Slight Return (chris)

First off, let me apologise for the recent inactivity on our blog. I know that there must be thousands, if not tens of thousands, millions of you waiting on the edge of your seats for an update on our poker life.

I solemnly promise from here on out that I will absolutely, at the very least, think out about updating the blog once a week, maybe fortnight.

Anyhow, I bet you are wondering how we got on at the pokerplayer tour Teesside event? no? well im gonna tell you anyway; rubbish. none of us lasted to tea time and as the event started 2 hours late, due to not having enough chips (how ridiculous is that), that was a pretty poor performance by us all. We had thought about the ‘final’ but after the organisational shambles and the frankly rotten buffet (which they ran out of food on) I think we will give it a miss and use that to buy in to something else.

So I had a good spell for about 4 weeks up until last week. in that space of time I came 3rd and 2nd in the 6-max at the casino and won/cashed at our regular sit n go with the guys.

We have decided that we are going to play in the ukipt Nottingham in february, and to that end I have, today, started playing micro cash games on pokerstars to see if I can build my balance up to get a buy in.

Started fairly well today. I deposited $50 and took $25 into a $0.10-$0.25 6-max cash. I was up at $70 for a while, I told myself once I get past $75 I will cash out, $50 is  a good start, I didn’t get there. dunno if I gave myself a block but sat at $60-70 for about 30 mins, then found myself back at $45 after telling myself he can’t have a king on a paired king board. So I got it back up to over $50 and cashed out.

So I have a bank roll of about $80, only another $800 to go.

Stay tuned for more micro stakes cash excitement!

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6 Max Free Roll And Other Things (Chris

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Hello again!

Time for another update.

First off lets run down what happened in the 6 max free role.

The format for this tournament was 12 qualifiers, 2 tables of six and chip stack relative to your final points amount. Average stack was about 15000 and there was about 2000 separating 4th and 12th with the top three not far off at all (I qualified in 8th position).

I am happy to say that Chase also qualified for this final and even happier that we were not sat at the same table to start with!

It went pretty well to start for both of us, in fact by the time we got down to a single table Chase and I had taken out every player so far between us. Got to the final table, I was fine, good stack and not too much bother, unfortunately Chase went card dead and ended up busting out in 5th place, we had a break then and the rest of the table started talking about just splitting up the cash between us, we were all pretty even stacked, with no clear leader and due to me having to work the next morning and it being after midnight already, i agreed.

£250 for a nights playing poker is good for me, feel a bit crappy that we decided to chop just after Chase busted, would much rather have had him in the chop also, but when we were 5 he was so short stacked it would have looked totally sus if I suggested splitting then!

A welcome return of our weekly/biweekly sit and go last week, now that 3/4 of our table return to action after a break for Ramadan. I’ve not had much joy so far but I’m sure a win will come shortly.

I have just bought my seat for the PokerPlayer Tour Stockton-Upon-Tees leg. Looking forward to that, a little road trip with Chase and Stefano and another leg of a national poker tour to play in.

I have a new toy that I am trying out at the moment, expect to see some video footage of us playing poker soon!

I’m feeling pretty good about poker at the moment, I think I am making good decisions and timing well. I am not a lucky player, I think everyone says this, but I do genuinely believe this and I try my hardest to minimise the effect luck has on any hand that i am involved in, this sometimes means that I can seem tight and passive to some and at times I probably am, but my biggest worry about the way I play is about the opportunities that I miss to gain extra value for my hands.

A prime example of this the other night, Stefano and I were in the hand and I had trip Jacks on an Ace high board, I was pretty sure Stefano had top pair (which he did) and he made a sizeable bet into me on the river and instead of raising, I just flat call. At the time I tell myself that I am only making the call because there was 3 spades out and what if he made some horrible flush on the river or full house.

Stefano helps with this as he takes the opposite line, where if you have a good hand a huge majority of the time it is going to be the best hand and watching that style of play has help me not to be so passive.

So hopefully we are learning and will continue to learn from each other, and that will then bring us all up another level!

Once again, thanks for reading and if you want to make any comments, praises, criticisms or random thoughts please feel free to do so!

The State Of Play So Far (Chris)

Hopefully the way this will work is each of us will be posting individually, with the exception of when we play in big tourneys together. Chase and Stefano will publish soon after we sort out some technical details!

Many years ago, after watching a bit of ‘Late Night Poker‘ on Channel 4, I tried playing Texas Hold-Em with friends. It was fun, never really took it seriously. About 5 years ago I moved to Edinburgh and met a few guys who had the same sort of interest in poker as I did and we started a weekly £5 game where we just messed about and had some beers etc.

Through that game I met Stefano, and about a year ago we started playing in a private £10 rebuy with some lads at a local casino, which i have done pretty well in. I am pretty sure I have made money at that game!

At the Circus Casino there is a 6 max on a Wednesday night which I play in £10 plus 2x £10 rebuys, i have won this twice (about £400 then £500) so I am up in that game also and have qualified for a £1000 free-roll due the the league system they employ (which happens wednesday 31st)

This is my first ever table in my first ever major tournament, the UKIPT Edinburgh leg!

And what a tough table it is, that’s me in the orange t-shirt, the guy to my right is poker legend Neil Channing, 2 to my left is 2 time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk and the man to the right of the dealer is Jessie May, poker commentator and ex pro.

Even though it was my first major tournament, I did not feel uncomfortable or out of place, I did make it to day 2, came about 110 out of about 530.

The experience of playing in the UKIPT has given me confidence for playing in other big tournaments and has inspired myself and Stefano and Chase to chronicle our poker experiences up to now and into the future.

We intend to blog about tournaments upcoming, hopefully including pictures, videos and any other types of media we can get our hands on, there will be a page set up for discussions about specific poker hands.

Thank you for reading and hopefully we can provide some interest and entertaiment.