October 26, 2012
Yesterday, I had my first ever MTT victory. Topped 157 people to win Merge's $400 Guaranteed Bounty. What an amazing feeling. Yes, shipping $140 isn't the biggest score in the world for many, but for me, it was an important step and boost of confidence to believe that I can achieve bigger things in this game. I played well, put myself in good situations, despite being down to about 12BBs early after a tough beat. I snuck in to the money after losing a flip A10<55 in an attempt to pick up another bounty along the way. But then I won a couple of pots without showdown, and suddenly, I knocked out 3 people and was chipleader.
It was a really interesting and different feeling to be really deepstacked when we got down to 3 people. If memory serves me right, I think at one point, I had 100 plus BBs when we were three handed, while the 2nd stack had 70-80. After playing for nearly 4 hours, I was worn out (which I need to work on). But eventually, my HU opponent knocked out the 3rd place guy, and we were heads up. I got down to about 50BBs, battled back to take a chip lead after figuring out how much he was leading out with nothing, and then got him to ship 70BBs with AJ in to my 4bet with AK. Flop came 410Jddd, but I had the King of diamonds, and when the 5d came out, I went nuts.
Good feeling, but a day later, I find myself wanting more. Not gloating, not feeling invincible, just thinking that I want to do this more and continue to get better. I have had one ghosting session with my coach so far, and what I took out of it was the idea of 3bet shoving stacks, and also finding more spots to check/call, rather than bet for value when I may not have a ton of value.
That's all for now.