Saturday, 29 January 2011

EPT Deauville, GUKPT Manchester

Played two live tournaments since the last post.

Ill start with EPT Deauville.
I was really excited about going to Deauville again after taking down the main event last year, i was looking forward to seeing it all again and some friendly faces.  The whole trip was really tilting in the end and once i busted the main event i just wanted to get home as fast as possible.  Flew in from Manchester to Paris on the Monday and met Ellwood at the airport, we then had Craig buy us train tickets to Deauville because we were running a bit late...  ended up missing the last train by 3minutes bvytgbhunbgvfcdrfvgbhnjmklkjnhbytvrced
So had to wait for another train to a place called Le Havre and then taxi the rest of the way.. not a great start.

But i was still pumped for the tournament and there was quite a few young Brits over there (Pez, Tom, Bramm, Craig, Grafton, Franky, Spinks) which was pretty cool.   Had sick preparation for it too, had an early night, then woke up.. hit the gym with Mitchell grabbed some breakfast and went to buy in.  Deauville is known to be one of the weaker legs and  my table was unsurprisingly extremely soft.  More in hyperaggro fashion than limp/passive, there was loads of ridiculous action pre and overbetting and lots of huge pots with hilarious showdowns throughout the day, so i had to nit it up and play v v v tight.   Was going quite well then lost a big pot with KK vs AJ allin pre and i was even more handcuffed after that.   I did manage to bust out in an 80k pot though, did not get it in good.  Shortstack jammed 10k with 44 from the hijack at 400/800/75 i iso'd playing 22k with 99 and then both the blinds instantly got it in, needless to say i needed some help and it did not arrive :(.   Would have been nice to have a deep run, but it wasn't meant to be.

Everyone made day2 except for me and Ellwood, we all went out for a meal afterwards which resulted in team drinking games on who has to pay for the bill and more drinking at the casino because no where else was open.  Woke up with a baaaad hangover and didn't fancy playing the side events, i wanted to play gukpt Manchester instead so rang Jack and we both snap left.  Another tilting journey home because there was no flights and no trains to paris, cant be bothered to go into detail but was very annoying and such a long day, got home about 11.30pm and went straight to bed.   On the plus side i was 500 euros richer thanks to playing chinese on the train :D but still well down on the trip.  

I was soooo happy to be home, its weird i love going away but when i know i will be home soon i start getting really really homesick.  I was tired from all the travelling on thurs so had a pj day and decided to play day1b of gukpt Manchester on Friday.  Its only 20 mins from where i live and i used to play cash games and tournaments there when i was first dabbling in live poker.  Not so much these days but we do head there after nights out now and again for banter.  Anyway, it was nice to back!   Lots of friends playing, it was really fun i enjoy playing live in the UK even though my record is pretty awful overall here.  I'm a fan of gukpt's, but HATE that they are 10 handed hate it hate hate it!!  

It did turn out to be a really fun day, with Scott Shelley, Trigg and Laurence Houghton all at the table for a lot of the day.   My gukpt curse continued though and i busted out with one level to go..  made a (hopefully) sick fold with AK on K63TAccc where i check folded the river and was pretty happy with how i played.  I was quietly building to nearly 30k from 15 then ran TT into Triggs AA and lost most of my stack, fought my way back into a bit..  then spewed a little, cold 4bet jammed 86ss when trigg 3bet Scott Shelleys utg open, he had tens which is a bit of a joke but ah well the door card was the 5 of spades and he was already dead (gtfo) :)  Up to about 50k, i was feeling really good, and loving my seat at the table.  Then the following orbit, i was in the BB and it folded to the small who limped, playing 33k at 500/1k and i had about 50ish still.  I looked down at A9o and made it 3500 and he JAMMED i was like SIGH wtf, timebanked for a while and eventually called and he had 9To but we couldn't hold so was down to 20kish and then ran 99s into JJ not long after and that was that. 

No money to charity just yet! 
So far iv not done well at all with the drink less goal, with lots of nights out in Manchester and Leeds but I'm not going to drink for a while now with the exception of the Superbowl party.  Double entry week and ftopssteelers and me, Sykes and Woodcock have even ordered steelers shirts to get well into it.


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

New blog, updates and goals for 2011

Hello :)

I had the idea last week to start a blog, so here i am.   I want to do this for a number of reasons,  for personal motivation , to set myself challenges and goals with life and poker and to have something to look back on, i get to do so many cool things and see a lot of amazing places it would be nice to have somewhere to put it all down.

I also wanted to give something back.  I have worked very hard to be where i am now but i know i am very very lucky and privileged to be in this position, to even have found something that gives me the freedom and satisfaction that i get from poker and i don't take it for granted.
Iv decided to donate a % of any cashes i have in any live tournament this year to charity.  I haven't decided which ones (so I'm open to suggestions) but id like to stay away from the larger ones and help out more local ones.    I can get round to that if i ever cash anything! :)

  • The TRIPLE CROWN!   - win a bracelet
  • Keep up with the gym, especially when away from home.
  • Win a Sunday major
  • Grind more online
  • Get Sponsored
  • Win another live event
  • Take more pictures when I'm away
  • Eat more healthily
  • Be more careful with money
  • Drink less
  • And hopefully give lots of money to charity :D

I had a ridiculous 2010, it was probably the best year of my life for a number of reasons, but im not going to try and pt pressure on myself to replicate it or compare it to this year as that would be silly.   Some of the goals for 2011 are a lot more realistic than others, but i will be doing an end of year review and hopefully i will have achieved as many as possible on the list. 

Onto the fun stuff :) I just got back from a pretty amazing trip, i spent new years eve in New York Citaaaaay, which was incredible then spent a week there and i think its become my new favourite city it really was that good!  The sights are AWESOME we went to see a show, a basketball game, times square, the empire state building, we did sooo much and the food was really really good too i don't think we had a bad meal.   Me and Flushy spent most of our time in "fat cats", a bar which played live music and had pool tables, table tennis tables and most importantly shuffleboard tables (best game ever) and it had cheap drinks and a young crowd it was basically everything i ever wanted in a bar lol.   I can't say enough how much i recommend New York!

So we spent a week there then went straight to the Bahamas to play the PCA, i went last year but didn't know that many people and wasn't really rolled to play the main, this year was way more fun, there was loads of young UK guys and i had a really good time playing in the sun and hanging out by the pool.  I had a deep run in the main event too, finished around 120th which doesn't sound great but there was 1600 runners and it was in the money! ending with running Queens into Kings  :( ah well, i was very happy with how i played overall and didn't make too many mistakes, it was also nice to get knocked out in standard fashion for once ha.

I did have so much fun, but i did spend a LOT of money, some of that randomly putting a big bet on the Ravens(die) vs the Steelers in an NFL game, something i pretty much never ever do and i dont even know what is going on half the time in NFL lol, so that was rather silly and something i won't be making a habit of.  I really do need to be a lot more careful.  

Landed in Heathrow yesterday afternoon, and as much fun as i had i was extremely happy to be back, missed my bed SO much, and my car! ...oh and my family and friends too i guess :)

Home for a week going to hit the gym hard then next week, EPT Deauville, i can't believe that its been a year already but im very excited to be going back and it will definitely bring back memories, should be fun.