Getting back on the tournament trail
I'm writing from Leeds, back home at last after a long, winding journey of poker-related traveling that lasted for several months.
It started in Florida where Arianna was born back in the spring. Then the whole family traveled to Las Vegas where we spent the entire summer for the WSOP. I made a quick trip to play in the UKIPT in mid-June before going back to Las Vegas. Then after the WSOP was done it was back to Florida, and now finally we're all home again.
Not too much special happened for me at the WSOP this year. I had a couple of deep runs for cashes, but nothing really to shout about. I probably ended up losing small or breaking even overall for the summer, although I had a piece of someone who went pretty deep in the Main Event and that kind of saved me.
Once back in Florida I was able to get runner-up in one of those Florida State Poker Championships at Pompano Beach before we left. It was a $1K side event and I ended up getting almost $77K for finishing second. That was pretty nice to happen after the WSOP, and not so bad for getting morale back up again.
The trip back to Leeds from Florida was pretty crazy, involving a lot of delays as we flew to London and then hired a car to get us back home. You wouldn't believe how much luggage we had -- bags and bags and bags to hold all of Arianna's stuff, and of course the stroller and other carry-on items, too. We were also traveling with a service dog, which made things even more complicated for us.
We were not long back home before we were gearing up once again to head to Barcelona for the first stop of the new season of the European Poker Tour.
I've been so excited about the EPT getting started again, I just love it so much. EPT events are run so well, and you really realize that after playing in other places such as at the WSOP. The dealers are of the highest quality and they take care of all the details so well. They know exactly how to put on a tournament series, and all of the players really appreciate it.
Alex's mum flew out to accompany us, and so it'll be a big group of us traveling once again. I don't expect to be bringing the whole group to every event I play, but Barcelona is such a nice place to go, we wanted everyone to be there for this one. It's probably one of my top three favorite cities in Europe -- maybe even number one. The atmosphere and night life is so good, the food is great, and you're right there on the beach.
The day before the Main Event, me and several members of Team Pro took part in the EPT100 Barcelona Takedown, where we pitted off in doubles teams in various activities, and could score points and win prizes at the end, combined with poker too.
This is right up my street; in fact this kind of activity is one of my favourite things ever. I was teamed up with Primož Adamič, and we got on really well from the start. We won the picture contest comfortably to put us into the lead at the beginning of the day
Next up was the jet ski race. Now, the record books might say differently, but I definitely won. My jet ski broke down mid-race and I was allowed to go again on my own and recorded the fastest time and was told it would stand, but when the results were announced it didn't count!!!!
Feeling slightly robbed, we were even more motivated to win the poker! We then had a group lunch at CDLC, an upscale lounge/restaurant by the beach. The food was great and everyone was having fun. On to the poker, we found ourselves in a commanding position, starting with two 5-max SNGs.
Primož was heads up and I was a big 1/3. Unfortunately, after a series of lost all-ins, we came second and third for an overall second place finish, which was in the money and we were happy (kinda) but definitely felt the win was ours. I couldn't win anything but I don't have it in me to take these things lightly! I have to win even if it's just for pride!
All in all, it was a great day; I hope all the qualifiers had fun because I know I did! Will make sure we win next time :-)
It's good to be back in Leeds. But it's fun to get back on the tourney trail again, too.
Jake Cody is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.