The Ones You've Got to Win.
Lots on my end, but I will start my foray back into the community with the first MTT I have played in about a week. I just have to get this off my chest because I woke up this morning and the wound is just as painful as last night. I am still on tilt. I checked and since I only post once a month, I am officially exempt from prohibitions on Tales From the Darkside. And on contemplation I don't think of this as a bad beat, just a lesson in the tincup sorrows of deep runs unfulfilled. Edit: Rav makes the good point I was mathematically behind post-flop so "bad-beat" is not even in play, but my point is just that this was a pivotal race [close enough] and on the way to a win this is where the rubber takes its wear.
50/50. 1000k+ runners. Down to 35. I am 11th; was as high as 6th but made a big laydown with JJ to a supertights minre-reraise [the hand I exited both the 19k and the FTOPS final tables on -AA>JJ both times - I am convinced FT thinks it's is my signature exit hand]. Look great, wide awake in America and feeling no pain at 2AM. My stack is 70k. UTG 3xs for 7200, CO smooth calls and I find AKd at the end of the circle. I can understand the reraise here, but after mulling I decide to call along and see if I secure the high ground before engaging. Flop runs JQK with two clubs. UTG has been a classic late game donkey, the kind you wonder how in the fuck did they get that stack and hold it this long. Range is wide open. My concern is the able LAG in the CO. My decision is made easier when UTG open-raises for 60% the pot and CO folds. Yes 9T is possible, AT less likely, and KJ and KQ are definitely a go, but this guy has not indicated the kind of style that would bet the set. Likeliest to me is he is betting his draw. I don't think I ever lay this down this late. I have been exceedingly patient for 4 hours, I think this is it. I jam.
T7c. OESD and flush draw. Fourteen outs twice, no? Any A (3 - I have one obv), Any 9 (4), any club (7 - already counted Ac and 9c). And I just cant dodge the shrapnel. A win there and I am at T162k and the chipleader with 34 left. This seems like where and when you want to get your stack in. I've written about this before: I am willing to gamble for a shot at the win now. Your thoughts as always welcome.
For those of you who play a lot of these and know how fucking mindnumbing it is to get this far to come with nothing (215 bucks or something like that) - you'll understand when I say I still want to put my face through this screen. Fuck. At one MTT a week (there's just no way around this reality, I am insanely busy in the EP lab, and we are moving into to the new place this week) it may be months before I get a chance like this again.
Why do I play this game again?