Originally Posted by cali420fornia
You didnt see ANY your semi good hands hitting trips or sets? had you played normal (normal to you) would you have caught a lucky break and been in the money?
dont forget its still poker...noone ever won a tournament without a lucky break.
Winning Hands and BLinds
15/30 JJ 2 pair
25/50 KJ Opp folded on the turn
25/50 AQ Won Pre-Flop
30/60 JJ Won on the flop w/KKJJ
30/60 A8 Won the showdown W/KKKA8 vs KKKA7
40/80 J4 Folded around to me in the BB
40/80 AA Won on the flop
60/120 J5 Folded around to me on the BB
80/160 AK Won pre-flop
80/160 A8 Won pre-flop
80/160 77 Was short stacked and pushed All-in vs big stacks KQs from BB
120/240 55 Pushed from the button and won Preflop
150/300 A7 Rivered a 7 vs AT. This was the only real lucky hand I had.
200/400 99 Won pre-flop
So, no, not a single hand greater than 2 pair.
As far as playing normal is concerned, this was normal. The difference wasn't in my playing style but in the lack of playable hands, but more so, the lack of opportunities. By opportunities, I mean opening the pot with decent hands, stealing the blinds, or calling with great pot odds
. It just wasn't happening. I might get a decent hand on the button only to face an all-in from early position.
There was actually a difference in the way I was forced to play however. Because of my continuously short stack, the rising blinds, and the antes, I had to take bigger chances with some marginal hands like med pocket pairs or Ax. I was lucky that all but the last attempt worked in my favor.
Incidentaly, on the last hand I was dealt A5 in the SB. The button, who I had covered by 15 chips min raised and I pushed all-in, certain that he would fold a marginal hand rather than chance finishing in 19th place, 1 out of the money. I was wrong. He called with QJo and rivered a str8. The antes took my last 15 chips on the next hand.