Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Out...

Yeah busted the wsope main event yesterday around 6ish. Will write a detailed blog, including some hands, probably tomorrow. Quite down right now, but am hoping james keys can do a little better. Will be railing from the comfort of my computer, the guy has a great game and a lot of confidence.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

50K Day 1A....

Helloooo.

Well it's weird how i've swiftly moved through to day 2 on a nice above average stack after the year i've had. After 7 GUKPT'S with no day 2's, im 2/2 on wsope's. Of course this means nothing yet, and boy is there much work to do.

So here's how my day went, obviously won't go into huge detail incase any potential tablemates stumble onto this page, unlikely i know, yet worth being careful.

Sat down 15 minutes late after a rather hectic few minutes after arriving late to the casino. Registering i was scolded for an ID issue, which though resolved was no perfect start. I then changed into the rather nice luminous bluey shirt and set about the day.

My opening table was a mixed bag. I once again encountered the very solid Ted lawson (over $2 million in cashes-and a wsop bracelet), he was on my first table last year, but this time i had the all important position. Max Pescatori was also briefly around before busting, yet the other players were pretty TAG and unknown to me. Basically it was a very nice table to have.

Some poor bloke departed my table within 20 minutes when he was unable to lay down the 4th nut flush on a flushing board, that trumped by the 3rd nuts, both hands perhaps overplayed so deep i'd suggest.

The table got much much harder when chris moorman arrived having doubled up early on another table. Over the day we tangled a few times, something perhaps familiar to last year's tournie early on with a mr tabatabai. Like john he has a great game and is very, very tricky.

Eventually my table got moved to the tv area and were greated by a fellow named Joseph Hachem. I won a nice pot off him with a flush arriving on the river, a hand that i felt proved key as i was somewhat 'off form' for a few hands previously. After that encounter i barely lost another hand and built up from my 25k stack to 50k through a variety of steals, hands holding up and general preflop aggression.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow yet need to get a good night's kip as i expect about 175+ players to be left. It's as if i'm starting all over again, which is fine by me.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Playing Day 1A....

Just found out i'm starting the WSOPE main event on saturday Day 1a. Quite pleased with that as it mean's if I get through the first day i get a day off rather than having to play through.

Going to write a proper blog in next day or two, right now bit busy.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Stuff.....

Hello all. The last week has been a bit busy. I went out friday night for my birthday, had a nice meal, although the staff at the italian were a little weird. They took a whole 20 minutes to ask if we wanted drinks, and reacted as if i'd broken expensive china when i knocked over a cheap vase, placed clumisly by the side of the table.

Pokerwise it just aint really happening. I need to start analysing hands a bit more as i'm not really playing my A game right now, which is something i need to rectify b4 the WSOPE. Talking of the WSOPE i played a sat for the £1500 side event down the empire last night.

A £50 dealer dealt rebuy brought a 70 player field, with 6 and a half seats available. Early on i realised the average standard on my table was atrocious. Unfortunately, I kind of contributed to the sub-average play. I had decided to play reasonably loose in the rebuy stage as i knew after the break the structure would become a little shooty. I had enough snarlers in my wallet for 3 rebuys and an add on, and i needed every last quid. Didn't win a showdown in the rebuy stage, either finding semi-bluffs snapped off and missing, or losing races with junk. Not finding premium hands shouldn't be a prioblem yet it seemed it.

After the break with 6k in chips I found bluffing was impossible against bad players who slowplayed top pairs to death like it were the nuts, ignoring all draws as if non existent. Reverting to ABC i doubled up with kings after someone got a bit jiggy with a medium pair. Quickly bluffed off most of those chips before with a shooty structure left me with 7200 and 6-1200 blinds and UTG.

Now with 40 left and an average of about 15k i knew a double up wld give me a real chance in the crapshoot. but i didn't feel i could allow myself to go through the blinds. The BB had half his stack in the blind so i reasoned any hand with prospects would be an auto for me, just didn't like my position. I looked down to see A9 off suit and quickly shoved it in. Mid position woke up with AK and that was it, i would have beaten the BB tho as his 47 missed. Now i'm not sure if in a sat i should def shove here. Yet with blinds going up in 5 mins and 6 bb's with an m of 4 i kinda think its pretty standard. I think.

Returning home b4 midnight i felt unsatisfied by my poker's night work and thus fired up my laptop. Quickly busted in 2 sit and go's-my bread and butter too. So decided to change tack and play one MTT on crypto and one rebuy on tilt. Ended up 2nd in the crypto one for a few ton and 11th in the full tilt-amazingly deep rebuy. Was happy with the crypto result, especially as i didn't play great in it, and i've won a lot in that particular tourney over the year.

However, the full tilt result was upsetting. 268 runners in a $20 rebuy brought a $4k first prize. I looked odds on for this as i soon gained the chip lead holding on until 20 out. Yet now my steals became obvious and i started to get 3 bet all the time. Eventually i cracked and played an horrific hand with 11 out. Sitting in 7th with 70k and an avergae of 100k, i was 2nd to act on a 5 handed table. The UTG player raised to 9k,(blinds were 1500-3k, antes 300). Looking down at ad10c i prolly shoulda either mucked or shoved. Yet i bled called and was glad when the others folded. An a54 with two hearts looked okay and i flatted the c bet. The king of hearts didn't look horrid but i felt i had to protect from the flush draw when he ckd, yet he then ck rsd me allin. I insta called as i felt with half my stack in cldnt fold, yet i clearly could. It's clear i'm beat and i haven't felt as bad about a hand i've played in about...2 days. :) He had ah 6 h and had the stone colds.

Seriously though i need to look at playing more patiently and not blowing up so much. 90% of solid play just don't cut it. Gutshot last ever 5 quid rebuy won't be the place to try this out though, so best find a way to qualify for the 1500 on friday. Sit an go anyone?

Off to the gutty's last hurrah now...should be a blast.

Laters peeps,

Dom.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Word-block....

Hello all.

I've been kinda suffering from writer's block recently, thus its not been easy to blog.
Don't know why exactly, i often am guilty of talking far too much in person, i guess online i'm more of a mouse...well sorta! lol

Poker has been up and down as usual. Going deep ALL THE TIME in online Mtt's. Yet i am perfecting the matasouw blow up. It seems getting the chips is easy, getting the chip lead in 100k tournies-easy....yet keeping them and not turning into a huge LAG when i should TAG up a bit-impossible.

I've started 4 betting more and more in my game, i'm noticing ppl 3 betting me with air and finally doing something about it. A few months ago i though 3 bet was a treble and air was just something i need to live.

Played a wsope £1500 side event sat last night. Unfortunately i never really got started. I lost all flow and finally started pushing 3 hands in a row just to attain a stack and an appearance of a 'player'.

I'll be railing my mate james keys online as he tackles the barca EPT over the next few days. The guy has an incredibly good technical game, something i could certainly learn from. Think i have an edge on natural flair though!!:)

The word block has arrived again, so best go.

Laters peeps,

Dom.