Today was Happy Day, a payday, first one in almost 3 years. Not a major payday, nothing I can live on but it is going to be regular, poker money, helps if I go to Vegas for the WPBT and best of all it gives me something to do. A friend and associate from my real working days needed an IT man for his company but not someone full time. It’s basically a retainer job to be on call when he needs help and he remembered me and thought we would be a fit. So far we have. Mainly it will evolve in to a remote access deal most of the time with the occasional office visit but right now I’m putting in a couple hours a week at the office, mainly because my predecessor was either lax on documentation or everyone forgot where he told them he put it. So, being the good Boy Scout I am, I’m studying and documenting the network before I actually have to fix something. Also been doing some hardware work. Set up a wireless router for them and been configuring a new laptop. Another reason today was a happy day. Was having remote access problems with the laptop and was going nuts trying to figure out why. Seems the logon for the laptop was not the same as the man’s usual logon and I just found that out today. The security on the network only allows certain users to access the Terminal Services and the logon he was using wasn’t on that list. Part of the problem is the way Windows 7 presents the logon screen, part my unfamiliarity with the network. Today it got solved and the laptop is working both wired and wireless. Another triumph. Need to bone up on Windows 7 though. Next week I tackle Symantec’s Endpoint Security. I hated it when they first brought it out and don’t think I’m going to like it any better three years away from my field but that’s what they have so that’s what we work with.
At least work went well because poker really hasn’t. Spent about 6 hours at Mohegan Sun in the Poconos Monday after dropping my daughter and friend off with the ex. Unfortunately no stud so I was left with 2-4. 6 hours and $15 to the good. Thought it was $10 but I found another redbird when I got home. Means another trip just to cash it. Actually planning a weekend trip some time as I heard they have started getting a 4-8 HOSE game running, PA doesn’t allow lowball games such as Razz, and even if it doesn’t run there is a steady 4-8 ½ kill O8 game that runs. Wish it wasn’t such a long drive. How come the only thing people around here want to play is 1-2, 2-4 or 2-5?
The 2-4 up there was fun. A minor version of the AC madness of a couple weeks ago settled on the table for awhile and, as in AC, I did pretty well during it though the before and after times weren’t so great. I got lucky with both the 7-2 and 9-2 during the madness. With the 9-2 I actually 3-bet preflop and hit a 9 high flop with 9-3-6. I bet out and got 2 callers. Turn bought a 5 and 1 caller to my bet and river gave me a sucker straight when a 4 hit. Checked it and he bet so I decided to hell with it and raised. When he only called I figured he didn’t have the 7 and when I tabled 9-2 for the straight he looked disgusted and mucked. Another guy on the other side of the table went gonzo when he saw the 9-2. He remembered the 3 bet and couldn’t believe I did something so crazy. A couple hands later I raised with the Hammer and again caught lucky with a 7-2-K flop. Nice pot because of that K and when I laid out the 7-2 the guy said I was unbelievable and that he liked playing with me. Too bad I chickened out a few hands later with 7-2. Would have flopped 2 pair again and boated on the river. Gods know what he would have thought of that. Glad the rags did well because my good cards didn’t. There was a guy raising pre almost every hand for awhile and I got some good cards, A-K suited, couple of high pairs and 3 bet him. Table must have remembered those rags because there were a lot of players for some nice pots. Unfortunately they weren’t mine. Twice with A-K I hit TPTK but lost, once to 2 pair, once to a set. In between the Grump in the BB hit me with a boat but the pot was dinky. After awhile the table slowed and my stack, built up during the madness, started to dwindle. For once I conquered my degeneracy and when I hit a point I determined I would not play beyond I cashed out. What’s happening to me? As it was I had a good time and even came home ahead.
My trip to Chester wasn’t so good so I’m not going to talk about it. It was a spur of the moment trip. I had been running errands in the am and had my laptop upgraded, new HD and more memory, when I decided to take a run down. I had a coupon for 20 bucks worth of comps for my birthday but had to present it at the Total Rewards counter. That and I’m only a couple hundred points away from maintaining my current status for another year so I figured might as well put some hours in. Started off well but eventually it got to a point that I couldn’t get any callers to a pot so my wins were tiny. A table change didn’t help, in fact my cards got colder than Antarctica and I booked later than I should have. On the way out I swiped both my card and VJ’s to play their Pigskin Pick’em game. Told VJ I got dibs if her ticket hits. Could make up for a rotten session.
Speaking of VJ seems that she’s planning another AC trip since the Borg made nice. She’s giving them a second chance and playing a tourney in their Fall Open. Me, I’m always up for an AC trip so it looks like I’m chauffeuring her ass around again. Anyone feel like joining us it looks like it’s going to be Nov 16th to 19th. He more the merrier. Need to build a bankroll for Vegas.
Thanks for the listen.