Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Winding October down

I've been kept pretty busy outside of poker lately. Infact I've got quite a lot to get done before the end of this week.

Wallpaper stripping is an absolute bastard. Especially when it's the non vinyl stuff that only peels of an inch at a time. You know when you try and use old selotape, and you just manage to find the edge and get your finger underneath and start to peel, but oh no it won't be having any of that! It gives a giant "fuck you" splitting 1/16th" in running in a huge diagonal down one side leaving you with a tiny sliver of selotape that you just get caught inbetween your fingers. Well increase the scale a hundred fold and rinse/repeat a gajillion times and we're getting there. That, and then there's 20 year old stuff on underneath that. Borrowed an industrial steamer from a decorating mate and what a day I've just had. Using one of those things in a confined hallway/staircase on your own is a fucking nightmare. I've got multiple scaldings up both arms, down both legs and even on my arse. With every window open the place was still like a sauna. That was even with me working like Japanese prisoner of war scrubbing furiously to get all that shit off. Anyway that's almost done, I'll get that finished tomorrow.

I must do my tax returns that I just continually put off. I won't be leaving for weekend frivoloties in Newcastle if I've not done them. Consider this a final reminder. To do lists just don't cut it anymore!

Pool is going well, and taking up quite a bit of my time too. I'm top of the Thursday league by a mile, and was top on a Wednesday too, but I think that may have dropped to second after we only managed to scrape a win last week. I'm back lifting strong in the gym again, but not without side effects. I'm eating like a monster and not doing any cardio, so I've got a bit of winter/post Vegas belly going on.

Ah Vegas! I got the DVD of our canyon trip last week, which I must get copies done for the lads at the weekend. Also need to get some more of 'The 9 day Hangover' highlight footage sorted. Think I'm going to throw in an epic 8 hour session of editing tonight to get at least a substantial amount of storyboard down, even if it'll take a lot longer to perfect.

I'm thinking about wrapping poker up for October to allow me to get all this other stuff done. I'll still do the odd bit of bumhunting at the low HU stakes, but no more proper sessions I don't think. I recovered really nicely, looking at a ~£2.3k month if I was to stop now. Will look at maybe playing the NPF game at the weekend, will depend on if Ben can play and a few other logistical nightmares. I'm really quite busy day-to-day, yet I barely ever know what I'm doing two days in advance. I think I'm going to migrate my Gmail to Outlook and start using the Calendar/Appointments feature and becoming *gasp* organised and responsible. It'll sync with my phone too so it's a no brainer really. I'll do that now actually.

Good luck all, hope you all find some run good to end October like I have :-)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Mild brag

Continues to go well :-)

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


Good news post. Nearly wasn't.

I've played some long sessions the last few days. I think it's down to training really hard at the gym which in turn is leading to me sleeping like a baby. I'm getting ~9hrs of real quality shut eye at the moment. So my focus is really sharp over longer periods of time. Didn't do me any good last night though as I logged a -£500 session. I had just ground up to near even for the month too. EV says I missed £400 in that session and that did not feel good.

Tuesday is generally a heavy poker day for me, it's my day off from the gym and as Monday kind of seeps into being 'the weekend' nowadays, it's the start of my week :-/ I got straight back on the horse and won that £500 back in a couple of hours before lunch. Fastest comeback ever. Made some hands vs hands, never needing to suck out or hit a draw I hadn't already hit harder than my opponent :-)

Had some food, had a break, played some 'Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour' online. Love that game. Used to play it loads at Uni over the network with housemates. Great gameplay. Came back to the tables and played a couple more hours for a small £50 loss. Decided I wanted a bit more poker action though so popped to the Co-Op to refuel. After demolishing my pizza (with tons of extra cheese on) I sat down with my packet of Maoam Stripes to play some HU. About 3 hours later I'm £200 better off and riding the sugar rush headbanging to Queen on my earphones.

I was playing in $ though which sucks as my HEM gives all $ values, when infact the majority of my play is in €. Now I've mixed and matched a bit my HEM currency is effectively 95% of the €. Gay. Another thing I've noticed is that my HU stats are 78/72/30. I mean I've not just realised it, I knew I played a lot of hands. But fucking hell I think it's just sunk in! I give the most action by miles at the low HU stakes on Laddies. I mentally tag a 54/48 opponent as 'loose' when I'm playing them! I know I'm going to have to drop 20% to be profitable higher, but for the moment I'm having fun pwning with a massive VPIP.

I'm now roughly £500 up in pure poker play, but with RTR and rakeback it's effectively double that which is pleasing after the shit start to October. Hopefully I can continue to string some more wins together and fingers crossed I can hit the £2k mark by month end.

Also interesting in that triple my normal audience clicked the 'Brenos Poker' link lurking around other blogs last week when my latest update was entitled 'Almost dead'. Oooh you do like a bit of goss! Thanks for stopping by again on the ridiculously dull title of 'Progress'. Stay tuned next week for 'Meg Fox Porno' ;-)

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Not going great

Pokerwise have struggled to log a winning session this month. I've just won a couple of hundred back at HU tonight, but I'm still in a £500 hole for October. Good points though:

1) Volume is good again, getting back into the groove
2) I'm running like shit

I know 2) is probably the most common blog post ever ever ever. So I'm not going to dwell too much. But a few £200+ pots I've got the money in really good only to be sucked out on, and have been hugely coolered a few times. Not quite to the tune of Jackal vs Holmes in home poker games, but still. Also give me AA vs KK just once please.

I really need to make bank this month. I've racked up some credit from Vegas and I really need to clear that off. I've also got another £300 car bill. I hate my fucking car. Already motored my way up the RTR leaderboard though (that's the only motoring I do) so if I can just manage turn my winrate upside down then I should be OK.

I've got tons to do besides poker also. I'm playing in two Pool Leagues for the Winter Season, I'm vice captain on a Wednesday and captain on a Thursday, so those evenings are write offs. I'm at the gym three times a week and should be running on my off days. I've not so far though because I've started squatting in the gym again and boy do my legs and arse hurt! Also not got Vegas photos on Facebook yet (the family friendly ones of course) and have barely progressed on the compilation movie I've promised to make. Ben needs to get his photos copied to me though (hint/deflection). Bear with me guys, I promise it'll be good. I just need some time to make some money first. Definitely no time for any 9-5 shit I mentioned earlier!

Good luck all and good luck me. Come on Brenos get it together lad!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Almost dead

This pretty much sums up what state I've been in since I last blogged. But I've had an absolutely awesome time doing it. As most will know, I've been to Vegas with Holmes and the footy lads for 10 amazing days of barely any sleep. Then when I got back I was at a Stag Weekend in Wales, white water rafting, adventure coursing and freefall jumping (!!)

Ben has totally set me up on his blog to do a write up so he doesn't have to, but that's never happening. Too much of it is 'in jokes' that no-one will get, and I won't be sharing the majority of photos either! A video compliation in the style of 'The Hangover' credits is in production, as that film was unsuprisingly a recurring theme. I will however post roughly what we did each day:

FRI: Got sozzled on the plane, upstairs was class. Shook Azz's hand many times. Picked up in Limo from Airport by the best Bond baddie of all time, Jaws. Mexican @ MGM. Created a 7 way kitty which Ad trebled up at roulette. Drank the kitty dry in Luxor bars. Ended up at a place which can only be described as...

SAT: Couple of the lads had champagne buffet breakfast at Bellagio, which is obv amazing. VIP pool party at Flamingo. Couple of the lads went to the Mayweather fight @ MGM, then Pure @ Ceaser's followed by...

I crashed early this night as I'd had about 6 hours sleep in 4 days.

SUN: Massive day. NFL Sunday in USA which is amazing. Drinking all day in Blondies@PH. Over the top high fiving at any decision given on one of the many games being shown live. 50c beers. Beer pong. Somehow we came back to the hotel and put suits on and went to Body English@Hard Rock. I pulled a munter.

MON: Par 3 Golf at Angel Park. Awesome putting course there too. Waitress @golf saw us at Blondies on national TV. Hope they got a few of the high fives and baby wanks in there! Absolutely epic night in JET@Mirage. Got in the VIP with NFL and NBA players, I forget their names/teams but they're each most likely pulling in over $5million a year.

TUES: Shopping outlet. 10 pin bowling@Gold Coast (shit hole). Advice: everyone is shit hot at bowling in America. We totally pissed around with behind the back bowls, retardo celebrations of strikes/spares and did a round where you had to 'Ronaldinho pass' style no-look-bowl. Most people gutterballed but amazingly Ad hit two strikes in a row not looking. We've got that on film and I'll post that on here when I'm done editing.

WED: Canyon via helicopter. Can't really do it justice. Photos don't either, you have to go. Fly by of strip on return journey. Amazing. All of us played a poker tourney at Sahara where the least experienced of our group final tabled for a moderate return.

THU: A few lads played a full round of golf. I played some live cash poker. We had a nice Asian meal @Wazuzu@The Wynn. Partied it up at Cat House@Luxor followed by

FRI: We toured basically what we hadn't seen already. Lions@MGM, Reef@Mandalay Bay. Amazing buffet @The Wynn. Stratosphere rides (yes I did all three). Ghost Bar@Palms which had the most amazing view ever. Also the largest spirit measures ever. Silly dancing. Oyston out!

SAT: Redic hungover Wet Republic pool party @MGM. Fittest birds ever. Volleyball. High fives. Unconscious bucket head dive man. £100 steak@Palazzo (mmm). Pure@Ceasers followed by another rsitp ucbl.

So I barely played any poker at all. Managed to win ~$400 though and I think I managed to break even at Blackjack after being in a large hole but went on an epic heater@Sahara.

Amazing place, amazing birds, amazing company, amazing laughs, amazing time full stop.

So after almost pulling round after Vegas, I then have a stag weekend in Wales to go to. Really glad I didn't bottle it though because I had an amzing time, and great to see old friends. It wasn't just a total piss up which to be honest was a fucking lifesaver for me as I'd been drunk for the last two weeks. Saturday we went white water rafting which as a first timer was great, and even better on the last few runs with two boats on a stag party and instructors who were up for a laugh, splashing and boarding each other with many a takedown and dunk in the freezing welsh river! Sat night obv did turn into a huge piss up, with us playing every drinking game forfeit under the sun.

Sunday was an early breakfast and shake off of the hangover to 'Go Ape' which is a huge obstacle course 50ft up in the trees. Some of it surprisingly hard too, but that could have been the delicate state and also the fact I had two old Uni housemates either side of me, so I'd have my obstacle rocked voilently from each side. We did have safety harnesses but a fall still would have banged you up a bit. At the end of the course was a powerfan platform which with a 50ft drop from a 3ft platform, was quite daunting to say the least. With my new found confidence with heights thanks to Strato training, I did manage to make the jump. Those last few seconds on the platform are the scariest by far, and the split second (which feels like ages) that you actually are in freefall is incredible.

That was nothing though, as seperate from the obstacle course, this place has the largest powerfan jump in Europe at 130ft. And it's not on a crane or anything, it's on a fucking massive tree, with staples hammered into the side for you to climb up. Check the second video out here, it's the first activity. Pause it for a second and look at that climb, Christ I was knackered! Also check out that platform, how small? It's really windy up there too. Once you're up there's only one way down and it's quite a task to tell yourself to step off a tiny platform 130ft in the air. You're harnessed at the back so you don't feel any tension either which is horrible! Again the last few seconds on the platform are the worst, and this time the freefall was incredible. You get that rising feeling in your body like when you go down a big dip in your car, only about a million times stronger. Also because it's such a big drop you get that huge rise, but you're still falling so your whole body goes mental and it feels amazing! I must admit it looks quite tame in the video, but also bear in mind thats a bird on there, not a 15stone 6ft bloke. I really want to do it again though, great experience!

So I've spent an absolute shit load of cash lately, obliterated my liver and put back on a load of weight. Time to eat healthy, train hard and hit the poker tables, I think...

I've played a bit of HU for a few hundred quid profit this month, but played my first 6max session in ages tonight. I've kind of forgotten what it's like! I did OK, logging a small loss but getting it in good in two big spots that I lost. Don't know how I feel about playing to be honest. I quite fancy working properly in a proper 9-5 job just for the change. But I know I'll hate it after a month. Guess I'll see after a few more sessions, I still feel like I'm short on sleep too which won't help :-S

Good luck all :-)