First, I feel that I've played very well throughout most of the WSOP with a few deep runs, and have little to show for it.
Second, the $3k NL is the tournament in which I've had my closest run to a final table (even though I consider my 118th place finish in the 2007 Main Event my best WSOP finish), finishing 13th place last year when John Phan won his first bracelet.
This tournament was structured the same way as the PLO tournament I described in an earlier blog this Series. Basically, you get 3k starting chips and two "bullets" that represent your "free rebuys." If you don't use them by the end of the third level, you get them as add-ons anyway.
Unlike the PLO tournament, however, I decided to take all of my rebuys as soon as I sat down. The nature of the game is very different, plus I have a lot more experience in NL than PLO.
I had a pretty tough starting table, and ended up semi-coolering Theo Tran with As-Ac vs Ah-Kc on a king-high flop. I got up to 15k from 9k there, but ended up going busto in a 32k pot to Chris Bell later on with As-Kc against his Ks-Kh.
Event 54 - $1,500 No Limit
Well, here's a short and sad story. There was a middle-aged guy proudly rocking his Matt Stout