Crapped out of both the Encore Club $40K and the Final Table anniversary $50K about half-way through each. The prize pools were $48K and $75.5K, respectively, the latter of which was pretty decent for a $150 buy-in. I would have been happy to cash in either one, of course.
The $50K went along OK-ish. I rebought early on, after squeezing all-in from SB with A
After busting from the $50K, I went to Portland Players Club and caught their $20 Saturday Freezeout (no rebuy, no add-on). Only eight players and one payout. One guy was the father of a kid who had another stack. The kid was busy playing the earlier Big O game, his dad was talking about how great a player the kid was and as we got down to four stacks he wanted to open the number of payouts up. The dad busted, then SuperKid, and the other guy and I chopped it.
The former Aces Players Club has been re-opened and re-branded as Aces Full Players Club. I didn’t have a chance to get there the opening week, but was happy with my first excursion where I played out the full tournament and took a true first place with no chop for the first time in a while. I had a pretty massive chip lead by the time I got to HU, pushed all-in post-flop holding K
Two wins in a row still didn’t make up for money sunk in the $50K. I played the PPC $1K Big O tournament later, then got out after three rebuys in 45 minutes and headed over to Encore Club for their $1K Bounty tournament.
It wasn’t a good game for me. I got top pair/top kicker in against a set early on, rebought, then struggled through the 3-table field to the final table as one of the shorter stacks. I hadn’t picked up a single bounty (difficult to do when you don’t have enough chips to knock anyone out), although I’d done damage a couple of times to people who ended up giving their bounties to someone else. I learned my lesson about not chasing bounties at the Venetian a couple of years back, though, so I wasn’t worried. I was in seat 3, biding my time for that playable hand when the guy in seat 2—someone I thought of at the time as an “older gent” though he probably doesn’t have that many years on me—reached out to pull back his cards as my second card was being pitched. It was the typical card-hits-hand-flips-an-ace scenario. A
Keep your damn, dirty hands out of the pitch.
Chinook Winds Fall Classic starts today, with a $100K Main Event this weekend, a Big O tournament tomorrow, and 6-Max and Omaha Hi-Lo on Friday. Muckleshoot’s Summer Poker Classic kicks off tomorrow, with $55K added to prize pools in four events. And the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow gets going Saturday, with a week’s worth of tournaments, 6-Max and Stud on Monday, PLO and PLO8 on Wednesday, HORSE and Crazy Pineapple on Thursday, and a Main Event next Friday and Saturday.