Since the WSOP
Oct. 11, 2011
I haven’t played much poker since the World Series. I was kind of disappointed after the series, to be honest, because I expected to do well and nothing really good happened there. I did come sixteenth in one event. Since I’ve been back in the UK I’ve bought a new house, and I’ve been doing it up. I needed to spend some money setting it all up right. It felt great to buy a house and it was also nice to final table the Partouche Main Event right after buying it.
I only played two tournaments between the WSOP and EPT London. First I played the Epic Poker tournament, where I was chip leader with eighteen left. Everything was going well and then the next day I went back and didn’t win a pot. It was just like the same old thing that had been happening all the time so I was just pretty pissed off with tournament poker full stop. And then the Partouche tournament happened. I got aces vs. kings in the Partouche with like twenty-five players left, which is quite a good thing to happen. You just need a little luck with one hand, and I got it there. That hand gave me a pretty big stack and from there I managed to double up with no showdown and now I’m chip leader at the final table when we resume in November.
Maybe I played a bit better in the Partouche. The thing with the WSOP is that you know there’s an event every day so in marginal spots I probably flick it in a bit easier just because there’s another tournament tomorrow. But when you travel all the way to France to play a tournament and you know it’s just one tournament, well then you wait for a really good spot to put the chips in. Maybe that’s why I do better in the single events.
Delaying the final table of the Partouche until November, I hate it. I don’t like the wait at all. At the time of the tournament everything was going good. I was running good, I had a lot of momentum, I had strong opinions about the players at the table, and maybe that might change now. In a few months they might play a little differently and have a different strategy coming back. To be honest I wish they had just carried on, but I can’t really complain. A million euros, there’s not many tournaments with a bigger first prize than that in Europe. This year the Partouche is probably bigger even than the WSOP Europe main event. As for the others on the final table, I know Big Roger, I’ve got a sick tell on him. But everybody has that tell on Roger so there’s no advantage, really. I’m looking forward to November. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t make the top three spots.
I’ve also been playing a lot of poker online. I recently ran 460 dollars up to 350k in like two weeks playing 6-max PLO, 25-50 and up. No one really knows I play PLO, but I’ve always played. I just hate Hold’em online, it’s so boring. If you want to win at online Hold’em you almost have to play with Hold’em manager, with a HUD. And I don’t enjoy that. I don’t really think that’s poker. It’s just stats, stats and maths, and I can’t be bothered to get involved with all that. I prefer just playing poker without a HUD.
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