The Ole "1" Outer

A little bit of luck never hurts. In this hand I hit a true miracle in a flopped set over set situation. Fun to be on the right side of this partcular hand.

PokerStars Game #7672419142: Tournament #38704816, $30+$3 Hold'em No Limit - Level V (75/150) - 2006/12/30 - 00:07:53 (ET)
Table '38704816 44' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: HorribleMan (1115 in chips)
Seat 2: Billoney (2960 in chips)
Seat 3: Ludrock (4280 in chips)
Seat 4: ziggy47 (3115 in chips)
Seat 5: THE BORT (3765 in chips)
Seat 6: MDVsbest (4695 in chips)
Seat 7: LogicPure (1160 in chips)
Seat 8: flopdanut (990 in chips)
Seat 9: aelred (1030 in chips)
MDVsbest: posts small blind 75
LogicPure: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to ziggy47 [4c 4d]
flopdanut: folds
aelred: folds
HorribleMan: folds
Billoney: calls 150
Ludrock: folds
ziggy47: calls 150
THE BORT: calls 150
MDVsbest: calls 75
LogicPure: checks
*** FLOP *** [5s 4h 3d]
MDVsbest: bets 300
LogicPure: raises 710 to 1010 and is all-in
Billoney: folds
ziggy47: raises 710 to 1720
THE BORT: folds
MDVsbest: folds
*** TURN *** [5s 4h 3d] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [5s 4h 3d 4s] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
LogicPure: shows [5h 5c] (a full house, Fives full of Fours)
ziggy47: shows [4c 4d] (four of a kind, Fours)
ziggy47 said, "omg"
ziggy47 collected 3070 from pot
flopdanut said, "wow"
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3070 | Rake 0
Board [5s 4h 3d 4s Kd]
Seat 1: HorribleMan folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Billoney folded on the Flop
Seat 3: Ludrock folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: ziggy47 showed [4c 4d] and won (3070) with four of a kind, Fours
Seat 5: THE BORT (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: MDVsbest (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: LogicPure (big blind) showed [5h 5c] and lost with a full house, Fives full of Fours
Seat 8: flopdanut folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: aelred folded before Flop (didn't bet)


Bye 2006

Hope that everyone had an excellent holiday and a good ending to 2006. Spending time with family and friends is always a pleasure. As 2006 ends and a new year is beginning, I have began to plan some goals and achievements for 2007. I have now been a professional poker player for 2 complete years and the success has not stopped. I keep asking myself the same question everyone else asks me, "When is my luck going to run out?" Haha, "NEVER, I am the luckiest guy in the world!"

Anyhow some simple goals for 2007:


- Net 200k for the year.
- Establish myself better in the major live tourneys.
- Cash for 6 figures for 1st time ever????
- Take down 80% of the home games in Vegas.


- Complete at least 1 marathon/run with my wife. (A 5k run counts! :)
- Possibly visit Europe.

Pretty simple goals for the year. Hopefully I will be able to look back at these goals in a year and have a laugh at how easy it was to achieve. These goals are very reachable and I plan on going 100% at each one of them.

I would like to say "Congratulations" to my best friend Adam and his girlfriend Danielle. She had given birth to a little girl named Lana Ray Chine. Congratulations you two! Here is a picture of what the baby would have looked like if it was a boy.


Mission Complete

Im back in Columbus!The drive from Colorado to Ohio ended almost exactly at 19 hours. Scott drove the first 6 and I finished off the last 13......I was in the "zone". Here is a timeline of our drive.

12:10 - on the road.
2:23 - Kansas
3:06 - 1st stop for gas.
4:10 - 280 miles driven
6:10 - 437 miles driven (avg 74.4 mph)
9:10 - St. Louis (The arch is HUGE)
3:10 a.m. - Indianapolis
6:10 a.m. - Columbus

Here are some pics of the drive.


Mission CO-OH

I travelled out to Longmont, Colorado to visit a good friend of mine (Forndog), hang out for a few days and than drive back to Ohio. Scott and his wife are moving back to Ohio. The wife and kids flew out on Friday morning. Scott and I than headed up to the mountains for some serious snow mobiling. It was incredible! We rode to the top of the mountains and took some beautiful pictures. Unfortunately those pictures are on Scott's camera and the cords we need to share them with are all ready in Ohio. DOH! Anyways we got very lucky with the snow mobile tour because Scott and I were the only ones scheduled for that particular tour. This meant that we had more opportunity to open up the sleds to some serious speed, which we did. Tour guide said we could get a speeding ticket if we went over 35. Yeah, right, Ok! Few minutes later I found myself kicked in to around 52 mph, just straight up MOVING. All in all it was a great experience and hopefully next week I can share some of those photos.

As I am writing this, Scott and I are 1 hour into our 20+ hour drive back to Columbus. Oh yeah Scott's dogs, Moose and Bison are chillin in the backseat as well. I am gonna try to keep up the blog as we go. Hopefully my new sprint internet card stays true to a good connection (Maybe even a few single tables during the ride:). Pictures are gonna be tough with all the downloading involved. The laptop connection from the car is average at best in Colorado and Kansas. I will do my best.

Mission Facts:

- Departure time on road = 12:10 MT time (2:10 estrn)
- First hour of drive = 80 miles
- Bison has slept entire drive so far, Moose is up and partying with us.

Later for now.


In Youngstown I Trust

As most know I grew up and lived in Youngstown, Ohio for the first 27 years of my life in a suburb on the west side of the city. Youngstown is located 65 miles southeast of Cleveland and 62 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here is a quick summary of the history of Youngstown. During the time period between the 1920's and the 1960's the city was based around big named companies such as Republic Steel and U.S. steel and was also the headquarters for one of the nations most important steel producers. This led the city to begin booming in industry and had a large portion of immigrants coming from Eastern Europe. Everything was happy happy joy joy in The "Yo". However, on September 19th, 1977 brang the announcement of the closure of the big name steel companies. As I recently learned this event is known by many Youngstowners as "Black Monday".

Youngstown still has not recovered from this economical disaster. Today the biggest employers are General Motors in Lordstown and Youngstown State University (My alum..wooooooot!). When you have economical struggle in a city, you will always have an increase in crime and violence. According to Morgan Quinto Corporation; Youngstown is ranked 9th in the country for most "dangerous" cities. Here is the top 10:

1. St. Louis
2. Detroit
3. Flint
4. Compton
5. Camden
6. Birmingham
7. Cleveland
8. Oakland
9. Youngstown
10. Gary

Even though this is a black eye for the city of Youngstown, it is still the place where I grew up and learned many lessons. The suburbs surrounding the city continue to be the backbone to the city, hopefully in the future I can say the opposite. Until than I will continue to show love for the city of Youngstown and the great people who reside there. With all the violence and negativity that surrounds the city, I still have faith and trust in the people. Long live the "Yo".

Other quick thoughts:
- the buckeyes hoop team is the real deal
- 42-39 dont forget that! (Bucks / Mich final)
- Ill be in the Bahamas hopefully playing day 4 of the WPT during National Title game on January 9th.
- Streak of non-cash's in stars nightly 150 has ended. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
- Flying to Colorado on 14th for a few days than driving back with a friend who is moving back. Road trip time!
- Republicans have mental problems. That is a fact!