Saturday Day Two: The Real Main Event
Waking up Saturday morning I was full of that nervous excitement that preceeds a Tournament with the Stature of the Bloggers Summer Classic. I play cards for a living, 95% cash games, and for the most part its just another day at the office, no nervousness, no anticipation, but for some Tournaments and this one in particular the energy was flowing.
Carmen and I got down to Caesars around 9:15 to meet up with Iak and Waffles, (did you really stiff Iak on the cab? Waffles=George Costanza.) and to beat the registration crowd. Good thing too.
My starting table was tough but fun as I had the murderer's row of chicks in seats 4,5,6 with Jules, Stina, and Eva Can't Hang. Two others I remember were Statik and Larry.
The table was aggressive from the beginning especially with raises then re-raises pre-flop which made for some difficulty even stealing. Really there was no limping allowed and every blind was challanged throughout. Three hands in a a row I raised only to be re-raised by either Jules or Stina. The first two I mucked but the third time I made a stand and called Stina's re-raise. I was able to push her off her hand on the turn and wound up raking a decent pot.
At this point I was mostly card dead and with stealing such a challenge I changed my strategy and started calling more raises in position hoping to use my cash game post-flop skills to my advantage and it worked for a while.
In MP I raised with AT sooted and called a raise by Statik from the blinds. The flop came KK9, he led out and I re-raised him 2.5x. He went into the tank for a while and mucked showing AA. I couldn't let this opportunity pass so I made sure I showed the table my bluff. The situation was perfect for me to get him to lay down AA since he had a nice chip stack and we were only down to six tables so I can see him making the lay down. He did go on to make the final table and finish in 6th so good job Statik.
Eventually my table broke and we were down to the thirty players. I joined the table with Hoyazo and F-Train as the short stack, probably the shortest stack left in the tourney with T3500. Quickly though I doubled up twice and got my stack up to just over T14,000. This however is where my luck ended. A mystery lady limped under the gun, it folded around to me in the SB and I pushed with AK. The limper thought a minute then called with 33. No help and it was over, I finished in 22nd. I'm happy with my performance but, like everyone else, I was hoping to get a sniff of the final table.
I did stay around with Hoy for awhile and we watched what only could be deemed as: Live Poker is Rigged. We witnessed suck-outs galore along with some Poker Stars classic; suck re-sucks. The environment was electric, especially with so many suckouts that the room was going wild.
Congrat to F-Train on the win and to everyone who made the final table. Also I want to send a shout-out to Bobby Bracelet for the late afternoon entertainment. I'd never met the dude before but I must say he can work a room. You killed me brother. Did you hear that ladies?
Some other highlites from Saturday included rides in my $10 Druggie Buggy from Caesars to MGM for Hoyazo, Smokkee, Love Elf/Ms. Smokkee, Aaron, and Amy. Once there we met Iak at the Studio Cafe for dinner although we all seemed to order breakfast. Go figure.
Losing Smokkee within two minutes of eating and losing Waffles for the rest of the day after he busted out after the Main Event. Did you walk past some dudes handing out the Porn Cards on your walk home Waffles? I'd guess yes. The real question is did you order two girls or just one?
Talking to The Rooster about his exploits with seven card stud in Atlantic City.
Having a couple, yes just a couple, of drinks with Iak, Hoyazo, and Iggy at the bar at the Excal. Some of that conversation was the funniest I had all weekend. We won't mention the other parts.
Finally getting to spend some time with Hoff at above mentioned bar while dissing on the Kid Rock look alike. We even convinced Veneno that is was Kid Rock and almost had her talking to him except she turned out to be too shy.
Between grinding at the tables the previous week and playing in the Main Event I took a pass on playing poker Saturday night. I did rail a bunch of the crew before making my way home for a good nights sleep.
Another fabulous day in Vegas with all of my new found friends.
Day Three more rides in my $10 Mini-Van and breaking my $2/5NL cherry at the Red Rock with Jules.