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Home Sweet Home

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Although I've been home for almost three weeks now, I want to start by saying it's great to be home!

What happened in Austria?

For those who don't know, I was fortunate enough to win a live poker package to the CAPT event in Seefeld, Austria. Intertops treated myself and all of the online qualifiers like kings. The trip was extremely enjoyable but stressful at the same time. The stress came from adjusting to the time difference (7 hours) and traveling in a foreign country by myself without knowing a lick of German. The enjoyment came from playing poker in a foreign place and meeting some great people in the process.

Without going into too much detail about the tournaments I played, I will just say I went 0 for 4 in tournaments. I had two deep runs in some side events but got coolered and out flipped late in both. I felt good in the Main Event but I was eliminated day one unfortunately. I could not fold AA on a J high board. All the money got in on the turn and the villain showed JJ. I was really upset with myself at the time because I was pretty sure he had to have a set the way it played out and we were so deep that I could have easily folded. It hurt for about a day but I am over it now.

I didn't do much site seeing while I was in Europe, but I did do a lot of walking around the towns. Austria is a beautiful country and the people for the most part, were extremely nice (nicer than Americans IMO).

I became close with the other Intertops online qualifier Tim O'Keefe. He is a professional player who travels a lot to play live poker. Him and I kind of stuck together while we were there because we were probably the only two Americans in the whole town. Luckily, the Intertops Rep was fluent in English and German and helped us both feel comfortable when going to restaurants and bars.

If I could do it all over again, I would have not flown into Zurich, Switerland. I would have flown right into Innsbruck and saved myself the stress. This was my first time in Europe and while riding the train through the gorgeous mountains was amazing, the stress of getting on and off at the right places got to me.

The day the Intertops crew said goodbye was a little sad. I told Tim jokingly I would see him in St. Marteen because Intertops was running online satellites and I had already won a seat, but he had not won a seat yet.

Home Sweet Home

It took me a couple days to get back into the swing of things. My biological clock was all screwed up from the travel. That Sunday I started to stream on Twitch and it just happened to be the last day to qualify for the TKPT tournament in St. Marteen. I pulled the tournament up to see how Tim was doing and he just started crushing. We watched the entire final table on stream and Tim won the package! It's pretty crazy that him and I both won a package to Austria and St. Marteen via Intertops poker. Now, him and I have one more adventure to look forward to. There will be four of us representing Intertops at the live event at the end of April.

Twitch

Streaming on Twitch has given me a new appreciation for online poker. Put simply, I absolutely love it. Not only do I love interacting with other poker players while I play, but I feel that I play more solid when I stream. I have had multiple final tables on twitch and one outright win in the $88 7.5K on ACR for $1,800. If you are interested, please come check me out and follow my stream @ http://www.twitch.tv/chrisp200. I have been doing a bunch of giveaways on my stream for small bankrolls and action for my St. Marteen tournament. I don't know where Twitch will go from here for me, but I only see myself doing it more. I just ordered a badass computer, microphone, and second monitor strictly for poker and twitch, so come join!

What's Next?

The Pittsburgh Poker Open started this past weekend. I have not played an event yet but I will be playing on Wednesday. The tournament is a $230, 6 starting flights, deep stack tournament that I think should be pretty big for the buyin. I will be playing 2 or 3 flights. The main event of the tournament is a $1,100 tournament for Poker Night in America, which I will also be playing. I am going to try to play a lot of satellites to it, but either way, I am playing it. Below is the link to the entire schedule.

http://www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh/Pittsburghpokeropen#sm.0001amcbsc1a00cnxvj6gv385slot

That's all I have for now. Run good, stay positive, and win the monies.

Thanks

Chris Perkins - chrisp200

@the_chrisp200

twitch.tv/chrisp200

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Small world... I just had Tim on my left at my live tourney in Choctaw yesterday... seemed like a great guy and asked if I knew you... Best of luck in the future!

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