Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Remembering a Shot at a WSOP Seat Many Moons Ago

The fourth anniversary of my poker blog quietly slipped past several weeks ago. No need to make a big deal out of it since people rarely celebrate the fourth anniversary of anything. But I was reminded that one of the reasons I started a poker blog was to be able to take advantage of special online tournaments reserved for bloggers. The first big one I was in was the Blogger Poker Tour Grand Final that was sponsored by Poker.com.

Although I played a little poker in my younger years, I was really a rookie at No Limit Hold Em. I started started playing online poker due to the Moneymaker Effect, and in spring 2006 I was just starting to see the beginnings of modest success.

I was a member of several poker forums and groups. One of these, called CheckRayz, sponsored several private tounaments and gave information about a group of tournaments for poker bloggers. The top prize: a seat in the 2006 WSOP Main Event.

Playing in the preliminary events, I of course got my lunch handed to me time and time again by bloggers who had invested so much more time and were so much more skilled than I was. However, some bonus seats were added to the final preliminary event, and I was fortunate to earn one of them with a final table finish.

So, On July 1, 2006, I joined 43 other bloggers in vying for the WSOP seat. There were also some other prizes for the final table.

Being a real rookie in the field, I decided to take my time in getting in hands with the nice mega-stacks we were given. I was hanging around the middle of the pack when, in back-to-back hands, I got A-A and Q-Q. I got action on both hands and soon vaulted to the top or near the top of the leaderboard.

Looking back, I can't believe how close I came to getting a WSOP seat,especially considering I was so inexperienced:

I most likely could have roached into third place, but I didn't want that prize and decided to make a run for first place. I finished in fourth -- pretty amazing stuff for me at the time. I got an Ipod Nano for my finish, so there were no complaints from me.

Now, almost four years later, I will be playing in the BBT5 Tournament of Champions with several WSOP packages on the line. Again, the field will be loaded, and I will obviously give it my best shot. Here's hoping the poker gods look favorably on me and the Full Tilt Poker RNG is kind.


Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

GL in the TOC -- would be great if good things happen.

The fourth anniversary of my poker blog quietly slipped past several weeks ago.

Congrats -- four years!

8:22 AM  
Blogger actyper said...

nice i'm on that tourney lobby as well! Good luck in the toc!

7:52 AM  

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