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Blogtober Never Really Happened

My plan of penning 25 blog entries during the month of October, known affectionately as Blogtober, fell flat on its arse with me only managing a paltry six posts.

Blogtober started well, dipped in the middle and the less said about the end the better. Three posts in the first four days of October stood me in good stead to achieve my goal, but only three more across the rest of the month saw my fail spectacularly.

Work kind of got in the way on more than one occasion, although that’s not a good excuse because work will, hopefully, always be there. Then there was some private family stuff that I’m not prepared to go into right now, but it took up a solid week and left me a little unmotivated to do anything at all if I am honest.

Shock, horror! Video games get in the way

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda

Just as I was about to jump back in the hotseat and attempt to make up for lost time, I found myself motivated more to piss about on the PlayStation 4. I managed to complete the Far Cry 4 campaign, a game I started four years ago when I first bought my trusty PS4 and decided to install Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The Mass Effect series of games are up there with my favourite video games of all time. I bought the original Mass Effect for the Xbox 360 probably around 10 years ago when I found it in the bargain bin of GAME for a few quid. It was a game I instantly fell in love with and spent an age completing.

Mass Effect 2 released in January 2010 and is to this day one of the all-time classics; it is a masterpiece. Again, I spent upwards of 30 hours exploring various galaxies and being immersed in a wonderful story that I didn’t want to end.

BioWare released Mass Effect 3 in March 2012 and it was one of the few games that I didn’t mind paying full price for; I usually wait for the price to come down unless the game looks set to become a classic. The game itself was decent, although the ending was total dogshit especially when you consider fans of the series had put in more than 100-120 hours into the Mass Effect trilogy. I won’t post spoilers, but it was bitterly disappointing, so much so that the developers had to release new endings after a backlash from the nerdiest of fans.

I wasn’t holding out too much hope for Mass Effect: Andromeda because various reviews of the game said it felt rushed, unfinished and had more than its fair share of bugs, some of them game-breaking in how bad they were.

Thankfully, with me waiting forever to get around to playing this game, several patches had been deployed and most of the bugs squashed. I probably logged 10 hours in the game, which could have been 10 or more blog entries, I know, before some kind-hearted person bought me the Red Dead Redemption 2.

I’ll probably write a separate entry about Red Dead Redemption 2 because I am nowhere near finished with it despite piling 20 or more hours into it so far. Yes, I am almost 38-years-old investing time into video games, but it’s so damned addictive.

Two poker freerolls

Plans to jump back into the poker world also took a back seat, as I am sure you have already figured out. No Monster Series tournaments were played at partypoker, not even one. I did find the time to play in another £1,000 freeroll at Grosvenor Poker and a £3,000 freeroll too.

The £1,000 freeroll saw me fail to get above starting stack at any stage. By the time the blinds had increased to 125/250/25a, I was armed with a 4,447 stack, or slightly more than 17 big blind. One guy min-raised from middle position and both the button and small blind called. I opted to jam all-in with 9h9s only to see the original raise re-shove plus the other two players call off their stacks!

A board reading 8dJc2hQcAd didn’t look too good for my lowly pocket nines, so it was not surprising when I busted in 41st place with 18 spots paid. The original raise has AcAh, the button had 8c7c and the small blind QhJh meaning I got my chips in with less than 15 percent equity. Nice one, Pud.

Cowboys shot down

Pocket kings

Pocket kings

Things went a little better in the £3,000 freeroll even though I failed to cash. I managed to hover around the average stack before a short spell of being card dead and not being in the right spots to steal or re-steal reduced my stack somewhat.

Again, it was the 125/250/25a level that saw me come unstuck and I was in the big blind for this hand like my exit hand in the £1,000 game. A player jammed all-in for 3,075 from the hijack and I had a simple call to make in the big blind with KsKh. Villain showed Ac9d so I am a decent favourite to almost double my stack and make a run towards the money; I think a min-cash was like £80 so not too shabby.

My kings stayed ahead on the TsQs4c flop and the Th turn only to be cracked by the motherfucking Ad on the river. This left me with 1,458 chips and they went into the middle when the action folded to me in the small blind. My jam with Jd9c was snapped off by the big blind’s KdKh and I busted despite flopping a nine, meh.

I quite enjoyed playing on Grosvenor Poker so I may see if I can somehow spin up the massive £15 bankroll I have on there from the first £1,000 freeroll. The only thing that pisses me off with the site is how some split pots result in you have fractions of chips. I’ve just seen a tournament taking place now where the chip leader had 10,762.54 chips. I mean, how the fuck can that happen?

Needless to say, I’m going to attempt to post more frequently and play more poker between now and the end of the year, that is if I can tear myself away from being a cowboy / outlaw whenever I get a little bit of downtime from work!

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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.