February 2018 (1st to 17th) It's been a mixed bag so far in February as I continued to battle with a lack of motivation to play on Unibet. I still can't explain why I'd rather get beat up in tough 1000+ fields than actually win some money playing in lower variance and generally perceived softer MTT on Unibet but it's what I've been doing. I remember listening to Davitsche talk about this on his stream once when someone asked him why he doesn't play on Stars. His short answer was because he wanted to make money. This is something I completely agree with him about. For all the glitz and glamour of massive prizepools PS can generate it's incredibly difficult to actually get the gold trophies and requires much more work and effort than on smaller networks. To prove this I went and checked my sharkscope graph and Pocketfives results for PS. I have 2 outright wins on PS in my entire playing career, just two. They were also in 2014 and 2015 which would have been a time where I didn't know anything about poker beyond the hand rankings so can easily be put down to me being smacked with the deck. I have played thousands of MTTs since 2012 (which is the first result P5 gave me, it could easily be longer than that) and only won twice. That's pretty grim in terms of making money. If you go and take it a step further (and sorry for throwing you under the bus) everybody's favourite ChapInAChair has played on PS for 10 years plus and never won a single tournament. I consider him a much better player than myself so that gives you an indication of how difficult is is to win any decent money at the top. Now if you compare this to Unibet I've probably won at least 1 tournament a month on average for almost the last 2 years and sometimes more than 1 a day (#thinbrag). Unibet is the only site I can safely say I'm in profit on (from poker anyway.. damn you slots!!) yet I'd still rather play elsewhere to chase the title. I'm in it for the glory it seems, not the financial gain. I just want to be able to say I won a 'Big' something or a whatever other mass field and well known MTTs are called. The closest thing for me on Unibet is the Nova but that's only once a week Anyway, it's time to see what's been going on in the first half of February. I started off the 1st with a fairly mixed session. I wanted to see how easy it would be to earn some flips so I played some PLO and some SNGs. I didn't enjoy either and didn't win at either . I also didn't enjoy the actual flips as I only got to stage two once. I did cash the big 1k €5 Multiverse for €30 to stem the bleeding but ended the day down about 10 euros. Friday was a slight winning day thanks to a 6th place finish in the afternoon €10 Deep Space but that profit quickly disappeared after Sat-Sun. Sunday was particularly painful as it saw me losing with Aces in the Supernova for the 3rd week in a row and I also direct bubbled a Sputnik sat. I ended the first week down about €95. Then I took a week off. I didn't stop playing poker, just on Unibet. I had absolutely no desire to open the client let alone complete the mission I was on, which was the MTT one. It may have been one of the best decisions I've made. I came back on the 11th with a renewed enthusiasm to grind. I started off completing the MTT mission by playing a Singularity, Multiverse and Shoorting Star. I min cashed the Shooting Star, soft bubbled the Singularity and finished 10 off the money in the Mutliverse. Picked up a ticket for the Ice Giant Bounty in a Sat which I then finished 5 off the money in (but got enough bounties to make it a profitable tourney). I skipped the Nebula and Spectrum and played an Odyssey sat instead which ended up in another ticket collected. The Odyssey went well, really well. By the time we got down to the last two tables I had the company of Lappin and Iany (although they were both on the other table). Lappin managed to survive to the FT but poor Iany did not. I felt pretty comfortable on the FT and felt like I knew how most of the opponents were playing. At that point in the night I was down to one or two tables so I was really paying attention to every hand. The tournament ran long into the night. It was just after 1am I think when I eventually called a flop all in 3 handed and lost with the nut flush draw. Tiredness and a lack of patience played major factors in my decision and I think if I didn't have work in the morning I would have folded and waited for a better spot. It was still good for €870 which is not bad at all from a €5 sat investment. Lappin went on to win the tournament and was very complimentary on my play when he streamed the next day. Almost too complimentary, bordering on insincerity, which makes me wonder if he's just feeding the ego of a fish he can catch regularly. I'm on to you Lappin! The 2nd full week of February started with the excellent news that Unibet would be running an online MTT series for two weeks. I have already drawn up a schedule. A couple of notes to go with this schedule. Firstly, I'm probably not going to play all the high events, I just filtered by 'High' to de-clutter the full schedule. My plan is to play all the 'low' events and play as many of the high events as I can based on tickets I win beforehand and my BR in general. Regarding the colour coding it a simple scheme. Green should be playable, orange are a maybe and red is unavailable to play. I think it's going to be a fun series to play and with the added incentive of the leaderboards I plan on playing as many events as possible. With that in mind Monday was made up mostly of sat grinding. With the official UOS sats not in the client yet I fired things like the Milky Way sat and the Sputnik to try and get some tickets together. I collected 1 ticket, a Supernova ticket. Only other cash in the session was a 15th in the Black Hole for €25. Not the best start to UOS prep. Wednesday was a much better day all round. Picked up a UOS 50 and UOS 10 ticket out of my 7 attempted to get a ticket. Also direct bubbled Supernova sat to miss out on my second ticket which was a shame as I'd made a good shove from the button and got called light. Probably one of those situations where I should have just folded into the money. I also picked up a 4th in the Event Horizon after max late regging it for €90 and picked up my first trophy for February by shipping the Gorsky. Good to finally get back on the winners podium after a bit of a dry spell. Thursday and Friday also both went well. 3 more Supernova tickets and a UOS 50 collected over the two days and cashes in the Black Hole and a €10 PLO singularity on Thursday to boost the BR. I rounded off the week so far with a small session on Saturday where I bricked everything. That brings us up to today, Sunday the 18th. At this point things are looking good for the UOS. The ticket roll is at €540 (I had some €10 tickets left over) and I still have BP to use in the shop to get a few more so it's a good start. I'd like to have at least 2 bullets and an add-on for the Main Event so we're on track to have that by the start of the series and I'm sure there will be plenty of extra sats running during as well. The actual BR is looking healthy again too after the Odyssey cash and is now sitting just above the €1800 mark. I fully expect this to go down over the next week and I'm ok with that so long as real world €'s are being converted into tickets for the UOS Right, time for a shower and some food before the big Sunday grind!
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@DavidP_Unibet, Would it possible to convert the spins into a €1 free bet/€1 bingo thingy then? I know it's not specifically the casino part of the website but it still get's us there I fully understand the need to give the casino a little in order to get access to that customer base, I think it's fine and I understand the reason behind giving spins as a reward. As far as I'm aware everyone in the thread isn't here from a "Screw spins, I don't want them" standpoint, it's a "I want to use them but I can't, is there an alternative?" standpoint. I would use the spins if I could but I can't because I made a RG decision months ago. I'd be very surprised if people are actively self-excluding now in the hope of getting an extra 100BP based on the activity in this thread but I fully agree it's not something Unibet want going forward.
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@Unibet-Cédrick, Had the client crash on me last night (2.14.0) mid session. I had just closed my 5th table leaving me with 4 when it crashed. I had the tables set to 3x2 if that makes any difference. I had a look in my poker log because I'm nosey but it shows nothing interesting. [14-02-2018 22:28:08] New hand started (#669262290)
[14-02-2018 22:28:15] Table window closed. 4 window(s) left.
[14-02-2018 22:28:28] New hand started (#669262430)
*** Logging started
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] Unibet Poker 126.96.36.1995
OS : Windows 10
GPU vendor : Intel
GPU model : Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
GPU driver : 11.0
Max texture size: 8192
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] Initializing startup module...
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] Startup file parsed
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] CoherentUI Initialized
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] Casino in Poker service initialized
[14-02-2018 22:28:29] Startup resources requested Reloaded and everything worked fine after that.
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It's really unfortunate that the option to change spins for points for self-excluded players has been removed. I fully understand that Casino is a much higher revenue stream for Unibet and they want/need to cross promote but I don't see how pushing players that have made a responsible gaming decision to potentially put themselves at risk in order to maximise their monthly rewards is a good decision over doing the conversion for what appears to be less than 10 people just now. Now I know we're only talking about a few €'s financially but there is also the time it takes to complete the mission (possibly up to 3 days) and the fact that you may have to play games or formats you're going to lose money at in order to receive a reward you cannot use. Going forward, is there an option to screen players before the beginning of the month that are self excluded and tailor rewards for them to not include spins? My understanding of one of the last software updates was that they could allow for personalised missions but I don't know if this extends to the reward.
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@Leo-Unibet, couple random questions about the schedule.. Are all the bounty tournaments going to be 50/50 prizepool and 25/75 and are they all PKO? Are any of the events re-entry and if so how many? Are the R/As unlimited rebuy? There doesn't appear to be a regular speed PLO Completely unrelated, the Odyssey had a double add on break last night.
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With the "progressive start" ones is that 3/4/5/6/etc or something else? I think it would be clearer separated out to explain structure. How long does the main run for on Day 1? Jesus titty christ, 100k GTD on the main?!? What's the sat schedule going to be like and will they be event specific or generic tickets for the buy-in? Edit: More stuff.. I think it would have been better to just have Event 1 N/L/H instead of numbering each event. I know it'll make the press release sound cooler/bigger but Event 1 just being 9-max NLHE and Event 2 being 6-max turbo bounty rather than it counting as 6 events seems to make more sense. This is going to be weird coming from me but the schedule seems to be 9-max heavy. Not sure if it's a typo but there are 9-max PLO MTTs in there.. can the software even do that?
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@Ja-z-Polszywrote: Hi @MoreTBC, how look spins conversion, how much bonus points for one bronze/silver spin ? It's not the Queen of Flips spins that get converted, it's the slot machine spins you get for completing part two of the Monthly missions.
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Title says it all. If you can't use your spins due to restrictions or any other reason (hopefully) you can request them to be converted here. I'm sure @Jeppe-Unibet won't mind With that said, could you convert my spins please?
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Do they? I thought they didn't. Maybe it needs to be two levels between late reg end and add-on or rebuys need to stop when late reg stops and then you get the add-on popup a level later?
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I'd like to see the rebuy period end at, for example, the end of level 10 and the addon period start at the end of level 11. This acts as a deterrent for people registering last second as they'll still have to play a full level and allows for seperate rebuy and addon popups. The popup regarding you getting the rebuy option because you're below starting stack needs to be much clearer. Even better than both of those options would be to convert all Rebuy/Add-ons to Re-Entry/Addons but that's a dream that'll never happen
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** END OF MONTH REVIEW (January 201 ** +/- for the month: -€633.25* (BR Total: €1106.13) *Includes €168 withdrawal so -€465 really. Days played: 29 Losing days: 21 Winning/Break Even days: 8 Sessions/Games played - Cash: 27, SNGs: 13, MTTs: 182 ROIs - Cash: -15.42% , SNGs: 49.27% , MTTs: -16.79% Not the best way to start 2018 was it . Finished the month with 3 more losing days to round off January in style. I actually played my first session using the new filter plan I mentioned in my previous post and it worked out ok. I didn't win anything and had a miserable session, including direct bubbling the Gorsky, but I was mentally prepared for the madness and didn't want to smash my laptop up too much at the end of it. I did want to smash my laptop after this though.. This would have put me comfortably in the top 50 places in last nights Powerfest event and an almost lock for a cash but ultimately turned into the beginning of a demise that ended in me being called by Q9o vs 55 AIPF and losing the last of my chips about 100 from the money an hour later. Anyway, enough with the bad beats, let's look forward. The Queen of Flips is here so I think I'll play some more SnGs this month to clear the bronze tier. It would be 25 games a day to get all the tokens but the Ts&Cs don't stipulate table size so you could rattle through some HU €1s shoving every hand and letting variance balance things out The page for the Promo is not very clear and I can't remember the promo so I'm not sure if you can only win lower tier prizes with a bronze token or if you can win the big prizes but you just have to get through more flips but after day one I'll know either way and be able to work out if it's worth doing. If it is worth doing I might take the odd shot at PLO25 to get a silver token but that'll be based on MTT results. Other than that it'll be the regular MTT grind and mission completing as we rebuild the BR. I have a solitary Supernova ticket left and then I'll be ticket free. I've got about 3700 points in the shop so I'll probably get a couple tickets from that and fire the sats to start a roll again there. This will hopefully mean I'll be playing the Nova for the foreseeable future. As a final thought I wanted to touch on @4soul's comment about being a pro. I consider myself about as far from a professional as a player can get First and foremost it's not my main source of income so by the very definition of the word I can't be a professional. I also don't have the work ethic that a pro needs to have and don't put in the hours required on and off the virtual felt despite having almost daily results. I consider myself a 'Rec Reg' which might sound strange but there is some method to my madness. A number of words get thrown around when describing poker players, Pro/Rec(reational)/Regular/Casual, and I think they sometimes get muddled up. A lot of the time people use 'Rec' and 'Reg' as a way to distinguish between a player that plays a lot and player that doesn't but this actually doesn't make sense. To do something recreational is just to do it for fun, the amount of time you do the activity doesn't really matter. Someone that plays video games every day isn't instantly a pro gamer and neither is someone that plays poker. They just do it because they enjoy it but it doesn't automatically make it a job or profession. 'Casual' and 'Regular' seem to me to be much better way of describing the type of player someone is in relation to how much time they spend playing. If you're opening the client a couple times a month then you'd be a casual player IMO and anyone opening it weekly or more would be a regular. With the last two paragraphs in mind it's much easier to classify myself as a 'Rec Reg'. Someone who plays for fun and plays a lot. As much as I'd like to quit my day job and study/play poker as a profession it's not going to happen I don't have the work ethic to study enough to get better, I don't have the discipline to always follow what I've learned and I just don't have enough time to do the study in the first place. It's very easy to play a few tables while you do other things like watching TV/Twitch or making dinner but you can't study and do those things. I'm easily distracted and if given the choice between studying and playing + some other activity I'm going choose playing almost every time. It's something I want to change a little this year because I think improving is good and helps the enjoyment of the game and I actually quite like running ICM sims and looking at hand histories but I don't plan on having it take over my life or be a priority. In summary, this means I'll never be a professional poker player and I'm perfectly ok with that With that strange ramble about nothing over we'll wrap things up for another post. I've got at least one more DB review post in me at some point but mostly things will be back to the reviews of the daily grind from now on. I bet you can't wait!
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January 2018 - Week 2 The second week of 2018 started pretty well. Picked up a little profit chasing UO slot spins and then binked this little diddy.. Ended up HU against NMPfan and luckboxed my way to the win. I'll be using this in Glasgow and hopefully picking up another one so I can have a spare bullet if required. I've completely stopped playing the qualifiers to the package with the final being moved to Saturday so this is my only route from now on. It never get's enough runners to clear the overlay so it's good value but much higher variance. I direct bubbled a DSO sat and bricked two tournies but finally winning a seat to a Unibet event on merit was enough for me It's easier just to show the results for the week and highlight any major incidents I think. Tuesday-Thursday were all pretty miserable and also spelled the end of my slots quest. Sitting in PLO10 or 25 was just not worth it and I was losing more than I was making so I gave up for the month. Most of Fridays loses are not loses, it's a withdrawal of £150 (€16 which was migrated to another site . I cashed two Shooting Stars on Saturdays to turn a profit and then mincashed the Nova on Sunday to make a tiny dent in the loses. January 2018 - Week 3 A profitable week for a change but a low volume one. I played a total of 12 MTTs between Mon-Sat as my desire to grind the evening schedule continues to wain. I just can't bring myself to play things like the Black Hole and Gorsky and would rather play $1.10 MTTs somewhere else with less crazy plays and with teh ability to track hands. Lappin spilt the beans on a MTT series coming in March so that might perk up my interest but other than the Nova I have very little desire to open the client just now. I tried a full session on Sunday and managed two cashes, a 2nd in an early €10 Singularity and a min cash in the €50 Sputnik that I satted into. Finished 13 places off the money in the Nova but won a sat to cover the ticket for that so it was a decent session to round off the week. January 2018 - Week 4 Another big dent in the BR after this week. I'm playing too many satellites basically. 18 out of the 38 MTTs I played in week 4 were sats. Normally this is ok if a) you win tickets and b) you convert those tickets into cashes but I wasn't doing either very well. With not really wanting to grind the normal schedule the only things I was really regging regularly were the Nova and Sputnik sats. Sometimes I'd play the Titan or Event Horizon but other than there there are not many real MTTs. The only winning day actually came on Friday where I played 3x €25 SNGs against Lappin and won two. Only thing I did on Saturday was sat into the Milky Way and then not cash and Sunday was a typical Sunday Where do we go from here then? The plan is to protect the bankroll basically. Filter out qualifiers and everything in the €10 and above range. I need to get back into winning ways so I have to get back into the mean streets of the €5 (and possibly €2) MTTs to get some green cells on the spreadsheet in preparation for this MTT series. The Nova sats are so juicy so I can't drop them completely but I'll leave the DSO and Sputnik for just now and maybe start chopping up Nova tickets to lower the direct pain on the BR when I play them.
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You are only offered a rebuy if you are below the starting stack when the add-on period starts. I agree it's terribly designed as you ahve to cancel the rebuy request before you can click the option to add-on.
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