August 27, 2008

DIY, Snow, Skiing, Beer and Some Poker

by @ 12:54 am. Filed under My Poker Game, Poker

I know, I know… I haven’t been posting enough lately. I’m not happy about it either,  but I have good reasons. Honest!

Most of June/July was been spent moving house, my girlfriend Kate and I decided to take the plunge recently and move in together. We bought a nice little place just outside the city and have been busy painting, carpeting, electrifying and furnishing the place ever since. It’s time consuming work but I do enjoy a bit of DIY.

Then at the start of July myself, Kate and her family headed off to Falls Creek for a full week of fun in the snow. I’d never been skiing before and at the start of the week I was struggling to even stand up but by the end I attempted (and conquered) my first black run! I’d forgotten how much fun it can be to learn a new skill and I’ll definitely be back next season, it’s a great way to spend some time away.  When you’re up at the top of the mountain it’s like you’re in another world (this is best illustrated by the fact a bowl of hot chips at the top of the main chair lift costs an offensive AUD$12.50) and it’s great to just disconnect from the rest of the world and relax.

That’s not to say I didn’t play a little poker, on the Monday night we were up there the Australian Poker League was running one of their tournaments at one of the local pubs called The Frying Pan Inn. To be honest going in I was more interested in having a few beers than playing a pub freeroll tournament but as the pints flowed I started chatting and joking with the other players at my table and had a great time and after I made the first break I decided to actually try and go deep in the thing.

And go deep I did, managing 6th overall in what was pretty much a crapshoot of a final table given the fast structure of these things. Great fun though.

Highlight:

Requesting “one more beer” at the start of the final table only to be challenged by Kate to “double up and then you can have one”. I proceed to get dealt pocket 10’s the first hand and do just that. Mine’s a Coopers Sparkling Ale thanks!

Lowlight:

Going out in 6th with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a stack of around 80,000 I open and push wth ATo trying to get heads up with the blinds who were desperately short. The big stack on the button (who, how can I put it nicely? Let’s say he’s been getting quite lucky) calls with 64o and I’m out when he spikes his 6 on the river.

As always though, I thanked the tourney organisers and shook my opponents hand before heading out into the snow for the walk home. Was a fun night, and an even better week. Kinda sucks to be back home!

One Response to “DIY, Snow, Skiing, Beer and Some Poker”

  1. poker rake Says:

    Yeah, not bad, nod bad, keep on Simon:)

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