So far 120 entrants for 1C, and quelle surprise, not the most humorous bunch I've ever clapped eyes on. 30 mins in, and lots of dealers and players coming by to say hi to me, not one smile cracked on my table whatsoever. Give it time, see if someone losing a few pots will liven them up a bit.
Well, so far no-one's livening up, I've not won any pots and the guy next to me seems to have turned waiting precisely 11.8 seconds before making every decision into an art form. It feels like the mother of all grinds right now, which is non typical of Venetian events. Maybe I'm just unlucky with my starting table. Either way we're halfway into level 2 and there's absolutely nothing of note to report. Sorry.
Level 3 is under way so we're at 100/200. My 12k start stack is down to 8800 after getting 5 pairs, missing 5 flops, and deciding to bluff nobody. Crash helmet on and plod. Same old story. 160 entrants so far today.
Undoubtedly the first of many pics of chips, giraffes 'n' stuff.
One player busted and was replaced by Alan Cunningham. This proves to be good for me as I'd dwindled a bit more and betting into him on the flop and turn got me back up to a working stack. He's obviously good enough to get away from a speculative hand, and we've played before a few times anyway. Besides, my need was greater in this instance, so needs as must and all that.
Just about to start a 15 min break at the end of level 3 before the antes kick in. I'm now on about 10k which is fine.
The updates feature on my website , as with so many things in my life recently has decided to make my life problematic on a regular basis just "because". This morning I tried to update a 2 min pre-tournament video I recorded, which has worked perfectly well in the past. Today despite 3 uploads, each attempt had me broadcasting my witty banter laying on my side as opposed to sitting in a chair, which I'm still pretty sure I was doing when I made the vid. I aborted and will look into it later, and today it keeps broadcasting text in an illegible dark font on a dark background. I've changed the page layout to a slightly less chiq but hopefully more readable format for the ease of the 3 people and a golden retriever that might be out there reading my drivel. When I get my kings smashed I'd like people to at least be able to read it clearly.
Just into level 4 and up to 191 players. At least the table is talking a bit now. Knew I'd soften them up eventually.
Ahh Kevin you silver tongued devil you.
It's taken almost 5 goddam levels but I'm finally over starting stack. Ok it only came about by talking the guy out of calling the river bet, but still I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be part of my MO right? Happy days...
Difficult game. Woke up with AA, and AQ decided that shipping 13,000 in preflop on a 5 bet against me was the way to get me to fold aces. i decided to gamble with him. It's rare for someone to be drawing dead on the flop against me but luckily this was one of those times. Now on about 27k with average at 18k and feeling OK about life :o)
Level 6 and there are 103/212 left. The stacks have gone up and the standard seems to have gone in the opposite direction, without the table line up changing too much. Weird. I'm on about 30k and nipping away. The guy on the tournament table behind me is whooping and hollering pretty much every single hand, and I think has possibly consumed enough alcohol to power a large paraffin stove for around 4 days.gotta love the poker drunks.
Argh.... Tried yet another video update on the last break, which went tits upward...literally. Instead of being on my side this time I was upside down! Hilarious though it looked to see me discussing Las Vegas poker whilst I was inverted, I deleted the vid and and its back to typing for now. I'm on 37k with the average at 26k and 98/212 left.
Coming up on level 9 now. 62 left and average is 41k. I'm on 51k so all good.
Average 42k. Me 68k. Table dynamic a lot better than before and I have more freedom to open up a little.
Next break. I'm on about 80k, average 49k. Back in 15 min at 600/1200/200.
Nice artsy exterior shot.
Took a few hits and down to 79k. Average is 65k so not terminal by any means.
We're on level 11, supposedly playing for around another 75 min or so today before bagging up. Again the table dynamic has changed a fair bit. Anthony, a nice guy I'd never met before but had seen quite a lot playing cash games over the years sat down on my left and we've been trading a few pots back and forth and bullshitting together for a couple of hours. It's nice to have a few players at the table with a good temperament and mentality, and less douchebags who think every hand is a TV dwell opportunity. Makes the day pass by a little easiy. Also the guy who was drinking and shouting on the table begins earlier just sat down with a monster stack of about 250k. Gotta love tournaments. 38/212 left..
The pic above shows the loud drunk guy (who may actually be called Kevin!) who has been playing quite literally EVERY pot since he sat down. He went from 250k down to about 30 and back up again, leaving a trail of corpses in his wake, including poor Anthony, who foolishly busted out after he played a huge pot with way the best hand, and then walked into drunk guys 96 preflop who made a dirty two pair. All you can do is the right thing...sucks when it goes wrong. Now everyone on the table is trying to get a piece of him. Meanwhile I've drifted back down to 54k with 29 players left at the last break of the day.
I've had a shitty last few hours,with the drunk guy either busting out or doubling up seemingly everyone else at the table. Average is probably about 90k as we now bag up for the end of the day, but I'm likely on about 48k. Not overly concerned, we come back on Sunday for the redraw for day 2 and start at 1200/2400/400, so first tournament, 10 hours later,made day 2 and could have more chips but I'm happy with getting to the next hurdle in the first event. X