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Aced.com Presents: Balling Weekend in Vegas

I am still recovering from the past few days of debauchery as I write this post, but let me try and recap what was probably one of the funnest weekends of my life thanks to Aced.com.

As an active affiliate with Aced, I was given the opportunity to join them for an affiliate retreat in Vegas thanks to their amazing affiliate manager affiliate director poker room manager (I think that’s the title he is using now): Brandon Berndt.  Brandon is one of the most liked people in this industry and definitely knows how to throw a party (anyone remember the Stinkyfish Party at the 2006 CAC?) so I knew this was going to be a weekend to remember and there was no way I was going to miss this.  In fact, I had contemplated extending my time in Buenos Aires, but decided that it was probably in my best interests to make it back for this weekend in Vegas.

Day 1

My friend (and business partner) Greg and I arrive in Las Vegas and manage to track down Brandon, Kendall and Jeremy “$100 Slot and Candy College Fund” Enke in the airport and jump in a stretch limo to the Hard Rock Hotel.  (If you know Vegas, you will know that the Hard Rock is one of the best party hotels to stay at in the whole city).  We walk into the hotel and notice a rather large line forming around the check-in counter.  Fortunately, this is completely irrelevant because we are going straight to the VIP Room where our room keys are waiting for us.  Here we pick up the itinerary for the trip which includes things like: partying in the penthouse suite for the HRH hottie model search, dinner at Nobu, private poker tournament, bikini contest in the penthouse, and the best booth in Body English on the last night.  OMFG this is gonna be fun!

After a quick shower and stop in the room we all head to Center Bar (the bar right in the middle of the casino).  Here we meet up with John Halloway, Jeremy Miller, and Mike Murphy (plus his girlfriend Alicia).  We have a few beers, shoot the shit then head over to Ago (Robert Deniro’s restaurant) for an amazing dinner.  I am really picky with food, but this was probably one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had in my life!

After dinner we hit the casino floor for a little gambling.  Jeremy M. helps teach me how to play craps again as I had only played once before.  I quickly lose $150 or so and find out that we are going to be going up to the Penthouse Suite now to help judge a “Hottie Model Search”.

We all pile into an elevator and these two girls follow in behind.  Because we had been taking so long the elevator started to make a buzzing noise, so I said, “Sorry girls, you are too heavy”.  Fortunately they did not hear this, but half of the other people in the elevator did 😀

Up we go to the top floor and walk into one of the most incredible hotel rooms in the world!  The room comes complete with huge bar, bowling alley, stripper pole, massive LCD TV’s everywhere and much more!  There are smoking hot girls walking around everywhere and are all dying to get to know you to try and swing your vote: AMAZING!

We’ll get to the girls pics in a bit, but for now here are a couple from walking around the room:

Me, Kendall, Jeremy, Greg, and Brandon

Jacuzzi with stripper pole in the background

John Halloway

Bowling Alley on Left, Bar area straight ahead

Guitar on the dining room table

After chilling here for a bit and many free vodka red bulls, some of the group decides they are going to hit the strip club.  Greg, Mike and I decide that we would rather hang out at the party for a bit more and hang back, but from what I heard the next day they had quite a night and one stripper in particular by the name of Candy was able to retire that night thanks to Jeremy “Breaking All the Stripclub Etiquette Rules” Enke.

We hang out in the Penthouse for a little while longer and decide to break out for one of the clubs downstairs.  Greg and I head over to Wasted Space, which is a club owned by Freestyle Motocross Rider, Carey Hart (also known for Hart and Huntington Tattoo’s).  Wasted Space is a rock bar/club with attitude and mixes in a bunch of other types of music.  There is gorgeous girls everywhere, amazing music and we have a blast here for several hours.

Wasted Space
Day 2

After only a few hours sleep, I wake up around 8am for some unknown reason.  Possibly the red bull is still flowing in my blood, it could have something to do with all the oxygen they pump in the rooms or I am just really excited about the day ahead.  Since everyone else is still sleeping I decide to hit the casino for some gambling.  I go on a serious run at the craps table (at one point rolling for about 30 minutes straight) and make a few hundred dollars.  Funny Moment: At one point I went to throw the dice and missed the table completely and hit some girl.  The dealer said in all his time there, he had never seen this happen. By this time I manage to get a hold of Brandon and we hit the bar for a bloody mary to reminisce about the debauchery that went down at the strip club.  Apparently one of the Aced Consultants, John, is quite the legend at the Spearmint Rhino and knows many of the strippers personally so he managed to hook the guys up with quite an incredible night.

After some time the rest of the crew starts to file down to the casino floor and we all head for lunch at the Pink Taco.  We have a nice lunch then all head up to the Lucky 7 Suite to do a little presentation about the future of Aced.  We talk about some of the current issues, cool custom features like their Outs program and learn the future plans for the company.  All I can say is that they are definitely headed in the right direction and I expect some big things from these guys in the years to come.

Stripper Pole in the Lucky 7 Suite

Lucky 7 Suite

Bar in the Lucky 7 Suite

Jacuzzi In Front of the Stripper Pole

We break up for a bit and Greg, Mike +GF and I decide to hit the mall for a little shopping.  We pick up some new clothes for the evening and head back to the Hard Rock for a poker tournament that the Aced guys have set up for us.  We have the sickest table in the room which is usually reserved for high roller games.  The poker game is tons of fun and we are pretty much laughing having an amazing time from start to finish.  John Halloway gets nice and lucky against me after calling a bet pre-flop with KJ for a 3rd of his chips.  I have AQ and since over half of my chips are in there I have to push no matter what comes on the flop.  With K Q X on board I make the shove and so goes my chance at the $1500 prize pool generously put up by Aced.com.

The crew playing poker in the new poker room at the Hard Rock.

After the poker ends we head to Nobu for dinner thanks again to the Aced guys.  They organize an Amazing dinner with huge platters constantly being rolled out to our table, sake, something called purple haze and a massive desert platter.  We feast like kings and have a great time over dinner.  For the food pictures you will have to talk to Kendall, as he was doing his John Chow thing after every course came out.

Our table at Nobu


Amazing Red Snapper Dish

The night is young and we are already getting buzzed so we head to the Lucky 7 Suite again for a couple of drinks.  After hanging out for a bit its time once again to go up to the Penthouse Suite for a Bikini Contest with the girls that we met the night before.  I won’t get too much into detail here, but rather just post some pics to show the amazingness that was organized by the Aced guys:


Me and one of the Contestants


The Bikini Contest

Me and Sanja… one of the coolest girls there.

John from Aced.com on the couch and Carey Hart on the right

The crew in the Lucky 7 Suite

After the contest ended we all headed back to the Lucky 7 Suite again to have some more drinks.  After about 30 minutes it was time to head down to Body English to finish the night off in style.  We had a VIP Host escort us to the club where we were sat at the best table right in the middle of the club.  Our security guy Joe quickly introduced himself and said if we needed anything at all he was there for us and he wasn’t kidding.  Right after that he went to scour the club for hot girls to bring to the booth.  While he was off doing this, our bottles started to arrive in true Vegas style.  3 girls carrying bottles of Dom and Grey Goose show up with huge flares and all:

We were definitely the center of attention for the whole club at that point.  The night got pretty sloppy and people started to head back upstairs to the casino or their rooms.  Brandon, Jeremy M. and I stuck it out the longest then decided to hit the casino after for one last craps session.  The rest of the night is kind of a blur but included things like me playing craps alone at the table for like 45 minutes, Brandon cashing over $100 on a penny slot after one spin that lasted about 15 minutes, and much more.  What a day that was!!!

Day 3

We were all up around noon as many of us had to check-out to catch flights home.  After a quick lunch in the Hard Rock I thought, what Vegas trip would be complete without a trip to the Gun Range.  So, Brandon, John H, Kendall, Mike, Greg and I all got into cabs and made our way over to The Gun Store Las Vegas.  Since many of the people had never fired a gun before, we decided that the Coalition Package was probably our best bet.  This included:

M249 SAW w/40 Rds
M16 Riffle w/25 Rds
M9 Pistal w/ 20 Rds
Three Targets
Package T-Shirt

Here are some pics from this:


John “#6” Halloway – John knew instantly when he saw this target that it was his choice… others were a little more tactful in their approach.  When asked why he chose that one, John replied “I’m from the ATL”


The happiest man holding ammo


Me and the M-16


I think Kendall is even happier than me to be holding that gun!

Thank you Brandon, John and Xander for everything this weekend as this was probably one of the best weekends of my life!

Finally, to wrap this up…. If you aren’t promoting Aced right now, I suggest you do ASAP.  They treat their affiliates like kings, and did so much for us this weekend which I am so thankful!  Or, I could say, if you don’t promote Aced, Brandon will shoot you:

Note… don’t forget to check out John Halloway’s recap also.

Buenos Aires Recap

Ooops… been back for about a week now and forgot to post about the rest of the Buenos Aires trip.

Well, I survived the paragliding.  What an experience that was!  For the rest of my time in Mendoza I went rafting and biking around the vineyards.  It was probably one of the best parts of my trip and I had a ton of fun there.  Here are a couple pics:

Gettin Ready to Jump

On top of the mountain

Biking to the wineries

Dinner with the Dutch Girls on their last night.  Amazing Tapas and Wine!

After Mendoza I headed back to Buenos Aires where the trip came to an end after a few more nights of partying.

All in all it was an amazing experience and I am so glad I went.  I met a ton of great people from all over the world and made some new friends.

Here are some more highlights from the trip and things that I’ll miss about Buenos Aires…

– Finding out they have Stoli Elite for less than Absolut at Godoy (obvious mistake)
Celebrating Colombian Christmas at Claudia’s Appt
– Daily beer tips to Plaza Serrano
– Seeing a new “hottest girl in the world” every single day
– My friend Lucio trying to pick up the same girl about 50 times in a row while she is standing at the bar with her boyfriend
– Cheap amazing dinners at sick restaurants every day
– Random blaring of “Feliz Cumple Anos” in nice restaurants
Plus many more!

I might be heading back there again in the new year.  If anyone is interested in coming down, let me know.

Bye for now!

Possibly my last post…

Well, I hope not, and am knocking on wood right now….

This morning I arrived in Mendoza, Argentina.  Mendoza is a city in the north that sits right on the edge of the Andes mountains.  It is most known for being the wine region of Argentina and probably South America as a whole.

I took the bus last night by myself and arrived here at 8am (John decided to stay back in BsAs with his future wife).  Last week I met a few Dutch girls who mentioned they were going to be coming here also, and we managed to meet up at the bus station and head to the same hostel.  In a few hours we are all going paragliding.  When I signed up for it, I thought it was hangliding, but apparently I was mistaken.  Anyway, should be a lot of fun!

Tomorrow we are thinking of doing a wine/bike tour.  Basically you go from winery to winery on bikes getting drunk along the way on great Argentinian wines.  Should get interesting…

If I have time, I am also going to go white water rafting.  I have always wanted to do it, and it is only like $30 here, so its hard to say no.

I am also having my first real hostel experience.  The last few times we stayed in hostels we did the private room thing, but this one I am in a shared room.  I was supposed to be in a room with some russian guy, but the room did not have lockers so I asked for another.  The only other room had 3 spanish girls, so I decided that I would suffer and take that one 😉

Anyway, hopefully I’ll be writing again in the next few days to let you know how it goes.  Bye for now!

In Cordoba

So, Cheryle reminded me today that it has been a while since I wrote anything so here it goes…

Right now I am in Cordoba, Argentina.  John and I took a 10 hour bus ride to get here last Friday and we have been here for a week now.  Cordoba is smaller than Buenos Aires, but still a pretty big city at around 3 Million people.  It is known for having arguabaly the hottest girls in the world, which I can personally attest to.

Anyway, so we arrived Friday and met these girls that we had met in Buenos Aires at the bus terminal.  My friend Daniella had a car, so they were able to drive us to where we were staying.  We got to our hostel (Cordoba Hostel) which we quickly learned was quite a shithole.  Probably one of the worst places I have stayed, but lately things that used to bother me are a lot less significant.

We partied with the girls for a few days and on Sunday morning we went with them to Villa General Belgrano in the Sierras of Cordoba (Mountains) after coming home from the nightclub and sleeping for about an hour.  That was a really great day as we walked around a bunch, had a nice lunch and went to a river in the middle of nowhere to lie in the sun and listen to music.  As you can probably tell not much work is being done this week.

Later in the week we switched to another Hostel as I couldn’t stand the other.  We lucked out at Cordoba Backpackers and got a private room which was like an appt with TV etc.  Way nicer!

Tuesday was my birthday.  We went out with the girls to a really nice steakhouse and probably one of the nicest restaurants in Cordoba.  We ate some of the best and biggest steaks I have ever eaten with tons of apps and side dishes (plus wine obv) and the total bill for the four of us was under $100 USD.  This place is awsome.  After dinner the girls had to go home as they had an exam the next day, but they dropped us off by the busier bars and we went for some drinks.  Eventually we ended up at this one bar and started chatting with the bartenders and managers.  Within about 30 minutes we made plans to go out with them when the bar closed to a nightclub that was close by.  The club was interesting (lots of hippies and mainly rock music), but we had lots of fun and I had a ton of Fernet and cokes (local drink that tastes kinda like medicine).

Anyway, right now we are trying to decide whether to leave tonight on the overnight bus which is much nicer, or party here one more night and wait till morning to go.

This has prob been a pretty boring entry, but I felt like I should throw something up as it had been a while.  Also, I’ll try and get some pics up soon, but I don’t have my laptop with me right now.

I Love Buenos Aires

Everyday my friend John and I sit around and try to come up with bad things about this city, but so far we have been pretty unsuccessful. Here are some of the reasons why this city is so good:

1) Food – The food here is REALLY GOOD, and EXTREMELY INEXPENSIVE. I am really picky about what I eat, but I haven’t had too many issues here. For example, here is one meal I had recently: Caprese Salad (soooo good) + Filet Mignion + AMAZING bottle of wine = $25 USD / person. The equivalent meal in Toronto would cost roughly $150.

2) Women – I have never seen more beautiful women in my life than I have here in Buenos Aires. When I walk down Santa Fe (one of the main streets) I will see more attractive women here in about 30 minutes than I would see in Toronto in an entire year (and the girls in Toronto aren’t that ugly). As I read on one site, even the ugly girls are cute.

Not only are the girls so good looking, they are also really nice and generous. For example, a couple of days ago I went out for dinner with a beautiful girl that I met here. When it came time to pay the bill I pretty much had to fight her for it, and she got really mad at me for paying. She insisted that she should pay. That would never happen in Canada.

3) People – The people that I have met here so far have been some of the nicest people I have ever met. We have been offered free places to stay, invited to peoples’ homes for BBQs (or Asado as they call it here) and much more.

4) Barrios – Buenos Aires has many different areas (barrios in spanish) and all of them have a unique character. You can go hang out at an amazing (and very cheap) restaurant in Palermo Hollywood, walk through the parks of Palermo, go shopping in Recolleta, or head to San Telmo to watch some tango. These are just a few examples, as there is way more that I am missing.

5) Prices – Other than apartments, which can get pricey if you want something really nice, everything else here is so cheap. Here are some examples:
Subway Ride: $0.30
Taxi (for about a 10-15 min ride) – $3
Decent sit down lunch in a relatively nice restaurant – $8
Drinks in nightclubs – $3-$5
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 500ml – $1.10
Bus Ride to city 10 hours away – $60 for what would probably be called business class
Tickets to a huge concert with many international DJs and probably 100,000 people – $40

6) Nightlife – All the clubs we have gone to so far are amazing, and everyone is having a really good time. Not to mention, you don’t go out until 2am as most nightclubs don’t even start to get busy until 3am. They go until about 8am.

Anyway, I could probably go on and on but I don’t feel like writing a 2000 word post. I will end this with some pics:


My friend Matias on the grill making us a nice steak dinner

The roof of our current apartment… soooooo nice. There is also a pool, gym and restaurant up on the roof that are out of this pic, but the park is my favorite.

On the boat to Uruguay with some people we met here


Nice area called Puerto Madero

Everyone getting ready to go out for Halloween at Borges Design Hostel

Ciao for now… hasta luego!

What Happened to PAP?

Ever since Jeremy left it seems like PAP (Poker Affiliate Programs) has turned into a business than being the home for affiliates. Sure, I understand they are running a business, but trying to cover up things by editing posts and pushing companies that have a shady track record like Chipleader just for the money is a really bad idea in the long run.  Without people posting, they don’t really have a community.

Last week I was removed from the moderator group over a small disagreement with Jeremy’s replacement, Randy. Randy decided it was better to remove a link to xxhttp://www.pokerstarsmarketingcode.com (which happens to be owned by a real douchebag) in a thread that had to do with PokerStars and the favoritism they were showing to a few affiliates with using domains with pokerstars or marketing code in them. Apparently its ok for one affiliate to do it, but not others. Anyway, since linking to the site is really the only evedince to question Pokerstars about I felt it was important to post this. This is an issue that has really bothered me for a long time, and from talking to other affiliates at conferences I know it is a big one for them too. Anyway, within 5 minutes of this being posted my reply had been edited by Randy. Funny enough at the same time I noticed an IP address from the Cayman Islands watching that thread so I can only assume that he was either protecting a friend/affiliate that does nothing for the PAP community (who is clearly doing something that he shouldn’t) or who knows… maybe he has a boss telling him what to do. Regardless, editing other people’s posts is never a good idea as I have learned from running my own forums.

Anyway, the thing that really got to me was that I wasn’t even notified that I was no longer a moderator, nor even thanked for all the things I did do over the past few years. I have spent a lot of time either deleting/editing threads for people, and resolving issues (UNPAID OF COURSE), but I guess the people at PAP look at this as some kind of priveledge. Oh well, if thats the case then I would rather not have it.

I strongly disagree with the way it was handled and decided it was probably best to just stop posting there all together. I can be very stubborn at times, but I also don’t really like the way the site is going. If I can’t post REAL AFFILIATE ISSUES without being censored, then what is the point of me going there? Not to sound cocky, but it is a great site for new affiliates, but the amount of knowledge I am able to extract from the site has gone down to next to none.

I find that the only thing the site really does for me is wastes a lot of time (surfing forums when I should be working) and creates a lot of stress dealing with certain situations.

Anyway, I am a little hungover in Buenos Aires right now, so this probably doesn’t make much sense, but oh well… I’ll post it up anyway.

Affiliate Tip: Stop wasting your time on forums!

Barcelona Recap / Argentina Next

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend Cap Euro in Barcelona. First off, shout out to Alex Pratt and the rest of his team for doing such an amazing job putting this show together. Even though my actual time in the conference was very short, the event as a whole was a lot of fun and I got to meet some really great people and catch up with some old friends.

I’ll try and do a quick recap as I remember it…..

Day 1 – Don’t Go to Can Majo

Arrive in Barca, head to Hotel Room – My friend John (JohnG) and I shared a room because we “aren’t balling like that”. Free Wifi, so obviously the first thing we do is turn on the laptops. Get ahold of Jeremy (Boarderman) and John Halloway (JohnH) on Skype and make plans to meet a bunch of people for dinner. Jason (Goodkarmakid) has made reservations at some fish restaurant that is supposed to be one of the better ones in the city. WRONG…. the restaurant was a huge miss, had my worst meal of the trip and waited over 3 hours to do so. The funniest part of it was about an hour in to the wait for the main courses, JohnH received his main. We all got excited the food was finally coming, but it was almost another hour before any of us were to see a plate. (Don’t worry Jason, I know its not your fault as I found the website (No free linkage: http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_city_guide/where_to_eat_barcelona/top_10_best_restaurants_in_barcelona/) that is resposible for this poor recommendation)

After Dinner it was off to the Blackjack.com party. In a group of 13 people none of us remembered to write down directions for the club so we all decided to hop in cabs to get there. This brought one of the funniest moments in the trip. After explaining to the cab driver that we wanted to go to Joker Nightclub for about 3 minutes, we arrive at Shoko Nightclub. Apparently Joker is not very well known there as the same thing happened to the other cab. We finally get to Joker and there is some giant black guy at the door looking for Blackjack.com chips to get in. Fortunately, I was with Jeremy Enke who was kind of a big deal over there, who brought Alex Pratt to the rescue to get us in. Like most gambling affiliate parties, it was a complete sausage fest, but we decided we would get drunk off the free booze and make it a good night. I am a little disappointed about their advertisements of Wild Orchid Girls, because I maybe saw one, and she didn’t even look that hot.

About 2 hours into the night I run into an attractive lady at the bar so I decide to say hello. It turns out that she is an affiliate manager for Casino Rewards/Rewards Affiliates and unlike most affiliate managers doesn’t try to push her company while out partying… I like her already. To make a long story short I find out later that she (Renee – some of you may know her from CAP) won the award for Best Affiliate Manager at the CAP Awards in London and her company has won the award for Best Casino Affiliate Program, so anyone looking to get into casino more should definitely send Renee an email.

The rest of the night was kind of a mess. I ended up giving Renee a rose, but was shortly outdone by Mike (themike537) who bought some other girl 3:


Day 2 – Hungover at the Conference / PAP Dinner and Partying Again

John and I get up relatively early on Day 2 considering we had only arrived home wasted a few hours prior. Free breakfast at our hotel before 10:30, so being the savvy travellers that we are we hit the buffet. Food sucks, off to the conference.

Line up for what seems like forever, but was probably only 10 minutes. Turns out we were waiting in the wrong line, and didn’t even have to line up in the first place. Run into Beanie and a few others while in line and stare at the many hot girls that are promoting for different sites… the line isn’t so bad after all.

Get into the conference and decide to just walk around. Most of the booths look the same as usual and there is nothing really exciting going on. Chat with some people for a bit, watch the opening session/legal session (really good session) and try to find Stephen from Sportsbook.com. I show up 5-10 minutes late, he is nowhere to be found… oh well…. I kinda expected it anyway as it usually happens with meetings at these things.

Walk around the conference a bit more, stare at the pretty promotional girls, gather some free swag and decide we have had enough – time to head out. Run into Stephen who had a meeting cancelled, so we go to lunch with him. Eat the worst Risotto which is actually rice, but still beats the meal at Can Majo! Day is pretty much done, so back to the hotel. All in all were probably at the conference for about 3 hours.

Back at the hotel we decide to lie down for a bit to try and recover for the debauchery that is about to follow that evening.

After a few hours of shut-eye, Geof from Bet365 comes by our hotel so we head over to the CDLC for the dinner that I organized. Turns out the place is AMAZING and has a really cool setup. Chat with Geof for a bit and wait for people to arrive.

8pm arrives (when we were supposed to meet) and not a single person is there (actually that might be a lie, because I think Giorgio was there, but we didn’t actually know who he was till about 8:30)! I begin to get extremely stressed out that I am gonna be stuck with a bill for 40 people…. oh boy! Fortunately some people start to roll in around 8:30, but we are still not even at half of the original group. The waitress starts to freak out on me a little, and I tell her that people are on there way, but are stuck in traffic.

9pm… Finally there are enough people to sit down, let’s get this show on the road. Dinner is quite amazing and probably the best meal I had over there. Half-way through the meal I find out I got the shaft on seating as it turns out themike537 and Kendall (kdollar) have the best view in the whole restaurant. In front of their table is a bed full of smoking hot lesbian girls that keep making out with each other… wow I am good at picking restaurants.

Dinner finishes up, and my good friend Margaret from PKR covers the tab for all the affiliates. Being an affiliate does have its benefits 🙂 Now that dinner is over, its PARTY TIME.

Head over to the Winzingo party. Again, a sausage fest and they make you pay for your booze. This party sucks! Fortunately my good friend Dee from 888.com gave me an invite to their party earlier in the day so we decide we need a change of scenery and head over there.

I forget the invite though at the hotel room, but fortunately we manage to locate Dee in the club and she gets us in. As we get in we discover that 888.com isn’t cheap and booze are FREE 🙂 This is much better than first party. The best part about this party was they did it in a club where there were local people partying also on the first floor. After catching up with some old friends for a bit and meeting some new people we decide to head downstairs for the real party. As we get downstairs we hear one of the nicest sounds in the world: Rick Ross…. this party is getting even better!

themike537, kdollar, JohnG

themike537, kdollar, JohnG

JohnG, JohnH, themike537

JohnG, JohnH, themike537

Party on the dancefloor for a bit then get invited over to a table that Chris (lifeofsports on PAP) has reserved – party gets even better! Hang out with them for a bit and do a lot more drinking with Chris and most of the Cake Team (which I must add are probably one of the coolest teams over there – they know how to party). Find out that over 20 people had been mugged the night before, but the only one that managed to fight them off was little Mr. Enke.

After a ton more drinking Evan (who works for Chris) and I decide it will be fun to try and pick up girls. After going about 0/4 we finally meet 2 German girls. After about 10 minutes of me trying to speak spanish to them, I find out they speak English. I decide I have probably had enough and leave Evan with the girls and we all head back to our hotels.

Day 3 – I Really Should Get Some Work Done

I decide before going to sleep the night before, that today would be the day where I actually try and get some business done. I head to the conference and decide I am gonna go around talking to a bunch of the different programs. I get there, realize I am still so hungover and have nothing to really talk to them about so I go talk to the people I already know.

While talking to Renee (Casino Rewards) I see that she has a really cool lighter. She tells me to go to Everest Poker to get one. I decide to go and pretend to be interested, and quickly discover that I don’t like the people at Everest. The two I am talking to seem like dicks and really have no interest in my business or telling me about their company. I find the lighter and leave.

I run into Henrik from GNUF/Betway (who I met in London) and chat with him for a bit. The GNUF team is really cool and has Heineken… so, I stay longer. After a one or two beers I leave and walk around for a bit more and realize the conference is over. Everyone is packing up and its time to get out of there.

That night CAP held a dinner for some people which I managed to work an invite to (thanks Yvette!). We get on a bus and are shuttled over to the restaurant for a great meal… thanks Warren! At dinner I met Eva from Betway and we had some great conversation about travelling. She has been to quite a few places, and I am planning to do more travelling in the upcoming year.  Eva was really cool to meet, and definitely look forward to working with her more in the future.

Me & Eva

Me & Eva

After dinner we head to the Million Dollar Poker Room party. They did a great job putting this on, but after waiting 30 minutes at the bar to find out they ran out of glasses we start to look for other options. I did catch up with some old friends though like Johan (who used to be at GNUF, but is now at Full Tilt) and a few others so it was stilll a great night. Run into Richie from Carbon Poker and he tells me they are going to Opium.

Get to Opium and there are a bunch of people over there. Run into Chris (lifeofsports) again and a bunch of other people. After a long night of drinking I realize it is 7am and I need to get out of there. The people I had left had long gone, so I looked for someone that was also leaving. Richie and I head out of the club and he waits with me to get a cab – Thanks man! There had been a ton of muggings there that week especially by this club so it was very nice of him to do this.

That pretty much concludes the conference… John and I stayed for a few more days and met up with some friends and did some sightseeing. Here are a few of those pics:

Mt. Tibidabo

Mt. Tibidabo

Camp Nou

Camp Nou

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

So that’s all for my recap… hope you enjoyed it. Next Saturday I will be leaving for Argentina for 7 weeks. John (JohnG) and I are going to work from down there for a bit to get a change of scenery and explore some of the other parts of the world.

My main goals on this trip are to improve my spanish (if I can perfect it that would be amazing), do some travelling, try to get some good ideas on what the heck I am gonna do with the rest of my life 🙂 I’ll try and post an update soon!

This Blogging Thing Is Harder Than It Seems…

So, its been ages since my last post and a lot has changed/happened.  Thanks Giorgio for the reminder that I need to get back on this thing with an update on what is going on in my life.  To celebrate this new post, I thought I would change the theme on the blog to something that I didn’t hate as much.  The old theme was really getting to me and I think I need a change.

I think part of the reason for the lack of updates, has been a lack of motivation overall from me over the past few months.  So, in an effort to combat this, I am gonna get some things off my mind in this blog post.

I, like many other affiliates I know, am falling into ‘the trap’ and becoming very lazy.  Part of the reason for this is because when I was at IBM my job was a complete joke and 95% of my time was spent sitting around doing nothing.  Funny enough, with the remaining 5% of the time when I actually worked I managed to get the highest promotion levels and reviews from my managers… go figure.  This wasn’t because I didn’t want to work, there just simply wasn’t any work to be done.  Could you imagine what they would think of me if I really busted my ass the whole time I was working putting in 100%!!!

To some people this would be the dream job, but I’ve never been like that and have always appreciated a good challenge.  In fact, this could be partly why I am getting lazy lately, because I figure if I do nothing or very little work, things will get harder for me and I will have to start busting my ass again…. WRONG!

In fact, being lazy is actually having an opposite affect and it seems that every month keeps getting even better.  I guess I am riding the fruits of my labour in the past as they are starting to pay off, but I know this won’t last forever so I really am making a strong effort to turn this bad cycle around.

I’ve tried taking vacations, breaks, getting up earlier, excessive drinking, but really nothing seems to be working.  The reality is, none of these things are gonna change anything and I am the only one that can do that.  So, going forward I am really going to make an effort to change this.  I am going to make more goals and set more targets for myself.  I think that will help.  Anyone got any suggestions on staying motivated?

Hell, I’ll do 2 back to back blog posts now to prove that I am trying to break the laziness!

Additional Shout Out / Poker Affiliate Tip

Shout out to Chris from Poker Affiliate Solutions (or PAS for short).  Chris told me tonight that he had my blog in his blog reader (Google reader is my choice) and was also hinting that I should do an upate.  I am just glad that I finally know who the other RSS reader is beside me ;)  JK… i know there are a few of you out there and appreciate that you care what I have to say.  Anyway, PAS provide services to affiliates such as the ability to create a rakeback section on your site and offer deals that you wouldn’t be able to get normally without knowing someone.  I have created a rakeback section on my site using their software and so far it has been great, though I am sure Chris is thinking it would be greater if I sent them more players ;)  They have a really cool admin back-end and it makes things really easy.  All you have to do is bring the players, so if you haven’t checked them out I recommend dropping them a line today if you are looking to offer something like this on your site.  Chris also has a blog over on PAS which is even more overdue for an update than mine!  You should get on that Chris 😉

Update past due…

Sorry for the lack of updates to the people that actually come here.  Anyway, been trying to enjoy summer and have been slacking a little.

Anyway, summer is almost over so I am gonna have to get back on the grind ASAP.  The PAP Niagara Falls meet-up is coming up soon, which should be great.  Its nice to catch up with some of the people that you spend all-day long talking to online.

Barcelona is also coming up and I am in desparate need of that vacation.  I find going to these conferences is really motivating and makes me work much better.  If you are going, you should definitely try and make it out to the dinner that I am organizing.

Well, I don’t have really much else to say, so let me end this post with what I consider to be a very motivating video.  I think it never got the love it deserved:

Balling Chair / I Love Online Marketing

Today I decided to ball-out on a chair and picked up the Herman Miller Aeron.  I figure I spend enough time on my chair to justify the high price tag, and lately my back has been bothering me a bit.

Anyway, back to online marketing.  Here are some of the things I love about it:

1) You can wake up whenever you want, though I still force myself to get up early.
2) Most days I work from home for half a day then head over to Starbucks and do work from there.
3) You can go out any night of the week, and if you stay out late it just means you work a little later the next day.
4) Watching all the people working the 9-5 with their half hour lunch breaks thanking god I am not one of them.
5) Freedom to take vacations whenever you want… no more 3 weeks per year.
6) The ability to work anywhere in the world, though I have yet to take advantage of this one yet.

There are some bad things though, and it is a bit of a struggle at times.  Here are some of the negatives:
1) Keeping yourself motivated is WAY harder than I imagined.  Its so easy to get distracted and not do anything all day.
2) Accounting sucks.  Even with an accountant you have to do a lot of stuff.
3) Creativity can drop – I feel that sometimes I am not as creative as I used to be as I get caught up in day-to-day work far too often.

Anyway, just wanted to post that I am so happy I made the leap from the corporate world and left IBM.  I have heard that my old job will probably be non-existant by next year as it is being off-shored to South America.  Its really a shame that big corporations are so short sighted and if they just figured out the problems they had where they were currently located, they’d probably never have to do these things.

So to end on a positive note, life is good 🙂