As usual, I showed up to find a table full of players I'd never seen before in my life, with the exception of the late-arriving Tony Cousineau. And as usual, the new guys kicked my ass. =)
After making two big calls against a bluff with second pair, I was up to about $4,300 during the first level ($25/$50).
Then I did something that you're absolutely not allowed to do early in an event with a structure this poor ... I lost a coin flip. I got it in pre-flop with A♠ K♣ against a player who had 9♥ 9♦ for a pot of almost $5k.
The board bricked out, and I was left with less than $2k chips from the original $3k starting stack.
Then during the $50/$100 level, a player made a *peculiar* play against me.
I had the 8♦ 8♣ in the small blind. A player raised to $300 in early position, and I reraised to $1,050 with only $625 behind ... trying to make my hand look even stronger than it was. He thought for a moment and just called with about $2,500 behind.
On a flop of K♦ 7♥ 5♠, I obviously stuck my remaining $625 into the $2,200 pot, fully expecting to get called. My opponent thought for about a minute and folded! Even if he had a hand like A♣ Q♠, he was Matt Stout: