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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another mtt win

Hot on the heels of my win in the 50 eoro added, I win another mtt, this time a $10 buy in on Paradise for $182
Missed the flop a couple of times after raising in the early stages to drop down to around 500 chips, but staged a recovery to get to average chip stack by the first break.
Played pretty well (though I do say so myself) for the next hour and arrived on the final table as chip leader.
Stayed as chip leader or fairly near for most of the final table and eventually there's three of us, all pretty level on about 35k each with the blinds at 600/1200
One guy was pretty aggressive so it was just a matter of waiting for the hands to re-raise with. He took chips from the other player, and I nicked them from him.
Eventually he took out the third place finisher and we were heads up with me on about 25k of 100k.
I played pretty well heads up folding crap and raising big whenever I had a hand, eventually I raised all in with KT, Q5, JJ then AK in succesion before he called with K8 to give me the chip lead.
10 minutes later I won, can't remember the hand very well but I raised all in with KT I think, he called with K7 and that was that.
A very satisfying win, my first on Paradise and my second in two days.
This PMA really has something going for it.
Gave a little back in the Betfair £4k Gtd and the 8pm £2.25 MTT but overall a pretty good weekend.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Starting to turn it around

Well after all the bad luck, bad beats and outdraws of the last week or more, things began to turn my way on Sunday.
Two bets on the football, Man Utd and Spurs, both won and I managed a long overdue MTT win in the 50 Euro added on Betfair Poker.
Helped by one outrageous stroke of luck when I re-raised what I thought was an attempted steal from the button with K9s, to find he actually had AK. Thje poker gods smiled on me however with a 9 on the turn and a new lease of life.
I felt I played pretty well from there on in and won 108 euro for my trouble.
Played the Flashmob game on Betfair later on Sunday evening with my usual (lack of) success, I ran AK into AA.
I dont think I've ever won a flashmob game since it became an organised mtt and not just a crashed sit and go, despite cashing 2 or 3 times.
I also played the 8pm £2.25 mtt on Betfair and was running pretty well in about 10th position out of around 18 when I doubled up with TT v K8 all in pre-flop, until a few hands later I was all in pre-flop again, this time calling with KK only to find myself up against AA again and no help this time so Im out in 15th out of 492 with a tenner for nearly 3 hours play, but at least there were no hard luck stories, or frustrating outdraws.
Im playing from today with a positive mental attitude, avoiding the thunder format games, and determined to have a prifitable week.
Heres hoping.......

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Frustration !!

Thats the only word for it at the moment, everything I do at the poker table backfires, I cant remember the last time I had any stroke of good luck at all.
I just finished playing a satellite to the $4k Gtd on Crypto tonight, I only played 2 hands in 45 minutes.
First hand I play blinds are 25/50, I raise to 3 x BB with AJo from SB with only one pre-flop limper, BB folds, limper calls. Flop is 555, I figure if he had a pair on the button with no-one in ahead of him he would raise, so I assume AJ is ahead and bet 5 x BB (250) he calls, which is half his stack. Turn is a 3 so I put him all in and he calls with.............89o, river is, of course, an 8.
The other hand I have K7 on the BB, One limper with around 1500 chips, SB folds so I check, flop is 37J with 2 hearts, opponent checks so I push all for 750 hoping to take the pot there and then and not give him a chance to outdraw me, he calls off half his stack with an T high flush draw, and of course makes his flush on the river.
So I try again in the sat for the $3k Gtd, going ok as my AhQh all in pre-flop outdraws oppo who calls with 77 and two hand later I find KK, two limpers in front of me so I raise to 450 (3 x BB) from the SB, BB folds and both limpers call.
Flop is 7 high with 2 spades so I push and get a call from a flush draw who called my raise with the mighty K8, needless to say he hits, they allways do
This is typical of how its running at the moment, I never hit a draw and my opponent never misses. If I play aggressively, I end up bluffing off my chips to some numpty who cant put down bottom pair. If I play conservatively, I sit and slowly blind myself out.
Its all just so bloody frustrating

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

UKBetting Poker

Ive been playing on a new Crypto skin poker site this week, UKBetting Poker.
Keliwah put me onto it a week or two ago when they were running $3k Gtd tournaments, $10 buy in and a minimum of 50 runners required to start.
They were back on the site last weekend with only 10 required to start.
I think the first one went off with 24 runners, the second with 35, and still with the top 50 paid. You could sign in, go to bed and see how much profit you had made in the morning, it really was "free money".
The word soon spread and by Monday when the last two tournaments ran the entrants were up to about 65, still excellent value with $3k Gtd, and value even if full as they were limited to 200 runners.
Betfair announced its new site today, moving off the Crypto network and onto the pokerchamps software on 30th October.
The screenshots shown on the betfair page are a little small to see much, but look better than the current Pokerchamps software, I kinda like Crypto though, like the interface, like the tournament structure.
I guess I'll give Betfair a try, but as I have said in the past they seem too geared towards the high stakes, cash players. Thats their perogative, but as a small stakes tournament player it doesn't really float my boat.
I notice that they are now going to award MPP's for tournaments as well as cash so maybe a gesture towards the tournament players, I wont hold my breath.
Haven't been able to play live for a while due to work commitments, and to be honest I haven't really had much playing online for a while, even backgammon has lost its appeal at the moment. Maybe I need a complete break from it all for a while.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Straight Flush

Forgive me posting another HH but its over a year since I last saw one of these

-----HAND 5------
Game #3577405384: Hold'em NL (10/20) - 2006/10/12 - 23:34:57 (GMT)
Table "Tourney 3642544 - 9" Seat 4 is the button.
Seat 1: "_8_" (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: Domdabomb (1380 in chips)
Seat 3: Hattitude (1470 in chips)
Seat 4: steve28 (1850 in chips)
Seat 5: Jim B (1620 in chips)
Seat 6: GuessWhat (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Mumzee (1140 in chips)
Seat 8: holker (1300 in chips)
Seat 9: Stelac001 (1480 in chips)
Seat 10: Dangerman (4600 in chips)
Jim B: posts small blind 10
GuessWhat: posts big blind 20
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to holker [8h 9h]
Mumzee: calls 20
holker: calls 20
Stelac001: folds
Dangerman: calls 20
"_8_": folds
Domdabomb: folds
Hattitude: folds
steve28: folds
Jim B: calls 10
GuessWhat: checks
----- FLOP ----- [Th Jh 6h]
Jim B: checks
GuessWhat: checks
Mumzee: checks
holker: bets 100
Dangerman: calls 100
Jim B: folds
Jim B sits out
GuessWhat: folds
Mumzee: folds
----- TURN ----- [Th Jh 6h][5c]
Jim B sits back
holker: bets 200
Dangerman: raises to 400
holker: raises to 1180 and is all-in
Dangerman: calls 780
----- RIVER ----- [Th Jh 6h 5c][Qh]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
holker: shows [8h 9h] (Straight Flush, Queen high)
Dangerman: shows [3h Ah] (A Flush, Ace high)
holker collects 2660 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot 2660 Main pot 2660 Rake 0
Board [Th Jh 6h 5c Qh]
Seat 1: "_8_" folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Domdabomb folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Hattitude folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: steve28 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Jim B (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 6: GuessWhat (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: Mumzee folded on the Flop
Seat 8: holker showed [8h 9h] and won (2660) with Straight Flush, Queen high
Seat 9: Stelac001 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: Dangerman showed [3h Ah] and lost

Friday, October 06, 2006

Discipline.......Thats whats needed

Things are still not going too well, but I've at least decided to spare you any more bad beat hand histories.
Tried to stick to my plan for the week to play low stakes stuff until my luck improves, and did pretty well until tonight when I played the $5k Gtd by buying in after failing in the last gasp thunder satellite.
As it happened I made the money finishing in 19th out of 191 for a small profit, but had to survive a blow in level 2 when I called a pre-flop all in from a player who had lost half his stack the previous hand. He showed A6o vesus my KK and of course hit an ace on the flop.
I recovered and played pretty safe to try to limp into the last 20 and a pay day.
It didn't quite work out like that, however, On the bubble I was dealt AsQs utg+1.
I let the clock run down, hoping someone on another table was all in ahead of me before pushing my chips in, I got a caller with AhQh and when the flop showed 2 Hearts and a Spade, I feared the worst, turn was another spade, and as I chanted "spade spade spade" and my opponent yelled "heart heart heart", a club fell and we split the pot.
Next hand and first to act I had pocket 66, still in 19th place out of the remaining 21, and with the blinds approaching, I again let the clock run down before pushing all in. This time it was folded round to me and I was happy to take the blinds and antes. After tha hand, my AQ opponenet from the previous hand told me he had folded AcQc to my all in raise with the sixes.
After that the small stack on another table fell and I was in the money. Within a couple of hands I was calling a pre-flop all in and subsequent call with AK, running into KK and AJ, I didn't improve and that was that, no real complaints.
It seems that KK is unlucky for me at the moment, if Im not getting my Cowboys beat, Im getting beat by them.
On another note I would urge anyone needing a laugh to read the blog entry "Holding the Nuts" in The Wasters blog, link on right. It is the funniest thing I have seen on a blog in a long time.
As always, thanks for reading, I'll try to keep thing s a bit more upbeat in future and stay away from the bad beat hand histories for as long as possible.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It doesn't get any better

Game #2552887253: Hold'em NL (50/100) - 2006/10/04 - 23:22:52 (UK)
Table "$5K WED Thunder Sat 3543877 - 1" Seat 2 is the button.
Seat 1: madjambo0 (2440 in chips)
Seat 2: Anna29111 (3025 in chips)
Seat 3: Leopard16 (3260 in chips)
Seat 5: Chr200 (1665 in chips)
Seat 6: Redcar (1650 in chips)
Seat 7: Tiancross (1745 in chips)
Seat 8: Gonnaneed (1320 in chips)
Seat 9: Bob7070 (1750 in chips)
Seat 10: Area51 (1270 in chips)
Leopard16: posts small blind 50
Chr200: posts big blind 100
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Redcar [Td Kh]
Redcar: calls 100
Tiancross: calls 100
Gonnaneed: folds
Bob7070: calls 100
Area51: calls 100
madjambo0: folds
Anna29111: folds
Leopard16: calls 50
Chr200: checks
----- FLOP ----- [Ks 9h 2c]
Leopard16: checks
Chr200: checks
Redcar: bets 300
Tiancross: calls 300
Bob7070: folds
Area51: folds
Leopard16: folds
Chr200: calls 300
----- TURN ----- [Ks 9h 2c][8s]
Chr200: checks
Redcar: bets 1250 and is all-in
Tiancross: raises to 1345 and is all-in
Chr200: folds
Returned uncalled bets 95 to Tiancross
----- RIVER ----- [Ks 9h 2c 8s][3s]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Tiancross: shows [As 9s] (A Flush, Ace high)
Redcar: shows [Td Kh] (A Pair of Kings, Ten high)
Tiancross collects 4000 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot 4000 Main pot 4000 Rake 0
Board [Ks 9h 2c 8s 3s]
Seat 1: madjambo0 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Anna29111 (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: Leopard16 (small blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 5: Chr200 (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 6: Redcar showed [Td Kh] and lost
Seat 7: Tiancross showed [As 9s] and won (4000) with A Flush, Ace high
Seat 8: Gonnaneed folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Bob7070 folded on the Flop
Seat 10: Area51 folded on the Flop


I've been playing poker in safe mode for the last few days because I just cant get a hand to stand up.
My luck has been just about non-existant unless you count bad luck.
Played low satkes stuff so as not to damage the bankroll won entry into the $5k Gtd on Betfair via a satellite and then this happens :

Game #2540451023: Hold'em NL (25/50) - 2006/10/04 - 01:33:26 (GMT)
Table "$5K TUESDAY GTD 3537025 - 6" Seat 5 is the button.
Seat 1: Psb131 (775 in chips)
Seat 2: holker (850 in chips)
Seat 3: looty123 sits out
Seat 4: noudidnt (1525 in chips)
Seat 5: Ballyroan (3105 in chips)
Seat 6: Dannyjude (1955 in chips)
Seat 7: Foyger (3035 in chips)
Seat 8: NutsNathn (1460 in chips)
Seat 9: Chriss005 sits out
Seat 10: DaVinch (1545 in chips)
Dannyjude: posts small blind 25
Foyger: posts big blind 50
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to holker [Kc Kh]
NutsNathn: folds Chriss005: folds
DaVinch: folds Psb131: folds
holker: raises to 200
looty123: folds
noudidnt: folds
Ballyroan: folds
Dannyjude: raises to 1955 and is all-in
Foyger: folds
holker: is all-in 650
Returned uncalled bets 1,105 to Dannyjude
----- FLOP ----- [7d Ts 6c]
----- TURN ----- [7d Ts 6c][3c]
----- RIVER ----- [7d Ts 6c 3c][4s]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Dannyjude: shows [4d 4h] (Three of a kind, Fours, Ten high)
holker: shows [Kc Kh] (A Pair of Kings, Ten high)
Dannyjude collects 1750 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot 1750 Main pot 1750 Rake 0 Board [7d Ts 6c 3c 4s]
Seat 1: Psb131 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: holker showed [Kc Kh] and lost
Seat 3: looty123 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: noudidnt folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: Ballyroan (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: Dannyjude (small blind) showed [4d 4h] and won (1750) with Three of a kind, Fours, Ten high
Seat 7: Foyger (big blind) folded before Flop (didn't bet) Seat 9: Chriss005 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 10: DaVinch folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Fuming !

I am fuming at the moment, nothing is going my way and i'm absolutely fed up with it.
Trying to remain calm and think positive but its so hard when youre on a run of luck like this
I just crashed out of a $10 mtt on Paradise with the first hand I played after nearly 15 minutes of folding. I raise with KK utg have a re-raise and two callers, so I push all in, two call with TT and A3o (Ace 3 offsuit ffs !)
Well as per normal a ten comes o the turn and Im out, not the worst beat in the world but Ive had a whole bloody weekend of them.
Sunday night was all in pre-flop twice, with TT and 99 against A5 and A8 and on both occaisions my opponent flopped not just one but 2 bloody aces.
I can't remember the last time my pocket pair made trips, honestly cant remember, at least 2 weeks ago I reckon.
my AK never improves and my pairs are allways outdrawn, my luck is simply unbelievable at the minute.
I wont bore you by posting hand histories, to be honest I'm only posting to calm down or I'll tilt away even more funds.
It really is hard to keep believing in the randomness of the cards when you're on a run like this, it makes you want to pack it all in.
I know things will turn, and I know people will say, take a break, dont play for a few days, and I know its good advice but I dont want to take a bloody break, I want to get some fair cards and maybe win a race now and again, is that too much to ask.