With the RIU Reno Main Event in the books, the Capri room is a much quieter place. I decided to join the 6-Max tournament and write about my experience. I joined the tournament at level three. The blinds were 100/200 with a 25 ante and I started with 15,000.
To my left was David Lander, who just finished fifth in the Main Event yesterday. He is from Sweden and is at his first Run it Up. He traveled here with Torbjorn Skrunes from Norway. The two met for the first time at Heathrow Airport on the way to both of their first RIU events.
To his left is currently Martin Kampmann. Martin is a UFC fighter and has made multiple deep runs in RIU Main Events. He is a staple at Run it Up and I can't say that I am looking forward to trying to beat him.
Then comes Dylan Webb. Webb is also a RIU regular. He final tabled the All in or Fold Tournament earlier in the series and finished third in the HORSE event. I think I remember overhearing Jason Somerville say something like, "he is one of the best all-round players at this event." I actually busted Dylan from the 8-game tournament last night when I made the nuts in 2-7 Triple Draw. I felt a little bad for drawing so good, but if you're going to play poker it is part of the game. That is especially true at RIU Reno, you are almost always going to bust someone you like a lot or someone you like a lot will bust you.
Next to Dylan is a player I think I'm seeing for the first time. His name is Joel Delacruz. I don't know much about him, but hopefully I'll pick up some information as the day goes on.
I started with 15,000 chips. I hope I have more than that when I write to you next.