Archive for February, 2007

$20,000 Buy-in Party Poker Premiere League Poker – Updates

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I’m finally in London! I arrived here on the 25th of Feb at about 3:50pm. The London airport was like a zoo. It took me about an hour to get through customs and get my luggages. My agent Stephen Pearson was nice enough to pick me up from the airport and drive me down to Maidstone, Kent where this $20,000 Buy-in Party Poker Premiere League Poker is being filmed. After arriving at my hotel, I attended a press meeting and media kick-off to the event. After chatting with everyone for awhile I decided to call it an early night so I could get some rest and be prepared for tomorrow’s match.

I was on the scheduled to play my first match with Tony G, Phil Hellmuth, Andy Black, Kirill G., and The Devilfish.. what a line-up eh?!?. From tomorrow on you will be able to track all the action live on the net at www.PokerNews.com As for today’s action there is not an Internet connection set up so here’s how the first heat was played out…..

There was a lot of table chatter and psychological warfare before even the first card was dealt. A lot of good material was left on the greenroom floor when The DevilFish had a go at just about everybody. Telling Kenna why don’t I go back to Brokeback Mountain. And something to Andy Black about wearing a sheet (Andy was a monk for 5 years). Let me just say.. there was definitely ALOT of trash talking going on! Anyway, when the competition began the DevilFish continued to mix it up in almost every pot. I caught a number of consecutive great starting hands and during the second level I happened to get tangled in a heads-up pot with DevilFish when he was in the big blind. I picked up A(s)Q(c) I made a medium size raise, everyone mucked except for DevilFish. The flop came A K 6 (all diamonds) the turn comes a 7(c). DevilFish tried to bully me around, by check-raising me all-in on the turn, DevilFish gave just a little too much info away on the hand by making a comment to me “You must have KQ with the Q of diamonds huh?” that comment was enough for me to call his all-in raise. DevilFish turns over A4 (off.. no diamond redraw) and he was crippled and never quite recovered. There was a lot of back and forth early but mostly forth to my stack which continued in a an upward direction all night as I amassed 400,000 of the 600,000 chips in play. Tony G was first out, then it was the DevilFish in 5th, Kirill in 4th with an untimely move in with AQ(c) vs. my AK(h). Andy Black held on for a long time after a real bad beat but ended up getting caught on an all-in move against me with QJ. I made the call, which was about a third of my stack with KQ which held up and found myself heads up with Hellmuth with a 480 to 120 chip lead. About 12 hands into the heads-up match with Phil.. I picked up QQ’s on the button, I raised it 40k then Phil moves all-in for about 84k more. I immediately called! Phil turns over KJ(off) against my QQ’s.. The flop comes.. J J K, turns a blank, rivers a blank. Phil doubles up… What a flop eh?!?!? I lost about 5 consecutive hands to Phil after that. I made one mistake during my heads-up play with Phil, I picked up KJ(c) on the button, I decided to smooth call instead of raise, Phil checks the big blind. The flop comes Q 9 8.. Phil checks, I bet out 28k, Phil calls my 28k and raised another 40k.. which leaves Phil with about 100k left in chips. I made a bad read and decided to move all-in. Phil calls my all-in and turned over QJ(off) the turn comes a 7(c) which gave me more outs.. any clubs, K, or 10 on the river would end the match, but unfortunately the river came a A(s) and Phil doubles up again which leaves me now short stacked with about 150k in chips. A few hands were played back and forth a few times but I think the hand that broke my spirit was when Phil moved all-in with 44’s and I called with KQ(d). The flop fell T/8/8. The turn was a 10 and of course the river had to come an 8. Instead of doubling up.. It had to end in a chopped pot! Phil ended up winning the match, winning $8,000 and more importantly the 8 points that’s included with winning the heat. I received $6,000 and 6 points. Andy 3, Kirill 2, DevilFish 1, and Tony G no points.

I start my second match again today at 11am.. I’ll keep you updated!

From Vegas to L.A. to London, I’m a Woman on the Move!

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

First, I want to let everyone know that my new website has been launched! I’m still working with my new webmaster to add more information and features to the site, but the main part of it is alive and kicking.

I arrived in Vegas a few days ago for the Hoopology event and to take care of some personal business. One of the great things about this trip was that my agent, Stephen Pearson, came to Vegas to meet me here (from London) and accompany me to the Hoopology festivities. Though we’ve been working together for about two months, this was the first time I had the chance to spend time in person with him. We’ve really built a great friendship, and these past few days showed that even though he’s very professional most of the time, he is also generous, funny, and a fun person to be around.

The Hoopology event was a great time. The poker tournament at the Hard Rock was fun, and I was put at one of the featured tables with people like Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Gus Hansen, and Patrik Antonius. It was a great table, until the Great Dane himself busted me from the tournament! His K-6 (off) won over my A-7 (clubs) when he hit a pair. Anyway, I was glad to be invited to the charity event because Trent Tucker does great things with the money he raises, and he knows how to host a great party!

I’ve spent a lot of time in Vegas this week in meetings and taking care of business, including arranging my furniture to be moved from Colorado to my new condo. But I’ve found some time to hang out with friends, too. On Friday night, I reserved a VIP section at Pure Nightclub at Caesars, which is somewhere that I love to go when I’m in Vegas. I invited about 15 people to come with me, like Stephen, Nick Geber, Jill, Lisa, Joy, Jeff Madsen, Brandon Cantu, Jimmy, and five of my friends from Colorado, including Matt who I’ve known for 15 years. (Happy Birthday, Matt!) There was an article written on Vegas Pop that talked about that night at Pure – you can check it out at http://www.vegaspopular.com/category/celebrity.

Once my furniture gets delivered on Tuesday, I’m going to head back to L.A. on Wednesday (hopefully), then play in the $1000 no-limit hold’em event at the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce on Thursday. I really wanted to play in more events, but I’ve been swamped with business and other commitments.

I won’t be able to play in the LAPC main event or the WPT Invitational, but I’ll be on a plane on February 24th to London! I’m going to play in the PartyPoker.com Premiere League Poker tournament – a party on the 25th and the first round starting on the 26th. It’s a $20,000 buy-in, and with $260,000 added to the prize pool by PartyPoker, the winner will take home $500,000! It will be filmed and air on Channel 4 in the U.K., and I’m going to be playing against players like Phil Hellmuth, Devilfish Ulliott, Tony G, Roland de Wolfe, Kenna James, Andy Black, Kiril Gerasimov, Ian Frazer,Eddy Scharf,Juha Helpi, and VickiCoren – 12 pro players in all. There are six qualifying rounds that will lead to heads-up matches after that. It’s going to be a great tournament, and I’m excited to be playing!

In response to people who’ve been asking if they can watch the tournament, I’ve received word that there will be an audience area. The tournament will be played and televised at Maidstone Film Studios, Vinters Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5 NZ. If you are able to come by, please say hi!

So, that’s my schedule for the coming weeks. I’m very much looking forward to the LAPC event and the London trip. Even though it will be a hectic few weeks, I’m really feeling good about everything that is going on and the events that I’m participating in. I’ll keep you updated!

Bringing Home LA Poker Classic Trophy

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Didn’t I say that this was looking to be a good year? 🙂

When I rounded out 2006 with the Bellagio Five Diamond tournaments and didn’t cash, I took some time off from the tournament circuit to focus on family and business. I partnered with my fabulous agent, Stephen, and felt that some great things were in the works for 2007. Those things are still in the negotiation process, and I hope to have some other announcements soon.

As for poker, since I’ve been in L.A. since the holidays, I did spend some time playing cash games at Commerce. I had some good sessions and not-so-good sessions, then the LA Poker Classic came to town. I intended to play some of the events and finally decided on the $1000 No Limit Hold’em tournament earlier this week.

On Tuesday evening, I went back as I was one of the final 36 players left in the tournament, and we ended up playing all night. The field was very tough, not many well-known pros but most were very experienced, solid players. The event finally ended at 6:30am on Wednesday, we were all exhausted, and I took home the championship trophy and prize money!!! Woo-hoo!!!

I’ve been playing tournaments for a few years now, and though I did win a Limit Hold’em event at the 2006 LA Poker Classic, I had been working really hard and improving my game in the hopes of winning another event. This win was good for me in so many ways and came at a really great time for me.

As I’ve done in the past and will continue to do, 20% of my prize money will be donated to my charities, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to do this. I devote whatever time I can to charities, but I know that money is necessary for these organizations to do their research and really help people. Being able to keep my promise to donate a percentage of my winnings is an awesome feeling!

I just want to say that I appreciate all of the support from friends, family, and people who understand that poker is a tough game, and most people can’t win all the time. So, I love that people support me when my name isn’t in first place on the tournament results, and it’s nice to get the congratulations messages when my name is there. Thanks for supporting me through everything, and I truly believe that there will be more “firsts” this year!