I played the the Saturday night tournament at the Gold Strike along with 38 other runners. The buy-in was $110 for 12K chips. Sitting next to me was a young lady who confided to me: "This is my first tournament." She needn't have bothered telling me as early on I could see that she was a newbie. She eventually donked off her chips when she kept check-calling with 4-4 on a K-Q-10-x-x board. Don't bother asking me why I play donkaments. There is plenty of dead money making tournaments +EV.
There were two other young ladies (early to mid-twenties) at my starting table and they both knew how to play. One was really unlucky. First hand a guy held K-10 and she got him all in on the turn on a K-Q-x-x board. She had A-A, but a 10 on the river killed her. I forget her busto hand, but something similar.
When we got to the final table, I had only 24K chips when the average stack was ~46K. A guy suggested a 10-way chop. "We all get $312, triple the buy-in," he pointed out. The big stack said he'd do it if he could get $350 and everybody split the rest. I was all for this, obviously. Finally, however, the other big stack voted no. Too bad for moi.
The very next hand, the blinds were 2000/1000/300 and there were fiver limpers to me in the big blind. I peeked at my hole cards and saw: ♣A ♣5. What would you do? I moved all in. If I picked up the pot, that would be a great result. If players had limping hands, they are unlikely to be able to call. One of the
You don't like my shove? The odds are 50% to 49% and there's lots of dead money in the pot. But math aside, if I win that pot, my stack is good enough to win the whole thing (I believe it paid around $1200). Here's a screen shot of the Card Player odds calculator:
The dealer dealt the flop and the first card I saw was an ace, but then I looked again and there was a 3! Ouch. The villain jumped up and started flapping his arms like a crazy man. "Yes!! I just had a feeling!" I guess he was excited.
If I ever disrespect another player by doing something like that, just take me out and shoot me. I guarantee I've never done it and never will. Act like you've been there before.
Photo taken with my P&S.