Opening table featured Andy Bloch, Alexandra Vuong and Jennicide. Chris Ferguson joined the table an hour late. Liz Lieu would join after a player busted. Despite this, I thought the table was actually a pretty good one, with a couple of players making rather bad mistakes. This surprised me a little; I figured a limit hold'em event (versus a NLHE one) would be mostly filled with at-least-decent players.
I run really good early on. Unfortunately they chose to start this tournament at 25-25 blinds (even though apparently players on the player advisory committee asked them to ditch this level), so realistically my stack did not grow that much. On one interesting hand I 3-bet with QQ preflop, got check-raised on the 964 flop, and got check-raised again on the 9 turn. I called and the river was a Q. He bet, I say "raise" and put in a 100 chip, but he turns over 66 thinking I just called. He does have the presence of mind not to re-raise and just calls to see the bad news. I wonder if his mishap cost me two bets.
Some time near the end of the second level, a floor supervisor comes around to pick up the buy-in cards (the ones you show to the dealer so that he/she can verify you are at the right table). She notes that the #3 seat card isn't there. #3 is Jennicide, and she insists that she did give the card to the dealer. Me and a couple other players also remember her doing so; in fact the dealer checked it rather carefully because originally she almost sat down in the #8 insetad of the #3. Anyway she ends up producing her player copy, and it turns out she is at the wrong table! She is moved over to her proper table, and a dead stack is moved over to ours. But basically, we should have been playing with a dead stack two to my left for almost two hours instead of Jennicide.
Chris Ferguson posed the question to the table (after a long series of last-longer bet jokes), if you have someone 2-1 in chips, what is a fair price that you should lay that person on a last-longer bet?
In the third level they break my table and I get sent over on the immediate left of Matt from billandmatt. Aside from Matt, this table is even softer than the first. I move right into the big blind and I actually get to check my option against two limpers. On one hand (which maybe will be narrated in full detail on his own blog), Matt checks to his opponent with four spades and a small pair on the board and his opponent checks back with AA including the ace of spades. There were a few other similar horribly missed value bets at this table, as well as quite a lot of open-limping. I expected the field to be approximately equivalent in toughness to a full 30/60 game on PokerStars or a live 100/200 game. In fact (at least using my tables as a sample) it was probably no tougher than an online 10/20 game.
I was somewhat card-dead from about the 150/300 level onwards, often winning a pot just often enough to tread water. Matt and I make a $10 last-longer which ends up being very competitive because neither of us can manage to be above 4000 or so for more than an orbit. Some hands of significance near the end:
200/400: Matt open-raises in cutoff, I re-raise with AJ on button, flop AQT. Matt check-raises and I call. Turn is a dud and Matt bets my last 400. I call, he shows AT but I suck out with a king.
300/600: 3-off raises, 2-off cold-calls, SB folds, I call from BB with Kd6d. Flop comes KQ8 with two clubs. I bet, 3-off raises, 2-off folds, I call. Turn is a 9, I check-call. River is a T, check-check, he wins with KQ.
300/600: EP raises, 3-off (Chris Bigler) 3-bets, I go all-in with AK for 1100, both call. Board xxxxQ and I lose to AQ.