Goin' Fer It In 2017 - The LIVE Edition

Posted 2 months agoEdited 2 months ago

Having successfully completed my last journey - $5k Challenge I decided to do things a little differently this year and have 2 challenges/journey's running simultaneously. One for online poker and one for live poker. Both will be based around tournaments.

This will be the LIVE challenge log, the online challenge is HERE

Once I've completed all the free content on the site, I will be joining Tournament Poker Edge, which I think will benefit both of these challenges. I've been playing live a lot more over the past 6 months and it's really been paying off after had some nice results the past couple of months, far exceeding my expectations.

There's a lot to look forward to over the first few months of the year. I have a £550 ticket to be used at Dusk Till Dawn, which I'll probably use for a WPT event, there's also the APAT World Championships in Manchester in April (Will post more details closer to the time), and a new tournament series at Dusk Till Dawn which are £220 with £100k guaranteed. These run weekly and I will be aiming to qualify online for a few of these.

Across both challenges I will be running an overarching 12 month challenge, as well as 6x 2-monthly challenges. So the first for both journeys will be until the end of February.

Live 12 Month Challenge
- Cash for more than I did in my previous challenge ($10,369), so my challenge for this year is to cash for $10,370, not including any bounties or added seats.
- Cash MORE times than last year (24 live cashes in 2016), so cash 25 times
- Keep a log of ALL profit and losses every time I play
- Complete the Tournament Poker Edge "University"

Jan 6th - Feb 28th Monthly Challenge
- Complete all the free content on Tournament Poker Edge
- Re-read Zach Elwoods' "Reading Poker Tells"
- Win 1 live tournament
- Post hands weekly on here and on the Facebook Hand Review Group

Will post Hendon Mob stats for the start of this challenge once all of last years are on there and updated

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Posted 2 months ago
So got this challenge started last night by playing the bounty comp at my local G.

£20 buy-in + £10 bounty + £6 fee.

Didn't do too badly, got down to final 12 or 13 (from 32 entries) and managed to win 1 bounty for £10.

1 key hand with 2 tables left which would have given me a huge stack plus another bounty, and I didn't follow my own rule of poker.

I have 1 rule... and that is... NEVER FOLD 63! (I have even written an article on this key piece of strategy advice)

I'm on the button with 63. Blinds 600/1200/200ra. I've got 30k or so, just below average.

UTG min-raises. I call. Then the big blind shoves for 7000 total (plus his bounty of course).

The original raiser calls so I do as well (because never fold 63)

Flop: 1043

Original raiser bets 5k. Small bet and into a dead pot. I've got good price and back door flush to go with my pair so I call (and because never fold 63)

Turn A

He bets 15k. Over half my stack. I was hoping the Ace might slow him down but it doesn't. He looks strong now.

I fold. He turns over K10os. BB had 77

River 3



I 3-bet jam with KQss not long after and called by A4 or some other shit and he holds Laugh

So played 1 comp, 1 £10 bounty (which, as the same with the last challenge, doesn't count towards my "Cashes" total), so no cashes yet.

Next comp I think will be on Saturday, which is the 3rd Annual Derek Kavanagh cup.

£56 buy-in with an optional £50 rebuy/add-on.

Event sold out back in November with I think 230 seats sold and a big alternates list on the day, the event is a BIG one!

This is a video from last year's which is pretty cool!

Lots of bountys and obviously a decent prize pool on offer so looking forward to it!
Posted 2 months ago*
Played the "Kav Cup 3" last Saturday. Very packed cardroom at Manchester Bury New Road. Total entries were 280+ so a decent pot and just a great atmosphere. Unfortunately I couldn't get much going and busted about 4 hours in. Was some big names playing including Ste Warburton amongst others.

After I busted I decided to head to another casino in Manchester and play the regular £25+£6 Saturday evening comp.

40 entries total and I ended up finishing 6th for £90. It went a bit crazy on the final table, there was a guy who was quite drunk to say the least. He kept accusing people of stealing his 25k chips, and was shouting at the TD to check the tapes. TD refused as he plus 2 of the other dealers had been watching the final and he said there's nothing to check, no ones took any of your chips etc. At this point the player told him to "Go and get your manager you skinny little prick!"My lips are sealedMy lips are sealed

He did go and get his manager (and security!) and he was kicked out of the comp and out the casino!

This was on the bubble so now there were 6 left and we're in the money! I had a decent stack, probably 2nd or just 3rd in chips but it went tits up as the guy who was kicked out, his mate was also still in and was like "I'll have to go" and was shoving every hand. I called him with AQdd and he had 73 and he hit ughh so was down to a short stack and knocked out soon after.

First cash of the year though £90! ($110) (The £530 up top would have been nice!)

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1/25 Cashes
Posted 2 months ago
There's a tasty €230 event with €100k guaranteed on next month if you have any interest in making the trip over to Dublin for it Smile
Posted 1 month ago
Is that the Grand Prix Poker Tour? Busy month next month with the GUKPT in Manchester and also probably a £220 comp in Nottingham. I do like Dublin though.

Update for this week, played a few comps.

Monday was £20+£10 bounty comp. Finished in 8th with 5 getting paid, however I did win 3x £10 bounties plus was 50/50 with a mate who cashed for £40 + 2 bounties, so £90 between us = £45 so small bit of profit

Wednesday headed back up for a small £15 freezeout. Final tabled again, bubbling this time in 6th with 5 getting paid! However jumped on the cash and ended up nearly tripping my buy-in so happy days!

Last night, is the biggest tournament of the week in this casino, £30+£30 rebuy or addon. I won the initial entry a while ago final tabling another tournament so works out pretty much half price once I take the add-on. 40 entries total with £2k gtd so a nice little pot. Was doing pretty decent, down to around 15 players left I had average stack of around 35bb.

Called a raise in the big blind with AK after a LP called as well (always merge your ranges Wink )

Flop comes KJ4

Check, original raiser checks, late position half pots it. I jam my 30bb ish, original raiser calls with 25bb, raiser folds.

He turns over AQWondering

Turn 3

River 10Punch Would have been good for a final table stack but oh well, that's poker Smile

So just the £45 this week

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May play tomorrow night live, may not do. I'm in Amsterdam from Monday-Wednesday, mainly seeing Green Day on Tuesday night but there's a €30 comp on at the Holland Casino on the Monday which I may have a crack it, try and get my first foreign flag on Hendon Mob!
Posted 1 month ago
Just the one to add from last week

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Was in Amsterdam this week, went to the Holland Casino on Monday. There was a €30 comp on so enquired about that... and they have the wierdest system ever.

They have like 10 tables in the poker "room", but they cap the tournament at 40 players, and it was sold out. So I asked to be put on the alternates list, and he said there isn't one. Just a waiting list in case one of the 40 drop out before it starts, but it would be unlikely. So it's just the 40 players, no late reg, no alternates just once it's done it's done. This is the only casino in Amsterdam where you can play proper poker for money, wouldn't like to live there! It could be much better, and the casino was packed so surely there is demand there, not only that it's a huge tourist destination!

Cash wise, they had a €2/4 table, again which was full (above my bankroll anyway), but I could go on the wait list which was 6 people deep already, but they won't open any more tables... so odd.

So just to update the total...

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2/25 Cashes
Posted 3 weeks ago
You partake in the Amsterdam way of life? Nodding
Posted 3 days ago
Haha nah, Not into "illegal" substances however legal it is at the time Wink and the other stuff, wouldn't pay for something you can get for free Laugh

Do need to update this thread with a nice win from a couple of weeks ago, so close to another trophy Sad
Posted 16 hours ago
How hard do you take it when it just doesn't go your way and you come so close yet so far?
Posted 16 hours ago
It does hurt, I'll be honest.

One hand that sticks with me from FIVE years ago was on the final table bubble of a big GUKPT event, I was a big stack and I got one-outer rivered in a 4-way all-in hand by the one guy who could take me out. Any other card in the deck and I'm a ridiculously overwhelming chip leader with 7 players left. (Bad beat story incoming.... My AQ against KQ, A7 and 77 on a AQ4r flop. Case 7 on the river)

But recently, finishing second in the 6-Max Championship at Dusk Till Dawn was a tough one. Started off about a 2-1 dog against an experienced and solid player but soon reversed the chip counts and made a good hero call for a big pot. Key hand was hitting a disguised straight, which also gave him a disguised flush! I shoved when my straight hit as him having the flush was so far down his possible hands the way the hand had played, but he did, and that left me a shorter stack which I shoved with a decent suited king and he called me with an ace and held. Felt I was just on the wrong side of the big hands heads-up, but it wasn't to be. It's not about the money when it gets to that point, I want the trophy! I want that first place and the winners photo!


The decentish win I had this month, was again a GUKPT event in Manchester. The £165 Bounty side event (including £75 bounties). Took a number of bounties, and after knocking the first player out on the final table was the chip leader with 8 of us left. Played solid for the next 40mins or so, couple of shorties has been knocked out and then got into a key hand against the 2nd or 3rd in chips player.

Dealt Kings (which I know I should just fold pre!!), and got him to massively overbet shove the turn on a J946r board with AJ (Shoved 90k into a 40k pot), I snapped. River J. Again I'd have been big big chip leader with 4 left. I was down to about 12BB and soon out in 5th. (Remaining 4 then did a deal and the AJ guy took the trophy). Won over £800 but again, just being that one card away from the win when you've been playing well, and not really doing anything wrong just sucks.


But that's poker and just got to keep plodding on. Being so close to the trophy in the only 2 big events I've played within a couple of months of each other gives me confidence going forward. There's the APAT World Championship in Manchester next month, I'm playing 7/8 events with buy-ins totalling around £400. No trophies but they award medals and bracelets! Lots of different formats including HORSE, Omaha, and OFC over 10 days so really looking forward to it!
Posted 15 hours ago
Some pics from the above comp a couple weeks ago.

This was a fun hand early on! :D

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Nice final table stack

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Not huge payouts but nice value with £75 bounties as well

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Nice opportunity for Will Kassouf to meet his favourite poker player as wellCool

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Posted 15 hours ago
In terms of the overall challenge, I've hardly been able to play live recently. As well as being busy, I've also been ill for the past 4/5 weeks and been back and to from the doctors/hospital for various tests and stuff but not got to the bottom of it yet. Played a few local £20 comps but with not much to report, no cashes, although have been in decent profit on the cash tables last 2 times out.

I did head to Dusk Till Dawn to play the DTD200 which is a £220 comp with a £100k Guarantee so pretty nice. Made day 2 with 20BB and doubled up not long into Day 2 getting lucky with AQ against AK. Couldn't get much going though and busted around 90th with 55 getting paid.

Also had a big birthday recently, kinda sucks not being in my 20's anymore!!

Heading down to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup Festival with a few family and friends, was a good day and only lost the minimum on the gambling!

Packed Grandstands

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Beautiful creatures

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Anyway, back to poker, like I said above, the APAT World Championships is in a couple of weeks which will be fun and I'll play a few local comps before then just to get back into it properly!

Adding the above final table cash+bounties onto the total...

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3/25 Cashes

Only a 10% of the way with nearly a quarter of the year gone isn't where I would have liked to have been but external factors have been a big influence on this, and with the comps coming in April, I want to have at least doubled this by the end of April as a minimum. No Pressure Smile

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