I got rolled out of the €100,000 Super High Roller at the 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. I made it to day 2 and was in 10th place in the chip counts with 442,000. It was a great turn out with over 40 players and some rebuys.
I had K-K dealt to me three hands in a row. Has anyone ever had that happen to them before? I was seeing clearly when I threw them away before the flop.
I had about a half a million in chips when I picked up K-K and open raised before the flop. Patrik Antonius made the call. Justin Bonomo put in a raise from the button to over 40,000. I four bet to 114,000 and after Antonius folded, Bonomo moved all-in for somewhere close to 400,000. I turned up two red kings and folded them. I now find myself watching a pair of kings ride a bike down a very steep hill and crashing at the bottom. The bike survives the crash.
The hand that took me out of the tournament was A-Q. Dan Shak raised and I reraised from the small blind. Shak had me covered and held pocket Jacks. The flop was not on my side when it gave me top two pair and Shak a set. The turn even brought one more out, a possible split pot when a 10 hit. But the river paired the wrong card, another 10 fell. I was gone, gone, gone. I went to look for a bike to ride down the hill and run over the broken pieces of kings. There were no bikes!!!
I felt in my heart that Bonomo had A-A. It’s hard and painful but it is life and it’s easy to think what may have been but I have to go with how I felt at the time. I hope to find out what he had.
Maybe players feel it takes guts to make big calls but I also think it takes ‘huge hart’ to make huge lay downs. I feel that my game needs improving and I hope in the future I will have a lot more time to just focus on poker and play the very best players. I really enjoyed the event.
Now I’m on a break for a few days. I just landed in Frankfurt and I’m on my way to Vilnius where I have a few meetings. Over the weekend I will be looking to hit the big game in Minsk, Belarus. There are big cash games over there right now.
In early May I plan on being in Prague to play at the Kings Casino. There are plans for a streaming live cash game, plus they are doing a 25K high roller there too on the 7th of May.
Then I’ll be in Las Vegas in time for Bellagio’s 100K and the 25K.
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Sitting in Frankfurt waiting for K-K...
I've been on a runner that only The G could make and survive. I played poker with Mike Sexton on the streets of Vienna - and loved the hell out of it. But since I’m me and the rest of the world is ‘them’ it’s possible ‘them’ loved seeing me in the poker game more than I loved being in it. You figure it out!
When I won Group A, Heat 2, I busted Erik Seidel to do it. He is a Seiborg. I welcome him to the living dead:
I made the final table of the Premier League and picked up some big hands but could never get paid off or find action until I hit the hand with K-K that sent most of my chips to Patrik Antonius. I raised to 30,000 and got called by Ad-4d out of the BB. The flop should have sent alarms firing off every milisecond in my brain when it came A-A-4. Antonius and I checked the turn, he checked the river and I bet. He check raised and I called. I wasn't happy. I'm sure I called because there was a donkey on the table and it removed everything else that would have saved me - all my other animals that had been with me during my table time. My animal instincts were done!
I wasn't happy!
Vodka and Red Bull became my new best friend. I didn't want a break; I wanted to pay the staff to keep the game running. The Blinds were 15,000-30,000 and I was firing and rehiring my PA and the Panda about every half a minute! Damn the Panda! They used to be lucky for me when we played Twister.
I shoved my last 192,000 into the middle with the Ac-Kc and that hand got ran over by Dan Cates' Ad-Qd.
I was out, steaming and looking for more Red Bull laced with Vodka, tweeting "you know you are done when the bunny's got the gun - all pandas and pa's need to be fired - lets get patrik."
I went out to the streets to look for a Seiborg on a bike! He wasn't to be found. But that is all history now. Congratulations to Scott Seiver for winning the Premier League.
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It's been awhile. It's always a crazy busy time for me with work and poker and life and laughter and fun - with very little time left over to just stop and relax. If I do take a break, who will take over the role of tormenting The Poker Brat? It's my job! Everything else I do is just for fun.
Life in Melbourne is good, great food, great poker and tennis every day. I've been playing poker with Patrik Antonius so if I mention looking for him for a match, it's all about poker baby. If we met for a tennis match, the only way I'd win is if he took a fall. Maybe we could set up a match where he played with a bucket over his head. I've been playing a little 200-400 PLO at The Crown trying to win enough to pay for Patrik's liters of Fiji water.
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