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/May/2013

Prague Trip Report

By: Profess Awe @ 07:22 (EDT) / 491 / Comment ( 2 )

So I was in Prague last weekend, over time it became progressively less about poker as you shall read. Here are a few highlights and lessons learnt. It was my third trip to Prague so I focussed on the less obvious things or at least what I hadnt done before.

 

Highlights:
1. Golden Lane
There’s a street within the castle area that has a row of really small cottages that non-castle dwellers used to live in and work from. About half were made up as they would have been – workrooms and tiny beds. Some were shops, I bought a donkey in a shop full of cool wooden toys. On the first floor above the cottages they had various war things to see like armour and weapons.


2. Brazilian Restaurant
If I ever go to Brazil I am going to be disappointed if their meal times aren’t the constant supply of meat that Brazilian restaurants are themed on. Have been to one in England – same deal waiters bring you meat until you are too stuffed for any more. I think I counted 13 different meats and of course I sampled the majority more than once! Where it gets tricky is the situation where you know you are nearly full and you want the waiter with the fillet steak to appear, not the one with sausage! Fortunately I ran well and finished with two bits of steak


3. More food
I like to try what the locals eat when abroad, particualrly because all my European friends complain about English food. Aside from typical sausage and goulash, I tried trdelnik this time … I had been missing out, yummy! My thanks go to Slovakia, apparently its homeland.

 

 

Poker
LOL this should raise a smile. After Betfair Live was cancelled, I thought I had found a decent tourney to play in Kings Casino, indeed part of the reason for the cancellation of the Betfair event was apparently because of this bigger tournament happening at the same time. So I leave my girlfriend exploring Prague Saturday afternoon and rock up to King's Casino Prague about an hour and a half before the tourney is due to commence … its closed and there is no one around! The hotel staff say it doesn’t open until 6pm normally but if there is an event they open earlier. So I wait. As time gets closer and no one but a cleaner spotted, I run across the road and take advantage of free wifi to check that day 1a and day 1b did happen and that there were no messages about a later start. Content that the tournament exists and is meant to be as scheduled I rush back over and wait some more. Still nothing, so back I go to look at wifi again and only then work out that it is in a different King's Casino which is in Rozvadov, some 160km away! Shouldn’t have assumed link from King's Prague would take me to tourney info for same casino!


So what to do … go play a local donkament at the casino Betfair was meant to be in and my hotel is attached to. 2200 Czech koruna including the rebuy, if that sounds like a lot it isn’t, several years since I have played a live tourney that cheap and boy was it fish filled. Four sure signs this was fishy:
1. I was the only one at my table to take my rebuy immediately
2. A8s was apparently more than enough to call off early position shoves
3. I was able to call an overbet shove with ace high on the turn, knowing I was ahead (didn’t hold up)
4. When I shoved 3bb twice on the bubble it got through!


Was chipleading early on but around the bubble average was 12bb so became a shovefest, lost a flip with KQ and was out in 16th for little more than a min cash. Dissapointing, because it ended up a poor hourly for ten hours at the table; was close to a yearly goal of making a live final table; and there was a lot of money up top.

What I learnt:
• I don’t have to travel that far from England to find sunny weather, 27⁰c+ is amazing for us Brits
• Always carry headphones in case of chatty airplane passengers
• Prague is still great and holds more to explore on third visit
• Check carefully tournament details before traveling to the casino
• Surviving the bubble should not be as much of a factor when the min cash is not very significant to bankroll, a small amount of players are paid + blinds quickly escalate and other players are keen to cash. Much better to continue trying to build a stack and playing to win. Had I known the actual bubble would have taken 45 minutes to burst, I would have approached very differently.

 

And now ... looking forward to Vegas and Texas in 1 month and 1 day!

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