So last weekend was DTD. The weekend was one of the really great APAT weekends, so many legends there, Jaxie, The Stockton Massive, BCPC, Michelle, Paulie_D, Ian T, Curly, Grant, JP, Suzanne, Dan, Rudders, Paul Mac and of course Ger "The Duke" Smyth. Loads more as well sorry have not got space to name that many.
The weekend started a bit strange. I wanted to go up Friday but could not get away due to having this week off work also the front screen heater on my car stopped working and I didn't want to drive up not being able to see where I was going so go a lift with Darren Shallis (APAT great of about 143 final tables). We drove through the sea for some reason (although we both agreed the M50 should have been there). We got to DTD and it was like it used to be. All the people were there, we don't have enough of these any more.
I entered the six-max, played with some card and chips got knocked out somehow, not that I actually remember how. Then sat at the bar chatting with various people well into the night. Eventually got a lift back with Paulie at about 3am.
Woke up in the morning, 10:30am what to do for the next 4 hours, ah that'll be the Waters Edge then. We all get food and the beer flows, we wonder if we should go and play poker or just stay here, then go and play poker. Don't know why we keep having to do that on APAT weekends. Anyway I spend the next 13 hours playing poker, manage to actually take it seriously, get some chips lose some chips then get them back. Everybody else goes off to Chambers, I don't as I am still playing poker. Mind you that might not be a bad thing, I remember the last time I went to Chambers, I blame Dawn... and Jack.
Anyway I had lots of chips at one point but the blinds kept going up so I had to get some 3-bets through which I was able to do made day two with about 22 bigs which I thought would be enough. Find the boys and girls who have made it back to DTD. Phil_TC disappears into thin air which is a great trick. Stuart who has been drinking all day but can strangely still stand and talk drinks Phil's pint for him. I then stand in the smoking area talking to Stu and Michelle before we get a taxi back.
Day two I make a good start and get up to close to average with a few well timed 3-bet shoves, then I make an error by putting the wrong colour chips in the pot and end up flat calling with KK and losing all my chips on a raggy flop. This is really poor play and I think I was clearly unhappy about it..... for about 10 minutes.
I watch Dan playing the PLO for a while but he was more interested in his PLO game on his ipad, from what I know about him it was probably a bigger game than the one he was playing at DTD. I eventually left, I can't really put down in words how good this weekend was and I have not done it justice here. The APAT people are LEGENDS and a better group of people you will not find. I know it gets said all the time but it's true.
Call out to Asa who was missed, therefore the WCOAP in April will be improved by his presence. I will see you in Glasgow mate.
Many Congratulations to Suzanne for her Six-max win and of course to Carl Pilgrim (Fandango) for taking down the main event - well played. DTD is a great place to be playing a final table there is something extra too it that others don't have, they are so hard to get and few and far between so it's really important to enjoy them. I think they did.
I got back and went to watch Newport County Vs Hereford a game we won 2-0. That won't mean much to many of you but it is a bit like a local derby and we had not played for 20 years. It was the biggest crowd at Newport since their football league days and the whole thing was just something else #comeonthecounty.
Well I now had 3 days to get the 750 FPP's needed to gain Silverstar status on Pokerstars. I have got 600 so far with a little bit of profit as well. I will do a proper poker update later on with some interesting hands.
Still not sure I actually LIKE live poker but at an APAT it really doesn't matter. I seem to usually play quite well at them, even though most of the time I am not in the least bit bothered if I am still in or out, maybe there is something too that?
Play of the weekend in my opinion goes to Brendan though who made a great lay down with KK after correctly putting his opponent on AA, great effort by him as well in the main event, top bloke and a good player.
I will do a proper poker update later.
Oh and we are looking for a few good men or women for thishttp://www.apat.com/forum/index.php?topic=11860.msg188560;boardseen#new