I was back over Aspers on Saturday (19th) for the main event of their summer festival, I chose this tournament in preference to my usual trip to Teesside for the ‘Gala £100 (+£10) NLH w/£1,000 Added’.
They were both ran simultaneously so it was one or they other & needless to say I’ll not be reporting on Teesside this month, however I'll be back in Teesside for the July event. A disappointing turnout of 44 runners created a prize pool of £13,200, because of the low turnout the start time was delayed an hour until some more players came through the door. Chris decide to give us a 50% increase on our starting stack, so we got underway with 15,000 & a one hour clock which is a mega deep structure for a £300 buy in. A small elite field including;
Hamid Jnr. ‘Toghyan’ & Snr. ‘Rowshanaei’
Amongst others who took too the felt however their was enough spots to accumulate chips if approached correctly. I was drawn T1-S7 with Steve Sung (1) & Hamid Jnr. (6) with Ian Bertram (2) & C.T. Law (4) joining the table late. So moving onto the tournament & no two way’s about it I played very poor, which given how I’d been playing in the build up to this event was extremely disappointing.
I lost around 50% of my starting stack after getting the right price to call four draws in position;
KQcc on TxJxx
J9dd on JKxxx “2 diamond flop”
A3cc on 2x4xx “2 club flop”
T8 on J9xxx
So with around 8,000 by the second level I find a nice spot to get them in;
KK vs. AQ vs. Q8: 50/100 “16,500” (Villain opens H/J for 600 & the short stacked BTN goes all in blind for 1,000, I then reraise it to 2,200 out of the BB. Villain 4BETs me to 5,000 so I make the simple shove & find myself 70/30 needing to dodge an ace which I do.)
I hover around this mark for the next two levels as I can’t seem to get anything going with a combination of;
1) I can’t run a successful bluff or even semi bluff for love nor money
2) My thin river value bets are being called by slightly better holdings
3) I can’t get paid when holding the nuts or almost the nuts
Then by level four I decided I was going to get proactive with my BTN, oh well good game;
79o vs. 66: 150/300 “35,000” (Three limpers in front so I decide to speculate & limp the BTN ‘1st mistake’, SB makes it 1050 which forces out BB & initial limper. Two other limpers & me call ‘2nd mistake’ so I take a four way flop with 4,800 in the middle. Flop is KT6ss giving me nothing more than a gutshot, SB leads for 1,500 which is called by one limper & I decide to float ‘3rd mistake’ looking to take it away on most turns. Turn is an off suit 6 which see’s the same action 1,500 bet/call so now pot is 12,300 & I have 15,000ish behind so sensing weakness from both opponents I go for the money & move all in ‘4th mistake‘. SB tank calls I assume to try & induce the limper behind to come along but he folds, so we open our hands to see I shoved 40BB’s holding 9 high into quad sixes.)
I know it’s a high variance play & it’s difficult to justify with the amount of play in the tournament but never mind, there was some method to my madness & given the relevant chip stacks I had a load of fold equity vs. both villains range. I guess since I boasted about correctly calling a river bet with nine high at the start of the month, I should rub myself down in the same casual manner;
I’m a little frustrated with myself & how the tournament went but cest la vie, I understand the final table is flooded with a host of the players I mentioned above all of which are friends so I would like to wish them all the best of luck for this afternoon. On a different note I would like to close by congratulating Aspers & Chris for hosting this festival, I found Chris & all the Aspers staff to be very welcoming & accommodating. I for one hope to see this festival ran annually with a couple of tweaks in regards to dates & advertising to help increase traffic, both of which I mentioned to staff over Aspers. Despite being a fabulous card room (décor wise) it has no weekly tournaments in it’s standard weekly/monthly schedule that appeal to me, so for the time being I don’t see myself back anytime soon.
Now over to the newly decorated Grosvenor next week for their summer series, I’ll be playing the opening event on Thursday 24th which I hope will be well attended. I’m really looking forward to playing in the newly decorated casino/card room & know Varzee will be working hard to make this a success so I hope it’s well attended, hopefully see a few of you guys their.
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