Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Blog...Great Week!!!

This has been a busy busy busy week!!! This March Madness thing just gets crazier every year...and I wouldn't have it any different! I just wish, for once...I would put together a bracket that had even an OUTSIDE SHOT at winning! But every year, things seem to go the same way! This year, its losses by Gonzaga, New Mexico, Georgetown and Kansas State that have derailed my hopes.

I got a record number of entries (again) this year...with 567 people jumping on board! Needless to say, this creates a LOT of clerical work for Senor Monkey!

Well, the invention of my Home Game on Pokerstars has been far more popular than I ever imagined it would be...and the even better news is that its only growing better day by day. The 100 members that Pokerstars allows you to have filled up in the first 4 days! I currently have 9 people on the waitlist wanting to get in...and since Pokerstars will only allow us to schedule a total of 10 games/tourneys per day...I have had to go ahead and open what I'm calling Monkey's Overflow Poker Club...which will give players currently in my club that are playing a LOT...and want even MORE action....to turn to for that. While also allowing in new players wanting to get into the Tournament Series Club. 

I've even gotten Squirrel involved...as she (by her own request...there was no pressure applied!) has taken over the duties as my Chief Operations Officer! She basically enters all the players' individual play for the day and tracks their points for the scoring. She is doing an awesome job!

As for the TLB (tournament leaderboard) standings? Well...at the risk of sounding like I'm bragging, I am kind of destroying it. I currently have 96.35 points....in 63 total games played, I have cashed 21 times (33% cash rate) with 6 wins, 9 2nd places, and 4 3rd places...along with very irritating 7 bubbles...which I also track for each player! The next closest in points is user 'TkeThmDwn' who has cashed 15% of the time...with 11 out of 73 games...for 58.09 points. Yes, I have a 38 point lead with 7 days left in the month. I like my chances of winning the TLB for the first month!!!  But I know there are about 5-10 really, really good players in our club, and they are sure to be gunning hard for me next month. They will surely be aided by the fact that I will most likely be going to South Florida to play in the WPT event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. That should keep me from playing hardly anything for a good two weeks. Which is fine. I want my players to have the best playing experience as possible...and while I don't feel bad about dominating (especially ONLINE...where I have traditionally ran really shitty!) my poker club...I also don't feel comfortable with destroying them in the standings. One of members...'QuietWinner'...who is a player a lot of know pretty well...had an amazing day last week...winning, literally WINNING...six tourneys in ONE DAY!!! And got a 2nd place in the other one. He went from zero TLB pts...to being 3 pts behind me by the end of the day!!! 52pts to 49pts. He has gone a bit cold since that day....as he now sits in 3rd place with 52.16 points. I won't lie...I had pretty much resigned myself to 2nd place after watching him make that run last week!

So anyway...yeah, the Poker Club on Pokerstars? Is going great! And it's fun! It's so nice to be on Pokerstars' software again...its SO much nicer and easier to use than any other site. While the customer service options are a bit limited...its a site they put up for free afterall, where they make NO revenue off of it, so seriously, how much can we complain!!!???

Standing in line at Wal-Mart yesterday, and watching this big snafu with this lady trying to use a gift card to pay for her groceries...I came up with a pretty brilliant idea. Know how gift cards have gotten SO popular to give now? For birthdays, Christmas presents....whatever? How funny would it be to either be the Super Cool gift giver, or the Super Big Douchebag? I mean...obviously it would have to depend on who you are dealing with! But imagine buying like 10 gift cards for a bunch of people you can't stand...say, a bunch of people you work with...and writing $50 on the space for the amount...but really have the thing be worth .50! Imagine their reaction when they go to use that gift card! Hahahahahha!!!

OR: Say you fall into some money. Like...big time. Like...you win the lottery! Or the Main Event somewhere. Or that oil land you've had under lease with Hess for 7 years? Or...well...that should be enough examples, right? So you have a group of people you would like to do something nice for...but at the same time, you like to fuck with people. You like to hear what they are 'really' thinking of you. So...you go get them some giftcards....say 10 or 20 of them...and make each one for $25 (on the card itself) but you have really put $2500 on each card. You tell ONE person out of that group who you confide in...what you are doing, and why. Then get them to tell you which ones were doing the most grumbling about it when they thought your rich ass only gave them $25 despite being filthy rich now. Oh sure...they eventually find out....like when they go to Wal-Mart to buy what they think is $25 worth of groceries, then have the cashier hand them back the card while telling them their new balance on the card is $2476. Huh!??? OMG!  Yeah...who's the asshole now!???

Anyway...these are the things I think about when forced to have to sit idly by, waiting on something or another.

Like the other day when I pulled into the gas station to get gas. There was a guy in the first of three pumps. Question. Why not pull all the way up to the first pump when you see three available?  Whatever. So I go around him...and back into that 2nd pump. Not the 1st one...because I would like to give someone the chance to use that first one. Oh but wait. Here comes guy with dark tinted glass, $2000 rims, radio causing every window to vibrate...and rust all over the body of his Impala backing into that first spot. And does he think about leaving me with ANY room to get out? Naw. And the guy behind me has left and been replaced by another car who has given me no room to get out. So I sit there....and wait...all while looking at the guy with my 'how bout you move your piece of shit ghetto float, so I can leave this eardrum-torturing concert you've subjected me to' expression on my face. Didn't work. He just gave me the 'cool guy' nod while jamming to his, uh, tunes. Stupid needs to come with a penalty.

Me and Squirrel went to check out friend Oren's new sports bar in Ocean Springs the other day...just across the bridge from Biloxi. While the location is a bit tough to find...in the age of GPS and smart phones, nothing is that hard anymore. I was impressed. He has been open for less than a month...and has put together a great menu, and has a nice layout with plenty of TV's if you are looking for a place around here to grab a bite to eat, have a drink (yes they have booze, not just beer) and watch a game of your choice. He even whipped up a special plate of garlic mashed potatoes for Carley!!! I hope he does well...Oren has been a good friend to me and Squirrel for years now...having dealt poker at the Beau Rivage, and played plenty of poker with him as well., before going into business for himself in a couple of different ventures. And Oren told me to tell any of my blog readers that if they come by and tell him or one of the staff members THAT MONKEY SENT YOU!!! He will give you 10% off your meal. So go, if you get a chance, and check out BIG O's!!!!

My next trip? Poker wise? I am about 94.7% certain that I am going down to Seminole Hard Rock for the WPT event. Think I may have already mentioned that. I haven't decided whether or not I want to sell shares for that event...or just go for it, and play for 100% of myself. I am tempted to do that...since I just feel like I am due to make a good, sizable score. Plus the last time I was down there for that event, I did pretty good. I don't know...I will see how I feel this week.  Squirrel and I are taking Carley up north to her family's for the Easter weekend. She has a pretty dress to wear, and Cheryl has bought all the things for her Easter basket. It should be a lot of fun. I'm telling you...I had NO idea just how awesome being a Daddy was going to be. I mean, I had a hunch...but this kid? Jeeez...she makes me SO happy! Every day I wake up to her smiling face it just makes me glow inside. Which makes going on these 12-14 day poker trips super hard. I just love being here with her...watching her grow, and learn and develop the funny little personality that she is. It's so cool. And I just want to do EVERYTHING right by her...to give her the best life possible!

I probably have a lot more to talk about...but today is getting jammed up already....and our 'Big Tourney' is getting close to starting and I need to go out in the back yard and try to find my game face!!! Interpret that any way you choose!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

March...Let the Madness Begin!!!

It's that time of year again...when baseball is just around the corner, the Masters is looming...with Tiger having just won a tournament last weekend, the NFL Draft is coming...after a slew of free agent moves and trades this week...and finally...March Madness starts next Thursday! And this year looks about as wide open as any in the past 20 years. I've been putting on a bracket pool now for 15 years...and not ONCE (despite my numerous entries) have I even cashed! But I sure keep on trying. Last year, I had a record 482 entries.Interested in getting into my March Madness Pool and any/all others? Email me at ThePoolMonkey@aol.com.  I also have just TWO fantasy baseball spots remaining in my awesome, 20-team league....just $350 per team. Live online Yahoo draft is Monday night the 25th.

The March Madness was one of the reasons I have/had for deciding to sit out the next two non-Caesar's owned WSOP events. There are a couple of other reasons. Recent run-bad at the last two WSOP events has probably cooled the desire to buy my shares. It would if I were the person buying shares. I also had a very hard time finding affordable lodging and airfare to the events in BlackHawk, Colorado and to Foxwoods after that.

Additionally, I finally got a response from the casino in Hammond, Indiana, the one at the heart of my ban from the WSOP events that Caesar's owns. I never received written documentation from them after I was booted in October. Anytime you get trespassed, they are supposed to notify you of this in writing. They didn't. Incidentally, after I posted a blog (and I happen to know that my detractor from the WSOP reads my blog) outlining my goals...that being, to secure enough points at the non-Caesar's owned events to qualify for the WSOP National Freeroll, and  getting the attention of the national media when they learned that I wasn't going to be allowed to play the event because of some total horseshit, railroading incident that had taken place in Hammond.....and yes, I know this is now a monster run-on sentence...I receive, all of a sudden...this letter (notice the date? Check the date on my blog that preceded it!) from the Horseshoe Hammond, a full 3 months after my letter to them, telling me...well, you have eyes, read for yourself. And oh...notice that the signature, from the Security Manager who I wrote to initially, is a STAMP!

Hmmm...sounds like a lot of thought went into that one, doesn't it. Wow! They convened an actual COMMITTEE of  people to discuss my fate! Isn't that flattering! Wonder if anyone else ever calls for/requires a PANEL of administrators to decide a person's fate? Interesting in all this...is that a friend (and share buyer of my poker trips) and 7-Star with Harrah's/Caesar's happened into a conversation with the guy who oversees all of the Southeast region for Caesar's...and when my name came up, he quickly replied that the GM (a woman I've never met or have knowledge of) of Hammond had told him and others that I had been totally crazy and out of control on my recent trip to Hammond. Anyone find this odd? I don't gamble on the floor. I didn't play any cash, albeit one 2-hr session where I was decompressing at a 1/2 table while waiting on my two roomies to bag up their chips. I played a total of 3 tourneys. I was there for FOUR days. Never had a sip of alcohol with the exception of ONE Coors Lite after wrapping up the win in the Mega satellite on Saturday, the same day I had busted the first huge event at around 5pm, min cashing, then buying right into the Mega. When, and where I was alleged to have 'gotten out of hand' is as big a mystery as how and why I was tossed in the first place.

There are some people in this world who are just plain stupid. They act stupid, they think stupid, and they DO stupid. No one ever has a problem fooling these people. They are always in trouble, but are too stupid to know why. You might think I'm one of these stupid people. Truth is, I'm not. I'm anything but. I am mostly a victim of my own past. And granted, I can't sit here and think I was doing anything WRONG back 5 years ago and beyond, when I went to the poker table looking to have fun. Talking a lot. Telling a lot of jokes, some that were appreciated, some that weren't. There was lots of sarcastic humor, some that was found to be offensive. I get it. I have 'one of those personalities' that you either GET or you DONT. And if you DONT...well, you became one of those people who had 'a problem' with me, and what I represented. By the time I decided to chill out...whether consciously or subconsciously, it was too late for some people.  What this recent bout with Mr. Caesar has caused me to do is look at things from a whole different perspective.

I have players, friends and family members who ask me every day: "Don't you think you could sue this guy? I mean...poker is how you make your living, and he is keeping you from doing that by coming up with these bogus 86's to keep you out!"  It's a tricky, tricky question. I have very little to defend myself with, other than some wonderful comments from fellow players and friends. They could say anything, for whatever reason. All they are is spoken statements, after all. I walk into court, and Mr. Caesar meets me head on with his 'report card' on Mr. Souther...which could be altered, exaggerated, and embellished to sound any number of ways. He could trot in all kinds of dealers and floor people, who may have been promised better shifts, more money and better trips to provide favorable testimony for the Home Planet. Then they have the old mantra that they like to hide behind. "We, as a private property and entity, reserve the right to refuse entry to any player we deem undesirable to our establishment or business." That alone, is probably all the weapons they need to blow me up in a courtroom. Not to mention the thousands they would be willing to spend on lawyers in the name of NOT letting this one rogue player win a landmark case against them.

I am not delusional.  As much as I know I am getting fucked? I also know that I have planted enough seeds over the years to allow them to grow whatever little fantasy tale they want into a much larger picture that would leave me looking like Public Enemy #1. It happens every day, in every walk of life. Rolling this around in my head...since I laid my eyes on that bullshit letter? A couple things came to mind. I think it might be time to write a book. Yeah...a poker book. But not one of THOSE poker books. Kind of a 'So You Want to be a Poker Pro?' or 'I took on the Poker Mafia...and Got Steamrolled.' Or...'Poker...a Game that even a Monkey can play!' For all the dealers, former or still employed, who have come to me and volunteered to give me 'major dirt' on certain poker honchos...for the simple reason that they hated them for screwing them over? I could fill a lot of pages with this kind of information. Why would I do this?

Well...since I've had Carley...I've come to the conclusion, that for the most part? Poker, and the people who run poker? I've pretty much lost ALL respect for a large majority of them. Oh, there are still some who I greatly admire, and I suspect they know who they are. But...I am sitting here being denied by a small number of people who simply have personality conflicts with me. I promote their products, I travel to their events, pay their insane fees to play their events, have always taken care of their staff members...and generally have a good repoire with most of the players. Them denying me access to their events? Who is it really hurting the most? I thought it was hurting me the most. I've changed my mind. I'm supposed to feel hurt when I'm not ALLOWED to go to an event, pay $80-$100 a night for a hotel room, play each and every event...and coughing up 20-30% juice on every event? Hilarious. That's like being pissed at the IRS when they write you a letter and tell you they are no longer going to allow you to pay income taxes because you made a mistake on your return the year before. See where I'm coming from? I mean, I know that is kind of crude analogy, and a bit obscure, but it's done to drive home my point. To be blunt? FUCK THEM.

And since I've been approached by people from Heartland Poker Tour, from WPT, from Venetian...and other events...all telling me they are happy to have me at their events, and hope I can attend them...why in the hell am I losing a shred of sleep because I can't go pay ridiculous fees to play the WSOP events? There is literally only THREE reasons why I even WANT to play WSOP events. (1)The chance to win BIG money, enough to get OUT of poker, in the summer events in Vegas (2) A chance to keep climbing the all-time circuit cashes leaderboard (3) a chance to win rings and bracelets and establish a legacy of some sorts, while opening doors to marketing opportunities. And yeah...those are all three pretty good reasons.

Remember this: Nothing lasts forever. That cute little letter that I got in the mail? I have no doubt that it was manufactured as the result of a phone call originating from the 702 area code and was designed to take the remaining wind out of my sails. And also to provide them with a legal leg to stand on in the event of a lawsuit. The clever folks at Hammond, who are already embroiled in a lawsuit with Paul Gibbons from an incident involving 'small print' on their structure sheet coming between him and a $50,000 car...aren't smart enough to figure shit out on their own...like sending me a letter after booting me telling me why, and what the trespass entailed. Nope, it took Mr. Caesar calling them from Vegas and 'coaching them up' as to how to handle the 'case against Mr. Souther.' Yeah...Mr. Caesar, I know you are reading this. I'm not stupid. I know how you operate. And why. I also know there are a lot of people within your tribe who aren't fond of you. Some of them I've talked to. Some I've just heard what they think of you. You won't be there forever. If fate has any kind of kindness, the WSOP will be sold, by a Caesar's company that is mired in debt, to ANY OTHER casino owner in the world (preferably NOT MGM!) and restaffed with people who are interested in the happiness of its players.

That day will come. That or the tiny leash that Mr. Caesar has been afforded by his handlers will finally snap. And while I'm off in my little world, being a father to Carley, operating my little side business, and dilly-dallying with other stuff, I will one day get a phone call telling me "Oh, hey, Monkey...by the way, welcome back to the WSOP!" The what? Oh...that poker thing? Great. Lovely. Thanks.

So wow...I didn't mean to get off on such a tangent there. This was supposed to be more about March, and all the wonderful things that March has to offer, like $1 Soft Serve Ice Cream at Burger King on a 67 degree sunny afternoon in Biloxi! 

Like taking Carley Grace to the park to feed all the various creatures...and watching her laugh. Like going with her and Squirrel to the greatest and most amazing birthday party I've ever seen...featuring amazing food, drink and games for kids and adults...and getting to watch Carley giggle and smile as she rode a train and a pony.

And most of all...this whole week has been consumed by the start up of my new venture...the club called Monkey's Tournament Poker Series on Pokerstars. In just the five days since it started, I have almost filled up all 100 spots available. We have 85 members, and in the first four days....the attendance in each event has been great. I am amazed at how seamless things are so far, and the feedback from everyone has been tremendous. One of the fun things about it...playing online against players you know really well, both as players and as people/friends...really adds a nice feature to it. I've found myself in spots where I make calls or re-raises because I know the player. In most online situations, its hard to to do that sometimes. If you are intetrested in getting into our club...there are only about 12 spots remaining, email me at ThePokerMonkey1@aol.com

On another note, regarding online poker...I got my first of two checks from Lock Poker. Admittedly, I haven't been playing on there much the last week...with the set up of my poker club, and playing in there most every night. I don't know if my check showed so fast after I emailed Jennifer Larson, CEO, asking how much longer (5 weeks and counting) I should expect my cashout to take, or not. I would like to think that didn't have anything to do with it. But it might have.  So yesterday morning...5 days after that email was sent...the FedEx person rang my doorbell and handed me the package containing my check from Lock Poker. Nice!

In all the years of selling Super Bowl Squares....I had never had anyone stiff me for more than one square. This year? I have a guy named Brett Rovner...who signed up for $925 worth of squares. He won a single square for $150. He owes me $775. He initially emails me telling me he was out of town...that he's sorry, didn't know he didn't pay, and thought he only owed me $350. I answer him...show him what he signed up for...tell him that he owes me $775...and to please pay...since I've already paid EVERY SINGLE WINNER of the squares, despite not having his money. Haven't heard back from the guy. Why? Who is this guy? Well, he went to George Hewlett High School in Hewlett, New York, currently resides in NYC, and is married to Stacey. Do you happen to know this guy? Is he dead? Suddenly in the last two weeks? In jail? Or is he just a fucking deadbeat, loser? Why are these people allowed to breathe? You see these kind of people all the time in poker. Borrow money, sell pieces of themselves (then win and take forever to pay the person)...and then screw the person over. I understand...we are in the gambling business, and we are going to come across some slimey-ass douchebags now and then. But why? Why do those scumbags have to exist in MY world? If you know Brett Rovner...put in a little word for 'ol Monkey. And if that doesn't work? Pull out a gun and fire a shell into his kneecap!

I had a dream last night that a private jet with the whole Kardashian clan, along with Kanye West...went down in the Florida Everglades...there were no survivors, but all of their bodies were found intact, as not even the alligators would have anything to do with them. 

Do you happen to live in or around Minneapolis/St Paul? Do you ever go there? Do you like watching women play professional hoops? Or even like the NBA's Timberwolves? My sister, who I have and have ALWAYS had a great relationship with...rarely asks me to do her any favors. Well, last year, she took a hiatus from her current job as the Athletic Director at her college in Wisconsin so she could go earn her Masters Degree from the University of Washington. She accomplished this...with honors. Well, this has led to a job with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx in their Marketing Department. I am very proud of her...as I seem to be almost every time she does something. If any of you readers happen to be in that area...or plan to be, and want to attend a game...get ahold of my sister...tell her Monkey sent you...and I'm sure she will take care of you as much as she can.  Janae Magnuson is her name. Her office number is 612-673-8432. And her email address is magnuson@lynxbasketball.com
File that one away for later.

Okay....that is probably plenty of blogging for one day. Time to turn my attention to tonight's events at Monkey's Poker Club!!!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ONLINE POKER...This MIGHT Be a Solution

So on Sunday night, I finally fought against the policy I have with myself of never buying in for more than $30 on a site I don't trust 100%, either due to cheating, bad software issues, or getting paid if I win. Well...I bought into the $20 $3k Guarantee on Lock and the $109 $100k Guarantee on Lock. I final tabled the first...getting coolered, raising with KK in the small blind, getting called by J10 in the BB...flopping a set, with him flopping open ended...raising my flop bet, getting it all in, and him turning a straight, and me bricking the boat (and quads) draw on the river. 9th place. Solid. I then cashed the $109, but only a min cash...for $225 or something. Then proceeded to lose about half of that in just an hour of getting trampled with stupid beats playing .25/.50 Pot Limit 8 or better. Nothing like turning broadway with a nut low draw...and rivering the 9 of spades, giving the other guy his flush, hitting no low, and having to click 'rebuy' again. 

I got into a bit of a 'debate' of sorts with some people questioning the payout procedures on Lock. Should they join? Do I trust them? Have I gotten paid? It's a bit of a sticky wicket when you are an affiliate of a site that you can't confidently endorse. I mean...if I could get 1000 people to join Lock (quite feasible actually) and they were playing 10-15 hrs a week...I would be making enough off of just them...to pay my bills every month. Instead, I'm getting maybe $100 to $200 a month...and having people bashing me left and right with questions why they haven't gotten paid.  Well, for the record, I requested a check on January 30th, and again on February 1st. Today is March 5th. No check received yet. And sitting there on Sunday...continually losing my connection to the server and having that box pop up saying 'CAKE POKER HAS STOPPED WORKING' is pretty fucking aggravating too. Considering they aren't supposed to even BE on the Cake Network anymore, having supposedly moved to the 'Revolution Network' last year some time. So I'd like for that to make sense. 

Anyway...lets get to the point. I was talking to a buddy of mine earlier...asking him how he was doing. He told me if I was interested in playing 'cash game' on Pokerstars he had a way for me to do it. It involved nothing real complicated. Pokerstars has left open the option of the 'Home Game' for US players to utilize, wherein we are basically playing on the free site, but able to do so as a private group, and as a private group? Well, your kind of free to make whatever side arrangements you want, since the site has nothing to do with the handling of funds. By the way...if you used to have a username on Pokerstars...you still do. Another thing...don't try to download the software from the dot com site...we are Americans...and we be bad little kids, no .com for us! Nope, its gotta be dot net. And if you haven't seen the site in the past two years since we've been on force-able hiatus by the Justice Department courtesy of Barack and his boys...I'm here to tell you it looks magnificent. So...all that being said...who is ready to get back on Stars and get after it!???

I give you....  THE MONKEY'S ONLINE TOURNAMENT SERIES!!!! Huh? What is Monkey talking about? Has he lost his every loving mind? Nope. No I haven't. I think we are all sick of playing in tourneys and paying 25 to 30% juice right? But we keep going. You hypocrites! (myself included!) We are tired of software freezing up on us. We are tired of payouts that never seem to arrive. Yes...I am still waiting on the two checks I cashed out from Lock back in January. I'm taking the same di** in the A** as the rest of you who have been badgering me about not getting your payment from Lock...as though, as an affiliate with them, I have a secret code that I utter into the ear of CEO Jennifer Larson that causes your payout to get instantly processed. Obviously, I don't. 

I have set up a club on Pokerstars. The idea is to run 2 or 3 tourneys a night. Each finish will earn a certain number of points. At the end of the month...I will award the top three finishers with a prize that most likely won't consist of stuffed animals, heaps of candy and a gift certificate for a mani/pedi. What it will consist of...you will have to email me to find out. (duh, I'm not stupid! As if I don't know WHO is reading my blog on a regular basis!)

So...ready for some real poker where you can sit at home on your ass watching whatever it is you like to watch that you aren't able to watch while sitting at a casino? Then send me an email. Not yesterday. Today. Right now. Right this second. I have a prepared response all ready to fire back at you with all the details. The goal is to get started THIS SUNDAY. It might get pushed back. It might not be. Depends on the response I get. But if I am hearing and feeling you folks the way I think you mean to be heard and felt...then I expect a pretty good response to this. And the details? I think you will be a big fan!!! Im pretty sure the club can only hold 100 members....so get to me late, too late...and you'll be S.O.L. and if you need me to explain what SOL means, you can't join my club, either. WANT IN? Hit me on Facebook...or shoot me an email to ThePokerMonkey1@aol.com..........

Where are my hockey fans? You all (well those who know hockey, including Lurky Nicholson, who borrowed than abducted the hat of my favorite hockey team) know that I am a diehard NY Rangers fan...who have, despite spending handsomely in the extended off-season, gotten off to a pretty slow start. What I have been amazed by, and if you even remotely follow hockey, can't ignore, is the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. They are doing something that is simply ridiculous. In their first 22 games of the season, since that stupid lockout/strike ended...they have posted 19 wins, ZERO losses, and 3 ties....and right now are leading the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in the 2nd period...likely to go to 20-0-3. I've never seen anything like it. I watched the game against Detroit the other day...and really thought their streak would end...and when Detroit scored to make it 1-0 in looked like the streak was dead. Then a Red Wing flicks a puck into the stands, incurs a penalty for delay of game, and the Hawks score on a power play goal to tie it up with a few minutes left in the game. They then go on to win a shootout after 5 minutes of scoreless overtime.  Incredible.

Okay...this was meant to be brief and brief it will be!!! Let's get this club off the ground and start playing SOME REAL ONLINE poker!!!! Please!!!