Another Day. Another bubble. This time the stone cold bubble.
The Mega only had 49 entries. They were gong to award 4 players 2k in chips and the 5th player $1800 in cash. This was the type of event that would set up the series nicely for me, and everybody that bought a piece of my package.
Grinded through the field. Entered final table with chip average. Went card dead and took a minor hit when I called two small stacks shove with AK and was up against vs. AJ v. 99. AJ took it all.
At seven handed a player got a one round penalty. Then another player brought up the idea of a save. 6th and 7th would get 400 and everybody else would get 1800. I looked at the table and it was very likely I was one of three short stacks playing for the final spot. I agreed and so did every one else.
Then the following transpired. The guy who brought up the idea shoved. I was in the small blind and looked at qq. I was calling off and then the button a giant stack went over the top all in. What? Classic mega dilemma here. I read the button for an overpair and folded. He had kings and won.
Next hand I'm on the button and the big blind is player on the penalty and the small blind has slightly more than me and is one of the short stacks. I planned on shoving any two if folded to me. There was some commotion with the floor and the table talking and everybody absentminded folded to me. I was about to shove and the small blind just did something that set off my radar. I looked at 64 o/s and decided he looked like he was calling anything. I folded, he showed me pocket kings. After the tournament he told me he was trying to signal me to fold because he had kings (okay??? signal received?)*.
The next hand it's folded to me, with a dead small blind, and I spy AJ in my hand. I shove. The big blind deliberated way too long. Then called with Q4. Queen in the window. They all celebrated jubilantly their $1800. I didn't.
*Incidentally when we were at two tables he shoved pocket threes, another short stack shoved pocket 99s and I called with QQ. Board went four flush and pocket threes took it all. Then he came back to make the money and we didn't.