On the Road with Angel Guillen

teampro-thumb.JPGIn the past two weeks, Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen has continued to bounce all over the globe thanks to his life as a professional poker player. After having more than a month at home in Mexico City, spent mostly grinding on PokerStars, he was ready to pack his bags once again. This time, his journey was beginning in London, England, for the European Poker Tour.

"I attended EPT London for the first time in 2009 where I played three tournaments, all of which I made it deep, but not deep enough. This year I just played the Main Event. I was feeling really good about it. This is an event that every poker player should be looking forward to playing. It's a great city to have an EPT stop at, with so many things to do. Whether you're playing every day or not, you're definitely going to have a great week."

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However, things didn't quite go the way he wanted.

"Unfortunately I don't have much to tell about the EPT Main Event. I had a tough Day 1 with an unlucky table draw including Liv Boeree, Viktor "Isildur" Blom, Carlos Mortensen and a couple of online players. I lost every big pot I played, so I ended up grinding my way to Day 2 which was short lived after losing a standard coin flip."

"I planned to just play the Main Event in London as this trip was not all business. After busting, my girlfriend and I headed over to Ireland for a weeklong road trip around the country. Having to continue on to Colombia for the LAPT, I didn't want my Europe trip to be all about poker."

So then the fun began.

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"It was incredible how friendly the people in Ireland were, and how different they were to my impression of some European countries. Ireland is not like most of its neighbors. Given that it's such a cold country, you could imagine that people would carry that gloom, but they definitely don't, and I was pleasantly surprised by all aspects of the country, from the people, to the food, to the beer, to the scenery."

"We rented a car and drove to Galway where we stayed for a few rainy days, driving through the countryside. We then spent the weekend in Dublin. Both cities are amazing."

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"After a fun week in Ireland, I'm now in Medellin, Colombia. This is both mine, and the LAPT's first time in Colombia. I have an urge to final table this. Playing in Latin America always feels nice because there are a lot of friends and familiar faces here. There is always a good vibe."

What's next?

"I'm planning to go to Macau in November to play my first APPT. This will be my first time to see that side of the world."

Lynn Gilmartin
@PokerStars in Team PokerStars Pro