If I didn’t know I was doing it—and it was happening to someone I didn’t like—it would be almost funny.
Wins with 8♦8♥ and Q♣Q♠ had doubled me up fifteen minutes into the game, putting me well into the lead at my table. Then an attempt to close the action when I made top pair on a 7♣4♦4♣ board by pushing the smaller stack all-in to call backfired when he called with a far-behind K♠A♥ but paired on the turn. Down to 650 chips.
But because I’m good, I managed to battle back up over 3K (including 1,100 won with A♥J♥ flushing) as other players were eliminated. I’d even made it to the edge of the Step 3 ticket barrier, going in and out as stacks changed on both tables. I lost a little on one call that I backed off of but I was still over 2,600 when I got J♦A♠ on the big blind at 60/120. UTG went all-in and everyone else folded. I didn’t need to call. He had 1K less than I did. I could get the chips on a less-dodgy hand. But I called and he flipped over Q♦A♣. I got two pair but the board was A♥K♠3♥J♥T♠ and he got the straight.
Fine. I was down to 1,256. Ten big blinds. I went all-in from the small blind with 1,076 and K♦J♣. The button called with 9♦9♠. The board was 7♦A♦4♥3♦T♠, leaving me short a queen for the straight and a diamond for the higher flush.
Out in 11th place with no ticket.
Saw The Jim-Jams last night. My puffmammy nemesis D is playing the Encore Club‘s $5K Tournament of Champions Freeroll tonight because he won a tournament there last month. I wish him luck but hope to crush home come our next game (which is going to make me miss Stan Ridgway‘s show next week).
Unbearded for the first time in more than two decades.
I’d been planning to play one of the last satellites for today’s Full Tilt Aussie Millions qualifier at 1:20 this morning but after having a couple of beers, a Mai Tai, and a rum and Diet Coke while listening to The Jim-Jams at Mississippi Pizza for New Year’s Eve, I fell asleep about 1. Australia and The Bahamas are safe from me this year.