I played at the Goldstrike Friday night. The tournament was $135 buyin for 10,000 chips and 20 minute levels. This was slightly higher than what they had been offering, but it was a holiday weekend, so they were trying to build a big prize pool -- works for me.
During the third level, the blinds were 100/200 and there were two limpers to me. I checked my hole cards to see:
♠ K ♣ K. I raised to 1,025 and the big blind called. Now the first limper moved all in. I don't think anything he can have makes sense. If he has A-A, why not re-raise to 3,600 or thereabouts? Why try and run me out? I finally guessed he had J-J or a vulnerable hand and was trying to end it right there.
I called, the blind folded, and he turned over ♣A ♦J. WTF?
The flop included an ace, doesn't it always? I failed to improve and headed for the ca$h games. Because I had such good luck last week in the $4/8 limit game, I opted for it again. Good decision. The game was soft, as expected, but you have to make a hand and you have to hope it will hold up. I ran okay and made more than enough to cover my tournament entry so was positive for the night.
One cute hand. In late position I limped in with ♠ K ♠5. The flop was: 9-8-5 rainbow (one spade). Three limpers checked to me, so I bet $4. Two called. The turn was the ♣Q, and it checked to me. I fired $8 figuring I might win the pot by firing again on the river. Both called. On the river, I again bet $8, but both players called. Frack, you can't drive these monkeys out with a sledge hammer. Then I looked down -- the river was the ♥5! Ship it!
I could give you more limit hold-em stories from Friday, but you wouldn't believe me (Like a guy who kept raising preflop and later showing 8-7 off suit.)
Seen on a tee shirt at the Goldstrike Friday night:
Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?