So far on this I've got one serial tournament regular who loves scabby outdraws, one known absolute lowlife from the Venetian, and another old fossil who couldn't fold 99 preflop if you made it a million to play.
And me, of course. Looks like a fun ensemble.
I miss several flops, and the early betting at 100/100/100 seems rather large. I find myself on 14K quite quickly without doing much wrong, and then see a flop with 7d 6d versus a raise which comes 5c 8h 3d. I miss he turn and also the river, but the three pairs and I decide I'm not letting the other guy make all the betting. I fire 2500 with air, and he looks upset and finally mucks. Back up to 21K again.
It looks like nobody on this table brought a sense of humour with them today. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything.
Lose a lumpy pot to the old robot on my left when I raise with Ah Qh, flop two overs and nut hearts, and manage to miss everything. These old coffin-dodgers like to massively overvalue big pairs, and I'd have actually felt better getting the lot in on the flop even if it missed. Down to an early 14K as we hit level 2.
Another top pair and nut flush draw gets shredded and I drop to 10K. Hard not to be a little pissed off when I miss every nut draw, and the aforementioned fella to my left just spazzed off 7500 to KQ who rivered two pair. Feels repeatedly like I play it well with nut draws and miss, they play it terribly with 7th nut draws and get paid.
Minor laptop failure and I'm still around 10K as I raise to 700 with 99 after 3 people limp.
One now makes it 3500 and another calls. It's too much money, ship or fold. I fold. QQ wins the pot.
It's annoying. I feel I'm playing OK. Sometimes tournaments are a bit like two card PLO, in the sense that early on it's OK to speculate, but when you flop a draw of some kind, making sure it's a draw to nuts it of paramount importance. 65 on a K34 flop is totally different to 65 on a 7 8 10 flop, when you can make your hand and still lose. I just called with 88 and it came 9 J 10. Literally the worst flop for my hand. The Queen hit the river, and K10 won the pot, but I got away from the final bet.
Win a small pot with AJ on a Jack high flop, but still feels like everybody else is getting paid. 9500.
This table has been a bit weird. 20K starting chips is plenty, yet most of the bets are way oversized considering we are going from level 2 to level 3. Just have to go with it I guess.
Or not. I'm hardened to losing at poker, you have to be as it will happen a lot. What is never nice is when you lose to an extremely undesirable character, of course of which in poker there are no shortage. I'm trying to grind and play correctly, but every prospective draw is bricking out today, so it's looking like desperate measures are going to be needed soon.
This comes up on a Q35 flop when I have 5h 3h. One heart on board. It's bet for 500 and then questioned, and called by, let's just say someone who isn't a very nice person in poker in just about every encounter I've ever had with him. I try hard not to slag people off, but some people just exemplify the very worst in the unsavoury side of poker, and to me this guy is that in a nutshell in the way he acts towards others, the way he plays, wins and loses. I've seen it over a number of years, and I think to say he doesn't like me and I don't like him is pretty safe. Actually I'm not sure if he likes anybody, but that's not my concern. It's just not who I ever want to be. He initially looked like he wanted to muck his cards for the 500, and then called it, setting off bells. However, I am low with two pair, so there it is.
I throw out a bet of 2700, and it's folded back to this guy. He shuffles around and then asks how much the bet is, even though it's clearly visible what the bet is. Got to love the way people act in poker. Fine he has a big hand of some kind but with my stack and two pair on this flop I'm never folding. He shuffles around and finally calls.
I'm really not sure what all the play acting is for. Anyone with a brain will see my bet and stack and see I'm not folding here. The only card that would stop me here is a Queen on the turn as it would effectively kill my two pair. The turn is a 9, which is a blank.
He now pisses around and twiddles his stack for a while. I have 6700 or so, and he finally puts out 5K. As I said, we're not folding this spot, so we get the rest in. He asks how much it is, slowly calls, waits for me to turn over two pair, and then tables...QQ for top set. Well done mate, you should be really proud.
Drawing dead and out. I get up and wish most of the table the best of luck and leave. A pretty horrible morning, and little more to say on it. Just do what I always do, put it aside and move on.