So I read my email and I decided I would try to win myself an entry into the WSOP 150 giveaway this weekend at Pokerstars.
I took a look around, hoping for one of their double shootouts that I like so much, but all they had were various flavours of freezeout and rebuy events. I decided I would give a $3+0 rebuy event a try - the main reason was the more expensive events didn't pay as many positions (less people playing, etc). Sounds kinda backwards typing that, but generally the cheaper events have more payout (and a bigger crowd to fight).
So I battled my way through the 1st hour, rebuying more than a few times (I think I spend $15 or so) and finally a more normal game started to appear. The advantage was that most these types weren't that quick at switching from the all-in fest of a rebuy, (especially a cheap one) to a more normal game and they were quickly eliminated.
The disadvantage of this format tho was there were only 16 seats to the Sunday tournament, and 610 players. The other disadvantage is the rather long slog to make it into the top 5% which is all that won anything (top 25 positions actually).
If you're still reading this, now you know what it feels like to play this. We are now down to 43 players and we have been at it 3 hours and 43 minutes - it seems like forever. I also just discovered that the player chat is disabled for some reason - I assume there was a problem somewhere and pokerstars disabled it? I have never seen that before, but I know the chat worked earlier.
I am not sure I can make it now. The blinds are up to $3000/6000 + 300 and before I finished typing this, I got sucked into an all-in (my M was about 4) and I was in the big blind. I had the great hand, 53o and the flop came 599. I was pretty pot commited so I pushed and the other person in the hand called and turned over KK. I never improved (I had a 2 outer) and I went out in 33rd. Which kinda sucks after playing for 3 hours and 53 minutes and do not even make the money.
Oh well. I am happy with the way I played, which is an improvement over a couple of weeks ago. I plan on trying this every night this week except for the WWdN: Not night (and if I go out early there, perhaps that night as well).