The second tournament I ever played at Dover Downs had a $5000 guarantee. Entry was $100 and we ended up having 63 players. Top eight would get paid.
Things started off pretty good as I doubled my 10,000 starting stack in the first hour. We got down to about 20 players when the guy to my left, in seat 3, went all-in for 10,000 chips. Seat 4 and the Asian guy in seat 5 called. It folded to me. I look down at the Alcoa Corporation (aka AA on the New York Stock Exchange). I move all-in with my aces. Seat 4 moves all-in for less and the Asian guy asks me for a chip count.
I tell him that it is about 30,000. He says that it is too much and folds. Seat 3 flips over 8-8 and seat 4 shows 10-10. The board runs out clean and I chip-up to 65,000.
With only two tables left, I played a bit tighter. When we got down to one table, the fight was on to make the money. Seat 10 went out on a coin flip. The bubble burst thanks to a suckout. It didn't take long for the blinds and antes to chip away idle stacks. I was down to 25,000 chips when the 8th place was determined.
Then, I moved all-in with 18,000 and got one caller. Luckily my ace high was good enough to win. When we got down to 6 players it was close to 1 am. The two big stacks started discussing a deal. They proposed ~$900 apiece for the top two and $700 per person for the rest of us. It was a good deal and we all accepted it.
- August, 2012