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.


  1. The only thing worse than playing like it's a freeroll is to play catch-up poker. Your attitude will see you prevail.

  2. I would have felt obliged to continue that hand. Most will gamble with fewer BB. I am more nervous than most with "only" 15. Dead for a couple of rounds turns you into a player others can gamble with. I'll take the odds gamble under such circumstances. And, if a blind change is approaching, I think that demands playing.

    That said, the other guy played the hand well given the flop. At least he got you to do what he wanted. :)

  3. You talked yourself into a dicey fold, methinks. Like the second commentator, I would have felt obliged to gamble given those odds.


  4. Thanks for the comments.

    Looking back, Ken and Shrike are probably right. The only thing I can say about the fold is that the blind levels were 40 minutes, so I still had plenty of play left.