Instead, I'll breeze through that disappointing run so we can get on to good stuff, like getting smashed and playing $2/$4 mixed games at Treasure Island for my birthday.
I played three or four preliminary events during the series, including a $2k, two $3ks, and a $5k. The only one I even came close to cashing in was the $3k, but I picked up A♣ 3♣ against Bartholdi's 7♠ 7♥ in the battle of the blinds and went broke.
I made it to the mid-stages of the $5k with a decent stack, but ran A♣ K♠ into a set of fives on a K♣ 9♠ 5♦ flop. I was pretty sure I was beat, which meant nothing if I didn't fold.
I've heard it called the "Negreanu syndrome" ... you put your opponent on an exact hand you can't beat, and call anyway. Shortly after paying off like a slot machine in that hand, I lost a flip with J♥ J♦ vs. A♠ Q♣ and was eliminated.
You'd think I'd have a much longer story to tell about the main event at Bellagio, since we had $45k starting stacks at $50/$100 blinds. And sadly, you'd be mistaken. I ended up doing something I've only done in one previous Matt Stout Blog Entries