I post this hand not so much to tell the bad beat story as to wrap up the tournament in the post below. This is an example of what I call the "Pokerstars Special."
This hand would have propelled me to the top of the chip lead and an in-the-money finish. I was fortunate that this guy was stupid enough to call a preflop raise with AQ. I was unfortunate that he caught the "Special".
(Although I will be fair and admit that unlike the previous posts about bad calls, I don't think this call with AQ necessarily qualifies as the same type of horrible call... it can be defended. Although I personally wouldn't call with AQ for half of my stack, I would probably do it for 20% or less of my stack if it meant eliminating a player I knew to be wild and loose, which is not necessarily an image I think I was projecting in this situation. Anyway...)
PokerStars Game #1053093960: Tournament #4476564, Hold'em No Limit - Level VI (100/200) - 2005/01/08 - 13:56:36 (ET)
Table '4476564 1' Seat #1 is the button
Seat 1: FLJen (4232 in chips)
Seat 3: johnnymac96 (1900 in chips) Seat 4: L8Bloomer (4398 in chips) Seat 9: minkins (2970 in chips)
johnnymac96: posts small blind 100 L8Bloomer: posts big blind 200 *** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to johnnymac96 [As Kc]
johnnymac96: raises 1700 to 1900 and is all-inThe odds are very high that I have the best hand right now. If someone calls me, I will be the favorite. A big bet will not scare anyone off preflop, especially the two players who have a majority of the chips. With this hand in this situation, being the short stack and one spot out of the money late in a tournament, I need to be taking chances. Therefore I will either win the blinds, double up, or go home. L8Bloomer: calls 1700 *** FLOP *** [3d 6c Qh]
*** TURN *** [3d 6c Qh] [5s]
*** RIVER *** [3d 6c Qh 5s] [Ts]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
johnnymac96: shows [As Kc] (high card Ace) L8Bloomer: shows [Qs Ah] (a pair of Queens)I guess that's just poker... or more accurately, that's Pokerstars!
L8Bloomer collected 3800 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 3800 Rake 0
Board [3d 6c Qh 5s Ts]
Seat 1: FLJen (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: johnnymac96 (small blind) showed [As Kc] and lost with high card Ace Seat 4: L8Bloomer (big blind) showed [Qs Ah] and won (3800) with a pair of Queens Seat 9: minkins folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Johnnymac finished the tournament in 4th place.