January 22, 2011 5:12:39 PM EST
Blinds are 300/600 with a 75 ante, folded to the button who raises to a little over 1200. I reraise from the SB to 3600. The BB shoves all-in for 21K.
I have to call a little over 17K out of my remaining 24K stack and decide to take the gamble, about 300 spots from the money. I don't need to risk it here, but there's a few factors that weigh me in this direction:
1. I came over the top of a smallish button raise, so I don't have to have a hand, and the button most likely doesn't have one, making a squeeze play fairly easy.
2. Since I have AK, it's unlikely in this battle of the blinds that I'm dominated. I may dominate an opponent overplaying a weaker Ace, or he could have a smaller pair that I can flip with to try and get a strong stack.
3. If I lose the hand, I still have chips left.
He had pocket Tens, flop was 589......T........K and he doubled through me to around 44K. Very next hand guy raises in EP to 1800, another guy cold-calls, I shove my remaining 6400 hoping to get it headsup with one of them when I hold AT s00ted! They both call.
They both check down the board and we have K565K and I'm hoping for a chop. Original raiser has AJ offsuit, cold-caller has pocket Queens, however. I finish up around 1400th out of almost 10,000 entrants. Around the top 1K got paid, but I didn't care about making the money, I wanted first, which was close to $1600.
So opted to go big or get busted so I can get some sleep. night all!