My 2013 World Series of Poker was the most productive and professional one I've had and it's not even close. I was up every morning, going to the gym, playing well and my hard work ended up paying off. I made the final table of the $1,000 turbo NLHE, but ended up losing a flip for half the chips in play. If the coin landed on the other side, I think I'd have won it. Even though it was a bit disappointing, it was still nice to pick up a nice score.
I thought it was a great idea to bring a turbo format into the WSOP. In fact, I think all the $1,000 and $1,500 NLHE events should be turbos. I thought the structure was perfect. The blinds didn't go up faster than they normally would, the only difference was that the first four levels were 30 minutes long instead of an hour, and after that they were 45 minutes long for the rest of Day 1. Then on Day 2, it played out like a normal tournament with the levels back up to an hour long. As a result, we went from over 1,600 players down to only 35 on Day 1.
If you play the entire WSOP, it can get really draining grinding the $1k and $1.5k events. At the start of the series I was getting fairly deep in a lot of them. I'd play for ten hours and then bust out at the end of Day 1-- sometimes in the money, sometimes not, but always pretty knackered. The turbo structure really sped things along in those early and middle stages of the tournament. Perhaps it increases the variance slightly, but once you get deep the structure actually works in a strong player's favor since it's more likely weaker players have luckboxed their way to the last few tables.
Whilst in Vegas, I decided to prepare a surprise for my girlfriend, Alex. She used to go horse riding as a kid and I thought she'd never expect to be able to do it in Las Vegas of all places. I was Googling away and discovered these sunset horseback rides that were offered up at Red Rock Canyon. Mind you, I'd never been horseback riding before, but once we got there, I was feeling quite confident. I explained that to the people leading the ride and they said, "OK, we'll give you quite a steady horse because it's your first time."
This horse was massive! It was the biggest one there! Obviously that means it's going to be steady, but it was pretty hard to get on. I'm not exactly tall, so it was a bit of a struggle. And once I got in the saddle, it was pretty high up.
After the horse ride, we dug into some barbeque and roasted s'mores over a fire. It was really a wonderful evening and Alex had a great time.
Now I'm happy to be home in Leeds for a decent stretch, grinding WCOOP and getting back into the gym. Many of my friends decided to travel to Mexico or Vancouver for WCOOP, but I think I'll do my best if I stay home and stick to my routine.
Jake Cody is a member of Team PokerStars Pro