A bit of luck never goes amiss.
Again not looking good but my luck seems to be holding a little better this week.
And a recurring theme seems to be action on the first hand after the break.
I made up my mind if there was no overcard on the flop this was the make or break hand, all the way or out.
I didn't like the King but I had to go with it.
I can't say I'd given him any reason previously to suggest I was bluffing, so I'm not too sure what he was thinking, he had to believe he was behind and only an Ace would be good.
Anyway he blew his stack soon after, surprising because he'd been quite snug up to that point, the other small stack was gone pretty quick, and I was quite happy to sit back as the other two had both been very active and it was only a matter of time before one caught the other.
Time to start on the 25's.
Decided to play an evening one for a change, steady away and only on real hand of note.
These two had been swapping stacks all the game, both very aggressive, to my left had just lost a bit of a cooler.
I suspected he would call any two to a shove and I wasn't disappointed.
Next hand and another ticket gained.
@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.
Haha I’m sure it won’t be that bad. I’m in the same situation with Charl in some ways. Before I enter her into Queens Rules I am debating wether to arrange some live experience for her. She is pretty terrified about the idea though lol it depends on your personality and how you think you will handle yourself in that situation but I personally think Charl won’t be able to keep a straight face, drop chips everywhere and act out of turn pretty much every hand so I’m favouring putting her in a live game first lol
It can be daunting but few bits of advice. Just make sure when you sit at that table you are understood everytime you decide to do something and you’ll be fine. Speak clearly and announce your move before moving chips. Also make sure you are clear on any grey area rules like having to show hands at showdown or walking off the table in the middle of a hand i.e Wait til it’s your turn to pass before getting up or even giving indication you’re going to get up or you can be seen to be acting out of turn. Not everyone Is as friendly at the poker table as most people on this forum and you don’t want to open yourself up for angles or criticism that affects your mental game.
Coaching Is slow going but I’m happy enough with what we manage in the time we get to do it. Looking forward to meeting you and good luck!
Thanks @MetalWolf I've decided Dublin is my baptism of fire, so no previous practice, still getting more nervous by the day though. I've been reading about playing live so if you see someone curled up in a ball, not talking, hiding behind sunglasses and hoodie with earphones in and playing Warcraft on a tablet, that'll be me! (not). Good luck with the coaching, tell @Charl_xoxox I feel a side bet coming up, but I'll rail her when I'm out.
@GR1ZZL3R Actually it's pretty easy the first time not to make an error (folding out of turn, mucking your cards before the hands over etc.) because you are concentrating so hard on everything. It's actually after 3 or 4 times that you're more likely to error but I couldn't think of a more awesome way to start your live poker career than with a €1k tourny.
Best of luck @Charl_xoxox The learning can be slow but suddenly you'll see a part of it that will make sense. (hasn't happened to me yet. )
I haven't played a live community game but if they are anything like we have here I'm sure we'll both love it.
You may have guessed by now that I didn't make it to Manchester, which was a little disappointing, but more than made up for by getting to Dublin. I think that took some of the shine off the urgency of the attempt as I put it on th "to do" list instead of the "must do".
However it was a success in showing me it should be possible to qualify this way. I still have 4 x 50e tickets left but the closure of the ticket exchangers, already thoroughly debated elsewhere, will make it much harder. After winning my first 100e ticket I broke it down to 25 x 4e, won 9 of those, and out of 7 x 25e played won 3 x 100e tickets.this left 3 x 100 and 2 x 25, a total of 350e from my original 18.30e investment, a pity they couldn't be lumped together for the 250e buy in, but that's not the way they work. I'm pretty sure I could have gone on breaking tickets down and building my stash up like many others were doing, but all good things come to an end.
I played 1 x 100 final before they were changed, a very unimpressive 10th out of 16 or so, and was then left with 5 x 50, one of which I blew with AA in the third hand (Not first out surprisingly). I'll use the remainder through January, last one expires Jan 31st and then have a review, but it doesn't really help not knowing the venues well in advance, there are some I'm sure would be harder to arrange for than others.
Four finals to play and a final update if I somehow manage to bink one, otherwise it's on to my next new challenge, taking a more professional attitude to poker and gambling.
Good luck all in your very interesting challenge threads or however you're approaching the next step, and a Happy and Successful New Year to all.