Here is a quick recap of my tournament play.
#1 $80 Tourney at Harrahs. Approx 40 peeps, played for almost 4 hrs, and was THE BUBBLE. I wasn't shortstacked but only 5 players, the blinds and antes were huge and I wanted them. I jammed all in with A-J sooted and got called by K-9 and lost on the river.
#2 $60 Tourney at Harrahs. 12 peeps, came in 2nd. Big come back from $1,000 to chip leader. When heads up, I had 90% of the chips and suffered 3 horrible bad beats in a row, witnessed by Lightning.
#3 WPBT Tourney. $120 entry, 97 peeps, + $10 luckbox last longer challenge. I started out with Otis, Poker Grump, Lightning and Brian Danilo (full tilt guy, most famous for being Al Can't Hang's bitch). Brian was to my right and played at least 80% of the pots. He was extremely aggressive, which is how I normally play, so it was hard for me to do my thing. Plus I got very few premium hands in the 2 1/2 hrs I played. The other "negative" was having Lightning at my table. He was part of Team Waffles and I certainly didn't want to knock a teammate out and ruin my chances for extra cash. It was no longer an issue when Waffles donked out so early solved that little problem.
I was very excited and apprehensive to play with Poker Grump at my table. I watched his every move looking for a tell or two. When he checked he did so with a dove-like touch that barely grazed the table. That was usually followed by a fold. Hmmm... Then he'd glance at his opponents chips, and check raise. It was after the first break that he and I were in a hand together, however it was very short lived because SOMEONE is a meanie.
I hadn't played a hand in forever and my stack was dwindling. I was 2nd off the button, had A-10 and came in raising....I believe to 3x the big blind. 2 people folded and then Grump thought for a moment or 2 and raised me. Big raise considering my stack size, and I wasn't going to call. I was either going to re-raise or fold. I did like my hand, but felt I could very easily be behind. Could Grump really re-raise with less than A-10? He'd been playing maybe 35% of his hands up till now.
Then he gives me a little grin and turns over.........................
Wait for it......................................................
I owe him for this one....................................
He turned over 10-7 off suit.
Lucky for him he wasn't in my backhanding range. I owe you Grumpy.....or more to the point, you owe me. I am Sicilian and will never forget that until I exact my revenge. :) A grand gesture on your part is recommended.
This was before he raised me with crapola.
Read what The Wife wrote about this outfit! (and my cheeks)
After that I just didn't get a hand, except for AA and I got no action with it, only the blinds. Finally I had about 4 big blinds left and looked down at A-Q crubs. I jammed all in, in first position and got called by the SB who had AA. (what a donk, huh?)
I was down to a 25 chip! At this point I wanted the misery to end, but you can't always get what you want. I won a few hands in a row, but soon enough I lost to Brian Danilo who got a Very Josie t-shirt and a Jonathan Papelbon bobblehead, among other things. :)
I was out 71st. Blah. Earlier in the day, when we were having breakfast Miami Don predicted I'd be out in the 70's. The bastard!!!! :)
#4 Finally I played a highly anticipated tournament at The Venetian Saturday night. $120 buy in, 90something peeps and 9 itm. I played my heart out. I played smart and got in good and built up my chip stack. Then I had a couple of bad beats. I find I go in tilt after the bad beat and play in more hands than I should. I noticed this pattern in games 1, 2 & 4. So anyway, I played for about 5 hours, 9 itm and I was out 11th when I jammed all in to pick up the blinds with q-9. A-4 called me and I didn't improve my hand. Such a donky move on my part after hours of solid playing. I wasn't THAT shortstacked. I should've waited till I was itm to make a move. Very aggravating.
To recap, 1 bubble, 2 from the bubble, wpbt not even close and a 2nd place win. It doesn't look too bad in recap form, but in 3 of 4 games I was far closer to winning than my places illustrate.
I feel traumatized that I didn't do better and am questioning whether I should even be playing this game. I won the last 2 tournaments I played in before the Vegas trip (2 for 2) and am disappointed in myself. I am oscillating between that and wanting to get back on the horse, knowing I could do better if given the chance.
I dunno. It sure was a sobering experience, and I never thought I'd write that in my Vegas post.