Bellagio's Doyle Brunson WPT Five Diamond $15k Main, Days Two and Three
December 25, 2021

 So I came into day two with a decent pile, one that I was happy with to say the least after winning that flip vs. Paul Wasicka.  The unfortunate thing about my day two table, after promising to do my homework, was that I knew all the people at the table besides Brenden Steven, who turns out to own the Wichita Ford, Lincoln, Volvo, Subaru, Honda, and Mercedes dealership.  He even has a webpage containing all of his inspirational quotes.  Anyways, day two was pretty uninteresting for me except for one hand.  Daryl Fish, a good friend of mine who wasn't at our starting table but who got moved there opened under the gun with blinds at 500-1000/100 for 2700.  I was two down the line and had AKo, a little over 100k, and decided to just call due to depth of stacks.  Sam Stein, another good buddy of mine and excellent player was to my left, and decided to re-raise to just under 9k.  At this point I'm not thrilled, but on the other hand I have a disguised ace king and two monkeys putting chips into the pot.  It folded back to Fish who tanked for a little while, and gave off enough physical tells and took long enough for me to feel pretty good about him not having AA or KK, and then he re-re-raised to about 28k.  It was my turn, my first instinct was to fold (because I'm a nit), but F these guys... "I'm all in."

Sam's turn, he took about fifteen seconds and folded.  Back to Fish, who didn't snap, which obv made me feel good about my read, and he finally folded.  We played one more hand and then went on break, and Sam claimed to fold kings while Fish claimed to fold queens.

That night we had Fish as our guest for the pokerroad B team, and he confirmed that he had queens, and I disclosed that I had ace king, and we had a good laugh.  We both believed Sam.  Turns out he was lying.  He had the eight four of hearts.  Haha.

I ended up finishing the day with just under three thousand more chips than I started the day with.

The day three table wasn't any better.  Andy Bloch was the oldest player at the table by a longshot, and turns out that I was the second oldest.  No wonder why they call me grandpa.  Fortunately the table broke soon, but unfortunately they moved me to another murders row with a ton of chips.

I hung out for a while, then went on a heater.  I turned a little over 100k into 570k in one level, climaxing with a set of deuces that I opened in early position with.  I was called on the button, flop Q32 with two diamonds, I bet 13,400, button raised to 40k, and I shipped for about 280k total, got called by Q9dd, and held.

Unfortunately the next level would prove disastrous, and it was mostly my fault.  Daniel Alaei was moved to the table.  I opened the cutoff at 3k-6k/500 to 14,500, Daniel called the small blind, and we saw a flop heads up.  It came AA6 with two spades, one heart.  Daniel checked, I bet 18,500, and he made it 42k.  This is where I should have shut down, simply because Daniel is good and isn't going to spew.  Instead I said to myself, "Daniel, you can't have ace king here, and the only things that beat me are A6 and 66.  There aren't many ways to have those hands.  Fuck you."  I re-raised to 108,500, and he called.  The turn was a four of hearts.  He checked to me, I bet 166k, a bit big considering that our effective stacks were 400k at that point, but I wanted to look bluffier and wanted to charge the draws that I was putting him on.  He went all-in, I was priced in, called, and lost to ace king.  I was wrong.

I clearly should have just called the flop check raise and then called him down in the interest of preserving a stack and playing small ball, but I deviated from that and got screwed for my stack, my own fault, and ended up busting shortly thereafter.

Sad.  The year's over, I might have even lost this year (it's close... +/- $50k on the year or so), but I'm glad to move on to 2010.  It was a good year in the industry and I'm still loving what I do.

Peace and good luck,



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