If you haven't guessed from the fact that it's Sunday night and I haven't angrily shut down the laptop and either gone to bed or started drinking, I WON!
The day started with a lot of promise, as I had made it to day 2 of the FTOPS $2500 event.
We had just gotten into the money and I was pretty short, but I very rarely get discouraged when shortstacked … especially since my two major live wins came after I was down to four big blinds or less at some point in the tournament!
Unfortunately, I busted with AhQh against AdKc in 83rd place about an orbit into the day.
I made early exits in a few big tournaments, fizzled out after cashing in the Stars $50 rebuy, and took a bad beat for a lot of chips deep in the first Stars $100 rebuy of the day.
Eventually I was down to just two tables, the late Stars $100 rebuy and the Stars $650 WSOP Qualifier, and only in the mid stages of each.
Although the structure is no longer as good as it was up until now, the Stars $650 satellites remain one of the best ways for those of you hoping to win a seat to the WSOP.
The Sunday ones are of course the biggest, and if I'm not mistaken tonight's was the biggest ever. 969 entrants generated a whopping 49 packages, and to make a long story short I managed to grind the shortstack to a win in this one.
I thought that a good way to avenge the terrible beat I took in the early Stars $100 rebuy by final tabling the late one ... so I did. I've actually been on quite a heater in the $100 rebuy all week long, highlighted by back-to-back final tables in the Wednesday night and Thursday morning rebuys. I finished third for $17.8k and 2nd for $11.6k, respectively.
Tonight I started the final table third in chips, but I misplayed one hand and it cost me most of my chips. I got it in with K-10 against K-J on a K-J-x flop in a spot where I'd usually be able to get away from my hand, but I had a bit of history with the opponent that made me not believe him.
As a non-believer, I stuck several hundred thousand chips in drawing close to dead. I was unable to make a come back from the shortstack, and finished 6th for $8.5k.
And as the title suggests, I've decided to come to LA to soak up a little more California Love instead of heading to New Orleans for the Circuit. I'm spending about a week and a half out here playing the California State Poker Championships, but more importantly teaching a new student of mine.
I've had so much success teaching friends how to play poker that I've decided to start taking paid students for one-on-one training.
I'll talk more about this in my next blog, along with a sick new product I've been using lately ... for those of you with no patience, check out www.gunnars.com and use code PPISTOUT at checkout to get a free black fitted GUNNAR hat.
Time to burn some of Cali's finest, straight from the medicinal shops, and get to bed ... shouldn't be too hard with this stuff around ...
"All In At 420"