Thursday, May 24, 2012

Letter from Doke (24th May 2012)

Hi all and welcome.

In this letter I will look back at some of the games I played recently, look forward to WSOP in Las Vegas and give you the chance to win a % of me in this year's WSOP Main Event. Irish Eyes are running a promotion starting this Saturday and are adding 5% of my main event winnings to some of our poker players. See below for more details.

Looking back first though on recent poker play, at the end of April I played the monthly game in Joker's Casino in Mullingar. No joy in the game itself where I busted in tenth, but the atmosphere in the club was great. I went down with Chris Dowling, and Chris said to me at one point "This is my new favourite monthly game", and I tend to agree. I also played the Eastern open with no success, but a big well done to my oldest poker friend Mick Mccloskey who made yet another final table and now tops the Irish Poker Tour leaderboard.

UKIPT Dublin was another personal disaster. I never really had a stack in the main event which meant craping through day one and a short day two. I was chipleader early on in the High Roller but couldn't seem to win a race when it mattered or dodge a couple of crucial gutshots. I was very disappointed to bust four from the money, particularly since this was the first event in a very long time for which I'd sold some action. I was hoping to give my investors a return on their money.

Thankfully, my weekend was saved by one of the young lads I stake, Padraig "Smidge" O'Neill, who barnstormed his way all the way to the final table. He was eventually fifth for just over 20K, but was unlucky not to go even farther.

I'll also probably sell some action for the WSOP: Vegas can be pretty expensive otherwise. Stay tuned for details on how you can win some of my WSOP action below.

Apart from that, I've been grinding away online. A highlight was a 1-2 in the new Double Chance tournaments that run every night at 8 PM on Irish Eyes. These are great tournaments: I got another second this week and one of the young guys I stake, James "Jaymo" Noonan matched my 1-2  the night after I did it.

The plan for the next few weeks is to try to get good volume online before I head to Vegas in the middle of June, as I won't be able to play online there.

While I was in Mullingar, someone asked me about my general strategy for tournaments online. Although it's not always accurate to generalise, and it always depends on a number of variables such as structure, table dynamics and opponent tendencies, as a general rule I play a lot looser and more aggressively online than I do live. I think people are more inclined to fold when they have nothing or a marginal hand online than live. I sometimes wonder if this is just because online there's always another hand or another table, but live, it gets boring sitting there making "correct" folds, so people just lose patience.

And so to the WSOP. As mentioned above, you can win or share in 5% of my action in the WSOP Main Event with Irish Eyes Poker starting from this Saturday 26th May. To get your share, win any of the following tournaments any day on Irish Eyes Poker between 26th May and 1st June 2012.

Tournaments are:
1,500 Euro Guaranteed 10 Euro Rebuy at 3pm
Deepstack 20 Euro Freezeout at 7pm,
5,000 Euro Guaranteed 10 Euro Rebuy at 7.20pm
Double Chance #1 at 8pm
Double Chance #2 at 8pm
2,500 Euro Guaranteed rebuy at 9pm
Sunday Special 10,000 Euro Guarantee at 6.25pm

All Irish Eyes Poker players that win of any of the above tournaments in the designated period will receive a share in the 5%, and if I strike big in Vegas that could amount to a nice earner.

If you fancy a trip to the WSOP yourself, the WSOP Express promotion continues on Irish Eyes with €14,000 added and a total of four packages to WSOP Side Event 56 to be won (WSOP Side Event 56 is held between 2nd to 4th of July). The package includes: $1,500 tournament entry to Side Event 56, Seven nights stay at a Palazzo Hotel Luxury Suite, $1,740 for travel and spending money. All a player needs to do is make 1 VIP that is earned in last 72 hours prior to the tournament and use this to buy-in to the first level game. There will be two tournaments per day starting at 17:30 and 19:30. The last WSOP Sunday final in this series is on Sunday 3rd June so get playing.

Freerolls: Don't forget to 'Like' our Team Irish Eyes Poker page on Facebook and you can get the password to the Weekly Facebook €100 Freeroll every Wednesday night. Here is the link

Good luck at the tables - unless I'm at the same table :)


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