July 15, 2006
Had almost forgotten what fun ladbrokes is! However, the unpretentiously named $100 crapshoot changed all that, although I can't help feeling the 3 minute levels are a little on the generous side. I made a great comeback in this tournament, from just over one big blind. Whilst obviously luck plays a massive role in a tournament with such a structure, I definitely learnt something from it. It is imperative to be constantly evaluate and reevaluate who is prepared to make the marginal ZeeJustin type calls endorsed by Flash, who is waiting for the bubble to burst, and who should never have stopped taking their medication. I came 5th in the event for $770.
Yesterday, I decided to challenge myself and played the $250+20 lunchtime tournament, however, there were only 22 players on the sire weak/tight enough to play such a tournament. A shame as I gleefully slayed my way through a feeble field and found myself heads up with a commanding chip lead. However, I faltered here at a critical juncture and finished second for $1650. Whilst I have not been playing a great deal, I still recognise that my poor heads up play in this situation cost me $1.1k and so will put some effort into re–examining this part of my game.
Also, have been playing around with my sister's digital camera, so this blog might be a multimedia visual extravaganza in the near future.
July 13, 2006
Well after the $ H@££ has relieved me of I felt it was only fair I learnt something from his game, whilst observing his laggy tendencies I enjoyed watching him play this pot.
PokerStars Game #5480467531: Hold'em No Limit ($25/$50) – 2006/07/07 – 04:45:17 (ET)
Table 'Pafuri' 9–max Seat #9 is the button
Seat 2: Empire2000 ($5247 in chips)
Seat 3: HoldumGod ($10198.35 in chips)
Seat 5: H@££INGGOL ($14121 in chips)
Seat 6: B Buddy ($11566 in chips)
Seat 7: PoorUser ($6572 in chips)
Seat 8: ElkY ($5000 in chips)
Seat 9: aba20 ($5047 in chips)
Empire2000: posts small blind $25
HoldumGod: posts big blind $50
H@££INGGOL: raises $150 to $200
B Buddy: folds
HoldumGod: raises $400 to $600
H@££INGGOL: calls $400
FLOP [Td Ks Th]
HoldumGod: bets $500
H@££INGGOL: calls $500
TURN [Td Ks Th] [6c]
H@££INGGOL: bets $1450
HoldumGod: raises $1450 to $2900
H@££INGGOL: raises $1450 to $4350
H@££INGGOL collected $8022 from pot
H@££INGGOL: shows [8s 5s] (a pair of Tens)
Total pot $8025 | Rake $3
Board [Td Ks Th 6c]
Seat 2: Empire2000 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 3: HoldumGod (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 5: H@££INGGOL collected ($8022)
Seat 6: B Buddy folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: PoorUser folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: ElkY folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: aba20 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
When better to incorporate such play than after a few pints…?
PokerStars Game #5538818113: Hold'em No Limit ($5/$10) – 2006/07/12 – 19:30:06 (ET)
Table 'Elephenor IV' 9–max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: J26Methead ($562 in chips)
Seat 2: MpireMaker ($447 in chips)
Seat 3: kently21 ($369 in chips)
Seat 4: TxOilBaron ($144.10 in chips)
Seat 5: MrteddyKGB ($975 in chips)
Seat 6: EPiPeN11 ($1234 in chips)
Seat 7: Fleecehead ($305.50 in chips)
Seat 8: junkiesue ($297 in chips)
Seat 9: maryhadalamb ($1101.50 in chips)
MrteddyKGB: posts small blind $5
EPiPeN11: posts big blind $10
Dealt to maryhadalamb [3s 3c]
maryhadalamb: calls $10
kently21: calls $10
MrteddyKGB: raises $50 to $60
maryhadalamb: calls $50
FLOP [7h 2c 7s]
MrteddyKGB: bets $100
maryhadalamb: raises $100 to $200
MrteddyKGB: raises $300 to $500
maryhadalamb: raises $300 to $800
maryhadalamb collected $1137 from pot
maryhadalamb: doesn't show hand
Total pot $1140 | Rake $3
Board [7h 2c 7s]
Seat 1: J26Methead folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: MpireMaker folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: kently21 folded before Flop
Seat 4: TxOilBaron (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: MrteddyKGB (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: EPiPeN11 (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: Fleecehead folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: junkiesue folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: maryhadalamb collected ($1137)
July 11, 2006
Due to World Cup my cricket match was shortened to merely a 35 over match. I was also demoted to number 3, but despite our opening batsmen wasting 11 overs of poor bowling before his inevitable demise. I came in and knocked up 91 not out, annoying as those extra 5 over would have easily enabled me to make a century, against admittedly a weak side. One of the highlights was hitting a Blundells school boy straight over Long off, out the ground, the ball eventually being retrieved from a neighbouring field.
Also, will be joining Mr Lu's band of explorers and heading over to the States on August 28th. Will be good fun schooling a few yanks in the glory of the British Empire and hopefully at poker to boot. Rule Britaania….Britannia rules the waves…Should be a good oppertunity to analyse the best ways of winding yanks up, also perhaps yanks from different areas are more sensitive to different insults.
Whilst the traditional twin towers jibe is obviously sufficient for those in the New York area, and school shootings are a good, solid, banker for insulting any cheeky yanks, it will be nice to extend my repertoire of banter.
July 08, 2006
Been really busy and had very little time for cards, however, decided to deposit make a deposit on ladbrokes last night in order to take advantage of their $5k added tourny. Ironically enough I actually failed to enter this tournament.
I entered a $10 rebuy which only attracted 88 runners and a rather small prizepool. The style of play in ladbrokes rebuys is vastly different to pokerstars. I think each person averaged about one rebuy. Anyway I encountered very little resistance, which incited even looser behavipour than normal. Not many interesting hands really, I went on to win for $577. I guess i had 4–5 rebuys, which was probably enough for some of the players to warrant telling their friends of the next day, such was the tight nature of the game. Even on final table when I was forced to showdown 83o after putting in an early position raise and making an 8 high fllush which was good no one played back at me!
Was also playing the $50 second chance, which allowed 1 rebuy or topup, a field of 105 players turned out for this one. Once again I was running well and was fortunate enough to pick up AA on final whilst already chips leader and knock out 2 opponents holding KK and AK. The next hand my TT flipped me happy and sent another AK wielding Scandanavian to the rail. Three handed lasted 15 mins, but the heads up despite a 31/2 to 1 chip lead lasted 25 minutes. Really enjoyed this, he seemed like a good player, and I was glad I avoided the mistake of unnecessarily doubling him up. There were signs of a little comeback though when my 66 was mashed by his AK. However, Mary prevailed and brought a $2.2k first prize back home to Devon.
Of course, in true Mary style I then sat for $500 at 10–20 NL, mainly as I thought it was worth $500 to chat to PokerGirl1 until I bust. However, after flopping a straight draw and ending up allin on the river, with the same draw, and then flopping a sneaky set, another $1k was added to the lamb's coffers. Also, discovered this vaulted me to the top of the weekly tournament leaderboard as it starts at midnight on Thursday.
Have to work this afternoon steward at the outdoor theatre where a band are playing. May treat myself to a few pints afterwards. Have also been looking into the possibility of taking up golf, I feel that making wagers on the game should help to increase my financial variance. However, I am wary of the potential pitfalls of sports betting, many a great player has risked his roll foolishly, and not even earnt any FPPs.
I'm becoming increasingly concerned that Flash doesn't appreciate the importance of these FPPs, he was muttering something ridiculous about profit the other day, before I reminded him of the priority of amassing enough fpps to buy 27 fluffy toys with.
July 01, 2006
Not played poker a poker tournament for a couple of weeks when I actually bubbled in the $100rebuy on stars..Moved allin holding hooks and the 89Tflop looked promising, but the 5 which ripped on the turn created a set for my opponent, my hand was still live as I picked up a flush draw. Alas to no avail.
Won't be playing as much cards at home as have a job during the day. Also my Dad has been unwell so have other stuff to do at home. Been enjoying our recent acquisition of Sky TV.
Anyway this break will give my pokerdb time to calm down, also makes it look as if Mary is in Vegas atm, as is not cashing 3 times a day!
June 14, 2006
Decided to play a $100 multi after my moderate success last night (came 5th in $5R for $1.2k). After an hour in, who should I find on my table, but JohnnyBax. For those of you who don't know (like the Warwick fish), Bax is considered the best online poker player. Well, he decided to raise my big blind. I wasn't having any of that, so this is what I did. Luckily, he folded:
June 12, 2006
I recieved a phone call earlier today from a lay who told me that I have been chosen to appear on Deal or no Deal! Am feeling so excited. Apparently I will first appear on the show sometime towards the end of July, early August. Can't wait! Of course, I have no idea in which show I will actually be selected to play, but it should be a great few weeks (lots of pissups!)
One thing I can promise is that I won't pussy the big desicions. Playing a lot of poker means that I understand the implied odds / expected value involved in deciding when to deal, and so if the banker offers me derisory sums, which he often does to other contestants, I will say no. I am willing to gamble all the way to the end! Can't wait.
June 11, 2006
After over–exerting ourselves with a few hours of revision yesterday Flash and I headed over to Xanana's. Seeking a nutritious meal we were badly let down, there was no Pimms for a start, this was obviously an initial concern.
My prawn cocktail was warm, remarkably food poisoning has yet to set in…fingers crossed it may prevent me from taking my exam tomorrow. The bread roll were served without butter, however most shockingly of all my gammon was served without pineapple. Standards!
Obviously we know the food is over–priced and pretty poor, but there was no alternative…For anyone seeking a bout of food poisoning to avoid exams, I'd recommend Xanana's, try a double helping of prawn cocktail.
June 06, 2006
What a ridiculous concept. I love the cut–throat nature of the freemarket economy and have really come to resent the lily–livered liberals which Warwick is saturated by. It is only right that we abuse inferior countries. I dont mind a 5 year old not receiving an eduation if it means me getting my juice 10 pence cheaper.
While we are on the subject of food, I am disgusted with the prices charged by Rootes Restaruant. How dare they call it a restaurant when it operates a self service system. With the prices being charged, there should be a waitress service. From now on, I will be eating all my meals at the Leamingon Bar and Grill.
June 04, 2006
PokerStars Tournament Leaders
Rizen, this week's winner, plays Team PokerStars' Tom McEvoy in a $4,000 heads–up match on Sunday, June 4 at 2pm ET.
Weekly rankings: May 21, 2006 to May 27, 2006
Place Player Country State Points
1 Rizen US KS 2,543.39
2 Tmay420 US CA 2,331.26
3 tnetter US FL 2,174.44
4 MaTTy MacK US NY 2,146.95
5 ElkY FR 2,038.50
6 adelos CA QC 1,924.03
7 HiimRLx US NJ 1,894.39
8 FunkiMunki US MA 1,886.83
9 BeL0WaB0Ve US IL 1,844.51
10 charliehalf CA NF 1,815.63
11 CTsSkillet US NC 1,796.02
12 kidpoker406 US MT 1,795.48
13 BouchPredzzz CA QC 1,784.26
14 karecon US NY 1,754.82
15 gardner52 US TX 1,733.61
16 He H8te Mee US PA 1,717.53
17 seaanchor US CO 1,696.08
18 SJCX US TX 1,691.90
19 nsd4eva US RI 1,654.78
20 spyhard US CA 1,649.35
21 NemoStars22 US MA 1,597.33
22 kingofkings US MI 1,535.70
23 420nutznbolz US CA 1,519.81
24 thefuture021 US MI 1,491.15
25 BodogAri US NY 1,491.09
26 Rabscuttle US VA 1,490.67
27 aakkari BR 1,472.54
28 ThaGreatOne1 CA ON 1,461.40
29 ajfennewald US MO 1,457.14
30 Stoyamajello US OH 1,452.78
31 3.l4l592635 US OH 1,444.81
32 maryhadalamb GB 1,434.41
33 chaos_qc CA QC 1,430.80
34 cowboy1776 US CA 1,429.51
35 toddosu US CA 1,395.65
36 PhantomRay US CO 1,390.92
37 cdbr3799 US SC 1,388.54
38 roaminglion US GA 1,379.48
39 Lyonzy IE 1,378.51
40 gjmits10 US NY 1,366.38
41 lawsoncb US TX 1,366.13
42 H–Dunk CA QC 1,357.14
43 sixbulls180 US LA 1,351.93
44 SilkysNuts AU 1,343.47
45 sheets US NY 1,337.74
46 Will221 CA QC 1,334.85
47 WildBillNC US NC 1,327.41
48 derek8 CA QC 1,321.16
49 JazzyJT92 US KS 1,320.15
50 bigdevil US PA 1,316.55
June 03, 2006
Once again I was on the end of a ropey LBW decision. At least I batted for 18 overs, didn't score many runs, but took the piss out of the opening bowlers, tilted them something chronic. It was a hot day and I could see how those boys were enjoying their long runs up so much I decided it would be fun to interrupt them mid flow…Unfortunately I had a fly in my eye. Shame!
Well I didn't succeed, but if you can ruin some part of someone else's day, you know you've done your job!!
Anina, a friend of mine, who Flash and I met in Copenhagen played the $150 freeze on stars last night. I went out with AQ to JJ, I was happy to reraise allin, as I was trying to represent a squeezeplay, as button had already called the raise. However, the original raiser called me with JJ and it was off to the races. I don't mind how I played the hand here, I didn't really want to play against an aggressive opponent with AQ oop, and the latter fold by the flatcaller vindicated my move further. People often say "look for better spots", however, at present in these tourney stakes, I do not feel that I can sit around waiting for hands.
Anyway, as Anina and I had a 50/50 my involvement was not over. She asked my advice on one hand where there there was a player allin and an active sidepot, she held QJ on a Q high board, and when matey boy moved in she asked for advice. Being keen to assert my bravey, I obviously advised that she fold. Unfortunately the other chap held TT..OOPS..It was comforting when she told me "I don't know why I asked you anyway, I knew I should have called", it's moments like this when I take great pride in my decision making.
Progressing further without being hampered by my advice Anina reached the final table. Just as I was settling down under my duvet the unthinkable happened, she disconnected. I was impressed that Pokerstars gave her 4 minutes to reconnect, however, to no avail. Fortunately I found her phone number in an old email and gave her a call.
So I played the final table for her, I must say it was great fun playing under the guise of a Scandanavian Girl, I think I shall change Mary's location. We were the shortstack after a few rounds of folding..However, the Scandanavian influence was strong..before we got too short I moved in with 8To, and upon being called was rather concerned. However, our opponent held AK and was drawing dead on the turn when 8T fulfilled it's often unrealised potential.
Now we had a few chips to play with, however, unfortunately there was an excellent player with a large stack to our left, this chap wanted to dance; but we didn't fancy having our toes broken by his clod hoppers. Before long, after having pf raises snapped off it was back into allin mode.
We ended up coming 5th for $3.8k, a tidy sum, who know's what could have been if our final frenzied K7 push had stood up against AT…Top prize was 17k, which was collected by the disco diva on our left who spoilt our party.
Anina did really well to make final, and I think I played it fine, I certainly didn't disgrace her Scandanavian reputation and made a few dollars to boot.
Looks like it's going to be a nice day, which is good as I've got a cricket match this afternoon. The past two games I've been the subject of some horrific LBW decisions…BAD BEAT..46 overs in the field followed by one bad decision…Day over
June 02, 2006
Was eating out in Leamington Bar and Grill for a spot of lunch (this has now become a regular occurence due to my recent string of MTT flukes), when who should we see sitting in the cheap seats but Jimmy (Mr Carr for all those not on first name terms with him).
Taking pity on him, we offered him a glass of decent red and began to tell him why he is funny, but, then again, he should be, as he is a comedian– I think he took this in the post–modern ironic sense in which it was inteneded. He excels in his field, yet James, Flash and I excel in our chosen fields to..ant breeding, sleeping on sofas, and knowing ALL the words to Candy shop.
Anyway I haven't blogged in a month, I'm still alive. I've sat my French politics exam and signed it off as the work of shaniac, that man truly is an artist. Had some decent MTT scores, but I don't think the level of achievement I have reached this month is sustainable.
May 03, 2006
Forgot to add, last Sunday I played the $200+15 MTT on stars. Helped by some good advice by Flash I managed a resrectable 38th/750+ runners for $587..
However, there's one pot worthy of note,blinds 1k–2k, I make it 6k to play from a stack of around 25k. The Big Blind decided to flat call, upon seeing the flop of Js9s9c he fired out a bet of $2k, I just flatcalled, when an ace fell on the turn he pushed. I spent 3 minutes pondering and decided to fold, however in retrospect perhaps the call was the correct option. I'm udecided as yet, but making consistantly correct decisions on those type of boards, is what I aspire to.
May 02, 2006
Well, I have so much to say about this. Here goes.
After a hearty Rootes breakfast,we were full of good cheer and humour.Spurred along by the tireless lyrical genius that is "Candyshop", and the boost button the journey to Oxford passed quickly.
Upon arrival it was obvious that the tournament was going to be on the shambolic side. However, my confidence was buoyed when I was greeted by an American wearing sunglasses who appeared to be "organising" registration. Clearly, this gent felt the shades necessary in order to shade his identity, lest he was lynched by the hoardes of disappointed punters who had unwittingly forked out £7.5k for the pleasure of a smoke filled, dirty hole. However, perhaps the lack of natural light made some of the internet players feel at home.
Without doubt the tournament directors did a superb joke, who could fail to see the funny side ofthe MC's Alzheimers joke..About 400 people at a guess. Thought it was in the best possible taste myself..A considerable sum of the £7.5k must have been spent on the audio equipment, we were lucky enough to hear the life memoirs of the terribly amusing gent, who seemed to be havinga wonderful time with the microphone.
Performances aside, this had the potential to be a shining example of tournament poker. This compounded my misery, I felt incredibly dissapointed, despite the huge amount of rake taken, there was no customer satisfaction whatsoever. The standard of play was pretty poor, but this is no problem. Clearly not for Simon Trumper, who despite finishing second was whinging about the ability of the field. Thought it was a nice touch from a player who went broke, that's the tournament rollercoaster for you Simon.
The event was also full of a large amount of unsavoury characters, I'd expect this in a casino environment, but clearly the organisers felt the need to whore out the event..No doubt to ensure they generated enough to pay for Eric Engler's snappy wardrobe. Held under the guise of a student event, the field was full of weak/tight and loose/weak middle aged men who had a rather exagerrated sense of their own ability.
On the bright side, 1/2 pint of coke was only £1.50, very reasonable I'm sure you'd agree. Over all this event was no more than cynical exploitation, I'm shocked the University Poker League would endorse such a chaotic travesty. Whilst I understand the field was large, the players were dehumanised, barely treated as humans as we were enforced to endure the ridiculous self dealing ettiquette. I felt violated by my experience in Oxford.
April 29, 2006
Just won $1.3k in the $100 PL FO on Stars. Cracked KK with 33, QQ with 77, QQ with J9 and KJ with KT. Apart from that, played pretty well.
Using some of my winnings to play a bit more. $50 STT, $11 rebuy, $13 double shootout, $10 deepstack and a $10 Omaha tourney. Will play the Million Dollar Guaranteed soon too.
At least I've made back some of the money I lost betting on the snooker.
April 27, 2006
Word up for the Super Prezza. He is truly a model British citizen. Heavy drinking, fighting and probably a few STDs to boot. At least he has his health.
Here is a tribute to 2Slags.
I look forward to seeing Prezza's secretary in next years FHM Top 100.