Since the seats to the $5k main event were money that was added to the prize pool by the casino, they footed the bill for this tournament. Thanks, Matt Savage!
It's a good thing it was free, since I blew it. We started with 15k stacks at 25/50, with the incredible escalation structure that I outlined in the $2k blog.
If the whole tournament world were run by Matt Savage, it would be a much better place.
I had my stack up to 40k at one point, but made a mistake that I've rarely made in live tournaments late...I got impatient. One bad bluff led to another, and I was on my way out the door and back to Vegas. At least I had an awesome bear trophy to occupy the passenger seat on the drive back. =)
I think I mentioned a couple blogs ago that I've taken on a student in LA, which was another reason I was out there. I didn't get as much work in as I'd like to, but his results and thought processes are improving dramatically.
He's asked me not to mention his name in my blog/publicly, but he's been a losing player for several years. In the last few weeks alone he's made several final tables, had one pretty decent-sized win in a FullTilt tournament, and made an extremely deep run in one of the biggest Sunday majors.
He also had a huge stack in the mid stages of the WSOP $1k event and took a horrible beat. I don't want to say too much, but I'm very proud of him and his progress so far and excited about my new training endeavor.
I, too, played the Matt Stout
"All In At 420"