Here it is for the millionth time. A perfect example of what is keeping my from being an elite player.
3 table MTT (league night). I have played well all night, making only 1 poor decision. Folded when I should have called, so a minor mistake. There are 4 left and the blinds are 1500/3000/100 and I have 6ok, tied for second in chips.
LOTS of raise, all fold action, so I make a comment about flops and limp with JT. The blinds both call.
Flop is 886 and all players check. The turn is a TEN. check, small bet, and I look at the player on my right with only $33k behind. The pot is $10k. I bet $33k, to put the player on my right (BB) all in. I do this as a signal to the SB that this hand is ending here and I am going to knock the BB out.
But the SB ruins my plans and CALLS $33k. Now I have $30k behind and a blank falls on the river. But I am stuck. He smiles and says all in. He obviously has an 8 and I call anyways because the pot is big and I have 60% of my chips in there.
I could not have played this hand worse. The $30k bet is amateurish, and the crying call when I had 15BB left was atrocious.
Still, we try and learn and soldier on.