First I won my seat; then I cashed in the points and used them in a 400 FPP plus rebuy satellite for the Sunday million tournament. I won a seat in that and went on to win a spot in the Sunday warm-up tournament as well. The total value for these two buy-ins was $430. So, for a total investment of 80 FPP, I was able to play in all these tournaments. The warm-up event had a guaranteed value of $350,000 and the million had a guarantee of $1,000,000. "So far, so good," I was thinking. "How sweet it is when a plan's working."
Next I played in the warm-up tournament in which you start with $10,000 in chips. I built my stack up to $17,000 and got it all in before the flop with pocket kings against an opponent who had pocket tens. The flop came J-10-4 and, with no help on the turn or river, I was eliminated. "Oh, well," I thought, "Step one of the master plan didn't work out, so later on today, I'll try step two."
The second half of my great experiment in online money stretching didn't have quite as much excitement to it as the first half. I lasted quite awhile but never really accumulated enough chips to be a serious contender. At least one exciting hand came up, though, when I was down to $1500. I picked up two aces and got my money in three ways before the flop against two queens and two nines. The flop came Q-9-4! Can you imagine that? With pocket aces, I was in third place after the flop!
The turn can be a beautiful thing - it brought me an ace. I tripled up in a pot that you rarely see - set over set over set. I built my newly revived stack up to $25,000 and barely snuck into the money, finishing in the eight hundreds and receiving $426.
The bottom line is that, between the two tournaments (each with a buy-in of $215), I ended up losing the huge sum of $4. But hey, for 80 FPP I had a full and fun day. Of course, starting with this Saturday's $5,000 half limit/half no-limit hold'em tournament, I'll have lots of fun-filled days for the next six weeks playing the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Vegas. Unfortunately, they don't take my FPP!
From Texas to the world, TJ
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