I signed up for the WBCOOP and received notice fifteen minutes ago that I've got a ticket to ride. I'm going to blog as long as I last, or as long as I play, and believe me, there's a distinction. DW is out grocery shopping at COSTCO, which means there will be several boxes to help bring into the house about an hour into the tourney, and then the ducks will have to put in the coop for the night about 34 hours into the tourney. If I make beyond to either point, I'll have to sit out for a bit. If I make it three hours, that sit-out can be critical. But I'm juggling, and I do have a semblance of priorities remaining in my conscience. GL to all of those who I read and who read me.
One minute before we start. 1688 runners. It will be interesting to see how many sit out because they're stuck in traffic.
Tard opens with A6o and is out to pocket 8s. Guy to my left has doubled. Great.
2:05 - A6c on Button. Flop the nuts. Little bet with four players and no takers.
2:09 - UTG raises 3 x BB. I call with TT from MP, as does CO. SB 3-bets pot. I am only caller. Tc3h3c on flop. SB jams with AKc. River is Ts. Lucky me.
2:16 - Guy to my left has bled off half of his stack already. 2nd level. Patience, Grasshopper.
2:20 - Folks still registering. Up to 1731. Level 3.
2:27 - Idiot calls my TQs raise with T4o and hits two pair on turn. Down to 3K.
2:30 - CO steal goes south for 400.
2:36 - Get a little back when I call a raise from CO with AQo, A on the turn and I take it there.
2:44 - Sixes in the hole with the BB flop a boat. Big stack tags along for the ride but chickens out on the blank river, a 2.
Break. Table is a bit nuts. Calling station is taking pots with a pair. Folks are playing like blinds are 250/500 instead of 40/80. I guess it's to be expected, this being a freeroll. But where is your dignity, people!? I'm still hovering around 3K and am the third lowest stack at my table, the bulk of the players with around 6K. At this moment, the chip leader of tourney is WesRoks of Chicago with 22,301. About to start again.
3:05 - 3-Bet a Button steal from the SB with AKc and get a fold. Miss a big hand while typing. LOL DW on her way home.
3:13 - Kissed DW. Small pot with 8s over 6s.
3:18 - Another small pot (blinds and antes) with 8s. "This is not a cash game! This is not a cash game!" is what I keep chanting as I fold suited connectors early.
3:22 - And as soon as I finish my chant, I get Qs in the BB, call an all in and dodge an A; then the big stack tries a hijack and I 3-bet from the SB with pocket tens. He folds. I'm above 7K.
3:34 - Doubled up from the Button when big stack at the table jammed my 3-bet. Me: KK; he: AK.
3:45 - Flopped a gutshot but didn't have the guts to see the river, despite tempting odds. Lost a grand. And a couple more in similar scenario the next hand. Tighten up time.
3:50 - And no sooner do I type that, within three hands I'm dealt AK. Once in SB and take down a sizable pot from UTG raiser. On Button with three limpers, I bet the pot. The guy from the previous hand is the BB and jams 6+K. He: AJ, and no help forthcoming. 21K.
Break. And I can use it. We're down to 344 players out of 1740 runners. Barry from Springfield is in first with 57,159. I'm at 23rd.
4:09 - Big stack at the table just got bigger. Jamming with any Ace, apparently. Rivered a baby, one card flush against two pair.
4:13 - Only blogger I have recognized so far at my table is The Trooper, sitting immediately to my left with a small stack. Big stack just keeps growing when AQ beats JJ.
4:16 - Just took out The Trooper when I hit on a steal with odds on his all-in. At -25K. Joxum is cruising with 31.5K
4:20 - Boat brings me up to almost 30K through that calling station I mentioned earlier.
4:22 - Calling Station out with 8s against Qs.
4:25 - Big stack jammed with pocket fives. Oops! Not big stack any longer.
4:30 - Naked Ace steal goes south with a 3-bet.
4:40 - KJ does well against JJ. Up to 36.5K
4:44 - Huge mistep when I flop 2 pr. I bet the pot with two others in. Both call. Dead to a set and flush draw gets there.
4:45 - Just like that, my QQ against AK. out in 178th place.