Yesterday was the day of the dead it seems. 'Dead' because I have been card dead all night playing morron-poker with Viage dead money.
20 players showed up for last night's WPT 120€ rebuy satellite at Grand Casino Viage in Brussels generating a pool of almost 5000€ and I am amazed how low the play level still can be 10 years after the Moneymaker boom.
I won't complain too much of course because most of winning players' money obviously comes from 'artists' like that and not only from talent and skills but playing such field is 1. not easy IMO 2. not pleasant.
I played from 8pm to almost 2am and my only playable hands wer 88, TT and AJoff. The rest of the time, I have been stealing my ass off in every spot I could.
To illustrate how funky some players were I have some stories...
As I had planned it, I played pretty straight forward TAG Poker and I was determined not to rebuy before getting to the add-on period. During this challenge, if I bust in the rebuy period, I will just walk away to reduce the expenses. I reshoved TT on a 2diamond-4clubs-7spade flop after I had raised preflop and got called in the small blind. Stacks are shallow and players are lose-passive at that stage so I am sure I am ahead at that point. The guy calls my all-in and opens... Q8 of clubs (it's the 2nd level of the day and there's no particular history from former games between both of us). I ask him in a semi-joke manner: 'You really don't believe me?!'. 'I'm here to gamble!' he promptly replies. My 10s hold. 'Chef rebuy!' it goes.
Another bizarre moment was when Niels van Leeuwen, who took down last week's FRANCE POKER SERIES Main Event in Deauville for 175k€ noticed at 8 players left that this was not a regular tourney but a satellite. 'I would have played it differently if I had known', he said. There are two possibilities here. Either he has not checked the clock one single time during the whole tournament (the titles of the clock screen were 'Rebuy Satellite for WPT') or he is still dreaming of his French victory.
Then, still at the final table a guy tried to explain how easier it was for him to play Roulette after having paid a 5bet preflop all-in against AK with A3off :) Good game, man!
The cream of the cake was when I end up shoving KT of clubs on the button for my last 7 blinds. The average was about 10 bigs and 5 players were left for 3 tickets and a 4th prize of 500€. The big blind tanks for one minute or so with a 15-20 big blind-stack before making some sort of slowroll crying call with... AK. Whooooot??!
The board goes: Brick Brick Brick - Brick and BRRRRIIICK. Nothing comes for me and I am eliminated as bubble boy from this first qualifier of mine.
I am happy how i managed to navigate this mine field with no real cards but making the bubble is always frustrating.