The week long poker experience in Cork did not go to plan. 5 days, 4 tournaments, 3 Chinese buffets and a bubble later, and I have very little to show for my week at Macau!
It started on Tuesday night when I headed down for the €275 6max. The tournament was quite uneventful and I ended up busting fairly early. Start the week as you plan to finish it! So at 10pm, not needing to be back until 9pm the next night, I decided to just make the ~1hr20min trek home. I managed to make it home just in time to catch the first episode of the UKIPT coverage of the Cork event. The first episode contained coverage of playing from 600 players down to 80. I did manage to have a 2 second cameo appearance along with my name being listed on chip count lists a few times. Oh the life of a TV star!
I head back to the Macau Wednesday night for the €330 PLO tournament. 17 players showed up and it's probably the most densely populated field of good players that I've played with in a tournament. I started out fairly well and got to the final table as chip leader. With about 5 left I made a bad read and ran into Chris Dowling's quads. This brought me from 90k down to 55k (which was about average).
4 handed, I got involved in a big pot blind v blind. The flop went check-check and I then turn two pair + second nut flush draw. Alex Lopez leads into me and I reraise pot (leaving myself with only 20k behind). There's about 100k in the pot after Alex decides to flat. The river brings the other flush (and a straight) and Alex pushes. It's a sick spot but all I have is top two, and he's pretty much never bluffing here. It's a pretty easy fold but it's still so sick when there's over 100k out there and you're folding to leave yourself with the starting stack with 4 left.
Nicky Power busted the next hand leaving us 3 handed and on the bubble, with me having 20k, and Chris and Alex having around 150k each. There was some debate at the start about whether there should be 2 or 3 prizes, but as Ken Corkery put it "look, there's going be at least 3 prizes coz they always burst the bubble. To be honest, I'd bet there'll probably be 4". Stellar read by Ken as always.
The bubble didn't last too long anyway as on the first hand I manage to get it in with A7xx on an A78 board having committed half my chips pre. Luckily, both Chris and Alex completely miss the board and my hand holds up, doubling me up to 50k chips. Alex raises pf the next hand and I decide to go with my 779T. I run into Alex's KKxx and despite a bit of a sweat I can't out run the kings. The two lads split it up and play for the trophy which Alex goes on to win.
I was staying at Alex's house for the week and I actually convinced him to play the omaha tournament. Despite being semi-retired now, he still seems to remember how to run good at omaha. He was previously a mid-high stakes reg on most of the European sites and also came 2nd at the 2010 PLO event at the Irish Open. He also (in)famously sat down at 100-200 PLO with Brian Townsend. Townsend knew "the prof" had game though, so sat out and refused to play him!
Next up on the schedule was Day 1A of the €550 Main event. This post is long enough already so I think I'm gona leave it there and continue soon. The Unibet Open starts tomorrow so I may not have part two of this blog up until after then. Either way, lots of writing, lots of updates and lots of poker to be discussed!
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