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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Freezeout Popularity Shocker

I left the house last night (blinking and rubbing my eyes obviously) to play the £100 freezeout in Luton. It was nice to catch up with a few familiar faces, which was the main idea, but almost despite myself I did enjoy playing.

I had heard these were selling out, but really had to see it to believe it. The place was packed. We were 10-handed a lot of the time (boo). And yet there were very few players around to give you cause for concern. Sure there were dangerous players like Action Dave, Lovejoy and so on but no sign of any Willy Tanns or Gary Bushes and the like. I suppose they were in Dublin. So I saw about 15 players come and go on my table and probably DY was the best of them - which tells you a lot (just kidding David).

I managed to drop 85% of my starting chips (5000) almost immediately but worked it back up to 9K. It really was just a case of waiting for a good hand most of the time (except when I outdrew DY rather amusingly). Unfortunately my tournament came to an end when an opponent decided his AT was good when I raised pre-flop with AQ and check-raised him on a flop of AJ8. Which it was, when a ten came off. That doesn't take the dunce's cap for the worst play I saw (by a mile) - heads up the board is A48A4. Check check. First checker 99, second checker A7. "Is that not worth a bet" someone asks (not me), to receive the answer "No. I didn't like my kicker". Altogether 123 you'lllllllllll be alright.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember it being quite so amusing. :(

There were many bizarre plays on the table we were on. Such as the bloke who called with Q-10 offsuit on a board of K72 and said something like 'here's a gift'.

Seem to recall that's the man you did your chips trying to bluff!


6:32 PM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

That's right. Doing his money to the guy who called 500 pre-flop with K2 off.

And I was trying to semi-bluff him as a 45-55 underdog !


7:08 PM  
Blogger Pinkfloydfan said...

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2:57 PM  
Blogger Pinkfloydfan said...

I seem to remember that both you and DY agreed at one stage that freezeouts would never work as people would not come all the way to the casino to be knocked out in the first few minutes and face coming straight back home.

Isn't it nice to see that Luton is one casino that really is listening to its punters and has created a structure that works tremendously well...there are some cash games going on afterwards and if my wife can win £300 in the HE cash then I'm sure you and DY must have had some rich pickings!

Now, I wonder if a shootout would work?

See you at the next freezeout

3:02 PM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

Happy to be wrong on this one. It's funny how whenever Roy tried this at Russell Square all he got was 20 regulars moaning about wanting to buy in. Must be this "poker boom" ! Hope to see you soon on a Friday night.

A shootout would be awesome !!


6:06 PM  
Blogger Blogger said...

The trouble with shootouts is that the most important decision you are likely to take all night is grabbing your seat card from whichever feckless moron on duty in the Luton cardroom that evening.

Unlike standard competitions, the table composition is all important, and that's what makes them crap.

3:06 PM  

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