Saturday. Vegas day 3. After a quick workout, I cabbed downtown to Binions for the 2:00 poker classic. $125 buy in. 20,000 chips and 30 minute levels. I started out with a nice run of premium hands - KK, AK, TT, KK, AQ - and actually managed to get paid off. For some reason, poker seems so much easier when you have big starting hands...
I also managed to avoid some early pitfalls. Near the end of my early heater, I looked down at AJ diamonds. I raised 3x and got one call from the older rock directly to my left. The flop came down Js 3d 8d. Bingo! I bet out (I had been betting aggressively up to this point) and rock raises me. Um. Ok. Quite possible he thinks I'm full of shit given how active I had been. But rock didn't strike me as the type of guy to raise me with air. I call. Turn is the 3c. I check to rock. He fires 3/4 pot. I'm not getting anywhere near the odds to call on my flush draw, and I don't think rock is firing like this without top pair beat. I fold. He shows JJ. He may have cost himself some value by firing the turn there, because if the river is a diamond, I'm going to donate some chips!
A few hands later, it was my turn with JJ. UTG raises 3x. While I'm debating whether to smooth call and play my JJ small or repop from the button, UTG+1 re-raises to 10x. My JJ hits the muck, while UTG calls. UTG shows AK and the fellow to his left shows KK. Flop came out T-high, and I thanked the poker gods that UTG+1 didn't just smooth call because I likely would have found a world of hurt with my jacks.
By the first break, I had chipped up to $44,000 and was feeling good about myself. And then, in one hand, it all came crashing down. With $40,000 chips and blinds at 500/1,000, I look down at KK for the third time. After a limper, I raise to $4,500. Small blind calls as does limper. There is $14,500 in the pot, and the flop comes 5s 6s 5d. It checks to me and I fire 10,550. Small blind check-raise-shoves for approximately $30,000. Set of 66's? Spade draw? Over pair? Limper gets out of the way and the action is back on me. $55,000 or so in the pot and it costs me $20,000 to call. I've already committed 35% of my stack to this hand. While his action was aggressive, I really thought there was too much I was beating on that flop to fold. I call and villain shows A5. Um. Nice hand, sir. I mean, if you are gonna play A 5 for 4.5x preflop, you might as well do it from out of position. Whatever. It's poker.
After the hand, I was down to $8,000 and never recovered.... Finished 78th out of 166.
Fortunately, I had a 3-0 sweep on the bases (bringing my trip record to 6-1) and ended the day in the black.