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  1. In today's online poker environment one of the biggest worries for players is if they are playing against a real player or a bot. I fear that there COULD be a botting issue on Global Poker. I have played a million+ hands on Global Poker (I don't have an exact number because they do not allow tracking software) from small stakes 50NL all the way up to 2000NL. What I find weird in my entire time playing on the site is that I have never been contacted by Global Poker about bots that they have found. I have seen a few players I suspected being bots suddenly disappear after playing non stop. I am writing this in hopes to get a little transparency from the site. Since we are not allowed to use HUDs on Global Poker, the players are unable to track players. While it is nice not having HUDs because it creates a good environment for recreational players, it does create an obvious problem that we are unable to use data to find bots. On other sites, the players have almost always been the ones to bring botting to light because the site has no incentive to do so. If you look up poker botting websites, you will find that each of the botting sites promote Global Poker as a site with a low risk for getting caught. A LOW RISK! This is worrisome for obvious reasons. Again, because we can not use HUDs on this site, it is impossible for me to bring data forward to help prove the issue. There's two things that could be happening and both are troubling to me: 1) Global Poker is doing nothing about bots or don't have the resources to catch them. 2) They do catch bots but they don't tell the players about them. While both of these things are scary, I do think number two is more likely. I'm sure the company has ways to find bots, most likely they have a team doing this. I'm sure they ban them constantly. If that's the case, what is being done with the funds? I have never talked to any player on the site that has been issued a refund because of botting. Are the funds being pocketed to the company? I find it hard to believe that if bots have been found, I would not have been refunded something considering I am probably a top 10 volume player on the site. This article isn't meant to put down Global Poker. From my experience they are a very good site for US players. However, I am writing this to get their attention and hopefully encourage them to be more transparent going forward. If you play on Global Poker or any online poker site, please share this article. The only way we will be able to get transparency going forward is to put pressure on the sites themselves. https://www.safeonlinebets.com/poker/articles/are-there-bots-on-global-poker/
  2. I don't play Blitz Poker on ACR, but what you are describing sounds like the player is just playing multiple tables. He has multi entries into Blitz Poker so his stack can change when you see him.
  3. Hopefully no one does this. These apps are riddled with scams.
  4. If they launch before PA, I will be such a sour B.
  5. If you can play regulated online poker in NJ, you should just stick with that IMO. A lot of us are pretty jealous that you have safe, regulated, online poker.
  6. Im flying home to the Burgh right away if this happens. I have my doubts though.
  7. I have a hard time believing that someone who is colluding would make the screen names so obviously similar. Something is not adding up here.
  8. It's good to be back on US soil after two months in Europe. I absolutely love everything about Europe, but nearing the end of my journey I started to get exhausted from the travel. It's always good to get back home and take a short break to regroup and get the mind and body feeling good again. For the past week of being home, I have been considering my exit from poker. Each day I come up with something new. But today I am questioning why I am questioning my future. I've determined that there is something about being in my hometown that makes me feel like I have to do what everyone is doing (get a "real" job, buy a house, find a wife, have kids, ect...). However, the past couple of days I have the fire lit under me again. I'm ready to compete, and put all my hard work to the test. Poker has been the one thing over the past 15 years that I haven't given up. I have spent thousands of hours studying this game and thousands of hours playing this game. Constantly, I am learning and thinking about how I can play hands/spots better and exploit my opponents. The passion is still there. I absolutely love poker. I still strive to be the best. I still love the competition. People laughed behind my back when they found out that I was playing poker for a living. They will never understand. I hope they continue to doubt me, because it's one of the main reasons I am able to succeeded. I find it sad that people waste their energy rooting against me and waiting for me to fail instead of finding ways to change their life for the better, but to each their own. Most people have given up on their dream, I have not. If I come off a bit arrogant sometimes, it's because I worked really hard for this. I typically put in 80 hours a week in some form, just to make sure I have enough money for the month to pay the bills. I didn't have natural talent like so many of the successful poker players. I had to work really hard for this. I am proud of my success and will continue to strive for more. My goals haven't change even though my surroundings are trying to talk me into change. I will be a champion. I will win World Series of Poker Rings. I will win a major tournament. I will continue to travel to the world while fulfilling my dream. But even if I don't get those things, I will never give up on this dream! You can not stop me! If you are unhappy with your current situation, here are a few things I hope will help. Don't let the people closet to you scare you away from what you are doing. They don't understand what you are trying to accomplish and so often they try to talk you out of something because they themselves were never able to take a risk and even attempt to accomplish their goals. Stay focused. This is what you want. There are going to be moments of pain. It will not be easy. You will not get to the end goal if you're distracted. You have to work on your goal everyday. If you truly want it, there is no reason to take a day off. Don't take baby steps, take leaps. But understand that even with taking leaps, this goal will take time. be prepared for the long haul If the main fear for accomplishing your goal is the financial burden, find ways to simplify your life. Don't buy the $7 Starbucks everyday. Get rid of subscription services like Netflix (it's going to distract you from your goal anyways). Sell your vehicle. Live in a cheaper apartment/house or live free and travel around from different cheap AirBnb's. Move to a cheaper country. If you work digitally, you can live in places like Thailand for under $500 a month. People will judge you. As soon as you start reaching for something that seems unobtainable to others, they will judge you. They will wait for you to fail. Use this as motivation and tell yourself, "I must succeed". But Chris, It's easy for you to say... Just stop. There is a way. It's easy to come up with excuses why you can't do something. That's what 99% of people do and that's why they get stuck working some job they hate with no life fulfillment. You are different. You're the 1% that will find a way. Lastly... Don't make it all about money. I hate the cliche, but it's true, money will not make you happy. You need to find something that you truly enjoy. If you make $20,000 a year from it or $200,000 a year from it, it shouldn't matter. Remember, this is what you want. The financial aspect is just the payoff for your passion. Chris 'Professional Homeless Poker Player' Perkins
  9. Come on man. Global is the best site to play on in the US if you play cash games. If you don't play cash games, you should.
  10. I couldn't sleep so I did a podcast at 6am from Rotterdam, Netherlands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsi0hbXz5RA
  11. Hey People! I am in Amsterdam right now. I am backpacking for Europe for another month or two. Here's an update from my Ireland stop: https://www.pocketfives.com/blogs/chrisp200/just-me-my-backpack-dublin-amsterdam-addition-chris-perkins-588593/
  12. I am not sure where I left off with my last blog post but I'm sure a lot has happened since then. The Irish Open was an unbelievable experience. The resort that the event took place in was wonderful and the people made it very special. In my first event I played, I was lucky enough to play with a legend, Niall Farrell! He even bought me a beer. A really funny and nice guy to be around. CHEERS! Also, during this event, I met wackyJaxon (long time PocketfFiver and now doing media for Poker News). He did a short interview with me during the first break of the 6max event. Keep in mind, I was a couple Guinness deep so go easy on me :) [video=youtube;nhKw4FIpECk] I played three 2/5 cash game sessions in Dublin and profited in all of them. I played 6 or 7 tournaments and while I had a lot of deep runs, I only cashed one tournament. Luckily, I got second place in the mini main event for 9,200EURO! Here's a picture from the final table (I'm in seat 2 with the green hoodie): My honest review of the Irish Poker Open: Venue: A- The CityWest Hotel is beautiful. The food was above average and the service inside the restaurants was very good. Dealers: B- It was hit or miss with the dealers. Most of them were very good at dealing, but many of them seem to not want to be there. It ruins the experience for me when the dealers seem unhappy and not willing to socialize. Having said that, I understand they are working long hard hours and it is a very tough thing to do day in and day out. Floor: B+ I had no real issues with the floor managers. Everything seemed fairly smooth. If you had a question, it got answered in a timely manner. All were very respectful to me. Drink Servers: D It was really hard to get service while playing. Similar to the dealers, the servers seemed to not be very happy or excited about their job. They were under staffed and would never check up on their customers, even after I would give BIG tips. Hopefully something changes for next years event. Action: B+ The cash game action was pretty good. If I do it again next year, I wouldn't start my cash game session until after 9:00pm. That's when the action seemed to really pick up. Also, the Norwegians bring the fun! I forgot to mention, I got on the featured table in Event #1 6max. When I got to the table, I think there were 25 players left and 17 made the money. If you interested in seeing some of it, you can watch it here: I sit down at around 3:30 into video. [video=youtube;FEGbuBKByVo] Where am I now? Currently, I am on the top bunk, in a hostel, in Amsterdam. I have been here for 3 days and am leaving tomorrow. During my few days here, I have felt somewhat under the weather and have only played one 2/5 cash session. I made 600euros in that session which helps pay for my trip. Tomorrow I leave Amsterdam to go to Rotterdam. It looks to be about an hour south of Amsterdam. This wasn't originally planned, but a German player told me about this series in Rotterdam while I was in Ireland and it seemed like a decent stop. Send me a message if you will be at this series. Here is the Rotterdam Poker Series Schedule: http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/festival.php?a=r&n=24291 Success I hope that someone out there, grinding low stakes, reads this and is given hope. For the longest time I dreamed to be able to do this. Things ave now fallen into place. YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! I am not special in any way other than the fact that I have a will to win and am obsessive with surviving in this game/life. Work hard, stay balanced, live for the moment, take risks, DO NOT BE AFRAID! Chris Perkins
  13. I dont have WhatsApp but I might be interested. I am playing the event regardless. I am heading to Dublin tomorrow. dm on here or twitter.com/the_chrisp200
  14. It's 5:30pm right now in Galway, Ireland. I have been staying at an amazing hostel here for three days called the Galway City Hostel (pictured below). I just finished watching Dublin beat Scotland in a big rugby game at the pub below where I'm staying with some local friends that I met last night. Another bucket list item to cross off the list. Last night was the first time I've got to play live poker in Ireland. The casino was very interesting. It is certainly not the type of casino I am accustom to in the United States. It was a small room with just a few tables. Only 1/2 was running but it had no max buyin so the game did start to get bigger by the end of the night. Long story short, the players were very fun to play with and I ended the night +$550 over about 7 hours of play. I had lots of fun playing and I'm excited to get back to Dublin to start the Irish Poker Open. I really love Galway. The people are great, the city is beautiful, you can walk everywhere, and did I mention the city is beautiful? Don't believe me? Look for yourself... The Irish really love to drink. There is a pub on every corner and the atmosphere has just be incredible. I have drank more Guinness in the past 5 days than I ever have in my entire life. I have a feeling tonight will be no different :) Also, shoutout to my two new buds from Manchester. I had a blast with these guys my first night in Galway! Sorry if this blog isn't very detailed. I am trying spend as little of time possible on these types of things so I'm not taking too much time away from the whole experience. Dream Big and Take Risks! Chris Perkins Follow My Journey: twitter.com/the_chrisp200 instagram.com/the_chrisp200/
  15. It's only 4 days away! When I booked my flight to Dubllin, Ireland back in October it felt like this day was never going to come. Now it is getting real. I'm all packed and ready for this 2-3 month journey through Europe. I will traveling like a minimalist for this trip. I'm only taking a small backpack with 2 pairs of pants, a few shirts, some underwear, a laptop, and a kindle. I know what you're thinking, "this guy is crazy!". You might be right, but I think traveling with just the essentials will be a great experience and I will appreciate the idea of militaristic travel a lot during this experience. The first leg of the trip will consist of 16 days in Ireland (2 days in Dublin, 5 days in Galway, and 9 more days in Dublin). While I am in Galway, I plan on taking a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. I posted a picture below for the people who may not be familiar with it. After I head back to Dublin from Galway, the work will begin. The 2018 Irish Poker Open will start with a €350 6max tournament at the City West Hotel. Just days later will be the start of the main event of the Irish Open, a €1150 tournament (30K starting stack and 60 minute levels). I did not know this but the Irish Poker Open is the longest running poker tournament other than the WSOP Main Event. Check out the venue: During my time in Dublin, I will accidentally be there for St. Patricks Day! Now that is something I never thought I would do. I can't wait to celebrate the holiday in the place that founded the holiday. After my stay in Ireland, I am visiting Amsterdam > Brussels > Namur > Gent > Barcelona > I'm not sure where after that... This trip will be exhausting but a growing experience for me. The fact that I am lucky enough to do what I love and travel while doing it is something I do not take for granted. I realize that there are micro stakes players who dream about doing something like this, I know because I was one of them. Finally, I remember reading poker players blogs back in the day about all the incredible things and places they were going. My feeling at the time was that the person was just trying to brag. If I ever come off like that, I am sorry. That is not my intention. The truth is, I am just a dumb kid who got lucky to find something that he could make a living from and not hate everyday because of some terrible job. I may not be rich, money may be tight for me sometimes, and my future may be uncertain, but I am truly happy because of the freedom that this life has given me. I hope this motivates some of you to do the same thing. I know it cliche, but almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Stay gold, Chris Perkins
  16. I just wanted to post about the Irish Poker Open coming up in Dublin, Ireland to see if any other Pocketfivers will be playing? This will be my first time in Ireland and am traveling alone, so it would be nice to have some company for the trip and St. Patricks Day :). https://www.irishpokeropen.com/events-2018/ I'll be in Dublin/Galway from March 4th-20th Hope to see you guys there! Chris Perkins
  17. I just finished up a short 5 day stint in Coconut Creek, Florida for the WSOPC. I am flying back to Tampa in 8 hours and will be there until Friday. I am flying back to Pittsburgh on Friday the 23rd to see friends/family and to do my 2017 taxes before I leave for Europe. Needless to say, 2017 went better than planned. So many people fail at this poker endeavour so I already feel like I'm winning. I got to travel endlessly in 2017 and am doing the same in 2018. Here's my upcoming Europe Trip plans Dublin, Ireland I leave March 4th from Pittsburgh and fly to Dublin, Ireland. I will be playing the Irish Poker Open. It's a $1,150 buyin with 1 million GTD. After that I am heading to Amsterdam for 5-6 days to play some cash and indulge myself in the city. From Amsterdam, I will be heading to Brussels to again play some cash and take over the city :). Lyon, France is my next stop after that. I will be playing in the Unibet 550 event. 50K starting stack and 50 minute levels. Seems like a really cool stop. Following Lyon, I will be heading to Barcelona, Spain for the Party Poker Millions. This should be a really fun spot. I will only be playing the first event because all of the other buyins are a little too big. But it is a $1000 1Million GTD so it should be solid. I assume the cash games will be great as well. I am not really sure where I want to go after all this. This will take about 6 weeks, which means I have another 4-6 weeks to get out to Vegas to get ready for WSOP. Some spots that I am intrigued with: Croatia (specifically Zagreb, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik) I might go to these places for a while and just play online if I get too exhausted from traveling around. Germany: There are plenty of places to play poker in Germany, although I don't know how good the games will be. Poland: I have read that it is fairly cheap to stay in a lot of the cities in Poland and they are beautiful. There are so many places I want to go. It's really going to come down to time and money. I am not rich. I will be staying in Hostels most of the in Europe, some are as cheap as $9 a night. I haven't made it in the poker world yet but I do want to take advantage of this opportunity while I can. This poker dream could be over tomorrow so why not give it my all and see the world in the process? Anyways, I know this was just a bunch of rambling, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am alive, I survived my first 15 months of playing poker full time, and I am somewhat living the life. :) Also, I think I am going to start a live podcast. It will just be me rambling once a week from the road, but I do think a lot of you will find it interesting. I'll keep you updated. Chris
  18. When backing someone, backers do it because they think it will be a good investment with a likely return. You need to show that you can beat the games and putting in the work before anyone is going to put money behind you.
  19. You need to use quotes if you are typing a thought that isn't yours.
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