Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Going to the City of Angels (NAPT Los Angeles)
I was mildly pissed off because I missed the registration for the weekly Twitter League tournament that starts 7pm UK time every Sunday. I enjoy playing that because I get to battle against other twittering (tweeting?, whatever) poker players that I recognize from the Twitter community, and the one dollah buyin is so insignificant that I can either just go on a rampage trying to bluff and show 72o to guys or get a whole bunch of last longer bets going. Either way, it's always some great entertainment to start off the day while I eat my 7pm breakfast.
Fortunately there was another community organized tournament starting in half an hour, the PokerStars NAPT Satellite for Pokercast Listeners. This was a winner-take-all 176 player freeroll tournament with deep stacks that was organised by the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast along with their sponsor, the PokerStars VIP Club, to give a package to NAPT Los Angeles to one of their loyal listeners.
Qualifying for this thing wasn't easy. I had to win the 6-max holdem event in the Pokercast Summer League to get my ticket. Well, it just seemed like a slightly better way to get a ticket than tattooing POKERCAST to my bicep.
After figuring out wtf to do with 250bbs I got in a good rythm of stealing chips from nits until I was heads up with JimmyLegs. I had an over 3/1 chiplead and was feeling super confident but I just couldn't bring myself to be ruthless. We had played 8 hours, this was a community event and JimmyLegs is a good contributor to that community (rather than some random Russian guy). So the first hand of heads up I told him I'd give him a deal. I didn't try to lowball him or negotiate or anything, I just straight up offered him a piece of me in the NAPT event equal to his exact chip percentage (22.7%). So we did the deal and had a bit of extra fun flipping / racing our cards a few times to end the tournament on a high note.
I'm also giving 5% of my action as a freeroll to the Pokercast crew who will be there sweating me while they record a live show from the event. So I'm now busy trying to buy up 27.7% of other good player's action so that I have a whole buyin's worth of action riding on the event. I already took 10% of Nick Rainey who will be there playing and has kindly offered to show me around LA and it's surroundings, as it's my first time there.
I have booked flights to Los Angeles, where I will be staying at the awesome Millennium Biltmore Hotel from November 10th til 18th. I was able to get flights with only a 1 hour stop-over in london so the whole journey will only take 13.5 hours. Unfortunately I couldn't find the tight-fisted Scottish nit inside me to buy economy tickets for this journey. I will probably have to find that nit inside me before I start touring the world in January though if I'm to keep costs under 6-figures.
I'm also planning to play the first leg of the new UKIPT season in Galway, Ireland in December. I pretty much bubbled this event last year when it was a €2K event but had a lot of fun there hanging out with Vers, Cardlo69 and James Atkin, and also got to play and chat a lot with Teddy Sheringham and his insanely gorgeous and young girlfriend <3.