A full week has passed since I left Las Vegas and the blogger weekend behind. A lot has happened since then, and none of it involved the internet, writing, or computers, so this blog did not get updated. I do have some good memories from the second half of the WPBT, so let's go back there.
Saturday was tournament day. I got my usual 10:30 start of showering, calling home to Dr. K and checking the internet (email, web sites, etc.). I finished that up around noon and headed out for lunch. Subway provided me with a nice footlong sub, chips and a drink along the short walk from the IP to the Venetian.
Once there, I met up with Jim and we sat down at a $1-2 NL table. I found that my cards were dead. I mostly say, watched and waited until the 2 pm sign-in for the tourney. During that time, I saw Jim take down one of the biggest $1-2 NL pots I've ever seen. In short, Jim went over the top of a bet with an all-in and after much hemming and hawing, got 2 callers. With over $700 in the pot, Jim shows his set of 9's. Each of his opponents shows QQ. There was no chance of a flush and the turn put an end to their hopes of a runner-runner straight. Jim walked away from that table up about $1200 in 1.5 hours of play.
Then it was time to get down to the business at hand, the blogger tournament. I'm not going to do a long write-up about my tournament because I didn't have a long tournament. I got seated at one of the toughest tables in the room. Carmen, Waffles, G-Cox, AlCan'tHang, Rooster (the eventual winner), Columbo, and others were there to take my chips. I flopped a top set on the second hand and got pushed off of it with a big raise to start down a bit. A few hands later I wake up with AA on the button. There was only one caller and the blinds left, so I call. The flop was raggedy. It is checked to me and I bet the pot and get two callers. The next card makes a flush draw possible. Columbo bets and I push all-in. He does a good job of replaying the hand, mentions that I can't have aces and folds. I tell him later what I had.
About 4 hands later I limp with KJs and hit 2 pair on the flop. I bet hard and and Rooster comes over the top all-in. I've got him covered and I need chips so I call. He turns over a flush draw and hits it right away on the turn. The river doesn't bring a K or a J and I've on life support. I had the champ all-in and a 60% dog and can't dodge a card. :}
Two or three hands later, I get AKo and limp. Waffles on my left pushes and I call. I can't beat his KK and I'm gone. That is a shame mostly because I wanted to spend more time playing with this line up. They were a good group.
I played some more $1-2 and broke even. I went to dinner with BG, Skoon and T at Margaritaville. It was a good time and Skoon picked up the check, but I'll get him back somehow.
Later, during a solo rage, I ran into a jerk at the IP who accused me of cheating by looking at my neighbors cards. I think I was looking at his hands for betting style, but I'm not even sure about that. Anyway, that tilted me at just the wrong time. My cards went dead and I couldn't get him. I finished the day down around $350 between the tourney buy-in and the final session. Day four would be worse.