Well that was a blast!!!
Here is my story on my trip. (Kind of long, but oh well)
Basically we left Ohio at around 11pm and arrived to the Casino at around 3:30. We 2 hours to spare and decided to sit down at a Hold em Limit 2-4-4-8 table. (For those that don't know the SB - $1/BB - $2, min. bet after flop - $4, river min. bet - $4 and the river is $8, betting is capped after 4 raises.). I sat down the first time with $50 and lost around $20 when we got up to stand in line for the tickets for the touney. We started standing in line around 5:00 and was first in line. Come to find out, everybody in the poker pit that was playing got their ticket first, if I knew that the three of us wouldn't have stood up..OH well...Within 15 minutes of us standing in line there was about 400 people behind us.
We got out tickets and went to Cracker Barrell and ate, then we came back to eat and got back to the casino around 8am and sat back down at a 2-4-4-8 table. This time I sat down with $100 and within 30 minutes I had about $300 in front of me.
They announced a one table sat. tourney, which was a SNG that was a $35 buy-in and first place took all, which was $250.
This tourney started out with $500 in chips which was 4 black $100 chips and 4 $25 green chips. I knocked out 7 of the 9 other people at our table and was heads up with this guy that almost got DQ'd for standing up when he got mad and grabbing his chips and taking them off the table. I ended up heads up with this guy and we changed chip lead probably 8 times. I should have split the pot with him when I was ahead by almost 70%. He ended up winning with a flush on the river and knocked me out.
We had almost 30 people standing around our table watching us. It felt pretty good to have a crowd watching a game I was playing.
3:00 came and it was tourney time. 600 people entered the tournament. They let 400 play while the other 200 were alternates and were placed in the tournament when somebody got knocked out. Which only took about 40 minutes for all the alternates to enter.
I had my ups and downs and by the time we were down to 4 tables I counted out my stack and had around $17,000 and was second in chips on my table. Agian we had another crowd watching us because everytime somebody was moved from anoter table to ours, almost three hands
later they were knocked out by one of us. Only three of the original people at our table stayed in while knocking out the others. This older gentlemen sat down at our table and was really upsetting our dealer, for the fact that he couldn't hear for one, and secondly he couldn't make desicions or count out his chips. Every hand the dealer had to almost yell at him for him to hear and the dealer had to count out his chips to call and grab his chips for the antes.
The hand I got knocked out on:
I had a guy to my right go all in for half of my stack, I looked down and had A 10 of Diamonds so I called, the older guy called as well. Note this was a $6,000 call with no money invested on this guy. The flop came 8 5 2 rainbow. I pushed all in to get the old guy out, he calls my bet which was almost $8,000, the guy to my right turns over KJ off, so I had him beat, the old guy pulls over 8 5.....I was SOOOOOOO pissed that he called with 8 5. He had NO clue what he was doing at all and made the dumbest call ever.
I walked away and was ready to leave.
Needless to say I finished in the top 35 out of 600. I figured more places would have paid out, but only the top 3 paid.
1st - $10,000
2nd - $3,000
3rd - $1,000
I had a blast, I don't know if I'm going to next months. I might if I get a room and stay, this way I don't have to drive 3.5 hours and wait 8 more to play.
I am going to go play in the WSOP Circuit event I'm sure.