I kick off fresh faced and full of... well, you all know what I'm full of, so let's just get past that. 5K chips and a pretty fast clock, with $300 bounties for each mutant you can eliminate. I rarely play these things with the intention of trying to knock out players. I'd rather play it to try to win the damn thing, and any casualties along the way that make us richer I accept as happy accidents.
My table today largely looks to be a bunch of unsmiling robots. I guess it had to happen eventually. The kid on my right gets admonished by another player for taking time to think in a hand, when the other player abruptly says to him "you do know this a turbo buddy right???" I ask if they'd like to get a room together, and neither looks amused. One of those days then. There have already been about 4 all-ins on this table in level 1, and it looks like at least 3 of the 7 seated players have been perfecting their stare down technique in front of the mirror. I try not to laugh at one point.
Nearing the end of level 2 (yep, it's that fast), and my 5K is about 4800. I think I've won two small pots without showdown. One French guy with all the poker apparel looks like he wants to get his whole stack in if he has any ace anytime an ace flops. He'll keep for now. The light blue chip on top of the stack is a $300 bounty given to each player.
Just seen a 3 way all-in, where one guy jams with A2 offsuit (preflop), he's called by QJ, and overcalled by QQ. The A2 wins the lot when he makes two pair, and then proceeds to tell the table that he had position, was short stacked etc, etc. Poker players are so hilarious sometimes. The justifications of why some of them play the way they do are even funnier. Just shut up and take the pot already.
We hit 25/100/200 and this table is getting a bit bizarre. I've seen plenty of "any" Ace shoves that get called by even worse. I won one hand with a C-bet when I missed the flop which put me back to 4K or so, but then I lost around 1K when a guy with 53 suited turned a straight against my 10 10. I folded to the turn bet and he showed.
Level 6 at 50/100/300, and I'm on 3100. I look down at AdKh, and limp, intending to reraise should the chance arise. 2 people flat, then a French kid makes it 700 to play, perfect. One player then calls, and I ship the rest, happy to get the money in first and be up against anything other than AA or KK. The others fold, and he turns over QQ. Standard stuff. Now we just have to win it.
Flop is J 10 5. Now I WANT him to hit a Queen.
Turn is a 6. OK, now would be the right time to hit and Ace, King, or Queen.
I get another Ten. That's that.
No real complaints with the hand or the event. It was a lower buy in WSOP tournament, so it would always attract a few players for whom deep thinking isn't a strong suit. That's fine of course if you adjust, and some hands simply play themselves. I think in the spot I was in, mine was one of them, mainly filling my criteria for hands like AK, namely, I got the money in first, and it wasn't disproportionate to the blinds and structure. I just didn't win it, and I can live with that.
Tomorrow is the Venetian $600 with $750K guaranteed. I'll prepare for that, and will put aside any negative thoughts. I know I'm playing fine, and that's good enough.