Friday, November 4, 2011
Fun and games not so fun, after all
Above: Cocktail waitresses at the Horseshoe Casino are using iPads to take drink orders. Very high tech. What's next? Robots to make the drinks?
I played in the poker tournament this afternoon and busted out around 60th (there were 132 runners). We started with 12K in chips, the beginning blinds were 25/25 with 40-minute levels -- a great structure. I was shocked, however, to see the big pots players were playing with marginal hands. They obviously didn't understand deep-stack poker. I guess because they could reenter tomorrow, they treated it like a rebuy tournament where anything goes.
My downfall was ♦A ♦K. I raised and only the small blind called. The flop was ♥K ♦10 ♦9. The small blind led out, I made a big raise and he moved all in! What would you do?
I still had 15 big blinds left and talked myself into folding (although mathematically it was right to call and hope for the best). The villain showed Q-J for the flopped straight, so my laydown was a good one, I suppose. I eventually ran 9-9 into jacks and was out the door.
I have some errands to run tomorrow, so may not play. What's the rush? There are two tournaments each day: a main tournament that starts at noon, and a secondary one in the evening at 7 p.m. I'll get to play plenty poker in the next 10 days.
Photo taken by MOJO with my P&S.