Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Filling the gap...part 1. LPC £750.

It seems like everyone on the blogging front is updating less these days and I've been as guilty as any. Sometimes it feels like such a chore but I've got no excuses with how much I post on blondepoker and am constantly reading 2+2 and blogs etc to not manage to update a bit more regularly.

To quickly fill the gap I played the £750+£75 London Poker Circuit Event. Unfortunately they've decided to scrap their main events from now on being these big buy in jobbies. It's a shame as even though this was the first event I played, the field consisted of 5 players capable of winning and the rest was pure value in the field of 20 odd. The structure is great and makes a nice change from what you normally play. 20k chips and 1 hour clock starting at 25-50. yum yum. The location was lovely and dealers very good too. Sadly I didn't make the end of the 3rd level! Sigh. Don't know whether I was more pissed at my exit or not making the buffet break which I heard is meant to be awesome at these LPC things.

My exit hand.....

Fish limps the button at 75/150 and I see two Queens in the sb. I iso-raise to 675 (playing 16k) as Woody Deck was playing like a bit of a station in position but he raises the BB to 2675. Woody had been the most active at both my tables but I hadn't really seen him 3-bet pre. I was pretty active too though so wasn't ruling out that he would be 3-betting light. I did think he had a genuine hand though as I feel normally he'd want to just flat though and play a pot with position.

I think If I raise/shove I fold out all worse hands, apart from maybe JJ and AK, possibly. Folding is just too weak and that leaves me with call. Flop comes Q23, with 2 diamonds. Kerching! I check and Woody bets less than his initial reraise. I hollywood for a while like I might have 88-JJ sort of hand whilst thinking of the best way to get them all in. I decide to flat. The turn comes a black 5. Being that Woody doesn't know me combined with my little act I decide to make a ridiculous bet of like 600 to look like some sort of weak noobish blocker, hoping that if Woody had no hand he'd spazz out and get it in. If he did have a hand then it was going in anyway. As soon as I bet he snap announced all in and I called. Almost before the hands could be turned over the river was the 4 of clubs making Deck the backdoor wheel.

It was actually quite weird as no-one really realised straight away apart from me who got up quickly and shook his hand. Ross Boatman said something like 'unlucky' and I tried to respond but I was in such shock (lol donkaments) that worlds just didn't come out of my mouth. I rambled two half sentences that made no sense and quickly made an exit for home. At least my Chips went to good use and Woody went on to win. Not sure whether that makes me feel better or worse though!

Will try and put a quick update tomorrow on some other stuff.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

London Poker Circuit £750 this weekend

I'm playing the LPC £750 at the Kingsway Hotel in Covent Garden/Holborn this weekend.

Just wondered if anyone had a good steer on the number of runners it will garner? How long it usually goes on for and if you know anyone attending?

Sunday, 2 August 2009

DTD £300 day 2

I go back second in chips at the DTD £100K guaranteed. There are 65 left of 385 runners with 36 cashing and £34k ftw.

I played really well all day and never had my entire stack all in until the penultimate level.

I got Aces bust in an 80k pot where I flatted a raise pre and got it in against the raiser on an 894 flop with 2 diamonds and FML he had one hand I didnt want to see 910dd. It came Queen clubs Jack clubs to make him a backdoor straight and I was left with 4k at 800/1600 with a 200 ante.

My chips went in very next hand with 66 and I got 2 calls but binked on the flop to get back up to 14.5k. I reshoved twice to then get a workable stack and then just played quite patiently managing to chip up to 63kish when I played a huge hand with the chipleader. By far and away the most active player at the table, opening with a v v wide range he opened to 5k at 1k/2k and I called in the bb with 9Jcc. Probably the second time I had flatted a raise from OOP all day.
The flop of K103 all clubs fitted quite well with my hand and I check called a bet of 8k. The turn came a red queen and I checked to villain who bet 18.5k. He's a very good player who's game I respect and I know he's not bet folding in this spot and with like 27k back it's a pretty easy shove. He snapped and turned his hand and one card was kind of stuck to the other but all I could see was the 6 of clubs. Knowing he didn't have a set I was like FML if this guy has A6 clubs leaving me drawing to one out but luckily it was 56cc and the 130k pot was shipped my way. I won another hand with the nut flush and raise folded 1010 on the last hand of the day against a reraise and an all in from the two shorter stacks. I was up against AA and AJdd and would have missed which helped me sleep easy.

Some really good players left in, Jerome Bradpiece, Pete Linton, Nick Hicks, Ashley Mason etc all of whom I'd rather were in Luton but I'll just dig in and see what happens.

After the tournament we also did a Larry the Lobsterathon at DTD with 10 members of blonde poker putting £100 each into the Larry the Lobster machine and cashing out £1100 for a £10 profit each. It was good fun and a nice way to wind down after the tournament finished for the day.

To see the thread, look here..... http://blondepoker.com/forum/index.php?topic=43026.0