Here's an example of staying out of trouble. I was in the big blind with the best hand I held all afternoon: 10-10. An early-position player raised. I didn't want to play a big pot out of position, so I just called.
An ace came and the villain bet big and I gave up the hand.
I was able to bet on the flop and win this hand:
lightning36 and one other player were in the pot. When they both checked, I made a healthy bet and they folded.
A small stack moved all in, and I re-raised to isolate. It was scary until the river:
Then I saved money with 7-7. An early-position player raised. I called as did one of the blinds. The flop was ♠4 ♠10 ♣3. The blind checked and the original raiser bet 900 in what felt like a continuation bet. I would have probably raised him, but I was concerned about the guy left to act behind me (the blind who called, then checked). You can see in the image, that it was a good thing:
I busted out in 185th place. I don't mind losing, but the way it happened was crummy. I made a big raise from early postition with ♥A ♣ K. One of the donkeys who called me won the pot with ♣10 ♣8. Here's a snapshot:
Here are some names on the score board.
Gadzooks finished 134th.
Rakewell, also known as the Poker Grump, finished 74th.
NumBono was 298.
lightning36 was 230th.
OhMyCaptain was 289th.
EDIT: I forgot scottc25 who plays as snuffy who had a nice 42nd-place finish! I'm used to the scottc name and snuffy whizzed right over my head, sorry.
Also, congrats to Buddy Dank who went uber-deep and finished 12th! Nice job.
I may have overlooked some others. Here are two whom I didn't see: LairOfLuchpher and Bruechips who writes the Spritpot blog.
The tournaments were fun -- thanks to Poker Stars who sponsored the donkery.