It's been a while since my last update, basically because it's been fairly slow on the Manchester trail, however very busy overall, so I'll try to keep things in chronological sequence along with some random thoughts. Bear with me, this story has a happy ending, or maybe a happy start, perspectives can change quickly.
The Manchester quest was put on the sidelines while I concentrated on the UOS, with all the highs and lows of tournament play. I busted one tourney when virtually assured of a final table, due to lack of concentration thinking there were 9 seats available when it was only 6 (LOW), made the final table on the last night after 10 1/2 hours of play (HIGH), realised there was no money left in the kitty for players under their community names (LOW), busted with a pair of twos (LOW) but made an overall profit of 28e (BIG HIGH) and actually got on the leaderboard (HIGH) but not high enough to cash (LOW). It certainly made a change from hopping in and out of cash games, but I need a lot more work on my stamina and concentration (LOW).
Then came the mini Bounty series which I intended to fully play, but crashed out of the first one in brutal fashion and gave up in disgust. It's bad I know, but I sometimes give up too easily. More staying power needed.
Then of course there was the World Cup, along with Team Collector missions, and I missed one of the first teams, I think it was Uruguay, by forgetting to play a Bounty tourney till very late and going all in too often just to try and win a bounty. Not a good start, going from bad to worse by missing Brazil, Argentina and Germany, so my collection wasn't looking too heavy with favourites. I had a free bet from somewhere so backed Belgium for a top three, so England losing in the third place playoff was slightly compensated for by collecting that, and who cares who comes third anyway, (unless you've got money on it) Great WC, I enjoyed reading the community comps based round it even though I didn't enter any, I'm too focused on the Premier League and don't think I know enough about International football, but if the Champions League one starts I'll give it a go. I also watched all 7 series of Game of Thrones inbetween the matches and now understand what all the fuss is about, I enjoyed it tremendously, but weren't there some shocks, all factions coming together nicely for what could be a tremendous finale.
There was the Wimbledon comp as well, which I started but didn't finish, (there seems to be an underlying theme here), but the WC and Wimbledon were interrupted by a holiday where I had no Internet or wi-fi for long periods, so I feel that's some sort of excuse, but a big shout to the guys running those comps, they must have tremendous patience and good will, terrific efforts from all involved.
There was, and still is, an unusually good Summer for us, so I've spent a great deal of time outdoors, beach holiday, BBQs, long Summer walks etc, so haven't been playing a great deal, anyway time and tickets wait for no man so had to get back to grinding with expiry dates looming. No major issues involved, just steady away and building up my stash, which currently stands at 3x25, 11x4 and 3x1, 122 euros worth from my initial 18.30 original buy ins. All well and good, 2x25 expiring this weekend so plan to play them pretty soon, but then here comes the kicker. It turns out I've won a UO package in the Team Collector missions raffle, shock and awe , disbelief, elation all rolled into one, and I posted a thread questioning what had happened, but it's been confirmed by pm and now poses a serious set of questions. I'll leave it for now while I let it sink in, and sink a beer or two, (maybe three) but I do have a bit of a dilemma, nothing serious but deserving some thought, so happy grinding everyone, beer number two just been poured.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Not really the worst, it's just that I was getting a touch frustrated. My cash game was not at its best, evidenced by a Double Trouble Freeroll ticket popping up, something I haven't needed for a while, so I registered then promptly forgot about it until Wednesday morning However, another followed the next week, and this time I managed 37th and the balance shot up again.
So, back to the tickets. I had 3x25, two of which were running out of date, so i had to get a move on, playing one each last Thursday and Friday, more on which to follow.*
This left the rest of my small value tickets, so I decided to play them through and see where this left me, but the cash run bad had flipped over into the tourney run bad and slowly but surely they dwindled away. I came close a few times in the 4s but my flipping was shot to pieces, and out of ten all ins, seven with the best starter, the nearest I got was two third places, so near and yet so far. This left one 4euro ticket to try and up my stack and it was almost as frustrating as the rest.
The run bad continues.
Trying a different tactic, just a min raise hoping for a shove, but no takers.
Min raised this as well, this time got a shove but chickened out.................... .......................and of course would have collected.
Min raise again, again no bites.
Again no one bit on the min raise.
At last a bit of a breakthrough in my favour after bet call, bet call, bet call, but he still wouldn't shove.
And at last I made it.
This still left me with a decent stash as earlier events had met with some success.
* The previous Thursday night I played using the first 25, and it was immediately noticeable that players weren't anywhere near as reckless as at the lower two tiers, even the first few levels were raise, fold or raise, three bet and fold, no-one wanting to be too low for the inevitable push-fold to follow. It was far tighter and went on much longer than any of the previous games, 1hr 28mins, and only 83 hands, longer blind levels and a big jump in ticket prizes accounting for some of this I suppose, and I steadily chipped up all the way to the end.
I didn't take screen shots on this one, there wasn't anything out of the ordinary, and by the time I'd done a lap of honour round the neighbourhood I'd forgotten all about the hand replayer, but from what I remember I was only all in 3 or 4 times and never the short stack, of course results can colour the memory, but I thought it was all straightforward and no big fuss.
I don't usually want to push my luck when I'm ahead, and there only being one ticket on offer in the next leg I waited till the night after for my next attempt. This was played at a much faster pace, more 3 betting, more pots being played, though still not the recklessness from the lower buy ins. This is where I feel I have to make an apology, but what can you do. His KK had just been cracked so he was left extremely low, and I just had to take advantage.
Sorry @MetalWolf what can you do. Anyway it only helped a bit as I couldn't quite see it through. This one took only 1hr 7mins but 117 hands, so the pace was very different
So as it stands I have 1x100 and 3x25, with all the dates having at least 6 weeks on them. so no immediate hurry, and I'm waiting to see where and when the next UO is before deciding my next moves. Good luck everyone. G.
Yeah I had a bit of a nightmare the other night overall! Supposed to building up tickets towards the next UOS but with the summer holidays and little one being off it's just hard to get much time to grind. I have promised myself I will stream as much as the next UOS as I can so that's a big challenge in the back of my mind at the moment. Plus I still have a hotel booked in Brighton and no UK tour package as of yet! I best get a move on!
I had to skip Bucharest unfortunately but hopefully we'll both be at the next UO and Manchester!