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The life of a poker player ME!!! Dhruv Doshi

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Warwick High Stakes Poker - 3

Warwick High Stakes Poker Episode Three

Ok the Game was set up for the 3rd time, we had 11 players ready to play with Dave Lu acting as a substitute as Jambon was running late. Line up was in seat order Dhruv (I hate seat one!!!) Dave Lu (Jambon) Scott, Guv, James B, Nick, Tryf, Tom, Mitesh and Jack. I bought in for £100 again and half the field went for the max of £150 and others went between £70 and £100. Initial cash on the table was £1050. But always likely to go up with top ups and rebuys but hopefully not from me!

The 1st hand I pick up KKs and Mitesh makes the gay raise (min raise) to £1. He s clearly just messing about as it is the 1st hand, although normally min raise = AAs!! I make it something like £6 more and he calls and check calls a Q high flop. Next hand I pick up a suited Q on the cut off and called. I flopped a flush draw and a gutshot str8 draw, it checked round to me and I bet, with one caller. Turn a blank and it checked to me and I bet and I took the pot down. The game seemed quite slow as expected. The last few cash games we played the 1st 10 –15 hands tend to be quite slow and bets on flops took many pots down. This also happens in other cash games I have played around the country, so I felt to open up my game early on. I think people started to see what I was doing, as I got re raised 3 times in the 1st hour!!! (I’m a ROCK!!!)

I raised up with 10c7c (still a rock honest!) and I get re raised! This was the 2nd time I had been re raised early on and James made the raise. But the raise was not too big, so I thought I can call with position and either flop big hand, try and take it away or atleast show that I will not fold to a re raised all the time and be bullied off pots pre flop. The flop came Ace high with all spades!! Sort of MiSSed the flop! James bets out and I’m about to muck but I see he only bet £8 into a pot of about £28, ok now he has the nuts or close to the nuts AAA or AxKs or something like KK or QQ. Maybe AK no spade, either way I was going to find out. Even if just information that I can use later on. I call and the turn is another spade, he checks to me! Bingo! He is either trapping me or I’m very likely to take this pot away, I make it something like £30 to go and he eventually folds!

I then call Toms raise with a suited K, the flop comes K high with two hearts. He bets and I just call, turn gives me my flush and he checks, I bet and he calls, river a blank and he check, I bet and he calls and mucks. I was doing well in the game taking £40-£50 pots down with no real problem, I had some nice cards but also playing position well especially to pre flop raisers.

I then pick up 44s and limp in early. Another call and Nick raised it up. Me and Scott called. With Nick in position. Flop is Ace high and a big miss for me. However it checks round. The Turn is a lovely 4, although I start to get paranoid, thinking why did Nick check that flop, he was likely to raise with Ax , a PP or broadway cards, but the fact that he did not bet the flop which he properly would of done with JJ QQ KK or any Ace he checked! I think for a moment he might have AAA! Anyway I check and so does Scott. Nick now bets and I think whether to jam it now to find out where I am or to call and keep the pot small. Then I studied his bet, I felt it was slightly weak. I thought ok maybe he does have QQ or KK or he was playing AK weak. I thought I would call and maybe make him think I was drawing, Scott folds and the turn is a K, hmmmmm. Ok now I’m a bit worried but I am not folding. I do not really want to get re raised here, which he would do with KK or AK or AA if I bet out, as I only can beat one of those hands, so I decided to check and let him do the betting. He checked straight behind and I felt like I lost some chips there when he showed AQ. Guess that read was completely wrong!!! ( See I do get it wrong sometimes people)

I’m doing ok and on just over £180 and pick up AdKd. I limp UTG and Guv pops it up to £5. He had only raised once before and everyone folded to me, I did not need to re raise to narrow the field and was willing to take a flop heads up. The flop is very sweet as three diamonds fall! Bingo! Bango! Bongo! I check and Guv bets a standard c/bet amount. I just call. The turn is a blank and Guv bets £40 into a £42 pot, which was very strong. I went into the tank to think what kind of hand he has. He had a hand that he was protecting for sure, which was conveyed by the £40 bet on the turn. So three hands stood out for me. JJ (top set), QQ (with a Qd) and KK (no diamond). I was hoping he did not have the latter as I’m sure he can get away. If he had JJ there are a lot of bad cards on the river any pair of the board is bad for me but also if a diamond falls, yes I do have the nuts but makes it hard for Guv to call me, even if he has the Qd he should not lose anymore money as what did I call the flop and turn with. I raise it up and he shoves and I instant call. He had top set and the river is a nice blank and take down a £210+ pot!

I then call Flashs raise on the button with AhTs. The flop is all SPADES again! There is also an Ace on the board. Flash bets outs, I think he has something like AK, AQ and hope he does not have a spade with it. I thought also I could play off the previous hand mentioned against Guv when I flopped the flush. I flat call, Turn is a blank and he bets out £30ish and I make is £80ish to go thinking he can only call with AxKs. He thinks for a while and mucks AJ (told me later).

I was up to about £400 ish and that was as high as it got, the moves I started to make were not working and the cards dried up. I was trying to take a pot away from Mitesh to his pre flop raise when the flop came T 6 6, where I was not convinced about his c/bet, the turn was then a K and he bets out and I called. The river card absolutely sucked! The 6 hits which would give him a house if he had the K and makes it impossible for him to give me credit for a 6 in the hole. If I moved in I’m show he would call, saying something like, if you got it you got it but I cannot fold. So I decide to lay the hand down.

I then bluffed into AA and AAA! Not the smartest thing to do! My stack slowly died out to about £250ish, losts some more small pots when I had the suck str8 vs the higher str8.

Then found QQs and made it £5 to go. Got 4 callers before Flash re raised it. I went into the tank and made it £95 more. He thought for a while and shoved and I called thinking he shoves instantly with AA and KKs. He had AK when I show my QQs, I offer to play for £50 each rather than our whole stacks. He agrees and when the King hits he scoops the pot.

Not much really happened in the game overall, Jambon gave a sick beat to Trfy with his top two vs str8 in a £250 pot and the river paired his top pair for the house. Guv took some nice pots as well helping him recovering from the set vs flush. James B was the big winner with everyone else up or down £50 to £100. I was up £67!

Oh almost forgot one big pot, that really confused me. I open up with AJ and Jambon, James and Trfy call and Flash re raise (again I got re raised!!) I muck and so does Jambon. James call and Trfy fold. Flop is all clubs! Flashes bets out £45 and James moves in for £70 more. Flash thinks for a while but James seemed really confident about his hand after Flash did not call instantly, which gave the impression he had a K high flush and might have been worried about top set. But once Tom thinks for a while and does not call, he knows he is in good shape. Tom eventually calls and James shows AcQc for the nuts and Flash mucks! No pair no draw, he claims AQ high which I believe but cannot get my hand around it. He mentioned if james had KcJx (J high flop) he still has 6 outs and there was a lot in the middle but I think you had to play the player there, no offensive to James but I do not think he was going to bluff off his stack on a big draw early in the game, I definitely felt james had JJ or maybe flopped flush with AK, as those are two hand I can see him calling an Early Position raise with and also calling a re raise with. I think QQs is also in his range there with the Qc which means Flash would only have two outs! Tom if you care to explain you logic I would like to hear it (post a comment). For those of you that do not know Tom he is not a donkey, he is a great player who has cashed over $50,000 in tournaments on poker stars alone and his maths skills are awesome. Im sure he has a legimate reasons but I cannot work it out!!!

Poker Soc

One hand I was very annoyed about. Pav and Me and have all the chips on the table with 3 tables to go. He opens up for 3k, he gets a caller and someone then shoves for 13k, I then see JJs, ok I do not want to take a coin flip but im confident that with the action so far, people have AK AQ AJ KQ QJ, I feel if I make a move and don’t walk into AA or KK or QQ I’m good and not in a 50/50 situation. I shove for 30k and Pav calls quickly. He shows AK, ok in my view this is a very bad call. At best he is splitting the pot, (I have AK), likely to have QQs up wards which means 2/3 he is locked up against, but a factor which I feel people forget to do is use all available information on the table. The factor that someone called him, it is likely he had broadway cards, if he had a K that out is gone. The guy who shoves if he has AQ or AK , more outs gone, now you have invested 3k and now calling for 30k more and leaving yourself with about 7xBB when you are the chip leader on the table, I know most people call here especially at poker soc but in my opinion you have to use all the information given to you to make a call especially if you think it is 50/50 at best!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Quick Tournament Boast!!!

Just switched my blog to the google blog thing, i dont really know what it means so i thought i'd do a quick post and see if it is different!

Basically started to play more poker and my results are certainly improving especially tournaments online! which i have always found difficult. The main reason why i have been doing better is that i am playing less freeze outs and more rebuys where you can really get some chips early on and play some good poker later down the line. For example on Ultimate Bet you can take a double top up and a double addon , which can get you to 10.5k without playing a hand after the rebuy period. with binds at 100-200 (or less) this is a huge stack to play with! But this can get quite expensive so i have been playing $10 rebuys in holdem and Omaha!! Played the $10 rebuy on omaha and holdem yday and cashed twice, i won the $10 omaha with 78+ runners for $840 and just got in the money in the holdem with 144 runners for $42 ( aloss but something i guess) Got knocked out with TT vs A5 vs AK when the Ace hits i had two outs which missed! Also been playing a lot of $5/$10 turbo rebuys to win a $109/$215 seat. I tend to just cash it out and take some UB tournament $s and play some sit n go with it! Loving the $20 turbos on UB!!!

Played two tournaments on stars, i dont know why! i never do well in stars! Played a $10 freeze in omaha and was out in 5 hands, when i was in for a treble up, with a big draw but missed! and played the $55 freeze as well with 900+ runners and a $10,000+ top prize, was playing really well and making alot of moves early on. With about 400 left i lost half my stack with TTs vs AQ after i re raised allin, then lost the rest of my stack with AK vs JJ when i again re raised allin! Two annoying coin flips! (even in the UB holdem lost a big 'coin flip' to knock me out!

On Rivercard i keep playing the speed tournament as they are sooooo much fun! i mean the stucture is awful but you can win $2,000+ in just over an hour! I won the $5k gtd the other day taking over $2,200 which was nice, did nothing special just got the right cards at the right time!! Jus played the same tournament tonight and came 5th for a $450+ cash!

Dsop went ok last week, was a £5 rebuy and i came 5th, just cashing but making a £10 lost in the end!!! Was a good laugh but having two table meant the structure was not as good as it normal is, so will definately being making DSOP a one table tournament again! Congrats to Richard Mylles, Thomas Grundy , Guruvinder Khabra and Jamie Brown for also cashing in the event!!!

Ok thats about it!!! Tournaments going well and so is Cash, up just over $5400 this month which aint to bad considering i'm back at uni 'working'!!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Home Game - Great Fun - True Poker!!

50 Rebuy!!!!!!

Pence that is!!!! I and two housemates Guv and Pav played an awesome home game! The stakes were high and table was tense and the game was Omaha! I was feeling confident after my online win in Omaha and I knew Pav and Guvs ability in the game! Pav always trying to make plays and Guv overvaluing hands! But all that was out the window in the rebuy period!! This was great fun!!!! Pav kept losing everything!!!! He re bought loads!!! I and Guv were in for almost the minimum of £2 as there was a double top up! I had a very nice stack and Pav and Guv were close to each other!!!! It was £8.50 to the winner! The rebuy period was basically seeing every flop and I had the better of it!

This was our 1st game on our new table, which is really nice and increases when needed, which means there will definitely be some future poker games! Pav then took a massive pot from me! I had 8xxx and the flop was 8 high, I checked he checked, turn was a 3 which put a straight out there which I felt I could represent. So I bet quite big, he called, the river was an 8! Nice card for me but what did he call with on the turn. I thought I’d put a blocker bet out here, which I do a lot in Omaha and get away to a raise. At lower levels so many people forget Omaha is still poker and you can bet people off hands etc. whereas so many people play for the nuts and call with 5th to 2nd nuts. I put the bet out and Pav raises me!!! Doh!!!! Ooooh well it was a blocker bet and I felt he had the str8 but then I thought why would he raises when the board paired up, did he have nothing? Or a house? But then I remember it was Classic Pav plays it poorly, he slow plays soooo much and always ends up having the nuts on the flop or turn but only bets the river when he doesn’t have the nuts! He does it all the time! I felt I cannot call with 888, as I think he has the str8. I could either move in or fold! I decided to let it go as he shows 2 3 for a counterfeited two pair! OpppS!!

I then slowly lost some pots by calling off my chips and missing flops. I then called a raise from Guv. With As8s5cTh or something like that, flop came 2 3 5, I check and he bets pot, leaving himself with basically nothing, so it was basically an all in move. Ok I should probably muck my gutshot with top pair, however there was a nice amount in the pot and it was clear he had JJ or QQ to me by the way he bet, the flop was a rainbow so no flush draws out there. IF he has a bare JJ, I can hit an Ace, a Four, a Five, a Eight and a Ten. 3 + 4 + 2 + 3 + 3 = 15 outs! If my read is right! I took the gamble and I was right he had 99s!!! But a big blank blank came and I was crippled!!!!

But hey!! Short stack poker!!! That’s is my game!!! Bring it on I thought to myself!!! Dru Poker all the way!!!! I steal a few blinds but lose them back as Pav steps up a gear with a huge lead. Guv then loses a few pots to Pav as well! Other house mates Kyle and Kavit watch for a bit seeing Pavs chips rising and rising! I then got close to Guv by taking down small pots as the blinds increased. Then Guv raised pot and I found AKQT doubled suited and moved in, Guv had to call with JJxx. I hit the flop quite nicely and take the pot down! Guv is now short and loses his chips quickly after. Its now me and Pav HUs! I love HUs poker but my Omaha heads up record is not great! But hey I fancy my chance even though he had a huge chip lead. I honestly cannot remember much apart from me hitting four pair on a board but Pavs flush was good and very well played (not plays it poorly that time!) I was very short and found JJxx double suited and pushed Pav called with a random bunch of cards (good call as he had such a chip lead, everything in Omaha is 52/48 anyway) he hit two and took it down!!!!!!


We then played a Holdem £2 freeze out!!! Which was sooooo much fun! Pav kept bluffing me with the best hand in Omaha and rubbing it in! I thought I ‘d take this next tournament to school him in poker!!! Pav kept calling with anything and kept betting showing J high or bottom pair. I then won a big pot off him when he was close to call me with T high which was good as I was representings Guvs 74sooooooted for 7 High!!! SHiiiiiiip Itttttt!!!! Pav on manager tilt as I hit trips the next hand and he called me with some filth! It was so bad that Guv looked at his hand and started cracking up!!!!! Guv stacks disappeared somehow but cannot remember exactly how! He was tooo busy laughing at mine and Pavs battle to play any poker!! This was a really funny game! You had to be there to understand it!!!! Pav knocked Pav out with AK vs A5 after Guv pushed with A5 in SB and Pav found AK. The flop was 2 3 3 , gd flop for Guv, turn a 5! As he starts to take his chips the river a K!!!!!

It was a rematch me and Pav HU again but this time I had the chip lead, and took it down very quickly!!! Pav just could not do anything!!!!!

So Now I was £4 up and Guv was £4 down and Pav was even!!!


As we were playing for loose change we started playing whore poker!!!

For those who do not know the game it was created (to me) at South Norwood in the Summer Home Games of 2005 with Gary Zenal Shane Myron Pete and Phil. Since there I have shown people at poker soc the game in Scotland and Guv loves the game! Basically it’s a good way of sorting out the loose change in a home game. You get dealt a hand face up and everyone agrees to put it £3.50 or £5 or even £20 and its winner takes all! Everything is dealt face and up and the river is always exciting!! There are other ways of playing, like doing the community cards 1st and then exposing the hole cards one at a time! Either way it’s exciting especially in our game as we did Omaha Whore Poker!!! Even crazier!!

Guv and I played the 1st one and I won, then he went broke and left to go to his room while me and Pav played a few hands with our other housemates Kyle and Kavit dealing the cards! The Atmosphere was hilarious! Watching shocking cards turn over! Then Guv heard the noise and came back with a wallet full of cash! Normally Guv is the luckiest guy in the world and could not understand how he was losing in a game of lucky especially to me!! I mean when his number does not hit in roulette he is surprised to be fair so am I ! Well tonight was not Guvs night as I took all his money!!! SHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPP IIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!

The best hand was in Omaha when my pair of 3s on the board held up!! Guv could not believe it! I also had a maverick moment where I needed to expose my last hole card on a board of 3 5 9 J K, Guv had a pair of 5s and I had three overs exposed but no pair! I slowly lifted my card with two hands with the card sandwich in my hand, raised it higher than my head and dropped it to the table (was standing up) It was a swwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttt 9! To ship the last of Guvs money that he had on him!!! Oh btw Whore poker is more fun because rub downs are necessary!!!!!!

Next Blog will probably be about the return of DSOP, for those who do not know about it. It’s the Dhruv Series Of Poker, (I know you are probably laughing) but this is an awesome event at my uni. It is basically about ten events where Tinoyta Player of The Year Points are award with various buyins and games. This is the 3rd and final year of DSOP and hoping to make it big and better than ever. The 1st event is a £5 rebuy taking place next Tuesday, its normally a STT but the 1st event had so much interest we will be having 20 runners. The tournament is great because the game moves fast, there are strict rules, two decks running with good dealers and a great structure to allow moves and a lot more skill in the game. I actually won DSOP in 2005 and Thomas Grundy won it in 2006 (I came 2nd boooooooo!) If interested about the other players and events, can always check out in the home games forums, I tend to put reviews of the game on there but now will do it on my blog, soooooo sorry to bore the non Warwick people out there!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

14 Hour Session!!!!! Holdem Omaha 5 card STUD!!!!

Wow!!!! You should be saying when you see that title!! Considering I have lost a lot of interest in poker recently!! And now before you think. ‘Another wannabe must have gone broke!’ That is not the case. Over the Xmas holidays just started to think where will I be in the next year. I came to realise that I would be taking a huge step down in poker when I start working full time. It would not be possible to go to casino’s or gutshot and big slick everyday til 3am and wake up for work at 8am! Especially if you know how much I love my sleep!!! That’s the main reason why I have not been bloging as well. My romance for the game has decreased a lot. This was in the development stages after the midland master and thinking about whether I enjoy playing these long frustrating tournaments that after ten hours of sitting next to certain people it becomes work. Poker is a very mental game and after a while of things not going your well it is difficult to stay motivated. I have felt like this in a number of tournaments and doing that in a WPT for a lot of money in the future does not sound too appealing! Before everyone starts saying its not the cards etc.. I am not talking about getting dealt premium hands, just talking about ten hours of sitting at a table straight and not picking up any pots, no matter what you do. It is hard to explain but sometimes you just feel what is the point!!! I guess this must be surprising for someone writing a blog about poker to say this!!! So I decided to start picking my games more carefully and playing less.

So I get back from uni after handing in my coursework at about 4pm and everyone else is working still so I cannot do anything fun!!! So I decide to play some poker! I have been doing well playing $0.50/$1 on rivercard and decided to step back up to $1/$2, the other night I got a $200 stack up to about $890ish. There was one donkey on the table who was just going crazy. It was great! But he was doing very well at one point, He sat with $40 and got it to $400 then lost it reloaded to $200 and got that to $500 but lost that too! A lot to me!! :) Did not do anything too clever to get my stack up just playing well and choosing my spots carefully. So I decided too keep playing 2 tables at $1/$2 six handed and keep one Omaha $0.5/$1 game open. The game on rivercard for Omaha is not a great skill game, you always see the river card so playing position and taking pots down was not on my agenda, I felt just playing solid hands will do. I ended up about $100 up from the session. In holdem I was one buyin up one table and 2 buyin’s up on the other. Guv was playing next to me and he was doing well at one stage but lost a bit on holdem but made more back on the $1/$2 omaha game. We were playing in his room as the wireless connection in the house collapsed. I decided to play a $27 speed tournament, with 35 left was chip leader and called off most of my stack with 99s vs A4 x x x x A!!! I lose a pot which would have put me double stacked from 2nd chip leader. But I claw my way back in classic Dru Poker style of short stack poker and manage to come 7th for something like $269

At 730pm there was a home game in Leamington organised by Lauren. She created the DOH tournament, a £10 Double Chance (£20 max buyin) of a round of 5 card stud. Omaha and Holdem!!! This is an example of me picking my game! Jambon was meant to come round and pick me and Guv up at 7pm but was a little late, so I decided to play some roulette just one £50 spend on the rivercard software. I hit and double up! Cashed out immediate happy with my winnings, Guv did the same thing but the luck box made like £300!! Jambon arrives and we head off to leamington, on the way talking about how the hell do you play 5 card stud!!!

The game had 8 runners, Dave Lu, Guv, Jambon, Tom, Dhruv (ME!), Lauren, Tommo and Ollie. The structure was awesome and the game was ready once we all confirmed how 5 card stud was played. I will not go into too much detail about the tournament, otherwise this blog entry will be tooo long! But the game was great!!!! 5 card stud was really enjoyable even though it was a limit game. It was all about pressure on the opponent. The game is basically one card up (your own card) and 4 up (again you own but for all to see) So you need to work out one card of your opponent to put them on a hand. Due to the new game Lauren allowed speech play and I was always trying to put people on hands, like if someone raised showing a 6s, you have to assume the rolled up card is another 6 or a As 7s 5s. This was fun!! I tried to make a move on Lauren with Jack high knowing she had a pair of three against my 4 over card but it did not work! She also made an very good call against Guv with AJ high!!! Sweet!!!! Dave Lu managed to call out my hole card correctly but went against his read to allow me to take a pot. Flash as usual didn’t play much of stud he hates anything that is not holdem!!! Omaha was not too good for him as he kept re potting with a flush and wrap draw against top/middle set and could not hit! Tommo was of course the action player early on and was the 1st to go. Guv was surprisingly quiet but went out next. I was next to go and Dave Lu followed in a Huge huge huge pot against Jambon str8 vs top set + gutshot (in Omaha). Jambon dominated the rest of the table with his huge stack. I logged on to Lauren computer downloaded and started back on $1/$2, was playing two table, Guv was on Ollies and Tommo was on Daves laptop! Life of a student eh!! I made $200 on one table and about $30 on the other with in the next hour and a half which was quite nice!!! Ollie was next to go on the bubble and Lauren followed in 3rd, Flash the tournament serial killer ended up 2nd as he slowed played his AA and Jambon took it down with a full house!!!!!

So Jambon Guv and I head back to Coventry! It was about 130ish I think and Guv and I were still awake, I wanted to watch TV but my external hardrive is messed up so POKER! It was again!!! We both wanted to play a tournament, so I opened up Ultimate bet, Poker Stars and the rivercard. There was a $10 omaha rebuy, a $22 rebuy on Stars and a $18 speed on rivercard!!! Well you I was in the $18 rebuy on rivercard in a shot!! The stars tournament had about 555 runners which was not appealing at 2am, the Omaha $10 rebuy on UB sounded gd though! So played those two comps with 20% in Guv and visa versa!

The river card tournament did not go well, go to the middle stage the crucial part and got knocked out 99s vs JJs, although I never really got going. Guv lost a big pot with JJ vs AT and A6!!! I swear that tournament is all about A rag!!!!!!

The UB tournament went well in the rebuy period. There seemed to be a change in the tournament as I notice during the addon period people were taking a double addon. When I was asked for mine I scrolled down and there was a double addon for $20. So the buyin is $10 for 1500, the top up $10 for another 1500, the double addon for $20 get you 6000 more! So you can fold the rebuy period and end up on about $9k for $40, average stack was about $11k though but the structure is soooo good on UB that sense poker in the rebuy period was in order! I played a solid game and tried not to chase too much! I ended the rebuy period on 19k and there was 890,000 in play with 110 runners left, not sure how many started as they have the alternate list on UB.

I was looking really good and I said t my self I do not know how I can go out, I was just playing really well even though this was Omaha! I think because the stacks are soo deep it is so easy to get away from hands, The rebuy tournaments are soooo sweet on UB as you end up really deep although they go on for ages. Guv goes out early and needs me to cash for his 20%. I get to the final 40 at about 5am and Guv falls asleep but before he does he sits on a Black jack table and spins up $40 to $400 or something crazy like that! Its crazy how lucky the boy is! I think he should give up poker and play as a professional casino player!!!! Lol

So I get near the money and I still was playing a solid game on flops but raising more pre flop, came across a few top pros playing surprised they were playing a low level comp but oh well. It was Omaha after all. P0ker H0 was on my table and played very well. It was definitely about taking advantages of the bubble people, one guy even typed in the chat box he really cannot afford to bubble and one guy folded top set and an up and down str8 draw with no chips on the bubble to a raise. The annoying thing on UB is that they pay top 20 with only 150ish runners, they have a friendly payout system so people come back, which is annoying for the top three finishers. Anyway we get pass the bubble and on to the final two tables, I cannot remember too many hands and cannot really analyse them because it was 6am! It was online poker which I have seen too many hands and it was Omaha!!! I was raising with good hands like four way connectors and double suited str8 cards. The tournaments was quite deep for me still as I maintained a top 7 place from 40 players to the final two tables. P0ker H0 was getting a lot of support from the rail and players were laying down a lot of hands to him. His repuatation certainly helped. Jambon was online play the Mansion 100k Overlay comp and I asked him on msn who was P0ker H0, I had heard of him but didn’t really know him, I’m really bad with the online world. So we get to the final table which was annoying because short handed Omaha was going really well for me, I got my self to the top 4 in chips and the top 5 players were miles ahead of the bottom 6- 8 players.

When the final table began I was 4th in chips with about, 120k, Chip leader had about 300k in chips and the bottom four had 40k max. It was a nice situation. I decided to sit back. I wanted to get the game down short handed before I started playing poker. I played a full hands but didn’t like the look of the ten handed table. The short stacks did not play a hand at all, just played their blinds and looked to push. It got to 6/7 handed quite quickly. I got lucky in one hand when I raised with QQJ6 and two people shoved, They were both short and I felt this was a gamble worth taking. I had the 2nd best hand but by the river I had the best taking 2 out. 5 handed was very interesting. There was a lot of raising pre flop. I called a raised from P0ker H0 with JT78 double suited from my BB and flopped the nuts, I checked and he bet pot, I moved in and he called with a higher str8 draw, it came blank blank and I got up to 400k! P0ker H0 was out in the next few hands, and 4 handed went on for ages. The chips were flying about and at one point everyone hand the chip leader. Player A got the chip leader after getting it in with AAxx vs KKxx SB vs BB and we were 3 handed, the other guy got knocked out by player A as well. And we were heads up. He had a big chip leader but I felt confident. Top prize was $1600+ and 2nd was $900+, there was a lot to play for but I was very tired, approaching 7am. I made a call on the turn with the plan to take it away from him on the river but he had the 2nd nuts and when I bet pot he quickly called. I was crippled and I got it in with AAxx 3 hands later and his massive draw hand something like 789J hit big and he took 1st place!!! Was a good result considering I don’t really know how to play Omaha that well!!! Guv gets another paid day off me! Really got to stop doing deals! Just worry when he wins big I’ll miss out!!! But that’s the gamble I guess! At least the money is going to a mate.

So for all of you who missed my blog here is 2500 words for you to read! Sorry about the lack of analysis! Just don’t remember online hands too well and especially Omaha hands!!!!