Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Back to the Future
Better Off Dead
The Bouncing Souls: Do You Remember?
The Cable Guy
City of God
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of a Third Kind
The Deer Hunter
Dumb and Dumber
The Empire Strikes Back
A Fish Called Wanda
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
It’s A Wonderful Life
Just One of the Guys
The Karate Kid
Kentucky Fried Movie
License to Drive
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Lost Boys
The Matrix Reloaded
My Life As A Dog
National Lampoon’s Vacation
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Return of the Jedi
Revenge of the Nerds
The Shawshank Redemption
The Silence of the Lambs
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Spider-Man I & II
Team America: World Police
The Terminator I & II
This Is Spinal Tap
Three O’Clock High
Waiting for Guffman
Weekend at Bernie’s
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Withnail and I
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Brooklyn Summer Ale
No beer this summer blended the taste and joy of drinking better than Brooklyn Summer Ale. Brooklyn Brewery not only delivers a great Oktoberfest beer but now they have proven themselves again with this light English-style ale. Incredibly smooth you can drink this all day while doing yard work and still be thirsty for more during a BBQ later that night.
Summer Love Ale
What were the odds that I was going to give a shout-out to my hometown brewery? Pretty much 1-to-1. But putting personal biases aside Summer Love Ale by Victory is truly a great beer to enjoy from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The malts and hops that have made Victory famous can be tasted well after your first sip. So whether you spend your summer fishing, camping or getting fat on ice cream, here is one of the best flavors of the season.
It has been said that “cash rules everything around you” and in poker this is absolutely true, because without the proper paper you’ll be stuck on the rail.
Money management is very important, but this is a very misunderstood concept. Every player is going to have their own comfort level as far as how many buy-ins they need in their bankroll to play at a certain limit. Some say you need a 100, some say you need 50, some say you only need 20 to 10. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how much of a safety net you need for when you run bad, because and I’m going to repeat myself everyone runs bad every now and then…everyone runs bad every now and then. A lot of non-winning players conveniently blame their small rolls on poor money-management. When things are going your way there is nothing wrong with moving up in limits and taking a shot. But if it doesn’t work out or when the deck runs against you, there is nothing to be ashamed of by moving down a level or two. It is great to be competitive, but poker is a game of decision-making. You get rewarded for making good decisions. Normally, when you are running badly you are not playing with confidence and your decisions reflect this. Move down to a softer game, rebuild your confidence, and when you are making good decisions move back up again. I’ve seen many players do the opposite, they lose for like a month in a row and want to get their money back as soon as possible so they jump into a bigger game than their bankroll can handle, end up playing scared and oddly pessimistic and of course they get slaughtered.
Below are 4 basic principles that have kept me in the game and my bankroll healthy.
1. Patience – the biggest weakness for most players is playing too many hands. People want to be active and involved when they’re playing poker, but a lot of the winning formula is patience. Players will see guys like Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey playing all sort of hands from any position, but here’s the thing…you’re NOT them! So its best to play within your level of experience and wait for the best spots to put your money in.
2. Position – this is a very simple concept but its one that’s constantly ignored. The later position you have the more aggressive you can play, the earlier your position the tighter you have to play. Think of Blackjack, the dealer gets to act second and thus has a huge advantage over the player. In poker the same idea applies. I’ll even muck decent hands from middle position sometimes depending on how the table is playing, because the game is a lot easier when you don’t have to deal with tough decisions and getting to act last can make your decision process so much easier.
3. Money Doesn’t Matter – in these turbulent economic times this statement might be hard to understand, but to thrive at the poker table you must have a certain disregard for money. You can’t think about every dollar you put in the middle and how it relates to real life. An observant player will carve you up if he realizes you’re playing with scared money. Besides you should be playing in a game that your bankroll can support, a game where even a series of losses won’t put you on the rail. So when you’re at the table you have to convince yourself that the money doesn’t matter, they’re just chips and you’re just trying to get more chips. All the matters is making the best decision on each and every hand.
4. Keep Your Ego In Check – Always be honest with yourself and your results. Most people play poker because they have a competitive nature but you need to know what level you’re at and which game is best for you. There’s nothing wrong with taking shots and playing out of your comfort zone from time to time but in order to make money you need to have an edge over your opponents. Playing against good players will make you a better player but it isn’t always healthy for your bankroll.
Bad beat poker stories and the people who tell them are probably the biggest annoyance in the poker world. The way I look at it is that you have to be really naive to think that luck doesn’t play a huge role in poker, and second, in order to receive a bad beat you need to have put your money in the middle when you had the best of it and have your opponent suck out on you, and if you consider yourself a good player shouldn’t you then be receiving more bad beats then you dish out? If these aren’t good enough reasons to stop with the telling of bad beat stories here are 3 more:
1. No One Cares – other players, your friends, and your loved ones don’t want to hear it. Most people can’t stand whiners and this also gives ammunition to those who don’t share the same enthusiasm in poker as you reasons why you shouldn’t be playing a game with such high levels of “chance”. While most poker players who hear other poker players constantly telling bad beat stories just look at those players as newbs who obviously haven’t been playing poker long enough to understand the variance of the game.
2. Why focus on the negative and not the positive? – It’s funny how some players always tell bad beat stories but they never seem to recall the times when they themselves hit a two outer on the river to win a pot. Also, if you’re always talking about how unlucky you are then you will remain unlucky. In my experience luck finds people who feel lucky. So stay optimistic.
3. Take It Like A Man – If everyone played perfect poker no one would make any money, so when the Poker Gods decided it’s time for you to time a bad beat, suck it up and take it like a man. Remember, it’s just one pot in an ongoing career-long session. Anyone can get fortunate enough to hit their gut-shot straight against your flopped set, but true players know that they’re skill will win out in the long run and know who to keep their composure after receiving a bad beat.
So Shut Up and Deal!
In poker, image matters. This doesn’t mean you have to look like some douche bag straight off of ESPN to be a good player. Your sunglasses, your backwards hat and your Adidas jacket aren’t going to make you win, instead the pattern in which you play your hands will influence how much money you make.
Your table image will help determine how much action you’ll get and, ultimately, how you can manipulate your opponents into making big calls or big laydowns at the wrong times. While establishing a loose, aggressive image will provide you with more action, I believe it’s important to develop a tight table image in order to give you the ability to bluff without fear of being called when it matters most.
For example, sometimes when the action is folded around, some players will always raise from the cutoff and the button. The problem with this play is that its predictable and can be easily exploited. If you always raise from the button, the players in the blinds catch on sooner or later and will put in a big re-raise with any two cards. You will also find players just calling you with a much wider range of hands from the blinds before putting in a big check-raise on the flop. Why do they do this? Because you have been presenting a loose table image by raising any time the action is passed to you. Eventually, this image hampers your ability to bluff because any time you try to make a move, it’s likely that someone will play back at you. It doesn’t take long before your loose table image will make you a target for the experienced players at the table (or even the inexperienced players who get tired of being pushed around). The amount of chips you risk by being loose is usually not worth the reward of just picking up small pots when no one has a hand against you. But be careful, though, because when you play too tight you really won’t get any action and you’ll never get truly paid off on your hands.Ideally, you want to project a very tight image while actually being somewhere in between the standard perceptions of “loose” and “tight.”
I have one very simple piece of advice to help you with this part of your game. It may sound so simple you would wonder why I bother mentioning it but, in fact, this is one of my most important rules: Always fold junk!
By always folding junk hands, you accomplish a number of goals:
1. You resist the temptation to get involved in a hand just because the action was passed to you. With the level of aggressiveness that characterizes today’s play, it’s better to pass on bad hands even in position.
2. You avoid pot-committing yourself with a hand that will usually be dominated in a race with a short-stack. For example, if you raise from the cutoff for 3x the big blind with J-3 while playing position and attempting to provide action and a stack with 8x the big blind moves in behind you, you are in a bad spot. It’s better to just avoid these situations altogether.
3. Most importantly, you further cement your image as a tight player. Now when you raise with a hand like A-8, you can feel confident that your tight image will provide you with a higher range although you’re actually playing a bit looser.
Remember, it takes more than good cards to be a winning player. By creating a solid table image you can eventually play a wider variety of hands than your opponents expect and take down key pots at critical times. You’ll be labled as “the guy who always has it” even when you don’t.
Everyone in every walk of life has tells. Even people who can beat lie detector tests have tells. So here are the Top 10 Tells for you to look out for the next time you’re at the poker table.
10. Shaking Hands While Betting – this is a two way street tell, 1.the player is nervous and is bluffing but 2. and this mostly applies to inexperience players, sometimes when a player has shaky hands during a big pot it also means he has a big hand, is this case play the player. Would he be in a big pot without a big hand and do you believe he’s the kind of player to try and steal a big pot?
9. Avoiding Eye Contact, Looking Away – most people can’t lie to people’s faces, he’s bluffing.
8. Covering Their Mouths – the face is one of the keys to knowing if someone is lying, when someone is trying to cover a part of their face it means they’re bluffing. But watch out, most players know this is a bluff tell and will do this on purpose with a strong hand, so determine if your opponent is experienced enough to know this.
7. Sitting Up Straight – if a player is sitting up straight they are definitely interested in the pot and have a big hand to play it with. Players who are slouched over don’t care about the pot and don’t have a hand.
6. Chip Denomination – here’s how this works: if someone bets $300 and instead of using 3 black chips they use 60 red chips they are bluffing and are trying to use the larger amount of chips as a way to intimidate you. On the flip side, for some reason most players like to hold onto their larger sized chips, like greens and blacks, so if they bet with them, it’s safe to say that they don’t think they’re going to lose them.
5. Calling Quickly – if a player has their chips in the middle before you’re even done announcing your bet, it’s a clear indication the player is on a draw.
4. Eating and Raising – people don’t like to be disturbed while they eat and most people aren’t going to take the extra effort to try and bluff at a pot when they have food to eat. In most cases, players will not even get involved in a hand unless they have something worthwhile, because they could be eating instead.
3. Sudden Jump in Seat or Looking at Chips – this is a popular tell, if a player suddenly moves in their seat or looks at their chips they have a strong hand.
2. Talking/Conversation/Acting – most times talking is a sign of weakness, they don’t want you to call, it’s kind of like a little kid trying to talk their parents out of grounding them. However, if a player gets to the point where his talking is like a staged act then he’s got a strong hand. If a player starts acting like they “really don’t want to call” or “don’t know what to do with their hand” it means they’ve made a really strong hand and they want you to think they’re weak. The next time your Spider-Sense goes off and you think a player is weak, take the time to make sure they’re not Acting.
1. Shoving Fast or Slamming Down Chips Hard – If a player quickly shoves their chips into the middle or slam down their chips with authority it means they don’t want you to call and they are trying to intimidate you. It’s kind of like “when someone acts weak they are strong, when acting strong they’re weak”.
So there you go, 10 Poker Tells to look out for the next time you’re on the felt, but like everything in life they are not a 100% guaranteed. In the end you should be playing with the instincts you have been developing since you started playing poker, just use these “Tells” as a way to help you figure out the hand.
10. LEAVING LAS VEGAS
Very well made film and it has some serious drinking in it, but it’s way too dark to be any higher on my countdown.
It’s hard not to like a movie that deals with bowling and drinking.
8. STRANGE BREW
Word to the wise: putting a mouse in a beer bottle will not get you free beer.
Always brings back fond memories of when my friend Dan and I went 25 – 0 over two days playing Beer Pong.
The ending is kind of weird but whenever this movie is on it does make you want to drink and have fun. “I’ve got the hippy hippy shake!”
I use to be a beer and a shot kind of guy but this film got me to actually want to learn about and drink wine.
4. SKI SCHOOL
I don’t even like skiing but I’ll watch this movie ever time it’s on. One of the purest party movies ever made.
3. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE
“My advice to you. Start drinking heavily.”
2. THE HANGOVER
Although you don’t see much drinking in this movie, it does show that sometimes the aftermath is even funnier.
1. WITHNAIL AND I
It’s “Dumb and Dumber” with two hardcore alcoholics. It’s “Well Hung Over” before I could even dream it. It’s with no equal the greatest drinking movie of all-time.
It also has the most impossible drinking game ever: the game consists of keeping up drink for drink with every drink Withnail has in the movie. So basically you would have under 2 hours to drink:
10 glasses of red wine
1 pint of cider
1 shot of lighter fluid
3 shots of gin
6 glasses of sherry
13 glasses of whiskey
1 pint of ale
BTW – if you attempt to do this you will DIE!!! You have been warned.
It goes good with Coke, it’s in Pina Coladas and Mojitos and it’s the third most ordered liquor behind whiskey and vodka. Yes, whether it’s white, dark or gold drinkers love rum!
Distilled from either sugarcane or molasses Rum is what made the New World run back in the 1600’s and to some pirates it was more valuable than any treasure chest. In fact, rum rations were what most sea captains (named Morgan or not) provided to keep a crew happy. It also might have lead to many shipwrecks off the Atlantic Coast but who am I to judge?