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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Eve Eve of My Last Exam!!! = The Start of Vegas Roll Building!!


Gone terrible! So far, well actually gone ok but my last one went really bad, which means the chances of me getting a 2:1 is very low! Probably the same chance of hitting a 2 outer on the turn or river! I am not a big fan of the education system of univerisity, i may have not put alot of effort into my studies while at Warwick but i feel i have not really learnt anything in three years, Uni seems alot about what you can find out, rather than what you can think about, i think the ability to think is more important than the ability to go to the library or the internet and find out Evans and Jovanvic view on finanical contraints of the level of talent of the new entreprenuer! The system at Warwick Busines School seems to not allow you to think and put your views across, which is a shame, oh well i felt i proved myself in the academic world after getting all As at A level and three years at University in terms of education was not for me! Although University is still great as it helps you develop into a well growned adult!

Roll Building and Vegas

OK! Back to the poker! I am going to get a bit more personal in my blog by including more figures of actual $$$s, i have tried not to do this too much before as i do not want people to think i am bragging, or the higher limit players to think, this guy is playing for peanuts or any other sterotype i might convey playing the limits i play. But then i thought! Hey! this blog is for me mainly and will hopefully give me something to look back on later on in life and hopefully to help my game.

For those who do not know i am going to Vegas on the 27th June and i am very excited! I am going with Dave Lu and Thomas Grundy, others will be around including Jambon Kader Porno (STA boys) and Scott O Reily. So there will be a good amount of warwick boys representing in Vegas! Now it will be my first time and the plan is to play at the Veintien for the $340 Deep Stack on the 28th June, the $1500 Braclet WSOP event 49 on the 30th June. I have about $9,000 which i am willing to spend in Vegas on everything!! Including tournaments, cash, food, entertainment, accomadtion and flights. Flights costing $1,600 and Accomadtion around $900. The $1,500 event for the WSOP event i am looking for rivercard to pay that for me with my action points, which leaves me with $7,000 - Hotel - Flights - Deepstack = $5,160, I have put in $2000 on, about $600 on Poker Stars and also have about $1,000 in cash lying around for Live games. I am just playing $1/$2 and $2/$4 on rivercard and playing tournament on stars to try and qualify for the Main Event $10,000 buyin. If i lose all of this money i will have $2,500ish left to play cash and cover other expenses food etc in vegas.

I will do daily blog up dates about my vegas roll, which in short is $2,000 on rivercard and $600 on poker stars and any other poker i will play from the 2nd June to the 27th June, which includes the Oxford Cup, DSOP event 7 and 8, Warwick Poker Soc tournaments and im sure a few visits to Stanely Casino and Star City.

Rivercard = $2,000 Poker Stars = $600 Live = $1,000

Wish me luck and Watch this Space!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

VC Student Poker Championships!

My first TV tournament! I was very excited about playing this competition as it was a new place to play and there was a lot of money at stakes. My seat was worth about $3.1k in this 17 runner $50,000 free roll!!! !7th got $500 and 1st gets $20,000. Before the event Dave Jamie and I were thinking if we win the money do we buyin into the WSOP main event! Most of us were thinking YES!!

6 out of the 17 runners in this student comp were players from Warwick University, which is pretty sweet and a great achievement. Well the day did not start well, I woke up an hour late and then I fell down the stairs!!! (In my house as I was half a sleep and in a rush). Then on the tube I left my phone on the seat as I got out I quickly saw it and jumped in and out of the tube just in time! Things were not going well! When I arrived I was told I had to wear a VC student poker T shirt, which is fair enough as VC have given about $100,000 away in terms of free roll, cash prizes and a few ipods and laptops! I drew seat 1 table 1, which meant I would be on the TV table.

The first few hands in and the table was crazy! The blinds were 25-50 and the average pot was like 2k!! Players were raising re raising so much in the early levels, which I am not a fan off as there is nothing in the pot to really win. I then played my 1st pot. I raised in middle position with As3s, the BB calls and the flop is 9 6 3. He checks and I bet out, he then raises me and he looked kind of weak, so I thought I’d re pop it and find out where I am. I was pretty sure he put me on AQ, KQ or something like that and would not have connecting with the flop. He then re re raises me! Opps!! I fold thinking he must have at least a set to make that play so early on, he then turns over 8-2 no draw no hand!! What a Player!!!! Hmmmmmm got me thinking. Was everyone playing for the cameras? I and Jambon were on the same table just making funny looks at each other thinking what the hell is going on! Then we remember its STUDENT POKER which means everyone bluffs! Everyone re raises and everyone goes all in! They play way to aggressive at the wrong time in my opinion. I then decided to sit back and wait for people to go crazy.

I remember two hands which illustrates my point. Pre flop two people limp to 200 and the BB raises to 4.2k!!!! What a Player!!!!! Another hand was about a 5k pot at 50-100 where the players had 3rd pair, which was good after someone else called a bet and a raise on the turn! It was just crazy stuff!!!!

I then get my self in trouble again with 66s. This Muppet who has been calling down with poor poor hands raises and I call. Flop is Q 5 3, he bets 400, he raised 400 pre so I saw this as quite weak, I did not want to raise as this guy could not spell fold, so I thought I’d see another card. The turn pairs the 5, and he bets 1,000. Now if i'm good on the flop I should still be good. I then decided to put him under pressure as I had position but I felt raising was not the best option. I thought seeing a free showdown on the river would be more valuable. So I ask him how many chips does he have left. He was not comfortable with this chips and took a while counting. I then call. The river is a safe 2 and he FIRES OUT!!!! Opppps that’s trick did not work! (btw any home game buddies, I will use this as a reverse trick next time or a reverse – reverse trick, so don’t read too much into it!) BUT he fires out 1,000 again. Now he should only bet here with a bluff or a strong hand. There was 50+100+400+400+400+400+1000+1000+1000= 4750 in the pot and I didn’t think I could fold for 1,000 with that many chips in the middle. I call and he shows KQ! Nice hand sir!!!!

I then play my last hand! I raise with AK and get re raised for the 5th time in the tournament! I then think for a while I have about 4.9k left if I fold and blinds were going up soon to 200-400. So I commit the rest of my chips the eventually winner calls with KKs, no help on the flop and I am out 1st!!!!! Booooooooooo!!!!!

Such high hopes in a 17 runner $50,000 free roll, especially as the talent was not very strong. Warwick ended up winning the tournament! The Clutch won taking $20,000 straight no deals!

Oh well guess next time I have to do better, although I still got $500 and £150 for travel. Was a shame as this was my last student poker tournament and I was hoping to go out on a high!!! The show will be on poker zone in 5 weeks or so, hopefully I don’t look too stupid on it but not sure if I’ll even be on it!!! But that’s poker! Sometimes things just do not go your way!!!