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WSOP: Gov. Sanford-Loser: Michael Jackson-Pathetic

by Roy Winston |  Published: Jun 29, '09

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Yesterday I played the No Limit Holdem triple chance event. Here you start with 3k in chips and can take an additional 3k in chips twice more at any time in the first three levels. The idea behind it is to create more action like in a re-buy event, but it falls miserably short of creating it. It would be much more interesting if everyone started with 2k in chips and had 5 add-ons that could only be used when they fell below 2k, and one could be saved for an add-on at the end of the third level. This would create the action of a re-buy event and bring strategy more into play.

Initially the event went ok for me, staying a little over average. I had one good hand when I limped in mid position with A 2 suited and the small blind called and the big blind checked. The flop came A K 2 with two clubs. I bet the pot and was raised all in by the big blind. I called and he showed K 2, and I doubled up. I made one bad lay down of A Q when a short stack on the button moved all in for about 5k in chips with the blinds 200-400. I was next to act, but noticed the big blind getting his 15k in chips ready to go. This can be a sign of strength, but usually means he has a medium strength hand and wants to intimidate me out of the hand. He turned out to have 10 10 and the short stack A 7, and with a queen coming on the flop I would have gotten a full double up. The end of the night was tough for me. I got miserably short and ended with 15k with the starting blinds at 600-1200. The last couple of hours I had Jeff Lisandro on my left with 120k in chips. Not the best position for me, but I squeaked by. He has had a great WSOP with 3 bracelets so far. He is a great guy and I am happy for him. My strategy today is to double up a couple of times early, if only it was that easy.

I have been getting up pretty early and wind up watching TV and writing. I cant help but be disgusted by the news and most current events. One thing I am finding entertaining and disturbing at the same time is how members of the self-proclaimed “Moral Majority” seem to have the same failings of mere mortals. Those with the loudest voice against are often times the worst offenders themselves. That insane evangelical minister Ted Haggard comes to mind, which preached about the evils of homosexuality by day and paid gay prostitutes by night.

With South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and Nevada Senator John Ensign being the latest to join the “No Family Values” club it amazes me how those living in the glass houses go around launching stones everywhere. I am not naïve, I am well aware that it goes on across party lines and throughout all walks of life, but I am tired of the holier than thou attitude by these blow hards. Perhaps the republican party better get to work on recalibrating there own family values and stop worrying about everyone else’s. Having Sanford on CNN continuously apologizing to everyone is really lame. How about let’s try something new and exciting, why not lead by example? I guess that’s too much to hope for. These are the same elected officials who legislate against poker and other freedoms. Perhaps they need to get their own house in order instead of telling us what to do. Sanford needs to man up and resign.

While I’m on a bit of a rant, and maybe I’m just a little bit insensitive, and while I enjoyed growing up with his music and I realize he was massively talented, but come on, Michael Jackson was a freak. Even if you forget about his obsession with plastic surgery and the “skin disease” which kept turning him white, how can you ignore his penchant for young boys? He may not of been found guilty of being a pedophile, but where there’s smoke there is fire. The financial settlements he gave the parents and the children, which has the appearance of buying off the victims is pretty clear. At least one of the settlements was eight figures, which if you assign some sort of value of damages; it must have been pretty severe. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the media attention, after all it’s all about ratings and market share. I have heard several news people compare this to the death of JFK. Now come on and give me a break. Take a man who dedicated himself to making the world a better place, fought and was a hero in World War Two, and paid the ultimate price when he was assassinated. That’s about the same as a guy who lives in fantasy land, or is it wonder land, has sleep over’s with little boys and prances around a stage for huge amounts of money and according to media accounts, appears to have died from a medication induced cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson’s life was dedicated to his own vanity, and nothing more. Is it sad that he passed away, sure but I am much more saddened by lots of other events, which seem to happen to regular people on a regular basis. Now Jesse Jackson comes out of the wood work and starts demanding answers, the whole thing is nothing short of pathetic.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send an email to: winstonpoker@yahoo.com with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

 
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thegreatwhitedope
almost 13 years ago

I couldn't agree more. Every time I have a conversation with a Jackson apologist they always say "but he was acquitted!". All it takes is three words to shut them up: so was OJ.

 
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DonniKong
almost 13 years ago

"Were there is smoke, there is fire". That is just really, wow. You know child molestation, is an incredibly gross and awful thing. It gives a child scars for life. But being falsely accused of it, is truly a terrible thing too. After being accused with child molestation, especially the public way he did, youre basicly stamped as a pedophile. There was nothing he could do, he had such love for children, in a non sexual way. A blood sucking family took advantage of his goodness. Even if he did molest those boys, you can't ignore all the other good things he's done. Hes the celebrity that has given the most money to charity, that we know. We are pretty sure he wasnt a pedophile because he was never found guilty. But he truly is guilty in being a good person, who helped other people, the majority of them, children.

Anyway he might be a little crazy other wise. I mean I believe that he had vertiligo, that he didnt "bleech" his scin. And it is a fact that his father beat him as a child, AND he called him "big nose". Have your father beat you, have your father call you big nose, have your father push you with practicing music all the time so you dont get a real childhood, and we will see how you turn out.

R.I.P. MJ

 
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diangalo23
almost 13 years ago

All i can say is wow. Know one really knows what happen with michael jackson and the alleged child molestation so why even speak on it. If people want to mourn his death then let them why rip them for it. I am not a big fan but hey R I P M . J . And O J was innocent just dumb as hell

 
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The_Iceman
almost 13 years ago

Roy, I find you way out of line here. Just as much as we do not peer into your bedroom, you did not peer into his. Additional one of those boys has now asdmitted that he was not molested but did it for money. Get your facts straight before casting a stone.

 
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thegreatwhitedope
almost 13 years ago

"Even if he did molest those boys, you can't ignore all the other good things he's done."

Molesting children outweighs just about any good that a person can do.

It wasn't like just one kid accused Jackson. It was a string on accusers, some of whom were paid off by Jackson.

People like his music so much they're willing to completely delude themselves.

Having a bad childhood may EXPLAIN the behavior of an adult, but it doesn't JUSTIFY it.

Right on Roy.

 
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dakege
almost 13 years ago

Just like everyone else M.J. had virtues and defects. What I can't understand is how can fans cry for his passing, drive or travel countless hours to "pay tribute" to somebody they didn't even know. Then that same fan has a family member die and they don't even think about going to their funeral because its "too far" or they didn't really "know" that family member that well.

THAT IS RELLY PATHETIC !!!

 
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dakege
almost 13 years ago

REALLY

 
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seamarfan269
almost 13 years ago

Nice Roy. If you wanted a bunch of "over-zealous, hollier-than-thou, radical" responses; mission accomplished!! This is your blog and We have a right to read it or not read it; just like you have a right to write on anything you want. Don't be too alarmed at some at the responses because ppl will have opinions ranging from 0-100% on nearly every subject, especially one as "explosive" as the King of Pop. Everyone does good things in life, everyone does bad things in life. Not all of our short-comings are on display for the world to see via mass media like M.J.'s. Rest in peace Mike and Roy, keep up the good work, sir. Nuff Said.

 
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kidneon
almost 13 years ago

The truth and it sucks - well said Roy. Good Luck for the rest of the WSOP.

 
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keeentd
almost 13 years ago

I thought this was a POKER blog on a POKER site. Roy, you are just like Daniel Negreanu, spouting all your political and religious beliefs. You guys get lucky and win a few donkaments and all of the sudden you're experts on all things social, political, religious, ect. Good grief..

 
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