I'd rather be updating now from the final table of the $600, but shit you can have everything you want in life so I'll just make the best of it and crack on.
I'm at the Rio tomorrow, so can't get dragged into a multi-day event but would rather not blow off the whole day since I'm already here I figured the Venetian bounty looks a good event. I can't see it running past midnight and currently there are 140 players. It's a $600 with $200 bounties, but personally I don't pay much attention to those until you have a stack that's worth bullying people with for their tournament life. For the moment it's just a normal event to me. See how we advance.
Cracking along here at a pretty fast pace. I've actually been on auto for the last hour or so catching up on posts, answering blog comments and basically doing a bit of admin which has probably kept me out of trouble.
Thank you for the messages, encouragement and general piss taking I've got since embarking on the summer trip. As most of you know I'm a firm believer that poker (and life for that matter) is riddled with unfortunate souls who are often, whiny, bitter, petty, nasty, jealous,hateful, selfish, ill informed and ignorant. And that's just a selection of some of the good ones. However over the years I've also made some really great friends and know that there are a good bunch that follow this site and read my rambling bullshit during festival time. Most of them understand a lot of what I say is tongue in cheek and for entertainment value whether the reader has bought shares in the trip or not, so I'm happy to get as good as I give.
The only event of note for me here is that approaching the first break I'm still around the 15k starting stack. One hand that could have exploded is where I had A4 in a small raised pot with three of us. The flop comes A42 with 42 of hearts. I make a small bet and get raised by the guy next to me, who is also the one who was playing every single hand on my table in yesterday's $600 event. It comes round to player number three who dwells then moves all in for around 8k. I have 12,000 at the time and top two pair. I know the other player likes to see flops with any old dogshit and for some reason I'm not liking my top two, at least to be the winner after all the cards run out. I fold. What a dummy I am.
Well, not quite. Mr dogshit flips over 53 for a flopped but straight, and the other guy shows Ah5h for top pair, a gutshot straight draw, and a straight flush draw! He bricks the world and is out, and not at all happy about it, and whilst I had a feeling deep down about the hand, him being in it likely saved me a sizeable amount of my chips as I might have played with the other guy.
On a pretty fast clock we're on level 5 already. 180 plates remain from 245 starters. Average is 20k and I'm on 14k but not fussed right now.
Level 7 and we've gone from 283 players down to 154. Re-entries are thankfully Now closed and it's been a dull affair at least poker wise. The table is fairly merry but my only drama has been calling a small raise with KK in a pot that ended up being five handed. An ace is obviously the first card out and two people take off. I fold and they play it out and show AK and AQ. Bullet dodged because at least one of them wasn't folding preflop.
My stacks been on around the start most of the morning but losing that pot put me down to 9k. I've just been moved to a new table and we've hit 75/300/600 so I can't sit around much longer before I need to start making something happen.
139 played left and it's been a grim morning cards wise. I picked up a fair few hands in the other event, but in this one aside from the KK it's been rags all day. No worries that's just how it is. I've picked up hands like A10s and AJ off but they're always early position and I don't really have the chips to take a raise. In both of those instances I'd have had to play for all the chips and would have lost. However one thing we know is that I can grind a short stack, even though playing a big stack is far more fun.
Found the double up spot with 10 10, but the big stack with KK decided he wasn't having any of it. Busted just at the start of level 9. Would have been nice to get motoring but no complaints, didn't ever really get off the ground and that's what's needed in these things. The rest of today will just be resting up and preparing for tomorrow's WSOP Millionaire Maker. It's 10 one hour levels and a different animal to these things altogether so being ready is definitely an advantage as most people aren't anywhere near in good shape to play.