I start chatting immediately on what looks like a pretty fun table. I know a few of the players. Pots seem quite big for level 1, and shortly after I lose to Tammy I find AK in the big blind with about 5 limpers and decide to tax everyone by making it 700 more at 50/100. 2 players call and on a 9 J K flop I bet 1100 and get one caller. A King on the turn is a welcome sight, and I fire again for around 5K which is his stack. He shrugs and calls tabling AJ. Rare for someone to be drawing dead against me but I'll take it. I bust him and go up to 23K.
In today's flight there are currently 116/129 players but plenty of levels to enter or re-enter. There is also flight 1C tomorrow, so of course the plan is to run it up today and rest tomorrow.
At least I know the radar is working well. In a three way pot on a Q J Q 9 K board with 4 clubs out there, I bet 1125 on the river when it's checked to me. My neighbour makes it 3500, and I muck, telling him he has either Kings full or he flopped quads. He shows QQ and we all have a good laugh about it.
Tammy just busted when she 3-bet preflop with KK, and was called by QQ. Flop comes Queen high and it all goes in. Poker sucks like that sometimes, especially tournaments.
22K. Average is 18K. early days.
First break. Stretching of legs, etc.
Return from the break and drop back to 16K when my 77 is no good on a 9 10 J J K board vs AQ. Back to nuts and bolts again.
Hit a block during the next level where every hand is unplayable. It's fine. Simply adjusted and screwed right down for now. As said another bullet is an option, but of course getting through day 1 on a single shell is a lot better, so for now I'll just wait it out.
Well, I waited it out, and then flopped a set of 7's on a 7 J 3 board. I fire again and get called. The headphones guy out of position gets there with 10 8 offsuit when his gutshot 9 hits the turn to make him a straight. I reluctantly pay off a river bet as the hand is so concealed (OK, by concealed, I mean ugly). Down to 8K and not loving life at 50/200/400.
75/250/500 and I'm grinding with no real joy. The times I've raised I'm getting called by the same one or two guys, and don't really have the stack to get creative, so I'm only popping it up with decent hands. Sadly these hands are not improving and I can't do anything with the resulting flops. 6500 in chips as we near the end of the level.
The poker room are having issues with their clock and tournament I.T system, meaning the time keeps vanishing from the screens. In fact, I know from speaking with the TD's that this problem is actually affecting the whole casino, and not just poker. They are of course, on top of it, and still know how the levels are going and what the blinds are etc, and are keeping us updated via the PA system. However, listening to the players, you'd think it was the end of the world. Some guys are such babies, any excuse to complain!
The only girl at the table gets crippled when on a 5 5 10 Q A board, she calls a huge all-in river bet in an already big pot, and is shown 95 for trips with a horrible kicker. I have no idea what she had, but trips wins.
It gets worse for me when I raise with AQ, and get raised and reraised, so I fold. They play the pot out and I get shown AJ and 99. The AJ wins.
We hit level 8, and I decide it's time to make a stand with JJ when there's a raise at 75/300/600. I have around 5K, and get it in. The guy on my left asks the standard dipshit question "how much is it?" He's sitting NEXT to me. Anyway, he calls. Everyone fold, and he then turns over QQ. I'm irked for about a second but still manage to ask him how much over 5K did it need to be for him to be folding QQ heads up?
Anyway, I actually hit a Jack, but the board runs out four diamonds, and he wins with a flush. That's my lot.
Not an ideal day. Was a good start, but after the first hour or so it all went steadily bad. Sometimes it's just like that.
I will fire again in 1C tomorrow, making up the shortfall from my own roll. Everyone who has shares is still involved for the same percentage.