The WSOP is a funny animal though. Obviously you can play how you like and do what you want, but my experience over the years has told me that the first part of day one is more about getting someone to fall on their sword with the 12th nuts, than trying to bluff the table 6 hands out of 10. That rarely ends well.
Today is the $1k event. A deep run yesterday was OK, but hopefully today we can do better. The $1k's are a bit weird though. it's only $500 difference from yesterdays event, but the standard is often even worse, and also a lot of people play it VERY fast. Bust or get a stack. No bad thing, just good to know about.
Up pretty early today and took a bike ride around Desert Shores in Summerlin for around an hour (I bought a bike off Craigs List last trip here because it was essentially the same price as hiring one for 5 hours). The heat gets too much too late in the day here, but it's good to get some cardio and air yourself out a bit. It's pretty tranquil here too which is also something I enjoy, before the madness in a while. Off to shower and breakfast. Back at noon.
I have a feeling this table may break in a while. I really don't want it to. My mind games are starting already with the table. It's good natured and I'm up to 5k pretty smoothly.
15 mins before the first break and I'm still on 5k. Stealing a little bit, but it's an ok table to do this on. Most people are good natured, and the surly ones are already getting ready to get busted.
Just back from the first break and I ran 10 10 into a surly QQ. No ten for me so back to a basic 3500
4200 at start if level 4. Stealing a few small ones. I do like this table, just plodding right now.
Surly guy and nice kid next to me both just busted with aces. The 3rd guy in the hand had 88 and wasn't in the mood to fold. He turned an 8 much to the dismay of the two guys with aces, then the Ah rivered a flush, which had also paired up, so the 88 won a huge pot and left two guys talking to themselves as they went to the rail. Gotta love poker tournaments.
Argh again. My table broke, which I considered a major beat. It was a good bunch who didn't really provide any threat. The new table is tougher, with some bigger stacks and better play. Also about 4 of the guys know me, and the website. Not sure if that's good or bad...certainly a few of them can play so a tougher job than earlier to win my fair share.
Just ran trip aces(AK) into 666 and am chopped down to 1k. Shit happens. Not much to think about now.
And that was that. Found the right spot with 10h9h on level 5 and jammed my 1k, one opponent with a short stack wanted to gamble and very reluctantly called, and I told him he had one over before they went on their backs. He tabled A7 offsuit, I flopped a flush draw and he turned a straight. I couldn't improve on the river.
A couple of people said they'd maybe like a write-up after an event is over for me, with a few thoughts if possible. Today's event wasn't great material to work with, but at some point soon I'll try to put something down instead of aimlessly churning out a few lines as I go along. 0 for 2 in the WSOP now but not too stressed as I've not made any glaring errors and just haven't lit up yet. More to come soon.