Monday, September 1, 2014

There's poker in Florida

I'm back in Florida. Last Saturday, I checked online and saw that Derby Lane was having their monthly big tournament. It was $240 buyin with 14,000 chips and half-hour levels -- sign me up!

It was a last minute decision or I would have tried to hook up with this guy, a fellow blogger, and someone whom I've met and played with before.

Unfortunately, I didn't cash, but thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and the venue. It's a dog track, as well as a poker room, which adds an interesting vibe.

They also have a snack bar with inexpensive food that looked pretty good. I saw that next Saturday is their monthly senior tournament -- that's the good news. It starts at 10 a.m. and is about a two-hour drive, so I would have to get up at the crack of dawn -- that's the bad news. We'll see, but I might have to give it a try.

Above: You can see the dog track through the windows in the poker room

Above: The scoreboard posts the odds, winners, and so forth before and after the races.

Above: Where you have races, you have losing tickets.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You have to win the flips

I finished 49th for a min-cash in the PPC tournament that is being played in Tunica at the Horseshoe Casino.

Two hands went against me where I was on a coin flip, and that was deadly. When the blinds were 2500/5000/500, I was in the big blind. A short stack shoved for 19K and it folded to me in the big blind. I called with 7-7 to see I up against A-Q. A queen came and the pot went -- went to my opponent, that is.

When I had drifted down to about 40K and the blinds were 3000/6000/1000, I was again in the big blind, this time with A-9. The button raised and I shoved. He called with 7-7, and this time the sevens held up, and I was walking to the rail. Too bad, as first place paid about $26,000 and a trip to Aruba.

I think it is Lucki Duck (and probably others) who say you gotta win the flips. He's a wise man.

You might find the results here,

PPC final is today

There were 486 entries to the four Day 1s of the PPC Main Event. A total of 98 of us advanced to the final (Day 2) today, and I stand in 63rd place. The blinds are about to go up to 2000/4000/500, so I have 15 big blinds. Being relatively short-stacked, I will have to zig and zag and hope for the best.

You can see all the chip counts here.

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Image taken from the PPC blog.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The PPC rolls into Tunica

Above: The Horseshoe Casino Tunica is the venue for the PPC (Pro Players' Championship) Tournament currently playing in Tunica.

The Horseshoe Tunica has been holding more tournaments now that they've remodeled and expanded their poker room. The PPC had their first of four Day 1s today, and I qualified for Sunday's Main Event final. 114 runners paid $360 and 22 of us are left. I qualified with 59,000 chips or 20 big blinds (but blinds are about to go up). Short stack ninja, what they hey.

I had one unlucky hand in a 64,000 pot. I raised from late position with A-9. The big blind called with J-7. The flop was 9-8-2 with two hearts. The villain checked, I bet, and the BB shoved for 22K more. This was a massive overbet, so I finally decided he was on a heart flush draw, so I called. Instead, he had basically a bluff. A jack on the river shipped the pot to him, however, and that's how it goes.

GL me on Sunday.

EDIT: Here's a link to chip counts (click here). It looks like I'm 24th out of the 36 who qualified on Day 1A and Day 1B. Two more flights on Saturday, of course.

Above: Here's what my 59K chips looks like (camera phone).