Going for the Gold
First satellite tried, minimum $30 expended...giddyup.
You'll notice fellow blogger jamyhawk, finishing in fourth. I didn't play with him until the Final Table, but he was playing his typically solid game. I was one of the shorter stacks once the Final Table conveened, thanks to losing a race with JJ .v Big Slick (the King coming on the river, naturally), but stole my way back into contention. I got rid of a shorter stack with 6 left and finally got my biggest hand to that point at the Final Table (AQ. My raise was re-pumped by jamyhawk, his KQ looking pretty good 4-handed against the table maniac (though less so, I'm sure when I pushed, but he was pot committed) and my dominating hand held up, giving me a huge advantage over the rest. I got to heads-up with a 4.5-1 chip lead and soon squandered it, but by that time, I had a great read on my opponent and quickly took control again. When all the money went in, my lead was back up to 3-1. I still needed the re-suck, though.
Sunday. 3 o'clock L.A. time (6 p.m. Eastern). Come watch me get it on. The poker, I mean. Bring beer. Fifteen minute levels and 7500 starting chips.