Early on and I just got moved to a new table already, which isn't wonderful. New line up with lots of baseball caps and a few beardy-weirdies. I'm just chugging right now with 75 entrants so far and no fireworks to report.
Still no explosions, but a few small scrapes with me coming off worst. A tight and fairly basic female player I've sat with before bets into me when I have QQ and I flop top set. I decide to let her hang herself, and she bets away and the board runs out Q 10 4 J A. Now with four to a straight she wants to river bet 5k. Sigh fold. I could be wrong, but I'm not.
First break and I'm on 11k from the 15k starting stack. Meh.
Playing on a full 9 handed table now, a few have come and gone. One guy who I believe chopped the $400 Superstack three ways is here. Mid 60's, impeccably dressed. His hair is a work of art...like a jet black nylon Elvis wig, but actually the real thing, not a hair out of place. He's survived two different cancers, and a heart attack. I like him instantly.
I've bobbed around a bit and overjammed once. Back up to 14k at 100/200/25.
I seem to be getting hammered today in bad spots. AK on a board that runs out K9QQ3. A beard with 99 plays it cute but I smell a rat and don't lose too many chips on it. 11k again.
The table dynamic drastically changed. A kid jammed with 66 vs another guy's AK and doubled up. Then straight after he again jammed with a flush draw and immediately the ace fell to make him the nuts. He's up to 50k and raising a lot of pots, so after seeing what he's shoving with I may need to make a stand as I can't let him chip away over and over. He's doing the right thing of course. Playing a big stack aggressively and keeping the pressure on, but based on the hands I saw prior to this, he's not scared to gamble with something less than optimum, or even a bit scabby.
In today's flight there are currently 56 players remaining from 103 starters. We're at 200/400/50. I just danced another 3-4k onto my stack with a well timed flop bluff. Liking this table and the line up most of all my seatings today.
Back from the second break and I've enjoyed some nice pain and a downward spiral. I raised with A10, flop came AKQ and I bet heavy, A4 offsuit calls me and catches a four on the turn to make aces up. Back down to 15k again. Sigh.
A few hands later I get JJ and bump it up. 4 callers and it comes AAK. A10 and A10 chop and it puts me down to 11k. Grr.
Shortly after I make a stand versus an aggressive guy who I think is taking liberties on my blind. It's 60/40 his way when we go over, but I outflop him and am back to 23k as we reach the 50 players remaining mark.
Cute quiet girl joins the table and plays zero hands for 45 minutes, apart from shoving all in preflop twice. The second time she flips over AJ and is up against JJ. She busts and is replaced by a 250 pound bearded lump with glasses. Wonderful.
I've bled down slowly to around 16k and been card dead the whole level. One guy on the table has collected around NINE $300 bounties. He didn't know it was a 2x day one event, and goes home tomorrow, so cannot play anyway, but has got back his entry fee and then some just by busting people. It's both funny and laughable at the same time.
41 remain from 108. Mid way through level 9 at 400/800/100.
Bounced back up to 28k after shoving 88 versus a raise and two calls, and playing a pot versus 66. No horrors and We have a new lease of life. 15 Minutes until the next break.
Aren't tournaments fun? No.
Under the gun makes it 2000 to play. I call the 2000 with AA fully expecting a raise behind.
Next guy calls the 2000, player 4 makes it 10,000. A shorter stack goes all in for 8k or so. Original raiser calls the 10k, and it's back to me.
I now jam my 29k, hoping to be heads up with the short stack, hoover up the dead money, and win the $300 bounty.
The guy who made it 10k calls in a heartbeat for most of his stack. Over we go.
10k raiser: JJ
Short stack: 76s
Board runs out Q J 9 2 2.... and instead of being on 85k or so and in amazing shape, I'm out and get a "yes!" and a big fist pump from the guy with JJ. Well played mate.
Nice pain. Sometimes all you really can do is play as well as you possibly can, and get the other guy to commit his chips in bad shape. And it's not enough. Good luck guys...Exit stage left and try again tomorrow.