WCOOP 2011: Of snoozing and final tables
Wednesday morning my alarm goes off (at 3:30am)....and like every other morning I somehow manage to hit snooze without actually regaining consciousness. I am a proficient sleeper. I eventually half-waken to my boyfriend asking me what time it is.
Shit. I have been getting blinded out for 45 minutes. Grab my laptop and open both eyes. I was so excited for this event, the $265 NL Omaha H/L. In the last year, I have really become fascinated with NL O8 (you can usually find me playing the $33 NLO8 at 5pm locally, or the $51 hyper turbos later in the evening).
The event did not go as planned. My stack was crippled when I shoved with two pair (no low on the board) vs a player I am familiar with who had aces. The river paired the board and it wasn't one of mine. I busted shortly thereafter not sure if I made the end of late registration.
I was extremely disappointed. Not to mention feeling sorry for myself.
I sulked upstairs and got ready to head to work. As I was coming back down the stairs, I heard the PokerStars alerts ringing. I forgot that I had played a ~500 FPP Round 1 satellite (for the 8 game) and had advanced to round 2 where the buy in was 2400 FPPs.
I love playing these FPP satellites both for the value and for the practice at each of the games. They are an inexpensive warm up and get you thinking about the game you are about to play. I also really like 8 game. My first exposure to it was a WSOP event in 2010. In my first 2-7 TD hand, I made the nuts, and I was hooked.
Winning the round 2 sent me into the $107+$9 satellite which then advanced me into Event 31. (As it turns out, I registered for a 2k FPP satellite to the event and won that also).
The $320 8 Game tournament was already well under way and I couldn't unregister, so I picked up my phone and sheepishly called work to see if they needed me to come in at all. Thankfully my coworkers had everything managed and I got the green light to play on.
This certainly wasn't how I had imagined my day going, but it ended up working out in the end. While I would have loved to take down the bracelet, it felt very satisfying to make my first major final table as a member of Poker Stars Team Online. I hadn't quite realized how much extra pressure I had been putting on myself since I signed this deal.
Being an 8 game event meant that there was not a lack of interesting spots. I will review some hand histories from the tournament, either in video or text format sometime in the next few days.