1) I found my missing cellphone
2) Something coming up in the UK means I now have to return on 13th Nov instead of slightly . This means I now cannot play the Venetian $600 Bounty event which is a three dayer, or the final Venetian $300. This puts a cramp in my schedule somewhat, and I was also looking forward to this event.
3) I will play tomorrows $200 rebuy event at the Wynn instead as it's a one day tournament, and possibly a one day event on Saturday also.
4) Everyone who has shares will as always get a breakdown email once the trip is over. As it stands we all have money left in the tin from unplayed events/unused re-entries, and also a return from cashing in the $1100 DSE.
5) I forgot the giraffe today. Maybe not a huge deal but I feel naked without it.
Now that's out of the way...
Today's one day $340 table is pretty sedate. I recognise Anthony Alonzo and a couple of others from previous Deepstacks. Anthony just busted 33 vs AA. There are no massive movers and shakers in this line up. Of course, amassing a huge stack is the plan, but we'll see how it unfolds once I get the feel of everyone. Currently 125 players and I'm on 17k from starting stack of 18k.
It doesn't go according to plan when I find KK vs AA and we throw in some chips on a 348 flop. I lose chips but don't implode and my 17k drops to 9k.
Well that was painful.
I just raised with AsQs, flop came Q34 with 3s4s. I led out on the flop and got called. Kc on the turn and I bet 3500 out of my 8k stack. He calls. River is the Ad, making me aces up. I bet 3500 and my opponent raises me all-in for the rest. I call and he tables 52 offsuit for a rivered straight. Ugh. I've no problem with the hand, but he called the whole way to hit, which was a bit ugly. Ho hum. Re-entry time.
They've paused the clock during level 4 whilst they break a bunch of tables. I'm still around start stack, but looking for spots to play some decent sized pots if possible. Not trying to force the action because everyone is playing pretty ABC, but if I can hit a funky flop versus a big pair then I'd almost certainly get paid.
Just raised with JJ to 2400 preflop and got four callers! Flop 22A and now a guy want so bet all-in for 20k. Marvellous. Next.
Break time. 11k. not pushing it but not catching anything either.
Whittled down to 8k and decided enough was enough. Took a flip and flooped a set with 66 vs QJ. Back up to 17k, hopefully better times are now to come.
Just ran a small bluff on the river into two players to get myself up to 22k. Still no super easy chips around.
Table move number four... another new line up and I arrive to see the familiar face of Alan Cunningham, who is keeping something of a low profile. We exchange greetings, having played together a lot in the Wynn last year and also in the WSOP. He's tough to play against.
Just as I type that...he busts. He went down to 10k and shoved preflopwith KQs, got a pretty horrible reshove from a woman with AJ suited who stuffing 28k, and then a third all in from 1010! He hits two kings and she rivers a flush. Ugh. Her having the chips is better for me than him having them.
Just as we hit level 7, I'm on 16k. Blinds are 250/500/75. I just lot a small pot against the woman who made the horrible AJ shove. I missed everything on the river but honestly couldn't think of an amount I could bet that would lift her off her ace high or king high. I was right, KJ offsuit and she wasn't folding if I'd bet so I just saved my money instead. 145/22 remain.
Just took another hit when I had QQ ran down by a flush draw when I bet every street. 11k. Frustrating times...
Back to 10k again and one more level to re-enter if I can't get going. A couple of players on here have big stacks and want to dance about. The woman player is dreadful and is calling off hand after hand. I'm pretty desperate to get in a pot with her before she spacks it all off to everyone else. One of the flair players on the table just shipped 20k all in preflop with 33. That was the end of his tournament.
I go up and down, up and down a few times, finally finding 10 10 and limp-reraising all-in for 9k. AK calls me and flops trips, and rivers quads. End of shell number two.
Final numbers for the day are 245 players, of which 135 remain. I'm going to need to just play a big hand hard the way this is going.
Small raise and a call and I find AK and jam. Everyone folds. Not exactly legendary stuff, but it'll do as I don't want to be bleeding chips.
French guy on my table jams AK next hand for about 12k and is called by....10d8d. The 10 8 has about 30k and nothing invested. Of course he rivers a ten to bust the guy.
I just raised with KQs in the cutoff and the big blind who has a lot of chips calls. Flop Q23. He leads out for 3200 and I have about 10k. I smell a rat and fold whilst talking to him about how he flatted a big hand in the blind. He shows me AQ. I may have no chips, but at least my instincts are still working.
Instincts frequently just land you in the shit.
I just found AsKs and limped, feeling the button looked like raising (the guy who earlier had 10 8). I'm right and he makes it 3100. I don't have the wiggle room to go crazy, so I just ship the 10k and wait. He calls and tables AQ offsuit. Happy days, three outs.
Flop 477. Good stuff.
9 on the turn, back to 20k+. Fantastic.
No. Queen on the river. I'll have no chips instead of 20k+.
That wasn't a good day. No momentum, a few entries, and it just wasn't happening. Some people just get gifted chips, but if it's not your day then...well it isn't your day.
Get me out of the building. Wynn tomorrow.