First of July

Aces Player’s Club $10K Guarantee (10,000 chips)

My club card was full, so I didn’t have to pay the door this evening. Got sat down at Table 4 Seat 2, so I had the first SB.

Got off to a decent beginning playing KJ against one of the players on the far end. Hit two clubs on the flop and made a flush on the turn; was just a card away from a royal flush. Up to 11,800 chips by 0:15.

Seat 4 tried to represent a strong hand on my first BB when I was holding 9x9x. Top card on the flop was Tx and I kept playing back, calling several thousand in raises by the river. He couldn’t beat my pair and I was up to 15,725 by 0:25.

Called a raise to 525 with AT, then folded after a re-raise and all-in behind me. The re-raiser had JxJx and the all-in was holding KxKx. A river Kx just sealed that one; my hand never improved.

Holding A5, I called a raise of 500, then folded after an all-club flop was raised.

At 45 minutes I was still holding 14,000.

A late arrival to the table in Seat 1 was talking about a couple of wins he’s made a few weeks back and it turned out he was the giant stack at the Encore’s $10K who took me out with sixes. Apparently he’d also won the Aces $10K the night before that.

Playing QxTx I got a straight draw on the flop but had to push and bluff the Beast inSeat 1 and another player off the flop.

My 89 made top two pair on a flop but a 7x on the turn made the straight for another player’s JxTx and I lost several thousand hoping for a full house.

A Mutant Jack AJ made a straight on the turn, angering some of my fellow players.

By the first break (at one hour) I was at 9,500, having recouped slightly after the big loss. The 5K add-on took me up to 14,500.

Folded 1,000 with QxJx and a straight draw on the turn after getting priced out, then lost another 800 with AxTx when the board had a lot of full house possibilities but not for me.

As BB with Kx7x, I called a raise to 1,000 from the Beast, hit middle pair on the board, then raised 600 and got him to fold. He was knocked out by someone else shortly after that.

Gambled on 78 on a KxKx7x board and was beat on the river by a flush.

Went all-in with a bunch of limps ahead of me holding 5x5x. Only caller on the final bet of 5,700 had Ax7x. Bombs fell all between his cards but my pair held up and I was up to 13,80 by 1:55 in the game.

Called a raise of 1,200 with JxTx and had to bail after the flop.

Went heads-up as SB v BB with a low pair on the board but BB made trip kings and I lost about 4,800.

Laid down KxTx on a flop with QxQx. Would have made a straight and won by the end of the board.

At 2:15, I was down to only 5,600 chips and got AxKx on the BB. I went all-in, a bigger stack called, and a smaller stack was in, too. The big stack had 8x8x, the small stack had just 4x5x but the board ran low, putting another 8x on the flop for the big stack and a straight to the 8x for the small stack.

160 minutes. Finished 48th of 70 players. -100%ROI (including buy-in and add-on).