Sports Betting took a back seat for me this past weekend as I was invited to play in one of the WPT Poker tournaments at Emperors Palace. GGGaming were kind enough to sponsor me into the opening event and I lined up alongside 183 poker players, the majority of which play far more poker than me. As much as I love poker I tend to run out of patience and if I was going to go deep in this one I needed plenty of discipline.
Gary from GGGaming had given me a sound strategy and I made it through the first night comfortably. As the second day begun, my cards went cold, but I was extremely disciplined and kept things tidy.
After a short break I returned to the table and the moment I played my first hand of the day everybody folded figuring I must have a high pair. Ironically I was dealt Pocket Aces shortly after and managed to double up my stack to the point where I must have been in the Top 5% in chips.
The strategy Gary had given me was working, but inexplicably I then started playing as if I was a Poker Pro. I had not even had time to enjoy the pile of chips in front of me, than I was sitting on the rails having been knocked out thanks to two crazy hands. I tried to bluff a couple of professionals or at the very least battle hardened poker players and they clearly saw me coming.
A few days later as I write this I am still constantly kicking myself, asking myself what I was thinking and why I didn’t stick to my plan and it occurred to me that while I worked out a strategy for the early stages of the Tournament, I never considered going deep and how I should play if I got into a strong position.
This lack of foresight ended up costing me and by Sunday I was back to Sports Betting unfortunately placing a losing rugby bet to end a disappointing weekend.
The poker though was a great experience for which I am grateful and I am hoping I can take some of the lessons and apply it to my monthly poker school and in particular our year end Tournament at the end of the month.
This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 21 November 2019.