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.

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3 Comments to "Windows 7, my new Pokernews Column & Rush Poker..."

havin_a_laff said...

There are several things you can do to improve PC performance. I think there is a post in the HEM forums somewhere.

chris_a_angus said...

What is your hourly rate out of interests sake?

James Atkin said...

You'll have to e-mail me for the answer to that question!