I went to 'The Bicycle Casino' in East LA. It's basically just devoted to poker and other table card games, there are no slots, craps, roulette, etc. I signed up for the Limit hold 'em tournament, $25 buys you 200 in chips. You can "rebuy" 10=400, 20=800 for the first hour of the tournament. I only spent 10 to get an extra 400, but some guys spent 60 or 80 rebuying multiple time after losing their chips. (which really got annoying because some would raise alot or constantly preflop raise knowing if they lost they'd just buy more chips.) Anyway, blinds start at 5/10 for the first 20m and then increase every 10m thereafter. I started slow, but started winning a few hands and at the break at the hour point, I had around 1800 in chips (remember I started with 600 so I'm feeling good). At the end of the break, they let everyone make one final buy-in $20 = 1000 chips, everyone was doing it so I did too, so my total money commitment to the tournament was $55 (I'd also lost $40 relatively quickly in the 45m or so before the tournament started playing at a $2/4 table. Yes I know I'm a lightweight) After the break I go on a long drought, but then hit 3 good sized pots in 5-6 hands, 1 on AA that held up, 1 on 99 that turned into a full house, and I can't remember the other, anyway at the 2nd hour break, I had around 4500 chips. I don't know if I was chip leader at my table, but I was in the top 3 out of 9 at the table. Ok, to set the stage further, I think there was 130-150 people in the tournament. They were paying to the top 18 (ranging from $90 for #16-18 up to $2500 for the winner). By the 2nd hour because of all the rebuying not very many people had gone out but with the blinds up to $75/$150, and still increasing players were going to start dropping fast. I play for awhile longer, but don't do much. Than the guy to my left starts getting hot and takes a couple of pots from me, my stack really dwindles when I bet deep into a pot holding JJ's but I never got any help on the table. I shouldn't have even played the hand because 3 J's came out on the last hand, and I don't like playing a hand that would have won the previous hand because I feel like the same winners aren't going to come out twice in a row. Anyway, I just couldn't fold JJ and played it and thanks to some guys raising I spent too much money and cut my stack in half. Several more hands + increasing blinds and I'm on my last legs. With my last 600-700 I go all in before the flop holding 66's. It somehow turns into a flush when the dealer turns 4 diamonds on the table, and I'm back in the game with 2000+. I really slow play it for awhile but can't hit any hands and can't afford to stay in on shakey/or draw type hands and with blinds now at 250/500 I won't be able to hold on much longer. Setting the table. It's been 2 hours 40m but feels like I've been there all night. I have 1600 left, blinds 250/500. I didn't have time to count, but there were 6 tables left, so I figure 45-55 players still in the tournament. Ok, here comes my Waterloo, a blunder of titanic proportions. I'm dealt a KJ of clubs. I bet 500 to stay in the hand. Another player raises, so for me to meet the raise I'll only have 600 left. I decide to make my 2nd stand of the night, I raise 500, one player calls and the 2nd raises so I have to go all in. So now 3 of us have put in 1600, plus another 800 from the blinds so if I can pull this off I'm looking at 5600, not a huge stack with the blinds about to go 300/600, but enough that I could definitely stay in the game, either slow play long enough to hopefully finish in the money, or better yet win more hands and stay alive for the final table. Back to the hand and blunder. Ok, I'm all in with KJ clubs. The flop comes 10 8 Q, one club, so I don't have any pair, but I'm looking at a decent straight draw and a longshot flush draw. 3 players are in the pot. I think the other two may have bet at this point, I don't remember since I was already all in. Ok, at this point I stand up (cause I did that on my other all in and it worked and because the TV guys usually do that ) Ok, quick aside, there was a camera crew in the casino filming for a documentary. They did film our table at one point, so maybe I'll end up in a movie! Thankfully, I don't think they captured what is about to follow. Ok, enough teasing. 4th street/the turn comes up a 6 of hearts. Bye bye flush draw and my straight draw chances just got a lot slimmer. I need an A or a 9 for the straight. The other two guys bet, or one bets and then the other thinks about it because here it COMES. At some point in the agonizing seconds while I'm waiting for the 5th card to be turned, I started rubbing the cusion edge of the table and said something like "come on give it to me", one of the guys at the table smiles at my comment and some force possessed me to turn my cards and show my hand so everyone could see what i needed to come out. And that was it. I didn't realize I'd done anything wrong, but a guy at the table instantly shouts, "He turned over his cards, his hand is dead" or something like that, and so it was..... WHY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD WHY COULDN'T I HAVE JUST KEPT MY HANDS TO MY SIDES FOR 5 MORE SECONDS???????? I JUST (*^&*&^%(*&^ MUCKED MY OWN HAND WHEN I WAS ALL IN. BUT WAIT, C'MON IT WAS A SERIOUS FUCK UP, BUT REALLY THE DEALER WON'T TURN WHAT I NEED SO IT WON'T MATTER ANY WAY. HERE COMES THE 5TH CARD, YES THAT'S RIGHT, A FUCKING ACE, A FUCKING ACE TO MAKE MY FUCKING STRAIGHT. I JUST TOOK MYSELF OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT WHEN I COULD HAVE HAD 5000+. Now, who knows, there were still a lot of players that would have had to go out for me to win money, but I also know from all the times I've played on the 'net that surviving that long in a tournament doesn't happen all the time and you have to maximize when you get the chance. It was only about 9:50 or so, and I had planned to stay up late and keep playing after the tournament was over, but after bending over and fucking myself (without a reach around) I coudn't even think about playing any more. I just walked to my car in a daze. Then I realized I still had chips in my pocket from when I played before the tournament and I had to walk back in the #$%#$% casino to cash them in. Right now I am quite possibly the dumbest man in Los Angeles County, which would put me in the running for dumbest worldwide.