Dumb, dumb, dumb
Last night I played a live tourney and ended up doing pathetically (wound up something like 26 out of 35).
During the first couple of rounds I just could not catch cards to save my life. The first hand I was dealt was K3 offsuit, and after that I didn't see a card higher than a 9 for a very long time. I eventually got AQ offsuit, which I ended up folding after I missed the flop and someone else came in with strong bet.
I won two small pots by betting when an ace came out. I had a decent pair on both occasions (TT and JJ), but the other players assumed I had an ace since I'd been beyond tight at the table, and they quickly folded both times.
Then I made my real dumbass mistake. I had KT offsuit, and thought it to be a playable hand. (I was in middle position with a relatively short stack and there wasn't more than one caller in front of me.) I called the blind of 800, but then another player in late position raised it to something like 3,200. I guess I really wanted to play that hand because I stupidly called. Then the chip leader (also in late position) who had previously just called went all-in. I was pot-commited with very few chips and pushed the rest of them forward with a sick feeling in my stomach. He had AK and the other guy had 77, which held up to win.
I felt absolutely horrible after going out that way. I never should have called the 3,200 with my lame little KTo, but I guess I just really wanted to play a better hand than most I'd been getting that night. I mentally beat myself up all the way home... like why am I doing this, I must be a terrible poker player, blah blah blah... but I really enjoy the game so will do my best to get past it. It's really just one tourney after all, right?
Luckily I tend to do well at radio call-in contests, from which I've won more than $1,000 over the last few weeks.