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My Racist Dog and Some Humble Pie

28 Dec 2005


Ok, it's official, my dog is a full blown racist. I'm not kidding. I never raised him to be a racist, I always tried to teach Mushu that people are people and you should respect all people. That's how I grew up, and those are the values I tried to instill in my dog.

My dog doesn't like black people. Ok, I said it, and I know it might not be politically correct or what not, but my little buddy is a full blown, racist dog.

When I arrived at the Las Vegas airport recently Mushu and I were waiting for our bags, while a couple of WHITE girls wanted to pet him. That went off without a hitch, his tail was wagging, he was licking their hands- all smiles.

Then a young black girl tried to pet Mushu. He looked like Cujo, the rabies diseased dog from the movies! His eyes bulged out of his head and it was clear that he didn't take kindly to the young black girl.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time my son has shown a propensity for racism. As a worried father, dealing with a son that speaks no English, I'm at a loss. My dog is an ignorant, General Lee lovin' red neck! It's sad I tell you, really sad.

Personally, I don't hate very many people in this world, but I find it hard to control my anger towards red necks. I should clarify what a "red neck" is, as it doesn't relate to “country people“, as far as I know the term is exclusive to white racists who grew up with ignorance and preach it to their children.

Mushu, my little buddy, has a tendency to bark at black people. It's not my fault, I promise! Both Paul Darden and Phil Ivey have been forewarned, my little Chihuahua needs to get to know you better before he can let his guard down. That's just the way it'll have to be.

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Now to the dinner served, no appetizers, no soup, not even a main course. Just a delightful dish of humble pie for that young group of internet children that have been talking smack about how "bad:" I play online.

If you've been reading the blog you'd know that I have a wire transfer on the way that would give me an adequate bankroll to play $500-$1000 online. Well, it hasn't arrive yet, but I was able to scrounge together $50,000 which is a decent starter kit.

I played the young fellow who calls himself "Dreamclown" for 4.5 hours, and about 1000 hands. I was winning for the majority of the session, at my peak up about $100,000 and finally quitting $67,000 to the good.

That is a good sized win, 67 bets, but frankly, I felt as though I was rather unlucky and should have won much more.

I am no "online expert" by any means, but I heard so much talk about how tough these kids were today, and how much I'd have to "adjust" to the game.

I've quickly come to realize that these kids that are winning millions aren't playing against Todd Brunson, Jennifer Harman, or other great limit hold'em players that have been around for years. They have developed a new world version of the game that frankly, is easily exploited by the world's top players.

Many of them, are a legion of “Andy Beals” that play by the following rules:

- Never fold pre-flop
-raise every hand on the button
-never re-raise before the flop

This is EXACTLY how the Clown played against me the entire session. Apparently he's done his "math" and has come to the conclusion that calling raises with 7-2 off suit is "mathematically correct."

Well, the Clown is obviously wrong in his approach to the game. Of course, you could never convince him of that, he's 23 for goodness sakes!

When I was 23, I was 172% certain that nobody could possibly play better than I did or know more about poker than me. I was young, fearless, naive, and falsely invincible.

It's a pretty common trait amongst young players honestly, especially those born in the U.S. I've come across several 20 "somthings" from Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, that would rip through the boastful American youth, and do it with an aura of maturity, discipline, and skill that I've never come across before. Those kids totally amaze me.

I would never bother playing the likes of Erik123, or "Erik Sagstrom." There is a lot of talk about who the best online players are today, and the truth is, most of us have no clue who they are and that's the way they'd like to keep it, while they build multi-million dollar bankrolls online.

I’ve had a great deal of fun playing poker online this week at www.fullcontactpoker.com. I’ve played against various opponents at various limits, and I genuinely feel like I learned something from each and every one of them.

The most eye opening session I played was against a guy named, “X-W-A.” I won’t divulge the reasons why the session was so meaningful for me, but I am more than willing to admit that he absolutely kicked my butt! Sure, he ran lucky to do so, but frankly, during that session, he also outplayed me.

I’ll be totally honest with you all, I’m learning on the job here, having never played high limit hold’em online before. I’m a “fish out of water” to some degree, but I just might be the most competitive person in the world! Probably, not, but I’m right up there J

This whole, “heads up” online world is new to me, but I like it. It’s definitely got my competitive juices flowing, not because of the money, but the simple challenge of taking on the best online players in the world.

So far, I really haven’t faced the best online. Dreamclown is a talented young player, but he is hard headed and is simply destined to go broke. His fundamentals are so flawed that he could never overcome it with his excellent pre-flop play.

Why am I comfortable sharing that? Well, he’s 23 years old and wouldn’t listen to me anyway. He firmly believes that he will crush me, and while I smirk at his ignorance, I truly admire his fight, his courage, and his determination.

If you’d like to watch the match you’ll have to download the software at www.fullcontactpoker.com which is a pretty simple process. I have plans to go out tomorrow night, but a match might happen in the afternoon sometime.

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