Crocky's Corner: The Year of Living Dangerously

Posted at 20:33 2008-12-27

What in the world is going on?
There we were with crude oil at $150 a barrel, now it’s less than $40.
The Dow Jones was over 14,000 points, today its 8,500.
The Aussie dollar during the WSOP was nearly dollar for dollar with the US dollar.
One month ago it was as low as 60 cents today it’s fewer than 69 cents.
The All Ords was over 6400 and as the year closes its just under 3600.
Rio Tinto cost $140 now you can buy it for $41.00.

Bernie Madoff cheated people out of billions of dollars!
“I Knew Bernie Madoff Was Cheating, That's Why I Invested with Him” was one of the quotes from a very knowledgeable investor.
So why did these smart and skeptical investors keep investing? They, like many Madoff investors, assumed Madoff was somehow illegally trading on information from his market-making business for their benefit. They didn't consider the possibility that he was clean on that score but running a good old-fashioned Ponzi scheme.
Many people around the world have been hurt and will never forget the late months of 2008 so hopefully some humorous moments can end our year in laughter.

The Aytunc bug

I too suffered on my trip to Sydney to play in the PokerStars APPT event, which numbers were down from 2007. I wasn’t feeling well so I went to the doctor and he told me I had a bad case of Aytunc.   I couldn’t shake this terrible disease off me. I had plenty of sleep, massages by the pool, fresh juices but still no cure. It didn’t matter what I did, I just couldn’t beat Aytunc in any pot I played. After losing 4-5 20k+ pots to this horrible sickness that was upon me I said I must trap this bug once and for all. I was well rested and Aytunc had been playing all night, perfect I thought licking my lips. Finally the trap was set. The game 25-50 PLO, I had the button lovely, called a $200 raise with A-Q-T-5 double suited. The flop was bingo A-A-5, was I dreaming I had the stone called nuts and seat one bet $800, Aytunc called, so I just called turn was a 3, seat one checks and Aytunc screams out pot $3,250 was shoved out . Tears of joy were running down my face I reraise all in, instant call by Aytunc as I see him table his cards proudly showing A-K-K-3, the pot was close to 25k and I looked at the dealer and said “please don’t let me lose this pot”.
As I knocked over my chair and  people were staring at me pulling out my hair I went straight back to my apartment muttering to myself “where did that bloody King come from”.
PS Aytunc you are a gentleman and do love playing with you and I wasn’t really going to jump off my balcony, however I was close ha ha.

Kill Yourself by Lee Nelson

Final table Lee Nelson was having a dry spell since writing his books Kill Phil and Kill Everyone. Lee hadn’t made a final table in a while which was quite uncommon for him.  At the Aussie millions in 2008 he walked by the 400-800 mixed game.
The “Doyle Brunson of Australia” Sydney Sam was on Lee’s table and wasn’t impressed with Lees all in move that backfired and knocked him out of the event. Sam being a gentleman by nature said “ Hey Nelson that was the dumbest play I have ever seen in my poker playing life. What’s your next book going to be called Kill Yourself ”                                               
Sticky vs Jimmy Siu
Cash Game – PLO 25/25/50 Sticky vs. Jimmy Siu ... on a board of A-K-7- -7 7 and heads up on the river Sticky bets ??? and is called by Jimmy Siu ... Sticky shows 33?? and Jimmy stares at the board and looks back at his hand while holding it in the air with a disappointing look on his face saying something about making a flush on the river .... not to worry though - a young player that lacks a bit of table etiquette says hey Jimmy don’t you have quads! Oh I have a 7 - Ship It over here!                     Sticky wasn’t impressed but Jimmy was laughing all the way to the bank.

Seabeast Champ or Chump

Seabeast reporting on his blog: (Action folded around to a guy in the cutoff who it seemed like had been itching to get a chance to play a hand but had been shut down by the two big stacks opening every pot. He opened to 5000. I decided if I thought my hand was at all pretty I was shipping it in from the SB. I looked down at the Jack of clubs, then squeezed what looked like another Jack before I noticed it was actually the Two of clubs. Oh well. "I'm allin". BB folded and cutoff immediately said "I thought you were good, what the hell?" Not sure what that meant, I don't think he knew who I was or anything because of the later comments he made, maybe just I had been folding a lot and that meant I was "good"? But now I had smashed my stack allin like a crazy person so he had changed his mind about me... Though he hadn't even called yet or seen my hand, so wtf! He thought for a long time, I really thought he was gonna fold, but eventually he called, showing KQ. The comment he made annoyed me so I said "I have the nuts", before proudly slamming down my J2s. Flop came Q32. I felt largely indifferent, and strangely confident.  The turn peeled off a Jack. I expected some commentary but the table was eerily silent. River: 7. "Mate, the day a player like you beats a player like me, thats just... I'd like to see that day. That's just luck mate, dumb ****ing luck. Any ****ing retard can go allin like that and get lucky" "I'm sorry man, what do you want me to do, I had the nuts..." "MATE ITS CALLED LUCK, HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?" "I'm sorry man, I'm new, I thought I had a pretty good hand. I had a flush draw, three of a kind draw, could make two pair..." I had about average stack again, and some breathing room to wait for good spots.)

Sirens before his fame in Manila

Sirens and I happen to be sitting next to each other at a Crown poker tournament when one of his good on line friends Magic Aces came up behind us. “Van you should be ashamed of yourself what have you done with your poker life? Look at Billy the Croc he’s on television, in magazines on the internet on cable, every body knows him and He Cant Play a Lick”

For those of you that have been living in a can, Van soon went on to win the PokerStars APPT Manila event and is now a superstar. Well done mate.

On that word that’s all from Crocky and wishing all the poker players all the best in 2009 and remember play good and don’t get unlucky and if you play bad you better get lucky.


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