A nod to Ozzy and the boys, and an underrated album containing at least 4 crackers. It was this or Iron Maidens "die with your boots on". Either way you get the idea.
I threw out the question of what to do when playing good and running bad, and probably had around 30 responses, so thank you. They covered all bases from "rest up and recharge and enjoy the down time", to "keep your head down and play through" it, right onto "go to the Rhino or Sapphires, that fixes most things!"
All suggestions were carefully weighed up and balloted, they were run through and algorithm,and a panel of judges discussed them. They said they'd get back to me on 16th June with the results, so that was a sodding waste of admin.
I decided I'm playing fine and my head's fine so I'm going to see the schedule out.
If I thought I was making bad decisions constantly I'd back off and just take the main shot, but I'm feeling fine. Part of doing this all the time is that you're not supposed to be fazed by bad runs or horrible outdraws. I'm not, so it's business as usual.
I'd look to most likely play the main on 1b (Sunday), so plenty of rest time anyway. If I go deep in one of the last two events instead then it's less rest time, but also a nice problem to have.
Off for a quick swim before getting into the Rio. Updates to follow :o0
Off we trot. Nice active start table with most of the occupants seemingly in a good mood and happy to chat. I'm playing small pots and just feeling things out a bit right now.
This table was great, everyone laughing and having fun. It just broke and I've been moved to a table full of robots. I've spoken for 3 minutes and so far no one has said a single word.
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Personally I'm amazed I'm not stone dead by now this series, so in theory I'm as strong as a lion right?
I've just played my first hand on my new table, and my last hand of this tournament. Fate or the gods of poker have a stupidly sick sense of humour.
I've just been dealt QcQh in the big blind. It's level one and a few limpers call round to me. I make it 250 to play, one caller, and now the guy at the back makes it 775 to play. I then call, as does one other.
Flop: 10 Q K two diamonds.
I'm happy to check raise here as I'm pretty sure I'm ahead. We both check to the original raiser who bets 1500. I don't give him AJ, maybe KK if I'm really unlucky and he's flopped perfect, so I get it in which is about another 2k on top. The guy in the middle folds, and the villain now calls and tables the monster....
J9 offsuit for a flopped straight.
Obviously I can't pair up on turn or river. For good measure his 9 makes a runner runner flush to compound the agony.
I'm out. Now everyone wants to talk amongst themselves about how clever they are.
Little to say here except to congratulate the winner and just leave. That's pretty much the fastest exit from a WSOP event I've ever had. I won't even try to figure out what goes through some peoples heads when they pony up $1500.
I've headed to the Wynn to blow off a little steam and jump in their one day $300 event. I'm not happy about the WSOP exit but as previously said, there's literally no point in getting bent out of shape about it. It doesn't change what just happened, and being any degree of a dick about it just isn't professional,plain and simple. So I'll just stay level headed and keep doing my thing.
I decided to play the Wynn daily, but there were so many players it took me over an hour to get seated. I'm now in the game, and have outlasted nearly half the field already simply by virtue of sitting down late. The drawback is with 12k chips and blinds at 300/600/75 the average open is about 2500. Some of the play so far I've seen is pretty terrible, but if course you still need to win a hand now and then.
The Wynn was a mistake. In actual fact the tournament is excellent, and normally on a schedule I'd play a few of these events. Coming in late was a mistake is what I actually mean. They normally hold this in the Encore which is wonderful, but due to space restrictions or a slots event or suchlike, they currently have to hold some events in the poker room along with cash games, so as a result have far fewer tables and it takes longer to seat late entries. I didn't get a seat for a good while, and once I did I basically had two hands in me that I had to win to have a chance. I lost both, so it lasted about an hour. If you come in for this event at the start it's superb, if you're 104 on the alternates, it's not so hot. C'est la vie.