Friday, December 18, 2009

UKIPT Manchester

Weee Weee <---that is a sign of happiness not that i have pissed myself or anything,

Just shipped a package to the UKIPT in Manchester, hopefully the trip wil fare better than galway,

i am stil down money the last two weeks, but this is a step in the right direction,

i actually pretty much bubbled an EPT sat for Deauville, getting rivered in an >av. stack for HU.

In other news

i had a savage time in maynooth on monday, drinking began at 2 o clock on the train i only arrived back in dublin at 12, i get to my house to realise i had left my house key in the hotel, so i had to leave my bags in a neighbours house, it really sucks cos i never lose my keys and always slag my sister about cos she is serious culprit.

It was 3euro a drink in Maynooth, and maniac busy, great buzz about the place. I am not one who likes to wait on a drink so was buying 4bottles at time, needless to say by 11 that night i was blitzed and don't remember much other than 5 of us standing round a mizzoni box at the street corner at 1am,


i wil prob not play much before the new year the odd session here and there, but 2mro i have the 12pubs of xmas which has a no. rules and shud be good banter, i hope to win the best xmas jumper award, Homemade FTW, i might post some pics of i bring out my camera.

Also would like to congradulate Bigmickg on his 4th place finish in Galway, ul not to go all the way, maybe we can chop Manchester


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poker can be so frustrating

Played the 550euro side event yesterday,

have to say my table draw was not ideal but alot softer than the main

had a very fishy english(indian descent),and an asian guy who was huge value

Keith McFadden, Sirtoyou from boards, Fintan Gavin, Fergal Nealon(was at my starting table in the main),

i also had Michael Murphy on the table, i know he's had some nice results this year, but from my very short period playing with him i thought his play was awful, raise to 6x the BB, betting double the pot multiway,

i had few interesting spots really other than, i limp blind v blind first level into a local, he checks, i have AhJs, i am not huge fan of raising any hand from the sb,

flop comes J8Thh, i bet 75 into 100, he min raises me to 150, i call pretty quickly,

turn is a blank, he now bet 300, and i figure he can be value owning himself with worse jacks and pairs so i call

river comes an 8, pretty ugly card, he now bets 525, i beat pretty much everything bar 8x, JT, overpairs are not in his range, i would think he would raise TT pre also

as much as i expect to see an 8 here alot, i do expect him to have missed SD and FD and worse jacks,

anyways he had 87hh, i lose

next interesting spot i have is vs Fintan Gavin, he raises in MP, i flat QJs in the hijack, McFadden calls on his button, flop comes KT4rainbow, fintan checks, i do also and it we see the turn which is the 8 of hearts putting a FD out der

fintan leads for 600, i make it 1725, and he looks at my stack and puts me all in,

i have 7k behind, i have the flush draw and straight draw and regret raising, i fold and Fintan says he had three 8's

3hands later i open UTG to 300 wit 86s, fishy indian calls as does the asian guy,

flop comes down a dream 97ddKs, i have 86dd, asian checks as do i, the indian guy bets 800, i make it 2200(6700), he snap flats, turn is ugly and is Jh, i jam for 4500,

he snaps me off wit QToff lol, gg nh sir

so i go up to my room and load up stars and play maybe 6tourneys or so and get coolered and 3outered in them all

i'm always very positive and i was like okay sunday will be my day so i plan to start wit the warm up and play everything up until the Sunday Million

I run into AA in 22$ on a AKK flop and i have AK lol, in the warmup i run my AA into AK aipf, to lose to running diamonds

manage to double up in the 40k guaranteed so i was like its not my day reg for no more tourneys, manage to get a good stack together and had decided a fuk it i wil reg for the 55r and 22$ cubed and the Million

went out of the 40k guaranteed in a race about 50spots off the money,

in the 55rebuy i lasted 3hours eventually going out in a big pot wit AJ vs A7 vs AT, i have AJ, played 3% of hands, i literally trebled up in the rebuy and added on and stole a couple of pots

22cubed had the same 8k from all the rebuys at the 500/1000, AJ button shove no good vs AQ,

finally pick up no spots in the million until the blinds are 300/600, i have my original 10k, button playing similar stack makes it 3x, i flat wit KK

check the T52 flop he checks back

turn comes T, he bet 1200 i call

river comes a 6, i jam for like 6k he snaps AK,

very next hand i have the button cut off makes it 1800, i have 20k, make it 4400 he jams i call wit AK, he has AA

LOL i know the variance of tourney poker is high but i jus couldn't get going in any of them

Anyways in other news i am looking forward to Xmas and the celebrations begin for me 2mro, i am leaving the radisson early 2mro to get back to Dublin and onto Maynooth wer i will be going on the lash, there is loads going so shud be good banter,

i also have a pub crawl on saturday and my sister will be back from Tanzania on friday she has been gone 6weeks and to say i have missed her is an understatement and that is even wit two trips to break up the 6weeks,

and then on sunday i'm going to see damo dempsey in whelans, 16euro a ticket bargain

Hopefully my next update will bare better news

Oh yeah fair play to BIGMICKG on making the Final Table here in the UKIPT, top bloke, hope he can take it down


Friday, December 11, 2009

We are off to the races. . . . .

Just busted the UKIPT here in Galway, i will get to my bustout hand in a minute,

i actually drew a pretty tough starting table considering that there was over a 100qualifiers from pokerstars,

i had Larry Ryan(very nice guy btw), James McManus, Mark Spellman, and the other players wer all playing pretty competantly and had a basic grasp of poker,

i had a few interesting spots, for the first level i hardly played a hand and dwindled to a bit,

then came a spot wer i open KTdd UTG 50/100, to 300,

Button flats, flop comes 434cc, i check/call 600, i plan to fire the turn and the river, as he is going to fire at this flop wit pretty much all of his range, and if he does a have the top of his range here like 55-JJ i can put alot of pressure on these hands, i also can get folds from similar hands like mine Ahigh etc,

the turn is a 3s, this is actually a pretty bad card for me a higher card would have been better, but i stick wit my plan and he calls my 1125 bet quick enough,

my plan was actually give up because i believe he is going to call on most river and his range here is 66-99, TT be unlikely cos i hold a ten, i think he would have played JJ or QQ more aggro,and he 3bets KK and AA preflop, so i figure i would value bet if i hit a King or a Ten, and bluff if an Ace hits the river

As hits the river i bet 2k, and he folds pretty quick and says you rivered me,

this was one of 2pots i won, other one was taken down pre,

so another spot comes up wer this guy who struck me as an old school player, he reminded me of someone like Mike Caro,

he had previously 3bet, a 350 open and two flat call(i am in der wit AQ), he makes it 2600,

anyway he opens to 450, i'm playin circa 18k, i flat in the SB, 50/100

the BB says "yeah yeah i call", the flop comes 284rainbow, i lead for 750, i figure that the OR will re pop wit hands that beat me and may call wit worse some of the time,

however the BB called quickly

me and the BB had played an interesting pot about an orbit before this wer i have JJ, i open to 300, get 5callers, cbet 1125 T62hh, he is the only caller, the turn is an ugly card for me being a 3h, so i check he quickly checks behind, the river is a 3c, i check and he fires 2100, i tank for a min or so and fold, its a pretty tough flop, the only had i beat is AT type hand and random bluffs, like if this is a value bet i'm beat,

therefore my read on this guy was that he had like a set a huge % of the time, anyways the turn comes a 6, i check fold to his 2000 bet and fold my 99 face up,

he said he would tell me on the break wat he had, but if he was on a weaker table he would stacked two people by now,

the very next hand, it is opened by UTG, Larry Ryan flats 300(he had been playing lots of pots with few showdowns), some other guys flats i look down at QhQd on the button and it looks like a great spot to squeeze, the UTG player calls(he was the fishiest player at the table and bet sizing was terrible), then Larry announce raise i knew he didn't have AA or KK, because i believe he would not slowplay them but previously he had slowplayed AK vs me when defending his BB,

he makes 4025 to go, i think okay is capable of making a move here? yes, will he call my shove wit worse? yes i don't think he will fold JJ or TT or AK,

i shove for like 16k, he calls and tables AK off,


Ad turn
As River,

busto, i am not a fan of his 4bet/call cos QQ is like the bottom of my range,

i have to say it was fun to play a circa 350BB so earlier, ah well,

its better to get knocked out of a tournament early then play for two days and cash

i'm not bothered really cos i played well and bust out hand is pretty standard, perfect spot to 4bet bluff, i honestly might have shove TT or JJ(however i would have flatted with them)
another option i was going to do was to just call the 4k and play for stacks on any flop wit no Ace or King, but i lose so much value doing this everytime i win the race

so wat to do now? i think i will play the 550euro side event 2mro, i think i wil also be back in dublin for Monday and go to Xmas in maynooth there is a good gang going and it is going to be some craic

also i will grind online tonight and play a few tournaments


Monday, December 7, 2009

It was the best of times it was the worst of times

Will do a proper report 2mro, anyways played 3tourneys on stars today 109$ 40k, Sunday warm up and a 22$ tourney that started at the same time,

bubbled 22$, coolered in warm up,

managed 3rd in the 40k for $18k my biggest single cash,

was unlucky not to win it going out wit A9 vs A6, however i had my share of run good and bad

my volume online recently has been very poor farting about here and der, i did manage to run a step 2 ticket to step 6 so i will have to wait for new step 6's cos i actually cannot go to the PCA bohoo- college i love you!

anyways proper report 2mro

nice one to get me in the mood in galway