i'm still ~ speechless, but i'm going to give a recap a shot. before i do that, a huge thanks goes out to lucko
and todd, who helped me tremendously, especially at the end. winning a seat was bittersweet b/c todd (gbiff) was the bubble boy, and since i was almost bubble girl i know it must hurt.
lots of people have asked if i'm going to play. i really, really want to. i am not sure how i can arrange it with work, especially given that i just took a vacation, but i'm going to try. if i can swing getting work on board w/ me needing some flexible time off i think there's a good chance i'll play. if i do play, i will definitely be selling percentages of my action, but will post more deets about that once i know for sure.
i woke up just before noon ready to try and qualify. i hung around in the moneymaker satellite, but busted way before getting close to one of 19 seats. i played the $109 satellite into the ftp satellite, and won my buy in to the $535 150 seat guarantee. i didn't last long in the other stars satellite, which i satellited into last week before i left for vegas, although i played really aggressively/stupidly and it didn't work out. i called an ep min raise from late position w/ AJdd (probably the biggest mistake, i shoulda just folded) and flopped the nut flush draw on a raggy board. ep raiser bet out, i shoved, and he called w/ AA.
i thought about not even playing the ftp sat after that but once i won the seat i figured what the hell. i stayed in my hotel room all day to try and win a seat, so why leave now.
thanks to everyone who railed/texted. i'm gonna attempt a hand by hand recap, but it's probably gonna be long so read at your own risk of boredom.
hand 5: picked up AKdd, raised a limper, two callers, flop T44, bb leads out for half pot and i folded
hand 15: called a raise w/ AQ,flop 522, raiser bets, i fold.
hand 21: blinds 20/40 i look down at KK. utg +1 limps, hijack limps, i raise it up to 6x and get two callers. flop K43, he checks, i check. turn 7. he bets, i raise, he shoves, and he shows 77. Q on the river and i double. sick turn card for sure. i def owe that check to lucko, cause in the stars sat i flopped top set and when i sent him the hand later he said he woulda checked flop. :-)
hand 47: TT, i raise utg, button min rres me. KKJ flop and i decide to bet once and if i get called i'm done. he calls my flop bet, but then we check down and he shows 55. yeah, wha??? i label him a donkey.
hand 48: walkage, woot
hand 49: i complete w/ K4, flop top pair, i check, bb bets into me, i call. same on turn. i probably shoulda vb river when i make trips, but we check down and i win another pot.
hand 57: i call donk from above's late position raise w/ AJdd and bet out on K34 flop. he calls. we check turn, and i bet ~ big on river w/ air and he folds.
hand 62: donk min raises from utg. i consider rring him w/ TT, but decide to flat, as do two others. pot is 600, flop is J32, donk shoves for 3k and i fold.
hand 76: KK in sb, folds to me, i raise bb and he folds. :(
hand 92: KK utg, everyone folds to my raise. :(
hand 106: i raise 77 from mp, and bb re-raises. i flat call. he then bets out 2/3 of the pot and i fold on T94 flop. i am convinced he is just fucking w/ me and has shit, cause he has been super aggressive, but i'm not strong enough on my read, and can't be sure he didn't hit the flop.
hand 107: after getting bitch slapped the last hand i shoulda just folded 22, but instead i raised, and see an A63 flop w/ the sb and bb. they check, i cbet, same aggro guy (now sb) from last hand raises me, and i have to fold. i am pissed at myself.
hand 108: i now pick up AK, raise and get one caller. Q54 flop, and my cbet takes down the pot. if i was the guy in the pot w/ me i think i'm raising me there every time given that i just folded the previous two hands to raises, but phew.
hand 116: utg limps and i play super weak and just limp along w/ my JJ. bb comes along and we see AKT flop. it checks around. sb bets out half pot on turn and we both call. we all check river and utg shows AQcc (bb had A7o).
hand 119: i am not involved, but aggro guy from my 77 hand raises, bb re-raises him and he calls. on a 74x flop the bb bets out, aggro guy shoves, and bb calls. aggro guy shows 56dd and bb has KK and takes big pot when straight doesn't get there.
hand 139: KK in sb, blinds 100/200. button has almost 4k, and min raises to 400, i rr (have about 7.5k) to 1200, he shoves and shows AJ. J on flop, A on river, and i'm back below starting stack.
hand 153: AQ, i raise and get 5 callers. flop T9x and i check fold. TT flopped set and gets it all in w/ JJ, J on turn.
hand 172: i see AQo in sb. blinds 140/280, early position guy raises to 1200. i have a sort of awfuckit moment and decide i'm going to shove him for my 4700. my thought was i have tons of fe, his raise seemed very weird, and i was really just hoping for a flip. instead he practically instacalls my shove w/ A9o. flop 335, Q on river, and i double. poker is easy.
hand 180: AK in bb, co raises, i three bet, he folds.
hand 184: AA (finally, woot!). i raise from co, sb calls. flop comes 556, he checks, i cbet, he calls. i bet half pot on turn, he shoves, i call, and he has 88. i scoop a nice pot.
hand 207: i fold 88 from bb w/ raise and rr in front of me.
hand 233: i raise AQo, sb calls. flop 633, he checks, i cbet, he folds. phew.
hand 272: aka ginormous mistake. i have about 12k to start hand, blinds 400/800. folds around to button, who makes 3.5x raise. i decide to put him on a steal and shove, but i really didn't have fold equity and plus i don't think he was ever folding AT. i had A9, and i lose almost all my chips.
hand 273: i have 63o in the sb, but refuse to make it my last hand. when the hand ends i have 2889 in chips.
we go on break. i am pretty bummed at blowing a chance at a seat. i go down to the store and get some beers. the line is taking forever, and i get back to the room to see my time bank expiring. i'm on the button w/ 2764, and i don't even really see the action in front of me, but know that two people who have me covered have already put chips in. i figure i have to go w/ it and hit call.
upon closer look, utg raised to 3750 (blinds just went up to 500/1000, so i had 2.7 bbs lol) and got flat called by the hijack. i call on the button and flop comes KJ8 two diamonds. turn is a 7 of spades, and river is a 9 of diamonds. blech.
they both checked down the whole way, and utg shows 44 (which i woulda instamucked utg, even w/ his stack) and hijack shows AQ. i had the worst hand but sucked out, and now i'm back to 10 bbs.
hand 279: i pick up AA and decide to 3x raise, basically announcing (imo) to the table that i have AA. later position shoves, and i am dismayed to see he also has AA. we chop.
hand 284: i agonize about shoving Q9o from the co when it folds to me, but can't do it.
hand 285: i shove A7o from the hijack and everyone folds
hand 292: i shove T9o from the button w/ 9600 (blinds still 500/1k) and sb reships. ruh roh. he has AT and i'm pretty annoyed to not even have two live cards. flop KQ9, 9 on turn, and brick on river. BOOOOOOOOOOOOM. i'm up to 21k.
hand 299: i shove Q8o from sb onto bb when it folds around and he folds. woot.
hand 305: i make a standard raise w/ 77 and get no action.
hand 310: i make another standard raise w/ KK from co and bb (aggro calling station) called. flop came AJ5, and we both check. turn is a Q and we both check again. at this point i'm pretty sure i'm good, but don't know how he plays well enough to be sure. he basically min bets the 9 river for 1500 and i call, and he shows 94hh. ship.
hand 318: i raise A6o from the button and thankfully big stack to my left folds, and shortie (4 bbs) in bb also folds.
hand 325: KK (jesus, i got KK a lot in this thing, huh) in bb. button raises to 5500 (800/1600 blinds) and i shove on him. it's the same guy who beat me w/ AT to my A9, and ironically he shows ATo again. thankfully no A, and i take him out.
hand 341: i make a somewhat loose raise in ep w/ AJhh and thankfully everyone folds. i wasn't getting any hands and felt like i needed to chip up whenever i could.
hand 354: blinds 1200/2400, and i have 33k, and big stacks to my left. i decide to shove 33 on the button thinking they can't call w/o big hands, and they fold.
hand 377: blinds 1400/2800, i raise AKo utg and everyone folds.
hand 378: i have ATo in the bb, and the sb who has 67k goes all in on me. i have 37k and go into the tank. i know i'm way ahead of his range, but i hate calling w/ ATo. last year i played a satellite to the big 2500 ftops, and we were down to 5 where 4 got seats. the button shoved on me, and i decided to call off w/ AT. he had 73, but flop came 73x and he boated on turn, and i didn't get seat. i know it's rot to remember that at a time like this, but the point in my head was there is a decent chance he has two live cards, and i'm not that much of a favorite. i agonized, and finally decided that i wasn't likely to pick up a much better spot.
i called, he had J3o. flop was a beautiful TTQ, turn 8, river 7, and i have 77k.
i fold every hand until
hand 396: i'm in bb w/ 63k and look down at AA. button w/ 47k behind raises to 18.5k (blinds are 2k/4k) i reship him, and he FOLDS.
hand 404: i fold JJ utg. it hurts. i am thinking at this point i might be able to fold to seat, and don't want to risk it w/ a pair having to get through the whole table. it hurts, though.
i fold everything until it folds to me in my sb in hand 415. i shove Q4o on the bb and he folds. hand 424 i do the same w/ A3o.
hand 426: it folds to me in co and i shove JJ for 73k. they all fold.
hand 443: i think a mistake. it folds to me on the button. i have 43k. the sb to my left has 306k, and the bb has 65k. i am pretty sure that sb will call me w/ atc, so i fold my AQo. sb FOLDS to ~ shortie bb, and i am pretty sure i missed my best chance to cash.
stupid bubble won't break. i am down to 36k w/ blinds 8k/16k.
hand 447: i pick up AKo utg +1, but am getting called like a million ways if i shove, so i fold.
hand 449: i have 73o in bb, it folds to sb, who shoves on me (bastard!) and i fold.
hand 450: another agonizing decision. it folds to me in the sb, i have less than the bb behind, so if i call, i am going head to head w/ the bb for a main event seat. i'm pretty sure if i bust this hand i am bubble girl, though there might be two more to go at this point. i have A7o. same conundrum as the ATo hand earlier. A7 is probably ahead, but if he has 23o and hits a 2, i'm out. i decide to fold.
hand 451: now i'm on the button, and i pick up 77. problem is, now i have to get through two people, the sb and the bb, who are both calling me, and i am not sure 77 is good enough hand. i'm not really sure what i'm doing at this point, and am regretting not calling hte hand before w/ A7o.
ok, i admit it, at this point i start wimpering like a total girl, and am freaking out, repeating over and over, omg i'm gonna lose, omg i'm gonna lose.
hand 452: aka the biggest hand i've probably ever played. i have 2,496 and am in the co. it does not look like anybody is going to be all in at the other tables ahead of me, and i'm basically all in on the next hand. so when it folds to me i decide i have no choice but to call off my last 3k w/ A2o. i know i'm probably behind, and i'm still freaking out, and i am thinking about how upset i'm going to be that i came so close and didn't get the seat.
the big stack to my left calls w/ his 360k behind, sb folds, and bb checks. flop is 994. check, check, turn is J. now my freaking out gets louder, cause i'm figuring that is terrible card. check, check. river is another 4. fantastic card. if neither of them have a 9, 4 or J, i am at least chopping. i got incredibly lucky, b/c big stack showed ATo, and bb showed KTo. i chop my teeny side pot and have 13k, and one hand later i have a seat.
if the board doesn't pair on the river i'm done. it still makes my stomach a little queasy. i got super super lucky to get the seat. my puff was 93, not shocking considering all my KKs. ok, time to eat breakfast. i'm leaving vegas today, and will probably do a another recap at some point.