Get It Quietly

Football, bollocks and a bit of poker if you're lucky.

Location: Enfield, London, United Kingdom

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Oh Go On Then

Damn those salesmen and their limited time only offers. I can never resist them. So I have booked a flight to Vegas and I will be there 30th June-13th July. Cheap flights only available for two more days ! Until the next sale anyway.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

In The Mist Dark Figures Move And Twist

You learn something every day. I didn't know that the numbers on the roulette wheel add up to 666. And they do, check it out. However, no sooner did I learn this interesting fact than it transpired that people think it wasn't 666 at all, it was 616.

Which, as the article points out, would bugger up a lot of films, and heavy metal songs. Nice to see Caligula get a namecheck in there too. If you must have an Emperor, you might as well go the whole hog and have one who shags all his sisters, declares war on the sea and makes his horse Consul. Now I think about it, maybe the pendulum of history is moving back in that direction.

The Mark Lawrensons Of Poker

I have been watching the WPT Series 2 DVDs, and over the course of a month have just about made it all the way through. Just one correction, having now seen the entire Reno tournament I retract previous statements about how well Michael Kinney played. 4 of the episodes have "pro commentary". Negreanu and Lindgren were excellent, and Esfandiari and Laak were quite entertaining if not quite as good technically.

Having reached the end though I am now confronted with a panel of faces dissecting the $25K Bellagio final. Surprisingly, this turns out to be Negreanu, Duke and Hellmuth acting all buddy-buddy. Surprising to me because I certainly thought that both pairs of Negreanu/Duke and Hellmuth/Duke loathed each other, but still. I'm not all the way through it yet and I might not even bother. There's something not right about professionals talking about "blunders" and "donkified" plays without ever acknowledging that they can see all the cards, which makes matters somewhat easier.

If I do stick with it I am promised expert revelations on the subject of tells. I can't wait. His eyebrows twitched there, that means he has KQs. See ? No doubt it won't be that extreme but the point remains. One final point, there's also a lot of talk about the pressure of playing for $2.5 million dollars, and how a lot of people can't deal with it. True enough, but one might consider the context of this question : what is the largest amount of money that Duke and Hellmuth have ever won in a single open tournament ? Have a guess, the answers might surprise you, in the first comment.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Cool T-shirts And Stuff

This has all come about because of two things. 1) I wanted a T-shirt with "World Series Of Nipping" on it. 2) I have far too much time on my hands. Necessity being the mother of invention, I have now produced the Get It Quietly range (you can click on the shirt but the link is better).

That's just one of the many innovative designs that you could be wearing on a quality ... oh nuts to this I hate marketing speak. These are T-shirts and junk with stuff written on them. They stand or fall on their own merits. This is real, you can really buy these. In the UK and Europe that is, I'm still working on the US equivalent. Oh and free delivery in the UK on orders over £17 until 31st January ! What more do you want.

Send any feedback to . Apart from that, buy one, wear it, and tell people where it came from.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

To Those Who Doubt The Power Of Karma

I say behold !

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Is This The Best I Can Do ?

I shouldn't mock I know, especially the afflicted, and alcohol problems are not something to trivialise but someone on the radio today read out the news snippet "Charles Kennedy insisted that he was not in denial". That works on so many levels. Apologies all round to anyone whose life has been adversely affected by alcohol.

Is that the best I can come up with in a whole week, for my (cough) loyal readers ? You know what, I think it is. I am beginning to think that blogs have run their course. I expect elevator boys have poker blogs now, you know what I mean ? And most of them suck. Most of the ones people are paid to write suck. Still, to paraphrase Heinlein, most of everything sucks so there's no cause for surprise.

I still love playing poker but I think most of what I wanted to say about it, I have said. We'll see. One thing though, to those known blogging associates of mine who are currently larging it up in the Carib, come on ! Entertain us with sick poker tales. If it helps we're freezing our arses off here, so you could always give us the rub-down before hitting the beach at least.

(10 minutes later) bizarrely, we can link blogs, the Caribbean, known blogging associates and even arses by looking here (PCA: Adjustment to Day 2). I exclude this Pokerstars guy from my blanket blog criticism, he's quite good. Check out the photos. Is that a familiar arse in pic 2 ? But what strikes me is how miserable everyone looks ! Lighten up !! They all look like someone's run over their dogs, as Steve Dannenman once said.