Pre-Christmas Update

Gonna do the £100 F/O at The G in Blackpool this weekend. Hoping for +100 runners. Usually a good comp this (despite the sicko beats I've had the last few times), but I think it would be better if they introduced running antes.

I'm off the the AWOP mansion next Tuesday for the £100 NLH cash game. Shan't be spunking off more that £200 live cash experience is limited to home games (profit) and drunken Saturday nights at The G (loss). It's probably -EV but, fuck it. I love a gamble.

Still planning to play at least 2 ECOOP events, but not had any time to play Sats. A straight buy-in might be on the cards, but need to watch the funds with Xmas round the corner.

The Oxford Pub poker night that I run is getting better. 11 runners last night. The banter is pretty good. Last night topic of conversation was the filthiest porn you could get hold of. I get paid in Beer which is a nice bonus.
It's 7.45pm every Monday - £5 F/O. Donktastic, but worth a fiver just to see the shit people shove with (me included)! Not to mention hearing about every one's weekend exploits and Mackenzie's fucked up taste in porno.

Week 2 of the pool league tonight at home against Pickwick Tavern (shit hole). Got myself a new cue. '57", Black with a rubber grip' was the description on ebay...thought I was looking in the wrong section for a minute (although it did give me an idea for a Christmas present for the missus). Carried over my beers from last night's poker as well so should get comfortably drunk. Get in.

Update next week with my tales of wins and losses. Or just losses.

Dig that one out!!

Looks like this will be my first non-poker related post....and I'm gonna try and keep is short as the last few have been a bit war and peace.

The pool league started last night and I'm playing for The Oxford pub. Our first game was a bit daunting as we drew Rileys away! I've not played in a league before and wasn't too familiar with 'world rules'. Anyways our captain elects to play our 'best' players first and they manage to win one game out of five, putting us 4-1 down.

Shitter....not a good start. If they hit 5, they win and take the 3 points.

...just to add, our opponents look like a group of inbreds. Loads of dodgy facial hair, crap shirts, lisps and sister bothering. Wardy said when he first saw them, "8 people, 1 tooth". That wasn't an exaggeration.

Anyways, no pressure then as Wardy took to the table. 3 of us left to play and all of us having to win. Ward was against a fat middle aged woman who was really shit. Wardy duly destroyed her and was unlucky not to get the 7 ball.

Next up was me against this weird boy/girl/cat hybrid thing. Got off to a fairly decent start but committed a few fouls and missed a few sitters (I was about 5 pints in by this time though). Got back into it though and a nicely played, pressure 3 ball clearance at the end put us right back into the game.

Austin was up next and he hadn't been playing well over the weekend and carried his poor form over into this match (against a girl that can only be described as a Goblin). She nearly potted the black which left if over the pocket for the rest of the game and when she rolled her last yellow over the opposite pocket with Aus' last red tightly on the bottom cushion, it looked all over....but no. Aus manned up an went for the spectacular long double and managed to pull it off. Black was a formality and it was back to 4-4!
The match was then to be decided by doubles. Best of 3 frames. 1st one was over in 3 visits thanks to some good potting by Mr Ward. 2nd one was class. One of their players who had won their game decided to start heckling and generally being a twatbag. After a decent shot by one of the banjo players he decided to shout "Dig that one out!". We went on to win the game and the match in the next few visits....shouting "Dig that one out" after every pot. From 4-1 down to win 6-4 was pretty fucking sweet, especially with the cocky arsehole heckler. Went off back to the Oxford for a few pints and a bad head this morning. And to think I nearly fucked it off cause I couldn't be arsed!!
Next four matches are at home. Bring it on!

AWOP's Weebrick ships Blackpool GUKPT!

Just want to say congratulations to Brian 'Weebrick' Clarke - a fellow member of AWOP - for taking down the Blackpool leg of the GUKPT. He was down to 4k in the mid stages of the tournament (Qs done by 7s) and managed to grind it back up to make the final. He was short stacked throughout the final table and through a mixture of excellent play and some good fortune, managed to win it. When he got HU with Zach Ford (GCBPT Liverpool Winner) and the chips became level, they chopped it for £75,000 each and played of for the bit that was left and the Champion of Champions seat.

Brian is also a genuinely nice fella and good player. What makes this victory even sweeter is the fact that he was free-rolling in this event as he won his seat through an AWOP VIP Club satellite (in which he took most of my chips!). Well done fella.

I visited Blackpool G myself on the Friday night and the GUKPT was in full swing and the card room atmosphere was great. I used the last bit of my Virgin sponsorship fund to play in the £100 F/O support event. It was capped at 5 tables (due to GUKPT) and had 77 alternates! Eventually ended up with 66 runners in total.

I played very tight for the first two levels (saw two flops in the first hour)...but that was mainly due to be really card dead. Only player I recognised on my table was Graham Morl who I believe is an APAT champion. I've played against him before and he's pretty solid so tried no to get too involved. Only other player of note was a guy (local I think as I'm sure I've seen him before) who was convinced I raised on each of his big blinds (this happens a lot to me) even though I had only done it once before!! It's good when this happens because when you do get a hand and pop it up you get no respect and can take down some nice pots. The guy was a laugh though and thought it was funny that we are both called Dave (lol...uncommon name then?)

It still amazes me how little attention some people pay to how others are playing. After not playing a hand for about an hour, I found KK in late pos. Raised it up a decent amount and got three callers! Cheers for the respect boys! Took it down uncontested after betting out a J high flop.

Few hands of note that help me build my stack:
Busted a short stack's AA with KJ. K on flop and turn with jack on river! Dirty (Karma got me back later - see below).
Catching 2 pair on turn with A6 against a guy who has flopped 2 pair with 64.
Getting a few medium sized pots with QQ , KK, AK etc.

After this I was going along nicely staying roughly 5K above average. With about 30 runners left I made my first real mistake which I couldn't recover from.
I raised from the C/O to 2800 (with blinds at 600 / 1200) with AA. Button called and everyone else folds.
Flop is Q 4 7 rainbow. I bet out 2400 and get a call. My first thinking here is maybe something like JJ, KQ or AQ at best...all easily within his range. I couldn't see him not reraising pre with QQ to define his hand and with two players left to act I'm sure he wouldn't be letting them see the flop cheap with the worry of As and Ks hitting. Turn is a 7.
I have to find out where I am with another bet so stick in another 2400. Again he flat calls and alarm bells start ringing. I still can't put him on QQ but A7 or 44 is my next best guess and would fit the betting pattern. He was only really showing down decent holdings previously but with such a small PFR by me he may have come along hoping to get lucky and could also explain the flop call. Also 77 crosses my mind but odds are against it with two on the board. I've not totally discounted AQ, but again I think he would have reraised the flop. River is a 2.
I check the river pretty certain I'm beat (due to the number of hands that beat my measly one pair) but he prices me in with a value bet of 2.5k into a 17k pot. I make the call and he shows me 44 for the boat.

I think I played the hand fairly bad pre-flop altough I was unlucky. There are arguments for a bigger PFR with 3 people behind. 1) is to make it look like a steal and get the blinds calling or reraising me and 2) not to telegraph the fact that I have a monster. Having said that, if I do raise more, I'm not sure I get the call from the 44 and get no action for my Aces.

Looking back on the hand I should possibly just check / call the turn or even check / fold if it's a large bet. Check on the river was fine and the value bet was good play by oppo as he forced the call with the odds I was getting. Gonna post this on a few forums and see what response I get. Probably get torn a new arsehole but I'm here to learn.

Few hands after that I'm down to 12 BBs and push from MP with 77. Run into aces (obviously) and it's home time for me.

If the G has returned to it's normal schedule I'll be down there Saturday afternoon for the £15 +1x £15 RB/A.


Cashed - Stars $109 rb/a $70k Guaranteed

Decided to have a pop at one of these last night and had a fairly deep run. 23rd from 233 with no rebuy or add-on!

I never intended to rebuy so was playing as a freezeout and ditched my usual LAG style and got back to basics with TAG. Despite numerous distractions during the rebuy period, namely my mum coming round with my neice and nephew and wanting me to fix her laptop, I still managed to get to the end of the rb period about 20th in chips.

I think I played the most solid tournament I have ever played (up until the mistake that ruined me...more on that later) and showed a hell of a lot of discipline (which is odd for me). I even kept tilt at bay the odd time I did get outdrawn. By the end of the tournament a had a VPIP of 19% which, in contrast to my usual LAG 30% - 36%, shows a pretty radical chance of style.

Went card dead after the 2nd break but managed to pick my spots and bluffed a few key pots. For once in my life I had a solid table image and was afforded tons of respect, which I used to good effect bluffing a 25BB pot with 8h9h and an AJT (1h) board to put me in the top 10 in chips approaching the bubble.

Bubble lasted about 30mins with 6 or 7 ppl with less than 20BBs. I was in about 7th place when the bubble broke, but had both 1st and 2nd in chips on my table who were trying to dominate (I looked them up during the break and they were both seasoned online MTT pros). Kept out of their way and was plodding along nicely when disaster struck....

Now for the life of me, I don't know why I did this and it kept me up a bit last night thinking about it. Approaching the 2nd cash bubble, it was folded round to me in MP with A5off. Earlier in the night I'd been dropping trash like this without a second thought, but I decided to try to take advantage of my tight image and steal the blinds with a raise to 5 k....(blinds at 800/1600/150)

I had about 52k at this point. Player directly to my left re-pops to 11kk with about 12k behind so clearly he's not folding. Now this is the weird bit. Instead of folding, I re-raised all-in. WTF!! My brain was screaming fold, but my chubby little fingers had their own ideas.

I knew as I was doing it that it was wrong, but my hands got there before my brain. What a dick end. Anyways he calls and turns AQ (something I wouldn't have risked my tourny life with against a tight player, but I'm just trying to make excuses for my shite play here!) and he flops both the Ace and the Queen. Fk my life.

I'm now left with under 30k and a few jaunts through the blinds leaves etc leaves me struggling on about 24k with blinds at 1000/2000. I finally pick up AQs and get it in against our resident chip leader who shows 10 10. I don't improve and fail to take down the pot that would have put me back in the game.

I really feel like I was playing good, disciplined poker and if not for losing my concentration at a key moment think I could have made the final. 1st prize was nearly $17k which would have made one hell of a Christmas, but alas I have to make do with $765......bugger. Gives me some hope though and I'll deffo play one of these again.

Just as an aside...the guy on my starting table must have had 10 rebuys. 1st hand after the rebuy period ended I bust him....myself and the rest of the table lol'd hard at that...poor chap.

Poker for the Festive Period

Since donating most of my roll to the Stars fish, I don't have much to play with over the festive period. With Christmas fast approaching and a recent purchase of some new musical equipment, for the most part poker is going for a burton probably until the end of January.

I do, however, still have €160-odd left in my Virgin sponsorship fund for live events (part of the AWOP VIP Club package) so I will be playing the £100 F/O on 14th November at Blackpool G. I played one of these a few months back and it was was a really good comp....eventually went out with AA v QQ that made a flush after I hit my Ace...pfffft. With it being the Blackpool leg of the GUKPT, there should be plenty of runners although it may be heavily capped as I think the 14th is day 1b of the main event.

Only other things planned are the AWOP Xmas party which is a £40 F/O (but I'll be hammered so don't expect much from that) and to play in a few ECOOP events on iPoker....depends on funds and / or if I get chance to play some sats.


STT Challenge Update:

Ok I don't have a graph to show you as I don't have the correct version of office on my home laptop. Anyway, I jizzed off about half the BR in one session. I went 11 straight games without an ITM finish. Not going into bad beats but I had it in with the best of it at least 8 times...I proceeded to win most of it back playing cash, but then lost it after going on tilt after another bad STT run. Maybe I shouldn't be playing such a high variance brand of poker when I'm still so prone to tilt....

Speaking of's an odd thing. I rarely tilt playing live...well I do a bit, but only usually for brief periods and it's not half as destructive as it has been for me online. I also suffer from positive tilt where I go chasing a big win after just having one...again only online. I realise I'm doing it and I recognise it as probably the weakest aspect of my game, along with bank roll management....although I believe these two issues are not mutually exclusive.

At least I've found my next topic of reading to improve my game...any article or book suggestions welcome.....

I've withdrawn the bit of money I have left for now as I'm giving online a rest for a bit (which usually helps with the results)....when I like poker again I'll probably stick some time in on the live Sats and might play some of the ECOOP events on iPoker. Just don't have the spare time to commit to a big BR building session at the moment...I should have realised this before spunking off a fair wedge of profit.

Probably get some live in this week sometime....Saturday hopefully.