Played at Gutshot on Wednesday this week, back to the £30 + 1 rebuy tournament. Everything went so right in the first 20 minutes that I knew I was doomed to not get very far. With pocket kings twice and hitting at least 2 pair on most of the flops I played I was up from 1500 to over 4000 by the end of level 1. Even when I hadn’t hit the board, I was betting and picking up more pots than I thought would be possible in one round of a super-fast tournament.
I’d never actually counted my chips up to this point, for once taking note of Kenny Roger’s advice, but had to take stock after losing with TT against a desparate all-in AT. The all in was about 1200, and it left me with about 3000 afterwards. But things never recovered after that. I peaked way too early and by the time the crap shoot came into effect my timing had become just dreadful. Seeing KTs in mid position I moved in for my remaining 2500 – blinds coming round were 250/500, and there were still 40 players remaining. "I have to call that" is never a phrase you wanted to hear, especially when it leaves the caller obviously pot-committed. Yet someone puts in a third raise and I’m left calling for clubs with something of a whimper when they flip over KK and AA.