I played in NL Holdem blogger preliminary last night. 790 players were registered. Things started great. I doubled up fairly early and put my stack to good use. I didn't play too many hands, but those I did play, I played aggressively. After the first hour I had double the average stack and got moved to a new table. Everyone at the new table had big stacks. Even better two of the biggest stacks were loose passive calling stations.
I went out of my way to get involved with a very wide range of hands any time one of these calling stations had entered the hand. It paid off and I eventually stacked both of them when my suited semi connected hands made flushes. This put me in the top 10 chipleaders.
At the 3 hour break, we were on the bubble with 164 players remaining (itm was 153). I was 2nd largest stack in the tourney with 46K chips. I had a loose aggressive Russian to my right with 25K and a tight aggressive guy with 22K to my left. Both had A ranks on PokerProLabs. I had hit nearly every hand I had played and thought this was going to be my night to go deep. Then reality set in...
About 20 minutes after the 3 hour break, the TAG to my left raised 3x utg and it folded around to me in the bb. I had AK clubs. I put him on a pocket pair 10+ or AK. So, I reraised all in. He called with AKo. Two hearts on the flop, another on the turn and a fourth on the river gave him a K high flush. I lost half my stack but was still solidly in the game. This was the first big showdown that I had lost and was actually happy to "get it out of the way" since I couldn't expect to win every showdown throughout the tourney.
Two orbits later and once again I pick up AK in the bb. The hand folds around to the laggy "A" guy to my right. He still has about 25K and I had about 23K. Both of us were a bit under the average stack size. He shoved on me and it was an obvious steal. AKo was good enough since I needed to double up if I wanted a shot at the final table. I called and he shows Q3. He flopped 33x for a set and all my chips. I actually think he may have gotten a Q on the river for good measure - LOL! I was out nr 74. I won another $11 SCOOP ticket, but my final table dream went up in smoke yet again.
The blogger Main Event is on Sunday.