Palace Hayward Saturday Tournament
Today's tournament was defined by three hands.
Hand 1: Had pocket eights, flopped a set. My opponent hit a pair of 9's on the flop with an Ace kicker. He called my all-in and I double up. Was feeling pretty good, but it was still early.
Hand 2: Pocket aces! I've learned not to slow play these too much, so I came out betting. The same caller as Hand 1 called me pre-flop and on the flop. He had Q-J and there was a 9-10 on the flop, so he was open ended. The turn comes with an 8, so 8-9-10 on the board. I figured I better go all in to chase away any straight draw hands, but this guy already has his straight! So naturally he calls, and gets all his chips back that I won in Hand 1, plus more. Time to re-buy for me.
Hand 3: Its later in the tournament, no more re-buys, blinds are getting big and my stack is starting to look small. So I go all-in pre-flop with pocket 5's. I'm called by pocket Jacks. The flop comes... 6.... 5.... (yay, I'm celebrating my win already!), and then I see the Jack. Damn, we both flop a set but his is higher. Game over for me.