Two of my friends and I decided to organize a tournament NL hold'em with $125.00 buy in and invite players we have played with in the past. We tried to keep everything a secret and spoke with players that we thought were worhty of an invitation. In about 2 days we had about 75 ppl who gave us their buy in money but some of them decided pull out so in the end we managed to make 7 tables 9 players on each table... there were no hired dealers so the prizepool was $7875.00 - 9 players get paid (all who reach the final table) and the winnings were as follows:
Not bad for a get together tournament. Everybody starts with $5000 in chips blinds start at 25-50 and they go up every 45 mins. in about 7-8 hours of play we were down to the last 10 players gathered at the same table... blinds were 600-1200 i was second in chips and there goes my luck. i am in middle position and holding 66. it was all fold fold to me as i raised to 3600, then fold fold to the button who also folded, SB folded and the chipleader reraised to 8000... 4400 to call... i was in a very bad position, but had about 75K in chips in front of me and decided to see a flop... i didnt want to butt onions with the big dog but i was in the tournament to win it and with a favorable flop i could have gone way ahead. so i called his raise awating for the flop... and it was a monsterous hit for me... 2 6 9 rainbow... the only thing that beats me is pocket 9s - AND I HAD THAT IN MIND. i am first to act and i lead in with an 8000 bet, and in like 2 seconds he reraised me to 25 000... with that reraise i knew he didnt have pocket 9s and i put him on a higher pair... 10s Js Qs KKs or AAs... and i had a decision to make... i knew that if he had AAs or KKs he would not lay them down and i am in a pretty good shape with my set but i was second in chips and if he hits (of course the odds
were in my favor to win that hand)i am gonna be out of the tournament. on the other hand if he had 10s, Js or even Qs he could easily lay the hand down if i move in on him because it is not a risk worth taking for so many chips at that stage of the tournament. it took me about 20 sec to make a decision and i was all in... he took a good 10 mins to decide whether to call me or not and finally he did... he had 10 10 in the pocket... i was as happy as i was sick... turn came a x (BIG BLANK) i dont remember what it was. Everyone at the table were on their feet waiting for the river card, as my heart was beating with 1000 beats per min... AND THE NIGHTMARE BECAME a reality ... 10 on the river... his pale, yellowish-gray face turned pink-red in a sec and he was screaming and jumping up and down "yeah yeah yeah" i swear to god i didnt know what to do. he didnt even come to shake my hand or say "hey man a tough one, better luck next time" all he said was "thats what happens to donkeys who call big preflop raises with small pairs!" i wanted to kill him right on the spot...
so if someone thinks i made a mistake in any part of that hand... please be kind enough to enlighten me, but for him to say something like that i dunno thats just a higher form of moronism to me!... so i was the BUBBLE BOY and everyone else left to play was happy... he finished 5th as the blinds kept going up and thats the end of it... took me a whole day to shake it off but i was fine and ready for the next tourney!