I pay for the Saturday Main Event…
Since I didn’t win a seat to the qualifier, I paid $350 for an entry to Main Event #1. Sat down about an hour after the ME began, I was about entry 275. The tournament finished with about 350 players, which meant a $20,000 1st place prize and about 35 places cashing.
I sat down and first hand received pocket KK! I was UTG and since I was a newbie to the table thought I would just 3 bet. I assume others figured I was just throwing something out so I had a few go along but no raises. Flop was uneventful (no A), so I 3 bet again, no raises but maybe 4 other calls. This went on for the turn and river, so I then bet probably ¾ of my stack after the river and had 2 calls. I won against smaller pairs and nearly tripled my stack on the first hand!! It was a great start and I played fairly well for about 3 or 4 hours.
But then it happened; I had AK Clubs on the button position, 3 persons had called the BB before me. So, I 3 bet the BB, everybody folded except one called. After the flop which was nothing much and only 1 Club, the guy checked, I 3x bet again, he thought about it and called. The turn card, gave me another Club, but no pairs on the board and in fact only 1 face card. So I 3x bet again, that’s when the guy shoved all in. At this point he probably had half stack as much as I did, so I called him. He shows pocket 8s, all I needed was a Club, A or K. But of course no luck and I lost over half my stack.
From then on it was a struggle to get anything going. Finally with less than 10 BB in my stack and UTG, I shoved all in with JJ, someone called with AK and of course rivered the Ace to knock me out. In summary I played for a 5 hours, got out about 90th position. Turns out my theme for the day was don't count on AK, unless it's against me. But, all in all a decent day, only no cash to show.
Coming in next post… Day 2 of the HPT, play or not.