Texas Poker: Vote Now!

Texas Poker: Vote Now!
Tags: Austin, HB 222, houston, houston-poker-raids, Polling, War-on-Poker

KTRH-AM 740 out of Houston followed up the Morning News story about our efforts to legalize poker in Texas with one of their own. In their piece, the opposition claims we poker liberators* are simply seeking a regressive tax that will punish the poor, and calls government “weak” for even considering legalization as an alternative to cracking down.

*my term, not theirs

And now, on the front page of KTRH’s website, their question of the day is:

Should Texas add poker to its gaming lineup?

Click here to vote. At the time of this posting, we’re leading 63-37 … as all of us who understand the skillful application of percentages can surmise, this is hardly the spread of domination we’re looking for. Seriously, I’m sorry to keep whining about this … but it’s a one-and-a-half-click vote … if we can’t nail this one down, we don’t stand a chance in Austin this year.

NOTE: This seems to be a very conservative radio station.

UPDATE: Encouraging, what their forum has to say.

Posted by DanM on January 27, 2009 http://pokerati.com/tag/hb-222/

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TKE House Fundraiser

I put together a small tourney for my fraternity to help raise money for the new house. The best time to do it was the day of the fraternity’s Bid Day Party (last Sat) at around 3pm. I figured everyone would be drinking but I put the tables off to the side and tried to get people to confirm in advance.

Of course come the day of the tourney 4-5 people bailed but we got 3-4 new players sign up on the spot. We ended up with 14 players and 2 tables. The structure was $30 buy in for 3k unlimited $20 rebuys for 3k and a $20 add on at the break for 5k.
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I got off to a great start as I was still counting money and setting up stuff I was dealt 7s8s in the SB. I call and so do 4 other players. I flop a flush draw check and so does everyone else. The turn is another spade and I bet out and get called by the BB. the river is a blank I value bet my flush only to get called by a bigger flush.  Thanks Rusty….

The next hand I flop a set and have to fold when the board contains four clubs by the river and the other player bets out. I push a few hands later with a weak Ace and have to rebuy. A few hands later I get low again and on a flop of AJ7 I push with my A5 vs a weak player. He calls with J5 and the river brings one of his 2 outs ….J! Thanks again rusty. Rebuy #2….

I get another rebuy but by now the blinds are at 150-300 and I have 10BB. I get 10s9s in the BB 5 peole to the flop of QJ3 there is action ahead of me and I decide to push with my draw. I hit the 8 on the turn and win my 1st pot of the night. I make it to the break and add on for another 5k. After the break I take out a player with JJ and then we soon get down to the final table of 8.

At the final table 2 players are really active and start taking players out. We quickly get down to 4 players. I pick up a few small pots here and there and have a medium stack. Henry and Pat get into a huge pot where pat moves all in on the river on a board with a possible flush. Henry makes the call with a straight and Pat shows a losing set.  Pat has about 3bb and I take him out on the Bubble a few hands later. Henry gets it all in vs Ocie with AT vs AK and is sent out in 3rd.

I play Ocie heads up with about a 60k to 40k lead over him and the blinds at 3000/6000.  Ocie raises on the Button to 16000 I push with 88 and he calls with Q5. Flop brings a Q and I am crippled.  I ge t an A7 the next hand and ship my last 20k he calls with AT and I am out in 2nd.

The Fundraiser made $250 for the House and I Donated my $60 profit to the House as well.