Sunset Station: Home of the Bad Beat

Go to any poker room in the world and it will take you, on average, 30.7 seconds before you are hearing somebody replaying a bad beat story to anybody who will listen. I've told my fair share. I've listened to my fair share, too. But, after this past weekend, I think it's time I write down some of the gems that have happened to me playing in the $50 tournament on Sunday morning at Sunset Station.

The reason I think it's time to write them down is that I've played in the tournament 3 times and have had bad beats in all 3 tournaments. twice knocking me out and once keeping me from taking first place in the tournament.

Let's start with the first time I ever played in that specific tournament:

4th or 5th hand in the tournament. I'm in the BB with K/9. The blinds are 25/25. Somebody raised the pot to 75 and there were 2 callers before it got back to me. I went ahead and called the extra 50 chips. I figure I can dump the hand after losing 75 if I miss the flop… But instead, the flop comes K/9/J, with 2 diamonds. I check, the original raiser bets, everybody else folds, I simply call. The turn card is another King, giving me a full house. I check, the original raiser bets, I reraise all-in. He calls with J/Q of diamonds. The river is the 10 of diamonds, the 1 and only card he can hit to win the pot. Ouch.

Second time I played there, 2 bad beats:

#1. We are down to about 7 players left, the guy in first position moves all in for about 3 times the BB. I look down and see A/A. I'm about middle of the pack in chips so I want to have somebody else call behind me for the extra action. But, everybody folds. First guy turns over his hand, he has 8/8. The board ended up with 2/3/4/5/6 to make a straight and we chopped the pot. No, I didn't lose this pot, but still it's a bad beat. I got half the pot when I should have gotten the entire pot and then knocked him out. Lame!

#2. We are down to 4 players left. I'm first to act. The BB only has 1 chip more than the amount needed to pay the BB. So, he's going to call no matter what 2 cards he has. I look down and see K/K. I raise the pot, the other two guys fold and the BB throws in his last chip without even looking at his cards. When he turns them over, I see he has 2/3. The flop deals out a 2 and the turn is a 3 to make 2 pair for him. The board doesn't pair to give me a higher 2 pair and he wins the pot. Because of the size of the blinds, this lose ends up taking a good portion of my chips. and I'm not able to recover and end up going out in 4th place. If I win that hand, I feel I was in a pretty good position to win the tournament.

OK, now on to this past weekend. First, I gotta mention that I was EXTREMELY tired and shouldn't have played to begin with. The night before I played in an online tournament. Out of 1583 players, I finished 10th. It took 5 hours to play and didn't end until after 4 in the morning.

On the first hand of the tournament, I made an absolutely horrible play to go broke. I'll tell you about it, cause it's sorta funny.

I have A/K. The first person to act raises from 25 to 100. The next person calls. I call and one other guy on the end calls. The flop comes K/Q/7. Normally, this would be an excellent flop. But, the initial better moves all-in. The second guy thinks for about 5 seconds and then he calls all-in. I call all-in without even thinking about it. The last guy folded. We turn up the cards and the first guy has A/K. But, the second guy had Q/Q. I was drawing mostly dead. The turn was a 2 and that was the end of that… But, did I learn my lesson and go home? Hell no! At this tourney, they'll let you buy back in for the first hour. So, I bought back in…

About 90 minutes later, I was down to about 800 chips and the blinds were already at 100/200. I was going to be the BB on the next hand so when I saw K/J, I figured I'd go ahead and move all-in just to try and double up. At this point, I'm going to need to get lucky in order to stay in the tournament, I realize this… A guy at the end with a LOT more chips than I had moved all-in as well. I'm fine with this because he's basically protecting me. Now I only need to beat him rather than 2 or 3 players calling my all-in.

We turn over the cards and he has 9/10 of clubs. I'm pretty happy about the situation but I realize anything can happen. The flop comes out K/K/8. Now, I'm pretty stoked. I've all but won this hand at this point. The turn comes a 7 giving him an open ended straight draw. But, if he catches a Jack, I make a full house. So, really, he can only catch a 6 to knock me out. At this point do I even need to tell you what the river card was? I didn't think so… I left in a hurry and as I'm walking away from the table the guy says “sorry dude.” Why do people say they are sorry? I'm not sorry when I put a bad beat on somebody. I NEVER say I'm sorry to somebody in that situation. I think it's better to not say anything at all then to say you are sorry.

OK, I'll stop whining now. Perhaps after writing about it I'll be able to move on…

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