Wednesday, March 30, 2005


My WPBT was over before it pretty much started...........first I got to the table 5-7 minutes late due to the bath for my 3 and 2 year old running late and just when I think they're in bed and we're home free they both state they have to go "poopie". I feel them out for a minute because as many of you parents know this is a classic toddler pre-bed stall tactic. I determine it's for real and took them to take care of their business....................And had to take the time to make a big deal about my two year olds feat as she is in the potty training phase so actually asking and going in the potty chair is a huge deal.......Again........All you parents out there know what I'm talking about.

Wait a minute...........This is supposed to be about the WPBT. Well, by the time I got to the table I was on toddler tilt. I lost a slight chunk of my chips and then built back to around T1400 at the start of the second level. Then I just got stupid. There was one limper and the button raised a standard raise while I was in the small blind. I have AQo and re-raise doubling the bet. The BB and limper drop and the button calls. The flop came A 10 x with two hearts and I check, he bets, and I check-raise which he calls. The turn is a third heart and for some reason I decide to push and am instantly called. He had a K high flush and I went out in 100th place. It was a whirlwind and I definitely wasn't playing even close to my C game much less my A game.

I'm pulling for a blogger win and will look forward to the next event. Enjoy my donation this time.

Good Luck.

Baz Out

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Odds and Ends.....

Took our newborn to the doctor today and he's almost back to his birth weight which is FANTASTIC NEWS! He's eating like a champ now and as long as he continues to do so he should be just fine. I don't know what it is with my wife and giving birth to boys......Our first son was born a month premature and spent the first several days of his life in NICU with an IV and feeding tube......Our daughter was perfectly fine besides being crabby all the time and wanting things her way on her terms all the time......But I attribute that to her being a girl as well :0).........And now our second son had to be re-admitted to the hospital in the first 2 weeks of his life and had an IV as well......Unbelievable. It could be worse and we are counting our blessings.

My good thoughts, prayers, and well wishes go out to Felicia in her dealings of the moment. Take care of yourself and get well.

A huge congratulations goes out to doubleas for winning his seat to Aruba! Good Luck!

I hope to be able to make the WPBT tomorrow evening. I'd like to come out with a good showing and see a rise in the WPBT standings. Good luck to all whether or not I am able to make it.

I was actually able to clear the Party bonus last night.........I'm dragging even more than a Dad with a newborn and 2 other kids 3 and under should be but I couldn't let the bonus go without an effort. I had to be up last night for the 1 am feeding anyway so why go to sleep.....Right? The plan was to work it off over the weekend but as you know that went out the window with spending two nights in the hospital.

Besides, I need to prep myself for an upcoming trip. I wish I was about to say I was going to be making it to Vegas for the WPBT Live in June but I'm not. I am, however, going to Vegas. My Mom is taking my Dad to Vegas for his 50th birthday this year. My brother, two sisters, and I are going to surprise him there. Mom knows but it will remain a surprise to Dad. Can't wait! We leave the evening of April 30th and return May 3rd. We will be staying at Bally's because that's where my parents are staying. I've never stayed there so any info or insider tips is appreciated. I saw online that they have a poker room which I didn't think they had before. I'm curious if it's an actual room or they took out some table games and added some poker tables with the recent poker boom. I'm also pumped to be able to check out the new Wynn hotel and casino as it should be open if the opening isn't delayed.

It's my brother's first time in Vegas so he's pumped as am I.......But I'm always pumped when there's a Vegas trip looming. We will be doing something that I've never done before........we aren't getting into Vegas until around 11pm or so and the Saturday night rates at Bally's were ridiculous so we basically don't have a room to check into until Sunday. I don't know how many times my room was mostly wasted anyway because I boozed and gambled all night anyway so we figured what the heck.......We'll simply check our bags at Bally's and hit a club, the poker room, or a club and then the poker room for the night. My folks don't get in until Sunday evening and are staying until Thursday so we'll be able to check in and get a nap in before they arrive.......If we need one.

I'm looking for some suggestions, tips, and information.

Best low buy-in ($100 or less) tourney's Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday? Anyone play in the Flamingo's $55 30 player's Max weekly tourney? What about the Aladdin's weekly $35 with the $5 add-on for 50% more chips and one $20 re-buy? My Dad wants to play a small tourney or two and we'd like to find a decent one for him.

Anyone play in the Golden Nuggets weekly 7pm tourney? It's $125 but I don't like the unlimited $100 rebuys with a $100 add-on.....Not great for our bankrolls unless we've been winning decently up until then.

The only place I've played poker in Vegas has been at the Bellagio. After reading a lot of blogger trip reports I'm looking forward to checking out the games at Aladdin and Excalibur at some point during our stay. Any other suggestions?

Anyway......I'm pumped we're able to surprise my Dad for his 50th. He'll be blown away and it'll be great to be able to play some live casino poker with my old man and brother. Can't wait!

Take Care All......And thanks again for the well wishes and support! Hope to see you at the tables tomorrow night for the WPBT.

Baz Out.


Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to stop by and wish us congratulations. Things have been crazy here. We just spent the weekend in the hospital with our now 2 week old son. He wouldn't put on any weight and lost over 10% of his body weight since birth. He got soooo sleepy and looked way skinnier than any baby should. The doctor had seen him and wanted us to call if he wouldn't eat much by Friday evening and we had to call. Straight to the emergency room we went and the poor guy had to go through the ringer with IV's and the works. If you've never seen a nurse put an IV in a dehydrated newborn you don't want to.....especially if said newborn happens to be yours. Finally getting admitted around 3:30am and spending until Easter Sunday evening in the hospital. Luckily things are looking on the up and up and moving the right direction. Let's hope we can keep them going that way.

I plan on playing in the WPBT Wednesday night but won't register until last minute just in case I'm needed around the house. Hope to see you there.

I'm up for the 1am feeding so gotta run. Got a lot more to share but it will have to wait.

Appreciate the link from BigPirate stating he enjoys my blog. Thanks Man! Hopefully content will start coming a little more often.

Til next time.
Baz Out.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

It's A Boy!

The newest member of the Baz household entered the world on Friday March 11th. He is happy and healthy and both him and Mom are doing well. It's been crazy and hectic but I'm loving every minute of it. Two more days of work and then off for three weeks. Not sure how much poker I'll get in, if any, but there are more important things to tend to for the moment.

Lots of blog reading to catch up with.......Looking forward to it.

Take Care.
Baz Out.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Warning! No Poker Content...

Human Head left me a comment in my last post concerning baby #3 that stated:

3 year old son.
2 year old daughter.
New addition due Friday.
Bakzar=A machine.

Thanks for the congrats HH...........but I'd like to expand and get slightly personal for once.

To clarify......My wife is the machine. In these three contributions to society I spent probably about 8 minutes......ahem......contributing......And that's giving myself one minute credit for each of our children that were conceived in Vegas (which was two of the three). She did ALL of the work and continues to do the majority of the work as she is a stay at home Mom.......and a FABULOUS one at that. I was lucky enough to have a Mom who stayed at home with me growing up, as was my wife, and we wanted to be able to give that to our children if we possibly could. It wasn't, and isn't, easy at times but we get through it. In today's society people need "things" to show off to other "people" to show they are "successfull". What does that mean? People think we're crazy to only have one car............I think they're crazy for taking their kids to day care every day.........Who's right? Who's wrong? It's all in who you are and what you think is important in my book.

Thinks are definitely busy around the Baz household.........I wouldn't have it any other way. The feeling I get every day I get home from work and am greeted by two kids who think I am the greatest........Kisses and hugs for no reason.......A son who wants to be wherever I am and do whatever I do. I cherish these times. I know......I know.....Just wait until they're teenagers you say. I can't wait! Do you know why? My wife and I feel we are giving 100% as parents and if we do that we can be confident in the fact that they will turn out right and make the right decisions. Does that mean they won't get into trouble ever? Heck no! Of course they will.......didn't we all?

People ask me all the time..........."how many more are you going to have?" My answer is always, "at least six." Most people can't believe it. Some ask if I'm serious. To tell you the truth I don't think I'm serious but who knows. We'll just hope and pray this one gets on the ground healthy and safely Friday and go from there. Life's too short to worry about what "other people" think is the right size family.

I come from a family of 4 and my wife a family of 3 so it will probably be one or the other. I tell my wife all the time that if this one's a girl we have to have a 4th to try and tip the balance of gender power back to even.......if it's a boy and I regain power than I leave it up to her. I can't imagine my current two year old daughter not being my "baby girl" any longer.........unless this ones a girl I'm sure. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl and didn't find out on any of them.......There are too few "true" surprises left in life anymore. We wanted to preserve a couple. I for one can't wait until Friday when the doctor takes our new life into this world and say's, "It's a boy!"......"or girl!"

I'm 31 years old and was fortunate to know ALL of my grandparents AND GREAT GRANDPARENTS not losing any until I was in high school. My parents are young. My Mom just turned 49 and my Dad turns the big 50 this summer. You can do the math. It was rough growing up but I wouldn't have changed a thing. My Mom might surprise my Dad with a trip to Vegas for his birthday this summer and my siblings and I might fly in for the double least my brother and I are in for sure. We shall see.

Enjoy your families.......whatever they may be. It's different for everyone. Not better or worse......just different.

Take care and please throw some prayers my way for my wife and newborn to be happy and healthy this week.

Take care.

Baz Out.

Baby #3

I was sick again over the weekend. No poker but at least I was well enough to make it into work yesterday so I didn't use up any more sick leave of which I need here VERY shortly. Feeling much better today. I'm hoping to get some poker in tonight at the virtual tables but we shall see. My posts will most probably be more sporadic as they already are due to baby #3 scheduled for Friday. I'm very excited to be adding to the family and the in-laws will be in town for a week and a half starting Wednesday. Things will obviously be slightly hectic with the new baby added to our 3 year old son and 2 year old daughter along with out of town guests (helpers) in the house. I envision little to no poker for several weeks..........but I'm not going to mind it a bit this time.

Good luck to everyone in life and at the tables. Will report back when I can.

Baz Out

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Party Bonus and Random Stuff

I've been working on clearing my Party bonus.....first Sunday night for a couple of hours and then last night for several hours. It's been brutal to say the least. Four tabling 1/2 and simply brutal. I thought I was getting ready to bump up to 2/4 but I'll hold off on that for now. I'm down just over $100 since making the deposit with only about 400 hands left to clear. I guess we'll see if this becomes a break even proposition once I add the bonus.

I plan on finishing it off Thursday night as tonight will be spent with the wife and kids followed by the new WPT episode.

Once I clear the Party bonus and get some funds in Neteller I will be purchasing the Poker Tracker Guide e-book written by the blogfather and Hank. I am looking forward to it immensely. I have had all of this information at my disposal and have had minimal ideas (at best) on how to utilize it fully. Can't wait to get my hands on it.......The only problem will be when will I have time to sort through it and apply it. By next Friday a third child will be in the house and that will leave little time for other stuff.

I think I'm going to be using a portion of the winnings from my live tourney and take the wife and kids to Wisconsin Dells before I go back to work after the baby is born. My wife LOVES staying in hotels and it will get her away. The kids will have a blast because we will stay at one of those indoor water park lodges where you come down the elevator and are right there in the water park. The wife can come down with the baby if she feels like it or enjoy the rooms ammenities. I'll be looking into pricing and reservations this weekend. Would be good for the family and a great way to spend a portion of a win like that.

Speaking of my win.........I have a feeling I will ALWAYS remember it due to it being my first bigger money win. I don't know about the rest of you, but $1100 is a lot of money to me and my world. I will always remember it as my FIRST $1000+ win. I was lucky enough to get a visit and congratulations comment from Felicia on my win and how awesome it feels. It made me think about everyone else out there........does everyone remember their first "landmark wins"?

First $1000?
First $5000?


Some of the money will be funding my live poker for awhile and I'll probably order those two additional kitchen chairs that we sorely need.

I wish I could make it to Vegas June 4th for the next live WPBT event but with the baby due to hit the ground any day now that's not high on the priority list. Another time.....another place.

Baz Out