2015 WSOP Day 1B Recap
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
What a day! I headed into the Rio feeling pretty good after a great nights sleep. We had a fantastic meal with my good mate Joe Hachem last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his WSOP Main Event win, and were all back to the Hotel at a reasonable hour to get some shut eye. I was up early, showered and had a huge breakfast before heading down to play Day 1B of the World Series.
I felt pretty comfortable, and loved my table draw. There was no-one on there that I thought would give me any trouble and I found myself playing a lot of hands. This is my ninth World Series of Poker Main Event and I reckon I played more hands in the first two levels today than I have the entire first day in previous years.
I got unlucky early on holding Pocket Kings and running into Aces. I raised before the flop and got re-raised. I raised again, and he made ANOTHER raise. I started to smell something fishy so I just called and the flop came down Ace high. He checked it to me so I made a pretty decent sized bet, which he quickly called. He checked the turn and I checked it back, then he fired out a bet that was about half the size of the pot. I thought about it for ages before folding – I just couldn’t put him on any other hand. I was steaming after that, but found a way to stay calm and accumulate some chips winning a bunch of smaller pots.
We went for dinner and nearly drowned as Vegas was in a flash flood. After dinner, I found myself in a huge pot with Pocket 7’s on a board having both an both an Ace and a Seven. As it turns out I think I lost the minimum in the hand given the circumstances. From then on I went on a bit of a tear raising and winning small pots, until I pulled off a massive bluff for all my chips with Queen Two on a board reading QT34 with 2 clubs. I was pretty sure the other guy had me beat, but I knew he wasn’t that strong that he could risk half his stack. Thankfully he folded!!
Overall, I feel like I played great today. I felt as fresh at the end of the day as I did at the start, and ended the day with a healthy stack of 65,525. This might just be my year…