Finished 9th in The Hijack tournament tonight.
Played well after losing a sick beat hand where I was outkicked, leaving me crippled.
I took KJo in the button, and just limped in. Flop hits my Jack, 39J-rainbow, I think I’m good. I bet the pot. SB calls. Turn is a 5, I fire away again, and am called again. River is another 9, I go all in, am called, and my opponent has AJ, taking the pot and leaving me with 320 chips.
I figure I’m about done here, and just want to get away from the table so I can start over, so I shove Q7 and hope for the worst. Instead, I hit trip Queens and partially recover, but a lot of the chips in this hand are in a side pot that I don’t get any part of. I beat AT with a flush draw to get the main pot, QQQA7 over AAQQT.
Two hands later, I am in another big pot with KT, chopping with a player holding KJ, splitting KKQQA, and narrowly avoid my early exit again. Had I won this, I would have fully recovered from the earlier out-kicking.
From here out, I have to play an extremely tight range and stay out of most of the hands, and play a patient, long-term strategy.
I hit a Broadway straight, holding KJs in the SB, but so does the Cutoff, and again I have chopped a very big pot, and not all of it due to being all-in with a big side-pot that I can’t get at. I still only have 3000 chips, even though the last two pots I won had 15000 chips in them.
A little while later, I win four or five smaller pots for around 500-1000 chips (not shown).
Then I finally get a good hand, 77 in the SB, flopping the set. The Flop is scary, though with KQ over me, and a J on the Turn makes me fear that there could be a Straight coming up. River is 6s, with 3 Spades on the board there’s now also a possible Flush, so I shove and my opponent folds, I take down the pot. Finally recovered, but still way down toward the bottom end of the leader board, and still have to play very cautiously.
I play very sparse hands for the next few orbits, winning occasional pots, each one a few thousand chips, enough to push me up the leaderboard to about mid-way.
This keeps me healthy, and I move up a bit further on the board. Mostly unremarkable hands, but I am hanging in there, but the blinds are getting higher and it’s getting closer and closer to the bubble.
Then I get a lucky hand, winning a very big pot with K-high, KT out-kicking a lesser king in my opponent’s hand:
Then a rebalance happens and a few new players come in, with much bigger stacks. I get in just under the bubble, and then try to shove QJs into the big stack, sitting just behind me, but he’s not impressed, calls me with A-high, and wins Ace High over Queen High on a pair of common Tens on the board to knock me out.
There was a lot of kicker action in this one.