I came out of my little slump on Cake and erased the rest of that $80K downswing, up like $55K on the month there now. Party worked on my computer a bit this week so I was able to make a few buy-ins in the 10/20 and 25/50 games on there too. I'm going to get a new desktop and a second 20" LCD monitor when I get to Toronto and format the laptop so that hopefully this won't be an issue for much longer. Not being able to play Party all the time has to be costing me a lot of money since I'm basically only playing cash games on Cake now and those games aren't running all the time.
I had some close calls in tournaments this week but only one big score. I finished 26th in the 300+rebuy 6-max FTOPS event, which is an awesome format, for like $4500 (in for $1500). I also just finished 17th in the Sunday evening Stars 100r when I had a ton of chips but then lost 3 all-ins in a row, that paid like $2200. There was a 17th in the nightly 100K on Stars too one night. I did however finish 3rd in the $100 rebuy yesterday afternoon for $11.2K, so it was nice to a have a fairly big tournament score again. The $2500 FTOPS 2-day tournament was the event I was most excited for this week but unfortunately despite playing pretty well I really never had a chance as I flopped a set against a flush in a reraised pot for most of my chips, and lost a flip for the rest or something.
I feel like I should do a strategy post again at some point but I can't really think of a lot of good hands to talk about and I don't have hand histories for all the Cake hands. I think I'll just wait for the live tournaments and do the usual write-ups on interesting hands from those. Speaking of which I found out this week that Daniel Negreanu will be our celebrity player added to the team for the World Cup, which is definitely good news. He's a strong player first of all and also an interesting personality to say the least. There's not a lot of the big name TV pros that I actually care about meeting, I'm usually a lot more interested in just trying to take their money, but Daniel is one of the exceptions. So that should add some extra fun to an already exciting trip. One thing that's clear from reading Daniel's blog is that he's super-competitive and proud to be Canadian, so even though the 20-25K he could win at most probably isn't substantial to him I'm sure he'll still give it his best effort.
This week I'm travelling all over the place and probably won't be playing too much, I'll try to post pretty regularly once I get to Barcelona though.