2.5 hours long
$6220 prize pool
1st place - $1,306.66
I played in a Multi Table Speed tourney last night and almost won it. I took 3rd out of 1244 people. I almost won $1300. It was a crap shoot with the blind structure. I had a chance to win. I folded two hands preflop that would've been winners and the guy who ended up winning the whole thing took both of those hands. Oh well. I was trying to stay away from hands with players who had close to my chip count. I should have been playing to win instead of to place high but trust me, 3rd place wasn't so bad!
Since the blinds went up fast, any pair or high cards was an all in raise. You have to race or get blinded down. I was the chip leader late in the tourney. I didn't even know it because the blinds were so high that even I was all in preflop in the BB. The levels and blinds stopped when we hit Level 26. I think the most chips I had was T627,747 and that was early in Level 25 (40,000/80,000).
In Level 25, I KO'd my entire table on 1 hand with AQo. There were 5 of us left at the table. There were only 9 tables in play. The blinds were so high that everyone was forced all in with any bet. I called the 4 all in bets and flopped a Q. I KO'd everyone and was left alone at my table. I had to wait until the other hands were done. It took a few minutes before they balanced the tables out.
It took an hour for the last 25 people to get KO'd. People were stalling like hell. Late in the tourney (Level 26 50,000/10,000), I still had the chip lead with T313,026 and the BB went all in preflop with the Hiltons. He cracked AA and tripled up.
I eventually made it to 3 way action but got blinded down again. I lost when my 56o ran into AA. I lost and finished in 3rd. I took home a decent 3rd place prize but I wanted that $1,306 bad!