Whether I’m playing at a free poker tournament online or sitting in a casino table, the highs and lows of playing are still the same. My most memorable poker tournament was when I played at a $1k Winner Takes All tourney at a nearby casino. I felt I had been in with a chance, therefore paid the $50 buy-in and procured myself among the 20 seats. From the beginning the action was immense.
There was some severe”donking” going on, but everything soon calmed down and the real action started. Following our first break, we were down to 8 players on the last table. I had a decent chip stack and maintained with my game plan of holding tight. I like tournament play ring poker games like I have the patience for this kind of play. Ring games may wipe out a pile rather quickly or, sometimes, double it quickly. With poker tournament play you’ve got an advantage without breaking as fast if you’ve got the patience for this. The trick to this sort of drama is patience and playing premium hands.
You might lose your blinds but in the future, you will still be in a good position to make the final table. After the next break, there were only three people left in the championship and I was heading up with my competitor. Our piles were pretty even, his a bit more than mine. I was on the big blind with pocket set 3s. My opponent marginally raised the blind and I called, as it was not over a third of the pot. To say my heart jumped would be putting it mildly. My opponent pushed all in fast and I had him on a ship with pocket Aces. Of course, I immediately called and was thrilled.
I pegged him and he did really have pocket Aces. On the turn came a 9, and my knees began to shake out of excitement. This could be my first win in a live Winner Take All poker championship in a casino. I’ve been there before when playing in a Free Poker Tournament online, but not in a casino. Now the river comes and against all likelihood, it’s an Ace. How often do you find that quads beating quads, in my years of playing not often whatsoever? I was so dejected yet I needed to honor the hand.
My only real disappointment came in I did not qualify for the bad beat jackpot of $3,500. It was a championship, and the bad beat jackpot is just for ring games. Second, was a ring game, the jackpot only qualifies in case you have quad 9s and over. Looking back on how I played in the tournament I believe that I would not have changed anything. The only way I might have had he pushed all-in pre-flop I would have folded. Of course, as you would imagine there is a reason why it is so common. It stems down to how it is just plain old fun and that it’s really feasible to track in which the card you want has been transferred to.