The second of two winners of Caribbean Poker Tour satellites hosted Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker says no matter how good you are, luck is always a factor in winning a poker tournament.
Simon “Sim79” from Quebec, Canada won the final Caribbean Poker Tour satellite tournament hosted by the two popular poker rooms. He and an earlier online tournament winner won $2700 prize packages that will take them to an all-inclusive luxury resort in St Maarten to compete in the Caribbean Poker Tour Main Event.
Both players will share stories, photos and videos of their experience on a personal poker blog, Living the Dream. In his first blog entry today, Simon says he was a little surprised he ended up winning the online tournament.
“I don’t think I played my best poker. It started up kinda bad, I lost some good pots that forced me to re-buy (which I don’t usually do, but it was definitely worth it that time with such a prize to win). The re-buy helped me double-up and enter the Final Table mid-stacker which is good for such a bad start.”
“I won two draws that paid me a lot at the end that put me right back to 3rd and then 2nd with only 3 players left. I might have overpaid some draws when I was low stacker there was no second prize — I had to try to hit something. It was do or die.”
“I always say that a bad player can win with luck but that a good player can’t win without luck. There’s always a luck factor.”
“A lot of players play more aggressively when they can still re-buy. But this tournament was so fast there wasn’t much time to figure my opponents’ playing habits.”
“My advice to tournament players is tighten your play when you have less chips (playing less flop), but play aggressively when you go for it. Don’t let yourself go below 8xBB+SB or 8 turns (or 4-5 turns if it’s turbo). If you do, spare the most chips you can to maximize your all-in.”
“I play mostly online. When I first played live with friends I was a stone-type player. Playing online has pushed me to fold more on the flop since I’m less attached to my hand. Minimize my investment and maximize my gain.”
“I don’t plan on quitting my job or anything. I just have fun. I’m pretty excited to be playing in the Caribbean Poker Tournament!”