I lose a sizeable pot versus a pretty useful kid on my left when I raise with Ac 10c, and get called. It comes As Kc 3c so I have nut spades and top pair. I fire the flop again for 525 and get called. The turn pairs the King with the Ks, but brings no club, and I bet once again... he calls again.
The river is the 10s which now gives me three pair and puts out three spades on the board, an ugly outcome when I'd have happily played for a chunk on the flop with the right action. Now the kid wants to bet 3K. Ugh. I can't call here, and I take a hit an drop back to 6K.
I nick a pot or two and bump back to 7K again. Quite an action table considering we're on level 1. Screen shows around 1000 players at the moment.
Level 2, and I'm on 6300. Had a few hands with potential, but nobody is making any major mistakes at the table so I'm not getting too aggressive preflop.
Car crash poker midway through level 2. I am in the big blind with 9h 10h and there's a raise to 300 from a kid who just shoved his short stack with Jc 5c, got called by AQ, and made a flush to double up. I call the 300, and flop decent when it comes 267 with two hearts. I have two overs, a gutshot, and a flush draw, and against this kid I certainly want to take the initiative. I bet out for 300, he makes it 800, and I move him in for about 1800 more. He calls, and tables JJ, with no hearts. I manage to brick everything, and my stack now looks more like 3300. I'm perfectly happy with the way I played the hand, just not the outcome.
Poker is a paradox. You can be playing great (or at least believe you are), you can flop the monster combo-draws, do pretty much everything technically right, meaning get the money in correctly, get others to make the poor decisions etc, and yet you can still get the shaft. This can happen for a long time in tournamants, and when you're in the middle of it, it really is no fun at all. I just got the shaft yet again, and busted out as we approach the first break. Basically 10 9 suited. I raise in position, get reraised by the blind. I flop a pair and a straight draw, bet and get raised, make two pair on the turn, and he now hits a gutshot with 87 offsuit. I'm not annoyed, it's just no fun. I'll spare the rambling... no excuses or complaining. I'm off to clear my head and get back on the horse tomorrow for the Venetian $1100.