Friday, 29 July 2011

Award Nomination and Upcoming Trips

I have been nominated for a British Poker Award in the category of "Best Social Media User", which I'm lead to believe is the most prestigious of all categories.

Please vote for me at

And be sure to join the other thousand of people following me on the twitter: @Daleroxxu

I am up against Kieth "The Camel" Hawkins, Sam Trickett and Team PokerStars Pro UK's Vicky Coren and Liv Boeree. I have my work cut out for me as the pesky blondites over at the Blonde Poker forums are starting a campaign to vote for The Camel who is well known to be 'anti-poker awards'.

I was inexplicably left out of the Best Blogger nominations, and somehow left out of the best PLO player nominations. My friend Jimmy Atkin who is the unofficial third best blogger in the world (after the official best blogger in the world, Daleroxxu, and unofficial second best blogger in the world Amatay Jones) did get a nomination for Best Blogger so be sure to vote for him.

Please let me know in the comments if you do vote for me for the social media award.

My visa for Thailand runs out on August 1st so I have get my ass out of the country. I can't be bothered with the awful bus trip to Cambodia that I've done twice already. It's time to turn visa-runs into fun little vacations! So, I'm taking a direct flight from Bangkok to Macau which is only a couple of hours and $100. I'll be staying for 2 nights at the Lisboa hotel where I famously reported on it's "Hooker Mall" in my Macau Trip Report from earlier in the year.

I'll be playing the Monday night knockout MTT at PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa. On Tuesday I will be doing a 4 hour tour of Macau during the day, then attending the Cirque du Soleil show ZAIA in the evening at the Venetian Macau Resort.

My friend Eric from Miami who I met at the World Cup in South Africa last year (see trip report) and celebrated new year with in Prague (see trip report) is coming to Bangkok for 5 days in a couple of weeks time so it will be good to see him again.

In a few weeks time I will be traveling to New Zealand where I will be playing at Queenstown Snowfest which is a APPT and ANZPT tournament.

I've been in touch with the APPT team at PokerStars to find out more about the event. They are putting me up in the luxury 5-Star Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa. I did ask about extending my stay there with days before and after the event, as flight arrangements proved imposible to make for my check-in and check-out days. They came back and said it's $431 NZD per night, which is kinda expensive, so I chose to extend my stay in New Zealand by flying in and out of, and staying a few nights, in New Zealand's two largest cities, Auckland and Christchurch.

I will fly to Auckland and spend 2 days there, before taking a 2 hour direct flight to Queenstown for the 6 day poker festival, then taking a 1 hour flight to Christchurch and staying 3 days there before flying back to Thailand.

Satellites are running for the event on PokerStars now. There are sats for ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest and sats for APPT Queenstown Snowfest. These are the same tournament, but the packages are different.

The PokerStars package for APPT Queenstown Snowfest is worth $4800USD includes Buyin + Hotel + Tourism. I asked the APPT team what tourism includes and they said that you can "select from a PokerStars snowboard, concierge/room credit or room upgrade." The satellites for this package award $1000 cash from the sat prizepool

The ANZPT Package is worth $3800USD for buyin + a less expensive hotel + tourism. The satellites for this package award $500 cash from the sat prizepool.

There are also some seat+hotel only and seat only sats. Go to EVENTS->APPT and EVENTS->SPECIAL to find the satellites.

I hope to see some familiar faces in New Zealand. One person that I know is going for sure is Team PokerStars Asia Pro Bryan Huang who I met in Singapore (see trip report) and Macau earlier this year. I have already challenged him to a snowball fight.

Queenstown looks to be an amazing destination for a poker tournament, as with so many of the PokerStars tour events. It's great to go play an event where there is a big tourism aspect to the trip. I know that if I happen to not do well in the tournament that I can spend the rest of my days snowboarding and having fun, rather than being stuck in a hotel/casino somewhere I don't want to be. So I know that I will be having a gret time in New Zealand no matter what (ok, I need to fade breaking my leg on the snow slopes!!).

It sucks that I will be flying while the Supernova Million freeroll is running on August 20th. GG to ~$300 equity :( If you are a Supernova on PokerStars make sure you play this quarterly tourney because it's the sickest value freeroll that you're likely to play.

A really cool online tournament that is coming up this Sunday night is the Red Spade Open. It's a $55 buyin tourney with $1,000,000 guaranteed and at least $200,000 to first place. There will be many famous faces from the Pokerstars Team Pro and Team Online roster playing in the event and if you bust one you get a $100 bounty. The event is 3pm ET / 8pm BST / 2am here in Thailand.

Unfortunately my flight to Macau leaves very early Monday morning so I can't play this time around. You will need to hope that PokerStars runs this event again if you want the Daleroxxu $100 bounty. I really do hope this tourney is a success and is run regularly as it would be a great replacement for the Turbo Takedown.


  1. Voted this afternoon for both yourself & MC Atkin respectively. GL.
    Looking forward to the Snowfest trip report. Looks like it should be awesome!

  2. Haha, how the fook did you miss out on being nomintayed for best PLO player? Unreal. Grats on your other nomination thou. [ ] will be voting for you harrrrd :) Enjoy the food in Macau m8 and you a gd trip to NZ. glgl, one time etc.

  3. Haha Amatay I'm gonna go to that Chinese restaurant at Grand Lisboa where NOBODY speaks English, and bring you all the wrong food, just for the epic lols =)

  4. most tilting place ever!!!