Thanks for stopping by my blog! Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Courtney, a full time poker streamer on Twitch and member of Team Online. I’ve been streaming for almost four years and these days I’m usually playing multi table tournaments.
I haven’t always played MTTs, but I’ve usually played some form of tournament poker. The idea of cash games appeals to me because of the freedom they provide — no more grinding according to tournament schedules and not knowing what time I’ll be finished with my session — but I’ve never been able to stick with them. I always go back to tournaments in the end.
I don’t have a lot of live experience under my belt. I travelled to Barcelona to play an event last year and in 2016 I played the WSOP Main Event, but that’s about it for me in recent years. Despite the fact that I don’t play much live poker, I think I’m well suited to it. I’m not the best online multi-tabler, so I’ve often had a worse hourly than the mass multi-tabling online grinders. Since live is just one table and one thing to focus on, I don’t have a disadvantage there.
I’ve never made the permanent leap to live poker, however, because I love the convenience of playing online. I feel ashamed to say this because my job is ideal for seeing the world, but I really don’t enjoy travelling that much. Sure I enjoy going on vacation and getting away from it all once or twice a year, but I always end up missing home after a couple weeks max. And besides that, my office is so much more comfortable than a seat at a live table. I can wear pajama bottoms, eat home cooked food, and I don’t have to smell the guy beside me who hasn’t showered in days.
When I can drag myself to a live event, though, I always have a great time. 2016 was the first time I’d played in the World Series since 2011, and it was a fun experience. It was also a short experience: I busted the Ladies Event on Day 1 and the Main Event Day 2.
I decided to skip the WSOP last year due to my Barcelona trip, but I did feel some regret about it after the summer was over. So this year I’m planning to go again, and I’m really looking forward to it.
I intend to play the Main Event and maybe one smaller event beforehand as “warm up”. I wish I could play the Ladies Event, but it’s two weeks before the Main Event and I don’t want to spend over a week in Vegas unless I’m going deep in the Main. The idea of spending an entire summer or even half a summer playing the series doesn’t appeal to me much, as I’m not a huge fan of Vegas and I don’t want to be away from my stream that long. I really start to miss you guys after a while!
For people who do love Vegas though, some great news has just been announced: partypoker is holding a special edition of MILLIONS there this summer! You can use partypoker live dollars to buy-in to Millions Vegas @ Aria, so be sure you check out the schedule and all the info on how to qualify online.
I, myself, have some work to do before I go to Vegas. I recently returned home from a trip to Portugal and I need to get back on the review grind. I was making good progress before I left for vacation, and I’m looking forward to improving my game even more before I hit the road again. I’m looking forward to the KO Series starting this Sunday, and with partypoker not charging rake on the bounty element of all PKO tournaments, it’s a great value series.
I’ll be sure to update here once WSOP is over to let you know how my time in Vegas went! In the meantime, be sure to visit my stream at courtiebee.tv or follow me on Twitter @courtiebee to see how my online grind is going. See you on Twitch!