Tuesday, 28th December 2010

I am on holidays and it's great!

It's good to be a few days without doing anything, getting energies and after a while get the feeling of going back to work.

Christmas was great, I was with my family, eating exceptionally well (that codfish...omg!) and I wasn't thinking of anything too complex. As for the presents... this year I got a feeling that I just got married. That's because most of my presents were stuff for the house, which makes sense since I recently moved to Lisbon and I still haven't completed equipping the house at 100%. Thanx to all my family! :)

Now I'm going to talk a bit about hardware...

I have been using my 14' laptop during my trips, but it stopped working and since it's out of warranty, it's not worth to get it fixed (it would be more expensive than what the computer is worth). I was hesitating among buying an Ipad, a macbook air or a sony vaio vpc-z12z9e/x. They have 3 very different concepts. The Ipad is basically a machine to reproduce media and it's not exactly what I need. Macbook air, is very nice esthetically, it is light and it fulfills my needs on the short term, but the quality/price ratio is very bad. Sony vaio has a fantastic performance, not far from the one my desktop has, but it costs a considerable amount of money.

Which one I bought?

I was super indecisive until a friend of mine suggested the new line of Toshiba Portégé and I found a quality/price ration much better than what apple or sony had to offer. I ended up buying a ToshibPortégé R700-1D1 (3G), it's very light and it's a computer that I see myself using for quite some time, since it's got a good processor and enough ram. There was a cheaper version with a mechanic disc and "only" 4GB, but I prefered to pay €400 more and get a computer with 8GB and an SSD disc of 128GB, this way I know that I'll be happy with it for longer


Today I bought a UPS just for the zon modem. It's stupid to have the monitors and the PC with a UPS for when electricity goes down, but not having and internet connection when that happens. I have my Kanguru as a backup, but I always lose some seconds to connect to Kanguru and if I'm playing a lot of tables at the same time, it is enough for this UPS to "save" the day just once when electricity goes down, to make up for what I paid for it. The second time... I'll already be having profit :)

As for my desktop PC, I'm pretty satisfied with it, apart from the disc that slows it down a bit and sometimes it becomes a problem when I'm playing 20+ tables with the HUD running.

My next investment on the PC is therefore going to be an SSD disc. Anyone has something to recommend?

As far as Poker is concerned, I only played the Turbo Takedown on Sunday, the Battle of the Planets and some special tournaments of the readers of my blog. I apologize to the M.N. people for not playing the tournament, but when I went to register I couldn't, I don't know why.

At the turbo takedown, I didn't have any good spots and I think I lost when with 16BB I went allin with 55 or 66 against a BB that was sitout and the SB woke up with AA. I like the play, cause the only people that can call me a bit more light are the SB and the BB. The BB was sitout and I imagine that the majority of the rest of the players would only call with JJ+, AQs, AKo? Maybe a bit loose, or slightly tight, but with 16BB it's difficult to call with more hands without being in the blinds. Even though... now that I think about it, as I had a bounty on my head maybe it would have been better to fold, but I think it's really close, so I'm not going to lose my sleep for it :)

At the Battle of the Planets I think I had KK/AA around 6 times, but I only managed to get some action one of the times I staked a player that had TT. I ended up losing with 55 or 66 against KTs, where I raised from the button and he chose to 4bet allin when I had 3betted and was comitted. It's not that I mind at a shootout to put my money on a pair against KTs, but it would have clearly been better if he had given up on the hand! I think I still have around 6 tickets, so I still have some chances to repeat the final table!

I was also the host of the Sunday Million last Sunday and it was nice to see Poker action of high level, which is not always possible at the end of so many hours of play due to tiredness. I suggest you see the free replay on PokerStars client.

PokerStars changed a few things in their VIP system and once again changed everything to something better! Each time the FPPs have more liquidity for who aims to get to the higher statuses and that will facilitate the bankroll management of whoever tried to achieve SuperNova Elite during the next years.
Right now there are two of us in Portugal, anyone has plans to be the third one? :)

Also, the 1rst edition of PokerStars The Big Game is finished and it's probably the best cash game that has been recorded until today. I think that the dynamic of having a loose canon playing against 5 professionals PLH pre flop  with NLH post flop is brutal. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it for free at pokerstars.tv.
Still in relation to pokerstars.tv, they have also started having there a program called HighStakes Poker. You can watch season 6, also free.

As for the rest... I'm only missing to wish to all my readers happy new year, full of big pots and lots of prizes from tournaments!


Unknown said...

hi acoimbra,

are you sure that a ssd will improve your multitabling performance significantly?


Andre said...

polarole: not sure, but will try today :)

Unknown said...

ok, let me know if its worth to invest into a ssd or not.


Unknown said...


i would be interested in exchanging information about setup and sw if you like to?
i read some hem people suggested running postgres on a unix platform and running the client and other windows sw in something like virtual windows under unix. saving a lot of the hard work for the unix platform.
did you try that ever?