A swing and a show

I didn’t have much info on him, especially regarding his heads-up play, but I did know that he was on the loose and aggressive side. I’d also been pretty aggressive towards him and he’d seen me betting heavy and stacking off with a wide value range. I’m pretty happy with the play up till the river but then I get one of the worst cards in the deck. Am I chk/folding, chk/calling or just shoving here?

Days like today show the strange ways in which the mind can work. When I finished my session I was so happy to have made $32 because I had the perspective of being $1k down to measure it against. If it’d been the other way round and I’d been $1k up and finished at $32 I would have been gutted. Same result – two different emotions.

For the evening we’d got tickets to see Lostprophets in Manchester. The gig was at the Academy, the same place I’d first seen them perform as almost unknowns as part of the NME Awards Tour in 2002. I’ve followed them since, and though they may have moved slightly over to the commercial side I’ve still loved everything they’ve done.

First up though was support from Modestep. I’ve been listening to a lot of dubstep and drum and bass recently so I was really excited to see these guys, and they didn’t disappoint. They are a rock/electronic crossover band with a dubstep sound, and if you ask me they are the future! I’m tipping these guys for big things. Not only is their music great, but they’re are pretty unique right now and they really know how to put on a show. It’s not often you see the support act get the crowd going like they did last night. If you’re into this kind of thing at all I strongly urge you to check them out.

Then it was time for Lostprophets. I usually like a band that interacts with the crowd and put a bit of character in their show. There was none of that here, but I couldn’t complain as they launched a whirlwind of back-to-back anthems from start to finish with barely a pause inbetween. Standout moment for me had to be them taking it right back to the start with their debut single from 2001, Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja.

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