Monday, October 19, 2009

Cash Game: Skycity mmmmmmm

So the day after busting the main event, i was itching to get back in action so i woke early enought got showered and pretty much was over at the casino to see if there was any cash going.

There was a 5/5 game going and everyone had full stacks. I sat down beside that Chris the local who i had played maybe 8hours of cash the other day and 4hours during the tourney. We had respect for eachothers games and talked about other peoples play and stuff to each other. He played an unorthodox style but winning style in this game.

I built my stack up to about 700$ when this hand came up which was my first real decision.

I limp KQoff after two limps 3rd to act. A local guy in his mid 30's makes it $25 to go, 4callers when it gets back to me i call.

Flop AKQrainbow. Checked to the raiser who fires 30$, the sb makes it 85$, In this game i'm never folding its jus whether i flat now or raise, i reckon the orginal raiser is nearly always folding once i come in. So i flat and he folds,

HU sb checks on a Turn of a : 4c, i reckon he never checks a straight here and his most likely hand is a KJ, QJ, Ax hand. I bet a 100$ and he calls pretty fast.

River 7s, he jams instantly for 337$, i tank and tank, i just couldn't put him on a hand that beats me that plays it this way - unless he has played A4 or A7 and caught something.
So i call and he mucks.

The next interesting hand is one i played vs Chris, I was about 1300$ deep and he covered me.

limped around to me and i AJhh i limp also, the sb makes it 25$ playing 300$ he has jus reloaded. 3callers round to me including that guy who bluffed all in on the river vs me in the last hand. I call

Flop: K26 all hearts.

SB had checked dark, chris fires 75$, i flat hoping the SB shoves or Mr. Creative calls or raises, i want to keep as many one pair hands in as possible, SB calls and checks the

Turn: Jc

Chris fires 200$ into me, i have 900$ behind, the SB has 203left, i flat the sb jams his last 203$, we both call

River 5d

Chris fires 300$, i know he has a flush 100% time i jus believe he wil slow down with anything else i jam for 600$ more and he calls me with the Q7hh, for the 2nd nut flush

I would go into detail lil more but i'm rushing to get to the airport to catch my flight



Auckland Part 3

I wake up for the main event feeling quite good, even with my small loss the day before, was really looking forward to getting a good table draw and building my stack steadily.

My starting table was a dream really. I ran over the table to get up to 28k with no hassle at all and no showdowns. A pretty interesting hand i open A4ss in the cutoff to 300, flatted by a hungarian qualifier on the button(my read was he was a solid player and knew wat he was doing)

Flop KQQdd, i check, he fires 350, i feel he is going to fire 100% of his range when i check to him, i can peel one card here and fire alot of turns and rivers to make him fold alot of his range.

Turn 7s, i fire 850, he calls after one min of thinking

River Tx, not completing any flushs. I bet 2250, and he quickly folds.

My table breaks after two levels and i get moved to a super tough table with lots of unorthodox play. I've got a solid local cash grinder to my left. An aussie guy Ali Khalil, two young internet qualifiers to my right and two nits. A loose australian/lebonase guy who wil defend J4off from his BB.

I go pretty card dead and dwindle from 28k down to like 13.5k getting no good spots-(this is over of the space of 4levels), so this Auckland Internet guy makes it like 1k in the hijack and look down at JJ, my plan vs him was to 3bet/call. So i make it 3.5k

Ali Khalil flats after like 2mins of deliberation. I put his range to JJ+, AK- then the original raiser shoves for like 30k. I tank and fold and so does Ali who has JJ also. I don't know its pretty close but he is never jamming TT+ AQ+ there, my hand does pretty shitty vs his range. It sucked folding but whatever

This tight internet qualifier makes it 1500 playing 8k, i have just over 10k and shove blinds are 300-600 wit 50 ante.

He calls and has AA, obv my TT is not worth a wank.

Down to 2000, i double up twice wit A7s vs KJ and 99 vs 55, I then get a standard reship over the Auckland guys hijack raise i jam QThh, he thinks and calls wit AQoff, no miracles bye bye just at the end of the 2nd last level of the day

Auckland part 2

On the monday i explored Auckland a lil bit and got presents out of the way. I was still pretty fucked and about 5pm was ready for bed and decided to try to stay wake until 10pm. A bottle of Captain Morgan later, it was 2a.m and i was singing to myself.

I had quite a bit of college work to submit while i was here in Auckland. So i did it down the harbour while swamping a fare few pints, this was the tuesday i think. I went to the welcome party that night had a few drinks but had to strong an itch to gamble so went off played some -EV games and won like 30$.

I played flight 2 of day 1 so decided to play some cash to get me into the groove a little. The game was 5/5 wit a 15dollar cap a hand. It was a super soft game but i ran like a dog and lost 1k after 8hours of play. I lost in the region of 5/6 $300+ pots. One hand in particular summed up the day

I raise KsQd UTG +1 to 20$ playing 700$, 5callers.

Flop AJTdd,
i lead for 35$,
button shoves for 87$,
this loose guy playing ever hand and catching everthing flats, 100% he has a pair and a straight draw or a flush draw.
I make it 300$ straight. He calls quickly

Turn 4s
I jam for 380$, he say i've got so many outs blah blah blah, straight and flush draw, he calls

River Qs, he does this lil gay fist pump crap, not realising we are chopping.

This absolute PRICK, also did something pretty snakey too in a hand we played too

he opens UTG to 40$ playing 140$, I make it 105$ from the hijack wit KK(trying to induce the remaining players in). Folds back to him, he throws all of his chips in, dealer deals out all five cards my KK holds and he says he never said he was all in and that he wants his 35$ back. The ruling is he gets his money back. What a cunt, if he beat me would he have said i only called take 35$ back, he basically was freerolling me for my 35bucks

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trip so far

Well i left my house at 8.30am Friday morning and i did not arrive in Auckland until 6.20am Sunday(12hours ahead). In general my travel was fine, the entertainment and hospitality on Air New Zealand was fantastic. My only complaint i would have and i have had on my only other previous long distance flight is how horribly uncomfortable it is for me, the pain in my ass was by far the worst, constantly sliding down the seat, tbh it still kind of hurts now.

I managed to arrive at the hotel at 8.30am, i got a shuttle bus for Nz$30 and i would recommend them for anyone travelling alone to Auckland. When I got to the hotel I was arriving two days before what pokerstars were paying for so I had arranged with pokerstars that I would pay for the two nights myself, but when the hotel had no indication that I was arriving early. However it was no problem only I had to wait until 11.00am to check-in. I left my luggage at concierge and decided I would get something to eat/drink and check my emails. What I didn’t consider was that it was Sunday morning, so I presumed a few beers was a no no, only coffee shops where open and the last thing I wanted was something that would prevent me from sleeping in a few hours.

So I decided to walk toward the harbour and stretch my legs and look for an internet cafĂ©. I was beside a pub that was open. So I wonder in after roaming the web, looking like a sweaty serial killer type and I ask “can I get a drink?”, barmaid replies “why couldn’t ya get a drink, mate”. . . . I say “oh ah oh ah. . . . I thought. . . give us a pint of lager so…” boom served at like 9.30am. The entertainment was that good on the plane I never got a chance to look at my Nuts magazine I had purchased in Dublin airport, four pints of mac golds later and an update on on Danielle Lloyds . . . . . it was 11.00am and time to head to check in.

In my room by 11.30am, I didn’t realise how fucked I was until I tried to mount that hill, my legs were killing me, I was like fuck me, I’m bollixed, damn these new runners. I got showered and sitting on the bed (kingsize J) about to rest my little head noticed my right ankle was swollen huge and left was not as bad, I didn’t leave the hotel for 24hours that’s how fucked I was!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

APPT Auckland

Just packing now for the New Zealand. Looking forward to it, first package i have won off of stars. Have to be in the airport at 9.30 in the morning and it is a bit of a bitch to get to not arriving in Auckland until Sunday at 6.25am. I am arriving in a couple of days before hand to get over jetlag.

I am sure i will play some poker over there beforehand to get my feel back as i haven't played live since last May at JP's Masters, so i might be a bit rusty. I do not know what to expect of the locals standard but i'd imagine that they will be pretty bad as poker is still pretty fresh over there. As far i as i know i am the only Irish guy travelling to this, hopefully i can do well and go deep and become the 2nd Irish guy to take a title on the APPT this season.

My laptop has not come in time so updates will be dependant upon internet access in the hotel and surrounding area.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Online Online Online

Well i wish i could say my online career started as promisingly as some- you know the whole i started wit freerolls won a x amount of dollars and i never had to deposit or i deposited 50$ or something small and i never had to deposit again. I could also have done that but would have involved never playing on the internet again :).

My story begins with small deposits here and there, the odd 50euro or 100euro, but i approached it all wrong and never really gave myself a chance to suceed. I started playing online in around July 07. (when i turned 18 and used PP cos i had no cards or any that shit) I had probably lost maybe 300 or 400euro-(maybe more) until i found cardrunners in Jan 08 through a friend in college. I wish i could say know i never looked back. I watched the videos on cardrunners for 3months before i deposited money back online. Then in late April 08 i deposited 300-400euro's onto Betfair and was very determined to be a success. I ran this money up pretty well but ended up busting it through a number of stupid mistakes- Tilt control, Bankroll management and i'm sure there was some bad play in there too :) - and the casino option on Betfair.

I continued to make small deposits and it wasn't until the Sept 08 when i moved any funds i had online on to pokerstars which was around 400$ and decided that if i blew this roll, i would play poker solely as a hobby and forget trying to make serious money at it. I am glad to say i have not had to deposit again and that poker is my sole source of income. I play all my MTTs and SNGs on Pokerstars and i dabble in cash on Betfair(with the casino option blocked)


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Something i've thought about for a long time


This is something i've planned on doing for a while now and have been kind of lazy thus far to do it. So here it goes. . . .

Poker Background
My name is Jason Farrell. I'm 20years old, i have been playing card games my whole life, but what i think which is more importantly i had been gambling my whole life and knew how to place any bet(pretty much) in the bookies by age ten. I started playing poker properly(for money fairly small 5euro, 10euro) at around the age of 14/15 and this was only 5card draw and NL as well, which was interesting to say the least. I hadn't got too much of a clue, i knew the value of hands and stuff but didn't know my chance of making hands etc. I basically was just playing really aggressive and bluffing alot, i had no fear of losing cos i was used to losing my pocket money etc in the bookies.

It was fun, i liked it but didn't play too often, christmas time or if i was up in my cousins we'd play, i remember the first time we played Texas Hold'em up in my cousins and we wer all so bad the typical stuff of everyone seeing the flop the turn the river. The only time i had seen it once or twice on the racing channel and thought it was fascinating and wanted to learn more and more. So i was in eason's one day and picked up How to play poker and win, by late night poker or something. I have to say know looking at the book it is very basic but it was brillant for teaching the basics well, i then started to win everytime i played wit my cousins and by this stage we would play 20euro in wit buy backs, so the pot could escalate to 250euro, for a lad in 5th year and 16 this was a nice few quid to win.

Every year at christmas time my uncles would have a big game of 5card draw, NL, 7's and higher in the deck, 4handed, and thousands could end up on the table. The min buy in was 50euro, and this year i was allowed play cos i had my own money from the games wit my cousin. I got in and the game was going about 3hours, i didn't leave my seat all night and i ended up turning my 50euro into a lil over 700euro, i couldn't believe it i was so happy and this was the first time i realised you can make a lot of money at this poker.

One of my other uncles played around a couple of pubs in dublin, and he invited me over to play wit them after that xmas. It was texas hold'em 25euro, 1r or 1t, max spend of 50euro, the game was ran by BIGMICKG himself, and was a game of great value and atmosphere. The first week i played i played bad and was out before the break, the next week i was determined to do better and i managed to make the final table(stil not really having a clue wat was going on), went out on a race but cashed so i was delighted wit myself. Over the next year i got better, i read supersystem, played every week, would make the final table most weeks, i also started to play in some of the Vegas Nights games but preferred Micks games cos he gave more back to the players.

My first real poker experience came in the 2007 IPO, it was a great tournament and biggest buy-in i had played and prob the best structured so i was really looking forward to it. I managed to come 33rd for 550euro, which i was happy with but hugely disappointed wit, nothing went right for me day 2, i came back short like everyone and built my stack by playing hyper aggro poker wit no showdowns, i had jus ran set over set in a sick button vs blind confrontation, i held JJ and the button AA, i had 1/2million chips at this stage and cruising, he opens to 3x on the button i call wit JJ(my reasoning was people had to folding to all my raises and i was planning to check shove most flops), flop come J52rainbow, happy days, i lead really weak, he insta jams, i snap jizz call, i say ya must have AA or KK, he does but boom A on the river, i'm left wit like ten BB's, i push my way back to 17BB's if i remember rightly and i'm in the BB and UTG limps mistakenly thought he was the BB, sb limps into me, i luck down at J7, i obviously jam, the guy UTG starts talking are you at it again? calls for 2/3his stack wit the mighty JToff lol, knocks me out, the guy goes on to win it outright.

After the IPO, i stopped playing in the pub games as much and found the internet which i wil go into the next entry,