Ford: Don't panic... don't panic...
Arthur: So this is it. We're gonna die.
Ford: Yeah. We're gonna die.
Ford: No... no! What's this?
[goes over to control panel]
Arthur: What's that?
Ford: What's this...? What's this...?
Ford: This... is... nothing. Yeah, we're gonna die.”The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”
Hello once again from the land of Oz, my poker loving public. The WGPBE has given over 100 posts to the mass of the internet over the past 9 months or so, and it is time to pay tribute to a special few bloggers who have helped me on the way. I present these in no special order, and to be honest I should list every single person in the blog roll here because I have learned something form everyone – be that strategy, what to do or what not to do or even just an affiliate link here and there. But here are some that have made a specific impact on my poker blogging career.
Kind of an obvious first choice I admit, but the truth is Guinness and Poker was the first poker blog I ever read, thanks to a link through Fark. And yes, I have used Bonus code Iggy on at least one occasion!
Also, the vast majority of my online poker reading has come from links or recommendations from Iggy and his site. Indeed, when my site was mentioned once a long time ago, my hits went from 3-4 a week to 20 a day almost instantly. I know that is miniscule in comparison to what some other sites get every hour, but it was a good little ego boost at the time and I’m sure every one was like that when they started.
Through a competition on his extremely entertaining but all-too infrequent blog, I won my first every poker book. Sure, I think I was the only one who entered, but it was a pleasing day none the less. I won a copy of “Tao of Poker”, which I noticed had been once thrown into the “sell at any price” bin when it was last in a book shop. However, Uwannabet having to pay the postage to Australia showed that he’s a top bloke. This was the first of many poker related things that I received for free due to my online addiction.
No coincidence, shortly after I read the book “Tao of Poker”, I came across a website named after said book. The simple truth is, and this is no secret, nobody does a tournament write up like the good doctor. I put him here in this miny hall of fame mainly because his writing is what I aspire to.
This was a simple choice, not for his blog (which is very good and I read often) as much as it is for the comments he leaves on mine. They may be few, but when this valiant knight imparts some of his knowledge upon a lowly peasant such as myself, good things happen. When I was fighting against the flow, Sir told me to stick to what was working. Immediately I experienced my greatest single day profit – which was because of his advice and the confidence boost I received. Though I have received advice from Sir on few occasions, when I do, I listen intently. Some may say the advice was nothing profound, even basic advice to some – but it was all new to me.
And more than anything, what would a blog be without comments? Useful comments at that!
My bank roll is in the positives because of Seth – plain and simple. Last week me and my distraction flew to Adelaide for an engagement party, went to the races on Monday and then spent the rest of the week in my home town organising a wedding. That entire trip was paid for by poker – and I would not have had that bank roll if it wasn’t for his casino bonus whore guide. Through ups and downs, I turned my entire bank roll of $100 into $400 (and if I wasn’t stupid, it would have been double that). That allowed me to get back into party poker and play with a proper roll behindme and get maximum deposit bonuses at various sites – before long, I was over the $1K mark for the first time. Also, his Omaha tournaments were great fun, and lead me to Noble poker – a bad poker site in my opinion but I have been able to slightly rebuild the bank roll since withdrawing.
In summary, I am still playing poker because of Scurvy Dog.
I could put Duggle Bogey here for his awesome, “raw” content. I could put him here for the poker comics, in my opinion the funniest ones I have seen. I could put him here because his last name is “Beer”. But that my friends is not the reason.
When I asked for help, Duggle answered the call.
When I had enough money to actually look like completing a bonus, I asked the blogging public for advice, and through him I became a member of Poker Source Online, which in turn led to my first set of KEM cards. Soon I will have enough PSO points to get more cool shit, and thanks to “Go Be Rude” for that.
Oh, and his site is pretty good too.
So there you have it, Heafy’s blogging elite. I’ve made a little commemorative medal for these fine fellows – which I conveniently stole from each of their sites - and if they wish they are more than welcome to print it out and put it above their bed so it is the last thing they see before they go to bed each and every night. That’s what I expect them to do with it at least. I will be looking through their windows to check.
Soon, I'll have some current poker content to update everyone on, as well as a half decent poker theory post - unbeleiveable!