04 February 2008

Leaving Edmonton

The Fairmont Patio
Originally uploaded by csquard

Some high points from my stay in Edmonton:

>> Your first sign that the body is freezing is when all moisture in your nostrils crystallize
>> Denim makes a strange sound when frozen
>> My surgically repaired knee must have some cartilage as it too froze
>> It's strange how beautiful a city can be when it is covered in a blanket of snow
>> Five blocks is the max you can walk in -10F weather (I walked six, so I'm pretty sure five is the max)
>> I jaywalked several times since I think it is the antithesis of what a good Canadian/en would do
>> People actually incessantly say "Eh?"
>> Trip report from Baccarat Casino: poker there sucks. Forget that I was down $20 due to the ridiculous, made up exchange rate (lady looks at the ceiling, then announces "$90"--she also refused to give me a receipt). Forget that the $4/8 mixed game was comprised of Holdem, Crazy Pineapple, Omaha, and Pineapple (you get three then discard one before the flop). Forget that I was stuck $100 until I won a big pot against Aggro1 on a 7s-8h-9s-2s-Ks board (I had 10s-5s-Jh-Qd). Forget that when Aggro2 lady came, every third hand was a seven-way capped pot pre-flop. Forget that I was up to $400 before finishing +$75 (including the exchange rate debacle), this after not winning a pot for an hour. Forget that I was watching the Super Bowl in this dump. No, I hate this place because with only one $3/6 and two $4/8 games running, they force two players to leave our game and go to the "Main Game," where it was seven handed as well. It was absolutely moronic. The floor's final comment to me: "No sir, I didn't break this game. You did."
>> Best hand of the session: Omaha on a board of A-3-5-4-9 rainbow, it was capped on the turn and river three-way. You can guess the hands (I'll give you a hint; it was scooped)
>> I wish I could have gotten out and explored a bit, but I might have died.

Boarding in ten minutes or so. Next post from Hamilton, Ontario.


Blogger Mr. Bankwell said...

The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is a little bit warmer today at 8C (45F) but tomorrow it is going to -8 (20F) with a winter storm warning.

Hamilton is not too far from Niagara Falls and you could check out the casino's there. Fallsview is the nicer of the two.

The Poker rooms are small and they only run Hold'em

The 1/2 NL game is a crap shoot but the 5/5 NL is not too bad.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Astin said...

Welcome to Toronto... why one would stay in Hamilton is beyond me. But then again, us Torontonians are elitist bastards.

Agree with Bankwell - you may want to swing by the casinos in Niagara. Fallsview is a far nicer, more Vegas-like casino, but I like the 1/2 game at Casino Niagara more at the moment. Then again, they're all a bunch of donkeys.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

you forgot that your nails decide to break off of their own accord...i always forget that when im snowboarding!

Mental note. Must. Buy. Gloves.

1:35 PM  
Blogger CC said...

Bankwell--Wish I could have snuck over, but too much work
Astin--Had to get to Ancaster early today, which is why I decided to stay in lovely Hamilton (I'd have to agree with you for sure).
Charlie--What a treat for my favorite Flickr buddy to make her way here!

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