Not the most inspiring of titles but it's all I've got right now.
Of course, it's not the last hurrah. It's the last hurrah before the big hurrah. A sort of pre-hurrah if you will. Sod it. You get the idea.
Off we go in Brasilia, and I'm feeling as good as yesterday if not better. I've actually experienced such tournament pain over the years, that I'm quite literally immune to getting upset any more. If I could teach anyone in poker something, it'd likely be that. To not be an asshole in front if people when you win or lose a hand. I guess it's all relative
This of course has yet again been displayed on level one on my new table, when with 55 on a flop of K5K I've just lost 2000 versus pocket 10's, that doesn't go away and catches one of his other 10's to make a bigger boat. I don't go broke and a few people are amazed I haven't. I'm getting used to it.
I'll save the recurring theme platitudes. It doesn't change anything. Just dig in and carry in, and don't let it affect my natural game.
It's starting to feel like "can I get past level one" in these things. There have been 2 allins on my table already(not from me) and I'm missing flops for fun. Try to not bleed chips and wait it out. 10 mins before the giddy height of level two.
Well, we've hit level 2 on 1900. I feel like I've won the event.
Find a pair, miss the flop. Find a big suited ace, miss the flop. I'm tempted to just use the remaining chips aggressively and try to either win the pot there and then or take a flip. Either way I'll be the one shoving, not calling.
And that's the way it went.
I have 9s8s in the bb with 1300 left. A serial raiser on my blind again makes it 175. I can shove but may be in a bad spot so let's take a flop.
I check, he bets 225, I jam.
He calls and tables K7. Well played.
It bricks out for me and that's that. Good luck everyone.
I'll write a post later today. Not one of apology or whining about beats. Like I said, that simply isn't professional. I'll give some thoughts on the last few weeks and mindset in general. I think getting the big hand early and doubling up is great in these events, because it gives you chips to work with. I just also think getting the shaft early every time sucks. But what are you going to do. What I'm going to do is leave the Rio now, and focus on winning the one that matters in under a week.