The big $1000 No-Limit Hold 'Em rebuy tournament drew a field of 826 and I got a nice table draw, 37-3, with only one big-name pro, Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi. He was on my left in seat four. Gabe "Mr. Kotter" Kaplan was in seat 10 and top Internet tourney player Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy was in seat one. I rebought right away, giving me 2000 chips. Early on, I limped under the gun with Queen-Eight of Hearts and saw a multiway flop of Ace-Ten-Nine with two hearts. I check-raised seat seven all in with my big draw and he called with Ace-Seven of Spades! I hit both my Straight and my Flush and was up to 4000. Then Dan Heimiller took seat eight, arriving late. When Johnny Bax limped under the gun for 50 I made a hefty raise to 250 with pocket Kings. He thought for a bit then moved all in for 2000. I called and he showed Sixes, which didn't improve, and I was up to 6000 with the gift. Then the guy on my right raised on the button and I made it 625 in the small blind with pocket Aces. He called with no hesitation and the flop came Ten-Ten-Seven. He had about 1300 left and I bet it. He called, showing Ace-Ten, and just like that I was down to 4000. I lost a coin flip with Ace-King versus pocket Eights with a short stack and was down to 2400. Then I got involved in another pot with Johnny Bax. I had Ace-Nine of Diamonds and called his river bet on a board of Nine-Eight-Seven-Six-Deuce. He showed King-Ten and I was down to 750 at the end of the rebuy period. I took a triple rebuy and had 3750, in for $5000 now.
After the break Tom McCormack took seat five. I lost a couple small pots and was down to 2150 at the next break. Then I doubled up with pocket Sevens when I got a call from Ace-Jack. I raised under the gun with pocket Jacks and won a multiway pot when the flop came all low cards. That put me into the black at 5625. Mr. Kotter busted to Dan and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi took seat 10. Farzad busted as well and Steve "Notso" Brite took his spot on my left. Then Jon "Big Daddy" Brody, who spells his name wrong, took seat five and Chip Jett took seat two on my right. The table was getting tough. Toto Leonidas then took seat 10 when The Grinder busted. I chipped up to 6950 by the next break.
I was all the way up to 10,550 when Dan Heimiller raised in early position and Chip called on the button. I found Ace-King and decided to move all in against those two loose players. Dan folded but Chip called with pocket Eights. I hit my Ace on the turn but Chip spiked one of the two remaining Eights on the river and I was out 190th, my best finish so far but still out of the money.