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MoreTBC Rank 23
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@cris1285 wrote:

Nice result, and great blog.  Thumbs Up  But i miss the hand analysing you did before (why you called, what was your thought, and more), that way we all can learn from it, and i really liked your approach of the play. 


Thanks! Smile

Hand analysis is coming back, I've just been lazy.

Have you read my blog HERE... It's long isn't it Smile
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MoreTBC Rank 23
Rank 23

Spolier Alert: I remembered to record a final table! Does anyone know a good .flv editor?

Have you read my blog HERE... It's long isn't it Smile
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Nestabear Rank 22
Rank 22

Keep up the good work Mate, very enjoyable  Thumbs Up

Always remember... You can be... do... or have anything your heart desires !
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MoreTBC Rank 23
Rank 23

@MoreTBC wrote:

Spolier Alert: I remembered to record a final table! Does anyone know a good .flv editor?


Spoiler Alert 2: The edited video is uploading but I'm probably going to upload the full unedited one too as I tend to talk for a while after the hand about what I was thinking and that get's cut off when you edit it down to just the action. The ful video also has great moments like me getting a phone call mid record and my internet dying on the last hand before a break Geek. The full video is about an hour and a half, the cut down one is around 40 minutes.

Should be available in a post late this afternoon Smile

Have you read my blog HERE... It's long isn't it Smile
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MoreTBC Rank 23
Rank 23

Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th October - Clicking buttons and shopping

It's been more than a week since all this happened so this part will be nice and short as I remember very little. (Not remembering things is fast becoming the main theme of this blog Rofl)

Monday - Busted nearly everything I played in glorious fashion but somehow managed to be only €5 down for the day thanks to a 3rd place finish in a €4 bounty.

Tuesday - Hardly played anything as I wanted a night off so just did the minimum to complete the moving on up promo. was pretty much break even on the poker and then won €11 playing some slots. I also ordered my new chair from Ikea, he's called Markus. We have a weird Ikea here in Aberdeen as it's just a 'Order and Collect' Point. Basically it's a showroom with lots of touch screens that you can use to pick what you want and order it (Think Argos UK people). The only difference is that they don't actually hold the stock on site and basically ship it up from Edinburgh after you order it.. and then charge you for the privilege! Admittedly it's not as expensive as ordering it online and getting it delivered to my flat but I was basically charged £7.50 to go pick up my order from their shop. Seemed harsh but the chair came highly recommended on several forums when you google 'best office chair' Geek 

Wednesday - I didn't play a lot on Wednesday either and everything I did play I busted fantastically again. I also withdrew money to cover the cost of the chair and placed a sports bet to take part in the 'Close but no cigar' promo running on the forum. Of course I didn't look at the dates of the games and actually bet on games happening this weekend Smirk. All in all it was a -€200 day which sounds terrible but is obviously skewed by the cashout.

 

Thursday 06/10/16 - Recording the run (Part 1)

I built Markus on Thursday while watching DaVitsche's stream. Everyone wants to seem some more IRL stuff so here it is Smile

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Here he is all wrapped up nice and snug ready for me to assemble.

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 This was the first thing I saw when when I looked at the instructions. Get a friend to help it says, 'Pah!' I say, I'll do it on my own! (..and my girlfriend had gone out for the night so I was riding solo by default). How hard could it be?

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Not very hard it seems. The photo timestamps say the build took less than 30 minutes, job well done. A vast improvement on his little brother in the back (which I still need to dismantle). Time to take it for a road test and settle in for a little session.

Well before that actually, I made another withdrawl. I needed a new mobile phone as my HTC One MK1 was starting to play up and was generally just annoying me. I barely use my phone for anything other than listening to music, sending messages and checking social media so I went for the Wileyfox Swift. 'The what?!' I here you cry. Wileyfox are a UK company run by the former GM of Motarola and someone else who was high in Microsoft for a while. I picked the Swift for two reasons:

1) Price. It's £120.

2) It's dual SIM so I can stick my work one in it and only carry one phone instead of two.  

So far it's been doing the job just fine and I have no major complaints Smile Anyway, back to the poker..

Things started off as they had done every other day in the week, with multiple early bustouts. Having had to collect the chair and build it I didn't really get into the session until around 8PM UK time so I didn't want to get into anything too deep and be up for hours. I late regged a couple of tourneys like the Daily 4 and the PLO bounty but couldn't get anything going. Played some cash to complete Moving on up, lost a little. I did manage to win a €10 UO ticket, jump into a running €10 sat and then bubble the next ticket level payout and get my €10 ticket back which was ok but not very exciting. Then it hit 9PM.

There are two €10 bounties that run at 9 and 9:30 my time that I have grown to love playing. BRM wise, bad idea, but I tend to do well in them so I think they are worth the risk. I did rubbish in the 9:30 Turbo so we'll skip that and talk about the 9pm regular speed one.

I made a deep run Smile. I also recorded it like I said I would. Yes, that's right, from the final two tables down to whenever I finished (no spoilers but I did name the youtube videos 'Final table..' so you can assume I didn't finish in the 10th-18th range) you can watch every hand (or highlights) and listen to my ramblings about various topics. I talk about this in the video a bit but organising the recording was the most stressful bit of the night. Having tried streaming before I know I needed to move my mic but had no good way of doing it.. so I came up with this.

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Yep, two screws Cool. Now you know the level I'm working on here are the two videos. A cut down 'highlight' video and the full unedited ramblefest.

Highlight Video

Raw and Uncut

If you don't want to watch either of them that's fine, I'm going to discuss a few hands here and see what you guys think about them. Let's start with the very first hand of the recording.

What would you do? - Episode 3

As always, let's set the scene. You're down to 18 players in a €10 Bounty. You've just frantically tried to wedge a microphone to your desk so you can record your play and have bodged together a scene in OBS so it looks ok. You're not sure if the mic is going to pick up your voice and you're dealt Jack Jack Wink

Under the gun with JClubs JHearts and somewhere in the 25+ BB region. Blinds are 300/600 so insert a standard for me open for 2.2x. UTG +2 calls as does the small and big blind. Pot is just short of 6k, we have 16k left.

Flop comes JClubs 6Diamonds 6Spades, we've flopped the virtual nuts (bar quad 6's)

Question 1, do you C-Bet?

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I do not know what the right play is/was here to be honest. There are merits in betting out and getting a flush draw or any hand with a 6 or even a J to come along as the players in the blinds could have anything. I chose to check and hope that someone had a piece of it and bet and got lucky that UTG +2 bet roughly half pot.

Turn is the KHearts

River is the 5Diamonds. The flush has now completed

Question 2, do you bet out on the river?

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I chose to bet out. I figured if they had bet on the flop then there was a good chance it was with a flush draw and that if I kept it small enough I might even get a Jx hand to call. It didn't work Sad

Couple of things for you to mull over Smile I'm glad I managed to record this one because it's a situation that you can't just look up and find the right play for so it's a good one to get he discussion going Smile

I'm not going to post any of the other hands for discussion until after everyone has a chance to watch either of the videos so we're kinda spoiler free and because this post is long enough already. I'll continue tomorrow with part two and what silliness I've got up to since then. It's quite a story Smile

 

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MoreTBC Rank 23
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Thursday 06/10/16 - Recording the run (Part 2)

It's now well over a week since I recorded the final table (or as you've now seen glorious winCool) so I've forgotten most of what happened but I knew there was at least one more hand I wanted to review with you guys and get your thoughts on.

What would you do? - Episode 4

The scene.. down to 4 players in the €10 Bounty, stacks are fairly even (20-40BB kinda level). This hand is at about 24 mins in on the edited video if you want to see exact numbers. We're dealt J Diamonds Q Diamonds in the small blind. UTG calls for 2k, next player folds and I complete for an extra 1k. Big blind checks and we're off to the flop.

Spades 10 HeartsSpades (Pot is 7000)

I check, big blind bets 3400 and UTG raises to 12800! Is this the time to fold? Probably, but I called. Big blind folds. I have top pair with a decent kicker and a gutshot. You would have expected a raise from KQ or AQ preflop right?

Turn is Spades (Pot is 36000)

I check and UTG bets 14000. I talk about this in the video that I felt the flop raise could have been from a flush draw which would have now completed. Looking back at it now I'm even more convinced it's a flush because of the bet sizing. Having been so aggressive on the flop and then putting in just over a third pot on the turn suggests to me that he has the nuts and is hoping I have a piece of it and will call so he can shove on the river. Am I right? If the turn wasn't a Spades are we going all the way? Should I have just folded on the flop? Do we need to take payouts/ICM into account when making the decision? Help me out! Smile

In the end we picked up the shiny gold trophy and my first final table recording couldn't have gone better. When I watched back the uncut version I quickly realised that if I wasn't recording I would have not made the final table, let alone won. Twice at least I said that if I wasn't recording I would have called and both times, had I called, I would have lost. It's definitely an element of my game I need to work on. Looking players up or not believing them is a big leak in my game.

Rounded off the session with a quick SnG and some Banzai to complete missions and then off to bed.

 

Friday 07/10/16 - A tale of drunkeness, disgusting degeneracy and realisation

It was one of my best mates birthdays on Friday so we went out for drinks.. lots of them. By the time the clubs closed at 3am we were a little worse for wear so we headed to the local casino for breakfast, a staple of any night out we have. Unfortunately my friend did not make breakfast as he spent 10 minutes in the toilet throwing up before returning to the table and informing me he 'needed some air'. That then turned into me basically dragging him back to my flat down the street while my girlfriend sat with three plates of food at the table we had. Of course in a situation like this my phone battery died so I couldn't tell her what was happening so she was less than amused Speechless. Gave my phone the quick charge when I was back at the flat and smoothed things over before jogging panting back to the casino to eat my breakfast in a sweaty, out of breathe, heap. 

I don't know what it is about live casinos but I just seem to walk in and have a 'go hard or go home' approach to any gambling I do. I had a few hundred ££ ready to spend but after the friend/breakfast debacle I decided on one quick burst of neighbours bets on roulette would be enough for the night. It's a £25 minimum in the local casino for that type of bet so I said to myself 2 bets per spin and £100 maximum, so basically 2 spins and you're out of there becuase you'll probably lose. I played for more than two spins Geek

Luckily it was because I hit one of the bets on each spin Cash. I carried on doing pretty well, sliding £100 to my gf every time I won and after about 10 minutes had £500. Amazingly, I left the table and cashed out. A miracle! Angel Time to head home and see if my friend was still alive.

I'm not sure what happened next but somehow back home I ended up on my laptop playing slots and things got bad, real bad. I was up to £10 a spin at one point and torched my entire bankroll. Yep, the whole thing. All that beautiful profit from September wiped out in Raging Rhino enduced spewfest. Without even thinking about it I deposited £200 (probably justifying it with the live win) and started firing through that as well. At this point the gambling gods should have probably taught me a valuable lesson and bankrupted me but for some reason they were feeling kind.. cue £2200+ win spin Wow. An absolute lifesaver! I instantly withdrew the £200 I had just put in and then like the complete moron that I am punted off £1k thinking I would get another win Teardrop Easily the biggest sum of money I've ever lost in a single sitting. I think at the time I was fairly cool about because in my drunken state I justified it as 'I'm still up for the day' and went to bed but in the morning I felt really stupid. A £2k bankroll would have made €25 MTTs playable with decent BRM and UO qualification much easier. Even now typing this I feel like a complete idiot and completely regret not just closing Chrome and going to sleep Sad

The realisation set in the next day that I look at my bankroll as completely disposable and I shouldn't. I enjoy playing poker a lot and the money in my BR is the thing that allows me to do that. I really shouldn't be so frivolous with it. I'd be lying if I said I was never going to spin a slot machine again but what I did definitely realised is that every time I do I'm reducing my ability to do the thing I enjoy the most, play poker. I got very lucky that night and managed to get away with my degeneracy, I doubt I'd be so lucky next time so I'm going to do everything I can to make sure it doesn't happen again. Can you get a breathalyser lock for your laptop? Cheeky

On a slightly happier note, I bought a lava lamp when I was drunk Cool. Don't know why and I'm not even sure how much it cost, I've never looked back at the order Rofl

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Not that any of you don't already know but it's not all plain sailing in the world of being really good at being average. BRM might be boring but it maximises your ability to do what you enjoy, I learned that the hardish way over the weekend.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow/Sunday with a quick roundup of last Sunday and this weeks antics and maybe some comments on the hands so you guys can make me play better Wink

 

 

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jonny2192 Rank 23
Rank 23

Brief tip self exclude for 24 hours on the slots when you know your going to have some beers.

I used to be a supporter but they took away ticket exchanges, so now I am a sulker.
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Magicadil Rank 25
Rank 25

They should just legalize marijuana everyhwere and make the consumption of alcohol illegal.

This just gave me ideas for my 2030 campaign.

MAKE ALCOHOL ILLEGAL AGAIN!

I debate
Should I smile like everything's good and pretend that life is great
Or should I let the world see the real me and not hide this pain
I tried to be like the rest of y'all, sorry I just can't
I'ma probably die this way
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jonny2192 Rank 23
Rank 23

@Magicadil wrote:

They should just legalize marijuana everyhwere and make the consumption of alcohol illegal.

This just gave me ideas for my 2030 campaign.

MAKE ALCOHOL ILLEGAL AGAIN!


Pretty sure that didnt go to well last time round Happy

It did make for one of my favourite tv shows though Boardwalk Empire.

I used to be a supporter but they took away ticket exchanges, so now I am a sulker.
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cris1285 Rank 21
Rank 21

Congrats for the result and the video. Im a follower Thumbs Up

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