Tuesday, 28 August 2007

siiiiiiiiiiiigh at donks

siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh
so i build up a huge stack in the 22 1 rebuy 1 addon mainly thru these hands:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1420414
(i pass AA here)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1420404
(same guy obv has AA here id pass rag flop to his shove)
Anyway with 26 left this absolute moron floats my check raise (for half his stack) with 7 high and gutshot and calls my shove on turn when 7 hits. I have no idea what is thought process was but obv this put me on tilt and i busted soon after. siiiiiiiiiigh
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1420544

One positive was that i came third for 1.2k in the early party 100$ FO which was ok even tho i fucked up one hand when i thought i rivered straight and value raised it only to realise i had misread board. oh well.

gg guys, my head hurts.

Jack

The tilting Wasp

Last night wasnt very fun, i got stung by a wasp at 2am. I mean wtf!!! Dont wasps sleep. Anyway the sting put me on tilt somewhat and i busted out of everything pretty quickly and failed to hit any final tables. Had another deep run at the 50-50 maintaining a decent chip lead until there were 60 left, then i lost QQ to 55. and finally bust in a massive pot when i shovd my riverred flush vs the nuts where i shld of just called any river bet.

effin wasp.

jack

Sunday, 26 August 2007

GSOP bust and a couple of final tables

First up i'd like to congratulate j4mbo on making the final table in the gutshot Main event. Coming into the day with 12bbs and making it to back to back final tables (he won it last year) is pretty sick. gl tomorrow.
I obv bust out early in that with a set of aces vs a flush when the guy had no right to draw with the small implied odds given my smallish stack.

Anyway today was the majors and i played most them except the million ( i got to draw the line somewhere). Firstly i bubbled the party 300k which kinda sucked as i had built a decent stack early on but luck wasnt with me. Except here:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1412328
Managed to go deep in warmup and shortstacked it at the end finally busting with A10 (my nemesis busting hand at the mo). Managed 102nd or something which was alright. Seem to always do pretty deep in the warm up but never that deep. lol.

Bust the UB 200k after getting a nice stack early, busting after getting caught restealing with 44.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1413413
This was a decent sized pot where i felt i had to get it all in with the twovers and gutshot giving the pot and what i had invested. Thankfully gutshots do sometimeshit.

Was building decent stacks in a lot of the big tournies tonight but just kept getting unlucky everywhere.
Picked up some chips in the tilt 700k early with this hand:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1413393
But eventually the donks got to me when i lost KK to AQ allin pre and then this when i was getting short. Well played 55 sir.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1413796

That was the end of the majors.

had another decent run at the 10r on stars which had over 2500 entrants and i was well up for winning this on as it was 20k for 1st. But busted 67th after running KK into QQ for a huge pot and obviously getting sucked out on.

Also got coolered in a huge 200bb pot in the stars midnight 100$ which was nice. Next time i wont slow play KK:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1413629

Did make two final tables in the two 20 rebuys on full tilt but busted in 9th (running AA into QJ obv) and 4th. sigh.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1413111
(ty for slowplaying)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1414098
(how did i hold)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1414139
(nice bubble play :P)

Anyway bit disapointed as i had a decent shot at some $$ but it wasnt to be yet again.
Till next time

Jack

Thursday, 23 August 2007

2 final tables...

Today was gd fun. I made two final tables (stars 25k gtd and party 18k) and feel im playing/begin luckier now than i have been in the past week. Have been questioning my game recently so has been nice to finally put a run together

Things didnt get off to a gd start as i seemed to get outdrawn most of the night (GB2005 gave me a classic runner runner backdoor flush in the tilt 30 rebuy).


The party 25k was fun even though the tournie is such a crapshoot towards the end.
some fun hands:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1403498
(a nice tilt call)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1403791
(so +ev vs party donks)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1404011
(very nice turn)
Ended up losing HU to a very bad player who seemed to catch everything. I just couldnt break his 4 to 1 chip lead.

Later on in the night i managed another final table in the stars 25k gtd busting in 6th in a race vs fellow brit zpaceman. Would have been nice for my 44 to hold up as apart from GB2005 i felt i was the best player on the table but it wasnt to be.

(still in deep in fifty-fifty on tilt so fingers crossed)
Some nice plb points for me tho.

Planning on stayingup all day in order to sleep enough to be awake for the gutshot main event.

This weekend should be fun,

Jack

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Another day another bad beat.....

played the usual tournies tonight and things didnt go to well.

here are my bad beat stories:

In the daily 50k i built up a huge stack and was in the top 5 with 100 to go.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1399237
tough spot to call with bottom set here. But i thought my set was gd as a higeher set or a straight was unlikely and the board was sooo draw heavy. So i went with it. Anyway i ended up busting in 70th after losing 4 overpairs to A rags. sigh.

went deep in the 50r and busted in 24th (18 paid) in a race for the chip lead.

Ran KK into AA on $50 1 rebuy 1 addon on the bubble..... tooo obv!!

Also went deep in the 25k gtd on stars. Tripled up early in 3 way allin pre with AA vs KK and 22 (wtf?). I passed stupidly passed AA on a dry flop to a very nitty player and he showed me KK. so obv went on tilt and managed to chip anyway and came 22nd after AK sooted beats my AA all in pre. obviously!!!!!

Did get one gd result tho coming 2nd in the UB 8k after being in top 5 for most of the tournie eventually losing to GB2005 HU.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1399265

A high i call, lmao
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1399700
such a bad call

at least i got some plb points....

later,
Jack

Live Poker - Eazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy game

Didnt play any tournies last night, instead i decided to join j4mbo and gaucho for a bit of live cash fun. I ran pretty sick making a total profit of £1k. Firstly i get AA back to back, getting paid on my second one. Then i ran JJ in to gauchos 87 on a 10 8 6 board in a reraised pot and stacked him (WOOT), not sure gaucho was taking it seriously altho he does have decent equity vs my hand. Then a flop a straight with 87 on a J 10 9 5 2 board and pot it till the river where my value bet gets paid of by two people. After that i just picked up some dead money and cashed out.
Heading back to the mtts tonight. feeling confident for a win.

think im due...

Jack

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

The high stakes balla, the mid stakes pro, the tournie phenom and the face

Met up with some friends to play the sunday majors together. My mate jamie (the face) knows gaucho (the highstakes balla) from full tilt and we went round to his flat where he was staying while on holiday in london. We also met with andy (the mid stakes pro) who came round and talked about levelling his oppenents a lot, lmao.

Anyway we all played the ftops main event and the sunday million, while i obv played all the majors. Jamie and andy went the deepest in the ftops ME both cashing for a small profit. I also cashed in the stars warm up and a couple of other small tournies. Obv i bubbled the million running my K high flush into the nut flush for a huge pot (my check raise all in on the river was not neccassary lol).

So sundays didnt go to well as always. I also played some 2-4 HU cash and dropped 2k to this absolute luckbox (altho some of plays were marginal). Yesterday i headed over to the gutshot poker club to satelite in to the main event there. This tournament looks particuarly sick with a 1000$ entry and with the same structure from the wsop ME. I obv got my seat with 1 bb to spare, which was nice. I have never seen such awful satelite play in my life. Some guy was nearly all in with his BB (had 400 left over) and the big stack on the table limped in. The BB checked to the big stack who only had to put 400 more in to an 12000 pot in order to put this guy all in. The big stack asked the guy "you checked?" and then insta mucks, WTF ?!?!?!?!
The place went mental and i was a bit pissed off as this looked like stone cold collusion. However Jamie (the face) told me that this guy was just awful and hadnt really played much. Moron.

Heading out tonight for some food with jam and gaucho, then moving on to the western to play some live cash which should be fun. Its nice to have a break from the grind of online poker. Ill be playing again tomorrow thru friday hopefully, the its the gutshot ME (3 day event).

take care'
Jack (tournie phenom :P:P:P:P)

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Finally shipping myself a win

I've been a bit depressed about poker recently. I've been running badly and not getting any decent results. I've been having doubts about my game in general and made me think that i was just a luckbox :P. However i've been playing pretty well today and yesterday and just havent had the breaks. Last night i won 1 race out of 12, lol. It was getting a bit sick and i was a bit fed up. I also spent a shit load trying to sat the 2.5k ftops event with no luck. So have been a bit down as my tilt and stars balances have shrunk somewhat.

Tonight i played all my usual tournies and i felt i was playing pretty gd. I went deep in the 12k 6 max eventually coming 12th, inevitably losing a big race with AK. Dblled early with a nice 3 bet and flop to go with it :P, not sure bout his river shove but ty v much sir
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384182

And shipped a nice cooler as well
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384693

After this i busted the 300$ on stas and the 15k.

Had a decent stack in UB after dblling early after some guy called of his whole stck drawing to a split:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384348
Then i just grinded away until some donk 10th levelled me and called my turn shove with K high and flush draw, lmao. This guy is just too good.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384836


Went deep in the 50k on stars coming 72nd. Never seem to go too deep in this tournie. but some nice donk plays here.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384555
(calling flop raise out of position with over cards)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384796
(this made me laugh and cry)

Was on a wee bit of tilt after that last hand but thankfully the i got off to a flying start in the 10r after a mad card rush just after rebuy period. managed to stay in the top 5 until their were around 300 left when this happened. Bubble me down...
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1385304

Came 26th in 50r on stars after a fairly uneventful tournie where i mostly grinded a shortstack.

Finally however i managed to ship my self a win in the 8.5k 20r on tilt. It was a bit of a crapshoot at the end and i made a couple of mistakes on the final table such as:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1385524
(this was against a tight solid player who rarely gets out of line and should of passed)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1384988
(nice typo raise)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1385323
(this guy was a donk and top pair = nuts vs him)




Anyway ship me 3k for the win and some plb points. Still down for the weekend but feeling better about poker in general.
(guy who came 2nd to me in that tournie gets revenge on me in 8.5k 6max 20r by obv 5 betting all in with 88 - http://www.pokerhand.org/?1385664)

Tomorrow is the majors and hopefully i will cash in some :P, mb even go deep.

laters,
Jack

Thursday, 16 August 2007

win cash lose tournies

played some cash and some tournies yesterday. Ran pretty good on cash playing some full ring 1$/2$ and some HU 1$/2$. The HU games on stars on tilt are so easy to beat these days and probably the most profitable games to play. I started playing them in order to improve my HU game in tournaments but quickly found they were quite profitable. Occasionally i will run in to a solid regular on HU and i normally just leave after 20 mins or so but if i find a donk with a big bankroll then i could play all day.
Found one nice donkeyt on stars who gifted me two buyins:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1369065
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1369063
Ty sir

Obviously tho i didnt run so good in my tournaments. Early on i didnt get anything going in the tilt 10k 6 max and decided to go with tens against a pretty LAG player
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1373930

Then after grinding a decent stack in the 6pm 100$ on stars, some guy makes the worst call of his life and sucks out on me. How on earth he can call here is beyond me, crap two pair on this board. I calculated that there were 5,675,643 hands that were beating him :P
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1373920
I then tilt shove KQ in to AK and suck out very nicely:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1373987
I then obv run KK into AA to end my tournament :( :( :(

Was doing pretty well in the 20r on tilt despite not dblling at all during the rebuy period (i obv dropped liek 8 rebuys sigh). dblled quickly after rebuy period tho when this guy decided to call my 4 bet with J10 and open shove a QQ10 board. I dont know if he thought he was value betting or thought i would fold (i'm not folding anything here specially not KK)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374235
The i make this resteal and run into a bigger hand. I could of passed to 4 bet but when im tilting i tend to always make these calls and hope for a race/suckout lol. No such luck here.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374375

The 32k didnt go so well either and i seemed to misplay every hand.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374237
Here i obv wanted action but his bet is weak there seems to be no chance of him calling my 4 bet in the turn. I think in hindsight a call would have been better, maybe looking to check raise all in on the river.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374619
I hate my play in this hand, there is no way i have this guy dominated as i doubt he is 3 betting AQ or worst. This was kinda the story of my night misplaying nearly every hand and this was no different. This was an easy fold.

The only tournament i got remotely deep in was the 30 rebuy on tilt where i had an average stack with 25 left (18 paid). Some how i inevitably bubbled shoving 3 betting 77 blind on blind and calling the guys 4 bet shove. He shows KK i dont improve. gg.
There were some fun hands in that tournie, specifically when i 3 bet a minraise with JJ only to get 3 callers and flopped quads. i check it down hoping for some one to boat up. They all brick and the shortstack takes a tiny stab at it and folds my shove. Sometimes i wanna bet so weak in pots like these just so i can get a call from somewhere or for someone to make a move on me. oh well.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374900


Played an omaha 10$ rebuy as well and was doing pretty decently considering my skill at omaha.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1374026
it was gd fun but my luck could last and i made a couple of bad calls with 3rd nuts etc and was out....

Ah well, another bad night with no scores. I have however broken into the top 10 UK ranked players on P5s which is nice lol.

Probs gonna take day off today and play tomorrow.
laters,
jack

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

I wish i was as good as J4mbo!

returned to the felt today after staying up all day and taking a 2hr nap before the nights tournies started. I didnt really perform to best abilities tonight and haven't really for a while. I'm not sure what it is but im gonna take a few days off so i can come back refreshed and feeling better about things.

So after last nights windfall i decided to buy straight in to the 1k 6 max ftops event. I've been looking forward to this event for a while as i think i have a good 6 max game. Anyway thing got off to a gd start and i worked my stack up to 5k pretty quickly. However i had to lay down tens on a pretty scary board to what i percieved to be a bigger pocket pair, mb AcKc or some random suited connector with a 7 in. Anyway there was no way i could call here with tens which kind off pissed me off.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367454
After this i was kinda short and grinded for a while before getting reraised with JJ and deciding to call and check raise all in on a low flop. Needed to dbl or get some chips so when the flop came ten high i check shoved in to KK. good game me.

The night didnt get any better as i got knocked out of the 55k gtd cold calling a 3 bet with AA and getting it in on a Jigh flop against JJ. ouch.
I then get owned by andy mcleod, in the 25k on full tilt, who limp calls 64 vs my AA and flops straight against my set on the turn which kinda sucked.


My 20r 5 max was a bit of a roller coaster as i ended the rebuy period as chip leader and got in some tough spots. Firstly i suck out vs overpair when committed to this pot:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367443
Then i raise KK and get rewarded with an A high flop. However this guy was a huge donk and i couldnt put him on an A here (mainly cos of his big bet on the river) so i called him down:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367496
This was a nce little limped pot where i chased my flush and straight draw. Checkraising this guy on the river hoping he had a little something and was surprised when he called wih just top pair (lol donks):
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367522
After losing a few pots i shove on this guys minraise only to lose the race and get crippled. gg
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367564

had a nice suck out in the 30k 6 max after losing to a 3 outer and going on some marginal tilt:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367980
a bit sick i admit :P
I bust later when the same guy shoves on me and i call with AQ only to lose another 60-40:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1367988

At this point i was doing well in 3 tournies: the 30k (above), the stars 20k and the UB 13k.

I was doing really well in the 20k on stars getting to the final 40 and 5th in chips. However stars had a different path for me as i get rewarded for raising 33 by getting stacked on this sick flop.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1368077
I wasnt surprised that he turned over 55 as he looked very strong, but not sure i will ever lay down bottom set in a tournie on that board.
a bit sick

I then imediately bubble both the 30k on tilt (as above) and the UB 13k. UB pisses me off as i didnt put a foot wrong in the tournie and got reward by losing to 3 successive 3 outers to bust....

sigh so another bad day, dropping 1k and not feeling gd,
gonna take a break for a couple of days now and try not to think about poker. I might even go outside :P

laters,
Jack (I wish i ran like j4mbo)

Monday, 13 August 2007

Profitable nights sleep

Wierd night...

So i start the majors and bust early in the party and warmup. standard.
Then i start playing the rest of them and the power gets cut from all the houses on my street. GG majors.

So i call up my friend (j4mbo) and tell him to play all the majors for me. He's a gd player but without much online mtt experience and a bit rusty. I head off expecting a phone call in the morning saying he had bubbled everything.

To my surprise i get a call at 5am saying he was down to the last 100 in ftops event 6.
Jamie ends up finishing in 12th for 12k and 300 plb points. woot. i take 50% for staking him and have a the most profitbale sleep. SHIP!!!

later,
jack

Sunday, 12 August 2007

I will go deep in a major!!!

its the sundays majors and i'm ready to cry at the amount of $ i am going to lose.
However tonight i am determined to go deep in a major.
Going to be playing the following:
Party 300k
stars sunday million
stars sunday warmup
ftops mill gtd
sunday mulligan
UB 200k
bodog 100k

wish me luck...

Jack

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Not much going on

Didnt really play much today as i was feeling pretty tired from this morning. PLayed 5 tournies in total: Ftops Omaha, Ftops 100r, stars daily 50k, ironman freeroll and the 10r.

The omaha tournie went as expected and i busted early in a hand which i shldnt have even been in (i did have plenty of outs).

the other tournies were pretty much a waste of time as i busted pretty early in all of them not winning any pots at all (http://www.pokerhand.org/?1358946 except this one).

I did however have a decent start to the 100 rebuy ftops event getting to 9k before shoving KJ in the last hand of the rebuy period (i had no idea it was the last hand) and getting overcalled by some other guy with a 7k stack who also had KJ. Needless to say he 4 flushed me and i was down to 2k and unable to rebuy at the end of the period. This sucked as there were plenty of satelite players on my table who i know i could dominate with a decent stack. Alas it wasnt to be so i tilted off my stack in one very bad call down, sigh.

oh well at least i had that small win this morning in the turbo hundo (i hope turbos count in the PLB, im not sure they do).

Arsenal game tomorrow which shld be fun then another ftops event in the evening, YAY!

laters
Jack

Friday, 10 August 2007

DONKEYS OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im feeling a little sick right now. just had a shocking night busting out of everything with no cashes.
Donkeys are owning me right now and it sucks.

First i bust nightly 100k making an awful call on the river when im obv beat.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1356582

Then i bust the 20 rebuy on stars when Apestyles shoved on a v weak minraise and i over called with tens knowing i was ahead. But obv the top ranked pros always peel the 3 outer. sigh.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1356946

Busted 50k after someguy minraises A4 utg and cold calls my 3 bet. Flop 447. i shove my 99. and he slowrolls me. wanted to kill someone after that (i didnt, just my kitten :P)

Then i bust 50r on tilt to another donk 4 bet shove with a shit hand and hitting their 3 outer again.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1357086

The 100$ FO on stars also didnt go my way after i tilt paid off this guy when he calls 2 barrells with bare flush draw. Obv.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1356952

Things seemed to go better in the 100$ 6 max 30k where i built a decent stack early on mainly because of this hand:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1357054
(stop and go's are crap btw)
But obv the donks got to me eventually when this guy just couldnt pass K10 off. sigh
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1357136

The big tournie of the night was the Pot limit holdem ftops event that i had satelited in to last night. As i was freerolling i played a little too loose and got crippled by allinstevie (fellow UK pro)
who rivered 2 pair with his AJ vs my AK. but managed to dbl back to 2500 pretty quickly from 250 chips, yay me.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1356619
(the only suckout i had all night)
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1356748
(sometimes i own donks!)
but in the end i went card dead and played too tight to get any chips and ended up busting in 345th.


The only plus point for the night was that i managed to satelite in to tonights omaha ftops tournie for 50$. This is quite an achievment as i would say my omaha game is very poor but at least im freerolling for tomorrow night which shld be fun (might need some help tho).


Tonight the donkeys owned me, tomorrow they die!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaha
(im a little pissed off)

Thanks for all the comments and support,
Jack

update: decided to play the turbo hundo at 6 am and ended up luckboxing my way to 2nd for 4k.
after the night i had i dont think i ever to expected to run so well, only lost one race and was outdrawing overpairs all over the place. Obv there wasnt any skill involved but nice cash all the same.


Getting up late/early

stayed up till 1pm yesterday playing cash and waiting for my new 24inch dell moniter (which rocks btw) and woke up at 12am. My sleeping habits suck due to the my mtt schedule.
Anyway played 8 tournies today only cashing in two. sigh.
In the 55k gtd on tilt i got in a very tough spot with QQ, an utg raiser and a short stack shove meant that i had no room for a mistake. Mostly due to tiredness i just went with it and hoped for the best and thankfully won the race.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1352931
Anyway shortly got donked out of this getting 4 bet all in by KW and losing the race with JJ.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1353132

So far so bad....
Next was the 16k 30r on tilt where i managed to run very well during the rebuy period and ended it with 35k and the chip lead. However i ended up crashing out in 15th after losing 4 60-40s two races and AA to AJ. sigh
Busted nightly hundred grand when someone felt their 33 was gd enough to shove on my utg raise. wp sir.
The night went on as such as i seemed to bust out of everything without putting up much of a fight.
Busted the 100$ 6max on tilt early again. This is when not to two barrell:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1353564
Got deep in the 10 rebuy on tilt and the 50k on stars where i kept losing races. Did make a standard river bluff (probs value betting lol) here:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1353153

ended the night getting bored in the the 15k 10r on tilt and busting out after playing like donk (it did work out for a bit):
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1353631

All in all another losing night...

I know another score is just round the corner but am starting to think im not playing like i used to and mb i have lost part of my game. These are the obv doubts that creep in to the mtt players head when they dont score big for a couple of weeks.

In monthly PLB leaderboard im currently 36th so if i can keep grinding out small results i should stay in top 100 for the month. This will hopefully mean that i will be on the way to ranking in the top 100 after the third month, fingers crossed.

Big up to moorman for his very complimentary post in his blog :), (and a 2nd place in the 32k last night)

Will post again tomorrow after i win the FTOPS PL holdem event....
haha

:P

Jack

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

FTOPS 1 and running bad

Today was the start of ftops and i was really looking forward to it. The first event was just a straight forward holdem 200$ buyin tournie which i never got anything going in managing to only double once thru a complete donk (http://www.pokerhand.org/?1348988). and basically crashed out after grinding for fucking ages.
Things didnt go to well tonight, i busted out of 25k gtd running QQ into AA (someday ill play QQ better) and busted 100$ midnight after playing very badly.
I didnt cash in my normal auto-cash tournie (the 8.5k) when i squeezed with 66 (http://www.pokerhand.org/?1349102)and lost a race.
The stars 10 rebuy was a complete waste of time as i rebought ten times without dblling once (sigh)

The tilt 6max fucked me again when i flopped a set only to get resucked on (http://www.pokerhand.org/?1349256)
sigh, then obv got snapped called by ten high to 9bb shove blind on blind
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1349427

Had a decent start to the 20r shoving this hand still thinking it was the rebuy period and lucking out :P. i hate his call here with tens. Its just awful to ship off 100bbs with tens here with the action.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1349056

I the grinded up and stayed in top 5 for ages till i had this tough spot. I think i lost the minimum here and actually thought i had best hand on turn but obv he played his AA horribly but no matter.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1349310

All in all another hit night.
Haven't had a big score for a week or so which sucks and just been grinding breaking even.
I hope i start to play/run better tomorrow.
laters
jack

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

The Day Off :P

Was supposed to take the day off today and kind of did but couldnt resist no playing the 8k 20r rebuy.

As i have said before this is a very +EV tournie albeit a small prizepool, but you gotta take what you can.
Had an odd rebuy period getting up to 15k twice and then losing a big race to same guy twice. Ended the rebuy period with 8k and managed to chip up quite well when this guy shipped it to me nicely:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1345478
I hate his play in this as he is only getting called by AK, AA, 33, 22 or 45. Had he only repopped pre then i would have had to pass.
I then inflicted a sick cooler on someone after limping behind with 44.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1345481
then chipped nicely finally busting vs a big donk who i didnt give enough credit too and called a little lightly on a very dry flop:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1345712
annoying as he said was being a wanker in the chat all night :(.
Anyway busted 16th which was annoying as i was playing pretty good apart from that bad call (altho vs a donk im dont mind it too much).

Also played the 25k gtd where some muppet decided QJ was good in this limped pot and out drew me :(
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1345048
sigh

Busted early from 55k gtd (tilt) by a very interesting call by 7 high all in pre:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1345499
wtf

Definitely a poor night off,

Jack

Monday, 6 August 2007

August 6th: the day after

Was going to take the day off today but my plans got cancelled so decided to play some more donkaments. Played my usual tournies and had some early success building a stack in the 10k 6 max on full tilt. One of my favorite tournies because of plays like this: http://www.pokerhand.org/?1339837
anyway i busted before the money making a reshove with J9.
Managed to hit 3 final tables tonight but with out any big scores:
firstly i came 6th in 8.5k 20r on full tilt busting after shoving A5 blind on blind.
This tournie is generally full of donks who always surprise me with their donkish plays.
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1340636 (this hand a fairly standard hand in this tournie)
Then i managed to final table the super monday on party grinding a short stack to the final table and busting in 7th when someone snap calls my big squeeze with 44 vs my 22 :(
Lastly i busted in 6th in the 8.5k 20r (6max) on full tilt when my KK was obv no good vs 88.

I seem to run sickly good in the 20 rebuys on full tilt (836% ROI) mainly due to plays like:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1341668
This guy was a complete donkey and obv busted me with 88 on final table, he would just pot the turn when i checked the turn everytime so i thought i would try and take advantage of this and it paid off here.

The rest of the night was pretty shit as i seemed to get outdrawn in everything and ran KK into AA twice and lost AA to KK as well. Pretty standard stuff.

went really deep in the 10 rebuy again tonight staying in the top twenty for most of the tournie only to bust when someone decided i was full of it:
http://www.pokerhand.org/?1341163
I snapped called with this hand expecting to see a small pair or overcards. I kind of wish i had more on the flop and not given the guy any fold equity as i was happy to take down this pot right there. However I'm greedy and tried to get him to shove on me with a weakish flop bet. Oh well.....

Later i decided to enter the tilt 1k monday and generally didnt get going at all. Doubled once in a blind on blind situation 4 betting all in with 44 on a 7h3s3h and getting called by AhJh. Apart from that it was a waste of time.

So made a small profit tonight and 3 final tables.....
at least i got some plb points (although they havent updated my profile on P5s for a while)

anyway till wednesday (I AM going to take day off tomorrow :P)

Jack

Sunday, 5 August 2007

August 5th: the sunday majors :(

Today was the sunday majors, a day i have grown to hate. It ruins my bankroll and i never seem to run gooooot on a sunday. I normally try to satelite most of the majors but sometimes fall short or wake up too late and buyin anyway. So i ended played played the warmup, million, 500k, mulligan, the second chance and the bodog 100k. While also playing the regular guarantees on Tilt and stars.

Didn't run too good tonight only making it deep in two tourneys: the sunday warm up and the 10 rebuy on stars. Busted the warm up in 183rd after losing a race and grinding the short stack for a bit. Just busted from the 10 rebuy 33rd after making a stupid reshove move with AJ into an obviously big hand (he had KK). I then proceeded to monkey tilt out of the 30 rebuy on tilt and the 20 rebuy on stars (regret!).

ended the day with no big scores and a big dent in my bankroll. :(

wont be playing again till wednesday when the ftops start and hopefully run wild in that and take down a big score. Here's hoping.

laters,
Jaclk






Getting Ranked

Username: Doctor_Fun
PLB points: 2785

My names Jack Powell and i've been playing poker for 2 years. I started just messing about with friends and wasnt very good. I then discovered online poker, played some sngs for a while and still wasnt any good. I was a losing cash and mtt player for a while playing small stakes on all the major sites. It all changed when i joined the poker society at Sheffield University and was able to talk about poker with others more regularly. This helped my game a lot and suddenly i went on a winning streak on littlewoods poker room. From new year till april i took went deep in the 5$ rebuy on stars and won the £12k gtd on littlewoods 4 times. I also took down some other tournies and built a roll of around £20k. However, while i was a winning mtt player my cash game was awful and i proceeded to donk most of my roll away leaving myself with around 10k.

Anyway, i decided to take a year off Uni and try becoming an officially ranked poker player (on pocketfives.com obv). So far i have done rather better than i imagined, managing to build a 25k£ roll from 10k£ in a month while also coming in the top ten of monthly plb leaderboard for July. My main focus at the moment it is to get to the top 3 of the UK rankings (i am 11th) as this seems like an easier goal; as it takes 3 months to be officially ranked in the top 100.

So far i've had some decent scores (http://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/doctor_fun) and was 9th in the full tilt mtt leaderboard last month (july) and have made a gd start this month.

I'll try to upadte this blog every night with my progress, scores and any interesting hands

Thank you,
Jack Powell