Dealer had already started shuffling and said he had to deal. Cards come and I look down at two 7s. Half the table's gone. I'm UTG and I raise...thinking to myself - "do not go broke right before the break."
Button raises and SB calls. BB's already hoofed it to the restroom or coffee. I've got great odds so I call, too.
Flop comes J7T. Wheee! Beautiful set on a scary board.
SB bets pretty large and I just call (first mistake?). Button calls, too.
Turn card is an even uglier 8, which is why I didn't raise when SB leads out again for 2/3 pot. But...right there...that's when I should've moved all-in or folded. I mean, come on, the hand's not likely to get any better and can only get worse.
River brings an A and when SB leads out again, I stupidly, stupidly, stupidly move all in to donate chips to the SB with KQ in his hand.
Oh how I wish I had that one back. Oh how I wish I'd just left the table as half the others had done. Oh how I wish I'd gone all-in on the turn. Oh how I wish I'd spent more time thinking about his hand than my own. Oh how I wish...
So, the trip still continues. I'll play the mega-satellite tonight and hope to make it through the field of x players, 4000 in chips and 20 minute blinds (pretty much a turbo), all trying to win their seats into tomorrow's $1080 Main Event.
I'm now 2-5 tourneys in this series and up $1490.
Lessons learned: bet when you have the best of it. Do not try to get fancy. Straightforward poker is winning poker. Scared poker is stupid (bunch of curse words) losing poker.
I never, ever like to lose. In fact, I hate losing's guts and livers. I hate losing due to poor play on my part even more.
The good thing is, the next hand is only hours away. This one's over and done.
As always, your comments, critiques, and sharing of strategy is always welcome and appreciated.
Until next time, I hope you're running good. Good luck at the tables and thanks for reading this.