Yr Correspondent Begs Someone To Begin Talking Sense Into Him

I'm all psyched to jump back into the NL tourney waters tomorrow, right? I went out hunting a new iPod - went for a Nano with a lanyard, on the grounds that it'll be much harder to lose it unless my head comes off my neck, at which point a missing Nano is well and truly the least of my fucking worries. Nano is black. Shiny. Industrial-looking rubber skin, which bulks up the form factor a bit but also looks as if it could survive at least a few trips around a racquetball court or through a meat grinder. I sort of wish I'd dropped the change on a 60GB full-stop iPod, but I have a tendency to walk around with enough junk in my pockets as it is. I toyed with the idea of not putting any actual music on it, just wearing it around for show and seeing if people would talk past me. Then I thought about asking Blood and Al for some death metal compilations, which I could blast at ear-shredding volume and practice my visual observation and lipreading skills. I finally decided the hell with it and just pruned about 60% of the tracks that were on my old iPod. Charged it, synced it, dressed it for war. I have decided to name it Colleen. Colleen and I are ready to go back to the frontlines. So I'm glancing over the Poker Pages tourney listing for tomorrow and see:

Tue, Jan 24 at 3:30 PM Event #6 - No Limit Hold'em $500+$40 Rebuy 1 Optional
Rebuy? I don't remember seeing anything about a rebuy. Then again I don't remember a whole lot of things from late Friday/ early Saturday. I check the Commerce website, and yup, there it is. So. Advice is needed. Is there any value in playing a single-rebuy tourney if you plan not to rebuy when knocked out? I tend to shy away from rebuys, add-ons, and anything that might require me to be a man and take one in the junk, and hence have no experience in them. I'm looking vaguely in Speaker's direction but I'm sure a lot of you Stars players are light-years ahead of me. So come on, people. We have the technology. Help an overly cautious brother out. Or push him off the curb. It's all in your hands.


Blogger BadBlood said...

Ryan, just got back from Tunica where all the buzz was about your big win. Congratulations man, that is totally awesome. I remember we played against each other at the Ex 2/6 tables back in December.

If you have ANY mp3 requests (especially in the Metal category) let me know, I'll put some up for you to download for what would hopefully be some even better luck.


1/24/2006 06:19:00 AM  
Blogger AlCantHang said...

Yeah. What BadBlood said. Any mp3's you need, I can get.

I always like to keep some especially loud obnoxious stuff available for any jerks sitting next to. Crank it to ear bleed levels so he thinks I'm listening to a fighter jet taking off.

1/24/2006 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger The Millers said...

Stay away from the Griffin iTrip for the nano. It doesn't work, and Colleen will hate you for it.

1/24/2006 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger Poker Nerd said...

If it's a single rebuy + add-on, you'll be at a significant disadvantage if you aren't ready to spend $1,500. Looking at the site, it's not clear whether there's an add-on or not.

As for the rebuy, you would be best served to rebuy immediately if you're going to do it. I wouldn't want to make the decision in the heat of the moment, possibly after a bad beat.

Rebuys favor those who are good and willing to spend to take more risks. Your call as to whether you feel up to it.

1/24/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger TripJax said...

I'd say the biggest concern, if you are not planning to rebuy, is dealing with the players who are more willing to chance draws they don't have odds at because they know they can rebuy.

That is much more difficult to play against when you know what you have in front of you is it and no matter what you put in the pot, it might not be enough to price out the playas.

Good luck...continued mojo aimed your way...

1/24/2006 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Speaker said...

I'm with Nerd. If you're willing to re-buy, do it right off the top.

However, as there is just a single re-buy (and I don't think there's an add-on), you're not at THAT much of a disadvantage if you just take the standard starting stack to war. You won't have to deal with huge stacks early as with multiple re-buys. And you might get some guys to stack you up if they're more willing to gamble with the re-buy as a fall back.

1/24/2006 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Garthmeister J. said...

Thought I may as well offer my two cents. With single rebuy tournaments I like to save my rebuy as a "restart button". I know on Stars at least that even in a single rebuy you get people making questionable decisions knowing they have a rebuy up their sleeve. I like to wait until someone does that, or some other mistake, and try and stack up. If their draw comes through I shrug and hit "restart".

Having said that, I'd really make sure and check if there is an add-on before you go into the tournament. Unless you stack up outrageously I would suggest always grabbing an add-on, as not doing so puts you at too much of a disadvantage. So, I'd factor that into the equation even if you only plan on buying in once: are you prepared to throw in another $500 if you survive to the end of the rebuy period?

Oh, and give my love to Colleen. I hope she treats you well.

1/24/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

If you choose not to do the immediate rebuy, you can think of the option as an insurance policy against a bad beat. (That is, if you plan to rebuy at all). It lets you get back in the game, if in fact bad luck was your nemesis. You can also test the waters a bit - if the game is just not running well for you, or you're too cold decked to want to put in that extra money, you don't have to.

I don't think there's really any one right way to think of these things. I've done it all 3 ways, depending on the situation, and had success. (ie. insta-rebuy, bust-and-rebuy, or don't rebuy at all).

1/24/2006 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

An alternative route may be to see "where you're at" in the middle of the rebuy period and rebuy/add-on accordingly.

1/24/2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

On the Nano. One you should have gotten the 4G one...the 2G is too small. Second, you might want to get a big IPOD for when you sit at a poker table. One, the battery lasts longer. Two, you can watch porn with the new Nano if you get bored and aren't getting cards. Three (and most important), you can put a hell of a lot more songs on the regular IPOD. But I do enjoy my Nano, man. But it's good you got the condom to cover it becase it scrapes easy.

1/24/2006 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Absinthe said...

I got the 4GB one. I have also armored it so thoroughly that it will serve as a personal black box in the event I'm in a plane crash.

1/25/2006 07:57:00 PM  

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