Team PKR Pro and Triple Crown Winner recalls his WPT Ireland experience here on UK PokerNews.
So after taking most of December off due to settling into the new home and having the family over for Christmas, I ventured to Dublin for the PKR.com World Poker Tour Ireland. I was really looking forward to this one. I've had some great times in Dublin in the past and love playing WPT events so I couldn't wait. I decided to road trip it with three of my good friends, Matt Perrins, Lil Dave and Sam Macdonald. It would have been quicker to fly but getting the ferry and driving was great banter, despite all of us doing our money to Sam Mac at chinese poker.
First night I met up with all the heroes in the bar, hung out at the PKR Welcome Party, stayed up for a bit but resisted going out drinking and had an early night in preparation for day one. Had a great sleep then went down to play, Lil Dave was at my table but I didn't recognise anyone else except an empty seat which was later filled by Beyne. I've known Dave for a while now but we rarely talk poker so it was interesting having him there. I've never played with Beyne either but luckily had position on him.
Pro on Pro action
We inevitably clashed in a couple of hands, the first of which was a failed bluff. PatIvey opened in mid position to 400 at 75/150, Beyne 3-bet to 1,100 in the cutoff and I looked down at A-Kcc on the button. Decided the best option was to flat, so we got heads-up to the flop of T-8-3hh. Beyne checked and I bet 1,500 expecting him to give up. He called.
At this point I didn't feel like he was super strong, I felt he may have had some random 8 or T or maybe J-J, and my perceived range is very strong. The turn was a 9 which was a pretty bad card for me and was likely to have given him two pair or something like J-8ss for a pair and a straight draw. I decided not to barrel and checked back, trying to represent pot-controlling an overpair. The river was a blank, maybe an offsuit 5, either way it was irrelevant. He checked. I expect him to valuebet all two pairs and Q-Q, K-K and A-A if he did decide to check call the flop with those hands. I bet 6K into around 5.5K hoping to fold out all one pair hands besides maybe J-J although it's not inconceivable he folds that too. He called and I mucked, as I felt it was more important to hide the way I'd played the hand rather than to see his. I think he likely got stubborn with J-J or played Q-Q and maybe even K-K or A-A very cautiously. Not the best start. (Ed - we asked Beyne, who says he had T-7!)
Luck of the Irish
There were a lot of loose players at the table and we were playing 10 handed for some of the day so I played fairly tight. I clashed with Beyne later in the day after he opened and I 3-bet A-Tcc from the button, playing around 40BB. He moved in, I called and held against Q-8o. Then a few hands later, Beyne opened UTG and I 3-bet UTG+1 playing around 55BB effective, planning to 5-bet all-in against his 4-bet. But surprisingly he just moved all-in. I would have expected him to induce with his very good hands, so I ended up calling it off. He had A-Q which I didn't expect, but of course I got there on the river to win a huge pot. I grinded to the end of the day losing a couple of annoying hands and finished on about 50K.
Another early night and I was pumped for day two! On the very first hand a young guy moved in for 15K at 500/1K in the cutoff. I picked up 7-7 in the SB and moved all-in but the woman in the BB picked up Q-Q and called all-in too. The young guy had A-2, no miracle for me and I was down to 24K after the first hand! I folded for an orbit then Andrew Wayman opened in the hijack to 2,200 and I moved all-in in the BB with 6-6. He snapped with A-K, the flop was J-9-5 rainbow and it felt like I couldn't lose until he turned a K. The river bricked and the dream was over.
So that was the poker. Other than that I had an awesome time with some SICK nights out and got to know some of the PKR regs too. All in all, it was a lot of fun, topped off by Dubai winning the main event!!! I've known Shallow for a few years and always got on with him really well. I was loving it that he won but a bit gutted for Chaz who came second. Props to PatIvey as well for his fourth place, repping it for PKR. Ended up having an absolutely epic night out with everyone and we were feeling AWFUL on the ferry home. I was very happy to get home to Leeds.
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