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I will have to check out Life on the Line.  I don't have Prime but I think I have a 30 day free trial floating around.  Maybe I will use it and watch that.  I hesitate to do it because I think they stream NYPD Blue and I would just end up binge watching that for the next 30 days.

We have been over this before, but gambling/card movies suck.

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High-Rolling Sports Gambler and a Former Dean Foods Chairman Charged With Insider Trading

Phil Mickelson, Billy Walters and Other Players in the Dean Foods Insider-Trading Case

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Phil Mickelson—Professional golfer who placed bets with Billy Walters and owed him money. He allegedly made $931,000 off a Dean Foods trade on the advice of Mr. Walters. He settled with the SEC, agreeing to give up the money and wasn't accused of knowingly trading on inside information.

Is it just me or does Lefty seem to hang out with some questionable people?  

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26 minutes ago, Deleterious said:

It's funny, my wife's cousin (a female pro golfer) just put out a pic of herself with Lefty last week as a "Throwback Thursday" pic.  I saw the Mickelson headline and I immediately thought of her.

For whatever reason, I had never heard of Walters but wow--definitely not a guy Lefty needs to be seen or associated with for sure.  I found a good piece ESPN did in Feb on Walters, it got me up to speed.

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14 hours ago, mickeyb105 said:

Del hasn't received enough love for what he did betting on basketball this year--his first grinding it out week-to-week as far as I know.  Mid 50% range may not look good to casual gamblers, but it is a major accomplishment.

I need to see pictures of the hats before I can offer my opinion on his sports betting acumen.

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Just finished up Missippi Grind.  It got worse, and then better.  There are some gems in the movie, but you have to swim through an ocean of cliche to get there.  

Reynolds continues to get better, but the movie needed another dynamic presence along the way to make it better.

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2 hours ago, mickeyb105 said:

Just finished up Missippi Grind.  It got worse, and then better.  There are some gems in the movie, but you have to swim through an ocean of cliche to get there.  

Reynolds continues to get better, but the movie needed another dynamic presence along the way to make it better.

 

I agree, it felt like something or someone was missing in that movie.

 

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I'm watching some races from Pimlico right now. One of the analysts is Eddie Olczyk. Is that the former hockey player?

His Wiki page says he works for NBC, which is what I'm watching, but says nothing about him being a horse racing analyst.

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13 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

I strongly suspect it is the former NHLer, simply because how many sports commentators named Eddie Olczyks can there really be?

Good point.

 

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Got a call late last night about my grandma being moved to hospice.  Neither of us could get back to sleep so we watched Cold Deck.  Terrible.  

I thought it was a poker movie but the poker was pretty much secondary.  Worse, the poker shown was awful.  You could have went to any card room and grabbed some $1/$2 donkey to act as a consultant and improved it by a country mile.  They are trash talking during hands, but we don't see either players hands, the board, the river, nothing.  Just that someone won and someone lost.  

And I swear in the second half of the movie they are talking about stuff that should have happened in the first half, but didn't.  I don't know if they cut those scenes in editing and forgot they mentioned them later in the film.  Maybe I was imagining things, but I wasn't wasting time to rewind and find out.  

Paul Sorvino was in it.  But I'm guessing he doesn't want you to know that.

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BTW, thank you for saving me from watching Cold Deck.

Not sure if anyone has seen the Movie "Deal", but I think it was a WPT production.  It has a healthy dose of Sexton/VanPatton doing tourney broadcasts, Esfandiari/Laak/Tilly as opposing players, and the tourneys are WPT events.  Shannon Elizabeth plays the love interest, to bad she doesn't get cast as a player.  Burt Reynolds plays the old school mentor, and does it acceptably well.  The lead actor is kind of unlikable, and along with a predictable/mediocre script it makes the movie something only to be watched if you are really jonesing for poker.

Shannon Elizabeth, though . . .

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Slightly more attractive than the average poker player I'm usually sitting with.

She supposedly has some ability, right?

 

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1 hour ago, Deleterious said:

Slightly more attractive than the average poker player I'm usually sitting with.

She supposedly has some ability, right?

 

She won 3rd Place in the National Heads-Up NLHE Championship event that was on NBC for few years running.  Given, not all of the best players in the world played in this event, and it can be argued that she had the easiest road to the final four of any player, but she had to beat multi-bracelet winners Jeff Madsen(4), Barry Greenstein(3), and Humberto Brenes(2) for the right to face eventual champion Paul Wasicka.  Wasicka was a beast back then, just months removed from his 2nd-place ME finish.She beat Celine's late husband Rene Angelil in the first round, but it is pretty common knowledge that the Big Game in Bobby's Room was built around him anytime he stepped foot into the Bellagio (which was often).  Half of her tournament earnings came from her $125K score there, and she hasn't cashed in a tourney since 2013.

Here she is in maybe 2014 playing against a few of the best poker players in the world on a show called Shark Cage.  The 2+2 thread of it is mildly amusing, though far from an elite thread.  The "Is Doug Lee the biggest Toolbox Ever?" thread is still perhaps the best of its kind.

Shannon can definitely play, but that 3rd place finish year back is likely her ceiling.

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Just got back from dinner.  They have a wall up for the new poker room.  I'm excited that they started and I'm excited its a full wall.  It's so quite in the poker room now I didn't want them opening it up to the casino floor and letting all that noise in.

They are going on the gas station and car wash too.  All of the asphalt has been ripped up and the ground graded.  

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2 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Just got back from dinner.  They have a wall up for the new poker room.  I'm excited that they started and I'm excited its a full wall.  It's so quite in the poker room now I didn't want them opening it up to the casino floor and letting all that noise in.

They are going on the gas station and car wash too.  All of the asphalt has been ripped up and the ground graded.  

FK is really going for it--great to hear.

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1 hour ago, Deleterious said:

Now if they would just let me win this beautiful car that's sitting in their lobby.

 

Very nice.  I wonder if Potawatomi has a Viper promotion as well?  I'm thinking I'll get there sometime on Sunday, get into MKE Friday afternoon.

Edit:  I just saw the drawing is on SAT, I better try to sneak over there late Friday night.

 

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Trip Report:  Potawatomi Casino

Just got back from MKE last night, but I was able to break free while the kids were napping and hit Potawatomi for a bit.

Their poker room has really improved, featuring a handful of oversized tables in the back of the room where I assume they spread higher-limit stuff when the need arises.  Well, that's where the 2/5 PLO game opened at, anyway, where I played for a total of maybe 35 minutes.  There were eight players on the list when they opened it, including me, and one guy said he was going to lunch . . . so it was really seven.  The seventh guy never came, so we were six-handed and I was overmatched. 

Now, it is always important to realize when you are the weakest player at competitive table because if you know it--chances are that everyone else does as well.  I was the only non-regular playing, so there was also that.  There is no doubt that I play my best PLO as an ultra-tight sqeezer who will go as far as to lay down a set of flopped queens if that flop comes with an A or K.  Well, that guy didn't show up.  The guy who showed up tried to press with Ts2s2cJc on a KsQs4d flop.  At a full table, I fold this hand no problem.  Six-handed, and already in the hand as the BB--I call a $20 bet to the guy who just bet me out of a hand a few minutes ago and I think two other people call as well.  He reeks table bully (but only non-verbally), and I know that he thinks he can walk all over me.

Turn is a 6d, we both check.

River is a 2d to complete a runner-runner diamond board, which I firmly believe he has no part of due to his check on the turn.

I bet $40, thinking that if he has the flopped top-two that I think he has that he calls or ever re-raises.  One opponent folds, Bully bets the pot and the next player folds.  I honestly have no read here, thinking I'm beat most of the time in this spot but I just can't lay it down.  Bottom set in PLO is tough to call with, even without a flush draw on board.  The bet is supposed to tell me that he made his flush--but I just don't believe him.  I call.

"I just have a set of sixes."

Yup.  I push a bunch of red chips into the middle of the table, and in the same motion I retrieve my shrunken short-stack and stand up.

"You guys have me outclassed, have a good one.

The player next to me, who seemed like a good guy in our limited conversation, "Better luck next time, I guess?"

"Better something, my friend. Better something."

Given my state of sleep and state of mind, playing cards was probably a poor choice.  And given my results over the past year and lack of general play, playing the biggest game in the room was probably only going to end this way. 

Officially, I'm the kicker you don't trust past 35 yards, the point guard you dare to shoot past 15', and the pitcher you don't want to come into the game in even a medium-leverage situation.  The white flag.

I let it sink in while I ride the escalator downstairs to the slots.  I'm too full from lunch to drink bubble tea, unfortunately, so I missed out this trip. The casino at Potawatomi is very nice and very big.  It isn't as big as Foxwoods, but it is huge by most standards.

I played Sex in the City, won $60, then went over to the Game of Thrones slot--which I had never seen before.  I dumped $40 into it and decided to go back and see if Mr. Big was ready to pay me that $900 jackpot.  Well, he wasn't but I did get to spin for a little bit and dump a Benjamin or so. 

I made the short drive from the casino over to the Harley Davidson factory, where I took some pics of the building and the MKE skyline.  For those who have never been to MKE, there really is some cool architecture and I did my best to snap some pics whenever I could without disrupting the flow of whatever the family was doing at the time.

Other trip highlights:

--Marquette University High School graduation, the reason I was there, was held at the Al McGuire Center, where MU still plays its volleyball womens' hoops (and other sports?).  The arena is home to a mini-shrine to the success of MU's basketball program.  It is still crazy to me they won the NCAA Tournament, even if it was '77.

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--MUHS, which is affiliated with MU in some way, is an all-boys (Jesuit) school.  I'm not sure how many we have in FL, but it isn't many.

--Brunch at Comet Café is something we try to do in MKE each trip. You haven't lived until you've had homemade apple pie with bacon ice cream.

--Every time I drive by Miller Park I think to myself--or say aloud--how much of a monstrosity it is.  MKE really had a chance to build a beautiful stadium, but they built the most hideous one in the league instead . . . OK, The Trop is terrible as well but it wasn't built for baseball--Miller Park was.

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1 hour ago, Deleterious said:

No statue of Dwa...Daw...D.Wade?

I'm convinced PLO is the devils game.

Wade is one of the players they have a mini-shrine to, along with Maurice Lucas, Doc Rivers and . . . Steve Novak.

Jimmy Butler is not represented there.

I'm playing the worst poker I have played in a decade--hate my play, not the game.

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