I know I generally don't post on consecutive days, but this is a special occasion. I played in a $5.50 Re-buy tournament (unlimited re-buys for the first hour and an add-on at the first break) and turned $20.50 into $72.50. I placed 27th of 680 entrants. Once I made the money (which was just barely), I got lucky and caught some cards to stay in (the top 63 got paid) till 27. This was a big win for me because I actually went on tilt very early on when my KK was cracked by Q3. That took half my chips and I blew the other half on an inside-straight draw (I rarely go on tilt, so I was pretty concerned). Anyway, I re-bought a couple times and took the add-on at the first break and, after another 3.5 hours, I ended up in the money.
I busted out with 77 vs. TT, which is fine since I was actually a big underdog before the flop. Also, if I had to go bust that close to the finish, 27th was the spot. I would've had to beat 9 more people to make the next tier of money at 18th. I learned a lot from the experience and I'm hoping I can get another money soon. Of course, my goal is to win a big tourney, but that'll come in time. For now, I'll settle for steady progress. It has also occurred to me that I should consider other games besides No Limit Hold 'Em. Maybe Limit HE, Omaha, or Omaha/8. I figure maybe this weekend I'll play a smaller tournament in addition to my NLHE tournaments.
I need sleep.