WSOP Day 3 Wrap Up

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

It was another really tough day at the office today at the World Series of Poker. I started the day with 247,000 in chips, and was one of the chip leaders on my table. I felt strong going into the day and my table draw was pretty good. There wasn’t anyone on the table I was worried about, and I found my rhythm quite quickly. But that wasn’t to last, as our table was broken and I was moved onto another table in another area of the tournament.

The new table was tougher than the first one, as there was some other big stacks on the table, and the play was quite aggressive. I managed to bust a player early when I called a re-raise with pocket 7’s and they held up against Ace Jack.

From there, the going got tough. I got a lot of good hands, like Ace King & Ace Queen, but just wasn’t able to make anything connect. I lost a huge pot with pocket Queens after flopping a set, but got outdrawn by a straight on the River. That one hurt. Luckily, I was able to find Aces a bit later and pick up some of the chips I lost back.

As we got down closer to the money (1000 players got $15,000), play in the tournament stated to tighten up as people tried to make it into the money – but not on my table! I still couldn’t connect to any flops, but managed to make a few bluffs to keep my stack relatively healthy.

Eventually the bubble burst and we were in the money. I was rapt as it was the first time I have cashed in the WSOP Main Event, but at the same time I was frustrated as I couldn’t make any hands. I’m trying to win the tournament, and to do that I need chips.

Our table broke again right after the bubble burst and I was moved to another table for the last 3 hours of the tournament. Being moved to another table means I need to figure out a whole new group of players and how they are playing. Being on 3 tables throughout the day is like bowling to a team with 28 batsmen and trying to work out all their tendencies. It was really tough going, and I eventually finished the day with 111,500 in chips.

Overall, I’m happy with the way I played today, but frustrated I couldn’t make anything stick. I’m still in the hunt going into Day 4 tomorrow, with 675 players left. I’m proud that I am in the top 10% of all the players who entered, but I really want to win that bracelet. As they say in Poker “a chip and a chair” – I’m still in it and anything can happen from here.