Frisky is right. I play 77 cute vs A 10 on an A 10 7 flop, and 18K becomes 26K. The start of better things one hopes.
23K at start of level 3. Playing quite a lot of pots in position and feeling uncharacteristically good right now. 151/171 currently playing.
A kind of weird table so far, with a pretty high number of casualties. I've dropped back to 20k but am not overly fussed. All the right people (and by that I mean the people most likely to spanner them all off again later) are winning hands, which is good news if you can stick around. One guy is happy to call 2K preflop with QJ offsuit, and will go all the way if either card hits. Don't fail me now!
Level 5 and we're at 50/150/300. The line up has become a bit more formidable now, though two spots at the table still represent pretty good value, even though they've locked up a bit more now. I'm on around 14K and haven't been connecting with anything since the initial levels so have also backed off a bit. This is now not the table to see lots of flops, which is a shame, as earlier it was quite lucrative to do so. 171/227.
My KK just got shredded on a 3457 board. A7 decided it was worth the 1700 price of admission preflop. Ugh. 9K. Grit. Teeth.
For better or worse, I think I've certainly read a different manual from some of these guys when it comes to tournaments. One guy just scooped a 50K pot when his opponent bet 2500 on a J73 flop, he raised to 10,500 or so, and the original bettor shipped all-in with QQ. This guy can't ever envisage folding his AJ offsuit, and rivers another Jack. Of course, this stuff happens in poker day in and day out, but we're at 50/150/300! The QQ actually played well considering, as he realised he was ahead and forced the issue, but the weak AJ was incapable of passing, and that my friends is how dreams are crushed and tournaments are won. Ugly.com.
For me, it's been uneventful since the early levels. Now in conservation mode until one of these balloon-heads can commit suicide for me and get me back over 20K again.
Bleeding to death! I think literally bleeding to death might be more fun. If this keeps up, I may have to find out.
75/300/600 now at level 8, and I've crept up to 21K from the re-entry 18K. Very quiet table, one nice guy has a lot of chips and I am discussing with him the best strategy by which to get most of them into my stack. Depending on the response you can quickly gauge, for want of a better word, whether someone is an asshole at the table or not. He isn't. And tables like this are always better to play on. The one behind me had two floor calls in as many minutes with players bickering with themselves and the dealer. Some people seem to thrive on it.
Back to 15K after I flop two pair and get counterfeited. I get off cheap I think. On we go.144/282 remain.
Another table break as we hit level 9 and 100/400/800. As I sit down two guys get 15K each in preflop. One has KJ offsuit, the other has A4 offsuit. I feel like the subtle approach isn't going to cut it here somehow.
Well, I said subtle wasn't going to work, so we tried direct. Look where that got me. I'm never one of those "let's take a picture of the hand" people, but in the interests of clarity and site content, I thought I'd oblige. Yours truly is the hand on the right. I came second, which is small consolation for another six plus hours of fun!