Sunday night, I was playing at Riccardo's. I had really bombed the first 2 tournaments, to the point of considering not playing the third. Boy, was I ever glad I stuck around.
First hand was QQ - flop comes 8,7,2 rainbow, I shove and is called by T5o - which had no part of the board. After the turn and river didn't improve his hand, he stated that I had tricked him. According to him, when I have a good hand, I squint my eyes.
Squint my eyes? Hmmmmm - pretty sure I don't have that tell. Of course, the rest of the night, I kept squinting my eyes on every hand. Ya can't be too careful.
What was even more funny, I don't ever remember playing a hand with this guy. I suspect it was more about him trying to save face by calling my all in with T5o.
Unbeknownst to me, this was just the start of the tear I would go on. I took out 7 out of 9 players at the table. By the time we got heads up, I think my opponent only had 2k in chips if that much and I had around 12k.
However, on the way home, I replayed in my mind that entire tournament. My elation was brought down quite a bit when I realized how hard the deck hit me in that game.
I was almost disappointed as I couldn't point to my great play but more that the cards pretty much played themselves.
The bottom line is that when you evaluate your play, regardless of win or loss, you need to look at how hard the deck hit you.
Sure, I could have folded those queens pre flop and that would have been a mistake.
Mr. T5o could have shoved preflop and put me to a decision on the first hand of the SNG.
Be honest with yourself and evaluate your game. A win is a win and I'll take it any way I can get it. But it is easy to play great with the deck slaps you upside the head with incredible starting hands, incredible flops, turns and rivers.