Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bridge not succesful

Above: The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the venue for the North American Bridge Championships. This is the view from the south.

My two teams played in the Senior Swiss and the Mixed Board-a-Match. We advanced to day 2 in the Seniors, but lost our seventh- and eighth-round matches to fall just out of the overalls. Our BAM just missed qualifying for day 2. I also played in the Online Individual and placed 240th, oh well.

My touring has been more successful. I went to Niagara Falls last Saturday and rode one of the hop-on/hop-off double-decker buses on Sunday, both of which were fun. Today I went to a Blue Jays' baseball game (vs. the Angels). Not sure what I'm doing tomorrow and then Monday I'm heading home.

Above: The Rogers Centre used to be called the SkyDome.

Above: The iconic CN Tower can be seen from anywhere in Toronto, even inside the Rogers Center.

Above: Note the reflection of the CN Tower on this handsome office building.

Above: The American Falls is on the left and the more famous Horseshoe Falls is on the right. Together they (with smaller Bridal Veil Falls in the middle) make up Niagara Falls. Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (see here).

Above: This shot of the Horseshoe Falls portion of Niagara Falls was taken from above. I'd hate to slip and fall in. I'd be swept over the edge and end up like my bridge was.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My favorite city

Toronto is one of my favorite places. It's weather friendly in the summer, the people are insanely nice, the place offers lots to do, and they have a great transportation system. Have I missed anything? Oh yes, the US dollar matches up well against the Canadian dollar so it's not too expensive for a world-class city.

Toronto is the venue for the 2017 Summer North American Bridge Championship and I'll be there from July 20 through July 31. (See here for more information.)

I'm playing in the Truscott USPC Senior Swiss Teams (Monday and Tuesday) and the Freeman Mixed Board-a-match Teams (Wednesday and Thursday). My partner is Sandy McCay.

I'll be sight-seeing the first Saturday and Sunday. After that, we'll see. Wish me luck.

Photo taken from the ACBL web site.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

Above is a photo of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, my new poker home now that I no longer live close to the Horseshoe Tunica. (Taken with my phone.)

The masthead above is a shot of their gorgeous poker room that I took from their web site. The room is big and nice and feels good to play in.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WSOP wrap-up

Above: The Rio is the venue for the WSOP.

I'm back home from the poker wars and have decompressed. Playing poker for 12 hours three straight days is grueling. There is always lots of walking and the heat saps energy, too (it was 118F one day). Or maybe I'm just getting old, huh? Nah, can't be.

I worked harder this year to get in shape to play. I reread books that I previously found helpful. I drove to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and played Friday night and Saturday (this involved staying overnight) for several weekends in April and May. That was invaluable, imo. And, of course, I discussed lots of poker with my cohort with whom I traveled to Las Vegas with.

Making a final table in the Super Seniors was exciting. There is something validating about doing it twice. Yes, it was older players, but I'm mot going to apologize for that -- you still have to beat them, and there were some good players there as well.

With four tables left, the actor James Woods came to my table. He raised from middle position on one hand. When I three-bet him from the big blind, he showed A-6 and folded (I had A-K, so hated to see that since I had chased him away when he was dominated). He has several WSOP cashes, see here.

My bust out hand looks crazy, but the guy had gone all in at least 10 times. Once a short stack called him and he turned over Q-J, so he had a wide range. This time, unfortunately, he had it.

What else? There was a tournament at the Golden Nugget where you had to qualify to play in the final on Sunday. I didn't make it, so played in a one-day thing with a minor cash (see here).

They always say "wait until next year," so that's my motto as well. There is still a bracelet to be won.

Thanks to all who followed me on Twitter.

Above: The dealers are lined up and ready for the masses.

Above: The Freemont Street Experience has a light show every hour on the hour during the evening.

Above: There are tons of bands that play each night on Freemont Street.