BPC now, London next year
The Belgian Poker Challenge (BPC) at Namur has arrived, which is the big finale of the poker calendar here in Belgium. I'm doing pretty well on the leader board for the Belgian poker rankings thanks to winning the BPC Middlekerke Main Event earlier this year, so I'm definitely looking forward to the big finish and the chance to finish on top.
The BPC is kind of like having a big home game for me and my brother, since we get to reunite with lots of friends while playing in lots of side events, as well as the Main Event. It always feels good to do well on home soil and get a lot of recognition, because the players all know us from being on television for the EPTs and for other things, and so it's nice to "prove ourselves" in a way, as well as just to have fun while competing against them.
After the BPC we'll be heading over to EPT Prague to finish out the year, which I'm looking forward to as well. The city is very nice, although it will be very cold in December. It should be a good time nonetheless and a great way of wrapping up the poker year before taking a break for the holidays.
There are a few other plans in the works for me, too, as I look forward to the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. I will likely be moving to London in the New Year. My girlfriend will soon be finishing her medical studies and London will be a better place for her to start her career, so to England we'll go!
London should also be a good place for me to pursue my career, too. It's not far from home -- it's only four hours or so to my parents' house in Antwerp -- and London is quite poker-friendly with a lot of players living there, a lot of casinos, and of course a well-regulated environment for playing online, too.
I'll probably be there for the first six months on my own (with a friend), then my girlfriend will come after, so I'm anticipating putting in a lot of hours playing online during the first half of the year. In fact, I might even pursue Supernova Elite next year, but I still need to figure out first how much I'll need to play and whether that will be a realistic goal. It would definitely require me to play a lot more than I currently do, but I think it might well be achievable.
So there's a lot to look forward to. Right now I'm enjoying being at home in Belgium for the BPC. But I'm excited, too, about the move to London and calling a new place home.
Matthias de Meulder is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.