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Old 01-25-2015, 11:02 AM   #726
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Thanks, murder, but you don't have to.
It's easy enough to make picks, as it is
You'll have plenty on your plate after the game.

Appreciate the contest
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:05 AM   #727
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I should have a spreadsheet program created that will make the post game relatively easy, so the more entrants the merrier so I don't feel like I wasted time.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #728
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TresMurder3 should be about ready to take over some of the spreadsheets.
He's looking all grown and fit
Does he lift?
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #729
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8.5 pound medicine ball usually. He needs a heavier one. Now it's just about reps.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #730
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Hello JM3.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:49 PM   #731
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Anybody been watching the table tennis world championships this weekend? Quite a few good matches.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:57 PM   #732
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*World Championship of Ping Pong

Believe it or not, they're different sports.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #733
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Jesus Christ guy, I don't have the official name sitting in front of me. And as far as I'm aware, ping pong is simply a trademarked name for table tennis. Maybe they have some slightly different rules, like maybe the double point ball, but I hardly think that counts as them being different sports.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #734
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Tennis is played on a bunch of different surfaces but it's still tennis. Gfto with that ****.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:07 PM   #735
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The bats for the World Championships of Ping Pong have no modern rubber or sponge on them. They are made of wood, like modern bats, but are then covered only with very fine blue sandpaper, as the leading bats were, when made in the days before modern rubber technology.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:12 PM   #736
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In pingpong the ball must bounce on your side of the table before going over the net after you hit it. It is this extra bounce that gives the game the onomatopoeic name of pingpong. Apart from this the game is identical to table tennis.
-- Geoff Badgerton, Howtown England


In table tennis only the serve has to hit the table on each side of the net, whereas in ping pong every shot has to hit the table on both sides of the net.

--james, london uk
Is this true?
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:14 PM   #737
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Yep. Definitely a different sport.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:15 PM   #738
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According to the Columbus Table Tennis Club President, Greg Brendon, the most notable difference between the two games is as follows: ping pong paddles (also called bats) do not contain a sponge-like material between the wood and the outermost layer and are referred to as "pips out" because of their knobby texture on the outermost surface. This sponge like material, along with the inversion of the rubber on the outside of the bat is what makes table tennis a game where the spin placed on the ball is a more relevant factor. Table tennis is the most current of the two games. However, some players still play with hard paddles (aka hard bats) which can make for a challenging variation for newer players who are not used to playing against it as the spin factor is altered by the pips.

Jeremy Cadwell, Dublin, Ohio United States
Figures the American would know better than the Brits.

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The official ball size for ping pong is 25mm in diameter. The official ball size of table tennis is 27mm in diameter.
--Geoffrey Wellington, Sydney Australia

Official ping pong balls are slightly larger than table tennis balls. Ping pong = 3.7mm in diameter, while table tennis = 3.4mm diameter.
--Louise Smitherson, Brighton, England
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:20 PM   #739
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So has anybody been watching the ping pong world championships?
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:24 PM   #740
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So Greg, I'm guessing you read the next few comments on that page. Now what.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:27 PM   #741
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What's all that about the ping pong thing?

I say keep table tennis and bin ping pong.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:28 PM   #742
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Posted this in my blog, but I'll post here for the obligatory poker talk.

Quick update from last night.

Decided to play poker at one of the local card games here in Dallas. The game is a 1/2 - 5 to come in game. It obviously plays like a 2/5 game, because it essentially is a 2/5 game. So, the game started around 11:30 AM, I got there around 3ish. so they had 2 full tables going. I had to wait a bit for people to bust/leave.

So, anyways.

I get my seat after about 20-30 minutes, not a big deal. I buy in for $500. Game is fine, just playing. Nothing special happens for a bit. I teeter between being up $100 to down $50 or so. One of the guys on the table had a big rep for being terrible, so I tried to mix it up with him whenever I could. I watched him bet into so many obviously bad spots compared to his hand strength vs what he was up against. I noticed a pattern, and I went with a read -- I have QJ on a KJx with a flush draw. From the way that he played the hand(I can't remember the action), I put him on a mid pocket pair or possibly not having the K. I do know that on the river, he got all in vs me, I had him covered. and it turns out that he had AA, in which, he didn't 3 bet anyone out of the pot with 4-5 limpers.

I think I had $150ish left at this point, so I reloaded and added $500 more. Nothing of interest happens. I get QQ and heads up vs the bad player again, because I 3 bet people out. Board falls ATx 2 spades. I have no spade. He checks, I check. Turn T spades. He bets big-ish, and it smells fishy because he doesn't bet big, ever. If he had a flush/trips, he would bet lower to reel me in, since that was his pattern. I call. River is A. Board reads A T x T A. He bets out like $100, which is a lot, and it makes me think. Because, I can't beat a flush or a boat. I try to think of all of the things that he can have. I don't see him having an ace here, since he didn't bet the flop with it, and then one comes on the river. I don't see the T because I feel that he would have bet it on the flop to see if i had the ace. The flush is most likely, but he played it too obvious/strong when it hit, so I didn't feel he had it. So I call, and I feel confident that he had a busted straight draw or some mid pair that he got screwed on with the board double pairing. He shows 67 clubs.
So uh, he just bluffed me the whole way on a scary board, and I made the right call.

I get moved to the main table with about $10 cheese. Feels good, because the main table is deeper. Table is a little tight, so I straddle a ton and give action in places where it makes sense. Obviously, I lose a bit, but it is to set them up later.

The big hand since I got there involved me. Admittedly, it's very donkey-like and not good.

I'm SB -- have 78 hearts. There was a raise to $25 with 2 calls. I raise to $75 total. Original raiser calls -- other 2 fold.

Pot: $200ish
Flop: 7 4 2

I have top pair with a bad kicker vs whatever he could have. I pretty much am either done with this hand now, or I find a way to shove him off the hand now. I decide that I am going to take this down now, by betting small and showing weakness. So, I bet $65 into pot. He raises to $175. I re-raise all in, which makes him have to call $400 on top. He thinks for a really long time, around 2 minutes or so. He folds, but he says "show me a cute bluff and I'll show you my cards." Normally I don't but, I figure, I can set up some good plays later, so I show, and the table is baffled, and he flips over AK suited. So, risky play by me, turns out to the be right one. I rake in the chips. I'm pretty happy with the play. At this point, I know that I have to play considerably less LAG-gy because I know that I am not going to get any credit for any hands, based on that play a previous play.

Fast forward:

I am sitting around $1100ish.
UTG: Dealt 3 3

I limp, because obvious reasons. 1 limp, raise to $25. Folds around table - I call, and limper calls.

Pot: $75ish
Flop: 3 5 6

Pretty much a dream flop for us, unless one of them for some reason had 2/4 or 4/7, in which case, I'm going broke. The original raiser was a TAG, so I know that if I check here, he's going to bet, which gives me the spot to C/R. With my image, I'm not getting any credit for anything.

I check, limper checks, original raiser leads out for $70, I raise to $170. Limper folds, TAG glares at me and calls.

Pot: $410ish
Turn: 5

Yahtzee card for me, unless he has 5/5 or 6/6, which I am not putting him on. If I check here, I am potentially missing a bet, but I feel that he will see my C/R on flop as a bluff, and he will bet out.

I check, he bets $115. I think for a minute and raise to $325. He tanks. I get another glare and he calls. At this point, I mouth "what the fk" and give a puzzled look, because I am kind of confused, but not scared.

Pot: $1060ish
River: 8

I announce all in for $585. He asks for a count, so I start counting, and he's like "The dealer will count them!" So, I let the dealer count. He sighs and tanks. And calls. I say, "I have a boat.", and he says, "you have a boat?" with complete shock.

I show my cards since he called me. He mucks. I scoop around $2200 or so.

Fast forward to my last hand of the night.

It happened quick, so I forget the exact action.

Summary: I have QK suited, I call a raise of $20 behind 3 other callers. Pot is about $100. QKx rainbow flop. Pretty good for me. One of the limpers leads out for 30-40, original raiser makes it $150, folds to me. I make it $300 for funsies. Fold to original raise, he shoves all in for $750ish total. So, I call the $450 on top, because I'm a donk. He shows AA, running 2's on board for his bigger 2 pair.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:31 PM   #743
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And yes that's biased and I am not ashamed because I've been playing table tennis for the most part of my life and am also a licensed table tennis referee.

So **** ping pong
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:33 PM   #744
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I think I could beat you.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:36 PM   #745
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i haven't been watching the ping pong wc
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:39 PM   #746
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Do you use twitch? You should watch me stream Halo.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:43 PM   #747
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what's your twitch?
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:46 PM   #748
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Sorry, I can't tell you.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:47 PM   #749
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:50 PM   #750
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I'm really keen to go to this table tennis club on a Wednesday night but am nervous about going on my own because I won't know anybody.
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