Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hilton Sisters Are Just Nasty

PokerStars Game #13834979917: Tournament #69509856, $1.00+$0.10 Hold'em Pot Limit - Level XIII (700/1400) - 2007/12/13 - 13:42:36 (ET)
Table '69509856 13' 6-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: o-hole-ne (66476 in chips)
Seat 2: efc1985 (271952 in chips)
Seat 4: Svenza (205284 in chips)
Seat 5: deadmanwalki (44928 in chips)
Seat 6: Alibaba.ND (65360 in chips)
o-hole-ne: posts small blind 700
efc1985: posts big blind 1400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to o-hole-ne [Qd Qh]
Svenza: raises 2800 to 4200
deadmanwalki: folds
Alibaba.ND: folds
o-hole-ne: raises 9800 to 14000
efc1985: folds
Svenza: calls 9800
*** FLOP *** [8c 9c 7h]
o-hole-ne: bets 29400
Svenza: raises 29400 to 58800
o-hole-ne: calls 23076 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [8c 9c 7h] [Tc]
*** RIVER *** [8c 9c 7h Tc] [Ad]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
o-hole-ne: shows [Qd Qh] (a pair of Queens)
Svenza: shows [Td Th] (three of a kind, Tens)
Svenza collected 134352 from pot

5th Place - UGH!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Monkey Bubble

I held the chip lead or close to it for most of the tourney (gotta love those pockets Kings) before getting "crushered" by back to back runner, runners.

The money bubble really, really sucks!

Congrats to Budohorseman for an amazing comeback!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Out in 61st - pfffft

This is the donkey who knocked me out with his 9-3o - I flopped top pair, he ended up with a boat.

Got a duffle bag but not real happy...

4 hours down... can smell the duffle bag

Even better possibilities

80 gig ipod range

Rolling, rolling, rolling...

PokerStars Game #12628276779: Tournament #63028692, Freeroll Hold'em No Limit - Level XI (750/1500) - 2007/10/14 - 17:54:35 (ET)Table '63028692 87' 9-max Seat #6 is the buttonSeat 1: SneakrFreakr (51405 in chips)
Seat 2: nite404 (204446 in chips)
Seat 3: fjflb (28532 in chips)
Seat 4: blosky2001 (44493 in chips)
Seat 5: Critterer (51402 in chips)
Seat 6: bbmart60 (101721 in chips)
Seat 7: PumpyTudors (44630 in chips)
Seat 8: o-hole-ne (63788 in chips)
Seat 9: fuzesiz (36467 in chips)

150PumpyTudors: posts small blind 750o-hole-ne: posts big blind 1500*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to o-hole-ne [Ts As]
fuzesiz: folds
SneakrFreakr: folds
nite404: raises 1500 to
3000fjflb: folds
blosky2001: folds
Critterer: folds
bbmart60: folds
PumpyTudors: folds
o-hole-ne: calls 1500
*** FLOP *** [Th 3s 7c]o-hole-ne: checks nite404: bets 3000o-hole-ne: calls 3000
*** TURN *** [Th 3s 7c] [3c]o-hole-ne: checks bbmart60 said, "weeeeeeeeee"nite404: bets 6000o-hole-ne: calls 6000
*** RIVER *** [Th 3s 7c 3c] [2d]o-hole-ne: checks nite404: bets 28000o-hole-ne: calls 28000
*** SHOW DOWN ***nite404: shows [Qs 8s] (a pair of Threes)o-hole-ne: shows [Ts As] (two pair, Tens and Threes)o-hole-ne collected 82100 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***Total pot 82100 Rake 0 Board [ o-hole-ne (big blind) showed [Ts As] and won (82100)

Semi-live blogging WBC

So far so good - hopefully I'll have something better to report later...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Yea Poker Stars

Texas Holdem Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 8489704


Thanks for the heads up Al and welcome to the 40+ club - Key West sounded great!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Thanks to Spock for his hosting duties in the midst of his extremely busy real life...

Friday, August 10, 2007

So true, I had to post it.

A programmer is someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand.

A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. (Mark Twain)

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

A statistician is someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant.

An actuary is someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane. (Laurence J. Peter)

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. (Charles R. Darwin)

A topologist is a man who doesn't know the difference between a coffee cup and a doughnut.

A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a "brief."

A psychologist is a man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

A schoolteacher is a disillusioned woman who used to think she liked children.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wheatie Cash - twice (yea!)

Many thanks to ISS Spock for hosting duties!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Beating 3,200 other donkeys...

Why can't I do this playing in a big buy-in tourney?

Oh yeah, I don't play big buy-in tournies... maybe I should?

WWdN - 2nd chance LO8 - funtimes


Congrats to hoyazo for the double money finishes...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bigger Kudos to the Good Doctor

As happy as I was for "our hero" to get a chance at fulfilling another dream, I was apprehensive about what material would be verboten... (I did assume that the really good stuff would make the "eventual" book.)

Alas, the corporate fucktard lawyers got involved and preempted any problems the Good Doctor was going to face with the fucktard editors.

I, for one, am glad for my own selfish reason that I check in on the Good Doctor's life via the Tao of Poker




To quote our hero, "The more I think about not altering my writing style and changing my voice... the more it makes sense. Maybe I wasn't cut out writing for The Man. I've always been better off doing things my way. After all, that's what got me here in the first place. Rest assured, you'll get your poker fix this summer... by coming back to the Tao of Poker everyday."

Amen, brother!

(postscript - I just realized that I could use the same photo from below...)

WWdN - 3rd is nice, but... sigh

Impressive comeback and congrats to DoubleDave!

Spock moneyed in both WWdN tourneys - VERY NICE!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Did Our Founding Fathers Play Poker?

Based on this quote, it's pretty obvious that the 2nd President of the United States ("POTUS" for you Clancy fans) was sick to death of hearing "bad beat" stories...

WWdN Funtimes

Friday, March 30, 2007

Maybe I do suck at poker, but C'MON

Here's the last half hour or so - maybe I should just quit...

Full Tilt Poker Game #2101614378: $3 + $0.30 Tournament (15722892), Table 6 - 200/400 - Limit Hold'em - 12:51:22 ET - 2007/03/30
Seat 1: Kostick (1,846)
Seat 2: regulation (7,194)
Seat 3: flipp007 (4,842)
Seat 4: Devilhand (3,343)
Seat 6: campfooey (1,833)
Seat 7: Saab 9-5 (2,393)
Seat 8: chasbird555 (5,890)
campfooey posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Saab 9-5 [8s 8h]
Saab 9-5 raises to 400
chasbird555 folds
Kostick raises to 600
regulation folds
flipp007 folds
Devilhand folds
campfooey folds
Saab 9-5 calls 200
*** FLOP *** [3c 8d Jc]
Saab 9-5 checks
Kostick checks
*** TURN *** [3c 8d Jc] [Ks]
Saab 9-5 bets 400
Kostick raises to 800
Saab 9-5 raises to 1,200
Kostick raises to 1,246, and is all in
Saab 9-5 calls 46
Kostick shows [Js Jd]
Saab 9-5 shows [8s 8h]
*** RIVER *** [3c 8d Jc Ks] [7d]
Kostick shows three of a kind, Jacks
Saab 9-5 shows three of a kind, Eights
Kostick wins the pot (3,892) with three of a kind, Jacks
Saab 9-5: nh
Saab 9-5: geez
The game is now 250/500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,892 | Rake 0
Board: [3c 8d Jc Ks 7d]
Seat 1: Kostick showed [Js Jd] and won (3,892) with three of a kind, Jacks
Seat 2: regulation didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: flipp007 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 4: Devilhand (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 6: campfooey (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: Saab 9-5 showed [8s 8h] and lost with three of a kind, Eights
Seat 8: chasbird555 didn't bet (folded)

Full Tilt Poker Game #2101618203: $3 + $0.30 Tournament (15722892), Table 6 - 250/500 - Limit Omaha Hi/Lo - 12:52:19 ET - 2007/03/30
Seat 1: Kostick (3,892)
Seat 2: regulation (7,194)
Seat 3: flipp007 (4,842)
Seat 4: Devilhand (3,343)
Seat 6: campfooey (1,633)
Seat 7: Saab 9-5 (547)
Seat 8: chasbird555 (5,890)
campfooey posts the small blind of 125
Saab 9-5 posts the big blind of 250
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Saab 9-5 [Ad 4d 8d Ah]
chasbird555 calls 250
Kostick folds
regulation folds
flipp007 folds
Devilhand folds
campfooey has 15 seconds left to act
campfooey calls 125
Saab 9-5 raises to 500
chasbird555 calls 250
campfooey calls 250
*** FLOP *** [8s 9d 7s]
campfooey bets 250
Saab 9-5 calls 47, and is all in
chasbird555 calls 250
*** TURN *** [8s 9d 7s] [5c]
campfooey checks
chasbird555 checks
*** RIVER *** [8s 9d 7s 5c] [Qh]
campfooey bets 500
chasbird555 calls 500
*** SHOW DOWN ***
campfooey shows [2h 7h 9h 4s] (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
*** SHOW DOWN ***
chasbird555 shows [3h 6s 6h 2s] (a pair of Sixes)
campfooey wins the high side pot (703) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
chasbird555 wins the low side pot (703) with 8,7,5,3,2
Saab 9-5 shows [Ad 4d 8d Ah] (a pair of Aces)
campfooey wins the high main pot (821) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
chasbird555 wins the low main pot (820) with 8,7,5,3,2
Saab 9-5 stands up

Full Tilt Poker Game #2101305026: $2 + $0.25 Tournament (15722515), Table 15 - 25/50 - No Limit Hold'em - 11:29:12 ET - 2007/03/30
Seat 1: stevesmum (2,160)
Seat 2: skadude21 (2,495)
Seat 3: skeeter45_2 (2,850)
Seat 5: zzed_yar (575)
Seat 6: oshmalls (325)
Seat 7: viZar81 (1,945)
Seat 8: luckyleo86 (1,530)
Seat 9: Saab 9-5 (2,400)
zzed_yar posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #3
oshmalls: sick
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Saab 9-5 [Qc 9d]
oshmalls folds
sniffmefingas (Observer): very sick
viZar81 folds
luckyleo86 raises to 150
Saab 9-5 calls 150
stevesmum folds
skadude21 folds
skeeter45_2 folds
zzed_yar folds
*** FLOP *** [Ts Qd 8s]
luckyleo86 bets 350
Saab 9-5 raises to 700
luckyleo86 raises to 1,380, and is all in
Saab 9-5 calls 680
luckyleo86 shows [Kd Kh]
Saab 9-5 shows [Qc 9d]
*** TURN *** [Ts Qd 8s] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [Ts Qd 8s 5s] [7h]
luckyleo86 shows a pair of Kings
Saab 9-5 shows a pair of Queens
luckyleo86 wins the pot (3,110) with a pair of Kings
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3,110 | Rake 0
Board: [Ts Qd 8s 5s 7h]
Seat 1: stevesmum didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: skadude21 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 3: skeeter45_2 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: zzed_yar (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: oshmalls didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: viZar81 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: luckyleo86 showed [Kd Kh] and won (3,110) with a pair of Kings
Seat 9: Saab 9-5 showed [Qc 9d] and lost with a pair of Queens

Full Tilt Poker Game #2101368007: $2 + $0.25 Tournament (15722515), Table 15 - 40/80 - No Limit Hold'em - 11:47:25 ET - 2007/03/30
Seat 1: stevesmum (1,275)
Seat 2: skadude21 (1,745)
Seat 3: skeeter45_2 (5,195)
Seat 4: flipme8 (1,775)
Seat 5: Bobs Bet56 (4,335)
Seat 6: oshmalls (1,245)
Seat 7: viZar81 (1,090)
Seat 8: luckyleo86 (1,280)
Seat 9: Saab 9-5 (870)
skadude21 posts the small blind of 40
skeeter45_2 posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Saab 9-5 [Ad Qh]
flipme8 calls 80
Bobs Bet56 calls 80
oshmalls folds
viZar81 calls 80
luckyleo86 folds
Saab 9-5 raises to 520
stevesmum folds
skadude21 folds
skeeter45_2 raises to 960
flipme8 calls 880
Bobs Bet56 has 15 seconds left to act
Bobs Bet56 folds
viZar81 folds
Saab 9-5 calls 350, and is all in
*** FLOP *** [3h Ks Kd]
skeeter45_2 bets 400
flipme8 raises to 800
skeeter45_2 raises to 1,200
flipme8 calls 15, and is all in
skeeter45_2 shows [Kh Kc]
flipme8 shows [Js Qc]
Saab 9-5 shows [Ad Qh]
Uncalled bet of 385 returned to skeeter45_2
Saab 9-5: omg
*** TURN *** [3h Ks Kd] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [3h Ks Kd 6c] [7d]
skeeter45_2 shows four of a kind, Kings
flipme8 shows a pair of Kings
skeeter45_2 wins the side pot (1,810) with four of a kind, Kings
Saab 9-5 shows a pair of Kings
skeeter45_2 wins the main pot (2,810) with four of a kind, Kings
stevesmum: vn
Saab 9-5: nh
Saab 9-5 stands up

PokerStars Game #9164320844: Tournament #45992194, $2.00+$0.20 Omaha
Hi/Lo Pot Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2007/03/30 - 13:13:12 (ET)
Table '45992194 16' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: pokerfortwo (5173 in chips)
Seat 2: o-hole-ne (3600 in chips)
Seat 3: Kubista (7597 in chips)
Seat 4: twbates (10461 in chips)
Seat 5: axman101 (1882 in chips)
Seat 6: gebllb (1065 in chips)
Seat 7: orzi (1420 in chips)
Seat 8: Bjorni112 (4393 in chips)
Seat 9: katerbart (782 in chips)
Kubista: posts small blind 25
twbates: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to o-hole-ne [Th Kh 6s Tc]
axman101: calls 50
gebllb: folds
orzi: folds
Bjorni112: folds
katerbart: folds
pokerfortwo: calls 50
o-hole-ne: calls 50
Kubista: calls 25
twbates: checks
*** FLOP *** [Qs Jh 7d]
Kubista: checks
twbates: bets 100
axman101: calls 100
pokerfortwo: calls 100
o-hole-ne: calls 100
Kubista: folds
*** TURN *** [Qs Jh 7d] [As]
twbates: bets 350
axman101: folds
pokerfortwo: calls 350
o-hole-ne: raises 1700 to 2050
twbates: raises 5100 to 7150
pokerfortwo: calls 4673 and is all-in
o-hole-ne: calls 1400 and is all-in
*** RIVER *** [Qs Jh 7d As] [Qc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
twbates: shows [6d Qd Qh Ac] (HI: four of a kind, Queens)
pokerfortwo: shows [Ad Jc 4c Jd] (HI: a full house, Jacks full of
twbates collected 3146 from side pot
o-hole-ne: shows [Th Kh 6s Tc] (HI: a straight, Ten to Ace)
twbates collected 11000 from main pot
No low hand qualified
o-hole-ne [observer] said, "no ****kkkking way"

PokerStars Game #9163934608: Tournament #45992190, $3.00+$0.30 Hold'em
No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2007/03/30 - 12:39:52 (ET)
Table '45992190 112' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: DWP13 (3450 in chips)
Seat 2: ChipStackton (1280 in chips)
Seat 3: oller (1245 in chips)
Seat 4: ebner (1100 in chips)
Seat 5: Shteebie (2215 in chips)
Seat 6: o-hole-ne (3095 in chips)
Seat 7: seffe (3005 in chips)
Seat 8: MsLanie (1575 in chips)
Seat 9: Emmiee (2440 in chips)
Shteebie: posts small blind 25
o-hole-ne: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to o-hole-ne [Ac Qh]
seffe: folds
MsLanie: folds
Emmiee: folds
DWP13: calls 50
ChipStackton: folds
oller: folds
ebner: folds
Shteebie: calls 25
o-hole-ne: raises 250 to 300
DWP13: calls 250
Shteebie: folds
*** FLOP *** [Ad Qc 5h]
o-hole-ne: bets 300
DWP13: raises 900 to 1200
o-hole-ne: raises 900 to 2100
DWP13: raises 900 to 3000
o-hole-ne: calls 695 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Ad Qc 5h] [Kh]
o-hole-ne said, "nh"
*** RIVER *** [Ad Qc 5h Kh] [4d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
o-hole-ne: shows [Ac Qh] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
DWP13: shows [Qs Qd] (three of a kind, Queens)
DWP13 collected 6240 from pot

Need some plaster for the hole in my wall and some ice for my hand.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Final Table Fun & Games

Hoyazo thinks (see his blog) I made myself look bad for being upset. (Maybe if he was even a little gracious about it instead of calling me a pushmonkey...)

Final table at last night's Wheatie (only top 5 get paid).

You be the judge...

PokerStars Game #8891826701: Tournament #45194831, $10+$1 Hold'em No
Limit - Level IX (300/600) - 2007/03/13 - 22:53:35 (ET)
Table '45194831 2' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: SoxLover (9754 in chips)
Seat 2: FishyMcDonK (7161 in chips)
Seat 4: hoyazo (11502 in chips)
Seat 5: Jaym4343 (5460 in chips)
Seat 6: A'arab Zaraq (10535 in chips)
Seat 7: bdidde (8770 in chips)
Seat 8: o-hole-ne (9818 in chips)
SoxLover: posts the ante 50
FishyMcDonK: posts the ante 50
hoyazo: posts the ante 50
Jaym4343: posts the ante 50
A'arab Zaraq: posts the ante 50
bdidde: posts the ante 50
o-hole-ne: posts the ante 50
o-hole-ne: posts small blind 300
SoxLover: posts big blind 600
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to o-hole-ne [Ac Ad]
A'arab Zaraq said, "JIMMY"
bdidde said, "ooooooooo"
A'arab Zaraq said, "THE JIMMY"
FishyMcDonK: folds
ISS Spock [observer] said, "dude"
hoyazo: raises 1200 to 1800
Jaym4343: folds
A'arab Zaraq: folds
ISS Spock [observer] said, "someone played YOUR HAND on YOU"
bdidde: folds
ISS Spock [observer] said, "how do you feel about that Jimmy?"
A'arab Zaraq said, "No no no. That wasn't on me."
o-hole-ne: raises 7968 to 9768 and is all-in
SoxLover: folds
hoyazo: calls 7968
ISS Spock [observer] said, "ah.. only half paying attention"
A'arab Zaraq said, "That was on someone else."
*** FLOP *** [Jc Kh 3d]
hoyazo said, "hah"
*** TURN *** [Jc Kh 3d] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [Jc Kh 3d 9h] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
o-hole-ne: shows [Ac Ad] (a pair of Aces)
hoyazo: shows [9d 9s] (three of a kind, Nines)
ISS Spock [observer] said, "OH"
ISS Spock [observer] said, "MY"
o-hole-ne said, "no way"
A'arab Zaraq said, "Wow."
hoyazo said, "there you go"
hoyazo collected 20486 from pot
kaellinn18 [observer] said, "siiiiiiiiiiiiick"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 20486 | Rake 0
Board [Jc Kh 3d 9h 7h]
Seat 1: SoxLover (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: FishyMcDonK folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: hoyazo showed [9d 9s] and won (20486) with three of a kind,
Seat 5: Jaym4343 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: A'arab Zaraq folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: bdidde (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: o-hole-ne (small blind) showed [Ac Ad] and lost with a pair of

And dude, what kind of egotistical ass do you have to be to think I pushed with AA preflop because I'm "afraid" to play you? Get over yourself!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Can't touch this! ~ Hammer time.

Thanks to Al for hosting (congrats on squeaking into the money) and to Pauly who transferred $$$ with me between sites so I could play.

Congrats to JoeBrooklyn on the win (an hour earlier he cracked my Aces with pocket 7s --- I was able to wrestle the chip lead after many, many hands heads up but immediately turned stoopid and gave it all back ~sigh)

Still... I seem to be on a roll.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pleasure (Guilty)

So last night I'm playing in Wil's tourneys on PokerStars...

Somehow my beautiful hammer play was crushed in the first tourney and I was the 3rd one out (Wil was the second one...) After last week's 2nd place finish (should've taken it all down, but was too upset to write that one up - the $80+ for second was nice though), I was really looking forward to this week's...

k-sara, k-sara

The second chance tourney was a Razz event. Almost everyone was cursing stupid razz, but I have played quite a bit of it and was hoping that this group's general lack of experience with Razz would work to my advantage...

Couldn't gain much traction the first hour, but started getting decent cards after the break and stayed amongst the top until we got down to 16. Struggled mightily to get to the final table, but was severely short-stacked. Top five get paid and after 1BuckyLastrd busted out in 8th, I got the chance to put Will all in and severely kicked his junk to earn choice of game and naming rights for next week (PLO btw).

That was the pleasure part...
(cya there)

The guilty part was even with Wil's chips I was still short-stacked and couldn't catch a break and got knocked out on the bubble... %&*#@!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

What's in a name?

OK - this should provide some insight to the "clever" name.

Several years ago when I first started playing on-line (Ultimate Bet), I had to come up with a player name. As much as I love golf and as much as the ultimate golf achievement is the hole in one (ask any golfer, no matter how long they have been playing - they will be able to tell you about their ace in graphic detail; if they don't have one, they can at least tell you how many they have seen).

I had got mine way back on July 6 1990 at Lacoma on the 9th hole. It was not the prettiest shot I ever hit, but I got mine and that put me in the club. My dad was a witness and my brother was in the group ahead of us, which made it all the sweeter. Earlier in the round I was stupid enough to screw up my knee by smashing a boulder with my foot that was hanging out of the cart (because that's how I roll...). I went on to shoot a 78 and only took 5 or 6 years for my knee to feel "right" again.

So I thought the player name "o-hole-ne" (continued when I signed up on PokerStars @ 3 years ago) was not only pithy, but also descriptive. Still amazed at some of the comments it has generated, but that's another story.

Flash forward to September 11, 2004... playing in the "Duke Out". This is an outing with about 40 guys organized by my cousins where we play on a Saturday morning at some "muni" course that changes each year. After the round we head to a local park to grill brats and drink beer and hand out the "prizes"... four-man teams, using the low score of the group for each hole... the highest score on the winning team wins the Duke award and has to wear this really cheesy sport coat (that has some very odd stains) and this goofy gold plastic helmut and a year-long reign.

In 2004 we were playing at Woodbine Bend and my group included my dad (2 aces at that time, one more since), my brother (2 career aces) and my uncle (50 years of golf and 0 aces - and yes, it's killing him). We were all playing poorly when we got to the 15th hole; a tough 185 yarder with an elevated green. The pin was tucked in the back left of the kidney-shaped green, protected by a bunker which prevented seeing the hole. I hit a beautiful 5 iron into the wind with a slight draw and we all held our breath because it was tracking exactly where it needed to go. Now we can only see the flag and the top half of the stick, but we all know it was a really good shot - even one of the other groups on an adjacent hole asked if it when in... my brother is in the cart ahead of us and before I get up to the green he'd tossed a ball from his pocket to the fringe behind the pin and, of course, that's where I thought I ended up. After I get out of the cart and say "oh well", he can't hold it together and admits his evil-ness. Quick check of the cup and "yea baby!"

20 years of "Duke Outs" - first ace ever. Bar tab - huge. Respect and admiration from that many friends and family - awesome. Further tilt put on my uncle - priceless.