I played in the regular bi-weekly game I play in during the summer months (show choir rehearsals conflict with it during the school year) last night and lets just say it was definitely my night. After a slow start thanks to poor play from me I was forced to play short stack ninja and came all the way back and won the whole thing.
I lost about a third of my starting stack chasing a nut flush draw very early. My wife's nephew is a regular at this game and I lost about two-thirds of what I had left in a hand against him. I limped in early position with pocket 7s. The flop came out 4-3-2 with two spades. My nephew bet big and I was the only caller. I considered raising there because I just had a feeling I was in the lead, but I don't think he was going anywhere. The turn was another 4. My gut told me that was a card I didn't want to see. My read was that he had A-4, A-3, K-4, or K-3. Now I've played a ton against him so I'm comfortable with his play. I'm rarely surprised when he reveals his hand. He bet pretty large on the turn and river I still just called in case it was A-3 or K-3 even though my gut was screaming to lay it down after that second 4 fell.
He of course had A-4 suited so he had the trips plus backdoor flush and straight draws. At this point I had about 1200 left from a starting stack of 6000. I locked it down and played super tight from there on out and only gambled when forced to near the end of the tournament. I got super lucky several times at the end of the tournament although there was never a time where I felt I made a bad or incorrect play. I just kept running my good hands into slightly better ones and getting saved.
Lets see...I won with Q-10 suited vs AA when I rivered a straight, AK suited vs. QQ when I rivered the flush, and K-10 suited vs KK when I turned a straight. I also called all-ins from short stacks holding K-J when I woke up with A-A and 10-10 when I had J-J and had my hands hold up.
I guess I'll take lucky over good. I'm taking my winnings from last night and going out to the Prairie Meadows poker room tonight to see if I can win a little extra spending cash or even get lucky and hit their $80,000 bad beat jackpot. Lets hope the run good continues.