Well, I finally feel like I played a tournament fairly well. Too bad it only lasted four levels anyway.
I figured that this might be the toughest field so far for me. Kristy Gazes and Carlos Mortensen were at my starting table. Carlos was on my immediate left, but way tighter (or more probably, catching cold) than his reputation. On my immediate right was an older gentleman. He sat down and started doing things like betting 600 into limped pots (blinds 25-50 to start). He was just playing extremely wildly and aggressively, betting and raising large amounts all the time. He never got to a showdown, because either his massive overbet would cause his opponent to fold, or they would raise and he would lay down. After about 15 minutes he makes it 300. Carlos cold-calls on the button. The flop comes 6-5-4. Old guy bets 600 and Carlos calls. Turn 2. Old guy bets all-in for like 3000, Carlos calls like a shot with 54 (I promise he played really tight after that). Old guy turns over Q8 for no pair no draw and is drawing dead.
As the fates would have it, the open seat would be filled by an acquaintance of the same guy, who also played overaggressive, but not nearly so much so.
I played a bunch of small pots (of course, it's a shorthanded tournament) at my first table but there was probably only one interesting hand. Carlos raised utg to 300 and I defended with 87s (or some similar suited connector). The flop came 953 (or something else that gave me a gutshot). I checked, Carlos bet 425 and I called. The turn was a Q; I checked and he thought for a while and then checked. The river was a dud, I bet 650 and Carlos folded.
This table broke shortly after. The second table seemed fairly tough and aware of what was going on. If they erred it was probably on the tight side. I did not recognize anyonoe at the table. The six seat made a fairly big mistake on the following hand. I raised to 300 with TT in the 50-100 round and he called out of the SB. The flop came down 7-5-3 with a flush draw. He checked, I bet 300 and he called. The turn was another 3. He checked, I bet 600 and he called. The river was a scary card, a 4 that brought in the flush draw. He bets 1500 and I call. He immediately starts shaking his head once I call and turns over 87.
I play a bunch of small pots. Twice in the 100-200 round I get to jam the flop with straight draws and force a laydown. At 100-200/25 I pick up KK in the SB. I raise to 600 and he calls. After the call he has ~4000. The flop comes gin, K94 with two clubs. I bet 600 and he calls. The turn is a 4. I figure I would give up enough in this spot and I would like to protect future give-ups, so I check. In retrospect betting 1200 is probably a lot better because then I can put him in on the river. Oh well. Instead, he bets 1100 and after some thought I move him in. He thinks for very long time, saying "you must be bluffing, you must be bluffing" repeatedly, but then folds.
A few hands later I kind of misplay a hand again. A player raises to 600 and gets two callers. I call in the SB with KcQh. The BB also calls. The flop comes 9h-8h-4, and we check it around. The turn is a Jh. I decide to bet 1200 with my overcards/gutshot/3rd nut one card gutshot, which I think is correct. The BB calls and the preflop raiser calls. The river pairs the 4. I bet 2000. The BB thinks for a while and calls, the raiser folds, and the BB shows QT no hearts for a straight.
A few hands after that, I'm out. 2utg raises to 600, it gets cold-called and I am in the SB with AJ. With 6200 chips I consider sticking it all in there. But I decide to just call, which I think is at least close to correct if not correct. The flop comes JTx, I check, raiser makes it 1500, I make it 4000, he puts in my last 1600, I obviously call. He turns over KQ and hits his 9 immediately to leave me drawing dead.
If it seems from the description that I didn't necessarily play all that great, it's because I only put in the hands where I think my decision(s) are a bit on the debateable side. Overall I think I played well and I'm back on track. Also I'm glad that if I was going to bust out on day 1 that I did it relatively early like I did today. This way I got some necessary shopping done and also got to go to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class (where things did not go so well as nearly bit my tongue off getting triangle choked).
Tomorrow: $2000 NL, pre-bought with PokerStars W$.