Wednesday, October 31, 2007


October Round-Up

I've been cracking on this month, playing up to 9 tournaments in an evening (when I do play that is), spinning up the $100 rebuy on Stars a few times, and generally LAGging it up. I was about $1K up on the month until Monday night when I pinged the $50 Rebuy on Stars, finally !

Here's the playback, there are a few interesting hands in this one :

Heads up was fun, for once I really thought I was inside someone's head online. Throughout the final table this guy had been trying to win almost every pot he was in. Once he twigged that I was encouraging him to bluff heads up he switched off ; I then zagged and started playing my hands straightforwardly. Finally I hit QQ, TT and AA three hands in a row and the last hand was sweet, I was so sure he was going to re-shove there. Note also the helpful comments someone posted. I looked this guy up and his yearly profit is $264. I'm sure he meant well though :-).

More of the same is the plan for November, schedule that is, hopefully results too.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Teh Internet >>>> Real Life

So I played the £300 at the Vic on Saturday, there's really no point me continuing to play these tournaments and moaning about them afterwards, so I'll just say that it was pretty much the usual. I drakked around for two levels, then last hand before the break I whacked it in with two pair against a flush draw and lost, which was something of a mercy. Including travelling it took up 5 hours of my time to play about 40 hands.

Then yesterday, as the last day of the month it was definitely time for a Sunday smash-out. After busting out of, in very quick succession, the tournaments on Eurobet and Party, two Full Tilt SNGs and four $80 WCOOP double shootouts, I was almost ready to smash out my monitor screen. However, I was still hanging on in the Stars Warm-up and, to cut a long story short as you may have seen it on Facebook, finished 7th for $10,100. The final was a little disappointing, as I had gone in 2nd chip leader, but there's not a lot you can do about running AK into an aggressive player's AA, apart from suck out with a flush, which I nearly did but not quite. Still, I can't complain over the year, four big finals and finished 1st, 1st, 2nd and now 7th, you'd definitely take that.

So although 2 of those results were live and 2 online now, both the live results were in the US. I'm really thinking now that there's little or no point playing live tournaments over here, they're either not worth my time (like yesterday) or I suck in them (like the £1000 in Luton), although I suppose at least the latter is theoretically fixable :-).

Here's the hand history, I've got stuff to do right now but I might comment on some individual hands later. In the meantime any comments or questions are welcome.

Sunday Warm-Up

Update : by far the most interesting hand is 328. In brief, playing 4K-8K/800, cut-off makes it 24K leaving 212K behind. Small blind makes it 56K leaving 251K behind. I'm in the big blind with 387K after posting (so I have them covered) and AKo. Despite the positional factor widening ranges, I just can't find a line I like. I don't want to get all-in pre-flop 3-handed with AK (as discussed more than once on this blog), and as I don't close the action here I can't effectively control the size of the pot pre-flop. I think this is shove or fold and, like a wuss perhaps, I elected to fold. I really didn't like the SB's small, but not minimum, reraise - usually a sign of great strength. We'll never know, because the flop came Ac5c2h, SB bet out, cut-off shoved and SB folded. Comments welcome.

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