WPT Here I Come!

When you die, if you go somewhere where they ask you a bunch of questions about your life and what you learned and all, I think a good way to get out of it is just to say, “No speaka English.” –Jack Handey

I happened to remember that Paradise was running a freeroll tourney and I made it home early enough to clear a little over $200 in cash games before the tournament started. They capped it at 2000 players and the top 100 players play Sunday, Aug 1 for a seat at the WPT Legends of Poker tourney at the Bike. Heck, I was planning on just being a spectator but I’ve actually got a chance to play (and they’re giving $2k cash for airfare and hotel . . . hmmm, I thik I can get to the Bike for under $2k)! Of course, there’s only one seat per 2000 players so the chances are pretty slim but hey, a shot is a shot, right?

Amazingly, this was the first multi-table where I’ve ever landed in the money. I had some amazing luck and a field of opponents only a freeroll can attract. I probably only played 10 hands out of the 128 it took to go from 2000 to 100. On my first two wins early in the tournament I flopped sets, checked the flop trying to get a bet into me, missed, pushed all in and got called both times.

With about 120 players left I started to get into a little trouble as the increasing blinds ate me up and I was starting to slip out of the money. I had AJs in the blind. I checked. Flop came up KQ6 with the K and 6 suited to my AJ. I’ve got the nut flush draw, the nut straight draw and an overcard to the board. All-in! Two players called me and even without hitting the flush card on the river I still had both players beat with the A on the turn.

That win put me a little over $20k and 65th out of 118 players. I just sat it out and didn’t play another hand unless I got a free ride in the blinds. Despite this brilliant strategy those last 18 players didn’t check out quickly enough and I found myself in trouble again. Blinds are $3k/$6k and I’m down to $11k with 5 players standing between me and a seat at the WPT tourney. Thankfully other players at my table were in worse shape than me but still ahead of the last 5 and they slow played every round. I took the last set of blinds which put me around $1400 in chips and 1 player left to knock out. The ante was $600 so I go into my last hand with $800 left. The last player busts out and all the short stacks push all-in so we can call it a night. Officially, I placed 95th but who cares?

Bill Rini
Bill Rini is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.

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