So final part of this trip report that got delayed pretty much indeffinitly due to it getting garbled and I was too pissed off to rewrite it. Now i figure what the hell, i have nothing else to do lets do it:
So day 2, the tournament starts back up at 2pm and despite how tired i am, i'm so psyched about it that when i wake up 6 hours after going to bed i am unable to sleep. The good news though is a feel alot better. Going such a long time with such focus is just really rough and i was begining to feel just plain sick from the wear on my body the crappy food that i was unable to eat much of because of being so sedetary, tired and nervous. So compared to that 6 hours of sleep feels like heaven. Anyway i spend most that morning just chilling in the room and browsing 2+2. I also send out a few text messages to brag and call my mom to wish her a happy mothersday because i'm a good child. Anyway 2pm rolls up and we take our seats which are on the stage in the theater infront of the entire field of the next days 1k event.
They tell us that since we stopped midlevel they arent going to do a redraw and so I take my same seat with the same people (minus father time and the donk in seat 5 who had busted), his seat would be replaced by an old guy who would start the day out by raising almost every unopened pot. Both seats 4 and 3 are very short stacked and my goal for the day is to try and pick up as many blinds as possible which is not as easy as I would like considering seat 5 opening so many pots, seat 1 is extremly aggressive and a very good player and the 2 short stacks shoves would commit a call. So instead I have to look for actually legitamate hands to raise on which lets just face it I rarely see many of. So at 1k/2k 500ante i finally pick up AKo on the button and it folds to me, I'm hoping to make it look like a steal so i take my time then raise to 5k. The sb looks at his cards and pushes allin and the bb quickly folds. I'm slightly worried that he didnt interrogate me but no way i can lay this hand down here. I call and he flips over AcKc and i say to myself, well i guess it beats you having AA. The dealer deals the flop which contains 2 clubs, I look at the chip stacks and see that they are very very close and begin to taste vomit. The turn is another club and hee nails the flush and once again it feels like mike tyson has punched me square in the gut. For the second time in the tournament I am in this situation.
At this point there is still like 14 or 15 people left and I have just under 2 big blinds. I've only got a few hands to try and pick something up, I continue to get garbage until I am under the gun i get dealt J9s. I look at the hand and think for a good while until I realize that I've taken so long that I've made my hand transparent and obviously its weak. I make what I still feel like is a real borderline decision and decide to wait till the next hand when I'm in the big blind. I may not get to pick my hand, but I also know that no ones going to raise my blind without a pretty solid hand and if it folds to the sb he could walk me or put me in with a very wide range of hands. So anyway I muck and the BB gets walked, son of a bitch. The very next hand seat 1 raises and i know its not a good sign, i look down and see A6o, which blind vs blind is just what i wanted but vs an EP raise I want to shoot myself but I have no choice. I call and say well I'm probably dominated but I should have 3 outs right? He flips over A9 and of course I'm dominated. But hey this wouldnt be the story of my win if i didnt suck out again right? The flop is 6TQ and i take the lead, i start to get excited when the turn is an 8 and he picks up the double gutter plus his 9 is still good, thankfully the river bricks.
So now I have 5 bb's which to me feels like a big stack. We're getting near the money and things are starting to look good for me in a way as i am shoving almost every hand and picking up the blinds and huge ante's. Basically nothing really exciting happens to me and as this is a long time ago I cant say too much of what else happens. The other table has a huge pot where 2 players are eliminated and the redneck kid on my left bust the good young player in seat 1, BvB with A9 vs KQ. Suddenly we're now at the final table. Basically from what i remember the FT looks like this:
Seat 1: Me
Seat 2: Kentucky Wildcats/Wife beater redneck
Seat 3: younger guy, solid live player
Seat 4: typical hard rock guy, CL
Seat 5: 2+2er w/hot GF
Seat 6: some guy, don't remember don't care
Seat 7: Darryl Fish, younger player i made friends with, long time pal of Roothlus
Seat 8: Someone?
Seat 9: Bipolar old, guy sometimes tight, sometimes super aggro
Seat 10: Older guy who jokes about being loose, actually SUPER NIT
So FT is set, at this point the blinds are 1500/3k w/500 ante. I have after some fortunate luck built my stack up to around 35-40k. Seat 3 and 4 both stated that they had no intention to double me up and risk both their big stacks. So this means their blinds are free game and I take huge advantage of that. Also Seat 10 is a huge nit and folding like every hand, the 1 time he raises in LP he goes n this whole big deal about how he isnt stealing and shows us all AQs. Basically there is a decenat amount of action without my involvement which results in losing a few players. We lose seat 6 pretty quickly and seat 8 as well. Then after that I'm not positive on who went first but we lose the 2+2er when he bust vs the hard rock guy with AK v I THINK KK, either way it was a pretty big cooler and a huge pot after he raised UTG and old guy makes huge shove from the BB. Also around this time Darryl is busted when he loses a flip after blinding down pretty badly after everytime he had a decent hand there would be like 2 allins. So anyway by this time it's down to myself, seat 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10. The next player to go is Seat 10 when i bust him with AA vs his QQ, sweet I'm up to around 120k with 5 left and blinds at 3k/6k. This was around the same amount of chips as Kentucky kid and the other young kid had over 300k and the hard rock guy had probably around the same.
Anyway the bipolar old guy is currently in his nit it up faze and blinds down to around 50k. I end up losing a pot vs him with AJs to his A4o. This puts me to around 50k and less then 10bbs. I'm not too thrilled. However I then double up through him later with A6o to his JJ when the flop comes 3 spades with me holding the As. The turn is a blank but the river is an ever so beautiful spade. So now he is crippled and would soon bust to seat 3 whose stack just gets that much bigger. Now the play is 4 handed and people are starting to mention chop as soon as they can just eliminate me and my again measly stack of probably 80k at 4k/8k 1k ante. It's actually kind of funny cause they are trying to be all sneaky about it while i can hear quite clearly what they are saying. Either way i continue to blind down and occasionally take down a pot and eventually Kentucky gets it allin vs seat 3 and loses with his AK < AQ aipf. Now we're 3 handed. The blinds have gotten up to 6k/12k and i have about 50k... needless to say im a bit short. Seat 3 has 650k and hardrock has 300k. This time hardrock actually says infront of me blatently, "after we bust this guy do you want to talk chop?" I'm a bit insulted, but i cant blame them i have 4 freaking BB's.
So 1st hand of 3 handed play and I'm the BB. Hardrock raises from the SB and i move in with A6 and beat his KJ and am up to 100k. Just like that you can see there is a bit of panic to him. A few hands after this he's trying to sell me on giving me 28k (3rd is 21k). I'm a bit tempted and tell him we can discuss it over the break that is in a few mins, he keeps pushing as the cards are dealt and i keep saying, wait. He's like OK fine, and raises the button to 30k. I look down and omfg i have KK. I move allin and the BB looks very upset as he finally folds. It gets back to hardrock and it's another 90k to him and he goes into a big speech about how i wouldn't be doing this without a big hand (which isnt true, how much he was pushing for a chop i knew he was afraid to get 3rd so i would shove light). After awhile im just standing there waiting and he finally calls with 99. I show my KK and BB goes "YES, folded A9" which is great for me knowing he's got 1 out. The flop comes Axx and seat 3 looks physically ill knowing if he made a bad call he could of sealed up the win. The board bricks out and i have 280k. We play a few more hands and hardrock wins a decent pot.
As we go to the break and begin to discuss a deal the chip counts are: ME - 220k or so, hardrock - 250k, Seat 3 - 500k+. Hardrock heads off to the bathroom and I begin to talk with seat 3 about what kind of deal he's looking to get, with payouts of 21k, 40k and 76k before taxes it's around 140k pre tax, 130k pool after taxes. He say's he wants like 65k and the ring. I immediately tell him i'll never do that deal. Old guy gets back and is upset to hear this talk going on and gets him to come down to 60k, 35k, 35k and the ring. I tell him that if ring is locked up I want 43k. Hardrock goes ballistic saying, i have less chips then him why should i get more. I look him in the eye and say "Your the one who is pushing the chop, if you want the deal, I want more money." Obviously i'm pushing a little higher hoping to haggle. Finally the big stack agree's to playout for the ring. I'm a bit upset as i was attempting to push for a 3 way 40k chop and play for 10k + ring but the big stack wouldn't go for it with Hardrock so ready to give him 60k. After talking to my friends and the blinds now at 8/16k we agree to the chop of 60/35/35 play for the ring, with seat 3 agreeing to sign the 1st place tax form and me and old guy flip for who gets 2nd/3rd officially (i lose and get listed as 2nd, ideally i wanted 3rd cause thats half the amount required to be paid in taxes).
After the money is settled we're all a bit off our A game, particularly seat 3 who can't even remember the blinds from hand to hand. He realizes this and is actually quite embarrased. He would Double up hardrock with some weird hand. Then after that I would double through hard rock when he limped the sb and i checked 34o in the bb. The flop came 256r and i flop the nut strait. He leads 20k at the 38k pot and i call. The turn is a os K. He kind of holds his breath as it hits and i immediately put him on hitting the K. After i pause he checks and i bet 35k. He snap shoves and i call him even quicker, like seriously i almost acted out of turn it was so fast. I flip up my hand and he goes "DAMN, KNEW YOU HAD THAT THIRTY-FOUR!" I chuckle as he flips up k6 for top 2, and realize im not out of the woods yet. I kinda pace away as the prepare to deal the river and the Tournament director gives me a little nod, kind of saying nice comeback. The river blanks and I have around 600k. I soon bust seat 3 getting it allin pre w/88 vs his A5 and have 850k out of the million in play. Then the very next hand i bust hardrock with 88 vs his 66, and all the sudden im the winner. They take a few pics of me before realizing that i'm not "officially" the winner, so they take some pics of seat 3 and he's listed as 1st. I'm a bit upset that I am not listed but say, what the hell i have the ring. Either way it was a great experience and alot of money i was sure happy to win.
Anyway i hope this was a decent read, i know the final part doesn't hold up much compared to the 1st 2 parts but i guess i was just alot more serious once the FT rolled around. Hope everyone enjoyed the thrilling conclusion and maybe if i ever get this bored again i'll take a shot at recounting my WSOP ME run or something.