So, with the beginning of Day 1C (the last entry day) of the 2014 WSOP, it’s official that I’m not playing a bracelet event during this year’s summer series, after three years of single shots in $1,000 events. Family matters took precedence over my schedule during the first portion of the series, my brief trip down at the end of June didn’t build the bankroll enough (and I didn’t win an online satellite seat). Saturday night’s local $8K at Encore resulted in a min-cash after grinding my way into the money with just 3-10BB for four hours ended with my UTG all-in AQ getting re-shoved for a little more by JT and both of us called by a big stack in BB with 67 (both of us short stacks paired the flop, but the board ran out a spade flush). If that had gone a little differently, I might have tried to get down Sunday night for the last of the $2K Main Event Mega Satellites, but no.

That’s not to say I’m done in Vegas this summer, by any means. As a matter of fact, I’ll be back down there in just about ten hours as I write this. The Daily Deepstacks are still running at the Rio. There are a couple more days of $30K events at the Wynn. After looking at the payout structures of the WPT500, I’m passing on trying to get to the Aria tomorrow for the last entry day there. And who knows? There’s a satellite for this year’s WSOP APAC in Australia in October on Thursday, so a bracelet opportunity is still out there.