ACOP Main Event Day 1a: The cards fall against Yosuke Sekiya
To the casual observer, tournament poker looks like a glamorous life. You get to travel to exotic locations like Macau and win a bazillion dollars in the process. Oh, if only it were that easy.
Poker is all about variance. Swings and roundabouts. Peaks and troughs. Some days you'll think you are invincible as the cards fall your way, and other days you'll wonder why you even bothered. The extreme swings can extend days, weeks, months or even longer.
One who has experienced the highs and lows of poker is Japan's Yosuke Sekiya.
In 2012 he was crowned the Asia Player of the Year. It's a prestigious honour that rewards consistent success over an entire twelve months of play. Last year, Sekiya had seven cashes in the PokerStars Macau poker room, including a runner-up result in the Macau Poker Cup Championship. He was flying high and loving poker in Macau.
Twelve months on and Sekiya is running pretty bad right now. Not to downplay his year so far which has been pretty good - four WSOP cashes and an Aussie Millions gold ring tell of international success. However he is yet to record a result in Macau in 2013, and that won't be changing in the ACOP Main Event and he was the first to be eliminated from our Day 1a field.
Let's rewind a few days to the ACOP Warm-Up event where Sekiya got his chips into the middle with pocket kings against pocket sevens on a K♦7♦J♣ flop. Sekiya looked set to double until the one-outer 7♥ fell on the turn to send him to a brutal elimination.
Now, in the Main Event, Sekiya has been dealt another cruel blow by the poker Gods during the first level of play. It wasn't as brutal as the Warm-Up, but again it was the pocket kings that did the damage. Sekiya got his chips in preflop with K♠K♣ against an opponent's A♥K♥ but the killer A♠ found its way onto the flop for yet devastating early bust out.
In poker, that's the way it goes sometimes. The difference between success and failure can be the fall of a single card.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.