Coming off a 3rd place finish in the June event I really had a taste for that trophy. I was able to chip up early and was chip leader or close to it for most of the first half. I had over an average stack until average hit $404,000 in chips.
A combination of good cards and some good play was making a deep run seem possible.
The Borgata blog wrote another nice piece about one of my hands.
Level 20 (Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 297
Players Remaining: 20
Chip Average: 222,750 (18.6 Big Blinds)
After Apostolos Sirinakis pushed all-in sitting UTG+1 on table 2, Tim McGovern decided to protect his big blind by making the call.
The hand started out as a race, but that didn’t last very long.
McGovern flopped a set and ended up making a full house, eliminating Sirinakis in 21st place.
It’s a shame, too, because we didn’t even get a chance to mention that David Apostolico and Apostolos Sirinakis were sitting side-by-side. Those might be common names in Athens, but not Atlantic City. We were really looking forward to some Apostles’ Creed puns. If we’re lucky, one of them will be sitting next to John Creed at some point between now and the end of the series.
The average chip stack is not much more than 200,000, but McGovern is close to 400k after the knockout.
Got it all in with 11 players left when my 99 got cracked on the river by A5s.
One more shot at a trophy in November!