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Poker at Nikki’s

Posted on February 3, 2011 by under Poker.    

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The gang got together last weekend for poker. Jay, Becca, Brian and I played the 7 PM tournament and then April and Cory came out for the 10 PM tournament so Brian and I ended up staying for that as well. Cory did really went and split the prize money for first and second. Way to go, Cory!

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Poker Night at Larry Bud’s

Posted on January 31, 2011 by under Poker.    

Brian and I checked out poker at Larry Bud’s for the first time last week. It’s just down the street from us, but we’d never been. I couldn’t believe it. It was actually a lot of fun, specially since I took third place.

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Running into Todd (who runs the poker tournament there) was a bonus. We hadn’t seen him in years! I think the last time we ran into him was at Loft 150, three or four years ago. Brought back memories of our old poker days at Fingers.

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It’s been so long since I’d played bar poker. It felt a little weird. Weirdness aside, it was pretty fun. I think I could get back into bar poker. Maybe.

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Nikki’s Poker Room

Posted on January 23, 2011 by under Poker.    

It’s hard to believe that, as long as Nikki’s Poker Room as been around, we’d never been there until this year.

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We got to check it out last weekend and it’s actually not bad. It’s no Highlands for sure (nothing will ever replace Highlands in my heart), but it’s slim pickin’s for places to play poker around these parts anymore.

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Jay and I both made the final table, but neither of us cashed. Jay got pretty close, though. I was pleased with my performance, all things considered. It was, after all, only my first time playing there. Next time I’m taking that tournament down!

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Poker at Binion’s

Posted on January 14, 2011 by under Poker, Travel.    

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Brian and I got to play poker at Binion’s, “the place that made poker famous” – LOL. I thought that was pretty cool.

Neither of us won money, but at least I outlasted Brian. =P

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My First “Smash” Cake

Posted on October 30, 2010 by under Babies, Poker.    

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Since I turned 33 this year and we’re both poker nerds, we decided to get a “Pocket 3s” birthday cake. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our poker lingo, a pair of 3s is also called Ponderosa, which is why we came up with the title “Ponderosa Party” for the event.

The term “Ponderosa” for pocket 3s was actually coined about six years ago back when Brandon and LeBlanc used to live at Ponderosa Apartments down the street from T-Mobile. It was funny because we’d squeeze 30+ people into their one bedroom apartments. For seating, they’d roll a couple of the round tables from the T-Mobile break room and borrow some of the break room chairs as well. Whenever we were done, we’d return them so that things were back to normal the next day and no one would be the wiser. Although, I suspect that a couple of chairs got misplaced and didn’t make it back.

At these poker games at Brandon’s or at LeBlanc’s (whoever was hosting that night), pocket 3s seemed to always win no matter what they were up against. I’d lost count of how many times pocket 3s cracked aces by making a set or straight or flush. Since they always won at the Ponderosa Apartment poker games, we dubbed the hand “Ponderosa.” Whenever a 3 would fall on the river to make a set, we called it a “Natural Ponderosa.”

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I had never had a “smash” cake before. I was only introduced to it this year when Brian and I attended Gavin’s first birthday. I think it’s a recent invention. Basically, you have the regular cake that everyone eats and then you have a smaller cake for the baby to “smash” — so to speak. Gavin is a little more sophisticated, though. He refused to “smash” his little cake with is hands. It wasn’t until April gave him a spoon that he started attacking it.

My friend Misty said that “smash” cakes are just another way for bake shops to make money. Instead of only buying one cake, parents now have to buy two which translates into more money for the bakery. I think it’s brilliant!

But I digress… We thought it would be funny if my “smash” cake was a 3 on the river for a “Natural Ponderosa.” I don’t think anyone got it except for us poker nerds. It was still funny, though. I loved that my first ever “smash” cake was an homage to the Ponderosa Poker Posse. Those were the days!

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