Thursday, 24 November 2011

Boom or bust

Yes I know the posts are getting less frequent. Yes I know any regular readers have probably deleted the link. I have excuses though! Welcome back to the not-so-wacky world of Doggystylepoker.

Has there been any poker then? No, not much. I recently swapped ipoker skins to a slightly better deal . Obviously I have a new user name and all the noob run-good associated with it. Plus there’s the added bonus of pillaging those ‘beginner’ tables reserved for recent sign-ups. I really want to up the volume but just haven’t had the time. This has to be my lowest volume year since I started. And so to the excuses…

Well the bottom has fallen out of my industry. From what I can see there is a so-called double dip recession coming and its going to be brutal. Companies are struggling like mad out there. Just yesterday in the news we heard that Thomas Cook Holidays went cap in hand to their bank to rejig loans they took out just weeks prior. That is exactly where we are at my place. A 3rd and final round of redundancies in couple of days will see us with a greatly reduced workforce ahead of our busiest time of the year. I say final round – I don’t think we could possibly cut anymore jobs. Maybe they could get me to do everything… oh wait, I already do. We are literally closing our eyes, pressing “All-in” and hoping to bink when sending the monthly wages transmission to the bank. Its that bad. Needless to say with me working in the finance area I’m putting in some serious shifts and getting endless stick on the phone each day from people wanting some dosh. That alone makes it hard to go home and wind down enough to want to load up some tables. We are busting our balls to stay afloat and I’m not sure if everyone here appreciates the game of brinksmanship we are playing with some of the big boys (Revenue and Customs). Default on them dudes and it’s the dole queue. Or ironically I would likely be playing poker for a living for a while!

But its not all bad. I do still get to relax. Local league pool season is in full swing – going ok – we’re near the top as usual. I won 14 out of 16 for the county side, but we failed to qualify for the national finals. Not sure if I will return to that full-time though. Snooker is also going ok. We’re now in the 2nd tier and facing some handy sticks. My home form is awesome but away form patchy. The team sit in 3rd place early doors and I think it will be an incredibly tight battle for the two promotion places.

The youngests football season is also well underway. The game at his age is refreshingly honest. No cynical fouls, no bad language, no spitting, just lots of little ‘uns swarming round the ball until it ends up in the net. Normally our net. They get battered every week but still enjoy it. My lad is current top scorer – one goal ahead of our next best marksman “Own Goals”. He improves every week and is mad for the game – probably because of the extortionate goal bonus he negotiated with me. I swear he hadn’t looked like scoring until we struck the deal. 5 shots, 5 goals and an empty pocket later… Hustled.

Keep on keeping on

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Weekend Warrior

Here we go again! Another post you lucky people. The distinct lack of postings on this here poker blog is because of the distinct lack of poker being played. Summer time and a busy old schedule have made me something of a weekend warrior on the felt. That will all change as the nights draw in and the recreational players return for the winter. The few sessions I’ve put in over recent weeks have all been “ok” but I’m a little rusty.

So what’s been keeping me from the tables? Well kids stuff has taken up some time. Youngest is mad for his football so that accounts for a good chunk of time (training, matches and the inevitable “Daddy lets go to the park” kick-abouts). The second youngest starts her clubs and stuff this week too. I’ve also been kicking on with the study towards my qualification. Aced the last exam. Go me. The snooker and pool seasons are about to start again next week and I’ve kept my arm in by playing a couple of county games for Buckinghamshire. Just in their ‘b’ team, but that’s been kind of fun (I was an 'a' team regular until I stopped playing 5 years ago). I said I’d play the remaining fixtures and with a couple of wins the team will qualify for the nationals. I won't have played enough to go to that though unless we apply for dispensation. Got to get there first though...

That, folks, is about that. Watch this space for reports of my poker volume going back up and that first million rolling in.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

* Insert witty title *

OMG, dead blog alert. Here’s your overdue update in number form:

29. The number of days off poker I had recently. Most refreshing. Took all my money off of all but one site and spent liberally. I’ve just stuck some back on an ipoker skin because for all its faults I ‘have its number’ so to speak.
12. That’ll be the number of tables I’ve started playing to get back in the swing. I’m clearing a bonus so volume is key. Will re-evaluate if its +EV when I’ve played enough hands.
0. That’ll be the money I had in Full Tilt when it all went ‘West Ham’. Phew.
3. The number of hours per week that I’ve lost by agreeing to get the youngest into a local football team. Two days a week sat in some grotty pavilion. Great. I can see why parents get into coaching – it’s the lesser of two evils.
2. The number of games remaining in our pool league and also the number of consecutive titles we’ve won. The competition all faded away and we kept winning without drama.
15. The number of minutes it takes to walk to our new home venue in the snooker league. We’ve moved to an old social club which used to cost a bomb to get into but has now done away with membership and gone down the ‘let any old idiot in’ route. So now they’ve got some idiots! Top restaurant attached too. Oh and they sell my favourite beer too. Get in there! For any snooker fans reading at our presentation night we had it confirmed from a top 16 pro that everyone on the tour KNOWS John Higgins was guilty as hell and has got away as light as a Doggy cold 4-bet.

That’s all your getting. I’m off on my hols next week (not that any further postings were due). If any burglars read this – there’s nothing worth taking – the only shit I bought with my withdrawals was fine wine and food.

Woof

Monday, 13 June 2011

I want to meet Howard Marks if i can but they say that i can't

S’up blogosphere.

In a fit of peak just after my last post I withdrew all my iPoker monies. The old dog of a PC had restarted 3 times during a session (only happens with iPoker clients – taking up too much CPU???), plus I’d dropped a few buy-ins to nittier dudes than me and I hadn’t seen a fish in like 2 years. And so the search for a new home began. I listed some options in the previous post and went for none of them. I am now one of the 5 regs on Everleaf. Traffic is poor but you’re never going to be without a huge fish on your table as Italians are allowed on this network (or perhaps just on my particular skin, im not sure). Having said all that I’ve played poorly there so far and I’m down a few BI’s. I did start off trying to obliterate people with some laggy game and have now settled down to a 23/20 comfortable style which is proving profitable. Looks like a decent enough ‘home’ for the time being.

Easy money Retro-time – last month I stuck a few K into Betfair for the sole reason of playing the Eurovision Song contest in-running market. Started by laying Ireland for the max (Couldn’t be having Jedward) and traded some of other runners. I missed out on the Azerbaijan money train but scored a nice little profit overall. Just like the old times.

Work update. Redundancy stuff is ongoing and morale is a bit bleak. Although no specific people have been identified, its clear who will get the axe in my office. So unless someone unexpectedly chips in for voluntary redundancy the little old lady we hired in January is probably the one to go. When we hired her she was doing a job finders scheme for the long term unemployed. To say she was over-the-moon to get the gig would be an understatement. She does a good job but just doesn’t have the skills/experience of my other ladies yet. Whilst some air-head blonde from our control centres will waltz into another job, this lady will struggle due to her age. It’s a sh!t old world sometimes.

Best get back to it… paperwork doesn’t shuffle itself you know.

Friday, 20 May 2011

(My) Black Friday



At just before close of play today our MD is sending out letters and emails to our entire workforce to give them the news we are making a third of them redundant. Happy weekend everyone.

I will be fine. Hey, I’m only doing the work of 3 people so I’m sure I can pick up the slack when we chop a few heads in my department. On the flip side we have grown a pair and are telling two huge customers to go do one. Culling this work and cutting costs should see us start turning profits again – one day! In the meantime I guess I’m going to have to learn to make my own coffee or work out a complicated EV calculation of taking voluntary redundancy.

On the poker front I’ve been flitting here and there. I cleared my bonus at Full Tilt by donking around at Rush. Turned a nice profit too. And received my cash out the same day. Run good or what?

I’ve also played a bit back on ipoker, a bit more on Stars, cleared my entraction account and opened an account on Merge. It’s mostly going well. I have somehow turned into a 28/24 agro monkey preflop (sometimes worse than that too). It’s something I’ll have to tone down a bit. Most importantly I need to find a settled home for a while with a decent 200nl player pool.

In other news our second snooker season has finished. We won our division by a country mile. I think we’re going to have one more crack at it next year in slightly better company. I might even have to practice a bit.

The more important game involving potting balls – pool – is also going swimmingly. Despite a couple of hiccups we’re top of the league again and its in our hands. I’m just coming into form (I hope) and knocked in the perfect set last week – one break and dish and two clearances off their break. I was out of position once so will have to rectify that tardiness!

Back to it. The company wont run itself you know.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Cashing out my Carrot Cake and rubbing it on my...

...see the vid below for answers.

Bucking the one post per month trend, Doggy is back with a second April offering.

I guess you think I’m going to prattle on about Black Friday don’t you? Well I better give a passing nod to it I suppose. From a selfish perspective (what other perspective is there when you’re an online poker player?) it hasn’t made much difference to my games. There were no Americans on ipoker, entraction or Eurodonk network anyway. So its business as usual for me. With the British Isles basking in sunshine and enjoying a gazillion bank holidays at the same time, it seems its back to reg-fests at my tables. My fault really – the winter traffic picked up nicely and I didn’t play enough during those months to really benefit. I’m nearing the end of my first month on Entraction and have released a paltry sum of bonus despite putting in decent volume. I started the month by having a little fight with the EV monster which I lost. I kept grinding though and somehow I’m in the green, so I cant really grumble. I have no idea where I’ll be playing next month. Don’t fancy sticking around at Entraction. Ipoker is just a bit ‘meh’. All the other good offers around at the moment are on sites/networks with lower traffic. There is one possibility…

Full Tilt. Last week I remembered a local online comp being held on FT. I had previously taken my roll off there as all I did was sit and play RUSH 24 hours a day – not advisable for your health peoples (edit: not bad for your rakeback mind you). Upon signing in I saw the reload options and before you know it I’m sticking in a bit more than the planned $33. Less said about the tournament the better (Squeezed big early doors, flop top two, pub player has called oop with 52s and before you can say flusharama…). The money was soon back in the cashier when I solved the following equation:

RUSH – Americans = Euro’s + Canadians = Plays like the games I win in.

Looks like some value to be had there for a while. Its probably the same on Stars too. I’ve never actually deposited there (so cannot withdraw at present) so it might be time to stick something on and play the Russians!

Choices choices choices. Unless you live in the land of the free.

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Best record that we only went and won the next division in the snooker league. With 2 games to spare. We had some After Eights to celebrate. And Beer. And Scampi Fries. A winning combination in anyone’s world you’d have to agree. Until I stumbled accross this recommendation for Titties and Carrot Cake

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Life could be so easy, why you gotta make it so hard?

I guess it’s update time again for all my deprived readers.

I’ve put in some mega low volume poker wise since the last update. A small winning month on ipoker and some mad donking around elsewhere. Work has been incredibly busy still with me doing the work of at least 2 people. Its settling down a little but some nights I’m just too tired to spell “A-Game” let alone play it.

It’s all going to change in April. I’ve moved a wedge to Entraction (VC to be precise) and plan on releasing as much of the E3500 bonus they offer. I’d have to turn zombie to attempt to get the lot but I’m going to put in as much volume as I can. The regs over there are a weird bunch and its taken a couple of days to get used to them. Plus its taken me a little while to get back in the swing of grinding. Talking of swings, one of my first sessions there was a horrific red session. I cant help think the spewy image (somehow turned into a 44/40 maniac!) I’ve set up with my new reg buddies has helped in subsequent sessions as I’ve won the lot back with some light call downs against me. In the interest of generating as many VIP points as possible I’ve also played plenty of PLO. Theres one PLO reg that always seems to be sat on multiple buy-ins across 8 tables and he’s effin AWFUL. He alone has contributed about 4 buy-ins to the “Doggys first Mirrion” fund with his overvaluing baby flushes. I dont have a tracker for PLO so i've never really bothered too much with it, but I'm sure going to have a little tickle on VC if its as soft as first impressions seem.

Right that’s it for now. Here’s a video by a dude that knows how to write songs. Unfortunately he’s doing some weird disco shit at the moment, but this is one of his earlier ones. Life could be so easy, why you got to make it so hard. Indeed.