Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ice you Bastard

well if you had of told me on saturday afternoon if i was going to spend sunday til 7pm tonight in hospital i'd have laughed at you,

lil did i know when i slipped on the ice on the way home from the shop that i rgery on my wrist would need surgery, i iced my wrist had a few cans of devils bit with my mates and threw a sling on my wrist and i went out, when i woke sunday morning in agony, since sunday afternoon i have spent going from vhi swiftcare to a & e in blanch. it was in vhi the doc said how badly i'd fractured my wrist that i shifted the bone the otherside and i need to get a plate put in my arm,

so off to a&e in connolly fun begins arrive 6,30pm, 7pm tiage nurse sees me, 8pm blood taken and drip added to my vain, 9pm meet surgeon and told i would stay overnight, got a bed in casualty 11pm, surgeon introduced to some of the team and tells he is confident i'll be seen, moved to a day ward noon next day thought i'd be operated on that day, 5pm comes, surgeon comes out explains he won't fit me in as two life threatening injuries have skipped me in the queue

, more than fair enough just a nuisance for me as i would not get seen until tuesday, another night of boredom fasting and plenty of half doze offs and loads of painkillers,

8am nxt morning delighted to see the surgeon, nurse dresses me which is strange i was like the biggest baby you've ever seen, the pants i had to wear where just LOL,

operation went well with no complications, anastecthic is the strangest feeling ever, came around about 3pm today and wanted to get out of hospital as quick as i could stated to drink water get dressed, went loo, sat up in a chair,

nurse comes in says your staying tonight, now all surgeons i spoke to that morning said i should defo get home that afternoon unleess i react badly, i didn't, i demanded to see a doctor or surgeon to be told why i'm staying overnight, 10min later surgeon clears me and asks the nurse why she said i had to stay? she said my paperwork wasn't finished , he said thats not a worthy enuf reason etc and she had told the surgeon i hadn't came round,

he wrote up my perscription and told me he'd see me for my check up in 2weeks,

crazy few days glad its over, shouldn't affect my Oz plans too much, on the mend now i think

bastard ice


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm not dead yet!

Well its been a long while since my last blog post, and lots of things have happened since then. I guess the biggest thing is that I decided that I’m going to go to Australia in January for the year. My best mate mentioned to me last march that he was considering going over as he was finished college that year and wanted to do it while he still could and before he got a real job. I immediately without even thinking about it and said I’ll go. The way I figured it would be a great life changing experience and serious craic. I like to enjoy myself and love travelling.

After I came back from UKIPT Coventry(where I actually made day 2) I don’t like to use the word depressed, so I guess I better manner would be I was kind of fed up with poker and pretty much didn’t want to play and grind and took a pretty long break from the game.(Well the longest I‘ve taken since I started playing when I was 16)
This was not a great thing as I just went out too much, drinking too much and just was a real mess and I didn’t know one day from the next and didn’t know where anything was going. I have a large group of friends if anything was happening I was involved. Don’t get me wrong I did have a good time most of the time but I think I had a bit of a epiphany after my 21st, I had pretty much been on a couple month bender and felt like absolute shit and said I can’t keep this up. So I decided I needed to make a change so I cut back on the drink, I knew realistically I could never just give it up as alcohol is a huge part of our culture, I stopped drinking shorts and drinking before going out, I also cut back on nights out. I was much more focused and productive as a person. I finally felt like I wanted to play poker again.

So I didn’t know what to play, and I wanted to set myself a challenge and not to dive back in, so I withdrew all my funds online and left 600$ on Pokerstars and decided I’d grind that up and I would do it playing HU SNG’s and the reason for this is because somehow I was down 600$ @ the 23$ level games from playing them drunk and poorly since I played under that account, so I wanted to rectify that. So I’ve been playing mainly hu sng’s and the odd MTT thrown in. I’ve been happy with my success so far considering the small volume I’ve put in. That is the plan poker wise before I go away and I’d say my only live outing will possible be UKIPT Galway in December. Other than that its really full steam ahead with Australia flights are booked and visa’s are granted leaving 9th of January.

While I am in Australia I plan to update this blog and maybe do the odd vblog as one the lads going is a genius with tech stuff. I do intend to bring the laptop and play poker when I can and also check out some of the live action over there.

I’m sure it won’t be another 6months before I update again,


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Updating Stuff


Well next up for me is the third stop on the UKIPT which is in the wonderful place known as Coventry, I left it really late to book my flight for some reason and failed to avail of the 20euro flights but 60euro isn’t too bad I guess J it did leave me with getting 6.30am flight on Thursday morning. I am playing day 1B and hope to fair better than the last two stops on the tour. I am staying in the Novotel hotel which is meant to be near enough to the Ricoh arena which is little complex wonderland.

In terms of poker I haven’t played that much since I came back from Uruguay and any sessions I have booked have just been losing I must be building up my run good. It can be really difficult to keep a positive attitude and continue playing your best. I have ran really bad in tourneys 2010, and can’t win anytime I’m all in regardless what way the percentages are, MTT variance FTW. I remember hearing that John Juanda has never lost two pots all in a row, guess I’m doing something wrong J. I guess I am just lucky in the sense that I don’t need to worry about living expenses or future summer plans as before I decided to give this a bash full time I set aside 6months~ worth of living expenses and set money aside for the summer, I have my 21st, a wedding in Spain and a wedding in Dublin as well as a stags in abroad in May and a Stags in Dublin. I do have intents of starting a grind of 100nl and see how I like it and see how that goes and cut my MTT’s just to a Sundays. I am looking forward to the SCOOP.

I haven’t played poker in like a week and instead have been on quite a spree of drinking, went on a 14pub crawl on Saturday some reason related to easter I do never question days like this J. going out with friends and just taking your mind off the game is a big help. I also have been watching the TV Show Fringe, I got through Season 1 and am on Season 2 good show but with the same writer as Lost is it no wonder I don’t know what the fuck is going on. I have also been reading a bit, reading Bill Cullens book Penny Apples, have another book Golden Apples which he wrote but haven’t read yet, I also have my hands on Rich Dad, Poor Dad and have read some of it and so far have found it quite an interesting read. If anyone has any other good books to read leave a post below

Irish Open
Also on a side note, congratz to all the IPB’ers who cashed in the Irish Open at the weekend, particularly PistolPete who made the final table and busted in cruel fashion cause he got unlucky but got 3bet jammed in an absolute horrible spot to do so. Also congratz to IPB’ers update team who did a great job with the updates when I skimmed through all the updates yesterday.

If anyone knows anything cool to do in Coventry while I’m there let me know cause I will have Thursday and possibly Saturday and Sunday free too knowing spewy form.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Its been a long time coming

Punta Del Este continued

Well that was fun, I busted into level 6 today in the main event 200/400 with ante of 50, to be honest nothing went right for me today, from my table draw to the cards I held. I had SixthSense19 to my left who is Uruguay’s only online player and is quite sick, beside him was Humberto Brenes not too tough a spot as he plays quite straightforward but not a weak spot, the only value on the table was two local South Americans and a old US gentleman qualifier(but he was playing very tight), the other three seats where filled by two young solid South Americans and a Norwegian guy.

My first real hand of the tourney that I played was vs. SixthSense, I raise QTcc in early position to 400 he flats to my left(he had been playing a lot of pots and over betting and stuff),

Flop comes 984ss, I bet 600 to just try and end the hand he flats,
Turn comes Ad. This is a good card for me to continue to bet as all my Ahigh continuation bets get there, there aren’t many Ax hands in his range that call the flop, he more than likely has something like TT T9, JT or a FD, so I bet again 1325, I know he won’t fold a FD or a SD here, hell he might not even fold nine, but my plan was to fire most rivers as he will fold all of them to final bet, he thinks about raising and calls,

River 2 no FD has been completed, this where I had to be careful with my bet sizing cos he might snap me off with 9 or 8x or bluff raise if he senses weakness,

I bet 2200 and he folds after thinking for 3mins, the hand I most rep on the river is something like AK or AQ imo and he is prob unsure whether I would fold that to his raise, but my range does have hands that don’t fold to any river action, therefore he can’t really turn any hands into bluffs but he can’t make light call downs.

About an orbit later I pick my first real hand of the day KK, old South American guy limps, I make it 525, other old South American calls(he had played one hand of note where he c/r a K4x flop vs. Humberto 1025 to 5k)

So we go 3handed to the flop- T4cc7, the limping SA bets 450, I figure this is nothing but a FD or something weak and for some opponents is a set, so I go ahead and value-raise to 1425, I can call HU but can’t afford to let the guy behind come in,

he quickly makes it 5k, SA leader folds pretty quickly, now the stacks where about 20k effective at the start, so my decision on the flop decides whether I play for stacks or not, I figure this guy has a set nearly always, either way I felt like I was drawing to two outs nearly always, I also don’t have Kc so no backdoors, so I decide to fold but show cos I feel he will show if I do regardless, he shows top set I feel good,

Nothing really happens good for me until I pick up KQdd vs. the Norwegian, he makes it 550 UTG its like his first hand cos he was 2hours late and only arrived at the tourney, blinds 100/200, I decide to flat,

Flop comes 984dd, he checks I bet 800, he calls, I’m still unsure what he has he could be floating some of the time have like 44-AA, some 9x and 8x hands and some SD and Fds, I do have quite a big draw so tbh I don’t care what he has,

Turn Jd, he leads for 1400, I’m like hmmm, I think this can be BS a lot of the time, there isn’t a lot hands that c/c flop that can bet/call the turn so I decide to flat again to keep lots of weak hands in my range,

The river comes a pretty safe 2s, he bets like 5200 and I’m like sigh, I eventually call to be shown ATdd , I thought of folding but my hand is just too strong too fold, I posted the hand on Irish poker boards,

So that left me with like 10k or so, managed to build this up to 24k by 200/400 with an ante of 50 with no showdowns bar me 3betting AT and getting one street of value on a A2245 board vs. an unlikely KK,

I call a Ten BB shove from late position with AQ(in the BB), he had the top of his range in AK, I drop to 20k,

The second of the big hands came when the old South American brings it in for 1200 UTG, Max the Norwegian flats, which is nothing unusual he has been playing pretty lag especially versus this guy, I pick up AKdd, I raise to 3.9k and sixth sense shoves for 11k folds back to me, I’m never folding here and I run into the top of his range KK no suck out for me and I’m down to like 8k and the blinds go up to 300/600 75 ante, I shove 77 from mid position into QQ and its busto for me.

I did enjoy my stay in Punta Del Este that is the one advantage of playing tournaments in these wild exotic places is that you get to experience a completely different culture. The language barrier was painful at times. The most interesting thing of the trip happened on my return flight from Sao Paolo to Amsterdam, I always choose the aisle seat if I am travelling alone, its just easy if I need to get up at any time during the flight, I have never encountered someone on the inside who abuses the I need to go the toilet, well I never had a guy with diahorrea, a drug problem or a kidney infection beside me before. We get on the plane he goes the toilet far enough, plane stabilises in the air and he needs to go again, ah maybe he had a few beers in the airport, the problem arose maybe after 2hours he had went the toilet 4times, each time I had to get up stop what I was watching and wait for him to come back which was 5 to 10mins, so the food came and even before the flight attendants came to take are trays, I told he would have to wait. When she did come I let him out and I went for a stroll down the plane to cool off, its only 3hours into the flight we have another 9hours to go, you don’t want to get into a row with someone who you have to sit beside, so I’m down the back of the plane and I see this middle age south American man going towards the door on the plane and his hand going towards the lever of the plane, my natural reaction was to push him and ask what the fuck are you doing? He barks back in Spanish/Portuguese and go back to the door in a bit of frantic fashion, before I really know what has happened I have punched the man and he hit’s the deck and as he tries to get up I put my knee into his back and shout he was trying to open the plane door, the flight attendants come rushing to see what has happened the apprehend the man, and I explain what has happened, while a couple of flight attendants talk to the other guy, I get escorted back to my seat and he tells me he will get back to me. So the guys story was that he was looking out the window and used the lever for leverage and that when he was barking frantically he was saying why you pushing me or what not, he claims he doesn’t speak English and did not know that it was an open lever, the good news for me he was not going to press charges, and the second good part was that shitty shitty bang bang didn’t go the toilet again.

I do apoligise for the lack of updates I had 2/3 of that wrote back after busted added to it now, this is pretty long so I will post another update in the next couple of days of more present events,



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LAPT: Punta Del Este so far

I arrived in Punta Del Este safe and sound, the only problem other than the 20hours of travelling was the timing of it, I got into Montevideo airport at like ~1am and out of customs by half one, I looked for a hotel near the airport before I went but the nearest one was like 11miles away, or I suck at looking for hotels, so I decided I would hang round the airport and get the soonest bus to Punta Del Este, so that turned out to be at half 5, and to be honest it didn’t really matter either way since I didn’t make arrangements with the hotel that I’m coming a day early so I would have had to hang round the hotel waiting on my room anyways. So I had left my house at 3.30am on Monday morning but didn’t bother going asleep for an hour or so, it was now effectively 24hours later with little to no sleep.

Montevideo airport as visually appealing as it is, it really does suck as the only thing open is a McCafe which doesn’t sell still water and no where to sprall out and lie down, so I decided to just stay awake. I got the bus at like 6am and arrived in the hotel and all by 8am, got a taxi up for 484peso’s don’t know yet whether that is good or bad. All I know was that the biggest scariest looking bee flew in half way thru and wouldn’t fly out and buzzed at me for the second half the trip. I didn’t get into my room until noon, I had a shower and went for a four hour sleep, got up about 5pm. I went for a bit of stroll, the scenery is amazing, it took ages before I hit a shop or a bar. I was hoping to find somewhere to get some water because its $4.5 a bottle in the room. I didn’t get any water so I have just been toping up the room tab. I got back the room at like ~8pm, rang reception looking for an adapter for my laptop but never got one, I was pretty tired still so I didn’t make any plans to go the Stars party especially with the tourney starting today. So I just got some room service and was asleep and all by about 9.30pm.

On my flight from Dublin to Amsterdam was fine, then arrive out in Amsterdam airport which from my only other experience told me it was huge, which it is but at peek times is crazy, board my flight to Sao Paolo and this is when the fun begins, I get there to find a Chinese guy already asleep in the middle seat, I have the aisle, his leg is also in my space and in general is pushing his boundaries imo, so this constant wrestling continues for the rest of the flight and the bastard robbed my earphones, Sao Paulo airport was a bit of a blur, pretty tired and fucked and unsure whether I would have to go out and check my bag back in, was getting mixed views off people I asked, you got to love being lost in translation. I eventually trusted that it would and the guy at the TAM desk outside the boarding gate confirmed this the flight with TAM was very pleasant,wasn’t overly happy with KLM they where very unclear about having the seats up while food was being served and in general were not as pleasant as when I flew with Air Newzealand but this might have to do with the china man I mentioned, but seriously someone with there seat stretched back while your trying to get stuck into the airplane slop is not on.

So the tourney is going to start in two hours, the plan is to get shaved and showered, get some food, register with the LAPT people and head over the casino which is across this tunnel which is kind of cool. Will post an update after day 1 hopefully i will survive a couple of levels for a change

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Updatements: Manchester, Online etc

So i headed over to Manchester for the UKIPT last week, my main event ended quite early which has become a habit of mine in live play. I drew quite a silly table where everyone on it thought that it would be cool to 3 and 4bet eachother on the very first level,

there was one hand wer i open JJ UTG+1 to like 200 after a limp, 2callers, this guy now squeezes to 750, its a shitty spot for me i know i'm ahead of the 3bettors range its like his 5th one so far and he has 4bet once, however i don't really want to 4bet with 15k stacks cos i'm putting myself into a shitty spot post regardless of the flops that dont come Jxx cos i reckon he will just flat whatever piece of crap he 3bet with, but also if i flat the other two lads will call behind, so i take the safest option which is to effectively setmine and call other two blokes call,

flop Q85, checks thru, i think no shud check a queen, unless one of the overcallers have a set i'm good,

turn comes a K, i think ah fuck it that just hit someone lets check again, it gets checked thru, i'm like hmmm

River A, check and hope and everyone obliges i turn up the JJ and win WTF, this just highlights the table imo, its a 3bet pot 4ways and no one can beat 4th pair,

I played a pretty weird hand which i made some mistakes on posted it here : http://www.irishpokerboards.com/forum/showthread.php?t=491

that left me with like 6.5k and i grinded it back up to like 10k when this happened, the lunny villain opens to 425, two callers to me, i look at QTdd on the button i have already been active shipping and re raising so that is out of the question i have too much to just jam but that wouldn't be awful, i can 3bet fold but that wud suck so calling is the best option, the BB who 3 or 4 times at the table looked like he was going to cry and who was greatly inexperienced called as well playing maybe 11k just barely covering me anyways,

FLOP come QsJd3d, checks thru to me i bet like 2525 into ~2kish, BB tanks shoves 10.5k, i overbet the pot by accident i put out all my low demonition chips and left myself with like 6.5k behind, when he shoved after looking like someone was setting him on fire, i felt it was a marginal hand like the nut flush draw, which i do beat i have a pair and two blockers,

so i call pretty quick, he flips AKdd what horrible flat pre, i expected to A8dd or something like that,

anyways 9d hits the turn no one outter for me,

so after this early bustout i considered changing my flight and just coming home but decided to grind it out a lil online and i managed to win a second package to LAPT Uruguay which means i got the $ for it, but i did have a couple of deep runs and bust outs in tourneys which sucked i just can't win any important flips in tourneys deep i build my stack without putting myself at risk and then i just lose a bunch of 50/50, 60/40, 70/30, 80/20s, its tourney variance and its only matter time etc the important thing is getting deep and the luck will look after itself, i also managed to bubble a Berlin package and UKIPT package for Coventry and came 6th in the 30r 6max last night after getting slowrolled on the river i flop nut flush vs a bare pair of fives runner runneraments for him and we play a pot for all the chips in play,

also would just like to say that fair play to Dara O'Kearney (Slowdoke on PS) he is the satelite king winning 2packages to EPT Berlin, his first of many to UKIPT Coventry, i railed one of his Berlin seats from about 40 out with 5seats and it was lesson in how to play a satelite and just totally owned it

also congratz to my horsey AK47 who had a deep run in the Micro Million and was unlucky not to go further

its unfortunate but i'm afraid that i am going to have drop out of college in maynooth, i have discussed it over with my mam and sister, the guys in BBV at Irish poker boards and i have got some really good advice, but the fact remains that i have a compulsory class which i have missed 3 of already with going to uruguay next week i will miss another and will flunk the year, therefore i am going to cut my losses(already 3k down the drain) and dropout, i have emailed some of my lectures and they wish me luck, so its official i am playing poker as a profession

Sunday, February 7, 2010

FML this shit is getting annoying

KQ < JTs on a KQ4ss board in the Sunday Warm up wit 160 left for a pot for average stack for the last 40,

cannot win an important flip for my life,

only played like 3tourneys too this sunday cos didn't feel like a big grind,

Ah well, back on the horse roll on manchester

300 euro Deepstacked Festival

So I played the 300euro side event at the deepstacked festival and it was a very short day for me. It was such a pity because I got such a soft table draw. Two irish one who I played with once before in the one and only pub game I’ve ever played in JP’s game in Molloys. To say that he was terrible was being nice. The other was your typical old irish player who is very exploitable. Then there was a horrible Russian player, an Italian and the rest French/Belgian.

The first hand I got was two kings, it was the 3rd hand and the Russian had already lost maybe 5k and had 3bet the previous hand from 125 call, 700, and he took it down preflop. I raise UTG +1 to 225 after a limper, the Russian makes it 725, I know this is a combo of full of crap/steaming and some strong hands but nothing he should be 3betting with especially at this stage. It is an obvious 4bet vs. this opponent cos he will defend wit so much worse so I make my 4bet way bigger than normal and crank it up 2750 after a short think, he calls relatively quickly, given this type of player a 5bet would have been sick but my sizing was so that he should only 5bet AA but tbh this guy was so bad I don’t think I could fold. So the flop hits J96dd, I have the King of diamonds, I bet 3950 and he tanks and folds his garbage.

The next real hand I played was in level one also when I limp after a couple limpers with QJs at some tables I squeeze but this would not get through and the table is so weak if I hit a big flop I can stack some weak one pair type hand. Flop comes QJ3dd, its checked to me on the button and I bet 250, into 325, the Russian calls quickly everyone else folds. The turn comes an 9hearts, I ponder and try to decide wat he has got, he for sure could have KT so a raise by him could put me in a sick spot, he couldn’t have a set cos he would play it faster on the flop, I also ruled out 2pair hands(he was BB) cos he would play them faster. So I put his range mostly to FD and some one pair type hands like JT or QT etc, so I bet 525 he snap call, so in my head I’m saying not putting any more money in on a diamond and bang the worst diamond hits the Kd, he checks and so do I he turns over T7dd what a terrible river check by him.

So the next hand is the most important of the day and is LOL and we are still in the first 40 level, one limp by the irish guy I described from JP’s game, this guys mo is he bets really aggro regardless and calls way too much with weak hands so hes an aggro calling station kind of he makes it 5,6,7x preflop, one hand I saw him play in JP’s game limped pot KK4 maybe 5players he overbets pot and gets one caller and then bets hard on a 6 and then again on like a 9 river, calls allin wit KJ, for the other guy to turn 66,

So the hand in question he limps I raise 78dd in the cutoff to 200 are Russian friend defends as does the limper, flop comes a dream T96 rainbow and the irish guy leads for 600 which is nearly full pot. I think that from the non aggro nature of the Russian post that I shouldn’t bother trying to just call in the hope he does something, so I decide to raise straight away to 1750, Russian fold, the next guy snap calls, turn comes a 5, and he checks so usually I would bet smaller to balance my bluffing range a little but bet 3500 cos this guy is such a station and his most likely hand is JT, T8, T7, I think he plays a set way more aggro, he could have two pair and is scared, he also may have a draw wit QJ or J8, the rivers I plan on slowing down are board pairs, Kings and eights, the river comes an Ace which is bad cos he may fold his hands that has the ten paired, I bet 7200 and he shoves for like 13k or so I snap and he turns over T8ss, I had been so focused on extracting value I didn’t see that a backdoor flush had came, but tbh if I had say it I wouldn’t have played the river any different cos that is such a lil part of his range.

So I am crippled down to 3325 blinds up to 50-100, I wait maybe 5 or 6 hands pick up aces in the cut off 4 limps to me, I make it 500, 6 to the flop I just know I’m never winning the flop comes a nightmare 625ss which basically means someone has flopped a set especially the way I’ve been running lately, checks to me and I bet 1425, sb calls and my irish friend calls, turn comes a 2 don’t know if it’s a good or bad card some loon could have A2 or 23s or some BS the SB leads for a 1000 lol at bet sizing, I say I know I’m bets I’m all in for like 1500 or so he calls guess wat fives full, I’m on my bike after an hour. It sucked so bad.

I will have to hope for better for my next two live trips in Manchester and Punta Del Este. I am a positive person so I must have got knocked out so I can have a great Sunday online obviously


Friday, February 5, 2010

GJP Deepstacked Satellite

Wrote this last night for freshness only publishing it now,

Played the Green Joker Poker Deep stacked Super Satellite,

50euro + 10euro in,
2rebuys or one rebuy and top up,
starting stack 3k,
4k for rebuys,
rebuys for the first hour,
three 20min levels, then the blinds go up to 25mins,

I managed to get through the rebuy without rebuying and had 4800 chips, toped up for 4k, so had 8800 with the blinds starting at 100-200,

But at the speed of live play and the blinds going up in 25mins, it was basically a turbo, there was a great turnout for the super satellite 271players, the funny thing was that this generated 54seats but there was only 15seats available, this left the interesting situation that when the bubble broke everyone would be guaranteed 550euro, now anyone who already had a ticket or didn’t want to play would drop out, chips removed but the remaining players would have to play it out for the 15seats. I thought that was a interesting bubble situation.

Anyways in the satellite my stack peeked at 11k, then an interesting hand came up where the blinds are 150-300 25 ante, 10handed, couple of limps around I limp the button with J9s, the sb raises to 1350, one caller, everyone else folds, I decide to take a flop here, I’m getting a great price,
300+300+300+300+(1350X2)+250=4200 I have to call 1.05k more, little loose but I have position and a good read on the two opponents,
Flop comes 8s7s5, the raiser checks, next guy snaps 5k in I reship my 9k, original raiser folds, villain flips 98hh vs. J9ss, I brick out, couple hands later I ship 3700 A8s from the CO, called by the buttons 99, I manage to flop a FD and hit it on the river, this brings me up to like 8kish,

I had a pretty good table draw in that no one had a notion of short stack play, so I was looking forward to abusing the shit out of them, so I was shoving in +ev spots, have roughly 11k I shove wit JJ from early position blinds are 400/800 ante 75, get called by a guy with 77 he has like 8k,
QTQ8 and the miracle 7 ball on the river, so I’m down to like 2800 bohoo, if I had to won that I’d would been in a great position but ah well can’t do much better than that, I shove the next hand UTG wit 64of, there is a chance the BB will fold incorrectly even though he should call any two, he does call any two wit J2off, I manage to flop 2pair which put me at like 6kish buy still in serious danger, I wait for a spot to push but can’t cos someone had brought the action in before me and I had no fold equity and not a strong enough showdown hand, I end up shoving my last 5325 chips in the middle from UTG +1 with J9s, get called by the next guy with roughly 6or 7k in chips wit 44, I am not a huge fan of his call he is at best racing, someone can wake up with a stronger hand behind and have him crushed, he will be better pushing himself with any two. The door card is a 9 but the two following where 64 and then the sweat of a 9 on the turn but it no joy, the BB actually made a bad fold with AJ.

I would have liked to play but the main event but it sold out some time ago uncapped this event could have hit the 600 or 700players mark i believe, I will just have to wait for the side event on Saturday 300euro in with 20k chips and 40mins blinds, i registered for this already can't afford to miss another event cos its soldout, so hopefully I will get something going in this.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


just came 47th out of a couple of thousand in the 10$ rebuy on stars, i actually ran pretty bad in showdown pots as i have been this year but wat can you do,

here are my last 3 major hands, i acquired the big stack by winning a AQ vs AJ vs TT but i got most by pushing small edges and min raising most hands, this just sucks to go this way

Seat 1: faxekondi500 (504264 in chips)
Seat 2: DrJFF (693817 in chips)
Seat 3: robby-70 (692871 in chips)
Seat 4: LilFishAtL (106415 in chips)
Seat 5: Graf N5 (303800 in chips)
Seat 6: kievclubber (449103 in chips)
Seat 7: grazia59223 (512449 in chips)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (93189 in chips)
faxekondi500: posts the ante 1600
DrJFF: posts the ante 1600
robby-70: posts the ante 1600
LilFishAtL: posts the ante 1600
Graf N5: posts the ante 1600
kievclubber: posts the ante 1600
grazia59223: posts the ante 1600
b2p1991: posts the ante 1600
faxekondi500: posts small blind 8000
DrJFF: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DrJFF [Ah Ac]
robby-70: calls 16000
LilFishAtL: folds
Graf N5: folds
kievclubber: folds
grazia59223: folds
b2p1991: raises 75589 to 91589 and is all-in
faxekondi500: folds
DrJFF: calls 75589
robby-70: folds
*** FLOP *** [4c 3s Jc]
*** TURN *** [4c 3s Jc] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [4c 3s Jc 5s] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DrJFF: shows [Ah Ac] (a pair of Aces)
b2p1991: shows [5d 5c] (three of a kind, Fives)
b2p1991 collected 219978 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 219978 | Rake 0
Board [4c 3s Jc 5s 9s]
Seat 1: faxekondi500 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: DrJFF (big blind) showed [Ah Ac] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 3: robby-70 folded before Flop
Seat 4: LilFishAtL folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Graf N5 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: kievclubber folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: grazia59223 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (button) showed [5d 5c] and won (219978) with three of a kind, Fives

i said to myself okay if your going to get suckout on this is small enough

and then once i raise this one its a call with any two, flop came i thought my turn?

Table '283010642 196' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: faxekondi500 (489864 in chips)
Seat 2: DrJFF (587828 in chips)
Seat 3: robby-70 (646471 in chips)
Seat 4: LilFishAtL (76015 in chips)
Seat 5: Graf N5 (281400 in chips)
Seat 6: kievclubber (479503 in chips)
Seat 7: grazia59223 (579649 in chips)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (215178 in chips)
faxekondi500: posts the ante 1600
DrJFF: posts the ante 1600
robby-70: posts the ante 1600
LilFishAtL: posts the ante 1600
Graf N5: posts the ante 1600
kievclubber: posts the ante 1600
grazia59223: posts the ante 1600
b2p1991: posts the ante 1600
Graf N5: posts small blind 8000
kievclubber: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DrJFF [5c 6d]
grazia59223: folds
b2p1991: folds
faxekondi500: folds
DrJFF: raises 16989 to 32989
robby-70: folds
LilFishAtL: raises 41426 to 74415 and is all-in
Graf N5: folds
kievclubber: folds
DrJFF: calls 41426
*** FLOP *** [Qs 6c 5s]
*** TURN *** [Qs 6c 5s] [Ac]
Graf N5 said, "lol"
*** RIVER *** [Qs 6c 5s Ac] [7h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DrJFF: shows [5c 6d] (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
LilFishAtL: shows [Ah Ad] (three of a kind, Aces)
LilFishAtL collected 185630 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 185630 | Rake 0
Board [Qs 6c 5s Ac 7h]
Seat 1: faxekondi500 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: DrJFF showed [5c 6d] and lost with two pair, Sixes and Fives
Seat 3: robby-70 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: LilFishAtL (button) showed [Ah Ad] and won (185630) with three of a kind, Aces
Seat 5: Graf N5 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: kievclubber (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: grazia59223 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: b2p1991 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

this one is pretty close but i felt there was far more overcard hands in his range than say 22-66, which i think he folds or calls(cos hes bad), i reckon he may only like shove 99+ but like all broadways,

gotta win your races

Seat 1: faxekondi500 (485064 in chips)
Seat 2: DrJFF (508613 in chips)
Seat 3: robby-70 (641671 in chips)
Seat 4: LilFishAtL (182430 in chips)
Seat 5: Graf N5 (204600 in chips)
Seat 6: kievclubber (450703 in chips)
Seat 7: grazia59223 (688449 in chips)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (194378 in chips)
faxekondi500: posts the ante 1600
DrJFF: posts the ante 1600
robby-70: posts the ante 1600
LilFishAtL: posts the ante 1600
Graf N5: posts the ante 1600
kievclubber: posts the ante 1600
grazia59223: posts the ante 1600
b2p1991: posts the ante 1600
b2p1991: posts small blind 8000
faxekondi500: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DrJFF [2c 2h]
DrJFF: raises 16989 to 32989
robby-70: calls 32989
LilFishAtL: raises 147841 to 180830 and is all-in
Graf N5: folds
kievclubber: folds
grazia59223: folds
b2p1991: folds
faxekondi500: folds
DrJFF: raises 326183 to 507013 and is all-in
robby-70: folds
Uncalled bet (326183) returned to DrJFF
*** FLOP *** [Jh 8h Ks]
*** TURN *** [Jh 8h Ks] [Tc]
DrJFF said, "ffs"
*** RIVER *** [Jh 8h Ks Tc] [7h]
robby-70 said, "damn"
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DrJFF: shows [2c 2h] (a pair of Deuces)
LilFishAtL: shows [Jc Ac] (a pair of Jacks)
LilFishAtL collected 431449 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 431449 | Rake 0
Board [Jh 8h Ks Tc 7h]
Seat 1: faxekondi500 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 2: DrJFF showed [2c 2h] and lost with a pair of Deuces
Seat 3: robby-70 folded before Flop
Seat 4: LilFishAtL showed [Jc Ac] and won (431449) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 5: Graf N5 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: kievclubber folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: grazia59223 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (small blind) folded before Flop

And then this guy had been 4x and 9x and stuff and turned up wit the goods, he also called 16bb wit AT which i'm only remembering now, but i felt the 2x was a weaker hand and i would take it down pre and get momentum back, LOL at a complete value shove

i also have Hearts covered on the turn

Seat 1: faxekondi500 (457864 in chips)
Seat 2: DrJFF (308583 in chips)
Seat 3: robby-70 (642282 in chips)
Seat 4: LilFishAtL (429849 in chips)
Seat 5: Graf N5 (201400 in chips)
Seat 6: kievclubber (447503 in chips)
Seat 7: grazia59223 (685249 in chips)
Seat 9: b2p1991 (183178 in chips)
faxekondi500: posts the ante 1600
DrJFF: posts the ante 1600
robby-70: posts the ante 1600
LilFishAtL: posts the ante 1600
Graf N5: posts the ante 1600
kievclubber: posts the ante 1600
grazia59223: posts the ante 1600
b2p1991: posts the ante 1600
DrJFF: posts small blind 8000
robby-70: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DrJFF [3d Ah]
LilFishAtL: folds
Graf N5: folds
kievclubber: folds
grazia59223: raises 16000 to 32000
b2p1991: folds
faxekondi500: folds
DrJFF: raises 274983 to 306983 and is all-in
robby-70: folds
grazia59223: calls 274983
*** FLOP *** [Js Th 3h]
*** TURN *** [Js Th 3h] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [Js Th 3h 5h] [9s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DrJFF: shows [3d Ah] (a pair of Threes)
grazia59223: shows [Ks Qs] (a straight, Nine to King)
grazia59223 collected 642766 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 642766 | Rake 0
Board [Js Th 3h 5h 9s]
Seat 1: faxekondi500 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: DrJFF (small blind) showed [3d Ah] and lost with a pair of Threes
Seat 3: robby-70 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: LilFishAtL folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Graf N5 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: kievclubber folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: grazia59223 showed [Ks Qs] and won (642766) with a straight, Nine to King
Seat 9: b2p1991 folded before Flop (didn't bet)

don't usually post beats but mixing it up having a lil rant cos its jus happening amass big stack lose all key pots,

i was chipleader from 200out in top 10 from 600 out, 1/50 and bust in 47 ah well

Sunday went fairly shit as well, one small cash, and my staking which i knew was high risk drew a loss, with only one guy cashing

Playing the supersat for the deepstacked on thursday night hopefully i can snag a ticket, would prefer to just buy in and burn some more mulaa off :), will play the 300 side event if i don't get a ticket,

Slept it out for college this morn which sucked went the gym which is good

have no excuses for 2mro as i'm not in till 3pm

anyways later, i'm actually completely over the above BS back on the horse and all that


Sunday, January 31, 2010


Just a quick update, was off college this week which was nice to have a break, as for the past month i had my exams looming over me and i couldn't put in any significant volume

I played 82tournaments from last sunday wit profit of 527$ av.stake of 48 and -3% roi,
i ran kinda shitty not winning the important flips in tournaments losing effectively HU for a 2nd package to the LAPT event i am already going to, if it wasn't for this and the two 530euro seats i won in the 108.5 qualifiers, i would have been down a bit but thats the nature of tournaments, ya got to win those key pots when you get deep, i busted a few tourneys just wit a couple of tables left which sucks,

anyways i am looking forward to the grind today, i have staked two guys into the Sunday Million this week which double guarantee so hopefully this can work out well for all involved, i also bought some action off people too,

I plan on play the 10tourneys or so, obv the Sunday Warm up and the Million and stuff around that

Hopefully next post will read (I won the Sunday Million)


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2009 review, plans for 2010

Better late than never with these things and to be honest the last month I have been handcuffed to college work and poker had to be put on the backburner and no serious volume was put in so very little to report.

2009 was a very successful year for me poker wise, I became a profitable player online and made in the region of 50-60k in dollars. In terms of live play I played very little in 2009 I played the Poker Ireland Festival in May(330euro in), JP masters, APPT Auckland and the UKIPT in Galway.

May Triple Header

I came 4th in the Poker Triple header for 1200euro this tournament got very disappointing numbers, somewhere in the low 30’s but I have to say the field was super soft and went out wit AA vs. 54off four-handed. I didn’t bother with any of the side events due to poor numbers and hourly rates in these tourneys would have been terrible with the structure being too good given the numbers, it’s a shame because the TD Stephen deserves better and has always ran great tourneys any I have played.

JP Masters
The JP masters was my first major tournament and I played a very weird hand day 1 against who I later found out was Jason Tompkins and too be honest I wasn’t overly impressed with his play throughout day 1. I remember the note I took was tries to play too many hands but is weak at his play on later streets. Anyways this hand he limps in early position which was the first time he had limped I think one or two guys limp behind and the fishiest of fish raises to 3x at 50-100, I call OTB wit 99, and the SB calls comes back to Jason who makes it like 1300-1500, folds all the way back to me, and I’m thinking the limp reraise went out with the dinosaurs of poker(in other words him being a young guy this is more likely a move than a strong hand) so I call and we go heads-up and I have position, the flop comes J55rainbow, he fires 2000-2200, which he is going to do with 100% of his hands, he might check 55 and JJ but anything else he’s betting, the problem in this situation my hand is fairly polarised to what it is 77-QQ, so I call and see does he fire the turn, the turn comes a Jack, he checks and this is where I make the mistake of betting 3500 he has about 10k total he eventually tries to raise to 6.5k and the dealer tells him it must be 7k, if it had of been online I would have insta shipped knowing that there is no value hands in his range other than Jx and like no Jx hands take this line, so I ponder and say god this guy must be terrible and won’t fold AA, I remember running the hand by BIGMICKG on the break and he said at every stage he has aces, anyways I tank for like 5mins and fold and he turns over 22 and say nut-low, I laugh and say in my head I’m so good and so bad, I had 11k behind and was reluctant to go broke on a hand where the villain should have AA or KK nearly always if I hand of known who the villain was during the hand I happily 4bet/call pre or bet/call the turn. Anyways I made Day two of the event with average chips and drew a pretty tough table Tom Kitt, BIGMICKG, James Sudworth and Paul Leckey to name a few. I was playing ultra loose and 4bet jammed a 3bet from Tom Kitt with 78s and he folded and commented that ya have to get one of them out of your system claiming to have Q5off. I lost a pretty huge pot with KK vs. this complete donk who called two big bets on a T674board only for a Ten to hit the river and me to check-fold and then lost a race with 66 vs. AQ.

My experiences at the APPT Auckland and UKIPT Galway can be found in previous posts on this blog.

In terms of online for the year I played very little volume but had some pretty decent results, I started off playing 9man turbos at 16$ then found the 18man turbos and transformed to these and some success and played 9man turbos up until the 38$ but where full of 5 or 6 regs not that they where overly great but just killed your ROI, so I moved to 6max SNG turbos and found these way better, as far as online tournaments I play mostly 50FOs and 100FOs and the 3x turbos.

My goals for 2010 in poker:

Play as UKIPT events possible
Play a LAPT
Play a EPT
Play Irish Open
Make $100k online
Be profitable at 400NL
Be profitable at 200PLO
Play more live even if its not plus EV for the fun and experience of live play

I would also like to win a live poker tournament and Sunday major but these are main goals but kind of if it happens happens kind of thing.

Life Goals 2010:

Finish my first College.
Get more fit and active and lose weight.
Learn to drive
Drink less
Grind more

have played a couple of sessions so far with a few deep runs but nothing to write home about, going to start now in a minute, will also be playing the Fitz EOM game 2mro as well

that was long


Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I have just registered for the below WBCOOP should be a bit of craic.

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: 517880

In other news i haven't been playing that much poker as my exams are lingering over me my last one is friday so then i'll try and get some volume of some sort on before UKIPT Manchester.

I had toyed with the idea of going down to the Lakes of Killarney festival but it just wasn't realistic with an exams looming over me, i also had hoped to play the Green Joker Deepstacked festival but it sold out, i will give my thoughts on the whole lot in a later blog post. I also intend on doing a goals plan for the year and some up last year,

so stay tuned if your tuned in and if not tune the fuck in :)


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LAPT: Punta Del Este

Shipped a seat to this a while ago, had a step 6 ticket and been waiting to use it and saw one for the LAPT filling up wit unknowns, 6/9 wer losing players wit an average buyin of 8$ or so and then two very small winners at low stakes,

an offer i couldn't pass up

played out very well for me, didn't play any pots really until we got 6handed, the bubble was 5th

and payout: 1st and 2nd get a package worth 7k, 3rd and 4th get 2k, 5th nothing

i had 4k 6handed and luckily 5handed lasted about 10orbits and saw me accumulate to 8k by the time we got down to 4handed, and got to 3handed the next hand

so the shortie shoves his 87 into my AT and he hit 7 on the flop, but i miracle the Ten ball on the river, nice to win a 6/4 shot and ship the package, altho i would have been still not much of a dog to get the package being left wit 5k and 9k, 13k being the effective stacks

anyways good way to start out the year, had taken a complete break over the xmas new year

For the minute merry xmas and happy new year all