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Still in the EPT Grand Final

29 Apr 2009


I broke pretty much all of my rules going into this tournament, some of which just aren't my fault. My rules are simple:

1. Unpack immediately (did that)
2. No socializing the night before
3. Dinner alone in the room
4. No drinking
5. 8 hours of sleep

I broke 4 out of the 5 rules. I played in the Ante Up for Africa Celebrity event and came in 5th place. It was a lot of fun and I had a few drinks during the event. I had a fun table to start, but busted half of them and had the chip lead at the final table by a large margin before going card dead.

After the event I planned on going straight to bed, then somehow got convinced to have "one drink" at the bar. That never works! I don't know what it is about being in Europe but everything just seems like more fun. One drink turned into "more drinks" and then it just got late. I probably got about 5 hours of sleep and didn't really eat the whole night.

My goal for day 1A, knowing that I wasn't in tip top shape was just to make it through the day and fight hard on day two. We started with 30,000 in chips, and after 8 levels I have exactly 30,000 in chips! I had 30,025 but lost the 25 in the chip race.

My off day was anything but an off day. I woke up at close to 5:00am, headed to the gym at 7:00am, then walked the beach and up the mountain to the grocery store to load up on goodies for the week. It's a beautiful walk. When I got back I had interviews from 10:00am to 11:00am. At 11:00am we took a van to a location about an hour away to shoot some fun stuff with Moneymaker and Barry Greenstien. That took us till about 6:00pm. I napped a bit on the car ride back and had interviews for another hour and a half and that was a struggle. I got to my room at about 9:00pm and went straight to bed, waking up at 4:15am.

So the plan today is to workout at 7:00am maybe, and then take a nap again before play. If I can get tired again, maybe I'll skip the gym and just sleep. We shall see.

The blinds will be 500-1000 with 90 minute levels so I definitely have some wiggle room. I'll do the best that I can, but I can promise you this: for the WSOP, there will be no issues with preparation whatsoever. I won't have nearly as many things on my plate in terms of media, etc. and I plan on being more soldier like going into each day. It's so much tougher for me to ever do that on the EPT because the demands on my time are so much bigger. I simply can't prepare properly so I can never really be at 100% for one of these events. I just have to be satisfied with doing the best I can under the circumstances.

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