I was looking at the Live website and noticed that they run a $75 buy-in tournament with 15,000 chips and $10,000 guaranteed. The levels are short (20 min) and the antes kick-in quickly; but I wanted to give it a shot. I've been reading/watching a lot of tournament poker summaries and kind of missed the action.
I got there a little bit late due to traffic and got assigned a table and seat 3. They were almost done with level 1 when I sat down.
Tournaments are the hare and cash games are the tortoise of the poker race. Cash games require a lot of patience. It can be quite boring sitting there for hours while the blinds go round and round. In the first hour of the tournament, I saw plenty of action and several bad plays. It's a $75 buy-in after all.
I noted that seat 9 made some very (bad) questionable plays. He won a decent pot coming from behind. He gave those chips right back in a spot where it was obvious he was beat.
I had lost several small pots up until level 4. Sitting on 10,000 chips, I was deal K♦-J♦. Four of us put in 600 each to see the flop. Flop came down K-7-3 rainbow and I bet 2,000. Only seat 9 called who had started the hand with 8,500 in chips. Turn was a blank and I shoved. He called with K-9. The river was a 9!
I put him on a weaker king but it didn't work out. Few hands later, I was out.
I decided to fire one more bullet and reenter the tournament for another $75. Stay tuned for part 2.