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Date:2013-03-11 22:23
Subject:My gawd it's been years

Is anyone still out there? I still follow a couple poker blogs, but most the ones I really liked have sold out.

Me? I still play. Mostly live and local. I enjoy Derby Lane's $1-$3 NLHE game. Especially at night. On my most recent outing, I lost all my chips with quads over quads. I turned them, he flopped them. I flopped a set and was drawing dead. Besides that, I do fairly well.

I've also begun playing on Bovada (formerly Bodog). I cashed out $100, just to see if the money would make it to me safe and sound. It did. Took about a week, but that was to be expected. Frankly, it was harder depositing the funds, then withdrawing. Where there's a will, there's a way.

So yeah, I'm still here. Some things have changed, and some have remained the same. If you're reading this because you subscribed to my RSS feed years ago, please drop a comment and say "hi".


Mr. D.

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Date:2009-03-18 21:12
Subject:ACHE Part 2

“Endless sea of boobs!” That was Al’s text back to me when I asked what was happening  at the field. My foot pushed a bit harder on the pedal. We were meeting at the baseball field where hours earlier the Atlanta Braves kicked the shit out of Al’s outclassed Philadelphia Phillies, handing them their third straight spring training loss. The game had been over for some time, so I was able to whip in and park right up next to the entrance. I trekked up the stairs leading into the field and could faintly here the band playing. Off in the distance was the Tiki bar where Al said I should find him. I was surprised there was so many people still hanging around drinking. I surmised that the band must be that damn good, or some drunk guy was buying drinks for the entire bar. It was the latter. Of course, you knew that.

Al had stopped replying to my texts about 20 minutes earlier and I half expected to find him slumped over the bar passed out in a pool of chunky Southern Comfort, while several of Clearwater’s finest hauled him to the drunk tank.

“Damnit!” I thought to myself. “I warned him about blowing his wad before I got here! “

Turns out my fears were unfounded. Halfway through my first walk around the bar I spotted Al at the corner of the bar with his beloved cup of Southern Comfort “Neat” (I was to later learn that  “neat” meant no ice and that my friends is very important). As I approached Al, I watched him take a big swig of SoCo and then begin furiously texting from his old and beaten  flip phone. I took a deep breath, lost the giddy school girl grin,  and approached.

“Hey Al, what’s up?”

He briefly looked up from his texting and slurred something to the effect of :

“I’m on a road trip, going to Key West tomorrow,  getting drunk, I got this round, whatcha drinking?”

“Ummmm, Vodka Soda”

“Danielle, Vodka Soda for this guy, it’s on me”, Al hollered.

And then went right back to his texting. Hmmmm. Moment of silence as Al continued to text, before I finally said

“Yeah you were right, sea of boobs alright”

A light bulb went off.

“OH Geez!!!”, he said “I thought you were just some guy I was buying drinks for earlier! You’re Decker? I was just texting you! Happy to meet you sir!”

After introductions were complete and another round of drinks were bought, I assaulted Al with a barrage of questions about all my favorite bloggers I read daily. I was relentless. Al happily answered each one, only interrupting me once, while he politely asked the bartender if he could get a better picture of her big fake tits. Of course she obliged (Which reminds me, he promised to send me a copy of that pic and never has!).

Finally the big question. I could wait no longer.

“ummmm Al, is Iggy , uhhhhmmmm well you know, is, is he really a little person?”

Al threw back another a gulp of SoCo and thought for a moment  before picking up his antique flip cellular device and hitting a speed-dial.

“No fucking way”, I muttered under my breath.

Al said a few words to the person he called then tossed the phone to me, as he turned back to the bar I hollered, “Al who the hell is this?”,

With his back to me and his face buried in silicone, he bellowed “Say hi to the blog father”…..

To be continued. I gotta be up before the crack of dawn and will be driving from one end of Florida to the other.

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Date:2009-03-14 19:04

Driving on US-19 in Clearwater during rush hour is never a pleasant experience. Especially for a border line road rager like myself. The poor sods who have to commute this stretch daily, are miserable, depressed souls. They keep a bottle in their car, so they can ease their pain while sitting in gridlock for hours. The rest of us locals avoid it like the plague. Like the fat girl, with the big herpes sore on her mouth. You get the point.

On this day, however, I had a good reason to make this agonizing trek. I was gonna meet an A-list Blogger. Not just any A-lister, mind you. This is the guy that rolls into town, and exits as quickly as he came, leaving his victims prone on the bathroom floor hugging the porcelain throne, and praying for a merciful death. I've read the tales on various other blogs. The exploits have been well chronicled. So I knew what to expect. Sort of.

Wouldn't you know it? The old laptop battery is dying. To be continued.


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Date:2009-03-11 16:45
Subject:Meeting an A-List Blogger

In a bit more then an hour, I’ll be meeting a true A-List Blogger for the first time. What ever should I wear? Cheers to hoping I survive the ACHE!

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Date:2009-03-02 21:56
Subject:South Beach Miami = Paradise

Had the opportunity to visit South Beach for the first time. Behold:




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Date:2009-02-24 21:47
Subject:Miami advice needed.

In their infinite wisdom, during a period of cost cutting, cutbacks, and layoffs, my company has decided to spend about $2k to send me to Miami for a seminar/convention.  I’m not complaining. Actually, I’m kind of looking forward to a break from the daily grind.

So, I’ll be staying downtown for three nights. Wednesday and Thursday night I’ll be solo. Where’s some happening places to hangout and indulge in a few cocktails?

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Date:2009-01-02 17:41

Built a new rig a couple months ago. Top of the line Video card, MB, 4gb Skill RAM - all the bells and whistles. It's about the 5th one I've built - and the most frustrating. It will surely be the last, as the money I saved, did not pay for the aggravation I endured. I spent the better part of a week getting it up and running. My biggest mistake was salvaging my old hard drive that contained my Vista Business install. I should have known it's days were numbered. It's about 7 years old! An old E-IDE dinosaur. The new MB offers all the bells and whistles, and although I installed a 500GB Sata drive, I kept the old 75gb Seagate as my primary boot drive. Well about a month ago it started acting up. Refusing to boot and making all kinds of humming, whirring, and grinding sounds. I move crucial files and documents (IE: porn) onto the 500gb SATA and waited for the inevitable crash. Well it happened last week.

Today New Egg came through with 2 1-TB SATA drives. I got them for $79 each after rebate. Intalled them today in a RAID-1 array. It was my first try at setting up RAID, and appears to have gone flawlessly (knock on wood). My Vista "Windows Experience" index comes in at 5.5. I've downloaded a few crucial progams like Firefox, Thunderbird, various IM programs, and of course Full Tilt Poker. Now begins the task of downloading a couple dozen other apps that have built up on my desktop. Here's a snapshot of my desktop before the crash. I captured it last week, in anticipation of having to start from scratch with a fresh install:


Should be a busy weekend.

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Date:2009-01-01 15:46
Subject:A New Years Resolution

I've never been big on these resolutions things. New Year's day is just another day, and we shouldn't have to wait until this one magical date on a calendar to make changes to better ourselves. However, I have a clutter problem, and have for years, that I have yet to effectively and consistently address. My number one NY Resolution is to organize and declutter my home, starting with my office area. The pics below were taken less then 1/2 hour ago, and represent what my office has looked like for a few years. Sure, at times I've organized it, but never maintained a clean clutter-free work area. In 2009, I will do just that. I'll start right after a short poker session :) I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Happy New Years, everyone.






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Date:2008-12-10 21:50
Subject:I'm in

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This PokerStars tournament is a No Limit Texas Hold’em event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 808201

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Date:2008-11-16 18:20

Just got back from the Buc's game. Had two very obnoxious Viking fans two rows in front of us. They were dancing, hootin and hollering, high fiving, etc, for most of the first half. They're lucky this is Tampa and not Philly. We're civilized here. Surprisingly, they got real quiet during the fourth quarter. Wonder why?


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Date:2008-10-20 18:13
Subject:Good weekend in Tampa Bay.

I took first place again in the Joe Speaker Special on http://www.fantasysportslive.com/index.html?affiliate=Decker

Bubbled 4th place in the Dr. Pauly contest.

Also won my work league game, thanks to stellar performances from Clinton Portis and Brandon Jacobs.

The Buc's won. The Ray's won. What a kickass weekend!

I admit I've never been a baseball fan. I find it boring. I have a hard time with waiting so long between pitches. Not enough action for me. To much downtime. Still, Go Rays!

Also got to play some FTP Matrix tourneys. Did a bit better then break even there. They're fun to play, and my initial reasoning is that success in these tourneys is more dependent on skill then traditional Sit&Go's. Your score is determined not just by what place you finish in on each of the 4 tables, but also by how many people you eliminate and how many you outlast. '

Wonder how long until Star's counters with their own version of a Matrix like tourney?

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Date:2008-10-16 21:28
Subject:I should be more excited about this

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Date:2008-10-15 21:47
Subject:The Full Tilt Matrix

This is different. Looks cool. Gonna give it a shot Friday night.

Enter the Matrix − a new, higher level of poker. 4 Sit & Gos, 9 players, 1 tournament - it’s unlike any other poker game you’ve ever played before and you won’t find it anywhere else. With all sizes of buy-in offered, everyone can learn to play the Matrix.

Matrix tournaments are unlike any tournament you’ve ever played before. When you enter a Matrix tournament you’ll sit down to four Sit & Gos simultaneously—against the exact same players at each table.

On top of competing for victory at each table, you’ll be rewarded for overall performance in the tournament as a whole in the form of Matrix points. You’ll score points for every player that you knockout and for every player that you outlast on each table. Most importantly, when the last table is finished, the players who’ve earned the highest Matrix scores will be paid out for their overall performance. Claim victory at all four tables to become the Dominatrix and scoop the entire Matrix prize pool!

Full Tilt Poker is the only place you can play a tournament like this – check out the full details and prepare to enter the Matrix.

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Date:2008-10-02 22:45
Subject:Fantasy Football

So after three weeks of horrible performances in FantasySportsLive.com action, I finally had a good week. Nailed second place in Sundays with Dr.Pauly and a first place in the Joe Speaker Special! Sweet! It almost looked like I knew what I was doing.

FSL is a great site that I wish I had start using before this year. Amazingly enough, you can use Paypal to fund your account. If your familiar with poker site lobby's, FSL will look very familiar. It rocks.


In my main league, I had a fucking tie last week. I hate ties. I'm 2-1-1. Had Ryan Grant been anything short of pathetic, I'd have won the damn fame.

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Date:2008-09-22 21:08

And I thought I had a good hand - How foolish....


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Date:2008-08-24 15:11
Subject:Fantasy Football Draft

We got 12 teams this year and randomly choose the draft order. I always seem to pick near the end. This year was no different. I was 11th to pick. All the studs were gone when it got to me. I snatched up Clinton Portis in the first round. I chose him over Marion Barber, who was still available. Briefly considered grabbing a WR first round, but chose to go the more traditional route.

Second round got to me quickly, and Without hesitation I snagged a QB. Brady and Mannning are so last year. I picked Tony Romo, who I feel is going to be THE QB stud this season. Would have loved to add Terrell Owens to the squad, but some rookie grabbed him up in the first round.

It seemed like forever for the third and fourth round picks to get back to me, and of course all the marquee players were gone. I felt quite fortunate to pick up Steve Smith (WR). Yes, I know he is facing a 2 game suspension at the beginning of regular season, but he'll make up for it. I hope.

Fourth round? I had my eye on Plaxico Burress and came oh so close to recruiting him to Team Decker. Unfortunately, he was snatched right before my pick. So, I settled for the bruiser and Superbowl Champion RB, Brandon Jacobs.

Again a long wait for rounds 5 and 6. It's starting to be slim pickins. Round 5 I struggle with the decision of what position to fill; RB or WR? I'm semi-satisfied with my 2 starting RB's and am leaning towards another strong WR. It will be my last chance to get a decent offensive player. I might have made a mistake this round, but Hines Ward was looking very appealing, and I bypassed several higher ranked WR's and RB's to lock him up.

Short wait for round 6 and I elect to grab Ryan Grant (RB), who is currently nursing an injured hamstring, but claims he's ready to go. Considering Green Bay is working with a young new QB, Grant should get lots of carries, if he can get healthy. I think he was a bargain in round 6.

Round 7, I know I need to start looking at TE's, Defenses, and even a kicker. Some decent TE's are still available. I almost got Jeremy Shockey and/or Dallas Clark, but both were locked up just a few picks earlier. I settle for Heath Miller. I'm not real excited about this pick, but then again, TE's are not really that exciting. I expect a few TD's from Heath this season. However, I am pretty sure Shockey will have a kick ass season this year. Wish I would have been able to recruit him.

Round 8 I shit the bed. I grabbed WR Kevin Curtis, and later found out he's nursing a sports hernia. Undetermined how long he'll be out of action. Might have been a wasted pick. I might have been better off grabbing a top ranked defense here.

After another extended wait I scrap my initial plans of grabbing a defense, because I feel I need to make up for the last pick. Javon Walker (WR) got the nod and made his way over to Team Decker. He may very well turn out to be a very good round 9 pick.

Now it's time for a defense, and in round 10, I scored with Baltimore. After the first few weeks of play, I may be looking to pickup another defense off of waivers.

By now, no known players are left and we have 6 more picks to go. I start thinking about rookies with potential. Round 11 I drafted rookie RB, Rashard Mendenhall. He will likely be used in third and short and goal line scenarios. If Willie Parker gets hurt, Mendenhall will be the man.

Finally it's time to get a kicker. Jeff Reed gets the nod in round 12. I can pick up another kicker any time, so I am not real concerned with this position.

I'm looking at rookies with potential again, and in round 13 I select the Bill's James Hardy (WR). Hardyis 6'7" and makes for a huge target.

Round 14 saw me snag a back-up QB. I think Chad Pennington was a bargain this deep in the draft and will certainly be a capable substitute on Romo's bye week. Pennington has been compared to Tom Brady. That may be a stretch, but I do expect good things from him this year.

I rounded out my team with Amani Toomer (WR) and Andre Hall (RB). Hall is from my hometown of Saint Petersburg FL, so I felt obligated.

I think I have a well rounded team. I am a bit concerned about my WR slots and am counting on Steve Smith to perform well, after his suspension.

That's Team Decker. What do you think? Do I have a shot of winning? Where did I screw up?

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Date:2008-08-10 18:05
Subject:Help me decide. White or Blue?

Please leave a comment. White of Blue?

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Date:2008-08-10 17:58
Subject:Does this scream "mid-life crisis"?

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Date:2008-08-07 17:38
Subject:Multi-Table Tourney

Read all the poker books you want and employ any strategy you see fit. Sure, those things are important, but at the end of the day these wise words pretty much sum up what it takes to be successful in MTT play:

If you expect to go deep in any tournament, your big hands have to hold up. You have to hit a couple of draws. You have to win coin flips and at some point, you have to get lucky and suck out....Dr. Pauly

No truer words have ever been spoken.

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Date:2008-08-06 07:31
Subject:Happy Bday TaoPoker

I busted out early. Holding 88 I made a sizeable PF raise. One caller. Flop came 245. I was first and pushed all in. I expected a fold. He called, holding 33. Open ended straight draw. The 6 on the turn made his hand, and I was drawing dead. Luckily my expectations weren't high.

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