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Main Event Final Table; Go The CHUCK TRUCK!!

September 07, 2008

Tags: Charles Chua, APPT, Lily Bui, Baccarat.

Finally we reach the final table of the APPT Main Event and for once I have some interest in it. Charles 'Chucky' Chua is someone I've always known and heard stories about; but never knew who he was . . . until now.

During the APT main event a week previous I was introduced to him and instantly became good friends with him. We share a group of friends, so it is understandable that we should click too. After busting early during the APT main event he kicked on throught the APPT main event and is now positioned in fourth chip position on the final table.

Since me and Dave weren't needed we headed to the games arcade for a half hour or so and quickly blew 20mops playing drumming games, racing cars and shooting bad guys! Afterwards I ventured back to the baccarat tables where I took my original 2k buy-in and turned it into 7,000 mops. With an extra 5k in my pocket and a tourney starting I decided to give it a crack.

It was a 2,500 mops buy-in with an optional rebuy or add-on with a 5,000 starting bank. I sat down at table 14 seat 10 with Heath having a purchased 10% for a 15% share - I was feeling generous and also wanted some protection (even though it was only $500!!).

The first hand I played I limped with {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and found a raiser in late position to 200. I was going to call until I saw a glimpse of the {3-Spades} as the big blind folded. Under-the-gun I sweated {Q-Spades}{9-Spades} and bumped it to 175. The action was folded round to a donkey in late position who raised it to 400. There was a caller in the big blind, so I called and we saw a flop of {Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. BB checked, I checked and then the donkey moved all-in for 5,000. BB folded and I snapped. However I was in shock when he tabled {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} for a flopped set. Of course the turn and river bricked out and I was forced to rebuy as I looked up at Lily in disbelief just shaking my head.

We came back from the first break with blinds at 100-200 and with my stack at a very unhealthy 2,925. I won my first pot after flopping two-pair out of the small blind and leading 725 into the 800 and taking it down. I then got myself in a trickey spot. I opened to 800 with blinds at 150-300 and Lily moved all-in and was met with two callers. Having {K-Clubs}{q-Clubs} I was forced to fold even though I only had 2,225 behind. The flop fell King -high and would have shipped the pot as I was up against J-J, A-Q and 9-9.

I was dealt {8-Clubs}{9-Clubs} under-the-gun and tried my luck again bumping it to 800. With one caller on my direct left I checked the YAHTZEE flop of {10-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and when he put me all-in for my last 1,425 I double-fist-pump-snap called and was up against {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. The turn and river bricked for him and I was back to 4,600.

A few hands later a player in early position opened to 1,000 and I flatted with {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} in late position. The flop fell {10-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{6-Spades} and he led for 2,000 and I moved all-in for a further 1,450 - he called and tabled {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. The turn fell the {4-Hearts} and river the {7-Clubs} and I doubled to 9,350.

As we came back from the break with blinds at 200-400 an LAG opened to 1,200 and looking down at {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} I raised to 4,400 leaving myself only 1,400 behind. He went into the tank for sometime before putting me all-in with {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}. I called and of course the board ran out {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{K-Clubs} and I was eliminated in 64th place out of the 96 runners.

Tilting hard I headed back to baccarat and made a further 2k to make me feel a little better as I went to sweat Chucky. Me, Celina, Van and David Lee sweated Chuck as play hit heads-up, but the Chuck Truck couldn't overcome Edward Sabat as he collected 300k for his second-place finish.

APPT Main Event

September 07, 2008

Tags: APPT, Baccarat.

So its been a while since I last posted but its mainly due to covering the APPT Main Event over the past few days.

All in all it was a really well run tournament as the days were short as play only lasted seven levels with 10 minute breaks every second level.

However a recap of what has been going on over the past few days:
- learnt to play Baccarat; and now officially addicted
- partied at various places including D2 and Benelli's
- am yet to have a 'spa'
- did I mention I'm addicted to Baccarat . . .

So every day seems to be standard so far. Wake up at 12 something, showever and catch a 20mop cab to work (about $3) and grab a food voucher for breakfast. Work for seven hours. Head to the buffet with another voucher. Play some baccarat, have a few quiet ones or go exploring. In bed by 3am.

As you can tell there is barely anytime for jumping online; and not having a computer over here doesn't help either.

However, here are some photos from my trip so far:

Day 2 Upon Us

August 29, 2008 2 comments

Tags: Melissa Castello, Dave King, APT, Tsing Tao.

So as I sit in Melissa's room downing a Tsing Tao we have finally come to the end . . . of both the APT Day 1's. Two days, 260 odd players and only 60 remaining as we play into the money tomorrow with the top 40 players being paid as they chase for a US500k first prize.

The Tournament Floor on Day 1a
The Tournament Floor on Day 1a

It's been an interesting two days of poker as most of the players are player are flat out shocking! However the site of the APT girls strolling round in tight black dresses really reward me and Dave as we act as Heath and F-Train's bitches over the three weeks we're here.

One of the many beautiful APT girls
One of the many beautiful APT girls

With not a whole lot of highlights so far, seeing one of the hottest girls in the world is sitting on top with a visit from Tila Tequila yesterday. I was way too chicken-shit to approach her; but thanks to Kirsty's help, Dave got a nice photo.

On a side note however as we left StarWorld Galaxy around midnight I headed into some dodgy alley-way shop and bought two Tsing Tao's for 10 mops or . . . $2 for the both of them. Dave on the other hand decided to order a second round and couldn't be bothered walking down to buy some so ordered room service. The outcome . . . 3 beers for 132 mops; so instead of the 5 mops per can of Tsing Tao he paid 44 mops for each one. I'm truly enjoing the 900% price-increased Tsing Tao!!

Monkeys, Cable Cars and The Lions Bar

August 28, 2008

coming soon

Another Flight Dilemma

August 28, 2008

Tags: Rio Macau, Heath Chick, Kirsty Brew, Qantas.

The day started well with everything being packed and organised on time. I headed to dinner with Ibs and Joyce at Cervo where we tucked down a quick meal before heading to the airport. After checking in and proceeding through customs I went straight to the gift store and picked up something to drink as well as a Hong Kong/Macau travel guide.

As I walked towards my gate there was a new electronics store. WIth the first chance I could I jumped on the Nintendo Wii and PS3 and took over for the next 40 mins or so as I waited for Heath and Kirsty. However meeting up wit them was not going to happen tonight as they couldn't get a flight on the same plane and therefore were bumped to an 11am flight tomorrow.

Some Melbourne guys strolled through including Karib Karib, David 'LeeWah' Lee and Lily Bui. We hanged out for a little bit before they boarded their plane to Macau via KL. As I sat waiting patiently for my plane that dreaded announcement came over the speakers, "QF 95 has been delayed due to maintenance issues . . . for four hours". Damn!!

Sitting in the terminal for a further four hours was absolute hell and I spent most of the time strolling round, listening to music and doing what I could do to stay awake until I boarded the plane.

But to my disappointment that would never happen.

Our flight ended up being cancelled and moved to 4pm the following day. Once everyone was cabbed out of the terminal, I managed to find an earlier flight at 11am. I headed home to sleep for a few hours before having to head back early the following day.

Second Attempt
Awake and heading out the door of my apartment I receive a call from Heath to meet up at the Crown cab rank (obviously so he can ride free on Qantas!!) Everything worked out fine this time, and once in Hong Kong we caught a 40-minute cab ride to the ferry dock that cost us 400HK. The ferry ride was about half an hour and once in Macau we encountered our next problem.

As we rolled up to the Rio Hotel we had one issue . . . they didn't have a room for us. With Melissa, F-Train, Dave and Paul already in a room and without a number we knew it was going to be hard . . . but not this hard.

The firstly booked us in one room, then another, then another, then another, then another before finally telling us that there were no rooms left apart from a few suites. Being tired, grumpy and very annoyed after waiting two hours in the lobby; I made them put us up in a suite for the night with everything to be sorted out the following day with their manager.

Two angry hours later we had two rooms for us and what a set-up they both had; lounge room, study, king size bed, four couches, two bathrooms, two mega-plasmas and all the extras! However there was no chance to savour any of it as I was quick to bed following a hot shower.

P.S - pretty please I hope they have no room for us tomorrow so we have to stay in their suites!!

Victorian Poker Championships Re-Cap

August 24, 2008 3 comments

Tags: Jay Kinkade, Victorian Poker Championships, Heath Chick, Kirsty Brew, Melissa Castello, Dave Behr, David King.

As you can tell I've been a bit lazy in the blog department; so I thought I should get back on it before I head to Macau for the APT and APPT tours.

Its been nearly a week since the Vic Champs concluded with Jay 'Seabeast' Kinkade taking out the title and the 200k first prize. It was a very busy two weeks for both me and Heath as we had some new reporters on hand; which meant we were on the floor getting hands ourselves at points because things got slow. We tried to get some hustle out of them but after a while we realised the difference between me (as a reporter at the WSOP) and them . . . I'm GATES trained!!!

Victorian Poker Championships Main Event
Victorian Poker Championships Main Event

Made quite a few new friends including a bunch of guys from Sydney including Brendan Edmonds, Callum Ford, David Lovell, Ronan Barratt - had a crazy $1-1 home game one night at about 3am with Phi as well. So much action with super call's and pown-age occuring.

We worked like dogs over the two weeks, with me working everyday and Heath the same bar-one due to an appearance in the Tasmania State of Origin team. Late nights, early starts became standard after the first few days; but it all comes with the job I suppose. In terms of the workload, I do love having the extra workload on my plate (which also included the photography - excluding the ME) because I prefer things to be perfect then half-hearted and easy.

Oh well, so tomorrow I head off to Macau and Hong Kong for nearly three weeks. Me, Heath and Kirsty are on the same flight to Hong Kong tomorrow night and will be meeting up with Melissa Caaaaaastello, Dave Behr and Dave King for the double tour. After Macau I have a few days in Hong Kong to go shopping and drinking and will be joined by Melissa; as we're going to share a room. Heath and Kirsty are going to be there to, so it could be a fun few days.

Stay tuned for a daily post on Macau as we battle the humidity, hustle and bustle and degenercy that Macau will bring!

Blog Moved

July 28, 2008

Due to my new PokerNews name for live-reporting purposes I have transferred by entire blog over to here. Therefore the will be inactive from here on in.

My First Week Home

July 27, 2008

coming soon

Last Night in Vegas: GG's house and Karoke

July 27, 2008

coming soon

WSOP Main Event and South Point

July 27, 2008

Tags: Heath Chick, SouthPoint.

So me and Heath got an early out after covering the main event so we decided that on one of our last nights in Vegas we should go play some cards together - something we haven't done over the past month and a bit.

Once back at his place we head across the road to SouthPoint Casino (where they film the high stakes poker shows) and sit down to play some $2-4 limit holdem. We chose limit because we wanted to sip on a few beers and not stress over trying to make money in NLH, but rather have some fun.

We both buy in for WAAAAYYYYY to much; but who cares . . . its limit!! Grind away for a while until this hand came up that tilted the both of us. Bit of background first - table is pretty passive, so we're playing alot of hands, and bluffing is working 88% of the time. I'm dealt {4-Spades}{3-Spades} under-the-gun +1 and limp after Heath folds. A few limpers round to the big blind who raises to $4, I call and so does everyone else. Flop comes down {4-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}; big blind checks, I bet $2, she raises to $4, I raise to $6 and she calls. The turn falls the {4-Clubs} and she check-calls my $4 bet. When the river lands the {6-Diamonds} she again check-calls $4 and table my cards ready to scoop the pot in. However she rolls {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for nut full house and me and Heath look at each other and go, "what the fuck!?!?!?!"

Oh well, I moved on, took some pots down as Heath kept getting rivered by the same two people everytime he played a pot, until finally I hit YAHTZEE!!! Lady from last hand limps UTG, Heath limps UTG+1, I raise to $4 and get three callers to the lady who raises, Heath calls, I cap and everyone calls. Flop comes {9-Spades}{2-Spades}{6-Spades}, lady bets $2, Heath folds, I raise to $4 and it is called round. Turn falls the {3-Spades} and it is checked to a guy in late position who bets $4, lady calls, and I call. River is the {10-Spades} and we check to him again. He fires $4, lady calls, I raise to $8 (Oh yeah!! Booyah the river check-raise in limit!!) and both players call. I table {7-Spades}{8-Spades} for the nizzles and the late position flashes {J-Spades}{4-Diamonds} as his cards go into the muck.

Heath playing $2-4 LH at SouthPoint
Heath playing $2-4 LH at SouthPoint

SHIP SHIP my first bonus for the trip and it paid $100 for the straight flush. That pot plus the bonus took me up to over $300 and I never looked back! Final hand for the night was when Heath says, "I'm getting aces here", I follow up with saying, "If you get aces, I'm going to 3-bet!". As the cards are dealt Heath states, "I got 'em!" and throws out $4, I sweat {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and instantly three-bet (well seriously, who isn't with natural nine???). It ends up getting capped and we see the flop of {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} - oh yeah, second nizzles!!! Heath bets, I raise, he calls. Turn is a sick {J-Diamonds} and we check-check, river falls a blank and he checks as I fire. "Oh this is sick, if you beat me here I'm leaving, I've had enough, I'm leaving" as Heath throws in $4. I roll my hand over and he stands up, knocks his chair over as he tables {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and picks up his chips and cashes out.

As I'm raking in HEATH'S CHIPS I decide that I should go as well and leave SouthPoint a $150 winner as we head back to Tommy's and Heath's place where I'm crashing for the next few nights.

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