GRRRRRRRRRRR. i played in my first bracelet race today, and i came in third. i'm pissed at myself, cause i got distracted by all the observers speculating about my gender (i have a masculine sounding name on full tilt), and while i'm not sure that it was the reason for my downfall, it probably didn't help. 46 people entered, and it lasted almost exactly three hours. i lost a huge chunk of my stack when the eventual winner hit a flush on the river. a few hands earlier i had almost the same hand w/ a flush draw and didn't hit it. would have killed her if i had.
i started off well. my first hand i got tens, although the flop came KQrag and i quickly threw them away. in the early rounds i had nines twice, sevens three times, and then i got super lucky to double up. i had KQ suited and the flop came AJrag. i bet, she raised, i called. called her pot sized bet on river (which was not a great call) and then caught a ten on the river for a straight. she had trip jacks and i cleaned up. a few hands later i was bb w/ 108 off, caught top pair, and took all the chips of a woman on a flush draw (i'm so used to saying guy, but since i know everyone in the tournament was a woman, it seems weird to say that). i also caught a flush on flop, and might have gotten even more chips out of the other player in the pot, but i didn't check the turn and bet out again. stupid. after that i was the chip leader until very late in the tournament.
i got really card dead through the middle, until i picked up AQ in big blind. i called an all in for about a fourth of my stack, not a great call, and she had nines. i flopped an ace and added to my stack. then i called a raise in small blind, flopped top pair and back door flush draw, she bet, i re-raised, she went all in, and she had aces. yikes! so i lost a huge chunk of my stack, and dropped to middle of the pack after that hand. i then lost another pot w/ four to a flush, i had the four, the other girl had the five. i could have re-raised, she was showing weakness, and i think i would have picked it up. grrrr.
so i went into the final table pretty short stacked, but went all in w/ a bunch of decent hands (suited connectors, K10s, etc.) and picked up some chips. then i went all in w/ AK, got called by QQ, and hit an ace on the flop.
a few hands later i raised w/ 97s, got re-raised, and folded. next hand i picked up AJ and made same raise, and same girl went all in. she had KQ suited, flop came AJ and i doubled up. this was a player who i saw twice river to win, once to make a better full house, and once to catch a set w/ her bottom pair. so i was kind of glad to take her out.
we played the final three for a long time. i was the chip leader for a lot of it, but probably raised too much w/ my premium hands, rarely slow played, and then i lost that huge hand to the winner's flush. i finally went all in w/ A10 suited and she had AQ and then i was done.
it just sucks b/c i came so close to winning my way into the wsop ladies' event, and you don't get jack for 2nd or 3rd place in these tournaments. oh well, better luck next saturday!