Running round doing rental car renewals, buying smoothies, answering emails and various other errands means I sit down and crack on but couldn't update in depth for the first few levels. Reached the first break and I'm on starting stack. Table is generally ok, with a just two utterly humourless people sitting. Oh well, everyone plays the game differently.
First levels when I say I got AKtwice in 3 hands and lost them both. Easy folds. I'm inclined to play this one pretty fast as a couple of people clearly have "I'm going to overplay one pair" syndrome, however I'd like to make the second day or at least get chips together to have a decent shot at it, so we'll see what happens when we return.
As noted in a video recently, but not yet in print, I've unregged from one of my WSOP events, the $1500 split format, and instead have registered in the regular $1500 NLH on the 22 June. Not any financial change to the package, I've just decided that the new event offers better value with a bigger field and worse players than the split format, which will likely have more 6-max and heads up specialists.
Table broke. New line up, new faces, same jokes.
Still about average at 150/300/25. Clock shows so far 548 players in the event with a 4pm flight still to come later.
Level 7 and it's 259/500/50. I'm on 13k.
Interesting last 45 mins. One guy bluffed the river and got called. He then mucked without showing and various players were up in arms saying that he had to show, he gets a penalty etc. the floor was called and it got resolved, but they kept on about it at the table picking it to pieces for literally another 30 minutes. Was it a house rule or a TDA rule? Who shows first? Did they touch the muck? For fucks sake. One guy just wouldn't leave it alone, going on and on, and on....and on.
Eventually I'd just had enough. I asked the cocktail waitress to order both me and him a drink and then poison one of them. I said I didn't even care any more which drink she put the poison into. That seemed to diffuse the situation and we all laughed and finally moved on.
Just lost a big pot when I played AK vs 66 and I flopped the king and he flopped a set. But of pot control stopped me going broke but I'm right down to about 6k. Sighaments.
Level 8 again and 300/600/75. Shove territory for me.
I shoved with AJ on a blank flop of 5 9 10 and was called by...33. Almost threw up but luckily rivered the Jack just to teach him a lesson. Still alive for now anyway.
20 min break and a rogues gallery of UK poker popped by to say hi. Julian Thew, Peter Birks, Niall from the Vic. What a wonderful procession. We've just hit 400/800/100 and I'm still swinging.
Approaching level 10 of 16 today. I get a double up with Kc9c on a 2c5c8s flop.he called virtually all-in with 22 and the irony was lost when I said to him before he called preflop "so as long as no cards on the board are bigger than a two then you'll be golden right?". The mood of the table has become much lighter since I sat down and half the table were actually cheering for me to make a flush. I did and people were high giving each other lol. Good karma and all that. I tried to keep it dignified.
A few hands later and I find JJ and jam my 12k or so on the pretty tight big blind. Everyone folds and he decides that tight or not he's not folding QQ. No help and I'm out just near level 11.
Frustrating but didn't make any glaring errors as such. Didn't win the key hands I needed to build a big stack and had good awareness of what was going on and who to take liberties with. No more bullets getting fired at this. I'll look at my schedule to see what's up next.