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playing poker and teaching science: January 2014

playing poker and teaching science

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Location: Indiana, United States

I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Playing poorly

I knew it while it was happening but didn't really know what to do about it. Is it sometimes okay to just check, call all the way down?

Here's the situation: I had only been at my seat in the local American Legion game for half an orbit when I was dealt 85 offsuit in the small blind and limped into an unraised pot along with no less than seven other callers. The flop was 875. Turn 10. River King. Long story short, I check-call the entire way and take down a $100+ pot when the missed flush draw on the river put out a bluff that was too small to push the high pair and my two pair off the hand.

I wasn't proud of the way I played the hand, but with the texture of the board I was facing getting stacked on the first hand I played...

I felt like a fish but won the hand and the double up gave me chips to push people around as the night progressed.

Side bar: The game at the American Legion is a hoot! There is an eclectic mix of old timers with young bucks. There are two young players who sit wearing mirrored sunglasses behind the their $50 buy-in waiting for the WPT babes to pick them out to interview. The middle aged guys who are the WORST poker players ever discussing the merrits of calling a big raise with 72o, every time. Hysterical people watching!

I did have a moral delimma when I stacked a young kid (not a veteran) in a wheelchair. In my defense, he was betting into my nut flush and it was a very expensive wheelchair.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Very Josie has a favor to ask:

Here's a chance to do some good:

Very Josie has a favor to ask of you - Go read about it here: http://veryjosie.blogspot.com/2014/01/ahem-its-very-josie.html

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Things to remember 2013

My annual post about my top things to remember for 2013 (in no particular order):

1. Conducting my own son's wedding (Ok. That IS number one!)
2. NCAA Wrestling national in Des Moines
3. The Aventura Spa Palace in Cancun (great spa!)
4. Spring break in Jamaica (Lydsay was a great guide)
5. Camping with my nephew
6. Another volunteer trip to The King's Home in Belize
7. Three days on a sailboat in Key West
8. Two weeks in Italy (Venice, Florence, The Banfi vineyard, Rome, and Sorrento)
9. A December trip to New Orleans
10. The end of one chapter and the beginning of another
11. Another winning year at the poker table.

What will 2014 have in store? I already have trips booked to Cozumel and Vegas because I get TWO weeks spring break now :-)