Saturday, July 11, 2009

£100 plo rebuy at The Vic

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Monday, July 06, 2009

£300 DTD comp report


My report on the £300 deepstack comp at DTD this weekend is here

Monday, June 22, 2009

New blog!!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

DTD £60k 11th April - Day 2

So being quite short I knew I had to get busy, but with 25+ BB's I decided to sit tight for a couple of orbits. I pick up KK on the SB and make a raise (after a few limpers) and take down the pot - I show the KK.
Next hand I play was again the SB and again I raised the limpers. Again it is folded and again I table KK.
With a rock like image now I took full advantage of this (which was a good thing as I went totally card dead!). I quickly got to almost 40k without showdown then I got moved tables.
For some reason I decided to make this play. I am BB and face a standard raise from the button. I didnt feel he had much and thought of repopping pre but flatted instead. My intentions were to check raise the flop if he made an obvious CBet. Flop was Q 2 5 and I checked. He made a CBet and I moved in with A 5. He tanked for a bit but then called and showed Q 7. I received no help and was down to 6.5k (almost 5xBB)
Next 3 hands I open shoved and received no callers so I had doubled up.
Then this hand occurs. I have 11k back and in the BB (for 1600). it is multi limped (5 I think) and I have 4 6. I thought about moving in but not too sure what UTG had limped with so decided to see the free flop. 2 4 6 all diamonds was the flop.
SB checks and I decide this was a good spot to push. folded round to the button who flat calls (he had 100k+ at the time). He tables 77 no diamonds and I trebble up.
Soon after with blinds 1k 2k, I raise the button with AK to 7500. SB folds and BB thinks for a while then shoves for 40k+.
Now I have a decision, with 25k back I could still play poker. Did I want to gamble here to double up? My decision was made a little easier as I had played with this guy most of yesterday and he knew I was capable of raising with any 2 and I knew he was capable of shoving with any 2 from the blinds. So a chance I might even be ahead here and I make the call. He tables 44. Flop was no good for me but the turn bought the Ace and the river bricked. So i am now on almost 80k! (15 minutes from being on 6.5k)
Table breaks soon after and with 40 odd left I find Sam Trickett to my right. This hand is my undoing. I am BB (for 2400) and it is folded round to Sam who completes from the SB. I have 8 6. flop comes 2 5 6. Sam bets 3k and I call.
J on the turn and Sam fires 6k. I re raise to 17k and Sam calls. River is a brick and with only 25k back Sam checks the river. I feel Sam will call the shove so I give up. He tables 10 6 and takes the pot.
With hindsight, I think I should shove the turn here, or at least move in on the river.
I manage to get back to 30k when I find AQ in the SB. 2 limpers and Sam makes it 8k from the button. I shove and receive two callers (Sam being one of them). Flop is 5 6 8, and first to act bets out 20k. Sam passes and the guy shows 77. So i have 6 outs for a 100k pot but get no help and I exit in 41st place.

Generally pleased with the way I played and only slight concerns over that SB BB hand with Sam.

So thats another DTD £60k comp without a cash. :(

Equal Chance £20k this weekend is my next venture.

DTD £60k 11th April

My Fav comp in the UK by far but with lots going on this weekend, I thought the field may be a little smaller than usual. Well it was, but only just!! 290odd runners was still a VERY good turnout.

My starting tabe was a very good one, most people waiting for hands and only playing post flop when they connected and were unwilling to put alot of chips in with marginal hands. Within 3 orbits I was on 18k and only one showdown I think. From there I got that "stumbling block" feeling where I kept bouncing between 18k and 10k.

There was this one guy on our table, who reminded me why I do not drink any more. He was totally wasted, and as time went on he became more of a wanker! Abusing the dealers/valets, constantly swearing and generally being a pain in the arse. Now me being me , I couldnt let it go on. There was one hand where a guy had been re raised all in on the turn and had a big decision. This twat then pipes up (who wasnt in the hand and was at the other end of the table) with his usual shit "What you gonna do now?" "Been caught have ya?" etc...
"Leave it out m8, he has a decision. Respect other players, youre not even in the hand so be quiet!" I say. He then turns on me. I remain silent until the hand has finished. "Look m8, you were not in the hand and the guy had a decision, you should show a bit of etiquette and keep quiet"
"Did he hear me? Did he hear me?" was his reply.
"I dont care if he heard you or not, thats not the point. Just stop being an arse"
This quietened him down a bit but I could tell he was gunning for me. Then a hand occurred where I just knew he had nothing. I had raised preflop and he repopped me. I flat (with position). He fires the flop and I call. He then fires the turn and I re raise him. He re raises me quite big (over 50% of his stack)and I call quickly. Still convinced he had nothing. He bets really small on the river and I move in. He folds quickly muttering to himself that I got lucky. I tld him I couldnt even remember what I had and I was just outplaying him. He still remained quite quiet but couldnt help telling his mates what a clever cunt I was! lol

I finished the day with 24300 and 80 odd left..............

Monday, March 30, 2009

2 comps played

Well I have played 2 more comps, the £100 f/o at Equal Chance and the £100 f/o at Luton (well I needed to defend my title! lol)

£100 f/o at Equal Chance - I do like this comp as I have said before and the venue is fantastic. I dominated my table from start to finish and looked like getting another good finish. It did help to double up on the first orbit with KK. I was the BB with KK and get the usual 8 limpers. I make it 700 and get two callers. Flop 33K (not a bad flop :)) I check, first guy bets 1500, second one calls so do i. Turn (cant remember) again I check and the first guy checks behind me, the second guy bets 3000 and I am trying to think how to get all his money and decide to flat call (the first guy folds) My plan was a small milky bet on the river, but I didnt need to worry as the guy shoves on the river out of turn. Happy days! He had A3.
As Ive said, I was in no trouble at all , increasing my stack all the way down to 12 when I get KK on the button. I had been VERY busy witht he button and make the same 4xBB raise. SB folds and BB moves all in for 80k (I have 88k) folds to me and I call. He has JJ. Flop Q 9 10 (Ugly) blank on the turn and 8 on the river sealed it for him. So down to 8.8k. Next hand LP makes it 5k to go and I move all in with 77. The BB folds and the origional raiser does not say anything, does not move anymore chips but turns his hand over and he has KK. Someone at the table says "What are you doing?" He replies "I call". "Your hand is dead my friend" he says. "I agree" i say. TD rules hand is dead. Ouch.
I shove the next hand with K 10 and get looked up by A9. No help and I exit in 12th.
The KK vs JJ would have given me a big chip lead going into final - Oh well.

The Luton £100 - With my title on the line (lol) I am looking foward to this one. I have a fast start and am soon on 15k at the first break. It got 89 runners this week! So a nice £3.1k for first. The next three levels are a waste of time with me yo-yo ing up to 23k and back to 15k at least 3 times, finally finishing the next 3 levels with the same 15k.
After the break was a different story and I get my stack upto 125k and make final table with good chips. I take out a couple of short stacks and we are soon 5 handed and I have 170k (chip leader) but with blinds at 8000 16000 it was anyone's game. I suggest a chop of £1500 each and play for £600. With no play left I think this is a good deal all round . £1500 being more than 3rd place money (£1300). One guy says play on. Fair enough so we play on. This made me determined to win. I know it was his choice to playon but I think it was a good deal at that time. I get dealt KK JJ and AA in one round! NO action with KK or JJ . but with AA I get looked up with A6. He gets there with 2 6's on the flop. Marvelous! Still leaves me with 140k. 2 rounds later and I am again Chip Leader. Soon there are 4 of us left, one very short and someone suggests a deal. This time I say "Lets play it out completely". When another falls again a deal is suggested "I want to play it out now" is my reply. Soon we are heads up and again I turn down a deal. £1700 for 2nd and £3100 for 1st.
I start heads up with 450k vs 280k. With blinds 10k 20k I find no hands and he is shoving like mad and it is soon almost evens when I find AA on the SB. I limp. He checks. Flop is 4 J 7. I bet 25k and he calls. Turn is a 2 and I bet out again 50k. He thinks of calling but instead announces "All in" I call and he has K4. No help on the river and I take it down again!
Woop! Woop!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Update at Last!!

Well, only managed 4 tournies since the last update, The £300 at DTD, £20k guaranteed at EQ , £100 f/o at EQ and £100 f/o at Luton.

Firstly, the £300 at DTD : Just couldnt really get going in this one. Was up to 18k quite quickly but nothing went right, no major hands just lots of small pots lost. Eventually busted late in day 1 - only the 3rd time not making day 2 in this I think so very disapoiting tbh.
With the structure (best in UK by a mile for me) this comp is one of my regulars.

£20k guaranteed at Equal Chance : I have missed quite a few of these comps due to other committments, so I was eager to play this again. It has changed slightly as it is now 10k chips for £200, 10k more for another £100 and another 10k more for £50. So VERY deep stacked comp - just what I like.
Totally dominated my table day 1 and was sitting pretty on 85k with one level to go but had someone make (imo) a very bad call against me. I raised in late position and got called from the button. The board came K 10 2 two spades. I check call the guys bet. Turn is another low brick and again I check call. The river comes Q spades completing ALL the draws. Now I bet out a just under pot size bet and get snap called by 77. What was his thought process? I dont know, but I lost a chunk there and finished the day with 68k - still comfortable though.
So onto day 2 and I played like a complete nob from start to finish. My first big error came with JJ. Facing a 3xBB raise from EP I just flatted behind giving the BB the obligatory call as well. flop 773 BB checks, EP raiser makes it 8k and now re raise to 20k only to find the BB now re re raising me. PASS PASS - how badly to play that hand :( and yes the BB had a 7 - so that was 25k+ gone. My next mistake came when I raised again from MP to 3xBB and got a call from the BB. Check Check on an Ace high flop - just criminal! The BB then bets 6k on the turn - very week and I pick up an up n down str8 draw. I just flat behind - even worse!! But when the river bricked and it was checked to me, for some reason I checked behind and lost to 55 - so so so bad play by me and I exited soon after. Really disapointed with myself for day 2's play - was so bad it was untrue.
Next was a £100 f/o at Equal Chance - with only 38 runners, was never going to be a big prize pool but the place holds alot of appeal. No major trouble for me in this and I make FT with good chips. Unfortunately it got crapshooty very quickly and I end up busting 3rd for £500.
£100 f/o at Luton had 60 runners so a nice £2k first prize. Again no trouble accumulating chips in this but again with 2 tables left, the AV stack was 12 BB. This time I got lucky a few times (I also got unlucky though against smaller stacks when I had them dominated). Anyway, the final table (and indeed the whole tourney) was played in good spirits and with Alfie on the table, it was always going to be fun. He said he wanted to win, but I told him he would need to aim for 2nd so he wasnt disapointed lol. Well eventually we get heads up and he does indeed settle for 2nd.
So my first live win of the year - hopefully many more to come!

Friday, January 09, 2009

DTD £300 £50k Guaranteed - January

Went to play this as I love the structure at DTD. Only 10k chips but VERY slow clock and I do well here (cashed 5 from 6 attempts including 3 final tables)

First time this comp has had a guarantee of £50k - which they smashed with 1st being £27k!!! (300+ runners! and they would of had more if they had enough dealers!)

Day one had a slowish start but got paid off from the two table donks - was just waiting to catch them (you know the ones, overbet pre and post flop and cannot let go of a hand ;) ). Things progressed well (staying above average) until table break - this happened quite late on in day one which was real bad timing. Also the table I was moved to had HUGE stacks on it and I did not know any of the players.

I did manage to donk off 6k to Pete Linton - doh :( Then saw him get his 45k+ stack all in against 3 others!! He held QJ and was slightly blessed to be up against AK A10 and K9. With a Q hitting the flop saw him move into the chip lead of 120k for the end of day one!

So, back to my late table move. I have just below average and find AQ suited in the c/o. I make a standard raise (my first at the table having only played two hands previous - both folded), Immediately the guy on the button announces "all in". I would only have 5xBB if I call and loose and with 20+BB still left after my raise I reluctantly folded. Not knowing anything about the player was my main consideration.

So made day two and with 80 players coming back it was going to be a long day!

Most people were a little cagy on my table so I took full advantage and collected alot of blinds and ante's. About 10 from the bubble I lost a crucial race against a shorty which then left me too short to be able to "play" poker. I survived until the bubble where I found myself moving all in blind UTG with 7xBB. Fortunately two others went out on another table before our hand was dealt so I had cashed again - allbeit only for £450. So after the table changes I am UTG and move all in (seeing an ace) I get called by the guy who I folded AQs to earlier - he had A 10 and I held A 5 - No help for me and I was out.

Incidently with 40 left, me and that guy had similar chip stacks - difference is, when he called my all in he had 300k+ - some people are just blessed with cards and situations at the right time. He had AA KK QQ and AK all in one level and got paid on each!

The final table was a bit of a shambles really - with some sort of deal done 5 ways meaning the winner only took £15k - Seems a real scared deal to me to give away £12k but each to their own!

Next stop is the £300 2 dayer at Luton this weekend. Hopefully it is 10k chips with a decent structure. DTD'd structure would be great but I wont hold my breath. 25 50, 50 100, 75 150, 100 200, 100 200 with 25 ante etc.......

We will see........