Life's Like A Box Of Chocolates.
Thanks @triceraatopp @MetalWolf I'm not so sure about the deserving but I'll take it and still try to "earn" one the proper way. Looking forward to twitching and meeting you and all the rest sometime soon (I just wouldn't dare book a room before I got a ticket ) Best of luck in everyone's endeavours and run good.
What a difference a day makes.
Absolutely nothing to report on the Manchester front, it's taking a back seat while playing the Monthly Missions, Moving On Up and prepping for the next UOS. My tickets still have six weeks on them, so they'll be put on one side till early September.
There is news on another front however. On the Monthly Missions I'm a bit lax on the tournament front, not really taking them seriously, if I don't get a good start I tend to blow up and donk my stack off, but this blog and the UOS is teaching me patience. Yesterday was not a good advert for that, read "post some sick hands", where I crashed and burned the first hand chasing a straight flush that I knew was never going to come, but I always start with the best of intentions so regged for another this morning. It was a steady start which kept me interested so I knuckled down for the long haul.
Steady away with A9 coming good.
I floated up and down around the bubble,12 paid, but a nice double up saw me safely through it and a decent enough stack.
Onto the final table but I was getting low in chips and had to take a stand. Just called, but on the flop I shoved withe Ace and it looked all over with his 3 ladies, but a nice turn and river helped me out. A9 again to the rescue.
Ready to shove but both folded.
This time did pot it but again they both folded.
You have to ride your luck in these shoving matches and this time A9 was no help to my opponent, and again a nice turn and river.
The next one wasn't a great starting hand, but reasonable so I called on the button and they checked. A min bet on the flop, I had the draw to the straight so called, and a 1/2 pot bet on the turn, so called again. The river came good again, they shoved, no flush or pair and I had the nut straight so called.
No great victory in the scheme of things but my first tourney takedown on Unibet, and from out on the first hand yesterday to winning the final hand today made it seem all the better.
Looking forward to (many) more of the same.
It's now over two months since my last update, but basically that's because there's not been a lot to report. I've played the odd qualifier here and there and my ticket collection stands at 4x25e and 15x4e, 160e worth of tickets from the initial investment of 18.30e, and with the demise of the exchanger it's time to get back to playing.
The winning of a package to Dublin was a massive surprise and huge bonus but the unwelcome side effect was the demotivation of this challenge. However, this was my first challenge and it will be so nice if I could win a package by playing rather than getting lucky, so the motivation has returned and I've set my schedule out, hoping to go through the tickets before Dublin, just over two weeks away. I'm starting this afternoon and will keep playing until the tickets have gone or Manchester is achieved. Best of luck to everyone else trying to qualify, I'll see some of you soon and hope to see more in Manchester.
Played the first this afternoon and was mad at myself for losing out in 3rd place when we all had fairly level stacks. Onto the 2nd and time to take a stand.
First hand after the break and an all in.
I thought about it for a while as the bb had been away all this time and it was their first hand played.
They made the call.
Back on the Manchester trail.
@GR1ZZL3R Nice one mate. Don’t be nervous. Embrace it. It’s the biggest live event I’ll have ever played but for me it’s all about the experience. The banter, the fun, the exploration of a new place. Poker is all second to that and with that attitude I feel pressure is off to play my best knowing I’ll enjoy it whatever happens. If I get unlucky or I’m just not good enough then ah well whatever I’ve still had a great time.
All my hotel etc is already booked for Manchester. Maybe I’ll just try come up for the Sunday community game or something in a worst case scenario. But yeah, family first. Hoping I can travel more next year for Unibet events and I’ve stil gotta make @Charl_xoxox a queens rules champion!
@MetalWolf Poker, what's poker. I have absolutely ZERO expectations in that department and the experience was the whole point of the excercise. Having never played live I joined my local casino 6 months ago but then decided to try and qualify for one of these events instead, but now I'm dreading looking like a complete "newbie" and the wolves licking their lips in anticipation of the kill. If I get dealt AA the first hand I'll do a Rimmer in Red Dwarf when confronted by his test paper, faint dead away, get timed out and start again on my second hand.
Seriously, should I do a practice session or just dive in at the deep end, my original idea. I'm torn between the two but still favouring diving straight in, I just want it to start NOW!
Hope to see you and @Charl_xoxox sometime (how's the coaching going) and everyone else soon, back to the tables for now.