May 21, 2010

Sick new blog features

Rob just posted all the new sick blog features so I thought I'd give them a whirl.

Here's a video of my puppy.

 Here's a screenshot I took while shopping for cookware on Amazon.  Frying pans + zombies = just makes sense imo.  I mean, look at the size of that pan!  Some serious zombie-bashing potential.

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In honor of Pygmy's rungood post, here's a hand I recently played.

Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 No Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 706360
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: $155.85
CO: $119.00
Hero (BTN): $142.75
SB: $58.10
BB: $113.25

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with T of clubs 7 of clubs
2 folds, Hero raises to $2.50, SB raises to $9, 1 fold, Hero calls $6.50

Flop: ($19.00) 2 of hearts 3 of clubs 7 of spades (2 players)
SB bets $19, Hero calls $19

Turn: ($57.00) 7 of diamonds (2 players)
SB bets $30.10 all in, Hero calls $30.10

River: ($117.20) 9 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $117.20
Hero shows T of clubs 7 of clubs (three of a kind, Sevens)
SB shows 2 of diamonds 9 of diamonds (two pair, Nines and Sevens)
Hero wins $114.20
(Rake: $3.00)

of hearts the new features!

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 02:02 AM


April 30, 2010

How to become a better player

I just wrote this regimen up for a friend of mine who doesn’t really have any AFT (away from the table) study habits. He wants to start focusing on studying more and playing better. Don’t we all? Anyway, I designed this regimen which mimics my regimen pretty well and after writing it, I realized many people could benefit from it. So here ya go :)

This is a 3 step regimen that will inevitably help you have a better mindset while playing, focus more on learning/getting better, and just provide better overall habits. I think designing this regimen will help me as well because I don’t do these EVERY time like I should.

Step 1 – Design and follow a pre-session routine.

Mine goes something like this:

Make sure I’m not tired.
Finish any tasks that are on my mind (feed dog, take out trash, etc.).
Go to the bathroom.
Get a glass of water.
Close all browsers, AIM, and Skype.
Review pre-written notes about leaks I’m trying to fix or any helpful mantras, such as THEY ARE BLUFFING LESS THAN YOU THINK THEY ARE.
Open Pandora and PTR.
Open HEM, FT, and TableFinder.
Take a few deep breaths and clear my mind.

Step 2 – Design a post-session routine.

Mine goes like this:

Review all of the hands I marked during the session.
Decide if I played them well, if I know how to play it better, and if I should discuss it with a friend, my coach, and/or post to DC.
If necessary, post hand(s) to DC with reads and such.
Review the pre-session notes to assess if I improved upon my leaks.

Step 3 – Utilizing DC

Part 1 – DC Videos

Find a series that you want to watch (suggestions – Ghost Ship, Thin Red Line, The Riddler*, or anything by Baluga or jk3a).
Find time to watch 2 episodes each week, and ONLY watch the video, no internet surfing, messaging, etc.
Take notes on the video and think about how you can implement anything useful into your game. Also, if it’s a live play/video review, try to pause the video while watching when a spot comes up and think about how you would play the hand, and then listen to what the coach says.
If it’s a current series (as in you are watching it as it’s released each week), then post questions in the episode thread.

*I haven’t watched The Riddler yet, but the reviews seem to be good.

Part 2 – DC Forums

Make a point to respond to 1 hand each day on the forums. It only takes 5 minutes and each difficult hand posted will make you think about poker while not playing. Look at them as daily quizzes. Don’t read anything but the OP before responding.*

*If you don’t feel like actually responding due to laziness or being uncomfortable that you don’t know what the “answer” is to the hand, then just respond in your head. Read the OP, formulate how you would play the hand and why, and then read the rest of the thread to see what other people posted and why.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:26 PM


April 20, 2010

The EV of In-Flight Trivia

So I recently flew on Delta Airlines where they have an In-Flight Trivia game (among other things) on a small, poorly-designed touchscreen monitor attached to the back of every seat (except the last row I’m assuming, but it wouldn’t surprise me if those had them too). After napping for a bit and playing my sweet tower defense game on my phone, I decided to fire up the trivia game. It’s similar to various restaurant trivia games in that it has a wide variety of questions, 4 multiple choice answers, you play against whomever else is concurrently playing, and the quicker you respond the more points you get for a correct answer. Each “round” was 20 questions. The person with the highest score at the end of those 20 questions obviously wins.

I played the game straight up twice and won both times. Then some jerk named Craig signed on and ran really good and I took 2nd in my 3rd and 4th attempts. After playing 4 games, I realized that the winning score at the end was often slightly below 3000 points, with the occasional big score. I had 3500 in one of mine, but that was definitely above the average winning score. This seemed pretty low considering you can get a score of 600 per correct answer if you respond immediately. There are 20 questions so the maximum score one could achieve is 12,000. Of course, the odds of that happening are extremely low.

I began to think about it in terms of EV (expected value). With 4 choices on each question and 20 questions, if you randomly guessed every time you would on average get 5 correct. If you instantly answered every time, you would get 600 points for each correct answer. Therefore, on average, you should end the round with 3,000 points strictly from guessing.

The trick to the game is not only answering correctly, but quickly. If you think or just select your answer slowly, you give up a ton of points. Because of this, I decided that on my 5th game I would instantly select answer A on every single question. If my luck was at least break-even, there’s a good chance I’d win since my EV is 3,000.

Unfortunately, just as my poker results have been this year, I ran way below my EV. A was the correct answer only twice, thus giving me a dreadful score of 1,200. If only I had picked B, C, or D to be my guinea pig answer. Considering A was right only twice, the EV of each of the other answers went up a full 600 points!

Oh well, the experiment died right there, but it was fun either way. I decided to go back to playing the game straight up after that and managed to win my last game :)

“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” -John Wooden

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 01:32 PM


April 12, 2010

It wasn't me!

I wasn’t playing on your account! I swear!

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:56 PM


Tags: Kali

April 09, 2010


So I’m getting ready to head out to Salt Lake City for the week for some work-related training. I’m not a huge fan of traveling, but I’ve heard some good things about SLC and am looking forward to checking it out. After my recent trip to Seattle, I’ve realized how much Baltimore sucks and that it actually is possible to have a clean city that doesn’t top the charts in murder. I’m hoping to check out some of the scenery and maybe even go skiing one night. I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back.

I’m about to begin work on a video series for Deuces Cracked. I am going to work my butt off to make it the best series I can and I hope to learn a lot from it, and hope others do as well. It should come out next season, which starts at the end of May I think. Be on the lookout :)

I just started an insane workout program with my girlfriend, Meagan. Literally. It’s called Insanity. Details here.

It’s really freakin’ hard, but I can already tell a difference in my cardio and I’ve only been doing it for a week. I took some before pictures and should there be any noticeable difference at the end, I’ll post the before and after pix :)

In addition to Insanity, I’m trying to eat better as well. I’m working on taking a lunch so as to have healthy AND cheap meals. I’m also trying to cook more meals for myself at home. I don’t really mind eating healthier (I’m actually a big fan of fruit), but shopping for the food and making the meals and cleaning them up is very, very time consuming. I guess it’s worth it, but that’s definitely the hardest part for me.

I was supposed to get Lasik surgery a week ago, but since my eye hasn’t fully healed from my last complication I have to wait another month or so. It’s extremely frustrating because I can’t wear contacts (they caused the complication which was the catalyst for getting Lasik) and I hate glasses, especially since the ones I am currently wearing aren’t even my current prescription. And with Lasik pending, it would be stupid to buy new glasses. So I’m just stuck for now and I CAN’T WAIT until I can get the surgery done. It doesn’t help that football season starts this Sunday and it’s really hard to play at my best with glasses on (would also suck if they broke since they are my only pair). Oh well. Nothing to do but wait.

Ok, will post again after I get back from Salt Lake!

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 08:57 PM


Tags: Insanity Salt Lake City Lasik

March 24, 2010

Home Game and DC Projects

Check out this thread for more great pictures like this one haha.

I recently held my first of hopefully many home games. It’s a small stakes 8 game mix rotation where our main goals are to learn new games and have fun. I think I have a huge edge in 2-7 Triple Draw just by the fact that I think I’m the only one who actually plays that game haha. It was also probably the toughest table I’ve ever played at live or online. The lineup consisted of a couple of my friends IRL who are good players, TubaSteve, PygmyHero, and BigBagBabar. Not exactly good table selection. You can read more about it on Pygmy’s blog below.

Pygmy Hero’s recent blog post

I’ve also been spending a lot of time organizing Mount Robusto, among other DC projects. It’s a massive project and a huge undertaking, but I think it’s going to be great once it gets off the ground. For everyone involved, please be patient as we work out the kinks.

In addition to MtR, I’ve been helping plan the content for DC. We worked hard and I for one am really, really happy and excited about this upcoming season. You can’t please everyone, but this season lineup has received great responses so far and I am glad to be partly responsible for it :)

I’m also working on a super secret project that is going to be ballllllaaaa, but I can’t say any more right now ;)

In other news, I bought Battlefield: Bad Company 2 because my Modern Warfare 2 addiction has finally worn off. I was not pleased and have since returned it for God of War 3. I played it briefly and can already tell that it is going to kick major ass.

I like the idea of ending with a sweet quote so I’m going to go ahead and steal that idea from Bosoxx. Most of them will be from a great man named John Wooden.

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 07:20 PM


Tags: tubasteve pygmyhero bigbadbabar Mount Robusto

January 02, 2010

Drinking White Wine in the Sun

So I’m finally at the point where I can just chill and enjoy my home. I’ve only got a few boxes left to go through and everything is pretty much set up. Next Spring/Summer I’ll be looking to upgrade the kitchen, possibly replace the windows, and paint the whole house. But for now, I’m just enjoying my new diggs :)

My mom and brother drove up from Tennessee to spend Christmas with my girlfriend and me. It was really nice having them drive up here since I’ve been driving to Tennessee on an annual basis pretty much my whole life. The drive isn’t great (7-8 hours), but what really makes it a pain is the fact that you have to dedicate two whole days to driving. That really cuts into vacation time and I’ve had to cut my vacations short by two days every time I drive down there. But anyway, we had a great time and everyone got a lot of great gifts.

My first Christmas tree :)

Kali after ripping apart her first Christmas present

Poker books I received for Christmas

My new waffle maker!

Also, my girlfriend organized (and I helped a little, along with each of our families) a successful campaign to “adopt” two families from the House of Ruth – an organization who helps victims of domestic violence. We managed to collect enough gifts to satisfy the whole list of requested gifts for both of the families we adopted.

Since my mom and brother hadn’t been up to Maryland in quite some time (well, they came up for my college graduation in 2005, but we didn’t have much time for site-seeing then), we decided to hit up the Maryland Science Center. They currently have an AMAZING exhibit on Leonardo Da Vinci. That dude pretty much did it all – painting, sculpting, engineering, inventing, etc. He must have invented or improved hundreds of items, including bridges, ball bearings, bullets, machine guns, flywheels, catapults, scuba diving equipment, and even the early makings of the automobile. Basically, your life would suck without him.

After the science center, we hopped on over to The Cheesecake Factory and loaded up on an assortment of cakes – including The Original Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, and my personal favorite, the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake. Later on that night, we headed to one of my favorite restaurants – The Olive Grove. No, not The Olive Garden, or the Olive Tree (man, olives are popular). This is the only Olive Grove and it has some of the best Maryland Crab Cakes. The cream of crab soup is amazing as well. Oh, and my mom/bro also brought up food from my favorite restaurant, Ridgewood, a bbq joint in Tennessee. Needless to say, it was a delectable holiday :)

Ok, without further ado, here are finally some pictures of my new place :)

The 2 feet of snow we received is finally melting!

Will likely update my kitchen in the summer with new counters/appliances

Call of Duty space, oh – I mean – living room

Restaurant-style booth!

Place of future poker tables and old school gaming section :)

Light switch in guest bedroom left by previous owners (it was!)

Poker office, all paid for by poker :)

Close-up shot of my DC quacker :)

New sweet chair!

Some bed-side reading ;)

Walk-in closet next to master bath

Brand new deck and brand new fence!

Oh, and in the Christmas spirit, here is an AMAZING song that I recently discovered (thanks to Joe Tall). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

White Wine In The Sun

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 11:37 PM


December 02, 2009

Be on the lookout next week!

Next week’s King for a Day ep will feature yours truly :) Let me know what you guys think!

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:56 PM


November 18, 2009

Too lazy to crosspost right now...

so go to to check out my latest blog :)

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 08:29 PM


November 03, 2009

Getting close...

Just a quick update on the goings on de Tecmo. I’m in the process of building my new desk for my poker office and hope to have everything set up soon! It’s going to be really f-in sweet and I can’t wait. I’ll post some pix once it’s done.

I recently finished up Deuces Cracked University. Check the Secret HQ section of the forums if you don’t know what it is. I basically created quizzes for each episode of Tubasteve’s series Road to Robusto NL. I kept track of scores and will announce the winner soon :) It was a ton of work, but it has received lots of good feedback and I’m glad I was able to give back to the DC community.

I’ve been doing house stuff (I recently bought my first house!), working on DCU, and coaching as well so I haven’t been able to play much. I’m hoping to change that once my office is all set up. Will be interviewing coaches for me and will likely cut back a bit on coaching others. I’m also looking to finally sink my teeth into Flynn/Miller/Mehta’s book Small Stakes NLHE. I’m hoping to get it printed and bound by a company so that I can physically hold it and really study it.

Currently watching the Saints game on Monday night – man, they sure are exciting to watch. I’m a Bills fan, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Saints in the Super Bowl!

After reading the AC trip report by PygmyHero, I really wish I could have gone, but alas, I could not make it. After hearing how much fun everyone had, I can’t wait until WSOP ’10. Hoping to stay even longer next year, hang out w/ DC peeps that I have yet to meet, and chill w/ Joe Tall, Krantz and the others again!

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 03:22 AM


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