P3 just got back from 3 days in Atlantic City. I spent most of the weekend grinding sweet, sweet VP, in effort to take advantage of the Caesars' Tier Credit Bonus (50% bonus for points awarded prior to March 31st). I'm currently at 5,250 credits and should easily be able to hit Diamond this year, mainly through grinding the $1/3 game at the Horseshoe from here on out.
For the second weekend in a row, the Double Double Bonus game was kind. Between the past two weeks, I've hit quads 17 time, including AAAA five times. When you run well, you run well. Fun while it lasts.
Saturday night, I played the $5,000 guaranty tournament at Bally's Wild West. $75 buy-in. $25,000 chips, 20 minute levels, no antes. It was, in a word, boring. There were 111 runners. 10 spots were paid. And, tenth place paid $111. In my mind, the money did not even become relevant until 4th place of so, which at least paid close to 5-1. A five way chop would net about $750. In short, a min-cash was nothing more than a waste of seven hours. I played down to the final 28. I was up to $120,000 chips, which was somewhere just above average. But, with blinds at $6,000 / $12,000, it was still basically bingo. I felt like I made a mistake on this hand: I was in Big Blind. Agro loud mouth min-raised to $27,000. I just called $15,000 more with 88. The flop came down J T 4. Agro shoved $100,000. I folded, rather than put my tournament on the line. But, as soon as it happened, I regretted the fold. It was probably as good a spot as any to double up or go home. And, the more I thought about it, a hand like AQ or KQ seemed more likely than a pocket pair that had me beat, given villain's position and the pre flop min-raise. Following that fold, I had a couple of hands that were playable -- KQ, AT, but I was forced to fold to raises and wait for a better spot. It never came. A bit later, a small stack, who had been shoving light, shoved about $30,000. I jammed $120,000 or so with KJ from the cut-off, hoping to isolate. But the agro-loud mouth called from the blinds and tabled KQ, and I was done.
Sunday night, I finally sat down at the $1/2 game at Harrah's. My first hand: QQ. A guy in late position made it $10, and I decided to just flat. The big blind called $8 and we went three to the flop, which was 8 5 J. The small blind checks, and raiser bet $15. I called. Blind called. Turn was a 7. Checked to the raiser, who bets $25. I call again. River is a 2. Raiser bets $35. I call. Raiser tables 6-4 for the straight. One hand in, I'm down $85.
Second hand was AQ. I raise to $15 and get two calls. Flop is J-high. I fire $27. Two callers. I give up on the turn. Down $130 two hands in.
From there, it was back to being card dead . . . again. An hour or so of 94, T2, 83 . . . I caught a couple of playable hands, like KJ, AT, but always in middle position and after an early position raise, so I folded. I had a couple of pocket pairs which I set mined and missed. And that was it. In fact, I played two hours before I won a hand. I opened AK diamonds to $15 from early position. Short stack shoved $37 and got a call. I considered a three-bet, but just called. The flop was K Q 5. Kid, sitting on about $200, bet $55. I raised to $135, and he folded. That was basically it for the next two hours. Literally nothing playable. Meanwhile, the collection of mouth breathers around me were just stacking chips. It was frustrating. There was one older guy, who bluffed away a $1,200 stack over the course of 4 hours or so. He always raised the button, and fired with nothing. I knew what he was doing. Near the end, he raised two limpers on his button to $15. I had KJ in the big blind. The small blind called. Again, I thought about three betting light. But, the way the table was playing, I'd likely get a few callers. So, I just called, hoping to catch my hand or just outplay him on the flop. But, of course, we ended up 5 handed, and I missed everything. He fired, got called by the small blind (I folded), and two other spots. Ultimately, he fired three barrels and just mucked when the small blind called him down. I ended the session down $138 after 4 hours. I just got to the point where I was too frustrated to play any longer.
On the year, I have 40 hours in, and I'm down exactly $400. While I've definitely butchered a few hands, I really feel like I'm just running bad. The few big hands I've had, have routinely been cracked (KK to QJ three weeks ago . . . JJ to AA twice two weeks ago . . . QQ to 6-4 this week). I also had AA and KK last week, and couldn't even get a single caller . . . And, beyond those few hands, I've basically had 97% unplayable crap, combined with 3% of some mediocre hands in spots I couldn't play. And sure, some of the results may be on me -- I could have raised my JJ's, even in early position, instead of limp-calling . . . but being up against AA both times on 9 and T high boards seems like bad luck. And, yeah, I could have three-bet QQ this week. But, I figured going heads-up with the hand would be a good spot. How many times is 6-4 going to beat me there?
Anyway, nothing to do but wait until next week and hope things turn around . . .