Posted: September 26th, 2014, by ray zee
after traveling around a little i am seeing poker is still doing well in the improving economy. i find people are having more money to spend on things even though most wont so that is the case.
games are continuing to be smaller over time with rakes being higher. that isnt a good sign. what i hope is that a better economy with some inflation will drive up the stakes somewhat so more players can actually win.
Posted: September 21st, 2014, by ray zee
ive never liked really hot weather. or even mildly hot weather. thats why i ended up possibly in the pacific northwest. its cold or cool most days but some places get hot in the summer.
the last bunch of years the summers have been extra hot and dry. a little too hot for my taste. makes me long for new zealand where its always a temperate climate. ive visited there a bunch of times and i loved it.
however it wasnt the good old u.s.a. for me.
Posted: September 18th, 2014, by ray zee
split first and second in a nice tournament the other day. it was a bigger one than usual and i played my best and it worked. hows that for a revelation.
i had gotten very low on chips and battled my way back up, never giving up an inch. it worked and the very few races i had to make in the tournament i won where i was all in. and lost ones where i played against the short stack.
which is what you want to do. you tend to have the weaker hand many times against the short stack as he also is moving in weak as the blinds are coming to him.
thats the spot to pick them off. as you get to see hands like king three suited to play against.
Posted: September 13th, 2014, by ray zee
this time of the year some places are sweltering and some cool.
in montana its been both.l but with fall arriving ive picked most of my apples and plums. got lots of chokecherries and elderberries and made plenty of fresh jelly and jam for next year. those are my two favorites for jam. oh forgot about oregon grape jelly that might be number one.
getting food off the land is an old thing. i like it that way.
Posted: September 9th, 2014, by ray zee
todd has started his tournament and school in bigfork this week. it lasts a week.
he has quite a following of players that come up for the nice montana scenery and play poker. usually there is a game plus some tournament or satellites for one.
its held at the marina so a nice spot to say the least. a good mix of montana players, out of state players and those that came up from vegas.
Posted: September 6th, 2014, by ray zee
some people learn things very quickly. thats my friend pavel. we rib him all the time as he is an import and still has trouble getting all the words right.
but remarkably he speaks english very well. also he learned to golf in two years and is shooting below par on many days and in tough local tournaments.
poker also. right now he is one of the better players in town and our town has very good players. who knows what he will pick up next.
Posted: September 5th, 2014, by ray zee
fall is in the air in much of the north country. since its after labor day. sometimes we get an indian summer with the added warm days sometimes not.
anyway best time of the year to start going out for walks or drives. the foliage is starting to turn in areas and animals are out and about eating to put on weight for the winter.
fishing gets good again after the heat has gone and water temps go down.
overall a fun time of the year for me.
Posted: September 2nd, 2014, by ray zee
update on the two new guys from vegas that are playing in kalispell. jason and alan are doing well. although they both steam when stuck they also seem to recover well. sunday night though alan was ahead a thousand and managed to blow it off plus another two i think. jason won about a grand but half of it was because someone overlooked their hand and gave him a bunch of money. i like to make them aware of it at every opportunity in the game.
its fun playing with them as they have loosened up after getting to know the crew around here and they handle themselves fine.
i told them where to go visit in glacier national park on their visit here. they went today but i didnt tell them they were in grizzly bear areas where i sent them to hike.
i might feel bad if they get eaten. although it may help the games.
i will also give a shout out to jasons dad as he reads this stuff i post sometimes i hope.
Posted: August 28th, 2014, by ray zee
the thunderbirds are putting on an airshow this weekend at the airport.
every bunch of years they come here and its a big thing for the community.
today they are practicing right over my house. flying by at supersonic speeds and just above by a few hundred feet my treeline.
kind of scary watching them as they appear long before you hear them and suddenly you hear the loadness as they are on top of you.
anyway i got ringside seats for free.
Posted: August 25th, 2014, by ray zee
So the two fish that Todd brought up from Vegas turned out to be pretty good guys. Mind you they are not pretty though. I have to admit both play mixed games very well. Even a little better than Todd brunson does.
Alan and Jason are likely to be in Montana another month or until their money goes to me. So far they are doing okay against me but I am setting them up for the kill.
Let’s see how they do in Todd’s tournament.