Its great to be here and associated with Blue Blood.
So, a quick reflection on my last year, then I will outline my plan for 2020.
2019 was a slow year on the poker front. Year 18 and 19 were not my best on several fronts may that be general life challenges or work. Unfortunately, this means a lot of things got placed on the back burner for a while. My twitch stream development halted, my personal blog slowed down and time at both the live/virtual tables withdrew dramatically.
I did find the time to play a few events and score another Tag on the Hendon Mob thought.
The Goliath weekend in 2019 was my highlight and really did go some way to reviving my interest and restoring some confidence in both myself and my game. The Goliath is an event I try and make an effort with every year. My best run in it was on my first attempt with a finish in 22nd place.
This year, we managed to ladder one cash level but then crash out in 825th place in somewhat annoying fashion. With 40bigs going into the hand, we pick up the story on the turn, cards not relevant. I took a moment to check stack sizes and decided to over shove, I have Villain A well covered and Villain B I had decided was drawing and would pass rather than call it off for their tourney life. Villain A takes an age and finally calls, Villain B groans and as expected folds. Cards go on their backs and as they do, Villain A from the back of his stack picks up 2 black chips and moves them forward to the dealer…. The black chips are 100k each. Needless to say, I brought this straight to the attention of the dealer. I lose all but a few bigs, I am eliminated 2 hands later.
Obviously, I reflected on this hand, not so much on the way I played it (That’s a different conversation) but more on just how careful you have to be when checking peoples stack sizes. Online, its easy, live, not always. The error was ultimately mine, I should have asked, and will in the future “any big chips in that stack sir”. The villain in question did, for the next two hands gets told off by the dealer and told to make his stack more visible. – so, as you can imagine, I was left more than a little deflated after a silly, silly mistake.
I also played the High Roller during the Goliath Festival. I fell short of the money by 5 places in a horrible blind on blind hand. I find myself in the BB with 10-5 of clubs. It folds to the SB who completes. We are both shallow on around 15bbs each. I check and we see a 10high flop with two clubs. SB leads with a small bet, so I move all in. Instant called and he tables AA. Club on the turn completes my flush another club on the river and his AA contains the A of clubs to spoil my day. I am not sure there is a great deal I can do here as even if I take the cheap turn card the chips go in. If that had played out in my favour I feel a FT would have been very realistic.
The APAT events I managed to play this year were fun also – The Team event and the Counties. While little luck in both, we did manage to Final table the Counties team, unfortunately falling just short of the money places – Both were really fun weekends!
So, 2020 – what do we have planned? Well, now I am part of the Blue Blood group, it has sparked a bit of motivation. So, all being well, twitch ( https://www.twitch.tv/kanovar/ ), blogging will hopefully pick up and be linked to here.
I have a good number of live events booked in now too, these include:
• APAT Team event, part of Team Blue Blood
• LPPL Festival weekend
• APAT Scotland
As well as poker, for this year I have made a push on my running and fitness. In 2019 I started going to the regular park run in my town and caught the bug. So you will find me sneaking off early on a Saturday morning when away on my poker weekends. All being well I will be doing:
• Various 10K races
• Boston Half Marathon
• Leeds Half Marathon
• Great North run (Waiting on the ballot to be drawn)
• Yorkshire Marathon
I will let you know how they go!
All the Best
Dave ( Kanovar )