I recognized a couple of East Coast regulars when I saw my table draw, but only one stood out to me as a solid opponent: Clint Schafer.
Clint chopped the 2007 WSOP Circuit main event in New Orleans last year when he got heads-up with Louie Esposito. He also made a deep run in the WSOP Main Event this year, finishing 32nd for $193k.
It seemed like a great situation, and I was honestly looking forward to a day of deep-stacked poker with bad players.
However, things aren't always as they seem and I got off on the wrong foot right away. After a player opened for $2k and another called, I decided to reraise to $9k from the button with T♣ T♦.
Although I'd usually just call and take a flop in position, I decided that I didn't want to set mine when I was pretty sure I already had the best hand. Unfortunately, he four-bet to $32k total and had me well covered.
I reluctantly folded, asking him not to show me A-K. So he proceeded to do exactly what I requested he not do: show me the A♣ K♦.
So I stuck a whole bunch of chips in the pot and ended up folding the best hand. I also wasn't particularly happy with my decision to Matt Stout: