I told myself that patience is the key. If tournament players are like Wild West gunslingers who use chips instead of guns, then cash players are like military snipers who wait for the best opportunity to fire. I told myself to be a sniper and wait for an opening.
I got to the podium and they sent me to a different table but to seat 6 again. This table did not look fun at all. Seat 3 had an $1800 stack (max buy-in is $500). Two more players had $800+ each. Many hands were raised to $15 or more pre-flop. This was the kind of table that would not let you see a flop for cheap. It was playing like a heavyweight fight. One big hand could deliver a KO.
Two hours in, I had won two small pots and was sitting on $244 when the following hand happened.
It was not an easy hand until the turn. I came close to folding my hand on the flop. If the 9 was not a spade, I would have folded. Luckily, it all worked out and I ended up cashing out over $600.
An interesting thing happened when seat 5 hit quad Jacks and qualified for the high hand promo. With 30 minutes to go, seat 8 made an offer to buy the hand for $200. Seat 5 wanted $300. The HH promo payout was $500. No deal was made.
What would it take for you to sell your HH with 30 minutes to go?