WCOOP: The most wonderful time of the year!
Earlier last week, my employer reminded me that I had promised to let her know what days I could work in September. I told her I would and filed it in my mental 'to do' list. Finally today, while on my lunch break, I opened my daytimer and started to look for availability.
Well...it isn't looking good for booking day shifts at the hospital.
To be fair - I had already warned her, September isn't the best month for her to book time with me, unless it's an online date! The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP to many) starts on September 6th and runs until the 27th.
For me, this time of the year is not only when I have had some of my best successes in mixed game tournaments - it is one of the ONLY times of the year where I can play these games in a big field with some of the best in the world coming out to compete. Most significantly, I can do it all without leaving the comfort of my own home - and lucky chair.
To plan my WCOOP schedule, I write out each event that I am wanting to play, without consideration of bankroll. Then I go over it again, looking at the specifics of the events: does the time work, does the buy-in make sense, is it a two day event, how much do I enjoy the format? The pink tournaments are locked in my schedule...I will be there, the others are on my list, but will be more of a game time decision!
You might notice that I don't have any Hold 'Em events in my calendar. Simply stated, my priority this month is getting maximum enjoyment out of all the less conventional games. If you are looking to find me in a Hold 'Em tournament, your best bet is to search for me on a Sunday - the best day of the week for some no limit!
With my schedule nearly cemented, my excitement levels have been rising. You will see me playing more and more 8 game leading up to the start of WCOOP, getting in a few more hands and a bit more practice. Heck, you might even catch me with my nose in a tournament strategy book while at the pig roast!
So get writing - figure out what tournaments you want to try, refresh yourself on the rules and try to one-up me in my pursuit of a WCOOP bracelet.
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Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online