Played at one of the Eastern Poker Tour tournaments last night. Sat at a table with a guy named Bill Clinton 🙂 Not the one you’re thinking of, but, an affable guy all the same.
Points are awarded for positions 1 – 16. I bubbled in 17th. Needless to say, everyone was glad to see me go. It was one of those “Nice to see ya, don’t let the door hit you on the way out” situations.
Blinds were 1000/2000. I was in the Big Blind holding A Q off. Everyone folded to the Button. He called. Small Blind called. I checked my option.
My plan was to bet 5000 on the flop, then call the All In of the Button or the Small Blind. Pattern that had developed throughout the night was that when I was in a hand with either of them, they would go All In on the flop in order to push me off my hand. In case neither one went All In on the flop and both folded when I went All In on the Turn, I bet the 5K on the flop so I’d at least sweeten the pot by that much.
Flop: 6 J 7
I bet 5K. Button mulls it over and goes All In. Small Blind immediately folds. I call. Button has me covered, so, I’m out if the A Q doesn’t hold up.
Button shows 9 8 off… on a straight draw.
…and I’m out. Ouch… that door smarts…
Curious note about the final hand… The guy who won the hand was the same guy that busted me out Monday night. We were both in the same positions – and – the blinds were the same! Only difference is that this night we were in those positions at the same table from the beginning of the tournament.
He had been tangling with me all night. The very first hand we split, and that angered him to an unusual and surprising extent. He had Ks. (I had 10s.) Board made a wheel… Everytime I was in the Big Blind he either raised a gargantuan amount or called, then went All In on the flop…usually pushing me off the hand because I didn’t have the cards nor the promise of a hand.
Solid player. Did push me off the Big Blind twice…I wasn’t sure that he had a hand that beat mine…but at those moments, I decided it wasn’t worth putting my tournament on the line…and he had not exhibited any reckless behavior.