Thursday, December 13, 2012

run good. play better

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

EVERYONE Should Watch This...

 This is an amazing video. It relates decision making in poker to making choices in life. It's nothing ground breaking but I think people who don't know much about poker will be able to understand the concept. It's a cool video regardless, check it out.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 4 SubPartouche Main Event...

 Today I played Day 3 of the SubPartouche main event. I had an up and down day, getting short on chips and peaking at 350k. When the night was finished I ended with 134k going into 4k/8k blinds. We are in the money though. The tournament started with 573 players and 57 made the money. There are 47 remaining. The blind levels increase to two hours from this point on.

 Before the start of the tournament today, Patrick Partouche (the owner of the poker tour), announced that he is canceling the Partouche Poker Tour after this series. Obviously the Partouche Poker Tour became tarnished once they decided not honor the 5 million euro guarantee they put on their main event. Below is a video of the end of his speech which he completed in English. Also the aftermath, which begins with me calling him out about the 5 million guarantee. Peter Jetten recorded the video and jumps in the conversation as well. I was recording on my camera too but the footage isn't as good. If you want to see the whole video PokerNews did a write up about it. 

 I have a lot more I could say about this whole ordeal but I will leave at it that for now. Wish me luck in the tournament! I've been wondering if Partouche will still pay me if I win it, haha.

Seat Open...

 Here is an interview I did with PokerNews over the summer at the WSOP in Vegas. 
 I'm heading into Day 3 of the Partouche Main Event in about an hour. I have 70k in chips with the blinds starting at 1200/2400. There are 119 players left and 57 make the money.
 There was a lot of drama surrounding the release of the prize pool for this tournament. Partouche GUARANTEED it would be a 5million euro prize pool. They didn't receive enough players to reach the guarantee, so the difference SHOULD HAVE been paid by the casino. The difference is about 750k euros. I will have to write more about it later...
  Let me just say that things like this happen way too often in poker and it is ridiculous. Many players probably wouldn't have traveled here to play if they knew this was going to happen. Cannes is an expensive city, Partouche takes a HUGE rake (4% uncapped in their cash games/their tournaments they are taking 10% and up to 15% in some of them), it isn't cheap to travel to Europe if you don't live there, and also PokerStars is having their WCOOP (World Championship Of Online Poker) series. I'm sure a lot of players would have skipped this tournament if they didn't have a 5million guarantee. Partouche has denied that they ever "guaranteed" the prize pool and frantically have tried to delete all the evidence about it. Luckily a lot of poker players and people in the industry have saved the proof.
 With that said, I have renamed the brand: SUBPartouche. I'm going to do my best in the tournament and hopefully I can make a deep run. I've had a blast playing a lot of poker lately. Follow my twitter for updates.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

You're up...

 Yesterday I arrived in Barcelona, Spain for the European Poker Tour (EPT). I will be here for the duration of the series, which is about eight more days. Here is what my schedule looks like:

EPT Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
Eight days off - Not sure what I'll do yet.
Partouche - Cannes, France
*Possibly WPT Paris (might skip this and travel)
WSOPE - Cannes, France
EPT San Remo - San Remo, Italy

 Most of the trip I will be traveling with Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams. For some of the other stops our friend Sam 'The Messiah' Cohen will be with us too. Both excellent friends and more importantly, awesome people. Hopefully we can have some success playing poker and even more fun exploring Europe. I never forget how unbelievably lucky I am to have the opportunity I have, regardless of how the poker goes. Here's a few snapshots from my first few days in Barcelona...

Walking around the city.

Columbus Monument.

View from the top of Arts Hotel. The beach was packed due to the holiday "Assumption Day."

Sick fence.

Mcdonald's patio style in Olympic Port.

It's the celebrity Tim0thee during an EPT feature!

The picture does no justice. This baby was the most swagged out two year old I've ever seen. Pink glasses, pink t-shirt, black furry vest, a feminine mohawk, and the attitude to match. She was doing her thing. Salute.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WSOP Update...

 First I would like to give a few congratulations to some of my friends who won a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Michael Mizrachi, who doesn't need any sort of introduction. Unbelievable poker mind, great friend, we also work together for DeepStacks, won the $50k Players Championship. He won the same tournament two years ago. What a stunning accomplishment.

Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, who is one of my best friends in the poker world. Unbelievable grinder, great ambassador for the game. I can't say enough good things about him. Won the first ever 4-max NLH tournament at the WSOP - $2500 buyin. He also finished 7th in the 10k 6-max NLH.

Ronnie Bardah, another awesome guy in the poker world. I don't know a single person who doesn't like him or has a bad thing to say about him. He was waiting for this victory for a long time. Won the $2500 Limit tournament. 

Nick Jivkov, one of the first people I coached when I started private coaching years ago. I don't take any credit for his bracelet win whatsoever haha. He's been at it a while, working on his game, improving on his own. It was awesome to see him win his first bracelet. I have to visit him in Illinois soon to celebrate.

 Congratulations to all of you guys! It was incredible to see so many people I personally knew win a WSOP bracelet. I was genuinely happy for each and every one of them. I'm sure there are a few more I could list but these are the people I know directly. It's been an exciting WSOP to say the least.

 I've had four cashes so far this year. I'm still in the best poker tournament in the world, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. I started with 30,000 in chips and finished Day 1C with 30,675 chips. Not the exciting start I imagined, but it's fine. This tournament is a marathon, not a sprint. I've had two deep runs in it in the past and I hope I can have another go at it this year. I have plenty of chips and am ready to play. The winner will receive $8.5 million dollars, but you have to make the Final 9 before you get the chance to play for that cash. Follow my updates on twitter. Wish me luck.

(Hilarious animation of Dock Ellis pitching a no hitter on LSD, with Dock Ellis narrating.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recent Results: 45th $1.5k 6max/Day 2 $3k 6max...

 I busted 45th out of 1604 players in the $1500 6max NLH. I had a little over 20bbs and lost a coinflip. I felt like I played that tournament well, for the most part and I survived as long as possible without many good spots. I played a couple tournaments since then as well as the $3k NLH 6max tournament. It started with 924 people and we are currently down to the last 141 people. 108 make the money. I'm really short on chips. My stack was up to 65k at 400/800 but I lost a big 80k pot 2nd nuts vs the nuts. I only have 14.4k going into 500/1k/100 ante. Hopefully I can pick up some chips tomorrow. I'm fairly certain the last four 6max tournaments, prior to this one, I made the money (4th in the 10k 6max, Isle 2k chop, 23rdish 6max WSOPE, 1500 WSOP 6max a few days ago.) Hopefully I can keep the streak alive, or the 5th time is the charm! Definitely going to do my best to win a bracelet this year. I don't know if it is possible, but I won't be the thing that stops me from winning one. Night.

Ellie Goulding - High for this (The Weeknd cover)

Friday, June 8, 2012

3rd Place $1500 PLO/Day 2 $1500 NLH 6Max...

 The $1500 PLO final table was crazy. There were a lot of pots played that I thought would have never happened. I was able to grind out a short stack and move my way up the money to finish in third place. Luckily in PLO there are no antes, which definitely helped the cause. There were 4.4 million chips in play and I never had over 380k. I am really pleased with my finish and my play from that tournament, but I also realize I have a lot to work on. That is what makes poker fun.

 I received a tremendous amount of support throughout the last tournament run. It's always amazing to see that. Thank you, I appreciate it. That's really all I can say. There are more and more good, respectable people in poker, which is exactly what this industry needs.

 Today was Day 1 of the $1500 NLH 6max tournament. I ended finishing 11th in chips with 137 players remaining. The tournament started with 1604 players and 162 made the money. We restart at 1pm and will probably play down to the final table. I'm ready to have another shot at a bracelet. There are a lot of good players left but I look forward to the competition. As usual, I will update how the tournament is going on twitter. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WSOP Once Again/ $1500 PLO FINAL TABLE!!!...

 I've been in Las Vegas since last week. The WSOP is here once again and I am prepared to make a few deep runs in some of the events. So far I have played four tournaments: $1.5k NLH, $3k NLH/PLO Heads up, $5k Mix Max, and earlier today the $1.5k NLH Re-entry tournament. I was eliminated when my QQ lost to AQ all in preflop early on. I rebought and will give it another shot tomorrow. I feel like I have played fairly well but things haven't gone my way yet. I'm not worried though. The WSOP just started and I have a lot of events to look forward to.

 I can't believe it is my seventh summer playing in the World Series of Poker. Time has gone by fast. Living in Vegas for the summer is interesting, to say the least. I learn more about the city every time I visit, but also feel like no matter how often I am here there are some things I can't change. Life on the strip is much different than other aspects of Vegas. I try to not spend too much time around the strip but sometimes it is unavoidable.

*** I started writing this blog post on Saturday, now it's early Wednesday morning..***

 I left off talking about how the WSOP wasn't going my way. Well... before I could even publish this post I have made my first final table of the series. The event is the $1500 PLO tournament. I am currently 7th in chips, but really short. Here is the chip count for the final 9:

1 Charles Tonne           1,121,000
2 Vincent Van Der Fluit   951,000
3 Damien Lhommueau        663,000
4 Alex Dovzhenko          579,000
5 Rodney Brown            457,000
6 Brian Garbe             158,000
7 Tristan Wade            150,000
8 Calvin Anderson         149,000
9 David Schnettler        139,000

 The blinds will be 6k/12k for another 20 minutes and then go to 8k/16k. I will need quite a bit of luck to take this down, but it's PLO and anything can happen. It feels good to finally cash, let alone make a final table. I'm excited to play this one out. "Thank you" to the people who cheer me on in these tournaments. It is really overwhelming. I'm glad to know so many good people in the poker industry. We restart at 1pm tomorrow. Time to get some sleep. Follow my updates on twitter (@TristanCre8ive)

 You can also watch online at the website (or click this link for WSOP live.)

Friday, April 20, 2012

12th Place/EPT Berlin/Day 3 WPT Hard Rock...

I ended up busting in 12th place at WPT Vienna. I made a Cre8ive play where I cold 4bet and 6bet shoved 97cc into a cold 5bettor's pocket Aces. I had logic and reasoning at the time for why I made the play, and listened to my gut, but thinking back on it I really don't like it. After that hand I got my last 8bbs in AA vs AsQx and the board ran out with four spades and I lost. Unfortunate to lose that hand but the turning point was my big bluff. It's frustrating and disappointing to get that close to another big tournament victory and make a mistake to lose. Instead of beating myself up too much, I went to Berlin to play the EPT Main Event.

I had roughly 40bbs with two hours left in the night and got all in AK vs 88 for an 80bb pot. I would of had 50k at 300/600 had I won the race, but I ended up losing the coinflip to be eliminated from the EPT Main Event. No big deal. What did I decide to do after that? Well I hopped on the first flight to South Florida to redeem myself and play the $10k WPT Main Event at the Hard Rock.

There are currently around 100 players left from the 290 that started the tournament. I believe average stack is 80k and I finished Day 2 with 28k. It was a brutal day where some of the amateur players at the table kept getting the best of me. I'm glad I was able to survive and I am hoping I can play my 25bb stack to perfection and make another run at a WPT title. The blinds will be 600/1200 today to start Day 3. I will do my best. Wanted to give a little update in case anything exciting happens in this WPT. Here's hoping to making Day 4 and another shot at a WPT title.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 4 WPT Vienna...

I survived another day in the WPT Vienna Main Event. We started Day 3 with 67 players and after 5 levels of play (90 minutes each level) we are now down to the final 21 players. I am currently 5th in chips. Once 18 players remain we will redraw seats and play down to the final table of 6 players. There are a lot of good players left in the tournament and a few I still haven't played with. I will give it my best shot, like usual.

I see every mention I receive on Twitter (where you can follow my updates @TristanCre8ive) and know I have a bunch of people cheering me on. I can't say thank you enough. It really is amazing to see how many people are rooting for me when I go deep in a big poker tournament. Thank you again. I have the most unbelievable friends and support system. I'm in the zone, let's continue the ride...

(The Weeknd ft. Drake - The Zone)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 3 WPT Vienna...

I've made Day 3 of the WPT Vienna Main Event. The internet in my hotel is awful and I haven't been able to access updates yet, but ironically blogging is working at the moment haha. Someone told me I am 3rd in chips with 64 players remaining. I finished the day with 395,500. Hopefully the internet is fixed in a short while and I will be able to research my table. I know there are a lot of really good tournaments players still left in the field.

I played a lot of fun and interesting hands yesterday. I was at the same table as the Day 1 chip leader and he was comparable to Jason Statham -- STRAIGHT ACTION! We battled in a few big pots and overall I think I got the best of him. He was a lot of fun to play against and definitely a challenging opponent. Our table broke with about an hour left in the day and I was moved to another tough table. I managed to chip up about 100k more in the last 45 minutes of the day, which was very nice.

I think this is only my second WPT event. The first was a $3500 in South Florida. I have still yet to play a $10k WPT in America, but no complaints about that haha, just stating a fact. I'll continue to play my best and have fun doing so. We are about 20 away from the money with first place winning over $400k USD. I appreciate all the support I've already received and thank you to everyone for any future encouragement. I'm taking it one day at a time, so here's to WPT Vienna Day 4...


Thursday, April 12, 2012


Hello Internet blogosphere. After months of silence I am back. This seems to be the status quo for me as of late. I continue to tell myself to update the blog with more than just poker ramblings or what’s been going on with me. I have much more interesting thoughts that cross my mind on a daily basis, but I rarely use the blog as an outlet for that.

The last few months have been a mixture of work and play. I last left off in Australia where I played a few poker tournaments. I visited my friend in Japan after that. Japan was an incredible country because it was very different, culturally, from what I am used to. It interests me to visit a place I know nothing about and take in what’s around me. I was in Japan for five days and went from Osaka to Fukouka to Tokyo.

During the middle of February I traveled to Seneca Niagara Casino on the US side of Niagara Falls. The DeepStacks Poker Tour was having our first televised tournament event there. We had a pretty good turnout for the Main Event attracting 217 entries. We started the tournament on a Friday, whereas a Saturday Day 1 or Friday/Saturday combo would have probably brought a bigger crowd. Maybe next time we will structure the tournament differently. Overall it was a big success. We filmed parts of the event leading up to the final table as well as the whole, 6 handed final table. It was our first time putting on a production like that and I was quite impressed. I’m excited to see how the next event we televise will go.

A few weeks ago I traveled to Denver to do my commentary and analysis of the final table with Joe Stapleton. He helped me get comfortable with doing voiceover work and also gave me a lot of knowledge on the whole process of putting poker on TV. The production teams, Blue Fusion and Sky Theory were also awesome. We have a great group of guys working on the show and I look forward to doing more with them. I’m learning a lot and getting to do something I never thought I would do. I will continue to educate myself and I’m sure everyone involved in the show is doing the same. It’s a stimulating experience and I’m glad I can be a part of it.

I’ve written a few articles for the Chicago Tribune company. One of the articles involves a hand from the DeepStacks Poker Tour final table. You can read about it here. I also recently wrote about a hand I played in the PCA $10k Main Event in the Bahamas earlier this year.

Two weekends ago I went to New Orleans with my father. Apparently my mother has a bucket list for my dad. Last year they went to the Masters Golf tournament and this year she sent my father and me to the NCAA Basketball Final Four. My dad’s team is Syracuse. They had a great chance to do well in the tournament until one of their starters was declared ineligible by the University. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see them play.

The atmosphere in New Orleans was incredible. Not only was the Superdome packed, harboring 73,000 plus people, but the whole downtown area of New Orleans was chaotic. Our first night there I met up with some friends who were also in town and we stayed out until 4am on Bourbon Street (my dad was involved in the partying as well haha.) We stayed in the middle of downtown so we walked everywhere. It started pouring the night of the Championship game. We were forced to get ponchos and we walked to the stadium along with tens of thousands of other people. I’ve never seen a city shut down over the weekend like New Orleans was. It was a great sporting experience and something I'm glad I was able to share with my dad.

The first leg of my trip to Europe started in Dublin, Ireland. I played the Irish Poker Open and busted late on Day 1. I also played the 1k side event and busted on the last hand of the night in 20th place, with 11 making the money. I had a great time in Dublin. I met some great people, got to see different parts of the city, and overall had a fun time. There was only one bad experience while I was there.

On my last night there me, Adam Levy, Steve O'Dwyer, and Jordan Lewis (all internet poker players as well) went into a restaurant called 777. I called ahead and spoke to the lady working, told her there were four of us and we'd be there in 15 minutes. She said no problem. We show up, she greets us, and tells us our table will be ready in a minute. A few seconds later a guy walks up and tells us that they are full and we can't eat there. We explain the situation that we called ahead, and the waitress already told us she was getting a table. He tells us there are no tables available (there were 2 empty) and that we never called. I felt like I was dealing with an ex-girlfriend and showed him my phone to verify that I did call haha. He ignored that and said the kitchen is closing in 40 MINUTES and we can't eat here. Steve and I continue to argue with the guy, but we tried to keep it civil. This guy ended up being the manager and basically refused to let us eat there for whatever reason. The waitress comes back after he whispers something in her ear and tells us we can't bring our own alcohol inside. Steve had an almost empty bottle of water with him. She tells us she can't do anything, he is the manager, and she's sorry. I don't know why the manager acted like that. It was definitely a frustrating situation. If that's the worst thing that happened to me in Ireland than I must say it was a damn good trip haha.

I arrived in Vienna, Austria two days ago. I played Day 1B of WPT Vienna and finished the day 8th in chips with 179 players left. The top 45 players make the money. We are only playing 5 levels today, which is a good thing, but I have Elky, Fabrice Soulier and the huge chip leader (4 to my left) at my table. Hopefully I can continue to play well and have things go my way. Dublin was a good warmup and I'm ready to make some runs while I'm in Europe.

Once I am finished in Vienna I am heading to Berlin to play the EPT events there. After that tournament series I will head back to America. I am teaching a course at Parx Casino on April 28th with Matt Glantz and a couple other DS guys for DeepStacks. You can find some information about the camp here.

That's all for now, I'm glad I got a little update in. The internet hasn't been great while traveling around Europe. Maybe I can have a little success on this trip and have exciting news and updates for the blog in the days/week to come. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Down Under...

I played the Aussie Millions main event a few days ago. I had a good table draw and played fairly well all day. I ran my 30k starting stack up to about 90k at it's peak. With under 30 minutes left in Day 1 I managed to lose two huge pots. One was a triple barrel bluff putting the player all in. The opponent made a good call with second pair. I then lost AQ vs KK in a squeeze spot against three players where I was fairly certain of everyone's range (the third player flatted in late position with KK.) I was definitely disappointed busting in the final hands of Day 1 after playing good all day. There's always room for improvement.

I'm leaving Australia tomorrow (at the airport now - wrote blog yesterday) and heading to Japan to see one of my best friends. He plays professional basketball in Osaka. Unfortunately, he injured his calf the other day so I won't get to see him play, but at least we will get to hang out. I've never been to that part of the world. I'm looking forward to it.

Today is Australia Day. To celebrate, here are some pictures I've snapped from the trip.

The city


Alley covered with graffiti, some sick art.

Australia Open

I have a lot more pictures from Australia. I'll take a bunch in Japan too. Until next post...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Poker and Traveling...

In the beginning of January I went to the Bahamas for the PCA. The weather was great. The few years prior it was cold and windy so I was never able to enjoy being in Nassau if poker didn't go well. That's what happened this trip. I played the Main Event and busted early in Day 1 with top two pair vs bottom set (KQ on KsQs5d8c board.) It was a spot where I probably should have folded the flop/turn but I thought I noticed a physical tell on the player. I played a couple other side events that didn't go in my favor either. Fortunately for me, like I hinted above, the weather was great and I got to spend a day lounging around Atlantis with a bunch of fellow poker players. We threw footballs around the lazy river (which was the most fun I've ever had at the PCA), went down a few slides, and played a game of football on the shore.

I stayed with my friend Mark and met a couple of his friends during the trip. One of them was John Dibella. Mark, John, Tim (Tim0thee), Hans, Anthony (one of John's friends) and I all went to dinner the first night there. John and Mark both won $1k satellites to play the Main Event. We talked about poker and other random things that night and then all went our separate ways before the Main Event. In the next week, Tim and I kept meeting with Mark and John to eat dinner and hang out. John was doing well in the tournament. He was advancing each day, talking with us about hands and strategy. Although he isn't a "poker professional" he definitely knew how to play and understood dynamics behind the game some people don't comprehend.

John kept making it through everyday. I remember going to dinner with him when he made the final 24. Tim and I went through who was at his table, how they would play, what he should expect, and we even went over some hand histories to give him a little insight. I left the Bahamas the next day. I was amazed to see John had made the final table. Mark kept sending me updates throughout the day and me and Tim were sweating it online. I was shocked and excited. It was awesome to see a stranger I just met do well in a huge tournament and follow along with him. I watched the live feed and stayed in communication with Mark as John played the final table. I tried to relay any information I could that I thought would help John. I don't know if any of it actually helped, but John played great, had things go his way, and ended up winning the tournament (after a small deal) for almost 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS!!! I was so excited for him. I really couldn't believe it. Mark called me after he won (I was watching on the 40 minute delay) and everyone was just in awe. Even though John is an amateur player he played very well. He made only minimal mistakes and overall played very well. I don't think many people took him seriously which probably was to his advantage. I want to congratulate you once again John. You won one of the best and biggest poker tournaments in the world. Awesome job and well played! I also want to thank Mark for the hospitality and good time we had in the Bahamas. Congrats to both of you guys.

After I returned from the Bahamas, I relaxed in Florida for a few days and planned my trip to Australia for the Aussie Millions poker tournament. I arrived in Melbourne five days ago. It's a beautiful city that I'm exploring more of every day. I've played a couple tournaments (none of which have gone my way) and also some cash games. The Crown casino is an amazing establishment and the poker room is awesome as well. In an hour and a half I will be sitting down to play Day 1 of the Main Event. The structure is really good for this tournament and the field looks the same. Although I haven't had any deep runs lately I still feel like I'm playing well. I'm excited for this tournament and hope I can be on the good side of luck over the next few days. I will updating my twitter (@TristanCre8ive) on how things are going.

I've taken some pictures and have a few other stories I might share in another blog post. Time for me to get ready to play the Main Event. Wish me luck.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I feel like the title of this blog is fitting, for more than one reason. I FINALLY won a WSOP bracelet, I'm FINALLY writing this blog, and other things are FINALLY taking their course as well. Since I have to cover almost three months of updates, I'm anticipating my longest blog ever. Just thought I would preface a little bit. Part of the reason why it has taken me this long to write is because I had some personal health issues immediately after I returned from Europe. It took longer than expected but I've FINALLY got that under control and am back to normal. This blog will be broken down into sections to make it an easier read.

WSOP(E) Victory

Everyone entered the final table with roughly even stacks. To give a little history about the event, it was a $3k euro Shootout. Day 1 we started 8-9 handed. Day 2 we played 3 handed. Day 3 was the final table with 10 players and everyone about even in chips. It was an insanely tough final table. There were no weak spots. I watched as a few players were eliminated and the table started to become short handed. With seven people left I won a big coinflip against Steve O'Dwyer, my TT vs his AK. I was able to open up a little more shorthanded and eliminate Max Silver KK vs 44 when he 4bet shoved on me. I entered heads up against Mike Watson (SirWatts online.) He had about 1.4 million in chips to my 1 million. We went back and forth and I eventually was able to win the tournament when he 4bet shoved A5s against my JJ. The board ran out QQ4T2 and I won my first WSOP bracelet. That's the short version of the final table haha.

Here's a victory picture. I still can't believe it.

Luckily I had a few friends with me in France to cheer me on. I want to thank my good friend Samantha and my new friends Kim and William who watched the whole final table. I also had my buddy Hans run over and watch when he wasn't playing hands in his tournament. Sam and I (along with my best friend Brian) traveled together throughout Europe and she was beyond supportive and excited about the final table (she had a nice little sweat too lol.) She's getting more experienced with poker, traveling to some of the events. I've been teaching her so hopefully she can have some success of her own soon. It was awesome to see my friends just as happy as I was. There's nothing better than being able to share an incredible experience with people who enjoy it as much as you do.

Will, Sam, Kim, and Hans behind me.

Look at Hans' expression lol. I think my JJ was cracked by KT this hand during heads up play to win the tournament. Classic picture.

The WSOP victory still hasn't sunk in yet, even after almost three months. I have to constantly remind myself that I finally accomplished one of my goals in poker. I started playing in 2003, my freshman year in college. I went all these years without a big "signature" win, online and live. I have won my fair share of tournaments but I never was able to win a major tournament. I always fell short. This happens to be the harsh reality of tournament poker. Sometimes no matter what you do things don't go your way and it is out of your hands. Everyone who takes this game seriously should understand that.

I had an amazing WSOP this year. I made two final tables in Vegas, went to Europe for the first time and won a WSOP bracelet. I don't take any of it for granted. We are deserved nothing in poker. Remember that. Nothing. Appreciate what this game can do for you and understand how unfair it can be. After you've done that all you need to do is enjoy the game itself.

Some of my friends have given me a hard time about winning my first WSOP bracelet in Europe. I understand where they are coming from as I once felt the same way. I realize poker is a global game. After playing in the WSOP(E) I know that I earned my bracelet. The fields had a ton of great players and it wasn't easy. I'll always cherish my first bracelet but now there is extra motivation to win one domestically! Haha.

Here are the finishers at the final table:

1st Tristan Wade (Me, Cre8ive)
2nd Michael Watson (SirWatts)
3rd Richard Toth (RichardToth)
4th Max Silver (Not sure his online name)
5th Bertrand Grospellier (Elky)
6th Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum)
7th Emil Patel (Whitelime)
8th Taylor Paur (ambiguosity, tramp$d0pray)
9th James Dempsey (Flushy, MKKMOO)
10th John Armbrust (texduke)

I'll continue to let this all sink in and slap me in the face occasionally.

Brazil, BSOP

I was scheduled to go to Sao Paulo, Brazil with Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi on November 22nd. I almost didn't make the trip because of the health issues I talked about earlier. I went to the doctor the morning of my flight and was cleared to go luckily. My best friend Brian also came along for the trip with Grinder and I. We went to play some of the tournaments for the BSOP (Brazilian Series of Poker.) I went last year with Mike Matusow and I must say, once again, the BSOP is an unbelievable tournament series. They have great fields, run awesome tournaments, have a nice venue, and make the experience enjoyable for everyone. If you can make it to Brazil for one of their BSOP events I highly recommend you do.

Grinder, Juliano, Brian, and me. [Small pic]

Juliano is a great friend. Both times I visited Sao Paulo he showed me around and taught me about the culture. He has his hand in a lot of things involved with poker in Brazil. Flop Magazine, Super Poker, BSOP, and I'm sure a few more other things. The Brazilians who read this blog will know what some of those things are haha. Another person who is probably more influential with poker in Brazil is Igor Federal. He is also involved in just about everything poker related. I applaud both of these gentlemen. What they are doing for poker in Brazil is amazing to watch. I've seen what they are doing for their country and poker players there. It's truly amazing. There are many people in Brazil who are very passionate about poker. It helps to have knowledgeable, hard-working people spearhead poker efforts in Brazil. Keep doing what you are doing guys. Hopefully poker will one day be legalized in Brazil as well. I'm sure I could name a lot more people involved, there are just so many (including top Brazilian players, writers, enthusiasts, etc.)

My experiences in Brazil have always been good ones. There is something about the country and the people that you don't feel when you're in the States. Everyone is very friendly, outgoing, nice, and enjoying life. It is refreshing to be around people who are just happy to be alive. I only have good things to say about the country and all the people I encountered there. Grinder even mentioned that out of the ten days we were there he didn't see a single person who was upset. Impressive. I'm not saying it's a Utopian society but it a great place to visit. There is still a lot of room for growth on the poker aspect. After playing a few days in Brazil you can tell that poker is relatively new there. They have a different style of play that takes a little getting used to.

As far as poker is concerned, I didn't do very well in the few tournaments I played at the BSOP. I busted halfway through day 1 of the Main Event and the 6-max event. I had a last longer with grinder in both tournaments and won those at least! I wish I would have been able to play more poker while I was there but that just gives me another reason to go back to Brazil.

I'd like to thank everyone I came in contact with and everyone I know over there. Thank you. Your hospitality is one of a kind and I can't wait to return.

Here are a couple pictures from the trip:

Grinder doing an interview.

Figueira Rubaiyat restaurant. Built around a tree. Awesome.

Some of our dishes from Fig.

View from room. Sao Paulo is a HUGE city. (20mil people)


December is always an interesting month to me. My birthday is in December, along with Christmas, and New Years Eve. I love living in Florida during the winter/December because it starts to get cold at night. During the day the weather is awesome. It usually is 70-80 degrees and sunny. You can't beat that.

My birthday was low key. I didn't do much. I had a dinner with the family and received a few presents. I never made a big deal out of my birthday or Christmas. My family has been able to provide me with almost everything I have ever needed, so I never felt the urge to ask for much, if anything. They always find something to get me though lol.

Christmas was fun. Again, I spent time with my family, watched them open up presents, and had Christmas dinner. It's nice to have my immediate family close for the holidays. I think they like having me around too haha.

On New Years Eve I went out in Fort Lauderdale. A few of my close friends were able to make it out and bring in the new year together. I thought about going to Vegas for New Years. That probably would have been a lot more fun. I can just imagine how ridiculous Vegas is for New Years. Nevertheless, it was nice getting to spend some time with friends I don't always get to see. The circle seems to be getting smaller.

Other than my birthday and a few holidays, I played some cash games in December. I still need to get out and play more, but I at least got to go a few times. It's hard to know when the good games are running. That's something I'm going to improve on. Live poker isn't the same as online either. Playing so much live poker really makes me miss online poker.

DeepStacks Big News

DeepStacks is doing some great things. We just announced a Televised Poker Tour. The final table will be televised regionally. It starts February 15th at the Seneca Niagara Casino. We have our DSPT (DeepStacks Poker Tour) main event on February 17th. It is a $1500 buyin, $200k guaranteed tournament. It will last three days. The tournament starts nine handed but when we reach 36 players we finish the tournament six handed. It should be a really great event and I am looking forward to it.

On the television side of the tour I will be doing commentary alongside Joe Stapleton. I'm excited about the whole experience. Hopefully we will be able to have a great poker tour and the television product will be able to match it. I don't want to say too much about it. We will see how it goes!

What's Next?

On Friday (tomorrow) I will be going to the Bahamas for the PCA tournament series. For anyone who doesn't know, the PCA is the PokerStars Carribean Adventure. Last year (when it was LEGAL to play ONLINE POKER) I won a package to go. I cashed in the main event and I'm hoping for better success this time around. So far I am only set on playing the main event. I don't know if I will decide to play any other tournaments or cash games. I'm strictly going for poker. If there are good tournaments/games I will stay if I bust the main event. Maybe I won't even have to worry about that. Wishful thinking.

After PCA I am going to go to Australia for the Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino. I've never been to Australia and really have no clue what to expect. Everything I have heard about the country has been positive, so this is definitely another trip I am looking forward to. I remembering watching this tournament on the television/internet and always wanting to play it. I can't wait. I will play the main event and a few other side events if I get there in time.

Thank You

I'm glad to FINALLY be caught up on this blog and to get back in the swing of writing. The last few months have been crazy. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me or followed along with the ride. Even though I do all of this for myself (well not entirely for myself!), it is nice to have people who care about what you're doing and have some interest in it. If there is anything anyone wants me to write about let me know. I've had a few people comment about my first WSOP Bracelet and the story I would tell. Hopefully I was able to touch on some interesting aspects. There's always more I could write but I try not to go overboard.

I still have a lot to accomplish. I am optimistic I will be able to achieve everything I want to. I don't know what some of those things are yet, but as long as you know what you want to do in the end, filling in the blanks is easy.