So yesterday was...well I was going to say failure, but outstanding circumstances basically determined my chances of doing well. There were 850 (approx.) runners in yesterdays $170 + 30 NL ($75,000 Guarantee), and I was pretty happy not knowing any of the players at my table. We started with 25,000 in chips (30 minute levels), and by the end of the entry period I was up to 47,000 without having to go to a showdown.
The quality of play at my table left something to be desired, but I felt like I was in a good spot and playing fairly well. I had made a prior commitment to pick up my parents at the airport in Atlantic City, which I thought was going to coincide with dinner break. Needless to say...it didn't. I had to leave for 40 minutes, which turned my stack of 36,000 into 26,000. I came back to blinds of 1,200/2,400/300, and was in bad tournament shape. After an open to 5,200 I pushed my stack from the button with A K, and would be up against 10 10 and A 9. Villain flopped a ten and that would be the end of the day for me, not quite fulfilled.
I decided the trip to the airport wasn't going to bring me down, and I was going to give myself the full opportunity to try and do well (and bring more content to the blog). I'm about to sit down in this $200 + 30 + 100 bounty. You can check my updates here on the blog and on Twitter: @matthewaxelrod.