October 27, 2006 - Just SICK!!! (If you see my video on the WPT website with Danger Dave from day one, you'll see me in my very warm Prada eskimo-like hat. I'm glad I remembered to pack my winter clothes for this trip!) Day one of the WPT North American Poker Championship was Wednesday, and I felt good going into it – lots of energy and positive thoughts. (Well, there were so many players that there were two day one's, and I played the first one.) I played very well that day – making several very huge laydowns and calling several big pots when my opponent unsuccessfully tried to bluff me. And I actually busted a player with my pocket A's! During the last few months, my A's have gotten cracked so many times, but they held up this time, boy was I thrilled! Woo hoo! All in all, my chip stacks remained pretty steady through the entire first day, and I wrapped up the night with $72,300. I had a day of rest due to the other half of day one that still needed to play, so I relaxed on Thursday. When I returned to the felt this morning, I felt very ready for day two. I made it about 45 minutes into the eighth level when I picked up a nice hand – pocket J's in middle position. The ante was $100, and the blinds were $400 and $800. The action came around to me, and I raised it up to $4000. Two players behind me mucked, then the player in the fourth seat thinks for a bit, then reraised to $10,000. Everyone else mucked, action was to me, and I called. The flop came 6-6-2 rainbow, I checked, my opponent bet out $19,000, so I thought about it… That flop could have very good or very bad for me, but since I was reraised, I thought it was the worst flop for me. I put my opponent on one of two hands – a bluff or AA's. It was like a coin toss because I had never played this guy before and it was too soon in the tournament to tell his style of play. I had two choices – I could muck my hand OR move all in, but calling his bet was not even an option. I finally moved all in, and sure enough, he called in a heartbeat. I knew I was beat when he called so fast, and he had the AA's. Argh! Even though I had him covered in that hand, I lost and was left with only $1800 in chips. The very next hand I picked up QQ's, I immediately pushed all in. Everyone mucked except the blinds – both of them called. The flop came J-7-3 with two clubs. The small blind bet out $1500, the big blind moved all in for about $5500 with A-4 of clubs for the flush draw, and the small blind called with J-7 offsuit. The turn came a 7, which gives the small blind two pairs and the river was a blank.. And where was I? Heading to the rail! All I can say now is that I didn't fly all the way to Canada to watch from the rail! How did I go from big-stack poker to bad beat, bad beat, bye bye? I'll be thinking about it for awhile, I can tell you that. Here are some pics from Day 1 and 2....