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WPT Championship Day 1

21 Apr 2008


When you are young you strive for what would be a "perfect" life, or at least one that is organized and you feel like you are being productive everyday. When I was younger I always had so many daily goals, workout, eat well, juice, jog, etc.

Well, my life is as close to perfect as it can be at the moment in terms of being productive. I woke up at 8am yesterday (today as well) and started out by reading a few chapters of Proverbs from the Bible. Good stuff in there, some powerful verses.

From there I went downstairs and stretched. After that I made a power juice. Carrots, Apple, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Broccoli. It actually tastes really good, I promise!

After that I went upstairs to run on the treadmill. Then I decided to actually do some weights since I haven't in ages and worked on my arms. When I was done there I drank a protein shake then packed a lunch for the tournament. Almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, fruit, beans, salad, etc.

By the time I got to the tournament my body felt great, but as the day progressed a recurring problem that I've had recently scared me a little bit. Every since I started running again in Monte Carlo, I've been having dizzy spells periodically. I looked it up on the internet and dizzy spells have many causes. Working out, low blood sugar, heat exhaustion, etc. It all makes sense that I've been having them since I've also been cutting down on carbs. I'm definitely addicted to carbs and I'm the heaviest I've ever been at just over 150 lbs.

In fact, Ted Forrest walked up to me and asked how much I weighed. I laid him 20-1 odds years ago that I'd never weight 170 lbs. The next day I became a vegetarian, lol. He then proposes that we do a weight crossing with some one, claiming that we could cross weights in two weeks. To do that I'd have to eat like a pig and wasn't into that idea.

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I started out slowly in the first two levels not fluctuating at all. My chips stayed between 47k and 50k. If you want a full report of all my text updates from the day you can find them here. I'll be updating again today and you can find those updates in the General Forum at www.fullcontactpoker.com.

I did make one significant error today, but it didn't cost me. With a big stack of chips I made it 1000 to go with KQ and J.C. Tran called from the button. The flop came K Q 8 rainbow and I checked. J.C. bet 1500 and I raised to 4500. The turn was a 9 and I bet 10,000.

That's a major error against a good player in a deep stacked tournament, do you see why? The way I played the hand it's extremely unlikely that I have the J-10 but J.C. could easily represent that hand. If J.C. decided to take this pot away from me, he could easily do it by making it 35,000. I'd be forced to make a wild guess as to whether he has it or not.

J.C. finally folded and I realized I got away with one there. J.C. even mentioned that he could have taken that pot from me- he was right.

I played one other interesting hand against J.C. Two players limped and J.C. made it 900 to go. I called from the small blind with 8d 9d and the others folded. The flop came Ad 5d Ah and I checked my flush draw. J.C. bet 1500 and I called hoping to either make my flush or steal this pot on the river by representing the Ace. The turn was the Qd, I made the flush but it's still a scary card as he could have AQ. The river was a King, an even worse card. I checked, hoping that J.C. would check behind me. He thinks for quite a while before finally checking as well.

Had J.C. bet the river I would have been forced to fold as it would be foolish of him to value bet just trip aces in that spot. What could I call him with?

I had my chips up to 118,000 but in the last level lost back 30,000, 1500, 3000, and 5000 at a time missing lots of flops. I ended the day with 89,200 which is a good stack but a bit disappointing as I thought I'd be at 150,000 or so after hitting a few hands. By the end of day two I hope to have in the range of 200k to 250k.

It's 8:30 in the am right now so that means it's time to read a few chapters of the Bible, do some stretching, make some juice, and do a little jogging. I feel great.

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