I just lost a huge pot with AK on an A K 10 board, when QJ had stood the 4 bet preflop 3-way, and managed to flop the universe against my top 2. I checked, player 2 bet 1200, player 3 called, and I made it 3600. The original bettor folded, and player 3 now jams all-in for 12500. My 20K just hit an 8K low, which I could do without.
Hindsight is always a wonderful thing, and in my experience of players here, some people could certainly get the lot in there with A10, AJ or AQ, however, this player in this spot was absolutely never doing that even though we've only been playing for an hour or so. It was a set (hard to have AA or KK given the contents of my hand so maybe 10 10) or the already made straight, and painful as it was, I should have just folded the top two. I realised that the second I called, before he even tabled his hand. Some people reading will disagree, but they're wrong. Plain and simple fact is, I made a mistake. I should have folded, and even though I was drawing thin, my own experience tells me that I know better.
Ho hum. Shrug it off, keep going.
That was a kick in the nuts I could have done without, but c'est las vie. I win a small pot shortly after with 99, and I now have to lock down and play ABC. As if to rub it in my face, shortly after a player goes broke, shoving with one pair on the flop versus another player's set. Funny how I realised people don't always play that badly, and then someone does exactly that just to make me second guess myself again. All I can do is smile to myself.
Level up, and I'm largely letting it happen around me. Losing so many chips so early is unfortunate, but coming back is not impossible.
A couple of bustouts at the table, I'm still nursing the shorter stack, but am being patient. I likely have to find a spot, which at this early stage I'd rather not be doing, but we are where we are. I win another with A9 on a 9 high flop, then raise with AQ and decide to fold when I get moved in preflop. I could take the chance, but I'd rather get the money in first myself and give myself two ways to win.
I finally found my chance, at the giddy heights of level three, where I called a raise multi way with 76, and the flop comes 568. With my stack this is plenty good enough, but I go for a check-raise to get a bit more in the pot first. Player one obliges by making it 1300, and player two also calls. I make it 6k all-in, and the first player who I put on an overpair (that's fine, it's what I want him to have) then shoves for around 13K. The second player dwells up, and finally also calls. OK...over we go.
Villain 1: JJ
Villain 2: 77
OK. Not ideal with the 77 calling off as well, but I'm not in the worst shape. Fingers crossed.
Turn 10, no good. River...also a 10. That's that.
I make a hasty exit and just put it behind me. I honestly think that poker wise (life is another matter) I make a truly bad decision maybe one time in twenty at the crucial time in tournaments. Today was one of those times, and I won't beat myself up about it, but I can acknowledge it for what it was, a bad call on my part. I now have a break of a few days now until the Venetian DSE kicks off and my Spring campaign begins proper. I'll use the time to chill and prepare for what's to come.