Monday, October 31, 2005

Here It Is

It has arrived. After almost four fantastic months of rushes and slight corrections and more rushes and consistent money, it has finally shown its nasty head at my doorstep. That nasty ass flip-side to positive variance is here. My first brutal downswing as a full-fledged pro.

It all comes down to this, my first true test. The first real adversity I have faced at the poker table in the last 15 weeks. It isn't that I have come to think my good forture would never end, I knew all along this would eventually happen...I just hate it. Every poker player, and especially every pro, hates this.

No matter what you do you cannot seem to win. You are blessed with an amazing gift to predict beats before they come. No big pair holds up more than 20% of the time.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh

Trips to Thailand and Vegas, working whenever I feel like it and more often than not, electing not to work at all. Not checking price tags, picking up the tab, investing insane amounts of money each month. Whatever. None of it will matter or last if I cannot make it through this stretch. This is my test.

Do I have what it takes to make this my profession? Or will I crumble to a little resistance from luck. Averaging over 23% at the 109's was not sustainable, for my average to come down I was going to have to lose, I was going to have to eventually break even for a long stretch. Well here it is. Just smile and take it Bill. Take it like a man, lick your wounds and move on. Protect your bankroll, be smart, keep your head up. This is what it is all about. Making it through this is what is going to separate you from all the other poor schumucks who have tried to come down this road before you, and failed. This is where we separate the men from the boys.



Wild Bill

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Going Pro: Week 14 and 15

I am a professional poker player.

Sounds nice.

As one reader told me early on would happen, I am growing more and more comfortable and confident with that title. As my earnings continue and my life as a poker player becomes more secure...I am getting more and more comfortable telling people what it is that I do for a living.

It usually gets some variation of an awed response and normally a predictable line of questions. This is nice. When I started I felt a bit ashamed of what I was doing and assumed people would have the same look on it...this is not at all the case.


Thailand was amazing, me and my buddy are looking into getting out of our lease and moving over there. As we both play poker online for a living, it would not prevent us from doing our jobs. The cost of living is so low there that we could easily save over half of our income and still live like kings.

The last couple of weeks in Thailand were pretty lazy, no great stories to tell. We stayed on the islands most of the trip...did a bit of diving and a bit of drinking, but not much of anything else. And it was heaven. I cannot wait to go back.

Off next Friday to Europe with my girlfriend for about ten days, if all goes well I'll have the opportunity to just stay gone...working my way back to Thailand and with my buddy meeting me over there.

Wish me luck and thank you for all of the kind emails and suggestions. I enthusiastically welcome any and all correspondance from readers...send to grindblog@gmail.com.


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Going Pro Week 13: The Best Party On Earth

Wow.

Thats all I can think to say right now.

Wow.

I've been all over the world to festivals and massive clubs and raves and all manner of events designed to give people a great time while under the influence of music, alcohol, drugs and/or just plain good vibes...and I have never seen anything like I have just seen on the island of Koh Phangan in the gulf of Thailand.

Wow.

Ibiza, Spain; London; Las Vegas; Manhattan; Los Angeles; These are considered some of the best places around to party. None of them hold a candle to the Full Moon Party held once per month on Koh Phangan.

I'd estimate there were 15,000-20,000 people crammed last night on to the stretch of sand that is called Had Rin on the south side of the island. The party really began a couple of days ago with flocks of people coming in from all over the world and partaking in a series of 'warm up' parties and such. Though the real party began last night and is still going on now.

The Party really has no basis, it's not some ancient spiritual gathering or anything like that...just a party started in the 80's thats super badass and gets people talking about it and coming back for more.

Fire was by far the biggest attraction of the event, besides the great music (each of the roughly 10 bar/clubs along the beach playing a different mix-mostly house-onto the beach) and beautiful people. Fire breathers, throwers, twirlers and others dazzled the crowds with their tricks.

It is one of those things that you just have to see for yourself to understand, but I enthusiastically reccomend that anybody go out of their way to attend a Full Moon Party if they ever find themselves in this corner of the universe.


And about that poker thing...

A few people have asked about the internet connections over here...and for the most part they have been very good. The speed is much slower than the DSL/Cable I am used to...but it is plenty to support 10 tables of Party and email. I had a connection problem the first day playing that caused me to lose a 4-handed SNG, but other than that I have not had any connection issues that have lasted more than two minutes. They happen from time to time (maybe once a session on average) but this in my opinion is a small price to pay for being able to do my job in paradise.

I have recently started using Multi-Table Helper and my productivity in terms of tournaments played has gone through the roof. I don't have a large enough sample yet to determine the effect on ROI/ITM %'s, but it feels like it is not having much of an effect at all. Overall for the trip I have more money now than when I left home, so I cannot complain.

I'm going to be starting a series of product reviews on this blog for tools I have either tried or will try that help my online poker game. Some of these include SNG Tracker, Multi-Table Helper, PlayerView, Poker Tracker and others. If you know of any products you'd like me to critique or have one you'd like critiqued..please send an email to grindblog@gmail.com.

Time to get back to Thailand!


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Friday, October 14, 2005

Thailand

One week into my trip to Thailand I am beginning to see how difficult it is going to be to go home. I am currently staying in a 'hut' 50 feet from the ocean on the island of Kho Pha-Ngan. It costs US$12.50 a night for my hut. A restaurant meal is in the range of $2.00-$4.00 including a fruit shake and bottled water. Moped rental is $5.00 per day.

The ocean is at least 75 degress...meaning it is not the slightest bit cold, even in the middle of the night. The women here are insanely gorgeous, as I guess this is like the Hawaii for Israel. I did not previously know this, but apparently 60% of the women in Israel are tan, thin, beautiful and well-endowed. AWESOME! The only gripe I have so far is that the time difference doesn't allow me to both party in the evening and play poker...as peak times in the states correspond with roughly 6am-1pm here. The bars and clubs here close at around 6am lol

Whatever, the one or two days a week of play I have been able to get in should more than pay for all of the entertainment and other expenses. Off to learn how to scuba-dive today. Should be a good time.

So all in all, if you ever have a chance to visit Thailand...do it. The people are great (they make you feel like royalty with their kind and serving manner), it is dirt cheap and a great time.


If you'd like information on the PartyPoker situation, please send an email to grindblog@gmail.com.


Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

PartyPoker Will Not Allow Rakeback

Ok it appears the dust is settling a bit. There has been a ton of confusion and speculation the last few days regarding what PartyPoker will do regarding RakeBack.

They have just sent the following email to many many people:


Hi XXXXXX

PartyPoker.com does not permit affiliates to promote rakeback (or any other
discount schemes) to players. There are rumours that we are offering /
endorsing rake back to affiliates. These are false claims and we are taking
action against anyone who claims to have "special deals" with us.

If you are in touch with 'high-volume' players seeking incentives, you may
let them know that there are multiple special offers for players running on
the site right now. Please request your players to log in to their
PartyPoker.com accounts and see what offer(s) are available to them. (If
they have not received anything yet, they may write to
bonuses@partypoker.com).

We now have a team that services the needs of high volume players. Please
let us know if you are in touch with any such players and I will be happy to
introduce them to this team.

We would love to work with you to get new players and increased revenues on
PartyPoker.com.

Regards,
XXXXXXX



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This is in response to a very explicit email that I had sent to PartyPoker asking for rakeback for a very large group of players with hi-volume.


So it appears that Party has struck down their mighty hand and they are not allowing Rakeback on their site. They are allowing increased bonuses to their high volume players so this may be a way for some to go.

Any affiliate who openly recruits players is putting himself at risk of being shut down by PartyPoker. Any method of receiving any portion of your rake returned from PartyPoker is going to have to be done out of public view and 'under the table'. I have set this blog up as a PartyPoker affiliate and we currently have over 20 players in our group. If you would like more information about being a part of our group and bringing your play back to PartyPoker send an email to grindblog@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!


Wild Bill

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Going Pro: Week 11 and 12

Left California somewhere around a week ago bound for Bangkok, Thailand. After spending a night and 1/2 a day in Bangkok, Brandon, Will and I headed for Kho Sumui, a tropical Thai Island. Should have some pictures up soon but still working on the logistics of that one.

Spent a few wonderful days on Sumui Jet Skiing, sipping $1.00 beers on the beach and motorbiking it all over the island checking out waterfalls and such. An amazing time. Arrived today on Kho Phan-gan, a smaller, less-inhabited island a 45 minute ferry ride away. No plan for the next several weeks other than to have a blast and get some poker in when I can.


Not a lot of time now, I'll try and get a more in depth report up later this week and hopefully some pictures.

Me and Brandon are discussing a plan to organize some people to get Party rakeback given the current situation with the skins. Brandon is going to do some coding this week and we think we may have found a way to get up to 25% from Party and allow multiple trackers. If anybody is interested shoot me an email and we'll keep you updated. wfdean@hotmail.com



Wild Bill

Sunday, October 02, 2005

MTT Sunday

Getting ready to head off to Thailand on Tuesday, had a fantastic week at the 109's, profiting close to 5k even though I played less than 100 SNG's total.

Today going to put in a full schedule of MTT play to treat myself for all of the 'hard' work the last few weeks grinding out the SNG's. Already out of the Party 100+9 that started at 1:00 but doing quite well so far in the Prima 100k and also the Stars 500k gauranteed's.

Hopefully I can cash big in one of these and get this trip started right!