Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Full Tilt Rant...

Full Tilt suck!

I tried to transfer some of my tourney winnings out of my account the other day after winning that little $5 turbo but they wouldn't let me! They told me i needed to make a deposit on a bank card and then i could withdraw to that account. No worries i thought, tried to deposit - Unsuccessful. And into the bargain they then freeze my account until i send them proof of ID. I do this and then have to wait 2 days for a generic, copy/pasted reply informing me my photo IDs not valid and nor is my bank statement as its over 60 days old. No response to my comments/questions in my previous email to them!

I replied attaching a choice of 2 different bank statements/utility bills and further explanation as to why i'm not able to meet their photo ID requirements (my passports out of date). I also requested a prompt response seeing as time is dragging on with MY funds frozen in THEIR bank accounts making them money.

3 days later and i'm still waiting for a reply! When they eventually get around to it, no doubt i'll get another copy/pasted response which doesn't directly address any of my previous questions! All i want is my money - i don't care if i can never play there again! In fact, i may even choose not to if this drags on much longer!

sigh :(

I wish more sites had MAC compatible clients so i had more choice of sites!

Rant Over.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Highs & Lows

After my earlier post talking of my good feelings about December things took a turn for the worse...
Eleven of the last thirteen days have been losing ones which obviously hasn't helped my micro bankroll much! I was getting quite a few deepish runs but kept coming up short all the time - Just the nature of playing MTTs. Despite this and my rapidly shrinking bankroll i still felt positive (ish) and kept on grinding away. I was playing well and knew a big score was just around the corner.

My Pokerstars Cashier was looking extremely unhealthy and i was forced to grind $1 tourneys but to no avail... My current bankroll on Stars stands at $0.04. I was subdued to the fact that i'd have redeposit on there but in an ironic twist, i entered a $5.50 turbo on Full Tilt this evening as it caught my eye during late registration. I like turbos... see myself as a lower volume and micro stakes version of MI_Turtle. haha
Not only did i have another deep run but somehow managed to take it down! Not once do i recall getting my $ in bad either (except against short stacks). Just managed to win my flips when it mattered and pick up the blinds when i got a chance. There was a monster stack at the Final table who did a good job of running hot and basically killed every pot he was in! He made life quite easy for me as i managed to win a few flips and grind my way to HU with him. A few minutes of chipping up a little and i got it in with 6's v his A9 and the 6 on the flop gave me a set and the chip lead, albeit by the equivalent of a SB or something stupid.
At this point he offered a chip EV deal which i happily accepted as the blinds were so big i was happy to take the $815 and the tourney win on paper.
I think i had the advantage over him but with such big blinds and a fragile bankroll i thought it best to just get the $ in the bank so to speak.

SO... Finally i'm back on form with a little MTT win. Not huge by any means but at least i have some $ to work with now and will be able to avoid the embarrassment of having to redeposit if i can find someone to do a Full Tilt to Stars transfer.

In other news, I went to the solicitors last week and signed the papers to my house so all going well i'll be a homeowner as of next week and be £20k richer... well kinda.
I'm buying the house off my parents so i'm getting a decent deal on the place and getting £20k back off them when the mortgage money comes through to spend on doing a load of work on the place. Looks like 2011 could be a busy year development wise.

I could really do with some run good indefinitely now i have a mortgage to cover!

Also... SNOW forecast for Friday and over the weekend... Result.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Bench Clearance

Some footage from last nights Nottingham v Coventry hockey match - well worth a watch!
Neither are my team (Cardiff Devils) but they're both top teams in our league.

For anyone not a hockey regular who doesn't understand fighting in the game. Its a good explanation of how a poor refereeing decision is usually the cause of most fights.

Bench clearances are quite rare - maybe one or two per season across the whole league - but are always fun to watch and get the adrenaline flowing both on and off the ice.

One of the things i love about hockey is how it can be so physical on the ice yet the home and away fans all 'get on' reasonably well. You never get fighting or anything and can quite often have a chat in the bar and mingle both pre and post match whereas in football, on the pitch they fall over at the slightest touch and then all the fans try to kill each other after the match....

Hockey FTW imo...

Shattered now and got to be up in 4 hours to get to the rink for Cardiff v Dundee game! - Sleep zzz

EDIT: And there was a bit more of the same after they restarted the game...

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Fallen at the Final Hurdle

November... Kinda glad to see the back of it in poker terms.
I managed to avoid a second losing month but it equally was a struggle make a profit at all, eventually ending the month with just $26.75. Possibly my worst ever profitable month?!

Most of the damage was done at the start of the month with the sngs and i only just managed to rescue it by running above EV in the micro stakes PLO as you can see in the graph below.

On the topic of PLO... Although i'm in profit, even in EV terms, i'm quite frustrated that i'm not killing the game. I see loads of bad play (now i come to think of it... largely by myself! haha) yet am apparently struggling to beat micro stakes even. Not sure what to do with it - I've watched a fair few training videos which all seem to largely state the obvious to me. Why can't i beat $10 PLO? I know i have small volume but i would've thought i'd have seen a more positive graph even over low volume? I have no idea though as am a novice when it comes to cash game stats...

December...  I had a good feeling about this month and it almost came true on the first night!

Having struggled with the PLO recently i decided to have a night of mtt grinding seeing as i had a load of free time overnight to kill. It was also inspired by a friends big score yesterday which i'll come onto later. Played a total of 17 mtts, all on Stars, cashed in 5 of them and came very close to a very healthy score in 2 only to fall at the final hurdle (hence my posts title)

Firstly, the $5 rebuy where i finished 18th/960 - Was in the top 10 for most the tourney but went a bit card dead once i was in the $$$. AK < 4s on a A64 flop (i had the nut flush draw too so was never getting away from it)

then... in the $11 Freezeout 11th/2883 Q's < KJ on a 9 high flop... He rivered a J high flush. Frustratingly in this one i was chipped up nicely too... ahh well. Next time :)

On a plus note, tonights results still managed to help increase my current micro bankroll by about 75% so that helps things a bit. I'm actually enjoying playing in general now too which is something i've lacked over the summer.

Winters officially here in UK and its been pretty cold the last few weeks. Night temperatures consistently well below freezing and day time temperatures barely getting over 0c... I LOVE it :)

Had 4 days of snow too which is brill for this time of year although only 1 of the 4 days gave any significant amounts. I live in the South West of the country which is one of the least badly effected areas. Long may this trend continue :) Sure beats the usual wind and rain and +9 degrees conditions we usually get at this point in early winter!

A few pics from my garden.

Taken on my iphone so not the best quality but you get the idea... The bottom pic is a horse even if it does look more like a donkey! lol

On a closing note - A HUGE congrats to my good friend Henry 'Swistoni' Griffiths on a huge night yesterday on Stars.

He final tabled 3 big mtts on Stars including beating the huge $3 rebuy field to win it outright making for a +$15,400 payday. All from low stakes mtts. He's always been an excellent player but started out as more of a live player (as i used to like winding him up about - his online record was far from great). He's gradually got better and better over the past couple years and although he's won events online before last nights big run, i think this proves he's eventually surpassed myself & mastered the online game too! :) If thats not going to motivate me to get some big scores in the coming months i don't know what will! haha