May 1, 2007 - Heading to London Again!
I'm off to London today to play in the PartyPoker World Open tournament. There will be 72 players and a prize pool of over $500,000 - the winner should get at least $200,000. My particular heat starts on May 3, and if I win, I go on to play in the semi-finals later that day. Hopefully, I'll be there late into the evening at the final table! Matchroom Sport will be filming the event for television, and I'm looking foward to be participating in another Matchroom/PartyPoker event.
After that, I'll be hanging around in London to play the Ladbrokes Ladies Championship Tournament from May 4-6. They are expecting a great turnout, and I'm excited to play! I then come back to Vegas on May 7 to rest up, possibly play in the Mirage Poker Showdown and Mandalay Bay WPT events, then go for that bracelet (maybe more than one!) at the WSOP.
I guess it's obvious by now that I didn't win the WPT Championship at Bellagio last week - hee hee. Well, it's not that funny, really. My last blog described Day 1 where I just couldn't catch any cards. Day 2 was the same - grinding all day, staying around average in chips. I didn't have any bad beats but no great cards either. At one point, I made it up to over 100k but lost a hand at the end of the night that put me back down to 75,500. Frustrating, but I was still in.
Going into Day 3 with below-average chips wasn't ideal, and the first hand was not a good sign of how the day would go. I was two to the button and looked down at Q-10 of hearts, so I made a raise to 9,000. The button (solid player) called. The flop was K-rag-rag with no hearts. I checked, he bet 23,000, and I had to muck it.
With no more playable cards, I was blinded down to about 50k, and the small blind kept trying to steal my big blinds from me by raising to 9k every time. Finally, I took a stand with Q-9 of hearts and raised to 34k. The small blind called. The flop came J-rag-rag, and we both checked. The turn was an Ace, he checked, I moved all in to take the pot, and he called with A-10 offsuit. Bye-bye, WPT Championship! Argh. I must admit I played the hand quite poorly as some of you might be wondering why I didn't just move all in on the flop. Either way whether I moved all in on the flop or the turn, I was getting called down no matter what cause my opponent was already pot committed and I only had about 20k left.
I'm hoping to do better in London, especially since I played some really good poker in the last Poker League Premiere event there. Maybe it's because all of the craziness of Vegas and the regular casino scene is across the ocean, and I can simply concentrate on poker. Whatever the reason, I hope I can report some great results from these tournaments.
And on a side note, I just recently did a VO session and scanning for Activision for their new video game that's coming out this year - the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. I hope the image on the game looks like me this time! I'll have to borrow someone's video game system to find out - jk.. :)
Anyway, life has been quite hectic these past few weeks, and I still have to pack before my flight to London. Wish me luck with packing and poker! Take care, everyone!