Friday, April 21, 2017

Poker: defeat each country by a set $ amount (Bucket List #3)

Recorded my back-to-back 1st and 2nd finishes. Gone are Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Kazahkstan and Poland. Only 8 more "big" coubtries left. Most of the tournaments after this were OOTMs so this should be all for now.
Starting to add the tournaments I played while on vacation. So far, I've only gotten rid of Guatamala.

Only cashed in 1 of my last 9 but I still got rid of heavyweights Canada and the United Kingdom. 12 "high" countries and 20 "low" countries left.
Two more cashes in 3 tournaments. Only got rid of Lithuania. 
That leaves 15 more "high" countries and 27 more "low" countries.
Too busy this weekend to do any of the giant donkaments so the low countries will have to wait til next weekend.
4th place finish last night in $16.50 NLO8 knocks out about a dozen more countries (including Finland).
16 more "high" countries left. 27 more "low" countries left.
The low ones will go whenever I can find someone from there to play against.
The high countries will not be so easy. The top high country is Russia at $9406. Right now I'm up $695 on Russia. That's $8711 yet to go.
Played a $1 NLHM with 6000+ entries. 21 more countries gone. But not Antarctica.
Cashed in a 1000+ entry cheapie NLHM tournament. Another 11 countries bite the dust (including Mexico).
A 4th place finish on day 4 means 5 more countries (Australia, Peru, Faroe Islands, Ecuador and New Caledonia) bite the dust.
Second day completed and 12 more countries defeated.
First day completed by playing 4 tournaments and already Georgia, Cayman Islands, India, Macao, Costa Rica, Turkmenistan and Lebanon have been defeated.
I can beat one player or the whole country by that $ amount.
I can do that in one tournament or lifetime.
The country that looks the toughest: Antarctica at $1.
Second toughest: Russia at $9406.
The $ amounts come from the # of entries in a couple of freerolls last weekend.
The one player from Antarctica has played only one lifetime tournament! 
For live tournaments, all players are assumed to be from the country where the tournament is played unless otherwise indicated.

 Aland Islands                 1
 DONE Albania                      29
 DONE Algeria                       9
 DONE Andorra                       2
 DONE Angola                        2

 Antarctica                    1
 Antigua and Barbuda           1
 Argentina                   640
 DONE Armenia                     104
 DONE Australia                   214
 DONE Austria                     240
 DONE Azerbaijan                   38
 Bahamas                       1
 Barbados                      2
 Belarus                    1414
 DONE Belgium                     305
 Belize                        1
 Bermuda                       1
 DONE Bolivia                      24
 DONE Bosnia and Herzegovina       34
 Brazil                     2592
 Brunei Darussalam             1
 DONE Bulgaria                    699
 DONE Cambodia                      5
 DONE Canada                     2050
 DONE Cayman Islands                1
 DONE Chile                        75
 DONE China                       168

 DONE Colombia                    259
 DONE Costa Rica                   41
 DONE Croatia                     181
 Curacao                       1
 DONE Cyprus                       62
 DONE Denmark                     233
 Dominica                      1
 DONE Dominican Republic           19
 DONE Ecuador                      45
 DONE El Salvador                  11
 DONE Estonia                     196
 DONE Faroe Islands                 1
 DONE Finland                     197
 DONE Georgia                      49
 DONE Germany                    2031
 DONE Gibraltar                     3
 DONE Greece                      709
 DONE Guatemala                     2
 Guernsey                      1
 DONE Honduras                      5
 DONE Hong Kong                    12
 Hungary                     815
 DONE Iceland                      11
 DONE India                        54
 DONE Indonesia                    14

 DONE Ireland                     158
 DONE Isle Of Man                   2
 DONE Jamaica                      12
 DONE Japan                       125
 DONE Jersey                        1
 DONE Kazakhstan                  511
 DONE Kyrgyzstan                   43
 Laos                          1
 DONE Latvia                      258
 DONE Lebanon                      23
 DONE Lithuania                   318
 DONE Luxembourg                   21
 DONE Macao                         4
 DONE Macedonia                    42
 Madagascar                    2
 DONE Malta                        14
 DONE Mauritius                     3
 DONE Mexico                      211
 DONE Moldova                     294
 DONE Mongolia                    204

 DONE Montenegro                   25
 DONE Morocco                      36
 DONE Netherlands                 600
 Netherlands Antilles          1
 DONE New Caledonia                 1
 DONE New Zealand                  87
 DONE Nicaragua                     9

 DONE Norway                      205
 DONE Oman                          1
 DONE Panama                       12
 DONE Paraguay                     28

 DONE Peru                        155
 DONE Philippines                  70
 DONE Poland                      891
 Romania                    1394
 Russia                     9406
 Samoa                         1
 DONE Serbia                      156
 Sint Maarten (Dutch Part      1
 DONE Slovakia                    279
 DONE South Africa                 35
 DONE South Korea                  51
 Sri Lanka                     4
 Suriname                      3
 DONE Sweden                      228
 DONE Switzerland                 240
 DONE Taiwan                       93
 DONE Tajikistan                    2
 DONE Thailand                     28
 Trinidad and Tobago           6
 DONE Tunisia                      15
 DONE Turkmenistan                 15
 DONE Turks and Caicos Islands      1
 DONE Uganda                        2
 Ukraine                    3679
 DONE United Kingdom             1324
 DONE Uruguay                      88
 DONE Uzbekistan                  174
 DONE Venezuela                   141
 DONE Vietnam                      54

Saturday, April 15, 2017

1982 Shamus Awards (1st Bucket List)

Finished the 5th of the 1982 Shamus nominees. This one is a stinker. The detective only became a detective because he is a fan of detective fiction. All the characters are detective fiction related - so they are eliminated from ever being thought of as real people. And he ends it with a whodunit flourish. Crap.

Finished the 4th of the 1982 Shamus Award nominees. This is more like it! "California Thriller" won for best original paperback but "Old Dick" is way better. I guess they gave it to California Thriller because it was a serious private eye novel. Old Dick is just a lot of fun. Turns out I bought another book by this guy about 25 years ago called "Video Trash & Treasures" (a book of reviews of trashy movies).

Finished the 3rd of the 1982 Shamus Award nominees. Could not get into "California Thriller" at all.

Finished the 2nd of the 1982 Shamus nominees: "A Stab In The Dark" by Lawrence Block. This one is not nearly as intense as "Brown's Requiem" but Mr Block does have a fine way with words. He keeps you turning those pages and it's mostly because you care about his main character, the alcoholic Matthew Scudder.

Finished the first of 10 1982 Shamus Award nominees: "Brown's Requiem" by James Ellroy. This did not win best original paperback? That Max Byrd book must be a corker!
Here, our hero PI Fritz Brown deals with all kinds of L.A. weirdos. The kicker: Brown is probably even more of a weirdo than the bad guys.

1982 was the first year of the Shamus Awards. There were 5 nominees for best hardcover novel and 5 nominees for best paperback novel. I plan to read all 10.
It looks like I'll need to read all 10. I've reread 7 of the Arthur Lyons but "Hard Trade" isn't one of them. I read almost all the early James Ellroy's but I can't swear that "Brown's Requiem" was one of them.
Some of the others I've read a few by and some I've never even heard of. My work is cut out for me.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)
  • Ross Macdonald
    Accepted in his absence by his friend and colleague Dennis Lynds
  • California Thriller by Max Byrd (Mike Haller)
  • Carpenter, Detective by Hamilton T. Caine (Ace Carpenter)
  • Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy (Fritz Brown)
  • The Old Dick by L.A. Morse (Jake Spanner)
  • Murder in the Wind by George Ogan (Johnny Bordelon)