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Well after starting out quite late I finally hit the road for Manchester at 1.15pm, the sexy young blondish voice of Jane on the sat nav is geared up to get me there for 2.30pm, 82 miles away and 90% motorway.


I stopped off to fill up with diesel and pick up my breakfast from KFC (a boneless deluxe meal) I get on the M6 and start to tuck into my Colonel Sanders trying not to spill the bbq beans on my white top.

Jane takes me straight there and the traffic isnt to heavy and we arrive for 2.40pm. Zac tells me I am on Table 8 seat 7 and the good news is 40 mins late and I've only lost 175 chips, 2 exits as well so I cant be first out, Result.

There's a hand in progress on my table with three people involved and around 9.5k in the middle with just the flop on board, I check the clock to make sure it's still the first level and I make a comment along the lines of "nice pot", Paul Gourlay tells me that every pots been like it!!!

My starting table was daunting to say the least:

1)James Morgan
2)Joey Lovelady
3)Dave Colclough
4)Nicholas Katovsky
5)Bahman Aghatabay
6)Paul Gourlay
7)Me
8)Joe Grech
9)Andrew Johnson

122 runners in the mix

17,300 at the first break
14,025 at the dinner break

Raise from the seat 4 half way through level 5 to 1200, blinds at 150/300 I'm on the bb with KQ so I flat call, flop comes 5K9 rainbow, I lead out for 1600 and he shoves all-in for another 4500, I call and he flips over 9 10 turn and river are bricks and I'm up to 23k.

Couple of orbits later I raise the cut off to 1200 with pocket jacks, bb r/r me to 3500 so I flat call giving myself a chance to get away, T72 flop and he leads out for 1600, I r/r to 4200 and he re pops me all in for another 4500, I call, then he slow rolls me with pocket aces waiting for me to turn my jacks??? any way, no help and I'm down to 10800.

Very next hand raise from seat 5 to 1025 so I repop to 3100 with AdKd, folds round to i/r who flat calls me, T42r flop and i/r checks to me so I bet out 4k here, he asks "how much more you playing" I show him my remaining 3700 and he goes over the top of me, I fold and now I'm steaming.

At the start of level 6 I've got back to 6k, I have a conversation with Joe (the joker) Gresh who see's that I'm steaming and I tell him that it's so much easier pushing a short stack. I steal some blinds and elevate myself back up to 15k.

Blinds at 200/400 folds to Dave Colclough who raises to 1200, folds to me on the bb and I find AsQs so I decide to flat call, flop comes AdQh9c, I lead out for 1200 and DC r/r me to 3600, I then r/r him back another 3500 to which he pushes all in and it's another 4800 for me to call, I make the call and DC flips Ah9h, Turn comes the Th giving Dave a straight flush draw although the river bricks out for him and I'm now up to 31,000

At the end of level 8 and after a couple of table moves I find myself on 44,000

Almost at the end of level 9 (last level for the day) and the chip leader on the table Mohammad Elkoussa gets in the mix with Mickey Wernick bb v utg encounter, the later calling a 7,500 bet on the river to scoop a 30k pot with a rivered flush.

The clock is paused with 15 minutes of day 1A remaining and we are informed that there will be 6 more hands at each table.

Very first hand of the six, blinds at 500/1000/75ra I am utg and I find KcKs in the hole so I raise it up to 3500 (we are 7 handed), folds to the sb Mohammad, I'm not really certain whats going on here as I'm not really observing and I got Pink Floyd giving me "wish you were here" on the ipod, I look at the dealer and he is pointing at the small blind, I take my earphones out and the dealer tells me that the sb has gone all-in, although he hasnt pushed any chips over the line, (fuck me I think- that's some stack) I ask for a count and at the same time I count my stack - it's another 31,500 to call and I've got around 8,500 left if I lose the call, I call and he flips pocket tens, I cant bear to watch and just stare at Mohammad's face waiting to see if he smiles if he hits one of his two outers, No miracle card and that's really it for the day, 87075 and in 2nd place after day 1A.

Here are the chip counts for all the players remaining at the end of play of day 1A;

Well, nine levels have come and nine levels have gone. 122 players came and 92 of them have now gone.

30 players left at the end of the day. Jeff Kimber holds a narrow lead from yours truly with Bo Le a close third.


Player - Chips


Jeff Kimber - 88400
Stephen Holden - 87075
Bo Cong Le - 86775
Ross Parkhill - 75450
Edward Roger - 74000
Surinder Sunar - 70475
Mickey Wernick - 65650
Pete Haslam - 55675
Harri Isomaki - 53975
Andy Middleton - 50450
George Mcdonald - 49375
Andrew Bradshaw - 37350
Timothy Flanders - 37050
Ben Callinan - 31150
Kevin Holdstock - 30750
Christopher Cope - 30500
Bahman Aghatabay - 30225
Andrew Booth - 24850
Fakshad Ferdowsian - 24575
Kaidanilo Paulsen - 24450
Neil Greenhalgh - 24375
Desmond Jonas - 23600
Neil Banks - 23050
Jehan Zaib - 22725
Shaun Dean - 21925
Adam Gawel - 21175
Joseph Lovelady - 19875
Andrew Brisland - 18000
Aaron Barry - 9175
Michael Oakes - 8550


A quick drink (Non-alcoholic) and I boot it down the motorway back home in time to post this report.


Must get my arse off to bed now as I want to try and get a game of golf later with the lads





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33 comments:

rubbish said...

Top bombing Steve, take it down mate.
All the best.

Jimmy Chipmunk said...

Very nice start and good luck for the rest of the tourny

Anonymous said...

Th giving Dave a straight flush draw although

u sure?

Steve H. said...

Rubbish, Thanks mate - first objective to make it back to Sunday now, patience patience patience...
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Jimmy, Thanks mate, I think I might just need it.
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Anon, thanks mate, your spot on - should have read "nut flush draw" - I'd like to say it was a deliberate mistake but I'd be lieing so i'll blame it on tiredness. Thanks for picking it up though

Paul (Walsall) said...

"I got Pink Floyd giving me "wish you were here" on the ipod"

Quality sound mate but you aint got it in your pick list so I'll pick it for you

Be lucky mate and go as far as you can.

Good Luck

Paul - Walsall

Tinca Tinca said...

Win It All mate.
Great start.

Steve H. said...

Paul, thanks for dropping by mate, your wish is my command and it's now in the playlist.
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Thanks Tinca, lets hope we're still in there on Sunday dinner time ;-)

C said...

well played mate, GL GL

Joppa Road said...

wp...what is the prize structure? Runners etc?

Newy said...

Well done mate. Keep it up and stay away from 10 7 diamonds. Gud luck wishing u all the best

The Rage said...

Good Luck in the final stage Steve. Hope you carry on where you left off.

The Rage said...

Good Luck in the final stage Steve. I hope you carry on where you left off.

Mr Origami said...

Nice so far Steve...good luck with the rest of the tourney!

havin_a_laff said...

WP. Enjoyed your post. V exciting. Best of luck for the next session:)

Kev said...

Good start Steve Keep going keep it tight,stay focused.no more steaming.

Rule 48:Become aggresive when a gap appears not when there's a brick wall in front.Good Luck

Ciaran Corbett said...

Best of Luck here Steve . Take it down mate. You are long over due a big score!

C said...

bud - let me know what you think of the hand i just posted up.

Geoff said...

Great start, keep it going and good luck.

TEAMDOBB said...

one time pal one time!!! gl

Steve H. said...

C, Ty, Ty.
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Thanks J.R
Just under £300k in the pot, top 10% get paid and normal GUKPT payout structure, winner gets around £89,000
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Newy Thanks Paul, No intentions of playing 10 7 of anything, I think!!!
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Thanks rage, I hope so to mate.
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Thank you Mr O
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H.A.L Glad you liked the post mate, hopefully another couple over the weekend.
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Thanks Kev, your after pink floyd's brick in the wall
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Thanks Ciaran, Going to be doing some serious grinding on your site for BBP, thanks for dropping by mate.
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Will do C
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Thanks Geoff. fingers crossed mate.
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Thanks Team.

voiceofjoe said...

Nice one Steve - hang in there. Good Luck for Sunday.

Michael said...

GL Steve, hopefully see you on Sunday when you're on the FT

Karl said...

I'm not having a dig because I wasn't there, but just reading your report, and listening to what someone else at your table told me after play had finished, you really need to call quicker with the KK. Why are you asking for a count? Why does it matter that you have 8k left if you lose? Are you ever passing this hand to this action? Clearly not, if I was your opponent I would feel very aggrieved to get slowrolled like that.

Good luck today

Karl

Steve H. said...

Voice of Joe, Thanks mate.
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Thanks Micheal and good luck today buddy, a couple of double ups and your back in the mix.
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Thanks for dropping by Karl,

"you really need to call quicker with the KK. Why are you asking for a count? Why does it matter that you have 8k left if you lose?
Are you ever passing this hand to this action? Clearly not"

whist I was counting out my stack here I'm getting a feel for if my oppo has AK as I already know by the overraise that he's not holding AA - I asked him if he was beating AK a couple of times and I had a gut feeling that he had somthing like 9s, 10s or jacks - If I put him on AK in this spot I would definatly have folded even knowing that I'm such a firm favorite with my hand, why would I want to rick my tournament at such a late stage of play for someone to get lucky. As it was, if oppo was holding AK he would have sucked out with the ace coming on the turn.

So to answer your question - Yes I would pass this hand to this action for this ammount of chips if I believed him to be holding AK in this spot this late in the day.

Are you saying that you wouldn't pass with all the considerations?

"if I was your opponent I would feel very aggrieved to get slowrolled like that. "

At no time was it ever a slowroll, I dont slowroll - I aint that sort of player and I'm offended that you take the decision to think like that, I spoke to my oppo shortly after the hand played out and he certainly dint feel like he'd been slowrolled.

We're all entitled to an opinion and I respect your opinion even if I dont agree with you Karl.

Good luck mate.

Karl said...

Interesting to hear your views. I didn't mean to sound like I thought you were maliciously slowrolling, as I know you are not the type of person to do that, rather I was saying that if I was your opponent I would 'feel' like I had been slowrolled. Hope the difference is clear

The fact that so many people think about the game differently is clearly what makes it such a good game. In answer to you asking me if I would ever pass in this spot, no I wouldn't

Hope you don't mind me posting my thoughts - I only did so after seeing your request asking people to please leave a comment ;o)

Anonymous said...

Steve, if your opponent's cards accidently flipped over when you were deciding to call and you saw he had A-2 would you have called or passed?

Steve H. said...

Not a problem Karl,
It was late in the day and by counting out my stack it gives me the time to gather my thoughts and compose myself, something I should have done at walsall late in day2 in key hands against Sunny, James and Arron instead of snap calling just because I got no fold equity when blatantly I was behind and could have looked for a better spot to get back the chips I had already committed to the pot.

I'm glad you come on and post your thoughts even if we dont see eye to eye. Good luck at the PT if you play it mate.

Anon,
I assume your talking about the KK v TT hand.
If he was to flip A2 by accident In some casino's now his hand would be dead even if he's all-in - but to answer your question, If I'm going to fold KK if I'm putting him on AK as it was I only had 3500 invested in the pot then why would I not fold to A2, he's got more cards to hit - If I had seen A2 with the circunstances as I blogged then I would have folded in that spot, after all - all I am playing for at that time of night is a seat in day 2 - its not like I can win it there, is it?

C said...

insta call even if i saw your opponent had AK!!

Michael said...

Interesting thoughts on the KK v Ax possibility.

If that is how you truly think then I think it's a big mistake to fold KK in that spot.

The fact that Ax would have won shouldn't change your view.

Good luck with the grading.

Anonymous said...

lol @ needing a count with KK

lol @ Very next hand raise from seat 5 to 1025 so I repop to 3100 with AdKd, folds round to i/r who flat calls me, T42r flop and i/r checks to me so I bet out 4k here, he asks "how much more you playing" I show him my remaining 3700 and he goes over the top of me, I fold and now I'm steaming.

Anonymous said...

whist I was counting out my stack here I'm getting a feel for if my oppo has AK as I already know by the overraise that he's not holding AA - I asked him if he was beating AK a couple of times and I had a gut feeling that he had somthing like 9s, 10s or jacks - If I put him on AK in this spot I would definatly have folded even knowing that I'm such a firm favorite with my hand, why would I want to rick my tournament at such a late stage of play for someone to get lucky. As it was, if oppo was holding AK he would have sucked out with the ace coming on the turn.

So to answer your question - Yes I would pass this hand to this action for this ammount of chips if I believed him to be holding AK in this spot this late in the day.

Are you saying that you wouldn't pass with all the considerations?

"if I was your opponent I would feel very aggrieved to get slowrolled like that. "

At no time was it ever a slowroll, I dont slowroll - I aint that sort of player and I'm offended that you take the decision to think like that, I spoke to my oppo shortly after the hand played out and he certainly dint feel like he'd been slowrolled.

We're all entitled to an opinion and I respect your opinion even if I dont agree with you Karl.


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lol wat. never ever fold kk here.

Steve H. said...

Hi Anonymous,
Youve taken the time to come on here, cut and paste 2/3 sentences and lol at them, I'm not sure what comment it is that your trying to make here but nevertheless thanks for dropping by, dont be afriad to ask any questions - who ever you are ;-)

reevio said...

Hi Steve,

Independently of Karl (although a couple of days later) I actually replied to your Hendon Mob post saying something similar about the KK hand. I would have felt a bit miffed too if i was the opponent, although i understand it wasn't intentional.

Hopefully it is the ace on the board that is clouding your judgement a bit here in the analysis as i don't believe you'd really want to pass if you "knew" you had the opponent dominated.

I'd be interested to hear other views on the AK hand as well because bet folding the flop there doesn't seem right at all. But then i have zero experience of playing GUKPT ME's...

Jamie.

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