After just missing out in the PPT Freeroll - I eagerly waited for the big Limit Holdem event. With 427 players and a buy-in, re-buy's and add on's of $1,500 - the $Million guarantee offered a first prize of over $400K.
It may not be common for a European to look forward to a limit event, however, I must admit to enjoying the game. As the current record holder for Limit (beating a field of 1166), I obviously wanted to add the biggest purse in Limit to the list. But this was going to be tough.
It could not have started any worse for me as it took almost three hours of play before I won my first little pot. I therefore had no choice but to take an add at the end of the third level. With only a stack of just 3K at this stage - I was up against it. Although I must also admit to playing short stacks very well, I had hoped for another option than to to play the waiting game. But wait I did!
My table was a lot of fun to play on. There was also a good chance of fighting back as there were a couple of loose players who could have helped my cause. In fact, the player to my left seemed determined to blow his very big stack. In all honesty, it baffles me as to how some players are intent of calling all the way to the river with very marginal hands. But call he did. I just happened to be one of his victims as he rivered most of the big hands. But with such players (mostly), the luck would eventually run out. Well, his did run out. But I was never on the end of it. It was no surprise that he eventually busted me with eight tables remaining.
One thing that struck me about this event? Some of the players had to endure almost 15 hours of play on day one! Judging by the remarks of some them - tournament poker is becoming just too tough nowadays. Players cannot be expected to endure such long periods at the poker table. In fact, it's for this reason that I have now become more selective with the events that I play. Also, as the numbers increase, more and more players are putting in the hours without any reward. It also the reason that I have chosen to play a lot more live action.
The next event for me will be the $1K NL Shootout. At least this is a somewhat speedier event that does not require too many hours of play.
While on this subject, I have put together a new format for playing poker that deals with some of the problems associated with bigger fields and longer hours of play. This will soon be launched online and depending on the response from players - could well prove to be an option for live tournaments.
Until next time - play well, get lucky and enjoy life!
Peter "The Poet" Costa