Had the final kidney check-up last week and I'm officially declared `healthy` . :-D The doctor did warn me to be careful with a.o. tea, canned food, and to drink a lot. After a year I have to report back for a new check. I'm very glad this is all behind me for now. I now also realize that this had way more affect on my poker game than I thought. I played a few live games this month and I noticed that 1) my confidence is back, 2) I play more aggressive, 3) I accept bad beats easier, and 4) my bankroll is up. Great. The next big live event will probably be the Dom Classics in Utrecht at the end of January.
Nov 13 2011
The MCOP in Amsterdam is over. I played 3 events and never had the feeling that I could make something happening. Like the song from Traffic: no face, no name, no number. In poker terms it was: no hits, no draws, no connection. Full details are in my MCOP report.
Nov 3 2011
It's getting better all the time so I've decided to play the satellite for the main event of the MCOP in Amsterdam on November 8th. And I will play the Main Event regardless of whether I win or lose the satellite. In both cases I will sell at least 50% and will play. :-)
Oct 27 2011
One day after my kidney stones operation. The operation was not as bad as I expected. At the last moment I decided to go for a partial anaesthetic and I'm glad I did that. During the operation I listened to the Stones (no pun intended) twice as the operation took more than an hour, and I could talk with the anesthetist and ask for extra anesthetic when my back *really* started to hurt. But today is not a good day to say it mildly :-( Wow! I will spare you the details but I'm sure every guy knows how it feels... :rolleyes:
Oct 13 2011
Not much poker or anything else for that matter. For the last month I'm suffering from kidney stones (again). It's one stone of 2mm and one of 8(!)mm. And as both refuse to leave my body the "normal" way I'll have to be operated in 2 weeks. During that time I have to take medication to give my body a last chance. :-/
Sep 24 2011
Couldn't make it to Valkenburg either. My health didn't allow it. A real shame as the last time I ended 3x in the money in 3 tournaments. Plus I also like Valkenburg a lot. Nice people, nice atmosphere. Oh well, that's life. Maybe next time.
Sep 6 2011
I've decided to skip the Scheveningen tournaments. I'm currently running bad so I prefer to wait until the end of the month and play Valkenburg. I like Valkenburg better plus I can combine it with a small holiday. ;-)
Aug 19 2011
I updated my website with the poker events of the last half year. Amongst them was my WSOP 2011 participation. Beside the main event it also contains photos and YouTube movies of my stay in Las Vegas.
Jul 14 2011
I appear in Poker Inside from pokercity, live from Las Vegas.
The couch discussion starts around 20:13, I tell about my exit hand from the main event around 32:30.
Jul 10 2011
Unfortunately I was out after 5 hours. In short: cutoff opens again, he has 60k and became more and more agressive; I find 8♣9♣, flop is 5♠7♣Q♣; he cbets 1/2 pot; I minraise; he makes 3x my bet (around 10k); I shove (around 20k); hij calls with A♣2♣; no help. But luckily there are still enough cash games available. I played twice in the Wynn with excellent result, so our stay here will remain pleasant. :-)
Jul 9 2011
Arrived in Las Vegas. Did an interview with Pokercity, took a look in the WSOP hall, and played cash in the Wynn with good result. :-)
Jul 8 2011
Leaving Dallas for Las Vegas. Sunday I play day 1D of the WSOP main event.
Jul 3 2011
I arrived in Dallas, TX and it's very hot here, 38+ degrees. On Pokercity is a small interview with me in Dutch.
Jul 1 2011
I will play the Main Event No-Limit Hold'em Championship (Event #58) of the WSOP in Las Vegas. It starts on July 7th but the first day I will play is day 1D on Sunday, July the 10th. I will send updates through Twitter. Thanks for all the support and wishes. I'm looking forward to play! USA... Here I come... :-P
Jun 21 2011
I just won a ticket for the Main Event of the WSOP in Las Vegas after participating in a $535 satellite on Holland Poker. :cool: There is a report (in Dutch) on Pokercity.
Jun 5 2011
I reached day 2 of the main event of the Eurogio Poker Challenge in Valkenburg. 5th in chips, 30 players left, 13 in the money. Unfortunately things didn't go my way on day 2. I first lost a 100k pot against a 1-outer, and then the rest against with on a high board. So I ended 12th. Somewhat disappointing for me. But 3 cashes in 3 tournaments during an enjoyable and sunny week, not bad. :)
Jun 3 2011
A second cash! A ended 15th in the 330FO. Let's try to reach the final table tomorrow during the main event.
Jun 2 2011
Ended in the money, as 14th in 220FO. Came back from 1,5bb. Preflop all-in, against . Unfortunately on river. So good start in Valkenburg.
May 19 2011
I just bought 4 tickets for HC Valkenburg. June 2nd the €220FO, June 3rd the €330FO, on the 4th the €1080 Main Event and on the 5th the €110FO.
May 17 2011
I ended up with one cash in Enschede. I ended 11th in the 330FO. In the main event I was the bubble (14th). I probably could have folded myself into the money but I came to win and thus decided to coinflip the last hand. All in all I was satisfied with my performances during the week. Details and photos will follow shortly.
May 9 2011
I have decided to leave Groove Unlimited, a company I owned with Ron Boots. The press information and reactions can be found on the EMPortal.
May 7 2011
A week in Enschede... On Tuesday, May 10th I will play the team event in HC Enschede, on Wednesday the €330 FO, on Thursday the €550 FO, Friday (May 13) the €110 rebuy (where I ended 2nd last year), and one day later the Main Event. Finally on Sunday I will play a qualifier for the Dutch Open 2011.
Apr 14 2011
On April 16th, Ron Boots and I (Groove Unlimited), hosted the annual E-Day music festival in Oirschot, The Netherlands. We had around 200 visitors who had a great time.
Apr 3 2011
Sick exit in Venlo VIP days. With pocket the flop comes . Villain bets, I shove, he calls. He has , turn blank, river :-(
Mar 25 2011
I will play the Main Event in Venlo on April 2nd.
Mar 18 2011
I have become a member of the 'Raad van Advies' of the Pokerbond (all text in Dutch). Chairman is Rolf Slotboom. I'm not sure what to expect yet but if I can in some way help to promote and/or legalize poker then I'm content.
Feb 12 2011
February 12th, HC Eindhoven (€550 NLHE): it ended after 2 hours. No draw was completed and twice I had to lay down . So with 12bb left I shoved with and was called with .
Jan 28 2011
Wednesday I ended 55/159 during the Dom Classics €770 event in HC Utrecht. Today I played the main event and I was out after about 2,5 hours. Again no playable hand at all, and when I tried to make a move I ran into aces.
I ended around 60 in the main event in Venlo on December 11th. I was a complete jojo going from a 10k starting stack to 2,5k to 13k to 790(!)chips to 28k. But at the end I took too much chance, didn't connect and went out with A8 against 99. The day after I played the €110 FO and that went very well. Making use of the 'turbo' structure of 20 mins levels and a starting stack of only 3k, I went into 'agressive' mode and tried to accumulate as many chips as soon as possible. That worked pretty good especially when I won a big pot with KJ. On a board KQTT3 (3 clubs) my opponent bet 14k making a pot of around 60k. After tanking I called and he showed AQ making me chipleader. I kept pounding and ended 2th at the end after loosing a flip with 99 against KT. Photos will follow a.s.a.p.
Nov 28 2010
No luck at the BSOP. I started well with 13k but ran with my flopped set of threes into a flopped set of fives and lost 8k. After that I had to gamble which ended with A9 against 99.
Nov 14 2010
The MCOP in Amsterdam is over, unfortunately with no result for me. All reports and photos are now on the Live poker page.
Oct 16 2010
I started wel during the Dutch Open on October 15th. Within the hour I increased my stack from 10k to 15k. But after that I made a few loose calls, got caught with a bluff, and finally lost my stack with 2 pair against a straight. Looking back I think I played poorly. Luckily the 5/5 cash game afterwards went excellent. The money I won there is equal to the 13th place in the Dutch Open. ;-)
Sep 28 2010
No results in the tournaments during the Euregio Poker Challenge in Valkenburg. However the cash tables generated enough money to break even. I also appear in the live broadcast (in Dutch) of Poker Inside, hosted by Rolf Slotboom and Nicky Roeg.
Sep 16 2010
The next poker event I will play is the Euregio Poker Challenge 2010 in Venlo, The Netherlands. It's from September 23 till 26. I will play all events.
Sep 6 2010
August was a bad month for poker. My bankroll went down 40%. :-( Fortunately September started much better. In 6 days I managed to regain a third of my August loss. Talk about variance! :-D
Jul 30 2010
Back from HC Leeuwarden. 1st in 60 euro FO, 31 players. My wife was 2nd. Small win but heads-up against the wife is always fun! :-) There was even a mention on Pokercity.
Jul 19 2010
The ViP Days Holiday edition in Venlo is over. I played the €330 Freeze Out, the main event, and the €110 FO. None of them with a money result. Details and photos are available.
No luck at the main event, nor at the €330 bounty although I got 2 bounty's. :-) Details and photos about the 4 days at the Twente Classics are HERE. Conclusion: a great week with my best result ever! WOW
May 14 2010
I became 2nd at the €110 rebuy during the Twente Classics. :-) An event I hadn't even planned to play! More details soon. For now it's a quick shower and off to play the main event.
May 6 2010
On May 12th I'll be playing the Twente Classics team event with Samir Haddad. Samir is someone I met during the home games. He will take care of the Omaha part. I'm also playing the main event on May 14th. You can follow the live report and/or the live stream on www.pokercity.nl. More info about me on this website or on Twitter.
Apr 23 2010
I've added a link to my Twitter account. It's the bird right-top. :-)
Apr 2 2010
Monday and Thursday I used to play poker at HC Utrecht and Leeuwarden but I've decided to stop that. The reason is their silly clothing rules. Every time I entered the casino I felt like I criminal, and that all because I'm wearing a jacket with a hood! So that's another 3 visitors gone for Thursday, and at least one for Monday/Sunday. Apparently they rather spent their money on restyling their website than making tickets available for every tournament through the website. I've said it before: HC is a company that wants to be something that they are not, and never will be. It's a matter of time before they will lose their monopoly, and will close down. A real shame for the hard working people on the floor!
Mar 2 2010
Another sick beat, and it looks like by bad run of last year is back. :-( Tonight the money went in with 7♣9♣ against 8♦9♦ on a flop 8♣T♣J♠. So my opponent had 2% change to win (20% to tie). But then runner J♥ and J♦ came! Unbelievable.
Mar 1 2010
I will not play in Venlo during the VIP-Days. I'm not completely satisfied with my current poker playing (and luck ;-)), so playing there is probably just a waste of money. For now I will keep playing on Monday evening in HC Utrecht, and some home games during the rest of the week.
Feb 16 2010
After running bad for almost 2 months, the last 2 weeks went much better in poker. Last night I finally made some money when I ended 5th on the Monday night in Utrecht.
Jan 27 2010
Satellite for the main event of the DOM Classics. It wasn't meant to be. With no rebuys and one add-on, I went to the dinner break with a 20K stack. But after dinner nothing went right anymore. I lost with AK from TT, and then with AK from 78. :-( After that I called some other all-in's but somehow everything went wrong. So finally after winning some coinflips, I went all-in and lost. Oh well. At least the cash table brought me some 700+ Euro. :-)
Jan 23 2010
I ended #8 in the DOM Classics, Utrecht €250 Texas Hold'em, No Limit event! At the end my 99 didn't hold up against my opponent's AQ. A shame but being #8 in a field of 219 players and earning 1250 Euro is not too bad. ;-)
Jan 22 2010
I ended 5th at the Pokerranking final table of the Monday evening. It was an interesting match. I entered as 10th in chip stack but managed to hold-on until my A4 ran into A3 with a 3 on the turn. A shame but before my AQ vs AK made a split pot so no complaints here. I went home with 910 Euro. :-)
Jan 16 2010
I performed in Theatre de Enck in Oirschot with Ron Boots, Harold & Eric van der Heijden, FD Projekt and Bas Broekhuis. It was a 2+ hours concert! Click on the YouTube logo to watch the video on Youtube.