Friday, February 26, 2016

The Gamblogger Joins Three Online Players Living the Dream in Austria this Weekend

This week I'm with three online satellite winners from Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker who are in Austria for the 800,000€ CAPT Seefeld poker tournament. In the days prior to the Main Event Chris, Daniel and Tim played as many smaller tournaments and cash games as they could, taking the opportunity to check out their competition. They all agreed that the field is fairly soft and so were a bit disappointed not to have picked up some cash before the big tournament that brought them to the picturesque Tyrolian ski resort.

Video: Living the Dream: CAPT Seefeld, Episode 1 -- Checking Out the Competition

Daily video reports from CAPT Seefeld follow three online satellite winners from Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker at the 800,000 Euro tournament in Austria.

“It’s taken me awhile to get used to these European players’ style,” said Chris who came to Austria from Pittsburgh. “They all seem to be extremely cautious or extremely aggressive, not too many that fall somewhere in the middle like I do.”

“The structure of these smaller tournaments sucks,” said Tim O’Keefe from Texas. “They’re too fast. No time to get a read on the other players. I’m looking forward to the Main Event where we have more time and more chips to play with.”

“The way the Main Even is structured, you can easily grind because you get 50,000 chips and sixty minute levels. You don’t have so many showdowns like in the turbo tournaments,“ agreed Daniel, a local poker pro who lives in nearby Innsbruck.

“It’s so deep and the blinds increase so slowly so you can really play your hands and you’re not all in all that often. You’re always deep. That’s very nice!”

"Living the Dream -- no better way to describe this trip!” said Tim. “I've only been in Austria two days and would already say this is an experience of a lifetime! The amazing architecture, history and beautiful scenery have kept me so busy and excited, that I almost forgot we are here to play poker!! Haha It might be too amazing here to play as both Daniel and I have come up short, getting pretty unlucky in a couple of the smaller buy in events so far. No worries though, I'm convinced we are just saving all for the main event!”

“The people at Intertops have done an incredible job here,” he added. “They’ve gone above and beyond for us players. I cannot thank them enough!”

Intertops and Juicy Stakes Poker, the main online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network, have become well known for running online satellite tournaments sending winners to live tournaments in Europe and the Caribbean. Last fall, five online winners went to CPT Punta Cana together and right now there’s an online satellite tournament series in progress that will send five players to the TKPT tournament in St Maarten in April. The series continues until March 6th with Step 1 tournaments in the three-tier series (buy in $2 + $.20) every day at 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm EST. From there, you can win your way to Finals held Sundays at 9 pm EST, where $3000 prize packages are awarded to the winners, or buy-in to those events for $100 + $10.

My Living the Dream: CAPT Seefeld video series will continue with video reports from the Main Event.