Bright and breezy start on table 30, with Barry Shulman directly on my right, and the nice guy in sunglasses from the $400 yesterday who was seeing every flop under the sun and walking on water. When I busted yesterday he still had a mountain of chips, but clearly not the gears to take them into the second day's play. Quelle surprise.
Only 54 players presently, and I'm still on 20K starting chips as we hit level 2. Though like all these events this is a re-entry, for a one dayer I'm not going to be firing another $600 shell which I think would be far better used in the bigger guarantee multiple flight tournaments. That's my take anyway.
My buddy in the shades just ruined someone's day by hammering all the way with an idiot end straight draw and getting there for another 15K onto his stack. It stank the place out, but I'd far rather he had the chips than the other guy.
He just won another with AA vs 99 for around 60K. Of cpourse, I'm a big advocate that when people pay to enter a tournament they can do whatever they like, but it must still be lovely to play with such reckless abandon, and also to have people gift you their whole stack like that!
First break, and still on 20K. Along we plod.
Down to 17K, then up to 23K when I isolate a short stack all-in with AK vs 10 10 and catch a king. The calling station was in there too, and almost called my all-in isolation shove, but thought better of it. The way he's running even though I caught the King I'm not sure I wanted his action.
Barry just busted vs and English guy when his AK lost to A7 on and A7Q flop and it all went in. The kind of volatile stuff I like to try to avoid if possible. I'd rather chip away slowly if I have the stack to do it.
level 6 already (30 min levels), and 62/80 currently remain with people still buying in. My stack's going up 5K, down 5K, but so far I'm tuned in and avoiding any bloodshed.
Of course, I spoke too soon. My QQ just got crucified by A2 when he missed the flop and called a 3K bet anyway. Nice pain. 12K.
English guy just won a 90K pot all in preflop with AA vs KK. I seem to be getting very adept in the updates at explaining how everyone else is winning huge pots either with dogshit, or one pair. I'm pretty sure at some point in life I'm supposed to get a couple of these? Right now it's not looking that way.
New guy just sat at the table, and first hand at 75/300/600 he gets 20K all-in preflop with 10 10 and gets called by AQ. Ace on the river and he busts. Seriously... what the fuck is going on???
Still languishing on around 9K as we near the end of level 8, and the end of re-entries. As said I'm not wasting another bullet on this anyway, but it'd be nice to find something with which to get even a little busy. I keep seeing 30K, 40K,75K post whizzing all around me but haven't even had a sniff of something with which to get involved, barring the QQ which if I was laggier would likely have just busted me out. Tempting to just play like a spanner like half the table, but I'll keep screwed down and remember I'm 100% doing the right thing. 51/87 remain.
My good friend with the sunglasses just blew his brains out, along with his 50K stack, by shoving the river on a 9 10 6 7 10 board. He tables QJ, for absolutely nothing, and was called by... A8 for a straight on a paired board. I really am playing poker in some kind of alternate universe I think.
Demoralising stuff. My 444 flop just turned to ashes when 67 rivered a straight. 5K. Even for someone disciplined this is getting tough.
I'm now sub 5K and badly need a spot. I find it and get called in two placess when I shove my King as I'm in the blinds in two hands. I get called by KJ who outkicks me, and QJ, who likely misread his cards or something. The KJ makes a straight and I'm done. What a less than fun experience today was! Exit Kevin.