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PandaWarrior:. 56 Votes; Post #27
tturner86:.......54 Votes; Post #08
GFIs1:............47 Votes; Post #19
alejo:.............42 Votes; Post #23
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I sent out a newsletter today about the October contest. If you didn't get it, be sure to (a) check your spam filter and mark us as 'not spam', and (b) check your UserCP - Edit options - Receive administrative emails.

Everyone, remember to cast your votes for your favorite journals! Three days left.

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I sent out a newsletter today about the October contest. If you didn't get it, be sure to (a) check your spam filter and mark us as 'not spam', and (b) check your UserCP - Edit options - Receive administrative emails.

Everyone, remember to cast your votes for your favorite journals! Three days left.

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I did both, no newsletter in my inbox.....

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I did both, no newsletter in my inbox.....

Our mail server delivered it to gmail this morning:



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Odd, in my trash folder, i must have deleted it myself somehow....it was unread...

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Odd, in my trash folder, i must have deleted it myself somehow....it was unread...





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Checked all my folders including SPAM and deleted items for anything from events@bigmiketrading.com I have September not October.

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Checked all my folders including SPAM and deleted items for anything from events@bigmiketrading.com I have September not October.

Hi,

It was delivered this morning.



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Guys,

I want to say I am very impressed with everyone's hard work!

In fact, I have just written an email to TST to inquire about me purchasing some additional combine's to be given away beyond the (3) already promised. No decision has been made yet -- all tentative -- but I felt like doing something more seeing how much all have you have worked on this.

I'll announce the final decision on Friday along with the contest winners.

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Make sure you've already cast your votes in this thread for your favorite journals!

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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

Mike

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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

Mike

@Big Mike, thanks for running the journal contest. I actually benefited from the exercise quite a bit this time around...and thanks to @TopstepTrader for sponsoring the prizes.....its a valuable prize.

Also a big thanks to all those that voted for my thread. Its a bit of a shock to actually win.....

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The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes


Mike

Congrat all of them, I was not making any difference during the voting (voted everyone who was continuasly doing his journal) but Nice job!

So goodluck for Panda for the Crude's bigger moves trade, Turner to having backup support from the new family member, and GFIs1 who is really doing the one shot one kill a day strategy. And dont forget Alejo who who stopped out by a tick..., but still great journaling and nice job!

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I am still looking for the guy who had voted for me taking my votes to 41 and then withdrew at the last minute.. :-)

Which is true, but I'm just kidding.

The real prize for me has been in participating!


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I was surprised to find that I had won one of the prizes this morning. I have gone through this contest not really expecting to win anything. The additional prizes were a surprise.

I am happy to say that I voted for all those who finished ahead of me, and many others, and that I enjoyed and benefited from their journals.

Thanks to everyone who voted for my journal. I do appreciate it. The contest was fun, but frankly the journaling was more important to me.

Thanks to @Big Mike for running the contest and to @TopstepTrader for the Combine program.

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I was surprised to find that I had won one of the prizes this morning. I have gone through this contest not really expecting to win anything. The additional prizes were a surprise.

I am happy to say that I voted for all those who finished ahead of me, and many others, and that I enjoyed and benefited from their journals.

Thanks to everyone who voted for my journal. I do appreciate it. The contest was fun, but frankly the journaling was more important to me.

Thanks to @Big Mike for running the contest and to @TopstepTrader for the Combine program.

Bob.

I'm so happy for you , enjoy it !
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@Big Mike, thanks for running the journal contest. I actually benefited from the exercise quite a bit this time around...and thanks to @TopstepTrader for sponsoring the prizes.....its a valuable prize.

Also a big thanks to all those that voted for my thread. Its a bit of a shock to actually win.....


I'm happy for you. Good job .

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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

Mike

Congratulations to all of the winners !

Thanks to futures.io (formerly BMT) to offer such opportunities to challenge

It's a great forum, i like it.



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I am still looking for the guy who had voted for me taking my votes to 41 and then withdrew at the last minute.. :-)

Which is true, but I'm just kidding.

The real prize for me has been in participating!

Wow.... Well you have been a valuable contributor and poster on this forum, so maybe since you were so close with just 1 vote needed, @Big Mike would consider just one more combine winner.. ANd maybe even a smaller combine.. Your journals have been great and brutally honest.

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Wow.... Well you have been a valuable contributor and poster on this forum, so maybe since you were so close with just 1 vote needed, @Big Mike would consider just one more combine winner.. ANd maybe even a smaller combine.. Your journals have been great and brutally honest.

Wolf

Thanks, and that is up to @Big Mike to decide but I wanted to observe and describe some feelings.

However, I have taken it within my stride like a trade which almost reaches your target, comes short by one tick and reverses, only to hit your full stop later on. Handling the feeling of "not winning" is at the very crux of being a successful trader - the very core of the holy grail, wherein no loss or no lost opportunity causes feelings strong enough to destabilize the correct mindset needed for consistent trading.

I would like to record the following cascade of feelings I had about this journalling contest, because the feelings mirror the way I handle trading in a way:

- My posting reduced unlike when I was consistent before the contest (only to be resumed in full force in the last week - "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou) - there is still that "I do not want to win!" demon lurking in me due to reasons described in my frankly too honest post earlier.)

- Some folks disapproved of me requesting Thanks (only on the last day) in the chat box but I do not regret that decision. Reasonable and within limits advertising is allowable and I am happy that I did not send you "Please vote for me" PMs to anyone except to one guy ( @kronie who waxed eloquent about by journal in my journal but didn't put Thanks here (!!) - basically many users are busy and forget to do such things so I PMed him!) . I read reports of some users sending out mass private messages to Thank them which for me was crossing a certain line, IMHO.

- When @indextrader7 went into an emotional rollercoaster and did some things caused his own banning I was questioning my decision whether I did the right thing by committing to gift him the combine prize if I win. I still pray for him because he had described that at one point his savings were all of $23 before he was able to find a job and perhaps understand his rollercoaster if I put myself in his shoes - not that I condone the behavior, but prayer and faith are great sustaining powers. I still will; a promise is a promise.

- At that last mile or rather last day I had to face a test of my character, similar to what happens in a trade - I admit I was tempted to walk to some friend and ask them to register here and vote for me - a $400 combine was slipping away because some user had removed his Thanks at the last minute and @Big Mike was about to increase the prizes by and unknown number but 3 to 5 was a reasonable target ! The temptation was strong, but I knew that when one obtains things on fake credentials it is like building a castle in quicksand (Read Dan Arielly - "Why wearing fakes makes us cheat more"). I thought "If I cheat here I might as well photoshop out fake combine results and post them here. I might as well pretend to be a bigshot trader like so may do on ET.". Thankfully I passed the character test and did none of the above. I believe I've come out stronger, prize or no prize.


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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

Mike

Congratulations to everyone who won the contest. I sincerely hope that each and every single one of you is able to go through the process with TST and get fully backed. I'll be looking forward to hearing of your success (no pressure). Thanks to Big Mike for organising this and adding 2 more combines to the prize.

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Congratulations to everyone who has a journal on futures.io (formerly BMT), the real prize here is the amount your trading will benefit from your act of journaling. I hope that you remember the importance of continuing the journal, and also remember to look back from time to time and read your old journal posts so you can gain some perspective of where you've been and where you are going, pick out your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to improve as a trader.

The original contest was to award (3) 150K combines which were provided by @TopstepTrader. I have decided to purchase two additional 150K combines as a way of saying "Thanks!" for everyone's efforts over this past month. I wish I could award a combine for everyone who participated, but unfortunately I have to draw a line somewhere.

The top five winners, as decided by futures.io (formerly BMT) members as of this post:

@PandaWarrior - 62 votes
@tturner86 - 59 votes
@GFIs1 - 51 votes
@alejo - 50 votes
@bobwest - 41 votes

Please note that the "Thanks" count may continue to rise over time (if you are viewing this thread at a later date) but the counts above were as of the creation of this post.

Congratulations guys! I will contact you via private message in a moment and will put you in touch with @TopstepTrader and they will get you squared away with your 150K combine.

I hope that you will continue your journal and talk about the combine and your experience as you continue moving forward.

Thanks guys!

Mike

thanks mike for invite me to participate
congratulations to the winers and to all people journaling!
i am very surprised to finish on the top five between heavy weight traders , market wizards, and wellknown people all of you have help me a lot on my path to find my way of trading
i will use the prize to made my first combine and work as much as I can to try to trade it as a real $,

thanks for everybody!

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Just wanted to give a quick update.

I was able to split my combine and share half with Roy. Both @srgtroy and myself have rolled our contest combines. Looking to do the next combine early next month.

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Just wanted to give a quick update.

I was able to split my combine and share half with Roy. Both @srgtroy and myself have rolled our contest combines. Looking to do the next combine early next month.

I want to thank Terry again for sharing his combine. He said he would and he did! A lot of people talk the talk, a lot fewer walk the walk, but he did. He was even going to gift me his whole $150,000 combine, but I suggested 15 contracts might be too much for me anyway and that it would be fun if we could do one together, so TST was nice enough to allow us to split it into two $50,000 combines. Anyways, thanks again, Terry, you are generous and a man of your word!

p.s. -- while I did not share the details of my combine, the highlight was probably the last day when I went for broke and then lost internet connectivity

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