Sunday, April 03, 2005

Yes, at the Diamond game, I am the River Queen.

Actually - anybody can be considered Ruler of the River if in a hand against Ed!

We played 2 short handed games tonight - 4 players, ten bucks a pop, winner take all. T3000 in chips to start with 10 minute blinds.

In the first game, I found myself heads up against Ed. Scott dealt us some wicked strange hands. In one, we both had pocket Aces (and were berated by Scott post-hand after neither of us ended up all in at any point. With JJx on the flop, and three of a suit onboard by the turn, it seems Ed and I were both a little gunshy with our Rockets). In the next hand, I found 5-4 suited and flopped trip fours. I got lots of my chips in the pot, only to discover that Ed also had a four, with a kicker that trounced my five. My all-in hand was even a bit noteworthy. With A9 clubs in hand and an Ace on the flop, I got all of my chips in the pot against Ed's straight-flush draw (unless it was just a straight and a flush draw - though I think it was the former). Problem was (for him, anyway) that my flush draw would be to the nuts. Turn came a nine, for my two pair - which earned an audible groan from Ed, but had also given him his straight. Or something like that. It took me out - that much I remember.

Second game wasn't quite so crazy in terms of wacky heads-up hands. Matt and Ed went out early, and both proceeded to head home for the night, leaving Scott and I to watch bad TV and play out the remainder of the game. I was decently short stacked, and lost a bunch of chips on the first hammer to pass through my pocket. Since a few of the Diamond attendees are privy to my occasional play of the hammer, it had already been a topic of discussion (though I hadn't seen one yet). I made the obligatory pre-flop raise, and was encouraged when a 7 hit the board. Unfortunately, I believe it was a King that hit Scott's higher pair, and the hammer cost me some chips. I had enough for a couple more hands, and finally I was all-in in the blinds, only to look down and find.... the hammer! I HAD to win this hand, right?

Wrong - though the poker gods made it interesting at least, giving me a straight draw that caused Scott to hold his breath for a few moments while flipping the river card. No such luck for me, and the game was over.

Good times.

Then, I stopped at Taco Bell on the way home, because I could not resist the call of the chalupa. I had intended to log in and play some poker when I got home, but oddly enough, I instead decided to load up a game demo that came on this month's Maximum PC magazine - Lemonade Tycoon 2. I've never played any of those Tycoon games, but my brother has been playing one of them and had brought it to Easter last week, and I was intrigued. So I tried out this demo of Lemonade Tycoon. Wouldn't you know - in the blink of an eye, my 60 minute demo expired, and I found myself yearning to sell more lemonade! How bizarre. A game about selling lemonade. And it has me hooked. I need some serious help.

Ahh well, since I can't sell any more lemonade, I guess I should go to bed. Sunday I have another paper to write, but hopefully it won't take as long as last week's monstrosity and I'll have some time for Tiltin'.


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