Sorry for the lack of posts recently, no excuse really. Just get lazy when u don't make a post for a few days and gets worse the longer u leave it...
Results wise, its still been pretty decent recently which is great. Making my fair share of finals which is always nice. My confirmed favourite tourney by a long way is the 7.30pm 20r on Full Tilt, I have managed to final table it twice the last 2 times I've played it, which is quite sick, but managed to donk out 3rd both times. Good for $3k on Friday past, and $5.5k for 3rd once more this evening(Tuesday). This week, it's double guarantees on Full Tilt which seems amazing, the prize pools are very juicy indeed!!
Also had a 2nd in a $26 MTT on FTP last Wednesday which was also good for $3k, as well as a few solid Final Tables on Stars, including a win in a $22 6 max for $2k, always nice to bag the victory. So overall, I have no complaints with how things have been going, have even managed to spin up a small roll with my own coin on Lock Poker, would be nice to build on that.
Confidence in your game is a huge factor in success in MTTs imo and at the minute I feel like I'm on top of my game. Have tweaked a few aspects of my play in the last few months, mainly playing with a lot more aggression generally, and playing more pots in position with wider ranges, and the results have been very positive. Also, running like an absolute God certainly helps as well, I'm 990/991 in flips so far in 2010!
Shout out to a few other Omagh players who have had results recently online, Maccakid, Hellfish_89, Mickeycoyle, Pocket55ives and Bazmullin have all chalked up results recently. Even that tough Chi Dawg grinder has managed to pocket a few $$$, nice to see it, and nice to see that its not only talented boozers that this town produces!!
Went to book flights to Vegas for the summer the other night as well, but need to get my lost passport re-issued first, then I am def gonna book them. Been pretty much a dream of mine to go over during the WSOP, so fk it, why not go for it. Also, squad of us have penciled in a cultural tour of Liverpool for Paddys Day, this should be very messy indeed!
I decided to invest some of the $$ back into the setup at the house, including a spanking DELL 24" monitor that is pretty much the nuts, and a new chair that should help the posture and such - spending long hours in front of a desk/laptop couldn't be good for this department. Also have ordered a new Sony Vaio laptop which looks the bizz, my current HP lappy is overheating too much and randomly shutting down, so I dont mind spending the cash here cos its an investment more than anything. Just hope the good run continues....
Monday, 11 January 2010
Another decent day at the tarbs and this time it was on Stars that I was running good....
Finished 3rd in the 5pm $20 20k gtd, this was good for just over $3k. Kinda disappointed as I went from chip leader to busto in the space of about 5 hands, losing a key flip with AJ vrs 10s vrs a very aggro Brazilian...
Was also running well and built a big stack in the $20 cubed on Stars at the same time of the 5pm Final Table and managed to final table it a few hours later. Ended up busting 3rd yet again lol when I missed like 17 outs which is rather frustrating, but still 3rd good for a healthy $4.5k
So another satisfying grind is over - long may this run of good results continue!!
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Decided to skip a night on the booze on Saturday night with a crowd of degenerate fish, partly cos for once I wanted to be fresh for a full Sunday schedule.
So, started off around 1pm and registered for almost every tourney $20-$70 as well as a few rebuy tournies up to $20 rite up to 10pm on Stars and Full Tilt. Also registered to take shots at the Warm-Up and Million on Stars.
Day started off pretty slow and was in fact busting quite a few fairly early, but by 5pm it started getting pretty hectic and it wasn't long before I was constantly 12 tabling and at a peak 14 tabling.
For a long time it was a nightmare to be honest, busting a lot of tournies and generally feeling as tho I was running like shit, however I managed to build a stack in a few and pulled it together mid game in one in particular, a $69 $22.5k gtd 6 max on Full Tilt. Despite a near fatal set back when my AK got donked by a loose German's A2 allin pre, I managed to final table this one for the second time in a week, however, this being a Sunday the prize-pool was much bigger and the $11k for first would have been sweet!! However, lost a key flip, AKdd vrs 88. The flop was just a fecking tease, A 8d 9d, I couldn't bink another diamond, and that was me busto in 5th!! Good for $1800 tho.
Nothing much else of note was coming together, I laboured my way into the money in the warm-up but cudnt pull together a stack and busted 400th odd. It was coming towards the end of the night when I started running good in a $69 $24k gtd, again on Full Tilt. Managed to gain the chiplead 14 left but lost a standard flip with AQ vrs JJ which sent me back into the pack again.
Still, managed to make the final table, and was hoping for a dose of the run goods one time, with over $18k ftw. Things were looking up when I picked up aces in the Sb and somehow managed to hold vrs q10 for a full double. A few of the shorter stacks got knocked out as the blinds increased and I really only managed to mantain my stack rather than build that killer tourney winning one. I took a mortal blow running AQ into KK 5 handed, then busted when I shipped over a cutoff raise with 33, only to run into 10s. No miracle 3, 5th was good for $5k.
So, overall a profitable Sunday and another couple of very solid Final Table appearances. Cant really complain but obviously the mind inevitably wanders to the huge first prizes on offer in both tournies, a combined total of like $30k eeeeeek!! GL all, and maybe next time, eh?
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
So, just finished up another day of MTTs and its a case of close but not close enough really.
One of the first tournies I reged for was a $69 6 max on Full Tilt, managed to final table it but busted when my 10s ran into a8 allin pre :( 5th for $1500
And one of the last I reged for was the 9pm 11r donkfest on Stars. Managed to build a big stack mid game and made the final table with about 20 bbs so I had to get busy, but unfort busted in standard fashion when I shipped 15 bbs with 88 from the button and the BB called with KQ, QK6 3 K board sealed my fate. 8th for $1500
So, although a couple of solid final table cashes its a case of what could have been really, with like $20k combined for both wins. Would have been nice!!
Monday, 4 January 2010
Haven't posted in a wile as I've been busy celebrating Xmas and New Year with plenty of turkey, sweeties and of course, orange aftershock!! Didn't play much poker at all over the festive period mostly cos I was out on the razz most of the bleeding time!!
Last time I played online before this evening was on Xmas night, where I managed to final table what is quickly becoming my fav tourney, the 7.30pm 20r on Full Tilt, 4th was enough to bag myself $2.5k but was obv disappointed not to take down the whole thing with $7.5k for first. However it's still a nice end to a nice December on Full Tilt - $20k prizes, $16k profit and a whooping 406% ROI :) Long may this continue.
Only other note-worthy news poker-wise was a nice victory in the Xmas game we orgainised in Omagh on the Monday after Xmas, a £60+5 freeze-out held in the O-Zone in town. Ended up doing a deal 3 handed, I got £900, partly cos I had the chip-lead but mainly due to me holding a massive, massive edge over the 2 other fishays, who gleefully accepted £650 each lol jk jk ;) so that was a nice cash booster after spending a clean fortune over the last few weeks!!
It's time now to knuckle down and put in some serious volume again, time to really grind and build on the positive results of late. Looking forward to it tbh so hopefully can kick on in 2010. Have a few things in my head that I wanna achieve this year, the new year gives us a fresh start and all that. The main one is non poker related, in that I wanna get up off my arse and plant it back in the gym!! Poker turns u into such a bum and this is something that sounds easy but is harder to turn into reality, but its gonna have be done, my set of Michael Bubles aren't wanted :)
Poker wise I would really love to make it to vegas this year during WSOP and would also love to play in the Irish Open main event as well, so hopefully I can make this happen!
So here's to looking forward to a successful year ahead on the tables and off, gl all in 2010 and let's get it on!!