Originally Posted by GENUCOM
how did u do in the ME? or did u take the $$$?
I sold about 80% of myself and played (picking up the extra $1000 for wearing Pokerstars gear).
From my blog:
On Saturday I grabbed a cab to the Rio for Day 1. My plan was to play tight, small-pot poker on Day 1, and try to make it to Day 2 with at least an average stack.
We started at noon with each blind level lasting 2 hours and I played only a handful of times during the first few hours. There were recognizable players and celebrities everywhere in the massive Amazon room, but none at my table.
I slipped a note about myself to a Pokernews reporter covering our area. I didn't know if he'd consider it newsworthy but figured it was worth a try. Sure enough, he gave me a small blurb on their live coverage blog.
Live Reporting | 2007 World Series of Poker | Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem (http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2007-wsop/event-55-world-championship-no-limit-holdem/day1b/page19.htm)
After a break I settled back in my seat and a fellow with a media badge, tapped me on the shoulder. He was from ESPN and had read the Pokernews mention. He briefly interviewed me and wished me good luck. Had I gone further in the tournament I'm sure he would have been back to further explore the "feel-good" story of Pat Fleming and his Bement backers.
We were playing ABC poker with a raise of 3 times the Big Blind being typical. I had pocket Kings once and AK once, winning a small pot each time when all folded to my standard raises.
After about 8 hours we went on a 90 minute dinner break and I was hovering at a little over 20,000 chips (we started with 20,000).
At about 11pm my stack was about 18,000 and I was dealt pocket Queens. At this point in the tournament, the big blind was 600 and the small blind was 300, with a 75 chip ante per player. With 10 players at my table, that meant each pot started with 1650 in blinds and antes.
Two more players entered the pot for 600 each and the action was on me. The pot now contained 2850, so I made a raise to 2800. The small blind folded, the big blind called me, and the other two players both folded. There was now 7850 in the pot.
The flop was Jack, 7, 4. He checked and I bet 6000, about 3/4 the pot. He went all-in for a total of 7200. Since it only cost me another 1200 to stay in this 20,000+ pot, I called.
We then turned over our hole cards and I fully expected him to have 2-pair or three of a kind, since he had check raised me on the flop. I was praying he had something like Ace/Jack or King/Jack.
I was thrilled to see he only had a pair of fives, and badly trailed my pair of Queens. I was an 88% favorite to win the 22,250 pot and be sitting with over 30,0000 nearing the end of Day 1 and be in great shape (at this point, the average chip stack was about 32,000).
He needed a 5 to win, I needed anything but a 5, to hold him off.
Forty-Three unseen cards.
Forty-One of them were not a 5.
Two of them were 5's.
Alas, it was not to be. He caught one of the two remaining fives on the turn and I was left with a short stack of 8,000. The blinds were soon to go to 400/800 with a 100 ante, meaning I could last only about 4 orbits before being blinded away.
This put me in "shove" mode, looking for any decent hand to try to double up with and get back in the game. A few hands later I committed all my chips with pocket sixes and was called by a big stack with KJ. A classic 50/50 "coin flip" which I was unable to win, eliminating me about 12 hours into Day 1.
Live Reporting | 2007 World Series of Poker | Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem (http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2007-wsop/event-55-world-championship-no-limit-holdem/day1b/page6.htm)
Overall, I was pleased with the way I played. I didn't feel I missed many opportunities and got my money in the pot as a huge favorite. The cards just didn't fall my way this time.