Monday, February 11, 2008

Bad week

Just seemed everything I touched last week went wrong. Decided against going to Drogheda for the deep stack, my main logic being that the expenses would of been to big a % of the buy in but the way the week went it would of been much cheaper had I spent the week up there without cashing. It was great to see so many boardsters on the final table of the main event and well done to Lloyd, Gary, Fran and Baz who were involved in the chop and also Marc and Tony for final tabling. I was hoping for better for Tony (Flushdraw) as he has been knocking on the door and playing really well recently and deserved a big result but I see he got an IO package on Ipoker last night so that will ease the pain of his 8th place finish anyhow.

I did head up for the €500 game on Saturday but played terribly eventually exiting on a really bad squeeze play with 73os. In general I'm very happy with how I'm playing ATM so I'm sure that that performance is just a blip. I also spewed €600 on the cash tables there just to round off on a horrible week.

Played the million last night and after a rocky start really got going and was playing very well when the following hand knocked me for six;

PokerStars Game #15200861348: Tournament #76054127, $200+$15 Hold'em No Limit - Level XII (1000/2000) - 2008/02/10 - 19:30:55 (ET)
Table '76054127 187' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: jshadow323 (56375 in chips)
Seat 2: Benni.Z_007 (36000 in chips)
Seat 3: NEVER2EIGHT (33025 in chips)
Seat 4: enpea (62499 in chips)
Seat 5: SFisch4 (94216 in chips)
Seat 6: vladePP (17000 in chips)
Seat 7: PDL83 (74015 in chips)
Seat 8: argules (35425 in chips)
Seat 9: mac_momma23 (43700 in chips)
jshadow323: posts the ante 200
Benni.Z_007: posts the ante 200
NEVER2EIGHT: posts the ante 200
enpea: posts the ante 200
SFisch4: posts the ante 200
vladePP: posts the ante 200
PDL83: posts the ante 200
argules: posts the ante 200
mac_momma23: posts the ante 200
argules: posts small blind 1000
mac_momma23: posts big blind 2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to enpea [8h 8c]
jshadow323: raises 2000 to 4000
Benni.Z_007: folds
enpea: calls 4000
SFisch4: folds
vladePP: folds
PDL83: folds
argules: folds
mac_momma23: calls 2000
*** FLOP *** [Js 8s 2s]
mac_momma23: bets 6000
jshadow323: folds
enpea: raises 52299 to 58299 and is all-in
mac_momma23: calls 33500 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [Js 8s 2s] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [Js 8s 2s Ad] [7s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mac_momma23: shows [Ts Jd] (a flush, Jack high)
enpea: shows [8h 8c] (three of a kind, Eights)

mac_momma23 collected 93800 from pot

I had doubled up the villain earlier when my AA was no good in pre against 99 and over bet the flop as I knew I had a caller if they had any part of it. That would of given me over twice the average approaching the bubble. I haven't played this tournament much but the value in it is just astounding and I'm sure that I will go very close in it at some stage as when I do manage to accumulate a massive stack I'll do some serious damage. I went out shortly after when I pushed over a late position raise with 44 into AA.

While I was playing the million the IPC was airing on network two, I was sure that they would show my exit hand and they did. Its funny how the mind plays tricks on you, I was 100% positive I bet out the flop in the hand but watching it I check raised Sextons 500 to 1500 he made it 3500 and I shoved, first time I considered folding the hand was watching it on TV. It's a small difference but totally changes the dynamics of the hand and I'm thinking now I could of gotten away from it. That's twice I've been on Irish TV and both appearances consisted of one hand followed by a post exit interview, such brief appearances lead to much ribbing from both poker and non poker friends. So my goal for my next national TV showing is to last at least two hands.