So the Main Event at the Eastern Poker Tour’s 5th Celebration started at 3:00pm with about 200 runners. I was seated at Table 2 Seat 2. That was a good omen for me because they were going to be breaking up tables from the high numbers to the low. If the majority of my table mates hung in there, I wouldn’t be moved from table to table, and could remain relaxed and focus on the play.
Last hand before the second break. Blinds were 800/1600. I was Under The Gun (UTG) with about 16 Big Blinds (26,800 chips) left looking at AsQc. I opened for 4800. The UTG + 1 snap-called. Everyone else folded except the Button.
The three of us see the Flop:
I check. UTG + 1 checks. The Button bets 10,000. I call and UTG + 1 calls. We see the Turn.
It is checked all around. Now I am 4 to the flush and on a straight draw.
The River is:
Be still my heart…I’ve got a Q-high flush (and a straight but that gets counterfeited by the flush). Only *ONE* card can beat me. The Button checks, I shove All-In and the UTG +1 insta-calls, and the Button folds. You know my heart sank to the ground. He had AQ too – the reverse of mine – AcQs. He’s got the nut flush – and I am o.u.t.
The players at my table were kind enough to give me the proper groans and gasps of disbelief. The UTG + 1 apologized 2 0r 3 times for busting me.
I was disappointed because I wanted to be at the final table – but – no whining. I played well. I had waited for my spots; being patient much longer than I wanted to be patient. I played a larger range of hands and, by the comments that were made at the table, I made some excellent bets because the others would frequently congratulate me telling me that that was a good bet because they didn’t know what to do.
I look forward to the next tournament!