Sunday, September 28, 2008

WSOPE - Events 2 + 3

I played event 2 a few days ago, the £5000 PLO. I lasted about four hours or so, i decided to gamble with 66xx on a 642 board in a three way pot when i knew at least one of my opponents had 35xx. I figured i'd have far more chance in the tourney with 45000 chips rather than 15000.

I'm through to Day 2 of the £10000 NL main event. I probably played the tightest i have done for ages in a big tournament, and i was never all in during the day. I'm like 20th in chips of the players that played Day1A, hopefully i can get a decent table draw for day 2, and run good.

Monday, September 22, 2008

WSOPE - Event 1

I was the first person to cash at this year's WSOPE. Well it meant i was first to bust out in the money of the £1500 NL Holdem. Had ok chips going in to day 2, but just couldn't get anything going. I chopped a big pot when i was all in pre with AQ v A4, then i lost a big pot with 44v 66. You need to run good in these fast structured events.

I'll be playing the £5k PL Omaha and the £10k main event in the next week and a half. I also may play the £20k EPT high rollers event, if i am doing ok online. Haven't been playing so much since my last update.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Just been looking through some stats and my blog has had over 500,000 hits since i started tracking it a few years ago. Thats alot of people that have read bad beat stories :-)

I skipped EPT Barcelona, wasn't feeling so good on the morning of the tourney, so thought i'd chill out and enjoy Barcelona. Its definitely in the top three cities in Europe IMO.

Its the WSOPE starting this Friday. Its good to have some decent tournaments just a few miles from home, and i'm sure its an advantage not living out of a hotel room.

Still running at about break even for 5/6 weeks online. If my running bad means breaking even for a while, thats cool. I'm playing a bit smaller just to take it easy for a while.

I also came across somthing funny from theASHMAN103 blog, to quote:

I continue all through the morning very tired and in the mood to just keep running it up. Unfortunately I get stuck $100k in Omaha for the day and lose a ton to this mega clown named Ben Grundy. This hand tilted me to no end just for the sole fact that he wins my stack for playing the hand how he did. Rare monkey species. A hybrid if you will.

FullTiltPoker Game #7864146346: Table Pantheon (6 max) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 14:16:07 ET - 2008/08/30
Seat 1: Phil Ivey ($40,000), is sitting out
Seat 2: Urindanger ($19,855.50)
Seat 3: Ben Grundy ($45,927)
Seat 4: theASHMAN103 ($39,984)
Seat 5: Brian Hastings ($67,895)
Seat 6: howisitfeellike ($12,669.50)
Urindanger posts the small blind of $200
Ben Grundy posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***Dealt to Ben Grundy [5d 7c 6h 8c]
theASHMAN103 raises to $1,400
Brian Hastings folds
howisitfeellike folds
Urindanger has 15 seconds left to act
Urindanger folds
Ben Grundy raises to $2,900
theASHMAN103 has 15 seconds left to act
theASHMAN103 raises to $8,900
Ben Grundy raises to $26,900
theASHMAN103 calls $18,000
*** FLOP *** [As 6d Qs]
Ben Grundy bets $19,027, and is all in
theASHMAN103 calls $13,084, and is all in
Ben Grundy shows [5d 7c 6h 8c]
theASHMAN103 shows [Qh 9d Jc Ac]
Uncalled bet of $5,943 returned to Ben Grundy
*** TURN *** [As 6d Qs] [6c]
*** RIVER *** [As 6d Qs 6c] [8d]
Ben Grundy shows a full house, Sixes full of Eights
theASHMAN103 shows two pair, Aces and Queens
Ben Grundy wins the pot ($80,166) with a full house, Sixes full of Eights

LOL whilst i may have got lucky in the hand, his call preflop is so dumb i can see why he is on a close to $1 million downswing. In a six handed game my four bet preflop is nearly always a hand that totally dominates his like AAxx, AKKQ, AKQJ ... if i four bet preflop his AQJ9 hand is ahead less than 10% of the time, and is often completely dominated. As it happened he caught a rare time when he was a slight favourite, but he would rarely have over 30% chance given the action.

Ashman if you think i'm a clown i will play you any day you like $50/$100 Heads Up PLO....

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Complete tilt

Just lost my third round match of the $25k HU on Full Tilt after beating Ivey and Williamson... had my opponent down to 1k to my 12k. Winning the 3rd match guaranteed minimum $96k payout too.




Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Haven't posted any hand for a while, so here are a few Omaha hands from the last couple of weeks.

Aces v Kings

This got me steaming

Sick tilt and i get lucky

Winning a flip

Flopped a monster

We both hit this flop

Hit the perfect flop

I've actually been back playing NL Hold'em cash. I'm mainly playing HU, as i think i've more chance at winning at that. So far after 9 sessions of $50/$100 or bigger, i'm up about $110,000. It's good to play something different. Not really sure who the good or bad players are anymore, as its been a while since i played high stakes NL.

I'm not really getting so much Omaha action on Full Tilt and Betfair from the players that i want to play HU. Generally most of the ones that have been playing me are pretty decent. Maybe more fish will be around in the winter months........

The next few weeks are going to be pretty manic. I'll try and post some updates if something interesting happens.

Monday, September 01, 2008

New Month

I'm really glad August is over. It was a strange month. I was about $250,000 down at one point, and managed to get even, only to lose in the last few days and finish about $100,000 down on the month. Its my first losing month since April 2007. I did run bad, but generally i didn't play very good either. I think its because i found it so easy to win this year that i just expected to beat people without putting much thought into the game, hopefully this will be a habit that i can shake off fast.

September is going to be a mega busy month, with loads of live and online tournaments so hopefully i can play alot better.....