terça-feira, 9 de março de 2010

Welcome to the Netherlands!

I just moved to The Netherlands. Now this is my new home!

After 2 days driving from Portugal, I arrived on Wednesday evening and started my new life with my girlfriend in The Hague.

While I don't find a job, I have lots of free time. The deal with my girfriend... hehehe... is to play during the day and pay attention to her the rest of the time. There is one exception, the Sunday evening, as is the evening of all the big tournaments.

Playing during the day is much different from playing during the evenings. The fields of the tournaments are much smaller and I started to find out alternatives to MTTs.

I've got a nice deal at Chilipoker and I did some experiments, playing a few Sits and also playing some ring. The results were not good, and most of all, I didn't adapt well to the software. So for now I decided to stop with Chili.

On Sunday I played 3 tournaments, all on Poker Stars.
The 1/4 Million was running good and half of the 36k field was already gone, when I received KK on the BB. Got only 1 raise in middle position. I decided to disguise my hand and only called. On the flop 10xx, I check-raised but unfortunately villain had 1010 and I was eliminated.
The Sunday Million wasn't better. Went deep in the tournament but a bad move left me short-stacked and I finished in 3854th of more then 10k players.
In the 3rd tournament, with buy-in of 55$, also eliminated in the deep stage, but before the money. I finished 520th of 2648 players.

Again I had the feeling that in Poker Stars, when we move deep in the tournament, we start to run instead of playing poker. The average chips is quite lower than average chips in Full Tilt, in my opinion, and people run more, giving more space for luck, than to skill.

Because of that, I decided to comeback to Full Tilt, playing occasionally on stars on Sundays.
Yesterday after a 26$ tournament that went bad, I played a few sessions of Rush Poker and the results were very good. It is definitely a good option, for the moments where I'll run short of time.

Today, after losing early in tournament, I decided to play another and finally I got a warm Welcome to the Netherlands!

I played the 55$ tournament, that started at 10 AM! (Central European Time)
I felt playing quite good, with patience, not taking "stupid" risks and the final result was almost perfect!

I've finished 3rd and received a very pleasant 1800$

That's all for today!


segunda-feira, 1 de março de 2010

Sunday Million - ITM Again

Today I played for the second time the Sunday Million Tournament with a buy-in of 215$

The game started with 10077 players, and the prize for the 1st was about 282.000$

Last week's experience was very profitable and today I decided to try it again. The game was very different from last week. I had much less game to play and two bad plays left me short of chips a bit before the ITM (in the money). After that, I just played for the money avoiding risks.

After being ITM, I had to run. I had only about 5 bbs. So I went All in with 88 and had no calls. On the next hand, I was BB and received KJo. A player bet and I shoved again all my chips. He had QJ and I doubled up. With this I had about 15bbs and got a bit more air and I could wait a bit for a better hand.

The crucial play happened a bit after when I bet on CO with 99 and the player on the button goes all in, the small blind, joined the party and re-raised all in as well. I had no chance and called. They showed A6 and 44. The board helped me and I triple up and had more than 40BBs.

Then I tried to manage my chips moved a bit more up. Later on, I had my KKs cracked with J10s, with a runner runner, for a straight. I started losing some pots and got involved with an agressive player that tilted me a bit. We discussed some pots and I lost part of my stack.

He was opening the pots quite light and when I was on the button with A7s, I decided to move all in. The player in the SB, re-raised all in and I knew I was dead. The initial raiser, folded and the other player showed AK. No 7 on the board and my tournament was over.

I finished the tournament in 370th position and received 725$

During the afternoon I was playing some 26$ satellites and qualified for the Sunday Brawl, a tournament with 256$. It is a KO tournament that pays 40$ (what covers the Satellite Buy-in) for each bounty and I got one. I played quite bad and lost on the early stages.

Although I didn't play much in February because work took me most of the time, I had a very good month and finished a bit more than 3000$ up!!