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Bear Hunting

Sunday, December 2, 2012 @ 05:12 AM
posted by Dan

It had been several years since I’ve been out hunting, but I was finally able to make it this year. The main purpose of the trip wasn’t so much to kill anything as it was to spend time hanging out with my Dad. My Dad and his friends have a hunting camp in north central Pennsylvania. The camp itself isn’t anything special, but they own 84 acres and their property borders state game lands, and its an awesome area for hunting. I had licenses for deer (buck only) and bear. I saw 5-6 deer, but the only one I could have potentially shot at was a doe. That was a little disappointing, but one of the guys was able to get a bear. Besides hanging out with my Dad, the highlight of the trip was running around on his new 4-wheeler.

My Dad sighting in his rifle:

View of the camp. This was originally a farm house back in the 1920’s:

The camp has a coal furnace, which required some shoveling. Made me appreciate how nice it is to have natural gas at my house.

Sighting in my rifle went pretty smoothly. I very rarely get to do any target shooting these days. Back when I was about 12-13 years old I used to be on a junior shooting team. That was fun but then I got into golf which is way better….

Gun + 4 wheeler = awesomeness……

Me decked out in orange to reduce the chances that a drunk hunter shoots me by accident:

The view from the neighbor’s tree stand. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it from the ground. The stand was about 30 feet up in the tree and the boards to climb up it were spaced a lot farther apart than I would have preferred. It was a little sketchy but the view was great.

This is the view from my favorite hunting spot. The first time I ever hunted when I was 13 I shot a deer from here.

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PLO8 River Play

Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 04:02 PM
posted by Dan

A while back I wrote an article on PLO8 river play for Nutblocker.com. Check it out here: http://www.nutblocker.com/article/46/river-play-in-plo8.html

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Time for an Update

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 04:08 AM
posted by Dan

Its been a little while since I’ve made a post, so an update is overdue. Basically I’ve been busy with a variety of things and just haven’t had much time for blogging. Pokerwise  I haven’t been doing too much. Playing a little on Carbon here and there, but no serious volume. I have been thinking about some more PLO8 articles, so expect to see some over the next few months. I did get Tommy Angelo’s new book on my Kindle. I’m not too far into it yet, but so far its been pretty good.

Between my corporate job, family, working out, golf, and a side business (not poker related) I’ve been working on getting started, and a little bit of options trading, I haven’t had a ton of free time. This season I’ve really re-devoted myself to golf.  I’ve taken 3 lessons this summer, and my swing is getting a lot better. I have a 1 handicap, and really want to finally get it to scratch. The guy I’m taking lessons from is a total badass. He qualified for the US Open at Pebble last year and made the cut. He has the rare combo of being about to play and teach golf at a super high level. I signed up for a tournament that takes place in a few weeks. I used to play a ton of tournaments, and since kids I think I’ve only played one. Next year I want to play a bunch, so I thought it would be a good idea to get at least 1 in this year.

I’m not going to go into detail, but my job has been pretty awesome. After investing all of the time and money into the MBA its nice to see it paying off. There is also the possiblity I’ll get to travel to Hong Kong and Singapore in October. Look for some cool pictures if that happens.

That’s all I have time for right now. Look for me to get back to weekly updates and more poker content.

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Running Bad

Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 03:07 AM
posted by Dan

Had a bit of a bad run last week, and I’m not even talking about poker. First thing to hit was the AC compressor for my house dying. Then 3 days later my TV blew up. A brand new condenser unit was about $2600. Fortunately, big screen tv’s have come way down in price since the last time I bought one. I was able to get a 1080p 50″ plasma for $700, so that wasn’t too bad. Bad things always come in three’s, and I picked up a screw in a tire on the way back from the store with the TV. Not a huge amount of money, but pretty damn annoying.

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How to Triple Range Merge

Monday, June 6, 2011 @ 03:06 AM
posted by Dan

Last year I started a project to make an equity calculator that was as easy to use as Pokerstove, but for PLO and PLO8. It was a pretty big project and going into it I was very unsure about how well the program would perform once it was completed. For that and a variety of other reasons I decided the best move was to make an equity calculator for Hold’em first. Then once that was working I could update it for Omaha. Well, I got the hold’em version to work, but after black Friday I don’t really see the point in continuing with any poker related software projects. Maybe at some point I’ll get back to the Omaha tool, but if that happens it won’t be until we see regulation in the US and some sort of stable poker market.

For now, check out Hold’em Range Tool. Like Pokerstove its totally free, but the nice thing is its web-based so you don’t have to download anything. It does a bunch of things that Pokerstove doesn’t. For example, you can specify an ‘air range’, which will add random cards to model a bluffing frequency. It also does weighted ranges in a way that is pretty easy.

I felt like there is a lot missing from the current crop of equity calculators. They tend to be either free and missing some key features, or they cost money and are really complicated to use. I think Holdem Range Tool fills in some of the gaps. Hopefully everyone enjoys it. Stay tuned for the Omaha Range Tool in a few years……

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