Florida State Poker Championship

Day One B was yesterday at the Isle and drew close to 300 players, me being one of them. 58 would move on.  I was at one of the tables set up just for the event outside of the poker room. Most of the players at my table had played the first Day One. We started with 17k chips with levels that escalated later, but started at 20 minutes. I was extremely unlucky for the first three levels losing with both pocket aces and AK on a K hi flop. When I finally got a table change to a better table in all ways, including some aggressive players which I like, I had just 6K.  I started to get some cards, and built my stack to 52K after a few run-goods.  Then, for 4 orbits, I was totally card dead, with a 3 in almost every hand. To make matters worse, one guy was consistently getting hit with the deck when his first AQ flopped QQx, his second AQ flopped AQx and his third just a Q, when I happened to have pocket nines. Like an idiot, I manged to lose the max, 11K. I was starting to reevaluate my “this is a game of skill” theory.  I was hustling just to keep up. Amazingly I ended up bagging my meager chips, but I’m not a quitter.  With some poker god who loves me, one triple up and I could have a chance.  Sunday is Day Two. First place is around 90K.  Last year Matusow won this event with my buddy Nigel Murray taking 3rd.

Final results of 104 cashers.

Nigel, on left, bags again