Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mission accomplished!

Just a quick one cos Im goin out to get wasted and celebrate New Years. Just finished up getting Supernova Elite for the 2nd consecutive year and man did it feel good! Even had a few hours to spare! Hope ya"ll had a good Christmas and an even better new year. I somehow managed to have a great Christmas despite bein under alot of pressure to get Elite. Still managed to get plenty of partying done. Last week or so went well online. I actually made a profit which wasnt expected and secured a UKIPT Manchester package. Anyway Im off! Ill do a better report summary of the year etc. sometime over the next few days. Cheers to everyone for the support and good wishes throughout the year. Hope you enjoyed reading! gl

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Well the last few weeks online have bein agonising! Grinding away day after day losing my absolute bollox! In fairness I knew December was gonna be pretty bad but I was just hoping it wouldnt be too bad. Only positive atm is Ive only 45k vpps to go. You have no idea how relieved Im gonna be when and if I ever get there. 45k is still a fair bit considering theres only 9! days left in the year! Gonna have to play pretty much every day even stick in a few hours on Christmas Day which sucks.
Anyway wish me luck!
I wonder how much more Ill lose getting 45k vpps???

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

So close!....... Yet so far far away..

Still need 80k vpps to reach Elite, so Im nearly there but it feels like Im never goin to get there. Didnt play online at all Friday-Monday because I headed to Galway on Thursday evening for the Irish Poker Championship which was also the 1st leg of the new pokerstars UKIPT which Im really looking forward to.

It got 259 players creating a prizepool of €471,400. All the usual faces from the Irish circuit were there including some big names from the UK. Put some more faces to names after meeting some of the stars regs there including allinstevie, nigdawg, Tmoney0209 and also both vers and chong94 who both made the final table. All seemed like sound guys and some excellent poker players.

Anyway as I was saying I had bein looking forward to this UKIPT and plan on playing all the legs including EPT London. So I headed to Galway really determined to win this and was full of confidence despite doin pretty shit online lately. Overall I felt I played very well throughout the weekend and made few mistakes. Ive really tried to develop my live game this year and am very happy with my progress. So the big score eluded me this year but considering the amount of live mtts I actually played Im pretty happy with my results. Next year I plan on playing more live poker and taking a few trips to EPTs etc.

The tournament went very well for me and I didnt seem to play many big pots at all. It was just a steady accumalation of chips which is the way I like it. I was never under any real pressure and rarely below average stack. It was a well structured tourny with lots of play and I tried to take advantage of this. Alot of people still see me as a turbo sng crapshoot king when in reality Im a much better deepstacked player, in these slow structured tournys I feel I have a big edge and can easily exploit it with so much play in them. even around the bubble when alot of tournys can get very crapshooty there was still plenty of play. Average stack was over 50 bbs I believe at the beginning of the final table.

Eventually finished 4th for €36k after bein knocked out in an interesting hand blind v blind with Ben Lefew (chong94). blinds were 15k-30k 4k ante and its folded to me in the sb playing 830k, I raised to 80k with K2os Ben dwells for a minute and reraises to 230, I thjink for a few seconds and move all in for 830k, he thinks about it for a minute or two before calling with A 5s. His hand held up and so it was gg me. Dont really regret how I played the hand tbh as we had a bit of history and I knew he could be 3 betting me very wide.
Padraig Parkinson went on to win on title which I was delighted about as he was the only Irishman in the last 3.Paul Marrow finished 2nd and Ben Lefew 3rd. Always good to keep these big titles on home soil. Anyways I better get back to the grind.............................

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday Bloody Wednesday

Bad day online today which seems to be the norm for me on Wednesdays. Lost $3k. Came across some interesting stats a couple of weeks ago that got my attention. Sharkscope has a function that you can graph your results by day of the week. So I decided to have a look. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all profitable days for me. Monday Im down a bit, but Wednesday Im down well over $20k with a -2% roi over 9501 games! Really interesting I thought. Now it could be just a coincidence and if it were only over a few hundred sngs thats exactly what Id say it was. But surely this is far too large a sample size to be a coincidence,variance etc. ??? Who knows. Maybe I should just take Wednesdays off in future as they are clearly -ev for me. lol.

Had bein doin fine until today and was recovering well from my losing streak. Sngs on stars atm are an absolute joke!! I knew they would be for the last few weeks of the calender year in fairness as pretty much ever half decent grinder is trying to reach various different milestones for bonuses. I actually unreged from a few $60 sngs today. Probably the 1st time Ive ever done this. I never usually table select at these and reg for as many as I want to play. But today I noticed there was a hell of a lot of regs in my games. I mean I expect 2-4. But today I seen 6!!! regs in 1 game!! Like wtf! Game 100% unbeatable. So annoying. I know everyone is in the same boat this time of year before the year ends. But unless your grinding your last few thousand vpps to get Elite I really dont think its +ev to be playing in these games. People just dont care how many regs are registered for a game they just jump in. Last December was my worse ever month online, profitwise as a result of the games bein full of so many regs and me having to get x amount of vpps for Elite. I was hoping to not have many vpps to get this December but unfortunately as a result of taking 10 weeks off throughout the year I still have a fair bit of grinding to do.

On a positive note I have just under 84k vpps to go. And Thursday is my most profitable day of the week and Im up over $27k so hopefully tomorrow will be good before I head to Galway for the UKIPT.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

100k to go!

Well 100,660 but we"ll just say 100k. Just a quick update, not much rambling I promise. 27 days left in the year and I plan on taking 7-8 of them off for Christmas, Galway etc. So 19 days grinding should be plenty of time for me to accumalate 100k vpps. Works out at just over 5k a day which is easily acheiveable. Im averaging 5.5k a day atm.

Profit wise bein up an down the past week or so but defnitly seemed to have stopped the massive losing streak I was on. My main focus this month isnt how much I win or lose its just about getting the rest of the vpps out of the way. Obviously I want to still make a profit but its not as important as getting Elite. I recieved a 1 week chat ban yesterday so apoligies to anyone I havent been able to reply to in the chat box.

Heading to Top Gear Live in the rds tomorrow, looking forward to that, gonna enjoy the day off tomorrow cos Ive been grinding hard all week