Posts Tagged ‘WSOP’

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!

From what I expected from the very beginning, this was going to be most likely the worst result in all tourneys, because I am not a shorthanded player at all. This led to me only winning very few hands, but outlasting 100 players to bust in poor 152nd. Unfortunately there is another 6max tourney next week Wednesday, but this week Wednesday’s deepstack freezeout is one of my rather better games. So far I have accummulated 16 points.