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Wednesday, August 25, 2004
San Jose Mercury News sportswriter Mark Purdy has an Olympic blog. Sunday he did some useful snarling about how gymnastics should be thrown out of the games, and in passing discovers why the vault was set up too low during the 2000 Sydney games:
Also on Sunday I went up to San Bruno with my friend Eric. San Bruno is a suburb of some 40,000 people located about 12 miles south of San Francisco. San Bruno is not exactly an entertainment mecca -- it's cold as the devil and right next to the San Francisco Airport -- but it does have a good Burmese restaurant named Inya Lake, and the Artichoke Joe's card room two blocks to the north. Eric played 4-8 Omaha, and I played 3-6 Hold'em. I had my best session ever, winning $129. I was constantly confronted with problems that did not appear in the beginner poker books I read:
1. How To Play Against Someone Who Does Not Look At His Hand
A r00ling gambler sitting across from me proudly called preflop, and bet out on the flop, turn, and river, without looking at his cards.
The board was something like K J 5 3 2 rainbow and when the showdown came he discovered that he had been dealt A 4. Well played!
2. How To Play Against Someone Who Does Not Look At His Hand Redux:
The person sitting next to me liked to raise under the gun before seeing his hand. This play gave him the option to raise further when called back around to him -- I believe it's called a straddle?
One dealer asked me if I wanted to try live raises. I didn't have a witty response; what could I say, anyway? "Uh, no thanks, I'm trying a new strategy where I look at my cards."
3. How To Play With A 51-Card Deck
I held T9 of hearts and the dealer exposed the nine of clubs. Should I just fold when one of my cards is counterfeited? (Do I even care that much about the C9 as opposed to, say, H8?).
This is not an incredibly esoteric question, because while dealer misdeals are rare, people do show off their awful trash while folding -- my RHO showed me his hand a couple of times.