Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mookie and the Cap'n, and MATH Options

Another Wednesday, another Mookday. Why the Mookie excites me so much every week, I will never know. But, tonight I have a new plan that I'm sure is going to get me back to my second straight Mookie final table:

I'm going to get fucking hammered. And for once I don't mean with 72 offsuit.

Actually, Hammer Wife's father is in town for the week, and she and he and her brother are going out to foncay dinner in the city, while I will be home on babysitting duty for the evening. And while that may sound like a lot of work to get done whilst drinking up and playing some online poker, the Hammer Girls go to sleep relatively early in the evening these days. Thus, come 8pm ET, I should be home and home alone, with nothing to do but hit the new bottle of Captain Morgan sitting in my freezer and some good ole' fashioned Coke Zero™. And fire up the laptop and hit the virtual felt.

Virtual felt. The most trite, overused phrase on this here blog. Enjoy it. Revel in it. I certainly do.

So today I'm thinking, what are some fun drinking games a boy can play all by himself while playing online poker? I will need to have at least 7 or 8 drinks in me by the time the Mookie starts at 10pm ET (password as always is "vegas1"), which will give me about two hours to play with, and about a drink every 15 minutes in there. And I feel like some kind of structure, some kind of game, to play to determine exactly when I drink. So how do I get that done tonight while I play poker? Five ideas I'm kicking around this morning:

1. Drink every time I win a race. This is a fun idea, and in theory it should have me downing a drink every 15 minutes or so. Only problem here is my historical 20-25% win rate with races. This one alone might not get me drunk enough by Mookie time.

2. Drink every time I am dealt a premium starting hand. Another fun idea, but suffers from the same problem as option #1 above. At that rate I likely won't be drunk until sometime in the Jeb Bush administration.

3. Drink every time I suck out on someone. Same problem. Now we might not be talking until Jeb Bush's kid's administration.

4. Drink every time I am dealt two face cards. This isn't bad, as this definitely should be happening around once every 15 minutes or so, especially if I'm firing up three or four tables at once like I like to do. But is getting dealt any two crappy face cards really worthy of a drink like that?

5. What about drinking every time I make a pair or better on the flop at any table? See, this is the kind of creative thinking I'm looking for today. I really need something that will happen often enough for me to actually be able to get good n drunk over a couple of hours, and a pair on the flop while multitabling ought to get me there. But I just can't help but think there is some more fun, more creative system out there that will get me drizzy in time and yet really make my evening alone more enjoyable for me before the Mookie starts up -- I was never much for the creative stuff so for the life of me I can't think of it.

Btw thanks to everyone for your great suggestions about what to do for the last two MATH tournaments in the BBTwo. I thought almost all of them were great ideas. I've already spoken to full tilt about one of our last two BBTwo Hoy tournaments being a heads-up tournament, so you can expect that to be coming over the next week or two for sure. I love that idea, and the good thing about it is, once again it is still holdem which is important to me as I don't really plan to get away from the holdem games in the middle of the challenge since many of the participants are not into those other games, and since the Aussie Millions ToC as well as the actual Aussie Millions grand prize itself are both themselves holdem tournaments. But heads-up holdem for a ToC seat was something I almost tried to fit in during November, and you can definitely expect to see that coming in one of the next two MATH tournaments. I am leaning towards that being the final MATH of the challenge, because there just seems to be something poetic about winning one's way in at the last chance in a MATH via a heads-up tournament, but I suppose that is not set in stone yet.

But it's this coming week's Hoy that I really consider the wildcard as of now. I had previously kicked around the idea of a knockout tournament, but does that really matter all that much to people? I mean, I think in a large mtt the knockout idea makes more sense, because by the time you make the final few players, you could literally have knocked out 30 or 40 players on your way there, actually amassing a decent chunk-a-change from all your knockout bounties. But, in a 70-person tournament or so, does $4 a pop for knockouts really make that much of a difference to anyone? I mean, I don't mean to be snobby about anyone's bankroll, as even my own roll can always use a few extra bucks or my $26 buyin back or whatever. But at $26 buyin, we're probably looking at a $4 knockout bounty and $20 to the prize pool for every player, and with, say, 70 players in the tournament, the most anyone can reasonably expect to be winning in bounties is what? $15, $20? Again, not that that is nothing because it's certainly worthwhile to add to any of our full tilt accounts, but I'm not really sure I see the value there in removing that money from the prize pool when we're dealing with such relatively small amounts in a $26 blonkament as opposed to a $26 multi-table tournament where the number of knockouts can really get up there for the players who last until the end.

What about one of these 6-max limit holdem tournaments? Now I know that limit and no-limit are in many ways very different games, but it's still holdem and I know some of you out there who play the BBTwo events from time to time are actually more limit specialists than no-limit specialists? And the 6-max aspect definitely makes limit holdem more interesting, so even a no-limit donk like me can get into the limit game as long as it's a tournament with escalating blinds, and as long as it's 6-max. What do you guys think of that?

OK please let me know your thoughts on the above, in addition to some drinking games I can run from 8-10pm ET tonight while I prepare for the Mook. Also, if anyone is up for a $55 turbo PLO heads-up sng like they have on full tilt during that time, hit me up on the girly chat. I have been utterly crushing those things lately. Just about my only loss was last night when I lost with the flopped nut flush to the rivered straight flush. That's right, you read that right. In heads-up play. Gotta love it!

See you tonight at 10pm ET for Le Mookie, hammered style!

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Blogger pokerpeaker said...

Drink every time you lose when you're ahead after the flop. If you're to be believed, you should be trashed in a half hour.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Blinders said...

A HU MATH will not end until 10am the next day (think about it). I was joking when I suggested it. Its like 6 tournamnets back to back if you have 33-64 entries. 9 hours minimum to complete if you are lucky.

12:22 AM  
Blogger Julius_Goat said...

Drink a shot every time you get two cards.

Drink a double every time you get two face cards.

After 10 minutes, you'll think you're playing PLO and getting double pocket pairs every hand.

Then? Poooooooooooooooooooosh!

12:47 AM  
Blogger ckbluffer said...

Pick a random card and random suit. Say, 9 of clubs. If any 9 comes on the frop, take a drink. Two 9s on the frop, two drinks. Three 9s on the frop, three drinks. 9 of clubs on the frop, drink and a shot.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Chad C said...

I've got the answer!

-Drink every time you witness a horrible donk play like AJ all in etc.

-Drink every time you see a suck out. Has to be a 3/1 fav at least going down to one of these no fold hold em types.

If you follow that plan you might get alcohol poisoning though. That might not be a bad thing, at least then you won't have to watch the donkey final table play..........

1:28 AM  
Blogger mookie99 said...

"I've already spoken to full tilt about one of our last two BBTwo Hoy tournaments being a heads-up tournament"

Have they fixed their MTT HU structure yet? Last time we tried to do that for a Dookie, it was screwed up.

As soon as you finished beating an opponent you were immediately paired up with another player who had completed their HU match.

2:10 AM  
Blogger mookie99 said...

Also, for a drinking game while the Mookie is running play the BuddyDank Radio Drinking Game.

Hit me up in chat for the details/rules.

2:17 AM  
Blogger lj said...

i am also thinking that a hu tournament w/ 50+ is gonna take hours and hours. does ftp do shootouts? that might be marginally faster...

4:50 AM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Shootout sounds like a good idea.

As for the handle of Cap'n, I'll be drinking with you sir.

Use caution if you're going to keep up with me though :)

5:19 AM  
Blogger Lewis Cash said...

I would suggest drinking every time you three bet or get three betted pre-flop. This ensures that you will get tanked.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Buddy Dank said...

BuddyDank Radio is committed to playing drinking games tonight! ALL NIGHT!!!

5:46 AM  
Blogger TripJax said...

Take a look at the following to give you an idea how long it will take to do a HU tournament...

Keep in mind that is with 186 entrants and it started at 9pm. If you start at 10pm and start with way less than 186, you are probably looking at about a 1:00am finish...not much different than a regular Hoy.

Who the heck is that handsome devil getting Astined in that picture??


As for the drinking games, take a fucking gulp every hand you panzy.

7:03 AM  
Blogger KajaPoker said...

The KO doesn't sound like a good idea unless you do a much bigger KO prize, like half the buy-in.

FTP doesn't do MTT HU - that's why the most you see are the double shootout HU token games.

FTP doesn't do shootouts, that would be a great idea, though.

Limit 6-max could be interesting too.

Do they have a one rebuy one add-on option?

Could they do a turbo HU with KO bounties?

8:35 PM  
Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Limit poker will take FOREVER. HU will take a much shorter time. And even though a KO tourney won't offer much $$ for the KOs, it would still be fun to try to go after each other. I'm all for the KO tourney and the HU tourney. Great job of changing things up, Hoy. I just got to actually find time to play now.

10:41 PM  
Blogger WildDuces234 said...

KO seems silly-
I like the idea of Drinking anytime you raise someone- this will have you drunk in no time at all. three betting works too, just caught that one. Plus everyone will be saying Hoy raised, Bottles UP!

11:49 PM  
Blogger actyper said...

6max turbo rebuy!!!

2:42 AM  

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