Posts Tagged ‘WaSOP’

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.

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.

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…