I paid my way into the 7 events I played in.
I played with a number of known Pros through that period. They include Juha from Finland
, Devilfish, Mel Judah, Steve Z, Tomko, Dan Harrington, Dutch Boyd, Hellmuth, and several others I didn't know the name of. Also sat at a table with James Woods for four hours. He's a sociable guy, and came across as very intelligent.
Hellmuth was the only person I had any tiffs with. He said I made a string bet, called the floor over, got someone else involved, and basically made a stink over nothing. There was no string bet. He finally said something like, "Hey, I'm over here listening to my ipod....I'm not even in the hand". I don't know if he was playing a game on me, mistaken, or .....uh, he's an ***hole.
The biggest heartbreaker for me was the $1,060 buy in MegaSatellite. There were 425 players paying $10,000 to the last 42 remaining. I was 45th and put there with a bad beat after eight hours of play.
My lucky hand was the first event I played, the $1,000 w/ rebuys (and I saw several guys buy 8-9 times. About 7 hands in I called an All-in preflop w/ QQ.
And then Juha, to my left, also called. The other two turned over AA, and KK. I was digging for my $1,000 to rebuy, as a Q came on the flop. I tripled up.