Freeroll happy meals

Happy Meals Are On Me!

My first foray into the world of online poker tournaments resulted in a minor cash meaning I can afford to buy the kids a Happy Meal with the money of somebody else.

I wrote a promotional article for UK & Ireland PokerNews highlighting three freerolls at Grosvenor Poker last week that highlighted two £1,000 and one £3,000 freerolls. As I created my Grosvenor Poker account via UK & Ireland PokerNews and had the password for the Oct. 21 £1,000 freeroll, I thought fuck it, I’ll play that.

The preparation for the freeroll wasn’t the best. My youngest was picked up by his mum and I had to drop my eldest off with his mum, but our journey time was extended by a couple of routes home being blocked due to an accident involving a motorcycle and a car. I’ve not heard anything on the news about what happened, but I do hope the biker is OK.

Firing up a freeroll

This freeroll kicked off at 1900 and I didn’t get to the eldest’s house until 18:50 and it’s a 20-25-minute journey home. A completely clear run on the way home meant I didn’t miss too many hands, thankfully.

A few hands after logging onto my laptop saw me call off a decent chunk of my stack. At 10/20, a player in late position on our seven-handed table opened to 60 and for some reason I flatted in the small blind with AcKd. I check-called a 120 bet on the 5h7sAh flop and did the same for 240 chips on the Qh turn. Like a donk, I check-called a 900 bet on the 4d river and was shown 6h4h for my troubles.

After losing a couple more pots, I managed to win a decent pot with Jc9c when I backed into a straight.

I was treading water despite this decent pot because the blinds increased every five minutes and in significant jumps. My 12 big blind shove from the small blind with AhTc cracked a pair or queens, but then everything reverted to finding spots to get my stack in and steal some blinds.

Short stacked ninja

Some breathing room was mine when the cutoff jammed five bigs with what turned out to be KsQc and I took the coinflip with a 5h5d and held.

A few more timely shoves and three-bet shoves helped me keep afloat until I picked up AsAc and got my massive 10 big blinds into the middle against QdTh to double up on the bubble. The bubble burst as my AhJs shove was called by KsQs and they spiked a queen.

It was game over a few hands later when I was forced to push a micro stack into the middle with 9d4h and lost to Ac9s.

Balling out of control with my £15 bankroll!

Balling out of control with my £15 bankroll!

Recapping the action

This meant I had finished 14/75 and picked up a free £15. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a brag or anything like it, after all, it’s only a £15 score from a free tournament, but it did show me a lot of areas that I need to improve.

I’m very rusty, having not really played anything for three years and a couple of things stood out that I am going to need to work on if I am to get back into the game.

  • Stop being a calling station even against donkeys
  • Stop overvaluing suited one and two gappers, particularly against fishes

Overall, I was quite pleased with my short stack game – I’ve had plenty of practice over the years, obviously – and how I read some of the situations. Yes it was only a freeroll but free cash is free cash and now the Happy Meals are on me!

Not sure if I’ll get to play any of the Monster Series events at partypoker from Sunday as I can’t really afford to stick any money online at the moment as it’s been a very expensive month. There is another £1,000 freeroll at Grosvenor Poker on Sunday evening though, so perhaps I’ll crush that instead.

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