Once again, I'm a firm believer in going for the win, not holding on hoping for a min cash. I've also stated that while I don't stop playing as the bubble approaches, I don't do anything stupid. That's very important. Don't take unnecessary risks. Let me say it again, don'tdo anything stupid!
So here I am, two and a half hours into a tournament as the bubble is drawing near. We're down to three shorthanded tables and the chipleader, with 23K+ in chips, is three seats to my left. He's been alternating shoving all-in from the CO and HJ (my BB and SB). When I pick up A-Q suited in the small blind I insta-call one of his shoves, to find him holding K-4 off. I survive the flop and pair my Q on the turn. I only need to dodge a K on the river. Of course, as I'm sure you can guess, a jack comes on the river. The best hand does hold up every now and again.
My initial reaction was to be thrilled with the outcome of the hand and the fact that I was the new chipleader. That exitement soon faded and was replaced by and extreme case of WTF. Was that K-4? Offsuit? Even worse, this guy refused to slow down or adjust his strategy. A few hands later, he doubled up one of the shortstacks with an all-in bluff, and was ultimately eliminated 19th just before the remaining players were rebalanced to two tables. He was the chipleader! He could have sat out and coasted. Not that I would ever recommend doing that, but he could have if he wanted to. All he had to do was not do anything stupid.