Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WBCOOP: Thank Blog For That!

10 days. 10 tournaments. $66 of SCOOP tickets. 1 PokerStars Pro elimination. 25 gallons of coffee.

What a great series that was. If im being honest, I started off hoping to get as many SCOOP tickets as possible, whilst learning some of the new games, and having a bit of a fun on the blogging/tweeting side of it.

In the end, I ended up railing some of my favourite players, interacting with several bloggers via Twitter, and that made me change the whole way I looked at the series as a whole. I even agreed give 10% of my prize away to www.helpharryhelpothers.com if I won either the Tweeter/Blogger award, taking note on what many bloggers decided to do last year, and for good reason, its a great cause.

WBCOOP has tons of great prizes on offer, and although these will give me an excellent insight into playing the slightly higher levels, the $22 and $33 entry tournaments especially, it will be the interaction and the reading of other players blogs that will help me the most.

From people who play professionally to recreational players like myself, and from BronzeStar all the way to SuperNova, it has been fantastic to read these players blogs, and get some very helpful hints and tips along the way.

Anyway, this pretty much summed up my mood before the tournaments got under way...

....and after 10 tournaments and probably 30+ hours of Poker in 10 days (Including about 8 or 9 on the final day alone)

Here are my results for the series.

WBCOOP-05 ~ NLHE Shootout :-              317th of 397 
WBCOOP-06 ~ 8-game :-                              4th of 256  ($33 + $22 SCOOP ticket)
WBCOOP-08 ~ NLHE :-                              72nd of 570 ($11 SCOOP Ticket)
WBCOOP-15 ~ NLHE (6max Turbo) :-      191st of 401
WBCOOP-17 ~ Heads Up NLHE :-             80th of 546
WBCOOP-24 ~ NL Omaha H/L :-              186th of 296
WBCOOP-25 ~ NLHE (Deep Stack) :-      403rd of 589
WBCOOP-28 ~ HORSE :-                           98th of 352
WBCOOP-29 ~ NLHE (6-max) :-                304th of 619
WBCOOP-30 ~ NLHE :-                             190th of 516

So not bad, ill be keeping these statistics until next year, where I will hopefully improve, and after a target of $50 of tickets, I ended up with $66, so a success, despite not cashing in the last seven tournaments.

After working out my position %'s in the tournaments, I finished in average the top 33%, which i will take as a very good achievement, especially with two early-ish exits!

If you want to know how to work it out, take my WBCOOP-15 for example. Divide the finishing position, 191, by the entrants, 401, and you get 0.476. Now multiply that by 100 and you get 47.6%, which is the amount of runners that finished ahead of me.

If you do that to all 10 tournaments, add those %'s together, then divide by 10, you will get your overall %. 

It is a shame we will have to wait a year for another WBCOOP series, but maybe that is what makes it so sweet, and im sure I will see many familiar names in the MicroMillions and SCOOP series too.

PokerStars idea or awarding both bloggers and tweeters is a great one, and with $5000 and $1000 on offer, they are prizes that make people want to be involved with that side of Poker.

I have my ideas on who will win the Best Tweeter award, and I think there are some fabulous blogs this year, so that prize is up for grabs. I will keep my cards close to my chest on names, but good luck to all!

Congratulations to everyone that cashed, in tickets, and in the Main Event as well, hope to see you in the SCOOP!

Finally a shout out to all of people I tweeted and railed during the tournaments, it would be simple impossible to name you all, but im sure you know who you are! 

Here are a list of great blogs that I discovered during the tournament, make sure you give them a read:

Thanks again to all, especially at PokerStars, and see you all in 2014. 

WBCOOP - 30: The Highs and Lows of Nut Flushes.

Wow. What an awful way to end the WBCOOP series. I never collected enough chips to make a spacestation-type model, thats for sure.

It was one of those tournaments that will forever confuse me, I went in ahead twice and lost, and went in behind for my whole stack, massively, and won.

It started off pretty poorly, I had hardly took a sip of my tea before my top two pair was completely counterfeit against well disguised three-of-a-kind sevens, and 20% of my stack was begrudgingly shipped to my left. If that was a live game, id have probably grabbed those chips and starts crying. "Please! Dont take them" After all, my main aim was to play tight, not give away pots in the first levels. Well, that worked...

I was stuck between two pretty aggressive players for most of this tournament, and boy, if you haven't tried it, I wouldn't recommend it. Every raise I made was either shoved or hugely raised, and although I had big hands, there was nothing I wanted to put my life on the line for.

Now for the massively overplayed AKs. Mr.Aggro on my right called my pre-flop raise, which immediately got suspicious about, to which I convinced myself he had a big hand. The flop brought 6-4-5, and i convinced myself yet again he had something similar to me, what didnt occur is he might have a high pocket pair, which means id be almost dead with two cards remaining. His min bet brought a shove from me, a very loose shove, and he called. I won't repeat what words come out my mouth, but he flipped 6-7, and an A or K was needed.

Keeping in line with my crazy series so far, the turn gave him a straight, but me a flush draw, and then I hit the river. Phew, that was close. Better play more conservative now, I thought...

It seemed like one big hand per level at present, and when I was dealt 5-8 in the BB, I was happy to call Mr.Aggro's min raise and see a 6-9-4 flop. It went check-check, and 7 diamonds hit the board. It gave me a straight, but three to a flush, nobody likes this scenario. He 3-bet me all in on the turn, and after much deliberation I called, the thinking being that any flush draw he would've bet on the flop, being his aggressive style.

He flipped over AdQh, and he was dead to a diamond. It was a diamond that came, and he got his own back on me, but it didn't stop a bang of the fist from me, coffee exiting my cup in the process.

Being between these two players really stopped me getting anywhere, I would raise the likes of A-10s, or 8-8, and I would be shoved, insta-raised, and I just couldn't call, I wanted to make sure I was ahead.

In fact, all this did was decimate my stack to just 11BB, and a raise from a new-ish player left me no choice but to shove A-Js, only to get 2 callers. 

Automatically knowing I was behind, KK and AK was flipped over. I was pretty much dead to a flush, a nut flush, one that came, and put me back in the chips in the tournament. Somehow. No-one knows how.

Again, I wanted to crack on, but every marginal hand was attacked, as I saw the men around me shatter hopes of others as they called off loose, getting there in extreme fashion.

The next hand I received was QQ, and a pre-flop raise was again called, the flop bring K-2-3 all spades. An awful flop really. He bet 35% of my stack, and with K-4 beating me, 4-5 spades basically drawing me dead, I had to fold, and when he showed 8-9, no spades, my heart dropped, and the .gifd below pretty much explains exactly my emotion at that point.

I hung around in there until I was left with about 7BB, and again I received AJ and threw my chips into the middle. That warranted a call from QQ, and the tournament was over, a respectable 190th from 516. But as i've said before, if its not a cash, its nothing to me.

Big well done to those aggressive players either side of me though, [morrison.18] finished 25th, and [Papa_M-s25] cashed in 81st.