Played the Bellagio $5k yesterday. I didn't win a single pot during the first 2 hours so I prboably should have stayed in bed. Anyways there ended up being 90 players so a really nice field size. My first table was really tough, Jennifer Tilly and one other guy seemed like the only soft spots, and neither of them was really terrible. I managed to get back up near starting chips (10K) when I took a decent pot off David Pham when I flopped top pair in a blind battle. Then I got moved to a new table where people were awful. My first big pot was when I raised A8cc in the CO to 1200 at 200/400 a25 and the SB, who already had over 60K and already proved himself to be awful called. The flop came 446 and I checked behind him, certainly not planning to give up on the hand though. The turn was an 8, and he bet 2200. I had around 4500 left and was pretty sure he was bluffing the river too so I just called. River 7 and despite the 4-straight on board I basically instacalled his 4200 chip bet and he said "I have nothing", so I tabled the winner. From here on basically nothing good happened, I tried to 3-bet a raise with nothing once for 1/3 my stack and got instashoved on to drop back, then I pushbotted a bit. My bustout hand I pushed J9o into QQ on what was likely a bad push since they were clearly gettng sick of me moving in so much. But I mean one guy folded 99 face up in the BB to one of my pushes so I don't see how it can be that bad. Anyways when he instantly moved all-in over my final shove with J9 I had a feeling I wasn't drawing as live as I might like.
Steve made the final table 3rd in chips though so I'm probably going to go chill out at the Bellagio and sweat him today (I has 5%!) and then get rested up for the main event tomorrow.