STT Challenge

I've made myself a little 6-Max STT tracker in Excel to chart my progress. There isn't much choice in the way off STTs on Stars which is why I've been playing 3 or 4 different levels. I'm probably going to shift my roll over to iPoker as I've got a good rake back deal sorted with Betfred.

Did two sets of 3 and a set of 2 this morning and got off to a shocker, but I've now made a comfortable profit for the afternoon. I'll probably post updates on this every 20 or 30 games. My first target is to be in profit after 100 games. I'll then set a new goal...I've already survived my first

Finding my time for poker a lot more limited than I'd like at the moment as I run a poker night on a Monday, play for a pool team on a Tuesday and do band practice on a Sunday. Between being a world class boyfriend and going out on the piss I don't have that much time left. I'm limited to sneaking a few games in when I'm at work at the moment. Weekend days are difficult as I don't want to play drunk or hungover....I'll work something out though. BR is currently standing at $1236.80

GCBPT Teesside Report and Online Update

As promised, I thought I'd give a little report on what I got up to in Teesside at the weekend...

I Set off from Blackpool at about 10.30am and had a straight run through with little traffic. Arriving into Stockton, I couldn't help but notice that it was an absolute shit hole. No offence to anyone who lives there (Blackpool is also a dustbin) but 'kin 'el. I only really saw the industrial estate and retail parks I travelled between, but I was informed that it doesn't get much better.

Arrived at the 'hotel', Teesside Metro Inn, at about 1pm and checked in. I suppose you get what you pay for (£25 a night) as it had a shared toilet and shower. The room was about 13' x 8' and had a bunk bed, a small sink in the corner (with complimentary ants) and a 14" telly with an indoor aerial and no remote control (but it was colour!!).
There was a sign under a light on the toilet door than said 'When light is on, toilet is in self-cleaning mode'. Self-cleaning toilets?? Fuck that. It looked like a portaloo and had no bog seat so I wasn't using that. I baked my shits for the casino (and one in KFC on Sunday morning...finger licking good) and pissed in the sink in my room.
Later in the day I got chatting to one of the dealers and mentioned where I was staying...he took a lot of pleasure in telling me that it was basically a brothel and if I wanted any sleep my car would be a better option. Great.

My bunk bed and sink / toilet combo

Day 1

It's properly cramped in the card room and I'm drawn on table 2 seat 9. I hate seat 1 and seat 9 as I like to be able to see everyone fully, but in these seats the dealer is in the way. Anyway, I've had two pints the limit I set myself (and also the optimum amount of alcohol to play poker or pool) and get to work.

I have a pretty poor start trying to see cheap flops in position with mediocre holdings, only to be raised by the blinds and calling anyway. I end up jizzing about half my 10k stack with donk shit like this, but with 10 mins before the 1st break I pick up KQ in the cut-off and call an EP raise. One of the blinds flats it and we take a flop of K J 10. Blind checks, EP checks and I raise 1 k leaving me with about 3k behind. Blind flats it and EP thinks then folds. At this point I'm concerned that he's calling with a monster here as he knows whatever the next card is I'm going to shove so he's clearly playing for my stack. I send prayers for an A or a 9 and they are answered when a most beautiful Ah lands on the turn. He bets out 1k and I give it a bit of a think then shove the rest of my stack over the line. He thinks for ages before finally calling (which only leaves him with about 6k behind). I flip over the nuts and he tables KK for a set.....unlucky kentucky. River is a blank and I'm back in the room with over 10k.

I'm not going to go into too much detail about every big hand as it's boring and takes ages to type so I'll just gloss over the key ones.

I was up and down all day making some good reads (and one great one) and some pussy laydowns and bad bluffs.

A10 v AK trying to knock out a short stack...nope down from 18k to 14k

22 v KJ against a medium stack. She was pissing me off raising my blind out of position so I put her to the test.....and won. Up to about 23k.

A3 v ?A then two hands later 77 v AQ. Against the same fella, he kept raising 3.5k with weak holdings. He did it on my button so I shoved A3 suited as I was confident he was at it. He thought a while and folded. Few hands later he made the same move so I shoved again with my pair hoping for a call with overs (I'd not lost a race all day so I was happy to go for it). He called with AQ and didn't improve...laters!

AA v K6 the one and only time I saw bullets this weekend. Caught a guy with his fingers firmly in the till and got a big double up to nearly 39k. Not long later he shoved his last few thou in on my BB when I had JJ. Got even more value with a 2nd caller who I promptly chased out of the pot with a big bet on a 9 high flop.

From here I went steady to and was on about 58k going into the last hour when Dave Colclough comes to my table along with the current chip leader.

77 v KJ I 3-bet Colclough preflop with 77 which he calls. Flop is K-7-x. I check, he shoves, I call, he walks after river pops out another K to give me the boat. OYP Colclough. Glad to get rid of him though as he is a dangerous player. This put me just shy of 100k!

Watch a video of Colclough getting NoCash'd here.

Just decide to wait out the level and keep away from the chip leader (who is on about 130k). But I just can't help but gamble and end up spluffing about 18k in the last 15 minutes. I'm coming back to day 2 with 79300 (average is 42k) and 4th in chips. Good day.

Day 2

I was pretty relaxed and feeling fairly confident going into day 2 4th in chips. When I got back to my flea pit I spent a bit of time going over the days play in my head. I concluded that I was maybe getting bullied out of too many pots and was not being aggressive enough.

I knew there were a lot of below average stacks coming back for day 2 so my plan was to get involved as much as possible with them, even in race situations. My pre-match interview is here. Unfortunately this was to be my undoing and I didn't last much longer than the 1st level as the following happened...

66 into AA

AQ into AK

77 into KK (on a blind steal from the button, BB had KK...FFS!!)

and finally....33 into 44 with 10xBB left.

I couldn't even buy a suck out. So gay.

In retrospect I could have sat tight and waited for better spots and got away from most of those hands, but that wasn't my game plan. I think it showed a lack of expericence in a couple of areas of my live game as I haven't played many 2 day events (this was the 1st time I've made a day 2)......this was summed up by something one of the players on my table made to me after Day 1.

He asked what sort of games I play online and I said mostly 6-max cash and SnGs. He said he could tell this due to some of my hand selection and attempts to steal blinds etc. Either he was full of shit or was as astute observer at the table, but either way I think he hit the nail on the head. I think I need more practice at full ring (ring...l0l!)..especially live. Will have to keep going to the weekend comps at The G and do a bit more online.

So to summarise, I think I had a solid day 1 winning all of my races at the right time and hung with the best of 'em. Day 2 I played like a proper donkey and was deservedly back on the good side of the Pennines by 18:30. Disappointing not to have anything to show for 12 hours of poker but I did learn a lot including knowing what it takes to get to the 2nd day of a comp, mentally and physically. Every cloud was a freeroll thanks to AWOP VIP club and I found a tenner on the floor in the smoking area! My costs for the weekend were:

Hotel / ant's nest/ portaloo / brothel (Metro Inn) = £51

Fuel = £20

Food and Drink £10

Found a tenner -£10

So maths fans that's £71 for a few days of decent poker. I would have spent double that if I stayed in Blackpool and gone out on the piss.

Online Update

I was speaking last week to DevilMeat ( about focusing on one particular type of poker and setting myself challenges or goals. He is currently running a HUP SnG challenge with certain rules and targets. See his progress on the UKPL boards

This is something I was planning to do for myself, not HUP, but probably something with 6-max SnGs. I was not going to set a challenge as such, just a profit target. I was thinking maybe $1000 to start with, with no set time limit, but just keep an update going on here.

BRAG ALERT!! Well last Friday I stuck £20 ($30 odd) into my stars acount and opened a $.25/$.50 cash table. By about 11am it was up to about $100. I then moved and 1/2 stacked a $.50/$1.00 table. About an hour later I'm over $200 so hit a $20 and a $30 SnG and get a 2nd and first respectively. I then do a $30 and a $50 and win both. Think I cashed one or two more after that (can't remember) but my roll is now just over $500...or half way to my target.

Of course the idea of the challenge was to focus on a particualr discipline which I haven't done and I'm also not properly tracking any of my results or employing any bankroll management. I think I'll try to reach the $1k mark 1st then worry about these trivial details :-)

Seriously though, I think I am going to focus and track results just on STTs once I'm properly rolled for $50 games using the 5% rule (so $1000...well, just over including reg fees). I'll probably play in sets of three (not starting a new game until all 3 are finished) which I'm currently comfortable with and will drop down to $30 and $20 if I drop below $600.

I've been playing on Stars as I love the software, but I also have a great rakeback deal on Virgin, although the software and BOSS Media network are pony and I'd have to track reuslts manually (I use Excel for a living though so this isn't much of a problem). I can also get good rakeback deals and deposit bonuses on iPoker (Betfred) and FullTilt.

I happy to bonus whore so if anyone else can recommend any good deals I'd be interested to hear from you.

Tonight: From £500 in Teesside to tonight's £5 game at the Oxford Pub.....lets see if I can ship it and wipe the smile of fat boy Mackenzie's face!

One thing that did cheer me up this weekend

Chelski 0 - 1 Liverpool.....GO ON RED MEN!!!

That's enough for now......laters.

Ok....Everyone loves a train wreck

This is what happened one drunken night (morning) earlier this summer.

What a tool I am...this is the STT losses I mentioned in the last post

The only silver lining is that it was all profit I was losing and not my own hard earned (clutching at straws here!)....This was months ago though so it's onwards on upward from here....

Don't get me wrong though....I'm still ace at STTs :-)


My name is Dave Garden, 26 year old 'enthusiastic' fish from Blackpool. After reading a lot of poker blogs on t'internet, I thought I'd do my own....and it's probably gonna be shite (like many that I have read) but sod it. Gives me something to do whilst I'm bored at work (IT Manager for a mobile phone company - not very exciting).

I want this blog to start from now so I'm not going to go into too many of my past poker exploits. Suffice to say I have won and lost £1000's but never anything life changing (good or bad) and I'm probably break even for 2008 so far. One of the things I have started taking more seriously recently is tracking my results so hopefully I'll be able to post some graphs on here to show how I'm doing.

I'm currently playing a bit of everything. I used to play solely STTs with the odd MTT or Satellite thrown in.

This year, after a bad run on STTs, (well I say a bad run, I came home steaming drunk one night and proceeded to demolish a healthy bank roll and then some between the hours of 4am and 7am one Sunday morning) I decided to go for a bit of 6-max cash at $0.50/$1, $1/$2 and $2 / $4. Again after running up a nice healthy roll ($80 to $1700 in a week), I proceeded to spunk it off when I came home drunk and have got a graph to prove it - not that I intend to post's too depressing.

......has anyone spotted the flaw in my game yet??

Anyway I intend to address this minor issue (!) by hiding my laptop somewhere I can't get it without waking up the missus.

Ok back to the present. This weekend I'm travelling across to Teesside for the GCBPT £500 Main Event. I was going to play in the Liverpool leg but there were some problems getting me registered.
I won my seat for this through the (AWOP) VIP club and Virgin Poker. When I went on my STT heater I generated a fair bit of rake. Part of the rake back deal for the VIP Club is satellites to live events.

Every couple of months the top 30 rakers in the VIP club play off in 3 STTs for a live seat of their choice (prize incudes reg fee). Top 10 go into the Gold Sat for a £1000 live seat of their choice, 11 - 20 go into the Silver sat for a £500 live seat and 21-30 play for a £300 seat in the Bronze sat. I was lucky enough to bag a £500 seat earlier in the year so shall be playing this GCBPT event. Just a shame that the Virgin software (BOSS network) is such a turd pile.

For more info on the VIP Club and visit It's a cracking site that I use day-in-day-out. Full of friendly folks and I have met many excellent people and players through the AWOP community.

Back to GCBPT - I'm looking forward to the experience although I know it's going to be tough. My 1st target is to reach day two. I'll hopefully be able to update you on my progress as I'll be taking my laptop to the hotel. Speaking of the hotel - it's a £25 a night budget 'Metro' hotel. Looks very basic but I only need somewhere to lay my fat head at night. All the rooms have 3 beds, one of which is set above the other two in a bunk bed sort on configuration. I'm deffo sleeping on that bad boy. It'll be like being in prison, but hopefully without the bum rape.

Laying off the poker until this tournament now, but will probably put some online time in next week. Need to try and satellite into the Blackpool leg of the GUKPT but I always seem to be busy when they are on. Tried to satellite into the Sunday $250 F/O final sat on Sunday afternoon but both the 14:00 and 16:00 failed to get enough runners....probably because the players were in Thanet for Leg 8.

I've just started running a poker night at my mates pub, The Oxford in Blackpool. It's on a £5 bit of fun but it's friendly and a laugh. Could do with a few more runners so if your in the area on a Monday night at 8pm get yourself in. Used to be a bit of a rough pub, but's it's really been turned around and it's a nice family gaff now. Anyway, .Mackenzie won last night - one of the few people I know who loves to get right at it as much as I do....fkin bluff monkey.

Shit, that was a lot of waffle. GL me over the weekend. Will update next week.