Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heads up World Champion!

Well not quite, but a £10 Heads up Shootout (32 players) was taken down tonight.

In between organising Poccer, I have had little time to play poker, so I thought why not try my hand at something I know I am half decent at. 5 heads up games later and a nice £144 to add to the bank account.

I have given up on the Tournie points over the last week or so, but just want to ensure that I am in the top 50 for the month, to ensure two freerolls for the CPC. That is one holiday I am definitely going on this year!

Thanks to all those people who have been getting teams together for Poccer, it looks like we are going to have some of cryptos finest coming along. It does not matter how good a footballer you are, this day is going to be a lot of fun, so please get a team together and come along, or just let me know you want to play and I will find a team for you.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Introducing POCCER

I have mentioned a few times in the past that my poker hours have been getting shorter and shorter due to the starting up of a couple of businesses. Well finally I am in a position to talk to you about one of them.

Welcome to POCCER. (www.poccer.co.uk)

Poccer is a very simple concept, its designed around the ultimate day out. I have asked a number of pals to describe their perfect day out, most (there were a few odd ones, that I cannot publish!) were very similiar, a kick about with their mates, a few beers, a game of poker. Women were mentioned in a few, but that was out of hope more than anything!

From this moment, Poccer was born and work has begun to make it a reality. Its been a long time in the planning but finally I am happy to announce our first ever event.

Its only a small event in Birmingham, but I am trying to get together 16 teams (of 6) to take part in the first event. Details are on the web site (please excuse the site, I have created it myself for the moment, until the proper site is launched in July)

If anyone is interested in getting a team together or helping me in anyway, then please let me know. I am certain it will be a lot of fun for all involved.
Clinton.Orchard@virgin.net is the email address to contact me.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

A few days off, but another final table

The previous post related to the bad luck I was getting in one tournament on Monday, I did not manage to win that, but a 13th place and a cash was testament that you should never give in.

Tuesday through Thursday were nights off from poker as my work is relentless at the moment.
Last night though, it was a welcome night off and another attempt at the $20k.
I started fantastically well and was leading at the first break and the second. With less than two hundred players, the game was destined for an early finish.

After a couple of big losses, I scrambled onto the final table with only 11k in chips, 9th place was about 30k. I did however managed to finish 6th with a $1000 payout, I managed to get up to fifth place, when with A9, I got all my chips in the middle against 44. A nine did hit the board as well as and ace, but unfortunately a four, meant it was game over.

My leaderboard points will be well down this week, with only two nights, played out of five, but the aim is to finish the month in the top 50.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Is it Sunday?

3 hands in one tournament within 5 hands!

dealt to ClintonO [Qh Ad]
Alnugget1: raises to 605 and is all-in
Kiml2108: folds
DaJazzMon sits back
Bbb777: folds
Pipes2007: folds
Gazzza110: folds
DaJazzMon: folds
danutz84: folds
ClintonO: raises to 1180
Roquefort: folds
Returned uncalled bets 575 to ClintonO
----- FLOP ----- [3h Ah Td]
----- TURN ----- [3h Ah Td][2d]
----- RIVER ----- [3h Ah Td 2d][Qd]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
ClintonO: shows [Qh Ad] (Two Pairs, Aces and Queens, Ten high)
Alnugget1: shows [Jc Kc] (A Straight, Ace high)
Alnugget1 collected 1240 from Main pot

dealt to ClintonO [Qh Qd]
Kiml2108: raises to 60
Bbb777: folds
Pipes2007: folds
Gazzza110: folds
DaJazzMon: folds
danutz84: folds
ClintonO: raises to 180
Roquefort: folds
Alnugget1: folds
Kiml2108: calls 120
----- FLOP ----- [Kc Ks 5s]
Kiml2108: bets 210
ClintonO: raises to 540
Kiml2108: calls 330
----- TURN ----- [Kc Ks 5s][Tc]
Kiml2108: checks
ClintonO: bets 3325 and is all-in
Kiml2108: is all-in 685
Returned uncalled bets 2,640 to ClintonO
----- RIVER ----- [Kc Ks 5s Tc][Td]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
ClintonO: shows [Qh Qd] (Two Pairs, Kings and Queens, Ten high)
Kiml2108: shows [As Ts] (A Full House, Tens full of Kings)
Kiml2108 collected 2855 from Main pot

dealt to ClintonO [Jc Jd]
Roquefort: folds
Gazzza110 sits back
Kiml2108: folds
Bbb777: folds
Bbb777 sits out
Pipes2007: folds
Gazzza110: calls 50
Spatzbar: folds
DaJazzMon: folds
Vampdog: folds
ClintonO: raises to 250
Gazzza110: calls 200
----- FLOP ----- [6d 9s 4d]
ClintonO: bets 2465 and is all-in
Gazzza110: is all-in 485
Returned uncalled bets 1,980 to ClintonO
----- TURN ----- [6d 9s 4d][2s]
----- RIVER ----- [6d 9s 4d 2s][Kd]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
ClintonO: shows [Jc Jd] (A Pair of Jacks, King high)
Gazzza110: shows [8d 9d] (A Flush, King high)
Gazzza110 collected 1495 from Main pot

Still in though! Its the £2k guaranteed, any odds on winning! 10000-1!


Sunday was not so bad after all!

A 12th place in the WSOP final ($598.50) and my second final table in the £40k (10th - £600), gave a positive end to the day.

I was very happy to make only my second ever final table of the £40k, I was just very disappointed to go out in 10th again.

I had JJ in the button and ran into AA in the small blind, unfortunately the better hand winning, what was cruel was that the last time I got to the final table of the £40k, I went out in exactly the same way.

All in all though, a decent weekend of poker.

Leaderboards Update
For the last week, I achieved 1093 points and came 7th for the week, I was very happy with this. Third place was 1445, so I need to improve a lot to get there, realistically though, I can't see myself getting that many points.

Monthly Leaderboard is looking good at the moment, with the top 50 my aim, I am currently sitting in 21st with 1405.
For the year I am currently in 45th, which is again a good effort.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Guess what day it is

Losing Hands : AA to 77, TT to 77, AK to AJ all pre flop. Then AK to QQ on a AK23 board, followed by.

----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to ClintonO [8h 8s]
ClintonO: calls 50
Bomber010: folds
Forest013: raises to 150
Wigglenig: calls 150
Rebmit: folds
Pau240642: folds
ClintonO: calls 100
----- FLOP ----- [Js 8c Jh]
ClintonO: checks
Forest013: bets 880 and is all-in
Wigglenig: is all-in 335
ClintonO: is all-in 783
Returned uncalled bets 97 to Forest013
----- TURN ----- [Js 8c Jh][Qs]
----- RIVER ----- [Js 8c Jh Qs][Qh]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
Forest013: shows [Qc Ad] (A Full House, Queens full of Jacks)
Wigglenig: shows [8d Kd] (Two Pairs, Queens and Jacks, King high)
ClintonO: shows [8h 8s] (A Full House, Eights full of Queens)
Yes its a Sunday!
I really should not bother!


$20k Guaranteed Winner!

Dear Clinton,

Thank you for participating in the tournament "$20K Guaranteed SAT 4715724", on May 12 2007 11:44PM GMT. Congratulations! You placed 1st and won 6000.00 USD!

My 5th win in the Littlewoods main daily event. Incredibly the time I won it was the same as my first two titles. 00:44. It was destiny!

I had never got going in this tournament all night and had always been towards the back of the field. Approaching the final table I moved up a little but was pratically last when the final table was decided.

G@briel 117,023
Bountyboy 92,218
Trikky 48,997
Lee27015 48,571
Micdav001 37,617
wingwong 34,496
HotTub2 32,095
ClintonO 29,603
Hood69 28,660
Bouffard 28,218

Lots of work to be done and with only $400 for 10th and $6,000 for 1st, a big difference in prize money.

Its was 36 hands before we lost anyone bouffard losing all in with A9 against A8. In that time I had taken down 4 hands and had moved my chips up slightly to 32k.

3 hands late a bizzare hand, my 42 was in the muck, wingwong moves all in with 22k (Ah,9c) HotTub2 goes all in for 52k (7c,7d) and Bountyboy calls with (Jh,Jd)
Flop comes 555 and the turn is a further 5, giving wingwong, quads with an Ace kicker.
HotTub goes out and wingwong moves up to 71k.

We lose Lee in 8th place and as short stack I make my move.
I am dealt my best hand in ages (Js,Qc) and move all in and I am up against (Tc,Td). Its a race.

Board As, 3s, Ts. Its all over he has trip tens, but wait I have the flush on. Turn 7h, River 8s!
Fantastic, I survive and move up to 42k.

wingwong and Hood go next and its down to 5.

G@briel has been bullying the table 214k. Bountyboy 131k, Trikky 91k, ClintonO 49k, Micdav 12k.

Micdav despite doubling twice goes next and then a decisive hand for me.
Bountyboy has 42k and I have 40k. Blinds are 3/6k and he goes all in UTG, I have KQ and decide that I have to make and stand, he had KT and I double up and shortly after we are 3 handed.

I then win my second race of the night, with my TT beating Trikkys AJ and we are heads up.

Gab has 371k, I have 126k. I have won my previous 4 heads up in this tournament, so I am quietly confident and also have nothing to lose being such a long way behind.

The Heads up lasted for 67 hands.

The first 20 hands not much happened, I took one pot of 38k with a 6h,3s bluff, lost a 49k with bottom pair.
My stack fluctuated between a low of 55k up to about 145k. At one point, the board was a straight flush in order!

----- RIVER ----- [Jh Th 9h 8h][7h]

G@briel: shows [2c Qd] (Straight Flush, Jack high)
ClintonO: shows [8c 4d] (Straight Flush, Jack high)

At 55k I won 13 out of 16 hands, to double my stack.

After 50 hands it started to get a little looser, we both ended up all in with A7 to a split pot.

Here are the last 14 hands. Blinds 4k/8k

Hand 54 (9d,9c). 105k vs 391k. I call the 4k, hoping for a raise, he checks. Board (8s,Jc,Th) I have a open ended straight draw, he checks, I bet 16k. He moves all in, I have 80k back. He has been aggressive all night, he could have missed, he could have a part of it, but I decide I definitely have 8 outs x 2 cards, plus the other two nines, roughly 40% if he has a jack or a ten, with 80k to win 130k. I have the odds, I call. He had (Tc,4s), I am behind, but a Q on the turn gives me my straight and I am right in it.

Hand 55 (Kc,Kh) 211k vs 286k. A monster hand at last. He calls from the small blind, I raise to 24k, he calls. Flop 6h,4h,7c. I bet 32k he moves all in, its an instant call for me. He turns over J7. Turn is a 3, river a King. I have doubled again.

Hand 56 (4s,Tc) 422k vs 75k. I call, he checks. Flop 472, I have second pair, he checks, so I bet 16k. He moves all in for 66k. Its 50k to call, I have second pair, I call mainly because the rush has taken over me, he has J7 again, but wins this time. I overplayed it, but second pair heads up is not a bad hand. I was trying to end it too quickly.

Hand 57 (As,9s) 348k vs 149k. I need to catch my breath. He folds

Hand 58 (Td,6c) 353k vs 144k. I see the flop, but miss, he bets out, I fold.

Hand 59 (Qc,4c) 344k vs 153k. He folds

Hand 60 (Qh,2h) 349k vs 148k. Again I am allowed to limp in and see flop, he bets, I completely miss.

Hand 61 (Kh,8h) 343k vs 157k. I call a raise, the flop is Jc,2s,2c. He bets out again, I decide to give it up

Hand 62 (As,8h) 323k vs 174k. I call, hoping for a raise. He checks. Flop 6,6,J. I bet he folds

Hand 63 (Th,Td) 332k vs 165k. My third decent pocket pair in ten hands, will this decide it. He moves all in!. I have to call. He turns over Ah 2d
Board Kh,4h,6c,6s. He comes the river he has 3 outs, Ad! SICK!

Hand 64 (Qs,5c) 167k vs 330k. Its all going wrong. I give up the hand after seeing the flop.

Hand 65 (2d,3d) 158k vs 339k. I call a raise, miss the board completely and am losing my grip on this game.

Hand 66 (2c,2s) 141k vs 356k. He moves all in and at this point I take my chance, he has As5c, Board comes 7c,2h,Jc. Its up for grabs again!

Hand 67 (Qh,Th) 282k vs 215k. He calls, I check. Flop 9c,2s,Js. Open ended for me. I check, he bets 8k, I call. Turn is the magic Kh. I check, he again bets 8k, I call. The river is the 7d. I bet 32k, trying to look like a steal, he moves all in. I call with the nuts. He turn over T8 for a lower straight and I win my title.

----- RIVER ----- [9c 2s Js Kh][7d]
ClintonO: bets 32000
G@briel: raises to 190204 and is all-in
ClintonO: calls 158204
----- SHOW DOWN -----
G@briel: shows [8h Ts] (A Straight, Jack high)
ClintonO: shows [Qh Th] (A Straight, King high)
ClintonO collected 430408 from Main pot

It feels great to be in the winners enclosure again!


Friday, May 11, 2007

Dream Team Update

Congratulations to Jonathan 'Onny87' who took down 1st place for the team last night in the Dream Team II tournament run by BadBeat.

After 17 weeks of the event (3 to go) we are sitting nicely in 4th place of the 32 teams and perfectly set up for the live final. We are a long way clear of 5th place, but a little way behind 3rd, so it looks like 4th place will be the finishing position, but this is far superior to the 12th we finished last year before winning the live event.

The key to the success so far has been a real team effort, no one player has been outstanding but 4 of us appear in the top 30 on the individual leaderboard.
ClintonO '10220pts' 10th
M.M.'8740' 18th
Onny87 '8580 19th
FISHMAC 7300 30th

I am also pleased to announce our team for the live event.

FISHMAC - Aggressive maniac, like a squirrel with his nuts, this boy gathers chips like no-one else, also our most consistent player.
Onny87 - Our new signing, last nights winner, fresh from the EPT Monte Carlo, the backbone!
Injustice - Mr SunDeshi, charming, witty and loveable, winner of the $20k on Wednesday. We almost lost him half way through the season, on fire at the right time.
Heffernan - The man himself, flying over from Germany for the occasion, our Aussie Millions 5th place finisher - Mr Hans Vogl.

Unfortunately I cannot be at the final due to a prior commitment in Barcelona, but it would be an amazing achievement to make it two wins out of two. Good Luck Guys!

In other news the blog has reached Croatia and now has visited 34 countries.


Monday, May 07, 2007

Well I am not winning

But at least I am coming second.

Tonight it was a £1.5k event and it was worth £460, which all helps! Unfortunately KQ was no match for QJ!

They have started a leaderboard on Cryptologic for all of the poker tournaments, now there is no way I am going to be able to win this, because I can't compete with the full time players.

Last week I finished in 195th position with 330 points.
I am hoping to improve on this, after day 1 I have already achieved half of last weeks total and have 166 points.

For the month of May, I have moved up to 69th and 170th for the year 2007. It is difficult to set a target here, but a top 50 for the month, gets me in 2 cpc freerolls, so that seems like a good a target as any, plus a top 100 for the year, well I will give it a go.

I was due to start the Ladbrokes Poker Cruise tournament today, but got no notification that the team had been accepted, so we start week 1 with 0 points! That should not be too difficult to improve on!


Saturday, May 05, 2007

A really strange week

Before today my MTT form this week has been awful, I have been too quick to take down pots, trying to play 4 hour long tournaments like a STT. However my cash games have been nothing short of exceptional.
I have comfortably paid for my MTTs and posted a very tidy profit. It is possible that playing more cash games has interfered with my MTTs. Maybe you can't do well at both at the same time!

I have found though that I have been expecting to lose, when the chips are in, I can seem to call the cards that are going to beat me. I believe it proves the importance of confidence, when you think you are going to well you do and vice versa

Since the new leaderboards have started, I have not been able to do anything in MTTs, also my software now crashes every 30 mins! Not ideal.

Tonight though, finally my MTT game improved a little. 3 Final tables, an 8th, 4th and a 2nd. $1.5k, $2k and £1.5k respectively. The 2nd I started a long way behind heads up, got in front and then all the chips went in on a race. I could have avoided this and was frustrated that I did not win. £500+ was a nice reward though for these tournies and finally I feel a little relief that my MTT game is still there.

I have also played a few STTs today and managed to win both £50 6 packs that I entered. The £20 & £30s though I cannot master!

I am avoiding the online scene tomorrow to plough on with my poker ventures, but hope to get an opportunity to play on Monday.

Thanks for all the feedback

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Stop Press - We have have reached Russia!

I am delighted to say that today my blog has reached Russia via a visit from Tomsk. Thats now 34 countries!

Thanks for your comments so far, although I would have to point out to Alex that Scotland is in fact part of the UK.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Who reads my blog?

A break from the world of poker for the moment, lets find out a bit more about you!

I was intrigued to find out who reads this blog, so if you do, please let me know, tell me who you are, what you do, why you read it and anything you would like to see on here or that I can help you with.

Here is what I have managed to find out so far.
This blog has been read in 33 countries in 2007 - Belgium, Ukraine and Estonia are the last three countries to join the list.

The top ten readers of this blog are as follows.

1) UK - London, Oxford, Solihull, Glos and Nottingham (top 5 regions)
2) Norway
3) Canada
4) US
5) Ireland
6) Denmark
7) Spain
8) Hungary
9) Sweden
10) Germany.

France are just outside the top ten!

My blog's readers are increasing, with increases month on month since I have started monitoring it at the start of the year.
April saw a 14% increase in unique numbers from March.

Do remember if you have not yet set up a Littlewoods account if you use the link on the right hand side and let me know, I will ensure you get 30% rakeback for your trouble.