TODAY INTARVIEW WITH ONE OF MORT GOOD FIENDS SIMRUNS GOOD. HIS MAIN ACHEEVMUNT HAS GOT TO BE HIS SUPAR HOT WIFE BUT HE TELLS ME HE GAMBOOLS PRETTY WELL TOO. HE WOS EVUN ON TV ONCE OR TWICE COMMENTING ON SOME FAT SLOBS PLAYING CARDS.

HELO FIEND. WHO ARE YEW AND WHY DO FIENDS OF MORT NEED TO REED ON?

My name is Sim Mahon, I played cash poker for 6 years straight and now am a sports trader. My transition from one to the other may well be of interest to your readers especially the ones who LOVE a gamble.

SO YEW ARE A FAILD POKAR PRO?

Failed is harsh! I prefer burnt out or bored :). I quit on a high 18 months ago but have actually had a few cash sessions lately when off days present themselves around the cricket calendar. I played poker pretty much every day for 6 years, maybe as many as 4-5 million hands total. It started as a real passion and the money to start with was insane. Obviously people got better and my winrates started to fall. No longer was 6figures a year simply a case of turning up. The harder it got, the lazier I got and it really became a chore. I was betting on cricket on the side mainly lumping match odds and taking innings runs position with no real skill. It wasn’t until I found the benefits of trading on exchanges that I started taking it seriously and decided in the January of 2013 to go full time and test myself.

HOW MUTCH DID YEW LOSE?

Can’t tell you how often I have heard this! Poker swings were pretty brutal at times especially when I was playing NL$1000+ cash games. My worst day probably in the region of £11k. Worst month around £16k, although that was in Vegas and was totally worth it!

NOW YEW TRADE CRIKET INSTED. RUN US THROO AN AVERAGE DAY IN YEW LIFE DURING A BUSY CRIKET DAY

Normally wake up when the dogs get bored, grab some food, hit the gym if possible and get myself sorted for the day. Normally that entails doing a bit of research on the ground or the weather. As soon as the cricket starts I am relatively professional about things, try to stay focused and off Twitter until my book is level or I am happy in my current position!

The toughest part of our job is during the winter when cricket in Asia/Australisia makes us nocturnal. Catching sleep in 4 hour slots and missing daylight is brutal over an extensive period. At least I won’t have to watch England lose 5-0 this winter…!

The IPL and BBL are perfect in their timings though, it is almost like having a 9-5, giving you plenty of time to spend with friends and family. This year I doubt I will be doing too much of the T20 Blast as the thought of giving up my Friday nights doesn’t sound too appealing.

HOW DO YEW KEEP YEWSELF FROM TURNING INTO A BIG FAT FUK?

The truth is…. I haven’t! In my freshers year of Uni I was 11.5 stone, when I left I was over 100kgs! My third year of Uni was a complete write off for me socially. In my final year I didn’t attend a single lecture even. I was playing poker around the clock, a complete gambling addiction (luckily I was half decent at it) and nothing else really mattered. That year was so important for me career wise as it was how I learnt my trade but still one of my biggest regrets. I got a 2:2 in my degree but I definitely got a 1st in Poker 101. Munching on Maltesers and full fat Coke ruined me.

I have played cricket to an OK standard my whole life but obviously as a way of keeping fit, batting twice a weekend and standing at slip all day is hardly a calorie burner. I got myself down from 100kgs to 85 for my wedding. A serious amount of gym work with a personal trainer got me there. Have had various injuries but try to get to gym every day if possible. Am completly sedantry otherwise so its very important. My theory is, if you do the exercise you can eat what you like which is VERY important to me.

WHY DID YEW SWITCH BETWEEN KGS AND STONES. DO MORT LOOK LIKE A WALKING ABACUS?

I switched in tribute to Welsh Mort that moved to America 🙂

DUZ YEW WIFE WANT A MAN WHO DOESNT HAVE PEABOLLS AND ISNT AFRAID OF HAVEING AN OPINIAN INSTED? I MITE KNOW A GUY.

If there is one thing I know about my wife it is that she isn’t picky.

WIFE OF SIM GIVES YEW HALL PASS TO PLOP IT IN ONE WOMAN ONE TIME. WHO YEW PLOPPING IT IN?

Sloane Stephens fiend just to have bragging rights over you!

WELL THE JOAK IS NOW ON YEW COS SHE NOT IN MORT TOP 5. SHOOD HAVE MADE IT COWNT INSTEAD OF PLAYIN THIS DUMB METAGAME.

ANYWAY WHO IS YEW CURRANT FAVRIT CRIKETAR?

I don’t always like his attitude, I don’t think he puts any effort in the field and with the bat, but Sunil Narine is an absolute genius of a T20 bowler. I don’t think anyone has made me more money than Narine. Markets normally give you 5 ticks just at the sight of him coming onto bowl.

Bit of a Corey Anderson fanboy at the moment. Gives his all in the field and can moose a ball more than most. He embarassed me a bit in the IPL but made it count when it mattered most against Rajasthan 🙂

FAVRIT TEEMS TO TRADE?

Probably Pakistan. You know what you are getting: gun bowling and often inept batting! I have also done well in recent times (Brisbane test aside) of seeing an England batting collapse coming. If it starts… there isn’t normally much resistance.

WHOT PERCUNTAGE OF GAMES IN THE IPLOL WOOD YEW SAY ARE POSSIBLEY FIXD?

It depends how strictly you use the word “fixed”. We know full well about the massive viewing figures the IPL gets in Asia and naturally the most expensive adverts are going to be at the end of the match as it reaches its crescendo. Therefore I think the #LOB or the “last over bonus” notoriously enforced by Dhoni is a real thing. It just happens too often for it to be anything else. CSK rarely mess the chases up though, so yes it is fixed in a sense but the results probably not in many cases.

Others with more knowledge alluded to it on Twitter at the time, but the table balancing aspect is another issue in the IPL. If the 4 teams that will make it into the playoffs are known too far out, the tournament loses importance for a few matches. Very possible that some games are fixed to keep the leadup to the playoffs interesting. Perhaps this would involve too many people, be too difficult to organise and be too obvious but it definitely seemed that way this year. Rajasthan resting key players for matches when they looked certain to qualify was an example of this.

To be honest I could talk on this subject for a while….

AND WHOT PERCUNTAGE OF CRIKETARS ARE ASSEPTING BRIBES?

A very small amount if you look at World cricket. I certainly hope so. The IPL is in it’s own little world but you would hope in International ICC events that the consequences of fixing make it too unappealing to the players.

WHEN YEW SEE AN ODD BETTING PATTARN WHOT IS YEWA USUAL CORS OF ACTIAN?

I either stay clear or trade (small) in the direction of the fix. To be honest, I was incredibly paranoid about the IPL final itself. There were plenty of “scripts” going around that got the previous 5 games correct and I felt as if the winner may well have already been decided. Once the KKR chase began it seemed obvious to me that the market either knew KXIP would win or at least thought it knew. Present that market to me with no paranoia about a fix and I would have made a killing as prices were just so wrong. At one point the market was making KKR at 1.60 shot and I think in any other match it would be 1.3x. It was madness, but due to paranoia I failed to make anything in the market. Thankfully for the sake of cricket in the very short term, KKR won.

DO YEW TRADE ANY OTHAR SPORTS?

I tend to punt football on advice of a shrewdie I know. Tennis I have always had an interest in trading as there is simply so much of it on. I used to be terrible, with massive overstaking errors (I was down 5 figures on tennis last year) but slowly have improved and getting steady results. NFL is my new love as sports go, I made OK money during the 2013/4 season but more due to beginners luck than anything else.
I have specialised a lot more these days now though.

WILL YEW BE HAVEING ANY WORLD CUP BETS (VERY OLD INTARVIEW DONE  BEFOUR WORLD CUP BUT COS I AM SO FAT AND LAZY ONLY NOW GETTIN TO PRINT) ?

My shrewdie friend has told me that Argentina to win the tournament and Belgium to win their group are the big ones to be on. I have also backed Australia to be the lowest scoring team given they are nailed on to go out early and have a tough group with no real attacking threat.

ANY SUPARTIPS FOR FIENDS OF MORT?

Prices move plenty in T20 matches, often for not much at all. Low prices early on in the match rarely train without a headache.

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