I thought I’d add this to my previous (rather long) post about my first WSOP experience.
The following is from an email I received from one of the players, Kevin K., that won one of our satellites to play in the $345 event.
Here’s Kevin’s email:
By the way – thank you for your encouragement at the tournament. I had given up in my mind, and when u said – one hand, Kevin – you helped me continue to play tight, and sure enough I got a hand. I eventually doubled up to 20K by the dinner break.
Not sure if you know – from Noon to 6 (dinner break) I played in 7 hands and won them. EVERY OTHER HAND that I folded would NOT have been a winner had I played or gone all in. We talked over dinner deciding 100K would be needed to get to the money – I would need to make a move quick before it got to the point that everyone would call my making a move.
After about 8 ALL IN’s, I hit the 100K mark and was feeling good. AA, 10′s, QQ, JJ, QJ, and A6 suited got me there!
It dried up again but I was waiting for the good hands. 100K turned into 85K, and I started getting nervous. They switched me to another table – 21 tables remaining – 210 people or less and they paid the top 108(I think) – and I was almost the short stack at my table – everyone else had 200K to 400K. Antes were 200 and blinds were 1600/800 – expensive to sit there.
AK hits me, I call, guy behind me goes all in – took me 4 minutes to lay it down — to double my stack meant $$$$$$$ for us all.
QJ in my hand, Jack hits the flop, and a Q hits the turn – checked around – I think I am golden – NO ONE showed interest and one of the 2 LARGE stacks was holding his cards ready to throw them in. I go ALL IN – the SHORT STACKED lady calls with KQ only to hit a K on the river!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are no words to describe the flood of emotion in my brain – I could not think; I could not breathe; and I wanted to die right there!
A-10 suited hits me - I go all in – the short stacked lady calls with 77 and they held up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEARTBREAK CITY!!!!!!!!
All I can say is I learned a lot, had a great time, and I can’t wait for my next chance – I am preparing NOW!
Thought you might like to know.
See you soon!