Thursday, 19 August 2010
After a sedatary afternoon , the evening session sees players beginning to feel the pressure.
Perhaps it was the blind structure. Perhaps it was the weather. It was sunny today in Edinburgh. In August. Unheard of. Perhaps it was the influence of the nearby festival ,inspiring players to turn to thoughts on the aesthetics of the game rather than the raw pursuit of chips but certainly the beginning of this tournament saw a softly softly approach to poker. This however is beginning to change. On many tables we are seeing more preflop all ins , more desperate pushes with draws and pairs and more people openly bemoaning their 'luck' rather than philosphically accepting flops with a shrug and a smile.For the seasoned professionals this is all part and parcel of a daily routine. For many of the players here however, this tournament represents the pinnacle of their poker careers to date. Speaking to those players you begin to understand the strain of playing at a level higher than they are used to , for stakes way above their norm. With each decision becoming increasingly important it is these players that are really beginning to feel the heat. The tournament is certainly hotting up.
The sixth annual edition of Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath tournament series may have begun last week but players are being advised that there is still time to qualify for seats into its prestigious £120 buy-in main event.
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Land-based casino operator Estoril Sol has been awarded the first online gaming license for Portugal and has teamed up with platform provider Gaming1 to launch the new EstorilSolCasinos.pt domain.
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