Unfortunately had to miss the Thursday Night in Dublin due to the Ladbrokes Team event. So instead of catching a QueezeyJet flight we had to suffer hitching a ride with Kev on the Jet from Blackpool. Besides Kev is a nervous flyer so being a mate I thought we would help him out and keep him company. Well that’s what friends are for!
Play started around 2pm and my table was not a good one. With all the young super agro players on the table and a considerable lack of cards getting chips was proving difficult. I had dropped to 10kish several times and managed to grind my way back to starting stack each time. With Blinds at 250/300 I finally get a hand, Aces. Tom McDonald raises under the gun to 700. I smooth call knowing that the big blind is ultra aggressive too hoping for a squeeze from him. To my dismay he instantly folds. The flop is A T T. Lovely! So I just need to get paid, but with Tom never leaving a pot in the middle I was expecting something. Check, check on the flop and the turn brings a Queen of diamonds putting a flush draw there. He bets 900 which I smooth call. The river is another diamond. He checks and I hope he has made a flush ready to raise any bet. I bet 2000 sigh! He folds. I never got above 25k until the last level and after making a few moves with flush draws I had somehow finished the day on 37k. Not great but I will take that and hope to get more action in day two.
I retired to the bar, as you do to find a more than slightly inebriated Kila. John Magill had beat me there and says “How many, how many”. Maybe I picked up a tell on him but I was pretty confident his day had gone considerable better. What he was really saying was “Ask me! ask me!” He had finished the day on 120k. Really! Well who’d have thought. I had told him in the final break when he had 96k that I would take the last level off if I was him. (I wouldn’t if it was me, but if I was him…….)
Pleased to see so many mates through to day 2 most in great shape so I am convinced someone I know will get a big result. Hopefully me! Very early on a guy raises to 2700. Next hand 2800. Third hand he pushes all in from under the gun for 20 odd k. Folded to the bb he eventually calls with KJ. Hmmmm. The other guy obviously don’t have much but KJ to be in great shape is unlikely. He is against A9 and the flop comes out king high. However runner runner spades give the Ace 9 a flush with his 9. No doubt the KJ felt hard done too. But he was behind when he made the call. I am sure his version of the story will be slightly different. “I lost on a King high flop with King Jack to A9 when he hit runner runner!”. He may even imply they got it all in on the flop. Next hand I pick up 99 and raise to 2800 on Mr A9 big blind. He instantly shoves giving me the easiest call I have probably ever had with 99. He turns over pocket fours. However with a 4 on the flop and no justice coming on the turn or river the 70+k pot gets slid to him and I have time to write this blog. Sigh!