On the bubble, I got pretty lucky making a very marginal (ok, maybe it was bad) shove right into a set but got there with my nut flush draw.
I continued accumulating chips as we coasted into the money and players were busting left and right.
I got moved to a table where an online player, Patrick Stemper, was the chipleader with around 240k, and I was sitting with 171k. With the blinds at 1200/2400 we got into a ridiculous metagame pot on the last hand before dinner in which he snap 5 bet shoved KJo and I snap called with AK.
The board ran Q 4 3 (looking good), J on the turn FML, and a little Ten ball on the river to ship me the double up and I was now the chipleader with around 100 players left. Our table broke shortly after getting back from dinner, and after that it's all pretty much a blur.
It was quite a rollercoaster in which I took my 380k down to 105 back up to 240 and then crashing down in a 360k coin flip AT vs 99 s/b vs b/b. Bustoed 63rd, meh.
I played the 5k yesterday and got unlucky to lose most of my stack, and then lost a flip to bust around 5:30, just in time to jump in the 1500 stud event.
This was my first time playing a live stud tournament. I have played a horse tournament before, just this was my first time playing a strictly stud tournament live. I was able to hit some key hands and play (I think) extremely well. I finished the day 7th in chips with 35k out of the 97 remain.
I figured this field will be small enough, and I'm a big enough lucksack to navigate my way through a small field in a game I don't know that well and ship a 2nd bracelet.
Why not right? We restart at 2 pm PST today. Goal is obviously to make it to the final table. Ship a stud bracelet one time?