Monday, 23 July 2012

Feltstars deal, SCOOP and WSOP 2012

At the end of my last blog post I announced that I had signed a deal with bet24 and was genuinely excited about this opportunity, but unfortunately, about 6 weeks after that they were bought out by Unibet that decided to curtail the whole idea of having a pro team thus leaving me without a sponsor.

Luckily for me I was presented with another opportunity to become part of the pro team with Feltstars, an emerging site on the merge network. I was initially apprehensive given the fact they are still servicing US customers but after lengthy discussions with the owners of the site, they assured me that all player funds are kept segregated from operational funds so players money would not be in jeopardy at any point.

There is a wide range of tournaments, cash games and SnG’s running 24/7 and from my limited experience so far have found the games to be pretty profitable :-) The Sunday tournaments are especially juicy with a $125k guaranteed comp for a mere $109. I will be playing there a lot under the screename pFoltyn , and am very excited about the project and the excellent team of pros they have managed to assemble.

In order to sign up through me for a feltstars account please click one of the banners on my blog or the following link –

Once signed up if you use the code PF150 on your initial deposit you can receive a 150% bonus up to $750 as an added bonus that works in conjunction with the VIP program

OK so back to what’s been going on with me actually on the felt. SOOP was pretty meh overall, had a few close calls, the main one being a 10th place in the $1k rebuys turbo for $18k when it was $237k ftw, puke. One of my favourite people in poker did win huge though, Sammy Grafton who chopped one of the $2k events for a cheeky $200k+ score. Check out this interview he did at this year’s WSOP :-)

Moving onto the WSOP I had bad memories of 2011 going into it this year as I didn’t cash a single tournament the previous one so was looking to get that monkey off my back early doors then kick on for a big series. The first part went to plan with a $4k cash in my very first event of the summer, one of the huge field $1500’s. This would unfortunately be the story of my summer, continually min cashing which resulted in another losing series overall but a fair amount of damage limitation compared to 2011. My baron run in the main event also continued, extending my record to 0/7 in the softest live tournament ever :-(. The much talked about British rails at the wsop were few and far between this year but one of my friends Craig McCorkell managed to harness the energy from the sometimes over-exuberant crowd in the $3k shootout and close the deal for a much deserved bracelet and heavy bean:

Perennial UK hero Chris Brammer came very close to a bracelet as well, making a stellar run in arguably one of the toughest tournaments of the series the $10k 6 max but just fell short coming in 5th place for a not too shabby $200k.

Once the main event was done for another year, most people living in our house were pretty downbeat so we went a morale boosting trip to six-flags magic mountain and San Diego. If you are ever In the California area I could not recommend a better theme park than Magic Mountain, the place is just absurd with the largest collection of adrenaline rides in one place I’ve ever seen. San Diego is such a nice change of pace after 7 weeks in Vegas, relaxing on the beach and drinking in regular bars without having to tip some clown with an earpiece just to get a seat. As far as next year’s WSOP goes I’m unlikely to go for the full series as it’s just too taxing, mentally and financially and given my lack of success in recent years it’s time to approach it in a different way I think.

That’s about everything caught up on for the time being, will be taking a break from live poker for a while, mainly grinding online. After hearing about how bleak the British summer has been the sun has been shining pretty much non-stop since I got home so will be also looking to make the most of that and play as much golf as possible!