Get It Quietly

Football, bollocks and a bit of poker if you're lucky.

Location: Enfield, London, United Kingdom

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Making The Rounds

Various bits and pieces that have engaged my interest this week :

Pull The Ladder Up Chief, I'm In !

I popped down to Gutshot yesterday to buy in for the £500 on Saturday. Anyone who has ponied up 3 large to play at the Vic this weekend really needs to sit down and think about their game selection. Sportingodds are adding £10K to the prize pool which is brilliant, this is the kind of sponsorship we have to encourage and support. More than that though, the relative strengths of the line-ups are surely going to be worlds apart. I'm already in, as I say, so book early to avoid disappointment !

I do hope it sells out before any second-chancers from the Vic (which starts on Friday) find their way in. Gutshot though have inadvertently given themselves a bit of a problem by scheduling a satellite on Saturday afternoon. Now, if it's going to fill up, do they keep seats back for the satellite and turn people away until then ? Or cancel the sat ? Either way, some people will be disappointed. I don't mind which they do (not least of course because I've got mine), as long as they don't take the Barcelona route of pleasing an extra 10% by making it 11-handed and pissing off everyone else who was organised enough to sort themselves out before the last minute.

If they do hold seats back for the satellite, it might be interesting on Saturday. What's the betting a bunch of faces, eliminated at the Vic on Friday, roll up to the Gutshot satellite and break all known records for rebuying. The cries of "It's Not Fair" from 2-bit Gutshotters trying to qualify on £30 will echo the length of Clerkenwell Road. Needless to say I wouldn't have a lot of sympathy. You've had two months to implement a two-phase plan. 1) Win £500 in a poker tournament and 2) hold on to it. If you couldn't do that you'd be drawing a bit thin in a £500 comp anyway.

Incidentally I'd never play a multi-table satellite on the same day as the event in question anyway. Come 2 am you'll have been playing 4 hours longer than most of the field. If that's not a disadvantage then you have more stamina than I do

Take No Prisoners

From BBC Sport today :

"Leicester and QPR have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during a match at the Walkers Stadium on 24 September. There was a mass brawl during the game, which QPR won"

Yes ! No one fucks with the SuperHoops !

And no one fucks with Johnny Giles either. Here is a selection of his comments on last night's Liverpool-Chelsea irrelevance (courtesy of Football 365)

"Didier Drogba....look, there he is again, rolling around like a big baby. Chelsea are notorious for this....look! he's up again. Get on with the game like men and don't be rolling around the bloody floor!"

"How on earth Traore gets into this team is beyond me. And he's a Champions League winner? Gimme a break. They've Riise sitting on the bench who's a different class to this fella."

"Luis Garcia would want to be scoring a goal a game to justify being picked. His touch and general play are absolutely awful."

"At least Liverpool are trying to take the game to Chelsea. Chelsea's approach has been totally negative, and on the evidence of this game, very boring.."

"They tell us that Lampard and Gerrard are the best midfield players in the world. Neither of them have strung two passes together all night so how can we tell?"

"That was just stupid play by Drogba. He's a very stupid player"

"I think Mourinho just likes annoying people. He's annoyed everyone in the stadium here tonight with the way he's approached this game."

Now that's punditry. And who would argue with a single point ? If Sky had Giles doing this on a regular basis, I'd still be paying as much as they wanted. Marketing weasels around the world seem to think that if you say something often enough, people will eventually believe you. Wrong. If you say something that's blatantly not true often enough, people will eventually lose respect for you.

A Little Bit Of Politics

You may have heard this story, but if you haven't then do take a look. The canned version is that an 82-year-old man was thrown out of the Labour Party Conference for shouting "nonsense" at Jack Straw. Not only that, he was legally barred from re-entering the building under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act. You remember, the one where they voted themselves almost unlimited powers in case of "emergency", but said it was OK because they'd only be used strictly in the interests of national security. Cunts the lot of them. Right, time for the E100 on Betfair.


Blogger Stevie Bennett said...

Didier Drogba eh...the only forward I know who has a cauliflower arse.

There is only one thing better than having Johnny Giles as a pundit and that is when Eamomn Dunphy is there with him 8-).

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Peter B said...

What about the guy offering £400 for a seat "'cos that's all I've got". A year or so ago I might have replied that if that was all he had, he shouldn't consider playing in anything larger than a £20 freeze-out. These I just think to myself --- more chips to steal for the pros as the bubble approaches.

Will they never learn?


8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your comment "no one fucks with the he super-hoops" is supposed to be serious or ironic, I'm not sure? ...if you think that 15 footballers (from both sides) pushing and shoving and generally displaying the maturity of 9 year olds is evidence of some sort of superiority then you disappoint me.

Yes QPR won the game, well done. Lets not descend into silly comments like yours please. Just my opinion!

We all love (secretly in most cases) games where there is a bit of rough and tumble, the odd bit of running tension and good banter. Enough said

Meanwhile, I will see you at the Gutshot. Having had a decent run at Luton in August I originally put aside £3k to chase the rainbow at the Vic but when with a week to go the Vic could not decide on a structure ,and when I discovered I had to turn up at 2.30 on Friday to find out whether I was playing Friday or Saturday, I resolved to play the Gutshot with the added value

The £10k added is hugely welocme, to be applauded and something many of the big "casino" festivals should learn from.

Spoke to Barry on Wednesday and they have kept 25 seats back for Friday and Saturday satellites

As at last night, including those satellite seats, 100 out of 120 had gone

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

the last post was me, anon by mistake


9:43 AM  
Anonymous Nev said...

Richard, you're being a bit slow here.

Andy's comment is mocking the report that unwittingly suggested QPR won the brawl (when it was intending to say they won the football match).

A bit like one of those 'Coleman-balls' that do the rounds from time to time.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

Spot on Nev. In the Wide Awake Club as Big Ron would say :-)

In general Richard, I agree, but on this occasion the target of my scathing wit was the BBC, not Leicester City. Do come up and say hello tomorrow, I'll buy you a drink.


1:43 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Nev, Andy

you are right....time for me to wake up

9:07 AM  

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