Hula Chess Spins on in 2010 July 27, 2010Posted by Jennifer in : chess,feminism,hooping , add a comment
The US Women’s and US Junior Champs are a wrap in Saint Louis! In the middle of the event, Channel 5 Show Me Saint Louis host Dana Hendrickson came to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to learn chess and hooping moves.
The final cut included footage both from the original video art (often left out of hula chess press) and my hulachess stint on ESPN2′s First Take.
Additionally, at the two-year anniversary of the CCSCSL, Iryna Zenyuk and I hulachessed, which Suzy Gorman captured beautifully in photographs. I also added additional photographs to my hulachess gallery.
Looking for Revenge in Chess Poker July 7, 2010Posted by Jennifer in : chess,poker , add a comment
The first ever chesspoker match began randomly in the miles-long hallway of the Rio, World Series of Poker 2010. After busting out of a single table satellite, I was desperately seeking a carb fix when a couple of chess turned poker players recognized me from my 2010 US Chess Championship commentary. After consoling me that my 72 offsuit shove was indeed, the right play, we turned to discussing the parameters of our imminent chess poker match.
My opponent Brandon Lee, was a former 1900 player who long ago gave up chess for poker. We decided on a six-game chess match at 5 to 2 odds. Each chess game was worth 50 poker chips—after the chess match, we’d move on Heads-Up No Limit poker. There was a base of 100 chips each, so even if one of us swept, there would still be a poker match.
My first game was a sweet victory in the King’s Indian Defense, ending something like this:
Things went downhill from there and we split the next four games. In the final game, I reached a lost winning rook endgame. Yes, you read that right! I was up a pawn but had about eight seconds to my opponent’s 30. Somehow, I managed to balance that to 2 to 8, and Brandon offered a draw. I took it
We moved on to heads-up poker. The blind structure was pretty deep at 1-2 with 15 minute levels, but I felt good about my chip lead—a starting stack of 275 to Brandon’s 225.
Things started off badly for me as I lost a bunch of small pots and I was down to 235 when we reached a critical hand. Brandon made it 7 on the button, I re-raised it to 22 and he 4-bet me to 83. He raised me off pots and showed bluffs a few times already, so I thought his range was much wider than it actually was. This is the danger of using too many “instincts” in poker. My gut said that he was trying to bully me, but logically, his range is pretty narrow. I five bet-him all in with QTs and he called with AJo. Everyone laughed at my play but at least I was a little over 40% to win the showdown and of course I made a flush on the river.
I now had him down to about 30 chips! Unfortunately, after folding a couple hands, he won a race with J2s vs. something like T9 and was back to 50 chips. A little later, we had this annoying hand:
I raised the button with T6s and he called. Flop came 467 rainbow. He checked, I bet out 12, he raised to 30 and I called. Turn was a 7 and he bet out 45. I thought for a while and folded—at the time completely unsure about my play. After the hand, I knew he had me beat because earlier he was showing bluffs whereas in this hand he sheepishly tossed his cards into the muck. Later he told me he had 35o for a sucker straight-more like a crusher straight heads up.
So eventually he regained a chip lead, the blinds blossomed and I got it all in with A3o vs. K5o. You can see the result of that race from my expression in the photo.
Overall, the format was very fun. So if you’re good at poker and chess, go ahead and challenge me. I’m hungry for a win.
Dr. Kamikaze and Cookie Cooks on Women’s Poker Hour July 4, 2010Posted by Jennifer in : feminism,poker , 3 comments
First we interviewed Kami Chisholm aka “Dr.Kamikaze”, a gender studies professor and feminist film-maker turned poker pro. Although a HORSE specialist, Chisholm placed fifth in her first No Limit Hold Em 2010 World Series bid, the Ladies event. She was adamantly against men playing in the ladies event and even called out Shaun Deeb when he sat at her table. My co-host Amy Zupko and I asked her about being a woman in a male-dominated field, and whether people treated her differently and she responded matter of factly, “I am a butch lesbian, so my experience is different than a lot of women.” Dr. Kamikaze explained that she felt her image worked to her advantage in the Ladies Event, in that she was able to bond with the other ladies at the table, but also had a more intimidating, aggressive image. Kami also talked about the acceptance of gays and lesbians in poker, and the lack of sponsorships for openly gay players. I’m sure Dr.Chisholm was thrilled when she found out shortly after our chat that Vanessa Selbst signed with pokerstars!
We also interviewed player and promoter Zeljka Penzinger aka Cookie Cooks from Croatia. Cookie is a member of the Ladies Pokerica team and organizer of an upcoming poker tournament series in Croatia. Her favorite hand is queen nine suited, an inadvertent plug for 9queens. Unfortunately for me, Cookie has my header dominated. Speaking of which, I added a gallery by photographer extraordinaire Suzy Gorman to my photo page.
The next Women’s Poker Hour will feature Amanda Musumeci, the new bodog girl. Amanda was born and raised in Philly, and was featured in a recent Inquirer article. Amanda was insightful on bankroll management, game selection and the ladies event, so be sure to look for that show soon on womanpokerplayer.com.
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