A heated argument breaks out on the next table about the betting line. Is it a betting line? What happens if you bring chips across the betting line and then bring some back? Etc, etc. An guy on my table and a couple of others now decide to join in, with one saying "well, this isn't how we do it in Austria!". I politely point out that we are in fact, not in Austria, so it's all OK then. I also ask if maybe life would a bit easier if people just verbalised the amount of their bet, or said "call/raise" etc, and maybe if that happened then there would be no room for ambiguity. The girl at the table actually laughed out loud when I said this, and the guys who were picking the rules to pieces all looked like I'd just peed in their coffee or something. Honestly, poker players can be such babies. If they simply bothered to look at the Wynn/TDA rules they might not need to argue endlessly like a bunch of 5 year olds.
Level 2 and I'm on 23K from my 25K start stack. Screen shows 477/498 players today. The Mediterranean guy on my left is babbling in another language incessantly and telling everyone how he's $50K up and wins everything at the Venetian. I bite my lip. He just crippled a guy by calling a preflop raise with 73 offsuit and rivering a full house.
I dropped to 18K with pairs and big suited aces, all of which managed to miss everything. Just won a small pot and am back to 21K again. Happy to try to conserve chips as much as i can this early as I'm hoping the king of the 73's is hopefully my ticket to a decent stack.
Serious internet issues in the room today, very unusually for the Wynn. It's maybe because there are like, 529+ people trying to access it. However it does mean my updates are really sporadic, sorry, I'm doing my best!
He vanishes for a good hour leaving his ill gotten gains on the table to be anted away. That's not ideal, he needs to be here if he's going to double me up.
It's been a tough day. Plenty of chips on the table to be had, but I've not had a sniff. I tossed QQ earlier at 150/300 when I made it 1100 to play and the other guy in the pot then decided that making it 9K preflop was the answer. Maybe that's the time to pt your tournament on the line, but it isn't mine that early.
Sigh...down to 11K after seeing two flops that turned to ash.
Maybe patience is a virtue after all.I'll ask one of the good players.
I raise with 10 10 at 75/250/500. I'm lucky enough to get three callers. I do say that personally I prefer playing this 6-way, but still...
Flop A 10 A. OK, that's lovely but making some money would be better. Hopefully we find someone with an ace who doesn't have a ten with it. Everyone checks.
Turn card is the case 10. OK, now I feel extra confident. Quads will do that to a guy. All check again.
River is a nothing card, and we check to the button. I feel he wants to bet, so I sandbag it. He cuts out 4000 and I raise him all-in for another 6500 or so. He snap calls, thinking we chop and tables AQ for Aces full of 10's asking if I have aces full too. I tell him it's a bit better, and bounce back up to a much needed 23K as we approach level 8.
Still alternates coming in thick and fast. Screen shows 477/726 at the moment. One guy who was always going to implode just busted with AJ offsuit vs 55 all-in preflop. Oh well, maybe he'll re-enter.
20K as we hit 75/300/600. More expensive for sure but nowhere near panic stations. This is certainly the table on which to get paid if you have a decent hand, so let's see what happens.
Holy crap...Kevin actually got lucky in a big hand for once!
I raise, with 5d 5c in mid position, and it gets repopped on the button by a guy who has consistently been calling my bets or reraising me. I'm not folding so I call the 3200 and see the flop.
It comes 3d 4d 8d. I actually don't mind this flop as I might be ahead, and also have some possibilities. He bets out for 4500, and now i have a decision. I have around 15K here and might be soon back to where i was if i keep calling raises and then folding any flop I don't hit. I decide he doesn't have an overpair and decide to shove to get him off whatever scabby ace he has. If I'm wrong, then if he doesn't have a diamond it's an equally tough call for him. I shove and wait.
He calls quickly and flips over AA with the Ad. Shit, about the worst possible result for me.
The 5s on the turn appears like a magical vision from the poker fairy which has been bitch slapping me for the last two and a half weeks. No horrors on the river and I catapult to 39K on a fluke. The guy is trying to call his pal over to look, and does everything but take a picture of the hand to Instagram it. I say nothing at all and just stack the chips. A lot of people are not only bad losers but also bad winners and I never want to be a part of that club. I just take the money. To his credit, he's obviously not happy about the suckout, but he gets over it quickly and says nothing. If I'd flatted his bet I get lucky on the turn anyway with the same end result most likely.
Wi-Fi in here is still horrific. I've been joined by Shaggy, who was on my WSOP shootout table a few weeks back. He's in a better mood today, and is still a nice guy despite me busting him when last we met.
Just reached the fourth break of the day. I'm on a tad under 40K, which is lovely.
The guy I got lucky against with 55 vs AA is short. He jams with KJ and is called by AJ. He bemoans he's not even live when an ace flops. He then catches tow Kings to suck out and be back in business. Shortly after he finds JJ vs 77, and is suddenly healthy again.
I, on the other hand, just managed to run my QQ into a button shove with J3. Unfortunately I can't get my hand to beat his, when I reshove to isolate and be heads up, he instantly flops two pair, wins and I'm down to 12K. Stupid game this.
Quads again for our intrepid hero. This time I flop quad 6's in a 4 wasy pot. We end up heads up, and I get back up to 30K again. This feels like a comedy show. QQ can't beat J3, and I get quads twice lol.
Midway in level 10 and we just lost Shaggy. He ran KK into AA, and untypically for this table, the worst hand couldn't win. Now showing 390/900 with just over two levels to go today.
Break at end of level 10. I'm on 23K. We return at 200/600/1200.
Chips escalate and fall pretty quickly now. Back up to 26K after my flush draw Jd10d rivers a jack to make two pair. Not the prettiest, but I'll take it.
Back to 35K with a well timed steal. Blinds 200/600/1200 and 342 remain.
Just lost a chunky pot with JJ when I raised and got action from two players. Flop of 778, and they go at it. I step aside and A7 wins the pot. Down to 24K again.
I find JJ yet again and raise to 3500 out of my now 22K stack. The guy whose Aces I cracked is in the big blind. He thinks, and then jams.
I don't have to play this, but am now one of the "in danger" stacks at the table again and we are just about to hit 200/800/1600 and 4200 per round. I decide now is the time and call and gamble. He turns over QQ and it runs out with no help. I'm eliminated after 12 and 1/2 hours of fun and games for zip again. Exit Kevin, good luck all...
Will write more in due course, but for now, I'm just going home to sleep. Thank you and goodnight!