Monday, 9 January 2017

Satellites for Winter Poker Championship in Austria Continue until January 22nd

Last year we went with a group of online satellite tournament winners to an Austrian ski resort for CAPT Seefeld. This month YOU can win your way to the prestigious Winter Poker Championship (same tournament, new name).  Online satellite tournaments begin Wednesday, January 11th at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker. Win the Final in the three-tier tournament series and you'll get a $4,000 prize package that includes €2160 buy-in to the Winter Poker Championship Main Event (February 24th to 26th), premium accommodation in the Tyrolean ski resort, and travel expenses.



We loved Seefeld last year!  It's a picturesque village in the heart of Tyrol, an area that has twice hosted the winter Olympics.  Players from all over the world will compete for an estimated prize pool of $800,000 in the thrilling three-day No Limit Hold’em event. There will be lots of daily cash games for those who can’t tear themselves away from the tables. But there are also lots of other ways to enjoy the picturesque medieval village including skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, sledging or a spa visit.

“I was totally blown away by Seefeld!” said Intertops player Tim O’Keefe who won his way to Seefeld last year.  “I’d never been to Europe. They play a lot different over there – much more aggressive than the casinos in Oklahoma and Texas! Great experience. And I’m a schnitzel-lover for life now!”

Winter Poker Championship Seefeld 2017: Online Satellite Tournament Schedule

STEP 1 ($3+$.30)
1 Step 2 ticket awarded
Daily, January 11th to 21st – every six hours (8pm / 2am / 8am / 2pm EST)

STEP 2 ($10+$1)
1 ticket to Final awarded
Daily, January 12th to 21st – 4pm EST

LAST CHANCE
1 ticket to Final awarded
Sunday, January 22nd – 11am EST

FINAL ($100+$10)
1 $4,000 Winter Poker Championship Seefeld 2017 prize package awarded
Sunday, January 22nd – 4 pm EST

Enter the Winter Poker Championship Seefeld online satellite tournaments under the Tournaments tab in the poker software. Intertops has more info. Details are also available at Juicy Stakes.

It’s also Reload Bonus Weekend this weekend so both online poker rooms will double your deposits until Sunday:


100% up to $100 Reload Bonus 
Intertops Poker bonus code: CAPT2017
Juicy Stakes bonus code: AUT2017
Available until January 15, 2017 only

Friday, 6 January 2017

We've Been to Tropical Islands 3 Times but Just Once to an Austrian Ski Resort!

Over the last year or so we've been to the Caribbean 3 times with online satellite winners. Tropical islands are great -- but one of our best trips was to poker tournament at a ski resort in Austria last winter! Seefeld is where we first got to know Tim O'Keefe and Chris Perkins. Daniel Montagnolli, who we'd met in St Maarten, lives in nearby Innsbruck and was with us again too.

This video episode was shot in the car as we drove through the mountains on the way back to Salzburg.

Next week we'll have info for you on how YOU can win YOUR way to Austria this winter!

Larry aka TheGamblogger

 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

My First is Still a Favorite

Since starting this blog I've been to four major poker tournaments and produced 20 or so videos featuring players that have won their way to poker tournaments in exotic locations by winning online satellite tournaments.

This episode from my first Living the Dream video series and is still one of my personal favorites:



It was fun travelling to the Caribbean Poker Tour with Daniel Montagnolli, Derek Scallon, Neil Slade, Steven Loney & Phil Cardella.

Until our next poker adventure...

Larry

Monday, 31 October 2016

If These Guys Can Do It, So Can You!


There’s some serious money to be won at a big tournament like this, and that attracts lots of professional players, like “Homeless Millionaire” Faraz Jaka, Twitch poker wiz Doug Polk and Josh Beckley, the second place finisher in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event.  But since so many players won their trip to Punta Cana in online satellite tournaments, there’s a lot more recreational players living the dream at their very first live tournament.  I talked to a few of them at the beach party Saturday night.


“It’s been great, you can’t beat it!” said a tournament newbie Scott McKenzie from California.  “For just $50 I won a $4900 package playing The Beast tournament one Sunday night.  I cashed out my buy-in and hit forty-first place, so it’s just been a great overall experience."

"This is my first big tournament so I was really nervous.  Everyone told me I was playing way too tight  -- but I think that’s a great thing to hear from the best in the world!”

 “Anyone can do it! If I’m here, I’m living proof. It’s a great time – you’ve got to come!”


This was also a first for John and Raquel from Pittsburgh.

“I played a tournament, The Beast” said John. “Every Sunday, for $50, you’ve got a chance to win it. I figured, let’s give it a shot!”

“This is a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere to play a big tournament like this.  I wasn’t thinking here though! I was thinking maybe Denver or somewhere like that.  This is just out of the world for me!”

“I actually got into the Caribbean ocean!” said Raquel.  “All the way up to my chin – that’s a first for me!

Congrats to the winners -- hasta la vista!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Faraz Jaka on His Life as the Homeless Millionaire


One of the most interesting players we've met at the Punta Cana Poker Classic is Faraz Jaka, nicknamed the Homeless Millionaire by CNN.  He's a professional poker player who's really living the dream.  He’s travelling the world from tournament to tournament so much that he gave up his home entirely years ago. Now, even with more that $8 million in career earnings, he lives from a suitcase with just the essentials: a few pieces of clothing and a laptop.



Sounds great. But is there's got to be a catch, doesn't there?

“I’ve just been playing all week. There’s a high roller event here today too so I haven’t even got to the beach, haven’t been in the pool.  I’m on tour hardcore for the rest of the season – I’m going to Macau, I’m going to Prague… where else… oh ya, I’m going to Florida…  I’ve got a lot of poker in front of me so I need a beach day. I might make that a priority today!”

“I obviously love being on the road. That’s why I do it, but there’s definitely some things that you wish you had. It can get frustrating sometimes."

“Even just, you know, I do a lot of my shopping on Amazon, just everyday shaving needs, all the right organic products I need, and sometimes it’s really hard to do that when you’re abroad and don’t have an address for them to deliver too!”

“On my way to Macau I have eighteen hours in Chicago. So I’m, like, messaging my Chicago friends – hey, want to meet for dinner? And can I send like five Amazon deliveries to your place? And can you bring them to dinner!?”

I asked him what advice he’d give a some he said to just be careful about getting caught up in the jet set poker lifestyle. First class flights… fancy restaurants… five star hotels… If you want to last, better to stay grounded.

Apparently Twitch poker guru Doug Polk hadn’t heard that advice! After indulging in the lifestyle the night before he slept through the first three levels of Day 2!

Neither of these pros made it to the Final Table, but they’ll be there to cheer them on and  to see who walks away with nearly $150 grand.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tyler from Missouri is Living the Dream at the Punta Cana Poker Classic!


If ever we've met someone who’s living the dream, it’s Tyler, a young player from Missouri that we met outside the tournament hall yesterday.  Tyler won his way to the Caribbean in an online tournament and, after Day 1, he’s got over 70,000 chips and is in the Top 20 heading into Day 2.




Tyler’s never played an action packed live tournament like the Punta Cana Poker Classic. In fact, he’d never even been on a plane before!

“If I just place, that’s good enough for me.  But if I win I guess I’ll buy some stuff for my car,” said Tyler.  “Folks back home won’t be surprised to hear that!  I guess I’d invest a lot of it – and set some aside to go to the WSOP and try my luck in Las Vegas!”

Tyler’s got to be about the youngest player here in Punta Cana.

“I guess if I start to feel too intimidated I’ll just put on my sunglasses,” he laughed.

“This next day could be a little difficult, since the antes and the big blinds… But as long as I play good – not too tight and not too aggressive – I should be fine.

Good luck Tyler! Hope your dream comes true!

UPDATE: Tyler ended up placing 41st in a field of over 160 players, winning about $4500. He returned to Missouri a very happy guy -- already planning to win another one of Americas Cardroom's Sunday "The Beast" tournaments come back to Punta Cana next year and win it! Great hanging out with you Tyler. See you again soon!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Better than the Hard Rock -- the Punta Cana Poker Classic Off to Great Start


Online poker players living the dream at the Punta Cana Poker Classic agree: the move to the new location was a good idea!  Better food… closer to the beach… and the new Poker 2.0 game rocks!



We arrived yesterday afternoon just as the players were sitting down to the Main Event, Day 1a – everyone excited and hoping they’ll be the one take home the big prize. Like Luis Yepez did last year. He took home more than $185k!

This year the Punta Cana Poker Classic moved from the Hard Rock to the Melia Caribe Tropicale – a wise move, according to a couple of regulars. “I never thought we could do better than the Hard Rock, but this place is really nice,” said Steven Schillenberg, who’s been playing this event for eight or nine years, since it began in Costa Rica.

“The new game that they have, the 2.0, it’s actually really, really good,” said Steve Lets, another player from the trusted US poker room who’s been coming to this event for many years.  “I’m really getting into it! I think the more you play it you’ll enjoy it even more.