Thursday, July 8, 2010

95K at end of Day 1

Follow link for summary of my Day 1 action.

start play again on Friday.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WSOP Time!

I didn't play much during my last two weeks in Colombia. I did go the casino and played a tournament with 65 people. Great to see poker going strong in Medellin!

I start the Main Event on Wednesday. I'll be tweeting updates. For the few who live in another world, just go to my tweet account and follow me, add mobile, and you'll get my text updates straight to your phone.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tough day at the office

losing days happen, but it sucks when you really feel on top of your game. I was really pleased with how I played today. I felt like Hellmuth - dodging bullets only to bounce back again. I really was on top of my game...folding flushes, losing the minimum with big hands, inducing bluffs, making the right calls with medicre hands. But some really tough luck today in key pots. AK loses to AQ, Ak loses to A7, Kk loses to AA. i lost a few coin flips in pretty decent sized pots as well. I would have been top 50 at FTP with 1800 remaining if I had won AK vs AQ.

On well, that is the way it goes.

In other news, Go New Zealand! They tied Italy today 1-1.

Friday, June 18, 2010

yea - a win!

I won the Bodog 10K, $3K for first place. Had another small cash tonight as well, so cashed in 2 of 8 tourneys. Up $2,300 for the night. I'm pretty much making a final table about every night I play.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Visit to Colombianitos

Diana and I had a great visit to Colombianitos. Probably my favorite in terms of interaction with the kids. We went with Diana's sister and her fiance from Belgiam who is a very good soccer player. We arrived right when they were about to begin practice for the 10-12 year olds.

First,we met the two new children that Diana and I are sponsoring - Yubiseli and Julian. The child we sponsored before has now graduated and so we asked Colombianitos to be able to sponsor both a girl and boy in Medellin. By sponsoring a child for $25/month, they get all the uniforms and supplies they need to attend school. We brought each one of them a t-shirt and it was great to actually meet them in person.

After that, they started practicing and I asked the coach if Robert and I could play with the kids. They had 3 different scrimmages going on and Robert and I got to play in all three of them. The kids were soooooo excited. I felt like a celebrity as they surrounded both of us, asking lots of questions. All the children were smiling, laughing, and just showed a lot of curiousity in who we were. Afterwords, as we were walking to the offices, Diana was surrounded by all the girls asking lots of question. It was great fun and always a pleasure to see these children who have very little in terms of money and material things, but who still manage to love life like they do.

The sad part is that our of 350 children in the Goals for a Better Life program in Medellin, only 29 are sponsored. The other 320 children are responsible for getting the supplies and uniforms they need for school. The waiting list of children in need of sponsorship is quite long.

I big shout-out goes to the cover designer of Peak Performance Poker, Per Arne Dahl, aka Primitive in the ITH forums for donating his cover design fee to Colombianitos. I wish I had tracked all the money ITH'ers have donated to Colombianitos over the year, both through ITH and on their own as it is in the thousands of dollars. Just another example of what a great community ITH is.

So on to poker, I played last night, finishing 3rd in one tournament and bubbling another. I lost AK to A3 and JJ to A8 to go out in 3rd, otherwise had a great chance to win. Unfortunately, I lost $250 on the night as the tourney I cashed in was the small $50 turbo at Cake. I think I've final tabled Cake now in about 1 in 3 or 4 tournaments I've player there so far this month. Still waiting on my win though!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Back to the tables

Cashed in 1 in 6. Finished 72nd in the Pokerstars nightly, which paid 72 people - woohoo! :). Got paid $330 so I ended up losing $400 for the night. I made some sick calls tonight - 2 of the 3 of them were right on. overall, pretty card dead for most of the night. So for the month, 5 sessions, up $2,100. I probably won't be playing until next Tuesday.

Had an interesting meeting this week with the owner of I'm going to be giving away some of our Spanish books in their live tourneys they run here in Medellin on Saturdays. I plan on playing it a week from this Saturday which should be fun.

Peak Performance Poker goes to print next week!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another Final table, but...

I lost $750 for the night. I played 6 tourneys tonight and a winner take all satellite for $500 entry into Bodog WSOP tourney. I finished I finished 7th in the Cake $100. I really like these Cake tourneys. The structure is great and I get to practice a lot of final tables. I feel like my game is getting stronger and I'm much more confortable now late in tourneys than I used to me.

Oh well, I'm going to win one of these.

For the month, I'm up $2,450 over 4 nights.