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Saturday, August 30th, 2003
9:57 am - My ideas on NL Texas Holdem Tourneys
I don't think there are many guys who actually know how to win these things... I figured some things out this year while thinking about the tournament for about three days after winning my seat. I kept coming back to Chan and Unger... these guys won it more than once... how did they pull that one off when you have to get lucky to win? So that's when it hit me that what they must be doing is winning pots where no luck is involved... mainly not even seeing a flop.

Started doing a little math... suppose you have AK, the way I hear it your chances of improving on the flop are about 2:1. If you have a pair under tens, your chances of flopping a set or overpair are smaller than improving a non-pair hand. So the idea is to be able to figure out whether someone has one of those hands that will dominate you, like QQs up, and push them off of anything else. If they see a flop, even better... because most players won't continue with an unimproved KQo or a pair of threes. So to win those tourneys, you figure out two things. One is when the blinds are going to fold. Two is whether a pre-flop raiser has a strong hand or a weak hand. That's it. Then it's all about stealing and restealing.

If you can't figure someone out, stay away from them and only attack the people that you can. Then the people who are good are going to see you making moves, and you just make sure you have the goods when you confront them. You can spot these guys pretty easily... all you have to do is watch what they're looking at when they aren't in a hand. If they're watching everything, chances are they're good to stay away from.

So that's it.

current mood: groggy

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Thursday, August 28th, 2003
5:48 am - It's been a long time... long time...
So I haven't been updating this thing for about a year. Cool things have happened. Here's the lowdown:

(1) Spent about five months in Antigua. Good times... mainly just getting high a lot and playing some poker online while my little brother worked on a little bit of software. Made some good friends, and went to go see Montserrat, which is a neighboring island with a live volcano on it.

(2) Swung down to Vegas with four grand to my name after my stint in the islands... bought into a super satellite and won a seat into the World Series of Poker. Came in 12th. It was a very surreal experience. Got eighty grand and a lot of exposure on ESPN.

(3) Moved out to Culver City and put together a few guys to play poker with.

That's about it... I'll add details about the whole WSOP thing.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2002
11:10 pm - The world is changed... I feel it in the water
I don't care what anyone else has or will say. The best stoned food is strawberries, covered with chocolate. Sitting back, getting a little high before work and watching Lord of the Rings on DVD. God damn what a beautiful film. Peter Jackson is a brilliant director.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2002
2:53 pm - Revving up for the big dance...
Paradise Poker and Poker Stars are each having this promotion this week. At Poker Stars, you have to rack up 1500 raked hands... then you qualify for a freeroll tournament where the winner gets a World Series of Poker seat. Second place gets $1,000 and a really sick feeling. At Paradise, you have to play in these single table sattelites ALL day. You get points depending on how you place (3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd). Whoever racks up the most points in a five day period qualifies to play against 49 other people in a one day period to see who can rack up the most points. Whoever gets the most points on the playoff day gets a seat into the World Series of Fucking Poker. Second place gets a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that they were so close, and that's it.

So far, I'm not doing too well in the Paradise promo... you basically have to play 16 hours a day, and I only played 10 yesterday... I'm going to have to play really well today to make up for it... if I don't score 20 or so points, I'm giving it up and just focusing on racking up hands at Poker Stars in time for their tournament on Saturday.

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Monday, April 22nd, 2002
1:40 am - Getting back into the swing of things
Haven't updated in awhile. Since we last talked...

- I went to San Francisco for a weekend. Did some business. Picked up a girl. Got laid. Spent way too much money... but hey, that's the bay. Didn't hang out with any of my brothers friends... next time, though!

- Snuck into a few movies with Judd... it's always more fun if you don't pay to see it. Actually, I guess we didn't really sneak in, since we paid for one and stayed for two. So it's not as cool as it sounds, but still... The first time we did it was with Death to Smoochy (yuck!). We tried to sneak into Van Wilder, which was playing like twenty minutes later. But then this guy came into the theater (which just had us two in it) and it went something like :

"Can I see your tickets?"
"Uhhhh...," shuffling through our pants, "we must have thrown them away."
"I see... well, are you guys supposed to be in here?"
"Uhhhh... no."

The second time, we saw Changing Lanes and then snuck in SUCCESSFULLY to Van Wilder. The third time, it was Murder by Num8ers then the Scorpion King. All of them were pretty lame. Murder by Numbers had some pretty tense relationships, though. It reminded me a lot of Quills. If you haven't seen Quills, you should... it'll make you want to do bad things. ;)

- Found out my brother (NOT verbal) knocked a girl up, so now he's going to get married next month... and right in time for me to miss the Word Series of Poker. The plan is getting hitched on the 26th. I'm still planning on going out there, though, and if I make it into the WSOP, I probably will miss the wedding. Sorry, Georgie, but you have to PLAN a wedding so that everyone can make it.

- Played around with a guy named Travis... me on the guitar and him on the turn tables. Sounded REALLY good at some points... except that I busted my highest two strings, so I was basically playing a bass. But some of the chord progressions we were putting together sounded pretty sweet. It'll sound even better with a really solid female vocalist.

Other than that, not much has been going on. I've been getting high a lot and not doing much, except for throwing around ideas for stories and screenplays. I think I might just write one of my story ideas down tonight.

I played in a Pot Limit Hold'em tournament tonight and came in third. I could tell you about the bad beat I had, but I'm sure you're not interested to hear how my pocket Queens were busted by a guy with K-J. It's a huge pain in the ass... the difference between third and second is $200, and third and first is $450. So instead of winning big, I came out $280 ahead after factoring in the buy-in. Still not too bad.

I have to get my ass to Vegas really soon. I'm planning on going to see my little brother in Jersey... then leaving from Jersey to Vegas. I think Rob and I would have a kick ass time up in NY/NJ. Plus there are a bunch of underground cardrooms up there that I could put my skills to use in.

Well, I'm off to play some more poker. I have to log 1500 raked hands this week if I want to play in the Pokerstars tourney where they send someone to the WSOP. That's looking like 30 hours. Yikes. I best get cracking!

current mood: good

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002
1:03 am
I've been on the mischief trail of some pretty bad guys today. About a year and a half ago, two companies ripped my little dot com off for about $600k. Now I'm going to go find the bastards and take them to court. I'll figure out where they hid the assets, and if they won't show me, I'll have them thrown in prison for fraud. Or maybe I'll just skip the middle man and go down there with a cigar cutter. This little piggy... we'll see how it goes.

current mood: angry

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Sunday, March 31st, 2002
6:39 pm
Easter Sunday... Got all dressed up to go to church with my mom because she guilted me into it last night. Then when I got there she wanted to leave because my baby brother Austin was being a bit fussy. So I worshipped at Ruby Tuesday's over the catch of the day.

So now I'm waiting for Easter dinner... woohoo. Love that good home-cooking. My step-dad and mom have a lot of fun sometimes sitting around the living room making up songs for Austin. The lyrics are pretty bad, like "My name is Austin Blaine, and I have big feet, and my dad has big feet too." It's all sung to nursery-rhyme like chord progressions. They are talking about making a CD... I'm sure it will be really big in Japan.

So last night at the campout I met a guy who does some scratching on turntables. I think I'm going to try to put together something with him and Judd... try to replicate that bomb-ass Portishead sound, but do it with more of an American cool-kid style. Now to just find the perfectly haunting female lead vocalist and the busta-rhymes wannabe who can freestyle better than Tricky. Only then will I get laid.

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Saturday, March 30th, 2002
5:46 pm - I left my hard-on San Francisco...
I booked a ticket today to go out and see a friend in San Jose. I'm leaving for San Francisco this upcoming Friday and coming back next Tuesday. Anybody from SF want to do something while I'm there? I'm looking forward to staying at the hostels... great way to meet people. I love that city.

Tonight I'm going camping with a few friends of mine. We'll build a bonfire and pull out the marshmallows and hotdogs. Wooohoo! It's good to be popular with the cool kids. ;)

Oh yeah... wrote a new song today. I've got a bunch of material, about as much as I'd need for a full CD. The lyrics go like so:
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(Dm - F - Am - C)

I saw you
the devil inside you
don't you think it's odd
to fight against your god
running out of awe
for strange things that I saw
the strange things that I saw

I've found peace
on the other side of dreams
you think you know a lot
you cut me with a thought
don't you think it's odd
the devil fights a god
don't you think it's odd

(Rythm rap section)
The world is full of brotherly love
Here's to my brothers
Here's to my loves
The world is full of brotherly love
One for my brother
Two for my love
The world is full of brothers who hate
A fist for my brother
A slap on her face
The world is full of brotherly love
This one's for my brothers
This one's for my loves

This is why we do it
This is why we do it
Walking on through hell
So another won't go through it
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To quote my favorite line in Basquiat, "Anyway, it's good."

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2002
6:36 am - The Feynman Way to Pick Up Women
"Ok," he says. "The whole principle is this: The guy wants to be a gentleman. He doesn't want to be thought of as impolite, crude, or especially a cheapskate. As long as the girl knows the guy's motives so well, it's easy to steer him in the direction she wants him to go.

"Therefore," he continued, "under no circumstances be a gentleman! You must disrespect the girls. Furthermore, the very first rule is, don't buy a girl anything - not even a package of cigarettes - until you've asked her if she'll sleep with you, and you're convinced that she will, and that she's not lying."

-- Richard P. Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

current mood: horny

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Monday, March 25th, 2002
8:02 pm - Applying myself
So after watching the Oscars last night, I decided I would try and finish a screenplay and submit it to a few studios. I worked out five more pages on my "Deacon" script... a story about a blackjack counter who assumes different identities to try and figure out who he is. It's coming along ok... but I'm starting to feel blocked... I have a few really good scenes in my head. Projects are hard to finish, and it doesn't really mean anything until I write THE END on the script and can really start polishing and presenting it.

Also, Big Brother 3 is taking applications to live in that little house at the end of this summer. I figure I'll apply and see what happens. I've got a compelling enough story (18 yr old law grad turned dot-com ceo turned gambler) and a distinct look... we'll see how it goes. If I get on, I figure I stand a decent chance at taking home the prize. The strategy would go as follows:

(1) For the first few days, blend in. Don't piss anyone off, and present yourself as the every man. Be social. The one who gets voted off first is the one that either pisses someone off, acts homesick, or doesn't socialize. The first and second vote, people are looking for EXCUSES to vote somebody off... inevitably, one or two people will make a play and point the finger, while trying to convince everyone else that it's the right decision. Go along with it.

(2) After the first two votes, power players will start to evolve... people who exert influence over others. Also, alliances will form. Only try to win the head of household if an alliance forms... then break it up as diplomatically as possible. Do not get into an alliance early in the game. Even if there are two such alliances, you can bet that they'll be more worried about the other alliance than an outsider.

(3) When there are six or so people left, it starts to get tricky. This is when you should start thinking of alligning yourself with two other strong contestants. Everyone is basically going to be friendly at this point... if not, the odd man out has to go. But otherwise, look for excuses like "Mr. X really misses his family, so he should be voted out". The trick is to allign yourself with strong but unliked contestants.

So that's the plan. If anyone has a better strategy, I'd like to hear it... a lot of it is going to have to be done on the fly, but at least the first couple of days the strategy seems straightforward enough. Be liked, but don't seem TOO eager, or you'll look weak.

current mood: creative

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Saturday, March 23rd, 2002
6:46 am - Jesus loves me...
Oh yeah, and I'm not down on religion or anything, but I think the funniest epistimological statement is expressed as follows:

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so!

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Thursday, March 21st, 2002
7:39 am
I remember one time I was having a REALLY bad day, and my girlfriend at the time pointed out this thirty something year old guy wearing these khaki shorts and these bright red tennis shoes and she said "Well, at least you aren't THAT guy."

I thought the same thing when I checked out some of these livejournal entries. How about a caring girl, who is blessed because she has two dogs that love her? Or actor mike, who has the worst case of ineedtogetlaidingitis that I've seen in a long time. Maybe the two would be a good match?

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6:30 am - The Fourth Street Paint Rule
So after taking my $200 beating, I won it all back at the low limit 7stud Hi/Lo game. They say that there is a lot to be learned about life from poker, and I think that's true. This game has one very simple rule, and it's called the fourth street paint rule. As long as you wait to enter the pot with your top hands and follow this simple rule, you'll tear up any low limit game. It goes like this: If your hand doesn't improve on fourth street, toss it.

Correlation in real life? Be selective in what you get involved in, and when it turns into a loser, dump it quick. Otherwise, you'll be put into a situation where you have to keep it until the river.

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3:33 am - Nothing so sad as an unhappy man
Decided to make the first journal entry at a lucky time... I heard once that if you make a wish at 3:33, it'll come true. So my wish is that this year I'll be able to make my million at the World Series of Poker, convince Katie Holmes that she's in love with me, and move out of my 10' x 10' shanty in downtown Columbia, Missouri. So cross your fingers, friends and fans... perhaps this year is my year. Maybe it would make up for last year, where I got dumped on harder than this guy.

But don't get the idea that I'm bitter about missing my cruise... I'd much prefer being poor to being employed. For now, I'm making my living salvaging the dot-com mess and playing poker. Tonight I took a beating (down about $200), so I'm staying at the low limit tables until I build a healthier bankroll. I hate being down here, but it has to be done... humility comes before greatness, and hopefully the humbler the humility the greater the greatness. That's what I tell myself every time I get aces cracked and yell out "I've got a fucking DOCTORATES DEGREE!" at the 2-4 table.

Oh yeah... and I met the girl of my dreams. Her name is Christi. She's going into Med school. She looks a lot like the girl from Rounders, which is appropriate, right? Definitely Hollywood all the way. I'm in love... just need to play it right (and not let her see where I live). Anyway, she definitely has all the qualities I'm looking for in an ex-wife...

Oh yeah... and I'm going to cover a song by Willie Nelson. I'm going to do it with a bit of a groove reggae style. It sounds awesome. Trust me.

current mood: discontent

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