Posts Tagged ‘Steps’

Usually I am not the kind of guy that forgets about rather important or interesting stuff. Having a look at my account at Pokerstars exactly that must have happened in the past weeks, because for some reason I was sitting on a Step C ticket (27 EUR) the whole time even though I thought I had none left. I checked my Pokertracker to see if it was a leftover from my previous attempts to qualify for higher tickets or the Estrellas Tour Ibiza Finale, but is not.

Most likely I had it for quite a while and simply did not notice. Nevertheless I used it in the past days to try to get higher valued tickets and moved up to Step D (82 EUR) right away. My first shot at Step E (215 EUR) was not successful busting short by one coinflip at the very end. Third place paid another Step D, so I took another shot and improved to Step E.

Step E have the worst payout structure of all steps, paying a Step F ticket to 1st and 2nd, but only one repeater of Step E to 3rd. 4th and 5th are dropping down to Step D, 6th even to Step C. Becoming 5th in the first Step E meant to grind back to Step D, which I did with success, so I am back with a Step E. I will be trying to improve it in the next days and will report on my doings as soon as something worthy to write about happens.

Tonite, I am going to a little tournament (50 EUR) in Luxembourg’s underground. Well, it is not really underground, but playing Poker with money involved is illegal in Luxembourg (or at least if it is more than 15 EUR, I think to have read somewhere). There is not a single Casino hosting Poker in Luxembourg, so maybe it is not as illegal as it would be with government owned casinos nearby losing their potential clients – still underground… 🙂

The tourney will not count towards the bankroll, nor will probably happening cashgame afterwards, because I do not know what “the situation” there will be (few players, bad structure, etc.).

The second set of 27 € Step C SNGs on Pokerstars resulted in only one 82 € Step D, which I unfortunately was not able to bring any further. This means, the first 270 € invested into online qualifiers ended without a positive result, all in all an unsatisfactory set of games:

The next online qualifiers will be on Poker770 and on RedHotPoker for the WaSOP MainEvent in less than weeks. Both rather small sites offer Satellites on Sunday with different formats. The qualifier on Poker770 is a 22 € Freezeout Satellite for 525 € WaSOP MainEvent tickets, starting at 10pm European time. Not sure how many tickets will be handed out, but so far almost 50 players have signed up for the tourney, so there might be 3-4 tickets available.

RedHotPoker, part of the Entraction Network, offers so-called 110 € BYOPP (“Build your own Poker Package”) Finales with 22 € qualifiers for the finale. I will be playing the 22 € BYOPP Finale qualifier (6pm) and then try to get one of the 1.000 € BYOPP packages in the finale, that consist of the 525 € WaSOP MainEvent buyin and 475 € for expenses if you choose to play the tourney in Namur with your BYOPP package. Since I most likely will not be staying in Namur after the starting day, I will be using only few of the 475 € for expenses – going back and forth from my place to Namur on two, hopefully three days has the positive effect for the project, that I can return 250 € to the bankroll.

Lets hope I can bink one of the qualifiers…

As mentioned just yesterday, I have changed the first category of the menu on top to “Details & Overview”. There you will be able to find all live tournaments played and planned for now as well as an update on online happenings in a lucid table.

Today I started playing the EUR-Steps on Pokerstars, more precisely the 27 € Step C. The very first SNG gave me a headstart with a right away improvement to Step D. All in all I invested 3x Step C (= 81 €), played five Step C including two repeaters for finishing 3rd or 4th – neither of the repeaters were succesful. The turbo structure is rather not my style of game, but as soon as Step D is reached, the blind levels are raised to 10 minutes, which suit my game a lot more.

I kept almost my starting stack in the only Step D for tonite, but lost the important coinflip with 1,300 chips left versus the most aggressive player at the table, who raised almost 30 % of his hands in any position. AQ < 99 preflop allin with six players left (1st & 2nd move on, 3rd – 5th get a repeater) with KJ2 giving me even more outs for a broadway straight, but turn 8 and river 2 let me hit the rail.