I actually played a good bit of poker last night, mostly at the donkfish $.50/$1 tables at Party. They gave me a free $40 bonus to splash around with, and I managed to triple it up pretty quickly playing like a maniac to give myself a little wriggle room to attempt to play actual poker. Cleared the raked hands with about $250 in my account and cashed out, which is a nice little unexpected score.
I'll be curious to see how long Mansion runs the free $1,100 bet promo, as more and more people pile into it. It's also interesting as far as the repercussions the promo might have on the lines elsewhere, as far as more money going onto Miami at other books than would normally occur, due to people hedging the Mansion bet. The odd thing is that so far the Miami line is moving the opposite direction than what one would expect (i.e. it's moved from +4.5 to +5 at other books, which would usually indicate that more money is on Pittsburgh at those books, and they're trying to encourage money to come in on Miami to balance their book; yeah, I know that you can quibble with that last statement and that not all books are trying to square things on their side of things but in general it's true, methinks.)
If you're looking for a reputable book to hedge the Mansion bet with (even if you have to buy a half point), I'd highly recommend Pinnacle. It's pretty much the Cadillac of online sportsbooks and far and away offers the best lines on sports, day in and day out. Cashouts are lightning quick and they offer a decent signup bonus. If you plan on doing any sportsbetting, arbing, or scalping, Pinnacle is pretty dang crucial to any or all of those endeavors.
You bonus junkies out there should definitely not ignore the sportsbooks. I know I sound like a broken record, but scalping/arbing/crossbooking bets at sportsbooks is just about the easiest money there is. It takes a fairly big roll ($10K to do it properly) but it's largely risk-free, as you're picking off bonuses, making offsetting bets at two different books, and hopefully busting out one account to another, and pocketing the bonus money in the process. It doesn't always work perfectly and you end up breaking even at some books (or even posting a slight loss from time to time, if you have to clear too much WR and can't bust out), but it's easy money in the long run and highly +EV.
Not much to see there yet, but I started a separate blog for house renovation stuff, just to keep that stuff off ye olde poker blog. It's mainly to show off to family members living elsewhere but I'd also like to try to be better with the renovation stuff this time around, as far as taking lots of pictures to have the before/after satisfaction after finishing up a project, instead of just a hazy memory of how things looked before investing many monkey hours and sweat equity into prettifying projects.