Archive for July 2012
I don’t think this is a joke; I hope not, I picked up a box.
I’ve had quite a few people ask, in comments and in person, where the picture below was taken. It is the rifle range at the Upper Nisqually Sportsmen’s Club; the range reaches a little over 500 yards and is a little over an hour south of where I live. There is a no rapid fire restriction and I hear they want to do a stamp inspection on title II tools, but beyond that it is a nice facility. The pistol range is pretty nice, too.
Played what was probably the second game of poker, ever, for me last night (well, second and third). For the first game ($5 buy in), I played fairly randomly, won a couple hands, and finished fifth out of seven. However, I sat at the table for most of the remainder of the game and watched everyone else.
Next game ($10 buy in), I finished third and could have been second fairly easily. What changed? I could pretty much read the strongest player’s face. He tried a bunch of distracting techniques, but it was easy to read how his hand was going to go. Based on that, and that he was willing to ride over the top to see my hands (which I won the times he did that), if I’d had the stamina I could have taken him out. The issue was the second strongest player, who was a cipher: no read on him at all.
I’ve heard about tells in movies, but it wasn’t like the Oreo cookie thing in Rounders. I can’t say what it was, but his hands were plain on his face. This experience will lead me to stay far away from poker for money, because I’m sure a more experienced player would be able to do the same to me. I think I’ve now played $20 or $25 worth of poker in my life, and that’s plenty.
What was funny, though, was how much the commentary track by the poker players on Rounders (second track) helped. For a complete neophyte, which is where I’d rank myself, listening to pros say what they would and wouldn’t do in certain situations was very helpful.
you car. During a race. By pulling off the steering wheel. At speed. Impressive!
Some amazing highlights in here, including the elite “hang off the side of the car and navigate” technique and the “smack your navigator in the face for talking smack” move.
$200k on the line, here. It’s unclear if $100k or $140k is the top prize possible, but there it is.