Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dizzie's West Coast Tournament Final Important Info

Hey guys,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful and feastful Thanksgiving weekend! I just want this work week to go by quickly so we could finally all hang out and play our tournament together on Saturday. I do have some important announcements so please make sure to read this email till the end.

1) Las Vegas Blvd. blocked:
For those of you planning to leave Las Vegas (whether by flying or driving) on Sunday December 4th, 2011 please be aware that Las Vegas Blvd (“the strip”) will be closed from 5AM till 11:30PM due to a Rock n’ Roll LV Marathon - which means that drivers won't be able to cross the roads that the 15,000 runners will rumble over because they will all be closed. Pedestrians, however, will be allowed to cross the course as long as they aren't interfering with the race. There will be only two ways to get in and out of the wide swath of the Las Vegas Valley enclosed by the marathon course. Motorists can hop on U.S. Highway 95 or Interstate 15 to pass over the closed roads and exit at the appropriate offramp. You may want to use freeway exits farthest from the race to avoid the more than 200,000 spectators expected to line the race route. This also applies for those who want to visit other hotels and such, so please plan accordingly! I don’t want anyone “stuck” in Vegas but it probably is best to leave on that Monday (or possibly at the graveyard hours on Saturday *yikes* if you REALLY have to get back). I also attached a picture of the route for you.

2) Friday Night “Meet & Greet” / Dinner:
I planned this year’s meet and greet at Hard Rock Hotel - 5PM on December 2nd (Friday) at an All-You-Can-Eat-Tapas place called Johnny Smalls. Check out the link here:  (click this!) The décor & art work is amazing and the food is also great! Tapas are “small appetizer plates” encompassing Spanish snacks, Asian dim sum, Italian antipasti, Mediterranean mezze, Indian thali, Mexican antojitos, classic American starters and more, the menu is a melting pot highlighting the most delicious flavors on Earth, regardless of origin and cultural boundaries, at a great price --- $20!!!! (You do have to sign up for a free RockStar card @ the player’s club because normally it’s $25. If you don’t have one, just tell me before paying and I’ll work my magic out for you but PLEASE try to get this before you get to the restaurant to save troubles.

At first, I wanted to choose a buffet but I know that some people don’t want to spend $35 on a extravagant buffet or $12 on a “OK” buffet….. soooo I decided on this place and have been here TWICE & loved it. So, I’m inviting you all to experience this w/ me and I promise you, it’s quality food & you WILL be full. It’s not a buffet but you can eat until you’re stuffed with no time limit. Come join us there at Hard Rock Hotel at 5PM sharp. (If you need to sign up for a card, come earlier). Whether it’s a group of 6 or a group of 30, I made reservations to suffice. Text me if you’re running late or get lost because it is off strip (but not too far). Debbie: 949-300-6700 (((Also, if you know you’ll be able to make it, can you reply in this email so I have a general idea??? Thanks)))

3) Your name on my roster:
If you are on my “confirmed” list for the tournament & have a change of plans or “things came up” PLEASE NOTIFY ME ASAP so I can remove you from my “confirmed” list. I have 43 people registered so far and a few on my “alternates” list. If you know you won’t be able to make it for sure, please reply to this email to allow my alternates into the game. I know that things always come up last minute so no hard feelings =) (there’s always a next!) PLEASE CHECK AND MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON MY LIST BELOW. If you’re not on my list, you won’t be able to register for this tournament.

4) The tournament / payout structure:
$125 buy-in for $8000 chips, $5 dealer appreciation for $1000 & $10 add-on for $2000. (This means that you can potentially start with $11,000 in chips!) 20 minute blinds with NO ANTES = Great structure with lots of play-time!

Small Blind Big Blind
25 50
50 100
100 200
200 400
10 minute break
300 600
400 800
600 1200
800 1600
1000 2000
10 minute break
1500 3000
2000 4000
3000 6000
4000 8000
10 minute break
5000 10000

The payout will be based on a percentage on the actually prize pool. Also, remember that there is a bounty on me for $50!

5) In Closing:
Lastly, this is my final WCT2 notification so if you have any last minute questions, please feel free to email, Facebook, tweet, text or call me! The weather looks like it should be really cold & windy (especially at nights) so it’s best to be prepared unless you’re from the East Coast & you’re used to the freezing cold snow weather! But not me!!! The weather is low to mid 60’s so you make the judgement. Have a safe flight / drive & see you all soon!

Love & Luck,



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My $3600 DizzieDONK Pot...

I remember writing this a while back and finally wanted to share this because it's been TOO long since I've been blogging about my hands & sessions. (PLUS, this is one of my favorite all time moments that I could clearly remember {{& wrote down}} -- but there are a LOT!) Re-living this moment pumps me up again and till this day brings a smile to my face... Don't get me wrong though, it's not a typical smile but a very~very~ evil one! Muhahaha...


On a Friday night, I decided to go downstairs and play for a bit in the Ceasar's poker room - Not my favorite room in Vegas but it left me no choice because I was staying there. I sit down with $1500 on a friendly $5/$10 table for about 5 hours and I was having a blast with 2 locals and 6 other tourists from all around the world, simply there for the convention. (I usually ask people where they are from, casually, which gives me more information about whether they're there to make money, to simply gamble, or just to have fun) And of course, I tell them I'm just visiting from Cali for the convention as well - which WAS true! haha.. Well, there were a couple big pots but hardly any action like I'm used to on a $5/$10 game - ugh, it felt more like a friendly home game... How was I going to make any money? Most of my night went like this...

Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Aces cracked. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Flop a straight. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Set over Set, I lose. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Raise out of position because I'm bored. Fold. Fold. Bluff. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Short period of raising every hand. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Bluff. Steal. Fold. Fold. Chop. Fold. Fold. Cracked Aces with my KQ - OooOoh snaps!! Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Lose on a suckout on the river. =(. Rebuy. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Flop quads and get PAID big time. (Pocket 44's. Flopped quads and I was betting out with them on the flop because I put 2 of them on overpairs and was right! - which was the perfect disguise b/c they never put me on quads!) AND..... guess what? New chip leader in the house!! With around $5500 in front of me.... BUT after that hand I was card dead for literally an hour! OK, I had to do something.... something crazy...


I told myself this. F this. I'm under the gun and the next hand whatever 2 cards I get, I'm going to play them like I have Aces. OK? ANY two....

Hmmmm, now what am I dealt??? My 2 magical cards. K-freakin'-4 of spades. Ooooh~~ great.

Here we go.... I raise to $50, and "Minnesota" (the guy next to me) calls. Fold, Fold, "Dan The Man" (a local) calls. Fold, and "Mister-Euro-drunk-loose-player" reraises me on the button and makes it $150. Hmmmmm.... What to do? He's been throwing out chips with any two most of the night but sometimes has the nuts.... OK. I can't fold now because "I-ahem-have-Aces" but I'm not reraising him at this point so I just smooth call his raise. (I've been teasing him the whole night because I kept telling him to call my pots since he was getting a 50% discount at his EURO rate haha). Anyways, the two other players call behind me! WTF! I really need a miracle flop....

Ace of Hearts. Jack of Spades. 5 of Spades.

I look down again to double check my cards and oohhhhh yes, I need my spade, I N-E-E-D MY SPADE! Hmmm, now I supposedly have a set of Aces, right? So, I quickly determine that I'm not going to check raise at this point - instead I bet out my "set" and I push $400 right in front of me... and what happens??? Call. Call. and "Euro donk" min raises me. Grrrrrr..., I snap call and so do the two behind me.... Please.....! - I need a spade....

Turn is a 2 of Diamonds! OMG..OMG! I'm soooooooo-dead.

Either way, I bet out again to see what the others will do. I guess it was a bad move since I really DID need a free card, but too late... "Minnesota" go all in... then, "Dan the 25-yr-old local" calls behind him, and it's on "Mr. Euro"... He pops it but doesn't go all in..... I know if I hit I'm good... but these guys have me beat and there's so much money in the pot.... OK, if I had Aces at this point, I'd bump it up or push... but at the same time I'm skeeeeered and just call.... "Dan The Man" thinks about it and just goes all in who has "Euro-man" covered... and now everyone's all in... OH WHAT A DIZZZZZZ-aster!! I pray and pray for a spade - "JUST ONCE!..... Pleasssssssse"...

BAM! The river is... *drumroll*.... a dang R-E-D card. Ahhhhhhhh, I'm gonna cry.... Really? a little over $3600 pot. YIKEEEEEEEES.

And what do I see???? Everyone flips over their cards and I see A-J for 2 pair, a set of 55's, and Mr. Euro-Donk has a set of Aces...

I look down at my two cards... and see.... Ohhhhhhhmmmmmyyyyy. I rivered a straight on the river - it was the 3-of-diamonds! YEAAAAAAA!!!!!! I felt like the biggest donk in the world and I hardly EVER play like this but I found myself a new nickname that day - DIZZIEDONKEY. I wanted to scream my lungs out at this point but showed no expression and didn't even crack a smirk... No explanation either. After all, it left a bittersweet taste in my mouth like after shot of Bacardi 151 with no chaser to go with it. These were the people I was "cool" with for the last 5 hours... and now I felt the intense steam and shock on everyone else's faces so I quickly piled up my chips in front of me - not even stacking them up... left to go to the restroom to recoup, and of course do a little happy dance!! I came back to the table, played it cool, tipped the dealer and got outtttttttt of there. (He was the same dealer that dealt me the quads!) Normally, I'd never bust a hit-n-run like that but in this case, I didn't care. I know I could've made more money from them at that point but I didn't want to push it. They were all talking smack while I was gone - I mean, who wouldn't? K4?
But.... in all honesty, it wasn't me trying to donk - more like bluff; there's a HUGE difference there.... and this time, it worked out to my favor.

Oh, and I'm glad on here... you can't see my lil evil smile... HAHAHAH

Sooooo, if you're reading this just remember...

"Live and die by the river........!" See you on the felt~

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quick Quiz


You are on a Horse, galloping at a constant speed.

On your right side is a sharp drop off,

And on your left side is an Elephant traveling at the same speed as you.

Directly in front of you is a galloping Kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.

Behind you is a Lion running at the same speed as you and the Kangaroo.

What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?

(See answer below.)

Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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People who opt to join during this pre-launch period gain a significant advantage by being in early. To maximize this opportunity, we suggest becoming a fully paid member and then sharing the opportunity with as many friends as possible. It's only $15/year (Pre-Launch price).... $15 for the WHOLE YEAR!

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The advanced sessions will provide information from live and online experts that you will not hear anywhere else.

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That’s a good question, I’m glad you asked.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Cashed a Flush! =)

With, getting flushes at poker is more than just fun. Come 15th May, players stand to win money just for getting the flush; whether they win or lose the hand. Confused? Allow us to explain. Between 15th and 31st May, for all the players on all the cash tables’ game variants (excluding Badugi) stand to win a certain multiple of the big-blind, with amounts upto $1000 to be won! The value of this multiple would depend on the rank of the flush that the player has managed to get.

So basically you can win:

Ace high flush - 2x the big blind upto $100
Straight flush – 10x the big blind upto $500
Royal flush- 50x the big blind upto $1000

I was messing around, playing a few cash games before my league game and happened to be telling Wise Capra that he should wait for the Royal Flush before he "cashes in his nut flush"..... a few minutes later, on my table.... whaddayaknow... I got the Royal on the turn (against someone who caught trips)!

I get so lucky and the right times, glad to say luck is by my side! (beware!)

Play w/ me on BetSharks...... use promo code POKERGOB to play in our leagues / prize giveaways. See ya there!