Archive for November, 2011

Come on now! How am I supposed to win something with a seat and table like this!

It was again not meant to be my time to get a deep run going in one of the bigger buyins after not cashing EPT Snowfest in March, WSOP Circuit Tour Las Vegas in April and WaSOP in Namur – all together buyins of well over 5,000 €. Something like 290 players signed up for the starting day of the main event of the Paradise Poker Tour last nite and only half of them will make a comeback at day 2.

The first levels were somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for me building my starting stack of 20,000 numerous times up to 27-28,000 and dropping back to 17-18,000. There were no special hands, bad beats or suckouts dealt to or by me for pretty much the whole day. Instead it took the table almost five hours (!!!) to lose its first player – at that point the tourney was already down by 80 players at other tables! I do believe we had definately the toughest table of all in the tourney with a mixture of many nationalities including a Paradise Poker Pro and some strong locals.

Dropping down from my highest chip count that nite (30,000) with blinds at 300/600/50 chasing an open-ended straight draw with reasonable bets of villain, it was just a matter of orbits when I was in a build-or-bust situation. A board of 2-5-2-6-10 cut down my stack to 5BBs after I pushed allin on the river with Q10 against another short player who check/snapcalled with A10. Two allins later I found no help with KQs vs. A8s and I busted in 162nd – not want to forget to mention that I won 80€ (included in the project) after the bust in 60min cashgame.

Thanks to Nick from Paradise Poker I had mentionings in the Paradise Poker Blog, which will hopefully continue not only in tonite’s starting side event # 2 – a 2-day event, 220€ NLHE Freezeout with 15,000 stack and slow structure – and also in upcoming stops of the tour.

Without winning a seat I played the 50€ rebuy satellite, even though I originally planned not to play the satellite for the main event. With approximately 90 players in the tourney and 19 seats awarded chances were quite good, but I overplayed one single hand (AJo overcards + nutflushdraw vs. flopped flush) against the only guy at the table who had a bigger stack than me.

Afterwards I headed to the 1€/2€ PLO table and one hell of a funny table with seven different nationalities at one point including a dealer from Cuba. The level of skill was really low and there was only one guy two seats to my left who had a good idea of how to play Omaha. Knowing how variance can kill you in Omaha it was not a surprise, that I lost my first stack of 200€ with a flopped set of aces vs. a rivered J-high flush and a check/raise allin of the villain on the flop with nothing but the draw. A few orbits later I was back to 400€ with smaller pots in a row and stayed there with a little up and down until the end.

The main event will start in two hours and there was already 150 players bought into the tourney yesterday, not counting any of the satellite winners online or live nor the people that paid the entry fee online. Since it was 311 players last year, the record might easily be broken if they raise the cap of 300 or let alternates play the tourney after the first busts. Funny thing about my table draw will follow in my next blog post! 🙂

Wednesday, November 23rd, 3:45am, 4°C, foggy weather and my iPhone tries to persuade me that it is time to wake up. What the hell?! Oh yea, two and a half hours of sleep are more than sufficient… tsss…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 4:00am, 4°C, foggy weather and my iPhone asks me what the fxck I am still doing in bed – “Last call for you, jackass, if you want to make it to the airport in time!” – OK, OK, shut your trap, iPhone!

Things are already packed for the trip to Barcelona, so not a whole lot to do before I jump in my car and drive to Frankfurt-Hahn, a 60min car ride. Red Bull must be invented by some sort of god, at least that is how I feel after having a medium-sized can in my car instead of some to-go coffee. Just a short line to check-in, great, only hand luggage (Thank you, Marco, for your suitcase that is perfect for Ryanair!) even though it was probably heavier than 10kg and off we (a friend of mine joined me in Hahn, another two guys joined us arriving in Barcelona) go.

Two hours later we are at the Girona Airport close to Barcelona, another 90 minutes later we arrive at Barcelona downtown using the shuttle bus. Due to a rather bad explanation on how to get to the apartment and a very small, not very well known street, it took us another 45 minutes to find our Habitat Apartment Princesa 2 in El Born, right in the middle of Barcelona, close to the train station, to beach, the Ramblas, the harbour and of course the casino.

After unpacking stuff, walkind around El Born a little and getting something to eat we met with the other two guys and headed to the casino for the side event # 1, 115€ Freezeout with 8,000 chips to start with, 30min blind levels (picture is wrong!) and a surprisingly good structure for the first 10-12 levels. 95 players used the start of the Paradise Poker Tour Barcelona to play the tournament and in level 16 it was 10 players remaining making the money and the final table – me being one of them! Unfortunately I entered the final table as the shorty with ~10BB, but was able to wait for two more players to bust before 3-betting a 3BB raise allin with 45,000 chips at blinds of 2,500/5,000/500. The initial raiser, also the chipleader, called with AQ and won the race against my 99 spiking a Q right on the flop. No hard feelings since the tourney was meant to be a preparation for the main event – 400€ was the payout for the practice (1st was 2.8k €).

My initial plan was to play the super satellite for the main event tonite, a 50€ rebuy, but it is an awful turbo structure with only 15min blind levels and a very small starting stack. Therefore I might be hitting the cash tables instead – NLHE or PLO 1€/2€ is attracting my attention – the NLHE cashgame will count towards the project, PLO is more or less fun stuff and will therefore not be included. Stay tuned, I will try to keep you up to date with another blog entry either tomorrow or after day 1 of the main event.