Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Betfair "Holy Grail"

Just like the knights of old I am a modern day Crusader obsessed with the search for the one true treasure ... "The Holy Grail of Betfair".

Ever since a friend introduced me to Betfair over a year ago I have been convinced that somewhere in its vaults of experienced and ageing gamblers there is a niche bet that is going to bring untold riches ...

And just like the Templars and the Hospitallers of history a true road is trodden for a while, with all clues seemingly leading to this great treasure, only to have the truth ripped away from me as I am left standing here holding a mere gourd and not the Grail at all.

So where am I searching for this heavenly reward? ...

Well my search is focussed within the walls of the world of horse racing. I am certain there must be a way to beat the odds and other players. Even one small identifiable edge of a standard bet over the hundreds (neah thousands) of horse races a year will over a period of time slowly add profits to an ever increasing bankroll.

Luckily I am not spending too much money in search of this reward ... and on days where new theories work I actually turn a reasonable profit. However on losing days this is taken back to a close to break even balance.

But in the words of another set of Ancient Philosophers "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" quote U2. (Sorry stretching it a bit with that metaphor).

But I feel i am so close to an answer ... lets just hope it isn't "There is no Holy Grail!"

Until Next Time

Keep it tight.

Oh! And any tips would be welcomed.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Long Time No Post!

It is about time I posted here again ... not because I have much to say but just to keep the page refreshed.

So what have I been up to?

Well we had a week on the boat and actually got to sail out this time. We had a great week on the east coast and broke one of my personal records ... being out in strong winds with the wind instrument showing over 30 Knots. Also the boats personal speed record was broken (8.5 knots over land) but I think the tide was with us so that would have notched the speed up a bit.

On the poker front it is pretty moribund really.

I have decided to join a rakeback site -

This is on the back of the fact that I am currently only working a 3 day week (out of choice) and am likely to play more poker.

The poker site to join for rake was quite a tricky selection actually ... I am signed up with practically every poker room. However Interpoker was one that I hadn't sampled and so that is the rakeback site of choice.

I will keep people posted on how much rake I have generated at the end of next month to see whether the rakeback is more value than playing on a site that gives their own bonuses.

Until next time.

Keep it Tight!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Leicester Races on the Hoof

Another lazy Sunday so we thought ... until a late decision to go to the Leicester races came over us.

With half hour to the first race we quickly got changed from our gardening clothes and trotted down to the Leicester Races.

With seconds remaining we had our bets on the first race and the placepot.

Getting EW wins on the the first two horses in the second race and a correct reverse forecast in the third we had started off well (albeit for our usual £2 tote bets we may have been rich!!!).

Then we continued our good form with us both getting winning bets in races 4 and 5.

Another drink was in order and then a quick check on the placepot ... ... ... OMG we needed our final horse to come in to win the placepot ... we had successfully predicted the rest of the races to a place ... COME ON!

Our choice for the final race was Inside Story ... and I was happy with it ... until an announcement came over the tannoy ... it had been withdrawn!

Damn we were on the favourite now ... Focail Eile... WHO?

Any way it was looking dodgy two furlongs out, it looked to be hanging ... then someone put a rocket up its arse and WHOOSH! ... it came in first!!!

Woo Hoo ... my first ever placepot ... I am no longer a placepot virgin!

All that was left now was to collect the winnings for our £2 stake ...

and heres the good bit ...

a whopping £45.

Well, its not going to buy me that Ferrari but it is a great day out; and to come out clearing about £60 in my oppinion is an afternoon well spent.

Until next time

Keep it Tight!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Ohhh the PAIN!!!

How demoralising can this game be at times.

After all this time and 4357 hands. After clawing my balance back from the brink of extinction it is happening again.

I just cannot break through and my balance is back down to $75.

Every big pair I get is getting beaten.

Every two pair I hit gets "Set Up" or "Flushed Out", and when I hit a big hand no one is around..

This is the test of character side of the game.


Until Next Time

Keep it Tight!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

A few more qualifiers

CD poker had decided to give me a few tournament tokens ... all qualifiers for bigger events.

So this week I have used the ones for the $50,000, $100,000 and $250,000 qualifiers.

All paying only 3 places made these a tall order and proved too tough to hit the prizes for me this time.

I came 592 out of 909 in the $50K, this was my worst effort with a better showing of 40th out of 484 in the $100,000. I however saved my best performance for the $250,000 qualifier.

Mid tournament I had a flurry of activity and sat around 30th with 500 left but just couldn't keep up the momentum and finished a respectable 24th out of the 1000 entrants. Just a shame it wasn't a normal tounament, that would have given a reasonable return.

Otherwise in the month I have played another 16 tournaments cashing twice and hitting the final table once.

Unfortunately not for much prize money.

Until next time.

Keep it Tight!