Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

And a lovely 2007 to one and all :)

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Blogger Poker Tour

So, eagle eyed readers may have spied way down the page a banner about the Blogger Poker Tour, which I've been a keen participant in, if not writer abouter...

Well, top notch poker blogger and all round BPT coverer extraordinaire Mike has blackmailed me into writing substantitively about it in order to be potentially in line to pick up some much needed bonus points if I bust him out of the tournament. (Mike, I'm assuming, not being familiar with the term and being all English and suchlike, that that's what "launching" means :) )

I don't normally write about poker on my blog, for a variety of reasons, but it's by far my favourite game in the world, and in the not too distant future will HOPEFULLY be a facet of my professional life (not in the 'making money from playing poker' way though, I have neither the "mad skillz" nor "desire" to do that for a living) but in that I'm working on a project that involves poker...more hints and clues and stuff to follow...

Anyway, the BPT has been a series of freeroll tournaments, which are poker tournaments with no entry fee, which offer a prize...I have won no prizes whatsoever this season, but last season I won a huuuge $30, which I managed to build up quite a bit before removing the funds and paying some bills...Although I've not won any prizes, David's been crushing the BPT this season and is more or less guaranteed his place in the final...I'm sure he'd credit me and Phill with helping him with his game and being contributory to his success (I say I'm sure, but what I mean is "maybe" :) ) His game is constantly dangerous and unpredictable and he's got increasingly fearless which has really helped. I've had some excellent results away from the BPT, but it's just not been my stomping ground - I've managed a couple of "get near the final table and get horribly beat" finishes, but nothing better. I have had a great time there, and loved reading the coverage, especially Mike's - I know there's an incredible prize for the best blog coverage of the BPT, and I'm sure that's been a huge part of his motivation, but regardless, he's been absolutely devoted to the cause of the BPT, and expanding it, and it's fitting that he's hosting the last event of the season. It was gonna be PL Omaha hi lo split, which would have been AWESOME, but, where the tour is held, has not rolled out their software update in time so it's going to be deep stack no limit holdem. I could not be more pleased about this, as I've NEVER played a tournament with more than 2500 starting chips online, and am constantly bugging David, Phill and James to start with insane numbers of chips in our regular games - I think my natural game, which is to see as many flops as possible in position, is well suited to deep stacked games...anyway, I'll probably ending up busting out really early, but I'm sure it'll be fun - I'll let you know how I did tomorrow!