I was very excited about this event coming into it, and began things running very well. In the first level I picked up AA, KK, QQ, and several other strong hands and doubled up quickly.
First hand of note came in level two. With blinds 25-50 and limits 50-100, I raised from mid position with KQh, was called only by the big blind. Flop came T87 one heart, he checked, I bet, he raised, I called. Turn A, he bet, I semi-bluffed and raised. He 3 bet after some thought, and I had pot odds to call for my J. River came A, and I could tell he hated it. He bet, I raised, and he mucked his T8 face up for flopped top two pair. I showed my K high. Hehe.
I went into the 2nd break as one of the chip leaders at 6500. My 2nd table was pretty tough with Evelyn Ng two to my right and Men Nguyen 3 to my left. We busted Men the Master, and made a great trade to pick up David Williams. Oh goodie.
Shortly thereafter my AK ran into QQ on a KQJ two tone flop, and I simply called down . Then this interesting hand came up between Williams and myself. I open raised A9o from the hi-jack, he 3 bet from the SB, and we took a flop heads up. It came 6s5s4c. He bet, I picked up a read and knew he was weak and raised, he called. Turn came 3x, he checked, and I thought I had him for sure. I bet, he called. River came Qc, and I hated that card. He checked, I checked behind, and he rolled over KQo for the winner. This hand freaked me out because for him to make that call on the turn he had to have a read on me. On the river he said, “I gotcha. I thought K high was good until you checked the river.”
That hand brought me down to 1k in chips, and a few hands later I 3 bet Evelyn with black nines, and got called by both the SB and BB. Flop 843, SB bet out, called in all places. I announced “raise” and tossed in my last black chip, worth a few chuckles. By the river the board was 843,3,4, and my nines were good over J8h and 66 respectively.
And from there I went officially card dead. I doubled up after the break with AKo, got blinded off, and with 3400 this hand came up. I had QQ mid and made it 3 bets after the UTG raiser and UTG+1 caller. Flop 356 rainbow, goes check, bet, I raise, UTG thinks for a minute and calls, UTG+1 calls. Turn 2, and UTG bets 800, I only have 1k left. Call, and I disgustedly fold cause I know I was drawing dead. Player had A4c and took down the pot.
My last hand was all-in with JTd, I got 3 bet, and was busted 137th place out of over 1000 by JJ. Oh well.
I will be playing cash games tomorrow, and my next event is the $2k NL, event 6 on Saturday.
Net loss: ($1500)
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