Bizarre, funny, almost tragic little Poker Story
Okay, tragic is kind of stretching it unless you're just starting online poker like me (and a starving college student!) and you think losing $24 is tragic.
I just played a Rio Sit N' Go Tournament at Titan Poker
. $20+3 entry, 6 players. First wins $60, second wins $36, third gets $24, zilch for the rest.
So it gets down to four players. Numero uno took out the other two, and he's got a dominant lead with around $3300+ in chips. The second guy has something like $1600. I'd just been wounded in a hand that took one player out, and I'm at roughly $600, and then the fourth guy has just $450ish and is actually sitting out and had been for most of the game. Who the hell pays $23 for a tournament and then sits out, I don't know.
The blinds hike up to 100/200 right after my blinds, which means I'm likely about to be screwed, but so is my sitter-outter friend. Since I have no realistic chance of getting 1st, very little chance at 2nd, and the difference between $24 and $0 (3rd and 4th place) is bigger than the difference between $36 and $24 (2nd and 3rd) I decide I'm playing for 3rd. Turned out to be a great plan, because all my hands were garbage anyway.
Well I'm competing against a guy I'm ahead of who's sitting out... it shouldn't be so hard, right? I fold. I fold and I fold. I fold aggressively. I click that fold button really hard. Once the blind has gone around once, the big blind hits sitter-outer again. After this hand he'll be the next small blind away from being all-in, which is good timing because once the blinds come around to me, I'd be all-in as well.
But wait! 1sty inexplicably folds and the 2nd place guy just calls the sitter-outer's blind. Mr. 2nd place sees the flop and checks. He sees the turn and checks. TO THE GUY WHO IS SITTING OUT AND WILL AUTO-FOLD TO ANY BET. The river comes. HE CHECKS AGAIN. My mouth hangs open in horror as THE GUY WHO IS SITTING OUT WINS THE FREAKIN' HAND. Terrific. Now I'm behind and the blinds hit me, and I'm now forced to win a hand to make $24. I have a 2 5 in my hand and 9 4 3 flops. Oh, NOW Mr. 2nd place decides to freaking bet! I have no choice but to call. The turn is a 6. Hall-a-freakin-lu-jah. River is nothing and I survive with a straight. The blinds hit the sitter-outer again and he loses his all-in. I place third.
In summary, I almost lost $24 because a guy let someone not even playing take a pot. Freakin' A, man!