Mar 23, 2013

Tournament Playing

Poker Night

Managed to go quite deep in another practice tournament. Again there was 279 competitors in a bit of a crap shoot. Finished 27th this time, held on from about 50th place to get into the fake money which was 30 places. Then I went all in with A,10o and caught someone with a better kicker.

The hand before was a nightmare. I had J,10h and they board came down J,5,Q two suited, but I had no draw. The lone opponent bet out, and I just 'knew'/had a feeling that he had top pair. I thought and thought then called his bet, leaving me with $995 when the blinds were massive. Fold you fool! I really must learn to stick to my gut cos I seem to get it right most of the time. Relaxing pictures help me, so here is one to help me next time I'm facing a tough call when I think I'm beat.

If I did become a massive winning player, and could play without fear and just enjoy it racking up the cash, then that beach is pretty much the type of place I would like my beach house condo and could chill on the patio and play some poker. Pool table in the highly air-conned property with Rachel Weisz...ok so it won't happen but that's what I think of when I think of people making millions playing online poker, why don't they do that? Another thing is you see these players on T.V. whom the commentators say, "a profilic online poker player who has won millions" etc. Firstly, is that true? And secondly, I hope they have invested it wisely, it is slightly worrying to me that you see these Bellagio guys risking everything on poker when really its just not sensible.

If I won £2 million playing poker I would set myself up with a dream lifestyle, and basically enjoy it. I would buy perhaps £1.5 million worth of property, (little 2 up 2 downs etc, new builds) which after agents fees would guarantee £5000 or so each money in rent money. Or hire some chump to run the portfolio for £20,000 a year. Up for it Scotty/Rob? Then that's your wage sorted and you can do what you want within that money. You see? I've got it all worked out, there's just that small problem of coming into £2-3 million quid which continues to hamper these well thought out plans!

Back to earth with a bump I noticed that my adsense account has accumulated a large sum of 50 cents so far! However anyone who knows me knows that I am incredibly ambitious. There is the thing with work that soon I will need to find something that can earn me decent money cos I want my own place soon.

This week there will be a full report on the Wednesday satellite as well as information about the "How To Play Poker" DVD that we are going to be filming in the next 10 weeks. The biggest problem with that is who is going to feature in it. It will be filmed properly at a new studio in Newcastle, if any pro is willing to star in it for nothing, let me know! Good coverage and we can work out a split of the profits etc. At the moment it will be sold online, through mail order and on ebay. Let me know pros!

Mar 18, 2013

Oh Georgia....Where to Go?

My husband and I are in the process of planning our yearly road trip and we've been pouring over Internet pages trying to develop a sort-of itinerary for what we want to do and see when we're out. We've decided to go to Georgia this year, as we haven't been there in quite some time and we're both ready for warm weather.

And, we're driving, which will be quite a journey but better than flying, especially with all the rules and restrictions. Last time we went on a plane, it was pretty expensive and passengers were only allowed to take one carry-on item on the plane (a purse is not considered a carry-on, thankfully). However, that pesky liquids restriction still was enact, which I forgot about, so I had to throw some of my favorite lotion away. Oh well I suppose, but it's just a long and drawn out process.

Anyway, one of the places we want to visit is Savannah, and we've found a lot of websites and articles on Savannah attractions. Since we're cheap and try to save as much money as possible, we've been watching the local Groupon page for activity deals. We're thinking of doing a Gray Line Tour - explained here - so we can learn a little more about the city from locals before setting out to explore ourselves. Plus, sometimes it's nice to relax on a bus and let someone else drive, as there's no worrying about getting lost! This is a cute little site too.

Our goal is to go at the end of April...not too soon, but not to far away, either. We still have to book hotel rooms (although I really want to stay at a bed and breakfast) and a rental vehicle, but I know we'll get that taken care of soon. Believe me, we are counting down the days!

Mar 6, 2013

Amazing Run For Benyamine

The WSOP logo
This is probably the most amazing thing I have ever read. This perhaps shows my naivety to the highest stakes of poker, although I don't ever claim to know about stuff this crazy.

According to Tony G's Blog, (I have cheekily commented asking for a link, which hopefully he will oblige with cos he is one of the players I enjoy watching) which is a fabulous read into the career of one of the more known players in the game, the professional player David Benyamine, pictured below, has been put it lightly, a bit of a roll on the cash game tables running alongside the main events at the WSOP.

David is apparently over $20 million (yes that's million) dollars UP for the WEEK! How amazing is that! Tony G reported on his blog that David's amazing run came on the $4000 - $8000 high stakes tables. Perhaps what is more amazing is that a collection of players, maybe even one, is nursing this slight hole in their bankroll. You can now access Tony G's blog from the 'hottest poker blogs' links to the right hand side of this posting. Only the best get on there, and I regularly spring clean them so you know if you click-thru, they are gonna be good. Check them out, but keep coming back here!

My preparation for the freezeout this week is basically plenty of practice at home, working on the patience and discipline mainly, followed by a trip to the casino for one of the events probably on Wednesday for the small event just to get used to it, ready for the big one on Thursday. This is my WSOP main event, the start of my live tournaments, which will hopefully be more frequent from now on. I will be starting proper online play soon aswell. My games really starting to come on.

Let's hope that plenty of these Grosvenor chips will be coming my way. I am confident that even if I bust out I will not be easy to beat. I want to go out with the luck against me but by making the right plays, and not giving my chips away. I'm looking forward to meeting some poker players and plugging my blog. I might even get some crap vista print cards made up to give out to try and attract some readers, I want 100 returning visitors every day for this blog. Ambitious, but possible! I won't be like a serial card handerouterer but if I talk to someone I'll ask if they read blogs and give you a card.

Finally a bad beat story. I had pocket eights and went all-in in a freeroll today. Went up against J,10d and the board came down x,Q,8 giving me three of a kind 8's and him a backdoor straight. Needing runner-runner to save his/her sorry ass. The turn was a King giving him a flush draw. He now was drawing to three 9s in the deck for a straight. Hello 9! I actually lay on the bed feeling crap for about 10 minutes, because this player was loose as hell and someone who could not live with anyone who knew how to fold 7,2o.