Alreet Stumpy here,
Well its been awhile since Ive blogged its cos Ive been mad super busy lol.I invested into a new venture and didnt expect to put as much time into it as I envisaged. On the plus side im making more money out of it, but im either driving trains,helping the sngo stable or playing poker add the new venture in and it all adds upto MAD SUPER BUSY.
I played the UKIPT and lasted about 6hrs when I reshoved 16k when av was 19k over shorty allin and get called by big stack behind so it was jj me shorty 99 v ak and i came last.Congrats to Dave Knight who finished 4th and Alex Joblin who chopped for the most money hup but ended off finishing 2nd.
$19 to $10k challenge
Because ive been super mad busy i havent played as much as i expected but im going in the right direction current roll is $922
The current crop of players are a joy to work with and are slowly getting to grips with the sngo strategy i use.They are very enthusiastic which makes me want to do loads of work with them so hopefully its a win win situation and by the end of the 6 months they will all be crushing.
Havent played much over the last 3 months but had my fair share of fts and made a decent profit at cash.
A special mention to Dan Trett who for a few years wasnt getting the results his game deserved but this year hes finally getting the results after taking down the ukipt hi roller hes moved to oz and took down 2 mtts in Sydney KUTGW DAN and hope to see you in Vegas next year?
Finally a mention to The Cardguard Kid please please get well soon, I got to know steve properly when i went to vegas with him,sensh and gaz walker and had amazing time and great laugh.A great guy and hopefully he makes a full recovery very very soon.
keep on smiling stumpy
Its been a long time but lots of good and bad stuff happening in life and lost alot of the desire to blog.
Its took a huge reason for me to post here again and none more so than the sad sad news of my big pal and poker buddy and fellow Dobba Steve " Cardguard Kid " Wills. Guy went into a coma with kidney failure and a bleed on his brain was found. He was in a coma for nearly 2 weeks and finally came around and all looked promising then he falls and breaks his hip in hospital and also his recovery is going to be a far longer harder road than 1st thought. Hes got certain problems but teh buig fella has been strong all his life with what its thrown at him and also hes one hell of a fighter and the type of guy you would want alongside you when things are bad.
Fellow Dobba Craig " Mr Entertainment" Foggo has put this thread at the NPF for all and Id appreciate any help and support any readers out there can offer. A card or a call isnt alot to ask and can mean so much to one of the best genuine giuys on this earth
Dave " Teamdobb" Collins
p.s To the guy moaning in the comments about his crazy golf picture being used in our Vegas report without a link I say this:
GET A LIFE MATE
Here are my stats from June
Live mtts = even
online mtts= won $1014
online sngos = loss $47
SNGO STAKING AND TRAINING
We had are ups and downs along the way but in the end we made a nice profit and hopefully we all learned alot one way or another.The next batch of players has already started and already they are showing alot of promise.We will have 6 players which is about the right amount so we can give them enough training.
Hardly playing live at mo but had a nice ft at gentings when mrs stumpy, craig newton and me all made the ft weeeee.Had a nice game of dealers choice at the g last month with julian,aryan,mags,gimac,sensh and nemisis and joined later by knerrad,mulhuzz and lecpet it was really enjoyable night a few beers, good crack ,and winning about £300 hopefully get another night sorted soon.
Im trying to turn $19 to $10k playing sngos and hopefully when roll is big enough i can add some mtts sessions my roll is currently on $462 so a decent start but along way to go.
Really looking forward to the ukipt at newcastle last year never really got a stack going so hopefully this year i can have a deep run.
My nephew Rob Newton is a young pro cricketer playing for Northampton and this year hes finally getting a good run in the team and hes taking his chance well, yesterday he scored his 2nd 100 for the season after a couple of swashbuckling 50s,hopefully he will finish the season well and you never know one day he might play for England.
live mtts = loss £30
online mtts =loss $409
online sngos =win $326
live cash =win £600
staking =win $1400
keep on smiling stumpy
Alreet Stumpy here,
Ive got some catching up to do as I was really busy pre Vegas and didnt have time to post Mays figures so here they are
Live mtts - +£350
Online mtts - $1100
online sngs - $90
weight - even
Only decent score was 5th in Genting monthly £50 game for £500 55 v ak aipf
Mr & Mrs Stumpy arrived in Vegas at 4pm and we were determined to go straight into Vegas timezone we had an early chinese and we were in bed by 7pm LOL.
We hit the shops bigtime taking in 3 shopping malls and after Mrs S had bought everyone a present she decided on getting xmas presents as well!Was really pleased to sit down and have a rest in the 7pm Aria $125 buyin game, finally finished 8th 88 v 99 aipf.
Knerrad and Teamdobb arrived without luggage but in good heart.
Binions 1k buyin 98 runners:
We picked this game thinking it would be a soft 1k event, as it happened it was full of online sickos and decent live pros.I ran and played pretty well until the ft when there was 8 left the button raised I 3bet he 4bet I 5 bet overshoved with aq and he finds a call with a10 flop 10109 turn 8 river 10 and after the chip count we both have exactly 312k when the average was 300k. Ive never been so gutted!, everytime I make a ft with decent money uptop ive had some terrible beats and to be honest I still havent recovered.
We went for a couple of coronas then upto the Rio to reg for the wsop 1500 event then had a nice steak at the outback restaurant and finished off by playing the Aria 7pm $125 mtt but no one cashed.
We chilled round the pool then met up with my cousin Amy and new hubby Phil, whos wedding we were at the day before we left for Vegas.We had a meal in the Hardrock Cafe then wandered down to watch the Bellagio fountains.
The day had come that I was dreading, the helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon id promised Mrs S that I would do it but im scared of heights and I was shitting myself tbh.We got picked up and arrived at the Maverick base at the airport and introduced to the pilot, we then jumped in the helicopter and made our way to the Grand Canyon it was a strange feeling because it felt like we were hardly moving but we were going 145mph.We flew into the Canyon and landed on a cliff edge about 200 metres above the Colorado River and supped champagne and had some nibbles, took some pics then we headed back passing over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead before flying over the strip and landing back at the airport.AWESOME.
On the night time we went to the Cirque de Soleil Beatles love show at the mirage and it was amazing,its a combination of gymnastics,ballet,acrobatics and acting all set to the beatles music all set on a circular stage with the cast entering from everywhichway you looked.A great day.
$1500 WSOP Event
Met up with knerrad and arrived at the rio just in time for brekkie. I find my table and get off to a great start, and then add 4k to my starting stack after each level, im really happy with my table and running well until we get the table move, ive got 18kish av is 11k.I arrive at next table to be welcomed by two drunks who are playing really strange example I raise mp with 77 drunk bb calls flop 998 i cbet he flats turn q chch rvr 2 chch he has qq!We get to the last level of the night and I have 14ish bbs 400 left 297 pay and I shove a9 otb sb tank calls 99 i flop a fd but brick it.At least i didnt get a badbeat this time that made me feel better.............
We all played the golden nuggett $135 mtt 220 runners I got off to a good start but coudnt keep it up and went out so me and juicy went upto the Aria and played there $125 game and at the break I had 32k when the av was 11k until I lose qq v a7 aipf then kk v aj aipf 1st card k sigh then a7 v 1010 when I was short.I headed back to the Nugget as Kaz and DC were still in near the money so I joined Mark Trett on the rail, we get the coronas in and had some great crack, unluckily Kaz runs her 77 into AA flops a 7 but turns an ace, well done on your 1st vegas cash.We then rail teamdobb really hard until his headsup play lets him down and he finishes 2nd for over 3k was really pleased for him as hes been trying really hard to change his game and ive been brutally honest with him about his exit hands lately which must of helped as he played great with no mistakes.Thanks to Mark it was really great night with some brilliant crack and we all went to bed happy with a little % of Teamdobb in our pocket.
Rest and recuperation round the pool until we get a phone call off Dan Trett tp play crazy golf at Circus Circus its doubles Mr &Mrs Stumpy v Juicy Oranges Knerrad v Dan Trett and Teamdobb,Knerrad holes in 1 on the 1st and burns up the 1st 9 but its still tight with only 1 shot in it until Teamdobb holes in one and Knerrads falls to peices when Dan gets the luckiest hole in one ive ever seen he hits it sideways it bounces off the side and lands in the rollercoaster that roars above our head as we all stand there laughing it roars back around and see the ball tumble slowly down, it bounces off Teamdobbs poundland glasses smashing them in two but the ball goes round the edge of the hole 4 times and hangs on the lip and eventually drops in when a group of americans trample by like a herd of elephants.Teamdobb holed in one at the last to win by 1 shot from Mr & Mrs Stumpy with Juicy and Knerrad last.Juicy me and Kaz had a few beers at Planet Hollywood and waited for the others who were going to get changed before dining in Changs when they arrived back we had a great meal in Changs which we ended off getting for free as Juicy kindly offered to pay so we span up the $135 with the help of Dan on the blackjack and Kazs number 6 on the roulette.We ended the night watching a band in one of the bars they had a request box and Juicy asked for Crocodile Shoes by Jimmy Nail, never did get to hear that one ahh well it was a great day.
We met up in the sports bar in the Monte Carlo and had a bite to eat and a few beers while watching England win the footy and q for the quarters then we went back so Kaz could pack then met up with Dan and Mark Trett,Knerrad and Teamdobb to go on a dinner cruise organised by Dan on Lake Mead, we had a lovely meal with champagne as we cruised upto the Hoover Dam, a really romantic evening unless you were with 4 other blokes sigh.thanks to Dan for organising this it was a great night.
We left Vegas vowing to be back next year to finally win something big.
Thanks to Teamdobb,Knerrad,Juicyoranges,Mark and Dan Trett for the great company in Vegas x
Keep on Smiling
After almost a 6 month sng stake backed by the Dobba's I thought I'd throw up the stats, wins, learns and fails.
For anyone that doesn't know I agreed originally to play a minimum of 50 18 man sng's a week for 6 months.
I'll keep things short cos you might think its war and peace written by KQ4EVA.
During the 6 month period I've made a costant profit averaging just under $1 profit per game and when you consider the stakes I was playing was $3.50's with a max payout of around $33 I think this is a decent rate even though varience kicked in late on and it dropped to around 65 cents per game. There has (of course) been ups and downs during this time but overall I'd say the return is resonable overall.
Personal problems got in the way of volume and I dropped behind and actually didn't complete the 6 months falling a few weeks short after agreeing with DC that we could call it a day. I'd like to have played more in this time but things happen that are unavoidable and Poker is a passtime/hobby that can be put on hold.
I actually tinkered with both the 18's and 27's for the first few hundred games and found that I was profiting more from the 27's and then concentrated on them more.
I also added in the odd 45 90 and 180 on occasions to fill a set when the 27's were slow in filling up.
I actually made a decent profit from all of these but near the end of the stake after speaking to Gaz and DC I cut these out and concentrated solely on the 27's.
So, as the graph shows I played a total of 780 games with a profit of $498 minus a $27 loss from a mtt session agreed by DC one Sunday as a change and treat. That left $471 profit with $30 in bonuses released making a total profit of $501.
Personal Wins: Playing to a set strategy set out by Peter even though the early stages are boring as fuck.
For the first 4 months of the stake sticking to volume set out and other than personal problems I'm 100% sure I would have met the required volume.
Not playing while drinking which was an absolute nightmare but I did it even though it was torture as I get bored very easily and can't relax.
I learned that I can be disciplined when I want to be in sticking to a schedule and strategy aswell BR Management even though these are things I practiced successfully in the past but hadn't done for quite some time. I sort of re-learned in a way, if you like.
I fucking hate sngs even though they are simple and filled with numpties.
With 27 mans taking around 2 hours to complete don't start a session unless I know I can be arsed to sit there for at least 4 or 5 hours if I want to complete a decent session.
There was reasons for fails but they were still fails.
I didn't hit volume.
I just fell short of the 6 months.
I didn't stick to plying to 18 mans which I'd originally agreed even though I think it worked out better for the stake and for me personally.
I would have liked to have made more profit for both myself and backers but didn't hit what I had targeted.
I'd like to say a big thanks to Peter, Dave and Gary for the opportunity to take part in this. I must say the couple of sessions spent at Bannisters were invaluable as the lads were great and the rail from the lads at times was very much appreciated.
In hindsight I think 6 months is too long and feel that in future if the lads were offering this kind of stake to anyone I'd say 3 months is about right for this.
Anyone looking to do this type of thing in future give me a shout if you have any questions about my personal experience but, I'd say give it a shot it's a good way to gain/re-gain discipline in all ares of the game.
Thanks again lads.
Sitting playing at Genting last night and Dan Trett says to me nice post on Vegas Dave but you didnt mention naything about the crazy golf day. OMG was my reaction, how the fook did I forget about that so here goes with what happened.
As a group we tried as much as possible to mix stuff up rather than just playing poker so when Dan Trett suggested a game of crazy golf everyone soon agreed lets get it on and headed off down to Circus Circus where they had an indoor course which is part of the huge indoor fun fair complex. !st time Ive actually been into Circus Circus as had heard nothing but bad reports about it and its condition of being somewhat a dump but was very pleasantly surprised when I entered as to the facilities and ammenities that the hotel offered. A huge place with a huge choice of stuff to do especially geared towards family groups.
Everyone met up at the entrance to the Fun Fair complex and we soon found the crazy golf course and paid our $5 entry fee. We were provided with state of the art putters and a handful of multi coloured golf balls and decided that we would make it a doubles competition with best score from the pairing being the team score. Teams were chosen by simply blindly throwing the balls down the 1st hole and whichever balls were closest to each other then that was your partner. Pairings worked out as such:
Teamdobb & Dan Trett
Juicey Oranges & Knerrad
Stumpy & Mrs Stumpy
Good even mix I thought on seeing how the teams had paired and the contest got off to a flyer when Knerrad holed in one at the 1st hole then proceeded to basically keep his partner off the score card as he consistently holed for 2 and at the 1st 9 holes had a very impressive looking score card of nothing below a 2. Myself and Dan dovetailed well and stayed in touch by simply complimenting each other by coming in when the other struggled. On the Stumpy team well Mrs Stumpy was certainly holding her own and probably just nudging the best score between her and Peter.
If crazy golf courses were marked for how tough they were then this one was way up there with lots of tricky holes and each hole had the potential of wrecking your card and after a quick team chat myself and Dan agreed to now go for the jugular and try and apply the pressure as we knew Knerrad wouldnt be able to cope with it. Sure enough as I sunk a hole in one at the 12th we could see the change in Knerrad and he was obviously visibly shaken which got even worse as Dan expertly read the line on the 13th to make it back to back hole in ones for the Dobba Trett combo. With weak knees and nervous hands Knerrad then had a nightmare 5 on the 14th to open the floodgates as Juicey was unable to come in with a helpful score and we knew then that we had nudged ahead and had no intentions of letting the lead slip. As had previously proceeded we kept dovetailing our scores with nothing less than a 2 and coming to the 18th we just had to hold our nerve.
As long as we can keep the Hetton Mob out of this next year then me & Dan could easily hold onto to our crowns for years to come!!!
7th visit to Vegas but 1st visit without Mrs with me. She decided she didn’t fancy it which is rather understandable as a lot of the time Im playing poker and shes filling in time and theres only so much shopping and sun bathing you can do.
Travelled across with Knerrard29 from the NPF, the 10th best online poker player from Newcastle apparently as published by pocket fives and as his pennies could manage it we travelled British Airways World Economy which is equivalent to Virgin Premium Economy. Darren only agreed to this extravagance as we did get an unreal cheap deal at Ballys which basically cost us only £20 per night each for a very good quality room. Darren gives a new meaning to conservative which proves handy when calculating restaurant bills as he has a built in running total calculator obviously brought on from his multi table ability he has built up over the years.
Travel got off to a bad start as our flight from Newcastle to Heathrow was over an hour late which meant our connection to Vegas was very tight and ended up us being the last 2 passengers to get on plane. My doubts as to our cases being on the plane were soon realised on landing as they were still back in London and didn’t arrive till the following day. Being a smelly tramp for a day or 2 didn’t bother me although the wiff from my socks did start to come through after the 2nd day.
Met up with Mr & Mrs Stumpy and played the 7.00 Aria game. Standard stuff trying to maintain a certain BB level which I achieved until I pick up AA and get nice double up at crucial stage of game. Sitting pretty comfy now and close to the cash I pick up AA again in the BB. Russian guy limps in and I put a decent raise in which he calls. Flop comes K high which I lead quite strong into and he jams his rather large stack all in which I happily call and he flips over KJ. The board pairs on turn to block his 2 pair chance but the case K comes on river to take me out for what would have been a chip leader pot with 18 left and 15 paid
Following day is the 1st of our main games and myself Stumpy and Knerrard take in the Binnions Classic series $1000 Main event. Im expecting a not too difficult field tbh but am shocked when 75 of the 95 runners are well known pros and online wiz kids. Tournie ends up being probably the toughest field Ive ever played in with every pot entered being totally tested with by some top quality poker players. Get myself into a decent position mid way by turning the nut straight and getting fully paid then getting trapped by AA guy when I jam over his re raise when Im holding the nut flush draw with AJ hearts to get there on the river for a very nice pot. Get 3 bet a lot out of pots which is the norm with these type of guys and dribble chips before busting out 28th with a re shove holding 2nd pair and flush draw which was probably a mistake considering my stack size at time and guy made a good tank call with rag Ace which held. Knerrard bust just short of money but Stumpy made final table which was great achievement in this quality field but got desperately unlucky 8 left when guy decided his Ace 10 to Stumpys 4 bet jam was good and proceeded to make quad tens against Stumpys AK for chip leader pot. Don’t normally see the little fella too disappointed in any poker beat he takes but knew from his reactions this one hurt more than most with him being so close to a very nice top prize of over 30k. Few coronas later and we soon had him back smiling again.
WSOP Seniors Event next up for me and a new world record set here with over 4000 runners. Pretty aggressive starting table for me and with a 3000 stack theres not much room for error especially with people making open raises to 250 and 450 with blinds at 25/25. My Seniors lasted for the total of 70 minutes after losing with 10 10, AK twice on K high boards, KQ on K high board and killer hand KK v AJ which smashed the flop. Wasn’t too disappointed tbh as not a lot I could do or avoid and moved onto the following day with the Golden Nugget Seniors Event.
Just short of 500 runners in this and a decent stack to start with and 40 min blind levels. Built my stack very nicely and found some great spots so moved along at nice pace and never in any trouble whatsoever. Field whittled down nicely as we moved through the levels and before long we were down to only 100 runners and Im nicely placed with just above average stack and feeling very confident when our table breaks to go to 10 tables and 1st hand on new table Im straight into the BB looking down at K2. Guy in pos 2 limps in and everyone else folds to me and we see a flop of K 10 2. I check and he fires ¾ pot and I jam all in which he snaps me off with KQ. Looking good to go twice average here at great time of game. My hand looks even better when turn brings the case King to give me house with Kings & twos but this is short lived when the river brings a killer Queen to give him a bigger house and Im out feeling pretty gutted and sorry for myself.
Caesars Seniors is next on the agenda and not really in the mood for the long haul past over 700 runners which is made even worse with a horrible table draw. Table is full of very aggressive and capable players which is pretty unusual in Seniors Events as you do normally get lots of positions and good situations to pick up easy chips but this table was totally different to the norm. Although the starting stack is good the 30 min levels soon fly by and this game plays likes a turbo event with big jumps in the blind levels and a very aggressive ante structure. Cant remember my exit hand but sure it was pretty standard stuff although must admit the Canadian guy on my left basically owned my arse in several pots and consistently damaged my stack as I tried to stay in touch.
Play another Aria 7.00 game with no luck then we return downtown to Binnions to take in another of their series games and go deep in that without cash but Dan Trett makes final table and at one stage with 8 left had over ½ the chips in play before getting very unlucky twice when holding QQ to shorter stack shoves which got there. He eventually went out 4th place after being the only player it seemed there not content to ladder and went totally for the win.
Return downtown again the following day as to be honest the games were great value, probably just the right length of time and reasonably softish fields compared to others. Took in the Golden Nugget Series this time and a field of nearly 300 runners in the great surroundings of their Grand Hall. Anyone who hasn’t played here then it’s a must thing to do when visiting over the WSOP period.
Never really got going at all early levels but hung in and it wasn’t until about level 6 or 7 when things turned for me. Cant remember much about crucial hands but by 3 tables out I had a decent stack to play with and then had great table move alongside Mark Trett. We had about the same stacks and Mark used his excellent negotiation skills to swop 10% in each other which we then upped to 20%. Mrs Stumpy then was moved to our table and we were all sat next to each which was very nice and cosy until they moved me to another table. My 20% in Mark soon disappeared as he missed me that much he donked out soon as I moved. Blind on blind he raised A9 for guy to shove on him which he snapped off. Guys 9 10 looked proppa sick until he binked a river 10 and mark was left to rail me and his 20% investment. Last couple of tables I was picking up chips pretty easy tbh and final table went very smoothly as we soon got down to 6. Refused plenty requests for deals as I wasn’t interested in chopping with certain players left and eventually got heads up with one of only 2 people I would of chopped with. He had 4/1 chip lead so we played on as the woman who went out 3rd took ages to leave the table and hands were dealt as she dithered on before we could discuss any possible chop. I pick up A7 in BB and jam over his limp which he snaps off with 99 and holds. Just short of $3500 not too bad and freerolls me for the trip although the $5500 for 1st would have been nicer. Had to laugh at Mark Tretts comment leaving when he turns around to me and says “ You need to work on your heads up play Davey” Stumpy replies “ We havnt got to that page yet”!
Mrs Stumpy went out for a min cash around the 20 mark getting it in with 77 v AA. She flopped a 7 but oppo rivered the Ace
Played one more Aria and one more Golden Nugget after that but had had enough by then. Final game at Aria late on Phil Helmuth and a Chinese couple were given a table in the tournament area where we were and they were playing a private game of Chinese Poker. I resisted the urge and provocation from Knerrad as he wanted me to stand behind with a board saying WANKET so he could get a picture. I just didn’t fancy being ejected and barred from one of my favourite hotels and cardrooms in Las Vegas.
Great crowd of people this year with Dan & Mark Trett, Mr & Mrs Stumpy, Juicey Oranges and my room mate and butler Knerrard who without fail brought me a cup of coffee in bed every morning and made sure I took my tablets last thing at night and 1st thing in the morning. We finished the trip off nicely with a cruise and meal on a paddle boat across Lake Meade.
Favourite eating place ended up being Changs Chinese Restaurant in Planet Hollywood where we ate 3 times. Great atmosphere with great food at value prices. Interesting meal on 2nd visit when we all went and Juicey Oranges tried to pick up the tab paying on his card. After lots of objections and with $130 lying on the table it was decided as juicey wouldn’t take the cash to go for spin up on roulette and blackjack. $70 was given to Dan Trett the Blackjack Master and boom one hit was doubled to $140. I took charge of the remaining $60 for roulette and after getting some numbers off people we hit $10 on 4, 6, 8, 24, 28, 29. Booom in came Mrs Stumpys 6 and after cashing in Juicey got his meal bill refunded and we all got a free night from the proceeds.
We tried this once more at the Nugget when having $20 excess from the kitty after breakfast and I suggested putting the $20 on lucky number 6 at the 1st break of the tournament we were playing. I eventually added $5 to this and decided to hit 4,6,8,24,29. Headed over to the nearest roulette table at the break but the ball was already in motion so unable to get 5 numbers placed and as always number 6 popped in. Moved onto another table and got our bet on for the ball to pop into the slot between 24 & 29. Fun while it lasted and would have been surreal to have stuck with $20 on number 6 and to see it come in.
Bit of breakfast taking Darren to Gran Lux Café in Palazzo followed by a spot of shopping and bit of cash before we made the long journey home arriving at a chaotic Heathrow with seemingly massive customs problems before eventually sneaking under some barriers and getting through quicker than we should of to UK Connections weighed down by the bags of presents Mark Trett was carrying for his family.
Great trip with great people and roll on next year