Well, things seem to always find a way to even out. After such a terrible run of cards at the limit tables over the last couple of days, I found myself having another deep run in a tournament and helping out my bankroll a little bit.

I've always loved playing 6-max and that is my table choice when I'm playing limit cash tables, but I also seem to do very well at 6-max NL tournaments and yesterday was no exception. It's hard to imagine, but I'm actually a little disappointed with finishing 25th out of 1930 players, but c'est la vie.

The reason I'm disappointed is because I found myself inside the top 5 chips with about 80 to go and just found the cards and table draws were not co-operating anymore. I slowly found myself fizzling out instead of going out on a bad beat or even a coin-flip. At the same time though, I don't feel like I made any mistakes.

In the beginning and middle stages of the tournament, two very important things were happening. First off, I was not only getting hands pre-flop, but also hitting those hands post-flop and getting paid off. Having K-K three times and getting it all-in and winning all three times always goes a long way to making a deep run.

Winning races in key spots also helps out, but the nice part was that because I had amassed such a big chip advantage due to those all-in pots, I could make the coin-flip calls and not really risk anything to call. If I lose, it's a small dent to my stack. If I win, I accumulate even more chips and eliminate another player.

Never underestimate the power that comes with being the table captain as others watch you pick off people one at a time. The last thing those players will want is to tangle with you and possibly become victims themselves. It gives you a certain swagger that you can even exude on the online felt.

The second big thing was that once I accumulated those chips, I was using them to completely lean on my opponents by constantly raising from all positions. Sometimes I had a hand, but a lot of times, I had mid-range hands or worse. Even three-bets with marginal hands were getting through because of how many chips I had.

That leads to the favourable table draw I had for most of the tournament. I had a ton of chips and players that didn't want to mess with me. They honestly made my tournament as easy as possible by only fighting back when they had something. Every other time, they would just give up the blinds to me. As any good tourney player knows, those blinds and antes really add up after a while.

However, the tide seemed to turn when I got moved tables and all of a sudden had a very unfavourable table draw. With about 50 to go and myself hovering inside the Top 20, I was now faced with 3 out of the 6 players at the table having more than me. My blind stealing was ground to a halt.

I know there's a specific way that these tables get drawn and I'm sure I could even find it on the Pokerstars website, but it's still a little frustrating when I go from being top dog to not even being in the top half of my own table.

On top of that, I had A-A three times at that table with 50 to go and guess what? I got nothing but blinds and antes all three times. Not going to win too much if you can't even get a caller in three instances where you hold the pocket rockets.

In the end, I couldn't chip up enough and I kept running into huge pre-flop hands anytime I did try and raise pre-flop. So, I meekly exited in 25th place when the button raised and I pushed all-in for a little bit more with Q-J. Of course, the button flips over Q-Q and I'm toast.

On a side note, I read earlier today that Phil Hellmuth won his 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. When I was 15 years old, the very first poker book that I read was written by Phil Hellmuth and I was hooked to the game after that. Tomorrow, I'm going to write about my poker idols growing up and who my favourite players are.

Hope you enjoy it and good luck at the tables!