by Victor Ramdin | Published: Apr 30, '10
They say we can tell how many weeks of winter we have left by whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow. Well, I can always tell how well my poker year is going to go based on how well I do at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Things went pretty well for me there in January, so I felt like this was going to be a good year.
No, I didn’t win the main event at the PCA. In fact, I only min cashed. But any other tournament pro can tell you: you can do a lot worse than starting off the year with a cash.
Also, coming into this year, I made a resolution to player more poker on PokerStars.
I know, it sounds crazy, but I feel like I’ve finally figured out how to start winning a bit online, and I’m going to put it to the test. If you want a hint: I’ve already told you – play more. No, not necessarily more often, though practice makes perfect. I’ve just realized that I can’t only play one game at a time. I get too bored. Now, I play at least 3-5 tournaments at a time, and I find that it keeps my adrenaline pumping enough that I can actually focus and not get bored.
I decided I’ll be playing all the Sunday tournaments on PokerStars at least three out of the four weekends of every month. This means at least 36 Sunday Millions this year. PokerStars has such great structures, and if I can start winning without ever having to leave the house – fantastic!
I think I’ve finally broken through online. I’m still learning, but it’s a great experience. So far this year, I have final tabled the $100 rebuy tournament on PokerStars three times. This is in addition to the blast I’ve been having playing their new $13.50 knockout tournaments. They’re a lot of fun, and there can be some good value if you play them right. Add in the fact that I’ve satellited into both NAPT events through PokerStars, and I’m already having a bang-up year online.
The NAPT is down for now, but it’ll be back as soon as the World Series is over. Right now, I’m sweating the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo from my home in New York City, I’ve decided to take some time to play online (of course) and to focus on the upcoming WSOP, by playing as many SCOOP events on PokerStars as possible.
For the first event on May 2nd, I’ll be playing all three starting events: low, medium, and high. There’s tournaments for every size bankroll, so come say hello, and take your shot at me!
I’m also gearing up for this year’s Guyana Watch trip. For those of you who don’t know, Guyana Watch is a charity I started to benefit my home country of Guyana. What we do, is we bring in mobile hospitals where physicians provide free medical care to hundreds of children in the area. We specifically target children with hear defects and often times perform surgery right on the spot in order to give them a shot at getting to still be kids. Lots of poker players attend every year, and we do a lot of good.
I’ll be sure to update again after I win a dozen or so SCOOP bracelets. If you want to know more about Guyana Watch, you can visit the website http://www.guyanawatch.org/ to find out just how you can help too.
Until next time…