FORCE A TOUGH DECISION
By Kenneth R. Smith
I finally managed to secure my seat in the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar III big event, when I was among the 16 players who advanced into the semifinal round at the December qualifier. Itís nice to be able to relax for a few months leading up to the May final event, instead of having to travel back to Vegas hoping to qualify.
As is typical, my success in qualifying required a lot of luck. I made several errors along the way, but I was able to recover from each of them. Once I got into the semifinal round, I again made a blunder on the final hand, and again I advanced anyway, onto the final table. My luck finally ran out on the final table, though I canít say it was because of any mistakes there. Mid-round I made three large bets in an attempt to take the lead, but I lost all three and finished in seventh place.
In this monthís article, Iíd like to discuss my mistake on the final hand of the semifinal table. After the countdown I was in great shape, leading the table. However, bad results on hands 28 and 29 left me in a less desirable spot going into the final hand. I had dropped to third place, with two players advancing from this table to the finals. While there were four players still active in the hand, one player was sufficiently far back that we can ignore their chances. Instead, weíll focus on the very close race among the top three...
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