Tonight was my roommates’ and my tournament here in our dorm. It’s a $10 + $5 rebuy + 1 $5 addon, and 37 people showed up to play, fishing over $670 between all of them. I bought in for the initial $10 and never had to rebuy, added on for $5 and was sitting pretty at $13,000 chips. I worked it upwards of $16,000 a little into the second hour when this hand came up:

I’m on the button and limp in to a 4-way pot with J[hearts]5[hearts], 5 players see the flop. The flop comes down 2[clubs]Q[hearts]4[hearts]. It checks around to me and bet $700 into the $1500 pot, not really caring whether or not I got a caller or two. To my surprise the person from the small blind check-raises to $2700 and everyone else folds. I’ve seen this player overplay a lot of hands, but I can’t assume I’m ahead. He has about $12,000 in chips in front of him compared to my $15,000, and I’m hoping if I catch a flush I can get him commited with a hand like KQ offsuit, so I call.

The turn is a beauty, 10[hearts], and my opponent checks! A lot of people would check right behind here, but I didn’t want to give him a free look, and I wanted those chips now! Plus the pot was already over $6,000 and I wouldn’t mind that down with a jack high flush right away.

He thinks about it, because I’ve put him all in, and one of the players jokingly asks if he’s playing his ace-duece too strong again, referring to a previous hand. Turns out he has ace-duece, and he admits as much. Then he says these famous words “but I have the nut flush draw.” Right away I know I don’t want a call, well I kind of do, but let just say I wasn’t feeling lucky. Needless to say, he calls and a river 3[hearts] knocks me all the way down to $2,500 chips.

One of my roommates is known for his outbursts to bad beats and bad plays, and usually I’m the one calming him down, but I couldn’t resist a few sarcastic comments to this guy. “At least you all your chips in there when you were only a little behind … 9:1 isn’t too bad,” etc, etc.

I was steaming for a few hands but I calmed down and decided to play, this tournament wasn’t a complete loss yet. Besides, I made the best play I could’ve, got all my chips in there, and would’ve won 9 of 10 times (due to someone admitting they had 2 hearts as well).

I worked my chips back to $4,500 somehow and looked down at 10[spades]10[hearts] under the gun. I figured any all-in I made, especially under the gun, wouldn’t get too much respect, so that’s exactly what I did. The first caller I got reluctantly called and I knew I was in good shape, something like 55 or maybe a weak ace, but then my roommate from the big blind wakes up and says “all in on top.”

Fuck me in the goat ass. Woops! Don’t you love that feeling when you’re excited to get your chips in only to find aces in the big blind, awesome! The other caller had A[diamonds]9[diamonds] and busted with me. Soon I’ll catch that 90% ‘draw’ and stick around for awhile longer, haha, hopefully your luck runs a little better.


I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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