Hi everybody! I'm sorry for not giving you more detailed news sooner about my last WPT qualifier in Brussels. I've been busy with the WiPT and WPT coverages these last 10 days and I have not been able to find enough time to sit down and write more about this last try to win a WPT BRUSSELS Main Event ticket than the few line I dropped on the Facebook page.
I am now taking advantage of a 3 hour train trip to do so amongst other tasks I have been skipping lately.
So I played the 220€ re-entry satellite on March 5th at Grand Casino Viage. Many people showed up that night for this satellite and for the High Roller satellite. More than 200 players had gathered in the Viage Poker rooms.
I was pumped, feeling very well. I had spent the previous days working on the coverage and live streaming of the Winamax Poker Tour finals at Cercle Clichy Montmartre in Paris and I traveled from Paris to Brussels during the afternoon to play cards myself finally at Viage.
I started well on a weak table with good spots to take advantage of. I tripled my initial stack in about 3 hours. Sweet! As the tournament went on, I became more and more card dead and the blinds were increasing at an insane rate. Viage is not really known for offering great tourney structures but this one was really harsh in my opinion.
Towards the end of the tournament, tables were breaking up at a turbo pace. This didn't help as my table draws always put me UTG or UTG+1 forcing me to pay the blinds 4 time in 25 minutes #runningbad
I finally stayed on a table for more than 3 hands and got involved in a pot where I raise A9 off from middle position with a raise and a re-raise behind... I fold. I also decided to play A7 all in from the button against a short stack in the big blind who pays with A4: AJ4 on the flop.
After that, I'm left with around 6 blinds and discover KQoff in middle position. We are around 40 left for 24 tickets and some cash for 25th place. I'm all in, button shoves for 15bb with QQ and the big blind tank calls with 99 with a stack of 20 bigs. A King on the board would have assured me a ticket I guess, but instead we got a 9 on the river busting me and the QQ guy. Intuition...
All in all pretty standard stuff. I'm really sorry not to have had the opportunity to offer a great return on investment to the backers this time and I'd like to truly thank everybody for their support.
I'll be back soon with more card stories and challenges.
If you are interested, you can have a look at the pictures I took for the casino and for Poker Invest Belgium HERE.