I have been playing on this site since September of 2018 and by escalating through tournaments had managed to accumulate just over 22 million chips, and was ranked somewhere in the low 1100s, so I decided it was time to up my game.
I played a couple of 1 million chip tournaments and failed to make the money, so I was falling in the rankings and decided to go for the big one, the 5 million chip buy-in Grand Daddy Of Them All tournament at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
I never really got going, having taken a beating when I raised with A T suited and was called in the SB by a player who had A6 and made 2 pairs on the flop. I ended up losing half my stack, and just managed to squeak onto the final table with a few thousand chips, where I shoved with KQo from early position and was promptly called by two hands with AQ and KQ, so my Q was useless and her consort could not pull it out either. So that was that. No prize money for me and now I am down to 15 million chips in my account and on a rapid slide down the rankings to something like 1400 or 1500.
I did not feel that I was out of my depth in this game, even though nearly all the players were in the top 500 or better, including several ranked less than 100, so that was encouraging.
I happened to notice that the same tournament was repeated at 9:30 pm, and thought, what the dickens, and decided to throw in another 5 million, as there is really no point in playing for play money and then deciding to hoard my chips for fear of losing them all. So now I was down to just 10 million in the kitty, and my RP ranking sliding even lower.
However, this time I got off to a good start. Another player in early position raised preflop from early position and I reraised from the blinds with AKo. The flop came A K 9 and the other player shoved. What could he have, and could I fold top two pairs? Well, I called and he turned over AQ, so that was OK.
That gave me the tournament lead until just one minute before the 1 hour break and I was playing very, very tight, determined not to fritter away chips chasing moonbeams. After the break I slid down to 4th or 5th, but held position fairly well and got back to second place by the time the final table came.
With 5 players left and only money for three, there was a grim, grim struggle in which no one could get the upper hand, and this seemed to go on for ever, which was very, very nerve wracking playing at high blinds where the slightest error could mean doom.
And then there were four. I was the chip leader and the second stack, who was ranked #50 shoved, as he had done a number of times early in the tournament, never being called. I suspected that he had A + crap, and I was looking down at KK. Could I fold that? I suppose I could have done, but I didn’t and he paired his ace and I was down to about 3000 chips. I shoved with Q8, got two callers, and made a full house. The next hand I shoved again with KQ and everyone folded and I was back in the game. My tormenter had a huge stack, but the other three stacks were roughly equal and it was time for the second hourly break.
One of the other stacks took a beating from the big stack and then limped to my BB where I had 99, so I shoved and he was forced to call or face being blinded out and I knocked him out. Unbelievable, I was in the money and had won back the lost chips. Long story short, I finished in second placed and took my chip hoard up to close to 36 million, and moved up to 729 in the rankings–the first time I had cracked the top 1000.
I think I shall have to retire now, as this is not good for my heart, and I am 98 years old, according to my profile.
Of course, I am forgetting that it is only play money.
If there is a moral, it is that the important thing is to learn the tactics to win tournaments at the lower levels, then hopefully when you step up to higher stakes, you will have eliminated some of the flaws from your game and be able to compete with the big boys–the play money pros.