So that's my cover blown then.
Mike, a guy who I've played with in these things a few times over the years recognizes me and puts the question out there. The rest of the table's collective ears perk up like a dog when he hears the word "dinnertime". We have a few laughs and he owns me the first hand out and shows me 52 off. Next hand out he gets aces and I don't pay him off for a min raise against my big blind. All fun and games :o)
Liking the first table here a lot. People are talking, listening to my bullshit and we're all splashing about and playing plenty of hands. First level and I'm up and down but still around start start stack.
Full table now, and no easy money to be had. One spot who is calling too many hands. I just ran a bluff into two spots and showed them 23 off to soften them up a bit. My stack is still around 15k but at least they're confused now.
I just took a flip with a young Lex Luthor lookalike who looks like he wants to gamble. I want to get a decent stack going in this thing. My QQ is good versus his AK off and I move up to 32k as we hit level 4 and the antes kick in.
First break, I'm on 27k.
Back from break and I'm not catching any cards. Super hot and very friendly girl called Cici moves to that table and we get a few laughs with my normal bullshit together. The table breaks and now I'm stuck with a bunch of unsmiling, non-talking guys. Wonderful.
This table is a bit tougher to play. Talking of course, is part of my game whether it be the odd word or non stop. No one here wants to say a word, and that's not ideal for me. Screw down and just take the odd spot. I'm still on around 25k as we hit 400/800/100. 180/304 left.
Just found aces in the big blind when a short stack jammed and I busted him. Sadly he only had around 3k.
Shortly after I call what looks like a spazz out all in from a guy with absolutely no sense of humour. I have 55, and he flips over....K3. he catches a king and puts a fair sized dent in me. I'm back to around 19k.
No one on this table has a particularly huge stack, and I think the play is grabbing steal spots when possible or just ABC hand driven stuff, little else. Time will tell.
Just had a less than ideal situation. Or an OK one depending on how much you like money.
I was planning to gamble a bit as we reached the end of the re-entry period. I have the 15k start stack, and it's not ideal to be swinging with. With four minutes to go, a pot comes up with a four way preflop all in. I have J2 offsuit and whilst I'm not scared to gamble, I'm not total moron either so I fold.
The dealer who I know, is a nice guy, but is also not the world's slickest at pitching cards or working out pots. To my dismay it takes him almost the full four minutes to work out who wins what, and he pushes the final pot with just three seconds left, so we get no more hands in which I can gamble. The upshot is, I start level 9 on 15k. We're at 500/1000/100, and 143/318 remain.
People dropping out thick and fast. I make a small raise with AJ and the Frenchman on my left jams. If I call and lose I'll have about 1400 left. I don't mind taking the big flip, but as said before, I'd far rather be the one shoving than calling, so I let it go and wait for a better spot.
I feel like I find the better spot when I jam 11k on a J73 flop with J 10. The guy with KJ doesn't fold, and neither does the one with 77. Out on level 10 again, after a frustrating table move. Minimal collateral damage, so exit and get ready to rip back into it on day 1C.