It’s Hammer Day, poker players! Actually, today (2/7) is only the first hammer day of this year. Don’t count out 2/27 (hammer flop), 7/2 (just in time for the WSOP), and 7/27. It is also, of course, the year of our Lord 2007… the Hammer Year. Sacred indeed.
The Hammer, of course was coined by PokerWorks’ own Grubby, and has been co-opted into the modern poker vernacular. For an excellent history of the hammer and a hilarious tribute to its inventor, look no further than St. Grubby’s Day by Dr. Pauly.
That little slice of brilliance is one of several posts around the poker blogosphere that have caught my eye and kicked me in the tits over the last week or so. So check these scribes out, in honor of Hammer Day.
Otis is one of the best writers in our business and he knocked it out of the park twice this week, first with The Last Poker Game and again with The Syndicate. Insightful, thought-provoking, hilarious stuff.
Ryan makes more thoughtful and astute observations about tilt than I ever could in this gem from Absinthetics called It’s All Your Fault. Only you can tilt you. Only you can tilt you. My new mantra. Let’s also congratulate him on cashing twice thus far at the L.A. Poker Classic in the $330 seven card stud and the $540 NLHE.
I could also easily relate to the bad habits outlilned in Chasing a Loss, from 2006 WPBT Summer Classic champion F-Train. He’s a smart one for a lawyer
I’ll be celebrating the mighty deuce-seven tonight on Full Tilt, where AlCantHang, Mookie and the Riverchasers are co-hosting a special “Hammer Day” tournament. The buy-in is an apropos $7.20, and $100 has been generously added to the prize pool. Check out the sweet banner:
And tomorrow brings week 2 of CC’s Bash 2.0 over on Poker Stars.
Cute kids, but who is that scary man kidnapping them on the subway?
In other poker news today, AP is reporting that Jamie Gold and Crispin Leyser settled their lawsuit over the disputed half of Gold’s $12 million in winnings at the Main Event of the 2006 WSOP. No word yet on how big a slice of that $6 million Leyser will receive. Gold clearly wasn’t looking good in this legal battle, as the case’s own judge, Roger L. Hunt went on record in December saying that Leyser would likely win his claim. The guys at Wicked Chops Poker set the line on Leyser’s award at +/- $4.2 million. I will take the over.
And finally, over at PokerNews, Amy Calistri is reporting that Hersheys has partnered with Harrah’s to become the Official Chocolate of the WSOP. I really hope this means there will be a Hersheys tent outside the Rio full of free chocolate, though the 120 degree July heat could provide a serious melting problem. Hey, if Milwaukee’s Beast got one…
Happy Hammer Day. Hope to see you all tonight.