May 01, 2014

Aussie Millions & general update...

Right off the bat in 2014 I had some rather odd fortune. I played a feeder satellite into a satellite that looked like it was going to get cancelled (so I played get the Tournament $ if I won. I won. Sweet! Except, it didn't get cancelled. So in I go to a $700 Aussie Millions Satellite with 1 seat. I won that too. Sweet! But now I have to go to Australia at the beginning of February.

Now that sounds pretty awesome, but it was a bitter-sweet feeling for me as I'd be leaving my 2 young children behind for the first time, with my wife having to cope with the little monkeys. My compromise was to only go for a few days. I actually only ended up being there for 6 days, which is a bloody long way to travel for such a short time!

Actually, though, I didn't find the journey too painful. When you have two kids you never really get the time to just sit down and do nothing. So I was actually pretty happy getting to sit, chill, do some reading and watch a film or two that weren't made by Disney for a change!

I was regged up for 1C the day after I got there but fired away at 1B on the day I arrived instead, which was a bold move but I slept really well on the flights and felt like it would be fine.

I actually took what I consider to be the worst beat of my poker career.  Maybe not equity wise as it was still early on in the tournament. However, this was the biggest buy-in tournament I'd ever played, I just traveled 24 hours solely to play it and just a few hours after landing I get this beauty:

Tim Slater (a British reg) of all people opens from early position in Level 5. 778 rainbow flop. Oi oi! Tim bets, I peel, BTN peels. Turn is a Jack. Tim checks, I check, BTN bets, Tim folds, I raise. He tank calls. River is a J. I put him all in for 1/2 ish pot. He calls with J9os. FML. That crippled me, but I managed to spin back up and finish Day One with about a 2/3rds average stack. Unfortunately a couple of hours in to Day Two I got it in with a combo draw vs 2 pair and didn't get there.

So the Main Event didn't go according to plan, and unfortunately nor did the $1k Super-KO, the $2.5k 6-max, or either bullet I fired at the $1k re-entry. It made sense to take a shot in a few tournaments while I had the opportunity in soft fields given that I had traveled all the way to Australia, but after not having the best 4 months online prior to this the bankroll depletion wasn't particularly well timed.

The few weeks after Oz didn't go particularly well either, which equated to about a 6 month spell of suckiness, by far the worst run in my poker career. Fortunately April was kind to me and things finally started to pick up, so hopefully I have turned a corner and I won't have to go job hunting just yet.

Here's a few pics of Australia. I enjoyed the few days I was there, although being on my own was a bit of a bummer. Melbourne is a really lovely city though, I enjoyed the touristy bits that I managed to do and it was pretty sick going for a morning jog alongside the river.

Sick view from my room!

Chocolate & Headphones in exchange for rake!

My jogging route