APAT Report and GUKPT

As per my last update, I travelled down to Bolton last Saturday for the APAT English Championships. Met up with Snake and Krons from RTR in a café in the city centre beforehand (fucked if I could find the place though) and had a good old gossip and got to know the lads as it was the first time I'd met them - sound blokes as well. We headed back to the casino for a pint about 15 mins before kick-off and I handed my (dead) money over the Martin (BigBills) for the last longer bet.....I'm going to really have to stop doing these last longers as I never win! We check the seating and although he's gonna be late, I've got Ant1966 on my table - another fish who came to the RTR Nottingham bash earlier this year.

First couple of levels I find a few cards (best one being 23o when it's limped to me in the BB ad the flop come A45...mbfn?...yeah it is!). I steadily chip up and by the first break I'm sat on 16k. There's a good bit of table banter and I'm relaxed and having a good time. Burnley Mik has finally arrived just before the break and we all take stock of how were are doing. Mik is on fire with over double his starting stack after playing for like 0.3 seconds.

After the break, I notice it's getting a bit warm in the card room and it appears that the air-con isn't working. I start feeling a bit sick so I shut up for a while. Anyway, long story short, I went SUPER card dead. In fact I feel like I've been card dead live for the last month or so! When I do finally find something playable I'm getting 3 bet for fun, when I 3 bet I'm getting 4 bet shoved over. FML!!. I started getting really frustrated, (which doesn't usually happen when I play live unless im pissed) and after being chipped down to about 5k, I shove over someones 3-bet, button on blind with 55, last hand before the 1 hour dinner break. He tables AK. Ace in the door and I'm out the door. I hate the picture APAT took (above). It looks like someone has pissed on my Christmas presents, but I was actually still enjoying myself at this point.

Big shout out to Krons though....this was his first ever proper brick and mortar event and he managed to come 2nd for over £2k and the silver medal! SHIIIIIPP!!! I'll deffo be playing APAT events in future. Well run and a distinct lack of knob-heads knocking about which is always a plus. Just hope I can bag a place on the RTR team for the the APAT Team Event in January!

Onto the GUKPT, and the BlueSQ sat. It started well and I had Jeff Kimber two to my right. I watched his play closely and wasn't that impressed. Even though it was a rebuy he was just too willing to gamble with muck (ok if you can afford it I suppose). I stacked him twice in the rebuy period. After the rebuy period however, I turned into a donk and lost my stack on two big bluffs. First one was fair enough and I lost a 3rd of my stack bluffing into the nuts. The second one was riddic and I knew the other guy was weak...can't remeber exactly what happened, but it involved him calling 3 barrels with 2nd pair, no kicker on a flushing board. Ghey.

I played another live super-sat at AWOP last night, but missed again. That really is it for me and the M/E now unless I get a score in the £500. As soon as Blackpool GUKPT is over, I think they are starting sats for the first leg of 2010 GUKPT so I'll be donating some money towards that.

£40 T/C tonight at Blackpool G and DOV and BurnleyMik are making an appearance so should be fun.

I was going to write some stuff about how much I enjoyed Liverpool battering United at the weekend, but I can't be arsed typing anything else....one last thing I will write though - go check out the new look http://www.raisetheriver.com/. AFD has worked really hard redesigning the site and I think it looks the bollocks.


APAT Engish Amateur Poker Championships & GUKPT

I shall be headed down the road to Bolton to play my first ever APAT event this weekend (not including the team event I played for AWOP last year) after getting a tciket on the exchange. £75 buy-in  with no reg, 200 runners over 2 days should make for a great weekend of poker. I'm sure the cash cames will be buzzing to so gotta get involved there if I get bummed out of the comp.

It's my first trip to Bolton Grosvenor and I've heard mixed reports about the place, but as this is APAT members only I suppose it'll be a very different experience to playing with all the locals. A couple of fish from RTR are heading there too (BurnleyMik, Ant, Kronsdat and Snake) and Martin 'BigBills' Devlin is also playing so it promises to be a good 'un.

I played last week in the £250 Sattellite final at AWOP HQ - 18 Runners 4 M/E Seats. I fucked it up early doors trying to bet Paul Murphy off his flopped top pair when I held AK and missed. Second half of my stack went slowly, getting churned by the blinds and eventually losing a race for a 9k pot. Missed loads of good shoving spots prior to this though and generally played pretty poorly. GG Garden.

I'm taking one last crack at a GUKPT M/E seat tonight on BlueSQ $100 r/b. I've already binked my first $100 in one of the shitty $5 rebuy sats so I'm $90 in profit already :-). If I make the break I'll take an add-on, but dont plan on rebuying. Last time I played on of these I came super-close to a seat so hopefully I can go one better.

Played a bit online since my Betfair wins but only result was a deep run in the $20.5k GTD 6-max on FTP, finishing 18th for $235 - AJ no match for 77, but I'd bluffed off half my stack about half an hour before. WP.

As a warm up for Bolton I'm shooting down to Blackpool G on Thrusday night for the £40 T/C. This is becoming a very well supported comp with 80+ runners and there is some good value to be had in the field. Just short of the FT last time....becomes a bit of a crap shoot towards the end, but it does have to get finished.

I've enjoyed spending some of my recent winnings on non-poker or bills realted stuff. I don't usually do this and end up either re-donanting or at best paying the bills. I've had loas of jobs pending on my house for ages so I've stuck a grand into getting some of them sorted. £200 goes to the missus for a new pair of glasses (I'll be fucked if she see's what I actually look like) and I've just spunked £100 on a new jacket for myself. I've spent about £300 on nights out as well :-(. Got a bit back to jizz on poker but I'm in no rush. I've just got a little schedule planned out for what comps and sats etc I want to play online. Giving cash games a little break again as I was starting to tilt badly.

Ship the $5.5k+ Week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had a pretty decent week of poker this week. On Wednesday night I shipped the Betfair 3k GTD for just under $1k

Which I then followed up with a win in the 10k GTD Betfair Online Side Series Game for 4.4k

Add to this the $400 profit I made 6 Tabling 25NL and the £250 GUKPT M/E Sat Final Seat I won at AWOP and we have a fookin solid brag post.

Betfair write-up is here:

Looks like I won a chipset as well. Just what I needed - my 3rd chipset.

Going for another bash at the £20 R/B super sat tonight at AWOP. See if I can win another seat which I'd cash in and probably play a side event or use it for DTD 20/20 weekend (which I'm doing anyway). If anyone is going, give us a shout and we'll meet up for a beer.


Winning @ Poker!

Yep. Actually winning at poker at the moment. WTF!!!

Last night I played another £20 r/b super sat for the GUKPT Blackpool M/E £250 final sat at AWOP HQ and got a seat. Had a torrid time during the rebuy period, but eventually managed to come back after the break with 9.5k after my 5k add-on. 14 runners generated four seats and two cash prizes of £60 and £40. Coming up to the bubble with the Blinds at 1500/3000 I was getting pretty damn short with 12k and eventuall called an all-in from the other shortstack, Gez Hilton. I table A8s, him JQs. 8 on the flop and A on the river did the trick. Now I had some time to fold and wait for hands or other shortstacks to bust. Eventually it was Rick 'DoubleBubble' Gilby who lived up to his name and bubbled the seats for £60.
I think the final is later this month. 18 Runners with 4 Main Event Seats up for grabs. Bring it on. Probably gonna be live on www.thenut.tv/live

Also started playing micro stakes cash online again and it's going really well. I don't want to jinx myself by posting graphs just yet, but I'm just over 13 BIs up (before rake back), playing 25 NL in about 10k hands. solely playing on Full Tilt now...I just find the games easier than iPoker. Oddly, I was four tabling, but I've just started 6 tabling (it keeps me out of trouble) and my win rate has improved. Overall my current win rate is 12.5bb/100. I'm now actually rolled for the stakes i'm playing! First time for everything.

I look forward to writing me next post where I'll go into detail about how I jizzed off an $800 roll.