Thursday, June 30, 2011

WSOP Day 30

Event 50k, $5k NLHE: Late registered and had about the starting stack when I went to dinner break where the waiter spilled Coke all over me. Luckily it didn't really show once it dried and even more luckily I was at a decent restaurant and hadn't ordered yet and the manager came over and said they'd comp my meal. So I played it like any good poker player would and ordered the shrimp cocktail with the filet mignon and the lobster tail. It was quite tasty but it was even tastier since it was free. After dinner I got back to the poker but not for very long. Bustout hand I had 12k or so at 200/400, I raise utg to 850 with KK, person 2 spots behind me calls, big blind calls. Flop comes J97 with 2 clubs, bb checks, I can tell that the cold caller likes the flop so I check intending to checkraise him. Cold caller bets a little over 2k, the big blind checkraises to like 5k. I'm not crazy about my hand at this point but I'm pretty sure I can't fold, so I go all in for my last 11k or so. Cold caller pretty much snap shoves for like 35k and big blind tanks for a few seconds but finally calls.  Cold caller has QQ and big blind has 77, board runs out with blanks and the 77 wins and I bust. Kind of an annoying hand in that if the QQ 3-bets preflop then almost certainly the 77 folds and we get it in and I double up, but oh well.

I also played the $2250 mega-satellite for the $50k 8-game, I only made it thru 6 of the games before I busted. Was the first satellite I've played at the WSOP in probably 4 years.

I remember back in the early 2000s I would go to the WSOP for a week or 2 every year and just grind the single-table satellites and mega satellites and occasionally some cash games, and I barely played any of the actual events. I think from 2001-2006 I played maybe like 5 events total and didn't go even remotely deep in any of them. 2007 was the first year that I really started playing events, I think I played like 15 that year, and then have played between 35 and 40 each year since 2008. I'm not sure why but back then the actual events just didn't interest me at all back then, and now I can't really get motivated to play anything but the actual events. It's really is a different culture now though at the WSOP. The events didn't hold near the prestige back then that they do now, and obviously the prize pools were way smaller.

Got $1500 PLO8 at noon tomorrow which is a great value event, and then $2500 Mixed Holdem at 5pm.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WSOP Day 29, Trifecta Accomplished

Event 47, $2500 Omaha8/Stud8, Day 2:  Came into the day with 9400 chips playing 600/1200, lost the first 2 hands I played and was busto within like half an hour.

Event 48, $1500 NLHE:  Got in this just as late reg was closing and stayed around the starting stack until right before dinner when I picked up AA and tripled up to get to around 10k.  After dinner I had a hand where I flatted a raise in the cutoff at 150/300 with QTcc and the big blind called too.  Flop came Q75 with 2 hearts, and the big blind led for 1600, the original raiser folded, and I went all in for like 7k more and he thought for a while before finally calling with A5hh, ace on the river.  I don't think I've made day 2 of a NLHE tournament yet this year.

Event 49, $2500 Triple Draw:  One of my best games.  Had pretty good tables throughout the day and got my stack up around 20k just after the last break but then got moved to a new table and didn't win a hand, and in triple draw your chips can go quickly if you don't win any hands, as mine did, and I busted with about 20 minutes left in the day.

I doubt I'll do the daily WSOP blog updates next year, it's just too much of a grind and probably boring you guys a little.  :)  It seems silly to quit now though with only like 5 days of prelims left.  I hope if anything you all can appreciate how much of a grind the WSOP becomes though.

$5k NLHE tomorrow at noon.

WSOP Day 28

Sorry forgot to update this yesterday...

Event 46, $10k 6-max NLHE:  This one didn't really go as planned, I late registered in the 150/300/25 level and within 20 minutes I had lost half of my stack to get down to around 15k.  My last hand I pick up 66 in the small blind and it's folded to me and I open for 900 and the big blind calls.  The flop comes 457 with 2 diamonds and I lead for 1200, he makes it like 3500, I go all in for 15k and he thinks for a bit and calls with 98dd, hits a diamond on the turn (and the river for good measure) and I'm busto in like half an hour.

Event 47, $2500 Omaha8/Stud8:  This was such a great value tournament for me.  I was at tables where people were definitely in a gambling mood and hit my share of pots early but ran a little bad at the end to end the day at 9400 chips.

Monday, June 27, 2011

WSOP Day 27, Bubble Time

Event 44, $2500 Razz, Day 2:  Ran my stack up to like 80k at one point which was probably close to the chiplead, but then lost a few big pots as we neared the bubble.  With 44 left and 40 spots being paid I was down to about 20k playing 2500/5000 and called an early position raise with (74)2 with him having (xx)3.  My board ran out (74)2848(4) while his ran out (xx)3TAT(x) with me betting every street including the river.  He pretty much instacalled my river bet with an 87 and I was down to 1200 chips after that hand.  I'm not sure if he would have called if he just had a ten low but obviously that's what I was hoping for.  Then after the hand I look up at the board and see we're down to 41 players now, having lost 3 players in the minute or so it took to play that hand.  There's pretty much no way I would have played the hand in the first place if I had known we were down to 41 already but obviously with me thinking we're still 4 spots from the money I want to try to accumulate chips still.  Anyway next hand I get 953 and go with it since I'm basically all in anyway, end up making a jack low against a better jack low and bust out exactly on the bubble in 41st place.

$10k 6-max NLHE at noon tomorrow and $2500 omaha8/stud8 mix at 5pm.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WSOP Day 26

Event 43, $1500 NLHE:  Won an early allin with AQ vs AK and eventually ran my stack up to about 13k from the starting stack of 4500 by level 6, but then lost a big allin with KK vs AQ and was down to like 2k at that point, and the last hand before dinner I got allin with AK vs 88 and busted.

Event 44, $2500 Razz:  Had a pretty good table draw with some people gambling a little too much and a few other pretty tight players.  Was a really swingy day for me, I was up to 24k from the 7500 starting stack just after dinner break, then a couple hours later I was down to like 5k, then an hour or 2 later I ended the day with 34k which is probably top 5 in chips going into day 2.

$1k NLHE is the only tourney starting tomorrow but the odds are pretty slim I'll be in it, I'd have to  run extremely bad in day 2 of the razz and bust in the first hour.

Friday, June 24, 2011

WSOP Day 25, At Least I Played for 6 Hours Today

Event 41, $1500 Limit Holdem Shootout:  Really got a pretty good table draw with only a few good players but just kept getting coolered and was down to below 1k after the first hour, somehow I hung on for another hour or so before busting.

Event 42, $10k PLO:  Got it in in huge pots as a small dog twice in fairly standard spots, won the first one to get to around 45k, lost the 2nd one to get down to 20k, lost some more small pots to get down to like 14k.  Pick up KQQh8h on the button at 2/4, open for 1100, bb calls, flop 772 with one heart, bb checks I bet 1100 he checkraises to like 3600 i minraise to like 6300 he minraises to 9k, I feel like he can be on air at least some of the time but I don't know how often (maybe never?, I dunno he was young) plus I should have something like 10-15% equity most of the time so he doesn't have to be bluffing very often for me to go all in, anyway, I raise all in and he snap calls, and has A7xx, I hit a king on the turn to pick up a couple outs but blank on the river.

$1500 donkament at noon tomorrow and $2500 razz at 5pm.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

WSOP Day 24, Even Shorter Day

Event 40, $5k NLHE 6-max:  Registered before the first ante level, about 20 minutes in I lost half my stack with A4 vs Q6 on a 44766 board where I checked the flop, bet the turn, then puke-called on the river when he bet full pot.  If I was any good maybe I can find a fold there on the river but I'm not much for making hero folds.  Maybe 10 minutes later cutoff raises to 450, small blind calls, I ship about 6k with 98c because I know cutoff can be pretty wide and small blind probably almost never has a hand he can call with, anyway opener has JJ and I lose.

$1500 Limit holdem shootout at noon and $10k PLO at 5pm tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WSOP Day 23, My Shortest Day So Far

Event 37, $10k HORSE, Day 2:  My 34k stack was down to like 10k after playing the stud8 round, then I went on a rush in the holdem and omaha rounds to get back up to like 50k.  Had a really silly spot in the stud round where I accidentally raised when I meant to call and it cost me 6k although I did have a big draw anyway so it wasn't really a terrible raise but since my draw missed, obviously it was.  :)  Anyway got whittled down to like 15k then my last hand in stud I raise with (A6)6 2 diamonds, get called by a king, we get it all in by 5th when I have 66A84 with 4 diamonds and he has (Q8)K4Q, but I brick 6th and 7th and he wins with queens.  Kind of a weird spot for him to get involved with KQ8 with me raising first after the bringin and pretty obviously having a hand I'm not planning on folding since I only had 15k left at 2k/4k but whatever it's probably not terrible anyway.

Event 39, $2500 PLH/PLO:  Errrrrr.  Ummmmm.  2nd hand I'm the big blind, 2 limpers, button raises to 400 at 50/100, I call with 6643ddss, limpers call.  Flop comes Q86 wtih a diamond and a spade, check around to button who pots it, I repot it to basically go all in, first limper pretty much instantly goes all in which is a pretty bad sign for my hand since she should have an overset pretty often.  Button calls and limper has 88xx and button has KJT9 and it turns out both my backdoor flush draws are live at least.  Seems like a pretty unavoidable spot for me considering how the action played out.  Anyway board pairs and I make the lower full house to bust on the 2nd hand.

5k 6-max NLHE at noon tomorrow, I'll probably late register during the ante levels.

WSOP Day 22

Event 35, $5k PLO, Day 2:  Went into the day really short on chips with about 20k with blinds 600/1200 with the average around 70k, but got it in with QQ65 double suited against some AAxx hand, hit a 5 on the flop and a 5 on the turn to double up to like 46k.  A few hands later I triple barrel bluffed with the bare ace on a flush board and he finally folded on the river, and I got my stack to around 80k with like 80 people left when I get this hand.  I open under the gun with AhKhQx6x to 3200 at 800/1600, Tom Dwan calls next to act, and the big blind calls.  Flop comes Ad3h4h, big blind checks to me, I bet 6500, Dwan calls after thinking a bit, big blind folds.  Turn comes 7h and I lead out for 13,500 and after thinking for a while Dwan raises to about 29,500 and I immediately see the possible straight flush but I don't feel like I'm deep enough to fold and folding is probably pretty bad against someone like him anyway.  So anyway I shove for like 40k more and he snap calls and I know I'm screwed before I even see his hand.

Event 36, $2500 NLHE:  Late reg'd for this after busting the PLO, only lasted like a half hour, got it in with top pair against a set in what may very well have been an ambitious spot, but I mean we were only like 35bb deep at that point, hit 2 pair on the turn to pick up 4 outs but missed the river.

Event 37, $10k HORSE:  Ran really bad for the first 6 levels of this and my stack was below 15k at one point from the starting stack of 30k and it looked like I might be able to pull off the trifecta of bustouts for today, but then I picked up some hands including being rolled up on 2 consecutive hands in stud and winning pretty good pots on both hands.  Also had fun in a razz round where I went all 8 hands without looking at my hole cards on any of the hands, folding 6 of them because I had a big card and raising the other 2 and stealing the antes because it was folded to me with a small card.  Razz is such a silly game really.  Anyway I ended the day with 34k which is probably close to average.

$1500 NLHE at noon tomorrow and $2500 PLH/PLO at 5pm, will play either one depending on if/when I bust from the HORSE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WSOP Day 21

Event 35, $5k PLO:  Ran really good at the beginning including getting it in in a huge 3 way pot with AA and making a flush to scoop the pot.  Got up to 62k by dinner which was probably close to the chip leaders.  After dinner I got switched to a much harder table and also was pretty card dead and basically slowly spewed chips for 4 hours and ended the day with just over 20k chips, with the average stack being 70k.  About 110 people left with 48 spots paid.  Restart at 2:30.

Gonna play the $10k horse tomorrow if I bust the PLO, really looking forward to this event as I feel I don't have any weak games in HORSE and the mix game events really suit me well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

WSOP Day 20

Event 33, $10k Stud8, Day 2:  blah blah lost every hand i played and busted in like 20 minutes, no fun.

Event 34, $1k NLHE:  Got my stack over 10k and actually made a dinner break finally in a noon event, but busted on the 2nd hand after dinner when i ran QQ into AK.

Hilarious hand from the $1k today, on the river David Bach bets all in for his last 800 or so into a pot that had at least 6k in it already, the board is AQ9J8 with no flush possibility, his opponent tanks for at least a minute and asks David "Do you have the ace?" while it looks like he's mulling over a call with a pretty weak hand, finally he calls and David flips over AJ obviously thinking he's going to win, and the other guy flips over QT for the straight.  It was pretty ambiguous as to whether he was intentionally trying to slowroll or was just really not very smart, but the whole hand was pretty funny.  Even David laughed at how silly the whole situation was as he was walking away.  If any pro did that they'd probably get scorned at the very least but really all you can do is laugh when an amateur does something like that.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

WSOP Day 19

Event 33, $10k Stud8:  Really weird day, I had a very passive table and the pots were really small all day.  My stack was between about 24-30k all day and I ended the day with 24,700.  We restart at 3pm.

Sorry about the little rant a couple days ago, I really don't feel bad or sad or whatever, but you guys get the worst of me on these updates sometimes because I'm usually blogging right after I busted from something.  I consider myself very lucky to even be in a position where I can play all of these events every year and I really do enjoy it even during the bad stretches.

I think the biggest frustration for me this year is that after my 2nd place finish I had a great shot at winning player of the year if I could just get a few decent cashes to go along with it, but I haven't really gotten anything going in any other tournaments.  I was in 8th place in POTY standings I think after my cash and now I'm in 19th.  I definitely still have a shot at it but I would need to run pretty good in the next couple weeks to get there.  I actually have no idea what the player of the year wins but I do know it would be really neat to win it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

WSOP Day 18

Event 31, $3k PLO:  I feel like PLO is about my 10th best game if I were playing against good players, but these PLO fields at the WSOP are always so ridiculously juicy.  I chipped up from 9k to about 14k in the first few levels, then got it in with KQJ9 against T876 on a T97 board.  Without running it I'd guess I'm about 50/50 here, he might be a very slight favorite since he has 4 full house outs.  I hit a jack on the turn to make a higher straight but his full house outs came into play when the 7 came on the river and I was down to about 2k chips.  A few hands later I get it in with JT97 on a T95 flop in a 3 way pot, I'm up against another guy with T9xx and the other guy has 55xx, so basically I have 4 win outs and 2 chop outs, plus other backdoor straight and flush draws.  Unfortunately he hit a 5 on the turn to end all suspense.

$1500 NLHE tomorrow which I don't know whether I'll play yet, because I definitely want to play the $10k stud8 at 5pm, an event I got 10th in last year.

WSOP Day 17

Event 29, $2500 10-game:  I ended up skipping the $1500 NLHE to make sure I could play this, as I think this event is probably one of the best values for me.  Really never got much going, kept losing my chips in limit games then doubled up twice in plo, but just kept making second-best hands over and over in spots where I have to pay off, and ended up busting in level 7.

The grind is definitely starting to get to me a little, I have only 1 cash in 19 events so far.  I know obviously the one cash was a really good one, so who am I to complain really, but it's funny how poker screws with your head.  I haven't gotten even remotely deep in anything in the last week or so.  Was really looking forward to quite a few of the events this week and I didn't do anything in any of them.  I mean I feel like I'm playing fine still and that's all I can do.  I really have no idea how people play tournaments all year round without going insane.

3k PLO at 5pm tomorrow.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

WSOP Day 16

Event 26, $2500 6-max NLHE:  Busted pretty quickly in this one, called a guy down with JJ on a KKxxx board, thought he could be bluffing, he wasn't.

Event 27, $10k Limit Holdem:  Ran really good in the first 4 levels, picking up tons of big pairs and a few sets and I turned 30k into 58k by dinner which was probably one of the top stacks.  After dinner was a different story, I doubt I won more than like 3 pots in the next 4 hours and busted with about 15 minutes left in the day.

$1500 NLHE at noon but I might skip this to make sure I can play the $2500 10-game at 5pm, not sure yet, I'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WSOP Day 15

Event 24, $5k NLHE Shootout:  Had a ridiculously hard table with people like durrr, charder, Shannon Shorr, and Ashton Griffin, and really an entire table of people who are good players.  Somehow I chipped up from 15k to 40k in the first 4 hours without ever really winning a big pot, then I went really card dead when we were short  handed, and ended up heads up with a 135k to 15k chip deficit.  I won an all in with KJ vs AT when I hit a jack on the river, then I slowly chipped up to around 50k to his 100k.  With blinds 600/1200, we get it in preflop and I have 66 against his AQ, flop is ace high with 2 hearts, turn is a heart giving me a flush draw, but I blank the river to finish 2nd at my table.

Event 25, $1500 Stud8:  Busted just in time to register for this one, and I wish I hadn't.  Had a great table draw with people ready to gamble, but unfortunately I never dragged a single chip and busted within about 40 minutes.

$2500 NLHE 6-max tomorrow at noon and $10k limit holdem at 5pm if I bust that.

WSOP Day 14

Event 21, $10k Stud, Day 2:  Went into the day pretty shortstacked but hung around for a few hours with not many chips, and then after all that waiting I got my last chips in with 22A vs 555, not exactly the best spot.

Event 23, $2500 8-game:  Was really looking forward to this event.  Unfortunately it didn't go well.  I ran good in the limit games but in a NLHE hand I paid a guy off with pocket aces when he had a set, in a spot where I should probably lay it down but I paid him off for some reason.  After that pot I ran good in the limit games again, but then lost all of it in a big plo pot where I got about 1/5 of my stack in preflop with AAK9 with one suit, and got the rest in on the KT8 rainbow flop, and the other guy had T875.  Not much I can do there really, even against the hand he had I have about 36% equity, and I really think I could have gotten it in as a favorite a lot of the time since on the previous break I had heard him talking to his friends about how he was going to gamble it up in this tourney.

5k nlhe shootout at noon tomorrow, then 1500 stud8 at 5pm.

Monday, June 13, 2011

WSOP Day 13

Event 20, $1k donkfest:  Registered in level 3, busted in level 4, nothing very interesting.

Event 21, $10k stud: Ran good in the first few levels to get to around 50k chips but then ran bad the last level or 2 of the night, ended the day with 23,400 which is probably about half of average stack.  We restart at 3pm.

1500 plo and 2500 8-game tomorrow...2 great value tournaments to play.  Will play whatever I can depending on if/when I bust the stud.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

WSOP Day 12, The Short Short Version

Event 18, $1500 NLHE:  Late reg'd, busted within an hour AJ < QT.

Event 19, $2500 Limit Holdem 6-max:  Had a ridiculous table draw at which it's definitely possible that I was the worst limit holdem player at the table.  Mix that with a little bit of runbad and it's a sure recipe for a quick bustout.

Friday, June 10, 2011

WSOP Day 11

10k 2-7 NL, Day 2:  Ran really good, getting action on my good hands and got down to about 23 ppl left with 170k chips which was probably about average stack, with the tourney paying 14 spots.  I know probably like 5 of my readers at most even play 2-7 nl but I'll post the hand anyway.  Playing 2k/4k blinds, utg+1 opens for 12k (playing 6 handed), I call in cutoff with 7532x, bb reraises to 42k, utg+1 folds.  I figure he has a pat hand here almost always but I also thought he could be kind of weak and I have a really good draw and maybe some bluffing equity if I decide to do that since I still have like 120k behind.  So anyway I call and he stands pat and I draw a king.  He checks to me and I tank for like a minute and I just decide I can get him off his hand often enough because he has to know I have a strong draw and could easily have a nut hand here, so I go all in and he tanks for at least 2-3 minutes and I really thought he was going to fold, but unfortunately he finally called with a 98642.  Oh well.

1500 donkament tomorrow and 2500 limit holdem if I bust that.

WSOP Day 10, Sooooo Close to a Bracelet

So yeah like I'm sure most of you know I finished 2nd place in the 10k o8 event for $287k.  Thanks so much to everyone who showed up to support me, and everyone who was watching online, it was so much fun having so many people in my corner rooting for me.  Hopefully I get another shot at bringing home the gold this year, but I'm completely happy with how I played the final table, so I'm not disappointed at all.  I lost a few key pots, any of which easily could have won the tourney for me, but it's pretty hard to be upset about getting 2nd place considering with about 25 people left I was last in chips and actually had less chips than at the start of the tourney.  On the other hand obviously it's hard to be that close and not be able to finish it, but I'm sure I'll get another opportunity sometime in the future.

It definitely feels good to get that WSOP monkey off my back though, since I've played somewhere between 150 and 200 WSOP tourneys in my life and never even made a final table before.

So anyway after busting I entered the 10k 2-7 NL tourney (event 16) and I made day 2 with 43,800 chips...maybe that will be my next chance?  Who knows...stay tuned to find out!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

WSOP Day 9, It's Bracelet Time (hopefully)

Event 11, $10k Omaha8, Day 3:  Ok so yeah I'm really tired and sick right now so this blog post will be pretty short, but yeah I have about half the chips in play 3 handed right now and I'm guaranteed $214k at least, with $465k for first.  We restart at 3pm tomorrow, feel free to show up and root me on if you're in town.  :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WSOP Day 8

Event 11, $10k Omaha8, Day 2:  Ran really good for the first half of the day, getting my stack close to 200k at one point which was in the top 5 in chips shortly after dinner.  Then I went really card dead as we neared the money and I basically folded almost every hand and lost most of the time that I did enter, and as the bubble finally burst with 27 players left I was down to 52k chips.  After the bubble I didn't get a hand for a round and was down to 27k when I got it in in a 3 way pot and made a full house to triple up, then shortly after I got it in in a blind vs blind spot where we both had the same aces up on the turn but I rivered a straight to double up again to about 170k.  Didn't play any big pots after that and ended the day with 168k which is 14th in chips with 22 people left.  We restart at 3pm.

Gonna go rest up now, I have a nasty cold and had another minor nosebleed today at the table, luckily this one wasn't very bad and I don't think anyone noticed.  I swear there's something in the air here in Vegas that doesn't agree with me because every year I come here I get sick in the first week or 2 and I rarely ever get sick anywhere else.  I would blame it on the dry air here but I think the air is just as dry in Phoenix...who knows.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WSOP Day 7

Event 10, $1500 NLHE 6-max:  Late registered for this at the 75/150 level, got my chips in with TT vs AK about 15 minutes after that and busted.

Event 11, $10k Omaha8:  Had a pretty good table draw and ran pretty good all day, except when I came back from dinner and blew my nose just as we were getting ready to resume play, and then my nose decided to start bleeding.  It took like 10 minutes to get it stopped and I had to go to the bathroom and miss some hands to take care of it, and there was blood on my shirt and shorts, obviously on the one day I wear a white shirt.  Luckily most of the blood came out pretty easily when I cleaned it in the bathroom so at least I didn't have to walk around for the last 4 hours of the day with an obviously bloody shirt.  Anyway, I ended the day with 52,300 chips which is a little above average, and we restart at 3pm.

I'll play the 3x chance NLHE if I bust before late registration is over for that, but that's probably pretty unlikely unless I run bad in the o8.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

WSOP Day 6

Event 9, $1500 2/7 NL, Day 2:  Kept up the rungood for the first couple hours and got my stack up over 100k with 35 ppl left when no one else had much more than 50k.  My table broke at 35 and unfortunately my rungood didn't transfer to the new table, losing like 7 showdown pots in a row including the last one where I got in my last 30k with 97532 pat vs 8654x draw, obviously he catches a 3 to bust me in 31st place with only 28 spots paying.  Just so damn frustrated right now considering how big a chiplead I had.  There wasn't really a hand I could have played differently, every hand I got it in with was standard, I just couldn't win any of them.  Bleh I guess I'm used to the wsop torture by now so whatever.

$1500 NL 6 max at noon tomorrow, and $10k omaha8 at 5.

WSOP Day 5

Event 7, $10k PLHE, Day 2:  Started the day with 41k at 500/1000 blinds.  First hand the big blind is sitting out, I'm on the button.  Cutoff raises to 2300, I call on the button with T8ss, small blind raises to 6500 and has me barely covered to start the hand, cutoff folds, I call in position.  Flop comes K42 with 2 spades.  Small blind leads for like 12k, I'm not crazy about the spot because it kind of seems like he likes his hand, but if he's even folding a very small % of the time then I pretty much have to shove since I have decent equity when called, so I shove and he calls with AJss which is pretty much my worst case scenario.  Jack comes on the turn and I'm drawing dead, busting on the first hand of the day.

Event 9, $1500 2/7 NL:  Not really much to say here, just ran like god all day, with all my good hands getting paid off and I don't think I got caught bluffing a single time.  Ended the day with 52,200 chips which according to PokerNews  is by far the chip lead; they have 2nd place with 33k chips right now.  But anything can happen in this game since there's so many big pots, but obviously I like my spot going into tomorrow.  We restart at 3pm with about 70 people left and 28 spots being paid.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

WSOP Day 4

Event 6, $1500 Limit Holdem:  Had a pretty tough table draw for this one considering it was a $1500 buyin.  Never got much going, got to dinner break with 1700 chips at 400/800 level, but then went on a little run the next few hands to get to around 10k, but then lost a few hands and tried to ninja the shortstack for a while but it didn't work.  Busted just in time to register for...

Event 7, $10k PLHE:  Registered for this one at the end of level 4.  Played pretty tight the next 2 levels and ended level 6 around 28k, then the last 2 levels I got in a few pots.  My chips got down around 16k at one point, and I got up to 60k from there without ever being all in, but I lost a few medium pots right at the end of the day, ending with 41,300 chips, which is a little below average.  We start day 2 at 3pm.

Will play the $1500 2/7 NL at 5pm if I bust this one.

Friday, June 3, 2011

WSOP Day 3

Event 4, 5k NLHE:  Had a really tough table draw today.  Obviously a field like this has a lot of good players but some of the other tables looked way better than mine.  Never really got much going, my peak stack was around 35k from the starting stack of 15k, and I busted with about a half hour left in the day.

At least I lasted long enough to miss the 1500 stud I guess.

1500 Limit holdem at noon tomorrow, and 10k pot limit holdem at 5 if I bust that.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

WSOP Day 2

Event 3, $1500 Omaha8:  This game is boring but people play so bad at it.  So many 7-way limped pots and people missing so much value on every hand.  Anyway my day was pretty uneventful, I think my peak stack was like 8k from the starting stack of 4500.  And I made the least optimal use of my time possible in this tourney.  I won or chopped 3 pots in the last 15 minutes before dinner break to get from 900 up to 2800 chips going into dinner, then lost them all on the first hand after dinner.  And dinner break was extended like 20 extra minutes because the chip-up took forever, so basically I waited almost 2 hours to bust in one hand.

5k nl at noon tomorrow and 1500 stud at 5pm if I bust that.  5k gonna be huge with probably over a million to first.