So here’s a synopsis of my Friday at the WSOP Circuit… those of you who follow me on twitter @TheLangolier already know all this, but time to bring the rest of you up to speed.

We’ll start with the bad.  WSOP Circuit Event  1 went about as badly as possible.  I didn’t win any pots, except for a chop (which I got lucky on actually).  I got coolered 3 times, including running QQ into AA, and on the final hand with 21 bb’s I got it all in pre in a blind vs. blind spot with TT only to run into AA again.   I lasted all of 2 hours, yuck.   John (JWK) did a little better, busting out around the 5 hour mark, but nowhere remotely close to any money obviously.    I guess he wasn’t really able to get anything going either, which I’m sure he’ll blog about, but at least he hung around for a couple of the breaks. lol

So on to the good.  Since I was busto, and the cash game lists were silly long (the Event 1 field is so large they overflow into the cash game room, so there’s not many tables going yet of cash games and like 100 on the 2-5 list already), I decided to play the nightly $255 mega-satty to next weekend’s $1675 main event.   The field ended up being 100 players, awarding 11 seats with 12th place getting $1575 in cash. And yes, I won a seat!  So I’ll be playing this coming Friday in day 1A of the main.   Here’s the hand that really propelled me towards the endgame of the satty:  With blinds at 100-200 I had wiggled my starting stack of 5K up to about 7.5K when the following hand came down.   The UTG player made it 500 to go, and I was UTG+1 with pocket 4’s.  I decided to call and take a flyer on a set mine.  It’s a pretty marginal call odds wise, and I did deliberate before making it.  I opted to take the flyer though because this guy had so far shown a propensity to make large overbets including overbet shoves, and I thought if I did hit a set, I could potentially get an easy go of his stack (he covered me).  And the structure in a mega-satty isn’t exactly slow so I was willing to risk 500 here to take a shot and really chipping up, even if it may be slightly –EV over all.  Plus, there was almost no 3-betting pre thus far, so I wasn’t worried about getting squeezed off it either. 

Ok so I called, and others must have been thinking the same thing… 2 players flatted the 500 behind me, the SB completed, and the BB mucked, so we went to the flop 5 handed.  The flop was QT6 with 2 clubs, nothing to interest me.  The SB checked, as did the preflop raiser, obviously missing and smart enough not to c-bet in a 5 handed pot.  Likewise for me, I’m thinking the only way I’m putting another chip in this pot is if a 4 peels off.  And then it happened… the other 2 players checked it through, and the turn was a red 4.  The SB now led out for 1100, folding out the preflop raiser.  This guy was very loose-aggressive and could have a wide range including bluffs, draws, and 1 pair hands.  I had already seen him call off on a draw earlier (and get there) and knew he was willing to gamble light, so I figured there’s no point in being cute and raised it to 3250.  The other players mucked, and then the SB says “well, if I can’t win with this hand, I don’t know what I can win with” and shoves.  Uh oh?  You’d think after a comment like that he’d have a bigger set, but I’d seen enough from him to know this could be as light as a big draw with 1 card to come, so I was happy to call his shove and find out.  He tabled Q6 for a flopped 2 pair, caught no love on the river and I sent him to the rail while getting a huge boost to my stack. 

Now the simply amazing.  There was a big confrontation between 2 players at the 100/200/25 level leaving both all in.  One guy was bluffing and got called, and the bluffer rivered his hand to win.  They counted down the stacks, and the guy who got cracked had him covered by a single 25 green chip.  He was UTG the next hand, and all in for just the ante.  He somehow won that hand, collecting the main pot of only the antes and was again all in on his big blind the next hand.  He won that hand too.   Then in the SB he shoved, tabled AT, and doubled up again… 3 hands in a row to get his stack back to like 1500 chips.  And his heater continued, his next 2 spots he chose to go all in he was called and won, and now his stack was back over the starting stack.  He came all the way back to building one of the biggest stacks at my table, and yes, he won one of the 11 seats.  You’ve all heard the “chip and a chair” phrase, well I got to witness it first hand Friday night… literally.  And it was simply amazing. The moral of that real life story is never give up!  You never know what might happen!

My next blog will probably be after the $1675 main event, hopefully with a lot of good, perhaps some simply amazing, and very little bad.  I will of course tweet updates directly from the action, for those that don't want to wait.