I really love this place. It’s a beautiful town with amazing food and the best beer (which I normally don’t drink, but when it Czech…), full of attractions, romance and in this case, it’s a town where EPT is held; the biggest and the most prestigious PokerStars poker tournament. The first thing I did was head straight to the Czech pub and order Czech ‘knedlicke’, man I love those! And whaddya know - Branimir Brunovic and Dragan Galic, two of our best poker players who are very high on the famous the Hendon Mob list, walked in! Brunovic and I raised our Pilsen beer in toast, while Galic, in a very sport fashion, raised his Orangina! :) These two poker sly dogs gave me some good advice, so we continued with our poker stories where words like raise, reraise, donk, fish and the rest of the poker lingo prevailed, all things unknown to a “common” man. The boys went on to play the main event, I wished them luck, and as for me… oh c’mon, I am a poker player but I’m also a woman! I went straight to the stores! I spotted a pair of whooping 6-inch glitter pumps… ah, perfect for the New Year’s Eve… After my credit card was swiped, the world seemed like a better place.
But let’s go back to that male part of Hana. EPT Ladies Event was finally here, the tournament I had anxiously been waiting for and which I really badly wanted… hm… to win. :) I wasn’t nervous, because I feel comfortable playing live. It was an amazing experience, because great female players came from all around the world: France, Russia, the UK, Germany… Liv Boeree was among them, which was a great honor for me, because this young woman won the EPT Main Event in San Remo, and $1,698,300 with it! oh, think of all the shoes you could buy with that money… mhm… So, you still think poker is a game for the big boys only? Oh yeah, girls kick ass! :)
The tournament started, I put on my poker face and into the battle I went! Liv was on my left, and next to her was this really aggressive French girl. I was playing tough from the very beginning, so the girls didn’t believe me every time I raised, which helped me kick out the first contestant (the French girl), and the flop contained an ace and two rags. I had raised before that and she just called. I raised on the flop, she didn’t believe me so she re-raised me with her A-9 and I got her with my A-K. It was easier to continue as a chip leader. I had an interesting hand against Liv, I was in the small blind and Liv was in the big blind, I called from the small blind, she, of course, raised, I called with 9-5. Flop showed 9, 3, 4. Hana: raise, Liv: call. Turn card J, I checked, Liv checked. It was obvious she didn’t have J, because if she had it, she wouldn’t have checked; river card was K, I checked, and Liv placed a HUGE bet… after careful consideration I CALLED, with only a 9 in my hand. Liv tapped on the table and just said: ‘Nice’; she then mucked her hand, after which I showed my hand, revealing I had called on a 9 only. She tapped again, and repeated ‘nice’ twice. :)
There were other great things, of course, with the hand of a very dear friend of mine Baja, 6-4 , huh, I played with that as if I were holding AA! Baja, you know I believe in that hand almost as much as you do… :) The tournament went well, although it was pretty exhausting, because the girls are mostly… uptight… which isn’t always that bad. Bit by bit, the final table came. The best nine players in the battle royal. I quickly kicked out two girls, and then I lost a flip A-Q against 7-7. But I managed to get back into game quickly, and I was soon in a HU with Anastasiia ‘SpringSmile’ Syva - winner of the EPT Tallinn Ladies Event. Little by little, my chips were piling up, so when she said ‘all in’, I decided, of course, to call with A-5, and in the end I won the FIRST PLACE IN EPT Ladies tournament!
The feeling was priceless! In moments like those, you don’t even think about the money prize, just the flattering title. I posted that I had won on Facebook and all my Croatian poker players congratulated, which meant the world to me. I wanted to celebrate right away! Cooks was screaming into the phone, mom as usually said: you’re just like your dad, you little hot shot! My POKERICA TEAM were there for me, as always, they’ve been my support forever and I love them soooo much!
I paused for a second and said to myself: “You’ve made it, girl! EPT ladies mission accomplished!” and I went on to celebrate this wonderful day with some great people!
My poker team will, of course, get its own party as soon as I come back to Croatia!
My dear peeps, I can’t even begin to tell you how I love poker and everything it has done to my life… it’s really indescribable!!!
Lots and lots of love, and HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS