Wednesday, June 29, 2011

19 of 22 in $10k 6max...

I made Day 3 of the $10k 6max NLH WSOP Event. It's a huge prize pool and first place is over 1.1 million dollars. I'm currently 19 of 22 players and have about 22 big blinds. For updates follow me on twitter @TristanCre8ive or my facebook page Let's go!!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10k 6 Max Day 2...

I am heading into Day 2 of the 10k 6max tournament with 115.3k. Average stack is 82k. Blinds are going to be 600/1200/100a. There are 162 players left with 48 making the money. I believe it started with 474 players with the first place finisher winning 1.15 million dollars. This would be a good one to win. For updates follow me on twitter @TristanCre8ive or my facebook page Hopefully I have a good update after today.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick Detour...

Things have been pretty busy since my 7th place finish in event #18 at the World Series of Poker. I took a couple days off between then and now and only played three or four other WSOP events. I am currently back in Florida for a few days. One of my best friends is getting married. I had to miss a few great events, but it's okay. The next tournament I am going to play is the 10k 6max NLH on Monday. I have a crazy story about this...

The 10k 6max tournament is going to be one of the toughest tournaments at the WSOP. I was not planning on playing it. I wanted to play it, but I knew it was going to be a very strong field/huge buyin. Fortunately for me, I was approached by someone who offered me an incredible freeroll. Typically when someone backs a player into a tournament on a one time deal, that player is only receiving 20% of their winnings (30% being very generous.) I was offered something much more lucrative and benevolent. I don't want to give exact numbers but it is better than your standard backing deal percentages.

I don't know why or how I am the beneficiary of such a gift, but I am very appreciative. The person who is doing this for me does not want to be known. They have their reasons and I respect that. I don't want it to be known either. If they want their secrecy they should have it. This is such an incredible story that I figured I would share with everyone. Occurrences like this rarely happen in the poker world. It would make for a great story if I do make a deep run in the event. So far I have bubbled both 6 max tournaments I've played at the WSOP. I wanted to write more about the freeroll situation but I don't think there is much more to say.

I have to run and get ready for this wedding. Congratulations to Josh and Anique on their marriage. Also congrats to Hans Winzeler and Jason Mercier. They were heads up in the 5k PLO 6max tournament at the WSOP. Jason ended up getting the best of Hans but they both played great. More updates to come.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

7th Place...

I finished 7th place in the $1500 WSOP NLH Event. It was my first WSOP final table (finally) and my biggest score to date. It was actually the biggest $1500 event the WSOP ever had, with 3157 players that entered.

On day 1 I was able to build my chip count up nicely. I had a couple fortunate spots where people put their money in bad. I ended the day with a great stack. On day 2 I had one of the toughest tables in the room. Most of the table were tournament grinders/regulars or high stakes cash players. The two guys that weren't were both competent poker players. I made an early push, won some pots, then got unlucky losing AA vs 77, two coinflips, and AKs vs AQo. I was left with about 5 big blinds and doubled up J9o vs A2 and TT vs AJ. Later on in the day I knocked a player out AQ vs JJ.

I played a pretty insane pot late in day 2. It was against a guy from Italy who was an inexperienced player. I raised A2o on the button to 16k at 4k/8k and he called in the small blind. The flop came 445r and he check called 18k. The turn came a 2 (still rainbow board) and he moved all in for 226k. There was between 70k-80k in the pot. I had about 260k in chips and thought about the decision for 5 or more minutes. I was pretty sure he had a hand like Ax and just decided to jam the turn. I wasn't sure if he would shove 33 or 66 though. It was a spot where I could be a big favorite for a huge pot. I had to put some real thought into the hand. I came to the conclusion that I probably have the best hand but decided to pass on a marginal situation, so I folded. He showed A6dd. He had a few more outs than I expected but it made sense. I finished day 2 6th in chips with 34 remaining players.

Going into day 3 I had Jymaster (good Internet player) directly to my left. He was moved to another table early though and we didn't really tangle. I knocked out a player with AA vs QQ and was chipping up to contest for the chip lead. I knocked out the 19th place finisher with 99 vs AQ. We redrawed for the final two tables and I was directly to Jymasters left now. Before I knew it we were playing shorthanded poker. I got a player to put it all in on a 952hh board in a 3bet pot with 66 vs my KK. The other table knocked a guy out in 11th place and I entered the final table as one of the chip leaders.

The first player we lost was the Italian gentleman who showed me A6s. We were now "officially" at the final table. There were only 9 players left including Jymaster two to my left. We didn't lose a player for around 4 hours after this. I lost AK vs a shortstack's AA and also lost KK vs a 18bb stack's 66. It was gross. I waited patiently and coolered Jymaster AA vs AKhh but had a sick sweat on a QT9h7h5d board. He was down to 55k in chips at 25k/50k/5k ante and ended up winning K7o vs AK vs AA, K4 vs ATo, and beat my AK with A9o (when another player folded a 9.) I also tried to bust him with 33 vs his 99 in a spot where I 3bet semi bluff and planned to call Jymasters shove (he wasn't the opener) getting almost 4-1. He miraculously got back up to 1.5m but ended up finishing 9th place after he lost a few pots and had to move all in with a short stack. There were 12 allins before he was knocked out in 9th place. That is ridiculous that we didn't lose a player for that long.

Here is actually an interview I did with PokerNews after one of the breaks at the final table. We had been playing 9 handed for a few hours at this point.

In a blind vs blind altercation another player busted in 8th place 99 vs JJ. I grinded a short stack and eventually doubled up AT vs K7o when it ran out Q527A. The guy that was against was in seat 1, directly to my right. He was a younger player but was drinking heavily at the final table. He got pretty drunk. He was ranting saying he didn't even care to be there, he had a flight in 4 hours, blah blah... It was annoying but I was glad to have a belligerent player to my right lol.

I got lucky at the final table when I moved all in for 16bbs 7 handed with AJo and ran into AKo. The board came AQxJx and I doubled up to one of the leaders. I played a few other pots and eventually got into a hand where the drunk player moved all in from the small blind for 13bbs and I called with KTo. He held J9o and won that hand against me when it came 7859x I believe. The blinds and antes were huge and we were losing a lot of chips an orbit. I shoved about 14bbs with A9o on the cutoff and ran into the small blinds AA (same guy who beat my KK vs 66 and won a lot of other allins.)

Here's a blurb from Bluff Magazine about the final table up until my bustout.

"It was only a matter of minutes after returning from their dinner break for the final eleven players in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to become ten. It didn’t take but twenty more minutes to trim the field from ten to nine.

That is when things started getting crazy. Once the nine-handed final table was set, it would take three hours and fifty minutes to lose a player, as twelve times players were all-in for their tournament life only to survive and double up. Jordan Young lost all but one big blind when he ran Big Slick into Tristan Wade’s pocket aces, but he managed to double up on four separate occasions to go from 55,000 to more than 1.5 million. Despite all the effort to build up his stack, Young couldn’t escape a ninth place finish.

Philippe Vert exited in eighth place a short while later, then another long stretch without an elimination ensued, as seven more times a short stack player was all-in and managed to survive. During this barrage of 19 separate double ups, no player seemed to run worse than Tristan Wade, who got it in ahead on several occasions only to repeatedly be two and three outed. The bad beats took their toll and he finished in seventh place."

I was very happy with how I played. Obviously to get that far in the tournament I know I was lucky, but to win a tournament you still have to be lucky in the end, which I wasn't. I want to thank everyone on twitter/online who showed support and all the people who stopped by or watched the final table. It was really nice to see everyone rooting for me. A lot of people said some really nice things to me even after the final table and I appreciate that. I'm hoping this final table is the start to a WSOP heater and maybe another crack at trying to win a bracelet. Hopefully I can continue to play well and make good decisions at the tables. I still have a lot to improve on.

I'll leave you guys with a nice article Arthur from PokerListings wrote. He's also the same guy who wrote the article I posted a few weeks ago about me being one of the Top 5 Breakout players at the WSOP this year. Tristan Wade Breaks Out with First WSOP Final Table. I wouldn't say I necessarily broke out, but it's nice to be on the board with a final table. Maybe Arthur knows what he's talking about lol. I still need to win one of these majors though. Goodnight.

Monday, June 13, 2011

6 of 34 $1500 WSOP...

Going into Day 3 of the $1500 WSOP NLH Event. I am 6th in chips with 34 remaining. I will update my twitter at @TristanCre8ive -- Thanks everyone for the support. I will write a new blog in a day or two and let everyone know how everything has been going. Have to run. Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Aftermath...

Damn, it's been a long time since I've blogged. My time spent on the computer has probably gone down considerably in the last month and a half. Things have been exciting. Prepare for a long post...

My last blog post was immediately after April 15th, AKA Black Friday. Online poker, to me at least, had been destroyed in the United States. I decided I wouldn't play any poker on any other online websites. I thought and still do think that it is too risky. I've stayed busy other ways, mostly with doing DeepStacks work.

I started off by teaching a camp in Traverse City, Michigan at Turtle Creek Casino. That casino was new/very nice although we were in the middle of nowhere. It was still a cool town and the camp was a success. We also had a DeepStacks Poker Tour event there too which one of our Pros, Adam "Roothlus" Levy won. Congrats. I played the tournament and some cash games there. I also ate the most incredible, delicious pizza ever.

Traverse City is apparently the cherry capital of the world. The pizza is a cherry chicken pizza from Mancino's. The crust is made of different nuts, it has 5 different cheeses, and a ton of cherries and chicken with a ranch base. I couldn't believe how good it was. It's come close to winning an award for best pizza in the world. Here's a picture of Grinder holding the box.

After Michigan I was able to go back home for a few days before I had to hit the road again. I found time to do some private coaching a few times before I had to leave again for a 2 1/2 week trip. I started off by flying into Buffalo and teaching/running a 100+ person DeepStacks camp at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. It was a great turnout. We also were running a DeepStacks Poker Tour series with a $1500 main event. I played in that and the cash games as well. It was a good time. The staff and people who run the poker room there are awesome. Thank you for everything guys.

Online cash game legend Tim0thee came and picked me up from the casino and we drove back to his place right outside of Toronto. I stayed with him for 4-5 days in between my two camps (I had to go to California after Canada.) We went out in Toronto with some of our other friends Brad and Bubba.

They showed me around Toronto it was a good time. We watched one of the NBA Playoff games at a great sports bar right across from the Rogers Centre. It was cool to explore the city a little bit. I wish I could of gotten to do more there. I watched Tim0 play a bunch of cash online and we got to hang out and do a couple other things. I could see Toronto being a destination to live so I could play online poker again.

Next thing I knew I was done with customs and on to my next destination... Turlock, California. I actually liked Turlock. It was a cool little city. I got to drive part of the way from LA to Turlock. It was interesting to drive through California and see different sections of it. That camp/tournament was also very fun, rewarding, and smooth. Their poker room was great and very professional. Everyone was helpful and friendly, I had a blast but was also rushing to get back home for Mother's Day.

I booked a 6am flight so I could make the cross country trek in time to see my family and mom for the holiday. I finally made it to Florida late afternoon/early night. My sister, her husband, and my nephew all came to pick me up. It was nice to see them; I missed them. I got to my parents house in time for dinner and surprised my mom. I had a little while before I was off to the WSOP. My time consisted of rehabbing my knee, getting to go to a couple Heat playoff games, and private coaching.

Just a few days ago I designed and ordered my custom poker table from Off Tilt Poker Tables. It's going to be a sick table. I had some artwork done which will be put on the custom felt. I'm looking forward to getting the table in a few weeks. Once I get back from the WSOP I will post pictures of it. I've seen a few pics already, it's looking good. Thanks Bryan. If anyone wants a table make sure to check out the website, there are a few deals and the owner is really helpful in the building process/anything else.

A couple days ago PokerListings did an article on Top 5 Breakout Players for the 2011 WSOP. I happened to be one of the 5 they picked. Here's the link... Pretty cool. I'm hoping I can live up to the expectations, but it is tournament poker. I can only do my best. With that said I still feel really confident and experienced this year. It's my 6th trip to the WSOP... I should have some things figured out by now.

I've played one WSOP event so far, the $5k NLH. I busted pretty early in the day. Ran into a couple tough spots early and nothing ever went my way. It happens sometimes. Yesterday I played the $560 Venetian tournament but couldn't win a couple flips deep. Tomorrow I am registered for the WSOP $1k NLH. I'm looking forward to it. I love these small buy in, big field tournaments. If you can survive the beginning of them there is always hope haha.

There's more I could say but it is getting late and I need to head to bed. Hopefully I didn't leave out any important details from the recent weeks lol. I will be updating the blog more frequently now. I'm still getting settled into the house I am staying at. Give me a few more days and I should be perfect. I have a few other interesting and important things to talk about but they will have to wait. Goodnight.

Almost forgot... I was interviewed by PokerNews a couple months ago and I forgot to post the article. It's a cool little interview about bet sizing. Check it out. Bet Sizing With Tristan "Cre8ive" Wade.