Short writeup from me covering some of my adventures...
As Egon said, I was seated on Table 1, Seat 1 to start which was a good sign. We started 150 big blinds deep with 30 minute blind levels so I played a lot of early pots but couldn't hit anything, dropping down from 7.5k to around 6.5k in chips. I then won a 2k pot after betting flop and river with top pair to get back up to starting stack, where I stayed.
At 100/200 an old Irish guy sat to my left having just registered. He played a bunch of early pots and quickly was down to 3k chips. I raised 99 from CO or HJ, he shoved, everyone else folded and I quickly called. He had A5hh but an A in the window put me down to 5k.
Next hand I raised 66 to 500, and got two callers - the Irish guy and the BB. The flop came KKK, I c-bet and the Irish guy shoved. I snap called and he showed A7; this time I held to get back up to around 11k
A few hands later our table was broken (normally Table 1 wouldn't be broken until the end but they wanted to have the final table at the back of the card room so they had changed the order). I got moved to a table full of players I recognised - I'd say 6 or 7 out of 10 were regs who I'd seen playing before at least a handful of times at Gala Bristol. I didn't have an ideal seat; the guy to my left I knew was extremely aggro, and I had a few people to my right who I'd seen raising light before so I wasn't going to be able to steal easily.
We then had a buffet break, where the photo of me and Egon was taken, before we started again at 200/400/25 (11k stack).
About 15 minutes into the level I raised Q7s from the CO and got called by the loose BTN. The flop came AKx with one diamond, I c-bet and he thought for a bit before calling. The turn was a 7, I checked, and he bet 2k into around 4.5k. I thought for a bit, decided he could be floating light, plus I had two pair outs, and called. The river was a K, we checked down, and he showed A2o to take the pot.
I then blinded down a little, having around 7k at 300/600/50. Sitting in the big blind with 600 already invested, it folded round to the small blind who quickly made it 1.5k. I looked down at K6o and shoved, and he quickly folded. A guy opposite me went "show the bluff, it's good for the game", so I showed the K to cement my image as tight - I didn't want them to think that I was restealing light!
Next hand, it folded round to CO who made it 1.5k. I'd seen him steal a lot on Table 1 when I was sat with him, and although he'd been quieter on this table he'd still made a couple of steals from LP and I figured it was a good spot for him to steal because he'd been quiet so the loose aggro guy to my left in the BB was less likely to resteal light. After thinking this through I then looked down at A7o, which I quickly shoved my 8k or so with.
He thought for a good minute, before saying "I know you probably think I'm full of s---" or something along those lines, then called 10 seconds later and showed JJ.
The board ran out a promising 34x5 to give me and over and double gutter on the river but it wasn't to be and I went to watch the rest of the football match at the bar and have some food.
In the evening, I played the £20+3 75 cap and saw that Egon was getting deep. After busting early with AK < TT, I decided to play some cash. It started off well, going from £50 to £90 at 25p/50p after making a river call 4 way with A high and being right, but I lost a reasonable pot with 99 < QQ before jamming £20 with JJ and managing to lose versus 33, 33 and AJ to an A on the river...
I hadn't seen Egon at the final table break and I had to be up at 8.30 the next day (think I left the casino at 1.30) so didn't check in the cardroom itself to see if he was still in (the cash table I was playing was on the floor by the casino games) - would have railed otherwise!
Well done on a good score