I did take notes on the one I won Monday night, so there's that.
I started fast when dealt pocket aces in middle position. Blinds were $15/30 and after one limper, the player to my right min-raised to $60. I three bet to $160, only to be four bet to $540 by the big blind.
Wow, this was gonna be interesting!
The original raiser five bet all-in for $1,141. What's better than being five bet while holding pocket aces? I called, as did the BB.
The original raiser flipped over Q-Q and the big blind showed J-J, both in bad shape against my A-A.
The tables turned on the flop, with a queen in the window. The turn was a blank, but the river was a tourney-saving ace!
Your classic re-suck and I was sitting on 3,600 chips.
With blinds at $50/100 and still leading the tournament with almost 4,400 chips, I raised to $225 from middle position with A-5. The big blind called the additional $125.
The flop was A-8-3 rainbow and the BB checked. The board was dry, so I checked behind, hoping for a bet from my opponent on the turn. He checked after a jack hit on the turn, so I pushed out 170 chips and got a call.
I bet another $225 on the river when a second ace showed its face, but didn't get a call, but now I had a commanding chip lead.
At the $75/150 level, with only five players left, I raised to $325 from UTG + 1 with A-K. The big blind came along and we were heads-up.
The 6-K-2 flop looked good enough to call my opponent's shove for $1,141 and he showed pocket sevens. No help for him on the turn or river and we were on the bubble and I was in possession of over half the chips.
The final hand was at the $100/200 level. I was the big blind when the dealer shoved his last $475 in the middle. My Q-7 hand wasn't too good, but with only $275 to call, there wasn't much of a decision to be made.
The villain tabled K-Q and had me in bad shape, but we all know poker is rigged. The 6-7-Q flop was simply another nugget of evidence. Another 7 on the turn sealed the deal and number 12 was in the books.
Eighty-eight to go!
Till next time, win the flips.