Level one, I value bet AJ to death to immediately win 1500 at 50/100.
Nice starting table, and I've got everyone talking and relaxed. Some of the people are really nice with a sense of humour. result! Only one grumpy guy who has nothing to say much. Maybe he's not grumpy, maybe he just has nothing to say. It takes all sorts.
I've splashed around a lot in pots, I raise with 6d4d, flop 3dKd7h...the turn is the 8s for more outs... River is a diamond, I win about 3k vs a quite passive but very nice dealer who works in the room when he's not playing tournaments. All pretty jovial stuff.
Time passing fairly amiably, my whole side of the table is telling jokes and laughing, the other end is a bit more sullen. Might not sound noteworthy but the table dynamic is a big part or my game here, and when it works, it works well.
One guy has just sat and doesn't say a single word but raises super big when he plays, and bets like 8x every time he gets a caller, it's working so far for him. He later busts after it transpires he raised with 62s, flopped a deuce, and wouldn't back down vs 1010...
Level 4 break I'm on 22k and have never been in much trouble today. Focused and relaxed.
Chugging along and then on level 6 sullen young kid who I've played before comes to the table and makes it 2k from a new 15k stack straight away. Wins the pot. Next hand he does it again and I make it 6500 with KK. He shoves with QQ. Flop AKA, and I'm now on 40k at 200/400/50. Thank you.
Old rock jams for 2700 and I repop to protect with 33, he has 10 8 offsuit and doubles up.
10 min later I get AdKd and limp, short stack jams for 1500, guy behind makes it 4k. Old rock with 10 8 goes all in too for 2900 and I make it 9k. The first all in has 92 off and the flop is 99K but I win a decent side.
Next break 49k, go back at 400/800/100
Level 9 I'm on 43k. 11 tables left, 2 tables break so we're back to a full table again
End of level 10 I'm on about 40k. Line up has toughened up a bit. I've been card dead since the break so have wound my neck in a bit, just hanging back. Still perfectly OK on 40 bb"
Level 11, 600/1200/200, moved to a much tougher table with big stacks all round me. First hand I sit and it takes about 15 min for one hand, 100k pot on QQ6 flop. KQ won the pot from the young Asian guy who tried barrelling on flop and turn with....96, then CALLED the huge all in reraise on the turn hoping to hero. No good and he's out. How to decimate a huge stack.
I've hit 60k after taking a flier for half my stack with AK vs QQ and 98s, I flop a king, all good and I bust two people.
Level 12. Move tables again, lose a pot and drop to 45k after I flop 2 pair and get counterfeited.
42k at end of level 12 break. I've lost every hand I played for the last hour. Crazy old Asian guy who had a problem with me in the tournament few days back is on my new table. Bets huge on turn when 3 clubs fall and I fold the Qh10h which I'd raised with. He thinks he turned a flush and shows the table KsQc...so he was unknowingly bluffing with the best hand. 5 tables left. We play in theory til almost end of level 15.
Level 13, last level to enter (!!!) guy who won tournament here last night enters and is on the table with a 15k stack at 1K/2K/300.
83k after I just won monster. Guy w QQ raises my be, I call w 5c4c, flop Q 3 6 two clubs, he bets 6k I call, turn 2c, he bets 10k I ship, 7 on river. Yahtzee!
Get it all in blind vs blind on level 14, we both have AK, no horrors.
Level 15, last level of day I'm on 90k at 1500/3000/400
Raise with JJ and get one caller, FLOP J35, he goes away after I bet out. No free cards here.
End the day on 93,900, bag up, restart at 2pm tomorrow on a new table with 4 starting flights combined. No other info as yet.
I drive home and make a meal of the curry I cooked a day ago, with flavoured couscous and buttered naan bread. Somehow the curry and the pictures feel better when I've not busted. Maybe I should try it more often. More to come, love to all x