Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sad day

by BSN

My latest email to Full Tilt:

I currently have a total of $425 in three separate withdrawals for which I have not received payment:

{Transaction #1}: Payment approved 1/31. Received email from cashier on 2/16 informing me of issues at payment processor and letting me know a wire was initiated and expected to be completed by 2/22. (NOTE: This was originally a $XXX withdrawal initiated in Dec 2010 that was reversed multiple times with additional monies added to my account for my trouble).

{Transaction #2}: Payment approved 2/17. Received email from cashier on 2/23 informing me of issues at payment processor and letting me know a wire was initiated and expected to be completed by 3/7.

{Transaction #3}: Payment approved 3/2.

I have been more than patient while waiting for these payments, waiting 4 weeks beyond the promise date of 2/22 for the first payment, and 2 weeks beyond the promise date of 3/7 for the second payment before contacting Full Tilt yet again. Please do not tell me to check my bank account to make sure I have not missed it - I check daily, it has not been missed.

I understand from my research that this problem is widespread due to issues with Full Tilt's payment processors. I also understand that some players have no problems at all with withdrawals. It is sad that players now bear the liability for decisions made by Full Tilt management. A proper response would be for Full Tilt to make good on these outstanding withdrawals immediately while your investigations and recovery are underway.


UserID: BigSlickNut

Seriously, if anyone has suggestions for how to break through the bland, fake, apologetic emails from support, I'd appreciate it. The outstanding withdrawals have reached a cumulative amount I'm no longer comfortable letting these withdrawals hang in limbo, and it is impacting finances around the NUT household - no, I don't count on this money to pay bills, but I do count on it to pay for extras like my daughters' birthday parties coming up next week and a laptop to replace my wife's Dell Desktop purchased in 2004 (No, this isn't a passive-aggressive plea for a loan, not going there!).

Given the lack of regulation I don't see any alternative to waiting and complaining, but maybe one of you might know of an avenue to take to get past cashier support to someone at FTP willing to do something to fulfill Full Tilt's end of the bargain?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holy shit, I have a blog!

by BSN

Wow, been a while!

Back in May I posted about moving back to Florida. I'm happy to say it happened in June. The wife and kids are missing the Huntsvegas weather and friends, but I'm loving Florida east-coast lifestyle I remember from my youth. And really, as long as I'm happy, that's all that matters. ;-)

No poker these days. Work is keeping me busy and mentally challenged (uh, wait a minute, maybe that isn't the right way to say it...). My wife is missing the extra money and is convinced I'm playing in stealth mode in the middle of the night and hiding the cash from her. Yeah, sure I am... Of course, now that I'm posting something on this blog, I automagically get the urge to play...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Creepy icon people

While processing a withdrawal from Full Tilt, my wife was observing and commented on the image of Chris Ferguson: "Why do they have those creepy icon people?"

I thought it was funny, anyway... [sigh]... this is what passes for a blog post in my world these days.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pokersavvy FTW

by BSN

I got WINE working on my new Ubuntu install so I was able to download Pokerstars. Had one instance where everything froze when I was holding QQ, but other than that everything seemed to work fine.

I mis-read the email from Pokersavvy that said Top 3 get a seat in their final, and played to win. Ooops. I'd say it was good practice except I think the others realized it and just let me win.

Anyhoo, there's a weekly series being played that will culminate in a 12-player final for $2,500, intended (but not required) for someone to use for a WSOP entry. If you didn't get the email, let me know and I'll forward you mine so you can make the inquiry. They didn't require links

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Way down upon the Suwanee River

by BSN
... slowly but surely, I'm rebuilding my career. I've worked jobs that grown men would giggle about behind my back, but I'm proud to have taken and done well with each of those opportunities. Now, my career will take me to another new city, this time in a new state.

Goin' to Huntsvegas, AL.

Still not all the way back to where I was a few years ago. But, I'm grinding my way through it with a lot of hard work and discipline and I'm seeing the results. I'm back in the industry that chewed me up and spit me out, in a job I've only done tangentially in the past, working for a couple guys that once fired me, and looking forward to the challenge.

In my last post I hinted at changes in my real life to get better balance. If it wasn't already obvious, I was job-hunting. I'm happy to announce the job hunt was successful, and I am returning to Florida in June.

Just in time to scratch my tar balls. Suckers are starting to itch.
I expected to be intimidated at the thought of jumping into a challenging work environment, one where expectations are high and the margin for failure is small. To put it in poker terms, I'm going all-in with my career while holding ATo in EP at a full table.
Despite a few scary moments, including picking up a slew of metaphorical 2-outers, I survived and thrived. To continue the metaphor, game selection was key. I came in as the strongest player at the table, albeit short-stacked, and dictated the action. Now, I head to a bigger game against a table of unknowns. Dangerous, but at least I know the game and should survive as long as I'm careful not to bet the stack in the early stages.


Oh yeah, I'm going to check out the freeroll the folks at are putting on at Pokerstars tomorrow, and the next several weeks. Assuming I can get WINE working on Ubuntu so I can download Pokerstars. Don't ask...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A valid criticism

by BSN

I recently received an email from someone pointing out that it had been a while since I posted. Honestly, I hadn't realized it - the day job has consumed every minute of my days. My last post in December complained about 13 hr workdays. Yeah, that hasn't gotten any better. Friday was my first "vacation" day since last June, but since I worked 22 hrs straight on Thursday, it was spent asleep.

Fuck me.

Don't get me wrong - I'm doing great at work and the powers that be recognize it. But having gone through a significant layoff a few years back, followed by several soul-sucking jobs taken to pay the bills, I find I changed and didn't even realize it.

I work in manufacturing as a master scheduler now. When shit happens, the people that work on the line get sent home without pay. That just kills me, having been through my own trouble with the layoff. I can't stand the idea that these people might now be able to pay a bill through no fault of their own. So, when shit happens, I'm driven to do whatever it takes to get things back on track. Mostly, I do other people's jobs until I can't keep my eyes open (what? didja think I screwed up? Pfffftttthhhhhh!!! ;-) ).

The effect on my life is predictable, however: a pissed-off wife, pissed-off kids, all other side-hustles grinding to a halt... So, changes are in the works. Not gonna jinx it saying anything else.