The Quarter Pot Dilemma

One of the reasons you always want to be playing for both sides of the pot in Omaha high low, is because you may find yourself playing for a fraction of the pot, when you might have been anticipating winning at least half of the pot.So many players play A2 hands, without regard for their other two cards to the point of playing themselves out of the tournament or losing money in a ring game, simply because they don’t realize that other players are playing the same cards, but with better potential for the high side of the pot as well. It’s true that A2 of the best regards to have for the low side, but if you call a lot of raising pre-flop and the flop doesn’t work for you – it’s a useless hand.

It isn’t going to work for you all the time if you don’t know how to control the pot size. This hand can also be useless, even if you are declared one of the winners. In particular, it is often a fight for a fraction of the pot when you are up against multiple opponents. Let’s say for example you hold Ac, 2h, Jh, 9s, on the button and you see the flop with three other opponents of 6d, 3d, and 8d. Against three other opponents, you can pretty much be assured with a flushed flop like this that you are instantly out of the running for the winning the high hand.

Since you do have the nut low however, a lot of players will think this is a good flop with your hole cards. That simply isn’t true, because this hand is only going to involve difficult decisions from here to the river, if you don’t get out of the hand altogether.

If you are in a sit and go tournament, I can assure you, that you are likely to lose money on this hand if you stay involved whenever you are in a situation like this. The reason for this is that although you may win the low side on the occasion, you can virtually never be putting money into this pot with the expectation of scooping. Scooping is the key to playing profitable Omaha high low in ring and tournament games.

So if you can’t scoop a pot, you are resigned to be playing for half the pot or less. It’s going to surprise you to know how many times, you will actually be playing for less than half the pot. Keep in mind here that on this hand in particular, there is a flushed board, so you would also likely expect some aggressive betting – in particular on the turn and river making this pot relatively huge. Think about it �” you are going to have to commit more and more of your chips on the premise that you think you’re going to win half this pot with the nut low. That is a losing omaha hi-lo poker strategy, and you must have the discipline to throw away hands in this situation.

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Sales & Marketing Jobs Pros

Are sales for you?

Sales positions are in every industry in the country.

Pros and Positives:

Sales Jobs are plentiful. companies are always looking for sales professionals.

– When you have 2+ years of experience it is generally easy to jump from job to job or company to company and demand higher base salaries and commissions. The job search is quick and easy compared to others.

– These jobs are available to a wide variety of college graduate majors and workers of other industries. Some include: Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering, Marketing, communications, Economics, Accounting, etc. Almost any major qualifies for some type of sales positions. For people already working, any business to business or service positions qualify for intermediate level sales positions.

– The sky is the limit for how much money you can make or earn yearly. Sales positions usually have a base salary with commission and incentives for accounts logged and actual sales. The harder you work usually translates into how much money you will make. People that spend 40 – 60 hours a week can make anywhere from 50 thousand to 300 thousand yearly.

– Work times and duty hours are not as rigid as salary workers. You are working, in essence, to make more money for yourself. So if you want to take an afternoon off most of the time it will be at your discretion. Bosses and supervisors are just looking at the bottom line and whether you reached your goals or not.

– Bonuses are common when an employee consistently exceeds sales goals.

Sales & Marketing Jobs Cons

Cons or Potential Negatives:

– Self-discipline with time is very important. The more you work the more you make. The less you work the less you make.

– You can have inconsistent pay. Base salary you can depend on per paycheck but commissions are dependent on performance. You may make twice as much pay one month over the next. Budgeting becomes important.

– On the road constantly. Sales people travel frequently to their clients. Driving or flying are routine job duties.

– Have to reach performance goals monthly and yearly. When entering a sales position your employer will set minimum goals that you will have to meet to stay satisfactory. Pressure to reach these goals is the con.

– Must be able to accept being turned down regularly. Rejection by prospective customers and clients is routine. You need to brush it off and move on.



Probation Officer Exam – What You Need to Know

Need to take the Probation Officer Exam? If so, here is some advice. For starters, make sure you get some practice with the types of questions and subject matter most likely to be on your examination.

How can you do that?

Answer: in the form of a Probation Officer Study Guide.

Here is what you need to know about the Probation Officer exam.

The exam, no matter if it administered at the federal, county, city or even local level, is quite the same. Meaning, if you need to take the exam, the format and subjects covered are quite consistent nationwide.

What are the most test’s content made up of?

Easy. Practically all exams follow a similar pattern. They include the following subjects.

1) Establishing Relationships with Probationers (Casework Scenarios, etc.), or is titled something very similar:

In this section of the test, you are basically a “probation case-worker” on the job and you are asked how you should respond to a given situation.

2) Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Paragraph Structure Or Interpreting/Apply written Material, etc.:

Many tests include a grammar portion. In this section you will need to exhibit your knowledge of the English language. This is important for several reasons. Obviously, you are trying to become a Probation Officer, so you need to be able to write reports in a clear and comprehensive manner. Thus, this section comes into play.

3) Situational Awareness section:

Which tests your ability to solve certain case problems and/or objectives. These problems can be tough. And it is highly suggested that you get some work with these types of problems in the form of either a practice exam or a study guide. The format can vary, so be sure to get some practice beforehand.

4) Terms and Concepts related to Probation Officers or any other Legal Authority:

In this section, you will be typically tested on your knowledge of certain legal phrases, probation concept and/or terms. Many applicants will be somewhat familiar with these concepts/terms, but some applicant may not. Again, getting some practice does help many probation officer exam applicants pass the exam.

Bottom Line?

Many applicants find it very helpful to use a “study guide” or some kind of “preview” type of material before actually taking the exam. This kind of action is probably good advice. After all in today’s tough economic climate you may only get one chance at taking your examination. As a result, you probably need to pass the first time to even be considered for employment.

Extreme Adventure Travel in the UK: Are You Brave Enough?

While many tourists go on trips to unwind, relax, and reflect on things, others have a largely different intention. Various travelers nowadays engage on getaways to face their fears and take on intense challenges that can send them straight to the path of danger.


These backpackers are into what one may call ‘extreme adventure travel’. Have you already tried indulging in one? If you think going into this exhilarating engagement is merely pure insanity, you may have to reconsider. Wait until you get to personally experience the adrenalin rush!


And speaking of extreme sports mixed with the zeal for exploration, why not entertain the idea of an ultimate adventure travel to the UK? And before you take a step backwards, first check out the wonderful options that this famous destination has in store. Here they are:


Ice Climbing in the Savage Peaks of the Scottish Highlands


Begin your holiday with a bang by climbing the untamed ranges of the Scottish Highlands. Its snow-capped cliffs and ridges will surely test your endurance and determination. But, there is no need to worry! Such a fierce pursuit can certainly ignite those survival instincts and impressive reflexes that may be hidden in you all along!


Ghost Hunting in the Mysterious Scottish Castles


There have been rumours spreading throughout the country about the lurking horror within its oldest fortresses. One of these is the Glamis Castle. According to the local legend, this royal structure is one of the most haunted in the area. Past visitors claim that there have been unexplainable sounds and sights that can scare you out of your wits. So, dare to enter!


Flying Around the South East England Horizon


Gather the guts to soar above the skies and get a feel of a remarkable helicopter experience. While you may really go through heart-pounding and nerve-wracking moments, the magnificent view from above would not fail to soothe your senses. And, on top of the package, you will also get a good feel of the strong yet highly refreshing winds.


These are just some of the various adventure activities that are awaiting your visit. But before you decide to engage in any of these, you may have to prepare yourself. Bear in mind that these indulgences are not for the faint-hearted. To enjoy these travel adventures, you have to be emotionally and mentally prepared.


Moreover, there is a need for you to first comply with the mandated safety protocols. Participate in orientations and training so you may be fully informed on what to expect. And of course, it is also important to get those first aid essentials, travel gear, and security accessories packed prior to your trip.

Read more: Eleventy Traveller Blog


History of Vermouth

I promised this when I wrote about Cinzanos, and I’ve been doing some…ahh…on the job research, as one might say.


The reason I’m even talking about vermouth is that it is said that the Italians invented the drink, although I have to say that I’m a bit suspicious of that claim. Why? Because the word “vermouth” is derivative of the German word “wermut”, their word for “wormwood”. Why Wormwood? Because it was the flavoring ingredient infused into the white wine. Even wikipedia agrees with me, stating that it was named by the French, based off “a German wine fortified with wormwood, a herb most famously used in distilling absinthe.”


It should be noted that the word “wermut” is also the German word for vermouth. So it’s best to say that vermouth is a drink invented by the Germans, named by the French, and made popular by the Italians. Whether it’s true or not is easily disputed with anecdotes, but hard to disprove with evidence.


For those new to the game, Vermouth is an aromatized wine, created at some point in the 1700’s. “Aromatised” means that various additives, such as herbs, flowers and other botanicals, are macerated into the wine to add to the flavor. Theses additives were most likely used to mask the flavors of cheap wine. These additives imparted a slightly medicinal flavor, which helped popularize the drink. It was not only popular as a dessert wine, but also as a medicinal wine, being used in place to dirty water.


There is no one specific recipe for vermouth, so various companies can make different kinds of vermouth. So you’ll have drier vermouths in Italy and sweeter vermouths from France. It should be noted that there are far more varieties of vermouth available in Italy and France than they export to other areas of the world. Much like other agricultural products, they are highly controlled by various boards and such. The brands that are exported are the ones that tend to be highly recognized throughout the world, including the aforementioned Cinzano as well as Martini and Rossi. Both companies have ties to the Piemonte region of Italy, which explains why I’m talking about them here.


The one thing I’ve learned about Vermouth is that it’s not just a mixer, and wasn’t even designed to be a mixer. I highly recommend trying vermouth by itself.

Fruit Set

As shoots continue to vaunt skyward we turn our thoughts to the subject of fruit set. Certain varieties for whatever reason are prone to poor fruit set. Merlot is a good example and because you can see poor berry set (coulure) and hens and chicks (millerandage). In 2004 we had significant fruit set problems in all our Merlot blocks. In fact, we harvested all the clusters with shot berries separately. We fermented 7 tons of this stuff and although we never thought it would make the final blend, it did. The resulting wine had a very low pH, 3.37, but was wonderfully fruity if simple. I digress. In 2005 our set was much improved. What happened? My initial suspicion is that the late rain of 2005 improved set, but in NorCal there is rarely a water deficit problem as early as bloom. 2004 was marked by an early budbreak, warm weather, but with subsequent cooler weather during bloom.


Mark Greenspan offers a few possibilities in this piece. Molybdenum deficiency is an interesting possibility, but since we have had bad then good set without adding any Mo, it is doubtful that is our issue. All this begs the question, is poor set bad? Well, I suppose that depends on your goals and how much it impacts your yield. If you believe lower yields improve you quality (which is debatable depending on what level you are reducing your yields to and from), then why worry about set? But certainly you want to be sure you have product to sell as well. Finally, having a significant proportion of clusters with shot berries will impact your wine and it may not be economical to harvest separately as we have done. All in all, it seems it would be best to have even fruit set, controlling your yields with other mechanisms.

2003 Bisson Marea Cinque Terre

I haven’t done an Italian wine in a while, what with the holidays, the start of Well Fed, and now the Super Bowl. But I think it’s time to get back to the business of discovering Italy, one glass and a dish at a time.


I mentioned this wine in the post below, as I have been looking for a Ligurian wine for over three months now, and could only get one via that web site.


Made from a blend of the local grapes Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola, Cinque Terre is a fish wine, there’s no two ways about it. This is not all that surprising when you understand that Liguria is a big fish region. This white wine has clearly evolved to complement the seafood that’s popular in this region of Italy.


Eyes: A nice golden color, with a tint of amber (as opposed to some whites that have a tint of green). The rim is translucent and when given a swirl, the wine flows quickly back down the side of the glass.


Nose: I typically hate using the word “bold”, as it doesn’t provide a context. Suffice to say that when sniffed, this wine struck me as more aromatic than the majority of whites, carrying a strong citrus aroma.


Taste: Quite delicious. The taste than came to my mind was that of grapefruit, including the acidity that is the hallmark of the fruit. The flavor then finishes strong, with the alcohol making its presence known.


Overall: A very nice wine, one that I would try most certainly try again. Many people had said that Cinque Terre can be hit or miss, and I would be willing to see if that occurs.


Have you ever tried it? If no, what are you waiting for! 🙂 If yes, what do you think about it? Did you like it? Did you feel the same as I did? If not what changed? I have soo many questions! Let me hear your stories now! I am waiting!

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