Finishing with a profit

June 25, 2014

One again, I’m in Vegas, and I’ve just come very close to winning a bracelet. I finished runner-up last week for $73,000 in the $1,500 7-card Stud event.

I always kind of dread going to Las Vegas during the summer. It’s not so much that I don’t like Vegas, although it is very hot there during the WSOP. It’s more because I hate missing summertime in Europe, where the winters can be kind of ugly. It’s the best time of year to be in Europe, and I’m always away for it.

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I’m seriously thinking about starting to go just for the Main Event and making it a 10-day trip — or perhaps skipping the WSOP entirely — rather than go all summer long. Perhaps I might start doing that two or three years from now. It wasn’t long ago that I would never have thought about missing the WSOP — any of it. But times change.

I’m also not too crazy about the way the schedule this year will have events starting at 4 p.m. some days and not ending until 3 a.m. — that’s way too late, in my opinion. I usually try to play around 30 events, but this year I’ve been playing fewer, partly because of the schedule. I don’t want to be too burned out too soon, and I also want to have something left in the tank once the Main Event comes around next week.

As far as goals go, my main one is the same as always — it’s about the money. I hope as always to finish in the “+” zone when it’s all over, money-wise. I know some players make bracelet bets and find other ways of getting motivated, but for me all the motivation I need is to try to win more than I spend.

Alex Kravchenko is a member of Team PokerStars Pro

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