Refreshed and ready to start over, playing today's PH $300. My pal Julian rolls up and is also on the table, I'm in early flow and most people are having a good time and I'm happy to splash around and be up from 15k to 21k pretty fast. Julian is golden and is getting paid left right and centre and is probably on 33k.
I'm bullshitting with the table and they seem a good natured bunch, mostly recreational players. On guy isn't saying much and is pretty aggro but he's been crippled early, so hopefully he has a limited life span and we get an easier mark in his place if he busts. Either way the line up is pretty good, there are 4 starting flights to this event, two today and two more tomorrow, so hopefully we can do the business here nice and early and get a day 2 in the bag with minimum effort. All good so far and on level 3 I'm still on about 21k.
Back from break and drifted down to 17k again. The table mood is pretty fun and sedate, and we're on level 5 at 150/300/25. I'm guessing about 130 players in this flight so far. Still plodding.
111 players left on level 6. Julian just got crippled in a QQ vs KK all-in situation, and is down to 5k. I'm still on about 16k.
Julian finds QQ yet again and doubles vs 88. Where the hell do people find there's hands? I've been looking down at 93,62,63 etc for 3 levels. We're now at 250/500/50 and I'm on 18k.
Julian now busto and I'm still treading water on 300/600/75 waiting for something to happen.
And happen it did. Long short I just got my big blind pressed by a bigger stack who it transpires was doing it with J10. I flatted with 99, and we danced about through the streets. Luckily the river was a 9 and I led out for 6k and got called by his pair. I'm now on a much healthier 25k and back in business.
Next break, 28,500 :o)
My table broke and at the 400/800/100 level I'm with 8 new faces. The guy on my left has around 250k, which is a truly obscene stack for this stage, everyone else being on around 20-30k! Always nice to have the chip leader in the room acting after me every hand.
Especially when he busts you out after 5.5 hours of play.
I raise utg with 9s8s, mainly to target the tight player in the big blind. Monster stack calls. Tight big blind calls.
I flop 2 spades and a straight draw, I lead out, he calls. I bet 4k in the dark on the turn, which ends up being a blank. He calls.
The river gives me the flush. I move all in, to illicit a call from either two pair or a top pair big kicker hand.
He sighs. The bet is about 21k, with around 18k already in the middle. I know I'm ahead, and now want the call.
"Do you have the nuts?" He asks. Then says "I call".
Shit. Now I'm not sure I'm ahead once he says that.
He tables Ks7s, for the second nut flush and eliminates me. Feels a bit sickening. He's in one of those spots where he literally has so many chips he can see every single flop. In this case K7 is golden and I'm left wondering what I have to do to run good heads up when I make a flush here.
Once again, I'm out. Sure I don't have to play the hand to begin with, but I'm trying to get chips and make day 2, so I'm not unhappy with playing the hand, just the outcome obviously. Breathe. Next. Whatever.
More to come. I'll see how I feel about placing tomorrow's flight B. For now I'm getting out of here.