May 13, 2010


Thankfully the cabin crew’s attempt has not thwarted me so now it’s only the volcano left.

It may have taken 90 minutes on the phone but it’s worth it.

Oh and may I say to the crew….

Posted By Boomer at 06:21 PM


May 13, 2010


Well worst fears happened, the strike by the bunch of comnmunists who should be dropped in boiling oil known as BA’s striking cabin crew have forced my flight to the US to be cancelled so now it’s a night on the phone trying to frantically re-book

Will update more when I know

Posted By Boomer at 03:47 PM


May 10, 2010

I am NOT Happy

It’s bad enough with the Volcano in Iceland continuously blowing it’s stack but now the British Worker from the 1970’s has ressurected itself on British Airways and guess when?

I swear to God if my flight is stopped by this someone will pay VERY dearly for it.

Posted By Boomer at 03:49 PM


May 08, 2010


Well new laptop arrived yesterday and I’ve been frantically trying to get it to talk to my desktop and the internets and it works quite nicely now. Got all the important stuff on it…you know, Full Tilt, HEM, my Mods, Steam….

Only 12 days now until I venture into the US assuming that the ash cloud doesn’t decide to interfere which I think would cause an uncontrollable level of sobbing and/or rage but nonetheless we shall soldier on and hopefully it’ll be all right on the night.

Those of you who read this (all 5 of you) will notice I haven’t updated the RTR in a while and that’s mainly because I haven’t been able to get a lot done…also it’s currently going badly with me dumping 100BB in 2.5k hands leaving me about $50 short of where I started…embarrassing. Not much I could do about it really, if you get cold decked over that period of hands you’re going to lose (I’ve had 3 session out of 12 where my W$SD was over 45) so there’s not really anything to report on that and I’m just looking forward to my holiday.

One random thing for UK residents…yes we failed to elect a PM, go us. Sometimes I agree with the Liveral Democrats. The current system of election renders the individual vote futile in all but marginal consituencies and genberally means that public will is not reflected in the results…not much of a democracy really. But before I start getting political I’m going to stop.

I see OTR got a cat and posted some pics so I think I will, what I can get hold of the camera. He decided to help us plan a walk last week by, and I’m quoting here, “He sat on Anderton Boat Lift”. I’m pretty sure that’s never been said before…

Take Care All

Posted By Boomer at 09:36 PM


April 23, 2010

Caption Competition

In honour of the mouse with the biggest set of mouse cajones I’ve ever seen

Poker analogies of course welcome :)

And yes unbelievably the mouse survived this encounter…obviously the leopard wasn’t THAT hungry

Posted By Boomer at 04:12 PM


April 22, 2010


You know when things don’t go your way, a lot of times there are 2 options. Let it beat you or fight it. And unfortunately I’m a stubborn SOB who won’t admit defeat in anything…hell I’m STILL trying to 5 star Through the Fire and Flames on Guitar Hero 3 which I’m pretty sure is impossible for anyone not willing to put 8 hours a day into the game unless they’re obscenely talented to an unfair degree.

(fwiw you get something called “The Inhuman Achievement” on the XBox 360 for beating it on Expert, Medium for me thanks, and the Wii and I believe PS2, although I’m not sure, versions say “Good Luck” before it even begins, THAT’S how much this song HATES YOU!!)

So, on that note, after a really crappy week I booked my tickets to the States :)

20th – 29th of May I’ll be in the US and hopefully cramming an AC trip in there, would love to see any DC peeps in the area.

Goal before then is to run 3-4 times a week (1-2 miles will do to start I’m not gonna kill myself starting a littel slow) and either walk or do some other form of exercise all other non-running days…although shin splints are a bitch…didn’t realise I’d let myself get this bad :(

I want to get in 10k hands of 6-max in too. I’m currently on what I think is a 200BB “downswing” at 6-max. I use quotations as that’s not even a downswing in any true sense of the words and I haven’t really noticed it tbh due to the fact I’ve been playing low stakes (RTR) and have RB on Full Tilt and clearing a bonus so it’s not hurt at all in a bankroll way. But games are good and I want to get playing in them, I think I’m going to re-structure my playing to make it “end of week” heavy. Last thing I usually want to do after a 10-hour Monday is play poker so I’ve got to work around that…games are even better at weekend too :)

Now side note:

Am I going to get a horse’s head in my bed off the Euro sites for my vid? nah not important enough for that but post in the forums today did kind of highlight how I kinda ragged on them :)




Posted By Boomer at 04:36 PM


April 17, 2010

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A while back I was asked in the LHE forums to do a vid on a few things regarding Rake which tend to get missed, or not highlighted as much as they should be.

Sadly with everything going at 100mph for me at the moment I had to put it off a little. That changed with the introduction of the Invent-A-Series competition so I thought “Hey why not it’s different” and I’ve made the pilot video and uploaded it to the member’s section. So hope you guys enjoy that one.

Additionally at random I’ve seen football (the real game not American Kevlar Rugby League) discussed in the NC/LC thread…I am going to say now I WILL NOT MAKE ANY BETS ON THE ENGLAND VS US GAME :)

That plus it still stings from when you last beat us in the world cup…1950.

The final thing I’ve noticed was a bit of a blowup over one of the latest DD vids. I’m withholding judgement becasue I haven’t seen it but it certainly seemed tempers flared for what seemed like little reason. Occasionally basic concepts have to be hammered home and since w2dw is the only LHE series this season it has to cater to everyone and I don’t envy DD his job.

On that note, agreeing with PH here, if all you get from a video is 45 minutes to an hour of distraction that’s not enough. Thanks to IM’ing, PM’ing etc I have been in situations where I have discussed ONE hand for either 2 forum pages or 3 hours of constant IM’ing. imo that is where you get the most out of and devlopment in poker.

Anyway, not looking to start a flame war and I still am about 2 series behind anyway, but just a thought to chill a bit and occasionally just take a step back. If one vid doesn’t provide an epiphany then fine.

I highly doubt my rake series will cause an epihany in anyone that’s truly thought about it or plays 10/20+ and NO I won’t be giving blanket “This site is best answers” which I’m sure will piss people looking for a quick answer off but what I will do is provide the tools necessary for your own analysis and be available to answer questions. Also I’m sure for someone who’s NOT thought about it, or for a micro player, it’ll be very useful. We’ll see though.

Posted By Boomer at 02:02 PM


April 12, 2010

Not much to say but I am still here!!

Well it’s getting around that time of year that those of us who work in accounts DREAD…yup YEAR END!!

(Oh noes pic needed)

Also given the fact I decided to randomly start doing Video Walkthroughs (my first one, Dungeon Keeper, is on…and my Youtube but wtf right?) meant my spare time was limited to like none. I do this occasionally, just go on random tangents.


The RTR is still ongoing, I’ve just been v busy recently but I want to get back on it, not just becuase I want something to put up on my blog (btw I’m down $110 so far at 1/2…I suxors but fortunately RB and bonus mean I’m up overall still if I include Rush :) )

The reason I’m so eager to get back on it is that I’ve had some REALLY good Skype discussions over the last couple of days regarding turn decisions with Showdownable hands. I’m not kidding I think I’ve gone for about 6-8 hours on this one topic which about 5 people and I STILL don’t think there’s any type on consensus….although one was reached last night but it didn’t matter becasue our opponent in the hand being discussed was GiantBuddha and he owned the fuck out of us anyway (without even being at the table w/ me) There is probably a whole series on this somewhere…maybe my theory about locking Deathdonkey, Entity and Mikel in a room with a poker subject and a dichtophone may come to fruition on this one.

Let’s see, anything else??

Oh I’m gonna see a baseball game in the States :). Now iirc a Giant Foam Finger and at least 3 hats are necessary in all games. Gotta blend in. Should be in the Country from 20th – 30th May so hoping to get as much in as possible, and I think that’s been taken care of already, and getting out to AC and meeting some DC guys would be pretty awesome. Will post more when I actually know anything….you could be waiting, I’ve got through 27 years without knowing much ;)


Planning on doing a couple of vids hopefully this week.

First will be the long promised “Rake” video which I’m sorry I’ve been neglegent on. I got all the data together over a week ago, I just haven’t had the time.

Second will be a RTR vid. Since I can hide my SN easily I figured why not do some RTR recordings and let the 1/2 guys laugh at me. Well I suppose it’s not limited to them either :)

Catch you around guys

Posted By Boomer at 10:00 PM


March 28, 2010

Update 1 - Road Got Bumpy

Well I’ve called it quits for the weekend becasue I’ve just had a 100 hand session where I tilted pretty hard. I went 0/5 with JJ+ and had a massive uber-fish just chatting away non-stop about his “Expert bluff with bottom pair becasue he put his opponent on A-high” and how “This guys only 3-betting to get under my skin”…Yeah I 3-bet you 3 times with KK (2) and AQ (1) to annoy you, not becasue it’s the best hand or anything but obviously with KK’s amazing ability to pull an Ace out of the deck it didn’t really matter too much.

Lost with trips 3 times to the same guy too…just infuritating, all in 100 hands…
so you can imagine how brutal that felt.

So yeah, it’s not started too well and I’m down about 15BB from where I was thank to some bonuses clearing.

The Full Tilt games are a lot different to the Stars games in that there are a lot more guys who think they can play and will 3-bet a lot preflop and do really random incredibly stupid things (bluffing with a bluffcatcher seems to be the favourite) rather than Stars players who are generally tighter and more straightforward. it probably explains why most of the one’s I’ve looked up are pretty big losers despite having TAGGY stats. I think I just need to change my game up a bit, inducing seems to be a bit part of this game as well as V-betting thin. Sadly “lol pro” FPS is around a lot at FT as well so just gotta get used to it. Wat I would say is I’d recommend a bigger bankroll for FT than for Stars becasue even though the players at FT are bad they’re aggressive and it’s aggression that causes variance.

On the plus side occasionally you get to have fun while Game Creating:

Full Tilt Poker $1.00/$2.00 Limit Hold’em – 2 players
The Official Hand History Converter

Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is BB with Q Diamond J Spade
BTN/SB raises, Hero 3-bets, BTN/SB calls

Flop: (6 SB) 7 Heart K Heart 6 Diamond (2 players)
Hero bets, BTN/SB raises, Hero calls

Turn: (5 BB) K Club (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets, Hero calls

River: (7 BB) 3 Club (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets, Hero calls

Final Pot: 9 BB
Hero shows Q Diamond J Spade
BTN/SB shows 8 Diamond 5 Club
Hero wins 8.75 BB
(Rake: $0.50)

Is this where I get “Ztandard”?? Felt good at the time though ;)

Posted By Boomer at 04:52 PM


Tags: road to robusto

March 27, 2010

Personal Challenge - Road to Robusto 2010

Well I decided after the pretty awful beginning I’ve had to 2010 irl to set myself a little fun challenge and, as you’re aware from my last blog, I set up an account on Full Tilt and I’m going full on Road to Robusto style and you’ll be able to follow how I’m doing on this blog.

As I’ve sure any LHE guy on DC is aware the Dojo Master Entity back in…2007 I think…geez I’ve been a member of this site THAT long….embarked on a little project on Full Tilt to mark out how to get up the stakes.

Now I kind of did that last year but I’ve got to be a little protective of my Stars Bankroll at the moment and I have Bonuses on Full Tilt to clear so this seemed as good a time as any to have some fun with it.

The challenge is this:

Hand Volume:

I am due to fly out to the US on 20th of May. Before then I want to have played 20,000 hands of poker between writing this blog and then (bear in mind I only played 42k the whole of last year).


Start out with $599.99 becasue of the f**king excahnge rate not allowing me to deposit exactly $600 which also means a $599.99 bonus and 27% RB (Thanks DC).

Moving Up Rules:

I must move down if I ever have 500BB for the limit below, although I refuse to play lower than 0.5/1, and I can move up if I can take a 100BB shot at the level above while maintaining 500BB for the lower limit.

So in case that confused you…

I can take my first shot at 1/2 at $700 as losing 100BB would leave me with $500 for 0.5/1 (or Rush poker as I’ll be playing)

I can take first shot at 2/4 at $1400. Same deal.

If I’m playing 2/4 and my bankroll goes below $1000 I have to drop back to 1/2 until I hit $1400 again.

Fortunately things got off to a pretty flying start and the first hurdle was dispensed with in just over 1100 hands of Rush Poker.

With the might $3.66 in Rakeback I got that’s $700.

So next update should be from 1/2, we’ll see how that goes but hopefully with Bonus at RB flying around if I don’t get a bad start I should be able to stay there.

This should be fun

Take Care Guys

Posted By Boomer at 12:27 PM


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