Friday, December 02, 2005

Absolute-ly Tempting

Well, the month of November (to say the least) was pretty depressing. To tell you the truth, the last 4 months almost make me want to quit playing this game we call poker. On August 6th, I reached an all time high in bankroll and things seemed to have turned around.. but as with a lot of people... variance hit (or whatever you want to call it) and it hit hard. Between bad breaks and my decision to bump things up to 15/30 (which was around the end of October I think), my bankroll had lost nearly 50%. Ouch!!!!! I know everybody runs bad at some point; but I wasn't about to back down as I was (and still am) confident in my abilities. Most of the slide came in a two week period from Oct 29th thru Nov 18th where I lost nearly 5K. I've shown some of the hand histories from them and won't bore you with any more details from them.

The good news is that things seem to be turning around a bit as I have made around 1.5K in the last 4 sessions. For the month of December, I am going to slow things down as far as the stakes I am playing and here is the reason.

I got a call from Absolute Poker the other night. Now, I don't necessarily like getting these kind of calls at home and I actually couldn't talk very long or effectively due to baby Wonka being her wild, normal self. Mrs Wonka wasn't home at the time. Anyway, he tried to persuade me to come back to AP and offered me a few things (which I am sure is there standard offer). Here is what they offered me:

- $10 CASH!
- 20% added to your pending bonus account!
- VIP seat in any one of Sunday's $1k AP Challenge Main events!
- $20 rebate for playing in any one Thursday $15k Guaranteed Tourney!
- Entry to the EXCLUSIVE end of month VIP Invitational!
- $30 rebate for playing in any one Tuesday $16k Guaranteed Tourney!
- AP baseball cap or T-shirt!

One thing that I always hated about AP was that you had to email request hand histories. They have now corrected that problem and the hand histories are put on your hard drive which of course makes importing into Poker Tracker a slam dunk. Poker Ace HUD also supports AP.

I replied back that I would need a 30% bonus and they agreed. The other problem with AP was the traffic or lack thereof and that still hasn't really been resolved. There were very few tables of 5/10 or greater going last night... so what this means (and this is not necessarily a bad thing) is that I will lower my limits to chase the bonus and hopefully make a splash in one or more of the above tournaments. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully, the interface or should I say CPU usage had been cleaned up a bit as well.

I would also like to get back to playing some SNGs so I will probably mix some of those in as well.

In other news, The Cowboys have a huge game this weekend with the Geee-men. If they can somehow find a way to win that game, they will be looking pretty for the post season. It is hard to believe that there are only 5 more games this year in the regular season.


cc said...

Will, it looks like you'll have to delay your celebration with the sliding of your Cowboys today...

TripJax said...

Do you have any rakeback program? I don't know a lot about rake back - and I'm not asking to get you to sign up for anything through me - but I was just wondering if you were set up. Seems to me at the levels you play you could have a steady flow of money coming back to you through a rakeback program. Just wondering.

WillWonka said...

cc.. ain't it the truth...

tj.. yes I do. it gets me anywhere from $100 to $300 a month.

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