Trip Report – I am playing Day 1C of the 2013 WSOP Main Event!

Lets just say this again.  I am playing in Day 1C of the 2013 WSOP Main Event!  I am a low stakes player, mostly play in two home games.  I am just a normal  dad that gets to go to Borgata to play in a $300 or $500 maybe once a quarter if I am lucky. When I play cash, its at a 1-2NL table.   I have put the WSOP ME on my bucket list as something I wanted to play at least once in my life.  I have somehow just turned my $235 into $12k+ and a shot at playing this thing!!
Lets go back to that phone call with my wife.  I “told her the good news”.  The first thing she said to me was, you just won twelve thousand dollars, but you going to take ten of it an buy into a poker tournament?  I responded with “yes, yes I am.  I don’t know when I will ever get this opportunity again in my life.”  She said sounds good  have fun, and I walked into the line for tournament registration.
Before my trip, we had talked about the potential of me winning a seat in the Main and what that would mean if I made day 2.  We basically said we would cross that bridge when we got there, since it wasn’t all that likely.  At this point I did mention to her, that making day 2 would mean that I would miss my 6am flight home on Wed.  She just kinda rolled with it.
So I had just under 4 hours to try and rest, but that wasn’t working for me.  I went to the room, shut the blinds, and tried to fall asleep, but between the constant buzz of my phone, and the big day ahead all I could do was try to rest a bit before I got back down there to play some more poker.
I got cleaned up, threw on another green shirt, went downstairs at the Rio and followed a similar routine to my previous day getting food before playing the deep stack.  Noon was getting closer, so I made my way back to the Brasilia Room and took my seat in the main.
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My table draw shows seems fine.  No one recognizable, Jennifer Tilly is one table behind me (you can see her in the photo of me at the table), so we have a lot of cameras in our area, but they are focused on her.
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I pick up AA twice in the first level but went from 30–> 35 –> 31 –> 26 –> 34.7 all in the first two hours of play.  I was not comfortable at all at the table, I was tired, and playing super tight in the 50-100 level, and I decided I needed to loosen up a bit and get some beers flowing.  Start of lucky beer level. I always see one of our east coast pros Mike M. picking up a snickers or something of the sorts, so I busted that one out as well.
Second level I called a larger than normal three bet with QQ to see a flop.  I flopped top set, and got it all in on the turn after we went check check on the flop.  He had AA, and I took my stack up to 45k.
We are at the 150-300 level.  I get dealt JJ UTG.  I opened got one caller, then it was 3 bet, then it was four bet , then it was five bet.  I let it go preflop as there were still 3 people to act behind me.  It never was raised again while four people did see a flop. The flop came J high and they played a 100k pot.  Would have liked to have seen that flop for an extra 4500.  A set of Jacks was good enough to win that hand.  I was frustrated after the hand, but didn’t want to see the hand escalate more with the three and four bettors still left to act.  I was behind in that hand pre flop as we saw AA (from the 5 bet) win the pot.
Another 20 minutes went by when I opened with AJ.  A < 10K stack shoved with 1010.  It folded back around to me and I called,  flopped an A and knocked him out.  Up to 50K or so at this point.
We came back from dinner on Day one with 48,050, and I got involved with AK of diamonds. He shoved preflop in front of me for about 17K and I called.  He showed AA.  I hit the flush on the turn and I was up to 66k
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I chipped up to around 70k and got involved in a big hand late in the night.  I had the nut straight, and put a guy to a test for his tournament.  He wanted to call but managed to let it go.   I finished day 1 with 72,225.  I am very happy to double my starting stack on the first day.
At this point we bagged up around 12:52am Vegas Time.    I have been awake sine 5am eastern standard time the previous day.  This puts me being awake 47 hours straight.  I was really starting to struggle in the two levels after dinner break.  My focus was not there, I played super tight and just tried to keep building my stack without getting into any huge pots with any other big stacks.
I did send a text to my wife to let her know that I would not be coming home as initially planned at 2pm on Wed.  We were playing Day 2C on wed starting at noon Vegas time.
I got back to the room around 2am and did get some sleep this night.  I was up around 7am the next morning, and had the day off from poker to hang out with my dad.
Will post my day off tomorrow.
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  1. Pingback: Trip Report – Wed July 10th Day 2C of the WSOP Main Event « pokerdad


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