I took a shot at the Full Tilt $50K Guaranteed last night ($200+$15 buy-in). I don't have the bankroll for regular attempts at this level, but this is the third time I've tried one (the first on FT). I've been feeling pretty good about my game and thought the time was right. Guess so.
I bubbled out of the final table on a play that I'm not sure I like. I was ahead and it wasn't an easy call for the chip leader (or maybe it was, I don't know) because it cost him 20% of his stack to match my push over the top of his raise. I had AJo. He had Q7o. And he flopped two pair.
As I told Hank, "I was trying to win." There were only 9 people between me and $16K and I had a good opportunity there to double up and give the Chip Leader a hit. Didn't work out. In retrospect...well, I wonder if the fact I lost the hand is coloring my thinking, but a call there and I still have 38K in chips after missing the flop, enough to make a couple-three money jumps, which were big at that point.
Satisfaction and a tidy $600 profit, mixed with the feeling of a lost opportunity. Of course, realistically, no way I coulda bested CJ (from whom I appropriated the above screen shot).
Thanks to all you rail birds. Makes these things a lot more entertaining.