Monday, September 30, 2013

Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Sit and Go

Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Sit and Go (HUSNG)

HUNLHE + HUSNG = HUNLHESNG

http://www.headsupsitandgo.com/
http://www.headsupsitandgo.com/why-play-heads-up-sng/
http://www.cardschat.com/heads-up-strategy.php

We also like the high win rates that are possible and how quickly your bankroll can grow playing heads up sngs. With a bankroll of 20 buy-ins, and a win rate of 60%, your bankroll doubles every one hundred tournaments. This means that you move up a level every hundred tournaments as long as you are strong enough to win 60% of your matches, and a strong player can move up very quickly. Starting with a $200 bankroll and doubling it every hundred tournaments, you will have enough money in your bankroll to play heads up sit and gos for a living at the $150 buy-in level after just 400 tournaments. A good player at this level makes well over $50 per hour!



You should not just be limping a lot more, because by raising with most of your hands, you will be putting extra pressure on your opponent and increasing the chances that you will win the blinds and antes. In a typical hu sng tournament, you should be:
  • Open raising or limping nearly all of your buttons;
  • Raising any face card;
  • Raising with any pair;
  • Calling with nearly everything else;
  • Re-raising with premium hands and medium pairs.



HUSNG grinder
http://www.nsdpoker.com/2011/03/hu_pro/
http://www.flopturnriver.com/heads-up-sng-survival.php
http://www.anskypoker.com/2009/12/an-interview-with-hokiegreg-a-hu-sng-guru/

Best HUSNG players
http://www.husng.com/content/husng-power-rankings



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Heads-Up_Poker_Championship
http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-tournaments/nbc
http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/14882-mike-matusow-wins-2013-nbc-national-heads-up-poker-championship
http://www.pokernews.com/news/2013/01/analyzing-the-nbc-national-heads-up-poker-championship-list-14177.htm

http://voices.yahoo.com/top-three-heads-sit-n-go-poker-books-12108602.html?cat=38

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chess and Gambling



I've found a very interesting article about the parallele that exist between being a good chess player and a good gambler.


 Gambling: You do not need to be Einstein to be a successful gambler. The key to success is understanding your niche and what is possible within that area. Specialise in honing those skills.


 Gambling: You don't need the memory of an elephant to win at gambling but understand which pieces of information are crucial to you in making that winning selection.



Gambling: Use your past successes to identify winning patterns. The realisation of the importance of this factor is of paramount importance . Train yourself to use this winning format time after time until it becomes second nature. You will instantly recognise both strength and weakness and the opportunities both may bring.  




Gambling: A disciplined approach will lead to consistency even when under pressure. This can best be achieved by appreciating familiar gambling patterns/analysis.




Gambling: without appreciation of winning patterns will lead to persistent mistakes and 'embarrassing loses'. These are familiar mistakes and it is important to take time to understand why they happen. When you understand the foundation to these errors, you will avoid them. 'Familiar patterns of information are processed more efficiently than unfamiliar ones'.




Gambling: Whatever your approach to gambling your advantage comes from making the right decision for a given circumstance.




Gambling: The use of parallel processing and understanding of familiar winning patterns/analysis is more effective that even the most advanced computer programs. To be a successful gambler is not related to a test of memory but how to recognise patterns and use your strengths. 



Gambling: We can all learn to improve as gamblers but be careful not to try and learn too much too quickly. Take small steps and appreciate what is behind your decision making. Learn what works and what doesn't and eradicate basic mistakes. 




Gambling: Evaluate your understanding and how you implement this to your gambling. Learn how to make the most of opportunities and avoid poor outcomes. Improvement can be gained from these exercises but once again do not push yourself too far. Small steps are the key to success. 




Gambling: To be a successful you need to be focused and passionate about your goals - both improvement and honing that winning formula. Improvement takes time and cannot be rushed and you may stay at that level for some time. Learning from the insight of others is particularly important. Continue to use what has been effective in your winning ways and through repetition it will become second nature. 






Read the entire post on:
http://gamblerspsychologykit.blogspot.ca/2012/11/can-psychology-of-chess-improve-your.html

 http://www.32redpoker.com/blog/2012/07/30/poker-chess/

 http://en.chessbase.com/home/TabId/211/PostId/4008263

 http://www.chessblog.com/2011/06/why-chess-players-good-at-poker.html

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Investor, Speculator, Gambler


Investor, Speculator, Gambler, Trader, Arbitrageur, Scalper, Fund Manager,

Let's see the definitions.
As defined by Wikipedia.
 
- An investor is a party that makes an investment into one or more categories of assets --- equity, debt securities, real estate, currency, commodity, derivatives such as put and call options, etc. --- with the objective of making a profit.

- In finance, speculation is a financial action that does not promise safety of the initial investment along with the return on the principal sum.

- Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value (referred to as "the stakes") on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods.

- In finance, a trader is someone who buys and sells financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and derivatives.  (A day trader is a trader who buys and sells financial instruments (e.g. stocks, options, futures, derivatives, currencies) within the same trading day such that all positions will usually be closed before the market close of the trading day.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Ideal Wrist Watch

My ideal wrist watch must reflect my personality.
My ideal wrist watch must be Big, Vulgar, Flashy, and Expensive...
Just like me!

But to make a real impact...
I need a fuckin' rolex!

After all I'm a Rolex Romeo too!
 


My ideal wrist watch needs 5 things:

1- Rolex
2- Oversized
3- Gold
4- Diamonds
5- Personalized



ROLEX
Must be a Rolex since Rolex is the only watch name associated with big money in the collective mind of people.  Everybody know the Rolex and what it is.  EVERYBODY know that Rolex are the watches of the big shots.  The common man don't give a damn about the blank looking Patek Philippe.  The common man don't even know what Patek Philippe is.  If you ask him he will probably tell you that Patek Philippe is a law firm. 

So Rolex is the name to go if you want to show off.  And yes, I want to show off. 

 NWA wrestling world champion Ric Flair was always bragging about his Rolex watch.


Party animal and 70 Million dollar man Charlie Sheen's $700,000 very rare vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 2438/1 Watch 37mm wide in gold.  Too small and looks boring to me!  Yes, I know...  I'd just said a sacrilege!  Sorry!



OVERSIZED
My watch must be large, must be big, must be oversized.  Anything under 50 mm is too small for me.  But unfortunately, Rolex doesn't produce oversized watches?  The Yachtmaster II is 42 mm and the DSSD is 43 mm.  And I think there is an oversize DayDate II out there at 41 mm.  I've seen a Rolex Daytona model #  1116505-BKSO at 40 mm.  Problem, problem!  No, one a minute, the Deepsea Challenge 2012 is 51.4 mm.  Yes sir!  That's perfect for me.  The name and the size but can I get it in gold and diamonds?

Rolex Deepsea Challenge 2012  51 mm
approximately cost € 20-25.000
This watch looks indestructible!
http://clockmaker.com.au/rolex_case_size.html



GOLD
Yes, must be gold.  Since platinum will easily be confused for stainless steel.  So I'm yellow gold all the way.


Rolex Yachtmaster II 18k Gold
(43 mm case)


DIAMONDS
For sure, I like diamonds, I love diamonds.  So my watch need to be covered in diamonds.  Nothing is flashier than diamonds.



Rolex GMT MASTER II Black Automatic 18kt Yellow Gold Oyster Mens Watch
18kt yellow with a total of 99 diamonds (40 mm case)


Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Vintage Genuine Man Watch 1.32 Ct Diamonds
(30.5 mm case = too small for me)




PERSONALIZED
I know this one will scandalise all the watch purists out there.  I would like that my wrist watch have a personalised touch.  What about 'PYGOD' inscripted on both side of the bracelet.

JR Ewing's "Texas Timex", a Rolex with a highly customized monogrammed "J.R." bracelet, is a perfect exemple of what my ideal watch could look like.



Since Rolex doesn't produce over 50 mm watches in gold and diamonds.  I will stick to my current meticulously chosen wrist watch.



My beloved wrist watch is Big, Flashy, Vulgar and Expensive... 
Just like me!
 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein was known as the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919.”  Because he did.

Known by many names – A. R., Mr. Big, The Fixer, The Big Bankroll, The Man Uptown, and The Brain - Arnold Rothstein seemed more myth than man. He was the inspiration for Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

Arnold Rothstein was gambling, and Arnold Rothstein was money.

Just like the Rothschild 's name, Arnold Rothstein symbolized money—big-time money, gambling money, racket money, illegal money, millions upon millions of dollars.

From The Big Bank Roll, biography of Rothstein: "The cigar salesman made a good living. He lived frugally, did not dissipate. Each week the roll in his pocket grew a little thicker. He knew he could never attain his ultimate aim by simple economies, but these could start him on his way. He didn’t like long range projects. He was essentially a short-term, quick-turnover man."

“Rothstein pursued a fixed course. He worked at selling cigars until he accumulated $2,000. He decided that this was sufficient to base an entry into gambling as a profession. He quit his salesman’s job. He would never again work for anyone else. All the rest of his life, no matter what else he might be, he would always be a professional gambler.”


Rothstein received his nickname, “The Big Bankroll,” because he always insisted on carrying a huge bankroll of $100 bills. He wanted to be able to immediately finance any deals he made.  He was rumored to carry as much as $20,000 at any time.


 Rothstein had a simple philosophy, “Look out for Number One. If you don’t, no one else will. If a man is dumb, someone is going to get the best of him, so why not you? If you don’t, you’re as dumb as he is.”


Arnold Rothstein on When Not to Bet: "All the more reason for patience. I've made my living in large part as a gambler. Some days I make 20 bets. Some days I make none. Weeks, sometimes months in fact, when I make no bets at all because there simply is no play. So I wait, plan, marshal my resources and when I finally see an opportunity and there is a bet to make, I bet it all."


Rothstein once stated that he was willing to bet on anything but the weather--the weather was the only thing he could not fix.
 

After flunking out of school at 16 because he spent his time and money gambling, Arnold Rothstein figured out that "if anyone was going to make money out of gambling he had better be on the right side of the fence. I was on the wrong end of the game." In his late 20’s, Rothstein opened a gambling parlor. By 1912, when he was thirty, Rothstein was a millionaire from the profits of his gambling parlors and the racetracks he owned.


Millionaire by the age of 30. 

"Rothstein's main function though was organization. He provided money and manpower and protection. He arranged corruption - for a price. And, if things went wrong, Rothstein was ready to provide bail and attorneys. He put crime on a corporate basis when the proceeds of crime became large enough to warrant it."

Historian Leo Katcher described Rothstein as "the J. P. Morgan of the underworld; its banker and master of strategy." Meyer Lansky, a man of some intelligence himself, observed, "Rothstein had the most remarkable brain. He understood business instinctively and I’m sure that if he had been a legitimate financier he would have been just as rich as he became with his gambling and the other rackets he ran."

Rothstein's fortune grew to an estimated $50 million in 1920's dollars.

Rothstein was shot in the abdomen and died on November 6, 1928, at the age of 46 for an unpaid high-stake poker debt.  He had never been convicted of breaking any law during his lifetime.








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http://www.pokerplayernewspaper.com/content/arnold-rothstein-gambler-gangster-and-genius-5228
http://www.thegoodgamblingguide.co.uk/spotlight/players/arnoldrothstein.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/one-of-new-yorks-most-notorious-gamblers-is-shot-to-death


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rolex Romeo



On the prowl for a hot young thing, New York men are shelling out more money than ever on wrist bling
  • By JANE RIDLEY
  • Last Updated: 12:25 AM, January 16, 2013
  • Posted: 10:32 PM, January 15, 2013
Awaiting the arrival of a potential beauty he met over the Internet, newly divorced Manhattan surgeon Robert Huang is sipping nervously from his drink, hoping he’ll pass muster on the cutthroat New York dating scene.


Then he checks his diamond-studded Cartier gold watch (the flashy $80,000 timepiece he dug out from his drawer after the final divorce papers were signed), and instantly feels reassured.
Like a growing number of singletons in the city, the 53-year-old doctor believes that expensive wrist bling is the “must-have” accessory when you’re looking for love.


Cartier Caliber diamond studded, solid 18k rose gold version
Price is $43,400 - and production is likely limited.



The luxury-watch business has ticked upward in recent years. Remarkably, between November 2010 and November 2011, LGI Network, a market research company that tracks consumer retail trends in the US, recorded a 50 percent jump in sales of men’s watches priced over $10,000.The growth in the 12 months to November 2012 was more modest, at 6 percent, but the boom has got the industry buzzing.“They want a man who can give them security and it highlights the fact you’re that type of guy.”

“Customers are definitely becoming more aware of the appeal and importance of a luxury timepiece,” says Larry Barkley of the blue-chip watch company Tourneau, whose flagship Manhattan store is on 57th Street near Madison Avenue. “It speaks volumes about their personal style and standing.”

Now that we’re emerging from the Great Recession — and financial-sector bonuses are returning — men are splurging on luxury watches, especially ones made of gold. Because that precious metal kept its value even while the economy wobbled, they believe a pricey watch isn’t just a style statement, it’s a sound investment. And an aphrodisiac.

“It sounds really shallow, but younger women really fall for all that stuff,” says Wall Street trader Mike, 27, the owner of a dozen high-end watches priced between $3,000 and $12,000 each. He asked The Post not to publish his last name so that it wouldn’t get him into trouble at work. A member of the sugar-daddy-dating-service seekingarrangement.com, which matches wealthy men with women who want to be “kept,” Mike wears an $8,000 Rolex Submariner II to the office.


Rolex Submariner II yellow gold-steel blue ceramic
This one worth $ 10,950

 But his customized $12,000 Breitling is definitely more effective when he’s negotiating a deal in the dating game.

Breitling Chronomat Gold + crocodile strap
around $12,000


Breitling Chronomat Evolution w Diamond Bezel - $12,000


“A bigger [watch] face always catches a woman’s eye,” Mike says. “A jeweler friend drilled holes [in the Breitling] and added 24 quarter-carat diamonds around
the edge, so it really sparkles.

“A Maserati only goes as far as the parking lot, but a watch you have with you all the time.”
Mike recalls a recent night out in Atlantic City when an admiring guest at the roulette table zeroed in on his bling: “I have a pretty small frame so, when I wear this watch, it takes up most of my arm,” says the 5-foot-7 banker. “I hit a spin, and this woman said: ‘Oh my gosh, that thing must be half your weight!’
 
“Then she was asking me what I did for a living, and where I was staying.”
One thing led to another. “Let’s just say it was a lucky night,” he demurs.
Mike, who earned $400,000 last year, including a $120,000 bonus, even admits to driving his Lexus LS around the Jersey Shore in the summer, the windows rolled down and his wrist hanging out, on display.

“[The girls] will cheer and wave when they see my big watch,” he laughs. “It’s right out of a rap video!”

Ken Panton calls his $10K Breitling
“the perfect conversation starter.”
Rolex Romeos can be found on the gay scene, too. Ken Panton, the publisher of three online consumer magazines including ecityofstyle.com, has lost count of the number of times he’s been approached by other men admiring one of his watches. The 44-year-old’s biggest and most recent splurge was a $10,000 Breitling for Bentley Le Mans with a silver dial and casing.
He was so enamored of his purchase in December 2011, he wrapped it up and left it under the Christmas tree with a gift tag saying: ‘To Ken, Love Ken.”


Breitling for Bentley Le Mans
  “It’s a standout piece and, since people are always looking for a reason to break the ice, it’s the perfect conversation starter,” says Panton, who lives in Gramercy Park.

Only last week, he was approached in the tony Chelsea gay bar the G Lounge by a well-dressed man visiting New York from the Czech Republic. He quizzed him on the eye-catching, limited-edition Breitling as they stood near the dance floor.

“He had on a big, bad Hublot watch worth about $80K,” recalls Panton, who currently has a steady boyfriend and wasn’t tempted. “It was a definite come-on.”

Hublot Big Bang 301_over $80,000 (44 mm face)


Meanwhile, Bill Hobbs, 33, a former financier-turned-actor and author of “The Work Book: How To Build Your Personal Brand,” is convinced that his $65,000 watch collection played a part in his wife, Stephanie Wu, agreeing to marry him two years ago.

“Most guys aren’t going to tell you that they bought an expensive watch because they want to impress women,” he says. “They say it’s for their status with clients or because of their love of watches, but an overriding factor of buying anything grossly overpriced is to attract the opposite sex.”


Wu agrees. She says Hobbs’ 18-karat gold GMT Master 1969 Rolex was one of the first things she noticed about him when they started dating.

Rolex GMT Master II 18-karat gold
 “What struck me about his collection was that he was really rather passionate about it,” she says. In fact, luxury timepieces played such an important part in their romance, the couple was given $14,000 worth of matching Cartier watches by Wu’s parents before their marriage in Taiwan. Their wedding rings were made to match the pattern of the Cartier pieces, linked and flexible like watch bands.

As for Huang, he’s willing to take his chances on whether a woman is more interested in his watch than him.

“Yes, you’re always going to get gold diggers,” he shrugs, adjusting the strap on his Cartier. “But that’s the risk you take.



A comment from a guy in a forum:

***WARNING*** the following post is entirely satirical and is not meant to be taken seriously.

*phew* now that we've got that out of the way...

I just have to shake my head at this and laugh at the same time.

I'd be willing to bet these guys had their jewelers wind and set their $10-80k watches for them, and told them to: "Keep wearing it every day so it doesn't stop ticking." lol

As for their cars, they probably can't drive stick to save their life.

As for their women? They probably look at them more as "an investment"; or "an important acquisition." rather than a wife.

As for the gigantic jewel-encrusted watches...they must be attempting to compensate for other things in their lives that they lack.

As for this guy: Meanwhile, Bill Hobbs, 33, a former financier-turned-actor and author of “The Work Book: How To Build Your Personal Brand,” is convinced that his $65,000 watch collection played a part in his wife, Stephanie Wu, agreeing to marry him two years ago.

I would sell his entire $65,000 collection and spend it on one watch, the model 6538 big crown. And guess what? I wouldn't put gold or jewels on it, I'd slap it on a nylon strap like where it belongs And then I'd take every woman these guys are after and look cooler doing it



Rolex Submariner model 6538 Big Crown on a nylon strap
James Bond watch in Goldfinger and Dr. No

Rolex Submariner (so-called Big Crown "James Bond") (Ref: 6538)
This Bond Submariner had a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000, but sold for over $92,000.


"The best way to show off your wealth and status is with your wrist watch."                                                             -- PYGOD

http://rolexblog.blogspot.ca/2009/07/real-james-bond-watchstrap-comes-to.html
http://everestbands.com/2012/10/james-bond-rolex-submariner-6538-goldfinger-nato/

http://www.jamesbondwatch.org.uk/
http://watchesinmovies.info/the-watches-of-james-bond/

  http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/meet_the_rolex_romeos_39LARpFcWgeNnrUuzQslCJ/1
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/admit-youre-rolex-romeo-803681.html
http://www.barstoolsports.com/m/nyc/super-page/rolex-romeos-say-an-expensive-watch-is-a-must-have-accessory-to-get-laid/
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/01/dating-lessons-new-york-post/61086/

http://www.complexmag.ca/style/2013/01/indian-man-spends-over-22000-on-gold-shirt-to-impress-the-ladies

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to Become a Billionaire Gambler

How to Become a Billionaire Gambler


As I said, this site is not about being a recreational gambler (loser).  I will give you the tools and the inspiration to become a professional gambler, a professional investor, a professional speculator.  By professional, I mean a winning gambler, investor, speculator.  It is extremely difficult to achieve success in these three very similar domains.  Like all activities, whether it's sports, arts, businesses, professions, you will need complete dedication to be successful.  You must be passionated about it!  You must live for it!

By this site, I will give you informations, inspiration, and the best places to do business with.

For me, the words investor, speculator, and gambler are all about the same.

Here are the most lucrative forms of gambling/investing with notable high rollers and their net worths.

1- Stock Market (Warren Buffett, $62 Billion)
2- Forex (George Soros, $9 Billion)
3- Horse Betting (Alan Woods, $670 million)
4- Sports Betting (Billy Walters)
5- Poker (Phil Ivey, $100 million)
6- Golf Hustling (Titanic Thompson)
7- Blackjack (Zeljko Ranogajec)
8- Backgammon (Falafel Natanzon)
You can even add...
9- Tennis (Bobby Riggs)
10- Pool (Minnesota Fats)



Always remember that Time is Money, Money is Power, and Power is the ultimate Aphrodisiac!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fred Durst sells his Rolex watches on eBay


Fred Durst sold his luxury watches on eBay

Limp Bizkit hasn't been popular since the early 2000s. With Limp Bizkit not relevant anymore, Fred Durst has no other choice than to sell his luxury watches on eBay.


Fred Durst selling his Rolex wrist watches on eBay


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dictator Saddam Rolex wrist watch



Saddam Hussein custom-made
gold diamond-encrusted Day Date Rolex
retail price: $200,000

 
When you own the country nothing is too expensive for you.
 

Dictator Saddam Hussein wearing his $200,000 custom-made Rolex

The Biggest Wrist Watch Ever!

The MUSK MR2129 is the biggest wrist watch you can find on the market.  The entire watch weights over 1.5 pounds with a 90mm wide face.



MUSK MR2129 is the biggest wrist watch ever.  90mmm wide face and over 1.5 pounds.

This unique Japanese watch is rather inexpensive, only $210 brand new.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Most Expensive Rolex

2007-Mens-Rolex-Platinum-Diamond-Meteorite-MasterPiece
Made from Platinum and carrying a huge 25 cts of diamonds around the case, bracelet and dial the GMT Ice is the most expensive Rolex to date.
Retail price: £255,000

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Drug Lord wrist watch jewelry

Ever wonder what a billionaire drug lord wear as a wrist watch?
Just watch the image below.



Here are some really expensive bling, the you can see two Hublot Big Bangs, a DeWitt, a Cartier, a Breitling, a Corum Golden Bridge, a Panerai for Ferrari, and a  Jacob & Co. in that tray.  I think there is even one leopard-skin rolex somewhere.  Anything Diamond Bezeled and Ostentatious is fine for the wealthy drug dealer!


Rolex Daytona Leopard
retail price: $60,000



Get an eyeful of this!

That's my view of happiness.  But ouups!!  Prison and a bullet in your head are huge downsides.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Scott W. Rothstein wristwatch collection


Scott W Rothstein wristwatch collection
I like the big one in square shape.


Scott W. Rothstein 262 watches collection


Over the years he amassed a clutch of top name Swiss watches. More watches than anyone could possibly wear. And while there are some duds in his collection there a few good Rolexes including one Paul Newman Daytona, some choice Audemars Piguet’s and Pateks and a Harry Winston. There are several rather vulgar diamond covered tourbillons and sparkly show off watches to bid on too.

For those who don't know,  Scott Rothstein is a crook who pleaded guilty to a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme on January 26, 2010. He is now serving a 50-year sentence in federal prison.

As said by FBI Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies, "Scott Rothstein used a classic approach to mislead investors---an ostentatious lifestyle, a charismatic personality, and guarantees of sky-high returns-all red flags in the world of Ponzi schemes. It is a lesson for all investors to learn that they need to look beyond the hype."


'Greed is Good'



http://clicktempus.com/scott-rothstein-watch-collection/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_W._Rothstein

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bernie Ecclestone Hublot wristwatch

No it's not a montage.  It's actually a real Hublot publicity.  A shock publicity.  An excellent publicity by the way!

The 5'2", 80 years old Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suffered a black eye when he was attacked by four men outside his London office around 10:30 p.m. on November 25, 2010. His girlfriend was with him at the time. The robbers made off with jewelry – and Mr. Ecclestone’s Hublot wristwatch – together valued at $314,000.

Following the attack, Ecclestone sent a picture of his face along with a short note to Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver. The message said: “See what people will do for a Hublot.” Since the two have a great sense of humor, they agreed to make an advert based on the photo and message.

This Hublot ad will be a strictly one-off shot, appearing in today’s Financial Times and International Herald Tribune. The ad shows the unretouched “mugged shot”, along with Bernie Ecclestone’s original commentary. The ad also notes that Hublot does not condone this method of acquiring one of their watches.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

HOW TO BECOME A PROMOTER

P.T. Barnum
When I talk about becoming a promoter here, I talk about promoting your business.  No matter what your business is Promotion is a vital part of any business.  Which better way to learn than by studying the greatest promoters of all time.







Dana White ranks the best promoters of all time (P.T. Barnum, Vince McMahon, Don King, Bob Arum, him last), and give a special place to Mama Kardashian / Kris Jenner.

“That’s a tough one, man. I think if you look at the fact that people still know who the (expletive) PT Barnum is, you’d have to go with PT Barnum as No. 1. Um, I’d probably put Vince No. 2. Vince and Don are both up there in age. Vince is still in there, (expletive) doing his thing, cutting huge major deals. I would put Don King No. 3. Who else did you have? You’d have to put Arum in there, too. You have to put Arum in there. And if I had to be on there, I’d put me last.”

"I have no idea. I don't think I'd be someone who would make that decision. I think there are a lot of great promoters. People know who Barnum is, Vince McMahon has been around a long time. Don King. Mama Kardashian, if she isn't the greatest promoter of all time, I don't know who is. The show is about nothing and her daughters are some of the most famous people on earth and are making millions. I don't think you could count her out. I'm very proud of what we've been able to do and we've done things that people have never done before, things even boxing couldn't do in its heyday. I don't think about who's the greatest promoter of all time."



VINCE MCMAHON vs P.T. BARNUM
Vince McMahon and P.T. Barnum lived a century apart, but have tremendous similarities in their desire to dazzle the public with a mix of reality and fantasy. Both showmen have sought to provide "bigger than life" attractions, which have been effective in very different eras.



Key traits of P.T. Barnum, the successful entrepreneur:
1. Started with no financial advantage or backing.

2. Major risk taker.

3. Dreamed big dreams.

4. Understood his audience.

5. Willing to ignore the truth; created his own "truths".

6. Hustler

7. Generated excitement

8. Self promoting

9. Master of promotion; able to get audiences to suspend disbelief.

10. Presented attractions "bigger than life" (George Washington’s "nurse," Jumbo the Elephant, Jenny Lind, etc.)


Key traits of Vince McMahon, the successful entrepreneur:


  1. Started with no financial advantage, but did have a "foot in the door" with his father’s business.
 
2. Visionary.

3. A big risk-taker, who achieved big rewards as a result.

4. Amazing passion for the business; it is his life.

5. Willing to work non-stop to succeed.

6. Creative genius.

7. Understands his audience and delivers.

8. Brutal competitor.

9. Doesn’t just "think big" – thinks huge!

10. Seen by some as ruthless; by many as relentless.


Similarities


-- both built businesses that impacted the entertainment industry in ways no one expected.

-- both active participants "in the spotlight" in worlds that they created; both spent time at the microphone.

-- "bigger is better" -- Jumbo the Elephant for Barnum; Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant for McMahon.

-- both mixed reality with fantasy.

-- both risk takers.

-- both brought creativity, innovation to entertainment.

-- both pioneers in their achievements.

-- both used "shock value" to capture an audience.

-- both wanted to "wow" people.

-- both controlled their show’s content.

-- both appealed to violent nature and lurid curiosity.

-- both used Madison Square Garden as a key venue for their shows.

-- both supported hospitals and charitable causes: McMahon supporting Make-a-Wish; Barnum the first president of Bridgeport Hospital in CT.


Differences
 -- Barnum was a loner; Vince brought his family in.

-- PT took a bizarre and scary approach to entertain; Vince did it with more glitz and power.

-- Barnum performed himself aggressively on the lecture circuit: museums, ten gatherings, theaters, private homes. Vince became a central character on his weekly TV shows, as the WWE owner Mr. McMahon. 


-- Barnum was a politician: he held offices as Republican representative for Fairfield, CT, as well as Mayor of Bridgeport. To date, Vince McMahon has not shown a desire to run for office, although his wife Linda has.

http://www.businessjournalz.org/articlepdf/bmr1715o18.pdf



VINCE MCMAHON vs DANA WHITE

UFC fans don't want to hear this, but Vince McMahon is clearly Dana White's business role model. The WWE has built its business on the following:
  • Use of free cable TV programming to reach fans and promote Pay Per Views
  • PPV as the big revenue driver
  • Aggressive international expansion
  • Ruthlessly compete against domestic competitors and buy any that are too big to crush
  • Use the brand and the company executives as the front man of the company to prevent any single fighter/performer from getting too big.
The UFC has built its business on those five pillars.
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/4/13/2106234/the-difference-between-mark-cuban-and-dana-white-and-vince-mcmahon


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