I got off to by far my best start to this tournament, getting up to nearly 8000 by the first break. I think I've only ever even doubled up once before the first break, so to quad up is pretty nice. On the second hand of the tournament I defend my BB with Ah6h. The flop comes 8h6d2h. I check, my opponent bets 150, I raise to 450, he raises to 800, I jam and he folds. A few hands later, I have AA and raise to 75, he re-raises to 375 out of the BB, I put him in and he calls with AK. So it was a pretty short day for him and a great start for me.
I pick up a few more hands and win some small pots for the rest of the round. I pick up TT in early position in the 25-50 round and make it 125. I get a cold-call two to my left, and late position makes it 600, leaving himself with 1800. I call and the other guy folds. The flop comes KT3. I check-jam, he calls instantly, but turns over 33.
A little while later a short stack raises to 150 from middle position, I call from the SB with KQ, and Chris Bigler also calls in the BB. The flop comes K8x, I check, Chris checks and the raiser jams for his 625. I call, Chris folds, my opponent shows 98 and misses. Other than some preflop wins, this marks the end of anything good that happens to me.
The open seat is filled by ex-NHL player Travis Green. Travis seems like a really nice guy, enjoying talking about hockey with the other hockey fans at the table, and asking us about ourselves. I even asked him about his famous kiss and despite apparently still feeling embarrassed about it after so many years, he had a good sense of humour about it. Travis arrived to the table with not a lot of chips and was in push-or-fold mode, but he seemed to make good decisions doing so. Interestingly, the seat formerly held by the guy I beat with A6s vs ?? and AA vs. AK was also filled by a former NHL player. His first name was Eric and apparently he played a total of three games for the Bruins. So I may be the first person in WSOP history to eliminate two players in the same tournament who are ultimately replaced by someone who has played in the NHL. Nifty.
Green is eventually eliminated and replaced by Layne Flack. Layne starts off by confusing the shit out of me, asking me how I did yesterday, how "the Swedish kid in the one seat" did, and how "the fat guy to [my] left who busted [him]" did. Since I don't remember playing with Layne yesterday, and the guy to my left yesterday was a thin young guy, I figured out that it was a case of mistaken identity. However, Layne then recalls that I used to work for PokerStars, and that I managed their support team. He remembers that we talked about PokerStars at the Bike. What's fairly impressive is that this conversation was almost two years ago, and we only played together for about an hour and never got involved in a significant pot.
A few laps in, Layne opens from the cutoff for 375 in the 50-100 round. Layne has about 1600 behind after making the raise. The SB calls and I raise to 1000 with 88. Layne puts it in, the SB folds. Layne shows TT, I don't improve and he doubles through me to take me down to about 5000. Four hands after that I have AT in the cutoff and raise to 300. Now a short-stack pushes for 1300 from the SB. I call him, he has 66 and I don't improve. Hm. Anyone else like to be doubled up? A couple laps later I go for a blind steal with K9, get re-raised by the SB, and fold. So in that space I go from chip-leader to in push-fold mode with 2600.
In the last hand of the 100-200 (no ante) round, it's folded around to me in the cutoff and I have 55. I slide my 2400 in. The button folds. It's on the SB (the guy I doubled up with 66 vs AT), who seems to be somewhat inexperienced in live poker. He very quietly says "raise". It's fairly loud during the last hand of the break with everyone getting up, talking to one another, on their cell phones, etc. and I think the only two people that heard him say raise are me, the BB and the dealer. The BB says something imperceptible to the SB but points at my stack, thus obviously communicating words to the effect of "are you sure you meant to raise? That guy's already all-in."
So here's today's audience question. We all know that if I call for a floorman he's almost certainly going to rule that his verbal declaration is going to stand (which means that he'll be calling all-in, as I had him covered). From an ethical perspective, should you ask the floor to come over for a ruling? From an ev perspective, should you ask the floor for a ruling? Ignore the fact that the dealer chose to ignore the error and give the player the option to call or fold, because that's in fact what the dealer did. Anyway, I elected not to call for the floor, he folded, and I won the blinds.
Not much to report after that. We came back from break to 100-200/25, I folded most of my first orbit, then open-pushed with JT 2-off. The cutoff called immediately, which I figured meant I was in a world of trouble, but he turned over 88, one of the best hands in his distribution for me. But again I couldn't pair, so that ended my day.
Tomorrow: $5000 PLHE. Should be a good one.