Wow, I did not realice how long it was since I last updated this blog but its definatly time for it now!
I just got back from Unibet Open Dublin whish was an absolutly amaysing experience! The Irish people really have something special, its kinda like a fundamental happines within everybody that just make for a friendly and positive enviroment I will find every excuse to go back there again!
The main event was not very exiting for me this time, being my third time playing live I got nervous, I didnt know what to do with my hands, the chips, where to look, how to sit or how to play That was suboptimal and I ended up playing a very passive fit or fold (or fit, check back then fold) game and busted just after the dinnerbreak on day 1b.
It always sucks to bust but wasnt to upset, given my performance. But I was just starting to feel a bit more comferteble and really wanted to play more. Luckely there is a lot of side events at UO and I ended up way more succesfull in the ladies event Queen rules the next day
Queen rules is a special kind of ladies event that is hosted by Unibet ambasadour Daiva Byrne @balticblonde. Its a 80+10Eur Bi, fullring NLH & plays just like any normal game with the difference that queens rank higher then kings. That means QQ>KK and a nut straight would be AQKJT, also KJT98 is a straight while QJT98 just means you have a busted straightdraw and Q(K) high. The background for this initiative was a question from a little girl that asked her parent why kings ranked higher then queens, a perfectly understandeble question from somebody yet not affected by gender biases The idea got picked up and Queen rules has now been runned succesfully several times of which I been fortunate enough to take part three times
I might have a slight advantage remember the change in ranking since it got forever burnt into my mind after my bust out hand i Bucharest where I got Boat<Boat holding KQ on KQ58K when my opponent had QQ GG
Anyhow I really like the Queen rules initiative and the field is a mixture of new players like myself, experienced crushers and some that are trying out poker for the very first time! But its all set up to provide a less thretening athmosphere which is amaysing and really opens up a passage for more females to dare to try and fall in love with this wounderfull game We also get cupcakes and prosecco.
I never had any alcohole while playing before and I would not recomend people to do that but being as uncomferteble and nervous as I am live I can say that 1,5 glas of sparkeling whine made me way more balanced I started out loosing 1/3 of my chips unsuccesfully trying to bluff people of top pair, then I bad beat another lady and I was back in the game. And I finaly felt comferteble playing, I was running really good which helps ofc but the important thing for me was that I dared to play my game Nothing crazy ofc, I would never bluff (just so you know if we meet at the tables) but you know, ch raising the second nuts from time to time, that sort of thing
When we got to the final table there was photos taken and we then got to play a intense hour or two bubble since only 7 would be itm. Unfortunetly Djarii that was one of the chipleaders at ft became the bubbler after getting some really bad beats and then got coolered KK<QQ.
I had a decent stack, somewhere in the middle and with quite polarized stack distrubutions and with the two big stacks to my left, I didnt play much for a couple hours. I think we where five handed when one really tough opponent, a frech woman with >300k in live cashes opened in the co we where 20-24ish bb effective with me covering her a bit and I acted like I never have before and then reshoved my aces from the big blind managed to get her to call with pocket fives. With four left and one really short stack I could accumulate even more & when we where down to three my rungood showed itself again when my pocket tens coolered Dehlia de Jongs nines.
The heads up was super intense, I faced the very competente french lady Magali Staal and we where really batteling it out, it lasted for almost three hours but I was really determent and kept focus and finaly took it down at 2 am 🤗🤗🤗
It was so big for me, facing my nervosity, not letting my fears get on the way of me playing my game and keeping focus during the 13 hour day 😀 I had the most awsome rail during HU, @Causality @Psycho79 @NMPfan , hotzunico & maestro from the community/twitch chat was there cheering me on & I got so many congratz, hugs and awkvard handshakes that I was completly touched 💚 I have alot to learn and Im aware I make many mistakes but as long as I do the very best I can with the knowledge I have at the moment I am proud of myself 🤜🤛
All and all, it was a freaking awsome Unibet Open in Dublin and I loved meeting everybody again or for the first time! Unfortunetly I didnt get the chance to meet @MetalWolf and Grizzler (who I for some reason also cant tag??) but big congratz on your deeprun @MetalWolf ! And hopefully I catch u next time ☺
Now Im super exited for the online series, Im still debating if I will go for the leaderboard or not but I looove leaderboards so it might be hard not to!
Good luck today everybody 👑💚
Great write up and congrats once again! You did amazing considering live experience and having already played in the main! I wish I had railed you after I bust my event but I was literally shattered and I flopped into bed after a couple guiness with Grizzler and didn't even realize what else was going on around me haha.
All the best for this UOS! I'm going for ther nano and low ones.
Oh, and Grizzler is a bit sneaky and uses a 1 for an i so it's @GR1ZZL3R to tag him lol
Great read Emelie and thank you for your kind words and support. Glad to hear you had lots of fun at the Unibet Open in Dublin, congrats once again on a very deserved win and I look forward to seeing you in Manchester this weekend
Railing you was certainly one of the best moments in Dublin, I cannot imagine you didn't take it down GL in the UOS and Manchester, show them again who's the Queen!