Today was the "Super Sunday" tournament at the Palace Hayward. That means double the normal entry fee, more chips, more players, and of course, more prize money.
I played my usual tight, patient game, and won most hands that I participated in, including some big ones. I made it to the final table and continued the strategy. All through the final table people were talking about deals to cut in the 5th, 6th, and even 7th place players, but there were a couple of guys who wouldn't go for it. So it was looking pretty clear that only the top 4 would be getting paid.
It was down to 5, and I had a good sized stack, about 20BB. I get 6-7 of spades in the big blind and there were no raisers, so I get to see the flop.
The flop comes with two spades, 5-J, and the 3 of hearts. The other player in the hand checks and I check too, knowing I have a possible flush coming.
The turn comes 3 of spades, and I made my flush, albeit a low one. I push all in, and I am snap called by the other player.
"Do you have a flush too?", I say, figuring my flush was no good because it was too low.
"Nope". He turns over 5-5.
This is one of those hands that is easy to mis-read. I saw a set of 5's and thought I had won, but with the pair of 3's on the board, he actually had a full house. That 3 of spades helped him more than me!
So I lost ALMOST ALL my big stack in one hand.
With only enough chips left for one or two rounds of blinds, almost all hope was lost, and sure enough I was blinded off and finished in fifth place.
The highest possible finishing place with no money. Bummer.