August 23, 2009

New layout, and playing live seems so slloooowwwww...

I spent most of Friday slaving away changing the layout of my page. A little unnecessary I guess, it was fine before...but I've been getting a bit more traffic as of late (ie. not just me and hitting the refresh button repeatedly) and felt like improving things. I'm kind of hoping to turn my blog into a "poker portal", and making my blog a great bookmark to have for any poker enthusiast. Pretty much all the links on my page link to blogs or pages that I am fully aware of, or I have come across in my experience of playing. Hopefully anyone that does check out the blog from time to time prefers this layout.


It's funny, does anyone else do that thing of admiring their work? The last couple of days I'll have been browsing the internet and every so often clicked on my blog link, even though nothing had changed since checking it out 10 minutes previously, just to see how pretty it looks. I know it's not that great, but it was me that did it! It's like that shitty jigsaw puzzle you made in Year 9 in Woodwork, to everyone else it looks alright, but you're well pleased with it. I'm 100% sure I've listened to the songs I've recorded (click here if you're interested) 10 times more than anyone else (admittedly my only other fans really include my girfriend, her mum and a mate from Uni).

Poker wise, I've done barely anything the last 5 days. I seem to have been really busy in general. Having new windows and a front door put in took up one day, cos I didn't really want the guy doing the work to have to wait 45 minutes for all my tables to finish if he needed me. I spent a day+ upgrading the blog. It was my Dad and nephew's birthdays recently as well. I had this random urge to play some live poker last night though, and with my girlfriend doing something with her sisters, I thought I'd take the chance to go to Dusk 'til Dawn for the £50 freezeout.

Tbh I wish I hadn't bothered. It wasn't a good enough tournament to trek down to Nottingham for. The structure was rather turboey, with 20 minute levels, and felt comparable to the Turbo MTT SNGs I play on Stars every day (well, not this week, but generally). I still enjoy the
interaction side of things, but I've realised only a tournament with a good amount of play, and a bigger buy-in/prizepool is really worth playing. When you're used to playing up to 20 tables at a time, you probably play 50 times as many hands in an hour than you do live. When you lose your stack on a coinflip without being on another table simultaneously doubling up on a coinflip, the game seems somewhat futile. The fact that the last tournament I played had the WSOP Main Event structure (sadly not the main event itself!) didn't help either.

I bust like 3 hours in, having survived only on squeezing with any two cards when there were a couple of limpers. I thought I was out when I shoved 24 off from the small blind at 300/600 (50) with about 5.5k to have the also-short-stacked guy half heartedly say "I call" because he'd looked at one card and seen a King which, in fairness, was good enough. Of course when he flipped the other one over and it turned out to be another bloody King! With 1k left I shoved my 93s on the button, the small blind called and I caught a huge break when the big blind somehow folded. Obviously getting 8 to 1 on his money and the knowledge that I could have any two cards wasn't enough for him! I binked, and then the disheartening news that there was a break. Just put me out of my misery already!...

A5s in the cutoff first hand back and I obviously ship in after another shortie had shoved pre, and I now had a playable(ish) stack after beating her KQ (playable as in like 8 big blinds. No miracle comeback though as a few hands later, with an 1+UTG limper and the small blind making up I flop two pair with KT on KJT with 2 hearts.
The SB leads out, I ship in my 8k, the 1st limper passes and it turns out I'm against the mother of all draws, the Q4 of hearts. I lose the flip (it's pretty crazy to barely be ahead with 2 pair against Q high, it's almost like playing Omaha!) and I'm out. My intention if I bust was to go and play a cash game, but I couldn't really be bothered. I'd (kinda) got my live fix, and didn't think I could hack the slowness of it all. The good thing about playing so many tables is that it negates some of the variance you have to face.

Anyway I won't be able to play much live in the coming months with the baby very much on the way (Blonde bash aside, I've made it clear that I shall be attending that! For those who don't know what this is, it's not a kind of orgy, it's the Blonde Poker Forum Bash lol), so at least I've got it out of my system, but will wait for a decent tournament next time I play. Need to get grinding this week after a only playing a pitiful 3 sessions in the last week, and this week tweaking my blog layout won't take precedence over (hopefully) earning some money!!!

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7 Comments to "New layout, and playing live seems so slloooowwwww..."

Amatay said...

very pretty m8 :-) did u get my msg on msn???

Yorkshire Pud said...

Is the next Blonde Bash up in Leeds, James? If so I might have to come show my fat face as it's only around the corner from me, well, 12 miles

James Atkin said...

Amatay - I sent you a quick MSN back did you get that? Will try and catch you on there 2moro or something.

Matt - Yeah man it's in Leeds weekend of the 12th, would be good to bump into you if you made it along at some point. There's an invite list for certain aspects of it not sure how it's organised tbh it's my first one!

Mick McCool said...

James give me a ring mate, after 4 today if possible, love the blog layout!

Tinca Tinca said...

Looking good Mr Fido.
You use a template or write the script yourself?

James Atkin said...

Thanks man! Very much a template but I have tinkered (Tinca'd? :) with it a fair amount to get it just right...

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