[PHOTO BY DREW AMATO]
It’s been a while since my last post, so I’m due for an explanation. I’ve been extremely busy lately in preparation for what should be an exciting, and hopefully breakthrough year for me on the tournament circuit. From October through December 2016 I put myself in lock down mode and grinded strictly cash games to add an extra layer of padding to my bankroll for the start if 2017. The plan is to play several tournaments across the country this year. Why? Because I’m bored of Sacramento. I need to get out, and poker can fund all my expenses, so why wouldn’t I?
As a warm up, I played the Amplifier Tournament at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights. This is a local poker room for me, and it is the home of the Twitch channel “Stones Live” which I also commentate for a few times per month. The structure was unique in this event because it allowed me to buy in late for a larger stack at a higher price (no brainer for me). We ended up making a 5-way ICM chop around 4:30AM and I took 5th for about $5k.
My next stop in January was Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL for the World Poker Tour Deep Stacks $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event. Despite getting dealt pocket Aces 6 times on day 1, I did not advance to day 2, but I had a great time on the beaches of South Florida and even did some surfing. In fact, some of my surfing videos of me falling on my face made the WPT live coverage website! You’ll also notice that the bulk of my tournament schedule is on this tour, and they have quite a few tour stops coming up in the Northern CA area (listed below). I highly encourage you all to play or at least play some satellites.
Looking to rebound from Florida, I came home for a week to play the Poker Night in America Main Event hosted at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA. I made the unofficial final table before my brain farted and I shoved QJ into KK and AQ for a 10th place finish for $5k.
My fourth tournament stop was Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA for the LAPC series. I played two events, and finished 53rd out if 1,840 entries for a $5,300 cash in the $1 Million Guaranteed event and booked my third cash of the year. Also crushed the cash games for a lot more!
My most recent tour stop was at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA for the WPT Deep Stacks tour again. This was my first time in the Philadelphia area, and they have some really nice poker rooms. I finished 74th when the bubble paid top 71, so I was pretty disappointed. I also punted in the cash games, but got to hang out with some local friends in the area who showed me a good time.
So I’m at three cashes for 2017 so far, and still chasing the dream. You can follow my journey on Instagram @Cali_Kidddd or Twitter @Kylek_poker. Here’s what I have coming up before the WSOP:
Stones Spring Classic @ Stones Gambling Hall – Citrus Heights, CA (3/2-3/6)
WPT DeepStacks – @ Best Bet – Jacksonville, FL (3/10-3-13)
WPT DeepStacks – @ Atlantis – Reno, NV (3/24-3/27)
WPT DeepStacks – @ Thunder Valley – Lincoln, CA (4/14-4/17)
WPT DeepStacks @ Maryland Live – Baltimore, MD (4/21-4/24)
WPT DeepStacks @ Turlock Poker Room – Turlock, CA (5/12-5/15)
WPT DeepStacks @ Seminole Hard Rock -Tampa, FL (6/15-6/19)
See you all on the felt!