June 09, 2007

Midlands Meltdown, Walsall

£300 Freezeout, Wallsall - Wednesday 6th June

After booking my trip to Las Vegas today I was quite looking forward to the events at 'Midlands Meltdown' in Walsall to get some live-poker practice in before I leave next week. I had a quick chat with Barcelona chums Dan Carter and Mickey Wernick before the event and went off to play. I recognised several players at my table, including Ash ' The Cash'; not quite the "all the good players go to Vegas in June" scene I had been anticipating!

I raised up AJ once and AK three times in the first level. Each time I got at least 3 callers and each time the flop came down a raggy, connected rainbow, so I just let those ones go. In the 3rd level I picked up AQ in the small blind and called a standard raise made in mid-position. The flop came down JT4. I knew this guy was gonna bet whatever flop came down as that's how he had been playing so far. I noted that he had about half of the chips I did so I made the decision to check raise here as there were plenty of chips to be gained, the risk wasn't too high and I anticipated having 10 outs if he called. Actually I only had 5 outs as he flips over KK and I don't get lucky.

I win a hand a round to keep me at half starting stack. The guy two to my right I have noted is limping with lots of average hands, so when he does this under the gun I move all in with 35s as the money in the middle was valued, if I get called elsewhere at least I have an un-dominated hand, and I was sure he was weak and would pass. He was certainly weak, but would he pass 9Ts for half his chips? Of course not! He won with ten high and I walked out confused by his call.



£500 Freezeout, Wallsall - Thursday 6th June

Dan hands me £23 exactly as I walk in, he came 14th last night and I had a 5% deal with him and apparently this was it. Better than nothing I guess! I take my table and I notice a guy on my table from the previous night wearing a flashy watch, but who wouldn't lay down to a re-raise pre flop and made some dodgy calls such as a big bet on an A8877 with something like A5. It turns out this would come to haunt me. I was pleasantly surprised with the 10,000 chip starting stack and 45 minute clock, plenty of play then...

Nothing spectacular happened in the first 3 levels and I'd dwindled to about 7,500. Then the big one. A limp under the gun by the guy with the flashy watch, a limp in mid position and a limper in the cut-off, I have Td 7d on the button. I limp, the blinds are in and it comes down Ad Kd 6d. It checks round to me, and I bet out my flush. Under the gun calls, and mid-position moves all-in for about 3,000. I move all in for about 6,500. Mr Flashy watch thinks for about 10 seconds, and throws in his chips. I figure for him to call he must have a made flush and I was worried I was beat. Of course I forgot who I was against as he flips over Qd Qs. Considering this was for 2/3 of his stack I can't believe he made this call the way the action had gone. Mid-position had much more respectable black sixes and called for the board to pair. Sadly for him the board didn't pair. Sadly for me of course the turn was a diamond and I'm out. I always think bad beats are exacerbated by bad calls. If I'd lost to the sixes, at least I can't blame the guy for his move. But calling with 3rd pair even with the nut flush draw when you have to be pretty certain 6 diamonds are already out? I was left to drive down the M6 and started to clear out my University room ready to head back home tommorow. I'll just have to take the £1000 event down on Saturday!

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3 Comments to "Midlands Meltdown, Walsall"

realdeal said...

dear sir, i simply do not understand why anyone would want to hear a self obsessed player talk about his hands and tournaments.it smacks of arrogance.then to compound it you criticise their play and are generally very dismissive of your opponents.1. you want them to be poor.2. educating them helps noone.3. noone cares.i have left this comment as you need taking down a peg or two.maybe the next time you play a decent tournament and finish in the money,you should actually thank those awful players who wont fold 66 a10 and kq instead of berating them.the excellent dan carter is in a different class.even at the ept dortmund he was still gracious when his qq lost to a2 for a chance to make the top few,where as you have no class at all.yours appalled dh.

realdeal said...

dear sir, i simply do not understand why anyone would want to hear a self obsessed player talk about his hands and tournaments.it smacks of arrogance.then to compound it you criticise their play and are generally very dismissive of your opponents.1. you want them to be poor.2. educating them helps noone.3. noone cares.i have left this comment as you need taking down a peg or two.maybe the next time you play a decent tournament and finish in the money,you should actually thank those awful players who wont fold 66 a10 and kq instead of berating them.the excellent dan carter is in a different class.even at the ept dortmund he was still gracious when his qq lost to a2 for a chance to make the top few,where as you have no class at all.yours appalled dh.

realdeal said...

dear sir, i simply do not understand why anyone would want to hear a self obsessed player talk about his hands and tournaments.it smacks of arrogance.then to compound it you criticise their play and are generally very dismissive of your opponents.1. you want them to be poor.2. educating them helps noone.3. noone cares.i have left this comment as you need taking down a peg or two.maybe the next time you play a decent tournament and finish in the money,you should actually thank those awful players who wont fold 66 a10 and kq instead of berating them.the excellent dan carter is in a different class.even at the ept dortmund he was still gracious when his qq lost to a2 for a chance to make the top few,yours appalled dh.