Alright blog, i'm back, hopefully for a while :) The reasons i temporarily shut down this blog are mainly personal, i just felt a bit uncomfortable with some of my 'stupid' albeit hilariously funny (imo) posts and antics in the past for people to read and judge, ghey anno. I just didn't and still don't really like the idea of people outside of the poker world reading this stuff, it's got me into a few spots of bother :) It's all just a bit of light-hearted fun anyways and what made my blog popular and separated it from the countless other zzzzzz poker blogs available to the online masses. I didn't just write about poker and the bad beats, HH's, strategy etc and nor did stick up boring graphs and stats and other shit, i also wrote about my life in my own kinda quirky unique way. The ups n downs, when i was feeling great, good, and a bit indifferent and tied this in with the poker, sometimes using stupid nonsensical words. I'd discuss what i had been up to outside of poker and tried to make it funny and interesting, and lets face it my loyal supportays, it was pretty com back in the day ;)
The other main reasons i stopped posting was partly due to laziness i guess (who'd of thought). The thing is, whilst i was living in South East Asia for 8 months and even a few months before the trip i was writing for Poker Encore. That was cool, but i wasn't receiving the same level of interaction there as i did when writing on this blogspot addy. I had to tone my writing style down on Encore, which made it, imo, slightly less interesting. The main affect upon my lack of motivation to write stemmed from the lack of visits and comments which most bloggers thrive on. It's nice to know people are reading, I missed the banter, the random remarks and abuse i used to receive, which ultimately resulted in a lack of desire to blog.
I do miss this blog, it was fun. I've got a few cracking stories to tell, some real corkers ;) One of my biggest regrets is not writing as much as i could have about all the places i have traveled to since quitting the day job back in Jan 2008. Its my biggest achievement in poker tbh, being able to maintain a lifestyle with money in my pocket which has given me the freedom to travel to many different places in the world. I could write at least 25 mammoth blog posts packed full of quality photos and tales of some of the places i've seen and things i've done. I've kept a record of all the places i have visited, i'll spare you the details and brags but in short, since joining the darkside of poker i've been to 70 different places around the globe and to about 10 of those on more than one occasion. The longest trips have i been on include 2 months of backpacking the east coast of Oz, 6 amazing weeks in New Zealand and the most recent trip being the 8-9 months I've spent living and traveling around South East Asia. Its something i'm really proud of and my love of travel is something i will continue to maintain and enjoy. I get such a buzz from visiting a new place, i fucking love it, it gives me such a great feeling of freeeeeeeeedom!
Couple of scenic pics that i love that came out quite well using my rather modest shitty little camera. The first is a sick value Long Tail boat trip i went on from Phi Phi Island to a bunch of cool places that cost about $5 and the second is one of many incred sunsets i saw on my travels during a 3 day visit to Koh Lanta.
Anyways, like i said, i'm back for now, back in the UK and back to blogging. I actually returned home in mid May and I've done quite a lot of cool stuff since then. Highlights include going to Wembley and watching my beloved Hammers win the Play Off Final, just being in and around London and getting 3-4 experiences with friends at the Olympic Games (how fucking good was that!) and a recent 1 week mini trip to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam with Scotch, remember that legend? I'm actually enjoying myself in the UK atm and see no reason to jet off again just yet. The only concrete plans i have outside of this country atm is a trip with all the lads to Wales where we're just gonna get smashed for a few days and walk up Snowdon for lolz, GG life.
I'm not sure yet if i'm gonna post like the old Amatay thou, I might write some retrospective posts and fill in the gaps. I do have some absolute gems i could scribble down and there's more potential crackers in the pipeline that i know the Amatay fanboys would appreciate. Its mainly gonna be about poker in the short term i think, i know i know, yaaaawn, we'll see ;) I'll probs end up writing more of my bullshit again once i get going, won't be able to help myself! The main reason i've actually resurrected this blog, for now, is to help motivate myself in the poker world, yiiiip, that old chestnut again! I'm starting with $10k and i'll mainly be playing mtt's and that's all i've got to say about that really. I mean my roll is bigger than $10k but i'm gonna use this as my starting figure and see what happens. Also gonna use my current Pocket Five ranking (World 1992, UK 228) and push that up for added incentive, just watch this space, lolz.
I have played some poker in the last few months btw, its just my volume and motivation is, as per usual, an absolute fucking joke! I did kinda get my nut down a little bit in June i think it was and grinded a 'fair' amount making a $12.4k profit in my usual little faggot games but since then i've just been bumming around. Last month i made $2k but only played two fkin times! I blame the Olympics. So, i've probs ran pretty good because the roi i have since returning to the UK is deffo unsustainable. Maybe i'm just an incredible human? Probably.
Think i won 6-7 tourns during the mini heater in June, here's my best 3 results winning a $10r and $20r on Party and the $20r Ongame for an almost combined $10k total...
Last thing before i go. I am running a half marathon at the end of October (fml) and thus seeking some sponsorship money for my charity of choice. Please click this link below for more info.
Send me a fiver, a tenner whatever you can please. Its obv for a good cause and will help push me with the training which has felt increasingly difficult to crack on with in the last week or so, cheers.