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16  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Hmmm on: May 01, 2015, 02:50:19 PM
Probably not a major issue, as the amount playing isnt that high, most have phones that are harder to see, and the chances being on the table etc etc.

It seems to me that those that hide behind headphones and pads when playing probably arent going to float my boat conversationally anyway?

In summary I dont think technology harms poker or affects levels of banter or table talk, as its mostly small talk between hands..
17  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Hmmm on: May 01, 2015, 02:04:03 PM
As the inaugral winner of this promotion (thin) I would like to strongly disagree (wouldnt I). I was sat next to another player also playing and we had additional banter, both together and with others throughout the night. Obviously I was the one enjoying the sweat, but many others became involved and it turned into a fun night, with zero interruption to the general play.

Indeed I was easily able to play my live hands within the 20 second shot clock allowance..... involve myself in table (and off table) banter...... and click a few on line buttons!........... And make two final tables.

Only downside is I didnt play to win, I played like a sattelite and thus didnt go as deep as I might have done Wink

One final point is there really arent that many people taking advantage of this very generous offer by DTD.
18  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: May 01, 2015, 01:31:57 PM
I know its probably in the thread somewhere but what do you need to give if you bink to avoid paying tax, and where do you get it from? Thanks
19  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Would dropping the rake in £1k+ events influence numbers? on: April 10, 2015, 01:13:44 PM

The point about inflation is not quite right IMO>

With inflation the buyin should increase at the same rate as the rake.

But there is no reason to increase the % of buy in paid in rake.

In your example it should be £103 + £10.30 after year one etc etc

Indeed - if they don't put up buy ins then effectively 5/10 years down the line you are offering an £80 tournament when you used to offer a £100 tournament (depending on inflation rate).  In theory you should get more runners and higher total rake as the buy in is lower compared to people's salaries.

So you can either do that or increase the whole buy in (and thus rake) by inflation and both should cover any inflation in cardrooms' expenses.  If you just increase the rake by inflation then you are offering a worse deal.

I know what you're saying but it's the fact that the tournaments combined throughout the year have to cover overall running costs that matters.

Say a club runs the following comps in year one:

50 x £100 + £10
100 x £50 + £5
100 x £25 + £5
4 x £1000 + £100

Assume each one gets 100 runners so total rake is £190k

After 10 years that rake needs to be £256k all other things remaining equal.

So they can either have the following:

50 x £135 + £13.50
100 x £67.50 + £6.75
100 x £33.75 + £6.75
4 x £1350 + £135

Or just leave that lot as they were and have a couple of insane guarantee festivals where everyone has to pay an extra bit of rake twice a year. Bear in mind they aren't forced to play, they can play the others that are on every other week for the usual 10% rake but without the insane guarantees.

So given the fact that the insane guarantee festivals don't upset too many people (as they keep meeting these ridiculous guarantees) which is the most practical?

And if I'm not mistaken under gaming law rake is treated as all gambling take is treated; the government takes 50%. So a rake total for the house might be 20k in a big tournament, but its actually 10k they will see to cover costs....
20  Poker Forums / Live Tournament Updates / Re: Sky Poker UKPC @DTD £1,000,000 GTD Day Three and Final on: March 02, 2015, 08:58:30 AM
great torn and updates, thanks. A great ft with well deserved finalists. Well played Fraser and Vern. always good to share a table with you..
21  Poker Forums / Live Tournament Updates / Re: Sky Poker UKPC @DTD £1,000,000 GTD Day1a and UKPC Mini final day on: February 24, 2015, 01:53:16 PM
Just caught up with these updates, great to see them back, thank you Tighty. Good to see two ladies on the ft of a big DTD torn.
22  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Blondebash 2015 at DTD - TBC on: February 17, 2015, 05:31:36 PM
The one advantage of a dictatorship in a single thread. This is a poker forum, so poker is at the core of the get together. We have a venue and an expert at laying on poker tournaments. So leave that side of it to Rob. Step forward the extra curricular organiser expert, and let them work their wonders and its sorted. Any volunteers? From what I can see of this thread anything different will most likely be a shambolic mess.
23  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Official partypoker UK Software Bugs, Glitches & Improvements (to Rob) on: February 11, 2015, 12:49:25 PM
Hi Rob, congratulations on the deal, I'm sure it is the right step at this time and good luck.....
I've found the 'sit out' button should not be pressed when using phone to play. Having pressed it it wouldn't let me sit back in, so I had to log out, then in. When back on it didnt immediately let me in. Got in after a few hands then noticed the sit out button dissapeared. thanks
24  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Xmas week schedule at DTD on: December 28, 2014, 11:26:21 AM
41 of 100 made it through yesterday's big game day 1

Javid Padamsey    14    2    327300
David Ridout    13    2    320100
Chi Zhang    15    3    318500
Mark Baker    13    7    293900
Gerard Barclay    11    4    278400
Tasos Grigoriou    11    6    264900
Zigmantas Jockus    12    6    253500
Daniel Hook    12    9    245600
Gary Bryan    2    7    194700
Clinton Speight    12    3    176500
Anonymous    12    7    175100
Thomas Brownlee    13    5    172300
Steve Mulcair    14    1    169400
John Sayers    2    9    165000
Dinesh Jogia    11    7    162400
Mark Reed    11    1    162000
Amit Chopra    11    3    152400
Michael Wright    13    6    147400
Pete Franklin    14    5    146700
Nicholas Timson    14    3    143900
Stewart Brown    13    8    138200
David O'sullivan    14    8    134500
Jason Holland    15    7    132400
Ed Baily    11    2    127400
Joseph White    14    7    122500
Tommy Bingham    2    6    120100
Andy Lyew    13    1    119900
Oliver Blakey    11    5    112100
Steve Barry    2    8    110500
Matthew Matranga    2    2    109600
Alan Taddei    13    4    109000
Gergana Kostadinova    15    1    105500
Kyriacos Dionysiou    2    3    104500
Gilbert Sonoiya    2    5    99900
Lee London Smith    12    1    92400
Anonymous    2    1    91700
Sean Randall    15    4    94,800 74,800
Pawel Stock    15    2    71800
David Kingswell    12    2    54900
Luke Speight    15    5    54400
Matthew Pearson    11    9    42600

just a small correction as above
25  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: No longer an Iphone owner? on: December 16, 2014, 03:39:51 PM
Just popped back to this thread, as my contract is now up.... its been a close battle between phones and some points have swerved me to and fro,, but looks like the Sony z3 will win on battery first and foremost. (Even though I have just ordered another battery pack - via stars pp's).
26  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: EPT Prague thread on: December 16, 2014, 03:31:58 PM
Mr Wong would appear to have lost a bit of weight since your shots, he went with Chaz Chatta and was twice on my table in the Prague cup (where I finished 4th for 22 big ones)
27  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: AmayaStars on: November 22, 2014, 06:52:03 PM
This discussion reminds me of issues affecting my industry where a near monopolistic operator makes enormous profits whilst relentlessly squeezing its client base year on year.

In response, and due to roll out early next year, a new site has been started as a not for profit mutual for/by disgruntled customers/agents to break the hold of mainly Rightmove. I recall there has been discussion regarding this possibilty in Poker. It will be interesting to see how my industry handles trying to reign in the monster it has created. Poker take note!
28  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: No longer an Iphone owner? on: November 13, 2014, 02:17:28 PM
The contract on my iphone 5 ends soon so I've been looking at the 6, the galaxy and the LG G3 and I've come to the conclusion that its pretty much a dead heat.
Agreed its become more of a level playing field hence me being prepared to look at other options.

The iphone has a smaller battery in terms of mAh but its much more efficient and from the reviews I've read the battery life issue is all but gone with the 6. It does come last of the three in battery life but my less than 10% in the tests that I've seen and with the smaller battery size it charges much faster.
Also agree there are other factors.

I haven't really had the same kind of battery trouble with my 5 as you have though. Have you gone through the stuff they recommend for saving battery life (turning off backgroup app refresh, wifi when you're not using it, brightness down a bit)? They do make a really big difference.
I do adjust brightness and turn off apps when not being used, perhaps my useage has just been too relentless for any phone?

After all that I decided that I'm sick of reading phone reviews and I'm just gunna keep my 5 on a cheap rolling monthly sim-only contract until a phone comes out that looks more appealing
Im beginning to feel like this, gone are the days when a new phone coming out meant the (relative) excitement of  new fangled technological upgrades, etc, now an upgrade means little, so waiting is probably the best option.
29  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: No longer an Iphone owner? on: November 12, 2014, 01:05:19 PM
Cheers for all the responses so far, yes my 5 is old/coming up to end of contract hence me considering now. However I have looked at battery size in the new non Iphones. The Iphone6 is half the size of some of its competitors (other factors considered).
30  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: No longer an Iphone owner? on: November 10, 2014, 04:06:30 PM
Im going to be suprised if I find someone that has come away from Iphone, seems they have a hold on their customer base.
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