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    Oh, this 'court' would embarrass Sony Dwi Kuncoro

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ..jumped in there and performed an exhibition....
    Btw, yeah, the ceiling does look short; i'd guess it's only about 25-30 feet high (7.5 to 9 meters)??..
    And the most crucial of them all, they forgot to ask the real 'Sony' Dwi Kuncoro to come and play there.
    the ceiling looks barely 20 ft. I have played in courts with 25-28 ft ceiling, it is ok for doubles. 20 ft is just too shallow.
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    Default How regulation is this...?

    The net is twine, the posts are cross-country ski-poles, and the drift is a killer in this stadium. However the ceiling is plenty high.
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    wow, u sure went out of your way to avoid the crowded court scene

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    Great place for footwork training!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Great place for footwork training!!!
    Yeah, 'quick' sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    wow, u sure went out of your way to avoid the crowded court scene
    Well, it's crowded if you count hermit crabs and quahogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    The net is twine, the posts are cross-country ski-poles, and the drift is a killer in this stadium. However the ceiling is plenty high.
    I wonder how they could still play when the tide comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venkatesh View Post
    I wonder how they could still play when the tide comes.
    just call those water and towel down breaks

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    Fidget, where (in Canada, I assume) is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    just call those water and towel down breaks
    Darn! So they have to wait for long hours for low tide to come. Not to mention that they have to trace lines again in the sand. Still, court or no court, that wouldn't stop me from palying badi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    The net is twine, the posts are cross-country ski-poles, and the drift is a killer in this stadium. However the ceiling is plenty high.
    This is exactly where plastic shuttles should be used.

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    Actually, this is where Speedminton should be used and played

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Actually, this is where Speedminton should be used and played
    Where is Maria S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Fidget, where (in Canada, I assume) is this?
    It's Nova Scotia.

    If you want to be more specific, it's half-way between Pugwash and Tatamagouche. (I can never pass up an opportunity to say "tatamagouche")

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    Thumbs up Japanese Humour

    What amazes me is that a standard Visa form can be this interesting!

    Check out Japan's official guide to filling its Visa application form (see Page 2).

    Technically, the title itself is in error... but we will move on to better things

    To begin with, the stipulated size for the applicant's photograph is:
    45 mm x 45 mm
    2 in x 2 in

    So, which is the correct one?
    After all, 45 mm is not 2 inches (45 mm = 1.77 in)

    The guide has been filled in for a fictional applicant named, er, John Firzgeraid Kneddy.

    (I'm guessing that this guide was prepared in New York.
    The airport's name is just one of the many pointers.)

    The birth-date chosen is 15 April 1970. Although nothing earthshaking happened on that day in 1970, the fifteenth of April is an interesting date.

    (Um, if crazy things count, 15 April 1970 is when Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi launched his 'Green Revolution'. 38 years on, Libya is still a desert )

    As a birthday, 15 April is shared by a lot of people, including actress Emma Watson, genius Leonardo da Vinci and eternal crackpot Kim Il-Sung.

    It's also the day Abraham Lincoln died, the Titanic sank and the protests at Tiananmen Square erupted. Lastly, it's also the official deadline for filing an individual tax return in the US

    I have no clue as to why they chose Skipton as the birthplace.
    It's a very old but unremarkable English town whose biggest native is Thomas Spencer, the co-founder of Marks & Spencer (he died in 1905).
    And I don't think there's a M&S store in the US.

    JFK, our fictional applicant, is a former UK citizen who switched to the USA.
    Kennedy would have loved that

    When filling in your 'Purpose of journey to Japan', please be clear...
    ...or, in the guide's words, '(Please clarify as concrete as possible)'

    Incidentally, no visitor could arrive in Japan on JAL 006.
    That's because JAL 006 flies from Tokyo to New York.
    To fly New York to Tokyo, JFK needs to fly JAL 005

    (The flight number is another clue that this was prepared in New York.)

    321 East Maple Street -- this home address is very interesting.
    Drop the 'East' and you get the fictional address of a fictional superhero.
    If you didn't know it, Superboy lives on 321 Maple Street (in Smallville).

    By the way, 'Los Angeles, California 90012' is clever!
    That's where Little Tokyo is in LA

    America Trade Inc. is an actual company.
    I wonder why they didn't choose an imaginary one.

    Its fictional address is 654 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171.
    Replace 654 with 299... and you are at the Consulate-General of Japan in New York! (Even the telephone number is similar to the actual number.)

    (That's yet another clue that this was prepared in New York.)

    Whoever created this guide has a real sense of humour.
    Ah, but we could do without the 'as concrete as possible' thing
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    Danish ace is youngest World Series of Poker champ












    LAS VEGAS (AP)—A 22-year-old Danish poker professional won the World Series of Poker early Tuesday, turning a wheel straight on the last hand to become the youngest champion in the history of the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event.
    Peter Eastgate hit an ace-to-five straight on the turn and instantly called an all-in bet from Ivan Demidov on the river to win the title and $9,152,416. Demidov held two pair, twos and fours.
    The previous youngest champion was 11-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was 24 when he won the tournament in 1989.
    “It feels good to beat Phil’s record,” Eastgate said after taking pictures with stacks of $100 bills and his new gold bracelet. “I was not focused on the record that I could break, I was just focused on the game.”


    Eastgate said he got a call from Hellmuth wishing him luck before the more than three-hour session.
    Eastgate built a 7-to-1 chip advantage before the decisive hand by sniffing out two bluffs by Demidov for big pots.
    Eastgate, of Odense, Denmark, put Demidov on his heels by stopping the 27-year-old from bluffing a pot worth roughly 44 million chips with an ace high. Eastgate called with a diamond flush.
    He won a significant pot four hands later with a full house and immediately began putting pressure on the final opponent standing between him and the title.
    “My motivation was $9 million and a bracelet,” Eastgate said. “That’s what kept me focused.”
    Demidov, a 27-year-old semiprofessional poker player from Moscow, took home $5,809,595 for second place, some $3.3 million less than Eastgate.
    “I’m someone who’s not going to cry,” Demidov said. “I’m disappointed, but I’m going to be happy. That’s the way it turned out.”
    Demidov erased Eastgate’s initial 24 million chip advantage in their quest for the gold bracelet in less than 30 minutes to start the night.
    But Eastgate regained his chips and then some by the first break in play— taking a 35.8 million chip lead after hitting two pair, aces and queens.
    Eastgate took a nearly 2-to-1 chip advantage after calling a 7 million chip river bet with a pair of jacks. A queen was on the board, but Demidov turned over an ace high. The call indicated that Eastgate sensed his hand was good despite the large bet and plenty of cards that could have beaten him.
    “He was playing me very aggressively so I was kind of looking to kind of trap him,” said Eastgate, who said he felt Demidov was not helped in the hand by the river queen. “It worked out in different spots.”
    Eastgate had to collect all the chips in play—some 137 million—to win the tournament. Chips have no monetary value and each player started the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament in July with 20,000 chips.
    The players were deliberate in their decisions, not rushing to shove their chips in the middle early on. As Eastgate distanced himself from Demidov, it became apparent that Demidov would need to double his stack to keep his options unhindered.
    “I learned that I need to improve my hands-on game,” Demidov said.
    Demidov’s finish concluded a dream tournament run that included final table finishes at the series’ main events in Europe and the United States. The Russian said he hoped his performances would help poker grow in his native country, and said he planned to play in more high-stakes live tournaments.
    “A few years ago it was mostly U.S. players,” Demidov said. “Now you see more European, South American and Asian players. Poker is growing in the world.”
    Eastgate eliminated five players, including Demidov, at the final table to take the title. The nine players met Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to settle the title after taking a 117-day break to build hype for the tournament.
    Eastgate started fourth in chips on Sunday with 19.7 million chips, more than 4 million away from Dennis Phillips, the chip leader at the time. Phillips finished in third and won $4,517,773.
    The final grouping emerged from a field of 6,844 players that whittled down to nine over 11 days in July.
    On the Net:
    World Series of Poker: www.wsop.com




    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slu...e=lgns&print=1

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