Memorial Day weekend is always a good one for poker. Players come to Tunica and are hot to play. The chips are flying and you can win some serious ca$h.
I decided to play in the tournament at the Goldstrike tonight. They've changed it. It used to be $100 with 6000 in chips. Now, the buy-in is only $60 and you get fewer starting chips. I don't know the exact number, but I think there were around 65 runners.
I had two missteps which killed my night.
When the blinds were 150/300, there were four limpers to me on the button. I had ♦A ♥J and raised to 2100. I was hoping to win the pot right there. When there are that many, you have to make a pretty stiff raise, or you'll get several callers. Unfortunately, the big blind moved all in for 3600. Everyone else folded to me and I called the additional 1500.
He turned over ♠A ♣K. The flop was three low cards, but all hearts! I had two shots at a flush, but the board bricked out.
I treaded water for a while, then with blinds at 300/600 and a 50 ante, my stack was just below 5000, so my M was less than 5. I had ♦A ♦8 in late position and shoved. That won me the pot. On the very next hand I had almost the same hand: ♣A ♣9. It folded to me. I was afraid if I shoved again, it would look suspicious, so I bet 2100 and got one caller. The flop was ♣K ♦4 ♥2. I completed my stop and go by shoving. This might have worked, except the villain had flopped a set. He called and turned over ♥4 ♠4 and that was it for me.
Tomorrow is another day. Before I left, I scooted over to the Horseshoe to check out their tournaments for the weekend. Here is a shot of their band: