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By: REDLACw1 @ 09:25 (EDT) / 725 / Comment ( 5 ) @CalderWc OgKush420 on TWITTER or in this group on FACEBOOK

Firstly let me explain this blog and its following oneswill be based on my Poker playing an will be posted weekly and be centred around my live and online games and also any other poker going ons that i may have .

Allow me to explain .

I play in a league run by redtooth on a Thursday with my dad an a few friends ,it can have as many as 30 players or at its lowest 14 the pub in which we play is called the Barrachnie inn , its just ur typical local friendly boozers . We get a really good mix of players Young & Old , Male & Female , we have every type of player ranging from the AGGRESSIVE one ,the TIGHT as a ducks ...... ,the DONK , the FISH ,the CALLING STATIONS , the Chasers , THE WANNABE PRO'S , my DAD and then  THERE'S little ol ME .

The league game works in that you get 3000 chip starting stack ,Game starts at 8pm and plays until the 9pm break . Break lasts for 15mins when you comeback and recieve the add on of 2000 chips and then we play down to a final table of 8 and into the points, in most cases the prize money will get split heads up with players playing on for the points and the win . For making the final table players recieve points based on where they finish ,8th gets 20 points 7th 30 points 6th 40 points 5th 50 points 4th 60 points 3rd 70 points 2nd 80 points 1st 100 maximum points.

If at the end of the seasons 13 week run you finish in the top three or qualify through winning the monday play off game you then recieve an invite to the regionals finals where you get the chance to play for a trip to VEGAS , which im very happy to say i will be playing in this coming sunday through in edingburghs MAYBURY GROSVENOR CASINO.

Im looking forward to testing my skills against all of the qualifiers from the other leagues and seeing if i can improve on my last performance at one of these regional events . i finished 15th last time flopped two top pair and was shoved all in by villain with a flush draw he improved his hand i never , this time im hoping to run better , meanwhile in the league we have started our new season and are coming upto the 3rd week , last week and the week before i finished 9th and 8th respectively , so going into weeks game on thursday im hoping to play better ,flip better , run better and hopefully get a wee win for the 100 points and the cash would do nicely for sundays regionals . i will let everyone know how i get on in this weeks games next monday .

so thats a bit about thursdays game took care of so please let try explain the madness of the FRIDAY GAME .

Each friday me my dad and 8 of my good friends gather at one of our houses to play a £10 buy in game of NO LIMIT HOLD EM POKER . 

Each player starst with 10,000 chips 30 mins blind levels starting at 25 - 50 1st place paying £50 2nd place £30 3rd place £20 . Theres a consistent core to the group who play every week and theres about 3-4 polayers who play occassionaly who like a game now and then who bring a bit of madness to the game . It helps to keep the games from going stagnant and can make things very interesting its good seeing how the dynamics change so much one week to the next.

It can be really fun if your winning and the beers are flowing , but having bubbled the money positions the last two weeks its been anything but fun its been frustrating to put it mildly . so having finished 4th the last two weeks , the first being a two table 14 man game 6max at a table with 30,000 chip starting stack 30 mins blinds 25-50 blinds start , which i hosted in my house .

It was a great night night with plenty of beers n laughs apart from bubbling i really enjoyed it . We had lots of sidebets happening ,people playing red or black and playing poker dice for pounds , we also had aces getting cracked two hands in a row to flushes it was and is a lot of fun the friday game .

Last weeks game was hosted by my friend ally i have cashed  every time playing in allys house upto this nyt , we played just the one table this time 10 players , 20,000 starting stack 30 min blinds starting at 25 -50 . Right from the off the betting was crazily high i played tight and picked my spots carefully not really getting involved in big pots mostly staying just above average when we started getting into the bigger blind levels i was beginning to bleed chips and was a bit card dead for an hour or so when i finally looked down at AA i decided to slowplay them and just limped and got called by two other players a flop 753 rainbow  was shown i min raised and was shoved all in by one player to my left i called he showed AJ SUITED my aces held and i wasdoubled up ally had me covered so he wasn't knocked out , after an hour or so more of playing we were down to four players and on the MONEY BUBBLE .

By this point the blinds were 5k -10k i was low stacked and made a move on the big blind with A3 suited clubs  and was called by utg with KQ off flop came qq2 turn 7 river 2 good game bubble boy for the second week running , so here's hoping i can improve on last weeks results and get a win this coming friday .

I'm planning on having a fruitful week of poker this week coming a win on thursday would be great for the points and a nice cash boost for going to the regionals on sunday would also be good for the confidence . An equally so if i manage to get into a cash position on friday nights game it would be really helpful i feel i'm overdue for an outright win on friday one can only think wishfully haha ,but the real prize this week is sundays redtooth regionals playing with the dream of going to VEGAS  dangled in all our sights just there for thee one who prevails through a tough field of qualifiers , to win the trophy and a trip to VEGAS  would be out of this world . One can dream but only thee one can win it all so heres hoping i can do my own personal triple crown this week and win on thursday ,friday and sunday .....WISH ME LUCK SEND ME YOUR ONE TIMES LOL. 

And finally lets get down to why were here POKERSTARS ONLINE my online game i feel my results dont reflect how i've played upto now i've came close and ran deep in a few tournaments only to bubble or bust shortly before the payouts , i've had a few min cashes in MTT's nothing great . I've won and lost again the most in Heads up games , i do not too bad in sit n go's but overall im down in profit online , something i'm looking to change and that's not all that's changing the way in which i have my grind station set up  will be getting changed hopefully for the better .

 I have also been loooking into Bankroll building an also getting a HUD i had one before and never really gave it a fair shot so will be learning again and giving it a proper go this time , an also something like HM2 OR POKERTRACKER to be able to look through my hand histories and statistics after i've built up a big enough sample size .

I'm not going to do what i have previously done top up and just play any game for the sake of it , i've been looking into game selection things like how long the tournament averagely lasts for ,the value in the prizepool ,rebuys and add ons are all factors ,what type of players will be in it the skill level of said players and the type of game and of course the buy in . 

I'm hoping to to build up a roll for one of the upcoming ukipts and play for the first time a live event run by pokerstars and hopefully be one of Joe Stapleton's Quali- FIRES haha .

I will be looking to build up a online poker schedule of games to play and be profitable and get into the black and out of the red online and turn the tide so to speak and get there always on the river haha , it is a challenge i'm looking forward to getting stuck into i will top up no more than 10 pounds= about 15/16 dollars a fortnight and play small buy in MTT's and small buy in SATTELITES to UKIPT's or EPT's .

I like to play online the most i haven't had the chance or the oppurtunity to play as much as i would like , down to seeking pastures new . I'm currently flat hunting without sucess so far but i will get there and will hopefully be playing in my own flat winning MTT's in the very near future. Up until today i have only been playing freerolls mostly the hubble ,bankroll mob and pokerschool open league freerolls to get my online fix .

I've been watching a lot of the training videos and will be watching the live one tomorrow on MTT's  . 

I have also been reading a lot of blogs and listening to the poker podcasts aswell looking to improve in both my blogging and playing poker hoping striving to improve all aspects and factors of my game hoping to plug leaks and stop mistakes and find out new things . The trainers are excellent at what they do its such a valuable tool to be used its a privelige to be able have such a wealth of expierence and quality content and material .

If you haven't signed up please do you wont regret it one bit and hey youy might learn something ..

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I will update everyone on how i get on over the next week of playing on Thursday , Friday , and Sunday's regionals , i will post any notable hands from online playing during the week and keep record of how i get on and let you'se all know in next mondays blog hopefully there's some good news to report back . 

Please feel free to comment ,ask questions and hopefully you enjoy reading my blog as much as i have writing it .


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