Temporarily Forgoing Cash Games For A Little Tournament Action
On recent trips to Las Vegas I have played cash games exclusively. In online play, however, I like to play cash games and tournaments at places like Americas Cardroom. A recent tournament hand made me remember why I like the cash games.
I was playing in a private tournament and doing great. I was catching cards, playing well, making good decisions -- you know how that is. I was the chip leader in the tournament and thought I would be cruising toward the final table. Then it happened: The Hand.
I was in the big blind with 10-3dd. The villain was in the small blind. This is how the ugliness went down. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Blinds were 150 and 75. Antes were 15. I was one of the chip leaders with 6020. The villain was the only other big stack at the table -- 5037 chips. Everyone folded and action was on the small blind.
Villain raises (225) I don't believe him
Hero calls (150) Defending my blind
*** FLOP ***: [Kc 2d 10h] Caught part - I might be ahead
Villain bets (360)
Hero calls (360) I'll pay to see another card with a pair and position
*** TURN ***: [Kc 2d 10h] [3h] Two pair - Shazam!
Villain bets (960)
Hero raises (1920) Raise designed to goad him
Villain allin (3402) It worked!
Hero calls (2442)
*** RIVER ***: [Kc 2d 10h 3h] [8d] I should be good here
------ Summary ------
Pot: 10164. Rake 0
Board: [Kc 2d 10h 3h 8d]
Villain shows: Two pairs. Ks and 8s [Kh 8s]. Bets: 5037. Collects: 10164. Wins: 5127. All in with top pair bad kicker on turn? Sheesh. And hits a lucky second pair on the river? Awk!
Hero shows: Two pairs. 10s and 3s [10d 3d]. Bets: 5037. Collects: 0. Loses: 5037. What should be a huge tournament lead has now turned into a small stack as the sign above me starts flashing "TILT TILT."
I hung in for a bit but then petered out, acknowledging that in tournament play the poker gods can be so cruel.
I slithered away and started checking out the cash games...