Tampa -- Sit 'N' Go
I shrug as I rake in the ever so-large amount of chips. "I'm getting some pretty good cards."
On Saturday I finally decided to tackle a sit-n-go at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, the cheapest they offer, $100 + $20, probably the largest amount of money I've ever ponied up for a tournament.
Just about everyone at this table was pretty weak. Except Mark, who also played.
I had some good cards early. I think I was equally ridiculed -- and excellently typecast -- as a very tight player when I limped with AA in early and checked the river against this Vietnamese woman.
The next hand I had KK, which I raised. Two callers, including Mark. Flop was an A and I bet $400 into the pot, but this other guy goes all in. Mark folds and I have to make the laydown, showing. The guy later said he had AA.
It was a lot of fireworks early on. Next hand, Mark reraises this guy on the button who makes a token raise. Mark is all-in with JJ but the other guy (same guy who calls me "Johnny" later) has KK. Mark is the first to leave.
When it got down to six, I knew I would just dominate the table. Stealing blinds, which I desperately needed, was so easy.
The guy who called me Johnny was the short stack, but he kept on surviving. It eventually was me, him and this tight-weak guy to my right who was the chip leader.
I made a huge mistake after I made the money, I had 87o in the bb and the chip leader limped in. I should have reraised him all-in!
But I didn't. Flop was a Q7x, he checked and so I went all-in. He thought about it for two minutes then called. He had Q8o.
I was in third place for $200. Second place was $350, so that hand was a $150 mistake.
But I was happy to place, equally happy to make some money and get that $120 back.
I ended the trip up about $160, the ninth poker trip in a row that I've brought back money. I've been happy about my tourney games recently 2/5 in the money, including one bubble finish last month at the Tuscany.
But I think my heart's more set on cash games right now.