April 12, 2017

I miss you guys

I realize no one will see this, but I miss you guys.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 06:14 PM

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January 22, 2015

HUHU LHE Solved?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/computers-are-learning-how-to-treat-cancer-and-diabetes-by-playing-poker-and-atari/

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 07:42 PM

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November 12, 2013

Trampoline Dodgeball in Vegas 2011

These are old, but great.


 


DC Home Game

 

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:04 PM

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July 17, 2013

Reggie Watts is a badass

Just sit back and enjoy this performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABm7DuBwJd8

 

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 12:36 PM

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July 08, 2013

The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

For those who haven't heard/read J.K. Rowling's Harvard Commencement speech from 2008, I highly recommend spending the time to absorb it. Many aspects of it greatly parallel the challenges of life in the rescue world, while also maintaining immense practicality in a grander sense. It is quite possibly my favorite speech of all time.

Some highlights:

"You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default."

"Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes."

"Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.

I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.

What is more, those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy."

"If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 06:30 PM

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June 17, 2013

Brilliant Ridiculous Fun: The Story of the Bet Raise Fold Premiere

So I just returned to the land of the normal after having spent a week in Vegas. Poker didn't go as well as planned (did book a nice winning session at HORSE though), and I was also sick for much of the trip, but none of that matters. All that matters is that I attended the premiere of Bet Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker and IT WAS AWESOME. Seriously.

After having watched Ryan Firpo's previous poker documentary shorts, I was convinced that he had the skill to pull off something great. With the help of Jay Rosenkrantz and others, he far exceeded my expectations. This wasn't a B movie detailing an underground world of immature ship it holla ballas. This was a high quality film detailing 3 very different human beings who just happened to involve themselves in the world of poker. Each star of the film brings their own necessary and intriguing ride through poker's myriad of hills and valleys.

Tony "Bond18" Dunst provides insight into how online poker provided a platform for countless ancillary occupations that would not exist without the online poker boom. Many people who would never consider themselves poker professionals were able to find their niche in this much-maligned community, myself included. It was nice to see this side of things represented, as it often gets lost in the discussion of who and what was affected by Black Friday.

Martin "alexeimartov" or "MagicNinja" Bradstreet showcased the eclectic, genius side of poker. He helped showcase what truly intelligent people could accomplish by studying this wonderful game. Being Canadian, he also provided a very clever dichotomy between American poker players and players from the rest of the world. This alone would have been reason enough to include him in the film as it really helped shine the light on the ridiculousness that is the "land of the free."

And finally, Danielle "dmoongirl" Andersen turned out to be the true heroine of the film. I honestly believe she, along with her son Easton, carried the film. It simply would not have been the personal and touching story that it was without her. She typifies the grinder, the working (wo)man, the Knish of online poker. She pulled herself up from the bottom and supported her family entirely through online poker. She's not some degenerate gambler blowing stacks of money at the strip club or betting on sports. She's simply trying to grind it out so her family has enough money to put food on the table. And despite popular opinion, she represents a far greater percentage of the poker population than most people realize. She is the reason I can't wait to show this film to my family and friends.

So needless to say, I loved the movie. And after the movie, we all went up to the suite at the Palms for the afterparty. Many of the big names in online poker were in attendance, and it was a lot of fun catching up with old friends. I even managed to steal some tournament strategy advice from Vanessa Selbst haha. I also booked 1% of her in the upcoming $50,000 Players Championship so gogogo Vanessa!

Here are a few pics from that evening :)

 

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Congratulations and a huge thank you to all involved with this project. Check out their kickstarter page, found here, to support the movie and get some sweet prizes. Also, the worldwide online premiere airs on June 30th via www.betraisefoldmovie.com.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 08:38 PM

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Tags: vanessa selbst tecmosuperbowl Tecmo tom dwan bet raise fold ryan firpo jay rosenkrantz tony dunst martin bradstreet danielle andersen

May 30, 2013

25 Randoms Things About Me

1. I hate lettuce. Whoever managed to get it thrown on every burger, in every taco, and even under a freakin' plate of mozz sticks must have been a marketing genius. It's worthless and it ruins everything, despite lacking much taste. It's kind of like reality TV in that way.

 

2. I was born in Johnson City, TN, moved to Connecticut, then to Texas, and finally to Maryland, all by the time I was 6 years old.

 

3. I spend way too much time trying to decide which I love more - cookies or ice cream. I think I've finally decided cake is 3rd.

 

4. The Alchemist is my favorite book and everyone should read it at some point in their life, preferably early on though as it speaks of following your dreams.

 

5. I got straight As througout high school, finishing with a 4.09 GPA. I also didn't miss a single day of school throughout those 4 years.

 

6. I missed countless classes in college. Well, I didn't go. I wouldn't say I missed them. My four years of college used to be the greatest period in my life. I miss it greatly. The last 10 months of my life have trumped those years though, thanks to the love of my life, Brittany. Who knows what will happen, but I can see myself marrying this girl. I've never been happier.

 

7. I beat Mike Tyson's Punch-Out in college and consider it my greatest gaming achievement to date.

 

8. Comcast is the epitome of a horrible company and I'd rather not have TV or internet than pay them money.

 

9. For whatever reason, I've always believed that I am destined to do great things in my life. If I don't impact the world greatly, then I will consider my life a failure.

 

10. I've won a decent amount of money playing poker over the past decade, and even coached poker for a couple years. Growing up playing cards with my Dad, being naturally good at reading people, and being pretty good at math have helped me to study the science and theory behind the game. The more you learn about it, the more you realize how deep the rabbit whole goes. It's extremely complicated and I enjoy the challenge of striving to play perfectly.

 

11. I'm a hopeless romantic who enjoys chick flicks. The Notebook, Romeo & Juliet, and Love Actually are three of my favorite movies.

 

12. When I was young, I cracked my head open with a hatchet, received a gash requiring stitches from a game of Smear the Queer, and fell out of a large tree when the branch at the top broke, subsequently hitting the root on the ground with my head which knocked me unconscious. This may or may not have something to do with why I don't remember much of my childhood and my long term memory in general is pretty poor.

 

13. I am incredibly fortunate and try to never forget it.

 

14. My front right tooth is fake, the result of a player's head colliding with my mouth during a basketball game.

 

15. I dated a girl for 3 months, spending a great amount of time with her, only to have her call me up one night and confess that she was married.

 

16. I don't know if I could have asked for a better father. Everyone loves him because he's awesome in general and tells great stories, but he's also a devoted father. Don't tell him I said that.

 

17. Tecmo Super Bowl is undoubtedly the greating sports game of all time, helped greatly by the fact that my Bills are amazing in it. It's also the last time the Bills were relevant. I actually own an NES cartridge labeled TSB 2k10 with rosters & teams from 2010. This means I can play as the Ravens and select Ed Reed or Ray Lewis. It's amazing. It's ok to be jealous.

 

18. Baseball is by far my least favorite sport and always has been. The World Series is a special time for me because that means baseball is over, at least until reports of pitchers and catchers arriving flood the news. However, I do enjoy eating ice cream out of those little baseball hats.

 

19. I call my grandmother 'Grammer' and she is amazing. She makes the best egg sandwiches for breakfast, will do anything for you, and put up with my crap when I was kid. She would come up and stay with my Dad & I for a few months each year, and I would do my best to sneak around like a ninja and scare her. I got a fake spider and put that in various places too. That spider disappeared one day, never to be seen again. I'm not sure why she didn't beat me. Oh, and I called her out to my Dad when she used part of the grocery money for perfume one day. Sorry about all that, Grammer.

 

20. I used to write poetry and songs. In fact, I wrote my first song, "Friends Forever," back in elementary school with my best friend Bri. That lead to rap battling on paper in high school during class, which lead to writing poetry and songs in college. That's often how I dealt with my emotions.

 

21. Getting lasik eye surgery is by far the best purchase I've ever made.

 

22. I have a huge passion for rock climbing, which I began doing in late 2010. I've never had a lot of upper body strength and couldn't do a single pull-up until I began rock climbing. It's a great workout because you have a ton of fun while your doing it. I worked incredibly hard to get to the point where I could boulder routes that were as high as V6s. Now, due to a back injury, I've had to take 2+ months off, but I can't wait to get back to it so I can get back to climbing hard. My friend climbed his first V10 recently, but he has been climbing for far longer and is wayyyyy stronger than me. My goal is to one day climb at a level close to him.

 

23. I'm a grammar nazi.

 

24. I wanted a dog my whole life, but couldn't have one since I spent the summers with my mom. I even subscribed to DogFancy magazine as a way to satiate my canine desires. I'm guessing this is why my passion for dogs grew to what it is today, but who knows. Speaking of that passion, I'm a huge pit bull advocate. I work to rescue them on a daily basis. I will die fighting injustice in this world, and this is one area where the world has made a grave mistake. Pit Bulls are amazing dogs and you likely haven't met one if you fear them.

 

25. If we're talking right out of the oven can hardly hold them gooey goodness, I think cookies are a slight favorite over ice cream.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:16 PM

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May 08, 2013

Ted Talks Education

This seems relevant for poker education as well:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ted-talks-education/

"Significant learning cannot occur without a significant relationship."

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:42 PM

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April 29, 2013

Need Help with Poker + Charity Idea

I've been trying to come up with a good way to incorporate two of my big passions in life, helping shelter dogs & poker. I considered starting an organization that takes donations (with the main source of those donations being poker winnings) and then funnels that money to various animal rescue groups. I've been doing this already with my own poker winnings, donating them to different animal organizations, and was thinking others might want to do the same.


Some poker professionals struggle with the idea that they aren't adding value to society by playing poker all the time. Even as an amateur, I sometimes struggle with the idea that I'm spending a large amount of time at the poker table. In addition, some people love animals, but don't have the ability to foster, adopt, or volunteer. By combining some of the money won through poker with helping animals, then it can satisfy one's need to give back and help legitimize the time spent at the tables. It may also serve as a way to stay focused, sharpen your game through studying, and motivate you to get your grind on. Personally, if I start feeling like I want to make a loose call or some -EV play just to gamble it up for the moment, then I start thinking about the theoretical money loss, and subsequent decrease in the amount I will be able to donate. This helps me stay on my A game, and also gives my time at the tables a higher purpose.


I'm not sure of the best way to take this idea of combining poker & charity and make it into something bigger and better. As stated above, my first idea was to simply set up a way for people to donate a portion of their poker winnings. Then collectively donate that amount each month to an alternating list of vetted charities.


This is still very much in the idea phase and I'm looking for criticism of this idea, as well as any other ideas that could possibly work better.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:49 PM

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March 11, 2013

NFL Films Presents: Tecmo Super Bowl

The video won't work in this blog so just click this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fAlI6t1Aa5k

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 03:45 PM

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