Sorry for not putting something up over the past 2 weeks I was busy losing money in funny ways for all the live events. I had a nice 0fer for this series even though I got a stack in a few different tourneys. I was really happy with my play on all days and I really just got totally setup in hands I don't want to get away from being way ahead as they should be but never winning those crucial late pots. The structures were pretty good the staff was really friendly the dealers weren't bad some were really good though. Overall I would prob pick crown as my home casino if I was forced to pick one and stay there just for the fact the locals play sooo bad and predictable. I was never uncomfortable at any table and always got an image I could work with.
I think I got above a double stack in all but 1 tourney which is quite a good thing for me because I used to bust a lot early and I made a conscious effort to be a bit more patient live its soo hard when Im used to 15table grinding. I was able to adjust to the timezone well as always being a part time polar bear helps a lot when it comes to that side of traveling the world playing poker. I didn't do that many touristy things after the first week just got in a lazy rut and there were some great cashgames online that I've been grinding. I wasn't able to play online tourney session on most days got maybe 4 days in and all were half days for me since I had to start with the later things since the time was soo early for afternoon tourneys back home.
Again WC came redic close to a huge score having 2 horses with 30 left and both were gone within 5 minutes of each other. I know no one would believe me but I really hate seeing horses lose more for themselves then for me, because me personally am happy just when they put a solid showing and I know it was a good investment and it showed a small profit anyway but then the horse seems to feel like they let us down when they did more then enough trying to make us money etc. Also one of them ended up being mugged after the fact with 30k on him. It is sick story and locals say how rare it is but he just got noticed by the wrong guy with a sick and twisted mentality. I hope the guy gets caught but I really doubt anything will ever come of it which sucks for him because it was a fun trip for everyone aussie is a great area to visit has something for everyone.
I would probably live here in melbourne if it wasn't for the awful timezone for a high volume tourney player. The weather here was better then the bahamas for me last year at this same time. I really liked how friendly the locals were in aussie compared to europe places. The just are more friendly and its a very unique society where tipping is seen as an insult to most people. I also had a really fun group of mtters who I hung out with always a good time with these guys kickball game was hilarious my team lost to lukes team again even though on paper we had the best team drafted then leo shows up and again fucks over my team by hitting some bombs to propel the other team to victory.
Also, I did a bunch of interviews for diff poker medias while there and I am really feeling comfortable in front of the camera and look forward to all of them so far. I am probably just heading home for a short time and heading to borgata the next day to play the 5k and 10k first trip to AC kind of excited but still dreading the 36+hours I have coming of flights and airports on a good nights sleep so that means going asleep on my flights is going to be really hard this time so it's prob going to suck a lot more.
Also, I can officially announce myself becoming a guest pro on pokersavyplus.com I think I am the first guest pro added to their site which is also tied into cardplayer I believe. I enjoy making videos so far and I am quite excited I made a video playing 25/50 6max with hellmuth with some commentary and I think ansky sicko cash game player for those who don't read is going to do commentary as well for the session on mistakes etc so basically some free coaching from someone way better then me at cash so I am looking forward to the leaks he notices in a short session where I ran pretty badly.
Also I think a good 83% of the things on the room service menu here had a fried egg as some part of it. It's amazing how many meals they find a way to include a fried egg. I think there must be something with how many eggs are consumed by those here. Unfortunately I wasn't able to head to an Australian open game the few times people had tickets I was busy with live tourneys or grinding some online cash. Sucks I was looking forward to that. I didn't go out much latenight as I had to get up for a tourney most days but the few times we went out to eat and such the food was redic good. I really like the variety in melbourne it's def a melting pot city but takes more of the good traits from the cultures. Also, the taxis were actually helpful and not 1 guy tried to rip me off or deny me service etc. So +2 shaun deeb stars for that fact.
I think this may become my favorite yearly destination the 3 weeks here are like the perfect amount of time. Vegas for 2 months for wsop is a bit too long while most trips that are week long tourney series are a little too short usually too much poker not enough mischievousness.
I don't have any really good degen stories either from this trip just lost a few hundred in a few arcade propbets vs people better then me at the games we were playing. Nothing really highstakes no huge CC roulette bill. Also for the first time traveling I kind of felt like I was actually at a place instead of visiting which may have been a cause in why I didn't go out everyday like I have some other places.
Also I recommend anyone going to aussie be sure to try to kangaroo steak it was def in my top 3 meals this trip tied with nobu and this awesome peeking dunk place.