Friday, December 28, 2007


Several people have asked me recently for a photo of my set-up, but I've been a bit lazy at getting around to it.

I have recently upgraded to:

3 x 30" Dells
Quad processors (2.40 Ghz)
2.00 GB of RAM
150 GB HD
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO Graphics Card

The Quad processors seem to reduce the lag that you often see when using Full Tilt with PAHUD.

I set PAHUD to use CPU 2 and 3, and Full Tilt to use CPU 0 and 1. (Task Manager --> Right Click Image Name --> Set Affinity...)

The 3 x 30" may seem like overkill (as you could easily use just 2 x 30" and play 9 tables on each quite comfortably) but I like the larger table sizes as there is plenty of room for the PAHUD stats.

There is definitely an advantage to using a tiled display rather than an over-lapping cascading set-up, as it allows you to keep an eye on everyone else actions, and therefore pick-up on vital reads/tells.

At a guess, the whole set-up would probably cost around $6k if purchased from scratch- probably closer to ₤6k(?) if purchased in the UK.

Muppet of the Year 2007: Narena

I can only remember mis-reading the board once before on the river while multi-tabling. In that previous hand I held the 2nd nuts (JJ on a Jh 3h X 3 Yh board) and just called the villain's rivered flush bet because I had missed the board pairing on the turn!

Last night's hand was just as bad- I just didn't see that I had 2 clubs and thought my call was with TPTK! I ended up leaving $100 on the table- what a fucking muppet!

Full Tilt Poker, $1/$2 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 9 Players Hand History Converter

UTG: $119.25
UTG+1: $154.20
UTG+2: $364.90
Narena: $240.60
MP2: $20.70
CO: $199.70
BTN: $88.80
SB: $242.25
BB: $200

Pre-Flop: Qc Ac dealt to Narena (MP1)
UTG raises to $4, UTG+1 calls $4, UTG+2 calls $4, Narena raises to $18, 5 folds, UTG calls $14, UTG+1 folds, UTG+2 calls $14

Flop: ($61) Qh 8c 7c (3 Players)
UTG checks, UTG+2 checks, Narena bets $32, UTG folds, UTG+2 calls $32

Turn: ($125) 6d (2 Players)
UTG+2 checks, Narena checks

River: ($125) 2c (2 Players)
UTG+2 bets $88, Narena calls $88 <--- Great call with the nuts!!

Results: $301 Pot ($3 Rake)
UTG+2 showed 9c Tc (a flush, Ten high) and LOST (-$138 NET)
Narena showed Qc Ac (a flush, Ace high) and WON $298 (+$160 NET)


The Busted Man said...

very nice!! add me please

best of luck

Fuel55 said...


Kenny said...

LOL, love the monitor set up - mad :D

Amatay said...

Set up is the bollocks mate. All i have is a wide screen lappy :-(

Wildcat said...

Best of luck for 2008 mate :)

Div said...

Nice set up, and a well chosen wallpaper!

raylapsley said...

Great setup Mike, I feel like Im playing on a Commodore 64 compared to what you have!

Seeing you lots at the tables in your early hours and I was wondering what your daily schedule looks like when you are constantly up at 4am. Do you have set schedules, are you exactly do you enjoy the freedom of time that poker can give whilst not allowing every waking hour to be potentially spent at the tables?

Smart Money said...

My schedule isn't yet as I'd like it to be- simply because I find it hard to get to sleep as soon as I finish playing because my mind is so active still!

Ideally I'd like to sleep from 4am - midday, and then make the most of the afternoon evening doing other stuff. Too often though I'm up until anywhere between 8am and noon.

Bazclef said...

Sick setup. Good to find more poker bloggers in Edinburgh. GL in the new year!

Anonymous said...

Hey smart,

Wondered if you had any more tips on reducing the Full Tilt Lag?

I've bought a new computer just recently and made sure to have the same specs as you with 3meg RAM.

I've set the affinity as you said but the Full Tilt windows seem to keep popping up and lagging.

I run it a Dell off vista using an ATI Radeon HD 2600XT video card.

Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.