Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snuffy's 2011 Recap

Let's see how many people still have us in your reader.

Needless to say a lot of stuff happened to the poker world the last 12 months. I will go over how I did on my goals, Black Friday, my Hong Kong trip and some other random stuff.

2011 Goals

Let's see how I fared on the goals I set in the beginning of the year:

  1. Play in two WSOP-C Main Events and one WSOP event – cashing in one of them. - Fail. I ended up playing in just one WSOP-C Main event and did not make it through the first day. I did however play two preliminary events in Tunica where I final tabled the $340 HORSE event and finished 4th.

  2. Make a realistic push to win a WSOP seat. It's safe to say that Black Friday fucked that one up for me. I was going to push hard to win a seat on PokerStars so I could get a 50k VPP head start on SuperNova in 2012. I did play a number of single table satellites at the Rio but opted to take the cash instead of trying to play a mega. We shall see how the bankroll looks in 2012 and maybe try a mega this year.

  3. Learn online cash games. Again, this one fell by the wayside with Black Friday. I had no significant amount of money on any sites that still accept U.S. players and I had no real interest in putting money on either. I could start watching training videos now but by the time I would get a chance to play, I would have long forgotten it.

  4. Play a minimum of three live cash sessions per month. This didn't happen either. Be it a combination of life expenses and work, I had neither the time not money to make this happen. I went multiple month stretches on two occasions this year where I didn't play any cash game sessions at all.

I don't have any real poker related goals for 2012. I would like to play more cash game sessions and try to stay away from tournaments for the most part.

Black Friday

This obviously hit everyone like a ton of bricks. I really wanted to put in the hours online this year and learn the game even more. I really wanted to make that push for SuperNova.

After being without online poker for the last 8+ months I can honestly say that I don't miss it one bit. My life is now a lot better without online poker. However, if they announced that online poker was to be regulated, I would be back at it in a heartbeat.

Right now I am getting by competitive fix by playing PS3. The Show and FIFA 12 have occupied my time.


At the beginning of 2011 I had just started with the role of News Editor at I held that position until a couple months ago when I moved over to the content side of the company. I think Matt mentioned the title Content Manger once in passing and I ran with it. I am now the self-titled Content Manager.

We are now up to four sites with,, and the latest addition,

I started working with the Rakeback team back in mid-2010 looking to add to the bankroll. I never dreamed it would turn into what I do now. I am lucky to work two jobs that I love doing when some people hate going to work every day.

Hong Kong

I took a two week trip to Hong Kong and Macau in October. I went during the Macau Poker Cup Championship. I played in one event and a number of step mega-satellites with noting really to show for it. By far the fun part of the trip was to meet all of the great people at Rakeback. I was well taken care of and they told me where to go, what to do and what to eat. I even had cow stomach lining.

Looking Forward

My 2012 and beyond looks to be moving along more and more with less poker, but you never know. Hitting the WSOP isn't on the top of my list this year but it looks like I will be in Albuquerque and Salt Lake City in June so a long weekend isn't out of the question. Other than that I have no poker trips planned for this year. I am looking at taking the whole family to Melbourne and the Aussie Millions in 2014. Start saving now.

This will probably be my last post for a long time. I tend to use Facebook and Twitter a lot more these days. You never know though.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 2 Table Draw

Here is my staring table draw:

Stanley Tavanese – 47200 - Amazon / 354 / 1
Bryan Barrile - 63000 - Amazon / 354 / 2
Humberto Brenes – 20700 - Amazon / 354 / 3
Keith Ferrera - 36500 - Amazon / 354 / 4
Matthew Livingston – 7100 - Amazon / 354 / 5
Robert Engle - 29100 - Amazon / 354 / 6
Scott Carlson – 6600 - Amazon / 354 / 7
Foster Hays - 9700 - Amazon / 354 / 8
Adam Bage – 82100 - Amazon / 354 / 9

Quick WSOP Update

First off congrats to Numbbono who cashed in the $1,500 HORSE event yesterday. He finished in 54th place for just under $4,200. Glad I had 5%.

I am on to day 2 in the $1,500 NLHE event. I have a woeful 6,600 (6.6bbs) entering the day. The event drew over 3,100 players and we have 490 remaining. Top 324 will cash.

Needless to say I need multiple double-ups early on.

My chip counts throughout the day yesterday:

1st break – 8,850

2nd break – 9,950

Dinner break – 18,800

4th break – 20,500

End of day – 6,600

In the 9th level I doubled up two short stacks. I can’t even remember one of them but the other was for like 6k when the tightest player at the table moved in from the cutoff and I had JJ in the big blind. Just no way I’m folding in that spot.

gogo me

Friday, June 3, 2011

October Trip

This one should be a ton of fun. It will be a three city tour taking place around early to mid-October. I will be spending 5 days each or so in Tokyo, Macau and Hong Kong.

My original plan was to make it to Macau for the APPT event in November. The APT was also planned for the same time. When the APPT folks decided to schedule the Main Event for the week of Thanksgiving I gave up on that idea. Also happening in the last couple of days is the close of the poker room at the Hard Rock in the City of Dreams resort in Macau. This used to be the home for the APT and now they have to scramble to find a location for the event.

I have now opted for the Macau Poker Cup Championship series in October. The series has 12 events with the Main Event carrying a $20,000 HKD ($2,600 USD) price tag. I probably won’t play that one unless I can satellite my way in. A couple of tournaments I am looking at are the 6-max NLHE and the PLO events.

The first stop of Tokyo is still up in the air. My co-worker at Rakeback was planning to go to Tokyo around that time and I decided to take a look at flights to see if it would work. Surprise, the cost difference was only around $150 or so. I hope to make this happen.

The second stop will be Macau for around five days or so. I really want to see if the cash games are everything that people make of them. Last time I was there back in 2007 it was the start of poker in Macau. I played the first ever APPT event there and the only cash games were on the electronic tables.

The last stop will be in Hong Kong. One of by big regrets the last time I was in Macau was my failure to go check out Hong Kong. I mostly hung around the casino and never went out and did anything. I won’t have that issue this time as I know people in the area.

One thing I really want to do is put faces to names at the Rakeback offices. I just hope they don’t put me to work when I’m there Smile

WSOP in T Minus Five Days…

My annual WSOP trip is just a short five days away already. Now that the WSOP has started I can feel the excitement building up. Getting a chance to play tournament poker on a daily basis will be good. Now I will probably swear off tournaments by the time I leave, but that passes in about two days after I fly back home.

My schedule will be more of a play as I feel type of thing. At most I believe I will play a single WSOP event, unless I run like god in single table satellites. The most likely event would be either the $1,500 NLHE on Saturday or the $1,000 NLHE on Sunday. If I can find a cash in that event or a significant hit in one of the other events I play, I would look to play the $1,500 Stud 8 event on Tuesday the 14th.

As always you can follow my Twitter account to see how I am doing. Also, I will be posting any blog worthy news over at under the WSOP Diaries headline. You can check out my writings along with Numb’s as he plays his first ever WSOP event this year.

If you follow my Twitter you probably saw my next scheduled trip. I will do another blog post here shortly on that. Really excited about that one.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Players Try Merge Network Out With a Free $5

Warning, I’m going to try and sell you something, kinda.

If U.S. players have been hesitant to put money online after Black Friday, here is a chance to try out one of the Merge Network skins. and Black Chip Poker are giving new players a free $5 with no deposit required.

All you have to do is click on the Rakeback banner add over on the right of the screen and open a new account. If you are viewing this in a reader click here and open your account.

Once you have an account do the following:

  1. Click on ‘Rakeback Offers’ tab near the top of the page.
  2. Click on the Black Chip Poker link and follow the instructions to download the poker client.
  3. Go back to Rakeback and have your account tracked to get 41.5% rakeback. Simply click on the ‘Rake Tracking’ link at the top right of the page and enter your Black Chip Poker account to have it properly tracked.
  4. Go to the promo page here and follow the instructions to get your free $5.

I decided to use the money and see if I can get the balance up to $100. If so I will start grinding out some cash games. Give it a try and see what you think.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Plan B???

It’s time to get of my Snarf-like streak of not posting on the blog. That would mean that Snarf would actually have to show up on the blog every once in a while though.

Well to say the last two weeks or so has been a bit hectic would be a massive understatement. Ever since the news broke the workload over at has been big. First thing was trying to keep up with the news and write about it for all of the players. The second phase was adding new rooms.

Since April 15th we have added Carbon Poker, Ladbrokes and BlackChip Poker. We also added Players Only and as soon as it was posted we had to take it back down. there will be three additional rooms to launch this week (one US friendly). We are also working on a sister site that is set to open in the upcoming weeks.

So back to online play it looks like I won’t be winning my WSOP Main Event seat on PokerStars this year. I actually didn’t have a whole lot of time to grind steps sit & go’s before the ban hammer was dropped. BTW, I requested my withdrawal Tuesday afternoon via direct bank transfer and the funds arrived in my account on Friday. Even in the wake of this PokerStars is a classy organization. When online poker becomes legal again in the U.S, and it will, it would be a shame to not have PokerStars there to play.

I was planning on going to the WSOP June 7-14, until last week. Turns out my son’s graduation from pre-K (yes they have that now) is on the evening of the 7th. My new date are June 8-15. The 8th will be a wash as the only flight option was a mid-afternoon one and I will miss the start of all of the days events. Here is my new planned schedule:

  • 6/8 – Cash games
  • 6/9 – $235 WSOP 2p Deep Stack NLHE
  • 6/10 – $235 WSOP 2p Deep Stack NLHE
  • 6/11 – $350 Venetian DSE NLHE
  • 6/12 – $350 Venetian DSE NLHE
  • 6/13 – $240 Golden Nugget Stud 8
  • 6/14 – $200 Binions NLHE 6max

One of those days (probably the 9th or 10th) I am going to most likely grind single table satellites all day. I want to play around ten $125 – $225 single tables to try and accumulate $4K in lammers. If I am able to do that I would like to get back to Vegas right before the Main Event to play one or two of the $2K mega-satellites.

If all of that works out and I actually win a Main Event seat (that’s’ a lotta if’s), I honestly don’t know if I would play it. My whole goal was to play the Main Event this year so I would have a VPP head start for Supernova the following year. That’s no longer an option so I think having the cash to add to the roll would be better.

I am in the midst of brainstorming for pre-WSOP articles. Anyone have ideas on what they would like to see? Right now I have the following articles in my head:

  • Other events around town (Venetian, GN, Binions, etc.)
  • Non-pokery things to do (Red Rock, damn Dam tour, etc.)
  • Places to eat (need locals help here)