It sure wasn't my night in the 1k, the 500 though was another story.
Down to three way, I was the low man with a little over 100k in chips. The leader had over 300k and the middle man was around 190k.
I had 40bb so I was not that concerned. In fact, I was between the purple and green zone most of the night in BB only dipping to orange a couple of times.
For those new to Crucible - I color code my big blind ranges. Purple is 100+, Green is 40-100, Orange is 20-40, Yellow being 10-20 and Red is <10.
The final three was epic for me as I went on to win the tournament.
The key hand with 3 left came up, I was on the button with 77. I raised my standard 3x, not really expecting a call, much less a reraise.
The SB shoved. Now mind you he was the chip leader with 300k and at that point I had worked myself up to 249k with super aggressive play when I realized that my opponents where playing a completely predictable game post-flop.
As the BB was thinking about it, I was thinking as well. Why would he shove so much over my 12k raise? As the BB folded, if finally dawned on me that he must have a small pair or an Ace with a weak kicker. Why else would he shove, he didn't want to the call in my opinion.
OR he was frustrated with me raising on the button EVERY time. And I mean every time regardless of what I had in my hand.
Of course, I didn't want to oblige him by folding so I called.
He flips over 66 to my 77 - amazingly, he didn't hit any of his two outs and I doubled up, and crippled him. Two hands later, I took him out with AK. He shoved with A6o - again, he didn't want to the call.
At that point, I was well on my way to winning the doggone thing . . . which I did.
Every tournament, there is a key hand that is make or break. The exciting part for me is that you never know when that hand will hit.
Sure I ran good, how else can you explain getting AQo 8, yes count them 8 times over 300 hands, winning 6 out of 8 times with them.
While my roll need the lift, my confidence needed more of a lift as I had not played for over 10 days.
What a way to storm back!