Saturday, March 29, 2008

Great day for Wretchy

Wretchy finished 2nd because of a couple of river bad beats in the $100 10k at UB today and won the $50+5rebuy on Pokerstars today for a cool ten grand. Congrats Wretchy very well played sir. I guess a week in Cancun is good for your game as well as a beinga a great vacation

wretchy win 3 29 08 pokerstars

the amazing wretchy

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Slow day for Mathclub yesterday

Mathclub was only able to final table 3 tournaments yesterday. He spread out the success over three different sites as well: finishing 3rd of 411 in the 15k Guarantee Rebuy on FullTilt, 4th of 135 in the $1500 Guarantee Rebuy at UltimateBet, and finishing 4th of 144 in the 8k Guarantee on Bodog. These three tourneys paid MathClub more than $2500.00. Great job Sir. Keep it up.

Agriffrod finished 2nd of 612 in the FullTiltPoker $65,000 Guarantee, bringing in $13999.50. Nice cash sir and very well played.

Friend of the Blog and great guy SICKTIGHT311 made the final table at $3 tournament at PokerStars on 03-25-2008, bringing in $141.65 for finishing 6th out of 1349.

Great job guys. Keep up the good work.

3 26 08

Monday, March 24, 2008

Final Table at UltimateBet!

I haven't been able to play as much as usual the past couple of weeks so it was nice to get to the Final Table in the $6.50 Bounty Tournament at UB. I really enjoy the bounty tournaments because it seems easier to get action with your good hands from the stacks who can double you up. The highlight of the evening was having two people call my all in pre-flop when I was dealt KK and then flopping quads! I took down a couple of bounties and entered the final table 5th in chips. I was able to increase my stack when Ak hit a King on the flop vs JJ. Unfortunately, the hand that crippled me was an all in w AKs pre-flop versus QQ. No help and I was soon out in 4th. A very nice payday and a great capper to a wonderful weekend.

Good Luck at the tables everyone.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

WVU advances to the Sweet 16!

Congratulations to the Mountaineers for playing great and beating Duke yesterday 73-67. WVU got a great game from 6'2" guard Joe Mazzulla, who saw a lot of action due to a great adjustment by Coach Huggins early in the game and responded by scoring 13 points, dishing out 8 assists and pulling down 11 rebounds.
NCAA West Virginia Duke Basketball
The Mountaineers got big offensive nights from Joe Alexander, who had 22 points to go with his 11 rebounds,
NCAA West Virginia Duke Basketball
and Alex Ruoff, who had 17 points including several big shots in the second half.
Ruoff v Duke 2008 NCAA
Cam Thoroughman played a lot in the second half due to foul trouble for both Da'Sean Butler and Wellington Smith, and the 6-foot-7 freshman, who had 16 rebounds all season and postponed knee surgery to stay with the team in the tournament, grabbed two consecutive boards to keep one possession alivegot 4 big points and 4 crucial rebounds.

NCAA West Virginia Duke Basketball

Good Luck next Thursday versus Xavier University.

NCAA West Virginia Duke Basketball

Happy Easter


Happy Easter everyone! It's a great day for those of us who are Christians because without this day, we would be lost. Hope everyone has had a great weekend.

May you find Peace and Love. God Bless.

Jesus Easter Empty Tomb

Friday, March 21, 2008

Great game for WVU

The Mountaineers played great in the first round of the NCAA tournament last night versus Arizona. Even though the Wildcats were able to keep Joe Alexander NCAA Arizona West Virginia Basketball from lighting up the scoreboard, WVU got big offensive numbers from two other starters.
Alex Ruoff Alex Ruoff for 3 Ruoff scored a team-high 21 points for West Virginia on an eight-of-11 performance from the field, including five three pointers in seven attempts.
Da'Sean Butler Butler scored 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and had three assists.
Darris Nichols also made some key three pointers and handled the Arizona pressure well. Next up for WVU is Duke. The Blue Devils made a late basket to stave off an upset bid by Belmont in the game immediately prior to the Mountaineers contest. Good luck to West Virginia in the 2nd round.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Get Up!

one day I will fall
nothing can change that you see
if I rise, I win

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Wretchy's Blog

Online Poker Legend Wretchy has recently started a blog in between final tabling the $22r on PokerStars (which he did again last night-finishing 5th and taking down $1800).

His blog is very well written and if you would like to visit it to increase your poker knowledge and improve your poker skill, you will find the link here: option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=91&Itemid=17

Have a great day everyone.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Great Sunday for the Wretched One

Wretchy showed his poker prowess isn't limited to hold em yesterday as he final tabled the $55r Pot Limit Omaha at PokerStars. He took down second for $8470.00.

Wretchy also made the final table of the $13,500 Guarantee (1r+1a) at FullTiltPoker on 03-16-2008. He took home $2095.25 for finishing 5th of 232. Another great day for the future World Series of Poker Champion.

Another couple friends had good days as well. Louiemdj final tabled the FullTiltPoker $9,500 KO Guarantee on 03-16-2008, bringing in $860.40 for 6 out of 956.

SICKTIGHT311 made the final table of the PokerStars Stud Tournament early this morning. Sicktight is making final tables all over the place in all forms of poker. Watch out folks, the lead guitarist for FLB is on fire. Make sure you get in on the ground floor of their rise to the top by checking them out by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.


The Wyoming East Warriors won their second straight AA State Championship Saturday. My high school is one of the schools that was consolidated to form Wyoming East. I've known one of the starters on the team since he was born so I am very happy for him.

Good luck at the tables everyone. Peace and love.

A Great Career for Dale Jarrett comes to an end.

My favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Jarrett, ran his last points race yesterday. He ran it at Bristol. By coincidence, Bristol is the only track where I have watched a race and I was fortunate enough that Dale won that race. Dale was a great driver and a really classy guy. He was the 1999 NASCAR Champion, a three time winner of the Daytona 500 and two time winner of the Brickyard 400. He won the first NASCAR race I ever watched on TV and now will follow his dad Ned into the broadcast booth for ESPN. Thanks for many great years Dale. You will be missed.

dj takes lead at bristol lap # 1 1997 Night Race

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Happy B Day Mathclub

Happy Birthday to the Kiwi King Mathclub. Hope it's a great one. Mathclub is a final table machine and a really good guy.

Another final table machine, Louiemdj, made 2 more final tables today. Congrats Louie and thanks for the rail man.

I made the money in one tourney at FullTilt and might have gone deeper but a pot for more than 20k in chips saw my QQ lose to KJ after a preflop raise and a huge pet on the flop by me. Of course a King on the turn sent me to the rail.

Fiesta Bowl Football

A pretty good March 14

I really enjoy playing in the bounty tournaments on UltimateBet. Those tourneys always seem to draw a lot of players and remind me of the glory days of UB where each NLHE tourney at my buy in level attracted 400-500 players.

I had a good tournament right from the start when I was dealt JJ on the first hand. One of the limpers called the raise and a Jack hit on the flop and the turn was a full house. My opponent called with a pair of fours and a straight draw all the way through the river.

I was happy, not only because I played more aggressively and well, but because I finished 17th and won 3 bounties. The tournament only has a $3 +.30 + $1 bounty buy in but also has a $3k guarantee. So my total take of $22.50 plus the 3 bounties netted me almost 6 times my outlay.

Thanks to Sicktight311 for railing me and congrats to him for final tabling the $4.40PL Omaha [turbo] on PokerStars held 03-14-2008. He finished 7th out of 463 and took home $70.38 for great work. Well done sir.
Sick is playing great poker and shares his thoughts and ideas on his blog. Be sure to check out his blog here:

Also check out his band here: It is definetly worth it.

Have a great day everyone.

Italian Proverb

Friday, March 14, 2008

In the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt
"Man in the Areana"
April 23, 1910


sick final table

Congrats to sicktight311 for making the ft of the $4 stars turbo pl omaha last night.

Well done Sir. This was the first post to my blog I made from my phone.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A great day for the Mountaineers

WVU beat UConn in the second round of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament today. Joe Alexander is a beast and the whole team played really well on defense and on the boards.

Joe Alexander dunks over UConn's Stanley Robinson

I finally broke my string of cashless tournments after a few frustrating days. I limped into the money in a $5.50 NLHE MTT on FullTiltPoker. I was actually pleased with my play tonight as I was much more aggressive in the hands I played. I did have a disconnect problem that cost me several rounds of blinds and antes.

I got my money in w AQ v 66 with slightly less than ten bbs after the 66 limped in. He hit a 6 on the flop and I was toast. I finished 27 of 270 so there wasn't much of a profit and it certainly wasn't a final table, but it was nice finishing in the money again.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Friends continue to Roll

Major runs through the tournaments again for Wretchy, Illnugwichee and Agriffrod last night.

Wretchy final tabled the Wretchy Open Rebuy, aka the PokerStars $22+R NL Hold'em, on 03-11-2008. He finished in 6th place (out of 369) scoring $1367.10. To avoid being redundant, I may have to only post about his results in this tourney when he wins it.

Great job Again Sir
wretchy tina dude wretchy's mom

ILLNuGWichee took home $2070.00 from PokerStars for winning a $100+9 90 player sng.
Nuggy is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan and Peyton is a huge Nuggy fan as you can see.

Agriffrod won the PokerStars $109 NLHE [$25,000 guaranteed] on 03-11-2008. Griff won $12126.00 for beating out 563 opponents. Very impressive Griff!

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New River Gorge Bridge WV

Finally congrats to the West Virginia University Men's Basketball team for winning today's first round game vs Providence in the Big East Tournament and good luck in the second round vs UConn. Also, congrats to Joe Alexander (pictured below) for being named to the first team All Big East team.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mathclub and Wretchy roll!

Congrats to Mathclub for taking down the $20+2 tourney on PartyPoker last night my time (he's in new zealand so i guess it was today his time). He scored a nice $1200 for the win, made a final table at AbsolutePoker where he finished 4th of 673, and also made the final table at Bodog where he took down 3rd place because AK ls less than AJ and A8 is less than A3 obv. Great job Mathclub. Very Well done.

Also major Congrats to Wretchy for his work in the $22rebuy on PokerStars yesterday. Wretchy finished 2nd of 387 and won $5300+./ Another great run for the Wretched one. He's on fire and about to make major waves in the online Poker world. Very good job Wretchy. Good luck at the tables everyone.

hopper nighthawks

Monday, March 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to the WacoKidd

Happy Birthday to a great player and even better dude Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby. I hope it is a great day for Waco and I imagine that there will be at least one social event with hot women present today. It certainly was a good evening last night for Waco as he made the final table at the Bodog Poker Open main event and took down 3rd place. While it was not the least bit surprising, it was impressive nonetheless. Well done sir.
jared hamby the wacokidd

Congrats to Sicktight311 for making the final table of the $11 0300 tourney on PokerStars this morning. It was a great effort for Sick to overcome not only the opponents on the felt, but a terrible disconnect problem with Stars. Very good job sir. To read more about his adventures, please visit his blog here: Also remember to visit his band's site here:

Congrats to Wein as well for final tabling the $215 tournament at UltimateBet last night. He finished 3rd in the event and was awarded some pocket change in the amount of $18,500.00. That's the correct number of zeroes folks.

Finally, Congrats to Agriffrod for winning the $22rebuy on PokerStars yesterday to the tune of $6425. Awesome job sir. You can read his blog at

Good luck at the tables everyone. Let's be careful out there.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wretchy hits another couple of big Final Tables

Congrats to Dan "Wretchy" Martin
Dan "Wretchy" Martin for making the final table of the $100+9rebuy on FullTiltPoker tonight after taking second place in the $320 tourney on PokerStars earlier in the day for $15,550. Starting the final table 8th of 9 players, Wretchy worked his way into the chiplead until his AQ lost to JJ and was eliminated in 5th place when his AT ran into AJ. Great job and a nice little cash of about $5,400.


I actually had a deep run at UB tonight, making it to the final two tables. I finished 17th of 337 in the $6.50 Bounty tournament. It was nice to get back into the money but I really would've liked to have made the final table.

Good Luck at the tables everyone! Have a good night.

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Wretchy has another great run!

After bubbling two final tables in big tourneys last night, Wretchy busted the bubble and made the final table of the $30+3rebuy on FullTilt. If not for a tough hand where his AJ ended up all in vs AK with 5 remaining, Wretchy may well have taken the title. He did end up with a fine fourth place finish for apprx $2500.00. Great job again for the Wretched one.

I, on the other hand, cannot cash in a tourney to save my life.

Good luck at the tables everyone.

WV Fall Trees

Friday, March 7, 2008

Thanks Brett Favre

It has been a pleasure watching Brett Favre play the game. His ability and his love for the game that really shows the reason why sports is such a big part of our lives for so many of us. I really wish more of today's pros had his attitude and showed the sheer love of the game they play.
Brett was a true campion and he will be missed. Congrats on a great career Brett from a Dallas Cowboys fan. See you in Canton in five years.


Thursday, March 6, 2008


You can check out some of my photographs and pics that I have found on the web in my Flickr account at Flickr is a really nice site that has a very good free account. These pics are totally safe for viewing at any time. For some of the pics you may have seen on pocketfives, send me a pm after you create a Flickr account and I ll tell you how to find some of your favorites. I know that there are a lot of people who enjoy photography and visual arts who will really enjoy Flickr.

Almost to the Weekend

"Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success or failure: which is more destructive?
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

~ Lao-tzu Quotes from Tao Te Ching

My friend AG first informed me of this quote.

And this pic is from Joey Accardo at

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Monday, March 3, 2008

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

Wretchy Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wretchy called his shot and stepped up to the plate and delivered just like the bambino. Major congrats to Dan "Wretchy" Martin for taking down the Sunday $25k guaranteed on PokerStars beginning March 2. Wretchy played great and hammered the bubble and the final table. A fantastic evening for a great player who is destined for poker greatness. Well played Sir! Couldn't happen to a cooler guy.

Below is the final hand of the tourney:

PokerStars Game #15703280379: Tournament #78455969, $100+$9 Hold'em No Limit - Level XXIV (15000/30000) - 2008/03/03 - 01:24:55 (ET)
Table '78455969 21' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 4: Wretchy (1501417 in chips)
Seat 9: jlewis10748 (1351583 in chips)
Wretchy: posts the ante 3000
jlewis10748: posts the ante 3000
Wretchy: posts small blind 15000
jlewis10748: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Wretchy: raises 35000 to 65000
jlewis10748: raises 104750 to 169750
Wretchy: calls 104750
*** FLOP *** [As Ad 4d]
jlewis10748: checks
Wretchy: bets 130000
jlewis10748: calls 130000
*** TURN *** [As Ad 4d] [2h]
jlewis10748: checks
Wretchy: bets 450000
jlewis10748: raises 598833 to 1048833 and is all-in
Wretchy: calls 598833
*** RIVER *** [As Ad 4d 2h] [Kh]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
jlewis10748: shows [Qd Qh] (two pair, Aces and Queens)
Wretchy: shows [3c 5s] (a straight, Ace to Five)
Wretchy collected 2703166 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2703166 | Rake 0
Board [As Ad 4d 2h Kh]
Seat 4: Wretchy (button) (small blind) showed [3c 5s] and won (2703166) with a straight, Ace to Five
Seat 9: jlewis10748 (big blind) showed [Qd Qh] and lost with two pair, Aces and Queens

3 2 08 wretchy ft stars wins wee

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Congrats to a Illnugwichee!

The weekend has been pretty good to some of the members of the OT section of so far.

Illnugwichee won $2700.00 at UltimateBet on Friday evening by finishing 3rd in the $20k guarantee.

Im beginning to think that everyone I know online is a better player than I am. Im going to have to get some lessons quick.

Good luck today everyone.