So here we are late at night on a Sunday, going into the third hour of the Widow’s Bite tournament, which is a 5 million chip buy-in that is only played at weekends, and which attracts some of the best talent on RP.
We are down to the last three players, and a microstack in third place shoves immediately after losing a huge pot to the second-placed player. I have him outchipped 10:1, so I call with a moderate hand of 6 7 offsuit, hoping to knock him out, thus ensuring an additional 10 million chips of prize money, and if I lose, he remains bottom stack and ripe for the picking.
So here is the hand, in which I won and knocked him out. Hoorah!
However, following this, there is an eruption in the comments box as the defeated warrior and the peanut gallery take issue with my play.
To save time, I am just going to summarize the commentary box over the next few hands:
Third place finisher: 67???
Me: You had a microstack, so I had to call.
Third place finisher: To play all night, and then lose like that!
Peanut Gallery: They do that all the time.
Peanut Gallery: The odds were 3:1 against BK on that hand.
Me: The disparity in stack size of 10:1 still made it worth a call with almost any two cards.
Third place finisher: You need to read a book!
Me: I need to write a book.
In the end, having got into a winning position where I was 10:1 over the heads-up opponent, I eventually lost and finished second with a payday of about 30 million chips profit. As the tournament which started at 9:30 pm went into its third hour, my companion had become increasingly concerned for my need for a good night’s sleep under her supervision and I really didn’t want to grind it out any more and took chances, and lost to a good player who deserved to win.
Guys, it is as well to remember that this is just a game for play money. You will hardly ever win these tournaments without a measure of good fortune. If you can just put yourself in a position where you can get into the final shootout, you have done well. In a real money game, I would have been very happy to split the prize money equally between the last 3 players, even though I had a huge chip lead. However, RP does not allow this.