Already we have broken all previous records for attendance and prize money for a European Poker Tour event. This is quite impressive by itself, to say the least.
As a member of Team David Pham came to the final table with the chip lead, but eventually had his two pair knocked off by ElkY's flush and had to settle for fourth.
In addition to the main event there were four other events, with buy-ins ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. In the last event former marketing director of PokerStars Dan Goldman came in second for over $30,000.
My own results were somewhat disappointing. I finished the first day with about $49,000 in chips. This was above average. Everyone started with $20,000 in chips with a great structure and relatively small blind increases every 75 minutes.
I thought I was on my way to at least a money finish when I inched my stack up to around $63,000 on the second day of play, but it was not to be. I lost a series of small pots and with the blinds getting higher and higher, I made one mistake on one hand and that was the end of my tournament.
The blinds were now $1,000/$2,000 with a $300 ante. I was on the button with pocket sevens. There was a very aggressive player at the table who had been raising with a lot of marginal hands. He had just raised the previous hand for about the third time in the last four hands.
A player on my right called the initial raise of $4,500. I decided now was the time to make my move. I was sure the player on my right would fold, as I had a rather tight image and he had been playing with me all day. It was just a question of whether the initial raiser, "Mr. Loose Goose" I'll call him, would fold or not.
When I re-raised I had about another $37,000, so I had fold equity. Unfortunately, he called rather quickly and I knew I was in trouble. The player on my right folded quickly as I expected and we turned our cards over before the flop. AAARRRGGGHHH this time he had a real hand - pocket kings. They held up and I got up.
I had to settle for 270th place. Since they paid 120 I fell well short of the money. I kept thinking about last year when they decided to pay 180 players and I finished 182nd. I had A-K versus 77 on a flop of K-K-7 and failed to improve.
Therefore, both years pocket sevens were my unlucky hand. Oh well, I can hardly wait until next year's tournament. Next to the World Series of Poker Main Event - my favorite tournament of the year.