Friday, December 31, 2010



NFL -75
Football 350
Horses 135
Darts -290

Would be delighted with that every month.

Year Results

J -810
F 2570
M -240
A -2060
M -1585
J -1455
J -415
A 750
S 165
O -245
N -1630
D 120
TOTAL -4835
Thought it would be worse so not too disappointed at that and is less than 20% poker profits donated so ok as long as keep making poker $.


Staking 550
FL -200
Multi 1750
NL -1625
PLO 1950

OK month profit wise, however overall very disappointing. I raced to about 5.5K in front by Dec 15th and I thought with me having a little one and not getting out as much (actually got out for 2-3 ales sessions including real good boxing day one) I would be able to take advantage of weaker tables. However - I ran below EV (miles above EV in year in cash, ran awful multis though) and had a few set ups and basically donated back a lot of the profits.

Overall I am pleased with profit in the year coming out above 30K - I started the year with confidence shot and gradually regained it. However, it is interesting to note that my 3 top months profit wise in the year would add up to annual profit showing it is not as consistent and probably more difficult than it used to be.

J -1585
F 8230M 3025
A -4555
M 12880J 8440
J -2425
A -1950
S 9065O -3160
N 1505
D 2425
TOTAL 31895

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Bolded part was post in early Jan

1) Stick to what I am statistically profitable at (6 max NLHE and multis) while at the same time reading / watching videos about PLO to understand game better.

* Done OK on this one and better at PLO - have rarely played FL.

2) If not winning in first 6 months of year then to really reduce play to "social" in latter half of year when little one comes along.

* Again OK as was winning after awful start to year. Reality of having a baby (see pic!!) kicked in from July and play naturally reduced about 10 fold.

3) Talk about cash hands more with a couple of local pros.

* Fail - I only have 2 poker mates (Brenos / Ben) and they are both now rush donks :)

4) Do not lay back stake on Betfair on bets, I have had some great long term bets that I have layed and layed and layed to all green rather than redeposit.

* Got better on this one despite sports loss.

5) Aim to win 12K in year and 9 months profitable (much reduced target versus last year due to downturn in last 6 months).

* Passed the 1st part as around 30K and failed 2nd part as 5 losing months.

6) Much more disciplined note taking at cash, building up much better profiles for decision making than I have previous.

* No score draw

No big targets or aims in live MTT, I decided after Macau and EPO last year when I made no mistakes that if it is going to be your day it will be but in hands of gods and have to win at least 80-20s that i have constantly lost in them this year and need to start winning some races also.

* My only multi success in year was winning sats for Irish Open seat and UKIPT seat and cashing in both events, hence 2 from 2 in ranking tournies this year. Gutted Irish open as lost 80/20 in cash to go above average stack and with big shot in 100K sole survivor with about 6 left. Disappointed not to take down a major Internet tourney in the year also.


I was quite a few quid in front for Dec so took a shot - pretty damn sick :(


Saturday, December 11, 2010


Wooo hooo - :)

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Thursday, December 09, 2010


Cant even be arsed to type any shit.

To best honest Good Luck to Pardue - not his fault I guess.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Had run hot in staking - has risks associated. Prime example below - basicaaly cliffs are I bought decent size stake in someone who isnt going to even play event as busto mine and others cash elsewhere - sick :(

Was starting to look fishy then below today ............

I know an explanation has been due for a while. I've completely avoided 2+2 and this thread up to now; I didn't want to face the reality of the situation, but I realize now the truth is the very least I can offer everyone.

A week or two before the start of FTOPS, I made a trip to AC. After ending down the night gambling, I went back to my room and played online and lost there too. Started to chase losses by martingaling HUSNGs until I was playing multiple 2ks. Ended down that night between 10-15k, the majority of which was backer money.

Since then, I lost even more money trying to cover the hole I was in playing cash, MTTs outside of the package, and live. I borrowed some money from family and a couple friends, and created another package to buy time for myself. I think part of me really believed that I was going to get out of the mess I had gotten myself into, that I had plenty of shots of bink a decent cash that would take care of everything. Of course, I managed to nearly airball both series while losing the rest of my money and then some. By the time my last attempts at running up money failed, it was several days after the package ended, backers' money was gone, and I was dead broke and in debt.

The fact that I was capable of doing something so colossally stupid, that I was capable of having such disregard for my own money and, more importantly, those of my backers probably means that I probably lack the necessary discipline poker requires, and that I may have a real gambling problem. Even though I feel like I've learned from this experience, and that I would absolutely never do anything like this again, I know that it's already too late. I can't turn back the clock, no matter how much I want to. My money is gone. The money invested to me is gone. I abused the trust everyone placed in me, and for that I rightfully won't ever be trusted again.

I have no excuses and accept complete responsibility for what I've done. I want more than anything to be able to pay everyone right now, but I don't have the ability to at this point. Though I am no longer playing poker, I've started working a part-time job and expect to make something like $250/wk depending on my hours. My other time has been spent studying to pursue further schooling, after which I hopefully can secure a career that will, among other things, enable me to pay this debt off faster. For now, it will be a hard grind paying back the $15k+ I owe. I have bills to pay (including a lot of cc debt) like everyone else, and my income right now is small. However, every dime that I can spare will be used to pay back everyone. I will be getting my first paycheck in slightly more than a week and will make a payment back at that time.

I want to offer my sincerest apologies to everyone who got caught up in this. I never meant for all of this to happen, and I will do what I can to set things the way they should be.

Monday, December 06, 2010


Superb article by George Caulkin who in my opinion is the best sports writer out there.

Source: The Times

Having spent time in the company of Derek Llambias, I can confirm the following: he does not have cloven hooves and a forked tail. Having listened to him discuss his ambitions for Newcastle United, I know that there is more to the club's managing director than the one-dimensional, cockney mafia, wrecking-ball stereotype.

In a lengthy chat at St James' Park earlier this season, Llambias was engaging and witty, interesting and provocative. I came away from the meeting gratified that some context had finally been given to Mike Ashley's tenure on Barrack Road, although there was plenty which continued to offer discomfort. This is not a straightforward or simplistic regime.

Chief amongst that was the attitude towards Chris Hughton, a manager who had restored stability to the Newcastle dug-out and, at one of the most febrile points in the club's recent history, led them back to the Barclays Premier League. But, in effect, Hughton had been placed on trial.

That had not been the expectation. After all the hyperbole and disruption which was a continual feature during the brief interregnums of Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer, Ashley appeared to have stumbled upon a manager he could do business with. A manager who could fit into his system and work with it.

There were disputes and disagreements, of course - there are at every club - but having been appointed as first-team coach under Keegan, Hughton was open-eyed about the challenge and, in successive transfer windows, eked out limited resources from his notoriously unpredictable employer. A balance seemed to have been found.

On the pitch, Newcastle were hardworking and unified, off it Hughton was the figurehead - quiet and undemonstrative. Llambias and Ashley allowed him to speak for the club and while, in truth, he said very little, that deflective approach allowed Newcastle to rebuild away from an intrusive spotlight.

Yet promotion did not bring Hughton any reward. Unconvinced by his record in the transfer market and suspicious of the trust he placed in his players, Ashley viewed this season as a vast step up in class for his employee. No contract extension was offered because he and Llambias believed that it was incumbent on Hughton to prove himself.

There would have been some logic there if it did not run so counter to a simple footballing truth - stability flows from the manager. Newcastle the city needs little excuse to wallow in rumour (socialising and sport remain indelibly linked) and the uncertainty infiltrated every area of the club.

It had taken Hughton and the input of his senior players - who came together in the aftermath of relegation, determined to rectify matters - to bring purpose back to Tyneside, yet Ashley viewed it as well-paid prima donnas doing what they should. A tiff over bonus payments hardened opinions on both sides, with Llambias regarding it as further evidence that Hughton was not in control of his domain.

(For the record, it is a risible suggestion. While Hughton went out on a limb to continue picking Andy Carroll during the height of the striker's off-field notoriety, he has also dropped influential figures such as Michael Owen, Joey Barton and Alan Smith. He retained the respect and affection of players because he behaved towards them with honesty and integrity).

From the perspective of directors with a history in retailing, the bonus system was as antiquated as the notion of plying millions upon agents was insane. They walked away from transfers when middlemen demanded excessive recompense and while that was understandable, a similar attitude caused internal resentment.

Ashley has often been described as a maverick and it is accurate. The heart of his success with Sports Direct has been aggression and a refusal to conform to the status quo and the same applies to Newcastle. When people told him it was not appropriate to dress casually in the directors' box, he shrugged his shoulders and wore his jeans. He is not interested when people explain that there are some things you do not do in football: why not, he would ask?

Keegan railed against the impertinence, but Ashley and Llambias wanted to speak to their manager on the day of matches and chat about tactics and team selection. When things went wrong, they would shout, swear, threaten and then forget about it afterwards, simply because it was the way they worked. Creative tension can be fruitful, after all.

They recognised early that a financial recalibration was coming to sport as a consequence of recession and Ashley's commercial instincts kicked in: cut back, pare-down, strip away. While supporters would have no cause to notice it, almost every department at St James' is operating with a skeleton staff and tiny margins.

Yet they would argue that something had to change. Football in general and Newcastle in particular - a club which has made millionaires of so many gilded wastrels - could not continue as it was. There should be no more stellar signings at the expense of team-building, but young players, either unknown elsewhere or nearing the end of their contracts, should be sought. Each must have a sell-on value.

The days of managers determining which players would be bought and sold were over; Sir Alex Ferguson is an anachronism. The system introduced under Keegan, when Dennis Wise had responsibility for acquisitions, was tweaked but effectively remained in place, with names being put to Hughton for his approval. Having interviewed him on the day that Hatem Ben Arfa's loan from Marseille was agreed, I know that his participation in the process was not fundamental.

Hughton's great strength - the serenity which allowed him to both reject attention and soak up pressure - was, peversely, seen as a weakness. With a more experienced, high-profile manager, Newcastle might earn more television revenue, although it is precisely that approach which has repeatedly undermined the club.

It was within this prism that Ashley and Llambias have had designs to re-name Newcastle's iconic stadium. In a drive towards self-sufficiency and at a time when no area for raising revenue could be ignored, it was, at least, an understandable notion, although as with much else, it was explained clumsily and with minimal detail.

They are combative people, but they have a warmer side. There have been plenty of arguments with supporters in bars and restaurants, but they have often concluded with invitations to lunch in the boardroom, where children are encouraged to roam freely, before home games. Yet it is not something which people hear about.

Their reluctance to engage with their public is a longstanding source of frustration. It is also baffling. While Llambias would say that Ashley has never been given a chance by fans and the media, it is more accurate to say that he has rejected it. He arrived with one great strength - he was not Freddy Shepherd, the former chairman - yet neither he nor Llambias has ever held a press conference, so their story has never been told.

That story is genuinely interesting. The men who run Newcastle have compelling ideas, some of which challenge an insular world and others which feel misguided and contradictory. They would laugh if you told them they must be a nightmare to work for and agree wholeheartedly.

I know what they want. They want a club which funds itself. They want that because it continues to drain Ashley's pockets and while there are no plans in place to sell Newcastle, if a firm and reasonable offer came along, they would consider it readily. Self-efficiency would make it a far more attractive proposition. And if that isn't what they want, then why the hell don't they come out and say so.

What I don't know is what more they expect. For all their concerns with Hughton and a sequence of five matches without victory, do they really suppose that anybody else could have done much better? Do they really think that a return to upheaval will benefit Newcastle at a crucial juncture in their history? Will anybody else prove more malleable? Question: what do they want from a manager?


I am pretty gutted at events at St James Park today and the sacking of Chris Hughton.

To be honest I was not a member of the anti Ashley crew despite a few PR / appointment blunders and had thought behind the scenes they had done some great stuff - key elements below.

1) Sensible contracts / wages on all new signings.
2) Get rid of a lot of high earners.
3) Kept much lower profile with press - saying nothing which given previous years was by far their most effective form of communication.
4) Lowered some of the ridiculous expectations of the fans and started to rebuild.

However, in my opinion they have ripped it all up by destroying number 4 today. We will now have the press circus, anti Ashley demonstrations and some "representatives" of the North East who have all day on their hands to stand round the ground and be our "representative" voice to Sky Sports etc, which once again will result in us becoming the laughing stock of the country.

Someone is probably lined up already however I would not be surprised if we get 0 points this side of xmas now with all the unrest. While we were inconsistent under Chris we certainly had as many points as anyone could have hoped for at this part of the season.

Ultimately, and most hurtful is his contract was up at the end of the year so they could have honoured that and just found someone new in the summer. Maybe they are now prepared to put some big money in or something and decided he wasn't the man but in my opinion he had done pretty well in the transfer market.

Lastly, Thank You to Chris Hughton and I hope you have success in whatever you do next (as long as it is not managing the Mackems!!)



Now cost me 2 acca's in 2 weeks both would have retirned 4 figs - turned into an interception machine - this week in Overtime when had ball - FFS

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Only just started watching this - absolutely awesome - if people have not been following then suggest you get caught up on IPLAYER !!!
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AnythingButPokerplaythesoapway !!!


Staking 1250
FL 0
Multi -180
NL 400

Great first 3 days then a mega frusrating month. It started with another staking score when one of my horses chopped an EPT side event and I had some good cash sessions and was sitting between 3K and 4K profit in 1st week. Gradually downhill since but have been mega unlucky not to land a major package in the month. In summarry I lost 2 50/50s each for a almost gtd EPT package worth about 10K$, lost a race for a PCA Caribbean seat worth 16K$ and similar for a 3K$ UKIPT seat - in all the above they were 1 seat only and 2nd got the same as say 16th.

Also looks like it is going to be my first year in poker without a major multi score - I have not had a chance to enter many since June however dissapointing all the same.

A bit of profit though that almost covers my sports leak this month.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Was looking Okish month till I did 1300 since Friday !!!!

Tennis 150
NFL 175
Football -1050
Horses -440
F1 -200
Rugby -25
Darts -150
Specials -90
LOSS -1630

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Shots of Prep for match tomorrow, Tynemouth beach and Jesmond Dene.


Blog is a bit dead as not playing much poker - instead new feature on my movers and shakers for the month.


1) RAISING HOPE - New series by the makers of My Name is Earl (one of my personnal favs) - really funny if you are new to parenting.

2) ANDY CARROLL - Good debut for England - will turn into an awesome player in my opinion.

3) SPURS - feel sick typing that but you cannot argue against beating Arsenal and Inter Milan.


1) ANDY MURRAYS MAM (Dont even know her name) - I asked one of my mates if it was wrong that I detest her with a passion ever though never met her - she does my head in!!

2) VEGGIE QUORN - My Mrs is veggie so asked me to get her some quorn slices - when I got there I had a choice of chicken or ham flavour - WTF is that about whats wrong with carrorts or peas flavour !!!

3) NEWCASTLE CENTRE HALFS - What were they doing v Bolton and now both out for 3 games.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


OK every Brenos update he is doing a shares brag. Hence below is mine.

If anyone can beat minus 27% on ISA when market has gone about plus 20-30% in other direction then let me know.

Officially known as an EPIC FAIL.

Bold items below are huuuuuuuuuuuge value at current price - trust me I am a great investor ;)

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Company Name Listed on Market Quantity Avg Cost Per Share (p) * Latest Price (p) ** Change (p) Book Cost (£) Valuation (£) Profit/Loss £ %move
BP. LSE 445 449.6449 428.75*** -20.89 2,000.92 1,907.94 -92.98 -4.65
LAD LSE 2000 159.9735 126.70*** -33.27 3,199.47 2,534.00 -665.47 -20.80
RBS LSE 3916 29.4918 40.05*** 10.56 1,154.90 1,568.36 413.46 35.80
TW. LSE 13568 38.6179 24.25*** -14.37 5,239.67 3,290.24 -1,949.43 -37.21
TCG LSE 1228 202.7052 187.50*** -15.21 2,489.22 2,302.50 -186.72 -7.50
YELL LSE 6187 47.7991 12.35*** -35.45 2,957.33 764.09 -2,193.24 -74.16
Total £12,367.13 £-4,674.38 -27.43%

Saturday, November 20, 2010


NUFC have a xmas gift in the club shop ...Andy Carroll tray, carries ten mugs, does not hold cups and glasses are not allowed

What’s the capital of Ireland...............?

About €20.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Again went deep 1 seat only in 10 rebuy (2000EUR seat) and same story in end game although I got them in as a decent Fav.

Only good news this time is I did not have my usual load of buy ins so 250EUR was actually 200EUR profit.!!

PokerStars Game #52859295712: Tournament #330396910, €10+€1 EUR Hold'em No Limit - Level XXII (15000/30000) - 2010/11/17 22:54:56 WET [2010/11/17 17:54:56 ET]
Table '330396910 7' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 4: 520988 (308779 in chips)
Seat 5: KUBISEV (841924 in chips)
Seat 8: Ribbens (130297 in chips)
520988: posts the ante 3000
KUBISEV: posts the ante 3000
Ribbens: posts the ante 3000
Ribbens: posts small blind 15000
520988: posts big blind 30000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Kh Ah]
KUBISEV: raises 808924 to 838924 and is all-in
Ribbens: folds
520988: calls 275779 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (533145) returned to KUBISEV
*** FLOP *** [8d Jh 5s]
*** TURN *** [8d Jh 5s] [5d]
*** RIVER *** [8d Jh 5s 5d] [Kd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Kh Ah] (two pair, Kings and Fives)
KUBISEV: shows [Jd 6d] (a flush, King high)
KUBISEV collected 635558 from pot
520988 finished the tournament in 3rd place and received €250.00.
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 635558 | Rake 0
Board [8d Jh 5s 5d Kd]
Seat 4: 520988 (big blind) showed [Kh Ah] and lost with two pair, Kings and Fives
Seat 5: KUBISEV (button) showed [Jd 6d] and won (635558) with a flush, King high
Seat 8: Ribbens (small blind) folded before Flop

Sunday, November 14, 2010



PokerStars Game #52702889932: Hold'em No Limit ($10/$20 USD) - 2010/11/14 22:30:31 WET [2010/11/14 17:30:31 ET]
Table 'Claudia' 6-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: 520988 ($1516.20 in chips)
Seat 2: gottama ($463.50 in chips)
Seat 3: julianherold ($1504 in chips)
Seat 4: GERAKLmeat ($450 in chips)
Seat 5: XBraumeister ($600.70 in chips)
Seat 6: tomsOn ($440 in chips)
tomsOn: posts small blind $10
520988: posts big blind $20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Kh Ks]
gottama has timed out
gottama: folds
julianherold: raises $20 to $40
GERAKLmeat: folds
XBraumeister: folds
tomsOn: folds
520988: raises $100 to $140
julianherold: raises $220 to $360
520988: raises $1156.20 to $1516.20 and is all-in
julianherold: calls $1144 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($12.20) returned to 520988
*** FLOP *** [8h Th 5c]
*** TURN *** [8h Th 5c] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [8h Th 5c 7s] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Kh Ks] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
julianherold: shows [Tc Td] (a full house, Tens full of Sevens)
julianherold collected $3015 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $3018 | Rake $3
Board [8h Th 5c 7s 7h]
Seat 1: 520988 (big blind) showed [Kh Ks] and lost with two pair, Kings and Sevens
Seat 2: gottama folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: julianherold showed [Tc Td] and won ($3015) with a full house, Tens full of Sevens
Seat 4: GERAKLmeat folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: XBraumeister (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: tomsOn (small blind) folded before Flop

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Another 30 rebuy donk fest - this time I get to last 3 with 1 seat only for a 15k Carribean Adventure package then below - nive flop for me but not to be.

PokerStars Game #52604007129: Tournament #325630169, $30+$3 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVI (40000/80000) - 2010/11/13 1:00:49 WET [2010/11/12 20:00:49 ET]
Table '325630169 6' 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 1: gator93 (1066360 in chips)
Seat 2: 520988 (1408342 in chips)
Seat 3: rays1606 (1440298 in chips)
gator93: posts the ante 8000
520988: posts the ante 8000
rays1606: posts the ante 8000
gator93: posts small blind 40000
520988: posts big blind 80000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Th Ah]
rays1606: raises 240000 to 320000
gator93: folds
520988: raises 1080342 to 1400342 and is all-in
rays1606: calls 1080342
*** FLOP *** [8h 9d Kh]
*** TURN *** [8h 9d Kh] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [8h 9d Kh Ks] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Th Ah] (two pair, Kings and Eights)
rays1606: shows [Kc Ac] (a full house, Kings full of Eights)
rays1606 collected 2864684 from pot
520988 finished the tournament in 3rd place and received $700.00.
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2864684 | Rake 0
Board [8h 9d Kh Ks 8d]
Seat 1: gator93 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: 520988 (big blind) showed [Th Ah] and lost with two pair, Kings and Eights
Seat 3: rays1606 (button) showed [Kc Ac] and won (2864684) with a full house, Kings full of Eights

Monday, November 08, 2010


PokerStars Game #52393398550: Tournament #327465108, €20+€2 EUR Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVII (50000/100000) - 2010/11/08 22:53:23 WET [2010/11/08 17:53:23 ET]
Table '327465108 11' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: Deipylos (350800 in chips)
Seat 7: slv458 (969552 in chips)
Seat 8: Felsss (1113627 in chips)
Seat 9: 520988 (1781021 in chips)
Deipylos: posts the ante 10000
slv458: posts the ante 10000
Felsss: posts the ante 10000
520988: posts the ante 10000
Felsss: posts small blind 50000
520988: posts big blind 100000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Qs As]
Deipylos: folds
slv458: raises 859552 to 959552 and is all-in
Felsss: folds
520988: calls 859552
*** FLOP *** [2c 8s Ts]
*** TURN *** [2c 8s Ts] [8h]
*** RIVER *** [2c 8s Ts 8h] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Qs As] (a pair of Eights)
slv458: shows [7c 7d] (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
slv458 collected 2009104 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2009104 | Rake 0
Board [2c 8s Ts 8h 3c]
Seat 1: Deipylos folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: slv458 (button) showed [7c 7d] and won (2009104) with two pair, Eights and Sevens
Seat 8: Felsss (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 9: 520988 (big blind) showed [Qs As] and lost with a pair of Eights

Still in 3rd of 3 but only 1 seat - as one of those 20EUR rebuy donk fests - have come 2nd before in 1

Then heads up for the title - get it in as small dog - woohooo turn stinkin river

PokerStars Game #52393821324: Tournament #327465108, €20+€2 EUR Hold'em No Limit - Level XXVIII (60000/120000) - 2010/11/08 23:02:43 WET [2010/11/08 18:02:43 ET]
Table '327465108 11' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 7: slv458 (1818462 in chips)
Seat 9: 520988 (2396538 in chips)
slv458: posts the ante 12000
520988: posts the ante 12000
slv458: posts small blind 60000
520988: posts big blind 120000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Kh Qs]
slv458: raises 1686462 to 1806462 and is all-in
520988: calls 1686462
*** FLOP *** [7c 2c 7d]
*** TURN *** [7c 2c 7d] [Kc]
*** RIVER *** [7c 2c 7d Kc] [Jc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Kh Qs] (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
slv458: shows [Ac 8h] (a flush, Ace high)
slv458 collected 3636924 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3636924 | Rake 0
Board [7c 2c 7d Kc Jc]
Seat 7: slv458 (button) (small blind) showed [Ac 8h] and won (3636924) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 9: 520988 (big blind) showed [Kh Qs] and lost with two pair, Kings and Sevens

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Saturday - Headed down to London for weekend with the boys - after 1.5 hr train delay had a decent night out with a couple of pubs / clubs with live music and beer / vodkas.

LOL headed out for match on Sunday 5 - 1 awesome - watched it in Baker Steet - London before heading on to next event.
Shoila - Get in the net son.
SummerTime - W - end equals end of BST - time now is 5 past Sunderland :)
Shit then Good Headed to Wembly for the NFL - 1st half crap, last quarter awesome - first time at new Wembley - very impressive.
Staking Came back home to see some guy I had a small % in on 2+2 had shipped a chop 3 way in EPT side event so 2000$ for me.
Start of challenge - Have tryed his last 2 months and got quite close. Challenge is to turn micky mouse rakeback into 100*rakeback then withdraw. So far £35 into £450, however its £3500 or bust moving up stakes fast (got to 1K last month from 40 before busting)
Spurs - I hate them with a passion. Layed Man U at weekend and they play like Burton Albion then back Inter last night and they play like Real Madrid.


Monday, November 01, 2010


Golf 395
NFL -540
Horses 345
F1 -60
TOTAL -245

I ran sick this month with 3 trebles all losing on las tleg when looking like winning for over 1K each :(

Friday, October 29, 2010


Week of no poker - few work nights out, a 4 0 thumping by Arsenal and several nights of a baby not sleeping at the right times hence tired daddy!!

Days ahead llok like night out in London with boys tomorrow, followed by Newcastle Sunderland on TV as am going to the NFL game on Sunday - SF49s v Denver Broncos - have backed S49 to be best of two poor teams but cant wait for my first live game.

In other news - blew a few quid today on a brand new motor - my old one was 10 years old so had no clue that cars these days had no ignition keys etc !!!

Pretty boring Renault Megane Hatch.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Posting now as hit stop loss and having a mare month.

FL -400
Multi -575
NL -2500
PLO 250

Monday, October 18, 2010


Having a total disaster this month and close to the stop loss for month. Graph tells the story and EV would be even worse. Had loads of bad spots like KK into AA or AA versus flopped sets - however aint good.

Played a 50 rebuy tonight and similar to above.

Graph wont load basically -5k$

Monday, October 11, 2010


MRTILTMONKEY - Hey soap ain't seen you in a while
SOAP how dos
MRTILTMONKY your not playing much these days - now you have spare 30 mins might as well play high stakes
MRTILTMONKY Oh that was bad luck for a buy in - reload
MRTILTMONKY Well there gos another buy in - at least you had 12 outs on Turn - Reload
SOAP - No can do - all *s cash gone
MRTILTMONKY - OK lets have some big NFL bets instead
MRTILTMONKY - Oh how could he throw that interception costing you a fortune
SOAP just my luck again
MRTILTMONKY - Lets try the next game
SOAP - OK all in
MRTILTMONKY - lets play the £530 Barca EPT qualifier
SOAP - OK I have some Tourney $
MRTILTMONKY - All in with 6 high for stacks?
SOAP - night mate - hopefully wont see you rest of this year :D

BAD DAY and BAD MONTH thus far :(

Please dont visit in rest of 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Staking 3650
FL 1400
Multi -900
NL 1350
PLO 3200

Nothing to grumble about this month. Have not played loads but after decent start to month, what I have played has been highish stakes. I think the best way for me to sum up the month is run good, played good and staked good. My WCOOP investment cashed and I trebled that investment so my dollars run like Dobba dollars at the moment.

Obviously Brenos numbers will blow above out the water but have to say I am delighted with above after a small dry spell and the fact it has come from cash games rather than multis, which I am restricted in playing at the moment. It is basically my 2nd best month this year and this achieved without a major headline score with the £2K return from Brenos investment my biggest score.


OMG - I was off this week and we took the little one away but it was mega hard work and basically spent one day in doors. The one thing I learned on this day was that if I ever get the bullet at work and turn poker pro then all I need to do is get sky out. I think with just daytime tv then I would do a minimum of 10 hours graft per day as it is truly horrendous - since many of you who read this are full time poker then here is my take on your average day ;)

Wake up - watch 2 hopeless presenters on a fortune who were hopeless when on another side. Turn onto the Wright stuff for some clown talk shit for next 90 minutes or so. Then we can see if we can sell our 25p item that is 8 years old for 28P - who gives a hoot. Next we can get someone who we don't like to do up our house in a style we don't like and pretend we do. Small respite for a sarnie and maybe 15 minutes decent news bulletin.

Next up - about 5 women talking crap about crap, followed by some other 112 year old trying to sell a watch for £3.50 that they bought on a £4 bus journey some 2 hours earlier for £3 and claim they have made 50p. Speaking of bus journeys, we can watch a program about who gets evicted off a bus - FFS who pays for this crap. Countdown still almost watchable inbetween.

Next time I am off - I am pretty sure I will get more from CBeebies. At least Ryder cup from 7am tomorrow :D

Thats all folks

do do dododo dodo d odod dododdod dooooooooooo doo doooo


Golf -155
Tennis 3030
NFL -1035
Football -950
Horses -575
F1 -150

I am usually delighted with any profit on sports betting as in the main is just a leak for me. However this month I am gutted to have made such a small profit - I basically ran golden in the US Open and had 9 from 10 winning match bets with half of them on underdogs - however for rest of month it just took the pish. Biggest pishtake was when some geezer missed a chip shop at NFL from about 20 yards to land me a 1400£ 4 timer but instead scores were tied, lost toss in OT and lost.

Ryder come coming up tomorrow which if i remember correct I lost an absolute fortune on last year - oh well !!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010


I have not updated much lately, things looking good at home with Zoe back to full fitness and we are going to take her up the coast for a few days although weather looks like rain rain rain.

I have backed a few players recently on 2+2 or mates and have done well on returns from Brenos getting me 2K after his 5th in English Open and I also got shipped 1K from swordfish007 for his similar size cash in WSOP. I played this up last night backing 2 people in the WCOOP main event (5200 buy in) and I bought 5% and 20% in 2 players. The former has busted but the latter is well positioned with just over 15% of the field left at end of day 1.

Playing wise then I played much less often but at higher stakes and have been holding my own in the games I have played, I got some real nice spots when i chipped up which you tend to forget apart from when your on the wrong side of them (example me AA SB and BB has QQ) which has given me a few $ to play my not so normal game.

Looking like it will be a decent month profit wise when add above together, a major cash by my horse in the WSOOP could blow the month out the water as top 3 in the tourney all get over a million $.

Still waiting for the Brenos EPO celebration part with his Gold card behind the bar.................................

Friday, September 17, 2010


Best so far from a multitude I have read.

George has denied allegations that in day 1 in the slammer that he has had a chocolate bar rammed up his ass. He has stated that it must have been a careless wispa.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Andrew "Brenos" Brennan has made final table - very good luck to him.

Live feed from 3pm tomorrow.

end of day 2 interview Brenos


5th for 40K losing a race to go out WP WP WP

Monday, September 13, 2010


LOL @ this hand - what should have been a standard stack off turned out that way. What a beautiful river ( I thought .................) !!!!

PokerStars Game #49568601684: Hold'em No Limit ($5/$10 USD) - 2010/09/13 20:48:14 WET [2010/09/13 15:48:14 ET]
Table 'Demiddelaer VIII' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: hrstrnqlzr ($1658 in chips)
Seat 2: apple37 ($1000 in chips)
Seat 3: 520988 ($585 in chips)
Seat 4: thenutspt ($1085 in chips)
Seat 5: pobolero ($1015 in chips)
Seat 6: gregy20723 ($1022.75 in chips)
520988: posts small blind $5
thenutspt: posts big blind $10
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Kh Kc]
pobolero: folds
gregy20723: raises $10 to $20
hrstrnqlzr: folds
apple37: folds
520988: raises $40 to $60
thenutspt: calls $50
gregy20723: calls $40
*** FLOP *** [6h 9c 7d]
520988: bets $120
thenutspt: calls $120
gregy20723: folds
*** TURN *** [6h 9c 7d] [As]
520988: checks
thenutspt: checks
*** RIVER *** [6h 9c 7d As] [Kd]
520988: bets $405 and is all-in
thenutspt: calls $405
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [Kh Kc] (three of a kind, Kings)
thenutspt: shows [Ac Ad] (three of a kind, Aces)
thenutspt collected $1227 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $1230 | Rake $3
Board [6h 9c 7d As Kd]
Seat 1: hrstrnqlzr folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: apple37 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: 520988 (small blind) showed [Kh Kc] and lost with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 4: thenutspt (big blind) showed [Ac Ad] and won ($1227) with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 5: pobolero folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: gregy20723 folded on the Flop

and so concluded a 2K losing night :(

Saturday, September 11, 2010


3 brief points.


These have started on *s and played my first tourney for ages in the 215$ PLO 6 handed event with over 2000 runners. Played well for 8 hours and was about 40th of 90 left when i pressed self destruct and got it in bad 2 hands in a row to blow out 60th for just over 1k$. Huge congrats to Dave Dubai Shallow for shipping the 10K high rollers event in WCOOP 2.

2) Staking - LOL - got a message from someone asking me to look at something on 2+2 which I had not been on for yonks. I had quite a few private messages which seemed weird. Anyway turns out someone i staked in WSOP in the marketplace cashed for 45K or so in wsop and I had 3%. SO was chuffed with this and hopefully get the cash despite replying a month late. However, I then had another PM from say guy saying you backed me in wsop did i wnat same offer in another event. Event has now finished and the guy took it down for 65K lol and stakes were cheap so missed out on a free lunch !!!

3) Good luck Brennan in EPO today - I promise to write a huge thread on how great you are if I final table as long as it is accompanied by the photo your sister has posted of you on facebook. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.


Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Just watched Oliver Stones new film (documentary) called South of the Border (details below). This shows how much propaganda you get from the American news networks such as Fox and CNN and I found it mega interesting. I also really liked that it is all over in 80 minutes where as most films these days seem to want to be almost double that. Its not exactly an action adventure but worth watching on sky.


There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

Watch Out - Empire magazine dont like it so maybe its just me !!!

South Of The Border (15)

Following on from his riveting chats with Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat, Oliver Stone travels to five South American countries and interviews their presidents, trying to understand what he sees as the rise of a new kind of popular democratic socialism in the region.

Stone’s film could have allowed political voices that are rarely present to get a fair, and critical hearing. Instead he near smooches them to death.

Reviewer: Adam Smith

Monday, August 30, 2010


Football 1285
Other 175
Horses -525
Golf -20
F1 -165

Proft - what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


FL 0
Multi -100
NL 900
PLO -3000

Very few hands and was in a -2.5K hole before this weekend. However played NLHE only and got loss to -750 but just had a tilt session and blew it :(. That was firstformal tilt session for a long while.


1) First and foremost my little girl seems OK now and hopefully was a 1 off event, seems in rude health now and tests have not found anything significant.

2) Spam button on blogs - much much needed to get rid of some of the quarter wits.

3) Online subscription to Sunday Times - hard to go and get a paper these days and basically get Times free everyday if pay price for Sunday Times - I think this was totally free till recently, however still huge value for money, especially if complemented by checking out NOTW for the latest exploits of Brook etc :)

4) Well done Brenos on winning RTR seat.

5) Newcastle United 6 Villa 0 and an awesome Carroll hat trick.

6) C4 Friday nights is awesome - I like a few of the comedies that have been slated by the press.

and a few not so good but no worries !!!

1) When i get a few hands of poker I log on and blow a buy in asap !!!! (PLO awful still winning NLHE but net decent size losing month).

2) Have to go on business travel next week.

3) In the only multi I have played in last 6 weeks I busted just before cash with QQ v 1010 for a double av stack.

4) My horse(s) I have small shares in are running terrible at the moment - Fol Hollow, Teela especially.

5) Bens blog - change the record mate ;) :D

Monday, August 16, 2010


Wont be posting in near future.

My little girl was rushed to hospital via 999 call on Fri night and have been in hospital all weekend but fortunately home now and fingers cross all will be well. Don't want to go in details but an extremely harrowing experience for the 3 of us.

Purpose of post is just to say I wont be posting for a good while, rather than people wondering whats going on.

Also :-

A) Hardly playing
B) Given whats happened in last 6 weeks - things like winging about been below EV , 3 outers hitting etc are all completelely and totally pointless and irrelevant.
C) Some of the spammer posts that a couple of the spammers put on my post about Zoe made me physically sick. If they would put that kind of stuff to try and get a hit on their profile then they have very sad pathetic lives. To borrow a Highstack phase they are a set of ****S

Hopefully back at later point with better news etc. In meantime hope all gos well for everyone.


Sunday, August 01, 2010


Almost a winning month, was in front all month till last few days.

Football 700
Other 735
Horses -700
Financials -800
Golf 500
Darts -225
F1 -400
Athletics -225
TOTAL -415

Friday, July 30, 2010


Dissapointing losing month, been in a hole since 1st week and never got out, However aint losing any sleep about it as it was just a plo EV disaster month. On plus side went back to a few stts due to time constraints and still seemed to remember how to play them !!!

Out tomorrow to wet Zoe's head and too knackered to play tonight!!!

STT 1400
FL 400
Multi 375
NL 950
PLO -6050

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Only fixed in Skylansky bucks - bit of an EV disaster this month. Showing as -4.7k real $ at cash against +1K EV $

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Of course no good. Graph stinks this month, I knew he had 66 also the way hand played !!!

** Hand # 3426795624 starting - 2010-07-15 16:06:06
** DeepStack Omaha 121 [Omaha] (3|6 PL - Cash Game) Real Money

RIKSBANKENSWE sitting in seat 2 with €479.44[Dealer]
Eddielizard sitting in seat 3 with €528.40
Kiiiang sitting in seat 6 with €411.62
Eddielizard posted the small blind - €3.00
Kiiiang posted the big blind - €6.00

** Dealing cards to Eddielizard: 3d, 2c, 4d, 4c
Eddielizard called - €6.00
Kiiiang checked

** Dealing the flop: 6d, 4s, 4h
Eddielizard checked
Kiiiang bet - €6.00
Eddielizard raised to €18.00
Kiiiang raised to €66.00
Eddielizard raised to €168.00
Kiiiang went all-in - €339.62
Eddielizard called - €405.62

** Dealing the turn: 6h

** Dealing the river: Ks
Kiiiang shows: 6c, 2h, As, 6s
Eddielizard mucks: 3d, 2c, 4d, 4c
Kiiiang wins €820.24 from the main pot

Rake: €3

Monday, July 12, 2010


The bit poker I have played in July has been horrid and at PLO I cant remember winning an all in showdown over a large number fo hnads when draws were there to hit / miss,

Graph looking a bit sick for month, would be delighted to get near break even for month now !!!

Friday, July 09, 2010


I dont know them, but have been reading this blog lately - it is piss funny.

Just noticed Highstacks putting a post up about it also, so glad someone enjoying it as much as me. Hence I am going to give it free advertising.

Loads of excellent articles, spider one my fav at moment but not very far through!!!



Went to work last Thur when my Mrs was 7 days overdue and came home at 630ish as normal.

My wife was in bed suffering with what she called "period pains", however it wasn't long later that I thought they sounded much more like contractions and in the next hour or so I seemed more certain of this when 4 in 10 mins. However, she didn't make any fuss (nothing like i seen on TV!!!) and eventually we rang the hospital at 830PM as I was concerned that she was bleeding. Things then upped a little bit and I could see my Mrs was in more pain but nothing prepared me for next message. We arrived at hospital (I half expected to get sent home) and the midwife told her she was 9CM dilated and as such was going nowhere as labour was imminent. Literally 1 hr 30 from arriving at this hospital Zoe was born. If that had been the end of the process it would have been an amazing experience for both mum and dad.

However, Zoe heart rate dropped really low during the birth hence she had to be assisted by some very ugly looking utensils, unfortunately the umbilical code had become rapped round her neck and as such was born blue and very distressed and had to be treat for a good few minutes before she cryed. However, relief when she started crying but immediately followed by the biggest stress of my life.

Jean had some issues delivering the placenta which was stuck and as such she started bleeding intensely, she was rushed to theatre for an operation and I was left alone with the brand new baby. Things got really bad in theatre and she had to have multiple blood transfusions and when she came back 90 mins later she was literally yellow and shaking like a leaf - I could not believe how bad she looked and I literally thought she may not pull through.

She is so brave that despite been in this state she fed Zoe within 30 mins of coming back and she had obviously been crying for a long time as could not feed. That 90 mins or so was the best and worst moments of my life and emotions that were with me at this stage were indescribable. Eventually we were able to go to recovery ward as a threesome and I stayed with Jean and Zoe all night, eventually leaving at sometime between 6 and 7 the next morning. I dont mind admitting that I literally went home and got into bed in tears, I had been through such a huge emotional roller coaster and had completely lost control of my emotions.

Few hours later I was back at hospital and despite Zoe doing very well, Jean was still very sick and had to have more blood, however by end of day she was slightly better. I was quite shocked the next day when we were told we could go home, especially as Jean was still weak but she wanted to get out of there so we brought Zoe home.

Was a tough few days at home with the Mrs still ill and Zoey had swallowed lots of stuff she shouldn't have and was also not in the best of nick. However, I am really happy to say that 1 week later they both are ouch better and I can look forward to a fantastic life with the 2 women in my life who mean more to me than life itself. I am so proud of my wife and daughter and so pleased to come out the other side with such a positive result.

Other brief thoughts.

1) I never ever donated blood before - this will be the 1st thing I change in my life - events like above make you appreciate some things you take for granted.

2) People who know us have been so kind with gifts / offers for help and messages - this has meant a lot to me in the period described above.

3) A guy at my work who is South American told me that you don't know what love is until your baby is born, a very emotive statement but so so true.

4) It is unbelievable how immensely satisfying it is to be able to sooth / satisfy your baby and vice versa if you cant.

Anyway - wanted to do above - mainly for me as a memory for the future as to how lucky we have been and how grateful I am. I really appreciate the well wishes I have had on this blog (with exception of the spammers who are close in the life ratings to short stackers).

PS Played a few sessions of PLO when on paternity, about -2K all -EV, care - do I ****!!!!!

Thanks for reading.


This blog will return to a poker / sports blog and less emotional in the near future.

Friday, July 02, 2010


In what was by far the most emotional day of my life, my wife Jean gave birth to our 1st child Zoe at 1052pm on July 1st, she weighed in at 71/2 pounds.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Whatever !!! Could have been much worse as well - I am such a donk !!!

Tennis -35
Specials -170
F1 -120
Football -1855
Golf 475
Horses -90
Rugby 340
TOTAL -1455

Monday, June 28, 2010


As usual offset somewhat by sports losses to follow !!!!!

Posting this up now as t staying off poker till cake back arrives on Laddies.

FL -210
Multi -125
NL 200
PLO 8575


1) Volume good especially on PLO, in the month when best players don't play is good business plan.

2) Played real well PLO, obviously ran awesome as well and at one stage in month I had a 55BB/100 win rate !!!!

3) Played well in multis despite small loss - few sob stories and I wont bore you with them.

4) Get 30% cake back which I have not been seeing monthly due to playing on *s.

5) Majority of profit is from 3 6 PLO.


1) Lost supernova status on *s

2) At high point for month I was over 12k in front but then took some 5/10 shots at NLHE which lost 3-4 buy ins.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


The run good / play good combo has gone and have dropped over 4K in last week. On top of that I was having my worst sports month ever until i had a decent bet on the plate winner that reduced the deficit by 2/3 rds.

No movements on the home front and the Mrs is now overdue, and with spineless England now out then I have told her that its "time for the feet to hit the street" :).

Engalnd were so bad today that I cant be rsed to even blog about it but I think it would be fair to say with the exception of A Cole and maybe D James every single one of them has beenan absolute disgrace at this world cup.



Thursday, June 24, 2010


Was great when it lasted but came to a halt today when I :-

Lost a buy in at PLO1000
Lost part of a buy in at NL1000
Had a wedge on Denmark who are getting beat 2 Hondas to 0 early v Japan
Had a wedge double with Italy who lost.
Had a large bet on a horse that came nowhere.

However, best described as great month but bad day.



Much better performance with numerous players I would give 8/10 or above inc James, Terry, Gerrard, Milner and Defoe (for notching) and no yellow cards issue is big plus. I know that winning group was much easier route but would be a huge motivational win if we beat Germany and you have to beat the best teams somewhere (I consider to be Brazil / Argies / Spain).


Continue to play good and run good. I changed my style 6 weeks ago big style and I am still getting paid on previous style which is good, also tables are much easier than normal this month that helps.


My Mrs is now offcially overdue and no sign of movement, special request not to start moving around 3 on Sunday please :)

GL chaps / chapesses.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I have bought shares in 4 or 5 people in WSOP. 4 of which I do not know and they are just youung US kids from 2+2 whos stats online impressed me, obviously small risk of not getting paid expecially in light of recent days events!!!

Anyway - one of them is playing about 5 or 6 of the 1000 / 1500 buy in events and he has made day 3 with 50 odd left so fingers crossed. However, he was responsible for my favourite twitter post yet below, I just happended to check status between the two and assumed he had made a typo.

GGWP and GL today !!!!

oh yeah river was a 7 and my stack is at 52k.

about 21 hours ago via mobile web .

fml jammed over a button open to 2.5k from bb with 77 for 25k effective, villain had JJ board was Q446
about 21 hours ago via mobile web


Wont be getting rich :(

Busted out jamming Q7s from button into BB's AA.
10 minutes ago via mobile web .Starting in 30 mins with a fresh table draw. 38 left and 220k avg stack

Saturday, June 19, 2010



PLO 600 is going very well for me, I think all the good players must be in Vegas and tables have been much softer this month than usual.

World cup is a disaster for me, think I lose evry bet and in huge sports hole again for the month.


I know this guy from Betfair and have met him a couple of times. I simply cannot believe this whole event and worry what will happen in next 7 days or so. I backed him for a tourney last year - no idea if he played tbh!!!



Friday, June 18, 2010

England Facts

1) Capello is a double agent - mission Italy win world cup.
2) Rooney has borrowed Shoilas special boots.
3) Get fkin Joe Cole starting on left and drop one of the Gerrard or Lampard donks.


Just seen my cousin Joanne facebook status - think she has the answer :)

Well I think bring the wags on jimmy choo's on and gucci bags in hand, they would of honestly played better!!!

Also got a text from a mate.

The England team visited an orphange is South Africa this morning."Its great to put a smile on peoples faces who have no hope, struggle with adversity and face the impossible each day" said Jamaal Umbotot aged six.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Really cut number of bets this month, limited it to large infrequent bets and every one has lost thus far and in usual hole for month.

Poker has been up and down - I have had some good sessions at PLO and some awful ones also however got an overfull in versus underful earlier in 2000$ pot to get in front for month.

World cup has been terrible thus far with games about as interesting as sex in city 2. Hopefully Argies / England games can change that.

Saturday, June 05, 2010


I could not go to Epsom today as have a heavily pregnant wife. However Fol just got done on the line in the last race at Epsom running another absolute corker. He is an absolute owners dream and ran awesome again today. I had a decent bet at 25s on Betfair so a bit gutted he could not hold on. However, I did make a proft on race as backed him at over 2-1 in a match bet v the fav.

17:20 - 6f Class 2 (4yo plus)
Investec Distinctive Handicap

Results: 1st Flipando 9/1
2nd Fol Hollow 16/1
3rd Something 14/1
4th We Have A Dream 20/1

Friday, June 04, 2010


Awful day at work, came in decided going to load 1 buy in high stakes. Didn't realise was on a fast table - GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

PokerStars Game #45064525624: Hold'em No Limit ($10/$20 USD) - 2010/06/04 21:19:08 WET [2010/06/04 16:19:08 ET]
Table 'Palatia IV' 6-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: dsnka ($944 in chips)
Seat 2: GERAKLmeat ($420 in chips)
Seat 3: 520988 ($1230.90 in chips)
Seat 4: gmcrafter ($1519.75 in chips)
Seat 5: SQUIRTonU ($1701.10 in chips)
Seat 6: socutiesf ($390 in chips)
520988: posts small blind $10
gmcrafter: posts big blind $20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Kd Qc]
SQUIRTonU: raises $20 to $40
socutiesf: folds
dsnka: folds
GERAKLmeat: folds
520988: calls $30
gmcrafter: folds
*** FLOP *** [Tc Jc 9s]
520988: checks
SQUIRTonU: bets $65
520988: calls $65
*** TURN *** [Tc Jc 9s] [2d]
520988: checks
SQUIRTonU: bets $140
520988 has timed out

520988: folds
Uncalled bet ($140) returned to SQUIRTonU
SQUIRTonU collected $227 from pot
SQUIRTonU: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $230 | Rake $3
Board [Tc Jc 9s 2d]
Seat 1: dsnka folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: GERAKLmeat (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: 520988 (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 4: gmcrafter (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: SQUIRTonU collected ($227)
Seat 6: socutiesf folded before Flop (didn't bet)



Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Got to the top level on steps on *s and played the wsop qualifyer 3 handed winner gets 12k$ wsop package and 2nd 3rd 3K$

How sick can you get and then lose race next hand :(

PokerStars Game #44889619802: Tournament #278364065, $2000+$100 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level VIII (200/400) - 2010/05/31 23:52:28 WET [2010/05/31 18:52:28 ET]
Table '278364065 1' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 3: Peetoon (8574 in chips)
Seat 5: leoc00 (5978 in chips)
Seat 6: 520988 (12448 in chips)
Peetoon: posts the ante 25
leoc00: posts the ante 25
520988: posts the ante 25
520988: posts small blind 200
Peetoon: posts big blind 400
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [As Ts]
leoc00: raises 400 to 800
520988: raises 1600 to 2400
Peetoon: folds
leoc00: raises 3553 to 5953 and is all-in
520988: calls 3553
*** FLOP *** [6d 3d 6s]
*** TURN *** [6d 3d 6s] [Ks]
*** RIVER *** [6d 3d 6s Ks] [9d]*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [As Ts] (a pair of Sixes)
leoc00: shows [9h Ah] (two pair, Nines and Sixes)
leoc00 collected 12381 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 12381 | Rake 0
Board [6d 3d 6s Ks 9d]
Seat 3: Peetoon (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: leoc00 (button) showed [9h Ah] and won (12381) with two pair, Nines and Sixes
Seat 6: 520988 (small blind) showed [As Ts] and lost with a pair of Sixes

Anyway need to watch some episodes of my bad beat remedy - I think this show is gold.


Sunday, May 30, 2010


FL -275
Multi 15010
NL -1525
PLO -500

Good start and end to month with big dip in between but 2 v good final tables in top online events.

Also decent volume on *s as did > 10000 VPP in 1st month for a while.


Darts -100
F1 375
Football 280
Golf -210
Horses -2040
Casino 200
Snooker -90
TOTAL -1585

Not good since above includes a 4 fig return on Hull to go down. I am changing approach and will be having much less bets. Have followed that this week.

Also tryed get a £100 on Hamilton @ 7-1 today and Bl Sq would lay me £50 only which is just like huge lol - maybe some other drivers were not trying today ..............anyway lucky to collect from what i just read.


Just came 3rd of 400 hundred and odd in the 320$ 150K gtd on *s which as I have said before is my fav tourney on the web for 16500$. (1st 29K and 2nd 22k.

Had at least 3 bits of good luck in the tourney which was a refreshing change including an Aj v AQ for tourney life and a 97 (LOL) beating AK.

Got to last 3 in marginal 2nd of 3 with chip leader well clear and then made a mistake on a qq6 board when i folded (well i actually time banked folded as didn't press fold) 88. This left me 3rd and I 4 bet all in AQ suited but ran into AK and didnt improve and missed the split outs on the river. However, I know i played extremely well tonight as had very limited ammunition cards wise and really really pleased with this score in one of the best tourneys on the net.

Was in a 4 fig hole from cash earlier so was extremely pleasing and changes May into a 5 fig £ win month. CHOOO CHOOO :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

ALMOST A DECENT DAY..........................

Mad as hell with myself - had grinded about 7 hrs and was about to log of with a 4 fig profit on day till i played the below hand like a total retard and bust back to where i started day. Below is so poor - I only flatted pre as he hardly ever 3 bets me and when did i had him on monster. I think flop is fine but turn is terrible and river even worse 0 rather pissed off with myself. At some point i change from him having aces to having AK where as in reality I am putting him on the only holding in the pack i can beat.


Friday, May 28, 2010


Was hoping I was going to make a positive post as lots of negatives of late but alas its another kick in teeth ending when near big score.

Got to final table of 100rebuy on *s with prizes 1st 18k$ 2nd 13k 3rd 10k down to 9th 1.5k

I was in last 8 when below hand came up. Pretty hard decision to be honest but I win the hand and I go marginal chip leader and to be honest i put him on exactly AQ.

PokerStars Game #44706246753: Tournament #313010504, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XIX (2500/5000) - 2010/05/28 0:14:43 WET [2010/05/27 19:14:43 ET]
Table '313010504 18' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: DONNAN123 (160063 in chips)
Seat 2: mrvogt (183031 in chips)
Seat 3: I_M_ICM (230804 in chips)
Seat 4: CA$HforA$H (287830 in chips)
Seat 5: DreamMachine (95766 in chips)
Seat 6: pleasepick (125141 in chips)
Seat 7: LammingerFlo (222549 in chips)
Seat 8: 520988 (142316 in chips)
DONNAN123: posts the ante 500
mrvogt: posts the ante 500
I_M_ICM: posts the ante 500
CA$HforA$H: posts the ante 500
DreamMachine: posts the ante 500
pleasepick: posts the ante 500
LammingerFlo: posts the ante 500
520988: posts the ante 500
520988: posts small blind 2500
DONNAN123: posts big blind 5000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [As Ks]
mrvogt: folds
I_M_ICM: raises 7000 to 12000
CA$HforA$H: folds
DreamMachine: folds
pleasepick: raises 112641 to 124641 and is all-in
LammingerFlo: folds
520988: raises 17175 to 141816 and is all-in
DONNAN123: folds
I_M_ICM: folds
Uncalled bet (17175) returned to 520988
*** FLOP *** [9d Tc Qh]
*** TURN *** [9d Tc Qh] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [9d Tc Qh 5h] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
520988: shows [As Ks] (high card Ace)
pleasepick: shows [Ad Qd] (a pair of Queens)
pleasepick collected 270282 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 270282 | Rake 0
Board [9d Tc Qh 5h 3s]
Seat 1: DONNAN123 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: mrvogt folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: I_M_ICM folded before Flop
Seat 4: CA$HforA$H folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: DreamMachine folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: pleasepick showed [Ad Qd] and won (270282) with a pair of Queens
Seat 7: LammingerFlo (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: 520988 (small blind) showed [As Ks] and lost with high card Ace

Sunday, May 23, 2010


More joy on poker front.

Play 100r on *s flat behind 2 raisers with QQ pretty sure someone behind will shove which they do and i call as does one of the others and i am in great shape for quick double fig stack when i get it in with QQ v AQ versus retard with 810 who obv gets there.

Then get back up and jam AJ over a raise and a flatter and mateys monster 66 is too good for my AJ as he sanp calls.

Then a freeroll on Laddies for a cruise package or wsop thing (cant remember) - 8 sit outs on table so its literally there for the 2 of us (I am in position) to just share all the blinds but matey wants them all to him self so i start reraising in position as need to stack up as only 1 prize and get in beautiful with JJ v TT and can spend the next 1 hr just picking up all the free blinds and he spikes a 10.

Different day same shit.



In another huge hole this month on sports and have done bad the last 18 months after a good 24 months proceeding it. I think the bets I have the strongest opinions about with reference to value seem to do the best/ However, the days when I am making obscene amounts of money on poker seem to be gone - so what was a mini leak before now does not have the funding so needs to be sorted out. Hence some rules below.

1) Split beating into 2 pools - 1)for proper money on strong fancies / value propositions which should be a small number of bets. 2) Things i bet on just to make sport more entertaining and really cut the amount stalked on these bets to a minimum.

2) No bets unless have properly researched the bet if it is a bet in 1) above.

3) Leave long term ante post bets - stop laying off as I do well on these but then win f all as have layed off.


We move to a 1 income family in about a months time with an extra mouth to feed. I cannot / wont continue to do what I am doing and am at a bit of a crossroads with poker.

1) My best and most profitable game is multis but I imagine these are difficult to play when have a little one so probably need to cut right down on these.

2) Hence 1) means I need to play cash which I have my confidence busted in as turned 15k$ profit to 0 over last2 months. I think if i play then my max stake is going to be 2 4 unless I establish a roll. If i cannot beat 1/2 or 2/4 over a 3 month period then I am going to pack in poker completely until the little one gets to say 6 months.


Need to change my work hours - have been doing something like 830 - 630 with no lunch break. I have probably reached as high as I can in the company and while I will always work extremely hard I need to prioritise some family life and at the end of the day I get the same pay whether graft my arse off or just do what I can in the time I have.

Saturday, May 22, 2010




Now down at cash on year and cant remember how to post graph onto blog :(

Also this month gone from £5K up end of 1st weekend in month to looking like will be lucky to make a profit.

Think I have lost it like the randoms who are spamming all sorts of sh1t messages on my blog - wtf are they about!!??

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


My Mrs spyed me on tv twice this week.

Once in the paddock at York races on Ch4 and then tonight on the Irish Open Poker on Sky Sports 2 at 10pm. I am so dumb I had been watching it and had not even noticed but was a fw shots of TV table and i was playing the table behind it so featured a few times.

It plays to the bubble next week and the guy who bust v near the bubble was on my table and I sat next to Liam Flood who took him out so may well feature. SS2 next Tue 10pm.

On my facebook status I put I had been on TV and said its probably the most athletic sport that I could feature on - Brenos asked me in chat if it was darts :) - cheeky **** !!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


100R huge prizes 300 of 1300 left

okerStars Game #44190107590: Tournament #311010507, $100+$9 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XI (400/800) - 2010/05/16 22:02:47 WET [2010/05/16 17:02:47 ET]
Table '311010507 115' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: GHand69 (5447 in chips)
Seat 2: 520988 (14904 in chips)
Seat 3: MrGORK (8715 in chips)
Seat 4: muschi2728 (16230 in chips)
Seat 5: zbab69 (21970 in chips)
Seat 6: artbrancusi (7917 in chips)
Seat 7: nicelife (14754 in chips)
Seat 8: Tagult (21120 in chips)
Seat 9: Cod Meharly (24280 in chips)
GHand69: posts the ante 75
520988: posts the ante 75
MrGORK: posts the ante 75
muschi2728: posts the ante 75
zbab69: posts the ante 75
artbrancusi: posts the ante 75
nicelife: posts the ante 75
Tagult: posts the ante 75
Cod Meharly: posts the ante 75
MrGORK: posts small blind 400
muschi2728: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to 520988 [Ad Kc]
zbab69: folds
artbrancusi: folds
nicelife: folds
Tagult: folds
Cod Meharly: folds
GHand69: folds
520988: raises 1600 to 2400
MrGORK: folds
muschi2728: raises 4000 to 6400
520988: raises 8429 to 14829 and is all-in
muschi2728: calls 8429
*** FLOP *** [9h 8c 7c]
*** TURN *** [9h 8c 7c] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [9h 8c 7c 6c] [2s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
muschi2728: shows [5h Th] (a straight, Six to Ten)
520988: shows [Ad Kc] (high card Ace)
muschi2728 collected 30733 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 30733 | Rake 0
Board [9h 8c 7c 6c 2s]
Seat 1: GHand69 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: 520988 (button) showed [Ad Kc] and lost with high card Ace
Seat 3: MrGORK (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: muschi2728 (big blind) showed [5h Th] and won (30733) with a straight, Six to Ten
Seat 5: zbab69 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: artbrancusi folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: nicelife folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: Tagult folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Cod Meharly folded before Flop (didn't bet)


Played the 500 and the 50 SCOOP tonight with no joy in either, however I had a near miss in a scoop sat. I played one the crazy 33$ rebuy for the seats to the main event worth 10k$. I ran really well and got to final table of 9 as chip leader with 1.8 million chips. The first 3 got 10k$ seats then 4th -8th 900$ and i ended up losing 3 races in a row at the final table to leave with 900$ in 6th or 7th and if won one of the frst two races then i would be huge fav for the 10k seat so very disappointed in the end. However 900$ better than nothing and gives me a bit to play with.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Well Fol ran a stinker at York but I had a really good day with a couple of winners and hanging out in the newly done out owners and trainers area.

He then ran at Thirsk today and to be honest I couldn't fancy him based on running the other day even though around 16s on Betfair this morning looked generous. My judgement was as good as always when he when he went on to win a class 2 race with very decent prize money and his first class 2 - awesome run although may struggle now from handicap perspective. I lost loads of cash on horses today also so should be delighted but instead kicking myself for not going to Thirsk as only 90 mins away and not throwing a few quid on just in case.

Anyway prize money gets me a fw hundred ton so reduces the days losses slightly !!!

£18600 added, 4yo plus, 5f, Class 2, £12045 penalty, 7 ran
Going: Good to Firm
Surface: Turf
Watch Full Race» Watch Closing Stages»
Winning Time: 0m 58.11s 14:05
17:30 Pos. Dr. Dist. Horse Wt Jockey Trainer Age SP
1 4 Fol Hollow (IRE) 8-12 A Nicholls D Nicholls 5 8/1
opened 17/2 touched 15/2
2 6 ¾ Captain Dunne (IRE) 9-4 D Allan T D Easterby 5 2/1 jf
opened 7/4
3 1 1¼ Jargelle (IRE) 8-11 t1 T Eaves K A Ryan 4 33/1

* Another awesome day for Middleham Park Racing with 3 winners all in decent prize money races - pretty awesome achievement.

Friday, May 14, 2010


+1 for me on below on thoughts on the way game going at mid / high stakes

HeyEveryone I'm getting a job after 5 years as a pro


I've been an online pro for 5 years averaging 6 figures a year and am finally getting a job. I'll probably get flamed for this but I feel this is the beginning of the end unless UIGEA gets repealed or Asia Embraces online poker, neither look particularly likely and either one would just prolong the unavoidable.

These new shallow games on FTP and stars are basically to keep online poker going. They are trying to lower the loss rates of the fish (and thus lower the per hand win rates of the winning players). That is what happened on full tilt and that is what will happen on Stars. The games even at Midstakes are 80% shallow and even when deep runs it is rare they are soft. It is rare that I play someone and they make the type of mistake I used to see every 15 minutes 3 years ago.

Ipoker is not letting their good players move money around as they please anymore.

Poker sites see the games drying up so are trying to prolong the process.

Pokertableratings has over a million unique views and has sold hand histories to almost 10,000 people. Are there enough fish to feed that many people that obviously care about studying the game and their winrate?

Look at how many of the poker site coaches are losing or slight winners. They in general used to kill the games. People still have leaks but you don't make ANYWHERE NEAR the kind of money from someone who 3 bets 5% too much or misses value bets as some one who can't get away from top pair meh kicker regardless of who is betting at him.

The WSOP main event player pool dropped by 20% from 2008-2009 I would be amazed if it didn't drop again this year.

When the economy returns is poker going to come back? I honestly doubt it will significantly. Look at Backgammon in the 70s, there were many people making a lot of money from it. It was sort of a fad and although it is still around the player pool is much tougher. My dad used to play a decent amount of Backgammon cash games in the 70s and told me as soon as I was making decent money from online poker "PLAY TONS, it will not be like this very long", citing his backgammon experience of just noone significantly weaker than him wanting to play for money anymore. It is really true.

The top of the top players will generally continue to make large money as will the players with connections to private fish ponds. Many of the top poker minds would probably be able to make similar as traders or in another field in my opinion and I believe that the next durrrrr will likely not be a poker player.

I'm going to make a Midstakes thread about some more of my opinions regarding the state of online poker and things I have learned along the way.

I will say that the best decisions I have made in my life was to play online poker professionally. Ive traveled to 30 countries and taken roughly a 3 year road trip through poker funds and still have a decent amount saved up. Having a lot of free time and money in your 20s is truly the nuts, but retirement money from online poker is hardly possible anymore without counting the biggest MTTs and I don't want to grind out a middle class income online until my kids go to college (which I believe will always be possible for intelligent players if nothing else solely because me and people like me are getting jobs.)

I'm thinking of doing a well or something like that, though I'm not sure what forum it will be in. If you count all my 2+2 accounts (like 2 or 3 of them) I have probably about 13,000 posts. I think all my bans were from OOT where the ban stick is basically meaningless (they'd probably ban me for saying that).

Thanks for reading

tl;dr notes
Pro for 5 years getting a job now, feel poker is no longer worthwhile as a career for myself and most people that were making good money at it a few years ago.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


As regular readers will know I have small shares in 3 horses.

Fol Hollow - good quality sprinter
Teela - Unraced 3 year old that basically eats and never runs!!!
Johney Foley - one for the future over the sticks but ran well in NH flats this year - lots of potential.

I think Teela wont be seen out for a while as I got a mail offering me a free lease of a horse called Hels Angel (which they didnt have to do) to compensate for the ownership frustration of not getting to the track yer which probably means its crocked again !!!

Anyway Fol Hollow is entered at York on Thursday at the Dante meeting and the racing is top class so am going to go with the Mrs on my owners badge - I think he should hopefully be in the frame.

Then Hels Angel is entered at Newcastle on Friday night so might as well take that freebie if it runs.

Hence I found something else to waste my cash on when my poker ban kicks in for a while. I played team game tonight and came last getting it in with a set versus flush that obv hit !!!!

Link attached for anyone interested in joining a good racehorse ownership syndciation club (not really a gambling syndicate). Basically you get full ownership rights and an owners badge each time runs even if only own 2.5%. If you get a decent horse this can pay for itself if runs at major meetings and you are flexible to attend.



Fol runs tomorrow and I am going it is 10-1
Hels Angel looks like wont run at Newcastle Fri and instead next week prob Carlisle

Monday, May 10, 2010


Another 4 fig loss when playing shocking across NLHE and PLO. According to Hold Em manager I got to 16k$ in front ah hight point this year ar 3/6$ and 5/10$ over 20K hands now after 26K hands I am up less than 1k$ on year. I cannot blame bad luck either as EV says i should be small loser.

Lost all motivation and desire for this game with exception of multis that I still enjoy. However, when little one comes along that is probably the one discipline it will not be practical to play.

Very very close to giving up for a period as dont feel it any more, just play multis ongoing on nights i play. I have team game tomorrow night that frankly is about as desirable as shopping at the moment but will grind through it so dont let team down, however letting myself down at moment as mindset / form / desire all shit.

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Was down at cash before playing a very expensive sat to the 2100 stars event tonight with intention of unreg and using tourney dollars for rest of scoops i wanted to play if qualified.

The good news was I qualified for 700$, the bad news was the main event had already started and hence i could not unreg and had to play the 2100$ event.I got to 18K after 2 levels from 10K stack and was above average, however then ran top 2 pair into a flush and was crippled before i shoved into aces.

Stars rebuy was well stacked when ran AK into AA when i should have folded pre flop. Also entered and did nothing in 200 SCOOP and lost a bit on fixed limit on the side.

Sold 30% of main event action that I really wanted them to get a return on, but ulimately this slightly reduces my losses on the day. I also bought some shares in some kid in the WSOP ultimately now leaving my role on *s very low again.

I think role management is by far my weakest area in poker,


Really like one today and thought would be odds on so when odds against I decided to have a lumpa on. Abou 2 secs into race ........................

Pos. Dr.
Dist. Horse Wt Jockey Trainer Age SP
1 Ardmaddy (IRE) 11-0 b Mr Joshua Moore (7) G L Moore 6 9/2
held up mid-division, headway approaching 6th, led 2 out, hit and driven clear last, comfortably opened 5/1 touched 4/1
2 10 J'Adhere (FR) 11-0 T Scudamore Tim Vaughan 5 3/1
hampered start, held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing winner, weakened before last opened 11/2 touched 11/4
3 9 Randomer 11-0 p A Bird (10) P Butler 7 33/1
led until 3 out, soon ridden, lost place before next, rallied approaching last, stayed on opened 40/1
4 5 Alwaysonthemove 11-0 C Bolger Mrs L J Mongan 6 6/1
pulled hard, tracked leaders, led 3out, headed next, weakening when jumped right last, no extra opened 4/1
5 20 Goring Two (IRE) 11-0 M Goldstein (5) Mrs D M Grissell 5 100/1
chased leaders, lost place before 3 out opened 125/1
6 2¼ Jack Fawaz (IRE) 10-10 G Thomas (7) P Phelan 4 100/1
in touch, under pressure after 5th, soon lost place and behind touched 150/1
7 1¾ Nomoretaxes (UAE) 11-0 t B Wharfe (3) Miss D Mountain 8 66/1
behind, headway to chase leaders approaching 6th, hard driven and weakened approaching 2 out
PU Simone Martini (IRE) 11-0 t W Marston M F Harris 5 40/1
always in rear, pulled up approaching 6th opened 50/1
UR Keckerrockernixes (IRE) 10-10 J Pemberton (5) R Rowe 4 66/1
in rear when blundered and unseated rider 3rd
UR Onemix 10-3 R J Killoran (3) N J Henderson 4 6/5
stumbled and unseated rider start opened 11/10 touched 6/4

Saturday, May 08, 2010


AM session 3 6 NL did ok won few buy ins.

PM session joined a multitude of multis across stakes.

- Lost over 1000$ with an awful move at cash.

- 300$ 150K gtd got very decent stack fast - then called a 4 bet with AK and got it all in v a bog stack to go chip leader with half field down on K75 board and i was dead versus KK.

- Shortly after above i was playing a 25% rebuy to get into 700 WSOP sat final and bubbled this getting 25$ rather than the 700 seat.

- Played 2 freeroll things - qualified for the 150K final of one which is on 31st May but think it will have zillions of runners.

- I then played the 215 SCOOP quadruple shoot out and lost pair v flush draw to go 2nd in 1st game.

- I then played an Omaha sat into the 1500 SCOOP and was 6th of 6 with 4 seats but then got aggro and got through loads raises to get safe - i got a 1500$ seat and unregged to give me some SCOOP dollars for next week or so.

Had quite a few beers now so will reg for the 216 PLO SCOOP in an hr or so. Good luck me I wont find many folds :)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Had night off poker and went to a bar showing Sky 3D to watch Man C v Spurs with a few mates including Ben "thefish" Holmes who is a Spurs fan. I wanted to try 3D before the world cup. To be honest was not impressed with 3D at all, only value is when the camera is static hence at the moment i dont see it been real good for football and could see it working much better for tennis / golf. However, I have little doubt they will develop the product with more and more cameras and will be the way tv is watched in the future.

Onto the match, for once I wanted spurs to win and was pretty gutted with below bet on Betfair when a goal was chalked off questionably which would have landed me 6 ton of 9 quid. Bentley then came on so i lost £25 on FGS - however had draw HT Spurs FT to win a few quid on the night and thought Spurs deserved the win and the 4th place.

David Bentley 36.00 16.00 Back 05-May-10 18:53 -16.00
Ledley King 65.00 9.00 Back 05-May-10 18:54 -9.00

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Just came 5th of 900 in the 65K GTD on *S for 6.7k$.

Pleased with the score but bit gutted on fin tab as I had chip lead and was 2nd a lot of the time.

Prizes were 24k, 17k, 13k, 9.8k and 6.8K and have to say I am devasted not to get the extra 3k for 4th - chuffing short stack must have won 3 or 4 all ins.

Anyway never mind getting closer and this time decent score.

Final hand I shoved for 20 odd BB when 4 of 5 with 99 and BB had JJ.

Monday, May 03, 2010


Was going to play a load of these SCOOP events, however the number of hrs you can play for a min cash can really put you off.

Was in great shape tonight with 300 left I was about 20th with 580K when av was less than 200K. However, i promised myself not to play tame after Irish open and I 4 bet 55 all in versus 1010 and busted back to 260K. From then on in was on a real tough table getting pants cards and couldnt do much - I got lowish then doubled back to 2/3 of av stack. I played real well for about 6 or 7 hrs and picked up loads of pots with nothing and didnt get a mass of big hands, however played poor last hr or so. I I made a pretty big mistake with 150 left - there was a min raise from a 15BB player and this got flatted and I was on BB with A3 - I should have called but thought could steal pot and shoved in and got snapped by JJ to leave me shortish. I later reraised a frequent raiser with an overshove all in with 44 but someone woke up with queens abehind nd despite having a few outs by turn that was that :( I beat 6500 runners but finished 140oddth for less than 1k$ for 10hrs

Top 3 places were over 100K, top 12 over 10K, top 30 over 5k, and top 50 2.5k for what could have been !!!!.

I have cashed last 4 multis but for aboslute min cashes - for the record there were a FTOPS the 300 and 100 1000 runner multis on *s in Sat and this 1st scoop event.