Like many tournaments, at the Palace Hayward if you bust out you can buy back in with a new entry .fee.
Today, early on I had about half my stack left, and the chance came to double up, so I jumped on it. From the big blind I checked my 5-6 and got to see the flop after other players limped.
The flop was 7-8-9 and I had my straight. I checked, hoping for a bettor, and the guy to my left bet a medium amount. I pushed all in and he called. He turns over 9-9 so my straight was ahead of his set of nines. Onlookers started saying "uh oh...pair the board". The turn was a 5, but then the river a second 7!
Damn, that second 7 gave him a full house and I was dead with my straight.
I bought a second tournament entry.
I little later I doubled up when I pushed all-in with A-8 and got called by Q-Q. This time my luck was better when I flopped a boat with A-A-8. That was fun...
But then later I was at the final table and got seated again next to the same guy who took me out earlier. This time, I'm small blind and everyone folds to me. I have Q-J so I try to steal with a min-raise, and the big blind calls.
I check in the dark, and the flop comes Q-10-7. So I have top pair. The guy pushes all in with more chips than I have. It was a tough call because my kicker was not the highest. I feared he had A-Q.
But I called anyway, and he turns over pocket 5's. Cool, I'm ahead again.
The turn comes 5 and he makes a set. No third queen on the river.
Damn, the same damn guy sucks out on me again and my day is over.