Andrew Cutajar & Mustapha Kanit Malta Poker Dream
Andrew found his way in the Malta Poker Dream tourney by winning a satellite tourney held on Tuesday the 29th March at the Portomaso Casino.
His first day was a bit of a roller-coaster ride, but eventually he ended the day with 22,300. After starting on the 11th level on day 2 he played 6 hands but didn’t even see a flop before he entered the hand that ended his tourney.
We met up with Andrew as soon as we saw him walk away from his table, to get an update of his last hand.
MPE: What Happened Andrew?
AC: “Holding 88 from UTG, with the blinds at 800/1,600 and 200 ante, rather than pushing allin, I placed a 4,500 bet, and there was a player who re-raised me with 12,000 chips. Everyone folded, and I went all-in, with the remaining 16,000 chips I had, and my opponent called the additional 9,000. I held 88, and my opponent held AQ spades. The flop showed two spades, small, small, and a Queen, so this guy stood a very good position from the flop. The turn and the river did nothing to help me get in front of him, sending me out at a relatively early stage in day 2. In retrospect, I should have rather pushed than raised when it was my turn to speak. I should have tried to steal the pot as I didn’t want any opponents in the hand. Plus, since I was short stacked, my opponents were more likely to call than they would if I had a tower in front of me…but any way, I enjoyed it while it lasted, satellite and all.”
MPE: What do you think about the tourney?
AC: Well it’s a really nice hall. Somehow, although its such a big area, it feels kind of cozy. I really liked the open plan, lots of TV’s with tourney info, and the comfortable structure. For tight players, it can be a bit too much though. For loose players who call every hand its good but for tight players like me who play a few hands many chips are not in line with my strategy.