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It has been over a week since I created the last blog post and this means the longest time of inactivity since starting the project – inactivity even in terms of playing, blogging & being online!

My last post was about the biggest tourney coming up for the project so far: the WaSOP Main Event with a buyin of 525 €. I took half a day off work to drive to Namur and start day 1a on Thursday last week. Some of you might have already checked the results section or the final table or facebook or… No, I was not playing the final table, nor did I make the money, nor did I play on day 2… sad, but true. I could start writing about how unlucky I was, losing parts of my stack with flopped set vs. flopped flush early on or giving away half of my stack against someone chasing his open-ended straight-draw and catching it on the river, but I will not. Losing is part of the game, even though this part of the game seems to occur to me more often in the past two months than before and than I wanted it to occur in general.

After that dissapointment I took a couple of days of Poker & Internet to just relax and think about what to write and what to play. When I finally wanted to create my blog post, I realized that my internet provider tried to be funny and cut me off the internet (I am writing this at my girlfriend’s house) – reason: none! They will be re-installing the internet at my place with full-speed (right now it is down to anno 1990 speed) on Wednesday. *sigh*

Life went on, even without internet and poker, and suddenly the 3rd of August appeared on my calender. Hmmm, 3rd of August meant I just turned 30… oh well… Life goes on… Just kidding, not the part with my life but just in general. Thanks a lot to everyone that noticed and sent their wishes to me. I am still the same guy I was a week ago, but maybe some young guns look at me now as if I was half-dead or close to my retirement or something like that…

Looking at my plans for the upcoming week(s): I will be going to Amnéville today to play the 150 € Deepstack tourney I have already played once before. Also, I will be starting to play some online qualifiers again, but will let you know next week with more details on what will be played as well as a better overview of what the bankroll looks like.

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.

The Main Event of this year’s Wallonie Series of Poker (WaSOP) held in Namur/Belgium is parallely the Belgian Deepstack Poker Championship and part of the European Deepstack Poker Tour, that has already had stops to England, Austria and Slovenia. Their 500x BB Starting Stack structure with 60 minutes blinds makes it an absolute must for me to check it out and have a shot to become the winner of this 3-day event with two starting days (each with a maximum of 250 players).

Unfortunately the rest of the WaSOP tourneys are all held during the week with a starting time of 2pm, which makes it impossible for me to take even more days off work, travel to Namur and play them. Nevertheless the European Deepstack Poker Tour has announced more stops to major capitals in 2012, so far Dublin is scheduled for February 2012. Therefore I will include the tour to my “Target Events” for now and stay on the lookout for possibilities to maybe even qualify online and keep the buyins lower. If I do not qualify for the events in Namur or e.g. Dublin, I might swap it to the “Direct Live Buyins”, we will see…