Sunday, 22 August 2010

Love the weekends!

Ship the £1k day on the RUSH tables. Pushing the month towards the "totally awesome" category :-)

Shame no super lie in come the morning, will try to stay positive about work but it's proving harder and harder lately!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Bring on the EPO

Last weekend I won a $7k EPO package through raketherake on Ladbrokes. Absolutely delighted and can't wait to play in the event. Casino looks amazing, class location and great structure where I'm sure all the big names will be playing. I can't really justify the $5k+ buy in though so I'm looking to sell 50% of myself. There is a thread over on the NPF here where you can post if you're interested, or you could leave me a message here.

Had a busy week at work this week so haven't played online at all really. I got drunk for my 27th (eek!) birthday on Wednesday night with the pool team and again last night with the football lads at a home poker night where I was a huge donator. Ben luckboxed the massive pot catching up on some run-good.

I played 45 minutes in goal today and it's hard to put into words how bad I am at football now. I just have no ability. I thought at least I'd be able to kick and catch OK, but no. Complete retardation. We somehow drew 3-3 after being 3-1 down after 85 minutes, so I guess we'll take that!

Will do a bit more socialising tonight before some more EPO satellites tomorrow. Good luck all :-)

Friday, 13 August 2010

I wish I could run at expectation...

Good continuation

I continued to run good for a day after the last post and managed to rack up over 1.5k in winnings for August. Since then it's been pretty crap, but I can't grumble. Here's a graph...

So I've effectively broken even for a few days, not bad at all really. Had a couple of really brutal sessions in amongst that, but hey I ran like God for the first 15k hands so musn't grumble (I love Terry Wogan). It's been said that RUSH Poker is one big "cooler machine" and tbh with the style of play of much of the regulars it's hard not to agree. What the game needs it for 3/6+ tables to open up and the better higher stakes players to be on level 27 versus each other a few times, the HHs to get on 2+2 and everyone will go on a spew mission again. On the contrary, this is very interesting reading. It's a long post by Citizenwind who is a CR pro. I don't especially like his teaching style (or Veneers - who is an absolutely terrible coach imo), but he writes very well and talks a lot of sense here. If you're in anyway serious about poker, read it.

Outside of poker, work is going OK, nothing really to write about there. Lifestyle wise I am in an all time state of fatness, and this is being addressed. I've been doing tons of financial reading lately, having ventured into the stock market and seriously looking at savings, pensions and general planning for the future stuff. On the computer front I now have a BSh Degree in Excel 2007 from the University of Illegal Torrent Downloads. Combining these recent learnings, I have created a finances sheet that is so advanced, I am sure will form the beginnings of Skynet, signaling the end for all mankind. Pretty colours too.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Great start

Played first session in August today, 4k hands for $800 and a nice start to my birthday month. This was at NL$100 RUSH and from first impressions I'd say the skill difference in between NL25-NL100 is the smallest I've seen of any site. Still loving poker and enjoying work, who needs exercise?!? Off camping tomorrow where I am going to build an awesome fire and hopefully cook something I catch fishing. Have a good weekend all :-)

All together when you're winning, you only blog when you're winning!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

July wrap up

July has been a resounding success for me. Some nice profit at poker, some shrewd investment in stocks, a nice short golfing holiday break (help me, help you) and a large amount of satisfaction from work. Definitely one of my most rounded months in a while.

I've figured out what it is too. Positive feedback. You get none of this being a poker pro, in fact usually a large amount to the contrary (especially if you bet KK into trup QQ). Plugging away getting nothing but negative feedback is not good for the human psyche. Anyway seems like I'm making a difference at work and have enjoyed the learning process along the way. I've worked pretty hard in the last few weeks as it's big changes from next week - of which I'm shouldering a lot of responsibility - so fingers crossed things go smoothly.

Pokerwise I've been crushing RUSH all month, that being largely responsible for a nice £1.3k profit, with a few deep tourney scores tonight and only a few hands on Laddies. Not sure how long that'll continue, roll almost entirely withdrawn there - just left enough in for me to play some regular weekend tournies. I'm still yet to win the €100k Sunday rebuy. At least I hope it's still that. I played the Saturday equivalent today, which used to be €50r €50k GTD, but was a quite pitiful €25r €20k GTD this evening :-( I came 14th for ~€100 profit, then 26th in the 2nd chance €10k GTD for small profit, and a deep run 14/~1600 on FT for $50 profit. Nice to have deep runs in tourneys alongside each other, shame things didn't run quite in my favour to be able to convert.

Whilst I've been working hard and playing RUSH on Full Tilt, I've been busy funneling money out of my other accounts and into shares. I'm in two oil companies, one very young long-term prospect, and another more established company who look good in the mid-term. Researching your market and keeping track on share prices is great fun and really engaging. Also can be pretty damn profitable! I've made more than double the interest my ISA has made this whole tax year, in just a couple of weeks, for a third of the consideration. So I've put the forms through to put all my savings in the one broker, where I can still keep my ISA wrapper and also set up a SIPP (pension), I've a few mates the wrong side of 30 now, makes me remember to plan for the future!

Two negatives to come out of this month:
1) My exhaust fell off my shit heap of a car and I had to fork out £250 for all three pipes to be replaced. After the depreciation of the new exhaust, my car is now worth about £200.
2) I'm proper fat.

The rest, pretty damn good! Best of luck all :-)