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30.03 20160

Photos: Christmas, Whitsundays, Melbourne, Sydney, Agonda, Kochin

This is Christmas

This is Christmas

Avocado, prawns, and smoked salmon for Christmas brunch

Avocado, prawns, and smoked salmon for Christmas brunch

Ham, leeks, and mash

Ham, leeks, and mash

Christmas day pudding, raspberry roulade

Christmas day pudding, raspberry roulade

Koopa must have sniffed out the cheeseboard

Koopa must have sniffed out the cheeseboard

Had a day in Shanghai on my way to Australia - the bullet train wasn't quite as fast as Japan

Had a day in Shanghai on my way to Australia – the bullet train wasn’t quite as fast as Japan

Stopped off in Fu He Hui, ranked 76 in the worlds top restaurants. No idea what this is

Stopped off in Fu He Hui, ranked 76 in the worlds top restaurants. No idea what this is

Or this

Or this

Some banana ice cream and mixed fruits dessert

Some banana ice cream and mixed fruits dessert

Landed in Melbourne, first port of call is Hunky Dory obvs

Landed in Melbourne, first port of call is Hunky Dory obvs

My view to welcome in 2016

My view to welcome in 2016

Taking a phone call in paradise

Taking a phone call in paradise

There are many fish in Australia

There are many fish in Australia

Had to climb a wee bit to get this view but my word the Whitsundays are amazing

Had to climb a wee bit to get this view but my word the Whitsundays are amazing

Another boring sunset

Another boring sunset

I tried to take a video of this turtle but accidentally didn't press the button and it had left when I found out. Fortunately did get this snap

I tried to take a video of this turtle but accidentally didn’t press the button and it had left when I found out. Fortunately did get this snap

The highest point in the Whitsundays. 45 minute 5km hike I think.

The highest point in the Whitsundays. 45 minute 5km hike I think.

Last known sighting of me playing live poker

Last known sighting of me playing live poker

Australia vs India ODI. Australia won after I left at half time because I was bored

Australia vs India ODI. Australia won after I left at half time because I was bored

Max very much enjoying the prospect of buying a watermelon

Max very much enjoying the prospect of buying a watermelon

This is Gin and OJ I believe, consumed via syringe. Straight into the veins, of course.

This is Gin and OJ I believe, consumed via syringe. Straight into the veins, of course.

The fountain outside the Melbourne Museum

The fountain outside the Melbourne Museum

Andy Murray presumably about to lose

Andy Murray presumably about to lose

First stop in Sydney was a Korean restaurant. Bibimbap + Mandu <3

First stop in Sydney was a Korean restaurant. Bibimbap + Mandu <3

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Got invited to Noma, couldn't say no. Was very very good, but Copenhagen was better.

Got invited to Noma, couldn’t say no. Was very very good, but Copenhagen was better.

Went on an epic 15km hike with a couple of friends and it was absolutely worth the leeches and dead legs for this view

Went on an epic 15km hike with a couple of friends and it was absolutely worth the leeches and dead legs for this view

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

I saw "Beethoven Alive" in the Sydney Opera House. I had a nasty bout of what is colloquially known as the shits, ironically during movement number 2.

I saw “Beethoven Alive” in the Sydney Opera House. I had a nasty bout of what is colloquially known as the shits, ironically during movement number 2.

After Sydney I went to Agonda in India. This is my view of the beach. Every day there were lads playing cricket of football.

After Sydney I went to Agonda in India. This is my view of the beach. Every day there were lads playing cricket of football.

Lit a lantern and watched it float away. I can reveal that my wish has not come true.

Lit a lantern and watched it float away. I can reveal that my wish has not come true.

Just like Kings Cross on a rainy day

Just like Kings Cross on a rainy day

Don't be a pussy, this seems legit

Don’t be a pussy, this seems legit

Grabbing the low hanging fruit in Kochin, India.

Grabbing the low hanging fruit in Kochin, India.

Chinese fishing nets in Kochin. There is an absolutely incredible amount of litter.

Chinese fishing nets in Kochin. There is an absolutely incredible amount of litter.

Some cannon, no significance to me but looks cool and good content filler not that anyone is reading this

Some cannon, no significance to me but looks cool and good content filler not that anyone is reading this

Went on a boat for a night and ate these bad boys

Went on a boat for a night and ate these bad boys

There was a street parade for what I can only assume was for my arrival. These elephants they'd manage to tame down nicely with several huge footcuffs and no doubt a bit of heavy beating in their youth.

There was a street parade for what I can only assume was for my arrival. These elephants they’d manage to tame down nicely with several huge footcuffs and no doubt a bit of heavy beating in their youth.

The post “Photos: Christmas, Whitsundays, Melbourne, Sydney, Agonda, Kochin” was first posted on Rupert Elder’s Blog.

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02.12 20151

November Results

I took great enjoyment in playing the UKIPT in Edinburgh in November. I was so eager to get out of the house that I even flicked in the £165 turbo too. Unfortunately nothing prevailed in either and when Saturday came I decided that the pub was a stronger option than the £2k highroller (which I’m informed was very good value). Fortunately I had a decent chunk of the eventual winner to get me more or less out of what was otherwise a pretty bad month poker wise.

My apathy towards poker is still pretty strong. One more month to try and play more than a handful of sessions (even though it will be cut short). I think next year I’ll stop posting my results – initially I wanted to offer a more accurate reflection of how I was doing for my Twitch viewers, but I think you’ve got a pretty good idea of how I do. Basically: not as well as you think I do when you see big scores. Also, it’s pretty evident how lazy I am!

I am going to Australia from Boxing day getting back on Feb 9th so my final playing day of the year will likely be the 20th December. Plan is sailing for two weeks, poker/tennis for two weeks, Sydney for a week. Oh this life is hard sometimes. I’m actually still having a great time in Edinburgh at the moment so I’m kind of annoyed I booked such a long trip but I am certain I will have fun nevertheless. After that I am best man for a very good friends wedding and have an exam in June so I’ll likely stick to my somewhat haphazard schedule before getting properly back on the grind in June.

Anyway, to the juicy stuff:

Headlines: [1]
4th Hotter 75 $8,525
1st Lightning 6-max $2,289

Had no decent sweats all month really, didn’t play as well as I could have.

#Tournies: 304
P/L: -$19,161.75
Live: -$1,300.22
Rakeback: $714.02
Swaps: $380.30
Twitch: $625.51
Sold Pieces: $1089.63
Bought Pieces: $11,930.90
Total: -$5,721.62

Some more stats:

Days played: 9
Hours played: 76.82
Hands played: 30,611
bb/100: -2.7
EVbb/100: 0.71 [2]

[1] Oh dear.
[2] Ok.
The post “November Results” was first posted on Rupert Elder’s Blog.

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02.11 20151

October Results

October ended up being a bit bittersweet. On the one hand I had a great month and ran above expectation – however the three big final tables I made I failed to convert any of them into a lot more. Shouldn’t moan too long though, November has started off with an awful Sunday session so maybe I’ll find some motivation to play more than six days this month.

In fairness, I did spend three days in Malta pretending that I enjoyed the live tournament scene and all the associated beauty of the country. Very much a winners curse though for the slacking.

Anyway, to the juicy stuff:

Headlines:
6th S500 $13,503
7th S500 $10,720
6th Bigger 162 $7,797
32nd WPN Million $3,300
10th Pokerfest $3,238
3rd $82 Hyper $2,552
5th Hot 44 $2,433

Some nice scores but lots of nearly massive scores.

#Tournies: 265
P/L: $15,457.41
Live: -$1,220.22
Rakeback: $839.88
Swaps: -$539.97
Twitch: -$256.47 [1]
Sold Pieces: -$714.30
Bought Pieces: -$897.20
Total: +$13,182.074

Some more stats:

Days played: 7 [2]
Hours played: 77.72
Hands played: 27,923
bb/100: 6.42
EVbb/100: 2.86 [3]

Hmmm so that’s actually more disappointing than I thought it was but nevermind. Hopefully good things happen in November – don’t have huge plans for the month so guess I’ll just hit the gym and poker pretty hard.

[1] Yay, finally got those first sub/ad payments
[2] Seriously seriously lazy – also just found I missed one date on my spreadsheet that was a -$5k Sunday. This has severely damaged me psychologically. Oh well.
[3] Insert generic excuse here, probably high density of Tuesday games or something. Or ya know, variance.
The post “October Results” was first posted on Rupert Elder’s Blog.

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01.10 20151

September Results

Being WCOOP there is somewhat an obligation as an online poker player to get away a shit ton of volume and grind your socks off. A week in and I was already fed up with how inundated my normal games were with a mixture of elite, decent, mediocre, and plain bad regulars. Unfortunately this wasn’t compensated with a flurry of fish and so I ended up playing less volume than typical despite there being one or two additional (very) good tournaments each day. Perhaps I should have opted more for a JCarver’esque one tabling strategy of just the WCOOPs.

I did have a very good month though. Not only did I chop/win outright the Winner Poker Network major, I also streamed it [1] and it ended up being the biggest win ever streamed on Twitch. That is a remarkably unimpressive accomplishment, but one nevertheless.

Anyway, to the juicy stuff:

Headlines:
1st WPN Million $124,882
3rd Bigger 75 $13,501
5th Crocodile $3,125
2nd Crocodile $3,000
1st Thunder 6-Max $2,678

So, um, ya. Take away those two big scores and this month was a disaster. Oh well.

#Tournies: 457
P/L: $118,638.67
Rakeback: $945.41
Swaps: -$5,119.19
Twitch: -$187.20 [2]
Sold Pieces: $3,096.90
Bought Pieces: -$834.20
Total: +$116,515.39

Some more stats:

Days played: 13
Hours played: 110.37
Hands played: 46,376
bb/100: 7.11
EVbb/100: 8.11 [3]

Some Twitch stats:
Follows:
July 1455
August 1039
September 1238

Subs:
August 44
September 66 [4]

Donations:
July £13.65
August £86.45
September £38.60 [5]

So there ya go. It doesn’t tell the full story, of course. It wouldn’t be a brag post unless I did the job in its completeness so it’s worth mentioning that I leave staking results off these posts [6] and two of my three horses had very good months [7]. Off to Malta for a week in October, I’ll probably put away some decent volume. Right now I am wrestling with myself whether I want to play a live £440 on what have historically been very well enjoyed days off. I think we all know the answer, see you in the pub.

[1] Article riddled with factual inaccuracies
[2] Bought a new overlay and emotes, subs/adverts still not processed
[3] Likely up due to more Sunday weighting, WCOOP, being considerably less hungover
[4] Mildly up due to having a full month worth of subs as well as homegame incentives
[5] Not sure, I blame JCarvers triumphant return
[6] a) it’s too complicated b) those are other peoples results, not mine c) it’s too complicated still
[7] Oooh look at me alluding to a WCOOP victory
The post “September Results” was first posted on Rupert Elder’s Blog.

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London

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New York

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