’ve found some with five players to the flop, and some with two.
It was disappointing to see someone hit the bad beat jackpot yesterday afternoon. It was finally getting up to a reasonably attractive number. Not multiple hundreds of thousands, but appealing nonetheless.
I would certainly improve my win rate if I could just eliminate one or two mistakes per session. Case in point: I get QJs, in position (I believe I was in the CO) with multiple limpers so I play. Family pot. I flop the nut flush – A and K of my suit on the board. I check the flop and call one bet from someone acting behind me. The turn pairs the K. I check again, looking to checkraise (ERROR! ERROR!). It’s checked around. The river pairs the A and I lose a modest pot to someone holding A4o who never would have hung around if I’d played it fast and bet the flop. He probably wouldn’t have stayed around to see a river card if I’d just bet the turn. There was no reason not to bet the flop – with the A and K on the board, it’s unlikely that anyone else was playing for a flush in that suit and would give action. Sometimes you need to take a small pot now, instead of hoping to snag a monster pot later.
It also appears that I fold too much on the river, that I’m not raising enough preflop, and that my overall aggression level is pretty modest. All things to work on. I’m still a fish, genus calling station.
I also played in the 2+2 GrannyMae TOEJAM $10 rebuy on Paradise last night. I rarely have the patience to even attempt to calculate EV, but this was a no-brainer. About 120 players, rebuys, addons, and well over $1,000 in knockout bounties.
It was a rough start -- totally card dead for the first 45 minutes with not a single pocket pair or ace with better than a 6 kicker. It must be that the rest of the table was having similar issues, as it was the tightest table I’ve ever seen in any multi-table tournament, let alone a rebuy. I finally get something – AA – and double up. I steal a couple blinds and small pots, and have more than doubled my initial chip count (I did take the immediate rebuy option). Last hand before the end of the rebuy period, I get AJs in the BB and reraise a MP player all-in. He’s got 99, I don’t improve and double him up. At least with a rebuy and the add-on, I’m OK in chips.
I get a couple of monster hands in the second hour, and gradually build my stack. I don’t get many trouble hands and the ones I did receive are safely folded without costing much. I didn’t take detailed notes (or any notes, for that matter), but at some point once we’re in the money (20 paid), I’m up to 2nd chip position overall. A most unusual development.
After the second break, I go completely card dead. I don’t get any stealing opportunities, and find a succession of 10-3o type hands in the blinds. Hard to commit even one-sixth of your stack defending that junk. Fold. Blind escalation at this point is insane. I’m hanging on by my fingernails – I get blinded down to 6th chip position with 13 left, and I’ve only got 4x the BB.
As is usually the case, one mistake cost me. I’m second to act at a six or seven-handed table and get KJs. As mentioned, the blinds are nuts. Since this is the best hand I’ve seen in about 30 minutes, I push to try and steal. The big blind has me covered, wakes up to AKo, and I don’t get any help. All that work for a profit of about $10.00 after the costs of entry. No bounties, either – I think I somehow managed to only knock out one player, and he wasn’t covered.
I gotta stop.
“’Connection terminated.’ How rude!”