Above: Noodles is a nice little Asian restaurant at the Horseshoe Casino. It's open on weekends.
I went to the 7 p.m. Wednesday poker tournament at the Horseshoe. This is a deep stack that is one of my favorites. Only eight runners signed up and it was cancelled -- boo! I've never seen this before, so I asked another player and she said she hadn't either. Once in a while a daytime tournament doesn't get enough interest, but never at night. I guess all the holiday weekend tourists went home, although there were plenty of cash games going on.
I jumped on the list for $1/3 no limit and they immediately started a new table. It was soft and I had doubled up by the time they called my name to move to one of the regular games. My big hand was when I saw ♥5 ♦5 in the big blind. A guy from under the gun bet $13 and got one caller. Presto is gold, so I called, too. The flop was Q-9-5. I'd have rather seen A-9-5. I checked and the original raiser bet $35 and the other guy called. I had about $135 left, so moved all in and they both called! The turn was a jack and the river a rag. I showed my set and scooped the pot.
I moved to the (one of the) main game and had one other big hand. I had watched a guy at the first table raise and later show ace-rag. At the new table he raised to $13 and I was on the button with ♠A ♣K. I could re-raise, but elected just to call.
The flop was ♣A ♦7 ♥4. The villain bet $25 and I raised to $60. He thought for a while and called. What do I know? He has an ace, for sure, and probably not two pair (although he could be getting tricky). Can you say "kicker problem?" The turn was a rag and I bet $70 and he called. The river put three spades on the board and the villain bet $25. WTF? I know I'm a wuss, but I just called and he showed ace-rag, just like I knew he had, but not two pair or a flush.
After playing for a little more than two hours, I was up two buy-ins, and decided to call it a night. Less variance in ca$h games than tournaments, for sure.