So it’s been a rough week, but it’s starting to look better. Last weekend I played three preliminary WSOP events. The $1500 NL, $1500 PL, and the $1500 Limit. Didn’t make a dinner break. It was pretty rough. So I took a few days off, got a haircut, bought some new threads… and went into the $2000 NL event today feeling pretty strong.
At my first table, Jennifer Harmon was in seat 2 and Howard Treesong (a regular RGP poster) was also at the table. Early on I kind of played like a jackass. There were a few hands where I made a steal preflop and didn’t follow through with it. And there was also a nut flush draw with an overcard that I just needed to check-raise with, but lost my nerve and just called on the flop, checked on the turn, checked on the river when I missed. So I was down to about twelve or thirteen hundred. Picked up pocket nines in early position and limped in… Harmon raised in late position after a couple more limpers and it looked like it was going to be headsup if I called… put her on some overcards, and when the flop came TTT, I check-raised her all-in. She said something like “Guess I gotta get lucky” and called for another 600 or so with AQ. She missed. After that I got some confidence back…
I made it well past the dinner break to day two. There are 49 players left out of a little over 1400 entrants. I’m in 17th with 63,500 in chips. A pretty big climb from the initial 2k. I’ve got Perry Friedman at my table going into tomorrow, who has a motherload at over $160k. He’s the chip leader. The only other guy I recognized at my table was Fred Berger (sp?). He’s a cool guy from New Orleans, I think, who is a regular on the tournament trail. He owns some sort of bead company, and has decent game.
This is a televised event… with any luck I’m going to be making it to the third day and back on ESPN. Gotta focus on that gold… can’t let Scotty show me up. He took 2nd in the first event last weekend right about the time I was busting out of the Limit event… good for $350k. Ching! Alan Cunningham ended up taking that down, who’s ultra-strong. It was a good final table.
Wish me luck tomorrow. If you pray, maybe you could say a few good words for me.