I didn't blog about day 2 by itself for two reasons: It was literally the most boring day of live poker I've ever played, and I passed out on my couch in short order after getting home while trying to catch up on America's Most Wanted
I profited a total of 8k chips for the day, moving from 163k to 171k in five levels of play. The biggest pot I played all day was a 120k pot with K♣ T♣ against K♦ 6♣ after a K♥ 8♣ 3♣ flop ... and we managed to chop that one up!
The highlight of my day was finding a 5k chip under my napkin after I'd bagged my chips at the end of the day, which increased the 3k profit I thought I had grinded out throughout the day by 167%!!! lol
I was just glad that I'm getting a little more patient in my old age and was able to keep playing solid no matter how boring it got. Besides, I figured if I could just make it through to 4/20, I should run great all day.
And that's EXACTLY how that shit went down! It actually started the night before, when I saw that I had drawn the softest table in the room, and the only soft table in the whole tournament, maybe even in $25k tournament history!
I managed to chip up from 171k to ~330k within the first level ... without even going to showdown once. I was in a dreamland, but unfortunately we found out we were second in the table break order. =(
We broke shortly before the first break, much to my chagrin. I was moved to a much tougher table, including David Benyamine, Amit Makhija, Chris Moore, Andrew "luckychewy/RunThisTable" Lichtenberger, and Christian Harder.
Little did I know I was going to run so good at that table it didn't matter how tough it was. Most importantly, after a ton of failed set mining, I flopped my first set of the tournament.
In a seven-way limped pot, I flopped top set against middle set on a 7♥ 5♣ 3♦. Peter Gould's son and I turned that limped pot of ~25k into a 700k+ pot by the 9♥ turn, and I faded a single out for a near double up.
Then my rungoodsauce continued when I flopped quad Queens against Amit's A-K on a K♦ Q♦ Q♠. I won a pretty big pot, but there's a chance I could have gotten more if I'd played it faster. Either way, I was near a million and third in chips out of ~55 left.
I cruised through the rest of the day and finished 4th in chips with 919,500. We'll be playing 4/8k with 35 players remaining to start day 4. The average stack is ~560k, 18 places pay, and first is just over $1.5 MIRRRRRRRRION. Check out the full chip counts right here and my table draw for tomorrow below.
1. Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 350,000
2. Matt Stout - 919,500
3. Cliff Josephy - 489,500
4. J.J. Liu - 495,000
5. Nikolay Evdakov - 668,500
6. Robert Rugiero - 453,000
7. Phil Hellmuth - 807,000
8. Billy Baxter - 887,500
9. Scotty Nguyen - 569,500
Happy 4/20 all!