45 handed SNG on Pokerstars ($0.25 buy-in non-Turbo)

Bust out hand - Pocket 8's vs QT suited (I shoved pre-flop and got called). Lost a big hand just before busting out with AJ vs AQ.

Finished in 23rd place (no cash)

STT ($1.50 buy-in non-Turbo)

Bust out hand - A5 vs AQ. (I shoved pre-flop and got called)

Finished in 4th place (no cash)

Freeroll for the Marbella Poker Festival (Turbo - UK and Ireland players only)

Bust out hand - KT suited vs QJ (I shoved pre-flop and got called)

Finished in 105th place (no cash)

Freeroll for the Marbella Poker Festival (non-Turbo)

Bust out hand - Pocket 8's. Open shoved from UTG pre flop with two callers. Board ran out 3c 5h 4d Kc 5s. Winner had 76o (yes someone call a UTG shove with 76o!!!)


When a year doesn't have many high points or many low points it doesn't give you a lot to write about.

That just about sums up 2011 for me and is reflected in my poker playing over the course of the year.

With regards my bankrolls on the various online poker sites I play on, The only one that's really been going in the right direction is my Pokerstars account. The rest (on various sites like Titan Poker, Blue Square Poker and Betfair) have remained stagnant and on PKR it has hit a large downswing (well, large for me anyway) simply through (mostly) bad beats. When you shove with AKo and get called by 10-2o and lose, well you know that not much is going to go your way.

I have now also set up accounts with Party Poker and 888 Poker. I set up the account with Party Poker as they have an association with the WPT and hold a lot of satellites for WPT events. I know this might be big thinking for someone playing micro stakes but there's always the chance. Anyway, I have been left extremely disappointed as, apart from the affore mentioned WPT satellites, there is very little else on offer for micro stakes players, particularly those that like playing non-turbo SNG's (aka Me!).

888 Poker was a pleasant surprise. They were (and I think still are) running an offer for $8 free when you sign up with them. It's not much but does give you enough to get a feel for the site and the type of games they offer. Whilst the interface is not the most sophisticated around, it is easy to get to grips with and they seem to offer a nice variety of tourneys and SNG's. I will watch 888 with interest as they are currently the sponsor for APAT (the Amateur Poker Association and Tour) who hold a series of live tourneys with quite a low buy-in and hold satellites on 888 for these events (Here's hoping I can get into one of the events this year!)

Here's a list of the highlights of my 2011 in online poker:

  • Made a decent cash in February's Turbo Takedown on Pokerstars
  • Made a decent cash in the first Big $11 tournement I played on Pokerstars
  • Satellited my way into the Event 12-L on the Pokerstar's SCOOP. Managed to pick up 3 bounties but didn't make the cash
  • Qualified via FPP's for a Saturday Micro (I know it's only a $3.33 buy-in but with the way things went this year, I'll take it!). Unfortunately I didn't make the cash after running Pocket 9's into Pocket Kings on a 8 high flop :-(
  • Won a freeroll to qualify for the 10th Anniversary Sunday Storm. Unfortunately, had to unregister as the event clashed with my work schedule :-(
  • Won a satellite to one of the Mega Satellites for the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million. Unfortunately, had to unregister as the event (and the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million itself) clashed with my work schedule (my work schedule sucks at the moment!)
  • Won a Stage 1 and Stage 2 satellite on PKR to get a seat at a Semi-Final qualifer for WPT Ireland. Unfortunately mis-read the details after winning the Stage 2 and thought it gave me a ticket for any Semi-Final. Turns out it automatically registered me for the NEXT Semi-Final, so missed it completely (again due to my rotten work schedule), so missed out on a chance to get into my first big live event :-(
  • Have qualified for event 10 of the TCOOP on Pokerstars, so looking forward to this.

As you can see, not too much to write home about this year. Here's hoping for a better 2012.

Happy New Year!!!

Does a country (and therefore it's Government) have a duty of care towards it's citizens?

If it does, what needs to happen when a country fails in this duty of care?

And how does a country serve out this duty of care in the first place?


As I'm heading for the big 4-0 next year, so in all likelihood I am now over half way through my life on this mortal coil, I think now is probably the right time to start writing a bucket list. So here goes my first attempt (you could probably call this an Alpha version):

  • Visit San Francisco for a holiday.
  • Play in the World Series of Poker Main Event at least once
  • Play the European Poker Tour London Main Event at least once
  • Eat a battered, deep fried Mars or Snickers.
  • Test drive a Chevy Volt electric car.

The great British public recently had a chance to make history in this country and change the way our MP's were elected, from an out dated, heavily biased system called First Past the Post (FPTP) system to a slightly less out dated and slightly less bias system called the Alternate Vote (AV). Alas, with the Prime Minister sticking his oar in (I think that's the expression), and using his party's rather substantial resources (apparently), he managed to persuade (scare, frighten, intimidate etc.) the majority of the country that it's best to stick with what the country knows and what best suits his party, the First Past The Post system.

Having read Victoria Coren's article on the Guardian website (Luvvies or lads. What a choice) about her experience of the whole thing, I've finally realised that the whole process was doomed to failure from the outset.

The question that was asked on the ballot paper was asked as follows:

"At present, the UK uses the "first past the post" system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the "alternative vote" system be used instead?"

So the response is either Yes we should change to the Alternative Vote system, or No we should keep using the First Past The Post system. This is why you ended up with the two opposing sides called the Yes2AV campaign and the No2AV campaign.

Basically, for those wanting electoral reform the question was asked in the wrong way. Why, you say?

Well while reading Vicky's article she mentions one important thing about the way the majority of Britain thinks. She says:

"Shall I vote no, then?" I wondered. "Everyone else will. And I am British, after all. I hate and fear change of any kind. I didn't like it when the newsagent got a new window display."

To put this another way, people these days are for nothing and against everything. Should we have wind farms to provide our power requirements? Not in my backyard. A just say No attitude to everything. And this attitude appears to have manifest itself in the way that people voted in the referendum.

In that case, how would people have voted if the question that was asked was the following:

"At present, the UK uses the "first past the post" system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should we keep this system or use the "alternative vote" system instead?"

If the question have been put this way, the response is either Yes we should keep the First Past The Post system, or No we should change to using the Alternative Vote system and the two campaigns would then have been the Yes2FTFP and the No2FTFP campaigns which would have meant that those in favour of keeping the current system would have had to but more work into justifying why to keep the FPTP system instead of spending most of their time scare mongering about change.

Alas this thought comes far, far too later to make any difference but looks like the next opportunity for electoral reform may come sooner that some might think. The House of Lords is in urgent need of reform and it would be fitting if that reform could be of a democratic nature, an elected chamber. And what about the system used to elect this new second chamber? How about some kind of proportional system may be?

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