January 25, 2010

Windows 7, my new Pokernews Column & Rush Poker...

Having asked for Windows 7 as a Christmas present, as no-one ever knows what to get me, I finally got around to installing it this weekend. I did a clean install, as is apparently the best thing to do. It has been a bit of a pain in the arse reinstalling all my software and stuff, although my recent purchase of a Western Digital Network Hard Drive has made this process a bit easier. I'm currently waiting for Hold 'em Manager to reimport all my hands, about a quarter million in total, so that I can start a session back at the tables.

I can't say I've noticed much different as of yet with Windows 7 vs Windows Vista. However, this blog post by Supernova Elite Brad Stalcup did turn me onto a couple of interesting web-pages to improve my computer's performance for playing poker.

There are a couple of things I wasn't aware you could do, such as turning off the Windows logo upon turning your computer on so that it boots up faster. This could come in handy in those moments where you are playing 20 SNGs and your damn computer crashes and you need to get it back up and running ASAP so you don't blind out...which is very panicky situation when it happens (I remember reading that getting your finger trapped in a bottle is the biggest momentary panic that you can have, which I think is kinda oddly true, but I think the times when you think your internet has died and you're playing Heads Up SNGs is worse!).

Also if you create a new folder anywhere on your computer and label it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, you get this kind of "uber Control Panel" which is quite cool, and potentially quite useful. If only you could enter a code to get God Mode on PokerStars!

I said I would link to my latest UK Pokernews column when it went live, which was today...so accordingly you can read that article if you click here. It is effectively a report of my trip to Galway for the inaugural UKIPT event, and I suggest it's well worth a quick read!

Anyway, only a few more thousand hands to import on Hold 'em Manager and I can play my first online poker for several weeks. Well, that's except for a little session I had trying out Rush Poker for the first time. Well it was supposed to be a little session, but I had a losing start so it turned into quite a long session. I pulled it back to make a little profit, but it's a shame the format can't work for tournaments as I am a little rusty at cash games! I was four tabling quite comfortably, and I have to say I really like the idea, perhaps the biggest innovation we've seen since the innovation of online poker itself. I don't want to spend any more time on it though, as I've found a game I'm beating really well, and it's hard to see myself topping my hourly rate from MTT SNGs with low or mid-stakes cash games that I haven't played for long time.

January 22, 2010

Big update...last 7 weeks!!

A very belated Happy New Year to you all. Some people expressed their concerns that I might have been a victim of the recent cold snap, but good news, I am alive and well...chasing the dog off of a frozen over lake only to fall through the ice and die isn't my style (the dog is always fine when you read about these things, don't you find?).

The reason I haven't updated my blog is that I have just been incredibly busy the last few weeks. First it was Christmas, and then it was moving house...and that has just taken forever. We thought we'd made a clever decision overlapping the tenancies between the two houses by 3 weeks, but I think all that succeeded in doing was prolonging the stress that moving house entails. Things are just about sorted now though, and getting settled in to our nice new home which features 2 more gardens, one more driveway and one more garage than our previous home (no I'm not 'baller', it's just our old place had zero of these three things!).

Moving house and such has led to me not playing a single hand of poker since the Monte Carlo event at Dusk 'til Dawn just before Christmas (of which I bust out a little too early for my liking), and I haven't played a single hand online since the 5th December which without question constitutes the longest break I have taken since I started playing poker, even in the early days when it was just recreational. Despite all the hard grinding I do, I am really keen to get back to it so I guess that's a good sign that the break has had a positive effect (tbh I'm probably just keen to earn some sodding money, it feels like I've been bleeding money the last few weeks buying Christmas presents and then all the stuff we've needed for the house).

Somehow in this pause of blogging I have managed to not yet report my first Live Tournament victory of my career, which is kinda important compared to the usual stuff I drone on about! I took down the €500+50 UKIPT side event in Galway for €12,500. A nice boost for my Hendon Mob database page, which was due a 1st place really (I even get a new flag to boot, wiiiiiii). I have to extend my thanks to Mick McCool who bought me into that event and the Main Event as well, and am glad I was able to offer some ROI rather than putting him €2550 in the hole!

I met some cool people was out there, online pros Daleroxxu and Mike McFadgen were good for a laugh. I also got talking to Seamus Cahill who I was sat next to for a decent portion of the tourney I won. I even gave live pro Jason Herbert, who I bust in 3rd, a lift home from Manchester airport, as he lived pretty much on the way. So that's a Scotsman, a Canadian, an Irishman and an Englishman, surely enough for a racist joke of some description!

I won't say any more, as I have used my victory in Galway as the topic for my new UK PokerNews column, which will go live on Monday upon which I'll post up the link...

One recent development is that I have gotten involved with Collin Moshman, whose books you may have read or at least heard of (I found his Heads Up NLH was very good when I used to play HUSNGs). He has set up a coaching and staking site at CollinMoshman.com. I initially joined up to get some SNG coaching. Although I was doing rather well on my own, I was keen on plugging any leaks I might have, and am very aware these days that learning and reviewing your game are very important things to do. I have recently started coaching people as well, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm a real sucker for being able to talk about poker to the nth degree, and this gives me a great outlet for discussing poker pro-actively. I think coaching other people is going to have a positive affect on my own game, because of the deep analysis into individual hands that I can apply to my own play.

So as well as looking forward to getting back to the tables myself (which I will be doing by this Monday), I am excited about taking on a few more students. If anyone is interested, take a look at the site. This blog will be being reproduced on there as well (or here, depending on where you are reading it from!).

I'm sure some other stuff must have happened over the last 7 weeks, but that seems like a long enough post already, so if I think of anything important I'll include it next time.

Hopefully that will be sometime soon!