Wow, it's been a while! Not like I haven't been playing, mind you. It's just that I'm not so good at the note-taking, or I forget, or something. I hit a big win on Ignition and was playing online a lot more frequently with that roll, and the newly renovated Hollywood Park casino has been my new room of choice because, well - it's just so new and sparkly. But a live tournament, that has eluded me for a while. So, when the WSOP Circuit Event at the Bike came up, I decided to do the ever-popular low buy-in event that is the 'Facebook' event.
Basically the $75 buy-in geta you 5000 chips, like the casino on Facebook, they give you 2K more, and a $50 add-on gives you 4K more. So of course, I did the whole shebang for $125. And they give you a free meal ticket and a tote bag. Not bad!
So, off I go to take my seat, pleased that it's Seat 10 as the eyes, they aren't what they used to be. Although I usually take a while to adjust when I havent played in a tournament, I felt oddly comfortable right away.
Early on in the 1st level, whixh was 50/100, A9 sooted I raise to 250, 3 callers and I whiff the flop, bet 800 and take it. Easy game.
A little while later my 5's find a 5 on the flop. Two fold, one guy who was in mid-massage shoved for 5k, I call, he's gone.
To my right, this guy. A little too talkative a little too loud when he talks, but not intentionally, if you know what I mean. He's just a loud talker. Never been to the bike, asks weird questions about the tournament, we all know this guy. He's innocent enough, but I've gotten a little more 'get off my lawn' -esque in my old age, so basically I find him annoying. Moving on...
K!0H in early position. I fold it. By looking to my left, I noticed there was going to be a lot of action, and I don't want to play K10H 5 ways, which is exactly what happened. King on the flop, but I would have been cracked by KQ. Pat on the back for recognizing position.
Up to 75/150. Jc10c call a raise, fold on the flop to a 1500 bet.
AA! Eaaasy game. I pop it to 500, two callers. Flop comes 46J, two spades, I have two black aces.. One guy leads out for 1600, I call. Blank on the turn, he goes 5000, I call. The River brings in a second four and the flush. OOf. Lot of danger danger. My read on the guy was a little reckless, he had lost a big pot earlier. He almost insta shoves. I have the black aces, so I discount the idea of a flush. He's not betting like that on the flop if he flops the set. So I put him on kk, qq, and if its JJ, then well, good for him. I call, he shows KK, and I'm up to 21k.
Believe it or not, about 10 hands later, AA again.I make it 500 again, one caller, JJK flope and we both check. The Turn is a 9 checked around. River is a blank and he comes out with 4K? He only has 2k more behind so I put him all-in, he calls and tables a9. Up to 30K.
Im card dead for a while, then the real fun starts. Tune in for Part 2 and the conclusion.