Jumped into a FREEZING cold swimming pool this morning on a dare, which got the blood pumping and the grey matter jumping around upstairs. Hot shower to follow and off to the Wynn to kick off at noon.
On the neighbouring table, Doug Lee just tripled up, when he flopped a straight with 52, and one guy with 2 pair and another with just AA decided he'd look better with a 75k stack than a 25k one. Must be nice to be Dougie.
Off again and now up to 128 players.
As a result I'm now back up to about 28k.
The walk was good for the constitution. Not THE constitution obviously, but just my own. Win the first hand on my rerun when AQ beat A4 for a change, back to 25k at the 150/300/25 level.
Barry Shulman gets moved to the table, and gets an immediate double up with aces. Living the dream...
Now on break til 8pm. I'm on 23k. Not ideal but still in.
Quick note whilst I'm waiting for my food. As always the Wynn run great events. I see a lot of the same faces playing in them, some of them are clearly tournament regulars. Maybe it's just the changing face of poker where I'm seeing (even in a main event) some guys simply determined to go broke with a pair, or top pair with a good kicker. Not shoving short and getting called mind, calling all in with a huge stack, often drawing dead. I guess it must be good for the game and certainly good for the poker economy but I still don't see myself ever just shrugging and calling off trying to invent a hand that I might be beating. Maybe that's why I don't have lots of chips, but likewise that's maybe why they're out, and I'm not. Meh.
This won't do. Although I'm not in the danger zone yet I'm not going to be continually spending 2-2500 seeing flops and folding. We'll likely play for all the marbles again and just have a real hand. If I was on 40 or 50k I'd have the luxury of peeling a few flops, but the day has basically been AA once,KK once, AK once, and a smattering of baby pairs. Not ideal for 11 hours of tournament poker. If I get out the blocks with a stack of course, then the cards are to a degree irrelevant, but without the chips I'm stuck playing the poker I don't enjoy.
River is a six and I'm back to 27k.
3 way pot, AQ, AK and 1010 manage to get 60k in preflop at 100/500/1000. The AQ is allin and the others both call.
3 rags flop and the AK jams and the 1010 calls. Immediate ace on the turn and he triples up. The stuff of dreams, or nightmares depending on your viewpoint.
I avoided the avoidable.
We've ended the day on 1/3 of the average but I don't care. It was a real slog from start to finish with about 6 good hands in 12.5 hours and I'm through. Off home to sleep. Restart at noon today in 11.5 hours.