I’m finally getting around to writing my WSOP blog. I have been putting this off for several reasons, one being I had to get my head wrapped around this whole experience! Once I realized just what a great accomplishment I had reached it impacted me like no other poker tournament can.
I want to start by thanking my husband Steve for talking confidence and support to me every night when I came home. He really did have surprise on his face when I said, I’m baggin, not much but I AM bagging again tonight. Second, I NEVER could have gotten past Day 2 without my poker/life coach, Lisa Ulshafer!! She rocks! All your support on the phone, twitter, posts and coaching PAID off! I’ll never go through another big tournament without her. Last but not least I HAVE to Thank my girl JoAnn Bryan, she was on the rail every single day cheering me on, texting me vital info, keeping all my family and friends updated on twitter about my progress and running food and drink to me. You dont know what that meant to me for you to be there!!
I’m told we were down to four women left in the field when I went out, thats a bummer but not the most important detail of the tournament to me. I really dont want to be known as the last woman standing, I didnt realize this until recently. The noteriety that follows this title is nice acknowledgement dont get me wrong, but the acknowledgment of how deep you go into this main event is more gratifying than I can explain. For anyone who didnt get the news flash, I went out 489th of the 7319 player field. Nothing to sneeze at! I have a renewed understanding of self confidence and courage to tackle these huge fields of players now.
Playing the short stack as I did was very difficult. Besides being prepared mentally for this tournament, I had to use the new tools Lisa had given me to my best ability, one very important aspect of that was focus and concentration. I made some awesome lay downs, QQ preflop to KK and AA, and again when I had JJ in the bb against a raise and a re-raise that was AK and AA. I never really fell into a table of terrible players, just overly aggressive which I didnt have any trouble adjusting too, thanks to my MavenVT training. The reason I surmised why I couldnt build my stack past 130K was I never got involved with a big hand in a big pot. Beside the hands I just mentioned that I laid down, I NEVER had any other big pairs and rarely had a big Ace. So you see, I stole, bluffed and maintained that short stack in a patient state waiting for the my turn at the deck. It really never came.
My exit hand was devastating to say the least. This is how I remember it.
UTG, I see 10/10…I push all in, the blinds and antes were so high, it was my only move. Mid position/huge stack called, late position/huge stack re-raised and everyone folded back to the mid position player. He calls the re-raise, this makes me a little nervous, I smell really BIG hands coming, but the possibility of a triple up which I really needed. The flop was 9/K/8…mid bets, late raises, mid re-raises, and late pushes all in. I see a set vs AK???…..mid finally calls and its set of 9’s vs set of K’s…wait, it gets worse!…the turn is Ace, and the river a 10!! Set over set over set even if mine did come on the river, I needed late position to have AK not KK to win the hand. Bad luck!
I was pretty down and wanting to leave the table badly but you must stay in your seat after going out until the runner comes to fetch you for the payout line. I didnt realize the ESPN cameras were on me until the guy next to me whispered it and I looked up to see them in my face. Hopefully that tape will end up on the cutting room floor.
I was very disappointed to go out that day, it wore on me for at least two days. I’m not sure exactly what woke me up to my achievement of going so deep in that tournament except to say that today I am one PROUD poker player to have made the top 7% of the playing field. I’m looking forward to more success and with the highest expectations and readiness of any poker player. My confidence is HIGH!!