First table and we are playing 5 handed. It quickly fills up and I've played with a few of these faces in the past. The screen shows almost 1,100 players so far, and I'm plotting up in Kevlar today hoping the Italian who just raised with 10d2s is going to get me up to 20K nice and early on.
Said Italian has been here for less than one orbit and he has reduced his 7,500 starting stack to 2K like it's a requirement or something. He just bet 2K on the river leaving 2K behind, and the other player jammed. He instantly mucked. I do so love the WSOP.
I've lost two small pots to my neighbour who seems handy enough. 7K currently.
It's only near the end of level one and already there have been quite a few big pots on this table, mostly won without showdown. The aforementioned Italian is the big blind when I am the button, and I'm already feeling like he's got an itchy trigger finger and is preparing to jam so he can bust out and go to play something else. Maybe a chance to trap beckons.
Lol I wish sometimes I wasn't so tuned in. Italian immediately gets a full double up after jamming his monster QJ offsuit all-in preflop, and shredding a female player's 77. I'm certainly going to play cagey on here for the time being as it looks like it could be more fireworks than yesterday's celebrations based on the last ten minutes.
Approaching the end of the first two hours, and my WSOP hoodoo appears to be continuing. My AJ just lost to KQ on a Jack high flop when the opponent called with air when I fired at it, and caught a King on the turn. Not ideal but I'm still playing fairly small-pot poker unlike a lot of others on here, so am now on 5K.
Just prior to the end of the level, I look down at two black fours. A couple of limpers at 50/100 so I make it 325 to put the squeeze on. Two callers.
Flop comes 10s 4h 2h. Lovely. Both players check to me.
It's a sort of drawy board but I know at this point I'm good and want to make it expensive, so I fire 1500, leaving about 3300 behind. Chubby Asian kid tanks for about two minutes and announces all-in. Other player folds.
"Well" I say as I call, "I guess if you have a set of tens you're just going to have to show them to me".
He turns over Qh 10h, for top pair and a heart third nut flush draw. If you can't get all the marbles in with this in level 2 of the WSOP then there's something wrong in the world.
Immediate 3h on the turn to give him his flush, and he slams the table and exclaims "YES!" I always like it when that happens.
I politely tell him the celebration might be premature as we still have a card to come. Of course, the river is the Qc and a brick for me, and that's another event in the rubbish bin. I wish everyone good luck and leave. Even the crazy Italian would have beaten me in a last longer bet, so I guess the only thing to do is smile.
It's a good job I have a strong constitution for this kind of thing. I think all I can do is keep getting people to commit their money when they're behind. I guess I just have to win the Wynn main event now then.