During the last seven days or so I have been playing the micro limits while trying to build a bankroll from $10 to $250 as part of a challenge – see my previous post, “Update on the race to $250 and other thoughts” for more details.
Yesteday I shared my thoughts about not going all in just because you might have the best hand. You should also consider your stack size versus your opponents and if you want to gamble your entire tournament on just one hand early in the event.
Well, I was put to the task on the first hand of a “Sit N Go”. I was dealt a pair of Aces, the best possible starting hand. I decided to play this hand in a reasonable and straight forward manner. I was the fifth person after the big blind. Four people folded behind me. I raised to 60, or twice the big blind. The big blind called my raise and the small blind folded and we saw the flop.
The flop was 8h 6h Qc – the big blind raised to 345 and I thought for a few seconds and decided “unless he has pocket Queens, I am good here”. I shoved all in and he called.
I turned over my AA while he turned over his 6s 8d. He had two pair to my one pair. I was crushed. The turn card was a Jh and the river card was a 5h. His two pair beat my pocket Aces and I was out just like that, in a matter of minutes. I did exactly what I said I should not do!
Did I listen to my own advice? No. I guess not. I should have done as I said – lol (laugh out loud).
During the evening I got involved in another Sit N Go and while playing I could hear the chips hitting the table as bets were made. I finished that tourney in first place and yet I could still hear the chips hitting the table. What was going on? I started to go through all of the programs that I had running at the same time.
Geek that I am, I usually have about 8 to 10 browser windows opened with at least 5 to 12 tabs opened along with Excel, Word, Notepad, Wordpad, Tweetdeck and whatever else I can think of to do at the same time. (No wonder my computer slows down from time to time!).
I found the culprit. I had an online table opened to PokerHost, an online poker site. Not only was it open, but there I was “sitting out” at a table, playing in a tourney. I had not even realized that I was registered to play and yet there I was putting in my blinds and folding when it came my turn to play.
I really did not want to play, but I changed my status to active and decided I would go all-in to get rid of my chips. But just to be fair, I would only do so with hands that contained high cards, tens or better such as J 10 or KQ, etc.
I ended up playing over 20 minutes as I kept winning hands and getting more chips. I was in the top five out of 290 at one point. But I really was not prepared to play so I kept going all-in until my chips were gone. Thanks for the freeroll but please do not auto register me into all of them.
Have you ever had this happen to you? You were registered in an event but did not know it? Has your computer done things behind your back that you were not aware of? Were you in the “twilight zone” but did not know it?