Friday, August 26, 2011

巴塞隆納-歐洲撲克巡迴錦標賽(EPT)之賽前心情


歐洲撲克巡迴錦標賽的主賽事獎金大約都有100萬美金以上。雖然入場門票都不是很便宜(5300 euro),
但從4年前開始就一直很想打歐洲撲克巡迴錦標賽,一直到今年由於WSOP的表現,讓我自己終於夢想成真,圓了我的歐洲夢,真的很開心。

坐而言不如起而行,如果從來沒有試過,相信一定心裡會有遺憾。真的很開心來到巴塞隆納,來到這,看到重視生活品質的西班牙人,也參觀了好多歷史建築及文物,真的很開心自己終於踏上歐洲這塊土地,4年前的願望,終於到現在可以實現。雖然來歐洲真的很開心,但主要還是希望以專心打錦標賽為主,旅行只是附加的好處。來到歐洲和全世界許多頂尖的選手們一起共襄盛舉,共同參與歐洲的撲克盛事真是非常激勵人心,非常興奮。

打比賽很重要,但打比賽前的態度(心理建設)以及金錢管理,我覺得更加重要。這趟歐洲行,很早就做好心理準備,不論結果的好壞,只要盡心、盡力的去比賽、去學習,才是最重要的(whatever happens HAPPENS!)。另外就是金錢管理,歐洲之行的每一分花費都是必須錙銖計較。
由於歐洲的生活成本高,加上食、住、行,所以錢更是要花在刀口上,不能因為贏了獎金就隨意揮霍。雖然我在WSOP贏了獎金,但我的花費成本其實很高。
所有的比賽支出,生活的食、衣、住、行,打比賽的輸贏以及所有旅行支出都是我一點一滴從打錦標賽慢慢賺來的辛苦錢。

基本上,我還是把自已定位從0開始,因為我覺得態度也是很重要,如果想要成為頂尖的世界選手,
並不會因為一場比賽而滿足,而是不斷的努力嘗試、不斷的精進自己,期許自己成為世界頂尖選手的一員。
我想這也是非常重要,想和大家分享的:一個職業撲克選手的態度與金錢管理,是比何事都來得重要的。

EPT Barcelona- pre-game thoughts:

I'm so happy to be here at EPT Barcelona. I've been wanting to come here for the last 3-4 years for poker, and finally my dream has come true. In past years, I've been super-painfully close to qualifying via satellite tournaments, but failed to get the package (examples: would be like top 3 got package, and I'd get 5th; or 4 yrs ago was top 10 in this satellite got it and I busted 15th KK vs. AQ pre-flop). Now after WSOP, I can freely play this tournament without too much strain on my bankroll, and feel like I really belong here (worth every bit of the 5300 euros at risk).

My plan is to play both EPT Barcelona and EPT London for sure (if I cash in 1 or the other, then WSOP Europe which is after). If I cash big at Barcelona, I will consider adding WPT Paris to the mix. If I bust both EPTs, then I will just go home and grind online (which would suck, but oh well). Holding myself to this personal budget plan.

The Chinese portion of this entry is provided by my GF Jessie (below). She knows what I have in my head; knows me best ("my backup" :)) haha just translated it out for me.

My mentality is simple. I consider my WSOP win as past already. I'm starting at "ZERO" again. IF I want to be one of the best players in the world, I have to stay hungry, ambitious, keep striving to learn and improve, and keep giving myself chances to win big tournaments. Bottomline, I need more experience/exposure and have to keep pushing forward. Thus, what I did back in July is great, but I want so much more (and I believe in myself).

Travel-wise, it's been awesome last few days, enjoying the BEAUTIFUL city of Barcelona. The architecture here is so classic and historic. For me and Jessie, this is both our first time here in Spain (and Europe in general). We're super appreciative of being able to have this life experience, and really enjoying every minute. Within this 4 wks+ trip, we will cover Spain, France, Italy, (maybe Switzerland), UK. It really will be one of those trips of a lifetime. :)

***Special thanks/shout-out to Xavi and Rodrigo for hosting us in Barcelona, really appreciate it as well.

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