Well it wasn’t quite like that, but getting back to Vegas always does feel like a homecoming of sorts. I was watching Poker after Dark on NBC the other day and Gabe Kaplan was on and he reminds me how much I loved that show as a kid and how the overarching theme of struggle and survival is so apropos for any Vegas trip. This one was no different in that there were some highs and some lows, but at the end everyone learned a lesson of some sort and we all had a great time.
So the particulars for this trip were that Lori and Mr. Cub were having birthdays that needed to be celebrated. Pittsburgh Gil and War Eagle both were down and we had a crew. 5 is always a good number in that it’s small enough for one cab at all times and there are plenty of different things for everyone to enjoy.
Lori and I got out there a couple of days before everyone so we had planned on playing some tournament poker to start the festivities. We love playing in the Deep Stack Extravaganza that the Venetian puts on 4 times a year. It’s a well-run tournament that always attracts good players, but at the same time is something that could yield a nice payday if you run well. The goals are always the same; cash first and then play for the final table. Seems simple, right?
We play in event 24 which was a $350 buy-in that has a top prize of $18k, nice. These events are always long and if you are playing at the final table it goes on the following day. So basically if you can play for about 10 hours you will be in the money and if you can play a bit longer then you could end up at the final table.
Lori plays well and lasts about 7 hours which includes a lot various bad beats along with some great play, but in the end she just ran out of steam. Personally I am very proud of her as she is always a tough out and as we have seen in previous posts she is no stranger to the top spot.
My run is much more bizarre in that I never really get anything going. I am consistently under the chip average at about every break and when we get down to about 29 players I am constantly battling to not be the bubble boy in this thing. So of course I find myself all in with A10 on my big blind for which I didn’t have to call and I could hope to survive, but honestly I don’t like doing that. I would rather play it straight and if I bubble out then I bubble out. The button pushes me with A9 and somehow I didn’t get sucked out on and survive in the money. Step one accomplished.
Now on to the final table, right? Well something happen when we were playing 6 handed that I like to call the fallacy of JJ. Basically I tried to squeeze a raiser who had two min callers behind him. I have JJ on big blind and I shove all in over the top for about $140k worth of chips. Well he calls with a little less and flips over KK. Awesome… I don’t suck out and get bounced @ 19. I was the bubble after all in that my ouster insures the remaining player that its now only down to two tables and then ultimately the final table. 12.5 hours equals 19th place and regret of what could have been if I didn’t get impatient. What can you do?
Never fear though, we have only just begun and there are so many other stories to tell…