Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Reverse the curse!


As regular blog readers will have probably gathered, live poker hasn't treated me too well over the past year. I haven't put in a ton of volume but I've definately played my fair share and without a single cash in over a year at a live tournament I was seriously starting to have my doubts. Not only was this putting pressure on my online wins to sustain the live buyins but also about how I was approaching live poker and really focusing on the differences particularly in the extra information and player ranges that differ between the two forms of the games.

Well that all changed earlier today :) I managed to final table a £200 prelim for the GUKPT Walsall. It wasn't huge and I came 9th (despite losing a 70/30 for chip lead, but that's besides the point) but I'm just really really happy that I finally broke through and cashed in a live tournament. In fact I was nervous that in such bubble situations I'd be overly tight, however, I played my game and on the final table bubble in particular worked my 40k stack up to 160k without showdown which I'm really happy with.

I wasn't getting particularly many cards, but taking advantage of others who clearly seemed like they wanted to reach the final table. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to probably more than anyone else. Yet I've played so many tournaments in similar situations that with some ICM considerations, going for first place where all the money is weighted is really my only goal.

One really interesting hand happened on the exact final table bubble with 11 players left in the tournament. I started the hand with about 30 big blinds and was covered by the open raised. He was a 25-30 something guy that had been quite active but was in no means a good player. Definitely on the fishy side with huge preflop and postflop leaks. Regardless, he had a bunch of chips and the hand was dealt.

I looked down at Kh10h in the cut-off. The big blind at the time had 3 big blinds left (as you guess, he was one of the guys folding into the money and looking to reach the final table at whatever cost). The early position raiser asked his chip count and thought for a little while then 3.5x'd as he had been doing with a wide range of holdings. Here's something I picked up that I hadn't picked up online. I could almost instantly eliminate any sort of premium holding from his range here as I felt from his body language and the fact he was concerned with the BB's stack size, whereas for this player if he was dealt aces for instance, the BB's stack size wouldn't even come into his equation. So I put him on a medium kind of hand - lowish pocket pairs, QJ, KQ, A8 that kind of area.

So when it got to me, with this little hint of weakness I 3bet him. The button, an Indian guy, some postflop logic but lacking any sort of preflop game (raising 5x with a 15bb stack then folding to a shove etc.) tanked for ages. Like 3 minutes and folded (after saying he folded queens, great one lol. Somehow he went on to win the tournament. Don't quite know what that says to me haha).

The BB then put his 3 bb stack in and it folded to the UTG guy who tanked for ages (what the hell was he thinking while the button was tanking I don't know). So I was pretty sure he was hollywooding as how could anyone take this long on a preflop decision. Then he did what I least expected him to do: flat call. Which was terrible given our effective stacks left in the hand.

Regardless, the flop came 10 9 3, he checked to me, I fired 1/3 pot and he quickly mucked 88 face up. Obviously he played that about as bad as possible as I don't know what board he was expecting but was no way near set mining odds. The BB had 55 and my hand held. Half the table was in disbelief probably thinking I'm the biggest fish alive, others said very well played.

But I think although the hand is very basic, it's these little live tells and bet sizing that I'm really starting to focus on more and implementing the extra information into my game. Obviously K10s is a terrible hand to 3bet with if your focusing mathematically with the bet sizing, but given the extra information that I was sure he didn't have a premium and it had enough showdown value to do well vs the BB's 3bb stack I was happy to make the play. And it worked well.

Really happy about my live game and finally getting some more confidence. I'm looking for a big score soon, and if I keep getting in the volume, I don't see any reason why it won't come.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Deep runs on the Sunday


Sunday was a bit of a marathon session. Overall it was pretty frustrating in some aspects as I got so deep in a few tournaments but couldn't win the crucial flips to propel me towards the REAL big money.

Here's the results of the session as promised:

[27/5098 - $3823.50+$160 knockouts]: $256/$800k gtd (Brawl -FTOPS 25 Full Tilt)
[52/974 - €281.37]: €55r/€100k gtd (Ladbrokes)

[9/631 - $1926]: $308/$100k gtd (OnGame)
[16/2107 - $1169]: $163/$150k gtd (Full Tilt)
[16/511 - €605]: €100/€50k gtd (B2B)
[55/7466 - $559.95]: $55/$200k gtd (80k special - Stars)

[708/5645 - $846.75]: $535/$2.5m gtd (FTOPS Main Event - Full Tilt)
[251/1904 - 1 knockout ($10)]11:35pm: $59/$32k gtd (Super Turbo - Full Tilt)

Total cashed for $8495.20
Total cashed for €886.37 ($1206.6)

Total is: $9701

Obviously I'm still happy as from the $5k buyin that definately isn't a bad result, but final 2 tabling two tournaments where first place pays $60k and getting so deep in the FTOPs where first was $200k you can't help but think...what if...

I'm pretty happy that over the past 6 months I've been pretty consistently getting deep in various majors but just need that little bit of run good at the end to ship all the moneys. I sold about 30% of my action this time round which definitely helped as I don't have the roll for the large $100rebuys and $500 freezeouts etc no matter how much I would like to grind them on the regular!

The only downside of this all was that from my deep run in the FTOPs I got to bed by 5am, and as such slept through my 9am alarm for lectures pretty well lol. Since this is a one-off I'm cool with that but as Mondays are pretty important at uni, usually I'll just register up until the Sunday Million I think.

Regardless, it was a fun night. I really enjoyed the grind and building huge stacks, then blowing them again :p.

I'm going to look over the $163 and the 6max tournament some time this coming week and chat with some friends about hands as from what I remember I was put in a bunch of tough situations where I'd like to rethink over optimal lines which will hopefully help me in future situations.

Anyway thanks to all the investors (please message me your full tilt screen name if you haven't read the 2P2 thread as I have busted my stars roll so will take a little time to get money to get on there again to resend)

Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Biggest Sunday in Online History?


This Sunday is going to be HUGE. Not only is it the main event of the FTOPS series on full tilt, but also Pokerstars, which never like to be outdone, have slapped a whopping $4million guarantee on their $215 Sunday Million tournament. Pretty crazy! As a result of this, inevitably all of the tournaments will have inflated prize pools and all the fishys will come out to play! Hopefully it will be epic.

I plan on playing a huge schedule:

5:00pm: €140+10/€100k gtd (Boss)
5:00pm: $200/$250k gtd (OnGame)
5:00pm: $109/$23.5k gtd (Full Tilt)

6:00pm: $109/$40k gtd (Stars)
6:00pm: $215/$750k gtd (warmup - Stars)

7;00PM: $109r/$250k gtd (Stars early $109 rebuy)
7:00pm: $256/$800k gtd (Brawl -FTOPS 25 Full Tilt)
7:00pm: $320/$250k gtd (BlueSquare)
7:00pm: €55r/€100k gtd (Ladbrokes)

8:00pm: $308/$100k gtd (OnGame)
8:00pm: $163/$150k gtd (Full Tilt)
8:00pm: €100/€50k gtd (B2B)
8:00pm: $55/$200k gtd (80k special - Stars)
8:45pm: $109/$30k gtd (BlueSquare)

9:30pm: $215/$4m gtd (million - Stars)

10:30pm: $530/$500k gtd (Sunday 500 - Stars)

11:00pm: $535/$2.5m gtd (FTOPS Main Event - Full Tilt)
11:30pm: $215/$200k gtd (2nd chance - Stars)
11:35pm: $59/$32k gtd (Super Turbo - Full Tilt)

12:00am: $109/$80k gtd (Stars)
12:05am: $216/$200k gtd (Mulligan - Full Tilt Poker)

1:30am: $109/$15k gtd (Turbo - Stars)

This comes to around $5k in buyins for the day. Oh dear oh dear! This is at the moment pretty much out of my league, so I've decided to sell some up to 35% of my tournaments on 2p2:

I'll update at the end of the night how I do. Hopefully it won't be full of disappointment!

As for my online grind, the afternoon sessions have been working out really well. I'm yet to bink something big, but due to the reduced field sizes I'm constantly grinding out smaller profits. For the last 3 days I've final tabled the €50fo on Ladbrokes and cashed in €109 on stars every day. Just need that little extra run good to actually ship one of the bastards!

Gl all those who are also going to be digging deep in their pockets this Sunday in the hope of shipping a 6-figure score.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

End of Manchester and Ireland


After the very long-winded post last time, I'll make a shorter one this time. The rest of the Manchester trip was pretty quiet. I played the £330 side event and somehow managed to get sat at the same table the entire time with Richard Ellis, the guy I was rooming with. He managed to have position on me for the whole of day 1 and somehow we managed to both navigate ourselves with big enough stacks to survive through until day 2. Pretty lame that I lost 3/3 coinflips in this tournament eventually busting around 30/130ish just shy of the money, but I was really happy with how I played and my patience throughout.

There were a few younger online qualifiers at our tables who I could sort of see myself in about a year ago. They obviously knew what they were doing on the whole but were getting really impatient with the slow-paced nature of 1-tabling live in comparison to say 10-tabling online. They then really spewed off stacks in different directions and tried to win far too many pots. I'm pretty happy that I have a much more patient game now, which allowed me to win so many more chips without showdown keeping me a float despite losing all 3 of the flips in the tournament. Ahh well!

By Sunday after busting just shy of the money in the £300 I headed back to the hotel in the evening and paid £5 to use the internet in the room to play a few Sunday tournaments. I should have guesses that the internet was a pile of unreliable wank and kept disconnecting me. Talk about life-run bad ;)

Despite that I managed to win a seat to the FTOPS $530 heads up tournament which was really fun. My first opponent was very weak and spewed off his stack epically with bare top pair for 100bb's. I guess he was a non-believer! The second opponent on the other hand was a complete bastard! I was having internet problems due to the dodgy hotel connection, despite the place being new and in central manchester. So by the time the internet reconnected I had lost close to 1/3 of my chips thanks to the guy abusing my disconnected situation. I came back and ground the stacks back to even. Then in a 3bet pot I managed to stack the guy for almost all the chips getting it in with QQ on a 44T board against his AT. Well that was until he binked another T on the river sending me to the rail ;).

I did get a pretty deep run in the Ladbrokes €50r major, but with no glory. Next week it's going to be a pretty epic, and expensive Sunday that somehow the degenerate side of me is really looking forward to. Pokerstars are breaking more records again, this time with a $215/$4million guarantee. That's right $4 million. They're expected to have around 20,000 runners for this tournament. At which point you have really got to say no matter how skilled you are, it is a lottery and even the best player in the world i wouldn't believe would have a 1/3000 chance of winning. But, unlike the lottery, around 3,000 players will get paid, so I'll give it a shot and use my "1-time" wisely ;)

On the subject of big potential pay-outs. The Irish Poker Open is creeping around. I'm really looking forward to this and think despite lack of results my live game has improved immensely in the past few months. Down-swings do have their benefits as in it really makes you question all your plays and really focus and study hard on your game so as to improve. I'm ready to bink big :)

I decided as $5k is quite a big buyin, I will be selling some action for this and one of the side events. So if anyone does feel like buying a % or two, feel free to check this link out where I'm selling some of my action:

Gl at the tables all

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Warning: this is a bit of an analytical post, so skip over it if that's not what you're looking for!

Normally grinding tournaments online you rarely come into spots that really challenge and get you thinking as most spots I've been in numerous times before and are pretty simplistic just based on bet sizing and ranges. However, in the live arena you're exposed to so much more information and the stacks are often significantly deeper particularly in these deepstack tournaments that I'm trying to increasingly expose myself to.

So despite a relatively early exit, I did have a few interesting hands which are probably worth mentioning.

Due to the nature of the UKIPT Manchester having significantly more online satellite qualifiers than your typical tournament, the standard of play often seemed weaker, but due to the nature of most people qualifying online through stars, I had a much greater idea about peoples ranges and playing tendancies just due to my hours playing such similar players on the online felt. I found that I had a pretty good table where I had the opportunity to open a wide range of pots and significantly increase my stack without showdown. Which is always an aim in tournament poker so that when the inevitable flip does occur, it hopefully won't be for the whole stack!

Anyway onto an interesting hand that happened in the first level. I was dealt 3c5c in the small blind and there were 3 limpers from middle position to the button. I completed 300 big blinds deep and the big blind checked allowing us to see a flop.

The flop came a pretty decent A24 giving myself the nut straight. I have two options here, lead out here to "underrep" my hand or go for the check-raise that over-represents my hand. Of course this also relies on someone betting the flop with something strong enough to call a check raise with. Leading out will keep in many weaker hands such as A8 or a similar hand that is likely to be limped, while I expect a check-raise here would fold out many of these weaker holdings limiting the calling range to strong aces (unlikely to be the case here due to limping pre) and two pair hands (also pretty unlikely). So leading out seems like a better choice. However, with leading it's unlikely that I'll ever be able to get all 300big blinds in which is an aim, but similarly it would be very difficult to get this anyway with any one pair hands unless the opponent was a complete drooler. So I decided to bet out on the flop around 2/3 to 3/4 of the pot.

I got one caller from the big blind and a raise from the button. At this point I can assign a range to the buttons raise from 2 pair hands, medium-strong Ace X hands, 22/44 or complete airballs. Due to the flop being very dry (no flush draws or obvious other straight draws), I elected to flat this raise with the intention of check raising any non-paired turn card. This allows me to keep the pot under control out of position and will keep in holdings such as Ax and quite possibly hands such as 2 4 or A2 which may hero fold a raise here. So I called the raise and the big blind folded.

The turn came the 2 making the board Ac2x4x2c. I picked up the straight flush draw here and checked to the button who led out again. I have to flat here. Folding is too weak, remember I still have the nut straight, a redraw to a flush and straight flush and it is quite likely that I'm still ahead of a lot of the hands that the button is betting for value such as A3, A9 etc. Raising here would fold out these hands and I would only get called by hands that beat me, such as A2, 24, 44 etc as well as folding out any bluffs that may be in the buttons range. So I elected to flat.

The river was a brick, an offsuit 9, giving the board Ac2x4x2c9x. There is an arguement for me to bet out here folding to a raise as many of the hands I beat such as A8 would likely call a bet but check behind on the river, whilst all bluffs would fold (I think this is only a small part of his range though given the board texture). I checked, the button led out 1/2 pot and I called. In retrospect now, I really don't beat much of his value range and considering he doesn't have too many bluffs in his range here a fold would probably be better here. But I called and he turned over 2 4. A small dent in my stack, but a dent I could have probably avoided due to his likely polarised range in this situation.

Time to rebuild and refocus....

A second interesting hand occured just after the second break. With effective stacks at 13,000 and the blinds at 75/150, the cut-off opened to 400 and I 3bet (reraised) the button with 7h5h. The cutoff was a young internet qualifier from Holland who seemed to know what he was doing but was playing pretty ABC and somewhat unimaginative poker. He had been opening quite a lot from late position and this was a good spot where I can 3bet/fold to a 4bet (which I think given our limited history he rarely does) and when I do get called with a strong hand I have the potential to win a big pot and manipulate it in position. So I 3bet it to 1150 and after some deliberation he flat called this. At this point I don't know exactly what his range is as this varies from player to player, but given I have position throughout the hand I can take control of most flops profitably.

The flop came Kc7c2x. He checked and I led out between 1/2 pot and 2/3 pot. I can represent an AK/AA sort of hand which without history he could expect is a large part of my range here. When he flat called this flop bet I was almost shutting down on the hand as it would be very unlikely for him to call this as a float out of position and he has very few flush draws within his range of calling my 3bet I would expect (most suited aces he would fold to the original 3bet preflop as I would expect many 79suited kind of hands which play badly out of position in large 3bet pots). So I put his range here weighted towards 3of a kind, strong Kx (KQ) etc.

The turn came an offsuit 7 giving the board Kc7c2x7x. He led into me 3000, around 1/2 pot. Initially, it would be very easy to just muck my cards, we were caught bluffing and now he's showing strength on the turn. However, thinking a bit more indepth about my percieved range vs. his holdings there are very very few hands that can legitimately take this line which can handle a reraise. I feel a lot of people would bet into me here with QQ-88 kind of hands, possibly to see where they are. I wouldn't expect a 7 to bet into me here almost ever, especially considering we have little history and my percieved range would make little sense for him to lead into me with a king (as I have so many stronger kings in my range such as AK/AA/KK sort of hands). Now of course he could have slowplayed kings, AK or AA preflop yet this is such a tiny percentage of his range. I elected to shove due to his weak leading range and some floats that could be in his range. I shoved 14,000, making it 11,000 more for him to call. He folded and claims to have folded AcQc. I won't comment too much on his play, but I really don't think that this was an optimal line for his hand.

The stack is rebuild and up to around 19,000-20,000 from the 15,000 starting stack when comes my bust out hand. I'm pretty disapointed with this hand as in retrospect it does seem very spewy, and typically I'd like to think that whilst being an aggressive player I'm not the kind of player that gets myself into such bad spewy situations particularly in deepstack events such as this where there is so much room for play given the fantastic structure. Anyway, onto the hand...

Middle position, some young online looking kid with his hood up, who had been opening a lot of pots and playing very aggressively opens at 100/200 to 500, his usual raise size. It folds to me in the big blind and I look down at AcKs. I elect to 3bet for value to 1850 due to the potential difficulty of playing a hand such as AK out of position to an aggressive player. He deliberates a few seconds and calls the raise. We are around 100 big blinds deep effective so I believe he has a fairly wide range here and will be willing to float a lot of flops and generally be a pain. When playing in live deepstacks such as this, I think it's quite important that you pick on the many weaker spots at the table rather than going out of ones way to battle the tougher opponents at the table in some sort of levelling war. This just significantly increases variance and really there is little value as although a lot of spewing is likely, it's so much easier to pick up chips from the weaker opponents at the table. So I decided to not run multiple street bluffs or get too attached to my hand.

The flop came down 2s3x8s. I checked with the intention of check/raising as a semi-bluff. I often have the best hand here regardless and can fold out a lot of hands that might stab at the flop which have quite good equity vs. my hand which are likely to float any Cbet i make here (such as J9, 67, 55, Q10 etc.). Villain checks behind here. I'm not too shocked here. To a thinking player, my check here actually reeks quite a lot of strength as without any real history, I'm likely to bet almost my full 3betting range on such a board possibly with the exception of AA/KK/88 kind of hand which I was trying to represent.

The turn came the 9s, giving the board 2s3x8s9s. I now have the nut flush draw. And this is where I'm not really happy how I played my hand. I have a few options here. Check/raise as a semi-bluff, check/call (wayyyyy too weak and gives my hand strength away way too much), betting out. I really really wish I had bet out here. I can represent the same AA/KK/88 sort of hand that I had projected on the flop whilst in fact semi-bluffing the flush draw and possibly live over-cards. This would give me a much greater idea of my relative hand strength and still folds out the kind of 9J, 67, 66 type of hands that may well have called my 3bet pre.

Instead I went for the check/raise. There are some merits for this play, but it is effectively turning my hand into a complete bluff. Of course villain could also check back and I could get to showdown cheaply vs. an AJ/AQ kind of hand. However, given how I had observed this villains tendancies I found it to be very unlikely he would check back the turn given the action and would likely bet it with his entire range, hence check-raising gaining a lot of fold equity. What was so spewy about this play is though that given his betsizing and my intentions once I check-raised his 2.5k bet to 8.5k-9k I had committed far too much of my stack. Afterall, this isn't a cash game where I can just reload after such a move. I would be much happier making such a play 200bb deep.

Regardless, I made the not-so-optimal check-raise turning my hand into almost a complete bluff and villain tanked and tanked. For literally 5 minutes he thought about the hand. I was observing him and he didn't seem to show much emotions but was certainly genuinely thinking. After so long I felt I should be excluding sets/flushes from his range as even people hollywooding such hands never seem to think for THAT long. And trust me, at the poker table waiting 5 minutes when half my stack is in the middle seems to take an eternity...

He eventually shoved the remainder of his stack in, a further 9k for me to call. If he had acted within a couple of minutes I would almost snap fold. Recently watching Daniel Negreanu in the WSOPE he highlighted the importance in tournaments of avoiding marginal spots. But as this guy had tanked for so long, and it seemed like a genuine tank I had to believe he didn't have a strong made hand such as a set/flush but could even have some bluffs in his range despite the circumstances. I deliberated and getting 4.5-1 on my money made the (bad - awful) call and met his pocket 3's to see myself drawing very thin. I think he played the hand well, and his huge tank thinking really pushed me more towards a call. I was under the assumption that it was likely my ace and king were live and a very likely holding of his was something like AsQh, two overs etc.

In hindsight and after going over the hand many times in my head (trust me, I'm pissed off with how I played it), his range is in fact much wider and far less bluffs than I had imagined. Not only for a lot of people getting it in with a set here may be a tough choice given the flush (as I could have AsKs in my c/r percieved range, despite myself not believing it was a significant chance), but there are other hands that if he's not thinking on the same level he could be committing with such as 99's/10's/J's or even 89 for top two pair. I had outs and equity and was getting around the right price given the range I assigned him. But still, in such a tournament, there is no need to be getting in SUCH marginal spots, where I could have folded on the turn given how I had played the hand and nurture my remaining 30 odd BB stack picking on the weaker players.

Anyway, the river was a blank and his bottom set held for a monster pot. He played it well, so I can't fault him there.

I'm looking forward to the side game action tomorrow, probably playing some cash, having a lie in in this nice hotel, working out and making money! Despite my day 1 exit, I still had a great time and I really am looking forward to the next UKIPT main event on the tour..

..Played a little £2/£5 cash yesterday. Really juicy table and I won £400 so pretty happy there! Went out in Manchester last night with some friends but feeling the effects now haha. The £300 side event is today at 7pm, so I'll rest up til then and be ready to crush!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Live pro in Manchester


Well DTD didn't go too well. I made it through to day 2 with a 60,000 stack ranking me about 20th/56 left with 36 paid. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be as I lost two big flips both of which would have left me with a top 5 stack busting out on the bubble. Sigh, liveaments!

Regardless, heads are held high as tomorrow I'm off to Manchester for the second stop of the UKIPT sponsored by Pokerstars. For those that aren't aware, Manchester looks like a sell out main event with 500+ splashing out on the £550 buyin. This will generate a big prize pool so here's to running good in that festival! I suspect I'll also play all of the side events as they are likely to have very good structures thanks to the Stars involvement. It should be a fun week.

Online I put in two sessions since the weekend on Monday and Tuesday night. Monday night I final tabled the $20rebuy on full tilt but splashed out in 7th for just shy of $1k and last night I had a deep run in the Boss €50r but unfortunately losing 4/4 showdowns in the money busting my 1/36 stack on the bubble to coming 18/19th for around €250. Woops!

I'm taking the day off today to play some squash, catch up with a bit of university work and see friends before I head off tomorrow morning to Manchester.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Binking and rebuilding


I'm finally managing to put a bit more volume in playing the afternoon schedules, unfortunately the buyins are a bit lower than I could be playing as are the field sizes and hence first prizes, but this works so much better with my lifestyle at uni as I'm usually finished by around 8pm which allows for lots of chilling with friends and partying! Also with lower buyins and field sizes, the variance is arguably reduced which can only be a good thing for a guy playing exclusively MTTs. Not only that, but having such a lower buyin means that taking live shots which go unsuccessfully have a much smaller impact on the buyin if I haven't been running particularly well. Saying this, it is always nice reaching those elusive 5-figure scores. But for the meanwhile at least I'll stick to this lower-variance approach and hopefully grind out some money.

Today I made a couple of final tables, both on Ladbrokes in smallish tournaments. Most notably taking down the €50/€1500 freezeout for just under €1k.

Last night I also managed to blag a seat in the DTD monthly £336 deepstack in one of their online satellites so that's where I'll be heading this weekend. I think I've done enough of the "one-time" or "i'm due live" posts in previous blogs, so this time I'm just going to say fuck it, I'll play a patient game, play each hand as optimally as I can and if it doesn't work out so be it! GL to all those other folk heading up to Nottingham for the series!

Monday, 1 February 2010

A late start to the new year

Long time no blog!

I've been really busy since the start of the year. First of all I had exams which basically took all of my time and priority in the first few weeks. I don't like blogging about stuff that doesn't interest me so I'll leave it at that but they went all right with me averaging 62% which means its going to be close if I can secure a 2:1 in the Summer...But it's still an improvement from last year so I'm happy :)

After that I was pretty burnt out from all the studying, insane sleeping pattern and general bad work-life balance. So I went with a friend from home skiing in the Alps for a week! What a break. The conditions were amazing, clear blue skies all day and powder snow at night which meant for great off-pisting conditions. Plus the slopes were basically empty. It was an amazing week and now I'm back refocused and ready to make 2010 a great year.

Here are some random photos from my holiday:

So now I'm back, the new semester has started, as will the poker volume! I'm going to try playing a few afternoon sessions and playing a bunch live this month in February including DTD deepstack, UKIPT Manchester and GUKPT Walsal prelims! Possibly even visiting Reading for the student poker championship there, although that clashes on the same weekend at the DTD Deepstack so we shall see...

Let's hope my extended break over January means I come back on form and make February a great start to the year!

Gl all