As a kid growing up, Goonies was one of my favourite movies. Out of curiosity, I decided to look up some of these "child actors" to see where they were today. I came across this video of Corey Feldman giving an interviewing revealing Hollywood's problem with pedophilia:
He mentions of a Hollywood mogul who abused his bff, Corey Haim...but he doesn't name names. I did some research and a lot of people are saying it's Steven Spielberg or David Geffen. Some of the comments here http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/08/corey-feldman-pedophilia-1-problem-in-hollywood-contributed-to-d/
are pretty interesting.
Who do you think Feldman is referring to?
I used one of my busto ipoker accounts to sat into this event and failed to cash. Starting stack was 3k, rebuy was 3k, and add-on was 4k. This particular account had exactly $2 before I entered the sat so I couldn't R or A. I got into the event on my first sat try for less than 50 cents. Total prize pool was $91.2k with $15.5k going to 1st. I ended up finishing 200th of 1080.
Despite my donkish and erratic plays in the league (which I have stopped since 1.5 wks ago), I'm not that bad of a player. In fact, I know I can beat these big gtds so it's not a question of IF, it's just a matter of WHEN.
I took no bad beats in this tourney, nor did I give any. I also didn't kill the clock and try to min cash (starting at 162nd). Although I ran card dead at the 3rd hour, what I failed to do was to aggresively build my stack early. Given the field of 1000+, I think this is extremely important if you want a shot @ the FT. I really don't like being at the bottom 25% after 60-70% of the field is gone. I need to be in the top 25%. Often the cards just don't come in the late game and to make it worst, you sometimes have 2-3 villains to your left that have you more than covered, AND will call your shoves.
So from now on, I'm gonna take a little more risk early even if it means going busto. I need that STACK!
I was scanning the NL50 tables and saw this guy sitting with $900+ at a 6max table. It piqued my interest so I decided to take a closer look. Needless to say, he was running like god -- opening 10-20x (yes $5-11x @ NL50) with broadways, suited cards, connectors, sc, basically almost anything, getting his $ in bad with gutshots and FDs and making his hand. He shoved the river with absolutely nothing and showed bluffs as weak as 6 high. Some players would call him down with Ace high and he would win the pot with something like bottom pair. Talk about good timing. Everyone was tilted and as a result, there was PLO-type action for a good hour. He left the session with a little over $1100 or 20+ buy-ins.
This player was absolutely atrocious. He didn't consider the short stack when he opened 10x with 89o in MP when the short stack had KK. He got stacked a few times but he ended up getting it all back with his god-like run. I'm sure he will lose all his $ sooner or later but it goes to show you how much money you can make when you run really good.
Which brings me to the topic of luck.
Remember XWINK? The kid from Vancouver who turned $11 into $100k+ in a week and then to 2 million shortly after? Or Sam Trickett who once turned $400 into $400k in a week playing PLO on ipoker? Let's not forget about isildur1. All these players are better than you and I, but I will also say that they are also luckier.
In theory, everyone should have equal luck. But in reality, it's a whole different story. It's all about timing. Over an INFINITE (key word) # of hands, everyone's luck should be similar. Some of today's pros have had epic runs from $0 to hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions in as little as a year in their FIRST year. Once they've built their monstrous bankrolls, it's (almost) impossible for them to go broke if they practice good BRM.
IMO, there are 3.5 ways to get to high stakes. 1) you already have the $, 2) you grind it up gradually, 3) you XWINK/isildur1/run-like god, 4) you score a big tournament. Skill is important but how FAST you get there and/or IF you get there, depends on how lucky you are.
I would bet any $ that Phil Ivey (the best player in the world), could not turn $0 into a million in 1 year if he started today. That means no staking, no loans, no nothing. That means starting from freerolls and grinding it up. Why do I bet against #1? Bcuz I know that no matter how good he is, the chances of him getting extremely lucky in a short period of time is very unlikely.
I'm not saying it's impossible bcuz it certainly is. Chances are that you are not as good as Phil Ivey and you are not as lucky as XWINK.
I'm getting really fkn annoyed today. Played quite a few tournaments and ran deep to go out losing with the best hand.
AA vs AT ---- he shoved from MP and it's folded to me in the HJ. Obviously, I was happy to make the call. Flop was fine...but as soon as I saw that ten on the turn, I just knew he was gonna river trips. And sure enough he did. wtf
AK vs KQKK vs KJAA vs 22JJ vs 88KK vs QQ
Like seriously....how the fk can I lose every hand where I dominate villain? I used to have a sense of humour about shit like this but today just wasn't that day. Ya, I understand odds and probabilities, variance, whatever. But seriously..... after I bust, I just can't help but stare at the monitor and think about how f kn ridiculous this is.
But you know what's funny? As soon as I see villain's hole cards, or the flop, I get this really weird feeling...like a 6th sense that I am going to lose by the river. And I did..., What am I supposed to do? Think positive? Done that -- it doesn't work.
And I shake my head over and over again looking at the fkn monitor in disbelief at how incredibly ridiculously bad my luck can be. Some days you really just can't win.
I know this kid...well, he's not really a kid but he's a few years younger than me. A straight up gangster who doesnt play by the rules. His mother's a crackhead & he's had a rough upbringing. He committed his 1st murder as a youth. Murder is an easy crime to get away with so he's never been charged for any of the ones he's done. He and I had a mutual connection and that's how I know him. We are "acquaintances" and we've had many conversations. Bcuz I don't want a Google search leading back to this blog, I'll just call him AK.
AK is one of the more violent guys in the game. He's not part of any specific group yet has beefed with every major group except one. In his own words "Gangs are weak. I like to think of it as me & my friends". He's survived a few attempts on his life even living through a shooting in which the shooter died. Case unsolved. AK has 9 lives and I'm surprised he's lived as long as he has.
In the dope game, you got businessmen/suppliers. Dealers. Hitters. And jackers. AK is a jacker and he fears no one. His MO consisted of robbing grow ups, grabbing lines from weak dealers, "jobs" for other groups, and going after anyone if he thought he could get away with it. He is one of the few independents that has a rep that many fear.
His nemesis was the bikers aka HA's and he hates them with a passion, "their bullies and pigs". He's robbed them many times over. "I'll take from them but I'll never take one out. If I did, they'll put a hit out on me for life." LOL. Makes no sense. If he saw a biker at a red light, he would get of his SUV, walk up to the patch and spit on him before hell breaks loose.
It's been 4 years since I last spoke to AK but I recently heard he got beaten to a pulp while asleep in pretrial. He's currently in a coma. Who know's if he'll wake up? Karma's a bitch and one day you have to pay the piper. When you mess with so many cats in the game you gotta expect to die someday. Even in a "bad world" you can't do bad business without facing serious consequences.
In the late 90s, I was a teenager -- back when music was actually good. Nirvana, Bone Thugz, Dru Hill, Boyz 2 Men, Keith Sweat, Cranberries, Jodeci, Pearl Jam, 2pac, Biggie, the list goes on and on. Even the material that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg put out back then was better. Eminem's material was far better in the 90s/early 2k as well.
Some of the music today is o.k. but for the most part, I find it horrendous. Bcuz of that, I don't really keep up with the artists/music of today. I just find it ridiculous that today's artists today are making far more money when they have far less talent but I guess it's all about entertainment now.
We all grew up in different generations and some of you might argue that the 60s, 70s, 80s was better. But I grew up in the 90s and there was a ton of variety and in each of those genres, there were some very talented artists and bands.
So there was a ring at my door this evening and I answered it. Standing before me was a Latino kid that couldn't have been older than 13. Now I've had solicitors before but none this young and none this good -- this kid was a SMOOOOOOOTH talker.
Kid: Hey man, how's it going my brown brother? (brown brother wtf! I'm Asian!). Doing good? Allright! (he reaches out to do one of those hip African American handshakes which I decline). I'm not here to sell you a vacuum cleaner! I'm sure you have plenty of those!
Me: Are you asking for a donation?
Kid: No, no, no donations (a lie!)! I'm just hear to talk about a good cause. You've seen those commercials on TV about Save the Children about those less fortunate than us. Y'know, kids from countries where they have no Xbox, iphone, TV and all that. Here's a picture of Fabian ____ from Columbia (I can't remember the last name but he accentuated it with a Latino accent). (he then reaches for a pamphlet to show me).
The kid was so smooth and outgoing he actually made me laugh. I was very impressed esp considering his age. I then politely told him no thx but did point out that he was a really good salesman. Not only was he confident throughout his pitch, he managed a super upbeat attitude as I was standing there smirking. Door-to-door sales are the absolute hardest type of sales and this kid put on a stellar performance. I can certainly appreciate the salesmanship as I used to cold call CEOs of mid to large corporations for an investment bank searching for deals.
"No donation? Allright no problem! Have a nice evening, brother!"
The kid's got a bright future and he's gonna make a lot of money.
I never play @ William Hill but decided to make a deposit to take advantage of a promo. Within 30 mins I went busto as a huge favourite. Both with pocket kings.