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!