It's been a long day for me, I've been up since 4 am, playing my first ever WBCOOP events. 

I qualified for the 10 free tickets via my previous blog entry, and if you have not seen it yet, I plead with you to give it a read. It is not a usual blog post and may be a bit too out there for some of you, but it did take a lot of effort for me and was a work of inspiration; something I'd never done before. Above all, I wrote it for you (yes, you), the people that read my blog and comment. Your responses and views keep me going in my Time Vault challenge.

After I got my WBCOOP tickets, I realised I could only play in 12 possible events - those on my weekends. Figuring this kind of opportunity does not come often and hoping such an unusual start to the day could be interesting and different, I decided to enter the 4 am NLHE. I set my alarm for 3:45 am, but couldn't get to sleep before 10:30 pm and woke up several times through the night. All in all I probably got about 5 hours of sleep and had dreams of random burglars hiding in my roof. 

It was a pleasant change when I woke up and checked my email to see a very useful and uplifting blog post from TOO2COO, reminding me to keep my eyes on the prize. I think it certainly helped the few times I found myself raising or calling all-ins today. 

The first event was NLHE and I was very happy when I saw the starting stack size was 10,000.

Here's a great hand that helped me secure ITM spot in the NLHE:

I probably luckboxed it a bit, especially after the river, but it gave me enough chips to last through the bubble. It was probably the first time I'd ever 4-bet, so it was a terrifying experience. It was also probably the first time I made any substantial winnings off a monster pocket pair.

The second event was PLO, 6 max and I expected it to last quite a long time. Imagine my surprise then when, by about the third hand, I saw myself with only 480 chips. It was 8 am by then, and I was already planning on having a morning snooze after I bust out. 

Against all odds, I somehow recovered and finished ITM at almost the same position as the NLHE game, about 90th.

So now I have two $5.50 SCOOP tickets which apparently can also be used for MicroMillions. I think it also means I qualify for the main event, which was my main goal. 

It was great to live-tweet with 85FastLane and even Daleroxxu (though I made a fool of myself there), and to even just see other familiar PSO faces in the entrants log. The sense of community here is really what keeps me coming back to the site and to even poker (it certainly can't be the money, haha!)

When I play poker, I am often railed by my two parrots. Here's a picture of one, Bob, after he took a naughty bath in his drinking bowl, look at that guilty face!

And here's a video I took of me playing with my other parrot, Smudge.

In other news, I did not place well in OSL in February, 1242nd, which is lower than January, though I still got 50 c. Thus, my goal of placing in the top 500 is not complete.

I was also fortunate enough to be staked twice by TheRoyalRaiser for 45 c SNGs and managed to place ITM four out of the twenty tournaments. It's not much of an ROI for raiser unfortunately, but it did help me build my bankroll to $3.50 now (along with the FPP and OSL winnings). Not to mention it's quite an honour to be helped by someone who won The Best Blogger award last year!

Although below the suggested $6.25, I am going to use this money to play the Cowboy Challenge. Hopefully this will mean a start to the bigger and greater things, ie, winning at poker. If, by April, I still have no money, I'll be depositing $20 to take advantage of the rebuy STT bonus.

I have been reading the hilarious +EV Comics I found on the keenspot site and highly recommend you check them out if you haven't seen them. 

Hopefully your WBCOOP adventure is off to a roaring start, and I hope you also run deep in the Big Bang, MicroMillions, and the PSO March Mayhem. It'll be a busy month! Let's make it a big one for the PSO Collective.