Monday, September 24, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. K go in for the Kill

Yesterday DK and I went to the casino to play in the Sunday bounty poker tournament. It was a $50 buy in each. $40 of that goes to the prize pool and $10 of that pays for a bounty chip*.

*When you go all in you have to push your bounty chip in too. If you get knocked out, the person who won the hand gets the bounty chip. At the final table, the bounty chips are worth $10 each.

There were about 130 - 140 players. 12 tables of 11 plus a handful of alternates.

Early on I was able to accumulate a big chip stack and I earned some new nicknames in the process. Two different times I busted out guys that were all in with pocket aces – also known as “the nuts”. I beat them both times with straits. That earned me the nickname “the nutcracker”. LOL!

I caught a LOT of straits and combined with my big chip stack that earned me the nickname “Bank of STR” – the STR part meaning strait.

At one point, with two tables left I had about $100,000 in chips. Most of the other players at my table had between $2,000 and $15,000 in chips. If a short stacked player went all in (including their bounty chip) and I had a decent hand, I would usually call them. I had the money to do it and we only had two tables left. Any player that I can take out for a small percentage of my chip stack is one player closer to the final table for me. Plus that $10 bounty chip is always tempting. I took so many people out (10 by the time we were at the final table) that everyone started calling me “the bone collector”. A short stack would push all in and I would call and one of the old guys at the table would say “Uh oh! The bone collector is coming to get you!” That was fun. I took one guy out and his friend who was also at our table looked at me and said “Hey thanks! You just won me $5.00. I bet that he would go out first.” So the next hand the $5 winner went all in and I called and took him out too! Ha ha haaaaaaaaaa! That was fun.

I also earned the nicknames “the destroyer” and “the black widow”.

I was the last woman in the tournament and the player with the most bounty chips at the final table.

I think I was second in chips when we started the final table. Everyone at the final table was going to get paid so I was really happy just to be there. One guy was knocked out quickly. I played three hands against my husband and lost all three. In the process I also lost all of my chips. He had the best hand every time and he also played it right every time so he totally deserved to win those chips. Plus, if I am going to lose my chips to anyone at the final table, it hurts a little less when it’s my husband.

I was really happy with my play and with my winnings. I won $110 for my bounty chips and $160 for 9th place for a total of $270. Not bad!

DK made it down to the final five and at that point all of the remaining players decided to split the remaining prize pool. They each won $750 plus DK had seven bounty chips for a total of $820. As a couple we profited $990 in four hours! Not bad!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Gym update and weigh in

I went to the gym 3 times last week even though I was kind of sick and really didn't want to go.

In the last month I lost 3 inches!
My weight stayed the same.
I also lost .30% body fat.

Finally - after 3 months of gaining inches I lost some. I was starting to get really frustrated.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Late night

Last night I went to the bar to play poker like I do every Tuesday after work. I am sitting there, playing a video game and I see some people walk in. I glance over and it's my parents! I did a double take because they live about 3 hours away. What a nice surprise!

We all played poker but as usual, my parents hadn't had their fill of gambling. Hey the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree right? We decided that we should take a little family trip to the casino. We all drive up to Totem Lake and settle in at our respective tables. I played blackjack until 1:00 am. It was a blast! My parents are a bad influence on me! I didn't eat dinner - just a couple of cheese sticks so I was starving this morning. I got a bagel and juice on my way into work. Yummy.

I am now sitting at my desk with a giant bottle of water trying to rehydrate and I'm sure my folks are sleeping soundly. They like to sleep until noon.

(I am up $100.)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Gym Update - 9/14/07

I went to the gym three times this week even though I didn't want to.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Gym Update - 9/13/07 (a little late)

I went to the gym 3 times last week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My brother is too funny!

You have to watch the credits at the end.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Strange stuff from the beach

It seems that small towns are a magnet for strange people and things. Check out these examples from our recent beach trip.

The Welcome to Aberdeen sign. Kurt Cobain was from Aberdeen and we thought the reference was nice. It was funny because we put on Nirvana when we knew we were getting close to Aberdeen and Come As You Are was playing when we passed this sign!

Hand made sign in a motel by the ferry dock. (You have to go in there to buy tickets for the ferry.) The whole place was very Psycho-ish. (Eeeee, eeeee, eeee, ee!)

Speed limit sign entering the Quinalt Casino.

A very friendly deer head in Cadillac Jack's bar. This is the joint that played "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" on repeat.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Introducing Princess Peaches!

Want to see what's going on the mind of one very awesome, funny, sweet, smart, pretty lady? Blog fever is spreading and CJ is the latest victim!

Check out Princess Peaches - the newest blog to emerge from my group of real life friends!
I've also added a link to Princess Peaches to my left nav.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Please welcome Bri and The Chronicles of a Nini

Check out The Chronicles of a Nini here!

I've also added it to my left nav. (Now in alphabetical order.)

Evidentially this is a Nini. But Bri is a different kind of Nini. She doesn't look like this little thing at all.

September Announcements

Happy Wedding Day to:
CJK & AJA - 9/15!

Happy Birthay to:
MS - 9/7
Mexico - 9/16

Happy Anniversary to:
AK & DK - 9/3 - Married since 2006!
T & KG - 9/14 - Married since ????!
RK & LC - 9/20 - Married since ????!

Monday, September 03, 2007

1 year anniversary vacation recap and highlights

  • Dugan's Pizza
  • Deer just outside our hotel balcony in the beach grass
  • Casino


  • Sunburn
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Nap
  • Pool. No thanks on the hot tub - some kid puked in it.
  • Sunset happy hour
  • Mexican food
  • Poker at the Porthole Pub with locals like Shorty, Spud and some guy who announces he's too stoned to deal. No Shorty, I will not pay you $200 to burn yourself with a cigarette. Thanks for asking though - you never know.
  • 3 am lunar eclipse - watched it on the beach with wine
  • Teenagers with a bonfire watching the eclipse too


  • Putt-putt golf - DK wins by a landslide
  • Bumper boats - splashing DK
  • Arcade
  • Paid 300 tickets for a 400 ticket prize. (The new poker championship necklace.)
  • Poker tournament at the casino. I took 2 or 3 people out. Got 4th place. Busted out with A, Q by a 4, 2 - both off suit.
  • Playing blackjack with a Ted Bundy look-a-like next to me. Freaked me out!
  • Ate at the Emily's the casino restaurant. Yummy. Purple broccoli and yellow cauliflower.


  • Gym (Yes, I went.)
  • Beach
  • Nap
  • Law & Order
  • Red Sox game
  • At Waves for dinner. About half the people in the restaurant are kids. One old dude in the bar. At first, the bar TV has Jeopardy playing. Then I look over and it's got dancing girls in thongs on. Nice. A second later a big booming voice from the TV says: "Fuck that motherfucking bitch, shit!" The old drunk dude had turned on some cable comedy special. The waiter goes RUNNING!
  • Bowling - I BOWLED A 165 - NO JOKE - I EVEN HAVE THE PRINT OUT! My best score ever!
  • DK beats me in pool and air hockey


  • Breakfast at Mr. B's
  • Ferry to Westport
  • Sea lion eating tuna scraps
  • Harbor seals popping up
  • Gym
  • Law & Order
  • Mexican food again. (Hey - it's vacation!)
  • Cadillac Jack's for drinks. Extremely bad karaoke singers. "She thinks my tractor's sexy" on repeat. Time to jettison the pod.
  • On to the Porthole Pub. Amazing karaoke singers. Darts, videogames.


  • Broken toilet - repair man.
  • Gym
  • Rain = movie
  • Relax
  • Poker = very bad
  • Blackjack - even by the end of the night
  • Nacho dinner at 1 am


  • Late checkout
  • Pack
  • Drive home

Photos and more details to follow!

The end!