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Friday, February 24th, 2012
3:26 pm
Only 9 months between updates this time!
Yes blame Twitter/poker/real life.

In the last 9 months, I have:

1) Got better at MTT's, making 2011 my best year to date.

2) Watched my good friend Sam Holden finish 9th in the WSOP Main Event

3) Got engaged (saved best til last there).

I don't know how I used to update this all the time as life is quite boring right now. I play a lot of poker, I see friends/family the rare times I am not working, and generally just try and live a more chilled-out, fun-filled existence. 

I've just spent an awesome week in Galway, Ireland with friends playing the UKIPT there. It was mostly dissappointing on the poker side of things, but I played well and feeling good about live poker this year.

Speaking of which I'm off to Birmingham now to play in the 888 Superstack. Expect an update at Xmas!
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
1:14 pm
Your Yearly Update!
Ah and when I last posted in August I thought I was going to update this regularly. Fool. There's a few reasons for that:

1) I joined twitter which is much quicker to update (http://www.twitter.com/thehempy)

2) Not long after that I moved back to Canterbury with my girlfriend. I guess in the moving, getting settled, playing lots of poker, making new friends I forgot about it.

3) I'm 25 now (shudder). I started this when I was 18 and most of it is pretty stupid/whiney/dumb/embarrassing.

So anyway poker has been going pretty well since I last updated. I'm now a fulltime MTT grinder, and I've had some decent scores, live and online. It's currently a pretty crazy time, as both the SCOOP (Pokerstars) and MiniFTOPS (Full Tilt Poker) series of tournaments are taking place at the same time. I've had 1 good result in that, finishing 9th out of 10000 in the heads up no limit holdem event. Along with a win recently on FTP, May has started pretty well. Got the feeling in the last couple weeks that I may be turning a corner, due to a combination of reasons:

1) Black Belt Live. This is a yearly tournament run by the folks at Black Belt Poker, and I came 19th in it this year for $1250. Apparently some people found this blog from that tournament, hi! Check twitter instead! Anyway I had a perfect day 1 in this tournament, and on day 2 played against some ridiculously talented players. 1 of them particularly stood out to me. That was Seth Webber, a young South African born player who recently made the final table of the Poker Million on Sky Sports. Being sat to his left for 4 hours was a painful experience, as he proceeded to play fantastic poker. But, I think it made a couple things click in my head. 

2) Friends. I'm lucky now being back in Canterbury, as there's quite a few excellent poker players living here who I'm friends with. And sometimes they give me advice. And its worth listening too. Or sometimes, they don't give me advice and I just notice things they do that are successful, and work out why on my own, and begin to incorporate it into my game. Well that's what has happened recently, and it definitely contributed to 1 of my recent results being a win rather than just a final table.

3) Effective routine. It's hard sometimes to get into a good routine. Being mentally prepared for a long grind, being adequately fed/hydrated/awake. Having a quick, effective system of note taking that works for you. Avoiding tilt. Avoiding stress. Any one of these can make a great day a good day, or a good day a bad day. Certain parts of that list I've improved a lot recently, and I hope to continue improving.

Well didn't this turn into quite the essay! It's the SCOOP 2-7 Triple Draw event today, so I'm looking forward to that. Hopefully I'll win some monster tournament so I'll just have to update this again. Ciao!
Sunday, August 1st, 2010
2:26 am
Hate Texas Holdem Paul, really?
So i've had an eventful weekend. Cash games wern't so great during the day Friday so decided to play a bunch of MTT's. I'm trying to put in a decent volume before the IPO. I've ambitiously (read: ridiculously) set my username for that tournament as IPO2010Winner, so I want to be as prepared as possible.

Unfortunately, 14 tournaments and 1 mincash later I was hitting the cash games, which were swingy, but ended up small winner. Crashed at 6am.

Wake up a few hours later and decide I'm too tired to play cash. I decide to eat a hearty breakfast, make self decent and hit up some more tournaments. I register for 20ish over a few hours, figuring if yesterday was any indication, I'd have no more than 8 in play at once, which I can handle.

So after a painful stretch where I had to 12 table (including a rush tourney, jesus was that a bad idea!) I end up managing 4 cashes, which is nice.

It's nicer when they include a 3rd, a 3rd and a 7th. Cue my best day of the year (excluding Vegas) and ending July on a real high note.

Carrying on from my last post, about putting thoughts into an arena to analyse. Unless your playing live a lot, or living with other online pro's, the life of the online professional poker player is a pretty lonely and solitary existence. When things go well, it doesnt really matter all that much. Wanna take a day off to see friends or family? No problem. Wanna take the lady out somewhere nice? Easy.

The problem (as with most leaks or faults poker players have) is when things aren't going well. That means, you need to work, and work hard. You need to put in hours. You need to study, and you need to think about what you can do to improve. In an ideal world, you want to be doing this regardless of results, but the fact is it's human nature to let our guard down when all seems well with the world.

Having an outlet or vent for your frustrations can be good or bad. It can help you see the errors your making and improve, or it can make you whine, blame someone other than yourself, and delude yourself into believing you'll be fine and don't need to work so hard.

Well I think its safe to say I've gone from the latter to the former over the course of the year. The games are tougher now, Vegas really brought that to the forefront of my attention. There is a learning curve to anything we do, and in poker it makes sense that people who play for an extended period of time will improve. So if your complacent because your beating games easily, and don't study, don't work hard, don't discuss situations with people, and so on, your letting these poorer players catch up to you on skill level.

Now add to this the fact that poker has luck weighted into it, it's easy to delude yourself. Having a bad week? It's no big deal, I'm just running bad, it'll turn around. Bad month? Eh, its a one off, I know I'm winning in these games.

I've dragged this out a bit, sorry. The point is: I was being complacent, and letting things pass me by. Now I'm working hard, and I'm determined. An example is tournaments. I've been studying, watching videos, discussing hands, thinking about it in my spare time. And I'm starting to get results. If I can continue to apply myself in this way, things will continue to improve, and I can expect to see the 2nd half of 2010 be a lot better than the 1st half.

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, July 19th, 2010
10:55 pm
A Reprise
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Further updates in detail to come. For now some bullet points:
  • I went to Vegas. I won in cash games. I played the 1k weekend event at the Rio and busted in the 1st level.
  • I am moving back to Canterbury soon. Reading my old journal entries of the fun I used to have there makes me cautiously optimistic for the future, and is in part why I'm reviving this old LJ for the time being.
  • I have been playing a lot of badugi recently. It's refreshing, and fun. I hate Texas Holdem. I worry at times that some things have passed me by.
  • I'm thinking of writing a book. A line from Mick Foley's autobiography has always struck me. He's in Nigeria wrestling for peanuts and after one particular event-filled night he confides in a friend "I need to write a book". I find a lot of similarities in our mind-sets anyway, but he's meaning many things in that sentence. He's saying 1) I have a story I want to tell 2) I have a story that needs to be heard 3) I need to put my thoughts into an arena to analyse them. That's how I feel. If I do continue this LJ, I will expand on this soon.



Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
6:58 pm
Bounty Stars Of Poker Airdates
The episode I feature in is showing at the following times.

November 9th

10pm - Sky Sports 2

November 10th

2am - Sky Sports 2
9am - Sky Sports 3
2pm - Sky Sports 3

I'll write more about the experience of the filming/interviews, and opinions on how the show came out after its been shown.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
7:44 am
Something worth updating for
A few quick bullet points of the last 20 months.
  • Graduated
  • Turned pro
  • Moved up to higher stakes
  • Moved to Ashford, Kent
Now the exciting news, I'm going to be competing on a brand new poker show on Sky Sports, sponsored by Pokerstars! We film August 19, and it'll be my first appearance on tv so pretty exciting.

I'd promise to keep this blog updated but thats not likely, sorry.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007
11:32 am
Whoops
I've let this blog slip a bit... sorry! I've been busy with work and stuff but thats no excuse really. So whats been going on pokerwise with me? Well my move up to NL25 was shortlived and unsuccessful. I dumped 7 buyins in 3.5k hands and was playing not to the standard I hoped (although I did one thing that I'm so proud of that I thought I couldnt do, more on that later), so moved back down to NL10 which I have been killing. I'll be staying there for the future because.....

I'm getting a kickass 24" widescreen monitor! :D This will allow me to 9table (currently I 4table) and will be a huge boost for me as things wont be so cluttered. 

As for PL Omaha8 I took a bit of a hiatus from these games (due to trying to get even in cash games lol) but played 4 in the last couple of days and won them all, which felt good. I'm not sure exactly where I am against the current leader but I have 101 games left to play, and I'm very confident of being #1 on the sharkscope leaderboard. 

So in NL25 a couple weeks ago I folded kings preflop. I took a bit of stick for it when discussing it with friends but I'm confident in my decision process. Despite this, I was still losing in the game. Oh well, I know what I need to do when I next move up that I wasnt doing this time to make myself a winner at that level.

In other news, personal life is good, me and Alison are off to see The Weakerthans in London tonight :D Cant wait!

Hope everyone in LJ-land is well!!!!
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
12:11 pm
A crazy weekend
Pokerwise that is. Saturday I lost the most I've ever lost in a single session online. Felt pretty grotty after so took the rest of the day off to relax with Alison and play Settlers II (yes I'm hooked again 11 years on!). Then in the evening we went to see The Slava Snow Show at the Marlowe Theatre, which I recommend to anyone reading this if you ever get the chance to see it. Just search for vids on youtube to see why I think everyone should see some of the things that happen in this spectacle.

Anyway, onto yesterday. I played a lot of poker after meeting Alisons rents for lunch and her going back home for a day or so. Leaving me to 4table Everest NL25 and make back most of yesterdays loss, which felt good. Then started playing again after some soup and lost most of that back, so quite cash games for the day, and jumped into Omaha8 on Stars and won 3 HU sngs in a row. Boom back in the game! 

After this I decided to just relax before going to bed (this is at 3:30am, redbull ftw!) but noticed a juicy micro game on poker.com and bought in for $4. A guy with ~25 dollars was playing super crazy, either limping or jamming preflop, jamming any piece of a flop. I left the table with 28 dollars (I crushed him in 3 pots in a row for all his chips basically). So it was an excellent day pokerwise and meant for the weekend I only lost like $7. Given how October has been, this weekend was a tragedy averted.

I briefly mentioned Omaha8, well the target has changed once again after you all clearly listened to my previous post, as tbpanth's avg profit is down around 10% since i posted. Thanks :D
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
8:08 pm
So.... a target....
If you've been a longtime reader of this here bloggy nonsense, you'll know I like my HU PL Omaha8 sngs. Since the turn of the year I've been ranked #1 in the $5 games, as rated by sharkscope.com and currently working on the same rankings for the $10 games. After 368 games, I am left with the following target in order to be #1 once more.

132 games, win 92, lose 40.

Thats nearly a 70% win rate, and given how the last couple of months have gone, an almost ridiculous ask. :(

But I like a challenge me, so this is my new tippy-top priority pokerwise. Its sort of been brought about by this discovery, and because I've sucked in NL cash games this month....

On a completely unrelated note, if anyone who pwns at omaha8 would like to stalk tbpanther30 on Full Tilt and beat him numerous time to reduce his average profit, it would be very much appreciated :)
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
7:41 pm
I'm back!
Yes I've been neglecting this blog for a few months, sooorrrrrrrrryyyy!!!!! :(

I've been uber busy with moving in with my lovely girlfriend, and starting my final year of university study.

And I've been playing a clusterton (a cluster of tons) of poker online recently. September was an ace month at NL cash games and a bit meh for the omaha8. So been taking a break from those and throwing myself into 4tabling.

And of course now october has been awful awful awful :D And of course it coincides with moving up a limit :D but i wont write the 25,320th blog about moving up and running bad coinciding :) instead heres a silly hand I played yesterday.

10c/25c FR NL: Bunch of limpers, I open for 2 with AsKh and get 2 callers. Flop QhTh7h and I cont bet for 5.8 and one donkey calls. Turn Td and I opt to jam for the 14.65 he has remaining.

He calls off with 6c2h :D

Dear Everest Poker,

Please let these players play at my tables all day everyday with unlimited amounts of money. That would be sex.

Yours sincerely,

hempy
7:39 pm
Bloggers Beware: Hempys in for the 3rd year :)
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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
6:03 pm
Vegas Trip 2: The Heat Is On
Thanks for the words of encouragement guys :) And yes Mike its fucking hot!!!

Have to keep remembering to drink water. I feel even less hungry than usual. Feeling very tired and not sure how I'll last another week.

Sunday was going wicked then I lost a 1k pot. -69 that day. grrrrrr.

Yesterday I played for 3 hours and won 213. So the total trip number is +703. :)

Some hands:

Drunk rich gangstaaaaaaaa makes it 10. I call with 33, as do a few others. Flop comes KJ3 and I get K8 and KT to put their money in. sweeeeeet.

My memory appears to suck but heres the main pot i won yesterday.

2 people limp I open for 15 on the button with TT. The blinds call, the limpers fold. Flop comes KdQcTd. Checks to me and I lead for 25. The big blind calls. Turn 8d and he open jams for $135. gulp. He'd been kinda tight but on the 2nd or 3rd hand of the table he'd tried to push someone off aces on like a K93K5 board with 98 so I couldnt get away from it. He shows QsJd and I dodge all his outs (well I made a boat too :) )

I'm gonna take the tram to Treasure Island today and see what their poker room is like :) I'm probably gonna poke my head in the Bellagio room tonight as well, as I'm going to see the fountain show. About time I spent sometime outside the Mirage :)

Hope your all well!
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
5:44 pm
Vegas Report 1: Welcome
Las Vegas is described as the worlds largest adult playground, and it certainly is. I've barely left the hotel but I'm having a fantastic time. The food is great, the beer is great and the TV is great. Oh yeah and then theres the poker :)
Played 8 hours of 1/2NL at the Mirage and had a blast! Some real personalities sat either side of me, and we were soon drinking buddies. And in the meanwhile I stormed the table and won $559.

Some hands:

I open for 10 UTG with TT. 2 callers, 1 is the blind. Flop comes J73 and the blind leads for 5. I make it 25 and both fold. Boring hand until over the next few hours I realise the blind is such a nit that he probably folded a jack to me here. woop.

I open for 10 with jacks, button (only player to show any aggression) and blind call. Flop comes 752 and I lead for 20. Button makes it 40 and the blind folds. I think about it for quite a while and call. Turn comes a queen and I lead for 60. He folds and I show. He storms off for a 20 minute break from the table. Thoughts?

Tight lady makes it 10, loose player calls and I call one off the button with AsKs. 4 way to a flop of Qs3c2s. Lady bets 20, I'm the only caller. Turn 8d. Lady checks, I take the card. River 4s. She bets 25, leaving 75 behind so I push 100 in and she folds relatively quickly.

I limp after a limper with A8 diamonds.See a cheap flop 5 way which is JdTd4c. sLAG bets 10, tight player calls, I call. Turn Ah and the tight player leads for 20. I call. Headsup the river is 2d. He bets 25, and I make it 75, and he calls with KQ.

I limp UTG with KJ diamonds and we see a flop 5 or 6 ways. Flop comes KcJs4c. I lead for 12 and get 2 callers. Turn Jh. I have them both on draws and check, as one of the callers is the aggressive guy I mentioned earlier and thought he might take a shot. But it checks around. River 5d. I bet 40 and the aggressive guy calls with 33. sweet.

I see a cheap flop with 88. Flop comes 7d4d2c. Checks around. Turn 8s and I lead for 10. One caller and the river is 5d. I check and the aggressive guy bets 25. I sigh and call and he shows 86dd for the straight flush. nice...

I see a free flop with 5c3c. Flop comes A55 and I bet 10. Aggressive calls, as does one other. Turn J. I bet 35. Aggressive thinks and calls. River 7. I bet 100 and he calls and my hand is good.

After 8 hours I catch up with the rents and we go get food. When I get back to the hotel I start feeling really faint. Dehydration has kicked in big time and I feel really unwell. I cash out at this point as I'm in no state to play. I bought in for 200 and cashed out 759. So thats a +559 for the first day :)

I'm gonna go back and play in the same game today, the game was good and I felt really good. I'll probably venture out onto the strip at some point too. Hope everyone is well back home :)
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
11:06 am
Vegas Trip: Introduction
So tomorrow morning I will flying out to Las Vegas for my first ever trip as an adult. I'm not sure I can describe in words how excited I am about it. Its been 4 years I've waited to be of age, and be able to play in the gambling capital of the world. And now I'm 24 hours away from being in the air on my way there. I'm buzzing. :)

Got my US Dollars/Travellers Cheques from Thomas Cook yesterday, so all I have left to do is finish packing today. I'm taking $2200 with me, I'll update with how thats numbers looking throughout the trip. Although if you dont hear from me for 4 days, it might just be because I'm having too much fun out here :D

Recently I've been playing on PKR and its going pretty well. The games are super soft and despite the software giving so few hands an hour its a good way to play a bit of poker to relax and nothing too strenuous before the trip ahead.

Next time you hear from me will be from the Mirage :) ciao.
Friday, June 15th, 2007
3:38 am
KSOP Ends In Triumph
The final event of the kent series of poker (KSOP) took place tonight, the £30 per person, 4 persons per team, team tournament.

I've entered a team in 3 of these tournaments thus far and its always been dissappointing. But tonight everything went right. We absolutely crushed the opposition. Won by a clear 6 points. £108 each plus a shiny trophy each. To say my confidence for Vegas went up 3 points is an understatement :)
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
11:46 am
10 days til Vegas
I'm a bit excited :) Since I was 17 I've wanted to travel to Las Vegas to play insane amounts of poker. And now I am about to get to go and do what I've always dreamed of :)

I cashed out most of my money on Stars last week to fund the trip and thats arriving tomorrow. In the meantime I've just been grinding it out online as usual, and its been going pretty well. I havnt felt motivated to play constantly, but I've been playing allright when I have been. Although I'm feeling permenately tired at the minute, keep waking up in the night. *grumbles*

Well I just thought I'd give an update, my brain cant think of anything funny so that'll have to do. The longer I spend typing this, the less time I have to play poker :P
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
1:34 pm
I love you, I hate you, I love you, I hate you...
The title is referring to tournaments by the way. I may lose my mind in Vegas :) Won the uni game again last night for £70, to win the last 2 of the year. Really pleased with how I played, and was nice to see everyone again before term ends, some top blokes.

This thursday is the main event of the KSOP, a £100 freezeout. Very excited about playing this, the way things have been going in live tournaments lately I feel very confident. But we'll see how it goes :)

Apart from that I've just been grinding it out online to build up money for Vegas.

I'll update about Vegas in detail soon.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
2:15 am
Its been 3 years since I won 2 tourneys in a week
Well 2 1/2 but it was '04.

Finally won the uni game tonight for £70. Rather chuffed with how my tournament game is going right now, feeling very confident, which is fantastic as I have some big events in the near future.

Some interesting hands:

25/50 2 limpers I check the blind with 9c7d. Flop comes 5h6c8c. Jackpot! I bet 100 and get 1 caller. Turn 2c I bet 250, he makes it 600. I fold faceup. I'd only been playing with this person for 30 minutes and felt confident enough to make this fold. This is tournament confidence and what it can do for me. I knew he had a monster, unfortunately this time he had the same 97 as me. But no big deal :)

This tourney basically plays like an online turbo so I'll keep it short and sweet. I had 77 win vs KQ. I had AK hold on a KT8 flop vs K7. I won a monster flip 3handed. Then played 2 key pots headsup. One a successful bluff with 6 high on the turn. And the last hand where 55 beat A4.

Thursday is the Paul Hempseed trophy aka the KSOP HORSE tourney. Cant wait :)
Monday, May 28th, 2007
1:50 pm
Plans are good, I'm making plans
Played the uni multitable yesterday and whiffed out after the lunch break with QQ v KK. I had fun though. Went into the cash game and made most of my tournament entry back, and its nice to spend the afternoon with nice people rather than just sat in here.

Its that time again where I start needing to analyse my play and planning for how to improve this in the future. As usual I'll split it into multi table tournaments, single table tournaments, and cash games.

So lets start with whats going well, which is MTT's. I've made a number of cashes recently with 2 big ones, 1 on stars, 1 the win in town outlined in the previous entry. I feel like I know where my tournament game is, where it needs to be, where it could be, and where others percieve it to be. All this is very important information to have in my head.

Issues I need to deal with:

Boredom (ok on Sunday in the uni game I got bored so LAGGed it up. The other solid player at the table played TAG and obviously got deep.)

Talking myself into things (Just do what you think is right. Screw the critics.)

Big calls (Theres a time and a place. You know when it definitely isnt the time or place)

Next to STT's, or more specifically, headsup pot limit omaha8 sngs. After a blip over the exam period this has been going super super good since. I'm up to 16th on the sharkscope leaderboard for $6-$15 games, and on current form will be 2nd on the average profit when i hit 500 games. I feel very confident in these games, that my opponents make more mistakes than me. They are my goto game when other games arent going so well.

Issues I need to deal with:

Resetting (in other words clearing my mind of the previous game when I play my next opponent)

Playing more (I dont play enough of these despite winning regularly. Sort it out Paul!!!)


So now we get to cash games. Which I'm losing in this month. Bleh. I've run bad and played poorly in them. Simple aim: Read more and then play more. Although an influx of new guys into NL10 at everest from today. I cant resist :)

General aims for between now and Vegas.

1. Keep grinding out wins for a Vegas roll.

2. Try qualifying for event 49 on everest.

3. Talk to more people with Vegas experience, begin constructing a plan of action once I'm there.

4. Play well at the remaining KSOP events (HORSE, £100NLH Main Event, Team Tournament).

That'll do, I'm enjoying posting here regularly :)
Friday, May 25th, 2007
3:44 pm
SUCCESS!
So the KSOP had a hiatus week this week which meant it was a standard £30 freeze last night.

24 entries, and I ended up finishing in 1st place for £178. My 2nd biggest cash ever I realised when I got home! Weeeeee :D

A few hands of note.

25/25 I open UTG 8handed to 100 with KK. Button calls. Flop is T96 2 hearts. I bet 250 he calls. Turn T. I check call 325. River a 6, I check and he bets 625. I have this fold in me but I talked myself into a bad call and got shown KToff just to rub it in. good start me.

50/75 Folds to me and I open for 225 with JJ. Button (loose) calls. Flop is
AKT. I check fold. meh.

I cant remember the specifics but I got priced in to a pot with a pair + a draw and lost to 2 pair. This knocked me down to 1650 when...

50/75 Loosish players opens for 250. SB calls, I'm in BB with AKoff and jam. He tanks before folding jacks. sweeeet. the whole table tells him hes definitely beat. sweeeeeet.

Around this time, my good buddy Mike busted out but theres a backstory. He'd brought a mini padlock as his card protector, and after giving up on it and putting it in his pocket, he busted just 4 hands later. So when he offered it to the table I naturally began using a double-card-protector of $1 casino chip + mini padlock.

.....So I went from 2000 to 8000 without showing a hand and crushed the tables I was at for an hour..... No really its true. The lock is civilisation!!! Thanks Mike :P

Memory is hazy but heres what I can remember:

150/300 New guy joins the table. His second hand he jams 2 off the button for 1650. I have AA (SHIP IT! TWO FIST PUMPS!) and make it 3500. He has J7dd and misses after a 7h2dTs3d board. pheww.

I got to the final table in 3rd or 4th place with 11850.

Probably the KEY HAND of the tournament for me:

300/600 Weakish passive sorta player limps in early position, a solid TAG (and chipleader) on the button limps, and the other biggish stack along with me completes in the small blind. I check my option with 6s3c. Flop comes Jh6d6c. Checks to me and I lead for 1500. Early limper calls (has KJ, QJ, JT full stop). Button thinks and folds a jack, and the small blind makes it 4500 to go.

I fold my three sixes and the limper thinks mutters its time to go and jams. His QJ is no good against the small blinds A6. This made up for my KK call earlier and my confidence was skyhigh.

I opened enough pots to stay afloat and made a nice 3-bet steal on the chip leader to move up to about 24000.

3handed

400/800 50 ante I open for 2500 with 77. small blind (really good TAG) jams for 10100. I hate these spots. I think and call. He has 55. I make a boat and we're headsup.

I went into headsup with a slight chip disadvantage but feeling pretty confident about my play. (My opponent was the small blind in the earlier hand where i folded trips).

3 crucial hands in HU.

400/800 I open for 2500 with AJo. He calls. Flop AJ7. Check, check. Turn 3. He checks, I bet 3200. He makes it 10900. I make it 21000. He folds what he told me later was an ace. With 72000 in chips on the table this was a big pot and gave me the lead.

500/1000 I make it 3000 to go with Ac7c. He makes it 6500. I call. Flop comes As5s4d He bets 5500. I call. Turn 8c. He bets 9000. I call. River 5h. He thinks a long time. uh oh or oh yay? :S He checks, I check behind and he throws his cards in the muck. He had J3 offsuit. Nice play sir, I love it.

500/1000 He limps the button I check As2h. Flop comes KdJdTh. I lead for 1500. He calls. Turn Qc. I check, he checks. River Js. I bet 3200. He jams for 11600. Another fine mess I've got myself into. I have to call as he could have just a jack or a straight with the nine. So i call and he has 99, and I win! woop.

It feels good to post a proper trip report again, hopefully I'll get to do this again soon :)
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