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Cre8ive

Sheep Among Wolves...

(I updated my blog with screenshots of my Feb 9th twitter which show dissection of the contract. Please go there to see the tweets. www.tristancre8ive.blogspot.com)

First things first, let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Tristan Wade. I have been a part of the poker community for over twelve years (playing and more.) Involved with, and consulting for, the present best mid-major poker tour (DeepStacks) for over five years. If there is one thing you should never have to question about me, it's how much I care about poker and the growth of the game. I haven't been handed anything from poker. Nobody has gifted me sponsorships, thrown money at me to be a part of a company, or anything like that. You probably haven't had that happen to you either. I have busted my ass, and continue to do so, to make a positive impact on the poker industry and the game of poker. Most people have no idea about that.

Being that I was actually eligible for the GPL draft, I looked into it. I have known the leagues founder, Alexander Dreyfus, for over three years. I have information that most people don't, but I still did my due diligence regarding the draft and the contract associated with it. I read through it once, then a couple days later, dissected the contract while live tweeting about it. I raised many questions and points that ANYONE who signed the contract should know and care about. I was simply looking out for my fellow poker-playing-peers and making it known what they are getting themselves into. Many people signed the contract without reading it.

A few days have passed, and some of that excitement has blown over. The only person connected to the GPL who reached out to me was Dreyfus. Nobody else. I was working on getting on a Skype/Twitch stream with Mr. Dreyfus so we could discuss the issues with the contract. If schedules match up, that still might happen. I'd love to reach more players who signed the contract and don't know what it fully entails. This is where my gripe lies. Now I see other people who are connected with the GPL coming forward and giving their two cents on the topic.

I take exception when any of the biggest names in poker use their platform to spread bad information or altered opinions to the public. After all, they have the biggest reach, right?

I found it disgraceful that Daniel Negreanu would write a blog about the recent GPL questions, gently touch on the topic, and not say one thing that actually had to do with the topic at hand. I believe this shows his disconnection with the actual poker community.

Negreanu mentions that he has "one of the best poker business minds available to read any and all contracts that come across my desk." Then goes on to say "I haven't read the contract personally. I saw a few excerpts from it that some players raised issue with."

Well Daniel, why didn't you have your super agent read the contract for you and tell you how awful it is? Why didn't you look at it yourself? How can you expect to talk about a contract or a topic that you put no energy or effort into researching? You are one of the hosts for the GPL draft (so in some way you are connected to it), you should have taken some time to see what your fellow poker players are signing up for. Instead of talking about the direct issue with the contract, you sidestep the whole conversation and talk about contract generalities, your upbringing in poker with sponsorships, and how the state of the industry has changed in the year 2016. You end your blog saying "when a free roll is dropped in your lap with either no, or minimal risk, it seems like it might be worthwhile to give it a shot."

You didn't actually read the contract. You don't even know what the players are giving or receiving... but since you put it that way, SIGN ME UP!!

Daniel Negreanu is one of the biggest names in the poker world, and he wrote a half-ass blog about the GPL. Defending and encouraging sign up with absolutely no information on the topic. You are poker's true hero. Way to be responsible with your voice and platform, particularly when it comes to something of this magnitude, and involves all of your poker playing comrades.

I have seen other people involved with the GPL come to the leagues defense as well. After all, this is what they are contractually obligated to do. Why aren't they concerned about the contract? They too have a platform that many people pay attention to. Are they misleading others?

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Back to the main point of this piece...

I am all for the growth of poker. Nobody should EVER question that about me. I hope new ventures come, ideas are birthed, and the game can continue to reach more people while entering a healthy, legal, space. Hell, I even wish success upon the GPL and those involved. After all, I was considering being a part of it too...

HOWEVER,

I am under the belief that things should be done the right way. I am completely against poker players being taken advantage of. This is what I understand is happening if you signed the standard GPL Player's contract. The team managers have different contracts and more incentive. Maybe some of the players who are in the draft have a different contract than the one posted on the site. I strongly encourage anyone who signed into this agreement get with a lawyer immediately and go through it. You will see how one sided the contract is. It should scare you. Don't blindly follow your poker friends because you trust them and think they are reputable. Find out for yourself. If, after all of that, you are still interested, then I wish you success. I only had your best interest at heart.

**Paul Oresteen (who has been in the poker/media world for a while) took heed to my tweets and created some of his own. He reached out to two lawyer friends and had them go through the contract. We will most likely use a platform other than twitter (blog, video, twitch, etc), to give more input and dissect parts of the contract. Many of the 203 eligible players still have no idea what they signed into.

***The contract is public, and can be found here (GPL league site.)

Cre8ive

It's funny... on the night I tweet:

There's a slew of silly drama in the poker community. Let's not harbor it. #Ambassador

— Tristan Wade (@TristanCre8ive) July 2, 2014

I return to blogging. You probably heard about Daniel Colman, I am not going to give an interview or explanations. I'm here for a reason. The same way Colman was on his way to winning over FIFTEEN (15) MILLION DOLLARS in the $1,000,000 buy-in One Drop poker tournament. [One Drop is a great foundation that raises money to fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to water and raising awareness about drinking safe water. Look them up.] Throughout the event (and after the tournament was won) Colman apparently didn't want to give interviews on anything other than the charity. No self promotion, no winners speech, but he's a nice kid. I don't know what he actually did, how he acted, or what was said. What I do see is what the poker media is immediately saying about him.

The poker media isn't being assisted in something that is essential to their job. A champions interview! Who wouldn't want to give an interview after winning such a prestigious event?! Wait a second. What if it was the biggest tournament of the year, and it was going to be nationally televised, all SIX hours! What kind of message would you like to send on that platform, if you were in Daniel Colman's shoes? He is being portrayed as the villian, while Daniel Negreanu is being praised like a white knight savior. Negreanu is doing exactly what the media thinks every champion/poker player should do. He has reason to. Maybe this was all a ploy by PokerStars. If Daniel doesn't win, he will receive more publicity when Stars pays off the second place finisher to keep quiet and not do an interview. Brilliant move! The media fell for it! I'm sure ESPN will too!

People think Negreanu is a great ambassador for poker. I totally agree he is. But look where he stands in comparison. Mr. Negreanu is at the absolute peak of the commercial poker world. His involvement with PokerStars has put him in a position that few, if any, will reach. He has it ALL (when it comes to poker.) He has a good reason to be an ambassador. He gets paid for this role. He directly benefits from being a great ambassador, among the other things he's involved in.

Getting paid a poker sponsorship is rarely happening for poker players. What do you have to do to get to Daniel Negreanu status in the poker world? How many tournaments (in a row) do you have to win to get on a salary? Or a free tournament buyin? Maybe health care? Fine! We will settle for food comps. Wait, this banana costs $2.75!?! For ONE!?!

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Things like this are what we deal with as poker players. This is just ONE issue. It's not easy being a professional poker player. Ask any of us. Although some definitely make it look easier than others.

In the One Drop event, $111,000 of the buy-in went to charity. The forty two poker players paid over $4.6 MILLION to charity. What did they get in return (besides the obvious charitable benefits and water bottles they received)? How much does the Rio/WSOP make throughout the series? What about ESPN off of the television broadcasts? A discounted weekend poker rate is $220 a night? SIGN ME UP! $30 for two eggs and toast in the morning? I'm out of comps!! Poker players are spending the money. What are the big businesses giving back to the community? Are they worth what we are paying them?

Without what has happened in the past, poker would not be where it is today. I understand that, and am thankful for it. Without doing something about the present, the future won't ever change either. The poker is an infant. It's new. It's changing. Take Black Friday three years ago. Before then, the majority of poker players STILL weren't making money off sponsorships or endorsements. Something needs to be done for the community and game to grow.

There's a reason why you see the same people sticking around. Grinding it out. We aren't stupid. We know how to find our edges. Calculate our equity. Access the situation. Pick our spots. Sometimes we even diversify for a more profitable, long-term return on our investment. There isn't any compensation for poker players from most of the people we do business with. They offer a service and we pay for it because we have to. After all, we're dealing with casinos. Casinos don't like to lose. Casinos only play with an edge, but that's a whole separate topic...

Poker media, back to you. I don't know why more wasn't immediately explained. You're trying to cover one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Deliver your best work. Let's talk about something that will help the industry grow. You guys are just as responsible for that. Why are intelligent poker players like Olivier Busquet and Haralabos Voulgaris sticking up for Daniel Colman in that situation? I imagine it to be a pretty good reason. The main point is: If Daniel Colman didn't want to do something, he shouldn't have to do it. Period. There were anonymous businessmen who played the event too. What if one of them won the tournament and didn't want to be in the spotlight for it.

There are bigger issues we should focus on in the poker industry. The whole community. It starts with the poker players, the customers. The media, venues, tours, poker sites, casinos. Everyone should share the same cause: bettering the industry as a whole so we all win. Or at least bettering yourself. That'll help too. Hopefully this situation highlights a hidden side to the promotion of poker, and what can be done on said platform. I think what happened is a positive thing. It applies pressure in spots that haven't been tested before... And I like it.

The WSOP Main Event is coming up... Excited for that one!

Cre8ive

DeepStacks Barcelona...

Last year I spent some time in Barcelona, Spain. Tomorrow, I am heading back there once again. This time the purpose of my trip is to help DeepStacks put on a tournament series at Casino De Barcelona. I will be playing some of the tournaments as well and making sure everything runs smoothly while we are there. It should be a great trip. Some of the DeepStacks crew will be coming too. I really enjoyed Barcelona when I was there before, I plan on seeing more of the city this time around.

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I'm especially excited about the $1.5k Main Event, and the $3k High Roller events we are running. Can't wait to play these! Click here for the schedule of events.

Here is a link to an article I did for PocketFives.com -- I've been a long time user/contributor to their website. "Heads-Up with Tristan Wade (Cre8ive)" Check it out, it's a nice little interview. Wish me luck! More updates to come...

Cre8ive

$5k Hard Rock Day 2...

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I made day 2 of the $5k Hard Rock Poker Open. I have 75k going to 1k/2k blinds. Plenty to work with. For anyone who doesn't know, I live in south Florida. This tournament is in my backyard. It would be awesome to make a run/final table/win. I'm sure the rail would be CRAZY.

I haven't played any tournaments aside from a few during this series at the Hard Rock. I've been playing cash games lately though, so it's a nice change of pace to play tournaments again. Hopefully I can continue surviving in the $5k main event. First place is $1.75 million, that's all I have my eyes set on. Wish me luck!

Cre8ive

[Wrote 95% of this on the plane yesterday. In case anything seems off.]

I always seem to over-pack. No matter where I’m going or what I plan on doing, I constantly bring more than I ever use. Currently I am flying from Florida to Las Vegas then heading to California after that. I don’t think I over-packed, but time will tell. Haha. I am going to Vegas to play cash games along with the WSOP Circuit / Venetian events. After that I will make my way to Los Angeles for the LAPC. I might take a trip to San Jose for Bay 101 as well. That decision is similar to my over-packing debate. Time will tell! I’m excited to play a lot of poker over the next few weeks.

Recently, I started coaching an 8th grade AAU basketball team with my buddy Brian. It has been a great experience so far. I love basketball. More importantly then that is the fact that I get to interact with kids I can have a direct impact on. It is a process though. I am still getting to know them and how to handle each one. Dealing with different personalities is never simple, especially when coaching teenagers, but I will figure it out. We haven’t traveled to any tournaments yet. There were a couple scrimmages and a handful of practices. I can’t wait to travel for games with the team and see how we do. The only downside is that, due to my schedule, I won’t be able to attend every tournament. I don’t want to miss a thing. Unfortunately, I’ve already missed multiple practices and a scrimmage. But, fortunately for me, writing this paragraph makes me appreciate the opportunity even more. The glass is half full. Always.

In my last blog I talked about who I am, and who I want to become. The more time I spend thinking about this, the deeper it gets. It’s a black hole (in the positive sense.) There is no end to improvement, at least for me, in my eyes. I feel no limits. If I want to do something… I can do it. Hopefully that doesn’t come off as arrogant, but I truly believe that. I have lived it thus far. (I mostly blame my parents for this mindset, and a couple friends too. Thank you.)

Sometimes I feel I shouldn’t express myself too much, especially in my blog. Not because I feel it makes me vulnerable, but because it holds me accountable. Also, context is everything. It is difficult to transfer my thoughts to paper without losing something or someone along the way. If anything, I would like to be understood. I will definitely write more thoughts to the blog though. I’m about to ramble. Let me get back on topic…

Somewhere along the line I became lazy, complacent, settled, or just lost focus. There are COUNTLESS distractions in the world. I was letting myself get interrupted. I still will, but not as much. Hopefully I can recognize when it is happening and when I don’t want it to happen. I believe balance is key in life as well. But... If you are trying to get from point A to point B you shouldn’t stop too much along the way. Gas is expensive.

There are so many things I want to experience in my lifetime. Shit… I want to live long enough to have the opportunity to do so. Therefore, I better do my best to be healthy. That alone is a job in itself. This is an entry point into the black hole. Think of what you want to do, then think of all the things that can help you accomplish that goal. It is never-ending. You need a new hobby? Playing the piano has always interested you? Great. Buy a keyboard, take lessons, strengthen your fingers, learn how to read music, learn how to write music, make time for all these tasks (eliminate distractions), and the list goes on… You can never maximize your potential, ever. I know this isn’t a mind-blowing notion, but I think it is important to understand this concept. What do you want to do? How far are you willing to go?

This isn’t Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You aren’t going to drink a Fizzy Lifting Drink and float to the top of the room where sharpened, spinning blades are waiting to dismember your body. My point is:

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If you want to do something, JUST DO IT. It’s that simple. There is no ceiling. Figuring out what you want is the hard part. Getting from A to B should be the fulfilling part. It gives the end goal meaning. Even if you don’t make it all the way you still learned something, and hopefully enjoyed the ride. If you want to be the best, then try to be the best. If you want to have fun and enjoy yourself do that too. If you can control it, which most of us can, be happy.

Not everyone has some grand scheme or something they feel is monumental that they want to do with their life. That's perfectly fine too. Everyone has to figure out what they want for themselves. We are all different. Find your own happiness, however that may come. That is the most important thing above all. If there is something you want to accomplish though, don't let yourself get in the way, go for it.

Cre8ive

Hello world. I've been meaning to write this blog for WAY TOO LONG. There is a lot going on in my life right now. Mostly good things, some of which I plan on talking about in this post. Out of nowhere I received a message that inspired me to finally get my thoughts out:

"Tristan! ever had one of those moments where some crazy person unloads alot of strange information to you at weird timing? this will be one of those moments for you my friend. Brace yourself :-)

 

It all started my first day of 6th grade walking into mrs. newsoms class and i saw this blonde kid sitting down and thought "i already don't like him!" and hoped I wouldnt be sitting near him. Well in Mrs Rao's class (or whatever her name was) there i had to sit next to that kid that for some reason i didnt like. and then he had a name, Tristan. not too long after that I was prank calling him with ********* and having him ride his bike into my neighborhood. the next part is probably in the wrong order.

 

A little later Im spending the summer in Ohio and instant messaging ******...you've never explained that screenname... anyway it was that summer that i remember spending the majority of my time on AIM talking to you. I clearly remember that summer bc you said something to me along the lines of that you liked me, and you knew i liked you and you called me out saying i was too afraid to admit it. funny, because i remember all these teenage emotions going through me as I realized, oh Lord he's right. but of course i tried to keep convincing myself it wasnt true. i have a point. heres my point...I think people go their whole lives without hearing how special they are so I thought of you and decided you have to know.

 

You've never been unnoticed in my book. how nice you were to me through those awkward middle school days, how in high school you drove to bring me school stuff and lurked around outside peering in windows to find my apt, how you hit the splint off my broken finger in middle school while we were playing cards, seeing you on the bus on the way to st augustine, you coming to my graduation party, sitting like a wallflower at my sweet 16 party but getting up when i forced you to dance, seeing you on separate occasions with both of my exboyfriends and you still being wonderful after i wasnt to you, watching you get confirmed- or whatever it was that we did, noticing you always through school. so you were noticed and i know not only by me. why i never said anything to you then?? duh because i was dumb and chicken. For some reason i felt it was necessary to let you know all this now.

 

What im basically trying to say, is tristan you are amazing. i had a great time growing up with you and you are probably one of the only real men ive ever met. hopefully a lifelong friend for me. im not sure where you are at in your life (love to hear about it) but, I hope you are doing well because you deserve only good things. Im hoping you are picky in your love life and will not settle for anything but outstanding because you can have the world. Not sure if I will ever run into you again but if not, congrats as ive heard bits and pieces that you are doing great in your career. Anyway, update me with how your life is!-- that is if my crazy explosion didnt scare you... :-)

 

p.s. im really not as nutty as this sounds. if you're anything like me, i'd probably get all uncomfortable reading this. but, this wasnt intended to weird you out, just to inform you , you're great :-)"

Wow... Honestly, I have no idea what to say. Even after reading this letter over and over and over again, it is still tough to digest. I could write about a million feelings or thoughts that stem from reading this heartfelt confession. However, I'll be keeping most of those sentiments to myself. The first thought that comes to my mind is that I made an incredible impression on someone without necessarily trying to. This reflection is essential for my entry.

The most important thing I have focused on over the last few months is working on myself. Not just who I am as a person, but who I want to be. This sounds easy right? I've realized it's not. The difficult thing about change is that you have to figure out the end goal before you can start the process. I am still trying to determine exactly WHO I WANT TO BE. What qualities do I want to possess? How should I carry myself? What do I want to accomplish? How can I positively impact the world? How do I want to be perceived? Personally, what do I expect out of me?

I don't care what most people think about me. I know who matters and what opinions I should respect. This is crucial when determining who you want to be. You can't be scared to be yourself. Embrace being unique. Use the judgement of people you trust to help shape the person you want to become. If you have the right intentions, coupled with the views from those that you adore, then you should have a much easier path to changing for the better. This is where I stand.

I'm not sure what happened to me over the years. Did I lose a sense of the person I want to be? Was I exposed to the real world? The fact that you can't be so naive and innocent. I've been burned plenty of times throughout my life, but with all the negativity I've been exposed to, there has been much more positivity along the ride. I probably have subconsciously been changing who I am without really thinking about it. People alter so much over their lives. We go through countless life experiences that constantly shape us. You have to be able to take a step back sometimes and get a different perspective. We are in control. You are in control. Don't ever forget that.

Back to my point. It appears that earlier in my life I was someone I wanted to be without really making an effort towards it. I'm sure I wasn't perfect (nor will I ever be), but I think I was closer to who I wanted to be back then. Now, after years of maturity, I am back to square one. I am okay with this revelation. My outlook has changed and my perspective has been skewed because of my experiences. I can only use the knowledge I've gained over the years to help shape who I want to become in the end.

It isn't an easy task, but I look forward to the challenge of figuring out who I want to be, and then actually becoming that person. I'm sure my mindset will continue to change over time. As long as I keep myself in check and focus on the person I want to become, I think I will be a lot happier with the person I am. Maybe this entry can help you do the same. Cheers.

Cre8ive

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This is an amazing video. It relates decision making in poker to making choices in life. It's nothing ground breaking but I think people who don't know much about poker will be able to understand the concept. It's a cool video regardless, check it out.

Cre8ive

Today I played Day 3 of the SubPartouche main event. I had an up and down day, getting short on chips and peaking at 350k. When the night was finished I ended with 134k going into 4k/8k blinds. We are in the money though. The tournament started with 573 players and 57 made the money. There are 47 remaining. The blind levels increase to two hours from this point on.

Before the start of the tournament today, Patrick Partouche (the owner of the poker tour), announced that he is canceling the Partouche Poker Tour after this series. Obviously the Partouche Poker Tour became tarnished once they decided not honor the 5 million euro guarantee they put on their main event. Below is a video of the end of his speech which he completed in English. Also the aftermath, which begins with me calling him out about the 5 million guarantee. Peter Jetten recorded the video and jumps in the conversation as well. I was recording on my camera too but the footage isn't as good. If you want to see the whole video

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I have a lot more I could say about this whole ordeal but I will leave at it that for now. Wish me luck in the tournament! I've been wondering if Partouche will still pay me if I win it, haha.

Cre8ive

Seat Open...

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Here is an interview I did with PokerNews over the summer at the WSOP in Vegas.

I'm heading into Day 3 of the Partouche Main Event in about an hour. I have 70k in chips with the blinds starting at 1200/2400. There are 119 players left and 57 make the money.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the release of the prize pool for this tournament. Partouche GUARANTEED it would be a 5million euro prize pool. They didn't receive enough players to reach the guarantee, so the difference SHOULD HAVE been paid by the casino. The difference is about 750k euros. I will have to write more about it later...

Let me just say that things like this happen way too often in poker and it is ridiculous. Many players probably wouldn't have traveled here to play if they knew this was going to happen. Cannes is an expensive city, Partouche takes a HUGE rake (4% uncapped in their cash games/their tournaments they are taking 10% and up to 15% in some of them), it isn't cheap to travel to Europe if you don't live there, and also PokerStars is having their WCOOP (World Championship Of Online Poker) series. I'm sure a lot of players would have skipped this tournament if they didn't have a 5million guarantee. Partouche has denied that they ever "guaranteed" the prize pool and frantically have tried to delete all the evidence about it. Luckily a lot of poker players and people in the industry have saved the proof.

With that said, I have renamed the brand: SUBPartouche. I'm going to do my best in the tournament and hopefully I can make a deep run. I've had a blast playing a lot of poker lately. Follow my twitter for updates.

Cre8ive

You're up...

Yesterday I arrived in Barcelona, Spain for the European Poker Tour (EPT). I will be here for the duration of the series, which is about eight more days. Here is what my schedule looks like:

EPT Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain

Eight days off - Not sure what I'll do yet.

Partouche - Cannes, France

*Possibly WPT Paris (might skip this and travel)

WSOPE - Cannes, France

EPT San Remo - San Remo, Italy

Most of the trip I will be traveling with Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams. For some of the other stops our friend Sam 'The Messiah' Cohen will be with us too. Both excellent friends and more importantly, awesome people. Hopefully we can have some success playing poker and even more fun exploring Europe. I never forget how unbelievably lucky I am to have the opportunity I have, regardless of how the poker goes. Here's a few snapshots from my first few days in Barcelona...

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Walking around the city.

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Columbus Monument.

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View from the top of Arts Hotel. The beach was packed due to the holiday "Assumption Day."

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Sick fence.

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Mcdonald's patio style in Olympic Port.

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It's the celebrity Tim0thee during an EPT feature!

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The picture does no justice. This baby was the most swagged out two year old I've ever seen. Pink glasses, pink t-shirt, black furry vest, a feminine mohawk, and the attitude to match. She was doing her thing. Salute.

Cre8ive

WSOP Update...

First I would like to give a few congratulations to some of my friends who won a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Michael Mizrachi, who doesn't need any sort of introduction. Unbelievable poker mind, great friend, we also work together for DeepStacks, won the $50k Players Championship. He won the same tournament two years ago. What a stunning accomplishment.

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Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, who is one of my best friends in the poker world. Unbelievable grinder, great ambassador for the game. I can't say enough good things about him. Won the first ever 4-max NLH tournament at the WSOP - $2500 buyin. He also finished 7th in the 10k 6-max NLH.

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Ronnie Bardah, another awesome guy in the poker world. I don't know a single person who doesn't like him or has a bad thing to say about him. He was waiting for this victory for a long time. Won the $2500 Limit tournament.

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Nick Jivkov, one of the first people I coached when I started private coaching years ago. I don't take any credit for his bracelet win whatsoever haha. He's been at it a while, working on his game, improving on his own. It was awesome to see him win his first bracelet. I have to visit him in Illinois soon to celebrate.

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Congratulations to all of you guys! It was incredible to see so many people I personally knew win a WSOP bracelet. I was genuinely happy for each and every one of them. I'm sure there are a few more I could list but these are the people I know directly. It's been an exciting WSOP to say the least.

I've had four cashes so far this year. I'm still in the best poker tournament in the world, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. I started with 30,000 in chips and finished Day 1C with 30,675 chips. Not the exciting start I imagined, but it's fine. This tournament is a marathon, not a sprint. I've had two deep runs in it in the past and I hope I can have another go at it this year. I have plenty of chips and am ready to play. The winner will receive $8.5 million dollars, but you have to make the Final 9 before you get the chance to play for that cash. Follow my updates on twitter. Wish me luck.

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(Hilarious animation of Dock Ellis pitching a no hitter on LSD, with Dock Ellis narrating.)

Cre8ive

I busted 45th out of 1604 players in the $1500 6max NLH. I had a little over 20bbs and lost a coinflip. I felt like I played that tournament well, for the most part and I survived as long as possible without many good spots. I played a couple tournaments since then as well as the $3k NLH 6max tournament. It started with 924 people and we are currently down to the last 141 people. 108 make the money. I'm really short on chips. My stack was up to 65k at 400/800 but I lost a big 80k pot 2nd nuts vs the nuts. I only have 14.4k going into 500/1k/100 ante. Hopefully I can pick up some chips tomorrow. I'm fairly certain the last four 6max tournaments, prior to this one, I made the money (4th in the 10k 6max, Isle 2k chop, 23rdish 6max WSOPE, 1500 WSOP 6max a few days ago.) Hopefully I can keep the streak alive, or the 5th time is the charm! Definitely going to do my best to win a bracelet this year. I don't know if it is possible, but I won't be the thing that stops me from winning one. Night.

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The $1500 PLO final table was crazy. There were a lot of pots played that I thought would have never happened. I was able to grind out a short stack and move my way up the money to finish in third place. Luckily in PLO there are no antes, which definitely helped the cause. There were 4.4 million chips in play and I never had over 380k. I am really pleased with my finish and my play from that tournament, but I also realize I have a lot to work on. That is what makes poker fun.

I received a tremendous amount of support throughout the last tournament run. It's always amazing to see that. Thank you, I appreciate it. That's really all I can say. There are more and more good, respectable people in poker, which is exactly what this industry needs.

Today was Day 1 of the $1500 NLH 6max tournament. I ended finishing 11th in chips with 137 players remaining. The tournament started with 1604 players and 162 made the money. We restart at 1pm and will probably play down to the final table. I'm ready to have another shot at a bracelet. There are a lot of good players left but I look forward to the competition. As usual, I will update how the tournament is going on twitter.

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I've been in Las Vegas since last week. The WSOP is here once again and I am prepared to make a few deep runs in some of the events. So far I have played four tournaments: $1.5k NLH, $3k NLH/PLO Heads up, $5k Mix Max, and earlier today the $1.5k NLH Re-entry tournament. I was eliminated when my QQ lost to AQ all in preflop early on. I rebought and will give it another shot tomorrow. I feel like I have played fairly well but things haven't gone my way yet. I'm not worried though. The WSOP just started and I have a lot of events to look forward to.

I can't believe it is my seventh summer playing in the World Series of Poker. Time has gone by fast. Living in Vegas for the summer is interesting, to say the least. I learn more about the city every time I visit, but also feel like no matter how often I am here there are some things I can't change. Life on the strip is much different than other aspects of Vegas. I try to not spend too much time around the strip but sometimes it is unavoidable.

*** I started writing this blog post on Saturday, now it's early Wednesday morning..***

I left off talking about how the WSOP wasn't going my way. Well... before I could even publish this post I have made my first final table of the series. The event is the $1500 PLO tournament. I am currently 7th in chips, but really short. Here is the chip count for the final 9:

1 Charles Tonne 1,121,000

2 Vincent Van Der Fluit 951,000

3 Damien Lhommueau 663,000

4 Alex Dovzhenko 579,000

5 Rodney Brown 457,000

6 Brian Garbe 158,000

7 Tristan Wade 150,000

8 Calvin Anderson 149,000

9 David Schnettler 139,000

The blinds will be 6k/12k for another 20 minutes and then go to 8k/16k. I will need quite a bit of luck to take this down, but it's PLO and anything can happen. It feels good to finally cash, let alone make a final table. I'm excited to play this one out. "Thank you" to the people who cheer me on in these tournaments. It is really overwhelming. I'm glad to know so many good people in the poker industry. We restart at 1pm tomorrow. Time to get some sleep. Follow my updates on twitter (@TristanCre8ive)

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Cre8ive

I ended up busting in 12th place at WPT Vienna. I made a Cre8ive play where I cold 4bet and 6bet shoved 97cc into a cold 5bettor's pocket Aces. I had logic and reasoning at the time for why I made the play, and listened to my gut, but thinking back on it I really don't like it. After that hand I got my last 8bbs in AA vs AsQx and the board ran out with four spades and I lost. Unfortunate to lose that hand but the turning point was my big bluff. It's frustrating and disappointing to get that close to another big tournament victory and make a mistake to lose. Instead of beating myself up too much, I went to Berlin to play the EPT Main Event.

I had roughly 40bbs with two hours left in the night and got all in AK vs 88 for an 80bb pot. I would of had 50k at 300/600 had I won the race, but I ended up losing the coinflip to be eliminated from the EPT Main Event. No big deal. What did I decide to do after that? Well I hopped on the first flight to South Florida to redeem myself and play the $10k WPT Main Event at the Hard Rock.

There are currently around 100 players left from the 290 that started the tournament. I believe average stack is 80k and I finished Day 2 with 28k. It was a brutal day where some of the amateur players at the table kept getting the best of me. I'm glad I was able to survive and I am hoping I can play my 25bb stack to perfection and make another run at a WPT title. The blinds will be 600/1200 today to start Day 3. I will do my best. Wanted to give a little update in case anything exciting happens in this WPT. Here's hoping to making Day 4 and another shot at a WPT title.

Tristan

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Day 4 WPT Vienna...

I survived another day in the WPT Vienna Main Event. We started Day 3 with 67 players and after 5 levels of play (90 minutes each level) we are now down to the final 21 players. I am currently 5th in chips. Once 18 players remain we will redraw seats and play down to the final table of 6 players. There are a lot of good players left in the tournament and a few I still haven't played with. I will give it my best shot, like usual.

I see every mention I receive on Twitter (where you can follow my updates @TristanCre8ive) and know I have a bunch of people cheering me on. I can't say thank you enough. It really is amazing to see how many people are rooting for me when I go deep in a big poker tournament. Thank you again. I have the most unbelievable friends and support system. I'm in the zone, let's continue the ride...

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(The Weeknd ft. Drake - The Zone)

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