With four players left, our Hero is the short stack with 8 big blinds or so left. Looking for a chance to double up, he is dealt a pair of aces as the small blind. The opponent first to act pushes all-in, and all opponents fold except for the Hero, who calls.

Our Hero proudly turns over his pair of aces, while his opponent turns over the ace of hearts and the nine of diamonds, making our Hero about a 94% favorite to win the hand. He breathes a sigh of relief and ponders what he’ll do with his newfound stack.

Flop: 6 of hearts, J of hearts, 3 of hearts

Fourth street: 4 of clubs

Fifth street: 10 of hearts

Our Hero’s pair of aces loses to his opponent’s ace-high flush. He sadly exits the tournament.

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