Friday, January 20, 2006

Adventures at Luton so far.............

Well the Omaha £200 was a one rebuy and one add on tourney with 5000 starting chips.

Got off to a good start by doubling up early on holding AK hearts 78 o/s

Flop 10 J 2 Two hearts - all in on the turn (blank) and 10 harts hit the river. So I didnt need the rebuy, but took the add on.

Was playing solid poker, nicking pots whenever I thought it was totally safe to do so. Had Citrone and Trumper on my table for a long while - was fun.

Well I was approaching 40k when I again had nut flush draw on the flop, and when the turn bought a second club (making two harts(my nut flush draw) and two clubs (i also had flush draw to the 10) I couldnt resist taking on a smaller stack who pushed in on the turn. They showed trips and I got no help. Infact they also had a club draw which was bigger then my 10 - so although I thought I was a big favorite, I actually had very few outs. That put me down to 15K and I fought my way back to 25k but couldnt get anything to happen.
Well I made the final table with 20k (short stacked, but with Sunny a huge chip leader with neally 160k, most of the rest were between 30k to 70k) so one double up and I was right back in it.
So in the early hours of the morning, off to the Hotel for some well deserved rest (as the night before I had been playing a sat for the WSOP on UB which didnt finish till gone 6am). Anyway, 7am came and I was awoken by the sound of workmen and their drills. This went on and off for the next 4 hours!!!!!
With little sleep, it was back to the casino for the final. Blinds were 1000 2000 and 3 rounds later, I was still on 20kish (18k i think) when I was BB with 10c 9c 4h 5h . Flop came 7c 8c 2c. So low stacked I couldnt get away from the large stack who bet 3k. Blank turn and again they bet 3k. Blank river and again they bet 3k and again i called. They had a Jack high flush - he also made 2 pr on the flop so I couldnt of pushed him off the pot. That left me so low when finding KK 2 8 it all went in - lost to a str8

So a 7th place finish - only my 2nd live omaha game, my first giving me a 9th place finish so 2 tourneys played in omaha and 2 final tables made.

Now I had alot of time to kill till the 750 double chance started later that evening so just sat around and dozed.

The comp started late and I was off to a yo yo start. from 5k up to 6 down to 4 up to 7 down to 3.5. I then had AK o/s in early position. 1st position posted a 3xBB raise which I called, so did 4 other people. Flop came Ace Ace Ace!!! How was i gonna get paid from this?? Well the origional raiser bets out 500 which I call. All the rest fold. Turn comes and the origional raiser sets me all in!! Happy days back to 7k. Managed to get to just under 10k when the 1st break came and the forced 5k add on so now on neally 15k and get moved tables.

New table was VERY aggressive, a skandie with 25k was raising every hand and betting every flop. Also there was Stuart Nash Ian woodley and Rob Young.
I found AJc in late position and made it 1600 (Blinds 200 400). Folded to Rob (BB) who flat calls. Flop comes J 7 4 rainbow with one club. Rob checks and I think a solid bet will take this pot, and bet out 3000. 2 minutes, Rob picks up his whole stack and goes all in (15k total). So with a pot of now neally 22k I am asked to commit my remaining 10k.
Thought process was he didnt have trips, maybe overpair, maybe 10 J (or something similar) or a total steel.
Now being so tired, after 5 minutes I decided to call. I was either going to have 33k early on, or I was going home for a well needed sleep. Sure enough he had QQ . The turn gave me some more hope as it was a club, but the river was a blank and out I went.
So I blew 15k with AJ on top pair top kicker with blinds 200 400 - BADDDDD!!!
My only conselation is that I KNOW had I not been so tired, I would of passed that hand within a few seconds.
So, the main event to come on Saturday - I will be FULLY focused and on top of my Game, just need the form to come good for it.................................

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