Sunday, 16 March 2008

Quick update

This week has been not bad. I chopped the 500 f/o at the empire on Wednesday 4 ways. Was good for 5.5k, which is very handy right now. I'll do a report on that one in a day or so.

Cheltenham was up and down but jolly good fun. As for online well i'm actually winning at cash. Done a few hit and runs at 2/5 and 5/10. Abc style of playing premium hands strong and not bluffing so much is doing wonders for me.

As for the tournies online well im going deep no cigar. Played a $1050 sat for monte carlo on saturday. Went quite deep but lost one race and that was it, win that and i was halfway there. Played my first wsop sat tonight and really played poor, love the stars structure tho and im 100% certain to get a seat from that site like last year.

Finished playing in the sunday million cple of hours ago. Came like 800th/7300. Good for just shy of 500 bucks, kinda dsnt seem worth it, but hey im taking that down soon!!

Laters ppl,

Dom.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

London Gukpt, Chelters festival....

Well last week didn't take off exactly as i hoped. In fact it barely managed a limp from the runway.

Monday set the tone for the week if i'm totally honest. Arriving just after 7pm for the 300 pound double freezeout at the vic, I was most dismayed to find out it was sold out and i if i wanted to wait i'd be alternate number 41.
Obviously i didn't wait around and set off with graham to the sportsman for the 250 f/o. After finding out that there were only 9 players registered with 5 minutes before they were due to start it was back into a cab and to the gutshot. Unfortunately although we managed to sneak into their tournie, (just) i was a little disappointed to find out their excellent 100 f/o had been replaced with a 50+5 head hunter tournament. I understand why they have changed monday night as they weren't getting the numbers and fair play to them, it's just hard to go from expecting to play a 300 to a 50 one with 5 quid bounties. As expected i soon donked off my chips and went back to the vic. I met up with tai and also bought in for the next days 500 just to be sure. A few beers helped forget the evening.

The next day brought a hangover as well as positive expectations of the 500. I was expecting a good structure. Unfortunately they decided to mess with a normal gukpt side event structure, something that seems to occur often with the vic. I can't really say that i like the casino. Unlike the other grovesnors ive been to, they seem to have their own particular nit picky ways of running things. Simple things like buying a drink can become a nightmare at this somewhat 'confusing' establishment.

Anyway rant over and back to the 500. They missed out a couple of important levels and made a 500 a bit crapshooty...and this was a two day event. Really ridiculous and it just isn't good enough. I played well throughout but after 6/7 odd hours i'd been dealt about 2 premium hands and was struggling to play flops. (Don't i always)
When my 3 aces were rivered by a queen for a straight i knew it wasn't going to be my tournie. I eventually had to push blind from the cut off and was looked up with the snowman, my queen duece unable to suck out. I departed in 27th from 150 odd runners just shy of the money. Afterwards things got a bit more exciting when i played omaha for the first time. Myself, james keys and a poker playing mate of his called ben went down to the gutshot after a few post tournie vic beers. Along with a memeber of the gutshot staff we played some 0.5/1 omaha pot limit. Really with no clue what i was doing i walked away 700 quid better off. However returning home around 9am as she leaves for work is probably not the best way to say 'good morning darling' to your girlfriend and the 700 snarlers were my only comfort in the doghouse.

Wednesday was mostly spent sleeping it off, playing omaha online-i've got the bug- and making it up to my gf. Thursday was looming...

As i arrived at the vic half an hour from the start i suddenly started getting butterflies. This is something i haven't really had since the wsope.
I guess it's because i really felt this week could be the one i make day 2!!
And hopefully a much needed payday.

Sitting on my starting table i recognised noone in particular-probably a good thing i decided. This is my 4th gukpt main event and in each previous one ive had bad starting tales full of pros. After half an hour of this one i'd assumed bully status on the table and although having queens twice i was pleased with my play in increasing to 15k. Yet instead of now sitting back and playing small pots i decided to increase pressure on the table and play most pots. By the break i'd lost half my stack after bluffing twice, once against a calling station and another when the guy literally was allin before my bet! So i felt some mixed feelings when i got moved from a weak table- to the table of death.

My new table consited of bambos, greekfish, ian fraser, mike maghee, james aikenhead and Kevin o'leary. Of them all i really didn't want to tangle with hit squadder james as i think he has a really great game, although i did wonder if i could tempt him into a huge bluff as i know he is capable of such at anytime. As it turned out bambos was my nemesis. The big stack on the table he was sat two to my right. He was always raising and seemed to be playing every hand-with much success. Finally i found 2 red ladies on the button. With 6500 chips and blinds at 100-200 i was still fairly deep stacked. When he raised to 500 i reraised to 1450. He called and we saw a flop with 3 spades ace high. He checked as did i, the turn brought a red king, again we both checked-i hated the board. The river brought a blank rag club and he bet the pot. This would leave me with circa 1500 if i lost. I figured he had one of two hands. A flush, probably the nut one, or nothing bar a small medium pair. I studied the guy and as expected couldn't get anything out of him, so i spoke to him. He seemed almost too relaxed but with someone of his experience i really shouldn't have read anything into that. I decided eventually that it was one of those hero calls where u either look like a fool or a genius calling with 3rd pair. When i called he showed the nuts and i was near the felt. Amazingly i managed to rally back to 13k after picking up some cards and playing well. But the blow up arrived soon enough after the dinner break. I started bluffing again and lost 5k odd in 2 hands. Then after finding ace king i pushed against greekfish's oop raise. The boots had me walking and it was better luck next time in manchester. Overall i am not happy with my play in the main event one bit.

I railed james keys on saturday as he went into the day 4th in chips. After getting near 200k he fell by the wayside around dinner time. With james it's always about what he feels is the correct decision at the time rather than a weak coasting into the money approach -something he could have done. This is why i like his game a great deal. It's a strategy which will find him in the top money positions in tournaments to follow of that i have no doubt.

Cheltenham this week has been long anticipated. I normally do quite well and i hope this week will be no exception. At the time of writing day1 was a level day for me and day2 has just been called off due to high winds. I may play the 500 at the empire tonight. The 200 the other day was okay but a deep finish meant no cash. Again it became a it shooty although as i got a big stack early on i can have no real complaints. My demise was mainly due to a tilty disposition after being sucked out on and then pushed off a hand perhaps i shouldn't have been. In the end i pushed when i shouldn't have and must learn from it.

Best go now, keep well all and speak soon. :)

Monday, 3 March 2008

Back from holiday, raring to go........

Well how great to have a break. Lanzarote was brilliant, truely peaceful, allowing me and my girlfriend to have a realxing stress-free week.

Ok now back to the poker and the gukpt week. Today is the 300 pound freezeout and i cannot wait. Im actually itching to play and this is the first time i've felt like this in a while. I think the break has helped de-stale my poker game. Things i feel i was doing wrong before the holiday have become apparent and i believe i am ready to erase them. Of course a lot of this will still come down to how the cards fall, but not making bad moves will certainly help me. Im hoping this week will be profitable in many ways not just financially. Yes a nice win will help the old long suffering, smaller and smaller bankroll, but its more important than that for me. Just one nice result will confirm some things that really need to be clarified. Issues such as is this the career for me, and am i really happy doing this?? Both answers i firmly believe are Yes, but maybe i just need a confidence booster. And it will come this week....honest:)

Played online for the first time since i got back last night. Won a little 5 quid tournie with 250 runners which i only played for a laugh. The 220 squid all helps though. Then i played the blue square qualifier for the vic gukpt this week. I flopped two sets and was unlucky not to get paid off in both cases, still for once they werent cracked. I departed in 30th however after yoyoing my stack perhaps a litte too much, no matter i was happy with how i played and no bad beats to moan about. That is not the case however of the mansion 150k. Firstly i was most dismayed to learn they had added one rebuy option to the guarantee. With the 1000+ entries last night and the rebuys taken the added value was barely $4k. What with the terrible new software i may give the tournie a miss in future, which is a shame as the standard is still mostly atrocious. My exit was hard to stomach. With 500 odd left and an average of about 6k i was coasting along with that amount, despite being largely card dead. Finally i picked up aces in the big blind with blinds at 150/300. I was overjoyed to see the cut off raise, but when the button came along for the ride i felt the need to jam somewhat, i only really wanted one caller-unless both were willing to pay the price-ive had my bullets cracked once too often on mansion to slow play with more than one opponent. Anyway i jammed it up to 2900. Enough in my opinion to drive out at least one marginal, but also enough to almost signal a weaker hand, i would normally jam a little less with aces. Anyway the cut off called and the button folded. Flop came q, 8 5 rainbow. I pushed hoping he had aq, kq. He called immediately for most of his stack. When he turned over j10 off i was somewhat surprised but only now fearful of his gutshot 9 hitting. Two running jacks though soon had me out the door. I want to play a player like that, yet its still doesn't pay the bills...short term!

Ok speak soon all.

Dom- the man who never, ever moans about bad beats.