Saturday went out for the Ireland match with the lads from Cork who we met up with over there. Knuckles and Trevor Dineen and a couple of others. My first time really meeting them and there all sound blokes. We went to an Irsh bar for the match so was good craic. Ended up being an all nighter as I kinda expected. Went to a club after the match and god knows what time we got home.
Sunday spent most of the day in bed nursing a hangover. Eventually got out of bed some time in the evening and just had time to get a bite to eat and hit online. One of the biggest days of the year online I reckon with the wcoop bein on and all the sunday majors. Played a few mtts meself but no real success. couple of small cashes but ended up a losing night. I was done and dusted in all the mtts I played relatively early around 2.30am I think. Derek was going well in the wcoop 9 which was a $215 tourney with $1m guaranteed. It was in place of the usual sunday warm up. As expected it got a huge field!! 11131 players to be exact. Anyway he was doin well all the way through and so I decided to stay up and rail him. Derek is an excellent online mtt player without doubt 1 of the best in Ireland and so it was somewhat a priviledge to be watching him in this tourney goin so deep. He eventually finished 40th for around $3.5k losing a massive race on his exit. Unlucky not to go further cos these games are so top heavy. It was redic late when he finished, up or should I say early. around 10am I think it was.
Monday again spent most of the day in bed cos Id been up so late the night before and didnt end up playing the €2k ept event which I had planned on playing. Chilled out most of the day. Played a step 6 on stars later in the evening cos it was redic soft!! IT was a 9 man with 5 places paid. 1st-3rd wcoop main event tickets. 4th-5th $1200. Finished 5th which I was really pissed off about cos it was such a soft table. Lost a huge race which was basically a $4100 flip. Blind on blind, he ships from the sb and Ive AK on bb. snap call obv and he has TT which holds.
Tuesday we played the €1000 ept side event. It got 144 players with 18 paid. It was a 2 day event. The first day was played until the final table was reached. Anyway theres 28 players remaining with 18 paid. Derek was doin well but I was quiet short and needed a double up when this hand happens. Blinds are 600-1200 with a 100 ante and Im on the bb playing 16k. Folded to the button who ships in for 15k, sb folds. I wake up with Jc Jh on the bb and call. Button turns over 2c 9c. Flop comes with two clubs and I think to myself.. OH FUCK! 9h on the turn giving him a few more outs. Club hits the river and I feel like clubbing him in the head! 1k left and there was no miracle comeback by me eliminated in the next hand. Derek went on to finish 13th for €2300.
Overall Barcelona was cool enough even though it was my first losing trip in quiet some time. Pity to see so few Irish travelling to these events. Out of the few Irish that were over there even less of them played the main event. Welldone to Daniel Smith who was the top Irsh finisher in the main event afaik.
At the bar drinking away one night when we got chatting to an Irsh guy who I wont name. Basically he was saying he and some of his friends who are very well off are looking for Irish players to stake into big events like this. We were chatting about it for a while anyway discussing the ins and outs. Not sure if it was all drink talk tbh but the idea of this got my attention and it would be great to see some Irsh players being staked into events like this. Only time will tell I suppose.
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