I was playing 1/2 over the weekend. I had bought in for 100 and was trying to find a spot to make a play and chip up. The cards were definitely not cooperating. Making matters more difficult, I had a pretty good player two to my right who was raising way more often than he should, but at the same time he would show a hand when it seemed to make it look like he always had the goods. Well...like 4 rounds in..I am down to 75 bucks and finally get AK in the cutoff. There is one limped in early...then it folds to me. I just raise to 6. The BB calls and limper completes. Flop is 887. They both check so I continue for 10. BB calls....other player folds. Turn is a 7. He checks. I bet another 10. He just calls. River is an ace. He checks yet again. So now I figure that he has an ace like me....or maybe a 7 for the under boat. I just check it back and he shows 8/7. What???? Who checks the nuts on the river? So I was pretty bummed....still looking for a good spot and getting lower. I had 38 bucks left when I got QJ on the button. I limped along with 2 others and the blinds completed. The flop came 10/8/5. Everyone checked. Turn is a Queen. Now the active guy bets out 15. I think a bit..but go ahead and do a "what the hell" shove...resigned to my fate either way. Everyone folded and the active player called with a flush draw. He missed and I won! I wish I could say I looked at a draw heavy board and figured I was ahead...but I was just short on chips. Anyway...what are some better thoughts on short stack torture? Was I just wasting time? Thanks for any comments!