I came in third tonight in the Mookie after both a very good and a very lucky game. I sucked out on three separate occasions to stay alive in this thing. The first time was one of my first hands, where I picked up AQo. I raised it up and got some callers. Flop came A54 and I lead out. Dave came back over the top of me for a raise. The way the hand had played thus far, I didn't think that I was beat, so I put him all in. He called with 54. I pulled a Q on the turn. Suckout number one.
Later in the game I was in a hand with Chris. We were at the turn, and I had top pair with an open ended straight draw so I pushed. He called with the made straight. The river brought the same straight to the board, and we split the pot. Suckout number two.
The last one came at the final table. I was in the big blind with 69o, and Rocco completed in the small blind. The flop came 69Q. I lead out, and Rocco called. The turn was a blank, and I bet again. He raised me, and I pushed. He turned over 66. I pulled a 9 on the river. Suckout number three.
In fitting fashion, I ended up going out in third to a three outer suckout. The board read QJT9, and I held Q2. I had been betting since the flop, and I pushed here. I was called by DogLawyer's Q4. A four came on the river. Nice, but I really can't complain after all the suckouts I pulled. PokerStars is temporarily in my good graces again, though I will be keeping a close eye on it.
Also, with this cash and an increase of $30 in my NL game over on Party tonight, my bankroll has exceeded $500 for the first time (just barely)! I think this is a pretty big milestone for me. I'm halfway to my goal of 1k by the end of the year. I've been doing really well in the cash games at Party, so I think that's going to be my main income, along with the occasional cash in the blogger tourneys.
I hope this week finds you all well. Sorry for all the suckouts tonight guys! (I'm not really.) See you on the felt! Now it's bed time.