Thursday, December 28, 2006

Want a $15k WSOP Package?

I am sure most (if not all) would say "YES".

Well I have a possible way - absolutely free!!

DTD Online poker are running a $25k freeroll on 4th February at 7pm, where the first prize is a $15k WSOP package

The rest of the $10k will be distributed as a normal tourney.

All you have to do to be eligble for this great value freeroll is to download DTD poker using either the banner at the top of my blog, or the small banner under "links" - and setup an account. You will also have to deposit some funds, and start playing to earn 400 MPP's (approx 8 hours of cash play).

So, what do you have to loose??? - Nothing
And to gain?? - Well maybe a $15k WSOP package.

£150 f/o at Stanleys

Wanted to go and play the £75 f/o at Luton on Boxing Day, but also wanted to spend time with the Family (Well it is Christmas!). With 2 hours to make my mind up, I did the decent thing and poured a "large" glass of Vodka/RedBull - making my mind up for me.

So, with a £150 f/o at Stanleys the next day, decided to give this a bash.

Having never been to Stanleys, I did not know what to expect.

Was I in for a disapointment. Max of 6 tables AND SELF DEAL!! Had I of known this, I would not even considered going. I dont think I will be going back anytime soon either.

So with 40 players (the prize pool said 39, but thats another point) it was a 10,000 point comp with 30 min blinds.

I eventually wnet out 11th with a push from UTG with JJ , but the BB called over half his stack with KQ and duly hit.

On the online front, I have managed to gain 500+ MPP's on DTD poker (As well as the Rake back, this ALSO gives me £10 credit to use in DTD live club. 0.02p per MPP) with relative ease (2 x 3 hour sessions) showing a small loss but it is early days. I am still keen to carry out my "plan" for my poker in the new year.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

First Venture into DTD Online MTT's

Had a bash at the £12k guaranteed last night (£50 buy in). My Fisrt MTT on DTD poker.
Got off to a shaky start, but proceeded to double up twice mid comp to give myself a good stack, but things went horribly wrong and was short stacked again. In fact I was short stacked upto the money (top 20 paid).
Then it was time to take on the gamblers. Funny how when people make the money they are inclined to just move all in with nothing (as 20th was same money as 11th). Worked out well for me as 3 times I had monster hands which all held up.
With the final table approaching, I decided to take a HUGE gamble against the c/l with my pocket 9's. He had been raising constantly and I moved all in over the top, to which he called and showed AQ. My pair held up and I was now 2nd in chips.
Final table came, and apart from one slight accident (where I slipped down to 6th) I remained in 2nd spot.
With 4 left, the comp was very tough. C/L had circa 300k, I had circa 130k and the two others had circa 30k (approx 8 BB's). The C/L was pressuring us with great effect, and I did not want to go against him again without a premium hand. Luckily enough for me, he did let off a few hands and I duly applied the pressure to the two small stacks taking one of them out.
It was soon heads up, with him having approx 5 to 1 c/l on me. With £2500 for 2nd and £3700 for 1st, it was still to play for.
He was very aggressive (as I expected him to be) and constantly moved over the top of me to any raise - except for the 3 times when I actually WANTED him to come over the top, he folded!
I did manage to get up to neally 200k which meant one more double up and I took the c/l. But it didnt happen. I finally moved all in with 3 4 - he called with AQ which held up and I took 2nd.
Pleased with my game, and the outcome - not bad for my 1st MTT on DTD.
Made a change for my hands to stand up, and 50 50's to go my way.
Good start to my plan, as I now have a bit of a roll to play with.
This comp was also the last in a series of comps comprising of a leaderboard. Top 250 get extra cash and also a freeroll for 3 EPT seats.
I was VERY suprised to find that after just one comp, I was 80th!! So thats another extra $200 - It all counts!
Shame the leaderboard is now finished, seems it wasn't too hard to make top 10!
I am in a couple of SATS soon, one for Aussie Millions, one for WPT.
Thinking of making another stab at the $1mill on Stars tonight - Ive had 4 out of 5 cashes so far in this, but nothing major - hoping for better tonight.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Goals for 2007

I saw a thread on a forum and it got me thinking.

I have had a terrible run of form for a few months (this also includes playing badly sometimes) which has resulted in a serious downswing in the bankroll. This had a knock on effect of playing less cash - which is where (I feel) the REAL money is to be made. Sure, you can make a profit playing tournaments only (as I did for the first 3 years).

As I do not play fulltime, and poker is not my main source of income, my bankroll management skills are not upto par - purely because they dont have to be. This has caused me to go "skint" online twice this year.

So my main objective in 2007 is to start treating my poker like a business rather than a hobby (albeit a profitable one).

Just before I qualified for the WSOP this year I had circa $25k online (which I built up from playing freerolls, then a couple of STT's then a nice tournament win) and was playing $5 $10 and $10 $20 no limit. I was making nice profit playing these levels - elbeit way out of a bankroll of $25k.

Now dont get me wrong, i HAVE withdrawn during the year (from the $25k) to pay for luxuries and buyins for live events, but this again was just a further drain on the bankroll and to be honest, a bad month then left me "chasing" - A MORTAL SIN!!!

So, I intend to play cash online during the week (within my bankroll), and use 1/4 of the profits for tournament poker for the weekend and the following week, transfer 1/4 of the profits to Neteller thus keeping 1/2 of profits to add to the Bankroll. When tournament results occur, I plan to transfer 1/2 of the win to Neteller and add 1/2 to the bankroll. This, hopefully, will result in a nice tidy sum accumulating in Neteller - which I shall use for live events, uk festivals etc... while also allowing my bankroll to continually increase.

Well thats the plan anyway. To encourage me to stick to this, I intend to post my monthly results on here as well as keeping my spreadsheet going.

Monday, December 11, 2006

DTD Online Launch!!

DTD Online launches tomorrow (12th December)

If anyone wants an account setup, let me know and I can arrange this for you.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


I must confess to being a little lazy in the updating department, and for those that read this I apologise.

I have many articles to publish, all of which should be up by this weekend.

One thing I will mention now though, is that DTD online poker room will launch next week! WATCH THIS SPACE