Thoughts of Rup

Monday, July 24, 2006


Got into the Stars million for $60 on second satellite attempt. Did well then lost a coin flip for 8k pot and down to 125 chips. Quadrupled up with AQ, doubled up with T8, doubled up with KJ and soon enough I was up to 100k chips. Ended up coming 119th when AK missed and AJ missed and AK had to be laid down when there was a re-raise and a re-re-raise (they had AQ and KK). I declare to mate that I am drunk and on tilt, so enter the $215 omaha hi/lo on his behalf.

Soon enough (because i'm drunk and on tilt), he's on final table and my 50% is looking very reasonable indeed since he has half the chips in play. SamENole proves to be a bit of a bastard heads up winning 6 out of 7 pre flop all ins (full scoops) but a gin river on the 7th one scooped the lot for us and the $11.5k first prize.

Celebrate, probably, bed first though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Not to be results orientated or anything but...

Looks like the hand converter messed up and didn't post results, and obviously I didn't proof read.

Anyway Hand 1: BB had K4, UTG had QQ
Hand 2: Other guy had A7
Hand 3: He had T7hh
Hand 4: Had an ace I believe, maybe AQ can't remember

Ran badly yesterday and tilted away lots of money, taking a few days off to recover (ok it was a lot of money I donked off UGH) then will consider what I do next.

Got Dennis Bergkamps testimonial on Saturday at the new stadium which will be good, then I might head off to Gutshot for the £110 freezeout which is usually a pretty good tournament but becomes a complete pushbot/crapshoot after the first break.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Big WSOP tourney on stars

Qualified for this on about 10th time of asking, was in for $400 in a $370 comp... great. Started badly and lost half my chips with bad play, doubled back up to par then got a multitude of interesting hands:

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t50 (9 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

UTG (t1550)
UTG+1 (t2250)
MP1 (t5185)
Hero (t2625)
MP3 (t2225)
CO (t1800)
Button (t2255)
SB (t2945)
BB (t1665)

Preflop: Hero is MP2 with 9h, 9c.
UTG raises to t100, 2 folds, Hero calls t100, 3 folds, SB calls t75, BB calls t50.

Flop: (t400) 9s, 4d, 4h (4 players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG bets t200, Hero calls t200, SB folds, BB calls t200.

Turn: (t1000) 7c (3 players)
BB checks, UTG checks, MPB bets t300, BB calls t300, UTG calls t300.

River: (t1900) 8d (3 players)
BB checks, UTG checks, MPB bets t500, BB calls t500, UTG calls t500.

Final Pot: t3400

Think I got maximum value there, if I push the river I think the 4 calls but the overpair has to fold. He may have called though in this tourney... No read on players at this point.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t100 (9 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

CO (t1175)
Button (t850)
SB (t6660)
Hero (t4925)
UTG (t3235)
UTG+1 (t2600)
MP1 (t2380)
MP2 (t1860)
MP3 (t7653)

Preflop: Hero is BB with Qh, Ac.
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to t300, 1 fold, MP3 calls t300, CO raises to t1175, 2 folds, BB raises to t2600, 1 fold, MP3 folds.

Flop: (t4425) 5h, 6h, Qc (3 players)

Turn: (t4425) 4d (3 players)

River: (t4425) 3c (3 players)

Final Pot: t4425

Initial raiser is TAG and will fold everything cept KK+. Limper is loose semi-aggressive and is playing every pot. I read the shorty as pretty weak so I doubled his raise which represents a pretty big hand for me and should push the other two off. This is a token bad beat story.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t100 (9 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

MP1 (t2750)
MP2 (t3950)
MP3 (t6960)
Hero (t3100)
Button (t6055)
SB (t2125)
BB (t2230)
UTG (t3307)
UTG+1 (t3443)

Preflop: Hero is CO with Ad, Qc.
1 fold, UTG+1 calls t100, 3 folds, CO raises to t350, 3 folds, UTG+1 calls t250.

Flop: (t750) 9h, 9s, 5h (2 players)
UTG+1 checks, CO bets t600, UTG+1 calls t600.

Turn: (t1950) 2h (2 players)
UTG+1 checks, Hero checks.

River: (t1950) Qd (2 players)
UTG+1 bets t1300, Hero calls t1300.

Final Pot: t4550

Passing the river here? Bet less on the flop? This is same loose semi-aggressive player as hand above.

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em Tourney, Big Blind is t150 (9 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: HTML)

CO (t2200)
Button (t3800)
SB (t6810)
Hero (t850)
UTG (t6055)
UTG+1 (t2300)
MP1 (t3430)
MP2 (t2807)
MP3 (t5668)

Preflop: Hero is BB with 4c, Kc.
2 folds, KDW^ calls t150, 2 folds, CO calls t150, 1 fold, SB completes, Hero checks.

Flop: (t600) 7c, Ac, 9s (4 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, KDW^ bets t500, CO folds, SB folds, BB raises to t1200.

Turn: (t1800) Ah (2 players)

River: (t1800) 8d (2 players)

Final Pot: t1800

Possibly push pre flop, possibly push the flop, was pretty certain someone was betting that flop and was pretty certain my chips were going so wanted to get as many people in there as possible.

Other than the AQ I think it was all pretty normal.

Complete luckbox --> Running really really hot

Came 2nd in $55 freeze on stars. $3.2k. Final table was a pushbot excercise. Lost A3 vs K6 in pre for chip lead heads up. Drinking to celebrate now. Will have a playthrough hand history tommorow. Maybe.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Just came 2nd in a PLHE (which Americans suck at by the way) for $540. 18 runners and I was down to 700 from 1500 after 2 hands when I made 2 donkey calls. Ran the final table, lost a 7k pot to a 3 outer but recovered nicely, 14.5:12.5 heads up and he caught up AK vs AT with nearly all the money in pre flop. I offered an equal chop as soon as it was heads up but support took too fucking long to get on the table so we just played and I got that cooler 2nd hand in. $900 for first but nevermind, maybe next time.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Running good!

Saturday started with me sweating Justine Henne-hardenne in the ladies final at wimbledon, I had £120 at 4/1 but I laid it off before the final so when she ballsed up after the 1st set I still made a £45 profit. Pretty disappointed but there you go. The big one to sweat was Sunday.

In the morning I was strolling in my garden enjoying the sunshine when my eye caught a 4 leaf clover. Marvellous thought I, I can't lose now. Running very good.

And so it came, I had laid off 30 points before the match so I had a profit locked but Italy winning was still the matter of a monkey+. Fortunately Buffon made a fantastic save to a Zidane header and by the time it got to penalties I was feeling pretty good since Henry/Ribery/Vieira/Zidane were all off. The bet held up and I got a nice lump of cash from Coral. Obviously this is the bet that I didn't like pre-worldcup, it was only natural that this was one of three that came in. Running good.

It got to Wednesday and the cash still wasn't in my bank account so I login to find that I didn't actually withdraw it. I did the obvious thing and lumped 100 quid into Coral Poker and withdrew the rest. I gave it a bit of a spin up heads up at 25c/50c before entering the $20 rebuy tournament. 412 runners with the vast majority not knowing what they were doing. We were down to about 300 after the rebuy period and I was in for $122, not ideal since I only had 4500 chips which was a double rebuy and the addon. Running bad.

4 hours later and I find myself at final table with a dominating chip lead after much stealing and getting dealt kings in the BB with the chip leader moving in on me on the button with 22 (twice he did this and twice I held up). I pretty much ran the final table and a 1st place was inevitable when we were down to 3 and it was 800k:100k:100k. Running very good.

I managed to spunk away all my chips (KQ < A8, KT < QQ, A2 < KJ) and finish in a rather poorly third. Still $1600 is not to be frowned upon and so I did the old leave $200 in take the rest out. 3am comes and goes and my balance is reading $570. Superb think I as I trot off to bed.

Morning (afternoon) comes and I fire up Coral to give the $1/1 heads up a shot. I run very very well and am up to $1k in no time. Took a portion out and took the rest to $2/4 NL 4 handed turbo. Lovely, this will be an action game! I was the only one sat with the max of $400 but that didn't bother me particularly since everyone was fairly rubbish and the deck was hitting me in the face anyway. Long story cut short, I hit a ten on the river of a jack high board with my JT and a $1000 pot ships my way as the guy starts berating me in chat for his loss with QQ. Marvellous! I took the lot out since I had now cleared the $93 deposit bonus and will probably look to getting started on Stars again.

Few other things, Nottingham and UCL gave me the official rejection but Warwick let me in which was my first choice anyway. They have the best poker society I reckon so it should be a good laugh and I might get a degree as well if i'm lucky.

3 more links on the right, firstly Madyanks (Ronald Fanelli) blog who I have been following avidly (one of the few blogs that gets updated on a more-than-monthly basis). I met Madyank when I was at Imperial and he showed me how to play sit and go's properly so I probably owe him a beer or three at some point. He's out in vegas at the moment, as is Rob Sherwood who is doing some great updates from the States and is a good read. Skolsuper is James Keys' blog who is an old school friend of mine. He's new to the blogosphere it would seem but no doubt it will be full of good reading.

Au rev!