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« Reply #51060 on: January 12, 2018, 09:39:51 AM »

I googled Catgirl & this came up.

I had barely recovered from being reminded of the money Catman cost blonde, when "Poker Trillion" on CatGirl's ample left breast reminded me of the £7,000 that went down the Poker Trillion hole, thanks to Mr K & Andy P.  

Jeez, we've been shafted by a few.

Do you recall a site named Poka-Poka Barry? Another few G went down the blonde plughole via them.



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« Reply #51061 on: January 12, 2018, 10:28:41 AM »

Mornin Teeks, happy new year.

Had a butchers at the SPT schedule for the year, looks good, interesting to see the Notts event was at the Alea this time around. I quite like that, I've always thought of the SPT as 'getting the new players out of the house and sampling the wider world of poker' so I thought it was a nice touch to try something away from DTD. We all know DTD is probably the best poker venue on the planet, but I see Unibet have their event at Alea too. Is the card room any good these days? I had a very interesting meal there with the 'Catman' last time I went in if you want to really date how long ago it was.



Morning Mr C.

One venue has yet to be revealed, but your comment 'getting the new players out of the house and sampling the wider world of poker' is amazingly prophetic.

DTD is sort of off-limits to Sky Poker now, as they are married to Party, so we had to go elsewhere. I'm pretty sure DTD will cope without us.....And yes, it's certainly the best UK venue.

Catman? Yikes, there's a memory jerker. Jeez, I could tell you some Catman - & CatGirl - stories. Probably best I don't though. Wonder what he is doing these days?

 
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I'm pretty certain I could see your Catman stories and raise you about five more, worked a bit with him while at PokerNews, had quite a few nights out with him and the catgirl. And yes, I do wonder what he is doing now, in fact I always always wondered how he paid the bills in general.

I hope the unannounced venue is not this legendary one:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/napoleons-to-close-one-of-its-sheffield-casinos-1-8947949
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« Reply #51062 on: January 12, 2018, 10:30:30 AM »

I googled Catgirl & this came up.

I had barely recovered from being reminded of the money Catman cost blonde, when "Poker Trillion" on CatGirl's ample left breast reminded me of the £7,000 that went down the Poker Trillion hole, thanks to Mr K & Andy P.  

Jeez, we've been shafted by a few.

Do you recall a site named Poka-Poka Barry? Another few G went down the blonde plughole via them.





Yep remember both of them back in the day, Poker Trillion went down owing PokerNews who I worked for at the time 50 grand I think, and also you guys if I remember?

I also recall the cringeworthy moment Catman got me to take a picture of Catgirl straddling Doyle Brunson. She was a contortionist dont ya know, Doyle seemed quite happy being exploited.
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« Reply #51063 on: January 12, 2018, 12:00:49 PM »

Has Catman still got Sophisticats?

Poka Poka was 'Eastwood & Browning', iirc. Hollyben off Ladbrokes.
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« Reply #51064 on: January 14, 2018, 10:47:33 AM »

Will you be using the incumbent cardroom supervisor as tournament director when the Sky tour visits Alea in Nottingham?
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« Reply #51065 on: January 14, 2018, 02:02:11 PM »

Will you be using the incumbent cardroom supervisor as tournament director when the Sky tour visits Alea in Nottingham?

We generally use the TD from 235 Manchester for them all Ralph.

Remind me who the Nottingham TD is, please. I have a hunch I'm walking into something here.....
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« Reply #51066 on: January 14, 2018, 02:45:00 PM »

Will you be using the incumbent cardroom supervisor as tournament director when the Sky tour visits Alea in Nottingham?

We generally use the TD from 235 Manchester for them all Ralph.

Remind me who the Nottingham TD is, please. I have a hunch I'm walking into something here.....

I believe a Mr Creed has been TD for the last few years..
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« Reply #51067 on: January 14, 2018, 03:15:33 PM »

Will you be using the incumbent cardroom supervisor as tournament director when the Sky tour visits Alea in Nottingham?

We generally use the TD from 235 Manchester for them all Ralph.

Remind me who the Nottingham TD is, please. I have a hunch I'm walking into something here.....

I believe a Mr Creed has been TD for the last few years..

Good book, Creed.
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« Reply #51068 on: January 14, 2018, 04:36:58 PM »

Will you be using the incumbent cardroom supervisor as tournament director when the Sky tour visits Alea in Nottingham?

We generally use the TD from 235 Manchester for them all Ralph.

Remind me who the Nottingham TD is, please. I have a hunch I'm walking into something here.....

I believe a Mr Creed has been TD for the last few years..

Wow, never knew he was in to that sort of thing. Not seen him for donkey's years - certainly over 10 years.
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« Reply #51069 on: January 14, 2018, 04:50:41 PM »

Isn't Simon there anymore?.
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« Reply #51070 on: January 14, 2018, 04:57:02 PM »

Isn't Simon there anymore?.


We're talking about the Alea dear, not DTD.

Now go and make us a nice cup of tea, there's a good girl.






PS- If Mrs Red reads this post, my account has been hacked.
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« Reply #51071 on: January 14, 2018, 08:23:41 PM »

Oopps. 
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« Reply #51072 on: January 16, 2018, 12:50:04 PM »

The attitude of people with experience to those with less experience is something that often surprises me.

Experienced golfers can often look down their noses at novice "hackers" in the same way that experienced poker players tag those with less experience as "fish". This is surprising because the only thing that separates the two is time invested.

My first job was Assistant Golf Professional at the local golf course that backed onto my house. I was 17 and for a keen golfer this was heaven. Whilst many of the gainfully employed were flustered in suits and traffic jams on their way to work, my daily commute was hop the fence and play the 16th, 17th & 18th. Is there a better way to get to work than that?

On my first day I was introduced to the Captain who was known as "The Colonel". Not sure if he was a genuine veteran or not because, as per Basil Fawlty, I was advised never to mention the war. He certainly looked the part though, ruddy skin, brylcreemed white hair and pencil thin moustache. It was easy to imagine him smoking a Woodbine before announcing "Chocks Away!"

Saturday's were my contracted playing days and he ordered me to be on the 1st tee at 8:30 a.m. sharp to join his "comrades" for an "inspection round".

When I arrived on Saturday it was like a scene from The Battle of Britain, ex-servicemen all about, and every detail of the day ahead was regimented like a precise military operation. I felt rather intimidated. But not half as intimidated as the poor fourball of "hackers" that had beaten us to the tee.

Now the 1st tee is a rather nerve jangling experience for anyone, but when these poor guys turned around and saw a reenactment of the D-Day Landings converging on them, they must have gulped in horror. Each kept offering the other the honour as if to be polite when in reality each player dreaded taking to the tee first, especially with such a large and captive audience. So the first guy, who was literally shaking in his boots, eventually stepped up to the plate. Funny how the falling silent of a large group, out of respect to the player on the tee, often adds to the pressure cooker of the experience. He took a few practise swings, checked his alignment and posture, settled down, collected himself, and then WHOOSH...missed the ball completely. He must have wanted the ground to swallow him up at that point and The Colonel let out a long condescending sigh which indicated his displeasure at the prospect of having to follow this group throughout the day.

Funny now that the player on the tee quickly abandoned his lengthy pre-shot routine and settled straight back in for another go. He no longer cared about the wind or his stance, he just wanted to get the ball away, any connection would suffice, as long as he got the ball away and ended his torture. More hurried now, he swung the club, and WHOOSH he missed again...."JESUS CHRIST" stormed the Colonel as everyone else muttered to each other.

I really felt for that guy. But at that moment it suddenly dawned on me that I was an employee of the club and the guy on the tee was a fellow member. I didn't want to be associated with the humiliation of this poor chap so decided to venture onto the tee and give him a few words to help ease the pain, just the usual stuff, "try to relax", "don't hit at the ball", "smooth swing" etc....After this gentle encouragement, and on the 3rd attempt, this chap successfully advanced the ball up the fairway, and a huge weight was lifted from his shoulders.....and passed to the next in line.

Anyways, I often wondered after that why it had taken a 17 year-old boy to intervene when the Captain of the club had just stood there idly scoffing. And today when I read criticism on Blonde's PHA Board of new and inexperienced players it reminds me of this. The Colonel had been playing for over 30 years whereas the poor chap on the tee had just started. The only thing that separated the two was time invested.

When it was my time to step up to the tee I thought I would be nervous, but hey I was 17, I didn't have a care in the world and golf was what I did. So I just buried it down the middle without a second thought. The Colonel who probably felt that his manhood was being challenged, as many poker players do, tried too hard to outdrive me and duck-hooked his tee shot into the rough. "JESUS CHRIST" I cried with a wry smile and a wink. I never played with The Colonel again after that.


There's an embarrassment of riches on this thread. It's been well worth the trawl so far, and I've been mindful of over-posting.

I'm sure you'll all agree that this little masterpiece from MANTIS is worth a review. Indeed, it has just as much relevance today as it did 10 years ago.
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« Reply #51073 on: January 17, 2018, 09:23:40 PM »

How does one even begin to catch up on your blog tikay?! 

It's quite the spasm of a lunatic.  (I think that's good, right?)   thumbs up

Hope you're keeping well and enjoying life.  Maybe you'd join us in Manchester in April for a bit of 8 Game or similar?  We'd all love to see you.
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« Reply #51074 on: January 18, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »

The attitude of people with experience to those with less experience is something that often surprises me.

Experienced golfers can often look down their noses at novice "hackers" in the same way that experienced poker players tag those with less experience as "fish". This is surprising because the only thing that separates the two is time invested.

My first job was Assistant Golf Professional at the local golf course that backed onto my house. I was 17 and for a keen golfer this was heaven. Whilst many of the gainfully employed were flustered in suits and traffic jams on their way to work, my daily commute was hop the fence and play the 16th, 17th & 18th. Is there a better way to get to work than that?

On my first day I was introduced to the Captain who was known as "The Colonel". Not sure if he was a genuine veteran or not because, as per Basil Fawlty, I was advised never to mention the war. He certainly looked the part though, ruddy skin, brylcreemed white hair and pencil thin moustache. It was easy to imagine him smoking a Woodbine before announcing "Chocks Away!"

Saturday's were my contracted playing days and he ordered me to be on the 1st tee at 8:30 a.m. sharp to join his "comrades" for an "inspection round".

When I arrived on Saturday it was like a scene from The Battle of Britain, ex-servicemen all about, and every detail of the day ahead was regimented like a precise military operation. I felt rather intimidated. But not half as intimidated as the poor fourball of "hackers" that had beaten us to the tee.

Now the 1st tee is a rather nerve jangling experience for anyone, but when these poor guys turned around and saw a reenactment of the D-Day Landings converging on them, they must have gulped in horror. Each kept offering the other the honour as if to be polite when in reality each player dreaded taking to the tee first, especially with such a large and captive audience. So the first guy, who was literally shaking in his boots, eventually stepped up to the plate. Funny how the falling silent of a large group, out of respect to the player on the tee, often adds to the pressure cooker of the experience. He took a few practise swings, checked his alignment and posture, settled down, collected himself, and then WHOOSH...missed the ball completely. He must have wanted the ground to swallow him up at that point and The Colonel let out a long condescending sigh which indicated his displeasure at the prospect of having to follow this group throughout the day.

Funny now that the player on the tee quickly abandoned his lengthy pre-shot routine and settled straight back in for another go. He no longer cared about the wind or his stance, he just wanted to get the ball away, any connection would suffice, as long as he got the ball away and ended his torture. More hurried now, he swung the club, and WHOOSH he missed again...."JESUS CHRIST" stormed the Colonel as everyone else muttered to each other.

I really felt for that guy. But at that moment it suddenly dawned on me that I was an employee of the club and the guy on the tee was a fellow member. I didn't want to be associated with the humiliation of this poor chap so decided to venture onto the tee and give him a few words to help ease the pain, just the usual stuff, "try to relax", "don't hit at the ball", "smooth swing" etc....After this gentle encouragement, and on the 3rd attempt, this chap successfully advanced the ball up the fairway, and a huge weight was lifted from his shoulders.....and passed to the next in line.

Anyways, I often wondered after that why it had taken a 17 year-old boy to intervene when the Captain of the club had just stood there idly scoffing. And today when I read criticism on Blonde's PHA Board of new and inexperienced players it reminds me of this. The Colonel had been playing for over 30 years whereas the poor chap on the tee had just started. The only thing that separated the two was time invested.

When it was my time to step up to the tee I thought I would be nervous, but hey I was 17, I didn't have a care in the world and golf was what I did. So I just buried it down the middle without a second thought. The Colonel who probably felt that his manhood was being challenged, as many poker players do, tried too hard to outdrive me and duck-hooked his tee shot into the rough. "JESUS CHRIST" I cried with a wry smile and a wink. I never played with The Colonel again after that.


There's an embarrassment of riches on this thread. It's been well worth the trawl so far, and I've been mindful of over-posting.

I'm sure you'll all agree that this little masterpiece from MANTIS is worth a review. Indeed, it has just as much relevance today as it did 10 years ago.

Love the stuff MANTIDS puts up, he has a wonderful, inventive & original turn of phrase.

And yes, he makes a good point. That's what killed the blonde PHA, & drove untold numbers f players away from the game.

In no other activity are less-skilled players so derided, when we should do the very opposite. The terms "fish", mugs" etc says more about those using it than their targets.

Don't be "mindful of over posting", love these flashbacks, especially as I'm struggling for time with the Diary right now, keep them coming please. 
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