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The crew of guys playing poker at our home game.

Rincon Poker Pokerstars

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Playing Regular Poker Home Games Beats The Hell Out Of Playing Free Online Poker On The Internet

At one time (before child & the U.S. Government crackdown on online gambling) I used to play online poker all the time. I would have a small window open in the corner of my screen and continue with work as usual and just check out the screen when the buzzer indicated the action was on me.

Since the end of my online poker days, I have been playing a lot of home games with my buddies. I usually play once a week. We start the game at 8:00 and play a tournament style buy-in with 20 blinds. Even if you’re a bad poker player, you could keep up with this game since the blinds start at 25/50 and only go up after 20 minutes of play.

The crew of guys playing poker at our home game.

Don't Mess With These Guys

Our buy-in is $10. For that $10, you get $4,375 in chips. The amount of players dictates how the pot is split up at the end. Our house rule is that the final players don’t need to play to determine winner (heads-up poker) if all players can agree to a percentage split of the pot. If anyone still playing wants to play heads-up to determine the winner, all players must continue until one player is left with all the chips.

This is how we split the pot:

  • 5 Players or Less: Vote before first hand; Winner takes all or 1st/2nd (70/30)
  • 6 to 8 Players: Vote before first hand; Only 1st/2nd/3rd (70/30/$10) or 1st/2nd (70/30)
  • 8 Players +: Vote before first hand; 1st/2nd/3rd (70/30/$10) or 1st/2nd/3rd (60/25/15)

We allow buy-backs for an hour and 30 minutes after our first hand starts. That usually means that when the clock strikes 9:30, you’re in it to win it. We allow each person to buy back one time. When they do buy back, they get $2,500 in chips for $10 or whatever your buy-in was.

Other house rules for our home poker game include;

  • no drinks on the table
  • bring your own beer
  • take turns bringing ice for coolers
  • late penalty of paying big blind for every hand you missed
  • self regulated penalties starting at $25 and doubling for each penalty (ex. betting out of turn, misdeal, using phone etc)

Build A Poker Table And Play A Home Game

poker table with red felt and black rails

The Future Poker Table

If you like poker, I promise you there are plenty of people around you that like it too. Start talking the talk with your friends and get a good home game going. It beats the hell out of going out and paying full price for drinks and beer not to mention the fact that you and your buddies are hanging out, telling some jokes and having fun for 1/10 the cost of going out to the bars.

Our Poker Table is a do it your-selfer (DIY). We simply stapled black boat carpet to an old outdoor table we had. The chairs we use are whatever we can get cheap locally that won’t fall apart. We keep talking about building a new poker table to replace our old one, but we haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet.

Facebook Help Center Is A Joke

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If Facebook Help Center Can’t Help An Advertiser, How Are They Going To Help Investors Make Money?

I’ve had quite a few issues with Facebook, but never on a personal level (besides the fact that I think it makes people anti-social), my problems are always dealing with the business side of things. How can Facebook expect to make it as a public company if they don’t support their advertisers?

Facebook Help Center Message

I have spent over $30,000 advertising on Facebook, I have created business pages, I do promotions and I add facebook connect to a bunch of sites. Basically, I am Facebooks’ bread n’ butter client. Sure, I don’t spend millions a year with them, but there are thousands of work at home Webmasters and affiliate marketers that fool around with ad services and would like to take full advantage of Facebooks’ reach of 800 million active users by advertising through them. Well, ultimately, their tracking mechanisms aren’t good, they are missing transparency and their help center is virtually useless.

Here are two examples of problems I have had with Facebook that seem to be easy fixes. Especially for a company worth 100 Billion Dollars;

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #2c4e62;"] 1. [/dropcap]How do I fix a 404 page on Facebook? They have anonomous forms for help, not live people that help business fix glitches in the facebook platform. My experience with this was that one of my clients business pages was working on desktops and laptops, but when the same exact URL was being pulled up on a mobil device (iPhone, Samsung, Android), Facebook was showing a page not found. This client was giving away free NBA playoff tickets for every game and their facebook account grew by thousands of followers after just few newsletters announcing the giveaway. I emailed the help center about this issue four times and still have not received a response.

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #2c4e62;"] 2. [/dropcap] How do I change my page name on Facebook? If your business changes its name or its marketing strategy, the only way to keep the facebook page for your business accurate is to delete your page and start all over. Yep, that’s right. Facebook won’t let you change your account name if you have more than 200 likes. Well, if I have more than 200 like I probably spent a lot of time, effort and money getting them, and now facebook wants me to delete the account and start over again? No thanks, I’d rather just pray for your demise.

It’s amusing to me to think that Facebook really perceives themselves as longterm players in this game. Sure, they really blew up on the scene and put MySpace in the dust forcing them to change their entire format, but unless Facebook hires some REALLY smart people to help monetize a shitty advertising platform with no support to help customers spend more money with their company, they are going down by the third round. I know they are capable of hiring smart people, I’m sure they spent millions tricking the world into thinking they were worth their IPO price of $38 per share. Well, big business duping the little ‘guy’ is one of the many reasons I support lawsuits and attorneys leveling the playing field.

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Google and Scraper Sites – Report and Pray

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It absolutely blows my mind that the brains at Google can figure out how to become billionaires through a complicated algorithm and bid based advertising system but they can’t figure out how to differentiate an original website from a scraper site! Come on people, just run a WhoIs and cross reference which URL was registered first. Reference your cache! Reference Archive.org and the WayBackMachine!!. Do something!

The Google is a big bad company bandwagon is rolling steady, but I’m not on it. Sure, it hurts when you battle a glitch in their system (not detecting scraper sites) that is hurting you financially, but it is because of Google in the first place that I am a business owner working for myself. It’s the scraper sites and the copycats that are the big bad enemy. They’re lazy fucks capitalizing on someone else’s hard work. Owners of scraper sites are thieves and liars. Scrapers and copycats are the gypsy thieves of the Internet.

If you are battling a scraper site(s) like I am, there isn’t much you can do. A few of my sites have been scraped completely word for word and dropped out of the Google SERPS, and then came back, and were then scraped again by the same company/person/thief/gypsy and then dropped out again.

Recently, I have been in a constant battle with scrapers and php injections. Man, what a pain in the ass. I guess it comes with the territory, but I don’t like it.

Here are a few ways you can try to help your scraped blog/website by reporting it;

Sean Singleton Web Designer

BUYER BEWARE – Sean Singleton and Guaranteed Freshness Web Design Ripped Me Off

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I really can’t believe that it came down to this. I am making a post on my personal blog about a new designer that I started to work with back in June of 2011 because, after I paid him, he stopped communicating with me. He didn’t return phone calls, text messages or emails. Ultimately, after four weeks of no response communication from him, I filed a complaint with PayPal (I paid him in advance for his web design work) and am making this post so that anyone doing searches for Sean Singleton will see how he treats his clients after he gets paid.

September 28, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

Will you please give me an update on where you are with client design and/or delivery dates.

Thanks

October 3, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

I at least some sort of response from you.

You said you would have something for me at the beginning of last week
so I emailed you when I didn’t see it. I’m not putting pressure on
you, but I need some sort of communication from you regarding where
you are with the design on this project so we can get a build out
started and I can keep the clients expectations set properly.

Thanks and please hit me up with some info.

Thanks

October 3, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean Singleton

I am relying on you to do this design and work and I pre-paid you for
it! If you’re not able to work on this project, please just let me
know and send me money via paypal so I can afford to pay someone else
to finish what you started. I now have a client that is pushing me to
get this done and you went MIA on me.

I would like to keep working with you on this but need to hear from you.

Thanks

October 10, 2011 Unanswered Correspondence

Sean

Are these emails getting to you? I’m now trying the email on your
website since I haven’t gotten a response from you in two weeks at
your gmail address.

The above correspondence with Guaranteed Freshness and Sean Singleton only represent my emails to him, not my repeated phone calls or text messages.

Look, I work with 1099 and independent contractors all the time in my business. Most of my design work is done through outsourcing in the United States and I keep 99% of my important SEO and business building tactics in office at Reardon Corporation. I understand people get too busy and drop the ball, but you should never be too busy to communicate that you are too busy. Worst case scenario, you tell someone that you bit off more than you can chew with this project and you need to divy up the hours you worked and refund the rest. But come on, the silent treatment AND keeping all the money you were paid in advance to complete the job?. That is just a weak move.

Sean Singleton, if you read this post about you and your web design business, I welcome you to communicate with me about how we can fix this situation. I have already hired another designer to take over your web design project and need to pay them with the money that I paid you to complete the project in our contract.

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Guaranteed Freshness Web Design

Sir Tom Mckillop Web Scam

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These email web scams never get old. I haven’t seen too many of them come through because Gmail is so good at filtering out spam, but this one made it. Wow, we are talking about a lot of money. I am going to call them right away.

Greetings,

I am Sir Tom Mckillop,Group Finance Director (R.B.O.S) I understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with you because of the confidentiality which the transaction demands. However, I have already sent you this same letter one month ago but I am not sure if it did get to you since I have not heard from you, hence my resending it again.

I discovered a dormant account in my office, as the Group director with Royal Bank of Scotland North West Branch. It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth £15,000,000 million pounds in an account offshore. If you can be a collaborator to this please indicate interest immediately for us to proceed.

Your contact phone numbers and name will be necessary for this effect.

Call me on +447024026524 or email me back at: tmckillop1@hotmail.com

Best Regards,

Sir Tom Mckillop
email: tmckillop1@hotmail.com
phone: +447024026524