Well, I just wrapped up a grueling 2 weeks at the Borgata. I was playing everyday averaging over 10 hour sessions. Unfortunately, it was not a profitable WPT as I'm stuck a few grand for the duration of the event. Here is a recap of the WPT:
I played a total of 22 SNGs (mostly $500, a few $250, and one 1K for a seat to the ME). There was always at least a couple guys in each SNG who I considered dead money, but ran badly at the end of these SNGs to show a 2k loss for them overall. The payout structure for the $500 SNG was 3500-1000-500. With the structure skewed heavily towards first place, most SNGs were chopped. The big mistake regarding the SNGs were the deals I was making. People were always talking chop when down to 3-4 players, and too many times I caved in on bad deals for myself. I felt that I should of demanded more in the deals as I was always the most aggressive in the end game and I could capitalize on the fears of the other players. This is a lesson that I have learned and will be better prepared in the future to deal with chopping issues.
I put in 32 total hours for a profit of 2K. I was playing 5-10NL the entire time and the Borgata poker room was averaging 5-8 tables at 5-10NL during the WPT. The problem is that I could never get into a rhythm in the cash games as I focused much of my efforts on the live SNGs. I regret this decision as I did not fare well in the SNGs and the games were decent the entire WPT especially the weekend before the 10K event started.
I played 7 tournaments with buy-ins of $500 or $750 and did not cash in a single one. I know this could just be due to tournament variance, but I would always play decent in these tourneys and then make a crucial mistake to cripple myself. It is so difficult to make it to the end of these huge fields that every decision is heavily emphasized as your tournament life depends on your every move. The play in these live tourneys were incredibly weak and I still see great value in them for the future.
This was the first time that I had the opportunity to play with TV pros and overall I was not very impressed. I am not going to criticize anyone in particular (it's not my style), but I've read online about how live pros are weak and my limited experience with them only confirms these findings.
This is a hand that I want to mention for pure amusement. My roommate and and an acquaintance I know name Charles happen to be playing in the same $250 SNG. They know each other through me and it seemed like a good idea to stay out of each other's way in the early part of the SNG. I have to mention thay Charles is a complete novice to poker when the following situation came up. The blinds were 100-200 w/ 25 ante when Charles limped UTG and my roomate pushed AI for 1500 in the SB w/ Q3off. The BB called and then Charles called. As Charles calls, he looks over at my roomate, gives him a smile and a thumbs up:) This was the last thing my roomate wanted as he wanted the pot to go HU to give him the greatest chance to win a showdown. The flop comes QJ2 and it goes check-check. The turn is an 8 and Charles moves AI. The BB folds and then Charles tries to muck his cards, b/c he doesn't want to knock my roomate out of the SNG. The dealer will not allow it and the players are confused about Charles' action. Charles finally tables T9 for the NUTS and it really looks like collusion. My roomate bails out Charles by explaining to the table that Charles is new to poker and he did not want to knock out his buddy out of the SNG. It is one thing to stay out of pots w/ a friend at the poker table, but this was absolutely ridiculous.
As for everything else, I love my new place and look forward to playing tons of poker. I just joined Cardrunners to improve my online game to compensate when the games in AC are slow. The only concern I have right now is that I may have a difficult time meeting people as all my time is spent in a casino. I feel most people make up their social circle through school or the workplace. Since I don't have either in my life, I will have to make more of an effort to make friends down here. For some reason, I'm not eagerly trying to hang out with all the middle-aged men that I compete against everyday at Borgata.