February 16, 2007 - Tough Beats In 25K Event At Bellagio I've been looking forward to play in this 25k event at Bellagio for 3 weeks but now I'm wishing I never played it. I started the tournament doing pretty well, I sat at a table with pretty tight players. The only known player on my table was Can Hua which was to my right. I was up to 70k during the 2nd level. There was 1 seat open with chips there but no player for about 3 hrs. The missing player showed up and it was a girl named Vanessa Russo ( I think that's how it's spelled ). About 10 mins before a 15 minute break I was involved in a huge pot and lost about 45k of my chips. This is how the hand went down... The blinds were 100-200 with 25 ante, it was my big blind... action gets to Vanessa and she raises to 700, one player calls behind her then the action gets to me, I picked up JJ's so I smooth called the 500 raise. The flop came Q Q 2 ( 2 clubs) I check, Vanessa bets out 2k, the other player mucks, actions to me now I raised to 5k to see where she at, she immediately raises to 10k, I think for a bit and calls the raise, the turn comes a J which gives me a full house,I check and she immediately checks behind me, the river comes a Q... the ugliest card for my hand, I checked and she moves all in which she had about almost 35k. I'm put in a really tough decision. I then took some time to analyze the whole hand and how it was played for about a minute or two and then I hear the dealer call the clock on me. This was the first time ever that I have gotten someone to call the clock on me. I then asked the dealer who called for a clock and he responded that the all in player had called the clock. I thought that was pretty inconsiderate considering the amount I had to make a decision whether to call or not. What really threw me off was her check on the turn. There were only a couple hands that I could put her on, an over pair or a nut flush draw which missed. I finally decided to call.. After I threw my chips in she then said " Nice Hand " before turning over her cards which were the A Q of spades which gave her quad Q's at the end. Now that was just wrong saying something like that especially to someone that just lost a huge pot and them knowing they had the nuts. Five mins later it's time for a 15 mins break and one of the players on the table came up to me and gave me a sorry look and said that was very bad etiquette what she had said. Then a few reporters that were standing around at my table during that hand also heard it and came up to me and said the same exact thing. So then after the break I came back and had only 19k left to play with. The second hand in play I picked up AA's and doubled up through Can Hua. Half way through the level I lost a 18k pot to David in seat one... He had flopped top two A 9 and I turned two pair A 3. Shortly after this hand came the brutal beat which knocked me out of the tournament. I picked up AA's and my opponent had KK's. Unlucky for me the flop came a K. No help on the turn and river and out I go. Here are some photos taken of me during the event...