I was looking at the Derby Lane poker schedule (see here) and noticed there was a Second Sunday Superstack today. It had a $350 buyin, offered 30-minute levels and 20K starting chip stacks -- tasty.
The attendance was lousy for some reason. Maybe it was that thing called Mother's Day, and the players wanted to take mom out for Sunday Dinner? The structure was good, however, and I was able to play
Twice I raised with suited A-K and was shoved on. Twice I shrugged my shoulders and called, and twice I was shown A-Q, the so-called "Hand of the Devil." Basically, I just chipped up or played to conserve my stack other than these two hands.
When there were four of us, a chop was suggested. (I had the second-most chips.) The short-stack agreed to give the big stack $400 and me $100 from his share. I collected $2325 and we called it a tournament.
At Derby Lane, they have some funny rules. Even though we had agreed on the chop, the Tournament Director had us all go all-in in the blind to determine a winner. He came and gave us the payouts. Then we went to another table and divided it according to our agreement. In a casino, they will facilitate the chop, but it works differently there.
I'm getting excited about the WSOP -- leaving in 31 days.