Yoyo guys, I’ve been traveling a fair bit in the last 6 months, so I haven’t been able to blog much. Finally got the chance to pen something down and tell you guys about my recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
The first stop was Vietnam where we went to attend the Asian Poker Tour (APT). It was my third trip to Ho Chi Minh City and my second APT. I was accompanied by fellow PokerGuru Ambassadors Ashish Munot, Ankit Wadhawan, and the maaliks – Kartik Ved and Madhav Gupta (there you go Maddy, someone finally called you maalik on a public platform?). So we had quite the PokerGuru contingent flying down and a lot of sweats to look forward to.
I played a couple of side events and the Main Event but had no luck in either. Then in the last event – the Championships Event, we had a good run where we finished 10th for around $5K. To be honest, I was disappointed with the result because I was chip leading the tournament with 14 left and $70k up-top, but a string of unfortunate hands caused me to bust out.
I was extremely gutted as I had finished 15th in the same event at the last APT, and things were looking pretty decent on the final two tables this time around. We had all the chips in play and were running over our table, but things really didn’t go our way, and within an hour, we went from CL to busto 🙁
Initially, I was a bit heartbroken because sometimes in live poker you’re so emotionally vested in a tournament, and you get a bit attached to it by the time you reach day 3 or 4. Bust outs are way more tilting than online. Dirty (Dhaval Mudgal), who was deep with me in the same event had a talk with me and told me at the time that you’re going to be in the same situation over and over again in life, and it’ll only make you stronger. His words definitely stuck with me, and I am motivated to come back to APT next time and ship this Championship Event and bring home that APT lions trophy!
Our next stop was Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the World Poker Tour! It was my first time in Cambodia, and I have to say it was a fantastic experience. We stayed in the Nagaworld Hotel and Casino, a massive property comprising of two attached casino hotels. It was the first time I stayed in a casino hotel and even though I’ve never been to Vegas, it did feel close enough ?
WPT Cambodia was amazing! The numbers were excellent, the setup and the organization were top notch, and I had a great time playing poker at Naga. Danny and the whole WPT team are super good at what they do, and they make sure that the players have a great experience. It was great to meet new people at the tables. I met a lot of interesting people from different parts of the world and that’s the beauty of live poker and events like WPT!
As for poker, we bricked almost everything except the opening event that we played which was the the Main Event Warm Up, where we finished runner up for $17.5K, our career-best live score! I entered heads up with a chip lead but couldn’t close it. It was my first ever live heads up, and I was pretty happy with the result since I entered the final table as the shortest stack with 9bb.
The transition from online poker to live poker has been slow. It’s taken me a few series to adjust to a lot of things, but now I feel more confident live and feel good about my game. I’m prepared to continue to travel the Asian circuit and win my first title real soon!
We had a really good trip this time round even non-poker wise. It was great fun going down with the PG clan – kawa doom Maddy and maalik, and we were also joined by Gokula in Cambodia. We went out for some great meals and tuk-tuk rides! Everyone performed pretty well, especially Maddy, who is inches away from clinching the Student of the Year title ?
Looking forward to more such trips with the boys! Until next time, cheers!