I am used to traveling but this year has been particularly busy for me and so I haven’t found the time to blog. It’s the end of the year now and I will be just playing two more live tournaments. I’ll first be heading to PokerStars LIVE Macau in November for the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), the biggest tournament in Asia, followed by the IPC, the biggest tournament series in India, in December.
This year I have been travelling the Asian circuit and have loved every moment of being a PokerStars Team Pro. It has always been my goal to popularise poker in India and the way things are going, I feel we are on the right path. Poker is getting huge in India and is just matter of time before it becomes mainstream.
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So I’m confident for this year’s ACOP which runs from October 30 to November 15. It’s my second year playing this series and the fact that it draws the world’s top pros makes the tournaments that much more prestigious. I’ve had some deep runs this year but haven’t had what I’d consider to be a big result.
However, that’s only made me more motivated for a big score and I’ll hopefully finish the ACOP with my first Spadie (the nickname for the ACOP Title Event trophies). I’ll play as many Spadie events as I can since the events have a great, slow structure which gives me a lot of room to play. The Main Event, in particular, is something I’m really looking forward to as it’s a HK$100,000 buy-in (roughly 13k USD) and awards the Gold Spadie.
The other Macau tournaments are fast in comparison to the ACOP and I’d like to think that’s a contributing factor to my disappointing results in Macau so far. However, I plan to change all that very soon. I plan to play online a lot and work as much as I can on my MTT game over next couple weeks and hopefully it will pay off. See you guys in Macau.
Aditya Agarwal is a member of Team PokerStars Pro