Another Live event Package Win – Yes! And No! :/

April 23rd, 2012

Well, this is annoying. When I started the tournament the lobby said the prize was a package which usually equates to tournament entry, hotel and some travel expenses money. Apparently not this time. I now have 5 days booked in a hotel in the middle of fecking nowhereand have to pay my own way to get there. And I think Nat is annoyed with me for entering the sat in the first place and then winning, even though I asked her a gazillion times if she minded me going if I won an entry. Some you lose, some you win and yet still lose 🙁

Dear PokerStars Player,

Congratulations on winning your package to the FPS Amnéville!

The main event is a 1000 euro + 100 euro No Limit Texas Hold’em Freezeout tournament and will take place at the Casino Amneville.

The main event will run with the following schedule:
10 May 2012: Day1A
11 May 2012: Day1B
12 May 2012: Day2
13 May 2012: Day3

The Main Event has 2 start days, Day 1A on Thursday May 10th and Day 1B on Friday May 11th. You will be drawn to play on either 1A or 1B. Details of your start day will be shown on the PokerStars lobby in the final week prior to the event. Please check the lobby under ‘Events > Special (FPS tab for .fr) > Qualifiers > FPS-SnowFest: List of Players: Day 1A/1B’ to confirm which day you have been drawn to. If you need to request a specific start day, please e-mail registrations@pokerstars.com no later than 8 days prior to event. Please note we cannot guarantee that we will be able to give you your requested start day; make sure you check the PokerStars lobby to confirm your final start day.

Your winner’s package includes:
– Buy-in to the 1100euros Main Event (already paid for you with the casino)
– 5 nights in the Plaza Amneville, from May 9 until May 14, room for 2 persons, breakfast and internet included

If you have any request about your stay (double/single bed, smoking, different dates…) you can contact the Plaza Amnéville: +33.3.87.71.82.86

Please note that you are responsible for making all travel and accommodation arrangements.

All the information regarding the schedule and your organisation are on the France Poker Series website: http://www.francepokerseries.fr/

There will be a packed schedule of tournaments at FPS Amnéville, as well as cash games available throughout. A full detailed schedule will be available on the official FPS website.

If you cannot find the answer to your questions here please e-mail fps@pokerstars.fr

You will receive a final email with complete details few days before the event starts.

Thank you for playing on PokerStars and we look forward to seeing you in Amnéville.

All the best at the tables!

PokerStars.fr Event Planning Team

The $5,000 Question

February 23rd, 2012

Pokerstars are running their annual World Blogger Championship Of Online Free Goodies (or something like that) and, in order to be eligible to play this year the task is to write a post stating what you would do if you won the $5,000 they are handing out for the best post describing what you would do if you won $5,000. It feels a little like a “What I Did In My Summer Break” essay writing exercise but, hey, free stuff!

As it happens, I have been thinking a lot about bankrolls recently. Or more specifically, my complete lack of one. At no point have I ever had more than $2,000 in my online poker accounts. The reason is two-fold. I do not tend to enter tournaments which give prizes higher than this amount, and also my ability to carefully nurture a bankroll from a small stash to a honking great pile of cash is pathetic. If ever I end up with a semi-decent wodge of dosh in the accounts I will start experimenting with weird tournaments, strange variations of the game I have never seen before, bizarre play-lines in cash games and so on until my bankroll has again been reduced to its standard pathetic level.

The main reason for this is that with my real-life, proper job type earnings at the level they are I really can not be bothered to play the smaller games if I have enough cash to do so. However, I am also not prepared to put a larger amount of cash into the online account in order to play the bigger games. So instead I will take shots at larger games with an underfunded bankroll, usually for trips to poker events around the planet, and end up either blowing up nastily or doing something utterly improbable like win and end up going on a funded poker holiday but which does not actually add any extra cash to my account. Either way, my online stash dwindles until I am back down to next to nothing.

So, about that $5,000. Well, I reckon that this would be the amount I would need to have to be able to play the games that interest me and which I have a good chance of actually winning something in on a semi-regular basis. I could play those $20 and $30 rebuy satellite events to live tourneys which a $300 bankroll can’t hack, but which I have a relatively high probability of cashing in. It would become a self-perpetuating poker fund and one with which I could start hitting the international circuit with a vengeance, and possibly even win something.

So in short, what would I do with $5k? I’d win the fricking World Series and then take over the planet. Any questions?

Win with AA, run out of the casino in a huff.

January 16th, 2012

Tonight at the Vic I gave a masterclass in how not to play poker.

The set up was as follows. A £1-£2 game (so £1 for the small blind and £2 for the big blind) with seven players including myself. none of my opponents have shown themselves to be particularly adept at playing the game and a couple have displayed definite tendencies of being absolutely diabolically horrible at the game. I am in the big blind with a short stack of around £75 and every other player on the table calls the initial bet amount for £2 making it a family pot.

As always, I wait for the action to finally get to me and look at my hand. Aheart Aclub. That’s the kind of hand you like to see. And so, without further ado, I proceeded to stuff up the hand from my first action and raised it another £8 to £10.

With 7 people now in the hand that means that there was £22 in the pot and only another £8 to call for all players. 2.5:1 odds means a very wide variety of hands can call which is exactly what you do NOT want to see happen with AA. You actually only want the strongest hands to follow you into the pot so you can completely crush them. People can call 2.5:1 odds raises with such a wide variety you never know where the hell you are going to be after the flop comes down. I should have raised it to £14-£15 instead but £10 was easier to grab (two red fiver chips instead of a bundle of random ones and fives) and so I raised without thinking. Sure enough only one person folds leaving me facing five more hands which could be anything from a pair of jokers to Mrs Bun the Baker’s Wife. The pot now contained £62

So down came the flop. Jheart, 8heart, 7heart. And instantly I made the worst possible move I could. I shoved my remaining £65 into the middle.

In poker a flop like this one is called “coordinated” because the cards can work together in a wide variety of ways to utterly beat the living bejeezus out of anyone idiot enough to think that a single pair is going to win them the hand. In this case the heart flush was a possibility, as well as a straight, and the rest of the cards are wre close enough together to make all manner of other two card combos a real threat. It is, in short, exactly the type of hand that AA does NOT want to see.

Now, against one or two opponents a shove may pay off because you are getting 2:1 odds yourself on your opponents not having mush and folding to you, or even better, calling with top pair and a draw only. But, facing five opponents of dubious playing ability shoving like this is pure suicide. You are gambling that nobody will have anything that can beat you, and at the same time you can be damned sure that you will only ever get called by hands that have you spanked. Two people folded, one called, another overshoved for £200, and the first man folded. At this point I knew I was in trouble and I knew exactly why. I was not a happy bunny.

Luckily for me, a Theart arrived on the next card giving me the ace-high flush. My opponent did not have the 9heart to make a straight flush, but sure enough it turned out he had the flush, and the first person who merely called and then folded the overshove had put down a 7 and an 8 for bottom two pairs.

So I’d won the £250 pot and I was livid with myself. A lot of people would have been happy with the result. Personally, I play this game to win long term and if I play like that then I am going to go broke so damned quickly it is not funny. I played two more hands, tipped the dealer a quid and left the casino in a black cloud. Sometimes I hate this game, especially when I win badly!

All’s Well That Ends Well

August 29th, 2011

In last post seven weeks ago I commented how soft the live cash game was at the Vic and how I looked forward to making large amounts of moolah from the fish there. If only! Things deviated slightly from plan this month, only to end up surprisingly better in the end.

As I mentioned before, the £1-£2 cash game proved lucrative during July, resulting in a total profit of £1,300 by month’s end. In addition, I had gone to the casino enough times to qualify for the loyalty tournament.

They run a strange system at the Vic where £0.50 of every pot over £20 goes towards an end of month freeroll tournament. The 100 most active cash game players get invited to play, with the next 15 being offered a place for £115 and the remainder being opened up for £250 a pop. Overall, though, that is a hell of a lot of fifty pence pieces going into the pot as it counts on every cash poker table in the casino. The final tally usually heads north of thirty grand and it only takes around 12 visits of anything over twenty minutes a day to get you into the tourney as one of the freerolling 100! As I said, I qualified for the tournament in July and ended up getting absolutely nowhere, losing a substantial stack when a KK and a TT got destroyed and finally getting knocked out in about 50th place out of 130. Eventually the remaining players made a huge deal with 16 left and each walked off with £1.1k.

Then August came around and it all went a bit wrong. I buy in for £100 at a time although the maximum buy in on a table is £400 and some people just throw their money around for fun at these stakes. And that’s what killed me. because although you can play good poker, that random factor known as variance can quite easily run against you for long enough for things to start hurting. I was getting outdrawn by the world and his wife, usually whilst solidly ahead, and usually enough to make me regret walking into the casino at all. It came to a head last weekend when, over the course of a day, every time I was dealt an AK I ended up getting beaten, often by other people holding worse aces. That is some serious bad luck.

With the baby on the way I decided to stop playing at the casino once the freeroll qualification period had ended (the second-to-last Sunday in the month, with the tournament held the following week on the final Sunday.) sure enough, by the end of my run I had taken a serious beating and had lost nearly £900 of my profits from the previous month.

But again, I had qualified for the tournament. My final trip to the casino this year. Time to make it count.

Now, I do not like the tournament structures at the Vic. The starting levels are too fast at 20 minutes per level, so before long it is a turbo tournament where the only way to stay ahead of the game is to shove and pray. After the first two hours the clock goes to 30 minute levels but by then the damage is often done. I trickled down a few grand from my starting 10k stack, lost a couple of speculative hands, and very quickly found myself at the shoving stage with only 5k left and some very nasty blinds running around the table and antes.

That’s when the magic began. Four pairs of aces later and I was on the final table.

And only the first of those three were mine!

The first ones doubled me up to 12k. A pair of eights a few hands later and I was called by aces two seats to my right only to see an eight spike on the third flop card, removing my opponent from the tournament. Then exactly the same again ten hands later, with eights, same opponent slot, and same third flop spike!

The bubble (the last position you can get knocked out of the tournament without winning anything) is quite high in the freerolls, with only 132 players and 26 places paying out. But if a deal is to be made then everyone in the tournament has to agree, and a couple of people were not up for it so we played on.

Bubble play and beyond is an interesting beast. Chapters have been written on it as it is an extremely profitable point to start attempting to extract as much money from the other players as possible. Psychologically speaking, people see that leap from no money to some money (or £300 as it was last night) and freeze up as they do not want to get knocked out with nothing when the cash is so close. But if you have your sights aimed higher you can push people about and grab more chips from them. Of course, in last night’s game as I have previously mentioned the blinds were rising so fast that it was all one could do to stay ahead of the rapidly increasing levels but the theory held sound and I, somehow, made a few more chips than I started with, avoided all the really bad plays, and eventually made it through to the final table as the second smallest chip stack.

There were 1.2 million chips in play and one player had 450k of them. In fact the final table should have been ten players but he’d knocked two out at the same time and so we were nine handed and guaranteed £700 for ninth place. But the first prize was £7.6k and with his stack size there was no way we were getting a deal agreed at this stage. On we played.

I fibbed a little. It was only three key pairs of aces to get to the final table. The fourth happened with eight of us left in (the smallest stack got killed quickly leaving me with a huge target painted on my forehead). The blinds were already up at 6k/12k with 1k antes and I had a paltry 35k left. A limp in front of me, a pair of nines in hand and I shoved my stack in to two callers who showed a horrific AA and JJ.

And the 9 on the flop’s first card held up! Hallelujah!

120k and life just got interesting.

Some judicious shoving with some entirely questionable hands (A7o?) kept me alive, a few more people were knocked out and before long we were down to 3 players. And still we could not agree a deal. The large stack still was the large stack with 700k, I had 350k and the final 150k was on my right. The blinds were 20k/10k with 2k antes.

I took 100k off the big stack with A9 hitting an A on the turn and a fold from the big stack. And then the button hit me and gave me a K4o. Plenty good enough at this stage with these antes. I shoved. the big stack folded and the short stack called with AQo. Not the best match up but two live cards and I was only a 2:1 dog. A 4 arrived on the flop, held up, and we were down to 2 men.

And with equal stack sizes at about 600k a piece we could finally make a deal.

First and second place paid a combined total of £12,737. We gave £237 to the dealer’s tips fund and walked off with £6,250 each, tax free.

Which was nice.

A good end to a mediocre run. I can’t say I played particularly well and I definitely got lucky a few times but nobody ever won a tournament without getting lucky. I didn’t notice any particular tells on my opponents, but then again I was not really looking which was poor. There was a small possibility my T-shirt may have had an effect but I will talk about that some other time. Overall, I think I will just take the result as it stands and concentrate on being a dad for the rest of the year.

Unless I end up qualifying for EPT London at the end of September, of course. But lets not hold our breaths about that just yet…

Learning How To Play Poker…Properly

July 5th, 2011

So as you may have read in a previous post, I decided earlier in the year to attempt to develop a decent level of skill at online cash games. And what I discovered shocked me. To play poker well in a cash situation is HARD! Really mind buggeringly difficult, at times, in fact. Trying to work out what the hell was going on was a real brain-ache at times. Even so, my previous experience in tournament play meant I was able to just about break even after rake back, bonuses, stupidly fortuitous river cards etc. But something was definitely amiss.

So a couple of weeks ago I contacted a friend I made at the PCA in the Bahamas who runs a little poker training site. It’s called the Asia Poker Academy, which makes sense if you know he lives near Macau. His site has a few poker pros who are making a decent living from playing poker and together they run a training course for a select few who match their “Not a complete donkey” criteria. I asked if I could join in with the training to find out what was going wrong with my game. He was more than happy and so I am now in a training group with two other people, one French expat in China and a Canadian gentleman, trying to find out why I am not making the hundreds, nay, thousands I should be making. The requirements for the training are to play 5000 hands a week (just about manageable in spare time if you play 4 tables at once) and to sit in on a round-table training session for an hour on Saturday mornings.

And it’s been working. I’ve found some definite holes in my game which I have been working to fix. And my ability to work out how a person plays from watching their style for a few hands is now getting pretty damned good. Online, though, I have a statistical analysis package running at all times which helps a lot but half of the battle has been understanding what all those stats actually mean and, again, the training has already helped. And this is only after two weeks!

So yesterday and today I decided to take my new found appreciation of the game to the Victoria casino in London and test drive it against the locals. I could just about hold my own in the 1/2 game when I last played there three years ago so I was interested to see if my training regime had improved things for me at all.

What occurred I can only describe as a massacre. In fact, it bordered on weak limpy fishy genocide. Online if a bad player sits down at a table the game moves so damned fast they are usually dead before they know what hit them. Playing over one hundred hands an hour will do that to you if you don’t know what is going on. But in a casino game, even a dealer-dealt one, the pace slows to a crawl and you are lucky if you are averaging a hand every five minutes. And this means that the truly horribly bad players don’t actually crash and burn as quickly as they would do otherwise. And so they end up piling up on the tables instead waiting for someone with half a clue to walk along, take all their money, laugh maniacally to themselves and run off into the sunset.

Well, I reckon I now have half a clue. I may even be so bold as to say I have three quarters of a clue. And that is three quarters more than the players who I encountered down at the Vic!

And oh my GOD do not get me started about the tells these guys had. At times they may as well have been playing with transparent cards.

Yesterday I was card dead and still managed to lift a few tenners from the other players, but tonight I actually had some hands and this was just fatal. Four hours and three hundred quid up later I left the casino a happy man.

And I can DEFINITELY say that the training was responsible for this result. As I sat watching the play I could see the stats dancing over my opponents’ heads. Their probability to raise, their aggression factor, their pot equity versus call/fold percentage. I finally understood what these stats meant, how to calculate them, how to create hand ranges on my opponents, and how cross reference those against my own win probabilities… In other words, a whole load of jargon and blurb that nobody would ever understand unless they had spent a good few months seriously analysing poker theory and play styles and gaining and understanding on how to apply them.

So is this the start of something new and improved? That is kind of the idea but the old adage of the more you understand, the more you realise how little you know is certainly true as well. Right now my game is sufficient to be able to make a couple of hundred a week online consistently, maybe a little more live. that is really not good enough, though. But give me a couple more months on this track and I am quite confident that we’re going to be talking thousands.

Hopefully, positive 🙂

Ten Thousand Hands

February 5th, 2011

Hmmm, that sounds like a rather watchable martial arts B Movie.

So from my previous post, tournament poker takes up a humungous amount of time and I’m not really up for that. But one thing that I learned whilst in the Bahamas for the PCA was that tournament poker is not the only way to make good cash in the game. the variety of different specialisms for the players who were at that event was breathtaking. There were satellite grinders, mid level single table tournament pros, 16 table hyper turbo tournament experts, and a huge number of multi-table professionals. But the ones who seemed to have the best work-life balance (where work for a pro is, of course, poker) were the ones who played the cash games. Chatting with a number of people around my own age, they were carving out one hundred thousand pounds a year playing medium stake ($1-$2) cash games for a very small amount of time per day in comparison. For four to five hours a day, five days a week, they could play poker on four to eight tables and make an amount of cash that most people I know would be very happy with.

And it gets better because all of the players I spoke with were living outside of the UK. The earnings they were talking about were all taxed. In the UK there is no taxation on poker because it is still classified as gambling which is tax free. For a British player, one hundred grand tax free for four hours work a day sounds incredibly enticing.

Of course the downside is that you actually need to be good at playing cash games which are a completely different animal from tournaments or single table games which I have concentrated on. So upon my return from Nassau I made a conscious decision to learn the intricacies of cash game poker, starting out on the micro-limit 10 euro buy in 0.05c-0.10c game. After all, if I can’t beat that there wouldn’t be a hope of being able to beat the higher 200 euro 1-2 games. 10k hands is usually enough to indicate if you can beat a game so I started up my tracking software and let rip.

It all started well, with my first 2.5k hands leading to a very respectable upwards swing. But luck is always a factor and the sample size in poker needs to be very large to indicate if you are actually beating a game. I don’t know whether I was playing particularly well during that first quarter but it all went horrifically wrong really quickly.

10k Hand Chart

What had started as a 250 big blind (BB) winning trend quickly became a 100 BB loss. Of course, some of this was attributable to luck being an evil cow but obviously something was going wrong. I took stock, tweaked my game, and started clawing my way back again. Then I forgot everything I had taught myself and sponged another 200BB of which only 75 were attributable to bad luck.

Very late in the day, at 8.5k hands, I regrouped, took a good, long, hard look at my play, and made some radical changes. And so the graph started to reverse again. Finally, at 10k hands I was again in the black. for a net profit of seven euros over around twenty five hours of play. Which is a big bunch of pathetic.

This isn’t quite as I expected (I was hoping I could have nuked such a small stake) but it is showing me a lot of holes in my game and I am working hard on fixing them. I reckon another 10k hands should show a definite improvement and so I will be running the experiment again with a new start date of today. Lets see how things turn out.

12 months of Poker

February 5th, 2011

In the last year my poker playing has been rather productive, although so far not really in a monetary sense. The norm in poker pro circles is to talk about lifetime winnings for a player, but this completely ignores what the outlay may be to obtain those winnings which can be rather enormous. For instance, whilst in Macau I chatted with one pro named Eric Assadourian who was open about the life of a circuit player easily costing over one hundred grand simply for tournament entries, transport and accommodation. That is a lot of winnings you need to have before it’s profitable to be a poker pro, and another reason why sponsorship deals are so desirable.

Anyway, for the last five years I’ve promised Nat that I would take a note of all of my poker winnings and losses but, in typical anal-retentive Mike-O-Vision style I include just about everything in the calculations up to and including the taxi ride back from the casino at the end of an evening. The net result is that, overall, I am very marginally up. And when I say marginally I mean a three figure sum only. No, I am not going to be giving up the day job just yet.

Of course, keeping a record in the above manor does ignore a couple of things. So although I may say that I am only slightly up, that is only slightly up but with the added fun of trips to Lyon, Macau, the Bahamas and, shortly, Paris, trips which you could put a dollar value on in the region of eight or nine grand. (For example, Lyon cost me around four hundred pounds for transport and hotels which were deducted from my three thousand pound win for the calculations). It also ignores any money actually in my online poker accounts as well, the theory being that it’s no use calculating profits until you’ve actually taken the cash out and put it into the bank. Currently I have around two thousand pounds to play with which are not factored into the calculations.

So does this make me a winning player? Well, the short answer is yes, definitely, but not to an extent that I have a hope of it becoming a lifestyle just yet. And the simple fact is that playing online tournaments and then hitting the poker circuit takes up a ludicrous amount of time which I really don’t have right now. Of course one large win sorts all of that out. Wish me luck in Paris. 🙂

Next stop – France Poker Series Paris

January 18th, 2011

If I didn’t know how hard this game was, I’d say it was easy 🙂

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PokerStars Tournament #352836539, No Limit Hold’em
Super Satellite
Buy-In: €9.04/€0.96 EUR
85 players
Total Prize Pool: €2601.00 EUR
Target Tournament #334498930 Buy-In: €2000.00 EUR
1 tickets to the target tournament

Tournament started 2011/01/17 21:00:00 WET [2011/01/17 16:00:00 ET]

Dear PokerStars Player,

Congratulations on winning your seat to the FPS Final in Paris! The FPS is going for the 1st season in the wonderful city of Paris.

The main event is a 1800 euro + 200 euro No Limit Texas Hold’em Freezeout tournament and will take place at the Cercle Haussmann in Paris.

The main event will run with the following schedule:
09 Fevrier 2011 : Day1A
10 Fevrier 2011 : Day1B
11 Fevrier 2011 : Day1C
12 Fevrier 2011 : Day2
13 Fevrier 2011 : Day3
14 Fevrier 2011 : Final Table

You will receive an email few weeks before the event for the Day1 choice.

** Warning: you won a SeatOnly ticket. That means that you will be in charge of your own accommodation and transport. **

All the information regarding the schedule and your organisation are on the France Poker Series website: http://www.francepokerseries.fr/tournaments/paris/about/

There will be a packed schedule of tournaments at FPS Final in Paris, as well as cash games available throughout. A full detailed schedule will be available on the official FPS website.

If you cannot find the answer to your questions here please e-mail fps@pokerstars.fr

Thank you for playing on PokerStars and we look forward to seeing you in Paris.

All the best at the tables!

PokerStars.fr Event Planning Team

Third time’s a charm

December 13th, 2010

Lyon went well. I finished 11th out of 324 runners for a win of 3,750 euros. Of course, 1st place was 88k but I learned a lot. Enough to take a punt and enter a higher-than-usual stake satellite to a tournament I’ve had my eye on since Macau.

And so tonight I beat 631 other people to win a trip to the Bahamas in January to play in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure. Last year’s winner took home $2.2 million.

Which was nice 🙂

And again, the winning email follows…

Congratulations – You have won a package for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2011 Main Event. The PCA is at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas! Your package includes;

– 10,300 USD Buy In to the PCA Main Event
– 9 nights accommodation in at the Atlantis from either January 7 (check in)
– 16 (check out), or January 8 (check in) – 17 (check out) 2011. Your
hotel reservation covers you and one guest.
– 1002 USD Expenses. You are responsible for booking your own travel arrangements
– 1000 USD Room Folio. This will be applied to your room upon check in and can be used to purchase food and drink throughout the Atlantis Resort.

You will be receiving an email from pca@pokerstars.com within a few weeks giving you an external website that you need to use to register.
Simply log onto that website, called Regonline, using the email address that you use at PokerStars and you’ll be on your way to the Atlantis.

There are some important notes. Please review this list carefully:

* YOU MUST HAVE A VALID, CURRENT PASSPORT TO ENTER THE BAHAMAS.

* If the name on your PokerStars account does not match the name on your passport, you will not be able to register. Please email us at security@pokerstars.com immediately and get this straightened out.

* You are responsible for your own airline reservations. $1,000 is being deposited in your PokerStars account in the next 72 hours to help you with that. Please start making your reservations. The easiest way to get to the Atlantis is to fly into Nassau (airport code “NAS”) and then get a cab (about $30) to the Atlantis on Paradise Island.

* You MUST register at Regonline to get your hotel room and tournament seat.
Please take care of that as soon as you receive the email with the registration link. Once you’ve registered, you will receive some more important information from our PCA staff.

The PCA 2011 is the biggest Poker Festival outside of the WSOP in Las Vegas.
In total over 50 events will take place over 10 days. Full schedule details will be released soon.

If you have other questions, please have a look at our PCA FAQ:

http://www.pokerstars.com/caribbean-adventure/faq/

You will find that most of your questions can be answered there, but if you have a question that it doesn’t answer, please drop us an email at:

pca@pokerstars.com

and we’ll get right back to you.

Start stocking up on sunscreen – we’ll see you at the Atlantis in January.

Best regards,
PokerStars PCA Team

Another Big(ish) Poker Tourney

November 8th, 2010

The only way I, currently, enter any of the more premium poker tourneys is if I win a satellite event. Which I have just done. So this weekend I’m heading to Frenchland play in France Poker Series Lyon, which should be fun. If short-lived. 😉

I am actually up in the cash stakes as well over the last month or so, so it’s all looking rosy. Not that I will win this, but I can try and mess up a few people on my way out. 😀

Cher joueur Pokerstars,

Toutes nos félicitations pour votre qualification pour les FrancePokerSeries de Lyon.

Le Tournoi principal a un buy-in de 1.200€ et se jouera en Texas Holdem No Limit, a élimination directe, au casino Partouche le Lyon Vert a Lyon, les 13 et 14 Novembre 2010.

Vous devriez préparer votre arrivée a Lyon le 12 Novembre 2010, et votre départ le 15 Novembre 2010. L’aéroport le plus proche est Lyon Saint Exupery, et est desservit par un grand nombre de villes françaises et européennes.

Pour plus de détails sur le Tournoi de Lyon: http://www.francepokerseries.fr

Il y aura plusieurs tournois de prévus durant le week-end de Lyon, ainsi que des tables de cash-games disponibles. Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur le site officiel des France Poker Series.

Vous recevrez de plus amples informations concernant le Tournoi, l’inscription et les modalités pour votre hôtel très prochainement. Vous pouvez en attendant toujours aller sur http://www.francepokerseries.fr

Si vous ne trouvez pas les réponses à vos questions, vous pouvez nous écrire à fps@pokerstars.com

Nous vous remercions de la confiance accordée à Pokerstars et attendons de vous revoir a Lyon.

Bonne chance

PokerStars.fr Event Planning Team

*********EMAIL – ENGLISH*********

Dear PokerStars Player,

Congratulations on winning your seat for FPS Lyon ! The FPS is going for the 1st season in the beautiful city of Lyon.

The main event is a 1100 euro + 100 euro No Limit Texas Hold’em Freezeout tournament and will take place at the Casino Partouche Lyon Vert in Lyon.

The main event will run from 13th November to 14th Novembre 2010.

You should book to arrive in Lyon on 12th November 2010, departing on 15th November 2010. The nearest airport is Lyon Saint Exupery, direct flights arrive here from a lot of countries.

For more details about Lyon please visit: http://www.francepokerseries.fr

There will be a packed schedule of tournaments at FPS Lyon, as well as cash games available throughout. A full detailed schedule will be available on the official FPS website.

We will be sending further details very soon about registration, accommodation and tournament entry details. In the meantime for more information go to:http://www.francepokerseries.fr

If you cannot find the answer to your questions here please e-mail fps@pokerstars.fr

Thank you for playing on PokerStars and we look forward to seeing you at FPS Lyon.

All the best at the tables!

PokerStars.com Event Planning Team