Posts Tagged ‘the-lodge’

Man Down :(

by , May 30, 2007 | 1:16 am

Pat Johnson, one of the most lovable cranky old bastards you might ever sit across from at a table, died last week at age 63 — after a motorcycle accident in Alabama. I don’t know many details about his death, but a lot of Dallas players know a few things about how he lived the last few years of his life …

Pat was a widower in declining health, and there was something charming about the way this semi-retired accountant chose to enjoy his senior singlehood — surrounded by attractive young women, playing amateur and low-stakes poker, riding his Harley, and (shamelessly) wearing a t-shirt that said “Grandpa Gone Wild.”


Even more podcast fun

by , Sep 5, 2006 | 7:23 pm

Jay Greenspan did an interview with a poker radio show in Canada. In it, he declares that the Dallas underground is more vibrant than New York. He also talks about playing at the Lodge just slightly more than halfway through the show.

Click here to have a listen.


Re: So what’s up with …

by , Aug 20, 2006 | 1:22 pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday … sorry about that … but anyone who spent any time at the WSOP understands how all the days just start to blur together.

Anyhow, to answer some questions: No, I will not be throwing the tournament at the Lodge today. Nor will I be in future weeks. Neither will B. Armendariz, as far as I know. This task has been put in the hands of “Wild Bill & Posse.” To be honest, I don’t know much about them. He clearly understands how to run a poker tournament, but I’m hearing he doesn’t yet see the value of 20-minute levels and non-doubling blind increases. I found that info out here and here.

So people are wondering if I am pissed. I am not. A little sad, maybe — but no differently than when I bid farewell to my kids at St. Mark’s. (When they get all drunk these days and for whatever reason feel the need to call their former teacher in the middle of the night, I strangely feel proud … and then hang up.)*

I will probably have much more to say about all this in coming weeks — or maybe not — because really, when you look at it, the transition Lodge Amateur Poker is going through is simply a microcosm of a new reality faced by poker everywhere, from free games at the neighborhood tavern on up to the WSOP. Inevitable corporate influence is hardly a bad thing — it brings more money and prizes into the game, which theoretically should make the game better. But from there it’s up to players and people who really care to make sure these interests don’t corrupt/pervert/bastardize the game.



So what’s up with Poker at the Lodge?

by , Aug 18, 2006 | 1:24 pm

That was a new thing I had in mind for 2007 … PAL (Poker at the Lodge) as opposed to LAP (Lodge Amateur Poker). Seriously, where does the genius stop? But we’ll have to see what comes of that. So while I still can’t tell you what the thing will be called, I know a lot of folks have a lot of questions about the future of what we thought of as the Best Little Pokerhouse in Texas.

(By the way, thanks to all of you for the kind words and violent encouragement.)

I was hoping to get word of what to expect on Sunday up today — before you all check out from work. But a lotta poker-craziness going on right now, as we type … so if you want to know more about this curiously transitional period, check in with Pokerati on Saturday. That is all for now.

(Good) Poker on …


Cannonball Poker Run

by , Aug 14, 2006 | 8:30 am

Just wanted to let you all know that I made it back safe and sound. In record time, no less. Left Las Vegas at 1:15 am PST and arrived in Dallas 8:45 pm CST — 17-and-a-half hours … and that’s with three stops for gas, one wrong turn, and a brief photo shoot at the Hoover Dam.

ALT HED: Sunday is the Day of Getting There

There was a game a lot of us enjoyed playing in Vegas called “Hooker or Ho?” On the road through rural Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, interestingly enough, Deco Chic and I replaced that with “Prison or School?” It’s not as easy as you might think to tell the difference.

Sorry I couldn’t get back in time for the Lodge tourney. I miss you all. Well, all except for about 11 of you.


Big Cash for Lodge Amateur Poker!

by , Aug 1, 2006 | 7:25 pm

LAS VEGAS–We’ll just call him C0mo, as in Perry with a zero. He wanted me to change his name to something like Cuomo or Chris C. because he feared Googlish repurcussions for his semi-gambling prowess. But I think he is still just trying to get rid of his nickname “Como the Homo.”

Anyhow, the Lodge’s 2005 player of the year asked me if he could use his prize money to buy into the $1,000 Bellagio tourney instead of a WSOP event, as he believed it provided better odds — such a math geek. Since game selection is an important part of poker and that’s really all I want for my players … good poker … I said sure, no problem. So he took his seat and found himself at the table with Miami John Cernuto and Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi. Chris C. did better than they did … he took 4th place.

Payout: $40,000

Seriously, I have the chills and/or want to cry.

Back in Dallas …

by , Jul 16, 2006 | 12:09 pm

Only for a short time. Who knew that poker is still going on elsewhere, outside of Vegas, that has nothing to do with the WSOP? Today is the pre-season kickoff for Lodge Amateur Poker, as we’ll be throwing a heads-up tourney. I’ve only done two of these before, so I’m not sure how TD-intensive it will be. But if possible, I will try to live-blog the event (complete with strippers!) for those of you who can’t be here. Am pretty sure CardPlayer hasn’t bought the exclusive semi-live coverage rights to this one — though they probably should.

Am also getting excited about my return to Vegas. I am slated to play in the $1,500 NLHE event on Tuesday … a seat I won way back when in a United Events charity tourney. My tourney play has been garbage of late … but I’m feeling pretty confident that I have made enough mistakes over the past six months to get them out of my system.

Lodge TOC Pics

by , Jul 5, 2006 | 4:26 pm

Lodge Tournament of Champions

Photos (by Jennifer Browning) are in from Event #3 of PSOP♦06 — the Lodge Tournament of Champions. Some of you won’t care about this, others will … but either way, the shots are good fun (work-safe, too … mostly).

Get a table and chips like the ones pictured above at Sadler & Carter, my favorite place for poker supplies.


A picture is worth …

by , Jun 26, 2006 | 4:36 pm

Deco Chic’s photos from the TOC are trickling in … you’ll see more of them in due time. But I just had to share this one of the #1 and #2 ranked Lodge players … for a variety of reasons.

Paul Barrett and David Haney


Who’s Going to the World Series?

by , | 11:56 am

Reggie Perry and trophy. / Jennifer Browning PhotographyReggie Perry, that’s who. Congratulations to “Sarge” for winning the Lodge TOC. It was a good match … the whole of which turned on one significant hand … when Greg Miles pushed in with his AJ on the button, only to run into Sarge’s AQ in the big blind.

The victory was also made more difficult by increasing rowdiness at the final table … which may or may not have had to do with all the drinks ingested by the railbirds, at least one dealer, a couple remaining players, and maybe one Tuaca-y tournament director. A few early elims also figured out that acting gay is a great way to get girls to take their clothes off (while others learned it just makes you look more gay).

Regardless … because of his excellent card-catching and estimable chip-stack-management abilities, we’re sending Reggie to the WSOP, where he will competitively represent in a $1,000 event.

Click below to see the final-table results:


Big Shiny Prizes

by , Jun 25, 2006 | 5:39 am

toc trophyIf you’re playing in the Lodge TOC today/tomorrow, you should be asleep right now. The rest of you can enjoy a sneak peak at what is arguably the coolest poker trophy to date.

Big prizes on the line … the winner also gets a $1,000 WSOP package.
2nd place: a beautiful Sadler & Carter table.
3rd place: the best set of home game chips we can find.

A few other special prizes in the mix as well. Maybe.

Also, dictatorial executive decision, made under the influence of Tuaca earlier this weekend … We’ll be choosing seats White Elephant style. That means we’ll do a random seat draw like normal. But then the top 5 finishers in the overall point standings will get to rechoose his or her seat, in reverse order. So Player of the Year, Bob Haney, gets the final say on where he’d like to sit.

The White Elephant poker plug-in is not addressed in Robert’s Rules of Poker, so we’ll be trying to establish the precedent: Dealers are to high-card for the button before the seat-changes occur.

Raymer tearing it up in D-town

by , Apr 20, 2006 | 6:31 pm

Sorry about the post absence … busy … anyhow, you may have read here or here about a fun poker game that broke out at The Lodge between some Batfaces and traveling PokerStars — a group that included poker-blogger bad-ass Otis, Nolan Dalla (the king of all poker media), and Greg Raymer.

I would be the first (and only?) guy to suck out on Raymer … sending him almost to the felt when I pushed with AJs against his 88. He apparently loves that hand (and his correct sense of being ahead) … but that’s right — ace on the turn — and this one was for you, David Williams! Go Dallas poker!

Raymer would procede to mock my play (in a very friendly way) and call Shane “gay.”

Much fun, too many pictures, valuable podcasts in the making … oh, and some real poker business actually went down, too.