I reentered the tournament for another $75. Reentry ended after level 9. When it was all said and done, there were 180 players. 18 got paid and the top prize was $3,000.
This time around, I ended up at a table in seat 8. The deck was cold. The blinds and antes were moving up quickly. I tired to steal few times but got caught. I was down to 7.2K in chips when I went for it again.
It folded around to me in the cut-off. I had 10♦-6♦ and made it 2100. The button, who I expected to fold, moved all-in. With the pot around 11,000, I couldn't fold for 5,000 more.
I flipped over my hand and he showed A-10. I was hoping he had two high cards (no 10) or a low pocket pair. I needed a lot of help. Flop came down J-7-Q-9. An 8 on the river would have chopped it. A king wouldn't have been good because it would have given him a higher straight. The river was a 6! I couldn't believe it. Finally, I caught a break. I was up to 16,300 in chips.
Few hands later, a small stack moved all-in and I was the only caller in the big blind. He had 4,4 but they were no match for my Q-Q. Up to 22,000 in chips.
It folded around to seat 7 who was in the cut-off. He went all-in for 15k in chips. I had A♥,9♥ and thought he was stealing. I was the only caller. He flipped over A,8. The flop was all high cards but the river gave me a flush. Up to 40K in chips after that hand.
I had A♦-J♦ in the big blind and don't remember how the action went. It was three way to the flop with two short stacks being all-in. One guy had 3-3 and 17,000 chips while the other guy had A-4 with 6,000 chips. I ended up with Broadway and took it down. Too bad there were no bounties! Up to 64,000 in chips after that flip.
I was dealt 9-9 on the button and everyone folded to my bet. Then, I had A-9 and saw the flop with three other players. 6-8-2 was an unimpressive flop. 9 on the turn allowed me to bet and take it down. Up to 71,000 in chips.
The blinds and antes kept moving up and eating into my stack. I had A-Q and bet pre-flop. Two callers. The flop was king high. I tried to represent a king but it backfired after an opponent moved all-in. Down to 40,000 in chips.
I saw a flop with Q♠-8♠ versus three short stacks. One guy was all-in. The flop was K-Q-6 and my bet on the flop made the other two guys fold. The all-in guy flipped over A-5. My pair of queens won and I had 58,000 chips. Before the second break I was down to 53,000 in chips. We went on break with 47 players remaining.
After the break, I was card dead. The blinds and antes consumed almost half of my stack after the break. We were down to 34 players when seat 4 moved all-in. Seat 5 called. I looked down at A♣-J♣. It was a tough spot. I was down to 10 big blinds. It's not ideal to have a player before you call an all-in.
I was ready to flip for my tournament life. Seat 4 showed 5,5 and the big stack in seat 5 had A-K. The board ran out 6-K-2-Q. I needed a 10 on the river for a straight. Unfortunately, I didn't get lucky again.
I was out. I thought about my call there. I think it was a mistake. I could have waited for a spot to move all-in first or a spot where it was heads up. But, all that would have depended on getting another decent hand.
Overall, I noticed I was a little bit rusty. The 20 minute levels were the driving force behind the overall quality of the tournament. We all knew, when we signed up, that it was a fast paced shootout.