For the first time ever I managed to get the Mrs to the airport really early. Due to the fact we both hate booking anything online and are both useless at it we took weeks to make up our mind when we were going and a few things popped up that made us keep changing our plan. We ended up paying business class money for economy seats and when we got to Heathrow they told us the flight was so crowded we'd sit 6 rows away from each other and I'd be in the middle of the middle bit. In the end there were about 30 empty seats just in our section and we both got to sleep across three seats. The lady told us that lots of people had chosen to move to the earlier flight when offered...bit weird as we were really early and our flight was delayed an hour but nobody mentioned it to us. We had a nice meal at the airport and spent the time booking a hotel.
I woke up at 5am on Thursday and set of at 10.30am to play the 6-Max. Keeping up the theme of not being totally organised this trip I had about $800 left from last year so I just needed someone to lend me $700 and I'd be in my first event of the 2018 WSOP. Cheers Tikay.
The tournament was pretty good fun, I was playing lots of pots and winning my fair share and my "defensive" style, where I tend to take flops and not 3-bet or open too much, tends to really confuse the younger players. I'm sure they had me down as an old tourist. It was all going great until I took a flop from the big blind with 10s7s. The flop came two spades and also gave me a gutshot so I just check-called. The turn gave me a flush and I thought I'd totally confuse him by betting small. If he just calls he must surely have a one pair hand and if I get raised it's two-pair or better. If he calls I can bet big on the river and I'll often be called. Hopefully he'll make two pair.
On the river, which didn't pair the board or bring any extra spades, I bet twice the pot. He gave it a lot of thought and then went all-in for my bet plus about 25%. I thought for about 20 seconds, decided nobody is ever bluffing in that spot, and folded. Bit painful though. When they moved him from the table a bit later I stopped him to ask and we talked about the hand. He claimed he had the nut flush. I'm sure he did.
The table split just before the dinner break and my new table was pretty similar...mostly recreational players, possibly just one pro, nobody I knew at all and nobody knew me. I took a little while to suss them out and realised the standard at this one was slightly worse, one guy was really bad. I managed to get my 12k up to 15k having started the event with 7500.
The hand that was really annoying was when I chose to simply limp the button with As9s and the blinds both called. The small blind shoved the 9 high flop with an up and down straight draw and I quickly called. He made his straight on the river. I was left with 20bbs and I lasted until a little while after the 75 minute dinner break. I never won another hand though.