Friday, December 14, 2007

Journey South

Off down the M5 on Monday for a second (and I am assured last) interview. A 400 mile round trip.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Update

Ok, interview over. Haven't really got a clue whether it was good or bad. I find out in the morning if I've got a second interview. If I do it will be on Monday in the home town of Rosie and the SS Great Britain.

Today's the day

Interview today.

I am much more nervous about this interview than the one earlier in the year. I suppose it is because I feel that this is the last chance with my current employer. If I don't get this job then I will start looking elsewhere.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Blue badge rant

Regular readers will know that my wife has had some major health problems. This means that if we go out shopping she has to use a wheelchairs. As a consequence, she has a blue disabled parking badge. The main problem with this is that all the disabled spaces in the car parks are often full.

The reason we need a disabled space is not to do with closeness to the shops (though I like that when I'm pushing the chair!), it is all about the width of the space, allowing the car door to open fully, and the wheelchair to fit easily between cars.

On Wednesday we had a trip to the Trafford Centre. We found a disabled space, next to the lift, on the end of a row, so cars alongside my wife's door weren't an issue anyway. We went off and did our shopping (credit card is hurting now) and came back about three hours later.

Parked next to our car, not in a proper space but in the roadway at the end of the row, parked so close that I would be concerned getting in myself without banging the door, was another car. A car with a disabled badge. A car with a notice in the passenger door requesting people not to park to close because they used a wheelchair! How can somebody who is a wheelchair user themselves park so as to so badly inconvenience another disabled person? There appears to be a small number of disabled badge holders that give the rest a bad name. They use their parking privileges to "abandon" their cars wherever is most convenient without any thought to other road users or pedestrians, and other people won't say anything for fear of being thought uncaring.

Unfortunately I didn't have a pen on me, or there would have been a very snotty note left on their windscreen. We also reported them to the centre staff, but I suspect nothing would be done.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Why don't they fold?

Continuing my efforts at bank roll building on Mansion, I've got stuck in the $60-$70 region. I'm playing $0.05/$0.10 cash games. The problem I'm having at the moment is the idiots who chase their draws to the river. However, it does sometimes work to my advantage. The following hand is an example. I know the guy will see a flop with any rubbish (having previously been beaten by his 8 3o!

ANTES/BLINDS
Hero posts blind ($0.05), .jackrymer68 posts blind ($0.10).

PRE-FLOP
Mejram folds, IceManQQQ folds, sebequino calls $0.10, xrajka calls $0.10, Hibachi13 folds, joza111 folds, Baggers59 folds, Hero bets $0.35, .jackrymer68 calls $0.30, sebequino calls $0.30, xrajka calls $0.30.

FLOP [board cards: QS,7S,9C ]
Hero bets $1.50, .jackrymer68 folds, sebequino calls $1.50, xrajka folds.

TURN [board cards: QS,7S,9C,7C ]
Hero bets $2.95 and is all-in, sebequino calls $2.95.

RIVER [board cards: QS,7S,9C,7C,5D ]


SHOWDOWN
Hero shows [ QC,KC ]
sebequino shows [ 8C,TC ]
Hero wins $10.
SUMMARY
Dealer: Baggers59
Pot: $10.50, (including rake: $0.50)
Hero. bets $4.85, collects $10, net $5.15
.jackrymer68, loses $0.40
Mejram, loses $0
IceManQQQ, loses $0
sebequino, loses $4.85
xrajka, loses $0.40
Hibachi13, loses $0
joza111, loses $0
Baggers59, loses $0

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cash at Last

Played in tonights Brit Bloggerment for the first time for a while. And, for the first time ever, I made it to the money, finishing third.

I certainly had my share of luck along the way, but I don't think I made too many donkey calls. I managed to practice some of the restraint I've been learning in the cash games; I only saw 12% of flops.

I left HullJimi and BrainMc fighting it out for victory.

Update: Congratulations to HullJimi, who took the tourney down after 2 hours 44 minutes.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A right to free speech?

I went in to Blackburn town centre today with all the family. My daughter's favourite dress had had an accident involving an iron, so we were off shopping to replace it.

As we walked into the main pedestrianised area, we were confronted by two people addressing the public with amplifiers.

On the right was Jack Straw MP, Minister for Justice, and someone who, despite being a cabinet minister for many years, takes his constituency responsiblities seriously. Once a month he goes into the town centre, stands on a box, and invites his constituents to ask him questions. Whilst we were passing today he was promising to take up an issue with the Chancellor, and was going to respond in writing to the questioner. Whilst I may disagree with many of the things this government has done, and Jack Straw has been a major player since they were first elected, I cannot but admire him for putting himself out there for his constituents to harangue.

On the opposite side was a man with a board proclaiming him to be from a presbyterian church. What he was doing was rather less praise-worthy. In the middle of a very multi-cultural town, and a time once again of heightened tension due to events in Sudan, he was bellowing offensive comments about Muhammad and the Pope. So much for good will to all men at Christmas. I am pleased to say that the only person appearing to listen to him was his colleague trying to hand out leaflets. However, he may have attracted more of an audience if Jack Straw hadn't been there.

Whilst I believe everyone is free to believe what they want, I don't want my children exposed to this poison. At the moment they don't notice skin colour, and show interest in, not contempt for, the various world religions.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Stephen Fry, supergeek.

I recently stumbled across actor/presenter Stephen Fry's new blog. It really isn't what I would have expected. It is nearly all tech related. He owns a load of Macs, and also runs Ubuntu, Red Hat and Yellow dog linux distributions. He talks knowledgeably about the history of PDAs and smartphones, he compares the Palm OS to Pocket Windows, and writes scathing reviews of new media playing phones. As a result of the blog he's even been given a tech column in the Guardian.

His latest post is a review of a clockwork mp3 player!

Mansion Update

My free $20 is now up to $65. Shortly after my previous post on the subject, my bankroll started dribbling away alarmingly - I couldn't hit a flop, and my bluffs weren't coming off. However, over the last week things have changed.

It started, strangely enough, with me losing a full $10 buy-in at the 0.05/.10 cash tables within 5 minutes of sitting down. Now, normally if I lose a buy-in I stop playing, to limit my losses, however, this time, I didn't. I bought straight back in again, and with half an hour I had won my $10 back plus another 10. Most of it came from two people. The table nearly broke up, and for quite a long time there was only 3 of us playing. One guy kept buying in with just $1, I presume to minimise risk, but I just kept taking that dollar off him, and he'd buy in again. I think that happened at least 6 times. The other guy at the table had around $15 at the start of this session, and I took most of that.

I am staying away from the SNGs. I just can't seem to make any headway there at all. The cash games, whilst providing less opportunity for one big win, allow me to steadily grind away, taking two steps forward, one back, without the tilt provoking bad beats which finish you off in a tourney.

If I get the bank roll up to $100, I'll probably step up a level. At the level I am playing now it is a matter of playing ABC poker. Don't get too clever, because it can go straight over the heads of a lot of the people at the table, They just keep calling, and they'll catch something on the river. Of course whenever you get dealt AA in the big blind, everyone folds pre-flop.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Another door opens...

Back in January I wrote about the company I have worked for since I graduated 16 years ago being taken over by a large public company, and how I applied for, and narrowly missed getting, a General Manager's position at another site within the group.

Well now the General Manager's post at the site I work where I work is becoming vacant. It's sad in a way, because it means someone I've worked with for the last 12 years is leaving, but, it's an opportunity for me. I've been told by two other managers at the site that I should apply (people that report to the GM), also by some of the people that report to me now. Perhaps part of that is "Better the Devil you know!" but it is encouraging.

My CV didn't need much updating, since I'd done that in January, so the day after the vacancy was listed, my application was in. Closing date isn't until the end of the month, so I will be stewing for a while yet.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The £100 PC

Actually it's $199, and only available at Walmart in the States, but, this is a great package. It does it by running Linux rather than Windows. It doesn't need all the power just to run the operating system, so can be built from cheaper components. From the reviews on the website, it's won some converts to Linux. It has sold out online, but if you're in the US and want one, you might be able to pick one up in store.

Bad beats and royal flush draws.

Kat and Burnley Mik both been on the wrong end of a bad beat (Mik have you upset someone in another life, that is one hell of a run?).

Meanwhile, things have been going well for me over at Mansion. The $20 the gave me a few days ago is now $46, just from playing the $0.05/0.10 no limit cash tables. Hands like this certainly help!

*** Blind Bet Round *** :
rastaralle2 : Post Blind ($0.05)
-tordy- : Post Blind ($0.10)
TonyV1885 : Post Blind ($0.10)
Dealt to Hero: Ah
Dealt to Hero: Jh
*** Pre-Flop *** :
david-jr : Call ($0.10)
LECSO7373 : Fold
Lisa_K38 : Fold
jonna92 : Fold
TonyV1885 : Check
PeTiKe22 : Call ($0.10)
Hero: Bet ($0.35)
nmseg72 : Call ($0.35)
rastaralle2 : Fold
-tordy- : Fold
david-jr : Call ($0.25)
TonyV1885 : Fold
PeTiKe22 : Call ($0.25)
*** Flop *** : Qh 10h 8d
david-jr : Check
PeTiKe22 : Bet ($0.25)
Hero: Raise ($1.50)
nmseg72 : Call ($1.50)
david-jr : Call ($1.50)
PeTiKe22 : Fold
*** Turn *** : [ Qh 10h 8d ] Ks

david-jr : Check
Hero: Bet ($7.35)
Hero: All In ($7.35)
nmseg72 : Call ($5.65)
nmseg72 : All In ($5.65)
david-jr : Call ($3.70)
david-jr : All In ($3.70)
Dealt to Hero: Ah
Dealt to Hero: Jh
Dealt to nmseg72: 10s
Dealt to nmseg72: 4s
Dealt to david-jr: 6h
Dealt to david-jr: Kh
*** River *** : [ Qh 10h 8d Ks ] Ac


*** SUMMARY ***
Pot: $22.10 | Rake: $1
Board: [ Qh 10h 8d Ks Ac ]
LECSO7373 lost $0
Lisa_K38 lost $0
jonna92 lost $0
TonyV1885 lost $0.10
PeTiKe22 lost $0.60
Hero bet $9.20, collected $22.10, net $12.90 Shows [ Ah Jh ] (a straight, Ace high)
nmseg72 lost $7.50 Shows [ 10s 4s ] (a pair of tens)
rastaralle2 lost $0.05
-tordy- lost $0.10
david-jr lost $5.55 Shows [ 6h Kh ] (a pair of Kings)


It's a lovely feeling when you're all in on the turn, the cards show, and everyone else is drawing dead. Of course, the decision to go all-in would have been much less stressful if the King on the turn had been a heart but, as that was in one of the other guy's hands, that wasn't to be.

I looked back at my history on Mansion from last time I played here, and I did well then too. For some strange reason I withdrew my roll and moved it all to Pokerstars! I think I'll see how far I can take my free $20. Next stop $100!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Money for Nothing..

.. but no chicks ;)

Mansion have given me $20 to go back and play on their site. It's probably 12 months since I last played there. I had a reasonable amout of success, but I eventually withdrew my roll and moved it to 'Stars.

Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I've re-installed the Mansion software, and am giving it a try.

There's a new, clean looking user interface, but, unlike Pokerstars, the size seems to be fixed. The range of games is also more limited than 'Stars. Anyway, I'll give it a go, and see if I can turn a profit.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Maudie's new home

Maudie has moved her blog to www.pokerperspectives.com. Drop in a say hi.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Don't you love it when this happens?

A lesson I've learnt the hard way - beware of the paired board!

sparkie545: posts small blind $0.02
conngent: posts big blind $0.05
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to stephenrhall [9d 9s]
>>000'>J: folds
marquelyn: folds
FlitzeAAA: raises $0.10 to $0.15
TheOne2006: calls $0.15
astralfunk: calls $0.15
ionut_steaua: folds
stephenrhall: calls $0.15
sparkie545: folds
conngent: folds
*** FLOP *** [3h 8h 8d]
FlitzeAAA: checks
TheOne2006: checks
astralfunk: checks
stephenrhall: bets $0.35
FlitzeAAA: folds
TheOne2006: calls $0.35
astralfunk: folds
*** TURN *** [3h 8h 8d] [4c]
TheOne2006: checks
stephenrhall: checks
*** RIVER *** [3h 8h 8d 4c] [9h]
TheOne2006: bets $13.19 and is all-in
stephenrhall: calls $3.57 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
TheOne2006: shows [Ah Th] (a flush, Ace high)
stephenrhall: shows [9d 9s] (a full house, Nines full of Eights)
stephenrhall collected $8.11 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $8.51 | Rake $0.40
Board [3h 8h 8d 4c 9h]
Seat 1: ionut_steaua folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: stephenrhall (button) showed [9d 9s] and won ($8.11) with a full house, Nines full of Eights

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Inspiration

I try to set an example to my children, to encourage them to strive to better themselves, to do their best at whatever they attempt.

Yesterday the tables were turned.

I took the kids cycling in Grizedale Forest. It's the first time that we've done that sort of thing together. To be honest, I haven't done any serious cycling for years. In my early teens I would think nothing of cycling 50 miles; today I wouldn't want to think about such a distance.

Towards the end of the day, we're slogging up a hill. My son has already given up and is walking, and I'm seriously considering joining him. I look up the hill to see how far there is to go, and, ahead, I see my 8 year old daughter, moving her bike up the hill through the force of her own stubbornness. At that point I can't get off and walk. She's going through the pain of moving that bike up the hill, with 6 gears less to go at than me, and a lot less strength and experience (though admittedly an awful lot less excess weight too!). I drag myself and the bike to the top of the hill, and then thankfully call for a rest to wait for my son, heart bursting with pride in my little girl.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

And they're off

The big event has started. I was sharing a table with Lou Saban, but got moved after one hand. Rosie has an interesting seat - left of Dr Pauly.
13 minutes in, 32 out.

Update 1
Looks like I gave Rosie kiss of death - she's out in 1311th place.

Wil Wheaton is sharing a table with BurnleyJoe. Any relation Mik?

Otis has shown up as commentator, under name of Blogger Brad!

Playing steady so far. Not taking any risks. Slightly up on starting chips.

Update 2

Playing hardly any hands. I've seen two flops, won 3 hands!

Dropped in on Acorn. He's about level too. BM Similar.

Update 3

Just had a double up on my table, AA takes down KK.
Burnley Mik down to 7000.

Update 4
AQh and I make my first raise for ages. No takers.
Limped with A3h and flop AA3! Only BB in hand. I can't get him to raise, and he folds to my raise on turn.

Update 5
ResdentEvil was all in with a flopped straight and he doubles up.
Wil Wheaton has just dropped the HAMMER!

Update 6
Pauly is out. SuffolkPunch is down at around 8000, as is BM. I'm down to 8800. Nothing I can make anything of.
Two big stacks at table. I've pushed with JJ. One big stack calls with 99. Flop gives him a 10 high straight draw. Turn and river are blank and I double up.

Update 7
BM up to 14000 as he rakes in the chips with AA and another rocket on the flop.

Update 8
First break over, back to folding. I'm being a bit of a masochist, I'm playing Britbloggerment too.

Update 9
This time its me with 99. KK on the flop. I put a couple of small raises in. One person limps along, and I take the pot. Next hand 77 not so lucky, and I lose a few.

Update 10

I raise pre flop with TT. Two callers. Flop is AK4. One instant all in. Must be AK. One instant fold from me. One insane call with AQ. It was AK. It holds up.

Dealt 84 in BB. One limper. flop is 824. Limper pushes. I easily have him covered, so I call. A 9 on the turn and another on the river, counterfeiting my hand and giving him the higher two pair. Down to 11000.

Update 11
Now outlasted half the field, but low on chips.

Last update.
Out in 655th place.

Here are the fateful hands.

Dealt to stephenrhall [Qc Jc]
biobakje: folds
IAMB67: folds
PanamaStone: folds
stephenrhall: calls 600
bbmart60: folds
bighair83: calls 600
Catalina_Day: folds
Leraner: calls 300
quintiliano: checks
*** FLOP *** [3h Jh 4s]
Leraner: checks
quintiliano: checks
stephenrhall: bets 4925
bighair83: raises 4925 to 9850
Leraner: folds
quintiliano: folds
stephenrhall: raises 721 to 10571 and is all-in
bighair83: calls 608 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [3h Jh 4s] [Ad]
*** RIVER *** [3h Jh 4s Ad] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
stephenrhall: shows [Qc Jc] (a pair of Jacks)
bighair83: shows [6h Ah] (a pair of Aces)
bighair83 collected 23316 from pot

quintiliano: posts small blind 400
biobakje: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to stephenrhall [Ks Ts]
IAMB67: folds
PanamaStone: folds
stephenrhall: calls 113 and is all-in
bbmart60: folds
bighair83: folds
Catalina_Day: calls 800
Leraner: raises 4125 to 4925 and is all-in
quintiliano: folds
biobakje: folds
Catalina_Day: folds
*** FLOP *** [Td 5d 2d]
*** TURN *** [Td 5d 2d] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Td 5d 2d 6d] [3s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Leraner: shows [Kd Tc] (a flush, King high)
Leraner collected 2348 from side pot
stephenrhall: shows [Ks Ts] (a pair of Tens)
Leraner collected 565 from main pot

World Blogger Championship

The event starts in less than three hours now. Registration is open, and entries are passed 400 and climbing rapidly.

Plenty of familiar names signed up - Dr Pauly, Mookie99, Kronsdat, ResdentEvil, Mike and Lou Saban, Hammerheid, Kattitude...... No sign of BurnleyMik, Acorn or Cloud yet. I presume they'll be along later.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dead Hamster

Got a phone-call this morning from my wife, saying that the hamster was dead. This was quite a shock, as it is only two months old, and it was running around on my hands the evening before.

Of course the kids were devastated, and went to school almost in tears.

An hour later I get another call. The hamster is alive! She had gone to put it in a plastic bag before putting it in a box to bury it, and it had moved. It was breathing about once every two minutes.

Turns out that because we had moved it from the lounge to the dining room, the slight drop in temperature, along with the lights being on less, had sent it into hibernation. A quick google for hamster hibernation, and we find that we need to warm it up, give it sugary water and mushy food. The warmth was easy - just plonk it down on the laptop PSU! Much TLC later, and we have a very grumpy, but awake hamster.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sporting a bandage

My daughter has joined a local athletics club. This involves training twice a week , with transport provided of course by Dad's Taxi. She is settling in really well, and can run far better than I ever could. The warm up last night consisted of a one mile jog before they even started training properly. She is only 8! The club has the 3rd ranked U15 800 metre runner in the country, and my daughter is wanting to follow in her footsteps.

Before training, she told us that she had a sore ankle, she had gone over on it at school. As you do, we jollied her along, told here that when she started running it would be ok, and, off she went, good as gold, completed the session, coach told her how well she had done, and then home to bed.

This morning we felt incredibly guilty as she limped downstairs, ankle sporting a technicolour bruise and swelling. So we had to send her to school with an elastic bandage and a note asking that she be excused PE.

World Blogger Championship

It's time for the Pokerstars World Blogger Championship. I didn't think they were going to do it this year, as last year it was before the WSOP, with the first prize being a seat in the main event. This year first prize is a place at the Pokerstars Carribean adventure.

Last time I finished just outside the top 100 which I felt was a pretty decent performance, but it didn't win me anything. This time a 20 place improvement wins me a duffle bag! 45th and you start to get to the real prizes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stardust

No, not the '70s film starring David Essex, but the book (and now film) by Neil Gaiman.

I got the book this evening, and, whilst my daughter was doing circuit training, I sat in the gym and read the first half of the book non-stop. The words leap off the page and form wonderful pictures in the mind's eye. I think it will be one of those books that I will be very sad to finish.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hot and Cold

I managed to fit the Sunday night Bloggerment in this week. I had registered the previous week, but unregistered just before the start, as I was just too tired to see it through

I surprised myself by making it through to 5th place. Not in the cash, but considering the way my tourney play has been going recently, it was pretty good. I was card dead for most of the game, and I eventually reached the stage of having to push to stay ahead of the blinds.

I seemed very quiet, then I realised that Burnley Mik was on holiday.

I am spending most of my poker playing time in the cash games, where I am very slowly building my bank roll (need to resist donking it off again in the SNGs!) I'm trying to wait for the premium hands, and maximise what I can get from those hands. I do throw the occasional bluff in, which, as I establish a tight image, generally come off. I'm generally seeing less than 20% of the flops.

I'm hoping to be a bit less tired in the future, as, at work, we are recruiting, so some of the more tedious and repetitive work I do will get passed over to somebody new, and this should let me concentrate on the more interesting areas. As my wife is still ill (another MRI scan this weekend) I can't afford to be knackered all the time.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Bloggerment 24

Played my first bloggerment for a month tonight. Spent an hour and a half completely card dead. I saw 10 flops out of 110 hands dealt. With the blinds eating away at my stack, I finally went for it with KTo, and found myself up against Mike's pair of 8s. A flop of 6 7 9 gave us both straight draws, and made my ten useless for making up a pair. A ten on the turn gave Mike his straight and put me out in 12th.

Welcome to biakkax, getting up at 5am in Japan to play poker with us!

Friday, August 10, 2007

SCO Lose!

The redoubtable Judge Kimball has rules on the summary judgement in SCO vs Novell, over the ownership of the copyright to Unix. Read all about it at Groklaw.

This means Novell's waiver of any violations by IBM in their contributions to Linux stands, which completely pulls the rug out from under SCO's case against IBM.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pot Committed

(with apologies to change100).

Played in Sundays bloggerment. Got myself pot committed with AQo. Ended up pushing all-in, busted out in second to last place, after running into AK sooooted.

****.

To long away from the tables. I need to get back into the groove.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Still Here

Hello reader.

I'm still alive.

Sorry I disappeared off the face of the blogosphere, but life has been particularly stressful recently.

At the beginning of the month we were supposed to go live on a new computer system at work. We finally went live two and a half weeks late, with no printers, no access to half our previous data, and morale at an all time low. It wasn't my job to implement the system (thank god!) I just had to carry on operating around all the crap.

On top of that, my wife's health isn't improving. The spinal surgery hasn't made a great deal of difference, so she's really down about that.

For the last two weeks I have been getting in from work, making a meal for the family, doing the housework and crashing out. I have never slept so soundly (at least the stress isn't keeping me awake ;) ).

Anyway, enough of my whining. Tomorrow is Kenny's charity tournament. I've made my donation, but don't know if I'll manage to play. I'm now on holiday a week, and we may be taking off tomorrow for a few days to get away from it all. Kids have got all sorts of commitments later in the week, so if we don't get off now we don't get much time. Looks like the turnout won't be great :( Hopefully Kenny will get that later miracle and the buy-ins will appear. If I'm here I'll be playing. I've even got the software running under Linux!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Hairy Gymnast

Some time ago, The Cloud set out to be the number one on Google for Hairy Gymnast. You can read about this here at the hairy gymnast post. However, and sneaky journalist who goes by the name of Suffolk Punch, and I'm not linking his blog here so he doesn't get any hairy gymnast credit, is trying to steal the crown. He's even got Otis (of Pokerstars blog) recruiting people to his cause. We need to gather our resources and fight back. Go back to your blogs, and link Hairy Gymnast to http://thecloud71.blogspot.com/ .

Saturday, July 07, 2007

League Table

Sorry its late again.

Simon extends his lead, Zagga leaps up to second, I score some points at last, but don't move up.

See you tomorrow.

Simonjjj60
Zagga49
ResdentEvil47
the_cloud71 42
TanOrpheus 33
PokerMunk3y 33
Spid 31
stephenrhall30
Rosie_m_t23
Al Eleven 22
BurnleyMik 22
Quixote8 23
cadmunkey 25
weegem 18
mikesaban16
Bluescouse
16
Kronsdat15
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
lzfsb314
Luckbox2112
lightning36 11
mauzj 10
Daleroxxu 9
Sir Fortune 9
Viktor19739
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
HullJimi
6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
Cogsgoigne
4
AlCantHang 2
Tupaclypse
2
Cell1919
1
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Just in time for the next tourney..

Here's the latest table. Good job BM posted the result, forgot to ask someone to send it to me!
Simon extends his lead, and Rosie, BlueScouse and Krondsat all move up the table.

See you all tomorrow.

Simonjjj56
ResdentEvil47
the_cloud71 42
Zagga42
TanOrpheus 33
PokerMunk3y 33
Spid 31
stephenrhall24
Rosie_m_t23
Al Eleven 22
BurnleyMik 22
Quixote8 21
cadmunkey 20
weegem 18
mikesaban16
Kronsdat15
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
lzfsb314
Bluescouse13
lightning36 11
mauzj 10
Daleroxxu 9
Sir Fortune 9
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
HullJimi
6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
Luckbox21
4
Cogsgoigne
4
AlCantHang 2
Tupaclypse
2
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I'll be back

But not until next Saturday. Off to Fishguard for a week's holiday. Hoping to see some whales off the coats of Wales. No internet access, unless the neighbours are a bit lax with their wireless security. So, for the first time, I'll be missing the bloggerment tourney :(

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A word from our experts

I enjoyed this hand, but probably should have extracted more chips. How would you have played it?

This is the late stages of a STT, the other guy has been playing fairly tight throughout.

Seat 3: stephenrhall (6400 in chips)
Seat 6: Kingpin1988 (4480 in chips)
Seat 9: able222 (2620 in chips)
able222: posts small blind 50
stephenrhall: posts big blind 100
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to stephenrhall [Tc Ah]
Kingpin1988: raises 200 to 300
able222: folds
stephenrhall: raises 200 to 500
Kingpin1988: calls 200
*** FLOP *** [8h Ad Th]
stephenrhall: bets 300
Kingpin1988: calls 300
*** TURN *** [8h Ad Th] [As]
stephenrhall: checks
Kingpin1988: bets 300
stephenrhall: calls 300
*** RIVER *** [8h Ad Th As] [Kd]
stephenrhall: checks
Kingpin1988: bets 400
stephenrhall: raises 600 to 1000
Kingpin1988: calls 600
*** SHOW DOWN ***
stephenrhall: shows [Tc Ah] (a full house, Aces full of Tens)
Kingpin1988: mucks hand
stephenrhall collected 4250 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 4250 | Rake 0
Board [8h Ad Th As Kd]
Seat 3: stephenrhall (big blind) showed [Tc Ah] and won (4250) with a full house, Aces full of Tens
Seat 6: Kingpin1988 (button) mucked [Js Kc]
Seat 9: able222 (small blind) folded before Flop

And now let's take a look at the table...

Its no change at the top of the table, with Simonjjj just hanging in there, but ResdentEvil (aka Dudley) is pushing him hard. Tied for third place is the hairy gymnast, (need to get you back to number one mate) and Zagga (aka Acorn).


Simonjjj48
ResdentEvil47
the_cloud71 42
Zagga42
TanOrpheus 33
PokerMunk3y 31
Spid 31
stephenrhall24
Al Eleven 22
BurnleyMik 22
Quixote8 21
Rosie_m_t 18
weegem 18
cadmunkey 17
mikesaban16
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
lzfsb314
lightning36 11
mauzj 10
Daleroxxu 9
Sir Fortune 9
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
Bluescouse
4
Kronsdat
8
Cogsgoigne
3
AlCantHang 2
Tupaclypse
2
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0

Intermission

Check out Otis' report on Barry Greenstein multi-tabling at the WSOP.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Here's Stephen, with the weather

It has been pissing down. I was supposed to be taking my daughter up to the local reservoir yesterday, where my brother in-law was going to take her sailing. I know you get wet out on the water, and that's fine, but I was going to be sat on the shore watching. As it happened, she slipped coming downstairs and bruised her back, removing any inclination she had for going sailing, and giving me a get out of jail free card. Typically, come lunch time, the sun came out, and I could have had a nice afternoon sitting in the sun reading. Oh well, a chance to get the washing outside to dry.

More rain again this morning, as I'm getting the electric scooter out of the garage for my wife to do the school run. At least it stopped for her to take the kids. She got soaked a few days last week, and sitting on a scooter, not moving (except by the power of electricity), one gets cold quite quickly.

Holiday in South West Wales next week, so hope the weather improves.

And now, in more detail....

So, another Sunday, another Britbloggerment, and I was not at all happy with my performance. I could blame it on being tired - my wife is home, but can't walk more than 10 yards, the kids have activities galore (I'm going to cub camp overnight on Friday, I've packed my tent!), and I'm sick of ironing (and I'm not very good at it). However, I think it more likely that I just played badly.

Things started well, with this hand early on:

Dealt to stephenrhall [Jd Jh]
stephenrhall: raises 80 to 100
weegem: folds
Al Eleven: raises 180 to 280
Spid: folds
mikesaban: folds
Luckbox21: folds
lzfsb3: folds
stephenrhall: calls 180
*** FLOP *** [8h 6h 3h]
stephenrhall: bets 320
Al Eleven: raises 950 to 1270 and is all-in
stephenrhall: calls 940 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [8h 6h 3h] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [8h 6h 3h 5s] [Tc]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
stephenrhall: shows [Jd Jh] (a pair of Jacks)
Al Eleven: shows [Ts Qs] (a pair of Tens)
stephenrhall collected 3110 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Al Eleven had just said his wife was dragging him out, so, I felt there was a good chance he didn't have much, and my Jacks held up. He says he expects me to return the favour next time!

His attempts to get rid of his chips didn't go too well, as he then quadrupled his 10 chips up to 40 with 2 4o (flopped a pair of 4s) and then hit a straight with 67o to move up to 110. Eventually though, he had to go, his 63d unluckily beaten by ATo ;)

The next landmark was being dealt the hammer. Lzfsb3, short stacked, raised preflop, and I of course re-raised him. A flop of KK4 and he puts the rest of his chips in the middle. I call, and he shows 7c2s, so we split the pot.

A couple more players out, and one table closes. Joining us are Rosie, PokerMunk3y and simonjjj. A few hands later I'm dealt AdQs on the button. Rosie raises 3BB, and I reraise. I flop of 7c 6d 7h, and I raise. Rosie says "Ok, I give it a try" and pushes. I take a guess that she's holding something like AT or AJ, but, my reading is often not very good. I have her covered and decide to call. She shows 9Tc, and a 9 on the turn puts her in front. However, a queen on the turn puts her out, and I find myself the chip leader.

Around the same time BurnleyMik pops up in the chat, also having just gone out. I took a look at the state of the game overall, and noticed that Lousaban had gone out second, and, as Al Eleven doesn't have a blog, asked if she would be looking after the monkey. Mike didn't think much of that idea.

Things started to go down hill at this point. I was dealt the hammer again, and, raising pre-flop, the short stacked weegem went over the top. I called, and discovered I was not lookng too good, against his K9c. I did get a 2 on the turn, but as he'd already flopped top pair, that wasn't much good. First big lump of chips donked off.

I went card dead after this, until after some time I was dealt AJ. I raise 4BB up to 500. Simonjjj went all in with his 795. Spid called, and so did I. Flop was 4s 9s Qs.

For reasons I can't satisfactorily explain I went all in with my last 1357 chips. Spid called, with a pair of jacks. Simonjjj had a pair of tens. A ten on the river gives Simon a set, and all my chips.

League table to follow, after the weather report.

First, the Headlines

I played crap.
I busted out in 13th place.
Congratulations to ResdentEvil who won, and Acorn and Mike, who were second and third.
Kronsdat bubbled.
Al Eleven did the walk of shame.

More later.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Bye Bye Monkey!

Another Sunday, another Britbloggerment, and this one was tight! Nobody wanted to look after the monkey for a week (he's hard on the curtains), and nobody was taking risks. Eventually, after much stealing and folding all round, first out was The Edge! QQ beaten by KK. Pop over and say hi to the monkey. After that is was like a dam had burst, the relief not being first out loosened everyone's play, and more players soon left the table. Next out was Mike, followed by usual high flyer TanOrpheus. SuffolkPunch, who is off to Vegas shortly on behalf of The Sun and Pokerstars, was next to go in 11th place, as my JQh, with the help of a queen on the turn, beat his A6s. He's looking for small investors in his bankroll - got $10 to spare, pop over and take a look. Last to go before the final table was the better half of team Saban, Louise.

So, for the first time for a few weeks, I made the final table.

Next out was Weegem, as, short stacked, he called BMs raise to go all in with QK. BM showed AJ, and neither improved, putting Weegem out. A few hands later I was dealt AA, and raised 3BB. Kronsdat re-raised to go all in, and I called. He had ATo, which had been a very successful hand up to now, but got no help from the board. Out in 8th.

With the blinds increasing, and my stack falling towards the back of the pack, I was dealt JKo in the big blind. Spid raised 3BB, and I went over the top. He called and showed 88. The flop was blank, but a king on the turn put me in front. The following 8 on the river put me out in 7th place.

In 6th was PokerMunk3y, and out in 5th, after a fabulous run up to the break, was The Cloud. Nothing seemed to go for him after the break, but another final table for him. This weeks bubble boy was BurnleyMik! Whenever I'd glanced across to his table early on his stack seemed to be varying wildly, but once we got to the final table things settled down and his stack built steadily.

Onto the cash places, and ResdentEvil was 3rd. In second was Spid, after some solid play, and this weeks winner is....simonjjj!!!!. Taking stick throughout every tourney for his avatar, he kept his cool and took the title!

Turnout was down this week, only 14 instead of the usual 18 or 19, but it was still just as much fun.

This weeks league table! Only last week BurnleyMik was lamenting that he was behind all the regular players. This week he leaps up the table, passing Quixote8, Rosie, and weegem. Simonjjj takes the lead from the Cloud, and ResdentEvil moves up to 3rd.

Well played everyone, see you next week!

Simonjjj44
the_cloud71 42
ResdentEvil38
Zagga34
TanOrpheus 33
PokerMunk3y 31
Spid 31
stephenrhall24
Al Eleven 22
BurnleyMik 22
Quixote8 20
Rosie_m_t 18
weegem 18
cadmunkey 17
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
lightning36 11
mauzj 10
Daleroxxu 9
lzfsb3 9
mikesaban 9
Sir Fortune 9
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
Bluescouse
4
Kronsdat
2
AlCantHang 2
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0

Friday, June 08, 2007

Pokerstars' Loss

I've been meaning to write about this all week, but never found the time, but now I have, so here goes (by the way, trying my pet monkey in a different position this post, what do you think?)

Wil Wheaton has been dropped from Team Pokerstars.

"So What?" you say. He's not a big, successful poker player, why would they want him?

Well, Wil is the reason I'm playing poker. He's the reason the first site I signed up with was Pokerstars. He's also the reason I'm blogging, but thats not the point of this post.

I would think that Wil has been responsible for a substantial number of people signing up with Pokerstars. Even before he was part of Team Pokerstars, he blogged about playing there. He wrote with enthusiasm, excitement, passion. Enough so that I felt I had to try this game, if only to understand what he was writing about. What is a flop anyway, what was this river he was going on about. Where did this gun that he was under come from? So, I downloaded the Pokerstars client, and started on the play money tables. Then, after he joined the team, he started the weekly WWdN tourneys. So, I put some cash in, and played my first tourney. I think I was the 3rd person to bust out. But I'd caught the bug. And I'm still playing today. Mostly on Pokerstars.

Now its the World Series of Poker, and the only person writing on the Pokerstars Blog is Otis. Not that Otis is a bad writer, he's right up there with the best bloggers. But last year Wil added another element to the reporting, gave a different slant.

Whilst Wil was famous outside poker, within it, he, to me, represented us, the ordinary players, not the megastars. He brought us into that world, with its seediness, its bright lights, its characters. Without him on Team Pokerstars, they've lost that connection with the small time player.

I hope Wil keeps playing, and I hope he blogs about it more. Maybe one day he'll join our little ol' Brit Bloggerment tourney, but with an 8 hour time difference, probably not. Anyway, I'll still be reading his blog, whether he writes about his family, his dog, Teen Titans, his favorite book, or Poker. It was the first blog I regularly read, and it's still one of the ones I enjoy the most.

Actually, maybe now he can enjoy his online poker more, as, not being part of Team Pokerstars, maybe he can change his username and become anonymous once more, away from the idiots that hated Wesley Crusher, and turn up at the rail just to rain down abuse, and the people that just hated him for getting to be part of Team Pokerstars.

Anyway, for the best reporting on this years WSOP, drop by the Tao of Poker, and read Pauly's take on things, and learn which pros he's taken a piss next to today!

Going over to the Dark Side


I've just made my first music purchase using iTunes Plus - Apple's new DRM free music downloads, at double the bitrate. And it was the same price as the normal DRM encumbered, normal bitrate tracks. They're doing a special offer on a lot of albums, so I got Dark Side of the Moon for £6.99 (I typed the dollar sign first time, too much poker!).

Oh what a night


Last night, playing a ring game, I found one of those players you never want to leave your table.

I'm dealt AA in the SB.. I've been burnt a lot slow playing aces, so I decide I'm going to be aggressive this time. This is helped by a raise of 5BB from middle position, and one caller. I reraise, and am called by UTG, plus the other two. Flop is 42T rainbow. I put in a pot sized raise, and am re-raised by UTG. The other two fold, and I'm left to think what UTG is holding. Hopefully he wouldn't still be in the game after the pre-flop raises with a middle pair, so I put him on something like AK or KK. I decide to push, and go all-in. He calls. A 3 and a 7 on fourth and fifth street, and he turns over Ts Qh!

He then buys himself another stack of chips. Two hands later I'm dealt QTd. I raise 3BB, and get two callers - my friend from the previous hand is one of them. Flop is 8d 7s Kd. My friend raises, and I've got the pot odds to call with my flush draw. A queen on the turn gives me a pair, but I suspect my friend is holding a king. He puts a weak raise in, and I call. River is 9d. Once again I put him all in, and he calls. He's got KTh, and I take the pot.

Again he rebuys. Three hands later I limp in MP with KQo. Flop is 8TJ rainbow. I test the water with a raise, and once again the only caller is my good friend. The turn is the card I most want to see, a 9. I've got the straight, and he re-raises. I go over the top, but finally he appears to have learn't a little sense, and unfortunately he folds.

I finish the session with 6 times my original buy-in, most of it from this one player. I'm not putting his name here because I don't want him stumbling across this and know I'm looking for him, and I don't want to share him with anyone else!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Better late than never


Here, rather later than usual, is the Bloggerment league table, with Cloud's consistent good showings placing him top of the tree:



the_cloud71 37
Zagga34
Simonjj34
TanOrpheus 33
ResdentEvil 31
PokerMunk3y 27
Spid 22
Al Eleven 22
stephenrhall 21
Quixote8 20
Rosie_m_t 18
cadmunkey 17
weegem 17
BurnleyMik 16
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
lightning36 11
mauzj 10
Daleroxxu 9
lzfsb3 9
mikesaban 9
Sir Fortune 9
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
Bluescouse
4
AlCantHang 2
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Walk of Shame


Out first, and here's the hand:

PokerStars Game #10252997105: Tournament #51377170, $5.00+$0.50 Hold'em No Limit - Level I (10/20) - 2007/06/03 - 16:10:40 (ET)
Table '51377170 2' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: weegem (1520 in chips)
Seat 4: mikesaban (1150 in chips)
Seat 5: simonjjj (1380 in chips)
Seat 6: Spid (1600 in chips)
Seat 7: Quixote8 (2320 in chips)
Seat 8: BurnleyMik (1390 in chips)
Seat 9: stephenrhall (1140 in chips)
simonjjj: posts small blind 10
Spid: posts big blind 20
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to stephenrhall [As 8s]
Quixote8: folds
BurnleyMik: folds
stephenrhall: calls 20
weegem: folds
mikesaban: calls 20
simonjjj: folds
Spid: checks
*** FLOP *** [8d Td Qc]
Spid: checks
stephenrhall: bets 80
mikesaban: raises 120 to 200
Spid: folds
stephenrhall: calls 120
*** TURN *** [8d Td Qc] [Ac]
stephenrhall: bets 920 and is all-in
mikesaban: calls 920
*** RIVER *** [8d Td Qc Ac] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
stephenrhall: shows [As 8s] (two pair, Aces and Eights)
mikesaban: shows [Tc 8c] (a flush, Ace high)
mikesaban collected 2310 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2310 | Rake 0
Board [8d Td Qc Ac 6c]
Seat 2: weegem folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: mikesaban (button) showed [Tc 8c] and won (2310) with a flush, Ace high
Seat 5: simonjjj (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: Spid (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 7: Quixote8 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: BurnleyMik folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: stephenrhall showed [As 8s] and lost with two pair, Aces and Eights

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Got a monkey on your back?

Found a link on the Hendon Mob site to Vicky Coren's weekly poker articles in the Guardian. Here's a story for everyone on a bad run.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Last.fm goes corporate

Last.fm has been bought by CBS. For those of you that haven't tried it, it is a great way of finding new music. It will look at what you listen to, and play you similar music, or, you can search for music similar to specific artists. Given recent massive increases in charges by record companies in America, it will be interesting to see if they continue to allow Americans to access it now they are part of big business.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Dale who?

It's that time again. Another Britbloggerment over, another bad day for me; but a much improved result for BurnleyMik, as he not only made the final table, he made the money. A solid third place for BM. Unfortunately for him, he came up against a first timer in the Bloggerment, but a rather experienced player, the mighty Daleroxxu, winner of the 2006 Pokerstars World Blogger championship (by the way, what happened to the 2007 tournament, it was supposed to be an annual event?), who crushed all before him. Second was Weegem, giving us a Scottish 1-2.

Early on in the game Rosie and Katitude were running hot and playing good aggressive poker, and bullets were flying. 4 players went out in the first 11 minutes. Doing the walk of shame was ResdentEvil, going out in the same hand as xldane. Next a big shock as reigning champion TanOrpheus busted out in 15th place, followed by another player who has been flying high recently, Zagga. I followed shortly afterwards.

Having been leaking chips, I made a donkey-like push with AT sooooted, and was hit by Quixote8s bullets. Spid, Surflexus and Cloud followed me to the rail, and we moved onto the final table in record time.

Moving swiftly on, mainly because I missed what happened next, simonjjj was tonight's bubble boy, and BurnleyMik makes the money. He was to go no further however, as his great run was crushed by daleroxxu. Weegem took a fine second place, after hanging for quite a while with the short stack.

Heres the full result, and updated league table.

17 players
Total Prize Pool: $85.00
Tournament started - 2007/05/27 - 16:00:00 (ET)
Tournament finished - 2007/05/27 - 17:51:50 (ET)
1: Daleroxxu (Dalkeith), $42.50 (50%)
2: weegem (Falkirk), $25.50 (30%)
3: BurnleyMik (Burnley), $17.00 (20%)
4: simonjjj (watford),
5: Rosie_m_t (Bristol),
6: Katitude (Toronto),
7: PokerMunk3y (Bradford),
8: Quixote8 (London),
9: Al Eleven (Miami),
10: the_cloud71 (Hertfordshire),
11: surflexus (Kennesaw),
12: Spid (Timperley),
13: stephenrhall (Blackburn),
14: zagga (East Kilbride),
15: TanOrpheus (Jersey),
16: xldane (Aalborg),
17: ResdentEvil (glasgow)


the_cloud71 34
ResdentEvil 31
Zagga 29
PokerMunk3y 27
TanOrpheus 27
Simonjj 25
Al Eleven 22
stephenrhall 21
Quixote8 20
Rosie_m_t 18
cadmunkey 17
weegem 17
BurnleyMik 14
Katitude 14
Pokerdwarf 14
Spid 14
lightning36 11
Daleroxxu 9
lzfsb3 9
mauzj 9
Sir Fortune 9
Kennl 8
sookraboaby 8
LepRecon777 7
SuffolkPunch 7
lousaban 6
S.t.b 6
countryk 5
a104l9 4
AlCantHang 2
mikesaban 2
4everleeds 0
mookie99 0
Neil Ross 0
wadhead 0





Thursday, May 24, 2007

Now the work really starts

My wife is out of hospital.

Hurray! I hear you all shout.

Unfortunately she discharged herself.

After nearly 5 weeks in hospital, dealing with a complete lack of information before her operation, and dealing with an attitude amongst the nursing staff after her operation that she should be better by now despite still being in a great deal of pain, she reached the end of her tether (did you understand that sentence? Reading it back I'm not sure I do, but tough).

The operation was successful in that it has halted the progression of her condition, the end result of which could have been paralysis. So thats good. The secondary aim was to remove the pain. That part has only been partially successful. Coupled with the inevitable muscle wastage of 5 weeks in bed, her mobility is severely restricted. But we can work round that. We may be restricted in the assistance we get from the State, as they don't approve of people discharging themselves. If she had waited, we might have got referrals to the appropriate agencies, but now we are working it out for ourselves.

We've applied for a disabled parking permit. That will go a long way towards making life easier - if you can park outside where you need to be then life is a lot less restricted. Anyone know how long these things take to come through? At the moment she can't walk any distance without discomfort, and that's with the aid of crutches. We don't know if there is going to be much improvement in this area.

Social Services should be coming to visit us at some point, but because of the self-discharge, they aren't rushing. We need things like ramps in the doorways (we've been given one of those little electric scooters that are so dangerous in the hands of the untrained!), and perhaps extra hand rails on the stairs, though climbing stairs is far in the future at the moment. We've also been given one of those snazzy electric beds that help you sit up, so that is in the lounge at the moment.

What her being home does mean is that the kids will be able to come home. I haven't seen them in over a week and it's far too quiet without them. They are staying with their grandparents until next Tuesday evening. I'm on holiday from Wednesday so I can spend the rest of the week doing nice things with them. The park, the bikes and the bird sanctuary beckon. It will probably rain.

Today in my car

I am listening to "Ta Dah!" by Scissor Sisters.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Short and to the point

Dudley's got a blog.

Orpheus out of the Underworld

Updated Bloggerment league table - my slide continues, and TanOrpheus continues to storm upwards, as he beats newcomer kennl. Cloud picks up some points to keep his place at the top.

BurnleyMik made it to the final table thanks to me generously busting out in 10th place, and BMs inability to fold AK. He says it was an accident. A king on the turn and he takes the hand. I'm down to 185. I did make a bit of a comeback, thanks to LepRecon777 generously doubling me up twice. The first time I went all-in with AJo. Lep called with 8 5d. No improvement for either of us and I take the pot. A few hands later and I'm just ahead of Lep in chips. He goes all-in preflop and I call with AQo. He flips over A9o. A queen on the flop and I double up again. I double again courtesy of BM with a full house, but my comeback hits a brick wall as, drunk on my success, I run pocket sixes into kennl's KJ on a flop of JJT. Out in 10th again, and no final table again. BurnleyMik obviously couldn't take the rarified atmosphere of the final table, and soon followed me out in 9th place.

I actually got called a maniac this week. What's wrong with all-in with A4 anyway? I split the pot, so no harm done ;-)



the_cloud71
34



ResdentEvil
31



Zagga
29



PokerMunk3y
25



TanOrpheus
27


stephenrhall
21



Al Eleven
21


Simonjj

19



cadmunkey
17



Pokerdwarf
14


Spid
14


Rosie_m_t
13



lightning36
11


Quixote8
18


Katitude
10


lzfsb3
9


Sir Fortune
9


weegem
9


mauzj
9



sookraboaby
8


Kennl

8



LepRecon777
7


SuffolkPunch
7



BurnleyMik
7



S.t.b
6


lousaban
6



countryk
5


a104l9
4


mikesaban
2


AlCantHang
2


wadhead
0


Neil Ross
0


mookie99
0


4everleeds
0