Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Perfect Proposal

The Perfect 10 guarantees P10 Million. That alone should be more than enough reason to join this tournament. The tournament is slated for March 12-15, 2009 at The Metro. It costs P28,000 to join for a chance to win more than P3 Million.

There are several satellites currently on-going. Sadly I can't join the satellites because of my work schedule. But I will gladly absent myself from work if I get to play in this great tournament.

I have a son now which limits my ability to play as much poker tournaments. Ergo, here is my proposal. I need stakers for me to join the Perfect 10. I need approximately $603. If there are any kind souls out there reading my blog, I would appreciate any contributions you can make. You can transfer any amount to my PokerStars account, abaddon_ross.

Any possible staker would be interested in what's in it for them, so here it is. 
  • If I make it to the money, I'll give back the stake amount for each staker and I'll provide a freeroll for all stakers total to half the net profit. 
  • If I make it to the final table, I'll give back the stake amount 5x and a freeroll for all stakers
  • If I win 1st place, I'll give back the stake amount 10x and freeroll for all stakers.

I think that's a good enough incentive for stakers given that anyone can stake even as little as $1. In that case I'd need around 603 stakers total.

I'll post a list of stakers and the stake amount in this post.
tityBOI $5
pocketjoe P3500

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Metro Card Club Wiki Entry

Currently, searching Metro Card Club in Wikipedia will only yield an article for things named Metro. And it's only there because I edited it and placed it there. I haven't submitted an actual article for The Metro Card Club mainly because I don't know how to and also because these are based on what I know and may not be completely accurate. But if I were to write one, this is how it would go...

Metro Card Club

The Metro Card Club (The Metro) is a poker room located in Metrowalk, Pasig City, Philippines. The Metro was open to the public around August of 2007 and was the first legal Philippine poker room to open outside of a casino.


Before The Metro opened, poker in the Philippines was isolated to the poker room inside the Casino Filipino, home games and illegal poker rooms. It was problematic for Filipino poker players as the casino offered too many temptations for gambling, home games were usually for small stakes and illegal poker rooms were vulnerable to raids.

The people behind The Metro were already involved in promoting and building the Philippine poker community since 2005. They had a dream of expanding what was then a small poker community to what it is now.

The Metro had a soft opening early in 2007 and was supposed to open then. But being the first card room outside of the casino, they received their share of public critisism. Philippine elections were also scheduled for May 2007 and it was decided that it would be more prudent to wait until after the elections.

The first Metro location was beside Yoohoo Barbecue in Metrowalk, Pasig City. It had 12 tables in 2 storeys. At the time, the poker room was only open late in the afternoon until early in the morning. Due to the increase in players, there was also a need to eventually operate 24/7. The first poker room was still not able to accomodate all players.

In mid-2008, The Metro moved to a bigger location, still within Metrowalk, Pasig City. The second location is able to accomodate 30 tables.


The Metro has several notable regular players.
Neil Arce - FPT Champion, best finish by a Filipino player in the WSOP 2007 Main Event
Sunshine Samson - Consistent tournament finisher and winner of several tournaments
Derick Hernandez - Best finish by a Filipino player in the APPT Manila 2007 Main Event
Alex Pagulayan - World 9 Ball Champion
John Estrada - Philippine actor
Ross Del Rosario - Blogger for Final Table Donkey

External Links

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Worst Bad Beat Ever

Me in Blue, Villain in Red.

PokerStars Game #24085542309: Tournament #135227204, $1.00+$0.20 Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2009/01/20 3:07:27 ET
Table '135227204 1' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: SmokinAceXIV (1500 in chips) 
Seat 2: DennisC86 (1470 in chips) 
Seat 3: Ricalis (1590 in chips) 
Seat 4: abaddon_ross (1580 in chips) 
Seat 5: 2MsMaverick2 (1700 in chips) 
Seat 6: chiefs12 (1340 in chips) 
Seat 7: ModestZL (1340 in chips) 
Seat 8: meo007 (1500 in chips) 
Seat 9: ska511 (1480 in chips) 
2MsMaverick2: posts small blind 10
chiefs12: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to abaddon_ross [Ah Qh]
ModestZL: raises 20 to 40
meo007: calls 40
ska511: calls 40
SmokinAceXIV: folds 
DennisC86: folds 
Ricalis: calls 40
abaddon_ross: raises 340 to 380
2MsMaverick2: folds 
chiefs12: folds 
ModestZL: folds 
meo007: folds 
ska511: folds 
Ricalis: calls 340
*** FLOP *** [Kd Ts 2s]
Ricalis: bets 20
abaddon_ross: raises 1180 to 1200 and is all-in
Ricalis: calls 1180
*** TURN *** [Kd Ts 2s] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [Kd Ts 2s 5s] [Ks]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Ricalis: shows [6s 9d] (a flush, King high)
abaddon_ross: shows [Ah Qh] (a pair of Kings)
Ricalis collected 3310 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3310 | Rake 0 
Board [Kd Ts 2s 5s Ks]
Seat 1: SmokinAceXIV folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: DennisC86 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Ricalis showed [6s 9d] and won (3310) with a flush, King high
Seat 4: abaddon_ross (button) showed [Ah Qh] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: 2MsMaverick2 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: chiefs12 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: ModestZL folded before Flop
Seat 8: meo007 folded before Flop
Seat 9: ska511 folded before Flop


One advantage of playing online is that one can play multiple tables at a time. I've never tried playing more than 3 tables at a time and I thought I should give it a try. I played 6 SnG's at the same time and it was very confusing for me. 

There were 2 9-player SnG's, 2 18-player SnG's and 2 27-player SnG's. I busted out early on the 18-player SnG's and the 27-player tables were not that good either. I finished 2nd and 3rd in the single table SnG's. I invested a total of $7.20 to paly these 6 tables and I got back $4.50. I lost $2.70 in this experiment and I don't plan on doing it again. I'll stick with playing a maximum of 3 tables.

Monday, January 12, 2009

More Than Just Poker

The latest addition to the Metro Card Club is just what the place needs to have a little more variation. At the far end of the card club, near the bar and VIP area is a pool table. Just like the old poker room, there's an option to play some pool if the cards aren't going in your favor.

But some people prefer to watch the action in the pool table as some of the Philippines most recognizable pool players are probably playing. Alex Pagulayan has been a Metro regular for some time now as well as another pool player whose name escapes me. I just know him as the guy who always wears a jacket with the number 4 on it. I've seen Django Bustamante in the old Metro location. I haven't seen him in the new one. Today, I saw Efren "Bata" Reyes and Dennis Orcollo. I heard from people that Ronnie Alcano was also there but I didn't see him.

Less skilled pool players don't stand a chance against these pros in the pool table but they do sit on the other tables as well. And in poker, anyone has a chance to win.

Reading People

This article was published in the Philippine Star, January 11, 2009. Please note that the intended readers are non poker players.

From the Poker Table to the Conference Table

Ross Del Rosario


We often hear that communication is composed of three parts, what you say, how you say it and body language. Of these three components, the actual words used have the smallest portion in the message being delivered. The pitch of ones voice, intonation and pace when saying the words weigh more in getting the message across. However, body language has a bigger role in communication than the first two combined. And this is a fact that is often applied in the poker table than anywhere else.

Poker players are accomplished liars, at least on the table. It’s foolish to base ones decisions solely on what the opponent said. Seasoned poker players have also learned to sound convincing. Not only do they say they have great cards when they’re bluffing, but they say it in a way that it sounds believable. The caveat is that to the meticulous observer, their body language gives them away. This is what poker players try to look for when playing. There’s a lot of communication going on in the workplace and lessons learned from reading body language are as applicable in there as they are on the poker table.


Here are a few things to watch out for when communicating in the office with a superior, colleague, subordinate or customer.

The Head

Tilting the head to the side shows interest. That’s as much as can be said about head tilting.

There’s also lifting and dropping heads. Lifting shows confidence while dropping means the opposite. This is often seen when people greet each other and shows what their mood is at that time. This assumes that the people are about the same height. If they’re not, this doesn’t apply at all.

The Eyes

When excited, the iris dilates (the iris gets smaller). If your boss’ iris dilates after your pitch for a project, then you know you’ve hit the spot. You may just be able to get an increase in the budget for that project.

When people try to remember, their eyes move to your right (assuming that the person is directly in front and not at an angle). When they’re trying to create, their eyes move to your left. If you asked a subordinate where his report is and he answered after looking to your left, he may not be completely truthful and may be making up reasons. He’s trying to reach in his right brain hemisphere where creativity is controlled. A little bit more root-cause analysis may be required.

Closing the eyes, blinking more than usual or rubbing the eye with a finger means the person didn’t like what they saw. Be wary of a person who touches their eye right when you came to view.

Closed eyes combined with a dropped head means the person is sleeping. If he’s your subordinate, wake him up.

The Mouth

Licking lips, biting lips and hiding lips are all signs of hesitance. There’s a good chance that the person displaying any of these behaviors have something to say and may just need a little coaxing. Unconsciously, their mind is trying to tell them to restrain themselves from speaking but it still stands that they have something on their minds. They won’t be effective listeners if their minds are still filled with thoughts.

As with eyes, touching the mouth or covering the mouth means the person said something he knows deep inside he shouldn’t have. It can be a secret or a lie or even as simple as something he really isn’t sure of.

The Ears

Given that the ears don’t move, the only thing that can be said about it is if a person rubs their ears. It often means they don’t agree with what they heard. You may want to rephrase what you said or alter it completely before the receiving end disagrees with you completely.

The Hands

Hands can be seen massaging different parts of their bodies. Hands rub the temples, nape, face, forehead, neck and hands can rub each other. These are signs that the person is in a deep thought. They’re thinking of something important to them that they have to relieve the stress with self-massaging. If your boss is seen massaging himself, it’s not the best time to ask for a raise.

Hands can also be seen with fingers touching each other and pointing up. This means that the person is considering something he’s happy with. If the fingers are interlocked, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s happy about what’s in his mind. Except if the interlocked fingers are on top of his head and he’s leaning back. That’s a positive sign of approval.

The Posture

People lean forward when they’re interested and lean back when they’re not. Picture a jaded co-worker and they’re probably leaning back on their chairs the whole time. If they’re leaning forward, they’re probably updating their Facebook on their computers.

The Feet

Feet indicate interest. If ones feet point to a person, then they’re interested in that person; if the feet are oriented towards the door, the person wants to go out. Their whole posture can indicate one thing but if their feet say otherwise, it’s safe to listen to the feet. Let’s say two colleagues are talking with each other and their feet are facing each other, then a third person joins the discussion, even if their torsos face the newcomer but their feet stay put, they’re just being polite but the newcomer is not welcome to join them. If you’re the third person, take a hint.


In poker, these are called tells and person adept to reading these tells do a whole lot better at the tables. But these tells are not only limited to poker players. The better one is to reading people, the more informed their decisions will be. But all of these tells should be taken in their proper context. One has to analyze them properly to decode what they mean. Practice reading co-workers and you may be steps ahead at the conference table.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I wrote an article for the Philippine Star about how reading body language in the poker table be applied to workplace scenarios. The newspaper's policies prevent me from writing about poker solely and this is as close I can to poker writing. You also have to excuse the content because it assumes that the reader is not a poker player as they constitute the majority of the readers.

The article will come out on Sunday, January 11, 2009. Philippine Star, business section.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Bacolod Poker Room

I came from The Metro last night and saw General Manager Bryan Malantic. He told me that they have just opened a poker room in Bacolod. So, there's now a poker room in Bacolod. (I don't even know where that is)

Great job Metro.