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Starting a new project with a friend. All-in Auctions

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

My friend Jack loves coming up with business ideas. A few months ago he stumbled upon some penny auction sites. There’s a ton of these everywhere online where you can gamble a little and have a shot at winning laptops, TVs and the like for a fraction of the price.

Hence how he got the idea to do the same thing but with a niche product that’s poker related: 100-200€ bankrolls, tournament tokens for weekly tournaments and poker coaching.

He invited me to join him on the venture and I figured it would be a fun project to have together beside my poker playing. I’ve always wanted to do more than just play poker. Even though poker is definitely one of the professions in the world where you get a sick return of investment, it’s also nice to have other things on the side that can give you a passive income.

Anyhow the site is live now and can be found at www.allinauctions.com. The first auctions are going to end in two days time and there will be many more auctions to come as we get everything set up. It’s a fun concept and with some strategy you can definately increase your chances of winning.

Once you sign up you get five free bids. After that you can buy bidpacks at increased discounts depending on how big a bid pack you buy. There’s also a referal bonus for those of you who’d like more free bids. You get five free bids for each friend that you refer to the site, while he/she also gets five free bids as standard.

Go check out www.allinauctions.com and let the bidding wars begin!

Awesome site pranking a hot girl.

March 29, 2010 2 comments

I just found this really funny site. It’s a prank site where I guess some roommates are pranking a hot chick that lives with them. I don’t know how much of it is real but its effin hilarious.

Check it out at http://prankvote.com

Here’s one of their videos. I LOLed. You can also check em out on Youtube here

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How to lose 7200€ to the same opponent at 3/6€

March 25, 2010 2 comments

Had a horrible poker session last night. A guy sat down to 3-table me at 3/6€. Seemed like a competent player but clearly played in an unconventional way. I don’t want to get too much into how he played but basically he played quite nitty which is why I wish I coulda folded more big hands vs him. I’m not going to play him again tho, since he doesn’t give enough action compared to that other guy I played 14k hands against on the ipoker network. His style is nitty and doesn’t pay off often enough.

Luckily I had played poker earlier in the day with Niller and booked a 4,7k win. So this doesn’t sting as much as it could have I guess.

Here are some big hands from the session:

No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1310.02)

Hero (BB) ($627)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 6, 9

SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) 7, 4, 2 (2 players)

Hero bets $27, SB raises $87, Hero raises $216, SB raises $1205.02 (All-In), Hero calls $366 (All-In)

Turn: ($1254) 3 (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: ($1254) Q (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: $1254

Results:

SB had 7, 3 (two pair, sevens and threes).

Hero had 6, 9 (high card, Queen).

Outcome: SB won $1936.27

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

BB ($1901.02)

Hero (SB) ($728.25)

Preflop: Hero is SB with K, Q

Hero bets $15, BB raises $54, Hero calls $42

Flop: ($120) 4, 10, 7 (2 players)

BB bets $75, Hero calls $75

Turn: ($270) A (2 players)

BB bets $145, Hero raises $593.25 (All-In), BB calls $448.25

River: ($1456.50) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1456.50

Results:

Hero had K, Q (high card, Ace).

BB had A, 9 (two pair, Aces and nines).

Outcome: BB won $1455.75

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1031.75)
Hero (BB) ($1276.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 2, A
SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) 4, 5, 10 (2 players)
Hero bets $66, SB calls $66

Turn: ($252) 5 (2 players)
Hero bets $189, SB calls $189

River: ($630) 3 (2 players)
Hero bets $459, SB calls $459

Total pot: $1548

Results:
SB didn’t show
Hero had 2, A (straight, five high).
Outcome: Hero won $1547.25

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($2444.52)
Hero (BB) ($770.50)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, 7
SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) 10, 6, 3 (2 players)
Hero checks, SB bets $36, Hero raises $90, SB raises $202, Hero raises $662.50 (All-In), SB calls $514.50

Turn: ($1541) 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($1541) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1541

Results:
SB had J, J (two pair, Jacks and threes).
Hero had 5, 7 (one pair, threes).
Outcome: SB won $1540.25

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($2210.75)

Hero (BB) ($650.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A, J

SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) 4, 7, 4 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $36, Hero calls $36

Turn: ($108) J (2 players)

Hero bets $81, SB raises $201, Hero calls $120

River: ($510) 6 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $1955.75 (All-In), Hero calls $395.25 (All-In)

Total pot: $1300.50

Results:

SB had Q, 4 (three of a kind, fours).

Hero had A, J (two pair, Jacks and fours).

Outcome: SB won $2860.25

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1016.50)

Hero (BB) ($1626.50)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 6, 5

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB raises $132, Hero calls $90

Flop: ($300) 6, 3, Q (2 players)

Hero checks, SB checks

Turn: ($300) 6 (2 players)

Hero bets $177, SB calls $177

River: ($654) 7 (2 players)

Hero bets $1299.50 (All-In), SB calls $689.50 (All-In)

Total pot: $2033

Results:

SB had Q, J (two pair, Queens and sixes).

Hero had 6, 5 (three of a kind, sixes).

Outcome: Hero won $2642.25

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($3869.52)

Hero (BB) ($924.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, 5

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) 6, Q, 4 (2 players)

Hero bets $72, SB raises $212, Hero calls $140

Turn: ($544) J (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $408, Hero raises $652.25 (All-In), SB calls $244.25

River: ($1848.50) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1848.50

Results:

SB had K, 9 (high card, Ace).

Hero had 5, 5 (one pair, fives).

Outcome: Hero won $1847.75

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($811.25)

Hero (BB) ($2467)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, 6

SB bets $15, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36) 6, 6, 3 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $36, Hero raises $114, SB calls $78

Turn: ($264) 7 (2 players)

Hero bets $174, SB raises $679.25 (All-In), Hero calls $505.25

River: ($1622.50) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1622.50

Results:

SB had 6, A (three of a kind, sixes).

Hero had 5, 6 (three of a kind, sixes).

Outcome: SB won $1621.75

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

BB ($2947.28)

Hero (SB) ($1225.62)

Preflop: Hero is SB with K, A

Hero bets $15, BB raises $66, Hero raises $168, BB calls $114

Flop: ($372) Q, A, 5 (2 players)

BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($372) 10 (2 players)

BB bets $241, Hero calls $241

River: ($854) 6 (2 players)

BB bets $2520.28 (All-In), Hero calls $798.62 (All-In)

Total pot: $2451.24

Results:

Hero had K, A (one pair, Aces).

BB had Q, Q (three of a kind, Queens).

Outcome: BB won $4172.15

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($1954.75)

Hero (BB) ($1311.50)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, Q

SB bets $15, Hero raises $60, SB raises $138, Hero calls $90

Flop: ($312) 5, 4, 9 (2 players)

Hero checks, SB bets $191, Hero raises $1155.50 (All-In), SB calls $964.50

Turn: ($2623) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($2623) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $2623

Results:

SB had A, K (one pair, nines).

Hero had Q, Q (two pair, Queens and nines).

Outcome: Hero won $2622.25

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No-Limit Hold’em, $6.00 BB (2 handed) – Hold’em Manager Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

SB ($4747.40)

Hero (BB) ($785.25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, A

SB bets $15, Hero raises $54, SB calls $42

Flop: ($120) 10, 9, 2 (2 players)

Hero bets $66, SB raises $196, Hero raises $659.25 (All-In), SB calls $529.25

Turn: ($1570.50) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: ($1570.50) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: $1570.50

Results:

SB had J, 8 (flush, King high).

Hero had Q, A (high card, Ace).

Outcome: SB won $1569.75

Back from Manchester.

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been busy doing the whole family thing in Manchester. It was so nice getting to spend more time with my brother, sisters and nephew. It would definitely be good for me to see them more often. Here’s a few pictures of them.

Here’s one where my brother is sick of us taking pictures :)

My brothers lovely wife Chrissy on the right in blue.

Chrissy and Maya.

While there Maya also came to visit, which was really great. She felt welcomed by the family even though there is big cultural difference. She loves Pakistani clothing so I got her a nice suit.

Finally the one and only.. My nephew Ali with his mom :)

Everyone in my family cooks, so I decided to give it a shot and cook them a dinner. I made Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. It turned out really well though Maya had to come into the kitchen and save it :P Everyone thought it was delicious. Heres the before and after pictures.

I also had a chance to meet up with a poker playing friend, Chris. We usually go out to dinner every time I come to Manchester to visit family. We went to this nice brazilian restaurant where they went around to all the tables with grilled meat and cut you a few slices if you wanted. It was a new way to eat for me and I did enjoy it. Afterwards we went to a pub to have a few drinks and played Heads Up poker on a video poker machine against each other. I ran pretty bad against him. Good thing I used my run bad on video poker even tho it cost me like 20 pounds.

I played like eighty hands of poker on the trip and lost a buyin. Other than that, I stayed away from anything poker related including forums and really just enjoyed my vacation. It’s my first day back here in Copenhagen. I want to put in a lot of hands this week, but unfortunately I’ve caught quite a cold. I’ll still play but prolly won’t be able to put in that many long sessions.

I’ve also put on a few pounds while in England and so my plan is to start hitting the gym as soon as I get well and watch my eating habits. I need to stay away from alcohol, which I know will be quite the challenge for me. Maybe a propbet is the answer to motivate myself.

Next update will hopefully be with more poker content.

Nexus One r0x!

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Not much has been going on while I’m here in Manchester. All I’ve been doing is go out to various pubs and bars with my brother Solly and spending time with family. Manchester has lots of different and interesting areas. Also beers and food is noticeably cheaper than in Denmark. A good thing in case I decide to come live here for a while.

I haven’t really played any poker while here. However I did get a Google Nexus One phone, which totally rocks. I’ve had iPhone and HTC hero and Nexus simply knocks both these phones outta the water. It’s really fast and one thing that really is good about the N1 is that if you use Gmail and other google applications a lot, it’s the best smartphone out there.

The only thing that sucks about it is that in sunlight or outdoors when the sun is shining it’s hard to see the display of the phone. This might become a bigger issue during the summer. Everything else about this phone rules.

Heres a comparison of the iPhone 3GS and the Google Nexus One that I found to be very useful and honest before I got it myself.

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In Manchester

March 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been here in Manchester since Thursday, visiting family. My eldest brother and sister live here in Manchester while the two twin sisters came all the way from Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. My sister from New Zealand also brought our only nephew in the family, so everyone is excited to see him. It’s going to be good family fun with lots of nice dinners at home and out, sitting, chatting and arguing about stuff.

It’s extra special for me, since I didn’t grow up with them. They are all from my dads first marriage and when he married my mother later on, we moved to Denmark when I was around 4 years old. I hardly ever saw them and after my dad and mom divorced when I was about 8, I didn’t see him that much either till I was about 26 years old. That’s when I finally starting seeing my siblings as well.

They didn’t have the easiest of childhoods. Their mother died of cancer when they were pretty young. The youngest twins were 17 and my brother who was the eldest was 27. I must have been around 9 years old at that time, but Dad still wasn’t a big part of their lives until much later when they were adults. They’ve had to take care of themselves most of their lives. When I saw him again at around 26 years old I only had about 2 years with him sporadically as he was often abroad, until we lost him to cancer.  I remember standing in the ICU in a hospital in Pakistan with all of us discussing whether we should let him go. He had an heartattack after surgery, where they removed his kidney that had a tumor growing on it. He was only being kept alive by the machines.

I remember as if it was yesterday how all of a sudden the nurse yelled at us that we were losing him and we all ran towards his room arriving just to see the flat line of his heart monitor and the neverending beep sound of the machine.

Whats ironic is that his death brought all of us closer together, or at least for me, brought me closer to my long lost siblings.

Now I just relish the whole family experience with them that I didn’t get while growing up and it’s really nice. It’s something that I will always be envy them for, but I guess I have time to catch up.

Ok this entry kinda went down a different road than what I had planned to write about. I’ll write another post in the coming days sharing more about what I’ve been doing while here in Manchester.

I found an old polaroid of everyone together back when Dad was alive. I’ve blocked one of the twins out as she’s a practicing muslim.

February’s over.

March 2, 2010 3 comments

So February is over. I was able to put in 96 hours of poker playing 42k hands. I’m happy with the amount of hands played. Overall on a scale of 1-10, 10 being playing my best poker, I would say that in february I was at an 8.

I’m not completely happy with my overall strategy against my nemesis who I’ve played for 13k hands so far with only a profit of three buyins(1800$). But in general, I’ve been very good at only playing when I felt that I could play my A-game against him and others the entire month.

Niller has also had a great month. Being as we share bankrolls I’m pretty happy about that. In fact his winrate is higher than mine this month. None of us got many hands in back in January due to me being in the Bahamas and then our trip to Paris. I can tell that I’m definitely gonna have to put in lots of hands in the coming months.

March will also be tricky for me as I’m visiting family for nearly three weeks in Manchester, UK. It’s my sister Naila’s 40th birthday, so all of us siblings are getting together as she’s is visiting from New Zealand where she lives with her husband and son Mark and Ali.

So I’m a little excited to see how close I’ll be able to get to my 350k goal for this year. Winrate wise I’ve had a good start, but I’m only 28k up for the year total with rakeback and including splitting winnings with Niller. Obviously most of my winnings will be later in the year as we move up limits. I know it’s a pretty ambitious goal but I’m going to try and go for it regardless. I know that I’m going to be doing some travelling this year, so the time that I do have off, I’m going to have to really focus and get in as many hands as possible instead of being lazy and undisciplined.

Another thing that totally annoys me is that I’ve been spending way too much money which is causing a stint in the growth of our bankroll. We’ve withdrawn a shitload of money from our bankroll because of my spending habits – About 23000$ on average per month! Obviously we are splitting the money but still. It’s annoying to know that we could have been playing 10/20 NL HU if we just withdrew half that money instead.

Starting March I’m going to be writing down all my expenses to see where all this money is going. I really want to cut back on my expenses to something more reasonable, even for a poker player.

Either that or move to friggin Thailand!

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