Although I did not fare well in the $100k (did not win a single showdown), I felt like I did not play poorly. So I guessed I was not shocked when I finally made a deep BBT run last night. But with 18 left through 10 left, I rode a rollercoaster of chips up and down.
With 12 left, I had AA and somehow, FTrain managed to lay down AK pre-flop to my 3bet. Based on the stack sizes and being short handed (and his perpetual 5ht place finishes) I did not think he could lay it down. I win, but miss value.
I also opted to 3 bet all-in my KK which I knew would result in the hand ending, but did not know what I would do when a Ace flopped. The hand that force me to take on racing was with FUEL. Now we are SIX handed and he makes a cutoff raise. I think, but decide to CALL on the button with KsQ. The flop comes King high and when he makes his c-bet (and I have him covered), I shove. In retrospect, this is not a great play as he folds all but AA, KK, AK (or a set) which beat me. But its still awful luck that he has AA, I get KQ AND flop a King high TP.
The rest of the game was races, and I eventually lost one (AJ vs. TT?) and thus I was final table bubble boy.
BUT. I am playing smart again.