Monkey off my back
Monday night I was doing OK in a $24+2 tourney where winners would go to Sunday's $200+16 $200,000 guaranteed tourney. I was in 8th place of 25 people, five would advance, when I received AA. I pushed when this guy made a standard raise and he called with QQ. And flopped a set. I was totally crippled and bounced out later in 11th.
A few hours ago, I entered a $24+2 WSOP tourney qualifier. I really was minding my own business until the chip leader min raised and I called in the big blind with 97o. And made trips and doubled up against his AK.
Then I noticed later on he was calling all-ins. I received KK and pushed all-in. But another chip stack called me with JJ. She flopped three clubs, made a fourth with a K on the turn to make her flush...
And then a fourth K fell for the sloppy quad! Yes!
That gave me a bunch of chips. I had to fight to stay within the top 5 to advance to Thursday's WSOP $200+16 qualifier (including stealing blinds against two big stacks on the button with the hammer!)
After the 6th place person busted, it was an all-in fest. It got down to me and one other person. I was all-in on every hand, and then I got the hammer again. I thought this surely was a sign, I would actually win a tournament.
But no. I didn't. I lost that hand. Finally I got bludgeoned later with jacks full of kings against my 93s. It didn't matter since the top 5 all got the same prize. I sort of feel like how Chris Moneymaker felt when he won the online tourney to go to the WSOP- that he really hoped for the money instead. I wouldn't be crying if I had $216 in cash right now instead of a long shot for a $12,500 WSOP package.
But that won't happen so it looks like I'll be online in my hotel room Thursday evening in Seattle. Yay!