Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Travel Report: EPT13 Barcelona, Day 1 -- Lag Player

The first long day of work here at the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival was a good one, mostly focused on the initial Day 1 flight of the Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event with a few look-ins on the early €10K High Roller (the first of several high rollers on the schedule).

I was flagging a bit by the time night fell, however, my body clock still way off thanks to having being projected six hours ahead of my usual time. I don’t usually suffer that much from jet lag, but it hit me squarely this time to increase my fatigue during the last few levels of the night.

Compounding things was the discovery near the end of the day that the tournament we’re covering is starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow rather than the typical 12 noon or 12:30 p.m. Not sure of the reason for the change, other than anticipating a big turnout and needing to plan well for available table space while the many other prelims go off all around.

There were 3,292 players in this ESPT event last year -- all uniques, as it is a freezeout, not a re-entry -- and it could be they actually draw more this time for the €1,100 buy-in event. I guess everyone all over Europe has been waiting all summer for this sucker, and Barcelona is a fairly central spot for many.

Anyhow, while I’m bummed about losing the couple of hours of sleep, our day will end earlier tomorrow (and the next two days when we’ll again have the 10 a.m. starts). It’ll all work out.

Head over to the PokerStars blog to see what’s happening both with the ESPT Barcelona event and everything else. Right now, I gotta go snooze.

Photo: courtesy René Velli/PokerStars blog.

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