Get ready for some high adrenaline poker like you’ve never seen before. The first episode of partypoker Premier League 7 is set to be broadcast in the UK at 11pm on Tuesday March 4th on Sky Sports 3. Filmed at the ever popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal the line up this time around included Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Daniel Jungleman Cates, Jeff Gross, Vanessa Selbst and champions of season 5 and 6, Scott Seiver and Dan Shak.
Following feedback from players, the structure has been improved and will feature 12 players playing six eight-handed heats, with each player participating in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($ 2,000 per point). The top four will automatically go through to the final table, while the next four places (5th – 8th) will square off in a series of heads-up matches (best of three) for spots in the six-handed finale with the winner taking home $ 400,000. partypoker’s very own Kara Scott will present the coverage from the floor, while Jesse “the voice of poker” May will of course lead the commentary team.
For a look ahead see this special preview:
The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!
The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $ 10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.
The games in Sochi may be over, but we still have medals to award.
You might remember, a couple of weeks ago, we offered free Sunday Million tickets to the winners of our #SupportYourCounty contest. All it took was finding a way to made your traditional country’s clothes look good in a poker setting.
After the judges had time to confer, the medals went to Poland and Russia, and after seeing the pictures, there is no question why.
Here are your winners.
Carbon Daily Missions is a brand new task based promotion for players to sink their teeth into. Every day of the month of March players have a chance to gain entry to an exclusive $ 500 Freeroll.
To gain entry to Carbon Daily Missions all players have to do is opt-in, complete the daily task and gain entry into a $ 500 Freeroll. With these freerolls kicking off everyday, that’s $ 15,000 up for grabs all month long.
After an amazing three flights, the 260 players who have made Day 2 are assembled, with Kara Scott fourth in chips and one of only a handful of players who made it through all three flights. As an incredible 700 entries took us past £129,000 in the prize-pool, big players bit the dust on flight 3, with Michael Greco, Jerome Bradpiece and Barny Boatman all unable to make it through to the business end of the tournament.
The biggest winner on the day was Dave McConachie, as he racked up an awesome 157,100 in one flight alone – the only stack he got through. Pressure was everywhere and the players were feeling it, and dealing with it in different ways. Philip Gould impressed, as he delivered in every flight and made it through with a big stack. Stars such as Chaz and Sunny Chattha and Vincent Meli, all got through with decent stacks.
Here are how the chip-counts line up ahead of Day 2:
Onise Daneliya 252300
Ryan Kelly 222700
Arvin Ravindran 193200
Kara Scott 178,400
Philip Gould 165600
Haresh Thaker 163300
David Mcconachie 157100
Kenny King 153200
Vincent Meli 147600
Reza Fazeli 143200
Hasan Ifran 139800
James Thomson 133200
Sean Lydon 130100
Pablo Legarre 126200
Jonathan Baylis 116300
Terence Mcgilly 113700
Mathieu Bragard 113700
Steven Mitchell 108700
Sandra Reid 107800
Cristian Ciuperca 107300
Thomas Zhang 105800
Marc Mulgrave 104400
Kevin Neal 104100
Paul Romain 103000
Robert Fowler 102400
Pantelis Antoniou 100800
Charles Chattha 100400
Eamonn Gavin 100400
Anh Diep 100000
Ross Mannion 99900
Lee West 99300
Arturas Drepinas 98800
Susan O’connor 98400
Serge Wittenbeck 98100
Hugo Lodge 96700
Roland Redhead 96500
Michael Padmore 94500
Mark Conway 94400
Vik Kanwar 93800
Catalin Azoitei 93800
Sami Idris 90000
Laurence Houghton 89900
Vaclav Pomije 88900
Yigit Isilsoy 87500
Meenakshi Subraminiam 86300
Yves Farges 85200
Antony Simon 84200
James Robert Mitchell 82500
Branko Sprach 82100
Kuljinder Sidhu 81200
Tony Vu 81100
Stevie Hart-Sheehan 80400
Stuart Nash 79900
Robert Simons 76300
Pawan Thaper 75400
Anand Paltanwala 74800
Andrew Berkecz 74400
Xavier Rouayroux 74400
Yue Tu 72800
Herve Decker 72800
Errol Ward 72500
Rajbarath Nandhagopal 72400
Terry Payne 72200
Christian Middelboe 72000
Kaan Can 71500
Yahya Merah 71500
Karl Alexander Restucci 71100
Raymond Hemp 70700
Emyr Lewis 69900
Philip Lee 69700
Tina Abery 68600
Gabriel Carter 67700
Xuan Nguyen 67300
Andrew Gillett 67000
Dieter Aebi 67000
Jozsef Boka 66600
Arrash Zafari 66300
Chevin Beckles 66100
Jamal Gormati 65300
Harprit Gurnam 64400
Mantas Zeringis 63600
Gary Miller 63500
Timothy Dearing 62700
Soyinka Sotimehin 62600
John Gudger 61900
Andrey Dimitrov 61600
Laszlo Balogh 61400
Alvaro Garcia Cano 61300
Glen Paterson 60100
Christopher Gordon 60000
Ali Sakallioglu 59900
Bobbie Brummitt 58500
Micharaba Kaszaraba 58400
Samantha Griffiths 58000
Konstantinos Toulis 57900
Luke Slisz 57700
Kevin Williams 57400
Margarita Stoycheva 57300
Leon Narinsakchai 56800
Sunny Chattha 56600
Rod Macdermott 56000
Kirit Patel 55900
Mohammed Suhail 55800
Gareth Holt 55800
Alexandros Tsiroudis 55700
Florian Duta 54700
Gregory Moore 54700
Andrew Badecker 54400
Alexandru Obada 54200
Richard Wheatley 54100
Rahim Tadj-Saadat 53800
Richard Mcdonald 53500
Tamer Kamel 53300
John Ashton 53100
Kevin Connor 52900
Zoltan Kovacs 51900
Philip Green 51700
Stephen Smith 51200
Darren Mapley 51200
Mats Rosén 49900
Demetris Theophanous 49700
Marios Andreas 49400
David Phethean 49000
Arnel Casabar 48900
Zydrunas Lukosiunas 48800
Edwin Biber 48400
Ricky Benger 48200
Mauro Suriano 48000
Vadim Seriozeckin 47900
Rahul Sinha 46900
Paltryk Slusarek 46800
Dariusz Zenka 46500
Sardar Jaffar Aziz 46400
Daniel Fulgescu 46000
Simon Toller 45000
Roshan Bijmohun 44200
Sally Smith 44100
Danny Shine 44000
Andrew Brisland 43600
David Gassian 43000
YILFER SHEVKET 42400
Samuel Welbourne 42000
Emil Georgiev 41900
WILLIAM LANGTON 41700
Timotheos Timotheou 41300
Gabor Antal 41100
GETNET HAILU 40500
Christopher Love 40400
Benjamin Wey 40300
Robert Barry 40200
Oliver Kirschner 39800
Van To Le 39600
Thang Nguyen 39300
Danail Douhlinski 39100
George Apostol 38900
Robert Glen 38500
Lauris Krievs 38300
Jen Chiang 38100
PARVIZ SIABI 38100
Lyndon Basha 37900
Jack Glass 37700
Danny Blair 37400
Stephen Dickson 37400
Nicholas Finn 37300
Peteris Berzins 37000
Tony Collison 36500
William Kassouf 36100
Martin Desmond 36000
Rana Adnan 36000
Koa Quan 35400
Jonathan Vincent Roux 35400
Edijs Cergars 34800
NICHOLAS VAN DE WEYER 34600
VINCENT ANDERSON 34500
Morgan Florin 34400
Kyle Wilson 34400
Daniel Grant 33800
Ioannis Vogiatzoglou 33400
Iulius Buzetoiu 33400
Paul Russell 33300
ERIC RAMKEESOON 33100
Holger Herrmann 33000
Patrit Papushi 32900
Luca Forcignano 32900
Nicolae Ponea 32000
Daniel Creser 31500
Josi Ortiz 31100
Nayden Tonov 30100
Steven Owens 29900
Ceri Rees 29900
Adam Nicolae 29900
Ali Enver 29800
Santhi Thiyagarajah 29600
George Achillea 28900
Emanuel Mattinson 28900
David Tompkins 28600
Ramadan Krasnici 28300
Abdul Miah 28000
Gareth Smirthwaite 27400
Erol Taylan 27300
Thomas Dunning 27200
Jose Fernandez 25300
Ashraf Mohamed 25100
Matthew Osborne 24900
Luke Mcintyre 24700
Realfi Petro 24600
Elizabeth Stone 24500
John Gilbert 24300
Lukasz Wierzchowski 24300
Sundeep Sangany 24200
Russell Jones 23900
Giap Tran 23700
Nicolas Barbani 23600
Richard Hoadley 23400
Cheng Moc 23300
Tarek Aziz Ahmed 23100
Adam Jastrzebski 22500
Christopher Johnson 22300
Lee Saunderson 22300
Marios Nicolaou 22200
Robert Kucma 21800
Matja Svendsen 21400
Martynas Vitkauskas 21100
James Finigan 21100
Terence Farmer 21100
Awtila Havacs 20900
Bilal Kabdani 20400
Uri Dinay 20200
Antonio Rochira 20200
Francois Margfrtiti 20200
Eve Goodman 19800
Rizgar Qadir 18500
Daniel Jones 18300
Paul Danko 18300
Leon Campbell 18100
Trevor Bulless 18000
Marinos Mina 17000
Ruslanas Rudycevas 17000
Lucas Bezzina 16300
Stephen Draper 15200
Konrad Kucharczyk 15100
Razvan-Vasile Stoea 14300
Kimberly Hebden 14000
Boris Dolenc 13700
Kamil Rafal 13600
Alex Van De Weyer 12800
Georgy Fournadjiev 12600
Stephen Brown 11900
Tony Doggett 11500
Giedrius Banys 11500
Jonathan Brock 11500
David Anderson 11400
Thien Nguyen 11100
Andrew Sledmore 10500
Alan Dean 10200
Joan Arnaldo Boix 8600
Hristo Georgiev 7000
DAVID SHALLOW 5700
Rajinder Shina 5700
Radu-Cristian Muresan 5600
A rather dramatic bluff by one-time chip leader Stephen Woodhead has backfired and brought Day 3 of the ANZPT Perth Main Event play to a sudden end. Woodhead was looking at a big pot on a board of [2c][6s][8c][9s][Ts] as he moved all in with [Jc][Kh] for just king-high, hoping to take down the pot uncontested. It almost worked, as Paul Murray thought long and hard, but he eventually made the call with [ac][7h] for a straight to eliminate Woodhead in 10th place.
The road to the final table was rather brisk following the dinner break with fifteen turned to nine in a little over an hour of play.
Markus Garberg got caught stealing before Richard Larkin ran into pocket aces. Stev Lackovic lost a race to be unlucky 13th place and our last woman standing Tamara Volkoff ended her run in 12th. The rapid eliminations continued with Ricky Kroesen three-bet jamming into a dominant ace to fall in 11th before Woodhead’s bluff rounded out our official final table.
Here’s how they will line up tomorrow:
Seat 1: Paul Murray (Australia) – 1,206,000
Seat 2: Scott Davies (USA) – 767,000
Seat 3: Sal Fazzino (Australia) – 495,000
Seat 4: Patrick Mahoney (USA) – 891,000
Seat 5: Justin Walch (Australia) – 202,000
Seat 6: Vesko Zmukic (Australia) – 253,000
Seat 7: Brian McAllister (Australia) – 616,000
Seat 8: Dean Blatt (Australia) – 219,000
Seat 9: Matthew Rolfe (Australia) – 249,000
Earlier in the day, our 48 surviving players were always going to be walking a fine line between success and failure. Nearly half of them would be sent home empty-handed for their efforts in Perth as the top 27 players would finish in the money.
Sam Russell-Anderson, Bernard Beh, Tristan Bain, Matt Lester were some of those to fall short of the money but the biggest pain would fall upon Dylan Honeyman. Known as “WhiteRabbito” online, Honeyman missed out on his first ANZPT cash after jamming pocket sixes into pocket jacks to be bundled out on the bubble in 28th place.
There were a few lulls along the way, especially with three tables remaining, as the players were picking their spots wisely, but eventually we found ourselves with a final nine.
Scott Davies was one of the big stacks, while Patrick Mahoney made a late surge, but in the end, it was the pink cap of Paul Murray who would capture the end-of-day chip lead after picking off the bluff of Stephen Woodhead.
Murray will lead the final nine into battle on Sunday with the cards in the air at 2:10pm (GMT+8). There are some very talented players looking for their first taste of success, so it should produce an exciting conclusion to this event. Join us again tomorrow as we gogo all the way until our champion is crowned.
How manic is your online tournament schedule?
Are you the type of player who likes to hang thousands of dollars in buy-ins over the fire each Sunday and cross your fingers in the hope that they don’t get burned?
Do you fire up more tables than a warehouse worker at Ikea?
If so then the chances are your stress levels are pretty high and I think I have just the answer for you.
Can’t keep up? Here are 7 ways to simplify your online tournament schedule in order to crush it when it matters like the upcoming Pokerfest Series on partypoker.
1# Have an Eye on the End Game
The longer you play the more energy you will feel slip through your pores, until you are screaming for your bed like it’s a long lost love.
This online poker lark is a lot more energy sapping than people think, and so it makes sense to plan for this inevitability.
Rupert Elder believes a sensible way to approach this problem is to pad out the back end of your tournament schedule with some 180 man style tournaments because they can be very predictable in how long they last.
2# Trial and Error
If you really want to get the most out of your tournament poker then I strongly suggest you start learning how to monitor your performance after the event.
Casting a keen eye over your performance data, without the distraction of playing, will unveil some key insights into how you can reduce stress when it comes to your tournament planning.
Mathew Frankland believes there is a certain automation that can kick in with some players who will mindlessly click registration buttons day in day out.
He suggests having a real handle over what types of games you do well in, and what types of games that you don’t.
Perhaps you excel in Turbo type structures, perhaps short-handed tables are your things, or perhaps you love a good deep-stacked competition.
You cannot measure what you don’t manage.
Don’t be fooled into believing a full lobby screen doesn’t cause too many distractions just because you are an experienced player.
Any form of data can become too much data, especially when you are trying to free up as much space as possible so you can pay due cognizance to the action on the tables.
With this in mind Richard Trigg believes an absolute must for an online grinder is the use of the filtering system that is found on most online poker rooms lobby function.
Once you know what works for you then just set up your filtering system to just show you the games that interest you and block everything else out to free up more space in the mind.
4# Keep That Ego in Check
If you are not careful your ego can lay waste to your energy levels when settling in for a full night of online tournament poker action.
Scott Shelley believes being realistic when you are planning your schedule is a critical success factor when it comes to designing a good solid online tournament schedule.
“Don’t burn out. There have been times when I have planned to play whole festivals, but that approach doesn’t always work out. You need to ensure that you have downtime in between events so you can keep your focus high.” – Scott Shelley.
5# Multiple Monitors
For some players it’s critical that they focus entirely upon the job in hand, and for others there is the need for distraction. Poker players are all unique after all.
Chris Brammer is the type of player who falls into the latter bracket. Fully focused when he needs to be, but also sufficiently organized to be able to get to the other tools of his trade with simplicity.
With this in mind Chris recommends using two monitors when settling down for a session. The first is used purely for poker, and the second is used for Facebook, Skype, Poker Tracking sites or anything else that is not directly related to actual game time.
Jason Wheeler plays 9 to 24 tables simultaneously and over 50-80 tournaments per session, so when the man gives you advice on how to simplify your tournament schedule you sit up and listen.
This is what he had to say on the theory of prioritization.
“The first technique I use is to separate my tournaments into daily and weekly categories. Each specific site will have a list of daily tournaments that I like to play and some weekly specials. So the first thing I do is determine my daily session and then add my weekly tournaments to that list so I have a clear view of what lies ahead.
“If the schedule looks big then I label each tournament as ‘must play’ or ‘nice to play’ and only add the latter tables when I have room throughout the day, which depends on how well the session has been going.”
7# Keep That Mind Clear
When planning to purge the soul on a festival of poker it’s important to keep your mind and body as sharp as they can be.
With this in mind Mark Radoja has the following advice.
“It’s vitally important to keep your mind clear. A tough schedule can weigh on you both mentally and physically.
“A routine is extremely important. Scheduled healthy meals and a little physical exercise each day can go a long way to keeping you sharp when the decisions matter most, and to keep you out of the autopilot zone.
“Finally, don’t forget to give yourself a couple of days off to do something you enjoy that’s completely non-poker related.”
Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.
So there we have it 7 tips from the pros to help you keep your mind in check and get you ready to crush the next installment of Pokerfest! And we just know you’re going to love this Pokerfest more than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $ 5 – or qualifiers from just $ 1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $ 300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action.
A catch up with former UKIPT Dublin champion Joeri Zandvliet
On how it feels to be back in the city of his second UKIPT triumph:
“It’s nice; I like the city; good vibes and nice people. I’ve got to get used to the accent for a bit again, but that worked so I like it!”
Talking about poker/work balance now he’s finished his studies:
“I slowly came to the conclusion that I really like poker but as a recreational thing on the side, and for the time being I’ll continue to have it like that. I’ve finished studying and now I doing some (and looking) for some more serious work. In the ideal world I’d like to play three or four days and play the rest.
I would rather concentrate on other things than poker because I’ve already experienced that and realised it was the thing I wanted to do full time.
I have 23,000 chips so far and the company at the table is great and that’s the most important thing”. –MC
Blinds up: 75-150
The players are now on a 15 minute break. — NW
1.52pm: Intelligent neighbours
This UKIPT flight might be one of the most intelligent seen on the tour.
Dan Wilson and his work for the European Space Agency has already been mentioned, and now Sam Grafton and Joeri Zandvliet are getting deep into discussion about urban planning.
Zandvliet has just finished postgraduate studies on the subject in London and it seems one of the many subjects that Grafton can wax lyrical about.
Mid discussion Grafton stopped taking to raise to 300 from under-the-gun. Zandvliet apologised for continuing to talk but Grafton stopped him and said, “Don’t worry, when playing a hand it’s looks massive to be in discussion and then raise under-the-gun!”
Paul Man called but folded to a delayed c-bet on the turn of a [9h][4s][7s][3c] board. — MC
1.40pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts of some of the notables in the field: Chuck Fabian (27,500), Steve Jelinek (16,000), Robbie Bull (29,000), Adrian Mateos (23,400), Dean Hutchison (29,000), Julian Thew (23,000), Dara O’Kearney (26,500), Sam Grafton (19,800), Joeri Zandvliet (22,500), Phil Baker (16,000), Thomas Ward (20,200), Diego Gomez (21,500), Mateusz Warowiec (22,000), Andy Black (24,000), Scott Gray (19,800) and James Tomlin (14,000).
We’ve also lost one more player with Simon Brooks the man to bust. — NW
Michael Rossiter has more than 40,000 chips after he took out Darren Carroll, the second elimination of the day.
The two players made it to the river of a Qx-4x-9x-8x-6x board. Two spades were on the board by the turn and that lured Carroll into calling a bet before he over-shoved the river with [as][qs]. Top pair was no good though as Rossiter called with JxTx for a straight. — MC
1:15pm: Big Mick swells field; Jenkins lucky to be in
The number of runners in Day 1A has now reached 190 and Ireland’s first Supernova Elite – Mick ‘BigMickG’ Graydon – is one of the late arrivals.
Just started day 1a of #UKIPTDublin. 190 players on the clock so far
— Mick graydon (@BIGMICKG1) February 27, 2014
Whilst Ben Jenkins may well feel he lost the minimum in a cooler of a hand
At least when I have AK v 83hh on KT8h Kh 7h it’s level 1 and I only lose 2k #silverlinings #UKIPTDublin
— Ben Jenkins (@FTPBenJenkins) February 27, 2014
1:05pm: Man with a telescope and some chips
Despite the reputation held in some quarters, poker players are actually an intelligent bunch, on the most part.
A case example is Dan Wilson, who’s in the field today. He’s busy looking over some notes on optical modelling of telescopes. It’s certainly reading about as far as can be from a red top newspaper.
“Three hours of torture!” was how Wilson described what lays ahead.
The PokerStars blog wishes him luck and hopes he can build a stack that can be seen from space. — MC
Blinds up: 50-100
12:55pm: Meet the staff
Back in October when the UKIPT headed to the Isle of Man, the home of PokerStars, a decision was made that Rational Group (PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker) employees were allowed to play in the UKIPT main event for the first time, a point Lee Jones talks about here. Given that Dublin is the home of Full Tilt, the experiment is being repeated here. One player to take advantage of this opportunity today is Chuck Fabian.
12:40pm: Sapiano the first to bust
It didn’t take too long for the first bust out on Day 1A and its Albert Sapiano who’s headed to the rail. The man who got his chips – Ian Byrne – told me how Sapiano busted. “He limped the button with 5-4 suited, I isolated from the small blind with pocket jacks and he called. The flop came j-5-4 and the chips went in.”
There was no outdraw on the turn or river and unfortunately for Sapiano, Dublin, unlike the next UKIPT stop in Nottingham, is not a re-entry. — NW
12:30pm: More faces and tricky tables
It’s fashionable to be 20 minutes late and a lot of today’s players are fashionably conscious (Edit: most actually aren’t!).
As the tables fill up, some interesting tables have emerged. WSOP bracelet winner Steve Jelinek has been joined by Nick Newport; Julian Thew has to battle with UKIPT Edinburgh champion Dean Hutchison and UKIPT London champion Robbie Bull has to face off with WSOPE Main Event champion Adrian Mateos.
Also in the field: Nicky Power and James Tomkins. So far, 170 players have registered for Day 1A. — MC
12:15pm: Who’s about?
The UKIPT runs a tight ship and play was underway pretty much on time, meaning a lot of tables were left sparse of beings.
A few players who kept good time include: former champion here Joeri Zandvliet, Tom Ward, Albert Sapiano, Bruce Jones, Steve Jelinek, Tom Ward, Dara O’Kearney and Full Tilt Poker Tour Ambassador Ben Jenkins. — MC
12.05pm: Shuffle up and deal
Cards are in the air. — NW
12pm: Can Dublin deliver another strong showing?
Max Silver, Joeri Zandvliet, Richard Evans, who’s next?
One thing’s for sure in the past three seasons UKIPT Dublin has delivered, with each winner using it as a springboard for further success or having already achieved considerable success. Take Max Silver, UKIPT Dublin champion in Season 1, he wrapped up the final table in a little over four hours (a UKIPT record) and hasn’t looked back. He’s since racked up three further UKIPT side event wins, including two UKIPT High Roller titles, an EPT Side event win, two EPT ‘final tables’ and of course another UKIPT final table, finishing fourth at UKIPT2 Dublin.
The man who denied him that title, knocking him out at the final table no less, was Joeri Zandvliet. The Dutchman’s victory at that final table made him only the second person (at the time) to have won two UKIPT Main Event titles, as Zandvliet had previously won UKIPT Manchester.
Play is about to get underway here in the Round Room at Mansion House, Dublin.
Key UKIPT Dublin facts
- 20,000 starting stack
- Blinds starting at 25/50 for 400 big blinds
- One hour levels, we’ll play eight today with no dinner break meaning play will end around 8.45pm
- Late registration is open until the start of level five – roughly 4.30pm.
- Two starting days, then Days 2, 3 and 4 will be a combined field to a UKIPT champion.
- There’s still time to win your way to the event live at the venue in a €50 + €5 unlimited re-buy 10 seats guaranteed satellite. It gets underway at 6pm with late registration open until roughly 7.45pm. Full live tournament schedule here.
- Buy-in is €700 + €70 and there’s a €350,000 guarantee on the tournament.
I’m off to London to play the £100k guarantee WPT National UK series at Aspers Casino and not surprisingly, I’m not the only one. We’re expecting quite a crowd of players, partypoker and live qualifiers and special VIP guests at the felt. Over 300 qualifiers altogether are being predicted for this event at Westfield with 100 unique seats already awarded online at party.
Feels like home
It’ll be great to be back at Aspers. The last time I was there was while hosting the partypoker Premier League last year. We stayed in the complex for nearly two weeks while we were filming and after spending so much time there, it definitely began to feel like home. I remember how excited all of us on the production staff, including the ‘Voice of Poker’ Jesse May were when they saw the enormous variety of food available in the food court. I know that sometimes I can be overly food-centric but good food while at a poker tournament or TV shoot is a huge luxury, believe me!
I’m curious about the accumulator
This will be my first accumulator tournament so I’m curious to see how that plays out. Players have the option to buy in for one, two or all three of the Day 1 flights at £200 a pop. Instead of just taking the biggest stack through to day 2, like in a re-entry event, you take the grand total of ALL of your remaining chips through for your starting stack on Day 2. I’m going to be getting some advice from the pros on the best way to approach an accumulator but for those of you playing your first big live event at the WPTNUK soon, here are some top tips for surviving in a big field of players, be it the Pokerfest, an accumulator or not.
1. Get some rest!
I give this advice so often that I think I may come across like a bit of a ‘mom.’ Playing poker live can be a lot more tiring than you expect and you’ll be far better able to concentrate if you’re well rested and alert. Give yourself the chance to make the most of the opportunity.
2. You can’t actually win a multi-day tournament on Day 1.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from British poker player Jon ‘Skalie’ Kalmar who made the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event and that is exactly what he told me. When the blinds are low, you’re most likely to win small pots and lose big ones so don’t try to force things to happen. Take the time to get to know the players at your table and until the antes kick in, realise that constant big gambles and bluffs might be counter-productive.
3. Have fun.
And if you’re at my table, you should know that I am never, ever bluffing. Ever. Never. Maybe.
I decided to head to the Caribbean a little early this year. Right before the PCA my girlfriend and I spent a week on a small island in the Bahamas. Instead of staying at a resort, we rented a little house and lived the island life. This particular island was about 170 km long, but less than 1 km wide in most parts. We rented bikes and would take long rides down the island’s only road. We stopped in all the small villages and drank beer in the town squares, chatting to local people. Everyone would eventually adjourn to the docks, where we waited for the fishermen to bring in the day’s catch. Sometimes we waited a long while! In the Bahamas, everything is a lot slower. They call it “Island Time.”
One day we took our bikes out and ended up in a place called Gregorytown. We stopped and asked some locals if there were fishing boats coming in that day. They told us they should be here any minute, and about 40 minutes later they arrived. We bought some of their fresh conch and snapper and they told us how to prepare some local Bahamian dishes. One was similar to a Brazilian dish called feijaoada. It translates to “peas and rice,” but is actually made of beans and rice. I was actually born in Brazil and have made the dish many times, but I adjusted the recipe a bit to fit the Bahamian style. While the rice and beans cooked down, I slit the fish open on the side and marinated it with lime juice, garlic, and thyme. Then we grilled it up and served it with the feijaoada. Another dish we made was a conch salad. You slice up the conch and leave it raw, then mix it with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, lime juice, and seasonings. Everything we made was really delicious and so fresh.
I also spent two days learning how to surf. I had never done it before, but I rented a board and paddled out into the water to where all the other surfers were waiting for waves. I spent a lot of time that first day just watching them and the next day I took a lesson with a surf coach. His name was Tom and he was a really good teacher. He showed me how to pop up onto the board while we were still on the sand, but told me I could practice it a million times on dry land and still not understand how it feels on a wave. So we just paddled out to give it a try.
I wasn’t able to stand up on the board this time, but now I know what I’m doing wrong! I don’t exactly know how to do it right, but at least I know what to look for–what kinds of waves I should take and which spot to be in so it carries you. Surfing is really great exercise and you have to paddle really fast to catch the waves. The day of my surf lesson I was out on the ocean for maybe 4-5 hours and was totally exhausted afterwards.
I also tried yoga when I was in the Bahamas and practiced every day for a week to prepare for the PCA Main Event. It seemed to work out well because I ended up finishing in the money. My surf coach Tom told me to “follow the dream in 2014.” This was a perfect way to start the year and hopefully it’s only the beginning of great things to come.
PokerStars Women readers have questions – lots of them – about what a professional poker player’s life is like. They wonder if the jet-set life of a PokerStars Team Pro is as glamorous as it seems and how they manage to carve out time with family, friends, and lovers. They also wonder about things like lucky hands, how to deal with sexism at the table, how to keep emotions in check after a bad beat, and much more.
So we at PokerStars Women, being the ever-faithful public servants that we are, thought it would be a good idea to ask our pros the questions that came from you on our Facebook page and Twitter. Thankfully, they are very generous and have given significant amounts of their time to answer the questions you posed to them.
What follows is the first installment of our new series called Ask the Pros. The first question is a very interesting one, and one that most of us have had to deal with somewhere along the way in our poker lives. The pros who answered here apparently have, too, and they give some very enlightening and practical answers from experience. PokerStars Team Pros Liv Boeree, Celina Lin, Vicky Coren, Vivian Im, and Leo Margets, provide the answers, along with PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, and Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof.
Question from Johanna Andrea Orjuela: “Society often sees poker as a vice, so what is the best way for my family to see it as a profession?”
Liv Boeree: I ran into this issue a bit when I first started playing, despite having a very open-minded family. I encouraged my parents to watch the game on TV, and I also taught them how to play so they could see the complexity and mental challenges that our game presents, which made them also be able to appreciate it.
You could always explain/show them the complex bankroll management that you (hopefully) employ! The key is to show and explain the game whenever they show an interest. However, the most important thing to remember is that if you enjoy a hobby that is teaching you new things and helping you develop, then don’t give too much concern to what another person thinks!
Celina Lin: This is a good question that’s really dependent on your relationship with your family. Success commonly legitimizes uncommon professions like poker. For my family, I don’t think they fully embraced me as a poker player until they saw the physical trophies and pictures of me in magazines.
But I think for most people it’s a matter of coping, and not convincing. Look at it from the parent’s perspective. Whether you’re playing poker, trying to become a movie star, or anything that’s not a 9-to-5 job, your parents will always worry until you reach a certain level of success that says, “I can take care of myself.”
I think all successful poker players need a certain degree of stubbornness and will to keep working on their craft even when it’s not the most popular decision. You need to be headstrong and dedicated to reach your goals. When you get there, they’ll see it more like a job and not gambling. One way to do it is half and half. Work a job while playing poker for supplemental income. Show your family a long history of sustainable profitability before going full-time in poker. They’ll likely still be uneasy when you decide to go full-time, but this would ease them into it.
Victoria Coren: Do you need them to see it as a profession? If so, the obvious answer is to show them you’re turning a regular profit, making an income, and not putting yourself at any financial risk. But I would say that showing people it isn’t a vice doesn’t require you to show it’s a profession.
There’s nothing wrong with a hobby. Even if you lose money playing poker, that’s fine as long as you can afford it–you lose a bit of money every time you buy clothes or go to the cinema, but they’re still harmless and enjoyable activities.
If your family can see that you enjoy it, that you have it well in your control and there’s not chance you’re in any danger of losing more than you can afford, they’ll stop worrying. All I ever showed my family was that for me, poker is fun and rewarding and not dangerous. The professional part grew gradually from that.
Fatima Moreira de Melo: Just tell them that the game has developed a lot, since the Internet generation is able to practice/analyze way more intensively than in the old days. They’re like pro athletes. I usually compare it to the stock exchange, collecting as much info as possible to make the right decisions on investing in a hand/stock.
Vivian Im: It’s hard to explain; I think showing is the best way. By showing how hard work and passion make a successful player, I believe your family will understand and respect poker as a profession.
Leo Margets: People’s preconceptions are sometimes difficult to change, but if you are patient and put time in to prove to them how skill is really what matters long term to win at poker, they won’t be able to refute this argument. Focus on the mathematical side of the game and how the best are always there. In the long run, the more skilled players recurrently win, and that clearly makes it possible to dedicate your career to be a professional poker player.
Natalie Hof: The best way is explaining poker to your family. Why is it strategy? How can it be a profession? That’s what I did, and my parents are supporting me a lot. I know it takes a lot of your time, but it will be worth it.