Sunday, March 30, 2008

An FTP Table Mod For The BTD Forum

Still feeling creative, so I whipped up this Full Tilt Poker table mod for the good folks at BTDpokerforum.com :



For installation instructions and even more FTP table mods, look for the "Free FTP Racetrack Table Mods" section in the right margin of the blog.

FTP Mods: Installation Instructions

EDIT 07/2009: Below is the OLD prodcedure. CLICK HERE for the latest instructions.

1) Pick the correctly formatted JPG file (AKA mod) you want to use for your Full Tilt table. Right click on its full-sized view and “Save Picture As” to save it to some folder on your hard drive where you can find the file easily.

2) Find the Full Tilt Poker folder on your hard drive and open it. Take the path “Graphics>Table>Racetrack” by clicking the folders in order as you see them.

3) Make a new folder in the "Racetrack" folder view. Rename the new folder something that will identify the table theme.

4) Go back to your mod in your familiar folder and use “Copy to” to copy it to the newly created FTP folder. Go to your new folder and rename that mod “table.jpg” in XP or just "table" in Vista.

5) Navigate back one level to the “Racetrack” folder view. You should see your new folder along with all the stock FTP theme folders (Green Carpet, Stainless, etc.). You should also see a .ini file called "Backgrounds". Open it with Notepad or WordPad (Vista users must open these “…Pad” programs “As Admin” to be able to edit this file).

6) At the top of the Backgrounds.ini file, you will notice some lines like Sys7="Stainless" , etc. Go to the line just after the last "Sys" line and type in Sys9="whatever your new folder was called". The format of this line must look like the others above it and be the consecutive “Sys” number. (NOTE: You can type whatever you want for the "Sys9=", but it is just easier to use the same name you used for your new folder.)

7) Go to the very last line of the Backgrounds file and type in the following:

[the same name you typed after “Sys9=” above]
MenuName="the name you want to see in your Full Tilt software dropdown menu"
Folder="the name of the folder containing your new mod"
FinalOnly=0

The format of this entry must look like the others above it in the text, but have its own unique labels.

8) Save and close the “Backgrounds” file.

NOTE:To add another mod later, just duplicate these steps. However, make it “Sys10=” and so on. I’ve found that the FTP software will take up to “Sys16=”. After that, you will have to replace the stock FTP Sys lines with your own. Be careful with “Sys8=”Final””. It is the final table.

ALSO: This procedure can be done with the “Classic” FTP oval tables. In the instructions above, just look for the “Graphics/Table/Backgrounds” folder instead of the “Graphics/Table/Racetrack” folder. (But right now, all my FTP mods are of the “Racetrack” type.)

Now open the Full Tilt software and open any table to observe. Near the top right corner of the window, click “Layout>Change Table View” to make sure you are in the same style as your new mod. Then click “Options” in the top left corner of the table window. If you did everything correctly, you should now have a new table option in your “Backgrounds” dropdown box. Choose it to see your new table!

**** If FTP’s actual table blocks out the center of the image, there is a way to get rid of that so you can see your entire new mod. Those instructions can be found here.

FTP Mods: How To Make Full Tilt Poker's Felt Table Transparent

EDIT 07/2009: Below is the OLD procedure. CLICK HERE for the latest instructions.

1) Click the image below to open it (Yes, it's supposed to be all white). Then right-click the full image and "Save Picture As" to a folder on your hard drive where you will be able to find it easily.



2) Find the file on your hard drive and rename the file "blanktableRT.png" (no ".png" needed in Vista since it's automatic).

3) Copy (not move) this file to the folder in your Full Tilt Poker program folder with the path "Full Tilt Poker>Graphics>Table>Elements".

4) In the Elements folder, find the file named "tableRT.png" and move it (not copy) to the same folder in which you have your first original "blanktableRT" file. Keep these files in case you ever want to switch them back.

5) In the Elements folder, rename "blanktableRT.png" to "tableRT.png" (no ".png" needed in Vista since it's automatic).

6) Run Full Tilt and Viola! No more felt table!

Keep in mind that if you use any of the stock included Full Tilt Poker layouts, FTP's green felt table is now invisible. Only the background will be seen. My table mods have the table drawn on them, so no worries.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yet Another Cool FTP Table Mod

I got the creative juices flowing and came up with another Full Tilt Poker racetrack table mod. This one was by request and I surely didn't mind making it since I am also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.



For install instructions, go to the FTP Table Mod section in the right margin of the blog. Cheers.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Cool New FTP Table Mod - Skull

I was messing around again and came up with this Full Tilt Poker racetrack table mod for everyone to enjoy:



For installation instructions etc., look in the FTP Table Mods section in the right side of the blog.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hey Man! Don't Scare the Donkey!

A huge online (and even live) pet peeve of mine is when there is a bad player at my table who is spewing chips to everyone and someone gets mad when that donk happens to suck out on him. The victim of the suckout then proceeds to berate the donk and tell him how bad he is playing. Sometimes the donk stays the same, but many times the donk will either tighten up or just leave. I think the mad guy is breaching etiquette to the whole table and not just the donk. When he interrupts the chip flow like that, the whole table should be angry. He's doing such a disservice to his fellow players, not just the donk.

Sometimes, I'll type in something like "Please don't tap the tank" or "Why coach him? Not too smart". But usually the hothead keeps going, but sometimes the guy even gets mad at me. I just don't understand why some people just have this uncontrollable urge to put their fingers to the keyboard and fire off their frustration. I used to do it myself when I first started playing and I STILL don't understand it. I could care less that the tilter can't handle the reality of poker. But when he affects my game by giving a donkey a clue, that's when I get offended. It almost puts ME on tilt, but not quite.

There's even a few, well respected forum players I know who have shot their catty little chatbox daggers at me and others during a game. If they think I'm a donkey, why clue me in on how they are thinking? Just take notes and try to beat me. It's so disrespectful to everyone at the table to scare the fish into leaving or playing better. This goes for tournaments, too.

So if there is someone reading this who might have this problem, just let me say this: Please consider your fellow, non-donkey players before you berate the donk. Just shut up and play!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How Some People Spent St. Patrick's Day

I love the folks at Wicked Chops Poker. They really know how to put life into perspective. Check out this pokerless video they found of a drunken melee. I bet the chick in the red wished she stayed out of it.

http://wickedchopspoker.blogs.com/my_weblog/2008/03/that-aint-right.html

Monday, March 10, 2008

Wow! Sklansky-Gate 2008... Wild Stuff!

There's some wild stuff going on in the poker forum world and it's getting intense. I'm gonna assume most everyone who cares about online poker gossip knows who Brandi Hawbaker is and her past exploits. Well, now David Sklansky is involved in the picture and somehow the NeverwinPoker.com forum got involved, also. It's all pretty confusing to me, but makes for great soap-opera dramatics. If you want to try to keep up with the saga that includes:

- a vibrator in a glovebox

- a pile of pubic hair and red panties

- Sklansky's roommate or girlfriend or charge and her alleged mental state

- numerous bannings at 2+2 of some prominent forum posters, many of whom are associated with NWP

- Mason Malmuth calling NWP a "hate site"

- Neverwin's house being broken into

- and much more

...then pour yourself a cup o'coffee or a shot o'JD with a beer chaser and click on over to the "Poker Gossips and Rumours" section at NeverwinPoker.com and just browse. You will definitely be entertained and most likely amazed.

I know one thing: I <3 NeverwinPoker now and I just might join. This stuff is great!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not sure if any of this is true or made up, so I'm gonna wuss out here and say that all of the above is strictly "alleged".

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Bad February Ends Well, As Usual; and More

Well, my February total was -$135. I won't bother with a graph this time since it was a month very similar to my other down months. Straight down the first half, leveled off, and then a slight comeback at the end. I was down as much as $237, but then had a $100+ rush the last week of the month.

I can't really remember a month in which I ended badly. Maybe my mindset changes towards the end of a month, especially a bad one. I actually feel good about the way I played again. I did have a 5-day period with a hard downswing in which I may have let a bit of tilt creep in, but I was also working on my aggression and it could have been mistimed. I have also been working on playing longer sessions per table. Throughout my poker career, I've averaged only around 30 hands per sitting. I know it's not from being finicky about a table. I believe I've been fighting a "give up" mentality. I "give up" and leave when I make a good profit in a short amount of hands for fear of losing it. I also "give up" when I lose a decent amount in a short time, instead of topping up and staying at a good table full of lucky donkeys. To fight this, I've been forcing myself to stay at a table at least 40 hands. Overall, I think this might be helping. But in a few cases during that one downswing, I think I might have stayed too long at a few tables. LOL! The problems can never be easy to solve, can they?!!

CARDSCHAT TEAM EVENT: It's over and our team placed 2nd to last. While it's better than last, I'm not quite sure if all of the players on our team had their hearts into it. Even those of us who did grasp the team spirit didn't help much. I personally placed last or 2nd-to-last in 3 events. I don't know what it is. I'm pretty sure I played well. But I don't know if I can blame it on luck. Am I really getting outplayed? My track record in CC-sanctioned events is not good. I've only cashed a handful of times over 2 years and have never won any (the CC-player get-togethers don't count). I refuse to get superstitious about CC events, but I do avoid them from time to time. CC events are usually fun, but donk tables are where the money is. And lately, there have been a few luck-minded players placing high in CC tourneys and some really good players going out early in them. It seems I never get a crack at the lucksters because they seem to build their stacks at tables other than mine. I love to play these people because I think I know how to play them, but many other CC players don't and that's how they build their lucky stacks. Anyway, I guess I'll keep trying.