Planning The Poker Adventure
by Ian Simpson | Published: Jun 10, '12
It turns out planning a year of poker is one hell of an undertaking. So much so I accidentally planned a tournament on mine and the girlfriend’s anniversary. She noticed this right after I told her I’d be away for five weeks split between the Caribbean and Las Vegas while she would be in the freezing cold north east. Cue difficult conversation and some desperate replanning. Sorry UKIPT Swansea I can’t come as it may result in my girlfriend kicking my ass. She’s a predator posing as a house pet.
Other than that little hiccup I’m getting really excited for next year. My first game will be the £500 Deepstack at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham. Not a huge buy-in but a nice warm-up and I’ve really enjoyed my trips to DTD so far. It’s also a good chance for me to use the knowledge gained from the reading I plan to do, I got three new poker books that I want to digest before my first EPT.
I was planning to play SPT San Sebastian for €1,100 euros but it would involve three connections with no time to arrive early because that would overlap with the girlfriend’s birthday (it’s a good job I love her). I’ve decided that whenever I can I will get to a venue two days early to get used to the time difference, enjoy the area and generally relax and get in the right mind set before the tournament starts.
August 15-25 is one I’m really excited for. EPT Barcelona which incorporates SPT Barcelona with it. That’s two main events over the course of 10 days, right on the beach of sunny Spain. What’s more is that my parents and girlfriend will be on the rails cheering me on. Does it get any better? Oh wait it does, Paddy Power is covering the bill!
After that it’s the UKIPT in Newcastle followed by a trip to London for back-to-back events. The Unibet Open is followed pretty much immediately by the GUKPT which means I’ll be in London for almost two weeks of solid poker. Bliss. GUKPT Luton closely follows and then it’s back to one of my favourite cities in the world for the Irish Winter Festival in Dublin.
Then it gets really exciting. My girlfriend is green with jealousy over this jaunt. It starts with Dusk Till Dawn’s fifth birthday celebration. A £3,000 buy-in tournament on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts. Then I’ve got five days to enjoy the Islands of the Caribbean before playing in the Unibet Open: St Maarten event for a €1,500 buy-in. Then I’ve got a nine-day gap before the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas and I’m very tempted to spend those nine days in Vegas testing my skills against the daily tournaments on offer. That’s five weeks spread across the Caribbean and Las Vegas playing high stakes poker. Get busy living or get busy dying!
After that it’s Christmas and New Year’s with the family to recharge and hopefully count some winnings. Early January I’ll be playing in the Bahamas leg of the EPT. Then I’ve got a choice between EPT Deauville or EPT London. To finish the adventure I will be returning to Dublin to play in the Irish Open 2013 and passing on the mantle of Sole Survivor to whoever is strong enough to outlast the qualifiers next year.
After that I intend to play some satellites from my own bankroll to play in the WSOP 2013. That’s one hell of a year planned out and it’s got me thinking about my own expectations from this year. Before winning the Sole Survivor package I was just another poker player dreaming of making it to a final table of a major event. Now that I’ve done that I’d love to be able to secure a win at one of these events and take down a trophy. With a bit of variance on my side and some hard analysis and further improvement of my game, I’d like to hope it’s possible. Time will tell…