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Update on Mommy and LA Plans

14 Feb 2009


My mother is still in the hospital and I think we got very lucky to have a well respected doctor doing her surgeries. His name is Dr. Dhousia and he has been working in Vegas for just a few years, but the word is that he is an excellent doctor and he seems confident that he can fix my mother.

So far so good. Before he could go into her heart he needed to clean out a corroded artery in her neck that was the likely cause of the stroke. He did the surgery on Friday and it seemed to go very well. She needs to rest a couple days before the heart surgery, and that is scheduled for Monday. After the surgery she'll probably have to stay in the hospital for about a week to recover. I've been very impressed with the way she's been cared for. I have heard horror stories about Vegas hospitals, but so far it seems that this particular hospital is great.

I've received tons of e-mails and I want to thank all of you who have been praying for my mother to have a speedy recovery. Keep em' coming!

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So I was at the hospital again to see my mother and she knows that I was planning on going to LA for the $10,000 events this week. Monday is the $10,000 HORSE event, Wednesday is the $10,000 Heads up event, and Friday is the main event, My plan, before my mother got sick was to drive out there on Sunday and stay for the duration. Obviously with my mother being in the hospital I cancelled those plans, but was still hoping to maybe make it out there for the main event Friday if she was feeling better.

My mother is THE most unselfish person I know. She doesn't want to be a "burden" on me in any way and she wants me to go to LA. My brother is here in Las Vegas with her (she was too unstable to fly to Toronto) and she wants me to go.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do, and it's Saturday night right now. On one hand, I was really looking forward to playing those tournaments, but on the other hand, I want to be in Vegas for my mother. My mother, wants me to go to LA! She is a woman, though, so what she says doesn't necessarily mean thats what she wants me to do. It's a bit hard to figure, but my mother isn't like most women. I seriously think that she doesn't want me to stay in Vegas. Like I said, I'm still unsure what I plan on doing at this point, but I have time to decide I guess...

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So it looks like I will no longer be playing on any more sessions of Poker After Dark. When I first heard the news that PokerStars would no longer be allowing it's players to play on PAD, I was a bit perplexed. However, when I heard the reasoning behind it, I agreed with their decision completely. I won't go into too much detail as to what exactly happened, but the decision is absolutely the right one. PokerStars didn't become the world's largest poker site by accident, there are smart people making key decisions as to what's best for the site, and this is another example of them getting it right. While it was fun to play on the show, I totally respect the decision to pull PokerStars players from the show.

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I mentioned in a previous blog that I planned on buying a Mac, and this blog is being written on a MacBook. It really isn't all that different once you get used to it, but there are a few things that I don't have on the Mac that I will need. I need to buy Microsoft Office I guess, because with the Mac I can't open xls files or even spreadsheets.

I'm still keeping my other laptops for now, and doubt that I'll switch over to Macs completely. We'll see...

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My micro limit challenge has been going pretty good. I crushed the $0.02-$0.05 cent game and moved up quickly. After 209 hands played at $0.05-$0.10 I'm up $13.00 after getting coolered with KK versus AA pre-flop against a wild player and losing back $10.00. I won't move up to the final micro limit level, $0.10-$0.25 cent, until I have a $125 bankroll.

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So that's that. My brother has been staying at the house with me so we've had a chance to hang out a little bit. We couldn't be anymore different. He's huge, I'm tiny. He has dark hair, I have light hair. He can fix anything, I call Patty. He is so nice to everyone it makes me nauseous! I'm a nice guy for the most part, but man, my brother is so overly nice it's almost bizarre. Must be a Canadian thing. Maybe I was that nice when I lived there too, but I don't think so. When I was a teenager I was too cocky to be that nice.

Anyway, I will update my mother's progress when I know more. As for LA, I might not make up my mind until the last minute.











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