Grog's Blog Featuring his Dog
I haven't really done a life blog thing before. I kinda feel like I'll regret not having written a diary at some point in my life. I actually tried but it's been so long since I used a pen my wrist muscles seem to have died or something and it really hurts! (This is not a joke). So this seems as good a place as any.
I'll talk first about my trip to London the other week. I played some live £2-£5 and got absolutely crushed for £2k! I couldn't forsee the tornado of crazy bluffs that were about to hit me though. Some hands:
I raise A9ss in CO, fishy SB flats with 145bbs, BB young reg squeezes. I have 300bbs and he covers, I flat and the SB comes along. Flop KQ8 all hearts, checks through. Turn Ao........ SB checks, BB checks, I should maybe bet this but don't. Unsure. Anyway, river is a brick, 2o or something. The fishy SB now picks up his chips and throws them all in the middle. All in, £650 into £300 or something. BB thinks for 10 seconds and calls. Bleh, I fold. BB wins with A3dd. T.I.L.T.
An old guy sits down. Seems about 70, friends with everyone there. Sits with £2k.........
A young dude raises UTG, I 3bet with AJhh. The old guy is in the SB and cold calls. UTG comes along.
Flop J54r. Checks to me and I bet £105 into the £240. Old guy wakes up and check raises to £400. Hmm......... kinda top of my range, live players are bad, he could have some depolarised KJ or something or TT trying to see where he's at. Fuck knows basically! I call. Turn is a 9. He ships in all his money, effectively £1200 into £1200 or something.
I um and ah. He reps sets. But he's OLD. Isn't the first rule of live poker that old guys are nits? Not in the mood to run into what seems the most obvious set of 55 in the world for a million big blind pot, I fold. He fistpump shows 33 as a bluff. WTF.
At first I was like 'so terrible', but to be fair, if he knows what he's doing and does that to every new youngish player who sits down he's going to make a lot of money. I text my mate Mat who plays a lot of EPTs etc and a lot of live. He says 'UK live poker is pretty wired'. He might have meant weird, but I like the term wired better. People throwing in money all over the place, check raising rivers, turning 2nd pairs into bluffs, everything. It makes things more interesting obviously, and hopefully I can go back and just start clicking call whenever it seems obvious to, kinda FTP 2008 or whatever. But alas anyway.
Hey but at least I had £2k to lose! I've been winning a lot at 200nl Zoom. I'll post a graph once I reach a milestone or whatever. 500nl is a work in progress, started terribly and I was doing that whole outlevelling thing for a few sessions that cost me. 'ah this is never a bluff, but then, this guy plays much higher, therefore is a bluff'. Try that logic on every scenario, and you end up making the polar opposite wrong decision on every street. Expensive stuff.
Anyway, some other stuff I've been doing in pictures:
Went camping on a stag do. I forgot a tent, obviously.
Went to Estonia on another stag do, this is me at the big match, the Tallin derby. Attendance........ 2600 or so.
Had lots of drinks with my girl.
Met lots of animals.
Walked these two a lot.
Spelled out my Dog's name using runkeeper. This took ages!
I've vids out next month. Yay. Hope everyone is well. Bye.