Great start to the month!
The "Blackpool Bonanza" didn't go too well, was table chip leader about 4 hours into Day 1 before getting a guy to ship it on the turn with 78 on a 789Ahhh board. I had KQhh, snap him and he fills up on the river (punch). Ship my 12bb with AQ not long later and get 3 callers
had the best hand but obviously it's never going to hold lol.
In my last big update I said I'm going to be playing properly and concentrating ahead of the APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker which starts tomorrow (8th April) and it has paid off a bit this week.
Monday night I played the local bounty I play quite often. Finished 4th last week after being chip leader with 4 left and wanted to make amends, so I did
£36 buy-in, 34 entries and I took it down for £260 + £90 in bounties = £350
! They wanted to chop 4-handed, I said no (being 2nd in chips), and when we were heads-up I was the shorter stack and I again refused knowing I can outplay the other player who isn't particularly strong, and obviously it paid off!
In this Monday tournament, the casino adds 6x £36 seats to Thursday's tournament which is a £30 r/a +£6 fee comp. I won 2 seats in the last 2 weeks (Which can also be used as the rebuy/add-on), so played the tournament last night freerolling the £66 comp which has a £2000 guarantee.
There was a much smaller turn-out than usual and the casino ended up adding nearly £1k
to the pot. 24 entries in total with just 4 being paid and with the overlay the min-cash was a nice £240 and £800 up top
Played pretty solid and patiently with the deep structure of the comp (with 24 entries there was still 20 left 3.5hours in! Very rare..), with 18 left I made a questionable call against 2 all-ins with A10. But it was for a huge, final table
sized stack so took the gamble and it paid off!
Kicked on from there and we were soon on the final, and play tightened up even more with the quite big payouts for this comp lol
5 left and it was asked to pay the bubble, I just assumed it would be given, it's a friendly place, bubbles are paid most nights (Token amount from first and second - usually to get money back), and with the casino adding nearly £1k and the decent sized min-cash it was quite a surprise when one of the players refused. But whatever, it's his choice and all that.
So play really tightened up now, and the bubble refusal player was taking the aggressive line but I was the only one playing back at him so he soon stopped. There were 2 relatively short stacks when the 2nd biggest stack open shipped for just over 200k with pocket kings (total chips in play was 700,000), blinds only 2000/4000 so it's a big shove. The bubble refuser (chip leader) calls with AK and hits the Ace to knock them out (had them barely covered). I personally think it's a bad call
, a very tight player, and for a HUGE amount with 2 short stacks on the bubble.
The short stacks were happy obviously lol, with one shipping soon after and I called with a king and was ahead and won so down to 3 with 1 short stack. He shoved the button with 77 and I called from BB with A5ss. Ace on the flop but also a 7, with another 7 on the turn just to make sure! He then doubled up again through the bubble refuser and I was now the short stack. Blind on blind the bubble refuser raises, I'm BB with A9ss so ship and he calls with AQ and holds
So third for £380
! I was eyeing up at least the £580 but either way I'm happy considering I'm freerolling anyway and a nice run after winning a couple of days earlier.
So a total of £730 this week = $9036/25 Cashes
Which puts me much nearer where I would have liked to have been by this point of the year.
Also for my mini target is now up to $978/$1044
(by the end of April), which I'll probably only need one more cash to achieve, so I'm quite happy with that!
Really looking to the WCOAP which starts tomorrow, so lots more poker and hopefully cashes to update you with!
I've already pre-registered to most of the events tomorrow so in the morning I'll put my schedule up and more info about the series.
See you then!