ECOOP V Event #3 Continued

Following on from the fail of this event in my last post, Amatay mentioned that there was a freezout for some kind of fail on iPoker that he'd vaguely heard mentioned over at Blonde Poker. Well after a bit of investiation and fannying about I found the thread and low and behold there is. Next Monday there is a $25k F/O for all remaining players (436 of us) starting with the same stack we had when the tourney went down.

Thanks Victor Chandler for letting me know you bell-ends....still not received anything from them about it, but I've checked and I'm, reg'd. $6.2k + £1500 tag watch FTW!

iPoker Fail = Profit

I satellited into ECOOP event #3 yesterday for $11 (ECOOP 3 is 109$ Turbo R/B) expecting to play it is a freezeout. Anyways after an hour and a half I've chipped up without taking add-on or any rebuys and I'm sat about third in chips on 20k. 1100 or so started and we are down to 450 with 150 getting paid.

I take a hit and him down to 12k then all of a sudden the tourney stops......dead.......and doesn't restart. My cousin is also playing so i ping him on MSN and it look like the whole comp has failed. After an hour I ring support and they say its going to be cancelled as iPoker has failed and I'll be refunded my buy-in and a small % of the prize pool. I mention that I satellited in...they say ill just get a tourney token and a little bit of cash.

Looked at my account this morning and there is no tourney token, but ther is £233 ($385 ish) which is probably about 50th place money. If someone offered that at the start I would have snapped your hand off considering my $11 total outlay before the tourney. gg iPoker, gg me.

I Win Bets

Last week I decided enough was enough and I was going to actually win something that I bet on. It worked out quite well.

First on all was the CBMPT playoff in Blackpool for a £10k sponsorship package to play the Coral Tour next year. Obviously, I wasn't playing this having not binked a main event or been top money winner (just £1k - sigh) but some of the people I met on the tour were. Coral were running an official book on the event, but in stepped James Keys to run his own book on AWOP with better prices:

Leg 1 :- Jim O’Connell 8/1

Leg 2 :- Tom McDonald 7/2

Leg 3 :- Mark Trett 10/1

Leg 4 :- Chris Brammer 11/4F

Leg 5 :- Steve Holden 6/1

Leg 6 :- John Gardner 12/1

Online League :- John Littler 14/1

Money Winners League:- Richard Lewis 8/1

Having only played against Chris Brammer and Mark Trett the choice was out of those two. Mark knocked me out of the Teesside M/E and went on to win it and I thought his play was excellent. At 10/1, the choice was easy. $20 on. By about 9.30pm that night, Mark had won the event. Ship it Keys! Very well played Mark...I wish you best of luck with your sponsorship package - as long as your not on my table obv.

Next up was the Sunday night 'Mirror Prop Bet' that Amatay came up with over at RTR. The idea behind this was a group of fish all play the same set of Multi-Table SNGs and/or MTTs and everyone sticks $20 in the prize pool. Donk that wins the most money in all comps wins.
There were only 4 of us in the end (Me, BurnleyMik, Amatay and Richeh) which was disappointing, but hopefully if we do this again we will get more. The games we played, all on Stars, were:

$4.40 / 180 Man Sng
$12 / 180 Man Sng
$22 / 180 Man Sng
The Bloggermner $5.50 MTT

I managed a final table in the Bloggerement (outside the money) and 4th place in the $12 SnG which was good for $150. Only other person to cash was Richeh taking 3rd in the bloggerment, but my $150 was good enough to take the bet down. Ship it bitches.

Out of nowhere, I got a little cash roll to start grinding 25NL again. Admittedly I'm a little under-rolled (ahem), but I crushed last time and hopefully varience won't chew me out and I can do it again. With pay day looming I can also top up my roll so I've got 20 BIs. It'll be nice to start next year with something of a BR so I can set myself some kind of challenge or goal. I've decided to try out the Micorgaming network via the Purple Lounge Skin. BurnleyMik has got us a top rake back deal and playing there will help support RTR so I'm happy to give it a try.

Does anyone have any ideas for a year long challenge in 2010 for a 25NL player?? Please post your thoughts.

Coming up this month is the AWOP xmas party which is always a right laugh and plenty of pissed up poker goes down a treat. Last year I sat down at a £1/£1 cash game with £100 and walked out 6 hours later with ~£1800. MBFN!!! Mostly thanks to a very drunk Steph 'The Mole' Boyd....cheers fella :-)

1st thing I'm looking forward to in 2010 is the APAT UK Team Championship in Manchester. I've been selected to play for Team AWOP as I was last year. I also know RTR and NPF are fielding a team so there's going to be plenty of banter and it's gonna be loud! The AWOP (winning) team is as follows:

1. Rick "DoubleBubble" Gilby

2. Dave "NoCash" Garden"

3. Martin "Bigbills" Devlin

4. Ky"Hutch" Hutchinson

5. Paul "Murph" Murphy

6. Phill "Flisby" Gilby

7. Anna "PokerB1tch81" Astley

8. John "Little John" Hare

Bloggerement Time!

GUKPT £500 Report and Rest of the Year

<<---This is a long post so here's Megan to keep you happy.

The £500 didn't go great for me and I busted late on Day 1. After finding KK 1st hand (and making a huge 300 chips) the rest of my day was down to some marginal holdings and having to make bigish laydowns. It was a double chance 4000+4000, but after the 1st hand everone on the table took the ticket (which I was going to anyway).

A few hands of note:

I find JJ in EP at the 50/100 level and pop it up to 400 and get MP (solid player) and BB (calling station) call. Board comes down 4 6 8 with two clubs. BB checks, I fire 800, MP and BB call...hmmmm.  Turn is a 3d. BB checks, I check for pot control (not sure if I should have fired again here, but MP insta-called my bet and just looked confident). MP fires 1650. I'm not really sure what to make of this bet. It straight up prices me out any flush draws (although there are some implied odds) and stinks of a set value betting, but with 5300 in the pot I feel I have to call and hopefully get a cheap showdown. River brings the 3rd club (9c). I check again and he fires 3600. I can't be good here and I ain't shipping my tourney life on level 2 with one pair OOP so I fold with a healthy 5k behind. Looking back now, I should have probably bet the turn, folding to a raise instead of being a passive fanny, but pot control was my thinking with 3 of us in the hand.

At the 75/150 level I'm still around 5k. I'm on the BB and find JJ again. MP raises to 525, CO calls and SB shoves for 3k. If this was BvB then I snap call, but with two players to act behind me I tank it then fold. Original raiser and caller also fold and sb shows KK! GG me.

Exit hand:- I finally work my stack back up to around 9k by finding AKh with a flop of As 9h 7h. Betting all the way, turn K! River blank and take a nice pot. I quickly lose 3.5k of this in a race against another short stack with AKs vs 99. Dwindle down to 4k and eventually shove at with KQs. Get looked up by Andy Bradshaw with 77. Flop a Q but river is a 7 and I'm off to the cash table.

I did enjoy the comp though, but I don't think I would like to be staked for live tournies again. It just adds pressure which I could do without. Don't get me wrong though....I'm very grateful to my backers for showing faith in me so ...

Gaz Peck
Steve Bro
Rick Gilby
Phil Leddy
Tim France

I had a horse in the £500 (Gnashers) and he managed to bubble. FML!! I also had shares in DoubleBubble in the M/E and he bust out late on last night after a flying start amongst the CLs at first break. He was short, but got another sick sick beat to add to his resumé - All in pre with AK vs Kd4d. Flop = 3 x diamonds. nh.
The following afternoon I played the £30 r/b sat for the M/E (1500 starting chips, 1500 add-on). 96 runners made 8 seats. I dealt the first few hours and dealt my self some belting hands. Down to 26 players and I get moved with 20k (no rebuy or add-on. smooth). I raise the first hand with shite in LP to welcome myself to the table and take down the blinds. I decide to do this a few more times and quickly donk off my entire stack. Some people have no respect! I munched down the sweet chilli chicken buffet before departing and that was the best food I've ever eaten in a G Casino.
Good luck to Clarkatroid, Little John and The Rev who survived day 1a (John 5th in chips at his first GUKPT!).
This post is getting tl;dr so I'll wrap up. Next month I'll be playing at the AWOP Xmas party £40 f/o which was a blast last year as well as the online APAT thing. That's pretty much it. I don't have a roll online at the moment (fixing up the house) so I can't play any cash.....I NEED A STAKE!
I'm looking forward to next year as I'm playing the APAT team event and I'm gonna be trying my ball sack off to qualify for some of the new UK and Ireland PokerStars tour events that have been announced.
That's it.

GUKPT £500 Side Event

Tomrrow night sees me taking on the £500 GUKPT Side Event at Blackpool G. I managed to get together a stake to play this so many thanks to all my backers. I'd love to ship a bit of this as I'm broke atm! I have a couple of horses in this event as well as the main event so there is still hope even if I don't get a good run.

I'd also like to say good luck to Defty (DOV), Rick 'DoubleBubble' Gilby and Martin 'BigBills' Devlin who are all going back today for day 2 of the £150 Side Event. I have 10% of Rick so hope he runs good!

That's it for now. Hopefully include some news on the APAT Team Championships in my next post - both AWOP and RTR have been selected to play.