Today, I played in a live poker tournament for the first time in a while. There were 46 entrants, and it was a deep stack tournament ($10,000 in chips, 20-minute rounds).
I started off a little cool, while I learned the play style of everyone at the table. At the end of the first 45 minutes, I was down about 20% of my stack, and no one was out yet. Mostly, it was splashing around to see who would call what.
After that, I went on a decent run, and ran up to about double the average chip stack by the end of the first 100 minutes (and the second break).
After the break, we were split up to new tables. Frankly, it was a table full of douchenozzles. People pounding the table (whether or not they were in the hand), berating people for poor decisions, and just the kind of play I really dislike. I want people to make poor decisions at the table, and I want to tell them how good they did so they do it again and again.
I ended up back to about 20% down around 3 hours in, and picked up only me second pocket pair of the day (threes). I put in a sizeable raise, everyone folded except one guy who re-raised, and I re-raised all in. He called after deliberating, which gave me hope. He flipped over A7os. I was super-happy, because he had 6 outs. Of course, he hit the A on the turn. But I'd make that same move every single time, no question (odds of any pair vs. 2 overcards heads-up pre-flop, 1.2:1).
Overall, my first time back at the tables since the whole US Poker fiasco was good. I'd do it again soon.