Sunday night I played in my 7th No Limit Hold’em tournament held by the EPT in Worcester, MA. There was a low turn out (only 13 runners), so, I expected to excel… Oh yeah… The whole night was frustrating. I had come to play and just was not getting any cards. I don’t need stellar cards, but, something to give me a little fight. I spent the night practicing patience. It felt like I only played 5 or 6 hands in the roughly 2 hours I was there. Maybe that was good because I made it to the final table.
After a night of lousy cards, I finally got a pair of 8s. I was thinking “Finally something to play with!” So what happens? The Under the Gun (UTG) went All In with $7600 in chips. Everyone folds to me. I was out of position with $7800 in chips. I was thinking that this was the best hand I had seen all night – yet I have 4 on my left to act. Not a good idea…Blinds are escalating…Do it…Don’t do it… I decided that I had to take my chances, hoped that the UTG had 5s or 6s and everyone else would fold, and went All In — and the Big Blind calls. (Queue the Jaws music now.)
The UTG turns over a pr 7s. I turn over my 8s, and the Big Blind turns over a pr of Qs. BAM! Just like that. The board brought a bunch of blanks. No one improved and the Big Blind took the pot.
I placed 8th and gained 80 points.