I had a front row seat for much of the Oedipal drama that unfolded last night. First table I was seated at had Nancy, whom the Fates were unkind to, as she lost to runner runner 99 two hands in a row. Were those nines or the Fates speaking in oracular German, nein, nein, mein Frau Taylor?
Next stop in this three act play was a seat next to young Matthew Taylor. Matthew was down to a below average stack when he started running good, as only a member of the NCPT Lucky Sperm Club can. When I pointed out to him that he was not old enough to take advantage of first prize, he retorted without hesitation that he would give the prize to his mother, as his father had done nothing with his chances at the WSOP. At this moment, the gods on Mt. Olympus put down their goblets of mead and ceased their fornicating to watch as Act III, The Final Table, began to unfold.
Taylor fils was seated to Taylor père’s left, and I to his right. Having previously claimed my bounty for knocking out Howie Rubin, a moment I took as a good omen, as a similar feat had marked my passage through the fire to victory in the Intrepid tournament back in 2010. However, that was just a red herring the gods threw in to heighten the drama. I rose to the empyrean chip lead, only to see my hubris rewarded with my full house, queens full of 4s, busted by a guy with the unlikely nickname of Sheik’s quad queens. Would that I had sacrificed a fatted calf and burned incense upon the altar and splash the smooth retsina upon the stones so that I may have pleased the gods more! I was not dead, just suffering from mortal wounds. Mark quickly dispatched Sheik with quad kings, and it was down to the Taylor’s and me. Rapidly escalating blinds and card death were the end of me. Taylor only had to close my eyes and put two coins on the lids. Then the Oedipal battle began in earnest, only to be cut short by the gods last cruel joke, blinds rapidly escalating to 25k and 50 k, then in short order, 50 and 100. As Mark put it, it became a game of War. The gods smiled upon Taylor, which is probably just as well for Matthew, as we all know that young Oedipus did not fare well after killing his father.
I am curious as to the epilogue that will be playing out chez Taylor, but leave you with Nancy’s words that echoed throughout Trump as the doors closed behind me. “Isn’t your father so annoying? Now you know why I make him sleep in the shed for 3 nights after poker!
Your faithful servant,
This season is one of “The Haves and Have Nots”. Being one of the latter, I am growing bitter, so please excuse my brevity in reporting last night’s results. Congratulations to Mr. Lambert, Dr. Berck, JZ, Begs, and Gregg for their performances. With two games still to play, another fine showing by JZ moves him 130 points above Ben (who is having a damn good season as well), making Jeff a virtual lock for Regular Season champ. JZ also carries the distinction of knocking out the entire Taylor family last night. Kudos goes to Matthew for out lasting his parents. Just remember Matthew – what happens at Trump, stays at Trump.
The good news is – JZ will not be at the next game on May 9th; so that gives the rest of us a chance of winning some points and moving into the top 10. Given the current leaderboard, even a point’s virgin like Paul has a theoretical shot to make it – so don’t lose the hope! I keep telling myself that, but I remain bitter.
Link to website below, pw is ncpt13.
Lastly, don’t forget about the Evan’s Team Charity Poker event this Wednesday. Be nice if a league member retains the title. Mr. Medway was last year’s winner.
Here you can post your boast or confess your mess. This is the place for those stories that you have to tell someone, but aren’t sure you want to tell your friends.
Zinn’s commentary. Worth the time to read. Need more color on the Rob’s trip to Tibet.
The strong cards didn’t hold up early. That was the scene last night as the NCPT 2012/2013 season continued. Mike Levine was out first w/ KK vs ATs . Zinn hit a nut flush on the flop and mike couldn’t move; the hand played itself and mike was out first. Zahler was next when his KT couldn’t stand up to new coming Jason Gordon’s QT. Wolin out vs Plank. Then Lieberman (a big big fan of the tuna salad) was out vs Mr Gordon with AQ vs AT. Mr. Goldbaum – a favorite going into the season – was out next under a cloud of uncertainty and Marlboro Light Smoke vs Mr. Taylor. Matt from Ginsburg’s hood was out next vs Begs. Then perlmutter got a prison shower treatment from Grob with a set over set loss on the river. (Yes he likes the humiliation) Kadlec – short stacked after a bout of zinnitis – was out next with his T5 vs Lamberts QQ. Nancy and Larry squabbled leaving Nancy at the cash take and Grob with an ample and voluptuous stack of chips. Kobi and his Kosher for Paesach A9 suited was put out like Hametz vs Planks KT off suit. Then William in a dramatic and breathtaking blow was eliminated by Zinn with TT losing to Zinn Jacks. Zinn was just getting off a cold streak when Mr Warm was taken out by the Ago that zinn played against Marks 10-J suited. Schiowitz crept quietly to the cash table, avoiding the judgmental and potentially ego bruising rebuffs from Begs, after a busting from Rob “the Brazilian wants to be friends” Ginsburg. If anyone has a tweezer for Ginsburg – he needs to keep it w/ his backpack. The dude is up for sainthood – and I don’t mean this as a compliment. Then Gordon was eliminated w a pair of threes vs Beg’s Pair of Kings. Sadly, Planck, new comer and a fan of most of Zinn’s jokes was out at #8 vs Berck. As Plank left he was heard yelling from the lobby “it’s not Pee!” As startled as Plank was about the loss he was more flummoxed by Ginsburg’s unwillingness to love a woman in the mountains of Tibet (alone, 25yrs ago, because she had “facial hair”) if I was that picky I would have been 0-500 in college. Taylor was next out vs Grob w/ K2 clubs vs A9 off suit. Which is good because – according to some rumors at Trump – mark left little to no gas in the car and he and Nancy had to stop at like 1am in the morning to get some. Luckily he used the opportunity – despite a tired wife – to clean the windows of the car. Medway – who has put in a solid season of solid thoughtful play was out next vs Lambert whens robs Q9off was a victim of 45suited (also knows at the Colt). Begs – who never goes w/ a smile – left sadly after his A5off played deft vs Larry’s pair of 7s could catch on the flop. He thought about kicking a garbage can – like CERTAIN PEOPLE do – but instead worked his aggression out on the, then 6 hour old, tuna salad. Speaking of tuna – it was no fluke that it got hot as Zinn put a punishing odds oriented play on Lambert – calling his all in with a 85s and breaking ben and his A3 off suit. Ben – who sports a beautiful black lab and is real student of the game – left graciously but thought “Who plays cards like 85suited? “ “Was it zinn or his sick dopple ganger – ?” and “why are there so many jews at TRrump? “ is trump jewish” . Zinn heated up quickly – breaking a humiliated Grob with cards that zinn doesn’t remember. Berck – who is absolutely insists that it IS PEE – was out at #2 vs Zinn.