Nov 192012

Yesterday DaWarsaw and I did a MicroMillions challenge in event #28 till #34. The loser would be the personal assistant of the winner for 1 day at the PCA (Bahamas). Check out my previous blog for details, beneath a summary of what happened:

Sunday November 18, 10:00 – 12:00

My alarm went off at 10:00 and I woke up instantly. I went downstairs to get some breakfast and checked the PokerStars Lobby for any FPP Qualifiers to event #28-#34. My strategy was to qualify for all tournaments first so I could focus the remainder of the day on playing the tournaments. DaWarsaw wasn’t awake yet so I was happy to get a head start. I regged all FPP qualifiers I could find, there wasn’t a limit on the amount of FPPs we could spent and I just wanted to get this done as soon as possible. Pretty soon I was playing 6-max, full-ring, heads-up Hold’em and Stud Hi/Lo on 12+ tables at the same time. At these moment I really love poker.

At 10:14 I already shipped my first ticket, event #32 regged! 4 minutes later I won my heads-up qualifier and got the ticket for event #30. Event #34 followed quickly but somehow I didn’t manage to qualify for event #28 yet. In total I played 20 satellites to this event and after I won my first, I won another 3 tickets since I had already regged for more sats. Event #29 quickly followed and I had event #31 and #33 left to qualify for. Event #31 was a Stud Hi/Lo event and I really really don’t like split pot games! Luckily it only took me 3 sats to qualify for this one and at 11:40 I had qualified for all events. In total it cost me 3868 FPPs to qualify for the 7 events and I won in total $50,3 in tickets which means my FPP’s where worth $0,013 cents. I would recommended not to fire all types of games at the same time since definitely this could have gone better but at least I was done qualifying so I could get the real work started.

Sunday November 18, 12:00 – 14:00

Event #28, a $5,50 6-max Hold’em event. I’m firing up some other MTTs to play at the same time, I don’t want to focus on just the MicroMillions events. DaWarsaw busts first but my stack isn’t great. 9.889 runners and I need 1650th place for a cash, still a very long way. I shove my 99’s all-in at a T84sss board and get flushed out by AQ. Since 6-max is DaWarsaw’s specialty I’m happy with the result, at least I was freerolling for some time.

Sunday November 18, 14:00 – 16:00

Event #29, a $1+R 3x Turbo Hold’em event. I never play rebuy events and after checking the lobby I see that the rebuy period lasts 90 minutes! Since rebuys will get deducted of the winnings I can’t rebuy to often! I do the first before we get started and double up pretty quick with AJ vs AT, pfew. DaWarsaw decides to add some more tactics to this challenge, he is going for the single bullet to limit the amount of rebuys, a smart move. I gather some more chips and got a healthy 25k stack for only 1 rebuy! 99 UTG, I open, a guy who rebuys every 2 hands shoves all-in, the table chipleader shoves all-in, he does this every hand…. I can get a lot of chips by winning this pot, but to many rebuys could be fatal. I don’t know why but I call, shorty shows A4o and the chipleader shows TT, $*(%@! double rebuy, double rebuy again, double rebuy again, doube rebuy again! Oh boy….. DaWarsaw enters the event, he doesn’t even rebuy! He wins his first hand, his 2nd, his 3rd, oh boy…. I did 9 rebuys and an add-on for a total of $9,1, he only took the add-on for $0,91.

Luckily he busts first again, freerolling for the 2nd time. I got a decent stack and open KK UTG, 2 callers. J87ss board and I get it all-in vs a flushdraw. The river is a 2s and I’m out, two events down, no money won yet but $8.19 behind due to rebuying 🙁

Sunday November 18, 16:00 – 18:00

Event #30, a $3,30 Heads-Up Turbo Hold’em event. We start at 17:30 and I lose 900 chips (5k startstack) already in the first hand with KJ on K629Q. From there on I pick up 90% of the pots, I open or call every hand and pick up any pot preflop or on the flop. He plays 100% fit or fold and doesn’t hit anything. If he bets I fold and he never wins more then 180 and I go up pretty fast. I pick-up 99, he 3bets and I call. He fires on a Q75 board, I call. He checks on the turn, I bet and pick up a big pot. He’s short now and after he raises I move all-in the next hand with ATo, he calls with AKs but I get lucky. I won my first HU in 12 minutes, unfortunately so does DaWarsaw a few moments later again.

Sunday November 18, 18:00 – 20:00

The 2nd round of the HU starts at 18:35. After a minute my first bluf goes wrong but rather now then later. He picks up a lot of pots, at least he doesn’t seem to play fit or fold like the previous opponent. With 69o on T87ss8T I get value 3 streets vs AQs. I lose some pots and I’m at 2445 points. QQ vs AQ and I’m back, he wins some back and I move all-in with AJ vs AK but win! A good bluff 3 hands later and he never recovers. 2nd HU won but unfortunately so does DaWarsaw a few moments later.

Event #31, a $3,30 Stud Hi/Lo event. It was going to get busy, I already had a lot of tournaments running and even more started in this timeframe. Paying attention to Stud Hi/Lo while playing a bunch of Hold’em events is pretty hard. I played pretty tight but looking at my opponents there was no need to, most people sucked. There are never a lot of Stud Hi/Lo (or other mixed games) MTTs running and I think that’s so great about the MicroMillions. You can’t only play small buy-in Hold’em events but also games like Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw or in this case Stud Hi/Lo. After getting a bit more feeling with the format I was started to gather some chips, cashing in this one would be a surprise but who knows?

Event #32, a $11 Hold’em event (Sunday Storm Special Edition). The Sunday Storm is always a big event but this time it was even bigger. Cashing in the Sunday Storm isn’t that hard normally and I expected that we both could go deep in this one. Since it was also to most expensive tournament cashing in this one would be worth the most money. We started at 19:30 but nothing really happened the first half hour.

The 3rd round of the HU started at 19:46, winning this one means that I’ll cash. I completely crush the guy, I win every single hand and within 40 hands it’s over. ITM!

Sunday November 18, 20:00 – 22:00

Plenty of people are railing by now as I’m watching DaWarsaw’s HU vs wyoung83. DaWarsaw is ahead most of the time but luckily wyoung83 is a comeback kid! Lots of trash talking going on and I put some more pressure on DaWarsaw by telling him that I’ve won and he needs to win this one to stay ahead. I’m not exactly sure anymore what happened but wyoung83 manages to win, happy me! Thanks again wyoung83 😉 So I’m ahead but not really by far, I’ve won $8,35 but spent $8,19 more in the rebuy event which means I’m ahead by $0,16! DaWarsaw doesn’t exactly know how much rebuys I’ve taken so he doesn’t know if he’s still ahead or not, I’m of course not telling 😉

My 4th HU round starts, now that I’ve cashed anything extra would be useful. Just like the previous match I’m picking up almost every pot, I never knew HU could be this easy! After grinding him down in very small pots he only has 1185 left and I win a flip with AJ vs 44. $13,27 in the pocket, I’m ahead by $5,08 now!

Event #32 is still underway but nothing really happens there. DaWarsaw busts which is always good news, freerolling in this event as well! The same counts for event #31, the Stud Hi/Lo one, which means up till now I’ve freerolled in all events. I actually have a pretty decent stack and started to like it a little 😉 Not much later I bust myself as well in event #32, I would have loved a cash in this event but with almost 40.000 runners you’ll have to be lucky sometimes as well. Betting all streets in two Stud Hi/Lo pots and getting rivered twice is costly and I also bust the Stud Hi/L.

Event #33, a $2,20+R 2x Turbo Hold’em event. In the earlier rebuy event DaWarsaw added some extra tactic to this challenge by playing the rebuy with a single bullet. Luckily he already gave away this tactic so I unregged this event and waited till DaWarsaw regged himself. To my surprise he didn’t reg while he was behind, fine by me 😉

Sunday November 18, 22:00 – 24:00

The 5th HU round had just started and my start is pretty good. This HU goes both ways and both of us have had above 7.000 points a lot of times. While I’m ahead in chips we get it all-in with AQs vs JJ but he wins, when we are almost even we get it all-in with my toppair vs his straight draw, he wins and I’m out. I’m really happy that I’ve cashed but could have used the extra $8. A min-cash for DaWarsaw in any event is still good now since I’m still only $5,08 ahead.

DaWarsaw late regs event #33 and so do I. I don’t want to lose by rebuying to often in this event so I try 1 bullet and lose, DaWarsaw already rebuyed once and so do I. I lose again and leave the tourney. I hate to play it this way but if DaWarsaw uses this strategy while I’m ahead I have no other choice. He’s freerolling for the first time and I can only watch him play since I’ve busted everything else. He does well, 17.188 runners entered, 2250 places paid and there are 6.000 left, people bust quick, only 4.000 left. Blinds go up fast and DaWarsaw is a little carddead. Blinds go up again and DaWarsaw only has 4,5BB left but almost everybody is short at his table. The big blind only has 10BB’s and DaWarsaw pushes all-in, 3300 people left and surviving another round of blinds could get him a long way, a min-cash is $15,33, enough to win the bet! The big blind calls and DaWarsaw shows two small cards, the big blind is ahead but not by far. The boards runs out bad for DaWarsaw, busto in 3222nd place! Close, very close! Pfew.

Sunday November 18, 24:00 – 02:00

Event #34, a $5,50 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout Hold’em event.The table started out 5-handed and I didn’t really understand why the table wouldn’t fill up. Only after 20 minutes I figured out this was a shootout. It wasn’t only a shootout it was also 6-max, DaWarsaw’s regular game. I gained some chips early on and wasn’t impressed by the other guys at my table. Cashing this event myself would even be better then hoping for DaWarsaw to bust. With QQ in a blindwar on a A62ssA9 board vs a relative shorty (1.875 with a 5.000 average) I couldn’t find a fold on a river shove after 2-barreling myself, he showed A2. Another relative shorty opens, I 3bet TT and he shoves all-in. I call and can’t beat A4o. Still 3k left and I 3bet QQ in the SB. The BB calls and the IR folds, we get it all-in on a T54 rainbow flop and he shows KQo, it can’t get any better! A king on the river kicks me out of the tournament. Argh, how did this happen?! I’m still ahead but my fate is in DaWarsaw’s hands now.

Looking at how easy my table was I think his chances are pretty good. He’s 2/4 at the moment I start watching his table closely, then he gains momentum and has almost 12k chips (45% of the chips in play). Still 4 people left and he loses some chips again, a shorty busts and he’s 2/3. It feels strange rooting against somebody you know but I really don’t want to lose this challenge! I’m too lazy to take care of myself, let alone be DaWarsaw’s PA for 1 day! He loses some more chips and is 3/3, up & down, up & down. Boom, all-in and he’s behind, the boards runs out bad again for DaWarsaw and I’m victorious!

This feels good. Winning by $5,08 isn’t much, but these are the MicroMillions so what do you expect? I can finally start thinking of what DaWarsaw can do for me at the PCA. He had already made a list on his blog and I think some of his ideas were great 😉 I’ll probably start with ordering some breakfast when I wake up and I definitely want to play some tennis again in the Bahamas. I watch a lot of tennis on TV and you always see the ball boys do a lot of useful work (gatherings balls, handing out towels and drinks) and as I said earlier, I’m pretty lazy myself. I think DaWarsaw will be a perfect ball boy!

After the tennis match I’ll probably relax a little at the pool while DaWarsaw brings drinks and food… Wow this already sounds like the perfect trip to the Bahamas again! This was really a fun challenge, it was pretty close and pretty exciting but at the end but only 1 can win 🙂

GG DaWarsaw!

 Posted by at 5:52 pm
Nov 142012

This time an update right after the Master Classics of Poker as promised. I’ll start out with some fun news regarding the MicroMillions which starts tomorrow, a challenge!

Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz and I will be dueling coming Sunday in a MicroMillions challenge. The rules are as follows:

– Sunday November 18, MicroMillions Events #28 till #34
– We can only play if we’ve qualified using FPPs
– We are only allowed to play FPP qualifiers on Sunday, starting at 06:00
– We can rebuy as much as we like, but only after we’ve qualified with FPPs
– Whoever wins the most money (rebuys will be deducted, FPPs won’t) in these 7 events is the winner!
– The loser of this challenge will be the personal assistant for one full day at the PCA! (we hope to make a short movie out of it)
– In case we tie, we are both going to be Tyler “frosty012” Frost’s PA for a day (That would be really worst case scenario!)

Well, I’m at least looking forward to it! Looking at the schedule, event #28 till #34 are the following events:

Event # Buy-In Name Date Time (CET) Guarantee
028 $5 MicroMillions-028: $5.50 NL Hold’em [6-Max, $40K Gtd] Nov 18 12:00 $40,000*
029 $1 MicroMillions-029: $1+R NL Hold’em [3x-Turbo, $75K Gtd] Nov 18 14:30 $75,000*
030 $3 MicroMillions-030: $3.30 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up, Turbo, $25K Gtd, No Late Reg] Nov 18 17:30 $25,000*
031 $3 MicroMillions-031: $3.30 Stud Hi/Lo [$10K Gtd] Nov 18 19:00 $10,000*
032 $11 MicroMillions-032: $11 NL Hold’em [Sunday Storm Special Edition, $300K Gtd] Nov 18 19:30 $300,000*
033 $2 MicroMillions-033: $2.20+R NL Hold’em [2x-Turbo, $75K Gtd] Nov 18 21:30 $75,000*
034 $5 MicroMillions-034: $5.50 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, $20K Gtd, No Late Reg] Nov 19 00:30 $20,000*


Greg normally plays NL 6-max Cashgames but hardly any tournaments. There are two 6-max (1 Shootout) tournaments which should be in Greg’s advantage. We are both not very good at Stud Hi/Lo so that could be interesting. Cashing in event #32 would be very nice but this tournament will get a lot of runners. Overall qualifying should be no problem but it might cost a lot of time! I’ve been playing a lot of tournaments lately so I feel pretty confident in this bet. Since most tournaments are turbo’s Greg’s cashgame experience is less relevant but it’s still an advantage.

It’s especially fun that I’m doing this bet with Greg since I’ve got to know him last year at the PCA and since then we’ve been in contact a lot. He visited Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago and I’m already looking forward to meeting him again at the PCA. This also means I’m going to the PCA again! I haven’t qualified for the Main Event yet but will try some more satellites for sure. If I don’t qualify for the Main Event I’m going to select a couple of side events and hopefully win big in those.

This weekend at the Master Classics of Poker I didn’t win big but I did win! I busted the €750 event on Friday pretty quick after getting it all-in with AT vs A5 in a blindwar, 5 on the turn and the only thing left which I could do was drinking. I excelled at the drinking part of the day but had some troubles waking up on Saturday to play the €300 event. It was a Turbo and in Holland Casino this means that after an hour everybody is playing push/fold poker. Somehow I managed to keep my stack going without showdowns which is the easiest way to make sure you don’t bust 😉 When we arrived at the last two tables my fear of final table bubbling (after doing that 4 times in a row) popped up, I had an average stack most of the time but after 6 shorties survived their all-in I had paid a lot of blinds and feared to miss the final table again if somebody called me and had me beat or got lucky. After picking up the blinds twice another shorty pushed all-in in the SB and I had to call with any 2. Luckily I picked up J7 vs his 76. Finally a final table again!

I was 3/9 but with 3k/6k blinds and an average stack of 81.000 there wasn’t a lot of room to play. I could find some spots to reshove to keep my stack alive while some of the shorties busted. With 5 left I had a bit below average stack, just 12Blinds and pushed QJs from UTG. After a tankcall from the Big Blind for 95% of his stack he called with AJo, a flush draw on the flop, open ended straight draw on the turn but I didn’t hit any outs and busted in 5th place, winning €5.006. The pay-outs were pretty steep, 1st paid €21.627 which would have been very sweet but still I was pretty happy I can’t complain about my good run in this tournament. After I busted I did an interview with (I appear at 06:49):

I did another interview earlier that week(I appear at 04:28):

I’m ready for the MicroMillions Challenge and ready for the PCA! See you at the tables.

 Posted by at 8:51 pm
Oct 292012

There is just too much to talk about, that’s what you get if you don’t blog every week like you should. To help you skip things you don’t want to read about I will title each section. If a blog requires an index you could say it’s too long but it’s up to you if you want to read everything or not. If you are bored at work this could be a good way to kill some time but in case you only read those parts that interest you, I don’t blame you 😉


I ended my last blog with: “I’ll probably blog again when I’m back from Barcelona unless I win one of the WCOOPs.” Well that almost happened! I didn’t play a lot of WCOOP’s because of my trip to Barcelona but I did play Event #20: $215 Fixed Limit and finished 11th. During my deep run in the Sunday Million I was pretty nervous and wasn’t really that confident that I was one of the better players, during this event I wasn’t nervous at all and was really confident that I would reach the final table. When we arrived at the last 2 tables there were some good players left but after Debilne_Ucho busted in 13th place the only good player remaining was djk123. I’m not sure how often he plays Limit but at least I considered him as the best player left. I was really card dead for a long period and when finally catching a good hand (AdQc) I got it all in on a 4d,5s,7d,2s board vs As9h and was 3 outered (4 outs for a split) on the river.

I was probably even more disappointed than when I busted the Sunday Million. While the first prize for the Sunday Million was way higher, LHE is my game and having the chance to win a bracelet in the game which you’ve been playing for years would have been amazing. I’m really eager now to get a final table in a big tournament as getting so far twice really gives confidence for somebody who rarely plays tournaments. Let’s hope it was more than luck 😉

30th B-day

The 15th of September I celebrated my 30th birthday and what a great party it was. 60/70 friends, lots of presents, alcohol and good music. It’s great to have all the people you care about in one place at the same time. Such a great and happy bunch and sometimes you wish you could freeze time! Some of my friends are already married and/or have children but most of them are not that far yet, I really wonder how my birthday party will look like in 5 years time and obviously how my own life looks like. Hopefully I’m as happy and healthy as now, 30 isn’t that old after all!


So after my birthday party it was time for a week in Barcelona. It started pretty good when we arrived at our hotel. The hotel was in the old city center but from the inside really modern and had a great vibe. The reason for picking this hotel was the rooftop infinity pool, we’ve used it every day to relax after walking around this great city. Lots of cava, great sushi, tapas and sunshine of course. My girlfriend gave me a great birthday present, tickets for Barcelona – Spartak Moscow. Like a real tourist I bought a Messi Barcelona shirt and seeing Barcelona play in Camp Nou was magnificent! I hope to be back soon again, maybe for the next EPT?


Since my return from Barcelona I’ve been very busy with poker again! LHE cashgames have become really hard lately, there are less tables at each stake and there are hardly any High/Mid-Stake games running. Now I don’t even want to play High Stakes games but since the players who do can’t play High Stakes they move down a bit so this makes the Mid Stakes games harder. Some Mid-Stake grinders then move down to avoid the better players and then those games become harder as well. This happens at every stake and the result is that all the games become harder which is bad for everybody. This has been going on for some time now and it’s not like the games are completely unbeatable but I was kind of done fighting the same regs over and over. Some regs moved to other games and I was wondering if I shouldn’t do the same.

I’ve been thinking about playing more MTTs because of my deep runs as of late but in general I wanted to improve my NL game. To do this I decided to grind some ZOOM 25NL, mainly because I also really love ZOOM. The fast pace and the fact you can play a lot of hands/hr while never playing more than 4 hands at the same time is great. I have a pretty good idea of people’s ranges in tournaments but had never really put in a decent sample in NL Cashgames. The biggest different is of course that you almost always play more blinds then in a MTT and it took me some time to adjust to this. I couldn’t believe how tight people were in these low stakes ZOOM games. Nobody was ever bluffing, at least that was what I experienced in 20.000 hands of ZOOM. You probably don’t have to bluff to win at the lower stakes but I really was shocked how tight these games played. I really missed the reckless fish in these games and because of the fact you play a lot of different players in ZOOM games, it took a long time before I really figured out it played out this tight. I took notes on people but since I hardly played against the same people and had little stats to base my decisions on I called off way to light in a lot of cases. Since I’m used to play with a lot of stats available I figured out that regular cash tables were probably better for me then ZOOM and this proved to be true. I can’t call myself a real NL shark yet but I’m up on the normal tables (of course running below EV 🙂 ) and have been working on my non showdown winnings.

The sample is really small still but I’m planning to keep playing some more NL cash just to get the hang of it. The idea still is to play more MTTs and I’ll probably try to get in a good sample during the last two months of this year. I enjoyed putting effort to get better in poker again but I can’t say I really enjoy playing NL Cashgames. Because of the very nitty nature of the game I think LHE is way more fun. You can play more hands, there is more action postflop and I really missed the LHE cashgames these last weeks. I want to use to remainder of the year to freebee a bit between games and might decide to go back to LHE or maybe even move to PLO, who knows? I did sign up with Leggopoker and so far I’ve enjoyed watching a couple of videos. I think they offer great NL and MTT videos and I think it could really help me in my overall NL game which I never really gave any attention at all.

MCOP, PCA & Other Live Events

Next week the Master Classic of Poker starts in Amsterdam. This is the largest tournament series in the Netherlands and has a €5.000 Main Event. Unfortunately there are no online qualifiers since our government doesn’t allow these but last year there were still over 300 players. 5k is a bit too much for myself but I will be playing 3 side-events, starting Saturday 3 November with the €1.500, the €750 event on Friday 9 November and the €300 Turbo on Saturday 10 November. I’m really looking forward to playing these tournaments, this time I hopefully make it to the final table instead of busting in 15th or 11th 🙂

On the 24th of November I’ll attend the Open Pokerdag 2012 in Utrecht. Within 3 days this event already reached the cap of 200 players and after upping the cap to 240 it was sold out a day later and now even has a waiting list of 40 people! I think it’s really going to be fun to hang out with 240 poker minded people and since a lot of people know each other via the online communities I expect a lot of trashtalking and drinking. On the 1st of December there is another event which I will attend but I’m not sure what I can say about it at this stage but I’ll probably write something about it in my next blog.

Then we are already heading towards the end of the year which means the PCA is getting close as well. I attended the PCA during the last two years and I really hope to be back again this year. I’ve already played some qualifiers but so far didn’t have any luck. I’ve played in the $10 10 Packages Guaranteed Qualifier which are every Sunday as well, qualify for just $10 would be really sweet! I’ll definitely try out some more qualifiers and encourage you to do this as well since it’s just such a great event. You can check out more info here: PCA 10th Anniversary

DaWarsaw visits Amsterdam & Cycling/Tennis Sports Bet with a friend

I’m really eager to play poker but unfortunately I have a really busy schedule apart from playing poker and of course my day-job. Luckily these other things are almost always fun things so my life ain’t that bad 😉 Fellow TeamOnline DaWarsaw(Greg) visited Amsterdam for 3 days last week and I helped him out hosting a Poker Tournament for 80 Polish bankers in Amsterdam. I was shocked how bad 80 high educated people were at playing poker but it also reminded me at how the early days of poker actually looked liked. I was probably as bad as these players when I started out but I also remember the beginning of the poker boom when I already had some experience but most other players really didn’t have a clue what they were doing. I wish….

The next day we walked around Amsterdam, even visited a museum (Rijksmuseum) and enjoyed some Sushi. I’ve only met Greg last year at the PCA but already consider him as a good poker friend and hope to see him again at the PCA, else I definitely visit Warsaw somewhere next year. If you haven’t watched his short Team Online movie yet, check it out below:


This weekend I also finished a sports bet with a friend of mine. In Las Vegas we talked a bit about doing a sports bet and although I don’t consider myself to be great at sports I did think I had a good chance of winning this bet. We agreed we would battle in cycling, tennis and table tennis and the fun part was that we had never played with or against each other so we had no clue how good the other one actually was. I considered myself favorite in cycling an table tennis so hoped to win the bet. 3 weeks ago we started out with cycling and to my suprise he beat me by more then 1,5 minute!

Last weekend we scheduled the tennis match and after the warm-up I felt that he wasn’t as big of a favorite as I thought he would be. I was really concentrated and had a pretty good start but after he broke my serve at 3-3 he made it 3-5 on his own serve and took the first set down. The second set he started serving but this time he broke my serve at 3-4 and again took the set down in 3-6. So match lost, bet lost, which meant I would stake him in the €300 MCOP side-event. We did however agree that the loser would have some % in the tournament so in case he ships the event I’m not that sad after all 🙂

New Team Online Members & Team Online Freerolls

Last month Team Online welcomed two new members. The first one is Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara and was the first Japanese WSOP bracelet winner. He plays both MTTs and PLO Cashgames. The other player is Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno who is a Brazilian poker player who plays mainly MTTs. This month Team Online welcomed another new member and this time it was the very well known Isaac Haxton. Most people know him from the High Stakes NL Cash tables and as the guy who played Isildur1 twice in the PokerStars Superstar Showdown. He also finished 2nd at the PCA in 2007, this bluff in the HU against Ryan Daut made some great TV:

Currently he participates in another great PokerStars Promo called the All-Star Showdown in which he already won his first match against Kanu7 and can win more than $500.000!

He might be able to find some time in his agenda to join next week’s Team Online Freerolls which are every 1st Sunday of the month. Click on the banner below to see how you can play these freerolls!

I think this blog contains plenty of content again and I’ll hope to give an update after the MCOP bragging about a final table or even a victory. See you at the Master Classics or Online!

 Posted by at 10:36 pm
Sep 032012

In two weeks time I’m turning 30. I doubt I’ll make another blog before that because I have a pretty packed schedule. 30 sounds old (to me), it is probably old for a poker player but I’m already certain it’s going to be a great year because I’ve already planned a lot of fun stuff. More about that later, I first want to write something about last week’s Sunday Million.

My first response after busting the Sunday Million was pure disappointment. I looked for something to blame and I found it but looking back now I don’t think I did anything wrong. When I wrote my blog I was still very disappointed but I do think it was a good idea to write it because it really showed how most poker players feel after getting so close to the big money. I felt miserable for a day but the next day it was time to move on and so I did. The coming 3 weeks it’s WCOOP time on PokerStars so I can only hope for another deep run. I was surprised how easy you can actually get so deep, you only need a little bit of luck so that’s what I’m hoping for 😉 I planned to start the WCOOP yesterday with event #2 ($215 NL) but I was pretty dead after a bike ride (more on that later) so in the end I skipped it. Coming weekend I will play at least 4 events, WCOOP #19 ($109 NL), WCOOP #20 ($320 NL), WCOOP #21 ($215 LHE) & WCOOP #21 ($215 NL). That will be the weekend I got to do it since the week after its B-day weekend! I might play the $320 Mixed Hold’em (#27) during the week as well but that’s for sure the last one. In case you haven’t done it yet, you can check out the schedule here:

As said the weekend after will be my B-day weekend. It starts on Friday the 14th with my real B-day which means I’m doing nothing at all. I’ve never worked on my B-day, skipped school when I was younger and plan to never do anything on my B-day for the rest of my life unless I enjoy doing it. This normally means I get out of bed in the afternoon, start eating all kinds of unhealthy food, go out for dinner with some family (& friends) and end the day with some friends, drinking beer. I haven’t celebrated my B-day since my 25th so this year I’ll throw a small party on the 15th. I expect 50-60 people, we meet in one of my favorite places and we will see how things go. Most of the time this involves a lot of alcohol and ends pretty late which means I’m in no state to play any poker on Sunday 🙂 On Monday I leave for Barcelona with my girlfriend for a week which should be the perfect start of my 31st year on this planet.

Next to Barcelona I’m already looking forward to another trip which I’ve already booked and that’s another trip to the French Alps. Two weeks ago I made a short trip to the French Alps to cycle up Alp d’Huez. I already did it once but I really wanted to go back and hoped to make more people enthusiastic for a longer trip somewhere next year. In the end we only went with two people but it was awesome anyway. I hoped to beat my previous time (1:48) by a lot since I knew I could do it much faster and also I’m two years further which should mean better trained. My buddy never cycled any big mountains but actually took the lead in the first 2,5 steepest kilometers of the ride. It was extremely hot, 33C+ and I might have started a little to fast because I just couldn’t accelerate after those first 2,5km, which was the plan from the start. I finished the 14km long ride a 30s after my buddy in 1:47, a disappointing 1 minute faster but at least it was faster!

We had some beer at the top, cycled downhill with speeds going over 70km/h and enjoyed some more beer at the pool in our hotel. The plan was to cycle up the Galibier (32km) the next day but because of the weather we decided not to. Les Deux Alpes (9km) seemed like a better plan which resulted in some more beer. The next day we got to the foot of the mountain at 11:00 (33C again), we both had a small hangover and we forgot to do a warm-up before going up the mountain. The last 3km’s there was no shade to be found and I was pretty exhausted when we made it to the top but we did it again! It’s just such a great feeling, we both wanted more.

On the way back our car broke down just before Luxembourg so we had to leave our bikes and car (brand new lease car) in France but it didn’t take any effort to convince my buddy to come back next year for a week to cycle the other big mountains like the Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer. The rumors that Alp d’Huez will be part of the 100th Tour de France, which is next year, were very strong so we’ve booked a chalet in the 3rd week of the Tour de France at the foot of Alp d’Huez in Bourg d’Oissans. We already got 6 guys and have room for 2 more which means this is going to be a really awesome trip for all of us. If the Tour de France will actually finish on Alp d’Huez we hope to make our way to the Dutch Corner (#7) and party along with hundreds of crazy Dutch people.

For sure we all need to train for this week and last weekend I had my last organised ride of this year. Since my bike didn’t return from France till Wednesday there was no way for me to do any training on my bike so after doing nothing for two weeks I had to cycle 110km. No training doesn’t help, drinking a lot of alcohol on Friday didn’t help either and eating pretty unhealthy over the last 2 weeks might not have been such a good idea either. An old colleague of mine joined us for the ride and he was a little bit more trained then the rest of us. I think he cycled up front 80% of the time and after 95km I cracked and a little later I even had to get off my bike to avoid huge cramps about anywhere in my legs. If I want to achieve my goals for next year I have to train more and I found a really perfect App/Website which hopefully is going to help me with this: If you cycle or run and currently use RunKeeper or MyTracks I would really advice you to check this out, some of the features (f.e. segments) are so awesome that I can’t wait to go for a ride again.

Well, that’s it for now. As said I’m looking forward to the coming weeks, I’ll probably blog again when I’m back from Barcelona unless I win one of the WCOOPs. I wish everybody good luck and in case you are a cyclist as well feel free to add me on Strava!

 Posted by at 4:41 pm
Aug 272012

The last couple of weeks I again hardly played any poker. Sometimes it feels like I have to move on and fully focus on my career, on the other hand the poker player is still in me, I just can’t find the motivation and time to grind next to my other activities. Work is soaking up most of the time, the current project I’m working on is really interesting and fun and I don’t mind to work a little extra. Cycling is going great, I’m just back from France but I’ll tell the rest of the story another time. I also played  a lot of Diablo 3, after work I just love to do some mindless clicking and D3 is the perfect game for me to release some tension.

Before I left for France I played D3 every day, I didn’t have any time after my trip until last Saturday. I fired up the game but after 5 minutes I didn’t feel like playing anymore, it seems that I’m done with the game and often that means it’s time to move on (or move back). I was watching EPT Barcelona because Fatima Moreira de Melo was doing great (16th in the end) but also because reintroduced video recaps and boy did I miss that (welcome back Scriptdude and also well done Frank op de Woerd ofc). I felt eager to play some poker and I was happy to get back to the online tables for a small Sunday MTT grind. I started with the Sunday Warm-up and the last MTT which I regged was the Sunday Million, 8 MTTs in total. I tried to play tight, don’t do anything stupid and see how far it will take me. I busted some of the smaller tournaments pretty quick, couldn’t lay down AJo on KK9A9 vs the Big Blind in the Sunday Warm-up for almost all my stack and at 20:25 I almost unregged the Sunday Million since I was doing pretty poor.

I didn’t and got an early double-up with Aces, some more chips with 75s in a multiway pot and because of my early double up it was no problem to run into AA with QQ. Some more rungood and I was top10 in chips but there were still 2100 people left so it didn’t really mean a thing. I never really know what to do with so many blinds so probably pulled some stupid moves like:

After that I mainly waited for hands, often won the blinds and was ahead almost all the time except for some standard coinflips. Looking back I don’t really see a lot of hands in which I really had a decision to make, I doubled up with TT vs 88 to get a decent stack and with roughly 150 left I didn’t get a lot of playable hands except for KK and QQ once but could only pick up the blinds. I was 27/46, floated most of the time somewhere between 12 and 20 blinds and got some help when I opened with KQs from UTG, the chipleader called in the BB and shoved with K3o on Q73 after my c-bet. 1.7M in chips, the most I ever had in the Sunday Million for sure and after a long absence I was in the top10 again.

It was the last hand that I got to showdown with, from there on I only shoved or re-shoved and never got any callers. I only (re-)shoved with good hands like AK or TT, I didn’t pull any “crazy moves” so would have been fine if I got a caller but winning without showdown is of course an even saver way to stay in a tournament. 9th with 21 left and I was pretty nervous. I’m not a great MTT player and didn’t play any proper poker the last weeks, I grabbed a standard Push/Fold chart for some help. A standard Push/Fold chart isn’t perfect but it is probably more close then figuring out what to do on the spot for a Limit player like me. I didn’t get any spots in which I really needed to use it and we got down to two tables, I couldn’t wait to wake up my best buddy telling him I was at the Final Table of the Sunday Million. I had around 2.5M in chips and a lot of people were floating around that size with blinds being 65.000/130.000. Some antes and blinds later some had bust, some took the blinds or doubled up and I shoved 33 from the cut-off to keep my stack a little above 2M. Blinds went up to 80.000/160.000 and with 1.8m left I got J8o on the button, I checked my Push/Fold chart saw it was a shove and didn’t think about it. I got called by ATo, closed my eyes and heard the checkbox popping up telling I busted in 15th.

It’s never fun to bust a tourney, especially not so deep. After a minute or so I wondered why I shoved J8o after playing so tight all the time? I told myself to stick to the sheet, looked at the sheet one more time and saw I had to wrong page in front of me. It was the range when having only 4 or 6 BB left, it made sense pretty quick, J8o was way to light and I could have known it but I just didn’t think. I instantly got pretty pissed at myself. I don’t regret my decision to base my play on a Push/Fold chart since I’m just not an expert in MTTs, was tired and nervous but I do regret the poor execution of that decision. I can only blame myself which I also do at this moment, how often do you get this far (especially someone like me who hardly plays MTTs). Busting with AA vs KTo wouldn’t have been more fun but at least I wouldn’t have regret my own play. The $5.373 is nice but it’s not even close to the $194.600 which was up for grabs for the winner.

I went to bed after cooling down, slept pretty good but I’m still pissed at myself. Normally after some decent sleep I would forget a big loss almost instant, however this feels different. Losses are almost a daily part of poker, for me getting so deep in a big MTT is far from standard. I’m sure I’ll get over it by the end of the day and might be able to turn this around and see it as a good preparation of the WCOOP which already starts coming Sunday! I’ll end today with a quote from Batman Begins:

“Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up.”

 Posted by at 3:28 pm