Although the Black Friday domain seizures affected all poker sites detrimentally, some fared better than others. Two in particular went to the wall: UltimateBet and its sister site Absolute Poker. Although I played more on the former, Absolute had a much greater variety of games on offer than most other sites, including stud hi lo and razz.
November 10, 2007: I don't usually play $20 tournaments but I'm glad I did that night! Actually this started at 16.40 London time, had 49 runners, and paid 5 places.
I didn't play on the site a great deal, though I recall one memorable marathon all night cash game session at Christmas a few years back which I played in a Central London Internet café where I was also doing some heavy scanning.
Sadly I made only a handful of screengrabs from Absolute, all of them of tournament placings rather than of actual hands. (Two added from actual hands October 6, 2012. I'm fairly certain these are the last of my Absolute screengrabs). They can be found below together with a few from Hollywood Poker and one from Celeb Poker, both of which have now gone the same way as Absolute, albeit for entirely different reasons.
The screengrabs are in chronological order.
December 16, 2007: $20 + $2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo, $1,500 Guaranteed, 109 runners, 18 places paid. Our hero finished runner up.
July 3, 2010: Scooping the pot at on Absolute Poker at stud hi lo with a straight flush in clubs.
July 25. 2008: A special $500 July freeroll on Absolue Poker - 369 runners, 18 places paid. Our hero finished runner up.
June 27 2010: A straight flush in clubs on Absolute Poker, first five cards.
July 26, 2008 on Absolute Poker. This was indeed a juicy freeroll; our hero finished 3rd.
July 29, 2008: Absolute Poker, $5 + 50c Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo, 114 runners, 18 places paid. Our hero finishes runner up.
September 12-3, 2010: Late night on Absolute Poker, our hero wins a small stud hi lo tournament.
September 17-8, 2010: Late night on Absolute Poker, our hero wins a small stud hi lo tournament for the second time in less than a week.
March 7, 2011: Our hero wins the $5 + 50c stud tournament on Celeb Poker.
July 9, 2011: Hollywood Poker: $1 + 20c Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo, 120 runners, 20 places paid. Third place, and not a bad prize for a dollar buy-in.
April 7, 2012: A pat hand of quads.
April 7, 2012: Another pat hand of quads from the same draw poker tournament as immediately above, not that it did me any good.
April 7, 2012: I discarded 3 cards on the bring-in, and made a flush!
[The above blog was published originally September 13, 2012 with 13 screengrabs as opposed to 14 here].
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