Saturday, December 18, 2004

Bonuses galore!

Bonus whores got the golden goose of all bonuses today. Party poker is offering (as I'm sure 1,000 other blogs are reporting) a 20% reload bonus up to $200. The reload bonus must worked off in one week's time.... 1400 hands! Luckly the little one decided to take a long nap today and I'm already through 900 hands. If you haven't joined the aquarium yet... BONUS CODE: IGGY damnit!

Morning session was a trying one. KK, QQ (three times), JJ (twice) all went down weak aces who called a 3 - 4BB raise. Sigh. Was just a crappy morning where your bacon got burned, while your kid is screaming, and your wife is threatening to back out Christmas shopping after maxing out the credit cards. But, the fishies did throw this humble guy a life preserver...

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (10 handed) converter

SB ($20.09)
BB ($25.15)
UTG ($45.5)
UTG+1 ($23)
UTG+2 ($32.25)
Hero ($29.55)
MP2 ($8.5)
MP3 ($67.96)
CO ($17.5)
Button ($33.5)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with Kc, Qc. SB posts a blind of $0.25.
UTG folds, UTG+1 raises to $2, UTG+2 folds, Hero calls $2, MP2 folds, MP3 calls $2, CO folds, Button folds, SB (poster) calls $1.75, BB folds.

Flop: ($8.50) Tc, Ac, 5d (4 players)
SB checks, UTG+1 checks, Hero checks, MP3 checks.

Turn: ($8.50) Ah (4 players)
SB bets $3, UTG+1 calls $3, Hero calls $3, MP3 folds.

River: ($17.50) Jc (3 players)
SB bets $3, UTG+1 raises to $15, Hero calls $24.55 (All-In), SB folds, UTG+1 calls $3 (All-In).

Final Pot: $63.05

Strangely the SB had AQ and folded on the river, I don't if I would have put myself on the flush draw but at least it softened the blow of the horrible morning. This was my first royal (live or online) so I did a little happy dance despite the wife's comments of "stop acting like a dork".

There's also a reload bonus over at PokerStars. The bonuses there are more difficult to clear but I may give it a run since I'd love one of those squishy stars they give with 300 Frequent Player Points. Speaking of frequent player points... Party Poker is starting up a program in which you get points for deposits, just playing frequently, refering a friend. I might stick closer to PartyPoker if its worth it. I'll report more once there's more information.

Still waiting on my withdrawls from and Intertops. I don't like to act freaked out but when I get an email saying 24 to 48 hours I expect their end to hold that up. For the most part I've no troubles with deposits/withdrawls from poker sites so I'll hold my judgement until Wednesday, then my pissed off customer voice will come out.

Damn its late, Xmas with my parents tomorrow. Viking football and mom's cooking to raise my blood pressure can't ask for a better day.

Parlay picks this week...
Vikings (-3) over Motor City Kitties Vikes have been bad but Detroit has no QB
Broncos (-1) over KC Yes I picked my best friend's team to win, but Jack the Snake needs to prove he can lead the team into the playoffs. A better bet might be the over.

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