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Encore Club $10,000 Guarantee (T10,000)

I got to the club a little late, but still in the first round of the button at position 5. Didn’t play a hand until the button passed again and then boy, did I play a hand.

From CO, I called a raise to 200 from UTG with JT that only two players didn’t call. The flop came out AKQ. Action checked to UTG and he bet 1,000. The players between us folded and I announced I was moving my entire stack in. Without too much hesitation, BTN called, and everyone, including UTG folded. BTN turned over Q9 and we were off to a very short race, as another diamond hit the turn and I was drawing dead. A black king came on the river and UTG was lamenting laying down his KxQx.

I wasn’t completely out, I still had T200. The blinds were up to 50/100 by now, and I waited around for either a good hand or the right moment. No hand came, and figuring that at the very least, if I shoved UTG and got lucky, I’d maximize the gain from all the potential callers. I had 67, so it wasn’t the worst hand to try something with. I got a couple calls, then the player who’d folded KxQx (who’d jst had to re-buy) raised to 800, squelching potential further action. We were heads-up to the flop, he had KxAx. The flop stayed low, pairing me on the flop and giving me a straight by the river.

5xQx on my BB, there are several callers, including SB, but I’m more than prepared to give my blind up and keep looking for spots to build. The flop, however, changes my plans: QxJx6x. SB opens with a bet of 250 and I push my remaining 575 into the pot and turn my cards. He says “You’ve got me out-kicked” and flips 2xQx. A 9x on the turn makes it look like we’re going to chop things, then the river coughs up a deuce and the game comes to a quick, dirty end.