Highs and Lows in Seminole & Sinquefield Cup September 18, 2013Posted by Administrator in : chess,poker,travel , trackback
In August, I played the 10M guaranteed at the Seminole Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale and placed 63rd out of 2300 players for a 29,088 cash. The success came at a funny time. Going into the tournament, I was questioning the entire trip. I felt bad that I didn’t know much about open face pineapple, when my intention was to play a lot of OFC in Florida. I made a few major errors in butter soft satellites to the Main and came up empty.
I recounted on twitter a few funny Floridian encounters, two amusing and one truly scary.
Guy at pool: "I don't mean to brag but I'm really good at poker…but only for the first thirty minutes."
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) August 26, 2013
Guy in cash game tells Tbl: "pregnant woman are so beautiful and sexy" then asks me, "does that make me sound sensitive?" #4b
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) August 28, 2013
Regging @SHRHollywood Main & guy in line says: "You're pretty hot for a cardplayer" then "Have you been sexually assaulted lately?"
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) August 24, 2013
After the last one, I rushed back to my room and reported the incident to the hotel. I regretted not saying something immediately to a security officer, just so that the guy (who was not a poker player) would be publicly shamed and potentially kicked out. Never use that line guys!
My starting table was far softer than any WSOP Main Event table I’ve ever played at. Since it was the second highest buy-in I’d played in (5K), this made me happy about my choice to sell for and play it. Though the field naturally toughened as levels progressed, I was even happier after winning a few bucks for myself and my investors.
I came home excited about poker, but immediately focused on the next gig, commentary for the Sinquefield Cup. In this TV interview for “Show Me Saint Louis”, I explain why the tournament was so ground-breaking.
As a member of the organizing team, it was thrilling when World #1 Magnus Carlsen agreed to play, his first major event in the United States. And now it was real.
A particularly memorable moment, from our Friday the 13th show.
Unlike previous shows, my wardrobe shifted from business attire to a more stylish, fun look, which was fitting since my next trip to Saint Louis will be for a celebration of chess and fashion, “the Queen Within.”
In the final round of the Sinquefield Cup, the champion Magnus Carlsen fought on despite a draw offer which would clinch him first place and the $70,000 first prize. He ended up winning the game, and inspiring tens of thousands of fans, including me.
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) September 15, 2013
In addition to anticipating Magnus’s World Championship match vs. Anand in November, I also look forward to the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, which founder Rex Sinquefield alluded to in his final interview with GM Maurice Ashley.