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By: 2KF1 Peanut @ 03:29 (EDT) / 116 / Comment ( 0 )

That tournament has got to be one of the most exciting games I've been part of! 31k+ players, 4500 places paid.

I was THIS close to getting the one hand I have never seen before, the Royal Flush. About an hour after play started, I was lucky enough to get AK suited (twice in 3 or 4 hands might I add). During one of these AKs (clubs) hands, the flop showed 10c and Jc with an 8 - I was in shock! Being first to act, I checked to the other 2 or 3 players, when I saw one of them raise, I started thinking "This is brilliant!". I had a A high flush, straight, and straight flush draw.. All I could do was sit back and hope for the best.

Turn card brought another 10 to the field, which didn't really change anything, the same player raised, and we all called (There's no way I'm ever folding this hand, right? )

It felt like forever, the suspense was starting to take control, until finally, the river card brings a 3! I was dying inside, being the closest I've ever seen to a Royal Flush, not to mention all of the possible draws from the flop. The original raiser wins the pot with two pair, jacks and tens.

Back to the beginning. I started off fairly well, promptly taking a few good pots, keeping my chip level above the average stack - which after a while I set as a goal. It worked fairly well up until about 10k players remained.

By this time I was starting to fall a little behind. Once in a blue moon I would get a winning hand with a small-medium sized pot, but the blinds were starting to catch up, and I was running on empty. I bided my time and waited for some decent hands to go all in with (at this stage I had about 4-10 BB remaining), and I started playing just to survive. I realized as I looked around me at the table that I didn't have a huge chance of stealing a pot, and I felt like a cornered boy looking at all the big stacks around me.

I did however make it to the top 4500, which is an achievement in itself for me. I think I ended up placing 2874th, or thereabouts. My final hand was a semi-bluff. Those behind me all folded, and I went all in for 3BBs, holding pocket 7s. I got called by two players, both of which had premium cards, and I knew it was over.

Overall, it was an amazing experience, even being online. Going through all the various stages of play, making it to the prize money - being my first tournament, I felt it was a good achievement. It makes me wonder what a live tournament would be like (I'll be doing one as soon as I can, don't you worry!).

After having played this tournament, I have learnt a couple of small things that I can do during my next tournament, which should hopefully get me a bigger stack before the bubble, so I don't have to play to survive.

Thanks for reading! I must add, without going through some of the courses here on PSO, I would never have made it very far at all, and I have to thank everyone involved with this website. You've all done a great job, and you can be sure I'll be sticking around!



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