Archive for July, 2011

Nothing much to blog about for the past days since I played the 100 € Freezeout in Nennig with only 26 runners and ended up busting early and yet again could not end up cashing to finally bring the first cash to the event. Since a friend of mine was joining the action, I was not able to take notes as I did in the past live events. The two most memorable hands were 55 hitting my set on the flop, but losing to the also flopped -flush (half of my stack gone) and 99 allin with 6-7 big blinds left vs. 1010 to bust.

As already mentioned before, I will be starting in WaSOP’s 525 € Main Event on Thursday (Day 1a), which I am looking forward to really a lot. This is going to be the best structured tourney in terms of big blinds to start with + duration of blinds by far: 500 BB to start with and 60 minute blind levels are deeper than deep. To give you a good comparison, the structure of the European Poker Tour (EPT) is 30,000 chips to start (300 BB) with almost the same blinds levels in duration and raises.

Besides that I have been checking the net back and forth to find more interesting online qualifiers I could play for the project and ended up finding two: ChiliPoker is offering the so-called “DSO à la carte” qualifiers, which are 11 € + R every Tuesday. Winners of the often small field receive a 525 € ticket to play one of the upcoming Deepstack Open of ChiliPoker – the next one is taking place in Malta in October, followed by Vienna and Marrakech later this year. Marrakech would be my first choice – I love the town and maybe Kévin “kgoule” Durand (CMU-Member and Investor; met him earlier this summer in Marrakech) would be a host to me. Even if I win a ticket and do not manage to play in 2011, the tour already announced its continuation in 2012. I will start playing the “DSO à la carte” from now on for a total of not more than 200 € (trying to play it as a 1R1A).

The other series of events is Pokerstar’s Eureka Poker Tour. Especially its upcoming stop in Zagreb/Croatia sounds very yummy, but unfortunately (once again) I need to be checking my working schedule before planning to play the qualifiers. All the tourneys have a 525 € buyin with both, seat only and packages awarded through qualifiers. Drop me a line, if you are planning to play the qualifiers to one of the tour’s stops – I will be keeping the Eureka Poker Tour in my focus…

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The so far biggest tourney in prize pool, players and buyin is coming up this week as already mentioned: the Main event of Namur’s Wallonie Series of Poker II with a buyin of 525 €, 500 runners and a prize pool of 250,000 €. Somewhat like 45,000 € are waiting for the lucky winner after three days of play, starting with day 1a and 1b on Thursday and Friday and finishing the tourney on Saturday and Sunday with day 2 and 3.

As I have restricted my play to certain limits (e.g. maximum of 10 % for a direct buyin; you can read the restrictions created here), I am not allowed to pay the complete buyin from the actual bankroll. I will only pay 60 % of the buyin (= 315 €) with money of the bankroll and therefore return only 60 % of the winnings to the bankroll as well. I will be starting on day 1a, hopefully surviving, returning to work on Friday and then travel calm, rested and with the will to win on Saturday and Sunday.

Before I hit Namur’s tables on Thursday, I will be playing today’s 100 € Freezeout in Nennig – maybe a turning point even before WaSOP II.

Exactly one month after publishing and advertising my project and blog, I thought it is time to have a little review of what has happened so far in terms of figures, statistics and other facts apart from the tourneys, tables and cards.

The site had 1,395 hits until today, which is an average of 47 hits per day. The busiest day was a couple of days after I launched the site with 257 hits on June, 25. In these 30 rather active days I have created 16 different blog posts and 8 pages spread across 18 categories. Especially the number of hits per day will most likely decrease in the future, but I am still happy as long as some of you stop by every now and then – maybe I will be able to maintain an average of 15-25…

The project itself attracted 19 different investors with single investments made in between 0.05 % up to 17.5 % to generate the sum of 55.25 % of the complete bankroll distributed among investors. I might be mistaken, but from my observations people from 10 different countries are supporting me as investors, many more as followers (which can be seen with the help of the flag counter on the left-hand menu bar). I have not told you guys so far, but despite the negative start, I am doomed to make some money with my doings: my girlfriend herself invested 0.25 % in the project!!! Thanks, hun 😉