Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Poker in Chicago - June 2008 Charitable Events

Thank you again Joe, for your tireless contributions.

Sun.....6/1.......Tinley Park...................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....6/1.......Flossmoor.....................SouthStar Services
Mon....6/2........Elmhurst.......................Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....6/3.......Elmhurst.......................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed....6/4.......Des Plaines..................Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....6/5.......Niles..............................Rockford Charitable Games
Sat.....6/7.......Tivoli..............................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....6/7........Lemont..........................All Charity Poker
Sun.....6/8.......Darien..........................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....6/8.......Willowbrook.................Illinois Charitable Games
Mon....6/9........Buffalo Grove..............Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....6/10......Mt Prospect.................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed....6/11.....Chicago........................Gateway Green: GREEN TIE BALL - new!
Wed....6/11......Skokie.........................Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....6/12......River Grove................Rockford Charitable Games
Fri......6/13.......Chicago.......................Chicago Poker Open
Fri......6/13.......Tinley Park.................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....6/14......Tivoli............................Chicago Charitable Games
Mon....6/16......Addison.......................Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....6/17......Skokie.........................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed....6/18.....Streamwood...............Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....6/19......Artington Heights.......Rockford Charitable Games
Fri.......6/20......Woodridge..................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....6/21......Hickory Hills...............Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....6/22......Naperville..................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....6/22......Park Ridge..................Chicago Poker Live
Fri......6/27......Tinley Park..................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....6/28......West Chicago.............Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....6/28......Joliet..............................Road Dawg Softball



All Charity Poker www.allcharitypoker.com

Chicago Charitable Games www.chicagocharitablegames.com

Chicago Gateway Green http://gatewaygreen.org

Chicago Poker Open http://chicagopokeropen.com

Illinois Chartiable Games www.icgapokerevents.com

Midwest Poker Live www.midwestcharitablegames.com/

Rockford Chartiable Games www.rockfordcharitablegames.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Books to Read, Just Not on Vacation

As I packed my carry-on, the last thing I do before heading out on a trip of 3 days or more, I grabbed two books off the nightstand, two tourist books on Dubai, my latest issue of CardPlayer magazine, my 30GB video iPod (to supplement my ubiquitous iPhone), my laptop computer, my wife's digital camera (it's the good one, which means I'm responsible for carrying it and using it, really making it our digital camera - plus, I bought it), and all of the shows and movies that I threw on a DVD rather than transferring them from our desktop or downloading them onto the laptop and taking up valuable hard drive space.

After slinging my 30 lb. (14kg) backpack full of electronic excess and reading material onto my back, into a cab, through an x-ray machine, under the seat in front of me on the airplane, off the airplane in Frankfurt, and back onto another airplane, once again under the seat in front of me, the contents were largely untouched by the time we arrived in Dubai. I looked at one tour book and listened to my iPod - that was it. Most of our entertainment was provided by the in-seat, on-demand entertainment, and the inside of my
eyelids.

Fortunately for my travel planning psyche, the bag has been fully disrupted now, two days into our trip. Mrs. C and I watched an episode of Flight of the Conchords (I burned the first season to a DVD before departure) last night before bed, and while she was doing some last minute meeting prep, I watched two episodes of I Bet You, that prop bet show with Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. We've read and re-read both books on how to be a tourist in Dubai. I've read one-off articles from the latest CardPlayer while waiting for the wife. Surprisingly I haven't used the camera yet, but the iPhone has provided a few snaps (as seen here). And I've read a few chapters of Lee Nelson and Kim Lee's sequel to Kill Phil. The problem, the book's title and cover, and my location.

Kill Everyone, by Jones, Lee, and Tyson Streib is turning out to be a really excellent tournament Hold 'em book, exploring strategies, approaches, and mathematical considerations. The thing is, it's hard enough to read this book sitting on the eL in Chicago, or laying in the park while children and their parents play nearby.
The cover features a big cross-hair target and the words "KILL EVERYONE" emblazoned across the title, and here I am, 9 time zones from home, in the middle east, displaying my book cover at the pool. After a few odd looks, it occurred to me that most people probably didn't recognize this as a card-playing instructional book, and not a manifesto, never mind the local government's position on the game of poker, or any other game they'd throw into the category of "gambling".

In fairness to me, there is a sign near the pool that reads "no bombing" which probably also refers to a form of game playing and not actual violence. (Let me digress again - "no ducking"?! Huh?)

For the next hour or so I carefully folded back the first three or four pages, or made sure the front cover and spine were obscured by my knees as I attempted to improve my tournament game and my chances of making it back to Chicago safely.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Off to Dubai - Land of No Poker?

In just a couple hours the Mrs. and I will be headed to off to sweltering Dubai, via Frankfort, via O'hare airport.

As you may or may not know, gambling is not permitted in Dubai, and hence, there will be no poker. What's more, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seems to have just two internet service providers, both of which block a good amount of the internet, including VOIP providers (like Skype), adult content, and "gambling" sites (like Full Tilt and Poker Stars).

What will I do for 8 days without VOIP, YOINK, and SHOVE (ahem..)?

I'll explore, sunbathe, read, and ride a camel. We plan to go skiing - yep, skiing in the desert. Mrs. Chicago has a couple days of business there, and we'll join her colleagues for a night in the desert for open-air dining with belly dancers, henna tattoo artists, and live music. Finally, we plan to have afternoon tea at the world's only 7-star hotel, the Burj al Arab, depicted at left. You may recognize the heli-pad, from which Tiger Woods once hit a golf ball. No word on whether he got it back.

I plan to get a little poker reading in too, and perhaps that will inspire a post or two while I'm away. If not, see you in a week!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Support Your Hundy Runner

Support Cosenza or Fasso, you decide!




New Fasso T, “Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”

New lower priced Cosenza T, available in several colors.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Race for the Hundy Fan Tees

Our friends Chris Cosenza and Mike Fasso over at Chicago Poker Club's top-rated Ante Up Poker Podcast have a big race scheduled for this Saturday. Show your fandom with these stylish tees and buttons! I couldn't resist...