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Find your anchor! Staying balanced at the WSOP 04 Jul, 2016
SOooooo Vegas is BRUTAL! While it has been an amazing experience so far, it’s been one expensive roller coaster ride! These past few weeks have been a serious test of my discipline and mental fortitude, more than my poker skills. While the poker tables have given my there share of challenges, I still feel like I’m playing well and just running bad. I’m not so arrogant to say I haven’t made mistakes, but I’m constantly working on those errors and I know that when the cards turn in my favor and I’m on my A game, big things are gonna happen. Thats poker, that’s variance, that’s life lol. No, the real challenges have been off the felt. Vegas has been even more difficult to stay on track than I thought it would. Some relationship issues, living situation problems, too many drinks, some bad influences, and some deep run busts that tilted me enough to hit table games, have all effected my training and my poker. While I know that sounds like alot, I’m being a little dramatic( shocker lol) to really drive the point home and make myself feel bad enough to be sure not to let any of it happen again. And if you heard or saw some of the REAL sob stories here, you would find out like I am, that what I’ve done is tame and nothing compared to it lol
So on that note, I’ve decided to make this more of a mental game and Fitness based post, to remind myself of what’s really important, get back on track, and to save you all from hearing my bad beat stories! lol (well most of them) Now I have to give credit where its due and thank Jason Ferruggia at www.RenegadeStrengthclub.com for the email that formed the basis for this post. In the email he had an incredible quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that really stuck with me…
“You always want to protect the thing that allows you to do what you do. In this case, my “thing” to protect is my training. Regardless of what time zone I’m in, or getting pulled in a thousand different directions or how little sleep I’ve gotten – I’ll always find a way to train, get after it and push thru. Training is my anchor – it centers me and allows me to then work a full 12-14 day of business. Find your anchor. Protect your anchor.”
It really spoke to me in this trying time of run bad. The more I read it, the more focused I became. The bad beats disappeared from my mind, the pressure of winning was removed and clear thoughts of just playing my best poker became my only concern. I remembered to focus on the things I can control and not to get upset at the things I cannot control. I remembered tomorrows another day and Poker will always be there. I remembered that for ME; without training, healthy eating and sleeping well, I’m not nearly at my best. One of, if not the biggest reason I started this 2Fit2Fold blog, (as cheesey as I know it sounds) was to keep myself accountable. This is MY Anchor. Training, staying fit and healthy, it keeps me sane. Something I definitely need out here. Its something I think anyone playing this series or any serious poker needs.
Poker is alot of fun and can be very profitable, but it’s way too easy to get your hopes and bankroll crushed. Stay Anchored, stay balanced. What keeps you grounded, in control, and on track towards your goals? Whether you’re out here playing the WSOP, trying to run it up at your local casino or just sitting behind the computer grinding online, figure it out! Then use it to keep yourself from going crazy and broke out here! lol
Let me know what you think in the comments below, love it or hate it! lol I’ll be playing the Planet Hollywood Ultimate Goliath and then the Monster stack event here at the Rio this week. So I’ll have another post for just poker and bad beats soon! lol Follow the action @TimOK311 on Twitter. @ 2fit2fold on instagram and facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/tim.okeefe.75 be sure to like my 2fit2fold page while you’re there!
Thanks for reading! Run Good!
WSOP! The Dream Continues 04 Jul, 2016
The struggle is real, but the Dream continues! Well we are wrapping up week 4 of the WSOP and if you have been keeping up with any of my updates on social media, you will have noticed I am still struggling out here at the WSOP. Fortunately for me, from the feedback on my last article and just talking to all the other players here, I am NOT alone! lol Clearly everyone can’t be winners and for a first timer like myself, it seems like its a common occurrence to be overwhelmed. The craziness that is Vegas poker during this series has force amny others to go home broke with their tail between their legs! lol But no worries we are not giving up that easily! There’s still LOTS of poker to play and plenty of time for our luck to to turn around! Stay positive and get back to work! BUT I will share a few stories with ya and try and get some sympathy from everyone, I mean, what’s a poker blog without some bad beat stories!?
While I know being overwhelmed by Vegas affected me, I’ve had a hard time finding any Major mistakes I’ve made while playing? Sure I can pick out some small ones, and clearly there may have been a BETTER play I could have made at times. But when the money went in the middle, I almost always had the best of it. So that makes me feel a little better, but just a little lol. I’ve had JJ get two outted by 77, AQ flop a Queen all in against my AK at least 3 times, a9 turn an Ace vs my 99 and Aces cracked twice deep in two big events! lol Pretty standard bad beat stuff, I know you’ve all been there but they still sting! Here’s one from the Goliath 600k guarantee. With a doubled up 40k stack going into the 5th level, I get a table change and it was all down hill lol. Player first to act raises to 800 at 150/300 blinds with a 100 ante, the short stack just calls(?). I raise to 2700 on the button with AcKh and they both call? Flop comes J 10 3 all clubs. First guy checks UTG, short stack shoves his last 2400( again ?) I call and the other guy folds. Short stack turns over KQ with no club and hits a 9h on the turn, giving him a straight and no club or Queen on the river means I lose lol. I’m not sure why the short stack didn’t just ship all in over the original raise, but I’ve found that I don’t really understand why alot of players here do the things they do lol. I understand that the result would have been the same, as I’m clearly calling his all in there preflop, but at least I would have understood the logic behind his play after. lol Weird plays like that have stood out to me, maybe cause they are happening alot, or maybe cause Im giving some players too much credit, thinking they are good, just to prove me horribly wrong lol
A hand I played particularly well and am proud off (prob just shows, how much a calling station I am lol) was in another Planet Hollywood Goliath event. With a 15k stack at 200/400 blinds with a 50 ante, a super aggressive younger guy who just lost a hand raised from 4th position to 1200. I called from the big blind with 86 suited. Flops Ks 8h 4d and I check, he bets 1300 really quickly and I call. Turns a Qc and he fires 3500 without even thinking. I call river comes the 10d and he almost instantly goes all in for my last 11k when I check. He looks sick after I don’t snap fold. I though for maybe 15 seconds and called it off and he says “your good, I punted”. Then his jaw hits the table when I turn over my hand. lol Went with my gut and I was right, huuraay me. One time in like 100 that works right?! lol This last one from the monster stack is up for debate lol let me know if you would have made this play, or if im just a donkey! I 3 bet squeezed from the button on a very active players raise and a very weak players call. I have Q6 of diamonds. we all have about starting stacks at 15k. He makes it 150, guy calls and i make it 550. Just the original raiser calls and the flop comes Ac Kc 8h. he checks and I bet 1250 (why that much? lol) and he calls. Turn is Qc, and we both check. River is 5c, for a four card flush on the board and he checks again. I bet 2700 and he tanks, eventually calling me with KQ for top two pair? I still don’t know how I feel about either one of our plays in this hand lol so feedback is welcome. Live and learn right?
I’ll stop whining to you now! lol We’ve got roughly two more weeks here with SO many tournaments and cash games to play, so we’ve got plenty of opportunities to write at least a few more winning hands!;) lol If anything this has been a great learning experience, and hopefully It forces me to progress as a player. Lets hope I at least don’t make the same expensive mistakes! lol This weekend has alot of fun lower buy in tourneys that can potentially turn this trip around! Wish me luck!
Run Good and have fun!
June 7, 2016 -- St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Intertops Casino players are donning diving suits to retrieve $120,000 in sunken treasure this month during the Under the Sea casino bonus event. Every week until July 4th, 300 frequent players will receive bonuses up to $500 each and another 50 players will be randomly awarded cash prizes up to $150 each. At the end of the deep sea adventure, one randomly selected player from the weekly top 20 will receive a $1000 cash prize.
Playing any of Intertops’ many real money casino games from Realtime Gaming (RTG) earns reward points and players are ranked by their points score on a live leaderboard. Every Monday the top 300 on the scoreboard get bonuses up to $500 each. $30,000 in bonuses is awarded every week. The scoreboard is then re-set and the race for bonuses starts again for another week.
“We want to reward our frequent players, of course,” explained Intertops’ casino manager. “But we want everyone to have a chance to win bonuses, even if they only play once in a while. If you’ve played even a little bit early in the week, you can be randomly selected for our Thursday bonuses. Those can really help you work your way up the leaderboard over the weekend to qualify for a larger bonus on Monday morning!”
The Under the Sea casino bonus event continues until July 4, 2016. Contest details and current scoreboard rankings are available at https://casino.intertops.eu/en/promotions.
Intertops Casino has hundreds of real money online casino games from Realtime Gaming. Enchanted Garden 2, a sequel to one of RTG’s most popular slots, will make its debut later this month. Intertops has been trusted all over the world for over 20 years and makes friendly customer service and hassle-free deposits and withdrawals a top priority.
June 2, 2016 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – A series of online satellite tournaments that will send winners to the European Poker Championships in Velden, Austria this summer has just begun at Intertops Poker. Winners will travel to Austria’s ‘Monte Carlo of the Alps’ to play in the prestigious €700,000 CAPT Velden European Poker Championship.
The €4,500 ($5,000) prize package for the three-tier tournament series includes $500 in travel expenses, 5 nights accommodation plus €2500 + €200 buy-in to the Main Event at CAPT Velden, July 20 – 25, 2016.
CAPT Velden Online Satellite Tournament Schedule
Step 1 ($2 + $.20) June 1 – 12, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm 12:00 am and 3 am GMT (11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm EST)
Step 2 ($10 + $1) June 12 - 12, 1:00 am, 7:00 am, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm GMT (9:00 pm, 3:00 am, 9:00 am and 3:00 pm EST)
Last Chance ($1.00 + $.10) June 12, 4:30 pm GMT (12:30 pm EST
Final ($100 + $10) June 12, 9:00 GMT (7 pm EST)
Velden is a lakeside summer health resort with sports and outdoor activities like golf and hiking. With Casino Velden at its heart, it’s also known for its nightlife. CAPT Velden is one of the premiere events on the Casinos Austria Poker Tour and attracts professional and recreational players primarily from Austria, Germany and Italy.
Intertops Poker is the busiest online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network. They welcome players from all over the world.
Sunday $5000 GTD is Back at Intertops Poker 30 May, 2016
May 25, 2016 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Intertops Poker has put their popular Sunday night $5000 GTD back on their busy online poker tournament schedules. Players can buy-in for $50+$5 or win a ticket in a satellite tournament. There will be at least three satellite tournaments per day and more on Sunday, just before the start of the $5000 GTD.
Sunday $5000 GTD
Every Sunday at 7:00 pm Eastern
10,000 starting stack, 15 minute blinds, 3.5 hours late registration
Daily at 4:30, 8:30, 10:30
Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30
Sundays at 6:00
Sundays at 4:05, 5:00, 5:30
Intertops recently added a second $1000 GTD R&A to their Friday schedule, just after the popular $1000 GTD Deep Turbo (Re-entry), but this Sunday night tournament is the biggest GTD of the week.
“So many players have said ‘what happened to the Sunday night $5K guaranteed?!’ we just had to bring it back,” said the manager at Intertops Poker. “We have lots of other tournaments but this is our largest guaranteed prize pool.”
Tournament details are available under the Tournaments tab in the poker clients and at https://poker.intertops.eu/en/promotions/tournaments.
Intertops is known around the world for their busy poker room on the Horizon Poker Network. They also offer a wide selection of casino games from Takisto, WorldMatch and Betsoft. May’s casino Game of the Month at Intertops is the new Zen Blade HD, a multi-line slot dedicated to the mysterious and charming art of the Ninja warriors that features a bonus game that awards free spins.
May 2, 2016 -- St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Intertops Casino players will be going on a round-the-world treasure hunt this month, collecting $150,000 in casino bonus prizes as they visit some of the world’s favorite tourist destinations.
Every week for five weeks, hundreds of players will receive bonuses up to $500 each. There will be $30,000 in weekly prizes and one lucky player will receive a $1000 cash prize at the end of the event. As they travel from the USA to Scotland, China and Mexico, players will receive extra bonus offers in each country they visit.
Intertops Casino players earn reward points when they play any of its real money casino games from Realtime Gaming (RTG). A live leaderboard shows players’ current ranking and every Monday the top 300 on the scoreboard get bonuses up to $500 each. The scoreboard is then re-set and the race for bonuses starts again for another week.
“Every week, the top twenty players on the scoreboard are also entered in a $1000 grand prize draw,” explained Intertops’ casino manager. “And everyone that plays Monday through Wednesday qualifies for special Thursday bonuses up to $150!”
The Treasure World Tour casino bonus event continues until June 6, 2016. Contest details and current scoreboard rankings are available at https://casino.intertops.eu/en/promotions.
Intertops Casino has hundreds of real money online casino games from Realtime Gaming (RTG) including the new The Big Bopper slot with bonus features that keep on paying as long as the Bopper keeps singing hits like Chantilly Lace. Trusted all over the world for over 20 years, Intertops Casino is proud of its excellent customer service and hassle-free deposits and withdrawals.
April 13, 2016 -- St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – There’s a new musical slot from RTG called The Big Bopper rockin’ the internet this week and Intertops Casino is offering up to $100 bonus cash and 50 free spins to players that would like to put a little wiggle in their walk.
Big Bopper Casino Bonus
50% up to $100
PLUS 50 free spins on The Big Bopper slot
Coupon Code: BOPPER
Valid until May 10, 2016
The new rockabilly-themed Big Bopper slot has three bonus games (triggered by Scatter symbols B-O-P-E-R) that keep giving free spins as long as the Big Bopper sings his hits, Chantilly Lace or White Lightning.
In the Big Bopper Instant Win feature, the game awards instant prizes up to 100X the triggering bet. The Chantilly Lace Free Games feature awards up to 45 free games and up to 10X prize multipliers. In White Lightnin' Free Games a top-paying White Lightnin' symbol replaces the Scatter.
The Wild symbol, which triples prizes for any winning combination it’s in, is the Big Bopper himself.
"The music in this game makes it a real toe-tapper," said Intertops’ casino manager. "It looks great too because, like most new games from Realtime Gaming, it’s in big wide screen format. Oh baby, that’s what I like!"
Intertops’ $270,000 Spring Garden casino bonus giveaway continues until May 2, awarding hundreds of players with bonuses up to $500 each. There will be $30,000 in weekly prizes and one lucky player will receive a $1000 cash prize at the end of the event. Players earn points to qualify for these bonuses just by playing any of the casino’s hundreds of real money online casino games from Realtime Gaming (RTG).
A favorite with online casino players all over the world for nearly 20 years, Intertops Casino is known for its excellent customer service, hassle-free deposits and withdrawals and huge selection of online casino games from RTG.
April 5, 2016 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Blackjack, Video Poker and Roulette players at Intertops Poker will win bonus prizes this month for designated hands and events like Big Suite 21s in Blackjack, Royal Flushes in video poker and hitting every number in Roulette. A total of $2000 will be awarded between now and April 12th.
All four of the casino’s Blackjack games will be awarding jackpots: Blackjack, Face Up 21, Double Draw, Perfect Pair. The first 10 players to hit a Heart Blackjack (natural Blackjack in Hearts) will each win an extra $20. 15 players will receive a $10 bonus for Small Suite 21s (6, 7 and 8) and 1 lucky player will get $300 for a Big Suite 21 (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
For thirty American Roulette or European Roulette players, five consecutive wins with red numbers will be an extra $5. Four players that hit every single number from 1 to 36 (even over several sessions) will get a $1000 Roulette jackpot.
All ten video poker games (Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Jacks or Better, Aces and Faces, Double Joker Poker, Tens or Better, Joker Poker Kings, All American Joker Poker Aces or The Saloon) will also pay special jackpots. Four of a Kind pays $5 to up to forty lucky players, a Flush pays $10 to up to twenty players and ten players that get a Royal Flush will get an extra $40.
Intertops Poker is known all over the world for its busy poker room where currently online satellite tournaments are awarding trips to the prestigious CAPT Velden tournament in Austria this summer. It also offers a wide selection of casino games.
Final Four Facebook Free Bet Promo 31 Mar, 2016
March 31, 2016 (Press Release) -- The maddest season of the sporting year reaches its climax at Intertops Sportsbook this weekend with America’s top four college hoops teams battling it out for the national championship title in Houston. Just one number one seed has survived the usual carnage of the four Regional tournaments, but does North Carolina now have what it takes to go all the way? Intertops bookmakers see the Tar Heels (+110) on top of the pile, but Villanova (+250) and Oklahoma (+300) are still right there in the mix. Syracuse (+1000), seeded 10 in the Midwest Region, is the obvious underdog, but anything is possible at the NRG Stadium.
“Syracuse has been the big surprise of the tourney so far and we have seen plenty of interest in a semifinal upset win over UNC,” said an Intertops Sportsbook manager. “You never know, we might all be seeing Orange after Monday’s final – it’s March Madness, after all!”
Intertops adds to the hoops excitement by offering its customers $50 free bets for their picks on Facebook. They simply have to post their tip to win the Final Four before the first game gets underway and wager in the sportsbook to qualify. The prize draw will take place after the champion has been crowned on Monday.
The world’s first online sportsbook will also reward its customers for wagering on Monday’s Championship Game with an attractive $100 free bet promotion. Details will be posted on the website on the big day.
The full-featured online sportsbook offers competitive odds on a wide variety of wagering options on NCAA Basketball and all professional sports including baseball and tennis. Intertops Sportsbook, the world’s first online sportsbook, has had a complete mobile-friendly redesign and now has more wagers and attractive new parlay options than ever before.
March 22, 2016 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Intertops Poker is once again living up to its reputation as the best destination for online poker tournament action by hosting another series of online satellite tournaments that will send champions to a major live tournament. This time, the winner will travel to Austria’s ‘Monte Carlo of the Alps’ to play in the prestigious €700,000 CAPT Velden European poker championship.
The ultimate €4,500 ($5,000) prize package for the three-tier tournament series beginning this week includes $500 in travel expenses, 5 night accommodation plus €2500 + €200 buy-in to the Main Event at CAPT Velden, July 20 – 25, 2016.
CAPT Velden Online Satellite Tournament Schedule
Step 1 ($2 + $.20) March 23 – April 9, 2:00, 4:00, 20:00, 22:00 & 23:59 GMT
Step 2 ($10 + $1) March 24 – April 10, 2:00 GMT
Last Chance ($1.00 + $.10) April 10, 23:30 GMT
Final ($100 + $10) April 11, 1:00 GMT (8 pm EST)
Velden is a posh lakeside summer health resort with sports and outdoor activities like golf and hiking. With Casino Velden at its heart, it’s also known for its nightlife. CAPT Velden is one of the premiere events on the Casinos Austria Poker Tour and attracts professional and recreational players primarily from Austria, Germany and Italy.
“I’ve been pretty successful online and in local casinos,” said Tim O’Keefe who recently won his way to CAPT Seefeld. “It was quite an adventure playing in a big European tournament. I learned a lot -- Europeans sure play different than they do in Oklahoma! The Intertops team took great care of us and I’m really grateful for the experience!”
The next group of Intertops online satellite winners is off to the Caribbean in April for TKPT St Maarten. Like the CAPT Seefeld team and the group that went to CPT Punta Cana before that, they’ll share their tournament experiences on the Living the Dream poker blog.
Until March 28th, $200 GTD Easter Freerolls continue at Intertops every day at 2:15 pm EST and up to $1000 GTD tournaments continue every night at 8:15 pm EST. Intertops, the leading site on the Horizon Poker Network, is also offering an up to $200 reload bonus this week.