WPT World Championship $25k, my end of day 5, and Coachella

Mmmmmmmm hippie time…


“The kid wins a hundred thousand dollars and all he wants to do is go be a hippie for the weekend.” Thanks Rick for putting is to eloquently.

It’s true though. I didn’t realize how emotionally drained I was from Saturday. I had done everything in my power to completely block it from my conscious thought and focus entirely on poker, and I feel like I did a good job of that. I looked like I should have felt though all week, just a complete wreck. I am thrilled with how I played, bummed that I could not have gone further, but when I left the Fontana Room for the last time this April I just felt like, finally. Finally I can take a breath process some things. I left the Bellagio, ended up going to this new outdoor mall called Town Center, and just walked around in a haze. I was numb. It was a pretty weird feeling, something that I have never experienced before. I felt just completely drained, like the lights were on and nobody was home, I need to go sleep for eighteen hours and then sit on the couch for a week kind of feelings.

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WPT World Championship $25k, end of days 3-4

So far, so good…


In two hours I return to the Bellagio to play day five of the WPT World Championships. That’s pretty exciting, eh?

I tried to get out a blog last night but it just didn’t happen. My mind has been so fried after these things that for the most part anything resembling “work” has been out of the question. It also hasn’t helped that I really haven’t had anything too interesting to write about as far as the play goes… here’s what I got so far.

Day 3: I bust Barry Greenstein in the first level (again). Now, after busting him in reno, I posted that picture of the book… cool right? Well, this other dude posted a gag picture, says “Mine looks a little different”, and it’s basically Barry cussing out the guy. Pretty hilarious and creative especially when you know Barry, and everybody including Barry got a kick out of it. Here’s what he wrote in this one (note: his punch line is the same as the forgery):

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WPT World Championship $25k, end of days 1-2

Man we’re playing good these days. It’s the end of day two and I have the second most chips. 393k. It’s been a fun journey getting here.

With what happened this weekend I was way more anti-social than I usually am. I usually answer too honestly when people ask me “How are you?” I didn’t really want to talk about it – mostly becuase I have zero clue what these emotions are going to look like. I spent every break in the car. This definitely helped my focus, although I think that I came off as a bit nittier.

The structure in this tourney is like the best ever. There’s a big jump next level, going from 1k-2k/300 to 1500-3k/400, but other than that they’re all there starting at 50-100 with 50k behind. Super deep. So, I develop a super lag image, part cards, part the general nittiness of tourney players this deep. Unknown raises to 700 at 100-200 with about 35k behind. I flat A T , and we see a flop heads up. I flop a flush draw, he bets, I raise, he calls, turn the nuts, he check calls, river still the nuts, he check-calls all-in. That was nice.

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