Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:07 AM
for anyone that doesn't know, my888 poker forum hold an anual event (for the last 3 years) in birmingham, england. if you read the forum and see posts about this event you probably think, not for me, i don't know anyone and my poker skills are not good enough. well for the first part i can say, it matters not who you know. the first year i went i knew nobody, just usernames from forum games, and i can tell you now, you won't find a friendlier group of poker players anywhere in the world. some travell from overseas to attend and some travell a few miles from their homes and for the second part you can learn a lot from friendly players that share tips and hands they played.
there were a few familiar faces missing this year, friends from canada and ireland had other plans this weekend and were missed, but there were also some new faces that have now become new friends.
saturday started for me at around 3pm due to a late train
but i arrived in time for the main game on saturday, a £20 plus £10 bounty game with 10000 starting chips and 30 minute blinds, and professional casino dealers, one of whome had a pair of fantastic personalities. (if you know me you know what i mean). sadly for me the starting stack was the most chips i had that game and i went out mid game a long way from the money, but a free bar soon made up for that .i thnk there was almost 40 runners with 888 adding £500 to the prize fund.
the main game on sunday was a £50 buy in and 20000 starting stack with 34 runners and 888 adding £1000 to the prize fund. the game started well and i took a few nice pots early on. by the time 15 players were left in i was getting shotstacked and looked down to see AK with 2 players already all in, one of which had me covered. i just had to call with the chance of trippling up at a crucial stage. would you beleive it a king on the flop and it held giving me a nice pot of almost 70000 chips. with just 2 tables left i managed to keep my stack at around the 70k mark, stealing blinds from our very own mod, robertbh and fighting a couple of pots with the chip leader by a long way, sean, 888forum manager. with 10 players left i remember thinking i hope this is the table they break up so i don't have the chip leader to my left, with 8 of the remaining players getting short stacked (including me) i needed someone next to me i could make a few moves against. the bubble burst and yes it was my table they were breaking up. i popped to the loo only to return sat next to the chip leader again to my left. at this point i have less than 10 big blinds and so do 7 or 8 other players. my saving grace was having the button thus getting a full round in before i have to put in the big blind. first hand of the final table there's a raise and a re raise all in. i look down and see king jack off. well one player could go out here so i fold and hope to ladder up one place, sean the chip leader reraises. now there's 2 players that could go out. seans AA holds and now we are down to 7. the next hand another player goes out. now we are down to 6. the next hand another player and the next hand another, we are down to 4 and i haven't had to put in the big blind yet.
4th was as good as it got for me and a nice £270. a couple of sit and gos later and it was another £80. all in all a good day for me topping of a fantastic weekend.
if you are reading this , get active in the forum and come along to next years, you won't regret it.