The best players do their best to prepare for a big tournament in the most optimal way they can, and the November Niner still in the EPT Main Event field, Vojtech Ruzicka, is no different. Everything has been completely different for him since he made the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event and his life is narrowing in on that date with poker destiny in a few months time. He admits to us that he never understood how big that aspect of his success in the tournament would be.
"My original plan was to do more intense preparation, disappear almost," he told us at the latest break here in Barcelona. "That's proved impossible, really. I play for Kings in Rozvadov and enjoyed the cash games a lot there in recent weeks. Now I'm here. But if I run deep in the EPT Main Event, there's no better preparation for November."
Sharing a table with players such as Jason Mercier and Morten Mortensen today for example, seems to be focusing Vojtech's mind on taking on eight more elite players very soon.
"I really want to win. I hope so much that I can win. There are many ways to prepare, and I will do them. Right now I have 610,000 in the Main, so I will do my best here too."
As Ruzicka returns to the action, he'll be under the lights and sharing the feature table with Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier among others. When it comes to Vojtech Ruzicka, you get the feeling that every hand, every decision, every move points to Vegas and the game of his life. Maybe, just maybe, he might bag an EPT victory in the build up.