However, during the later levels of Day 1, there were some serious chip movements.
This is one of the hands that I made a fundamental mistake. At $100/$200, "TheNorfman" raised on the cut-off to $600, I called from the button with 8♣ 9♣ and so did some old guy from the big blind.
Dan "Kingdan" Smith, who I had played recently in a 25,000 FPP satellite for a winner-takes-all seat to the High Rollers event in London, reraised to $3,300.
As soon as the older guy called from the small blind, I was sure that Dan was likely going to make a move from the BB with several different holdings. When I played with him in that satellite, he was the only player I have played in a long time where I really had to slow down three-handed and heads-up.
After Dan reraised to $3,300 with about $33,000 behind, I elected to call in position with my $45,000 stack and the guy in the SB decided to call as well.
The flop came down A♦ 7♦-6x and Dan fired out $5,500. At this point, I should have shoved all-in and it is not even close. I put Dan on air pre-flop, there is already about $14,000 in the pot, the SB should not be a threat unless he woke up with a set (unlikely).
I was not really thinking, and instead of shoving I just called which is absolutely horrid and I am still disgusted with myself to this day.
The small blind folded and we saw an offsuit 8 on the turn. Dan checked. Now I had middle pair and a straight draw, a hand with great showdown value versus his range.
I decided to check behind which is fine after making the terrible check on the flop. The river came 9♦, a terrible card for me. Not only did it complete the four-card straight but it also put a flush on the board.
Dan fired $8k. Immediately I felt sick to my stomach and said, "I know you have something stupid like Q-T."
I convince myself to call, which I do not think is that bad considering I know this player is capable of making a bet that looks like a value bet on the river with air, and he flips over Q-T for the ten-high straight
So disgusting! I wish you could see the pot size in the middle of the table as you can in online poker! I would have insta-shoved that flop. Oh well! After this hand I am back down to $30k.
I maintain my stake until the blinds are $300/$600, raise A-T in middle position to $1,600, get called by three players. The flop comes down A-Q-2. BB checks to me; I fire $4,200.
The two late position players fold and the BB thinks for a very long time and shoves $12,000 total. I call and he has A-6 and we manage to chop. Ironically, the same guy ends up winning a big flip against me after that hand with my JJ vs his A-Q and he ends up crippling me to $9,100.
I end the day with a stack of $9,100 chips and have a lot of work to do on Day 2.
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