Today I was at the final table with about 8 players left in a tournament at the Palace in Hayward. My stack was getting short, about 3x the big blind, so I had to get brave.
I got an A-10 and went all in and stole the blinds.
Then I got an A-7 and did it again.
Then I got pocket 10's and stole the blinds for a third time. Now I had a stack of about 8BB and was feeling a little better. My table image was looking good.
About 10 minutes later I got an A-4 of spades and decided to limp in from the small blind, still thinking I had to get it some hands or I would soon be blinded off. It was just me and the big blind, who was a guy who had been playing crazy and unpredictable all day, but he had a pretty big stack to show for it.
The flop comes 9 - 2 - 3, with the 2 being a spade. I see a possible straight if a 5 comes, but I check, and he checked too. Thank god I would get to see another card.
The turn comes a Queen of spades. I check again and he bets 4000 (double the big blind, and about a third of my stack).
I see that I now have a nut flush draw and a straight draw, for a total of 13 outs. That's looking pretty good, so I call.
The river is a 3 of clubs. No good to me, but it did pair the board.
So, time for my bluff. I quickly push all in for around 6000. I took the guy off guard. He expected a check and that he could bet and I would fold.
I tried to look cocky, as if I'd hit a set of 3's, but he didn't buy it. "You wouldn't have called my turn bet with a pair of threes and a Queen on the board. There's no way you hit the set of 3's. I call."
Dang. I turn over my nothing A-4 and he turns over Q-10 and my tournament is over.
It was fun though.