Friday night I bought in for a double stack at a local $20 tournament with not many good players. I used some aggression to take down a few pots early and built up a nice stack when a moderately tight player raised in middle position. There are two callers and I decided to call light with 75off in the big blind. The flop came 643 rainbow and I check called the flop. Only the original raiser remained. The turn is a ten and I check raised and he called. The river was a Q and I bet almost 1/2 the pot. He called and shows Aces. Cracked another one!
I managed to best one particular player several times and when he raised my BB I decided to call him with 33. The flop came 344 and after several streets of action we managed to get it all in on the river. He showed Aces and fours and I won, of course, with my flopped boat.
A good player shows up late and starts running over the table by betting large preflop when he is in position and especially on the button. He gets called down one time and wins a pot with QToff against KQs when a ten comes. I decided to look for a spot to limp reraise him all in at some point later when the blinds were high enough to make that worthwhile.
The moment finally came about an hour later. I limped under the gun and he bet a bit more than pot on the button. It folded back to me and, after a dramatic pause, I jammed all in with 42 of hearts. Surprisingly he snap called with 7d7c. While that was a better hand that I thought he had, the bet was for 95% of his stack and I thought he would have thought better of it.
Anyway since he has me out chipped, I stand up to leave. Then the flop comes all hearts! The turn is another heart and I cringe. Then the river comes another heart putting a flush on the board which, given my hand, means a chop! However then I noticed that the turn was the 3h meaning that my 4 plays after all and I would take the entire pot. Whew!
It is nice to take out a good player and build a large stack at the same time but I subsequently discovered that this tournament allowed a massive $20 or $40 add-on followed by quickly multiplying blinds. An hour after the break my “big stack” with 8 players left and 3 getting paid only amounted to 16BB. I did my best to stay aggressive but got carved up a bit. With 8BB left I started looking for shoving spots. I thought I found a good one with 76off but ran into aces again in the small blind. This time I flopped a 6 but could not improve further and that was it.
Between the buy-in, add-on and the time charges, it ended up costing me $118 to play. If I had known the structure was so bad after the break I could have saved my $40 add-on but really it did not matter. Given the prize pool of under $1800ish and just 3 positions being paid, it is not worth it to play these events except for fun as they are not beatable in the long run no matter your skill level. Still it was a fun night and I got some stories out of it, so I am not really complaining.