This buy-in is a bit more than I should be investing. I have played a few MTs at this level but it usually drains my bankroll too much. At this price it usually caps about 200 players and not suprisngly, they tend to be better players.
Within 7 or 8 hands I get 99 in early position. It's me and one other player on the flop. I flop a set along with an Ace and a rag on the flop. I bet the minimum to induce. He bets 350 and I reraise and bet the pot. He goes all in and I call. He flips AQ and the turn brings a Q to give him 2 pair to my set. I brace myself for the worst. The river brings nothing relevant and I have the majority of his 2500 starting stack giving me abut 4800.
I get very few playable hands along the way. I proceeded to play very loose and wittle away 2k by the time the blinds are 50/100. I saw many flops and hit nothing. I folded on the flops but there were many of them so now I have 2800 with 96 players left putting me in 80th.
TT at 75/150 bleeds me when I raise the pot only to get reraised for all my chips and fold.
AA at 100/200 gave me a nice boost when I doubled up to 4990 putting me 50 out of 82.
Pre-flop: dave118 folds. david45431 raises to 600. weim folds. ORCCA calls. 1punkass re-raises to 900. Duke92 folds. 4cryinoutloud folds. helga calls. david45431 calls. ORCCA calls.
Flop (board: 9h Qh 3c): helga checks. david45431 checks. ORCCA checks. 1punkass goes all-in for 1615. helga calls. david45431 folds. ORCCA goes all-in for 195.
Tournament all-in showdown -- players show: ORCCA shows Kd Jd. 1punkass shows Kc Qs. helga shows 8s 8d.
Turn (board: 9h Qh 3c 5c): (no action in this round)
River (board: 9h Qh 3c 5c 2s): (no action in this round)
Showdown: ORCCA has Kd Jd 9h Qh 5c: king high. 1punkass has Kc Qs 9h Qh 5c: a pair of queens. helga has 8s 8d 9h Qh 5c: a pair of eights.
Three hours into the tournament and the blinds are 300/600. I scratched and clawed my way up to 12.5k putting me 22nd out of 31 remaining.
The blinds are up to 600/1200 and I am at 26k and we are down to 2 tables. I am already in the money. The money started at 30th but it is not an impressive reward yet. The final 2 tables are fairly agressive with many players opting to go all-in post-flop or sometimes pre-flop when they appeared to have a hand.
88 and some nice agressive betting puts me at 38k.
AQ and I am up to 60k and in the LEAD by more than 20k in chips!
The next hand I am dealt KK.
The flop appears as 8-8-8. I end up all-in.
He flips up AA.
I am down to 900 chips.
Nothing miraculous happens and I am out in 15th place. I more than cover my buy-in and make a reasonable profit but am devestated at my loss of opportunity. I am quite disappointed in myself. Nuff said.