Off and running. Table mix of humourless internet dweebs and good natured souls. Ratio is around 50/50 currently. Started with 7500 chips at 25/50 and with 40 min levels. Currently about 900 players registered.
One monster pot already played out. Q5 vs 55 on a QQ4 flop when the case 5 turned. Worked out well for one guy who's now on a healthy 14k or so once the dust settled. As for me, yep you've guessed it, for now I'm just plodding.
Level 2 and I've played few hands but held my own and am still on starting stack. Nuts and bolts for now.
In 40 minutes I've been accosted by an Aussie player, a Dutch floorman, and an American massage girl. All friends for years, all very welcome to see. The waistcoat red hair, and giraffe make me a tad distinctive in the room.
Level 3 and down to 6500. I had JJ that looked less than wonderful on a KQ4 flop so I released.
We started with 10 players, now down to 8. One only just sat down after he apparantly bubbled in the 6-Max. I've not been too involved but am back up to 7k again. No early heroics really needed.
First 20 min break is upon us, and I'm back up to 2850. Outside to the benches for some sunshine and a stretch.
Back at it for level 4 and we've stretched out a bit as seats are removed where players have busted. One guy is pretty short and everyone else is reasonable in chips.
Just flopped a set of 4's vs A9 on an A24 board. A bit of heavy action on the flop, paired with some amateur dramatics from me, and the turn is a brick. Rarely occurs for someone to be drawing dead against me when we get it all in but luckily today was the day when all the marbles go into the centre. Another ace on the river is no help to him and I win with fours full. Up to 16k and now chip leader on the table.
Another player just busted so we're down to seven. Still a long way to go but right now obviously I'm happy with life, at least in the poker sense.
Now six handed after we lost another, and I'm holding back a bit but very aware of the environment. Everyone pretty much knows what they are doing on the table, but I've noticed a lot of players are happy to push all in with just top pair or a flush draw.
Just like that we lost another. 66 vs AQ. An 8k flip essentially, and the 66 made quads to wrap it up. I'm in good shape 5 handed but am now no longer chip leader due to that. The bigger stacks of the remaining four others are both on my right. I'm on 16k at 100/200/25.
Just like that...I'm out.
I feel like it was the pot to win the table, maybe some will disagree. Biggest stack on the table on my right raises, I find 99 on the button and repop it. He calls.
Flop is 678. He checks to me and I bet 4400 effectively committing myself. He dwells, and moves all in. I don't give him a flopped straight or a set, so I call and hope either I hit or am good. He shows JJ, and the turn and river aren't a 9, 10 or 5 and I bust in 5th.
I'm disappointed as I felt I was comfortably in the zone and tuned in. I could have hung back more at this level, but I also felt that it was the right pot to play at that moment as if I win the hand I can pretty easily steamroller the remaining players with a huge stack, and I had plenty of ways to hit once the money went in if I was behind. I won't overanalyse, but if I was critical I'd say that I don't like calling all in, I'd rather be jamming, but my initial bet effectively said that I was all in anyway.
Sigh, next etc. I'll maybe do a video later. Right now I'm getting out of here.