I took 3rd place out of 10 people in a Texas Hold'em poker tournament at the Silver Legacy casino. Heather finished somewhere around 6th or 7th. Unfortunately, the prize pool only goes to the top 2 finishers. That's the second time in a row I finished one place short of winning money, otherwise known as "being on the bubble" or "bubble boy". However, I did collect a $10 "bounty" for knocking out a player.
Overall, I played pretty well and had some good luck. However, I also had some bad luck, and made one incredibly bad mistake.
High and low lights:
-Silver Legacy uses computerized poker tables with no human dealers and no physical cards. Everything is done on video screens. That took a bit of getting used to. The computerized tables don't seem very popular, I hardly saw anyone playing outside of the tournament.
-Early in the tournament, a player ahead of me went all in. I had pocket aces, called all in, and my aces held up. Made me the early chip leader.
-Later two 4s came on the flop, and the player on my right went all in. I was sure one of my hole cards was a 4, so I called. But when my hole cards were flipped up, I discovered I had a king and an 8. I should have verified my cards before calling. Lost over half my chips and dropped to 4th out of 5 remaining players.
-Managed to get back into second place, and then flopped an Ace-high flush. Player on my right again went all in and I called. He had 3-of-a-kind, making me a big favorite. But another pair appeared on the river, giving my opponent a full house and the pot.
-In 3rd place, and with 100 fewer chips than 2nd place, I went all in with King-Queen, player on my right had Ace-Ten, and his Ace won, knocking me out of the tournament.
Losing the Ace-high flush was disappointing, but that's just luck. At least know I played it right. Misreading my hand and calling an all-in without checking my cards made me mad at myself. But I was proud that I was able to recover and pull back into second, before getting knocked out by two unlucky hands.