From the €550 SISMIX Main Event to the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop: there really are no limits for our Spanish maestro!
These last few months have been intense but, luckily enough, I was able to put a few days aside to take a break, visit my loved ones and write this blog.
You are certainly aware (I hope) that I managed to take down the SISMIX Main Event in May. This was my very first Winamax tournament, and many people thought that I was not going to take this seriously because of the buy-in, which was much lower than my average stakes. However, this couldn’t have been further from the truth, as I stuck to my Golden Rule: play to win! Obviously, I got the little help I needed from the Poker Gods, but I also managed to complete my objective, which was to play my very best poker in Marrakech, and I was very pleased with the result.
After battling through two weeks of grinding big online tournaments, I flew off to the US and started on my Vegas tournament schedule. This year, I decided to split my summer in two. Having won my ticket to the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl, I reached Vegas a little earlier than usual, towards the end of May. As I am planning to spend close to two months straight in Las Vegas, I needed these few days of rest in Spain to charge my batteries and get back to the grind fresh-faced and relaxed.
My first half of the summer has been quite positive in terms of results. Unfortunately, in the Super High Roller Bowl, the tournament I was most eager to play, I was unable to reach the money. However, I was very pleased with the organisation of this huge tournament; the Aria is very professional in the way it handles proceedings, and this is made all the more obvious with these kinds of events. Justin Bonomo ended up lifting the trophy, which is hardly a surprise, as he’s been on a roll this year. I have had the chance to play against him on multiple final tables, and nothing seems to resist him.
In addition to the SHRB, I also took part in multiple High Roller tournaments at the Aria throughout my first month in Vegas and, luckily enough, the good results came through this time. I managed to score two third place finishes, one second place finish and one first place finish in $25,000 tournaments. I have wanted to take down a tournament at the Aria for a long time now, as these have been just slipping through my fingers. This has now been accomplished, on the very last tournament that I played before jetting off to Spain. I actually managed to win heads-up against Ben Tollerene, who is without doubt one of the best players at these stakes.
I also took part in Event #5 of the WSOP, the $100,000 High Roller, which was eventually taken down by Nick Petrangelo. The tournament was superb, with over 100 buy-ins registered and a fantastic prizepool. Clearly, I would have loved to win the bracelet, but at least I made it to the final table, finishing in eighth place for close to $300,000.
Overall, I managed to rack up $950,000 in winnings so far this summer. That’s huge, but I want even more, especially with the next part of my schedule. Once I return to Las Vegas, there will be two of the most important tournaments of the year waiting for me. I am planning on playing a few more High Rollers at the Aria, but we all know the tournament I am most impatient to play: the WSOP Main Event. What’s more, in case you didn’t know already, I have officially announced my participation in The Big One for One Drop, the incredible 1 million dollar tournament!
I am already very excited to take on the challenge offered by a tournament with such a massive buy-in: the biggest buy-in I have ever made. No player will want to make even the smallest of mistakes: it’s going to be a battle for every single chip, with prizes that could change the lives of any poker player on this planet.
I cannot wait to "get in the ring" and play my A-game. Meanwhile, I will be making the most of my break to gather my strength, which is a must for the results I am seeking to achieve in Sin City.