Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

As announced in my last blog post, I have planned another small poker trip since Las Vegas is not going to happen for me this year – at least not during WSOP… TryABluffPLS (a poker enthusiast I got to know trough two different poker communities, e.g. AndyRA’s community), a friend of his and me will be going to the Czech Republic to play some tourneys.

Lets be more precise: our goal is Rozvadov, a little town with 700 people, located directly at the Czech-German border. Its size probably more than doubles every time the King’s Casino invites all poker players to their special events. Due to the strict governmental regulation the casino is well-known to the German poker community since there are no (legal) privately-owned poker clubs in Germany – not at all comparable to Austria for example. Previously hosted GCOP’s (German Championship of Poker) in Rozvadov attracted hundreds of players and will do so again in July with tournaments ranging from ~100 € up to the 1,100 € Main-Event with a 200,000 € guaranteed prize pool.

Our goal though will be the Deutsche Poker Tour (DPT), a rather small tourney weekend with deep and fast structures. Still, its Main-Event guarantees a prize pool of 44,444 €, which is calculated on a basis of more than 300 players paying the buyin of 144 €. Obviously I am not counting on huge cashes within this trip – the overall amount of buyins will be less than 500 € for 3-4 tourneys – but I love the structures and want to aim for multiple cashes to make it worth the 700km trip.

About the structures: there is nothing more fitting than the subtitle “Deep & Fast” for the DPT. Even though the Main Event only has blind levels of 25 minutes, a starting stack of 800x big blinds should keep everyone out of deeper trouble if no bad beats or sick setups occure. The side events all have stacks between 12,000 and 20,000 and blind levels of 20 or 25 minutes. Up to 400 big blinds to start with is also worth the fun and the low buyins.

I have not been to Rozvadov yet, but I am really looking forward to the casino and another 4-day trip full of tourney poker, maybe served with a little cashgame as a side-dish – talking about cashgame reminds of my promise to give you an update on the current bankroll (all played events are within the tables of “Played so far… –> Live Overview & Online Overview“): 3,396.50 € with 990.50 € losses coming from online qualifiers and 613 € from all other live events including cashgames.

Well, it was rather a small try to make it to Vegas this year and play the WSOP through a won package. Busting in 118th place was way too early to make it anywhere close to one of the 15 packages that were given away to the best players of iPoker’s Warrior League 2012. It is quite remarkable though, that it was possible to win the whole league even with the minimum of points making it to the finale. If I had taken down the finale, I would have been the winner of the leaderboard by exactly one single point! 4th place would have been good to win a side event package and 8th place was needed to at least get a $55 token for any $55 iPoker online tourney. I doubt that I will play any other satellite or qualifier for this year’s WSOP and will focus on the regional direct live buyins, but have also started to make plans for a poker weekend abroad. More about the planned trip as soon as details are fixed!

Surprisingly but true, I made it to the Grand Finale of the Warrior League 2012 this upcoming Monday.

To qualify for the 7th and last tourney of this league, I had to be among the top 50 % of the preliminary tourneys, which took place the past three weeks. Missing the first one was not the biggest deal since only your best five out of six tourneys were taken to calculate your overall points. But after a 10th place in tourney # 4, I had major problems with Titan Poker’s software and I could not log into it anymore until last nite. Tourneys # 5 and 6 could therefore not be played, even though I re-installed the software on two different computers numerous times, tried to play with the flash browser version and so on – none worked!

Helpless and completely frustrated I was forced to wait until early Thursday morning to see, if my before won points and the points won as a sitout were enough to make the top 50 %. With 253 players the goal was to be among the top 126, maybe 127 players:

Damn, 143rd place was obviously not good enough to be among the top 50 %,… until a buddy of mine congratulated me to making it to the finale. Huh?!  What he noticed (and I did not) was that players placing from 123rd to 143rd had the same amount of points and therefore 143 players were moved to the finale. Instantly I re-started the Titan Poker software and all of a sudden it worked again, even though I did not change anything since the last time it did not work – strange stuff! Enough said, this Monday, 10pm German time, the finale will decide if this project will get an easy entry to this year’s WSOP or not! Wish me all the best of luck!!!

Since it is a public holiday on Monday here in Germany, I will be staying one day longer at my girlfriend’s place. That is the reason why I will not be going to Wiesbaden to play the 75 € Rookie Tourney tonite, but might be going to Casino Baden-Baden instead to play a 110 € tourney with a rather quick structure of 20min blind levels and 100BB as a starting stack.

I have not played in Baden-Baden yet, but have been there before since my girlfriend and her friends wanted to go to a casino to play blackjack and roulette. The casino must be one of the nicest casinos in Germany – even a lot nicer than the one in Wiesbaden – but they are only having few (cash) poker tables running simultaneously. Still, it is only a 30 minutes car ride and therefore the closest casino to my girlfriend’s place. I’ll update my status on Facebook to tell you if I am there!