Finally left Lithuania on June 17th.. The flight was quick and before I new it was in Frankfurt, Germany. I booked a cheap hotel about 10-15 minutes from the airport, and got a good night's rest before my long journey on the 18th. On the 18th, woke up around 5:30am local time got to the airport and then took an 8 hour + flight from Frankfurt to Chicago.. The movie selection sucked, but at least I was able to watch Alice in Wonderland (saw it once before, but it was in Lithuanian so didn't understand 1/2 of what they were saying) and they did feed us on the plane a few times.. I arrived in Chicago and cleared customs about 10:45am local time.. I was supposed to then not fly out again until 5:30pm local time, but saw that there was another flight leaving at 12:15 and asked if I could be switched.. They couldn't promise anything, but they put me on the wait list and I actually got on the packed plane.. After another 4 hour flight, I arrived in Las Vegas around 2:15pm local time.. I couldn't get in touch with anyone at first and my mobile phone was not working when I first arrived.. Eventually I met up with people, and spent a few hours relaxing, playing some blackjack, and getting an early night sleep to help offset any jetlag..
On June 18th was the $3K WSOP HORSE tournament.. We started with 9,000 chips and there were 472 runners that entered.. My first table did not have anyone notable, but after a few hours David Baker came to the table with a wad of chips.. He was playing a very solid game.. At dinner break I chipped up to about 15,300 in chips, and was feeling decent about my prospects.. After dinner, had some rough hands, especially with AA2K in O8 and A24 sooted in S8 getting me in some trouble.. An hour after dinner break, I am down to under 4,000 in chips.. I eventually get some hands and they hold, such as a 234 sooted in S8 to split a huge pot being capped by 3 people and some of my hands getting value in holdem as well.. I wound up chipping back up to about 24k and for the rest of the day was bouncing from 16k to 28k.. Bill Chen came to the table near the end of the day, took one nice pot from him when I had a nice hidden boat in the Stud.. I was happy to make it to day 2, but even though my chip count was legible, pokernews reported me as having 1 chip to start the day when I really had 21,500 with under half the field left..
On June 19th, relaxed the morning, got good news from my HORSE that he chopped up the nightly Caesars even from a couple of grand, then went to the HORSE day 2 starting at 3pm.. The game started with Razz.. My first table also had David Baker from the day before along with Andy Bloch.. I absolutely couldn't get anything going, brought in what seemed like to be 1/2 the razz and stud hands.. We were the 2nd table to be broken up, and I guess I didn't mind the change of cards, but I did mind the change of scenary.. There was this guy from Toronto who seemed very nice, but couldn't stop talking.. I just wanted to focus on the new table and get an idea on how everyone was playing and get comfortable.. He eventually realized I was going to not be so chatty today at the table.. Phil Ivey was sitting across from me on the table and saw him steal the last 3 stud hands before the stud 8 began.. The Stud 8 on the new table was not so pleasant.. Although I didn't have to bring in much, I was not given any opportunities to play any hands.. Then trouble came along in hold-em.. I folded a bunch of hands, was down to about 15k in chips without playing anything.. Although I was going in the wrong direction, I wasn't down about any of this and was ready to make a run.. Unfortunately, this did not happen as I was dealt 89 sooted in the cut-off near the end of the round.. The limits just went up to 500/1000 blinds.. I raised the BB to 2k hoping to represent a much better hand than I had considering I didn't play a single hand since entering the table.. The BB calls with K7.. The flop comes JT7 with me flopping a straight and him flopping bottom pair.. He checks, I bet 1k, he raises to 2k, i call.. Another 7 on the turn, he bets 2k, I raise to 4k, he calls.. River was horrid, came T.. We both check down (he checks his boat, but being limit I knew I couldn't get value trying to chase him out of the pot) and had this pot cripple me down to about 7k.. Then O8 started soon, didn't have a hand that I could even call with from the blinds (trips once, and horrible hand the other time) and finally make a stand with about 4k in chips with KK23 1 soot.. Get put all in by AQ64, Ace hits flop, yet no more low cards on flop.. River comes Q, and no 2 outer on the river to save me.. I had fun playing, but after day 1 going up and down, I felt a bit deflated leaving on Day 2.. I am not complaining about how I ran, as I knew coming in it only takes 1 hand the wrong way and not alot of room to wiggle with.. I feel good more or less about how I played except maybe one or two hands and feel ready to win something else..
My batteries are recharged for today, and am ready to play a small tourney at Binnions with a few friends.. A $235 PLO8 at noon, and hope to go deep in that.. If not, I will see if there are any good cash games there, and wait for my friends.. Today is mostly a relaxing day with that small tourney and then tomorrow is the $1500 WSOP PLO8..
Good luck to everyone in LV!