Up n down up n down

Hi thought i best make an effort to blog as every one else is and i aint done one for ages. So hopefully will do 1 every month this year.

Anyway started the year with a few ideas with regards to what i wanna do this year during my poker sessions but it didnt take long before i was being frustrated by the game once again. I wanna try to put in some decent grind and have got myself tableninja, but start the year on a big downswing and i dont know if its because im playing to many tables or just the usuall variance that we all go through. I feel like im playing well and just being outdrawn but decide to reduce my tables as the downswing goes into week 2, not really what i want but think its for the best.

I decide to take a couple of days off playing and sort out a holiday for me and my kids to florida , which i get booked up for august, so im happy with myself and I decide to have a couple of live games as i aint ventured into the casinos this year yet so i play £30 freezout , which i donk out of with ak v 88 and play the new £30+£20+£10 where i manage 3rd for £610, happy days.

I return to the virtuall felt feeling good and grind back my losses and end the month with a small but welcoming profit of approx £330, was seriously hard work as i just felt i ran bad the whole month.

Also took part in the npf online ukipt league where i managed to scoop first prize and a seat to nottingham ukip which meant i finished the month on a high with approx £850 combined online/live profit and £560seat to a nice torny in feb.

Looking forward to next months grind and playing a couple of decent live games also , first time at DTD for the ukipt game so hopefully i run good and play well, looking forward to it.

Good luck at the tables.

Bolton bound !!!

Alreet Stumpy here,

Well Ive had my knee op got a late cancelation 2 weeks ago seemed to go well but still sore and havent done much with it yet as Ive had the flu since last Friday so since the last blog Ive only played live twice friday night at circus and finished about 22nd when my 33 v 74suiteds AK he hit flush on the river then I played the Aspers £50 game and I played great and got upto 36k when the ave was 12k then i doubled up the shorties with k9 v a4 then kq v 99 and im down to 20k with about 20 left out of 77 runners the tourney av is 10 bigs and im pleased to see gary has made it 30 min blinds which shud make a big difference and stop the shove fest near the end i went out 14th shoving kj into jj which I was gutted as played some great poker.

Online after the 1st week of this year when i had a decent week its back to the terrible beats i was getting last 6 weeks of last year,dont mind losing but when it makes no sense why they are in the hand it tilts me no end.So bad knee,bad beats no live poker,ive been a total pain in the arse,only bright news is ive been winning at the horses betting in running at betfair but will do full monthly review with all the stats at end of month which will not be good reading.

So its off to Bolton for the APAT team champs and Mrs Stumpy has been drafted in as a late reserve and shes so excited so hopefully things will go well and the NPF will be the champions come Sunday night.

On a brighter note Spoona and Samj who I have tried to help over the last year or so both have won online mtts spoona gave up for awhile then came back and won about 2kish then samj won 12kish in double g week on tilt good timing samj and the future looks good for them if they dont let it go to there heads and keep learning which im sure they will.

keep on smiling Stumpy

Inspired by a Tradesman!!!

Into the New Year 2011 and like most blogs they are full of what has happened previous years and what their goals are for the New Year. One thing for sure is I certainly had no idea of what Im about to embark on until a post was put up on the NPF from one of its well known members Mark "The Threat" Trett who was asking if anyone had the name of a plasterer as he wanted to turn his garage into a gym as he embarked on a new approach to getting fit and controlling his weight after successfully quitting smoking.
Tradesman Wanted thread

From that thread a full subject circle occured as it normally does on the NPF and the thread changed into a get fit advice thread with some absolutely fascinating and interesting educational stuff being put on by members especially Eddie " Looseman " Constable ( my accountant). My son has been doing alot of work in putting ON weight and building himself up and like anything he does he puts alot of research and work into it and after installing a power rack into our garage he set about a programme to increase his build which is working perfectly.

Im the opposite and although I feel Im in OK shape for my age (54) Im suffering from what alot of people my age do in that ive got a chubby belly and am slightly overweight. Why? simply because Im eating the wrong foods and basically being a lazy slob.

It simply has to stop and from the inspiration gained from numerous members at the NPF here I go and from Monday 10th January 2011 my diet and food I eat has dramatically changed and Scott has gave me a fitness programme to work to which mainly builds muscle back to where it has have gone and its all based on squat work.

Most people have created their own threads at the NPF but I have decided to do mine via our blog and hope to keep everyone up to date on a 2 week or maybe 4 week basis

Good thing I have found about the NPF connection is that I think you will find each person who has embarked on a new healthy regime will inspire each other and add something to others that maybe would not have happened. I think it will also make you not give up so easy as so so many do. Heres hoping I can achieve my goals which is basically to lose my belly, get back into decent shape and to enjoy the foods I eat which will hopefully make me feel so much better within myself. Wish me luck I certainly need it

Height = 5 ft 10 inches
Present weight = 216 lbs
Body fat - 25%
waist - 42"
chest - 41"
bicep - 12.5"
thigh - 21.25"

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Side View


The Master Plan

The Fish swimming the DTD Deepstack

Alright, its fatfish here with me first ever attempt at typing more than one sentence.

DTD deepstack at the weekend, turned up nice and early with the missus cos she wanted to bust out of the early satellite after about 5 hands. The day got off to a horrendous start when I was informed there was no bulmers. I was busy assembling my portable megaphone I use for shouty occasions such as these when my day was brightened by the arrival of Milo with THE greatest blazer Ive ever seen. It can only be described as on old school blazer with a flourish of camp, the type of ensemble that only Milo can pull off, a simply awesome display by the young man.

The tourney itself got off to a good start, got up to about 15,000 by the end of level one then then this happened. Blinds 50/100, I raised to 225 from UTG with 88. Flatted by a pipe then the cutoff made it 850. Decided to setmine cos the cutoff seemed the type who would go broke with his AA. Pipe calls as well. Flop 8-3-2, 2 spades. I lead for 800, pipe calls, cutoff makes it 4,000 so i just jam and get called by both. AA for cutoff 4s-3s for pipe and I fade the lot to go to about 35k. Table breaks soon after and I get moved to a much tougher table, Michelle Bennett, who eventually got 5th had about 80k and a hyper aggro with about 70k. Lost about 10k with 10-10 v A-J aipf and about the same with A-K v 7-7. Then the most awesome hand in the world happened. UTG limped and aggro-man made it 4k. I was pretty sure this was a steal or an isolation raise so i pushed with 8-8, got snapped off by both with K-K and Q-Q but it was fine cos I felt a run-good coming on. I will admit to feeling slight concern when the door card on the flop was a K but relaxed again when I noticed an 8 was there was well. Turn give me the quads and the dealer, obviously thoroughly enjoying his moment of glory, stuck a Q on the river just to be completely awesome. My instincts kicked in and I involuntarily shouted SPOOOOONDOGGG and everyone looked at me like I was retarded but I didnt mind because I had quads. So, up to over 70k. Just in case anyone thinks I may have got slightly lucky there there was an even more disgusting hand about 10 mins later. Sb raises, bb repops, sb calls. Flop 9-7-7, sb checks, bb shoves with Q-9, sb snaps with 7-7, probably thinking he was ahead. Board finally runs out 9-7-7-9-9. Awesome.

Got on a bit of a roll after that, picking up a decent pot 4betting k-6 and got a guy to fold QQ with A-10 on a 10 high board after he checkraised me and went into the next break with about 90k. Table broke soon after that. Not too long onto the new table and I picked up AA early position and got called from the sb. Dealer exposed the 7c when she was dealing which should have been the burn but she burned again and turned over a flop of 9s-5d-Kd. The table has a heart attack and the floor is called. Floor decides the 9h is to be replaced by the Qs. A big argument erupts so he changes his mind, puts the 9s back in and takes the 5d out. More arguments then he makes his final decision to replace the Kd with the Qs so the flop is now 9s-Qs-5d. I ask for a reshuffle and get denied and the sb says the change made no difference to his hand so on we go. He overbets the pot so I put him all in and he calls with Js-10s. Now Im not a particularly mathsy player but I reckon the change in flop may have affected his hand slightly, in that it gave him 50000 outs instead of just a gutshot. I didnt see the turn and river being dealt as I was busy assembling my megaphone for the forthcoming rant of all rants but apparently I won as they gave me the chips so I just went to the bar instead.

Cant remember too many details af hands after that cos I was quite pissed but I won a 40 odd k pot setmining with 44 v AQ and a decent one with 22 but I cant remember the board. Finished up the day with 150k then went to roulette rail Jamie Giles and it was a good end to the day watching his reverse heater spiral. Day 2 started with having some sick in the DTD toilets then back to the bar to sort meself out. I think the blinds were 1-2 at the start of day 2. Anyway, raised utg to 4,100 with Ah-8h, bb shoves for 26k, i call, he has KJ and I turn the flush to take me over 200k. A few hands later raise with A9, bb shoves for about 55k, I call and he had 6-5 and hits the 6 to knock me back down again. Stack goes back up to over 200k over a few hours play when a guy wiith 270k gets moved to the table. Played a couple of interesting pots with him after he asked if that was my real hair. Raised from early with 22 and he calls from the bb. Flop Q-10-4 and he instachecks which I took as a sign he wanted to c/r me so I checked behind. Board paired the 10 and he leads out. I wasnt sure what was going on so I raised, hoping he would check to me on the river if he did make the call, which he did. River 3, and 22s are good as his KJ misses. Soon after I raise with Ah-2h from utg+1 and he makes the call drom the sb. Flop q-8-2, he checks, I bet, he calls. Turn is the 3h giving me the flush draw and he check calls again. River is an offsuit 4 and Ive decide he has a medium pair that hes definately not folding so we both check and he tables A-J off to take me to about 300k.

Went completely card dead as we approached the bubble so I was trying to keep even by nicking, more of which were getting re-popped than were getting through. The bubble bursts and people start flying out and we get the arrival of one of the worst players Ive ever played against at the table. I proceed to blow about 100k to him in about 30 mins as he completely outplays me. Blinds 4k-8k-1k and his limp on the button with 10-4 threw me when he rivered a flush. Another limp from him and Im in the bb with K-4. The board run outt J-J-10-6-2 and is checked down until he bets 2x the pot on the river. I couldnt work out what he might have as he didnt seem like the type who could check down a J and the way he bet on the river just looked phsically weird. 2x the pot couldnt even be a value bet with A high as your only getting called if your beat so I make the call and he tables A high. Another awesome read by me. He wins another big chunk off me when I button raise with 10-4 and he makes the call. Flop K-10-8 and he check calls. Turn J and I mess up by not betting. River Q and he overbets the pot and I lay it down, satisfied in the knowledge I played it wrong on every street.

Continue to struggle and I nit it up as we get closer to the FT, partly because Im not getting much through and partly because of Mrs.Fatfish' "pep talk" to me at the break. "mind, if you do a Brennan Blowout (copyright 2010 Gaz Walker) you're walking home." So, I make it to the FT with about 150k. Blinds 6-k-12k-1.5k, I go a couple of rounds doing nothing then get 3 shoves through, 99, K9 and Kc-Jc. I figure I still have some play as I can raise to 25k and probably still get away as I have over 200k and I was pretty confident if i could get a double up I might get a decent cash as apart from Paul Zimmler, Michelle Bennett and a welsh guy, everyone else looked capable of a Brennan Blowout themselves. A guy with pointy glasses who had went from 700k to 250k in the space of 1 level tilt shoves from the cutoff and ive got the 88 in the bb that have been so good to me all tourney. I make the call, he tables A-4 and hits an incredible amount of aces on the flop and im done in 8th place. Dissapointed to go out but I knew I had got very lucky earlier with the quads and without that I wouldnt have been anywhere near the FT so the megaphone stayed unnasembled.

Thats about it, I didnt know I would be writing about this until DC suggested it on the forum so sorry for the lack of hand details, I can only remember the ones that stick out. If I do another one I'll stick some notes down. Cheers people.

Sky Poker Newcastle

Alreet Stumpy here,

skypoker aspers newcastle

Qualified online for this last year its a bit of a crapshoot so tryed to make things happen but no joy also made two bad calls which left me short eventually went allin with AQ and called by KK no ace and i hit the cash tables,soon to be joined by mrs stumpy and big stumpy and teamdobb,bigstumpy headed home while kaz and teamdobb and i went down to stowell street for a chinese had a couple of bottles of wine with the meal and arrived back at aspers and played cash and the £30 f/o. played well and got upto 14k when i raised the button with aq called by deltabravo flop was aaj and eventually all the chips go in and judy has aj siiiiik mrs stumpy went on to come 9th for £85.played 1-2 dealers choice and won a few quid on there but cant remember much about it as we were on are 7th bottle of wine by then!!So overall a great day no luck in the mtts but won at cash and we had a good laugh but my god im paying for it today so ill.

Well done to ridla and gazscoop and racheal costa for making the sky ft wpwp

Online im tryin to play 100 45mans a week with a few mtts thrown in did ok in 45s but no cashes in the mtts stats this week are

mtts played 11 no cashes -$183

sngos played 97 ave profit $5 ave stake $17 ave roi 31% total prof $523

Also been betting in running on the horses on betfair put $100 in this year current roll $520 so going good but not sure if i can keep this up but going to give it a shot.

keep on smiling stumpy

Here we go again

1st blog post of the year 2011 and as I normally do it was pack the suitcase and get out of the UK for the last 2 weeks of 2010 and head for the sun. Hate Xmas & New Year and its perfect time personally and business wise to fly to warmer climates and get away from the freezing winter of the UK. Return back to Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and it will be our 4rd visit to this island. Basically look for a decent quality complex with good standard of accommodation and a chill out relaxing 2 weeks break. Choose what we regard as top of the range for a newly built resort at the Hard Rock Casino Resort formerly the Moon Palace.

So what has 2010 brought on the Poker front. The NPF has continued growing every week and all the events we organised went as well if not better than planned.

Final table the Birthday game but low stacked and 1st button and opportunity to shove with JQ Im looked up by sb with A9 of Mulhuzz and nee help out in 8th

The UK Team Challenge and if I say it myself it was one of the best organised and fun games to play in with Walkers Sensations taking down the team game with The Dobbas runners up and the personal satisfaction for me of a 4th place finish and top dog for the Dobbas. Compliments were received all year at various tournaments around the UK we played especially Mr Entertainment & Cardguard Kid who simply were awesome on the mics and added a totally different slant to poker competitions that it seemed all thoroughly enjoyed. Cardguard simply owns these events with how he handles them.

Couldn’t quite do a double in holding onto my NPF Championship crown although did go deep again finishing 14th and overall was very happy with how I played during the 2 days. Some other good shows here from fellow Dobbas with Mr E being final table bubble boy, Stumpy finishing in 7th and new Dobba Andy KQ4EVA Blair in 3rd place and very very unlucky not to win it. Me & CG cleaned up on the book we organised although were made to sweat with 12 left and quite a few that could do us badly were still going strong.

Problems as we try to get away to Dominican in that the Thompson flights have been suffering from a knock on effect from the bad weather and we are informed our 09.25am flight has a new departure estimated at 17.30pm but we eventually flew out at 23.30pm. At least we knew and travelled later to Manchester, took in an Indian meal on route and only had a few hours wait around the lounges

2010 final figures for live poker showed a 6th year consecutive profit of just over £3000 which Ive got to be happy with considering no real big scores and an average of only 1 to 2 games per week. Biggest highlights were the obvious 2nd cash in a WSOP event with my finish in the Seniors Event and then watching my son take down a Binnions Classic for his best ever result railed by all the NPF Vegas crowd.

Decent seats on the plane and get a lot of shut eye in during the 10 hour flight which eases the pain and no hanging about on arrival at airport as we are the only ones on our flight going to the Hard Rock and it’s a one to one taxi that picks us up so within 25 mins of landing we are at our resort. Place is absolutely huge and the rooms are one of the best we have ever had anywhere and deffo the best weve had in the Dominican.

As for 2010 and the more well known tournaments, well didn’t really play that many. Originally was going to play most of the Coral Masters games but for one reason after another didn’t bother. Played the Teeside leg and had a great time enjoyment wise with some great tables and made 2nd day well placed in chips but donked out early not really believing Stumpys son had the hand he had. Biggest regret was when top 3 in chips folding QQ to an all in move by Mark Trett ( AK ) Being Mark he would of obviously hit but theres no way now in hindsight I should ever fold there based on stacks and it niggled away at me for along time after.
I also travelled and played the Mallorcan leg of the Spanish Poker Tour as a birthday present to myself and that proved to be an absolutely brilliant game. Throughly enjoyed it and one of best organised and staged events Ive ever played in. Will deffo play that again in 2011. Went out just short of cashing from large field but made 2 bad mistakes by betting with wrong coloured chips which deffo cost me badly at crucial times.

4th time in Domincan and can honestly say we had hardly seen a bad day weather wise until this year. Day after day of overcast and very windy made it very frustrating as the sunshine and lying around the pool and beach is what we love doing to unwind and charge the batteries for the year ahead. Complex was brilliant but lacked some nightly entertainment like some shows but this was not there due to the hand over from Moon Palace to Hard Rock and the re branding of the resort. The Casino on site was amazing mind and by far the best by a mile on the island. Very much Vegas style and had a great Poker room although 3 tables of cash was the max they had going coupled with dealers and staff who were very very new to Poker and patience was needed at some the things that went on which you simply had to bite your tongue at. Games were incredibly easy and that coming from me who aint anywhere near a decent cash player. Finished the holiday on poker $1100 from a starting total of $300 together with that we were given $2500 resort credit to spend on Spa, Golf, Trips or Match Blackjack. We spent $500 on spa treatments and the remaining $2000 we took as Match Play Blackjack. Basically you match in $ what they give you in vouchers by playing Blackjack. Placed them in blocks of $200 and after using the tokens finished with a total of $3100 giving us a + return of $1100. Had put a thread up at NPF asking best way to play this and a couple had said put it all on in one hit!!!! I was dealt AK for blackjack 1st hand we played!!!!!!

Enjoyable break although became bit bored near the end mainly due to the frustration of coming so far and not getting the weather we came here for. Not to worry as still better than being freezing back home.

Personal Goals for year, well to basically try and not get stressed out at daft things at work and simply enjoy the position we are in. Looking forward to some more travel and developing some new suppliers we have chosen together with an exciting new product line in stainless steel handrail components. New brochures and web sites to match and some staff development should see us have another decent enough year considering the tough trading times most people are facing. Hopefully Scott continues to develop within the company and his input with new stuff is crucial in my opinion to take us forward
Start preparing for daughters wedding in February 2012 in Thailand and thank you for endowment policies maturing just in perfect time!!!!!

Poker Goals for 2011, well havnt got any if Im honest. Ill just take it as it comes and try my best to keep enjoying playing which has been lacking in 2010. Was given an entry into Poker Stars UKIPT Event for Xmas by my son which was totally unexpected so look forward to playing that combined with another visit to Mallorca. After that Ill try to simply game choose better and not simply play just for the sake of it although I do enjoy my Friday night excursions with Stumpy on our Corona nights and we normally do OK as well!!!

Play the Sky Tour game on the weekend I get back which is normally fun and then end of January sees the NPF Forum Team travel down to Bolton G to compete in APAT s UK Team Challenge. Now this game I would really love to win and bring the bacon back to the North East and also highlight the strength in depth forum of players we have and Im sure the support both there and online railing will be awesome.

Good luck and best wishes everyone for 2011. Continue to enjoy this mad game or simply don’t play it at all

2010 review

Alreet Stumpy here,

Played last too live games just before Xmas £30 f/o at Circus went out with set of 3s to Apokerlypse set of tens then the £30 f/o at Aspers and I finished 3rd for £150and Mrs stumpy was 4th for £120.

Online has been awful the last 6 weeks, sngos just getting hammered doesnt matter what they are callin with they are hitting and mtts im getting deep every night but losing the key hands near the fts.

Looking back at last year pokerwise live was very happy with my results only never kept a record so this year mrs stumpy and i will write down every live mtt or cash games results and keep running total on here, i used to write everything down but when they prizes dropped from the good old days of 5k pots everynite i gave up, ive still got my book from my 1st two years at aspers the 1st year i was 18k up ahh the good old days haha.

Online was going ok about 9k up 6 weeks a go but after the downswing ive finished only 6.5k up which is well short of last years 14k

Poker goals for 2011

1,Keep working on improving my mtt play.

2,play 4k sngos 45 mans and 9 mans

3,Play more bigger games live as the small amount ive played i have 5 fts

4,Try to help mrs stumpy improve her game(done amazing upto now playing 2 years and made a profit both years) needs to take the next step

5,Win the apat team game for the npf

6,keep enjoying poker.

life goals

1,lose weight (getting another knee op on the 3rd of feb so hopefully get back to full fitness which will make it easier to lose weight)

2,keep enjoying life to the max