The first attempt failed after some fairly normal running in qualifiers that couldn't quite sustain itself in the finals, €18.30 turned into €350 of tickets. Six failed final appearances, never having lost six in a row previously, two very close but ending with horrible bad luck, so it's time for a re-start.
I've mostly played cash but after a rough downswing, a brief upsurge followed by a worse patch, I decided to alter tactics and concentrate on actually qualifying for a live tourny rather than getting in through the back door. I had started with €1, won a few €4 and never looked back but I didn't have a set schedule or anything like it, and having got up to €350 hardly played any for 6-8 weeks. It was a mistake in hindsight as I only played one final before Manchester, being pleasantly distracted by the thoughts of Dublin which I think took away too much urgency to keep playing. I could have had so many more attempts in the time if I had played the final every week and kept turning the lower tickets over, but with the ticket exchangers having gone away it's going to be that little bit harder.
Looking for a schedule I thought of playing the first 2, 3 or 4 €1 qualifier each day, hopefully getting a few €4 and then starting to play the evening €4, and that's how I started but it seems the €1 are getting harder to fill earlier in the day, the time when I'd rather play.
As there is only one €4 qualifier a day, 20.20 GMT and they always seem to have 30+ runners for 5 tx I might as well jump straight into those, it might be a bit more expensive but it will save hanging around only for another €1 to be cancelled again. That is now the plan, one a day and hopefully win at least one a week to play in the weekly final on Saturday nights. When I last split a €100 down to 25 x 4 I made 9 x 25 out of them, about one in three, but now it's a lot bigger jump up to 50 so bigger fields chasing them. We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime while hanging around for the non-starting €1s I decided to have a dabble in the 5 seat sng's, something I've only done on UB as part of the missions, but they actually suit me quite well, not taking too long, neither playing for 3+ hours and busting with nothing or playing at frantic pace where you've no time to actually play. Then it struck me I might as well have a go in the UO as well, I've never been to Malta so why not make that a target?
So there's the schedule, UO qualifiers between about 10.00 and 14.00, whatever's running, mixed with 5 seat sng's, probably a break depending how it's going, maybe some more in the evening depending what football or cricket is on, and the 20.20 €4 UK qualifier hopefully with some finals at the weekend. And the missions, just for a touch of variety. Newcastle, Manchester and Malta Sorted. Time to work on the Vegas plan.
Keeping records has not been my speciality over the years, I seem to start my records when I'm doing well then tend to discard them when I hit the dreaded downswing, but seeing as there are so many in this community willing to put their records out there it's time I became more accountable and joined them.
Only a small sample size to start with as I am just warming up, but not a bad start.
I've only played 11 x €1 UK Tour qualifiers and gained €4 tickets in 3 of them, two of which I've used in the evening qualifiers and managed to last into the places in one.
The Newcastle Manchester Malta roadshow has begun.
I'm hoping to step up the pace this week, so let's see how it goes.
Far from stepping up the pace, it has gone severely in the other direction for various reasons. First the figures.
Only 12 sngs played this week, hardly a grind, very few losses but far too many second places, does this show I need some more HU work? or a bit more help from the rng? I won't go into boring details of run bad and nasty suckouts but I'm definitely on the wrong side overall.
Six €1 Uk qualifiers played and 3 won, only one €4 played and 1 won, so that's definitely good so far, 6/17 x €1 and 2/3 aint bad at €4. This coming Saturday will be this year's first attempt in the final qualifying stage.
I completed all the March missions, actually showing profit in the cash sections, and the third Anniversary weekend challenge but failed to cash in the tourney.
The volume is so low due to the amount of football and other sport I've been watching all week, I only have music on when playing but I intend to play more this week and start the UO qualifiers as well.
I've bought THE book, Poker Satellite Strategy, and having read it through straightaway, with no analysis, I've already taken two huge revelations to heart. Firstly, looking back to when I was in the qualifying final for the UK and busted with QQ against AA I now know I just shouldn't have got involved in the hand when the warning lights and sirens went off. The bet came, I three bet then I followed with the shove. QQ right, but at that stage, according to the satellite strategy I should have folded QQ, as the position I was in dictated chip preservation above all else, I wasn't out for the win but purely survival, and I would have still been in with a fighting chance of qualifying with another 2-3 busting in desperation, instead of seeing that ugly Ace on the turn after flopping top set. Makes you think, Oh! what could have been.Another great point is that sngs are good practice, so rather than ditching them, which I quite enjoy anyway, hopefully any profit from them will fund the satellite road.
Good luck all, Newcastle here we come.
@Brocky I've decided that the HU isn't really an issue so far, it's more variance than anything else, the last few have been OK, and it really is too small a sample size to take any specific conclusions from. I think I look at the figures too often, so I'm going to leave them till I've played a great deal more and then re-assess.
The figures say it all really, just a bad week all round. The only consolation, for what it's worth, is the slight improvement in the HU, it just seems to have been more difficult getting there. I wanted to reach 100 realising I would still be in profit, but just didn't have the heart. More work needed on the tilt issues I think.
No better in the cash, I played the Anniversary challenges and doubled up in NLHE within 5 mins but blew 4 buy ins at PLO before doubling up, a net loss of around €9.
The first Saturday final for the UK tour just confirmed how I was running, how on earth can someone call my 4bet of KK with 75o and hit runner runner to straighten on the river? Totally baffling!
That leaves one €50 UK ticket to play this Saturday, one €1 Uk ticket and two €4 OU tickets, which I'll play sometime this week and nothing else. I'll wait for the new quarter to start, spend whatever I have in the bonus shop to go with the €10 cash ticket I'm hanging onto, and the two monthly freeroll tickets, and have a complete re-set.
Five days (almost ) poker free, can I possibly survive?
Good luck all.
After a few days not playing except for the 5 year anniversary missions, all completed but with another drain on the br, I've decided to continue with my present course but with a complete reset. I've spent all my bonus points, and deposited again so have a proper br for my stakes.
I don't normally put this information out there but plenty of others do, and show all their results, so it might make me more accountable.
BR £300 1 x €10.05 cash ticket(294 flops to go) 2 x €1 Hexanono 2 x €4 UK qualifiers 1 x €4 UO qualifier 2 x Monthly mission freerolls 119 challenge points 35 bonus points.
The qualifiers will be the main focus, closely followed by a serious attempt at 5 seat sngs, and probably the monthly missions. Cash might take a back seat until the lure becomes too strong.
First UK qualifier played, first ticket won, is this a new dawn?
I have 3 months to find out.
Learning the hard way
There's a reason for buying poker books and trying to learn how to play better in certain spots.
There I was, just inside the qualifying places, a middling stack with two much shorter stacks in front of me. The two largest stacks kept playing most hands, putting pressure on all the smaller stacks, but in itself not good tactics, as both of them were pretty much guaranteed a ticket, so it was only a matter of time before they clashed. A pair of threes under the gun didn't look quite good enough to me so I folded and let the big stacks battle it out.
The very next hand I see the best pair I could hope for in this situation, one win and I'm probably there.
There are six tickets on offer, eight players left in and two very short stacks. The player raising has just lost a pot he probably shouldn't have been in
Having bought the excellent book "Poker Satellite Strategy" and read it virtually straight through, and now rereading it more thoroughly, I knew that this situation is an automatic fold. It's stressed over and over again how important it is to read the situation, protect your stack at all times, and not get involved in potentially damaging situations, so with all that in mind I
cheerfully reluctantly stupidly went all in.
I think we all know what's coming.
There is a lesson here and it's a fairly simple one.
If someone vastly more experienced than you gives you some advice, then you should take it, especially when you've actually payed good money for that advice, they probably know what they're talking about.