Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another WSOP(E) Final Table...

Tomorrow I will be taking my third crack at winning a WSOP bracelet this year. Over the summer in Las Vegas I made two final tables at the World Series. One was in a $1500 NLH event and the other was in the $10k 6-max NLH tournament. I finished 7th place and 4th place respectively. Although I am competing for a WSOP bracelet in Europe at the WSOPE, I still feel like the prestige of winning a bracelet is carried over.

The final table of the 3k NLH Shootout is stacked. Two players (Taylor Paur and Elky) from the 10k 6-max final table also made it to the final table of this event. Everyone else is an accomplished live/online player. It won't be easy but if I can win this tournament I will definitely feel like I earned it. I'll do my best and hope luck is on my side. It has been so far.

We resume play tomorrow at 3pm CEST (9am EST.) Follow my twitter @TristanCre8ive for updates. PokerNews will be covering the final table as well. I'm not sure if the tournament will be live streamed. If it is I will tweet the link for it. I'll end this blog with a cool pic taken when I was heads up today.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Finished 26th Place...

I finished 26th place in the first WSOPE event. I'm 3-3 in my last three six max tournaments. Too bad there aren't more of those around! Like I said in the previous post, I was down to 600 chips in the first few levels of the tournament and ran it back up. I am happy overall with how I played and found myself in a couple unfortunate spots in the end to lose. There are a couple great tournaments left here at the WSOPE in Cannes. I am looking forward to playing.

Yesterday I played the 1k euro NLH WSOPE tournament and busted a few hours in. It was a very fast paced tournament structure. I never had momentum and battled being a short stack the whole time. Tomorrow I will be playing the 3200 euro NLH Shootout. I love shootouts. Hopefully things can go my way.

Here are some pics so far from my trip:


Building in Amsterdam


Swan in Amsterdam lol


Another cool building in Amsterdam


Delicious food


Rolled up, couldn't eat it all.


Beautiful Cannes, France



Cannes #2


Cannes #3


Cannes sunrise


Crepe... Definitely ate a piece of the fork.. lol

Amsterdam was awesome. I was only there for a day but I got to eat at a couple great restaurants and explore the city. I really wanted to visit the Van Gogh musuem but I didn't have enough time. I plan on going back again sometime soon. Cannes is also beautiful, as you can see. It is another breathtaking destination. I'm trying to take in the culture of all these countries. I'll be in Cannes for the duration of the WSOPE, looking to win my first bracelet. That's all I got for now.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 2 WSOPE 6-Max NLH...

Been a hell of a week. I'm gonna make this one short. I went from London to Amsterdam, back to London, and now I'm in Cannes, France. I'll update the blog on that excursion later, but for now I came here to say that I made Day 2 of the 6-max WSOPE NLH event. I think I am 12th in chips with 80 players left. 36 make the money. I actually was down to 600 chips in the second level but didn't give up! Have to run. Follow my twitter @TristanCre8ive for updates.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Busted EPT London...

I entered Day 3 very short on chips. I had 36k with the blinds being 1200/2400/300a. My table had a lot of good players including Jason Mercier and Steve O'Dwyer. With ~140 players remaining and 104 making the money, the cutoff opened to 5200 and I moved all in for 35k with A9o on the button. He thought for a few seconds and called with 88. I didn't win the race and was eliminated from the tournament.

Overall I'm very happy with how I played. To make it until Day 3 without ever picking up steam is an accomplishment. The only hand I was all in on was the final hand. Hopefully I can continue to play well and maybe I will have a few deep runs when I head to the WSOPE in a few days. Until then, I am planning on seeing more of London and taking a day trip to Amsterdam with a few friends. I have a few other things I'd like to talk about so I will probably write another blog before I start playing in France. It feels good to be writing again.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 2 EPT London...

I lasted another day in the EPT London Main Event. I entered day two with 57k. Early on I ran my stack to 80k at the 400/800 level. From that point on I was super card dead and out of position against aggressive players. I did the best with what I was given and ended with 36k going into the 1200/2400/300a level. The tournament started with 691 players, there are 180 remaining, and 104 make the money. Hopefully my rush comes tomorrow and I can make something happen with this short stack. As long as I'm still in I always feel like I have a chance. Check my twitter for updates. Goodnight.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Day 1 EPT London...

I survived Day 1B of the EPT London Main Event. I had a rocky start to the day. I only won one pot (for 400 chips in the first level) during the first 5 hours of the tournament. It was pretty brutal. Luckily I rebounded and was able to make some hands and accumulate a few chips. I ended the day with 57.2k; the average being a little under 50k. We didn't lose a single player from the table. I am excited to have almost doubled my starting stack of 30k.

On one of the breaks Matt from PokerListings sat down with me to ask a few questions about traveling to play poker after Black Friday. You can read the article here. I wish the US government never shut down online poker (don't we all.) Now that it is illegal to play online poker in America us players must find other ways to make money through poker. Fortunately for me I am able to travel and play some of these great events. That is basically what the article touches on.

I am running on only three hours of sleep. My sleeping pattern has been off since I arrived in London. I fell asleep around 4am last night only to wake up at 7:15am and not be able to fall back asleep. At 9am I decided to workout. I put myself through one hell of a workout which probably wasn't the best idea. Deprivation of sleep is something you can not do while playing poker for hours on end. If I want to win this tournament I have to get rest. My plan for tomorrow is the same as it was today. Wake up, workout, eat breakfast, head over to the EPT tournament and try to survive another day. Hopefully it all goes according to plan.

I'm still learning a lot about the city of London and all the different cultures here. I walked around the Hilton Metropole area (where the EPT is held) after I finished playing today. There is a lot of diversity in the region and I've been trying to soak it all in. I'll take some pictures of interesting findings and upload them within the next few days. Gotta get some sleep, goodnight.