I managed to do well in the tourneys at WSP last night. I busted out 5th in the first tourney after getting crippled on a particularly bad flop for me. Blinds were 100/200 and I was in the big blind. Dawn raised to 400 and David R. called. It folded to me and I looked down at J5o. An awful hand which I would have gladly mucked had I not been in the big blind. I had probably the second biggest stack at the table at the time and I could afford to defend my blind. So I counted the money in the pot and verbally announced, “5 and a half to one. I have to call”. I told Dawn that if the flop comes up complete garbage, she should muck. The flop came down J52. GIN! “That’s garbage,” I said and then bet out 400. Dawn thought for a bit but then mucked. David R. min-raised to 800 and I figured him for a good Jack, maybe AJ or KJ. So I quickly moved all in over the top and he quick-called. I showed my monster top two and he showed me 22 for the flopped set. Um….ouch? I doubled him up and put my once healthy stack in jeopardy. I managed to double up the very next hand with AK and a King high flop vs. Scott’s KQ but I couldn’t improve after that. W and Robert went heads up for the money with Robert crushing W for ½ her stack on the first hand heads-up. From there, it was a quick finish.
The second tourney worked out better for me. I jumped out to a huge lead and ended up with half the chips in play with 4 players still in. I was cruising to the money until W donked off her big stack by doubling up both David R. and Alceste on successive hands! Now it was a battle and there were no shorty stacks anymore. David R. got a little lower down when I picked up AQo UTG. I raised and David re-raised me. I shoved and he thought for a long time about what to do. With a sigh that only comes from someone who knows they’re beat, he called off all his chips with 22 (AGAIN!). Even though were were a coinflip pre-flop and the board flopped a pair of 4’s, I couldn’t hit any of my outs and I ended up doubling his stack. I was now in 3rd place but got lucky when Alceste busted out with QT vs. KT to slide into the money. Still, I was in grave danger of a crappy cash when I got lucky. W and David R. put it all in the middle with W’s KK handily besting David’s AQ when a King flopped. With only 2000 in my stack and blinds at 300/600, I offered a quick chop with W who generously gave me $20 extra to lock up her win! Kudos to W and David R. for cashing in both tourneys!
Also, a new chant from Dawn: “Someone’s gonna get huuuurt, Someone’s gonna get huuuurt”