Here I am at The Mad Express tournament, flushing away my 15K entry chips like I’m allergic to clay.
Late registered 3 minutes in…
KK. I raise it up, get one caller. Flop 56J. I bet, called. Bet the turn, called again, River another Jack. I check, He goes all in. I have to assume he’s got a Jack, so give it up, losing 2000 chips to start with pocket Kings.
Next hand, anger shove QT to steal the blinds, win 90 chips.
Next hand, 72o in BB. Flop 989, UTG min bets, 2 callers, I fold.
Next hand, KQo from SB, raise it up, 3 callers. Flop a pair of Queens, bet half the pot, the Cutoff calls. Turn is a 7, I bet half the pot again and take it, bringing in 2500 chips. Now back up to 500 below the starting chips.
Next hand, A5o on the button, I limp, 6 in the hand. Flop 467 rainbow for a OESD. Bet 200 chips, 1 folds. Turn, a King. CO bets the pot, I stupidly call, everyone else gets out of the hand. River a 2, I don’t hit my straight and have to fold when the CO shoves, CO takes in 5220 chips.
Next hand, K7s in the CO, again angry that I stupidly called the pot-sized bet with no hand made and just hoping for a 3 or a 8 or maybe an Ace to help me out, and have to give up so much of my stack. But maybe it’s worth it to take huge gambles on early hands and hope you double up so you can coast the rest of the way through to the final table. Nope, I think about that, but I’m still angry. I raise 2BB, 4 call, which is fine, I don’t need to isolate to play K7s, I just need to hit spades… Flop Jc9s2s, one lousy spade, so I figure just try to bluff this pot, I shove, Someone with a JQ calls, nothing hits me and I’m done. People calling with just a pair crack me up. They’re never wrong, unless they’re me.
I’m really angry about the first hand. Starting out with KK, I should have just shoves on the flop and let Mr. Top Pair Jacks or Top Set Jacks take me out in one hand rather than waste 2 and a half minutes putting up with the early rounds of play.
I think a new strategy for MTT play will to check the Away (Post & Fold) box for the first 10 minutes and come back and start playing from that point. Or just late-reg.
I’m going to go tilt-play and lose 300K chips in the Astral 9-seat SNG if anyone wants some easy chips.