This one drew 2,638 players and I busted I guess around 500ish, which was pretty frustrating.
I felt I played really well all day and I just couldn't avoid the cooler.
My first table was fairly good, with a bunch of guys wearing wristbands. When you get to the table, there are these cheap wristbands that tell security you're in the tournament. But in my experience 95% of the people that wear them are complete fish.
It didn't take long for all of us to get wrapped up in a pot either.
At 50/100 I make it 250 from middle position with QQ. The aggro two-circuit-ring guy calls in the small blind and Schwartz calls in the big.
The flop comes down 7-5-3r and aggro dude donk-leads for 300. Schwartz calls and I raise to 1,300. Aggro dude folds and Schwartz all of a sudden ships it all-in for 7kish with my 5k covered.
I agonize and fold.
I just don't see what he can have there that is willing to let the flop get away for so cheap but also can get it in vs. more aggression.
A smaller overpair just doesn't make sense like that. Schwartz was playing well but he wasn't overly aggro or careless like some pros are in the smaller events.
He even had folded JJ face-up earlier on an all unde card board so I could tell he wasn't being super careless.
So I folded to live another day.
Shortly after that the table breaks and we all get moved. From basically then until dinner I was completely card dead. Somehow (lots of raising and betting with trash) I steadily chipped up to a high of around 14k pre-dinner but lost a decent pot right before to drop to 9k.
When we get back from dinner I go on my first real rush of cards and in the first hour go from 8ish at my small to almost 40k at my peak.
It started out when I raised AK in EP and get called by a guy on the button. I get it in on an A-K-T flop vs AJ and hold for the double.
The very next hand I get AQ, raise it again in EP and the same guy shoves in his 12-or-so BB stack. I call and win a race vs. his 88.
Those are really the only hands I won at showdown all tournament.
Now I have around 25k and I start getting involved in a lot more pots, raising in position and just chipping up.
The two ladies to my left were hilariously tight and were free money on button raises. I raised any two cards off the button when folded to with great success. Worst-case scenario I'd have to multi-barrrel.
I had been up to about 40k and had around 36ish when this hand came up.
A guy I've been tangling with and the only one ever to play back at me raises to 1,600 with the blinds 300/600 with a 75 ante. I commented on Showell's blog and said the blinds were 2/4, but I remember they had just gone up.
It's folded around to me in the big blind and I three-bet to 5k with KK. Now I had been three-betting more than like the entire table combined, but that wasn't difficult. I was trying to behave this tournament so this was probably like my second of the hour or something like that.
The original raiser calls and the board comes down Q-8-3r. I bet 6.5k and he calls.
Turn comes blank and I check, hoping it seems like I give up and I can get him pot committed with AQ or KQs or maybe even jacks. He fires $12k and I ship it in over the top. He snaps and OBV has QQ so FML.
Such a stupid cooler, and by the only guy at the table that could do any real damage. Everyone else was sitting on like 20k at best and here the only guy with chips flops top set when I have an overpair and a pretty loose image.
I was crippled and ended up busting in the same level. Frustrating but thats tournament poker I guess.
At least I can choose to hate it.