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Both players will share stories, photos and videos of their experience on a personal poker blog, Living the Dream (http://live-dream-poker.blogspot.com). In his first blog entry today, Simon says he was a little surprised he ended up winning the online tournament.
“I don't think I played my best poker. It started up kinda bad, I lost some good pots that forced me to re-buy (which I don't usually do, but it was definitely worth it that time with such a prize to win). The re-buy helped me double-up and enter the Final Table mid-stacker which is good for such a bad start.”
“I won two draws that paid me a lot at the end that put me right back to 3rd and then 2nd with only 3 players left. I might have overpaid some draws when I was low stacker there was no second prize -- I had to try to hit something. It was do or die.”
“I always say that a bad player can win with luck but that a good player can't win without luck. There’s always a luck factor. A lot of players play more aggressively when they can still re-buy. But this tournament was so fast there wasn't much time to figure my opponents’ playing habits. My advice to tournament players is tighten your play when you have less chips (playing less flop), but play aggressively when you go for it. Don't let yourself go below 8xBB+SB or 8 turns (or 4-5 turns if it's turbo). If you do, spare the most chips you can to maximize your all-in.”
“I play mostly online. When I first played live with friends I was a stone-type player. Playing online has pushed me to fold more on the flop since I’m less attached to my hand. Minimize my investment and maximize my gain. I don't plan on quitting my job or anything. I just have fun. I’m pretty excited to be playing in the Caribbean Poker Tournament! ”
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The Caribbean Poker Tour Main Event (buy in $1000 + $100) will be played November 1-2, right before the WPT Caribbean Tournament which will also be in St Maarten.
Grandma Mary and Sim79 will be sharing their adventures in the Caribbean by posting stories, pics and videos to a new blog, [http://live-dream-poker.blogspot.ca/].
“This isn't 2007 anymore. Tournaments are hard now,” Grandma Mary, 30, said in his opening blog post today. “But I think I’ll do well in St Maartens. Playing live the same style that I do online has been successful because people make so many mistakes live. If I could multi table live poker, I’d have a lot more money in my pocket than I do now!”
The Caribbean Poker Tour Main Event (buy in $1000 + $100), November 1-2, will bring poker players from around the world together a few days before the WPT Caribbean Tournament. Schedule of CPT satellites and main events: http://caribbeanpokertour.com/tour/poker-schedule.
Grandma Mary recalls the online tournament where he won the all-inclusive luxury tournament trip: “I didn't play scared. In a top heavy tournament like this you have to be able to make some plays and grind out all the small edges you can. It was up and down for me. A few times I got overly aggressive but I always picked up hands when I needed them.”
“It was when we were three handed and I had a slight chip lead that I realized I might win. I was short stacked coming into the final table so I obviously ran really well.”
He thought his competition at the online satellite tournament was fairly soft.
“Most players were either too nitty or too aggressive. There were a few decent MTT regulars in the tournament but it was a Sunday so I figured most of them were playing lots of tables and probably weren't paying much attention to this one. This allowed me to open a lot more on their blinds and fold some big hands to them as well.”
“One thing I’ve I learned is the biggest thing is to understand bankroll management. Make sure you have a minimum of 100 buy-ins, preferably 200 – 300.”
“The guys who are doing really good at poker are putting in the hours. Michael Jordan didn't become the best basketball player by sitting around, he practiced every day and that's what all poker players need to do too.”
“Poker has always been fun for me. The money is nice, but I love competing. I’d like to win a WSOPC ring event. If things go right, I could see moving to Costa Rica to grind full time.”
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The Caribbean Poker Tour Main Event (buy in $1000 + $100) is November 1 & 2. This is the second year that the Caribbean Poker Tour has brought players to the West Indies a few days before the WPT Caribbean tournament, also in St Maarten. The complete schedule of CPT satellites and main events is at http://caribbeanpokertour.com/tour/poker-schedule.
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The three-step online tournament series begins August 20th with eight $2+$0.20 tournaments every day, each awarding three tickets to Step 2. Step 2 tournaments ($10+$1) begin August 21, each awarding a ticket to the $50+$5 Final Sunday, September 14th. The winner of that tournament gets a $2500 CPT prize package including $1100 Main Event buy-in, four nights all-inclusive casino-resort accommodation and travel expenses.
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A player known only as “Joe” beat 214 other players to win the NLH Main Event at CAPT Velden, taking €105,400 of the €395,000 prize pool. “Velden is one of the biggest tournaments in the CAPT season in terms of participants and it takes place in a great setting!” Christoph said. “It’s kind of the kick-off tournament. For me it’s also fun to meet a lot of players that I know but don’t see very often.”
“I played OK but I was very unhappy with one hand where all signs were telling me that my opponent was bluffing but I didn't have the guts to call with my weak hand. After I folded, my analysis was proven to be right when my opponent showed his cards.”
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Intertops Poker to Send Players on Spanish Fiesta 28 Jul, 2014
29 July 2014, St John's, Antigua -- The first big poker tournament after the World Series is less than a month away, and Intertops Poker players have the chance to book their place at the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona with daily satellites starting this week. The $55 final satellite will take place on August second, awarding at least one €2,000 ($2,700) package which comprises a €1,100 main event entry, five nights' accommodation in Barcelona and $400 in travel expenses. However players with smaller budgets can get their feet on the first rung of the ladder for just $2.20 in one of several daily satellites. Step 1 Satellites: Barcelona
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Last year's Estrellas Main Event in Barcelona attracted a huge 1,798 players, making it the largest ever poker tournament on Spanish soil with a prizepool of more than $1,000,000. German amateur Soenke Jahn won the 2013 tournament for more than $200,000, while this year the main event could break more records with an extra start day expected to only increase the size of the field.
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In addition to the Estrellas satellites, Intertops Poker will continue with its regular program of Texas Hold'em, Omaha and more, with tournaments and cash games running around the clock.