Thursday, 27 October 2016
Americas Cardroom 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!
This video has highlights from the full interviews available exclusively at the Americas Cardroom poker news blog: Punta Cana Poker Classic Update 4: This is Better than the Hard Rock!
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 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.
Check back for more video of Americas Cardroom players living the dream at the Punta Cana Poker Classic!
Saturday, 22 October 2016
We’re on our way to the Caribbean again with another group of online poker players! This time Americas Cardroom is sponsoring our big poker adventure. More than 120 of the US poker room's players will be in Dominican Republic for the action packed Punta Cana Poker Classic. We’ll be there with video cameras so you can see what it’s like to win your way to a big money live tournament. Check back October 27th for our first video from Punta Cana.
We’ll be hanging out with Americas Cardroom players and chatting with them in our videos. Twitch poker guru Doug Polk will be with us so we’ll have comments from him on the tournament as well. Faraz Jaka, the Homeless Millionaire, will also be with the ACR entourage! (CNN gave him that nickname when they found out he’s won millions in poker tournaments all over the world – but doesn’t have a home and lives out of a backpack.)
We'll have highlights here but our full videos from the Dominican Republic will be available only in the Americas Cardroom poker news. There's a preview article there now with a bit more about what to expect from Punta Cana: Americas Cardroom is Living the Dream at the Punta Cana Poker Classic.
Monday, 17 October 2016
Four players that won online satellite tournaments at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker this summer are on their way to the Caribbean for the PPC Aruba World Championship.
One member of the team, Joan Sandoval, placed 6th in the $5000 GTD at PPC Aruba last year and is looking forward to playing the Main Event this year.
“I know a lot of my competition in Aruba, actually. I know it is going to be a tough crowd with a lot of good professional players” said Joan from her home in Wisconsin. “My strategy in any bigger tournament is to play one hand at a time and concentrate on just my table and not so much everyone around me. I like to just study the people and limit big pots in the beginning and try to play premium hands...try to get a solid image on the table so I can make my occasional bluff.”
Joan will be joined by Tim O’Keefe and John Curcuru, both professional poker players.
When he’s not grinding online, Tim plays mostly in casinos in Texas where he lives and in nearby Oklahoma. He also travels to Foxwoods a few times a year. This is the third time that Tim, who only recently quit his day job and turned pro, has won his way to a major live tournament like this.
No stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas where he lives, this is the second Intertops/Juicy Stakes junket for John. Also an avid chess player, John joined the Living the Dream team at the TKPT tournament in St Maarten this spring.
“It’s great travelling with a group like this,” said John. “The camaraderie really helps you cope with the pressure of the tournament. Intertops took very good care of us last time so I’m really looking forward to joining them again!”
The fourth member of the team is Texas poker mom Ashley Hine. Ashley works with her father building luxury custom homes but hits the casino several times a week. PPC Aruba will be her fourth live tourney.
“I expect the players to be a smart, tight group, everyone hoping to make money and make a name for themselves. I think it’ll take massive determination and discipline. I always say it’s not the hands you, play but the folds you make that can make you a great player.”
All four online satellite tournament champions won $5000 prize packages that include $2,400 buy-in to the Main Event (November 4th – 7th) and accommodation on Palm Beach at the Hilton or Hyatt Resort. Their prize packages also include travel expenses, one $200 tournament buy-in and one $300 buy-in.
The PPC Aruba World Championship is one of the most exotic stops on the Poker Players Championships circuit, now in its fourth season, which includes high stakes events all over America.
“We’ve taken players to a bunch of live tournaments like this,” said Intertops’ Poker Manager. “We picked this one because there will be lots of poker action, lots of opportunities to win some cash – but also lots of time to enjoy some fun in the sun!”
Monday, 22 August 2016
A video posted by Tim O'Keefe (@2fit2fold) on
Things didn't start too well for Tim O'Keefe at Foxwoods this weekend :( We haven't heard from him since this video on Saturday. Hopefully things have picked up!
UPDATE: Tim finished in the money!
A photo posted by Tim O'Keefe (@2fit2fold) on
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
|Living the Dream! I wish this was my view! lol|
|What I dreamed of doing...|
|What actually happened!|
So while it wasn't right back into business, it was productive! I finally got my Twitch set up and ready to go, @ 2Fit2Fold. So now at least the design is professional !;) My first stream with the new set up was this past sunday and went amazingly well! I final tabled two tournaments, including a 4th place finish in the 5 k guarantee.
The real highlight however was watching my friend Ashley take down the Aruba satellite for a 5k package! It was pretty exciting as it was happening while I was at the final table of the 5k GTD! She gets a 5 days stay in Aruba and a $2400 entry into the main event at the PPC! So it was a great kick off to the stream, and hopefully there's many more like that to come!
I also mapped out my next few events, one of which already started and another that starts tomorrow!! The River series at Winstar in Oklahoma kicked off some satellite tournaments this past weekend, you might have seen some of the action on my social media stuff, and if not, no worries, there's plenty more to come ;)
I played two satellites for main event entries, bricking both unfortunately! First one I literally bubbled it, finishing 17th, when top 16 got a seat! Ugh The next one I finished in 20th with 13 getting a seat! I went out in dramatic fashion in that one! I looked down at pockets Aces in the big blind after not 1, not 2 but 3 players had moved ALL IN preflop! High Five the dealer and snap call!! lol I'm up against QQ, JJ and AK off suit! Dream situation right!?! It was only another dream though, as the board ran out 5,6,4, rainbow flop, 9x on the turn and of course, guess it, BINK Q on the river for the big stack player, taking us all out! It was a rough day to say the least. lol But I stayed positive, took the rest of the night off, then came back to play cash the next day to get it all back!
|Next stop -- Foxwoods!|