Last Saturday I decided that I would go play a live tournament.Â I jumped in my car and 4 short hours later I arrived at my destination.Â I played my way through some mind numbing 2-4 (won 1 hand) and finally sat down to take my shot.Â This was a $40 buy-in with 5000 in starting chips.Â Blinds started at 50-100.Â For the entire first level I through hand after hand away.Â No I am not trying to regal you with stories of my superior patience.Â In fact I was quite impatient, I just never got a hand worth playing.Â This all changed early in the 2nd level.
I tossed a few more hands and then looked down to see J-J.Â Oh curse the poker gods.Â Â This hand I hate above all others.Â There is no proper way to play it, and in the future I may just muck it on sight.Â I did not do that this time.Â The action came around to me with 2 callers, I look down see the damn hooks and raise 1200 (blinds at 100-200).Â One player folds and another goes all in for 5000.Â I have 3000 behind, having blinded off some 800 in chips.Â I think about it and know I should muck.Â But do I?Â No I try for the hero call.
As soon as I roll those dastardly cards I know I'm stuck, and I'm right.Â My opponent shows K-K.Â Flop comes 10-10-A, turn brings a 7, and the river another 10.Â And just like that I'm out.Â And facing another 4 hour drive home.Â I tell myself I am going to take a few days off and recharge my batteries.Â This lasts until Tuesday when I drive up to the local pub league.Â I sign in and get my chips and I am ready to do battle.
Once again my patience is tested and I throw away virtually every hand.Â The blinds skyrocket quickly and I finally pick up one winning hand 4-4.Â I trip up on the flop and dodge bullets from the guy holding two pair.Â After that it is downhill all the way.Â I finally am blinded out.Â Thursday is much the same.Â Though I never win a hand.Â It was quick if not painless.Â Four hands in and I'm out.Â Pocket 9s were dealt three times inÂ a row.Â First time they win, next time I pick them up and lose to joker who called my raise with 7-4 out of position, and the next hand they take me out when I flop top pair (8's)Â and never improve.
Moral of the story I guess is that it was just a bad week for me.Â But don't worry about me I'll bounce back I always do.
Chip for a Chair update:Â I know I haven't had much to report on my endeavours it has been an incredibly slow process but I do have a big annoucement coming soon.Â I just have to get all the details sorted.Â Until then remember to always play it like you've got the nuts.