March 11, 2010

Stag do shenanigans...

I've been way too lazy recently. I'm not happy with my volume (or lack thereof) at the tables, and it's taken way too long to update my blog, so apologies for that. I really need to get back to my working 9-5 kinda schedule, as I felt that routine encouraged me to put in a solid session of poker, but still have enough of the day spare for other things.

Poker wise, except for the lack of volume I've put in this year, things are going well and I have a solid winrate in the 45 and 90 man MTT SNGs on Full Tilt. Having had a quick session on PokerStars this week, I discovered Full Tilt provides a less stressful session. I guess this is because you can have a maximum 16 games running (whereas I play 20 or more on Stars), you get a longer timebank, and things just seem a whole lot less rushed than on PokerStars.

Coaching is also going well. I now have 6 students under my wing, so a reasonable amount of my week is spent with them. Generally they are doing well, and a couple are really beginning to crush, which is good to see. I just sent my latest PokerNews column to the editor, and the topic I chose was coaching, so I will post the link up to that when it goes live.

This past weekend I attended a fairly epic Stag do. 7 of us embarked to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for 2 nights. I knew things weren't looking good when I was handed two lagers and two double vodka and lemonades to drink on the 2-3 hour journey. I wouldn't have too much of a problem with this if it wasn't 9am at the time!! Things didn't look much better when the taxi driver literally laughed in our faces when we told him the hotel we wanted to go to upon our arrival. Well done the Best Man for booking this 5* accommodation(!):


I just about managed to survive the 18-straight-hours of drinking on the Friday, although everyone had a good laugh as they shovelled down their Full English Breakfasts the next morning as I gingerly poked at mine! I managed to recover enough to enjoy the gameat St. James' Park. The last football match I saw in person was the 0-0 draw between Aston Villa and Arsenal a couple of months ago, so was pretty pleasing to watch Newcastle run rampant against Barnsley, winning 6-1 with the aid of 'Spiderman'.

Although there was a tad too much daytime drinking, and it was pretty limp (notice choice of word, lol) that we never made it to the surely-obligatory strip club, it was a pretty awesome weekend and I had a really good time with the lads involved.

Oh, and another thanks to the Best Man who sent this link around in an e-mail the day after we got back! Guess the name of the place where we stayed? http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/edgefield-lodge-drinker-death-mystery/


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4 Comments to "Stag do shenanigans..."

logan said...

i still think you have a few leaks in your 90 man play, SAMSUNGS ftp



your range assignments seem in need of correction

James Atkin said...

Hey man,

What have you spotted me doing wrong in your opinion? Would have though it was my 45 man ranges that were more likely to be out as I'm more used to antes!

I spend quite a lot of time studying ranges so can't think it's too drastic...

Cheers,
James

logan said...

i just think your mp shove range when 8-12xbb of effective of 5-6bb, is just a bit to wide in the 90 mans.

I have looked you up shoving 105s before and especially when your playing into a sb 20xbb deep.

Meh just my opinion your obv very competent.

James Atkin said...

LOL okay man,

I think T5s in this kinda spot is a pretty standard shove for less than 8 bigs or something. T5 off and you might have a point ;)

Hopefully will not be bumping into you too many times at the tables, sick sharkscope man ;)